Oct 10, 2009

Autumn Catch Up

First off, I would like to send a big welcome and Hello to all of Mrs. B's readers who are visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoy your stay and feel free to peek around in my archives. For those that don't know me, my name is Jessica. I am a 31 year old mom from the great state of Michigan which right now is threatening us residents with the "S" word this week. I won't say it, but I will spell it out for you, S - N - O - W. Just don't say it out loud. Maybe the weatherman will be wrong. I have been married to my soul mate and best friend for almost 13 years now. We have two little heathens of our own, ages 8 and 11, and two black kitties, Inky and Mouser. Oh and mustn't forget our little flock of backyard poultry. We have four chicken hens, three duck hens and one very naughty duck drake.

Now that my little intro is done, on with the blog. I apologize for my little disappearing act. I have been keeping myself quite busy. I have been working at the Halloween USA store, which I love very much. I love helping people with their costumes, deciding on the right accessories, picking out the perfect decorations for their homes, etc. If you want to find a Halloween USA store near you, check the site:


These are the costumes I have tried on so far. The costume links aren't from the store I work at. Apparently we need to get a bigger web presence.

Greek Goddess

Roman Empress

Snow White

Velvet Fairy

Midnight Mistress

Mr. Inky decided he was done with my very expensive Partylite tea light tree. This translates to the cat tearing through the house for no reason other than feeling like a good sprint and taking a table out on the way through. So I used this as an excuse to get my Halloween Partylite decor out and order more. My friend, Steph, is going to be getting my whole paycheck I swear. Partylite is an addiction I tell you. Here are a few of my favorites.

I pulled my gargoyles out of their hiding spots. For some reason, my camera was not being cooperative so they are a bit fuzzy. I got these two imps a few years ago at Family Dollar for $3.00 each. They are real concrete, not that cheap poly resin material. You could knock someone out cold with one of these guys.

Fall Bounty: Pie Pumpkins, Indian Corn and Eggplant. We had these given to us by a family friend. It has been too cold and much too rainy to be in the pumpkin patch with the kiddos. I am going to tie up the Indian corn with some ribbon and hang it on the front door. We will probably do some painting on the pie pumpkins. The eggplant is for supper one day soon.

This is what our yard looks like right about now. Leaves, leaves and more leaves. Now if it would stop raining for just a few days maybe we could have a raking party.

Lastly, I have been working on Autumn cleaning. Most people do their Spring cleaning but I feel Autumn is a great time for it too. Halloween marks the turning of the year in some beliefs and cultures, the new year. What a better way to mark this change than to clear out some clutter?

I am not comfortable sharing photos of how bad my clutter was but let me tell you I have a severe case of hoarding when it comes to paperwork. Maybe procrastination is a better word choice. It isn't that I want to keep the stuff. It is more often that I just put it aside to deal with later and then keep shuffling it until it is lost in the chaos with other papers. Then weeks down the road, or months in some cases, it is found again. These are the lessons I am learning from this years Autumn Cleansing. I am finally learning to organize our very small living face more efficiently. I am learning to let go of things I thought I would use but still haven't touched in months or longer (not counting my Halloween goodies, of course). Most of all I have been working on getting this bad hoarding/procrastination habit under control. It's a tough process but it is moving along.

What are you all doing for the Autumn season?



mrsb said...

Thanks for hosting us today!

Since we got a late start, post the word "autumn" to EVERY giveaway for an added bonus entry!

Rosey Pollen said...

so what is the final decision on your costume?
Love the candle shot!
Sounds like a fun job at h.usa.

Wendy Hawksley said...

Thank you for having us here! If the "S" threatens, please feel free to send it my way. :-D

I love Partylite stuff. They have some of the niftiest things.

Hope you have a wonderful autumn season and Halloween!

~Wendy~ said...

Thank you for hosting our visit today! i too go for an autumn cleaning rather than spring- makes more sense to me since we will be spending more time indoors.

for The Gothic Tea Society

Anet said...

Oh gosh, I'm in Michigan too. I didn't hear about chances of snow!!! It is cold out there:(

I also like fall cleaning. We have to have our houses in order for the up coming Michigan winter:)

It was nice visiting you,
have a wonderful Autumn!

Mother's Moon's Message said...

Im curious as to which costume you finally decide on.. you must let us know

ELLIE said...

stopping by from mrs B's blog to say hi

Krissy said...

I've never heard of partylite but I love the things you got! Also, your gargoyles are just too dang cool!

Rue said...

Thanks for hosting - wonderful to meet you!

I love the gargoyles!

Haven't decided on a costume yet either. Big decision! Let us know what you choose!

Autumn said...

Thanks for doing the haunted tour. I love your blog.

Swapping Howdies said...

How nice to meet you thanks to Mrs. B! :)

Greetings from Munich,

Nydia said...

Oh, your home looks so cute with all the Halloween decorations! I hope the s-n-o-w is not going to bother yoi much this year! :o)

Kisses from Nydia, who just came from Mrs. B.'s page!

Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts by LindaOma said...

Hey Jessica: Thanks for having us and thanks for letting me be a part of your autumn catch up. I too worked at a Halloween store one season. Too much fun helpin' folks fine their "alter egos" LOL. I too clean for the new year and love the thought that my "not neededs" are out there instead of in here.
Snow???????????? I love snow but only if I don't have to go out in it and can just sit and enjoy watching it.
Thanks Again, Linda in New Mexico

Bridgett said...

Ewww...snow! I don't think I could deal with it in October. LOL

Love all your decorations.

And working in a Halloween store? How fun would that be!!!

Thanks for inviting us all to your blog for the tour. :)


Divaeva said...

what a great introduction and I am definitely trying that pumpkin roll recipe - it looks scrumpdillyishious *laughs* indeed!

Angela said...

Very nice items you have! Concrete gargoyles?? I am running to Family Dollar tomorrow to see if they have any here!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I still have not decided on a costume. There are more I have yet to try on. There is a really pretty mother nature costume and a 70's Girl that I would wear just to go out on the town any time of the year. :)

Jessica said...

Oh and if anyone is interested in Partylite here is my friend's site:


Jodi said...

I love PartyLite, but have a hard time with their candles anymore (allergies). But I do have several tealight houses and decorations. :) And since we just moved recently into a brand new apartment, I won't have to deep clean until Spring hopefully. LOL

Vixen said...

Well, we did our outside decorating already...a little autumn stuff with with a ton of Halloween. I will put up the rest of the fall stuff after Halloween.

I love, love that second candle holder. I could own 10 of them, easy. Nice to meet you. I am so glad Mrs. B brought me to you.

Anonymous said...

Who did you host on your blog, Jessica? And have you had any S*&^ down there yet? It's snowing AGAIN here now, but only little flakes and flurries. I have to go outside soon...but so hard. Didn't know you were workingat a Halloween store. How cool! I'll bet you loved the fall bounty.