Halloween

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Fall is fading fast, and within a few days, the trees will be naked, and winter will make a visual, if not actual, appearance.
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I walked around the house to get a few pictures, of nothing in particular. Just fall-looking things, and stuff laying around.
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Michael's had a great sale -- $1.99 for the grapevine wreaths, $.99 for the fall flowers/leaves, and 40% off the ribbon. So for less than 10 bucks and 10 minutes, I was able to throw this wreath together. It doesn't look professional, but it's nicer than a plain door.
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Roks' Christmas stocking in progress.
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Sewing today. I think the view from the windows will be changing soon. We can already see the cars zooming past -- they are no longer hidden behind a strip of trees and brush.
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We hadn't intended to do anything for Halloween this year. It's just not our favorite holiday. But our neighbors-across-the-street were not vacationing this year, and their children wanted to go with ours. So at about 5:53pm they kids threw on whatever they could find for costumes, and off they went.
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Daddy and Gater handed out the $6 worth of candy I had bought. I had planned to eat it or give it to our non-trick-or-treaters, but it turned out that we were glad I'd bought it after all. Hope the visitors weren't too disappointed. They each got a chocolate eyeball and two Hershey's kisses (or one Reese's cup.)
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Joman carved this pumpkin last night.
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And Miss Rose carved the jack-o-lantern face.
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Bert was too afraid to look at himself in the mirror.
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Last Farmers Market Day, 2009

Saturday was the last day of the local Farmers Market.
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Some of us had been feeling a little shut-in, so we decided to jump in the car and get out there.
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Not much produce at this time of year, but there were lots of lovely pumpkins. Besides the great huge orange jack-o-lantern pumpkins, there were also these fancy styles; and stands selling handcrafts, pottery, local honey and beeswax, homebaked pies and breads, jams, jellies and salsas, and much more.
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Since it was the last day of the season, the Market had some special activities for children.
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Pony rides, unusual animals, a Fall crafting station, a chalk-art storyteller, and lots of fun games.
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The Gater was feeling much better, having been able to get out for a while. Although it was very cold and muddy! We arrived as the market opened, so it was still early and very chilly.
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Bert loved this game. I think he always wanted a chance to throw pumpkins.
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Sad that the markets have come to an end already. But there are always a lot of fun things to do in Fall, anyway.

Fall means Back To School

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Roks started kindergarten this fall.
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He especially likes the "garten" part. Most especially the "callerpilter" part of the "garten" part. This 3.5" caterpillar eating the Japanese maple was a Polyphemus moth-to-be. This was the first caterpiller we've ever seen that Roks wouldn't touch. Roks thought the caterpillar might take a pretty good bite out of him if it had a mind to.
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Miss Rose saved up her allowance for a long time, and bought herself a brand new sewing machine.
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Then she sat and taught Roks to use her little sewing machine.
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School is fun. Actually, sewing is "CooL."
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The Gater has learned how to grow teeth.
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Mamma's making progress on the never-ending-afghan. But she's having to put it away for a while to make time for other projects.... It's holiday season right around the corner!
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