Pumpkin patch patriarch.


I noticed that over the weekend many homeowners in the ‘hood hauled out their harvest and Halloween décor to give a touch of Fall flair to their front yards, even though the official event is still two days away. Scarecrows stand at attention looking over the remains of Mr. Bones, mock gravestones, mischievous monsters and ghoulish ghosts and goblins. Mums are popping up all over in gardens or have replaced the bedraggled-looking petunias in porch pots, which were on their last leg from that recent heat spell.

The nippy temps were evident when I set out this morning, but the pale sun warmed me up slowly as I walked down to, and then around Council Point Park. All the weather forecasters are promising a week of gorgeous weather and I am hopeful to reach my goal of 500 miles walked before month end … I have my fingers crossed to do this anyway.

Saturday was a lost cause for walking in the morning due to the rain, so I tried to recoup lost steps yesterday and today.

Sunday I went grocery shopping, so I racked up nearly five miles by walking laps around the perimeter of the store, plus gathering groceries and then schlepping them into the house.

Meijer was in full-blown Autumn mode.

As I travelled past the Yankee candles I inhaled deeply to immerse myself in the intoxicating scents. Besides the usual fragrances, two new scented candles from their Fall 2015 collection not only smelled heavenly, but were right up my alley. The first was “Autumn in the Park” which touts the scent of freshly peeled apple, lemon zest, a hint of pumpkin spice and fallen leaves; then there was “Crisp Morning Air” which is a blend of eucalyptus, mint, pear and sage. I hated to leave that corner of the store and in the brief time I spent there, the potpourri of smells clung to my clothing.

Competing with the intense scent of the candles, was the wonderful smell of chocolate that wafted from bags and bags of Halloween goodies, freshly unboxed from cartons and stocked on those store shelves, just waiting for you to happen by.

In garden supplies there was the strong smell of grass fertilizer which permeated the area, although the pungent smell of mums and their musty-smelling loam invaded my nostrils as well.

I’ve always been partial to those old scarecrows, whether they are used to keep your corn ears intact by keeping the crows at bay, or merely just for holiday décor, so I bought one yesterday. She’s a tall girl, cute as a button, with a checked blouse and denim pinafore and she sports pigtails which are actually straw-colored raffia. She looked cheerful and colorful – the perfect ambassador to stand by the door and say “Welcome all and Happy Fall!”

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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6 Responses to Pumpkin patch patriarch.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Oh wow was this cute. I would love to have gone on your adventure to all the tempting aromas and holiday sights.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Marge – I am glad you liked it. I have wanted one of those scarecrows for awhile, but what I really think I will do with it is save it for when I put out all the country-style ornaments or doodads I’ve been collecting for when I switch “themes” in front of my house, and along your house. I have those pigs I could (wooden and tin … the wooden one is large and stands upright and is weathered wood. I want to paint the address – just the numerals – on the front and put a bow on its neck. The tin pigs are small and medium-sized. I have a rooster, a small flock of tin calico chickens … some small farm implements and several sunflower items. In fact I bought a sunflower stake on Sunday at Meijer too. All I need to get is some tall silk sunflowers to put into a red wood-look planter I have and I’ll be all set. I may have one more year of the “theme” out there now. But … when I thought the holly was dead as a doornail, I bought a few items to put in the front garden to help camoflauge the empty space. But then the holly took off gangbusters so didn’t use it. So I have several items in a pretty cream and rose shade and may use that first … the Precious Moments kids are getting a little faded. I might even get a small bale of hay to put there for the Summer months … have to think on that one though.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    I like them too Marge – I was surprised how much they have faded, but I have had them out every year for almost ten years already.


  3. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………….I am enjoying…….. “schlepping””


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