It's evening.

I'm tired.

I had a long day.  As usual.

I don't want anything to do with other people in my face.

When I go home, the thing I want most is to be left alone.

Who made the rule that I have to greet hoards of kids who come to my door wanting candy?

Is it good for kids to take candy from strangers?

Is it good to reward kids with unhealthy candies, rewarding them for what?   Give them atherosclerosis, diabetes, and cavities?

Every year it's the same.  We buy bags of candies we would not otherwise buy, give away 1/2 of it, and have the rest to eat, not wanting to, or throw away.

I thought about several things to do.

Like hide at the back of the house with the lights off.

Or buy a loaf of multigrain, whole grain bread and give each kid a slice.  Very healthy!

Or have a nice big bowl, filled with little broccoli heads, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.  They could pick which the wanted.  Also very healthy!

Or but up a sign stating "Quarantine!   Influenza, meningitis, and flesh eating bacteria"

Finally, I put a sign on the front door, stating "Sorry!!  No candy!  I'm Sick  :-( "

So far it's been quiet.

I'm a grouchy old man.

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Oh! take them to Cancer Care Centers. After chemo or radiation, a nice sweet reward helps make the procedures more pleasant. Any pleasantry is good. It is also good to give the staff a hat-tip! They deserve more than money. 

That sounds like a wonderful idea.

Or, volunteer in a homeless shelter.  Cook a meal or something.

I'm with you, Chad.  I love Halloween.  It's one of my favorite holidays as well.  I can't believe all you grumpy old coots on here who hide in the dark and are afraid to answer the door!  lol   I'm usually off work on Halloween but this year I was working and out of town.  Bummer.  In recent years I've attended the annual Halloween parade that takes place here in the "Boystown" neighborhood, so you know the costumes are going to be fantastic. 

I've had few to zero trick-or-treaters at my front door throughout the years despite living in a highly populated urban neighborhood.  These days, most kids trick-or-treat at the businesses along the main busy street that runs through my neighborhood.  Store-front after lots of candy.  The kids don't even have to walk up and down stairs and ring doorbells.  

This year, I bought candy even though I knew I wasn't going to be around.  I enjoyed it all myself, dammit!  And it was all gone by the 31st, anyway.  To all you grumpy old coots, all I can say is, "Think of the Children!!"

Ya! I kind of imagine little ones during the Colonial days, when ghosts and spirits were real, of going with a high energy level from house to house, wind blowing, screech owls screeching, and grumpy old curmudgeons opening the door and chasing them away, filled with terror. When they returned home, they thanked god they weren't caught by the devil. They knew their prayers had been heard. 


That's me, grumpy old curmudgeon.

Although, this summer I did show the kids the inside of my beehive.  They thought that was really cool.  And I did bring  over some fresh eggs from the chickens, for their parents but ultimately for the kids.

Not afraid to answer the door.  Tired, overworked, dealt with too many people, and just want to be left alone.

But I'm still a grumpy old coot.

Thinking of the children, wouldn't it be better to give each  child something nutritious, like a potato?

I agree! Laura, Larry and I had this discussion on Thursday after a session at Cancer Care NW. We talked about our experiences as children on halloween, ... you know the drill, kind of like what it was like going to school ... miles and miles with feet of snow, no snow plows, no rides on a school bus or by parents ... Oh! we do sound like we had it really bad. After a bit of this we had to laugh at ourselves. 

I know Daniel, I didn't put on my porch light for the same reason and the kids respected my signal. That is because their families train them well and they respect me.
I know the kids respect you, too, Daniel, and the bee hive is far more important than answering the door on an obligation. Taking eggs for kids to enjoy and experience fresh eggs is far more meaningful.
A tip-0-my hat to your honesty and your suggestions of doing for others on Halloween. You don't convince me you are a grumpy old curmudgeon.

Sauerkraut is very easy to make ... a bit tedious slicing, weighing and salting. The flavor makes one's mouth sing! When opening the crock, there is a lot of mold and slime that one has to take away; not for the faint of heart. Topping the batch with cheese cloth helps.
My former husband, Don, was perfecting a kimchee recipe and had it about as perfect as it could be for our tastebuds when he died. None of us has taken up the challenge.
These days I go to the mom and pop store on the edge of town who make their own to sell. I've often wondered if the Health Dept. has inspected their crocks. They would probably shut down operations.

Sauerkraut is very easy to make ... a bit tedious slicing, weighing and salting. The flavor makes one's mouth sing! When opening the crock, there is a lot of mold and slime that one has to take away; not for the faint of heart.

I make lacto-fermented vegetables, but I use a pickling jar with an airlock. Mold requires oxygen, and the gases the lacto-bacteria make, push the oxygen out of the airlock, preventing problems with mold or yeast.

I have severe mold and yeast allergies so I have to be very careful not to grow mold.  I still get allergic reactions sometimes, though.  

Luara, I have never seen anything like this. It would also keep the house from smelling like rotting cabbage! Does the food taste as delicious? I also like pickled vegetables more than any other way. Thanks for the site. I will give it a try. 

Along similar lines, I've been thinking of trying my hand at kimchi



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