That aside, we didn't do much this year. I went on a cleaning spree in the wee hours of the morning so the living room has no "packed" boxes left in it (there are plastic or cardboard paper case boxes in there of sewing and needlework supplies until I finish the spare room). Himself was so surprised when he came in that he was in a good mood and let me sleep in after Laurel woke up. I finally came up bleary-eyed just after 1000 and found he'd already taken Laurel with him to get NC license plates (Colorado wouldn't let us take care of all our stuff via mail so we gave in and got the ugly local plates... I miss our old-school 'rado ones already).
We went out after lunch to buy pumpkins ($1 apiece at Wal-Mart) and then he went to sleep while Laurel and I played in the living room, watched Monsters Inc. and started on the pumpkins. I still have to photograph them, but this year's lineup:
- Little Mikey (Mike's stuffed "bear" in Monsters Inc., we have a stuffed one too) on Laurel's;
- A flaming question mark (inside joke) on Himself's; and
- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs on mine.
No trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood (what kids there are probably drove their families' golf carts across the road to where the houses are closer), but that was fine since Laurel was cranky after not taking her usual nap. My foot is bruised as Laurel accidentally knocked the Pyrex bowl I was sorting seeds from pumpkin guts into off the table and onto my foot (ow!). That aside, we had a nice uneventful day, still have a mostly clean living room, and I've got the seeds drying in the oven as I type this.
Like auntiesiannan, my compost pile is going to be very happy in a few days. In fact, after this weekend I'll have a nice home for the pile -- a local business is offering free pallets and I've got plans to turn five of them into a compact little compost bin in the backyard.