The Perfect Pumpkin And A Spooky Tale.

Over the years, I’ve started to learn something about myself – I don’t think I have a favorite season. I just love them all for various reasons  – with pools, beaches and anything outside, summer has the greatest activities; there’s nothing I love more than curling up with some hot chocolate and a hot boyfriend in the winter; the blooming flowers of spring just make me smile; and then there’s fall – great outfits, great decorations, it’s all so great!

And that brings me to now. You’d never notice by judging the weather in Texas, but Fall has finally arrived! Halloween decorations line houses, grocery stores are overflowing with pumpkins, and boots and layers are out of closets in full-force. We can say goodbye to the triple digit heat of summer and welcome in cooler weather, the natural oranges and reds that nature has to offer, and the wonderful holidays that come during this season. Whether you want to admit it or not, you know there’s a little part of you that loves fall for these reasons (and probably more).

In the spirit of the fall season, I went and bought some pumpkins this week to serve as decoration in my apartment. Though I love buying the traditional pumpkin and carving it, I thought I would spice it up a little and made sure a had some variety in my pumpkin purchases this year. What do you think?

pumpkins

I saw them at the store, and I just couldn’t resist. The four small ones are called Tiger Stripe Pumpkins (I wonder why?) and the larger is known as a Jarradale Pumpkin. The swirls of green and orange just drew my eye, and I think they look great together sitting on my kitchen table.

Another favorite in fall is Halloween. Growing up, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays – I loved decorating my house with my family; I loved carving pumpkins; I loved dressing up; and I loved trick-or-treating. As I got older, I stopped dressing up and trick-or-treating, but my love of celebrating the holiday still remains. So in the spirit of the holidays, Brandon and I went on an Austin Ghost Tour this week. Through a 90-minute tour through downtown, we learned about the haunted past and present of some of Austin’s most beloved buildings, including Moonshine Restaurant, IronWorks BBQ, Waller Creek, and even the Austin Convention Center. Whether you actually believe in ghosts or not, it’s definitely a fun time to be had by all (and you can actually learn a thing or two in the process). The company develops different tours for different times of the year – we were on the OctoberGeist tour – so I suggest that everyone find a tour that suits them and go – it’s only $20.

Austin Ghost Tour

Brandon and I with our tour guide on the Austin Ghost Tour

Next up in the fall lineup is Halloween, then Thanksgiving and I just couldn’t be more excited! What about you? Do you, like me, get excited about the beginning of every season or does a specific time of the year pique your fancy?

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