I love Autumn. I love the word, Autumn. I love the colors and the way the sunlight seems golden. I love the cool nights when we throw the windows open wide and sleep deep sleeps in the cool, crisp air. I love the almost too perfect days of blue skies and golden everything.
I also love to decorate for Autumn. I have always felt our house was built for Autumn because it always looks it best this time of year.
I love that Halloween comes in October. There are so many festivals and harvest celebrations in the Autumn. This is the front table of my shop. Those pumpkins are my very own pumpkins that I grew myself this year. David made the wooden pumpkin.
A few years ago we traveled to New York to the finger lakes district and went through several beautiful New England towns. In one shop in one of the towns they were selling wooden jack-o-lanterns. They were kind of expensive and David said, “I could make them.” And he came home and made two for me and one for each of our kids and I painted them. They light up at night. I tell David he could make these and sell them.
These are more of my pumpkins. I am already planning to grow pumpkins again next year. I really like the white ones. There is a scarecrow sitting just opposite these pumpkins, but I forgot to take a picture of him. I’ll show you later.
See how golden everything looks in our house? I picked these hydrangeas and sedum and lamb’s ear to make a dry flower arrangement. Okay, you don’t see the golden? My picture just does not do the light coming in our house justice.
I strung a garland of leaves I made across the kitchen window.
Just a few things I have made to decorate for Autumn.
The Autumn sedum is especially pretty this year.
The squirrels are gathering nuts and other food for winter. This one is pretty plump. Looks like he/she has been eating very well. I put out cobs of corn and the whole cobs disappear. Somewhere in some tree a squirrel has a lot of corn stored away.
Of course we always have candy corn or candy pumpkins out. David is the only one who eats them. I don’t really like them. Does that make me bad?
I got a Yankee Candle catalog this week and was astounded that they had a candle scented like turkey and stuffing. The catalog has scratch and sniff places in its pages and this candle smells very strongly of sage. They also have Sweet Potato Pie scent and Cranberry Sauce scent. I don’t know how they do it, but the scents are very close to the real thing.
A few weeks ago David laid a cement pad just outside the new door in my shop and two of my grandsons and David and I put our handprints in it.
Our other grandchildren will have to put their handprints on with paint and then I will seal the cement for all eternity or until the cement falls apart or I fall apart, whichever comes first. It startles me that my grandsons’ hands are almost as big as mine.
I haven’t posted any pictures of our dogs for a while. Please excuse Belle. She forgot her manners and stuck out her tongue.
Here’s to Autumn, pumpkins, cool evenings, and naughty pups. Bye.