I can honestly say I have never had a more fun or busy Halloween in my life. The holiday has taken on new life, with a weekend of tricks and treats. From Friday, when we assumed the roles of Ferdinand & Marianne from the Jean-Luc Goddard film Pierrot le Fou, as we ventured out to our dear friend Jill’s soiree in Dallas which was lovely. Saturday brought errands, Bo smoking ribs in the middle of all the madness, Calvary Church’s TRUNK OR TREAT which saw us assuming our nod to the original classic Alice from pre-Disney days and decorating our trunk accordingly. We also made a stop by the lovely home of Jennifer and Jason, who sent us home with a small fortune in S’mores supplies. Taco Heads supplied the brisket tacos and carnitas. And evidently all you need is a chimney starter and some coals to make a fire for roasting marshmallows. Sunday brought church, Bo performing a Halloween wedding, we handed out a million pieces of candy in Berkley Place and we made it home with a sleepy puppy in tow and a bag full of on sale candy. Life just might not get any better.
“ He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.” – Linus
Autumn is trying daily to creep into Texas, to overtake the heat of the late Indian summer and bring the holidays to our door. All Hallow’s Eve is a week away and there was no more important task at hand than to let Emory pick out his first pumpkin! So, off to a pumpkin patch in the city to smell and see all the colors and of course, get a few little pumpkins to carve up this week. He loved the attention – people eat him up and he loves all the ooohing and awwwwing. A trip to the pet store meant a bag of all natural treats and then “Emors” saw the ducks for the first time. All in all, a perfect day. Especially when he then crashed out in a perfect pile under the coffee table. The Great Pumpkin is coming, and I hope he shows up just in time for us to catch a glimpse.
Good grief life has been busy…so incredibly busy. Autumn is here, at least in our hearts and the air after sundown gives hope of jackets, scarves and tights. And if there has been one obsession in our household, it is caramel apples. We want them, we need them and tonight – we made them. Gourmet caramel apples are about $5 each, but with a kit from World Market, apples and other ingredients from Central Market ( we evidently just love markets?) we made our own. Varieties include Fuji, Empire, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp apples wrapped in layers of caramel and adorned with sprinkles, peanuts or peanuts & chocolate chips.
We introduced you to Emory Holden Liles and as he is now home with us, life in the Liles’ household is quite lively. Being 9.5 weeks old, Emory isn’t allowed outside yet until he gets another shot, so it is a lot of playtime in the house. He is adjusting nicely , already taking to the crate training as his own little den, he is partially potty trained (which is like dealing with a 3 year old toddler boy for sure), and has selected his favorite toys and games. He has gone on day and nighttime car rides, which has been an challenge but he has done well…he has and will meet family this week. Basically, he is cuter and smarter and more well behaved than we could ever hoped for. He has his bark! Which is hilarious, but even better is the fact that he alternates all this puppy energy with a insane ability to sleep HARD for hours – with his legs straight out.