Happy November! I hope you had a fun Halloween and that you have lots of candy to enjoy today. Before I pull all of our Thanksgiving things down from the attic, I wanted you to see how the house looked last night. And if you have had just waaaaay too much Halloween, leave now and come back next year to read this post. 🙂 (I’m sure someone has a Christmas decorating post up somewhere in blogland. 😉 )
Every year I tell myself to add some “spooky” to our Halloween decorations, and every year I chicken out. But this year, I decided that black birds would be spooky without being gory.
So a few landed on our pumpkins on the front steps.
(Ignore the pitifully dying holly there. It is up for replacement.)
And another bird found himself in the door basket with a sign reading, “Nevermore.”
A couple more were perched outside the side door.
On the back side of the house, the screened porch was decked out in orange and black like the rest of the house.
I couldn’t resist a little more of the “bird theme” in the desk area.
A few birds flew in to the table and buffet area.
(Guess they were hungry! 🙂 )
An excerpt of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven, was a perfect touch of spookiness for the chalkboard. No pretty lettering this time. I wanted it to appear old and kind of creepy.
I caged the bird on the table in a cage from Michaels.
All of the birds came from Michaels as well.
The black and white checked napkins came from Sur La Table a few years ago, and the pumpkin soup tureens were a purchased a number of years ago from Pottery Barn outlet.
This is about as spooky as I will ever get.
And I have to share our outfits (not costumes…just outfits. 🙂 ) Gabbie dressed as a cat. (What else would a dog find appropriate for Halloween? 🙂 )
And I pulled out my old Mickey Mouse shirt for the night.
So we both wore skeletons for Halloween. 🙂
This morning Gabbie’s shirt was folded and sitting on my desk (where everything gets piled. 🙁 ) She kept walking by, looking at it, and whining. So I took it off the desk, put it back on her, and she has been happy ever since. Guess she liked being dressed in her cat shirt! 🙂
Now this really does bring us to the end of Halloween for 2017. Time to move on to Thanksgiving! Even though I begin each day with a prayer of gratitude for all of my blessings, November is my designated “month of thanks.” So my first big thank you is to all of you for your super sweet comments in the last post. It was sooooo nice to be missed!! In a world of Instagram and Pinterest that seems to be filled with white rooms and white farmhouses, I often feel like I am an “odd man” and don’t quite fit in anywhere. So thank you for reminding me that everyone doesn’t have to look the same. Every one of us, in our own unique way, has something to offer, and each of us has our own special style. That’s what makes this life so interesting! 🙂 So thank you again for all your kind words. Know that they are very much appreciated!
Until next time…