Wednesday, October 27, 2021

End of October Hodgepodge


Not sure how it happened, but October ends this weekend.  Joyce has a few themed questions for us to consider.  Here they are:

 1. Is Halloween a big deal in your neighborhood? Was it something you celebrated as a child? With your own children? Do you like candy corn? 

It doesn't seem a big deal at all in our immediate neighborhood, and I'm glad about that.  A nearby  neighborhood that  I often walk or drive through is about half and half -- many houses have mums and pumpkins and just glorious fall decor, while others are decked with skeletons, ghosts, and the like.  I just don't get how people think that is a cute way to decorate for the season.

 In my childhood days, the kids in our family carved jack o'lanterns and went trick or treating.  So different back then.  There would often be homemade goodies handed out, like popcorn balls or cookies.  Our school sometimes had an evening activity where kids could parade around the gym in their Halloween costumes.  And the costumes -- several of which I found in a box in our parents' attic -- were simple things like sailor outfits, pirate costumes, Little Red Riding Hood capes and the like.

Pumpkins ready for carving in 1957 or so

With our own kids, we usually carved jack o'lanterns and they handed out candy to the occasional trick-or-treaters.  There weren't many.

Candy corn is not a favorite of mine except as a component in some sort of snack mix.

Pumpkins at The Wilds of New England

2. Are you a scaredy cat? About what? 

Yes, I am, about many things.  Large spiders.  Mice.  Aggressive dogs. Driving distances by myself.

The dining room fireplace at Tall Timber, Pittsburg, NH

3. Last time you were somewhere that should have been busy but felt like a 'ghost town'? 

Probably in the airports when we traveled West last spring.  It felt downright strange not to stand in line to check bags.

The gang waiting for us to come off the plane in the Elko airport many years ago


4. Do you like chili and if so how do you like it? Beans or no beans? Meat or no meat? Beef or chicken? Spice or no spice? Favorite toppings? 

Oh yes, I like chili.   With beans, and preferably with meat.  For a tomato based chili, I would prefer ground beef or turkey.  I also make a white chicken chili that always goes over well.   Spice, for sure -- usually chili powder, cumin (lots of cumin), and oregano.  Favorite toppings: shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese; sour cream.

5. Would you describe yourself as a night owl? What time of night qualifies? What are you doing while everyone else is asleep? Do you then 'sleep in'? Define 'sleeping in'. 

No, I am not a night owl.   If I stay up until 10:30, that is late.  Our usual bedtime is probably around 9:30.  "Sleeping in" to us would be 6 or 6:30 a.m.

Display at the TWNE flagpole

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 I just love fall decorating, whether it be indoor or outdoor, at our own home or somewhere else.  The warm glowing colors are so welcoming and delightful!

A fall corner at The Wilds of New England
On our own dining room table
A decorated outdoor nook at TWNE

Fall flower lights made by me and one of the grandgirls, years ago

My hutch decorated for fall one year

A favorite fall teapot with jadeite plates

There's the Hodgepodge for this week!  (Wouldn't you like to join in on the Hodgepodge, too?  To get the questions and link up, head over to From This Side of the Pond.)


  1. I'm visiting from the hodgepodge. I love all of your pictures of fall decorations.

  2. I love decorating for fall and I am really missing it this year. A kitchen remodel is in progress which means that everything from the kitchen is on every flat surface in the living room and dining room. Never mind, I'll decorate next year and in my new kitchen as well!

  3. Thank you for sharing autumn's cute decor. 🍂

    This is a calm day after three days of pouring rain and a nasty windstorm that kept me awake most of the night. I have fun plans.

  4. Loved your answers...popcorn balls! YES! We used get those for Halloween too...I remember making much fun! I haven't had one in years, and now I want one! Yes, times have surely changed since we were little. We felt so much safer then, for one thing. I enjoyed seeing your fall decorations, both yours and the ones at the other places you visited. Yeah, I am not into the spooky stuff either, but I do like a good scarecrow and a jack o lantern. We had such fun creating those as kids too. Those were the good old days for sure. I don't have any candy yet for Halloween, so I guess I'll have to send hubby to get some before Sunday. Our neighborhood usually gets a lot of kids, and it is fun to see them in their cute costumes. Yes, I remember that we usually created our own costume somehow. I never liked wearing those masks with the eyes, nose and mouth cut outs. Anyway, hope you have a happy time there and enjoy what is left of your autumn days. I know they are "falling" fast these days! God bless you all.

  5. I love all your photos...I don't like mice or spiders. I didn't decorate this year since we're kind of in the middle of remodeling and everything is just too chaotic.


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