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Rainy Days, Writing, and Halloween Decorating

A little snow this morning and a lot of rain over the weekend provided the perfect ambiance for writing and setting up for Halloween. Halloween is a big deal in my house. The history behind the holiday is fascinating, and I happen to enjoy decorating for the autumn season with touches of Halloween throughout October.

I love plaid, wool blankets and can't get enough. It's a bit like my out-of-control scarf collection. There's this wonderful place in Vermont called Scotland by the Yard (not sure if they're still around), and I liked to slip in whenever I was in the area and pick up a new Highland blanket or scarf from Scotland. They also sold the most delightful socks from Ireland in a great array of colors. What was my point? Oh yes, I love plaid blankets!

Of course no autumn garden makeover is complete without new pots. Red geraniums and green ivy was replaced with purple salvias, kale, and ivy that has changed color with the cooling temps. Four of these burlap-covered pots now grace the front porch railing.

My collection of autumn-themed magazines is a little embarrassing. Every season when I pull out a new set, it's like reading and enjoying them all for the first time . . . again. As you can see, Victoria magazine is one of my favorites. They went through an awkward phase for a few years, but I've enjoyed this wonderful publication since before I was old enough to subscribe. I have my mother to thank for that.

I also love setting books during the fall months. Gallagher's Pride and Gallagher's Hope both started during October, and I know there are more. I realized that I had to "force" myself to start books during other seasons. I love the season so much that I'm bound to have many more, and I've been toying with some ideas for a Halloween story or two.

What do you love about this season? Do you prefer another season more?

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