Drew and I are sick to death of walking around our neighborhood once a day (many times twice a day) so today we went downtown and strolled up and down Elm St. It was a great change of scenery and I got to take pictures too!!!! I thought I would share a peek into our walk.
I like signs. Also I was really thinking of food. MUST go to Consuelo's where I oogled the menu and they have tacos al pastor. My God.
Ben & Jerry's, not open yet.
Mmmmm, it just makes you think of Greece, doesn't it??? The food better be darn good to have a place look so butt-ugly like that.
(I started writing this post back in mid-to-late July, and now in those few weeks that have gone by, this stuff is really coming out in stores in full swing.)
Fall and Halloween, that is. And all the commercialism that goes with it. Yes I love it, but not in July!! I knew it was a matter of time when the black-eyed-susans started blooming this week.... it's in the mail.
So anyway, the first trickles of new Halloween decorations are starting to come out! Here are a few of my favorite picks so far:
However I am just as tempted to do something similar at home for only the cost of a trash bag!! Witch's Curtain
The Goodewife Etsy shop: OMG I want to buy several of these patterns, especially the skeleton angels. My Halloween decor collection is mostly prims so these would fit right in!
Halloween Spooky Tree: I am quite pleased to say that I snagged the 30" version on clearance while it was still available (back in May). I can't wait to put it out this year.
Love Manor: Not something you can buy, but a source of great Halloween ooohs and aahhs. I discovered them last year on Flickr, and I have no idea why they do what they do but I LOVE IT. They are a family (I guess?) that lives in California and every year they decorate their house in such a way that they get newspaper coverage. BEAUTIFUL stuff, inspired by Martha Stewart and Disney's Haunted Mansion. And the food for their Halloween party is most excellent. I can't say enough how awesome it all is, and I can't wait for this year's photos! (by the way, they are also a testament to how you can take some really great photos with a point and shoot camera)
Halloween Countdown Calendar: A very cool idea, but the price tag makes it VERY uncool. I think you could do a way better job to make one yourself! I know I start counting the days in early September!
Besides books.... oh my God, he cannot stay out of the books. He brings me "Moo Baa La La La" about 10 times a day for me to read it to him, and Gossie and Pat the Bunny. He is constantly sitting with a pile of books, flipping through all the pages. It's very cute. So I would say books are his #1 favorite toy right now, but also here are some more:
Bath Toys: Specifically, the sheep. Mostly he likes to bite his face. One day, he picked it up, looked at it, and I guess he was teething at that point and decided its face is the perfect size and shape for gnawing on. He sure does like it ever since then. The racoon is probably his second favorite. The racoon is in the bath, the sheep is just in the living room in his play area.
The Leapfrog Learning Drum: He will whack the heck out of this thing, and go through the whole alphabet, numbers, songs, everything. The top has a translucent cover that displays letters and numbers and he always picks it up and puts it to his eyes to try to see inside where the flashing letters are coming from. Personally my favorite part about it is that it plays "La Cucaracha", and in general I actually don't find it annoying, even after the 1000th time.
Stacking Cups: He has a surprising amount of dexterity with these things, gingerly placing them on top of each other. Also, he puts them on his feet. He tries out different sizes to see which one fits his foot best.
I have to say I was mighty impressed with the Sears repair service. I got a call the day before it was due to be ready, telling me I could pick it up. So I went to get it and there was no charge for anything that was done (which is what I expected). The tag on it said they found some kind of problem with the motor and replaced a part. They even fixed the headlight which burned out a long time ago, and fixed the clip on the beater bar attachment (none of which I had mentioned as being broken). Woohoo! So it works great now. That one repair more than double paid for the 3-year repair plan AND we still have more than a year left on it. I'm sure I will find a way to break it again before then.
And hello.... I think my blog just jumped the shark.... blogging about vacuum cleaners.
This is one of my favorite recipes lately..... because it's easy, tastes good, and requires hardly any cooking!! Just boiling water and browning some chicken--hey, I can do that! I forget where I originally clipped it out of, probably the coupon section of the newspaper. But I finally found it online (just so I don't have to bother to type it all out).
In my copy they did not mention what "packaged teriyaki noodles with vegetables" actually IS, so I must have torn up 2 different grocery stores trying to figure out what the heck it is. I checked frozen, refrigerated, asian foods aisle.... NO IDEA. Then I gave up. Finally I ran into it accidentally a few weeks later in the DRY packages, with the pasta-roni and other Lipton/Knorr mixes. Geez!!! Could they have just said that in the first place?