Monday, October 31, 2011

Fantastic Fall

Yes, minus the emotional quicksand bit, this has been a wonderful fall for those of us who live in the Chicago environs. The weather has really been decent. I guess 'normal' would be a fitting description of the slow and steady spiral downward movement of the thermometer and the leaves.

A few weeks back we harvested the garden. The potatoes, carrots, cabbage and tomatoes gathered that day were paired with a couple of pieces of corned beef and fed the ten of us who gathered for the usual Thursday family dinner.

The end of the harvest from our little city plot.

Peggy had the garden ....I do the baking...together we had a Halfway to St. Patrick's Day!

Dinner time craziness!!!

Tastes so good when it comes from your own garden!!

For the past two weeks I have been pounding my sewing machines to near death. Besides some Etsy orders there were costumes to be made for Halloween!! All were done and delivered by last Friday [<;

 My Muerto del Titanic and Hogwart student grudgingly posing today.

 Much happier to be heading off to collect candy with the friends than the sister!! She went Trick-or-Treating this year despite the homework assigned by EVERY teacher because the middle school decided that 8th graders are too old to celebrate Halloween!?!?!

The younger set happy to be together without those silly teens! Oh, and the grammar schools decided that Halloween night was a good time to assign homework as well!?!?!?! This Mom decided the teachers would reap the rewards of what they had sown...after Trick-or-Treating we did the homework....which resulted in a two hour delay in the usual they can suffer the behavior tomorrow of two sleep deprived girlies hepped on sugar to keep them from nodding off!!!

This is my version of an Angry Bird made for a friend's son (-:

And the view of his tail feathers.

The Tarzana costume and the Swim Team member are awaiting the promised pictures by the recipients!!! Yes, that would mean you Steven!!

We also prepared for November 1st , Dia de los Muertos by decorating our ofrenda...

...which included our plate full of sugar skulls made last weekend.

There are still plenty of leaves on the trees waiting for the cold winds to blow them down. We've only had a mild frost or two...unlike our poor friends out east who were slammed with snow. The weathermen are trying to scare us into being prepared for one heck of a snowy winter....I should listen and prepare...but I'm not ready to let go of fall just yet!


  1. I am so with you, of course I don't htink kids should have homework at all. They spend all day in school, when they are home they should be playing and beign kids, what kind of teachers give kids homework on Halloween, My mom was still trick or treating in her 30's even though she doens't like candy, its fun! HOpefully they teachers got what they deserved, osrry to the nice ones who didn't give homework.

  2. Fortunately, we didn't have homework, although it would have been done at after school care before I picked her up if she had had it. Too many teachers that I work with complain and moan and groan about Halloween falling on a school night and think it should be legislated to be on a weekend night--which of course it can't since it is All Hallows Eve, followed by All Saints Day. What's next? Christmas Eve/Day can only be on a weekend because kids get so excited??? my soapbox now.

    Love the costumes. The decision to be a particular Hogwarts student next year has already been made after the promise of using our trick-or-treat buddy's cape next year.

  3. I love your dia del meurtos tradition. the costumes are awesome -- I can see why you have no time to blog. lovely garden veggies too. happy blessed Thanksgiving.