Changing Into Another Season

Summer is gone, but I am not even sure that we even had a Summer over here. This was a strange Summer as we did not have the typical temperatures we normally do. The garden suffered a little with all the rain we got, but it is still alive and producing all the Juliet Tomatoes we could ever wish for. The pepper plants are doing well and we have been enjoying all the home grown peppers in our meals.

JULIETS 8-23-14

GARDEN IN SEPTEMBER

Out of all the pumpkin plants that we had planted, we only got two pumpkins out of that entire batch. We are bummed, but we think that perhaps we planted too many in one area, so next year we will do half the amount. We could have had a few more pumpkins this year, as we had lots of pumpkin vines crawl up the back fence, then fell due to the weight of the growing pumpkins and the vines got cracked, and that did them in. By the way, the adorable “Pumpkin Patch” sign was a gift from our neighbor Steve! (Thank you Steve for such a wonderful gift!)

PUMPKIN PATCH

The Cleveland Browns beat St. Louis on Sunday 26-24 on their first home opener game, and they said that this is the first time in ten years that the Cleveland Browns won on a home opener. Amazing! It was a nail biter game, but a win is a win, and we’ll take it! I took advantage of cheering on the Browns to a win by dressing up our Skellie as he sat in the front yard waving to everyone who passed by the house. The funny thing is, is that when I brought Skellie into the house afterwards, I sat him at the kitchen table and left him there overnight. When I woke up the next morning, he scared the crap out of me because I thought someone was sitting at the table! LOL  (never will do that again)

VAL AND SKELLY LOGO  9-14-14

With the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall, we need to take advantage of this time of year and start clipping the seeds from all of our flowers and save them for next year. I have a huge supply of Marigold seeds that I have harvested & dried for next year already. Once your flowers die back, make sure you clip off the dried flower and extract the seeds. Let them sit out and dry thoroughly, then label a small baggie and place them in there for next year.

SAVING SEEDS

I hope to get a few more Fall Mums from the garden center because I want to place them in this wood box that I painted & stenciled for the front porch. My little yellow mailbox already adorns a nice purple mum too! One of my nice huge paper mache pumpkins is also on display here!

FALL FRONT PORCH

Nikita and Bella must know that the season has changed too, because all they pull out of their toy box are their Halloween toys! Their favorite one is the huge stuffed pumpkin that they always play tug-of-war with!

BELLA IS READY FOR HALLOWEEN

NIKITA SNATCHED PUMPKIN

What is going on at your end of the world with the season changes? How are you enjoying the Fall season?

Back to School – What Does it Mean to You?

School Crossing Zone in NC

What does “Back to School” mean to me?  It will definitely limit what I see & watch out the front window, from the packs of kids walking the sidewalks at all times of the day & night which whom I bark at everytime, the ice cream truck will probably stop driving down the road now, (but that’s ok because I hate this truck), the loud music from the kids cars that drive by the house all day, (why do they have to play their music so loudly anyway?) the baseball games that attract a lot of traffic on our road to cars speeding too, these are all the things that will definitely change when School is back in session. 

Put Your Hands Up!

But, with all the things that will change when kids go back to School, some things will never change – crime. We were playing a Wii Monopoly game last night and the police stopped these two kids at KMart.  We are not sure as to what the reason was for “checking” these kids out, searching their pockets, and looking under their hats, and making them stand in front of the police car with their hands on the hood, but it sure made for something interesting to watch.  We’ll have to check out the Police Blotter for sure now to see what happened. 

On Patrol

I am always on patrol, even when you think I am sleeping.  I maybe laying there looking all adorable, but my radar ears are always listening.  When I hear something, I spring to my feet, run to the window just in time to woof at a dog, a car, or some kids walking by.  Don’t let me fool you, I am not sleeping, I am napping and there is a difference.  I am still awake, but on patrol!  Even when Daddy tries to leave the room for something, I hear him, pick up my head and check as to where he’s headed. 

Back to School probably means a lot of different things to many people, perhaps if you are a parent, you’re looking forward to a little break now, or if you’re a Halloween enthusiast like us, you may be thinking that time is running out to purchase your props.  Don’t let time pass you by, make plans & be prepared!  Back to School means that the seasons will now be changing, and we even saw Halloween decorations at our local craft store last weekend, and soon they will be bringing out the Christmas items next.  (we all know that you’ll see the store front at Lighthouse Pools & More all lit up with trees soon!)  With the seasons changing now, we will all stop complaining on how hot it is outside, and start complaining on how cold it is or how it stinks to have to shovel the drive again, whatever the case may be, it is inevitable….seasons do change, and all we do is adjust for them. 

So, what does Back to School mean to you?