Jennifer Lyon

Monday, October 2nd, 2023
Weekend Roundup

I took a Halloween picture of our yard, but I don’t love the way it looks so washed out in the picture, but I’ll show it anyway.

Can you spot Maggie? She’s off leash (despite all my ranting about off leash dogs, LOL) and sort of hiding. She was out there with permission, I do let her come out with us lately, but I still think it’s not the smartest idea.

Now back to the Halloween stuff. I love the witch (because my daughter in law gave it to me!), the skeleton dog and the pumpkin. They are all motion activated and very cool. The tombstones are just foam and we’ll probably toss them after this year. We just did that since we haven’t landscaped yet, so it was fun.

The drab looking doll on the end Wizard liked and picked out. I agreed because it was a joint project. She’s “Two-faced” (my name for her) with one side was blank painted black, which Wizard repainted in a hilarious way that you probably can’t see well in the pic — it’s like a child’s drawing of a doll face. Anyhow, when Two-faced is motion activated, the head spins to show her horror side. She also says creepy stuff I can’t even remember. We call the witch and two-faced “the girls” because we weird. Seriously weird.

The skeleton dog in the middle barks and growls fiercely. The pumpkin on the corner of the planter laughs and says stuff, but he’s pretty silly and no one takes him seriously.

We plan lighting but who knows if we’ll get to it around dealing with Real Life, If not, we’ll add that and more colorful decor next year.  And soon we’ll start collecting some Christmas decor. I’m going to keep going while Wizard is into it. It has been a fun distraction through Real Life stuff. For Halloween night, we’ll sit outside with candy on the drive way so little kids can bypass the scary stuff if they wish.

Otherwise the weekend came and went and now we’re in October and hopefully Fall weather is getting the memo!

So how was your weekend?

4 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    October 2nd, 2023 at 10:48 am · Link

    Maggie’s hiding. ;) Not much shade there, but at least was trying to get out of the sun. Love the witch and hey! Wiz had fun with Two-face. How does Maggie react to the skeleton dog? Cute stuff out there and yeah, a happy distraction from life.

    Weekend. Hot. No soccer. Which was a yay because…HOT! There was a conflict in schedules with the coaches so no game. Stormy got to go to a birthday party and the Kids got to see the touring comapny production of the musical, “Six.” They enjoyed it. I did laundry and worked on the WIP. LG took it easy. We also watched the retirement ceremony for Adam Wainright Sunday afternoon and then the final game for the Cardinals this year. Yeah, I got a little teary-eyed. He’s pitched for the Cards for 19 years and is such a wonderful guy that you can’t help but love him. He got cool “parting gifts” but the best, as far as he is concerned, is the $100K donation to Water Ministries to build a well and water filtration system in a small village in Honduras. That’s been his “public service” mission in life and he goes every year to Central America to help provide clean water to improvished areas.

    The hopeful news is that a front is supposed to come through mid-week and drop temps to the more seasonalbe 70s instead of the 90s we’ve had. I am soooo ready!

    Love the decorations. Have a great week and enjoy your visitors. :-D

  2. Viki S.
    October 2nd, 2023 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I spotted Maggie right away. I thought she was joining in on all the fun.

    Looks great! I think two face is just fine. Wizard made her scary ;). The witch the DIL gave (last year, right) looks fantastic. I was thinking the same thing as Silver, how does Maggie feel about the skeleton dog?

    Animatronics is the way to go. I wish I could hear them and see them in action. That’s nice of you and Wizard to think of the little ones that might be frightened.

    Other than dealing with stuff, I made mini pumpkin muffins this past weekend. The small size is just right for me and hubs just eats 4 and is fine. Did you do any baking over the weekend?

    Have a great Monday!

  3. Jenn
    October 2nd, 2023 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Silver, I’m not sure what Maggie was doing there, LOL. It was bright out, but cool with clouds coming and going.

    She saw the skeleton dog in Home Depot was curious not scared. When I activated him in the house, and only went up to him once, sniffed and declared him boring. But if Wizard’s phone makes sounds, she gets all upset and hides. Totally logical in Maggie’s World.

    The no soccer weekend sounds like a win for everyone. Glad Stormy had fun at the birthday party!

    It’s really special when a career like Adam Wainright’s is recognized. Since I don’t follow him, I had no idea of the charity work he’s done, and I think it’s admirable. Since he’s Central America to see conditions for himself, it sounds like he has a sincere wish to help. No wonder you care enough to get teary eyed.

    Hope your weather turns fall like. We’ve had a couple fall like days here, and are now heading back into heat.

  4. Jenn
    October 2nd, 2023 at 4:44 pm · Link

    Viki, and Maggie thought she was so sneaky :-) As you know I love that witch the most and probably always will!

    Like I told Silver, Maggie mostly ignores skeleton dog now. At first she was curious, but never scared. It may be because she saw it in the store with all the other decorations and we played it three or four times in the store. At first she stood up to get a better look, then realized it just wasn’t that interesting. At home, she came over and sniffed once, and came to the same conclusion — he’s not worth her time.

    Pumpkin muffins sounds good! It’s so funny you mention them, I was making some quicky and easy oatmeal cookies (with dark chocolate chips of course) and it occurred to me half way through that I should have made pumpkin. Glad yours came out good!

    Normally if we’re having company, I’d be baking a lot, but this circumstance is about an ill family member and we’re all focused on that. And it’ll be a fast trip so I’m not doing my usual over-the-top stuff.

    I hope things are going as well as they can on your end. I believe you have the family meeting coming up soonish so I’m sure that’s on your mind too.

    Enjoy your evening!

Comments are closed.