New Halloween Tradition? NEVER!

So we live in one of those massive size subdivisions that has more houses than many small towns. It definitely has its pros and cons…if you want to pass butter from your deck to your neighbors with little effort…perfect! If you are looking to have privacy, or hoping your child having a temper tantrum in the floor is not heard a house or two down…not the best! If you want your children to be surrounded by plenty of kids for playing, and plenty of parents that can hang out with a glass of wine on a Friday night relaxing, it has it benefits.

Well, last night was the first year we changed our Halloween tradition and left our bright and lively hood. With both kids having best friends in the same neighborhood a little drive away, we decided we try something new. The downfall you ask? Bang_ConcreteWell, those houses have spacious one acre lots and it was quite empty because those homeowners decided to visit our on-top-of-each-other neighborhood for Halloween. More bang for your buck and fast…three houses vs. one per acre. And not only were their houses further apart, because so many of them were not home, it was dark and you only got candy at every 4th or 5th house. Now, even using that common core math, I don’t think you benefit at Halloween with the one acre lots!

Needless to say, we tried something new and have decided next year it is back to the tradition on our own street of compact housing. The company last night was great, we just have to show them the benefits of coming to us (see key points above). Of course, I love to joke about suburbia, but we honestly love our community. And honestly, my kids forget about the Halloween candy within 3-4 days, so I couldn’t care less about the candy either. It is simply interesting to see how hard it can be to change traditions, especially for the parents. Traditions are great things and something I hope my kids remember when they are older.

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Chirpy

I am a HUGE bird lover!  To give you a clearer picture, I have two bird feeders on my deck right at the door so I can see them at the kitchen table.  We have a huge bird mansion in the backyard that holds about 3 gallons of bird food, and several bird houses personally painted by my talented little artists. I actually started to wonder which costs more to feed, my dog or the birds.  So obviously…I love birds!

Well, it all started a few nights ago, at least to my knowledge.  For all I know, “Chirpy” has been back there forever, but it was the first night he woke me up.  Around 11P.M. I started hearing Chirpy chirping away.  My thought…“What the?”  So I get up and notice my neighbors had left their floodlight on in the back.  I was wondering if Chirpy was a little upset about the light and it all went downhill from there?  Finally, the light went off and I figured Chirpy would go to sleep.  Wrong!  I guess now that he was awake, everyone else was going to join him!  Not sure what had me stirring that night but needless to say, that darn bird and I never went to sleep.

While awake in bed I did some research…birds that chip at night.  This is what I narrowed it down to in my quick search http://goo.gl/Qfy7ri. The Northern Mockingbird “often sings after dark, especially in artificially lit suburbs” made me feel mockingbirdboth confident this might be my guy and discouraged about my artificial suburbs. Wikipedia says they can imitate other animal sounds and even car alarms. That is quite a skill in my opinion.
Not sure this is really my guy, but it seems like a good answer for someone who spent a whole five minutes on the internet researching the subject.

Since that night, I have learned to sleep through Chirpy’s music so we are on good terms.  But each night I laugh when I lay down in bed now.  Chirpy is going strong!  Last night, some of the girls on my street and I were having a drink together a few houses down.  As a walked home I could hear Chirpy getting louder and louder the closer I got. That darn bird!  Funny enough, I have grown quite attached to the little guy in a very short period of time and would miss him if he left.  I actually got up and filled the bird feeders this morning before leaving for work, just in case we are his stop for food.  But I must admit, I really wonder what in the world they are talking about all night?