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Well, what is going on with you?? Ha, yes, November is anything but quiet. The entire world is holding its breath and watching us. History is being made literally every minute of our lives. We did our part and voted early this election, as Kepler proudly wore his sticker. In our daily lives, we are still trying our best to experience normality.

This year's Halloween was the unicorn of Halloweens. I've been waiting for Halloween to land on a Saturday for years, with a full moon and a bright Mars accompanying (see picture below) no less!!! At last, the kids can stay up late trick or treating without having to wake up early the next day for school! But alas, it was not to be, you darn COVID!!!! Normal trick or treating was not happening. Sadly, it'll be another six years until the next Saturday Halloween, the kids will probably be too old to care about trick or treating! So what can we do to make this Halloween still fun? We had a few close friends who told us that the kids can still go to their house to trick or treat with their costumes on. The side benefit of "scheduled" trick or treating is that our friends made special candy packages for the kids full of whole candy bars and even little toys! We also hid candy at the house so the kids got to do a little scavenger hunting. This year, Buzz dressed as Darth Vader and Ahgoo wanted to be Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service. I made her costume from used T shirts. With her short haircut, I think Ahgoo made a perfect Kiki! One other funny thing that happened this Halloween. We had been very busy with our backyard remodeling leading up to Halloween, so I was hoping to not do any pumpkin carving this year. But the day before Halloween, Ahgoo decided that she really wanted to carve a pumpkin. So we went to three different markets, only to discover that all of the pumpkins have been sold out!! So I managed to convince the kids to carve giant orange bell peppers instead. Haha, they were so easy to carve since they are essentially already hollow. They were so silly that Ahgoo said she'll always remember them, mission accomplished!

COVID is still very much dominating our lives. Ahgoo made a COVID picture for Reflections Contest this year and won second place at her school for the visual arts category. We are wondering when the kids will be able to go back to school and get on with their young lives.

At the home front, we are also making some big progress in our backyard remodeling. The original house never intended for the hillside in our back to be used...they had planted some random trees and there was only a narrow access way tucked on the side of the house, probably just for a gardener to squeeze up to do maintenance. But we've now tiered the hillside and added a welcoming stairway. The top tier, with beautiful views over our house, will be a place for us to relax and hangout, I can also do some yoga there. The second tier will be my garden area where we will plant a few fruit trees and I can plant some vegetables and herbs. The bottom will still be for dining and entertaining. We also finally have a proper fense and lighting! We are probably a few more weeks away from being done, but we are very excited to enjoy our new space.

We don't know what 2021 will bring, but the future seems more promising and we're looking forward to it in so many ways! Stay warm, we just got the first winter storm of the season here in LA.





















Posted on November 8, 2020


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