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The Fall Mash

[Counting Ducks  serves up blog posts with deep insight and  brings optimism to the forefront with  your morning cup of coffee. He asks the key question”Why is October specially busy?”  A very good question indeed..]

As a slight cold wind blows through the city streets and the leaves begin to fall to the ground. The last few days of beautiful weather have gone leaving my toes itchy for  more. And the month of October there is always more!

It’s the perfect time to inhale the air and step outside before the treacherous white witch arrives to steal all of falls glory. I am the defender of all things fall and will fight the white witch until the bitter end. It is this which makes October busy!

I have to relish the smells of Thanksgiving supper full of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash , and pumpkin pie.  Enjoy one too many glasses of wine and fall in a pile of leaves.  Thanksgiving is my time to enjoy all of my favorite foods and be thankful for the ones I love with all of my heart.

It’s then with a turn of a switch I take a hitch and prepare for my favorite day of the year! Hallow’s Eve! What is better than ghouls,ghosts, and goblins? It’s this year I will make my own ghoulish masterpiece of a  cemetery cake! Dare to create a haunted house that no one will enter!

However, a certain someone in my life doesn’t understand my need to have four Jack O lanterns, Caution Tape Across the Front Door, a witch perched in the yard, the hint of gravestones lingering in the front, and maybe a leg upside down in the garden.

Jack and the Cat by Michelle Nardi

I must be careful not  to cause a stir and abruptly change everything at once for some people do not love Halloween as much as I! I must slowly prepare this soul with a gradual changes to the house as I slowly  increase the additions of  Halloween Horrors.

I must slowly place the pumpkins on the step, wait a day for the caution tape, sneak out  the witch, dedicate an afternoon of making ghosts hanging in the trees, lighting the house in black and orange. I do it all in stages. Many stages. He accepts each time without question as he walks through the door  with a slight grumble and graciously waits for the day I tear it all down.

I  have promised this year  to be a much more quiet Halloween!  The only thing is I will have to do is forgo the music, make a smaller rum punch, and only haul out the smoke machine. Afterall, relationships are about compromise….

Are you finding the change of seasons busy? Do you love Halloween and Thanksgiving as much as me?

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22 replies

  1. Fall is always a busy time of year for me. I feel like I amble along in the summer and when fall starts someone puts me on a treadmill and turns it on full speed. I have mixed emotions about fall. On the one hand, I LOVE the cooler weather, apples, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and the colors of the leaves. On the other hand, it is a harbinger for winter. It’s hard to pretend that the White Witch, as you call her, isn’t waiting in the wings to make her first appearance of the season.

    Your One Question idea was great! Can’t wait to read more of you answers.

    1. Thank you! Some of the questions are challenging my brain to work in a different direction! I love it!

      The white witch is very cruel to bring the cold, ice, and snow! She challenges me every year! And every year she wins 🙂 I find fall busy just with the hustle and bustle of school, the kids extracurricular activities, and all of my favorite days of the year tied into one! It’s the last time of the season to enjoy the great outdoors without putting on a snow suit and pretending to embrace the winter.

  2. Thankyou for you lovely comment about my Blog and as for Halloween it is something I have a fond memory for generated by the excitement my children felt about it when they were little toddlers

    1. I do look forward to reading your blog! It always offers so much to think about 🙂 Halloween is so fun with the kids! They love to decorate, dress-up, and enjoy all the candy. It’s the one time of year I find magical with them

  3. I don’t think the season’s have anything to do with it, but i am feeling so busy and overwhelmed…. the past few months have caught up with me… I feel like I can use an extra 24 hours in the day…or a nervous breakdown. But, some how the fall weather is kinda helping me to move a bit faster… so that is good. Your house must look amazing for halloween!

    1. You would love Halloween especially if you have a sweet tooth! A Jack O Lantern is very fun to make and doesn’t take very long! All you have to do is cut open the top of the pumpkin, clean it out, stencil the image you would like on the outside, and then follow the stencil with a knife carving out the image. It’s one of my favorite things to do! The best part is roasting the pumpkin seeds 🙂

  4. I must admit i’m passionate about things, but the holiday season? Not so much… people have notced a big change in me since moving to the tropics…same temperature all year long…. and as you could imagine, turkey is not a big thing here… as for group meetings to eat? we do that weekly… so i think i’m a victim of circumstance….


  5. Things are heading towards busier, which is good. Fall is nice, but it precedes that nasty season, and it follows my favourite. it deserves better placement. Perhaps if we cut winter to a manageable six weeks, we can rearrange the calendar to give it a fair shake.

  6. I’m a little embarrassed to say that Halloween and Thanksgiving are not that big of a deal for me. I love getting my kids and my extra kids through the traditions and the fun of the season. But I really don’t go big for decorations, and I haven’t dressed up myself in years (*hanging head in shame*). Fall is crazy-busy for me, transitioning the six-man crew into our fall/winter program, and now we have playschool and kindergarten activities to add to it! Obviously, I need to take a breath and some time to enjoy it! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  7. You’ve brought out all the best things about autumn from my childhood, those big turkey dinners with the family, playing in the leaves, Mom sipping one glass of wine after supper, the Halloween decorations, all of it! We had such fun.
    Autumn is my favorite time of year, hands down! Beautiful post, thanks!

  8. Fall has become my favorite season since moving to Arizona – temps drop below 90º (not yet), aspen on the mountain range behind the house demand to be viewed, walking out of doors becomes reasonable with less risk of snakes, and thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, which has become our family’s favorite holiday.

    1. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of love warm and goodness 🙂 The view from your home most be spectacular! Especially of your Arizona room. Have I mentioned I’m very jealous of that room? 😉

  9. My birthday is the day before Halloween, so I’ve always loved the ho(w)liday! Even now that my birthdays don’t capture my attention throughout the year the way they used to, my love of Halloween has remained. Add the prospect of dressing a little one in costumes, and how could I not love it? Mwa!

    I love Thanksgiving as well. I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger, but came to look forward to the chance to say thanks, no matter whether I agreed with the holiday’s intended celebration. A day to give thanks? I’m there! And I love being there now. I’ll miss being with my siblings this Thanksgiving, but the missing is tempered by the knowledge I’m staying away to save PTO to spend a week with my new niece and nephew in January!

  10. I wish had the energy to decorate for Hallowe’en. I’ll have the pumpkin but don’t imagine it will even get carved… I’m thinking it can be a kind of post-modern thing–the pumpkin without a face, confronting its angst with authenticity!

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