I actually started last Sunday. Our front yard was looking a little shabby. The summer had been quite dry and the impatiens and lilies were dried out and wilted.
Step 1: clear out the old stuff.
Step 2: Plant the mums.
Step 3: Make a wreath. This was the one I hastily put together last Thanksgiving. I decided to update it a little.
I basically cut and glued various fall decorations I had around the house.
Step 4: Put it all together.
By this point, the mums were blooming!
Step 6: Add fall decor to the dining room.
I'll be adding gourds and pumpkins as the season progresses. Happy fall!
And now, a random story if you are still reading. So, this morning, J had decided to go on a run, and I was doing errands, cleaning, etc. I heard a knock on the door and went downstairs. Another republican asking if I will take a survey. We have already encountered 2 guys before. Normally, I say no. I am not really a fan of door to door anything. Except girl scout cookies (although I'm not sure girl scouts do that anymore). However, this woman said she also lived in the neighborhood, and I really try to be nice to my neighbors. Let me set the scene a bit better. It was probably around noon (maybe a little after). I was still in my PJs, glasses, and hadn't brushed my hair. So, I was making a great impression to begin with. Here's how it went down (my thoughts in parentheses):
Woman: Hi! I'm from the neighborhood and am with the republican something or other. Would you mind taking a quick survey?
Me: Ummm... (not really) I guess that would be okay.
Woman: If the election were held today, would you vote for Obama or Romney?
Me: Umm... I'm not really sure.
Woman: Okay, if the election were held today would you vote for democrat senate person or republican senate person?
Me: I haven't really decided.
Woman: Same for house race?
Woman: So, would you want to put a Romney political sign up in your front yard?
Me: (What?!? Seriously? I just told you I'm an undecided voter! Oh but, yes, I definitely would like to advertise for a political candidate! Can I have an Obama one too?! And a blank one so I can just write a random name on it?) Looking aghast and shaking head... No, no, definitely not.
Woman: Do you need information about absentee voting?
Me: (Oh no. She thinks I'm in college. Respectable adults don't look like this at noon on Saturdays. I've really made a great first impression on this neighbor). No, I'm registered to vote here.
If they come again, I shall start coming up with wittier answers. *Sigh*... Only one more month of this political bombardment. (For the record, I don't like voicing my political opinions. It doesn't mean I don't have them. I vote and research my vote. And then I don't really discuss it, especially with strangers).