Good things about fall

1. Autumn leaves, until a nice windstorm blows them all away in the middle of the night and suddenly you're living in a barren wasteland that seeks to crush and destroy you. I've heard.

2. Fabulous brown shoes made by the good people at Mudd. They're to go with my absolutely darling brown knee-length skirt with really cute pleats and trimming at the bottom. The best part is that I found it at Wal-Mart (or Wammart as it is generally known). Had no idea they sold cute clothes there. Way to be, Wammart.

3. Hallowe'en decorations in people's houses and yards. My mom even has a Halloween tree. Some of the neighbors have strings of pumpkin lights going up their front steps, or those jack o' lantern trash bags stuffed with leaves in their front yards. Others are going slightly overboard with 6-feet-tall inflatable ghosties and pumkins. But still, they're getting into the spirit of the thing.

We also have people who have decided to just bypass the whole Halloween/Thanksgiving thing and started putting up their Christmas decorations--like, weeks ago. Some have just put up their hanging icesicle lights, which Mom says they do because it's too flipping cold to be putting up lights in December. Others have put up those blue Christmas lights. I really dislike blue Christmas lights. They're like sci-fi Christmas.

The clear winner, though, is the house with an entire plastic Nativity scene assembled on the front porch. When the trick or treaters come round they're going to trip over the baby Jesus. But then, maybe the creche is meant to announce that there's a God-fearing family living inside and there will be no observance of Satanic holidays at this house thank you very much.


noelle feather said... [reply]

Lately, I've been noticing all the orange lights on houses....kind of cool.

CoolMom said... [reply]

I was feeling so blessed to have the opportunity to be the first person to comment on Nemmy's "Autumn" blogpost until the stupid thing wouldn't let me post!!! It hates me. In case you are wondering what kind of a white trash ghetto neighborhood we live in, let me set the record straight. This is a neighborhood where people have to pay monthly dues, can't leave the trash cans out over 6 hours, can't park overnight on the street, can't have boats or RV's parked anywhere except during the summer months, and then they must be in the driveway or on another privately paved area, and can't paint your house, plant a tree, cut down a tree or make any outdoor renovations without approval from the design committee. Oh, and did I mention many of the homes are actually well over $500K. But still, there's a bit of the frontier left in us. All the well-lit up jazz helps us maintain some humor about our otherwise dark, cold, depressed existence.

Lady Steed said... [reply]

Love the Halloween tree. Do you think your mother could let me know where I could pick up a such a tree? I would love to add an orange aluminum tree to my Halloween decorations.

Also...resist the temptation of the cute Wal-Mart clothes.

kristen said... [reply]

Cute shoes!! They make me want to go shopping (like I need an excuse).

Dude....Christmas decor already? What gives? I have strict rules on that.

amyjane said... [reply]

Ooh, CUTE shoes! Love them much. Also, for all of it's other foibles (sp?), I have to say that NV has given me a very lovey, colorful, and temperate fall. Just for the record.

Cicada said... [reply]

I'm just still excited for you to move out here. Just saying. Also, I'm sitting on your mattress right. now. It will miss me.

blackjazz said... [reply]

How refreshing to find that I'm not the only one to think that Halloween is a celebration of Satanism. My particular dislike is Demanding Money With Menaces - also known as Trick or Treat.

But... Christmas starting in October! What! Call me a kill-joy, but give us a break. I know shops have started to stock things, but they have a vested interest, don't they. And we don't have to give in to them.

Sounds like coolmom lives on an estate modelled on the X-file "Arcadia" (Season 6). Nice :-) Careful you don't leave your mailbox needing a coat of paint.

The McCulloch Family said... [reply]

Where did you GET those?

Lindsay said... [reply]

In St. George, where my grandparents live, the autumn leaves also don't fall in occasional little bits. They also hardly change colors. But every Thanksgiving when we'd go there for feasting, a big wind storm would come and whisk all of those leaves off the trees in a matter of hours. Which meant we got to play in massive piles of them. Which was fun. So I guess what I'm saying is, when they all fall down in those overnight windstorms you've heard about, you can just use it as an excuse to jump in leaf piles like you are five.

Enjoy! And very cute shoes.

Scully said... [reply]

Speaking of the sad collision of Halloween and Christmas, last year whatever easy listening station I had set my radio alarm to started playing 24/7 Christmas music ON Halloween. I was in a bad mood the rest of the day. I mean, they couldn't have waited ONE day before they played all 7000 versions of 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' for the next 60 days?

Desmama said... [reply]

For as much as I love Christmas, starting too early can make one a bit sick of all the festivities by the time the actual holiday rolls around. "For every thing there is a season" right? Indeed.

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