Happy Halloween

I always enjoy this time of the year. The leaves are beautiful, the air is crisp and it’s fun to decorate with all the gourds I grew all summer long. This year, all the decorations were in place – but one extra one showed up – Yikes!  Guess which one isn’t one of my normal fall decorations?!?

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My spooky houses
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The fireplace with pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet.
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Two of the cutest pumpkins around!
Scary Spider
It must be a ghost spider – the picture keeps disappearing off the blog!

October — Greasin’ the Gourds

Don’t.

I read on the internet (so it must be true), to wipe your fall gourds with a Clorox wipe to kill any bacteria, and then “grease” them with Vaseline to seal them and make them shiny.  It sounded like a great way to preserve them through to the other side of Thanksgiving — and, it had the added benefit of making my hands REALLY soft after spending all that time dipped in Vaseline.

The problem is, it didn’t work.  While the gourds looked clean and very shiny — they don’t seem to be lasting.  At least a few of them have already sprouted soft spots, grown mold and hit the trash can.

But, the scarecrow is at the ready.  The mums are blooming, the pumpkins are flanking the front steps and our pet crow is guarding the wine cellar.

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Dirty gourds ready for a cleanin’ and a greasin’.
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Clean and shiny gourds — I should have taken a picture of the moldy, rotten gourds too — but that didn’t look very nice.
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Our scarecrow — a “welcoming” sight for any trick-or-treaters.
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I love the fall colors.
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It’s definitely fall on the farm.
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Our watchful raven — BOO!