Another Halloween has come and gone. Our neighborhood at home has never been a hotspot for trick or treaters (our all time record was 17) so we gave up buying candy for Halloween a few years ago. It’s not a good thing when I end up eating more candy than I hand out. The weather in Phoenix is certainly more conducive for tiny goblins extorting treats, but we live in a small townhome complex with no children. Almost no one bothered to turn on their outside lights.
We did stop by the house of a friend who is renowned for elaborate Halloween displays. I honestly expected something a little on the garish side, but was completely blown away by his setup. Full blown graveyard complete with hearse. This year he did a pirate theme with a huge mast including a crow’s nest and a ship’s prow “buried” in the front lawn. Plus a dead man’s chest and assorted pirate skeletons. You’ve got to admire that kind of dedication. One of the really cool effects was a projector that illuminated a large tree with thousands of tiny twinkling lights. What a great way to light up a tree without the hassle of stringing tiny lights.
We’ve spent our first few days here in Phoenix running errands and organizing all the stuff we brought from Minnesota. My bathroom linen closet is now neatly organized with clothing, books and photography equipment. Amazingly, I got everything to fit. We have 3 linen closets here (versus none at home) so we each get one of the bathroom ones for personal stuff and the hall one is actually used as a linen closet. It seemed like we had a ton of space when we first bought this house, but it’s filling up frighteningly fast so I need to get more efficient about using it.
Sounds like a project…