Slowly but surely fall is coming to The Old Parsonage. I still haven't gone on a real pumpkin hunt. The one next to my new pot in the top photo is from last year's dollar bins at Target. I bought 3 of them, not sure if they have them again this year, but if they do, I highly recommend them.
Don't you just love my new pot? I got it at a thrift store while I was junquing with my Mum for my birthday. It was in almost perfect condition, with just a small crack. I got it home and washed without incident. After I washed it, I put it on the stove top to get it out of my way to dry (it's about 15 inches tall and about 12 inches wide). Of course while reaching for a cook book over the stove, I knocked my Nan's old clothes sprinkler bottle down and it chipped the decorative top edge of the pot.
It's nothing major, but it still made me mad! Do you remember the clothes sprinkler bottles? Both of my grandmother's would hang the laundry out to dry, bring them in and then sprinkle them with water, roll them up, put them in a plastic bag, and then keep the bag somewhere cool until the next day when they brought the clothes out to iron. Why dry them all the way if you were just going to re-wet them? Hmmm...seems like an extra step to me. I love to hang out our laundry, everything smells so wonderful when you bring it in off the line. I make my own laundry soap which is terrific and so inexpensive. Click on the link and it will take you to my "recipe."
I also like to use vinegar as a fabric softener. But, when Downy is on sale, and I have a coupon, I buy it. I love the way that it smells - clean and fresh! Speaking of clean and fresh, I'm going to start my fall cleaning this week, taking it a day at a time. I take down the curtains, wash them and the windows, wash all the doilies and linens, plus I take everything off the walls and wash them and the woodwork. The whole house gets a good going over.
How about the praying mantis that was visiting over the weekend. Cool hunh? It's the second one that I've seen in two weeks. Mr OP has seen 3 and Linda has seen 3 all within a 3 week time frame. I've heard that they are good luck. That would sure be nice.
Does anyone else have any other wives tales about praying mantis'?