Yesterday, T set to work securing some loose boards on the front porch. While she was under the porch I took care of some fall clean-up chores, some of which had been delayed earlier this month as I dealt with my beak. Most of the leaves in my yard get spread over the garden to take advantage of some cheap natural mulch; others get left on the grass because they are good for the lawn. The extras get bagged up and placed at the curb for the township to carry away to their own giant mulch pile.
The pumpkins were mulched and fall-themed decorations on the front porch were put away, in an out-with-the-old tradition.
I began to organize the outdoor holiday decorations. Some are familiar favorites, like the holly-trimmed wreaths that hang from the flower pot hooks. Others are brand new, like this snowman that my folks gave me for my birthday.
Next week, I'll put the boy to work hanging some lights on the porch. I love the sight of twinkling holiday lights and greenery, especially in the cold twilight of the short days in December. It brings cheer to the evenings and is a welcome tradition at Sassafras House.