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Halloween, HOA’s and prescription refills have dominated my week. Let me add that none of these things were on my schedule. However, all of these things took on a life of their own. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Let me first give a disclaimer that this post is totally self-indulgent. I am completely venting my frustrations over the “small stuff”. The kind of stuff that just gets under your skin. So, here goes!


Apparently, I have been living under a rock because I had no idea that there was a candy shortage in my area. Last year with COVID, there were fewer trick or treaters, but in years past, our neighborhood can have hundreds of children going door to door.

I generally purchase two large bags of Halloween candy to accommodate this crowd. Well, the shelves are empty. I did however manage to purchase one large bag of candy in North Carolina during our latest cabin visit. Woohoo, that’s a win!

I was shocked to pay $20 for a 210 piece bag of candy, but was glad to have it and mark this off my “to-do” list. My confidence would be short lived!!

crop child carrying bucket with candies
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With Halloween candy secured, I discovered a post on the neighborhood’s HOA Facebook page declaring that Halloween will be on Saturday, October 30th from 5-7p.m not the 31st which is actually Halloween. What?????

I checked out some of the comments and found out that a few parents wanted to do hayride pulls, etc. and didn’t want to do it on Sunday the 31st (Halloween) because the next day is a school day. The HOA decided to make it convenient for them by moving trick or treat night to Saturday.

The reason this bothers me is because the HOA didn’t ask for input from the whole neighborhood. The surrounding neighborhoods are still celebrating Halloween on the 31st and our neighborhood has not changed it in the past when it falls on a Sunday.

So, Robby and I will be sparingly handing out candy both nights, because we don’t want to be “jerks” to the kids who come on the 31st!!!

There was some pushback on the HOA decision but Robby forbid me from joining in the comments. As he said, “You’ll never win an argument with fools!” So, here is my issue:

HOA’s are terrific for giving guidance and direction for home building, additions, and fences. They are a terrible resource for policing your neighbors. AND, lastly, I’ve done just fine managing my calendar without their help! Enough said!

Prescription Refills

To add to my frustration with people, my endocrinologist rescheduled my appointment for the second time. The new appointment will be in December. The problem is that I will be out of medication by then and curled up in the fetal position begging for meds! Okay, that’s a little dramatic but these aren’t optional meds.

You see, in 2005, I had thyroid cancer and 2 surgeries that left me with no thyroid or parathyroid glands. The good news is that I have been cancer free since that time. The other news is that I am completely dependent on two medications to keep my body working. Without them, I simply can’t function. Seems like I should just be granted a lifetime supply, but, back to reality.

pic of prescription refill
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My doctor began a new private practice and I set up an appointment months ago so that I wouldn’t run into problems with my refills. Please understand, my doctor is terrific but she apparently is out of the country and won’t be back until December. Perhaps I should have had my HOA work out the scheduling for me! LOLOLOL

Anyway, I called my GP to help with this problem and he is out of the country! What???? I kid you not, both of my doctors are out of the country and I needs refills. Now, I’m in a jam and beginning to panic. Fortunately, the GP’s office has a nurse practitioner who is in the country and she fixed my problem.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way you think it will. Even with the best of planning and preparation, things can and will sometimes go wrong. The one thing you can’t control is other people. And, other people generally aren’t thinking about what works for you. What????

Yes, this past week was a reminder that the world doesn’t revolve around me and my needs or preferences. Now that I’ve vented, I will put on an attitude of gratitude; be thankful that I have access to doctors and medications, and hand out Halloween candy both nights with a smile on my face!

Blessings to you all and may your days be filled with joy!


  1. Something about changing which day to have Halloween is something I never fully agreed with. Happy to hear you are passing candy both nights, I would have done the same. 😁

  2. This was such an enjoyable post….great to know that the trick or treaters won’t be disappointed both the days…that’s so thoughtful of you 😊😊💗

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