Category – ‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

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Inquiring minds want to know

I’m a little behind on making my Christmas shopping list this year. Did some browsing over the weekend and got some ideas, but I need inspiration. One kid travels and can’t pack a lot of stuff. My parents don’t need a thing, and I’m leaning toward consumables for them. I actually love to come up with just the right thing for my gift recipients. It’s part of the fun of Christmas! So tell me, what cool gifts are you giving this year?
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Happy Halloween!

This is as much decorating as I did for Halloween this year. This is the fourth year we’ve been in our home, and the first time I’ll be open for trick-or-treaters. In 2019, we were the only occupied house on the block. Only one family made it to our door. I hadn’t bought any candy, figuring no one would come down an (almost) empty cul-de-sac, and I promised them treats in 2020. But . . . pandemic. No trick-or-treating in 2020. Last year we were out of town. And so, this year I have no idea how many kids to
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Celebrating Halloween in my Neighborhood Tis the season in my neighborhood for jolly ghosts and stacks of pumpkins. What’s your favorite creepy book or story? Boo!
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Fall’s color eases the pain

I have never been a fan of winter and cold weather. So when fall comes around, I’m not too excited. For me, the one redeeming feature of fall is the burst of color it provides. I was afraid the dry weather would mean a disappointing fall this year, but I’ve seem some gorgeous specimens in the last few days! At my house, I have a pretty red dogwood and an awesome orange maple. What’s your favorite aspect of fall?
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Kauffman Gardens in Autumn

Kauffman Gardens, near the Plaza in Kansas City, is a little-known gem. It is lovely in spring and summer, but even in autumn the gardens are blooming. I was there last week, and the chrysanthemums put on quite a show. There were a few dahlias still hanging around, but mostly there were chrysanthemums. I am partial to chrysanthemums because I was married in November, and my wedding featured a lot of gold and yellow chrysanthemums.
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Getting ready for spring!

My favorite thing to do this time of year is look ahead to spring! 🙂 I really, really hate winter! So I’m planting tulip and crocus bulbs this weekend. Are you doing any yard work?
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Too pretty to pull!

Sometimes my pots are pretty sad-looking by the time October rolls around. For that matter, between the bunnies and the squirrels, the pots sometimes are destroyed by August! I often pull out the summer annuals and re place them with fall mums. But this year, my coleus plants out front have done amazingly well and still look great–too pretty to pull out. I’m thinking of taking a cutting and trying to propagate and plant again next year. Anyone have any luck with that? I’d love to know your tips, dos and don’ts!
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Admiring Autumn Hues

Recently, my daughter and I saw this beautiful tree, one of the first to turn, on an afternoon walk around our neighborhood.
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Ahh, the feel of fall!

Every year, I have visions of creating Fall floral masterpieces in my porch and patio pots. And every year, I “fall” short. The time, money and frustration are too much. Just yesterday, I set out some pumpkins and bought a couple of cheery, yellow mums for the front porch. One of the pumpkins (turned for a nicer photo) has already been nibbled by the squirrels. It’s a hopeless cause! But if you’re looking for fall decor inspiration, take a look at my Pinterest page. It’s full of fabulous ideas! Happy Fall to all! https://www.pinterest.com/darlenedelucaau/fall/
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Peach Cobbler!

I made cobbler with fresh peaches for the first time this season this week, then ate the first serving when it was still warm. The true mark of summer. The peach cobbler recipe I use is posted over on my blog. What’s your favorite summer dessert?
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