I am so happy that I live in a place where I get to experience all four seasons. I love snow, I get a thrill out of spring flowers, I am very grateful for bountiful summer produce — but fall ROCKS! The sound of the leaves blowing down the driveway, the intense colors of the trees, the crisp cool air, the respite from the heat — I love it all.
October is one of my favorite months because I love to decorate the house for Halloween. Pumpkins scattered through the yard and garden, cute little things adorning tabletops and my corner cabinet.
I like to get the boxes and bins out in early September so I can pick through them and see what’s there. I seem to experience some sort of holiday decoration amnesia, and you know the downside of that …. if you can’t remember what you already have you’re prone to purchase new stuff you don’t need. Sometimes I will donate some pieces to charity or pass them on to a friend, just so I can purchase something new, guilt-free. (Sneaky, huh?)
My dining room table doesn’t look quite as good as it should this year. I’ll be digging out some pictures of past vignettes to see what I’ve done differently in prior years. Then I can make adjustments.
One year, we used gauze and some cool craft goop and black felt to fashion our own little ghosts. Some of the ceramic pieces I have were painted 40 years ago by my mother-in-law.
Decorations and memories are intextricably interwoven at my house.
Happy Halloween to all of you. I hope it is spooktacular!
The mummy in the window was made by my late sister, Karen. I think of her and how pleased she was that I liked it every time I see it. She named it Moana because it’s supposed to moan when you hit a button. I’ve never figured that part out, but it adds a great touch to the front entrance.
I’m ready to make Halloween cupcakes, cake pops, all kinds of treats, and we’ll be enjoying the last of the bounty from the garden.
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