Interrupted Hodgepodge

1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?

Minimal decorations on the front porch that I’ve collected over the years. Not much but enough for me. I’m working on this post in between the doorbell and knocks and shouts of “trick or treat”. So far we’ve had 35 costumed cuties.

We went to the pumpkin patch a couple Sundays ago with the newest member of our family and she was the cutest pumpkin in the patch.

This is the closest we came to costumes this year. We were at a favorite garden store today and they had these props to take photos with.

2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate

We are in the process of replacing counter tops, sink, cooktop, and back splash. All the old back splash has been removed so things are looking a bit untidy around here as we wait on the quartz guys to template and prepare and install the quartz for us. Then dear can get to work on the back splash. (Is that two words or one?)

We’ve now had 40 trick or treaters at the door.

3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.

How about skinnier. I’ve put on a lot of weight since I hit 60 and I don’t like it much.

4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?

Dear’s father had a house painting business and Dear was trained well. Dear does all the painting at this old house and any of the houses we’ve lived in. No room in this house is in desperate need of painting. After we gut our master bath that will be the next room that will get a fresh coat of paint. We haven’t wall papered anything in any house since our 2nd home in 1976. I can enjoy wallpaper but hate removing wallpaper.

44 trick or treaters so far and #44 really needs to go home and go to sleep, just a little cranky.

5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?

I am so grateful for our first annual family hunting trip at our son, DIL, and Addy’s home in northeastern Washington. All of our kids, spouses and our little grand were together under one roof for a few nights and we had a great time.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We have so enjoyed the fall colors this year in our area. So thankful to God for all the seasons of the year and the beauty that we can find in each one.

Dear and I walked the river trail on Sunday afternoon and I have a lot of photos to share from that walk. The reflection of this tree in the river was beautiful.

Thank you to Joyce From Across the Pond for asking the questions for Hodgepodge Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts. I appreciate your visits!

Just when I thought cranky #44 was the last trick or treater we had another wave and we are up to 51! It’s after eight and all is quiet in the neighborhood so I think I’ll turn off the lights and call it a good night with 51!

Before I could turn out the lights 4 tall teenagers came by to grab a handful of candy so our final count was 55!

13 thoughts on “Interrupted Hodgepodge

  1. Wow. That’s a lot of trick or treaters! I had the pumpkin lit and bag of goodies but none this year, very strange. I think all the children in my neighbourhood are grown up! More lovely photos, I agree about the wallpaper. None in our house either! B x

  2. Hello, we did not have any trick or treaters. We live in a rural area, not many houses around. Your Addy photos are so cute. I love the last reflection shot, looks like a pretty spot for a walk.
    Happy November, enjoy your day!

  3. Hi Ellen, I enjoyed your pictures very much. We did not have any trick or treaters – sounds like you were busy! I love seeing Addy. Also, your Autumn snapshot is a beauty. Best wishes with the kitchen reno. How exciting!

  4. We only had one adorable little girl here so there is a lot of candy to consume : ) I will probably give an unopened bag to my teacher daughter to put in Christmas treat bags for her class later this year. New countertops are very exciting! I like quartz and look forward to seeing the new look.

  5. We usually get over 200 trick or treaters. They get dropped off from all over the place. The last few years we have gone out to dinner and aren’t even home when they come!!

  6. Now that is a lot of trick or treaters! I sometimes wish we lived in town so we could get some, too, but I guess sometimes it might be too much of a good thing! Love all the photos – the Halloween prop photos are so fun and of course, little Addy steals the show for being the cutest! Remodeling and painting is a lot of work, but so rewarding. Hope it all goes smoothly for you. Happy November! xx K

  7. Ellen, I’m laughing at your head count last night! # 44 =)
    That was a very fun hodgepodge to read through.
    PS… I think you are beautiful and haven’t noticed any changes after 60 at all!

  8. We’ve got to gut our master bathroom, too. The man has been going to do this for about 15 years now. At this point, it’s so bad I’m not sure he can handle it. Love the way you gave the trick-or-treater headcount throughout the post. So cute! I could go for skinnier myself. 🙂

  9. I always enjoy reading your hodgepodge responses! Also just enjoyed this post for the virtual count of trick-or-treaters! We had about the same number by sevenish … I turned off the lights because I only had one candy bar left. All the little kids were done by then anyways.

  10. Looks like a fun time at the pumpkin patch. We ended up with only 40 kids this year. We always have around 100. Needless to say we have candy left over. Good luck with your kitchen updates. Skinnier would be nice, I’d love that. Time with Addy is definitely something to be grateful for.

  11. Fun hodgepodge answers, Ellen. Your little “pumpkin” looked mighty happy in that pumpkin patch! I can’t remember when we had 51 trick-or-treaters. I know you must be so excited to be getting a new kitchen…home improvements projects can certainly we stressful but it will be so worth it. Enjoy your weekend!

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