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I want to say thank you to my friend, Louise Sorensen for sharing with us a halloween story that she has written. Wow! 😀

This is posted here with her permission, please do not post elsewhere, without her permission. Thank you!
**Authors notes:  Oscar my cat had just died, and it was a tribute to him, and our old dog Ben, who was also gone.

Going Out On Halloween     written by: Louise Sorensen  October 29, 2012

 “I know he’s not real,” Ellie McCracken said to her sister Lena, “but I can see old Oscar plain as day, sitting at the foot of my bed. Right there,” she said, pointing. “He’s purring and smiling just like he’s been up on the kitchen counter and polished off a whole bowl of cream.” Ellie, propped up by a pile of pillows on the raised front end of her bed, nodded towards the end of the coverlet.

Her sister Lena peered over her wire rimmed glasses, nose wrinkling at the smell of disinfectants and rot in the hospital room. “Why do you think he’s not there?”

“Oh, Lena, they’ve got me so hopped up on drugs in here I can’t see straight,” Ellie said. “See this button? Any time I feel like it I can press it and get a shot of morphine. It’s great.” She pressed the button and sighed. “Good stuff. All day now I’ve been seeing our animals coming in for a visit. Most of them from forty years ago. Why, I can even see your old dog Ben there, lying at your feet.”

“You can? Well. Isn’t that something?”

“Yes,” said Ellie. “Isn’t it? I stayed away from drugs my whole life and I come in here and the first thing they do is pump me full of them.”

“Looks to me like you’re doing your own pumping, dear. Go easy on that stuff, will you? I don’t want you falling asleep on me. So. What else is new?”

“Well. Daddy was here a while ago. In fact, I thought I saw him talking to you when you came in. He kept me company for hours, sitting right there in that chair where you’re sitting now. We were talking and joking and having a great old time. He had such a good sense of humour. I knew he wasn’t really there because the nurse kept coming in and asking me who I was talking to. I said I was talking to myself, and what’s the harm in that? Didn’t want her to think I’m losing my buttons.”

“You’re as bright as you ever were, Elle,” Lena said. “You know it’s Halloween tonight, eh Hon?”

“Oh, I’ve never liked Halloween, Lena, you know that. Not since those high school boys stole my bag of candy. I never went out Trick or Treating after that. My last time,” she said, nodding her head and crossing her arms.

“I know, Hon.”

“You’re not here to make me go out are you?”

“Well…”

“The nurses won’t allow it. I’m too sick. And too old.”

“Pish tosh. No one’s ever too sick or too old to go out on Halloween,” Lena said. “Now get up out of that bed. We’re going to a party.”

“Oh, I don’t go to parties.” The rising wind rattled the windows. “And we can’t go tonight. It’s pitch black out there and there’s a bad storm on the way.”

“Nonsense, Elle. Storms are the most fun.”

“I know you used to love storms, Lenie. But I’ve never been able to go outside in one since you, you know…

“Oh,” Ellie said.
“Yes, I know dear.”

“I’ve missed you, Lena.”
“I know Hon. I’ve missed you too. But I’m here now, and we’re going out dancing.”

“But… I have nothing to wear. Just this old hospital gown. It‘s open at the back,” Ellie finished in a whisper.
“There’s fancy duds at the party. You can change there. Hurry up, now. Everybody’s waiting.”

Ellie struggled to sit up. “I don’t know about you,” she said, eyeing her sister’s smooth skin and dark curls, “but I’m not as young as I used to be. Give me a hand, will you, Lenie?”

Her sister took her hand and helped her. Ellie swung her legs over the bed. “Ooh. That hurts. Just a minute Lenie, I’ll give myself another shot. There we go. Much better.” There was a faint ripping sound as she stood.

“That wasn’t so bad now, was it?” said Lena.

“Yeah. Not bad at all. I feel much better. Almost like dancing.”
“Wait till you get there. There’s going to be all kinds of dancing. A family reunion. Even those awful boys who stole your candy. You can give them a piece of your mind,” Lena said, smiling.

Without a backwards glance, Ellie locked arms with Lena and they walked out the door of the hospital room. The black lab named Ben followed close behind. Oscar, the old yellow cat, sniffed at the pale still form lying in the bed, meowed once, then jumped off and trotted after the two sisters, tail up.

 

 

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Who hasn’t heard this from their parents? LOL 😀

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I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, but I’ve heard it’s popular. lol Here’s a nifty vid that I found and hope ya’ll like!

GOT Audition tape with Jason Momoa

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Calendar day; October 21, 2014

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Tuesday, the 21st of October, 2014 is the 294th day in 2014 and in the 43rd calendar week.
General Events:
UN Spanish Language Day
October 21, 2014 in the World
UN Spanish Language Day is celebrated on October 21, 2014. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. October 12 was chosen as the date for the Spanish language as Spain’s National Day.
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Trafalgar Day 2014
October 21, 2014 in United Kingdom
Trafalgar Day is observed on October 21, 2014. Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
The formation of the Navy League in 1894 gave added impetus to the movement to recognise Nelson’s legacy, and grand celebrations were held in Trafalgar Square on Trafalgar Day, 1896. It was widely commemorated by parades, dinners and other events throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th century and early 20th century. It is still widely celebrated in navies of the Commonwealth of Nations.
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Babbling Day 2014
October 21, 2014 in the World
Blatherskites, mark this day on your calendar. For today is Babbling Day. This isn’t a day to remain silent. Tell everyone you know about this special day.
What’s all the chatter about over this special day? Well, on Babbling Day, we celebrate those of us with a glib tongue. You know them when you hear them. They’re talking gibberish. They never stop talking. They babble on and on. They can turn a simple one sentence statement into an endless dissertation.
Spend this day babbling like a baby, if you must.
BTW: In case you didn’t know, a “Blatherskite ” is a person who babbles.
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National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 21, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day! During the autumn months, festive pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. You can find all sorts of goodies like pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and (today’s reason to celebrate) pumpkin cheesecake!
Pumpkin cheesecake is traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling. Did you know that cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2000 BC? Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world.
Find out if your local bakery is serving pumpkin cheesecake! Pay homage to a fall favorite and enjoy a delicious slice in honor of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.
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Historical Events on 21st October:
1096 – Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders
1520 – Exploer Ferdinand Magellen and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean
1639 – Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo
1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
1805 – Battle of Trafalgar, British Admiral Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet but shot and killed
1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
1895 – The Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade.
1923 – 1st planetarium opens at Deutsche Museum in Munich
1945 – Women in France allowed to vote for 1st time
1948 – UN reject Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
1958 – 1st women in British House of Lords
1969 – Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
1986 – Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
1990 – The first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.
1994 – North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects

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