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Headless Peoples On Main Street…

I consider myself a very jumpy person.  I jump at the sound of someone coming into the same room I’m in and have been known to holler when the water heater turns on.  I think it all stems back to the fact that I’m a wimp and when I was a kid my dad would often wake us up for school in the mornings by throwing open the bedroom door and yelling HEY!! really loudly.  That gets the heart a racing, I tell you what!  My family thinks it’s hilarity to the highest degree to scare the bagoobers out of me… I can’t help that my head has bobblehead qualities.  It’s like family entertainment night to sneak behind me and slap me upside the head just so they can hear me scream when I jump and watch my head bobble.  Forget the movie!  Obviously, I don’t get the fascination, but to each their own.

That said, obviously deciding to go to a downtown ghost tour walk was probably an embarrassment waiting to happen!  I did it anyway… drug my friend, Karrie along to wander around Main Street in the dark.  There were a few jumpy moments when we watched the play, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.  There were a few jumpy moments as we traipsed down Main Street and entered old buildings to hear ghost stories, but then there was the time we crossed Main Street on foot, a group of us following our guides to the next ghost story location, Karrie and I bringing up the rear, when all of a sudden this thing galloped out from behind some trees and Whitney nearly collapsed from fright!

Picture courtesy of Logan Downtown Facebook page.

Y’all… the horse was right up in my face like literally inches away… I could feel the breath coming out the horse’s nostrils.  Whenever I’d try to go around it, the headless dude either couldn’t see where he was going on account of the fact that he didn’t have a head or he was trying to scare the bagoobers out of me and kept weaving whichever way I’d weave to get past him.  That poor horse anyway… some 300+-pound chic kept screaming in its nostril holes for a good 10 minutes.  And we were the last in the group so it’s not like he had anyone else to go after when they all ran for their lives and I was stuck doing the 2-step with a headless horse dude!  Do you see the horse has red eyes… do you SEE!?!?!?  Oh my crimeny.  If I ever need my heart defibrillated, I’ll just run into this thing again in the dark.  My friend, Karrie was no help at all on account of the fact that she was trying to get a picture of it, but was laughing so hard she couldn’t hold the camera still enough to get a good one in the dark.  It’s a good thing I’m potty trained!  When I FINALLY got around the horse dude… I think he finally took pity on me and continued on down the lane… this zombie looking dude with a pale white bloody face jumped out at me and began following us cackling and spouting nonsense about wanting to eat us.  I mentioned to Karrie that he was stalking her, to which he chimed in, I’m stalking you too!   Obviously I’d be the first on the menu!   I’d recommend therapy, pale face.

After the 2-step dance practice, we headed to the movie theater to see Meet the Mormons.  Three thumbs up to a feel good, funny, and positive movie that beautifully illustrates that Mormons are not aliens, but regular everyday people!  Go see it!

In other news… it’s officially fall when we pick out pumpkins for the front stoop.  I wanted to buy this one… unphotogenetically (where the crimeny puffs am I looking?  It’s like there’s a horseman galloping through the sky fields)… because it was the easiest one to carry.

Instead, we picked a variety of heavier ones… my favorite is the white and orange one…

Happy October friends… I hope y’all can get out and enjoy the fall colors!

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…

Pumpkins are all the way synonymous with October and November… but mostly October.  It’s not October without a big ole orange orb-like thing sitting on your front stoop!  It’s also not October unless I’ve watched the cute cartoon, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown… totes brings me back to the days of childrenhood.  So, I was especially excited when in Sam’s Club they had this little pumpkin display!  LINUS and SNOOPY and PUMPKINS, Oh My!

We decided against buying our pumpkins from the store… it’s not the same as hanging out at a farmer’s stand pumpkin place and picking your poison.  So, we usually go down the street to this fun little self-serve shindig.  This year apparently Madre had to be in the mood to pumpkinize.  It took several weeks for her mood to hit, but it finally hit this last weekend… women these days.

I had the idea of sitting out on the stoop next to the pumpkins in scarecrow gear since I have nothing better to do.  I think I’d make a dagnabbed awesome scarecrow… I scare myself nearly every morning when I look in the mirror… I say nearly because there are some days I forget to put on my glasses.

Green watermelon-like pumpkins exist… it ain’t a myth, people!

Corbin and Kayla even showed me their prize pumpkins… nearly as big as they are!

Question of the Day:  Do you do fall decorations (i.e., pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, etc.)?  Have you done it this year?  

Happy weekend, peeps!  Have a fabulous one!

The backyard is looking mighty festively!!  😀

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Day 6: Shakers, Pumpkins, and Turkeys

Not in that order… which came first, the pumpkin or the turkey?  Why did the chicken cross the road?  Y’all… I’m trying to be all deep up in this here paragraph… but apparently I’ve already run out of deep questions.  In the meantime, what’s up with Kim Kardashian, y’all!?

Day 6 began with a jaunt down to the Canterbury Shaker Village, which is not an operating Shaker village, but a museum of sorts.  I’d definitely heard about the Shakers… mostly knew about their hard work ethic and quality products, but it was interesting to learn more about their way of life.  We watched a documentary on Shaker living and why the religion dwindled into oblivion, and now I think there is only one working Shaker village in the US.   Then we had to hit the gift shop because Madre is in love with all things Shaker workmanship.  If she could have, she’d have bought one of each item.  Everything they make is of high quality.  I came away with a cool-looking carved wooden crochet hook (ALRIGHT, WHO’S GOING TO TEACH ME TO CROCHET A SWEATER!?!?!?), a candle that reminded me of Thanksgivingy smells, and a Shaker pie cookbook.  We also ended up with a pumpkin whoopie pie (who knew whoopie pies were so popular in the Northeast) because it came highly recommended by pretty much every person we talked to.  It did NOT disappoint!!  Holy night DEE-VINE!

I pretty much fell in love with their white picket fences and rock walls and vowed that I’d have one of them put in my invisible mansion… STAT!  The builders in my brain are working on it as we speak.  We then took off for this highway our hotel front desk chic said was a MUST DRIVE… something about Cowabunga Highway… Kookabura Highway?  Dang… I just Googled it… Kancamagus Highway.  You can see why I couldn’t remember the name.  I reverted to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle language… Cowabunga Dude… heroes in a half shell… turtle power!   It was supposed to be beautimous and fall colory and leavey… I wish I could tell y’all what exactly was going on up in that there highway but too many sleepless nights were catching up to me and I pretty much drooled my way through Lacucaracha Highway.   Maybe Madre could tell y’all what she saw in the comments (HINT HINT MADRE!!!)

On the other side of ArabEmigration Highway was another recommended place of lunching… Hart’s Turkey Farm.  I might be hallucinating, but I swear to you that the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives visited this turkey farm once?  Anyone?  Anyhow, a turkey farm is a fantabulous place for a vegetarian because they have broccoli… mmm mmm fibery!  Madre really enjoyed her Thanksgiving meal complete with side order of pickled beets.  I wasn’t complaing too much because I had a rocking good pile of broccoli, a sliced apple, and some gravy-less mashed taters.  They also served this carrot relish on saltines… who knew carrot relish would be tastee!?

Carrot relish...

Madre is mighty tempted just to fly the family back out to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving dinner.  I’ll be sure to dress as a turkey in a pilgrim hat.

Thanksgiving over and done with, we headed for Portland, Maine… on the way we passed this cool-looking farm/farmer’s market majigger.  Such an adorable place.  If it didn’t cost so much to ship pumpkins home, I’d totes have bought a bushel or 5.  We pulled up just as a crowd of people were standing around a crane hoisting up a blanket full of pumpkins.  Apparently, they were going to drop the pumpkins and have pumpkin guts for dinner.  We missed the drop by about 15 seconds as we were running from our parked car to the field.  Eh well… there was plenty to see.

We LOVED these adorable pumpkin displays they had pretty much everywhere!

Inside they had assortments of beautiful-looking fruits and vegetables.  I wanted to buy one of each, but I settled for some apples, which were super crunchy and flavorfull!   Fun little produce stands are always a fun find in our book… even if none of it would fit in my suitcase!

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite thing about Autumn? 

 

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