It’s easier to see the stars at night


I’m midway through a short-break, enjoying time off with the Ever Lovely Mrs J and our two not-so-small nippers. The break from work has been very welcome and I’m glad to not see the inside of a meeting room for a time 🙂

We’ve had a bit of an expensive month with house repairs, a replacement phone for Wee Man, and today the Hoover went pop. I’ve heard things come in threes, but this seems more like sixes 🙂

Still, we are all healthy and money is there to be spent. Certainly, there’s little point in hoarding it Smaug-style and lying about on a heap of cash. Woo, it that uncomfortable and I’d wager we’d run low on five pence pieces to make it look like more. No, give me a cosy bed and plenty of warm blankets and a duvet instead. Oh, and given the upstairs heating is off, a warm hat 🙂

So, much as the metaphorical night appears to be drawing in, I am – so to speak – looking to the stars. The broken things will be replaced or fixed, to be distant memories as time passes.

Little Miss and I went out on Halloween and met up with one of her school friends. The weather was kind to us and there was much chatter, laughter, and chocolate collected.

On a related note, last week someone asked me about what I get up to at Halloween. The quick answer is only family stuff. With Chameleons being my main ‘dressing up’ time and with family commitments, there isn’t really room for any cross-dressing shenanigans.

Besides, when I dress, much as I might be having fun, I’m dressing because that’s how I feel, rather than dressing to be a figure of fun – which I feel Halloween is. Plus, I’m not quite fabulous enough to do drag (being trans*), and I think both kids are of an age that they’d know my make-up skills and fashion choices are not just once a year. So there’s all of that plus the fact that Mrs J would also see me headed out and she’s never seen me in Lynn mode. There’s that balance between fun scary and Scary Mary. 🙂

Take care,


    1. Thanks Lotte. Well, Mrs J seems to have been blessed with a cold, but let's hope that's just a 24 hour thing!

      Ah, Xmas. Parties to plan, gifts to buy, work to dodge, and dresses to slim for. Let battle commence! 🙂

  1. Just out of curiosity, is Halloween a big thing in the UK? It's sort of growing in popularity here (cue all the usual complaints from people here about "Americanization"!), but it's still pretty low key. Certainly, people still seem unsure about how best to let any trick-or-treaters in their area know that they are/aren't interested in participating on the night in question.

    As a child, I was probably jealous that Halloween wasn't a thing here at all when I was growing up. Not that I'm at all bitter about its recent acceptance here coming far too late for me to profit from personally. No, not bitter at all! Nosiree! 🙂

    Of course, you can't beat the Americans when it comes to Halloween, as I discovered during my last visit to the States. Although I'd gone back home by the time the big day had come around, I was in the country for the first half or so of October, and found that there was no shortage of people who liked to make an early start on their Halloween decorations. Some really put a lot of work into it too! I did feel a twinge of pity for the neighbours of one guy, though, whose decorations included a mannequin of a hanged man. Every time the wind blew, the thing would go swinging back into the wall behind it, making a rather loud "whack" as it did so. The noise would've driven me mad if I'd had to listen to it all day for days on end! 🙂

    1. Britain tends to wait a few days and celebrate Guy Fawkes Night/Bonfire Night/Fireworks Night on November 5th. There was a period in the 80s where parents groups pushed to celebrate Halloween instead (because fireworks are dangerous), but then church groups pushed back saying Halloween was Satanic.

      It's become a bit more popular recently as American owned shops like Asda started stocking Halloween stuff and everyone followed suit. And pubs/clubs has realised you can lure in drunk girls in small costumes, and leering guys, if you have a fancy dress night

    2. Halloween seems to be on the up. For the Jones Massive – who have a doggo that's terrified of fireworks – Trick or Treat works out rather well. It certainly seems more popular in the last decade than the time before that. At least folk dress up – mostly kids, thankfully – and make the effort.

      If Bonfire Night is still more popular, I don't know. We've not really done much of that as a family, so we may be biased.

  2. Thanks for your responses, both of you. Guy Fawkes Night was a thing here for a time, but eventually ended (long before I got to enjoy it myself, of course!) after too many people ended up injuring themselves letting off fireworks in their own backyards (the fact that by November we're well into bushfire season down here probably didn't help either). Some people still don't seem to have gotten over its no longer being a thing here, as you'll occasionally hear grumbles about the "fun police" banning it. While it was already a thing of the past when I was a child, I did still know about it, as many of the British books I read and TV shows I watched growing up made mention of it. It'd only be a fair bit later, though, that I'd learn that despite having (unwittingly) given his name to a fun night enjoyed by millions, Guy Fawkes himself wasn't a good guy (I suppose that's why he was burnt in effigy on the night in question)!

    Re Halloween being "Satanic", I've often heard that accusation made myself (the night seemed to be a favourite target of crazed Christian comic-book artist Jack Chick when he was still alive and peddling his insanity, for example). Given that Halloween has never really been a thing for me, though, all the fundamentalist ranting about it didn't really bother me – I was far more annoyed by their condemnation of such things as being LGBT, the theory of evolution, and pretty much all popular culture produced after, oh, the end of the Second World War!

    Some years ago now, I found a pamphlet on the bus warning people of the "evils" of Halloween, the author of said pamphlet saying that the celebration was pagan in origin and therefore created for the explicit purpose of worshipping SATAN. I think I rolled my eyes pretty hard at that. Someone should really tell people like this about the roots of Easter and Christmas, or where the names of the days of the week come from!

    1. Oh, never let facts (Easter/Christmas) get in the way of a good rant! Won't somebody please thing of the children?! 😀

      Halloween? Maybe for some it is a religious festival, but for most of us godless Brits, it's a chance for the nippers to dress up, have some fun, collect chocolate, and carve pumpkins. I don't see the issue myself, but then being an atheist trans person, perhaps Satan has a PR desk all warmed up for me. Ah, you have to laugh. 😀

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