001/365 - 31 October 2015, Witch's New Year, Saturday | Only about a third of the houses in my Grandma's neighborhood had lights on for trick-or-treaters. I wanted to hug every person with a jack-o-lantern lit on the porch, a skeleton in a bush, every person who answered the door and let my toddlers grab one-too-many pieces of candy out of a bowl. Bless those generous, fun-loving souls.
002/365 - 1 November 2015, Day of the Dead, Day off, Sunday | After a couple days of being sick (pukey, achey, feverish, weak), Wolfman and I were both craving restorative red meat and grease, really good burgers. Five Guys sounded amazing, but my stomach took a couple hours to make up its mind about the intelligence of that decision. Burger Trip, indeed.
003/365 - 2 November 2015, Monday | When I can, I park the car (we call her Brunhilde) under trees. I have this feeling that being close to trees is good for Brunhilde, that the trees whisper a little love to her as she waits, that they lend their life force to her aching old bones (parts). Here is the tree I park next to when I drive myself to work; I love the way its leaves look this autumn, after night as fallen, with a street light shining down on it.
004/365 - 3 November 2015, Tuesday | I'd forgotten after years of sedentary office jobs just how labor intensive retail work can be. These two mannequins are tough broads to dress; their arms are reluctant to leave their sockets, and then a little more reluctant to return once clothed. I worked up a sweat. Usually, I leave the two mannequins in our front window for April to dress, mostly because I know she enjoys it. But, they'd been dressed in black for a few weeks, and I couldn't help switching things up with Easter egg pastels, a little unorthodox for Autumn, but, I think, a lovely way to break the rules.
005/365 - 4 November 2015, Wednesday | A rainy few days, and we've got mushrooms growing on the wooden boarders of our hedges. These, I believe, are Jack O' Lantern mushrooms (Omphalotus illudens), pretty appropriate for this time of year and this place of residence. Upon researching this mushroom, I came across this line by Michael Kuo on Mushroom Expert (dot com), "The Jack O'Lantern is the focus of the largest and most insidious conspiracy in the mycological world." To find out of what conspiracy he writes (and I so recommend you do), read the article; it's a hoot.