What We Did As A Family Recently.


Another month has flown by so quickly.  It’s the end of October.  I can’t believe it.  October for me is the start of the busy season which lasts till the third week in January for me.  I have finally been able to schedule a few fun things to do with family and friends.  I also was able to sort through all the Halloween decorations and got rid of a lot.  I kept enough for one shelf in the entrance way and the fireplace mantel.  I also went through the Thanksgiving decorations.  I don’t have a lot of those but I narrowed it down.  Part of me just wants to get rid of all of those decorations but I am not sure right now.  I will have to think about that in the future.

One of the fun things I was able to do was go with my friend to the Bachman’s Floral, Gift and Garden Idea House.  They take an old home and several times a year redecorate it.  Then they charge a small fee to tour it.  The proceeds go to charity.  You can also buy the one of a kind items in the house as well as the more mass produced stuff in the store.  This time I went to the Fall Idea House.  Here is the garage which they turned into a bar/man cave.




They always do the bedrooms which I love.  I am a sucker for a ton of pillows on the bed.


No matter what time of year it is, the dining room table is always beautifully decorated.


Later in the month, I went with my family to the Minnesota Zoo Jack-o-Lantern spectacular.  It was amazing!  There are 5000 pumpkins alight at night.  I’m glad we got there early and bought our online tickets early.


Some of the pumpkins were carved with very traditional faces like above.  Some were more artistic in nature.  An example is Harry Potter below.


They keep carving pumpkins throughout the spectacular to replace the ones that rot.  What a great thing for the zoo to host!  I am so glad I went.

Close to the end of the month I went to an Antiques fair at Bachman’s.  Yes, I kind of live there.  I like a lot of the things the host.  Also, just know, they are not sponsoring me.


Then on the weekend, the last one before all the leaves fell.  We went to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  They had a scarecrow display where you could see this pumpkin house.


The pumpkin has a variety of shapes and colors doesn’t it.  My favorite name of one of the pumpkins is the “Warty Goblin.”  Perfect. The main attraction was the fall color.  I love looking at the yellow leaves on the Wood Duck Trail.  So pretty!


Now we are prepping for Halloween trick or treaters.  Do you have a lot of kids come to your house?  I grew up out in the middle of nowhere.  We only had one trick or treater in the 25 years I lived there.  We thought they were lost.  It’s hard to figure out how much candy to get.  The number of kids varies from year to year.  This year I bought full sized candy bars.  Mistake!  I’ve already gotten into the Reece’s peanut butter cups.  A favorite of mine.  What do you sneak out of the candy stash?

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