Monday, October 28, 2013


   Yesterday was a gorgeous day, perfect for raking, but I decided I needed to get out and stretch my eyes a bit.  You know what I mean?  Like when you've been only using your closeup and medium distance vision for too long, and now you feel cramped and need to look far away?  (Or maybe it was just a convenient excuse for NOT raking...?)
   I decided to head east, leave behind the purple and yellow Vikings fans, and hang out in Packer Country, Wisconsin.  (I am a Packer fan and sometimes I get slightly nauseous amongst all the horrible purple hype in Minnesota.)

See? There is such a thing as Packer Country.  Here's the sign! 
There were hawks everywhere, soaring in the big blue sky, even hunting from trees beside the road. I saw lots of Canada geese gleaning the fields and two Bald-headed eagles circling overhead.
This is a Red-tailed hawk.
   I needed a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern for the chair on my front porch.  There were pumpkin stands everywhere along the road.  I chose this one because they had a pile of pumpkins for only $1, which was exactly the price I wanted to pay.
Which one is just right?


Yes, I need a few of these, too.

Thursday night is Halloween in the U.S., when the kids dress up and go from house to house and collect candy.  My grandsons are practicing saying "Trick or Treat!" when someone answers the door.  It's pretty exciting, being out in the dark and all.  I saw a reproduction of an antique card in a shop that said this:

"At midnight neath the witches' tree,
Who dares keep Hallow-E'en with me?"

I'm well stocked with candy, so come on over.  I just hope I recognize you in your costume!

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  1. I hope you've got your costume ready to greet the trick or treaters.

  2. Love those beautiful pumpkins!! Fun captures for the day!! Hope you have a great week!!

  3. Glad you got out to get these wonderful photos ~ thanks, carol, xx

  4. Cool seeing the hawks and I love the pumpkins! Great captures! Have a happy week!

  5. A festive post. How do you pick out just one pumpkin with so many form which to choose? Nice capture of the hawk, Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,

  6. Don't be surprised if I do show up at your front door. We're heading to Elk River to see those grands trick or treat. So there will be another Packer Fan in Viking territory!!!

  7. I would love to come over! We live in an RV resort with no kids, so not much excitement in the trick or treat area! There will be a potluck dinner that nite tho. Holidays are not the best part of this lifestyle, but the rest of it makes up for it!

  8. I'm only coming if you have my favorite candy, Cynthia - and of course I'll be the witch! Take a pic of the pumpkin now that it's living on your porch. Happy Halloween to you and the Grands!

  9. Great choice of a destination! Beautiful pictures.

  10. Ah - it looks as if you had a lovely day.

  11. The weather appears to be very beautiful and the colors of pumpkins really fit with blue sky.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.
    Happy Halloween.

  12. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog post. Looks like we have teaching, retirement, travel and gardening in common. I love fall and all the pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving. - Margy

  13. so does one use the inside of the pumpkin when they have hollowed it out for the lantern? And what do you make with it. I love pumpkin soup.
    Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  14. We scoop out the "guts"' the stringy stuff and seeds. I oil, salt, and roast the seeds--they are delicious! The inside gets charred by the candle, the squirrels chew on it, and generally jackolantern pumpkins aren't as good for cooking. Instead I buy the smaller pie pumpkins that cook to mush much better. Pumpkin pancakes, bread, waffles, soup, it's all yum!

  15. yes, good to mix it up, what you see. not just change of scene but change of distance. I should do that today myself.

  16. Wisconsin had so much more color than Illinois. I went to the Prairie Crossings Outlet Mall and got some great buys. $1.00???? Seriously? We bought ours for $3.99 and thought it was a good deal. It's a whole lot more expensive in Hawaii. I roasted our pumpkin seeds with butter and salt. Yummy!

  17. I don't think I have seen so many pumkins since I arrived here in USA. They are beautiful colours. Thanks for te int about shaving people still use it?

    1. You can buy the foam in cans. Very cheap and kids love it! Easy cleanup, too.