Good morning, friends! This Saturday’s prompt in the Fall Fun Series is to compose an inspiration board, a pictogram, a collage or even a simple list of the things that make our hearts sing every autumn. For me, that means a heck of a lot of gazing at leaves, assembling my Halloween Town, wrestling my cat into goofy costumes and celebrating my wedding anniversary, among many other lovely autumnal things. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Fall delights that always inspire my soul at this time of year.
Cats in costumes! Here we have the Weeger as Eeyore, a bee, a centipede and a mylar shark, and our dear, late kitty Porky as Pooh Bear and a deadly little Mewback. Porky was always deeply intolerant of the five to 10 minutes we would spend every year wrestling her into her costume and then chasing her around the apartment with a camera, but Weegie takes it with some degree of good measure (so long as we lavish her with soft food the second she’s wriggled out of whatever tummy-constricting costume we’ve managed to wrap around her pudge in the first place.) We don’t have kids; please don’t judge!
Leaves! Right outside my door, lining the Ottawa River, or out in the country, edging the highway, or up the Gatineau, where I go with my parents every year to tend my grandparents’ graves. I’m so incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a bounty of leafy beauty every year, it almost makes up for the following six months of snow and ice. Almost.
Stranger Things! The second season starts on October 27th, and I shall be indisposed until such time as I have finished watching it. I really don’t like binge-watching things – loved parsing out the first season episodes bit by wonderful bit, actually – but I don’t believe any of us will be afforded the luxury of remaining spoiler-free this time around. It’s the best show I’ve ever seen (sorry, Buff) and I am so. unbelievably. excited! A very dope anniversary present from our Netflix overlords.
Yes, a fine anniversary present indeed for these two (young, so young!) goobers, who are celebrating their lucky 13th. My gosh, we are just babies in this photo (but dang if my boobs don’t look SLAMMIN’; bless you, corset gods.)
My Halloween Town! A rather large operation that sprawls across my moss-covered diningroom table every Fall. I had briefly toyed with the idea of letting the town go fallow for the year – setting it up and lugging it out of storage is a major, major pain – but I know I’ll cave in the end. Gotta let the residents of my spooky little town vent their haunts for the year, yes?
Scary movies and TV shows. Although I must note that I haven’t possessed the stomach or temperament for major (or even minor) gore in a long, long time. Nostalgic picks like the deeply silly Friday the 13th series or my favourite terrible horror movie, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, are about as wild as I get now, and I’m perfectly content with that. Bring on the G and PG-rated spooks!
Like The Nightmare Before Christmas, a charmingly creepy little stop motion movie that has a place in my heart and home year-round. I spoke at some length last year about our snow globe, a wonderful wedding gift from friends. This year we were fortunate enough to find another gorgeous collectible, an anniversary gift to ourselves that I will be positively gagging to share with you just as soon as it’s mounted to the wall!
And, of course, we can’t forget all the delicious smelly things that will be sweetly scenting my home this autumn. This is a photo of last year’s bounty (with the exception of the scoopable, a pancakes-and-campfire scent, I melted through all of this and then some.) Looking forward to more cozy scents this year. To the Fall!