I am not happy with mother nature right now. The weather is warm enough to get some yard work done, but it is going to rain all weekend. I don’t want to be stuck in the house all weekend with nothing to do. I was really looking forward to puttering around the yard and sheds. Now I have to find something else to do with my time. My wife will be busy with her best friend planning a wedding and I am going to be bored. Maybe I will pester them and try to help. That should be amusing at least. Ha ha !
Halloween has always meant a lot more to me than just going out in the neighborhood to collect candy. It’s all about putting together a costume, having parties and decorating. Although decorating is not usually something that I worry about, decorating for Halloween is something that I take seriously.
Every year about the middle of October, I go into the attic and pull down three or four large plastic tubs that are filled with Halloween decorations. I have a huge collection of skulls and skeletons and really enjoy hanging them out in the yard to make my house look creepy for all the little kids. I have fake tombstones and hundreds of plastic spiders that I hang from trees and bushes and stick them into gobs of fake cobwebs that I drape all over my mailbox.
I also really like to buy a variety of pumpkins and carve them into glowing monster faces. Usually I drive down Lebanon Road and see all kinds of produce stands and pumpkin patches that are selling pumpkins. But for some reason there aren’t many of them this year.
I could only find one and they were in the big parking lot by the old folks home. They wanted $30 for a large pumpkin! The cheapest ones they had were $12 and they were so tiny you wouldn’t be able to carve much into them. Now, I’m all about supporting charities, but you cannot charge ten times what WalMart is charging and expect people to buy your stuff. That’s right – the average price of a pumpkin at WalMart is three bucks! And they are big ones!
I would much rather support a local business or charity than to give my money to WalMart, but this is extremely difficult to justify. I decided to compromise and bought one pumpkin from the charity and then went to WalMart and bought six from there. Now I have a good start on my Halloween decorating and will probably spend most of the day Saturday carving my pumpkins and putting out the skeletons and skulls to make my little haunted graveyard on the hill..
I have decided to hire someone to care for my lawn for the rest of the summer. I just don’t have time this year to mess with it anymore. I haven’t really been able to have any fun on the weekends because I have either been working or doing the yard. I am not going to lose the rest of the summer too. I will let my friend come and do my lawn for me.
He has his own lawn care company and does really good work. Also, the price is right. Having friends with their own businesses comes in handy. He does my office but I have only had him come out and do the house a couple of times. I usually like to do it myself. Oh well, it is time to have a little fun in the sun and get away from the house. If you guys are not doing anything next weekend, we will be at the mud pits camping and having a blast. Come on out.
I have so much to do today, it is not even funny. Both cars needs washed, the yard mowed, the pool cleaned, and the garage needs to be cleaned out. I don’t think I am going to be able to get all of this stuff done in one day, but one day is all I have. If I don’t manage to get it all done, the wife is going to be a wee bit upset. It is my fault though, as I have been putting a lot of stuff off for the last couple of weeks. Oh well, time to get busy.