Itâ€™s been a little while since I last wrote here. Well, of course I have two or three mostly-written entries which maybe Iâ€™ll put up sometime, or maybe Iâ€™ll decide theyâ€™re kind of dumb since I donâ€™t have the forward progress which made me write them in the first place. Weâ€™ll see.
The first half of October has been the Bay Area slowly lurching into Autumn. Some cool weather, then the last two days temps in the 80s, and today it cooled off into the 60s, and tonight we got out first light rain of the season (with a couple more days forecast over the next week). It wasnâ€™t much, but with California in the midst of another terrible drought, anything helps.
We put up our Halloween lights a couple of weeks ago. I picked up a little smiling grim reaper to add to our (honestly rather small) display- I enjoy Targetâ€™s assortment of Halloween decor. Other homes in the neighborhood have been putting up lights too, but there are fewer than there were last year. I think weâ€™ll be able to do a closer-to-normal Halloween night for trick-or-treaters this year, though weâ€™ll likely still take some precautions.
Speaking of normal, weâ€™ve been acting a little more normally lately. For most of the pandemic I was doing the grocery shopping, usually going to the store at 2 pm on a Tuesday to avoid the crowds. Now weâ€™re back to going on Sundays after going to the farmerâ€™s market. Weâ€™ve also gone out to eat a bit more, though always eating outside, and trying to avoid the craziest times for the crowds. Last night we had an early dinner at Cascal, which was great.
We lost another local restaurant, although this was a branch of a chain, Opa!, which was a place I enjoyed ordering lunch. Theyâ€™d had a Help Wanted sign up for a while before they closed, so I wonder if they closed because they couldnâ€™t get staff. And today our nearby Starbucks closed at noon due to staffing problems. Hopefully weâ€™ll see businesses raising wages more soon to attract workers. Theyâ€™ll have to, because I think thereâ€™s a worker shortage because of people who have to stay home due to COVID.
Weâ€™ve gotten together with friends a couple more times – including a last-minute visit to some friends who brought out their copious selection of gin for us to try. We also bought new patio furniture which we were able to enjoy for a few weeks, but weâ€™ll likely cover it up soon with more rain coming up.
And my nemesis, the sycamore tree that shadows our front yard, is starting to drop its leaves. Which means Iâ€™m going to be raking through New Yearâ€™s. I do like that tree, though.
So thatâ€™s the news here, such as it is. I hope the couple of dozen people who stop by here when I post are doing well.