“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Pumpkin vs Velvet Cushion – which would you choose? I must admit that the choice is a dilemma for me. Because at 60-years-old (yep, that’s me – the BIG 6-0), I don’t think I could get up if I sat on a pumpkin! It’s a knee thing these days – they creak. But, hey, put me in a witch’s costume and hat, and with creaky knees, I’m set for Halloween!
And, here’s the other thing about this quote by Henry David Thoreau: while I love the sentiment, I wouldn’t mind sitting on a crowded velvet cushion as long as it was crowded with my nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews! I don’t see them enough, so a little squishy, lovin’ time on a velvet cushion sounds good to me.
This is Princess Sweet Pie, my great-niece and Tiffany’s daughter (my niece). Hard to believe, but these photos were taken at a local pumpkin patch 2 years ago! We haven’t been to the pumpkin patch yet this year, but plan a visit mid-October. Knowing me, though, and how long it takes me to get photos edited and posted on this blog, the pictures I take this pumpkin season won’t be ready until next year!
This is her older sister, Princess P, also (of course) my great-niece. Aren’t they adorable? Two years later they are still adorable. They came over the other evening to help me get started with decorating for Halloween. I kid you not, but I have 18 boxes of Halloween stuff in my garage storage area and they are not tiny boxes. They are those big plastic tubs that you can buy at Target for storage. I have orange tubs with black lids so that I know immediately where my Halloween stuff is in the storage room.
My organizational tip of the day for you – color coded storage tubs for your seasonal decorations! Storage and organizing hack tip #1!
Anyway, these two beautiful girls worked their little b_ _ ts off – they either carried in a tub all by themselves or helped each other by each carrying one end depending on how heavy the tubs were. And, they never complained! They thought it was fun!
Then, once all the tubs were in the house, we had to unload the bookshelves in Charlie’s office. His office has a great lighted cabinet in off-white that’s perfect for displaying Halloween knick-knacks. So, since I’m taller than these girls (not by much; they are catching up!), I’d take stuff off the shelves and hand it to them and they would run back-and-forth to the dining room to pile the stuff on the dining room table.
Then, they started unpacking the tubs and unwrapping the contents! Whew! I was exhausted…
And, this all took place after they had decorated Halloween cookies! Oh, to have that kind of energy again…
Many thanks to my precious Princesses P (that’s what I call then collectively) for working so hard to help Aunt Carole!
The photo above includes both princesses with their aunt, Samantha. Samantha is Tiffany’s younger sister and my niece, too. It was a wonderful day at the pumpkin patch (and hot; we were looking for shade and these giant pumpkins were under a tree), but any day spent with my family is a wonderful day to me.