Autumn Bucket List Item #10: Decorate for Halloween


This year I let Richie be in charge of decorating. I had to keep an eye on him though, otherwise I would have nightmares. Yes, I know that’s the point of Halloween, but I love sleep just as much. We didn’t go big this year (budget cuts) but the stuff we did get is classy and will be used year round.  Like Jeffrey and the skeletons.


Here we have our pumpkins that we have been accumulating throughout the season. You may recognize the large one on the right from Sunday’s trip to Rombach’s. The others came from the Farmers’ Market. We haven’t carved any yet.


This dapper fellow came from JoAnn’s and is hanging in the bathroom.


I found this wreath at Goodwill for two dollars. Since it’s more harvest than Halloween, I figure it can stay up at least through Thanksgiving.


I bought four bunches of fall flowers from the dollar store to make an autumn bouquet. I did the same for summer. I figure it’s easier and cheaper than buying flowers for myself. At least these will last longer.


Richie bought this candy dish at Target for about ten dollars.


And I got this delightful fellow at Goodwill, for about fifty cents or a dollar. Something like that.

Anyways, hope you guys have a great day! Stay safe, dry and warm!


Autumn Bucket List Item #7: Knit an Autumn Scarf


It’s just a short basket-weave scarf.


I can’t go into details about who I knit it for, because she hasn’t received it yet.


I’m planning on mailing it out tomorrow morning. (If I can drag my butt out of bed)


I did have a photo of myself with the scarf ascot-style, but I looked to old. Deleted the hell out of that photo. Anyways, fingers crossed that the nice young woman who receives this scarf likes it.

Autumn Bucket List Item #9: Make Hot Chocolate

Richie and I are sitting here on my first night of vacation (yay!- last one of the year- boo!) and we’re watching The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.


Me: “Wait! I need you to pause that so I can make some hot cocoa!”

Richie: :::pause:::

Richie: “Can you make me some hot tea?”

Me: “God!”

But I made it, of course. Because that’s how awesome I am. Then I made my cocoa.




If you can’t read the mug, it says, “Coffee is not my cup of tea~ Samuel Goldywn”. I bought it at Barnes & Noble because I don’t like coffee but I loooove tea.


And look at the cute little mug painted inside the mug!

How meta.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, Richie and I are giving the MST3K treatment to The Cabinet because we have no respect for film.


Autumn Bucket List Item #4: Watch 10 Scary Movies

1) Alice Sweet Alice


Brooke Shields makes her big screen debut.  A young girl is murdered, and her troubled sister becomes a suspect.

2) Black Christmas


This is probably also a good horror film for Christmas. It stars Margot Kidder and Olivia Hussey, whom I am absolutely in love with. Sorority girls getting whacked off. Fun.

3) Inside


This is not a movie to watch if you are pregnant. And I’m not being cute here. This movie centers on pregnant Sarah, who is being stalked by some strange woman.  GORE.

4) An American Haunting


God I love this movie. Richie says it’s because I like Donald Sutherland in period dress. Well, yes, but that’s not the *only* reason. It has Sissy Spacek in period dress, too.

5) The Unborn


Meh. Just another movie about why kids are awful. But hey, Gary Oldman. Ooh, and Idris Elba.

6) Duel


YES! Wimpy businessman and his 1971 Plymouth Valiant versus murderous Tanker Truck. Can’t go wrong. I first watched this as a kid with my mom. Thanks mom!

7) The Birds


Does this really need explanation? No.

8) Signs


This came out right before (I think) GIbson flipped his lid. Ah, memories. He was good once, right?

9) Wait Until Dark


Audrey Hepburn in a horror film. Audrey. Hepburn. Horror. Film. Why are you still reading this and not watching that?

10) Trick ‘r Treat


A wonderful film with four interlocking stories that take place on the same Halloween night. Anna Paquin as a brunette (much better than blonde)

Let me know if you have watched or plan to watch these!

Knitting for New York

I have a friend who lives in New York, and I recently knit some stuff for her. She’s a bit camera shy, so I took photos wearing the goodies.

First up: basic scarf


Soft, solid black Lion’s Brand.

Next: a hat


Woolworth’s Acrylic that I scored at a yarn swap.

Last, fingerless mitts:



Unknown yarn from a yarn swap. My friend wanted everything in solid black, but I told her that even she needs some color.

Fortunately, she loved everything, and everything fit.