The holiday routine has begun. Every year it's the same. In September I take down the summer wreath on the front door and replace it with the Halloween wreath. The front porch is swept and cleaned in preparation for the decorations to come. By October 1st the indoor Halloween decoration boxes are pulled out and at the very least my pretty witch is placed on the mantle in the dining room and the fiber optic witch sits on the fireplace in the living room. The front window decorations are taken off the sill and put away, replaced by my musical Halloween peanuts characters.
By mid October the skeletons and fake pumpkins are on the front porch. We've gotten at least a few real pumpkins that are set on the front steps waiting for carving.
Then in the last two weeks before Halloween the cemetery is set up, lights are put in various places, and the final decorations are put in their places. Right now I'm halfway thru October, so, still very busy.
With the weather turning brisk, and the nights getting longer, it's also time to start prepping the chickens for their first winter. This means the inside of the coop needs to finally be finished, and the outside protected from the elements enough for the girls to enjoy some time outside. Up to now our coop area has looked more like a shanty town, so, it's time to get it finished while the weather is still cooperating.
I'll put an update with pictures before and after in the next posting.
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