Those pumpkins were rather heavy.

My friend Maggie and I got up at the crack of dawn this morning to go to Demarest Farms in Hillsdale for pumpkins. We were there by about 9:30, and we skipped the whole hay ride/pumpkins in a field business. We just shopped from all the pumpkins they had on tables at the store. Maggie got everything she needed for her carving party next weekend, and I got a fun selection of gourds and pumpkins for my porch diarama (what else do you call a porch display?). And when we went inside the store we discovered all kinds of homemade delights. I bought some freshly made cider donuts, which I munched on while running errands later in the day–freaking awesome!

Then we hit the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton (my favorite childhood diner and a place I rarely get to go since we moved to Central Jersey last year). We made a Target run, drove back to Brooklyn, unpacked her stuff, and dropped her off at a post office by like 1:15. Sometimes I love getting up early and just getting the show on the road. I played in Manhattan for a couple of hours then drove home, stopping at Holmdel Garden Center for a bale of hay and another mum. I got home, unpacked everything, and created this scene on the front porch (it was after 4 by then, so the light was fading). The trunk of the car needs a serious vacuum after getting that hay home, but that’s for tomorrow. I think this is a pretty good start for the whole Halloween/fall decorating trend, but it’s a big porch and I feel like maybe it could still use something else. But I can’t get into the whole bats-ghosts-spiders thing, so I don’t have any idea what the something else is.