Feast your eyes on my newest Halloween decoration...given to me by Lori. Isn't he wonderful? And how about that Lori?!? She brought me this great little spook because I was having a bad day and she wanted to cheer me up...and let me tell you, I was definitely cheered! He lights up and doesn't he have the most delightful grin? I will love having him around for Halloween! Thanks Lori - I just love him and you too!
About my bad day...I really do live a fabulous life...well, except for a few small annoyances, (the mister...kidding!) I am usually a happy person and not much gets me down. Then out of the blue I'll be hit with something smack dab in the middle of my face - not literally, of course, and it will give me pause - usually I can shake it off...but sometimes I like a good wallow in self-pity...and believe me, I can throw a pity party like nobody's business! A friend passed away over the weekend - not a close friend but someone I knew a while back. I was very sad about her passing, of course, but also sad that I lost track of her over the years. And I should not have lost track of her. I should have stayed in touch, as much for her sake as mine. These flowers were for her memorial...where her daughters reminded everyone how much fun their mom was and told us all that she never complained, not once, about the cancer that ravaged her body. Phyllis woke up each morning and made a decision to be happy...isn't that a great way to live? Phyllis raised two beautiful, strong, independent daughters and was a great example to them of living a life with joy. Heidi, her youngest daughter told us that the next time we see/feel the sun to think of Phyllis - shining her warmth our way.
Phyllis' passing was the something that smacked me in the face - a little wake-up call that life is way too short. Too short to waste on ridiculous things and people...and no, the Halloween guy is NOT ridiculous and neither is Halloween for that matter...but people who suck the life out of a room, people who use and abuse, people who trample with no regard for who's underfoot...those people will no longer be on my Hit Parade. And ridiculous things...well, those are another matter entirely, as my definition of ridiculous varies with each passing day. But I'm going to do better. As my good friend Ops likes to say, "Now that you know better, you'll do better."