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Greetings from the Canal

Friday was another gorgeous day, and it was the first day of the second part of Pokemon Go's Halloween event, so when I wasn't sorting books in the basement, I was out catching Pumpkaboos and Phantumps. I discovered some treasures -- I'd remembered meeting Allen Ginsberg in college, but completely forgot that I got him to autograph copies of Iron Horse and White Shroud -- and I discovered some ridiculous things like a biography of Ayn Rand stuck behind biographies of much better writers. When Paul finished work, we went to walk along the canal, where the frogs don't know that it's October:

We went from seeing the river to seeing my parents for dinner (fried chicken for them, fried tofu for me) and lamented the terrible state of the baseball postseason, which I was too tired last night to be coherent about (Atlanta, Astros, I hate them both) and which we came home to watch tonight; our original intention was Dune, but that will still be there tomorrow, and we had a feeling this would be the last game the Red Sox played this season, which turned out to be true. Now we're watching the first Graham Norton of the new season, with Jodie Whittaker fangirling the Coldplay/BTS collaboration and Dame Eileen Atkins looking mystified!

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Poem for Friday and Emmitsburg Grotto Water

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Thursday was another unseasonably warm day, but it was a Shutterfly Day for me -- meaning that projects I thought would take a couple of hours took the entire day and well into the evening because the interface got slow and my arm got cramped from trying to make the files do what I wanted. But my holiday cards, calendar, and Seattle travel book are all finished and mostly ordered, with the calendars waiting till I get another coupon.

I did not get much other work done and the only cleaning I got done was reclaiming books Paul thought I had approved giving away when I had not. But we saw three deer and three bunnies on a walk, and when I turned off the TV sound for my Thursday evening Zoom call, the Dodgers came alive and beat the Astros, so that was an enjoyable baseball evening for a change. Water from the spring at Emmitsburg's Grotto of Lourdes:

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Poem for Thursday and Riley's Lock Animals

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Wednesday was another gorgeous fall day, a bit warm for the season but breezy and crisp. I was working a lot of the day on various Shutterfly projects for which I have coupons -- it's calendar and holiday card season, plus as of this morning I have three days to make a free book with my Seattle photos -- and I only got to talk to one of my high school friends at lunchtime because the other two had dentist appointments, coincidentally at the same time. I also got to talk to Alice and sorted some more books.

We took a walk in the afternoon to enjoy the weather and see more Halloween decorations going up and ate Beyond Burgers for dinner. By then the evening's baseball was already going badly -- the Red Sox ultimately lost 9-1 to the Astros, the Dodgers 9-2 to the Braves -- so no one felt badly about missing an hour for The Masked Singer, and we ended up catching up on Supergirl which was less depressing than the ball games. Here are some photos of turtles, waterfowl, and a squirrel at Riley's Lock last weekend:

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Poem for Wednesday and Homestead Farm Animals

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Tuesday was a magnificent fall day, sunny and not too warm, and I got to enjoy a lot of it outdoors. I met vertigo66 for lunch at Tara Thai, something we haven't done since February 2020, and we ate outdoors by the lake, something I can't remember when we last did. Afterward I walked around the lake, which has a new, bigger playground near the carousel, then I came home and took a walk with apaulled when we both finished work/chores.

Three of the six people who regularly watch Voyager on Tuesday nights couldn't come this week, so instead of watching an episode, I chatted for a couple of hours with the other two who could, which is always a delight. Then we watched the delightful end of the Dodgers game in which the Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th, and the atrocious end of the Red Sox game in which the Astros scored seven runs at the top of the 9th. Homestead Farm animals:

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Poem for Tuesday and Homestead Farm Squash

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My Monday was uneventful -- laundry, cleaning, organizing, etc. The weather was gorgeous -- it finally feels like fall -- so it was a perfect day to sweep the deck, feed the birds, and take a long walk. We had veggie pasta with farm-made sauce we bought at Something Earthy on the Countryside Artisans Tour.

Evening TV was mostly the Red Sox (beating the Astros, yay!) with occasional check-ins on the Bills game (which they blew to the Titans), though we checked in on Antiques Roadshow long enough to see that we didn't own any secret valuables. Some squash and gourds we saw at Homestead Farm on Sunday:

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Greetings from Poolesville

Sunday was a beautiful, cool day, so we wanted to spend it outdoors. We got things organized for trash day on Monday, ate brunch, and went to Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal, where we saw herons, ducks, and turtles as well as kayakers, boaters, and Riley's Lock Jams -- a group of local musicians who meet outdoors for social distancing and folk rock. From there we went to Homestead Farm, where we visited the farm animals, admired squash and gourds, and found Halloween pumpkins.

We stopped at Giant on the way home to get some fruit and cat food, but most of our evening was taken up with sports. It had been a good day early -- the Ravens beat the Chargers -- but the Dodgers yet again lost to the Braves on a walk-off hit in the ninth, then the Seahawks played a horrendous last few minutes after staging a nice comeback and lost to the Steelers. I did get to talk to my kids about the games, at least! Plus Adam sent a photo of his own pumpkin picking adventure:

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Greetings from Emmitsburg and Hanover

We spent most of Saturday either en route to or at Paul's parents' house. Rain was forecast for the afternoon, so on the way up, we stopped at Emmitsburg's Grotto of Lourdes, which is a beautiful place to walk around in the fall. We ordered lunch from the Firepit Rotisserie and Grill while at the visitor center and picked it up when we got to Hanover, then we ate it and Skyped our kids and my parents with my in-laws.

It was a good afternoon for Paul's father, since the Red Sox were winning when we left and they beat the Astros easily, but we just finished watching the awfulness that was the Dodgers' ninth inning against the Braves (and if it's a Braves-Astros World Series, I will refuse to watch based on Atlanta fans most of all). Here are some pictures from the grotto (a frog in the shrine's spring!) and from visiting in Hanover:

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Poem for Saturday and MDRF Shows

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I had a very busy Friday starting with a morning appointment for my Covid booster shot, which was at a different Walgreens than I got the previous ones at (not the closest one to my house, which has Moderna, but not as far as the first one, which was out of my county). Since I had to wait 15 minutes before leaving the store, I looked at Halloween decorations and did a Pokemon raid.

In the afternoon, Denise came over because she was in my area and we haven't seen each other in ages! We wanted to get together so I could give her some film books and she could give me some DVDs, though we didn't manage to go out for lunch because we'd snacked too much beforehand. Then I watched the last two What If? episodes with my friend in London, which was great fun.

We took a walk in unseasonably warm mid-October weather, then went to my parents' for dinner. Now we have finished watching the first game in the Red Sox-Astros series, which unhappily did not end the way I wanted, but if the Sox beat them the next few, I will forget all about it. From the Maryland Renaissance Festival, some of the shows we saw, including Shakespeare, music, and acrobats:

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Poem for Friday and Pennsylvania Renfaire Shops

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Apart from seeing bunnies when we went for a walk in the unseasonably warm late afternoon, Thursday was a pretty uneventful day. I did a bunch of book sorting and boxing, folded some laundry, and admired photos from younger son and his girlfriend, who are visiting her grandparents near Tampa and saw an alligator, crabs, flamingos, and other Florida residents near the beach.

I chatted with fannish friends on Zoom in the evening while Tampa Bay was beating the Eagles, then we watched the ALDS game that clinched the series for the Dodgers, which was the result I wanted, though I don't blame the Giants for thinking that last call was terrible (and I still love their stadium). Here are some of the places we shopped at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire:

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Poem for Thursday and Mount Hope Harvest

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I went to the lab early Wednesday to have blood drawn for routine tests, which always leaves me groggy for the rest of the day, though it wasn't so early to make me exhausted and it wasn't so late that I was headachy with hunger. When I got back, I watched Shatner go into space, which was thrilling and surprisingly moving, then I had some almond butter toast and talked to my high school friends, though Windows kept getting updates that slowed my computer.

While I was chatting, I was playing with the necklace I put on to go out and broke the elastic, spilling beads everywhere, so I spent a stupid amount of the afternoon putting it back together on stronger wire with some little modifications. We took a walk, admired some more Halloween decorations while walking around the neighborhood, and ate Trader Joe's Vegan Meatless Meat Eater's Pizza for dinner, which we'd never had before and it was very good, even the fake cheese.

Then we watched The Masked Singer, which unmasked yet another black woman who's a legend while keeping boy band clones, always frustrating, and after that, I made Paul watch Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, which was pretty entertaining for its short run time, half-Tarzan and half-Avatar, quite pretty. From the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, some of the autumn decorations at Mount Hope Winery:

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