10 Rules For Kids Going Trick Or Treating On Halloween

Obey the Halloween code. This means only go to houses that are well lit and look like a Halloween friendly home. Try not to disturb anyone after 8 or 9 pm. And never go to a dark house – the code for any more trick-or-treating!

Respect personal property. Use the right path to the house and don’t jump through bushes and landscape to get to the door.

Only knock or ring the doorbell once. If no one comes to the door move on. They may be in a sticky situation and unable to answer the door.

Don’t forget to use the magic words – “Please” and “Thank you” are always appropriate while trick-or-treating!

No greedy grabber! Assume one piece of candy unless the house owner says otherwise. Respect the honor system if candy is left out on the porch. Again, don’t be a greedy grabber.

Safe Candy – Don’t eat anything unwrapped or home-made from strangers. Children (especially with allergies), please be careful with the candy and sort through with your parents.

Plan your route. Plan your route and remind your children about traffic safety. Visit a house only one time. Don’t go back for more! Stick to paths that you and your children are familiar with. Have a safe meeting place incase anyone gets lost from the group. Encourage all your children to WALK not run! Give a quick traffic safety reminder 101 –  cross the roads at crosswalks and corners. Always check left, right, and left again is always useful.

Sharing is caring. Be willing to share candy and trade with friends and respect your parent’s decision on how much candy to eat!

Bring lights! Wear reflective gear or necklaces. A flash light always helps–especially your child trips and all the Halloween candy falls out of the bag.

Test the Costume – Make sure that the costume is safe, comfortable and warm enough. Loose fitting clothes and oversized shoes can trip a little trick-or-treater. Avoid props that are sharp such as a sword or sticks. Decide on comfy shoes. And finally make sure that you can add layers and warmth if it gets colder.

Arsenal 5 Nottingham Forest 0

Arsenal bounced back from Thursday’s Europa League loss to PSV Eindhoven by returning to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic win over Nottingham Forest. Gabriel Martinelli headed the Gunners in front early on before England’s Bukayo Saka – who set up the opener – was forced off with an injury. Reiss Nelson, Saka’s replacement, doubled the lead four minutes after the restart with his first Arsenal goal since November 2020 before quickly adding his second.

Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard goals added gloss to the scoreline as Arsenal restored their two-point lead over Manchester City at the summit, with Forest still bottom after an eighth defeat of the season. Saka was on the receiving end of Renan Lodi’s heavy challenge in the opening minute, and while he recovered to tee up Martinelli, the 21-year-old twice required treatment before being taken off in the 27th minute.

The sight of Saka heading straight down to the tunnel after being substituted will concern England fans just three weeks before the start of the World Cup, although Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the winger would “hopefully not” be in danger of missing the tournament. While Saka looked bright before being withdrawn, Nelson seized an opportunity to shine on his first Premier League appearance since the opening match of last season.

The 22-year-old, who spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Feyenoord, put daylight between the teams when he fired home at the second attempt after Dean Henderson saved his initial shot. Having had to wait almost two years for an Arsenal goal, Nelson scored his second in the space of three minutes when he poked a Gabriel Jesus cross into the far corner. Nelson then turned provider, teeing up Partey, who lashed a superb right-footed shot into Henderson’s top corner before Odegaard hammered home a fifth to cap a dominant Arsenal display.

Slowly Starting To Like Twitter A Lot More

I used to be a lot more involved in Twitter back in the day. And when I say back in the day from the years of 2009-till 2017. I was quite active with many fellow Indian Twitter users in the state and especially the ones from Cochin. We used to have a few Tweetups in cafes around the city and I used to join them for a latte and a chat. Those were the days man. I made quite a few friends in and around the state and I still have quite a few friends from those days.

Slowly I stopped using Twitter for a while and then picked it up again a while later. Twitter became a shitshow for the most part. For so long, all I did on Twitter were the automatic Tweets from my blog posts – every time I posted on my blog, my connected Twitter app would tweet the link along with the title of the post and every week I would also share a few Youtube videos that I felt just had to share. But I wasn’t even checking Tweets by the people I follow for the longest time.

This year I have slowly started getting back to it. It’s mostly football related but also Science Fiction/Star Trek related stuff and yeah I also flirt online. I’ve become more and more available on the app and the Tweetdeck page that I normally use. But it still is my least liked social media app. But it’s better than the last few years.

Some Amazing Facts About Orca Whales

1. Orcas Aren’t Whales : Orcas are often called killer whales—they certainly have the size to be listed among those massive creatures. However, orcas are not actually whales; they are dolphins (and the largest species of dolphin, at that). Taxonomically, they fall into the Delphinidae family, which are oceanic dolphins. It is theorized that the misnomer was originated by sailors who saw orcas’ ferocious hunting of large marine animals and dubbed them “whale killers.” Then, the term somehow got flipped around over time.

2. They Have Evolved Based on Culture : Research conducted by Andrew Foote, a killer whale genetics expert, found that orcas and humans share an ability for culture-based evolution. In a 2016 study, Foote and a team of researchers analyzed the genes of different orca pods and discovered that distinctions in genes coincided with distinctions in culture, such as group social behaviors. One of the most apparent examples of this was in the orcas’ hunting behavior—different groups will hunt different types of prey using different techniques. Eventually, those distinctions result in differences in genomes, meaning cultural groups become genetically distinct.

3. They Go Through Menopause : Many members of the animal kingdom maintain the ability to reproduce until their deaths. But some species are exceptions to this, including the orca and of course, humans. Why would a species evolve to stop producing mid-life? For the orca, it has to do with their social practice of staying in pods. Because both sons and daughters remain in the pod throughout adulthood, older females are increasingly related to everyone in the pod.

4. Orca Clans Speak Different Languages : Orcas stick to family groups called pods, which together form larger societal groups called clans. One of the ways clans—and even individual pods—are distinct from others is their language. Clans “speak” completely different languages. These large groups coming together would be like trying to have a conversation between an English speaker, a Russian speaker, and a Chinese speaker. While the pods that make up each clan all speak the same language, they each have a distinct “dialect.” It’s much like how English speakers in the United States have Southern, New England, and Midwestern accents. Before this discovery, humans were the only known animals to evolve based on culture.

5. They Are the Second-Most Widespread Animal in the World : After humans, orcas are the most widespread mammal in the animal kingdom. The species ranges from the Arctic to the Antarctic and can be found everywhere, from the freezing waters of the north and south to the warm waters along the equator, including the Hawaiian Islands, Galapagos Islands, and the Gulf of California. Not only have orcas been seen in all of the world’s oceans, but they have also been spotted in freshwater rivers. One even swam more than 100 miles up the Columbia River in Oregon as it hunted fish.

6. Orcas Scare White Sharks : When orcas and white sharks confront one another, it is the white shark that flees. Research conducted at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California followed a group of white sharks for several months.3 These sharks always fed in the same place, but when two pods of orcas arrived, the sharks fled and did not return for months. It is possible that orcas are targeting white sharks. Another theory is simply that orcas bully white sharks away from prey in the area. Either way, even if orcas are just passing through, white sharks will not return to a location for up to a year. (via Treehugger.com)

How Will You Be Spending Halloween This Year?

Well since I live in India, I will not be going for any Halloween parties and I will not be dressing up in a costume and I will not be sending out any kids for Trick or treating. Well that’s because we don’t have any of these practices in India and as for the kids, well I do not have any.

We do not celebrate it here at all, with the sole exemptions of some companies who will conduct some activities in their offices but that is also just a trickle compare to the big festivities that happen in the US, the UK & Canada. So I will be sitting in at home and just chilling. I have to work from 9:30 pm till 6:30 am – yes the dreaded vampire shift. So I will try to watch a movie in the afternoon. Like a horror movie.

But I do have some candy. Some Hersheys white chocolate candy bars. Nice!

Prompt from Daily Journaling Prompts for October at Krafty Planner

Where Do You blog? Share Your Space.

This is the place where from 2007 onwards I have been maintaining this blog and writing the vast majority of my blog posts. And before that for a few months on my old blogspot blog as well. This small table is what I bought back in 2006 just after I bought my assembled desktop pc. In 2010 as my system had many issues, I bought my first laptop which was a Lenovo and then in 2015 I bought a Dell and in 2019 I bought this laptop that you see here which is my current work horse HP.

However for the last 2.5 years or more I have not been using this as my space to blog. Since I have a large desktop from work, and the table is small, I use my laptop kept on a laptop stand on my bed and I use that to blog on and ofcourse play music, watch YT videos and Facebook etc. Someday I will get my former blogging space back and be able to keep my laptop on the table. Until then, ma cherie!

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for October at A Grande Life

Pablo Mari Among People Stabbed In Italy

A man grabbed a knife from a supermarket shelf Thursday and stabbed five people, killing one and wounding four others, including Spanish soccer player Pablo Mari, Italian authorities said. Police arrested a 46-year-old Italian man suspected in the attack at a shopping center in Assago, a suburb of Milan, carabinieri said. A supermarket employee died en route to the hospital, according to the news agency ANSA, which said three other victims were in serious condition. Another person was treated for shock but not hospitalized, police said.

The motive for the attacks was unknown, but police said the man showed signs of being psychologically unstable. There were no elements to suggest terrorism. Mari, who is on loan to the Serie A club Monza from Arsenal, was among the wounded. Arsenal said in a statement that Mari was at the hospital but was not seriously hurt. Monza club CEO Adrian Galliano wished the soccer player a speedy recovery in a message posted on Twitter.

Witnesses told ANSA they saw people fleeing the supermarket in shock, and as the gravity of the situation became clear, shop workers pulled down the store’s shutters. The Carrefour supermarket chain said that police and ambulance crews responded immediately to calls alerting them about the attack. The chain expressed its sympathies to employees and clients affected by the attack and said it was offering them psychological support. Arsenal have been in contact with Pablo’s agent who has told us he’s in hospital and is not seriously hurt.

PSV Eindhoven 2 Arsenal 0

The Gunners only needed a point in the Netherlands to advance to the last 16 next March. But Joey Veerman’s first-time finish from 16 yards and a header by substitute Luuk de Jong – after a mistake by keeper Aaron Ramsdale on his European debut – meant Arsenal lost in Europe for the first time this season. PSV, managed by former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy, also had three goals ruled out for offside as Arsenal were well beaten.

The Gunners need to beat Zurich, who they defeated 2-1 in Switzerland on 8 September, in their final group game next Thursday at Emirates Stadium (20:00 GMT) to guarantee a place in the last 16. If they fail to win and PSV beat Bodo/Glimt in Norway, Arsenal will face two extra games in the knockout round playoffs, which will also include teams who finished third in their Champions League groups, including Barcelona. Arsenal had been pretty much faultless in Europe this season after four wins out of four, including a narrow 1-0 win over PSV at Emirates Stadium last week. This was their biggest test to date on the continent, yet they were second best as PSV – who included Jarrad Branthwaite, on loan from Everton, in the centre of defence – produced a dominant performance in front of their own fans.

Cody Gakpo and 19-year-old former Paris St-Germain midfielder Xavi Simons caused the Gunners defence all sorts of problems. Gakpo had two goals ruled out for offside and Simons one. Arsenal were living dangerously and it was no surprise when Veerman swept the hosts ahead before De Jong struck after Ramsdale failed to connect while trying to clear a corner. By the end, Arsenal finished with substitutes Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey on the pitch but they were unable to rescue a point. They remain favourites to finish top of the group, but Arteta now seems unlikely to be in a position to rest key players before the heavyweight London derby at Chelsea on 6 November after a second defeat in 16 games this season.

How To Make Your Morning Habits Affect You In A Positive Way

What morning habits help you have a good day?

Some simple things. If I get up early but I don’t feel too tired or sleepy then that is a really good start to the day. I want to be able to have had enough rest but I don’t want to oversleep and wake up late, which means that I will have less time to do things the rest of the day. So earlyish wake up is a good thing and step one.

Big cup of coffee as soon as I brush my teeth? Yes. Even better? A second big cup of coffee later on the morning will make things a whole lot brighter and make me feel more awake. A nice breakfast – I like a lighter breakfast; just some peanut butter on toast or some vegan garlic mayo on toast. A solid morning listening to music as I eat my breakfast and enjoy my coffee. Watch some Youtube videos and debates and have a relaxing morning.

Other than that I don’t think I need much to have a good day. I usually take a shower later on in the day. But yeah if I can get a nice shave and a shower in the morning, then it will be a really refreshing start to the day.

Prompt from Daily Journaling Prompts for October at Krafty Planner

Dead Target : Editor’s Choice & My Addiction

Yet another zombie killing game? After randomly selecting and downloading Last Hope 3 : Sniper Zombie War in the beginning of the month, I have now downloaded two more and playing them whenever I get some free time and I am not working. The first one is Dead Target, which is an editor’s choice on Google PLayStore.

Dead Target – is a free offline games 2021 is an addictive shooting game with fps themes! An easy control system that brings you a perfect shooting time killer adventure, remember it is an offline game. Keep your defense up, your finger on the trigger, and shoot evil zombies in DEAD TARGET.

In 2040, the zombie apocalypse began. A sniper team was hired to head to the warfare, collect guns & save residential areas! These could be your last days on Earth, your last hope as a resident surviving is to join them. Fight for survival in a zombie apocalypse with shooting games. If you don’t want to be a dead resident, don’t deny your duty, try your best to aim in these free gun games!

This offline fps game is one of the shooting games where you can:

– Kill evil zombies with legendary 3D fps weapons
– Upgrade guns and snipers to face up to non-stop zombie attacks
– Experience 3D shooting as an accurate fps engine
– Into the dead, slay zombies of all evil types

If you haven’t downloaded it till now, try it and be addicted like I am, LOL!

Earliest Memories

What is your earliest memory?

I’ve written before about two earlier memories that I am particular fond off and these are the two that I remember – one from age 3 and the other at age 4. Those are are far back as I can remember. And having blogged about it, as long as I maintain this blog, I can easily remember these two incidents until the rest of the life. I am 46 now so not sure how many years I will maintain this blog but yeah I would love to keep it till I die.

As for other memories from the age of 4 – I remember going to a play school that a couple of former school teachers were conducting from their home in the same building as my family lived. Along with a few other kids I was sent to learn a few things and play with some educational toys back then. I think age 4 would be right. I can barely remember any of the people in the group, just what my mother later told me about the two ladies.

It’s a shame that we couldn’t record all the thing that happened to us back then. Other than a physical journal we didn’t have much of an option. For us it was a few years away from getting good working camcorders but we didn’t have the internet or apps and smartphones to make it easy for us.

Prompt from 31 October Prompts At Journal Buddies

How To Comfort Your Dog During Fireworks

Try giving your pup lots of extra play time during the day through tugging, chasing, and fetching. A sleepy pooch may not have the energy to be bothered by any noisy fireworks, they may even sleep through them altogether. Be aware of when fireworks will be set off in your area so you can plan on letting your dog out earlier in the evening. This will avoid having to let them out later and will mean you can keep them safely inside.

Put your dog in a quiet room that can block out a lot of outdoor noise by keeping the windows shut. You can create a temporary hangout spot for your dog by making the room extra inviting. Give him/her lots of treats, their favorite blanket or bed, and toys. You could even give them a brand new toy to help distract them from any scary sounds.

Sometimes, the only thing your dog needs is some extra TLC. Try petting your dog and speaking to them softly during the fireworks. Keep in mind that dogs enjoy being pet certain places more than others.

They say the key to the heart is through the stomach, and that may be the key to keeping your dog calm, too. Get the peanut butter or other treats that your dog loves ready when the fireworks go off. It will help distract them and give them a little bit of positive reinforcement for staying calm when hearing a loud boom.

Sometimes the bright, flashing lights can be scarier to your dog than the noise! Be sure to keep all your curtains closed in the house where fireworks may be visible to your dog.  Remind the humans of the household that they can enjoy the show outside.

Music and white noise not only help people destress, but they can also help your dog, too. Not sure what type of music would be best to help soothe your dog’s firework fear? Recent studies have shown that playing music reduces stress in dogs at animal shelters, with less barking, lower respiratory rates, and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Music therapy is used as a natural anti-anxiety remedy and to help with sleep disorders, and it’s easy to use the same technique for your puppy or adult dog.  Reggae and soft rock are the most relaxing music for dogs in shelters, and classical music also helps calm down dogs in stressful environments.

5 Weird Laws From The Province of New Brunswick

No Howling Cats : Edmundston. It’s fairly standard for animal control bylaws to restrict annoying, barking dogs. Edmundston’s Bylaw No. 10R2011 2(a)(iii) takes it a step further, decreeing that no cat owner may allow his or her cat to “cause a disturbance to a person by its meowing or howling.”

No Showing off your snake : Fredericton. Sashaying down to the Regent Street Tim’s wearing a snake Ă  la 2001 Britney Spears? That’s a no-no in the provincial capital, where Section 2.13 of the municipal animal control bylaw dictates “no person shall have, keep or possess a snake or other reptile upon the street or in any public place.” Fredericton isn’t the only city in the province to disssssuade such displays: there are similar contain-your-snake laws on the books in Sussex, Perth Andover, Sackville and Miramichi.

No Bitches on the streets : Fredericton. Fredericton’s animal control Bylaw No. S-11A stipulates in Section 3.16 that “no owner of a bitch shall suffer or permit such bitch to be upon the street or in any public place while the bitch is in heat.”

No mature Trick or Treaters : Bathurst. Until September 2017, it was illegal for Bathurst teens over age 14 to parade door-to-door, and no little ghosties or ghoulies were allowed out past 7 p.m. After the rule sparked controversy, the curfew was extended to 8 p.m., but the bylaw still states “no person(s) over the age of 16 yrs. shall take part in door to door soliciting (trick or treating) in the City of Bathurst.” Boooo.

No splashing pedestrians : Moncton. Hitting the gas and drenching pedestrians is such a certified jerk move that it’s actually against the law in Moncton. Section 2(h) of Moncton’s use-of-streets bylaw states “no person shall drive a motor vehicle on any street so as to splash water, mud or snow on a pedestrian.” The no-splashing law is also on the books in Charlottetown. If reported, the driver can be fined up to $175.

Afghani Chicken: Creamy & Delicious

This recipe of Afghani chicken is lip smacking delicious and different. Chicken glazed with distinctive ingredients and grilled. Cooked in about 30 minutes, this chicken recipe is a great option to have as a starter or appetizer at a dinner party or any special occasion. Goodness of cream mixed with rich cashews, poppy seeds and melon seeds along with pepper infused in chicken and grilled to perfection.

Ingredients of Chicken Afghani

Preparation Method:

  • Step 1 : Here’s how you can prepare this delicious Afghani recipe, wash the chicken pieces and let them dry. Take a bowl and add ginger paste, garlic paste, lime juice and salt. Mix the ingredients well and keep aside.

  • Step 2 : Then, take a bowl and marinate the chicken pieces with the mixture and keep it aside for about 20 minutes.

  • Step 3 : After half an hour, add cashews paste, cheese spread, cream and whisked eggs to the mix. Let it stay for another 10 minutes.

  • Step 4 : Once marinated, place the chicken pieces in the skewers by slightly pricking on the chicken pieces and roast them in a preheated tandoor for another 5 minutes.

  • Step 5 : Once the chicken pieces appear to be cooked, serve them hot with any chutney of your choice.