Friday, October 27, 2017

The last drop











We spent our afternoons in the backyard this week, soaking up the sun and walking around barefoot, knowing that the weather would turn on Thursday night. And turn it did, becoming cold and windy after dinnertime, dropping into the low thirties by dawn. Today has been chilly but clear and sunny, my absolute favorite kind of weather. I savored it heartily, wearing a warm jacket whenever I was outdoors (the Bear and I ran errands all morning), and am now sitting in the family room watching the leaves (what is left of them after last night's wind) moving outside the windows. Tonight, there will probably be a hard freeze, the first of the season. I bought a large canister of hot cocoa mix, because I am nothing if not optimistic about the urgent need for extreme levels of coziness.

We're almost ready for Halloween. The costumes are ready to go. I'll be a cat (as usual), the Bear will wear his painstakingly crafted Mountain Man costume, and the children will make further use of their costumes from the springtime school plays, though we've added some things to make them more interesting. The LB was a doctor in his play, which we've transformed into "mad scientist" for increased spookiness (though the LB's doctor was an evil fellow and fairly scary himself). The GB is the Wicked Witch of the West, with new and improved components: green-and-black striped tights, clip-in purple and green hair extensions, and a light-up necklace. (Party City had a big discount and free shipping two weeks ago, I went a little crazy). Gosh, I love Halloween. I have a spooky dinner planned, which nobody will find scary since they're getting really big now, but I am pretty sure I'll still be serving the Bear spooky Halloween dinners when we're eighty. We'll carve pumpkins, hang hokey spider lights on the gate and make ourselves sick on candy corn until the bitter end.

Regular life: the flusher broke on the master bath toilet this week. I was tired of sticking my hand in the tank to lift the flapper, so we rigged up a pull-string, like an old-timey water closet. I think we bought the wrong flusher at Lowe's this morning. We're battling mice in the ceiling over our bedroom. I don't want to talk about it. My teeth are bugging me after my dental work last week. I'm waiting for two crowns to be made, impatiently because the temporaries um...bite. But: there's a lot to look forward to - this whole time of year is just the best, I think. I'm starting to look at Christmas shopping a little bit, and I have some holiday crafting to do. I'm almost done with Maybelle! Only 29 more squares to join! And none too soon, it's getting pretty cold back there at night.

Tonight, I'll be watching Stranger Things and drinking cocoa. I would have my customary stove popcorn, but alas, bum teeth. How about you? Any plans for the weekend, or for Halloween? Hope you have a good time, my friends.

17 comments:

  1. I agree - enjoy every last moment of summer!
    GB is growing up and looking prettier all the time.
    Ughhh to mice!

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  2. It sounds like you’re all ready for a big spooktacular Halloween. Sorry to hear about the mice, toilet and teeth. There’s always “life”happening isn’t there? We’re supposed to possibly have snow next weekend. I’m so not ready. This weekend is supposed to be wonderful though and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest. I hope you have a wonderful week Jennifer. I’m looking forward to the big reveal of Maybelle. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. I am so glad you have joys to cherish! it got cold here too!!!

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  4. We have to grab every last moment of sunshine at this time of year, winter seems such a long stretch ahead, not my favourite time of year at all. I'm sorry to hear about the mice and teeth problems, I hope you get them both sorted out soon, but looking on the brighter side, I think your Halloween celebrations are going to be so much fun. It's very low key for us now there's just the two of us. I still buy sweeties for the trick or treaters but we rarely get any these days.

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  5. No Halloween plans here but lots of autumn cosying going on and I enjoyed the first episode of the second season of Stranger Things last night. Can't wait to see all your Halloween celebrations here - I love how much effort you put into it and how much fun you clearly get from it! Xx

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  6. I have handed over halloween to the older children - one is taking a tiger and a skeleton out trick or treating, the other is making sure the door is open for local children to come and treat us to a bad joke (so many bad jokes!). Halloween as a family celebration sounds nice. Have lots of fun. Hopefully your dental problems will be resolved soon, and I hope you found something to replace the popcorn.

    We are also enjoying the (sporadic) beautiful autumn days. Not looking forward to the dark months though, being so far North is a curse in winter. xx

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  7. I hope you get the teeth and mice problems fixed soon, Jennifer. Enjoy your Hallowe'en! :o)

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  8. Your photos are stunning. I love the russet leaves which I believe are virginia creeper. It grew all over my house in UK but I haven't seen any out here in Spain.
    I bought my first tin of hot chocolate mix this week ready for the winter evenings. It is still nice and sunny and warm here most days, but the evenings are getting chilly.
    It seems strange to see snow in the desert, though I know desert nights can be very cold.
    It was interesting to read your "About me" section. You have some pretty impressive publications and sponsorship in there.
    We don't 'do' halloween but I hope you have fun and enjoy it with your family.
    Kate x

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  9. Hallowe'en isn't such a big thing here, but I love to see your decorations and costumes. The littlest boy wants to carve a pumpkin, so we might do that. It's turned rather chilly here too, although there's glorious sunshine today which is a treat. Like you, I'm preparing all the cosy things. I hope your teeth are sorted soon, dental misery is horrid. Have a lovely weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  10. Sounds like a nice way to spend the last few moments warm weather. I love this time of year too, when it just starts to cool and the mornings are chilly. A big tub of cocoa is a really good idea! Bring on the cosiness! :)

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  11. The clocks go back tonight making it darker earlier so I am not looking forward to the darker months. I am led to believe that there is very little snow here on the Island just winds. Cocoa sounds just right for the season, make some chocolate spoons in lieu of the popcorn. Hope your teeth don't pain you too much. Hopefully the toilet flush will be back to normal soon and I really don't know what to say about the mice apart from good luck with that one. They are a real pest to get rid of. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Our temps dropped earlier in the week, and now we are full-on fall! I keep craving hot cocoa too ... why does it seem even cozier than tea?! You kill me with your Halloween spooky dinner! Ha! Boiled eyeball anyone. I hope you post photos of all of you in costume. The mad scientist has me intrigued. We have been baling on Halloween for the past few years. Maybe it's burnout from overdoing it all with the daycare for so many years, but we go to a restaurant instead with our house left in darkness and our poor dog barking at everyone passing by looking extremely threatening to him. Oddly enough though, those mini chocolate bars magically appear on the kitchen counter each year (my husband has a very sweet tooth I think!).
    Wendy

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  13. Ooh, that color! You have captured the light brilliantly! Our temps are dropping now too, and I am loving it. Tomorrow it should rain all day... sewing heaven!

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  14. I loved this post Jennifer. You really give us the feeling of Fall going on into Winter, and Halloween celebrations which are low-key and rare around here. Beautiful colours in your leaves and roses, and even the chickens match the season. Have a wonderful spooky night on Tuesday. It is very reassuring to know other people get broken toilets (last week, here, same problem) and mice in the bedroom ceiling (every Winter)...Oh Dear!

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  15. Hello my friend, I kind of laughed at the bad stuff but I know it is not funny. It was the way you tripped off three things at once - flusher, mice and teeth! all so gruesome but I hope you are finding answers to your problems. I am really willing you on for the blanket. I would love to send you a birthday card but I have lost your address. Please email me your address lovely and I can pop one in the post. Jo x

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  16. I think it's cool how you all dress up for Halloween and decorate and go all out! I loved Halloween as a kid and then again when my boys were little. Maybe it'll be fun for me again if I ever have a grandkid. Otherwise, I'll enjoy passing out candy to the kids who come to my door.

    So sorry to hear about your current woes...the aggravating toilet, the mice (we battle those in our basement), your teeth. Be careful with that candy corn!

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  17. Flushers and teeth and mice...oh my!!! So sorry for the miseries, but hope they soon get sorted and that you have a wonderful week, Jennifer. I got to go to my art group on Saturday which was fun and I am enjoying watching Hallmark movies :) xx

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