On Saturday night Ralph and I volunteered for three hours outside a stately (and haunted?) Victorian mansion that is now a funeral home.
It was one of several stops along a Halloween-inspired haunted lantern tour through downtown Derby, Ct. We told a spooky story hat we read from a script given to us. Hundreds of people - who paid $5 apiece - came to get spooked and learn local history. I counted 20 tour groups, although I could have lost track, because I was getting rather punchy near the end of the event.
So does Ralph look kinda creepy here? I think so. It was cold out there and the wool cape added a bit of a 'Grim Reaper' look, in my opinion...
We told the story of a young woman, Emma Schabert, who lived in the house with her first husband - who was 40 years her senior. She and her brother were lucky enough to survive the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 after being rescued from a lifeboat by the crew of the Carpathia. The question we posed was: would her wealthy husband, Rufus W. Blake, who owned the Sterling Piano Co. in Derby, be as lucky?
As the story goes, the couple was home one night playing cards when Rufus went upstairs and accidentally shot himself in the eye. He never regained consciousness. Newspaper accounts at the time said his death was accidental. However, the "accident" left Emma a very wealthy young widow.
Coincidence? No one can say for sure.
But as the script we read says, "Someone in the house rests uneasily. Footsteps are heard echoing through the building, cigar smoke is frequently smelled and doors open and close without explanation."
Before the tours there was a Jack O'Lantern contest. Guess who didn't win?
Bwahahaha ~ I've only carved three pumpkins in my entire life, so I'm not too skilled at it.
...but receiving lots of support since my cancer diagnosis from family, friends, and even from folks I don't even know is almost as good!
On Wednesday I received some unexpected recognition from a group of wonderful people, and I'm trying to figure out how to thank them for their thoughtfulness.
I'm purposely being vague here...need to think about what to do to show my gratitude.
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In other news, Ralph and I are taking part in "Haunted Lantern Tours" tonight in downtown Derby, Ct. The cool thing is we're not attending, we're two of the presenters. He and I will be at one of the stops on the tour to tell a story about the former inhabitants of a (haunted?) Victorian house that is now a funeral home. We'll mention the sudden death of one them inside the house ...
It's Monday morning and I'm all set to go back for treatment #10. Only two more after today! Yay!
I always get hungry while I'm sitting there, so once again I'll bring my peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a snack. This time on multi-grain bread instead of whole wheat. Exciting, eh?
I'm going to wear my new long-sleeved T-shirt that I got for participating in the walk on Saturday. I'd take a picture of it but my rechargeable batteries aren't recharging any more. And I can't seem to find any AA batteries. Must buy some. I hate to be without my camera.
I guess that's it for now. Thanks for reading my online cancer journey journal!
So happy I completed the 3.1-mile walk this morning.
It was amazing - as I was pulling out of the driveway the rain was letting up and the sun was breaking through the clouds. It ended up being a perfect, albeit steamy, morning for the event. There were so many participants. I'd say it was a huge success.
I was among friends. I saw two of my doctors, both oncology nurses, an extremely energetic and enthusiastic nutritionist and fitness expert named Samantha (who has been strongly suggesting to me that I get into an exercise routine), and several other hospital employees.
Samantha was at the finish line and gave me a big hug when I completed the walk. I think she was happier than I was.
Thanks to all my supporters. ;-) I must say I enjoyed the hugs and kisses and handshakes and all.
I also love the T-shirts they gave out. I didn't know they were going to be long-sleeved. Woo hoo!