52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 13 #Masked

With Halloween approaching I thought it appropriate for me to include a little history into the tradition of Beggars’ Night in Des Moines, Iowa along with my photos. Back in the late 1930’s a woman by the name of Kathryn Krieg, who was director of recreation for the Des Moines Playground Commission working with the local police department set aside October 30 as Beggars’ Night. The police and Ms. Krieg hoped by doing so it would cut down on the numerous calls and arrests of children and youth who used Halloween as a reason to be mischievous and go on damage sprees. Beggars’ night would be on October 30, the night before Halloween. On that night children were allowed to go door to door and say the phrase “trick for eats”. Treats would only be issued if such a “trick as a song, a poem, a stunt or a musical number, either solo or in a group, is presented”. Over the years fewer and fewer arrests were made as Beggars’ night became more popular and eventually the term “trick or treat” came into existence. Children were still not to be given candy until they earned it “with a stunt, song or riddle”. By the time my young family moved back to Iowa and settled in Des Moines in the late 1970’s, children had adapted the tradition to only telling a riddle.

For some reason along the years I began to assume many communities across the country followed this same long standing tradition. After we moved to Oklahoma and my daughter to Colorado, I discovered that was not the case. Children actually trick or treated on Halloween day and many of them don’t even say “trick or treat” just thrust their over filled bags at you for their obligatory piece of candy. About the only enjoyment I get out of it now is seeing the creative costumes! I can’t tell you how many times I heard the joke “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side!” I always played dumb so you could see the enjoyment on the children’s faces when they responded with the answer. What fun it was!

I’ll close with a silly joke, hope it makes you smile and maybe chuckle. “If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims ” IMG_3207





Week 12 #34 Patterns

My friend Sandy from Iowa came for a 3 day visit this week. The day before her arrival our weather turned cooler and the humidity dropped. As my father used to say we had “Chamber of Commerce” weather! While she was here we walked the Ringling bridge, biked around my neighborhood, shopped at St. Armends, ate at several great restaurantsIMG_3183 and just enjoyed catching up with each other. More than once she commented about how she could get used to living here. One day several weeks back on a hot afternoon I sat with my feet in the pool to cool off and looked down to see some beautiful patterns forming in the pool. This shot is for you Sandy to give you a little more incentive to consider joining us in Florida!


Week 11 #17 High Above



IMG_3725We are fortunate to live in the Sarasota area to be able to watch Nick Wallenda’s practice sessions for his upcoming Wirewalk in Chicago on November 2 at 7p.m. He will be walking between two high-rises in downtown Chicago 50 stories in the air, blindfolded. It will be televised on the Discovery Channel. Last evening my husband and I stopped to watch one of his practices. The crew and family start off with a group prayer before he dons his special shoes, hand made by his mother, to begin his climb. He walked up a 15% grade wire holding a 43 pound bar to the height of 80 feet. He made 3 trips up and during the second trip he closed his eyes for about 3/4 of the trip. Proving to be a true performer he stopped about 3/4 the way up on the second trip to take a selfie! We plan on stopping again to watch when he begins to wear his blindfold. He will be practicing for 3 weeks at Benderson Park.


Week 10 #47 Summer Fun

While visiting our daughter and her family several weeks ago at the tail end of official summer, we were able to watch our granddaughter play soccer. Our normal visits usually are late fall or early summer when she isn’t playing so were thrilled to get to watch her in action. She’s the cute blonde in the white jersey! 🙂
I already posted a picture for below the knees theme but I couldn’t resist posting another one to show off her fun tiger socks.IMG_3339