Wednesday, October 20, 2021

From Dark To Dark

 The weather has taken a new course.  At 39 degrees yesterday morning, I actually had to light a fire.  This is what my morning looks like .... dark with a little warm.  I had every intention of a leisurely day followed by an early bedtime for lots of extra sleep.  My plans got waylaid.

Here's how I am able to walk so many miles every day.  Although my stock of running shoes is dwindling, I still have enough to rotate them for four days before wearing the same pair twice.  There is actually quite the investment here, since they aren't cheap, but they keep me going.  Every day you wear one pair, they squish down on the bottom.  Not wearing them every day gives them time to "fluff" back up for the next marathon day.  Yup it really works.

It started out quietly enough with making another 200 or so gem bags.  One sales girl and I filled up the pumpkin bins up front with everything we could possibly find.  It's too late in the game to find any more.  It wasn't the best of years as far as growing pumpkins and with our epic crowds, we are running very low.

A crew of expert knife wielding Vietnamese men are hired to cut pumpkins grown on this ranch.  Once cut in the field, they and a few of our guys load them into huge bins and haul them up to the back where they await their chance to make some little kid very happy at Halloween.  It's a constant battle to keep the bins in the barn full.  Every day we play musical chairs with a huge loader, moving bins around.

Then I got the call.  I should have ignored it.  The gal that promised she would work yesterday at Bingo, said she would be leaving at 6:00.  That job ends at 9:30-10:00 ... meaning they had no one to run the infernal machine. Needless to say, I was NOT a happy camper.  

Putting in a thirteen hour day working is not my idea of fun.  I showed up filthy dirty and exhausted.  Not making my job any easier was the lady counting cards who threw away pull tab payment cards ... which are DOLLARS to us.  She had to dig in the trash and pull them out.

A side note:  I just love this covered wagon ... an original still in great condition!  

Anyway, so I finally got out at 9:45 and headed home.  The night was WAY too short and OH BOY ... I get to go in early this morning for the arrival of another 250 kids.  I would love to sneak off to the barn for a nap, but that's where all the kids will be at some point.  Maybe I can get lost in the Corn Maze.

Thanks to Mr. Ed for this sign.  I think we should post this at our Patch, don't you??

Miles walked:  A measly 5.35

Total to date:  135.09

I think I need a new pair of running shoes!


  1. Place a little graveyard near that sign with headstones like:

    Little Suzzie, age 3, tried sneaking down the slide on mama's lap

    Joey, age 8, fell out of the fig tree

    Jimmy, age 10, jumped off the hay wagon head first

    etc., etc., etc.

  2. Rotating your shoes is an excellent practice. Also, if you get any breaks during they day, taking off your shoes and socks and letting your feet breathe helps. I learned this from a pilgrim doing a major walk.

    1. I never thought of that one Linda! I'm going to do it!! I actually feel great everywhere except my feet!! LOL