Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Howl-o-ween 2013

Well, another Hallowe'en come and gone. Another Samhain ... And another win-win for the Pacino Dog!

The three of us won "Best Dog and Owner Combo" at the Battery Park City Dogs Halloween Parade and Costume Contest : ) This makes it the fourth win in a row for Pacino -- and two out of four for yours truly, as I have only competed with him twice. ; ) So hooray for Sir Prancealot (Pacino) in his shiny finery, for Queen Guinevere (moi), and for the Squire (Mr Lion), replete with coconuts straight out of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. LOL

Check us out on the Battery Park City Dogs official webpage. There are a few snapshots of us. The first one is in the upper left-hand corner. Yep, that's me looking overjoyed at hearing our names called out as the winner. Someone else "tied" with us, technically, but clearly we were the best in show. A-hem. Nice to share the kudos though. Sharing the love is cool.

That time of year

Mid-November in New York. I remember when it was consistently cold outdoors by this time. Today it's barely 40º, but by Saturday the thermometer will climb again to near 60º. I have a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and I am feeling a bit less than my sparkly self. I just want to stay in, lie down, keep warm, take a very hot bath, drink tea/hot chocolate, and read or watch movies ... or Sleepy Hollow. ; ) Allergies seems to be worse now, too. So I guess in addition to the inconsistent weather pattern and inadvertently ingesting some foods to which I am allergic (read: not merely sensitive to, but allergic), the seasonal and environmental allergies are kicking me, and it's all contributing to this reaction by my immune system. With the falling leaves comes not only a lovely spectacle, but a higher accumulation of mold. And while I am grateful for indoor heating, it also brings an increase in household dust and Goddess knows what else. Even after cleaning the apartment three times already this week, it's still dusty in here. Again, gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. I do have a warm, comfortable apartment with more than decent amenities, hot water, etc., a high definition television, Mac computer, iPad, and iPhone, warm clothing, food in the fridge, and then some. I really am a lucky person. So yeah, I feel a bit "yucky" but I have the privilege to be endowed and blessed with so much more than the average person on this Good Green Earth. 

Okay, so what was this post really about anyway? LOL. As I see it, the closer we get to the day of "Thanksgiving," I am again taking inventory of all the wonderful things I have ... all the wonderful things I have that I really am thankful for everyday of my life. Even an overactive immune system. Just a little alarm going off to remind me to take better care of the sacred vessel that houses my divine light and soul. 

Leaves changing colors in South Cove, Battery Park City