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Maybe I’ll just leaf them up there

October 8, 2014
Hey guys, I’m squeezing in an unrelated post today because my favorite person on the internet invited me to a party and, well, pumpkins.
If you’re looking for the latest installment in the Catholics Do What? series scroll down to the post just before this one, and be sure to come back later this afterno…oh screw it, evening, and read today’s post. For now, sit back and enjoy the underwhelming domesticity that is my seasonal decor.

I want to tell you a little story. It begins, as these things often do, with a girl and her shopping cart, and a pumpkin display at the local Walmart.

Actually, I don’t believe any story worth telling has ever begun thus. But I will press on. Last month when Fall was still a dream in my heart and a smudgy, overly enthusiastic chalkboard advertisement in the Starbucks drive through, I happened upon the most perfectly curated collection of pumpkins and winter squashes the world has ever seen.

There were tiny white ones. Large, perfectly rounded fleshy ones. Weird little gourds with multiple color bands covered in warts and blemishes and looking so completely unlovable as to become intensely, intensely desirable. Screaming like a little girl in the Littlest Pet Shop aisle at Target, I started throwing pumpkins into my cart with reckless abandon, piling them around my astonished 2 year old and eventually evicting him from the body of the cart so as to claim his prime real estate for my newly adopted family of gourds.

Later that afternoon upon our return home, while the groceries languished in the mini van and the children milled about in a mild confusion, I raced to the front porch, my arms loaded down with autumn bounty which I lovingly arranged in a Pinteresting fall porchscape. Actually, I just grouped them in the corner with a decorative stump and then fist pumped the air while yelling “hell yes, first pumpkins on the block!”

I heard snickering and whirled around to see my still-unmet neighbors from across the street and one house over, disappearing into their garage from whence I suspect we shall never see their return. But that is one fewer loaf of pumpkin spice bread on my to do list, so win/win.

Hail no.

I’m totally kidding actually, I don’t really bake. But I did yell that about my pumpkins, and a neighbor did laugh, perhaps coincidentally.

When Bonnie asked me to participate in this little blog carnival I scanned the list of other names and said to myself, self, if you want to come to this party, you’re going to have to play to your strengths. Namely, hyperbole (see above), pumpkin arrangement, thrifting, and minimalism.

So I give to you bold new installation piece:

thrifted, minimalist fall decor + grocery store pumpkins: a love story
My little apple sticks close to his tree.

Basically I threw those pumpkins out there and just let the spirit move me. And oh how it moved.

I think it’s important to be true to your seasonal spirit animal. Mine is a crouching lioness. She waits, crouching, eyeing her prey and biding her time, and when the moment is right, she acts. The sale is made, the tree is decked, and she demurely licks the blood from her paws and returns to her state of understated elegance. 
Also, she’s not as flashy as a male lion. Understated, intentional touches of beauty. And blood.
Why am I the way I am? I just don’t even…
Moving on.
I think it’s worth noting that everything seasonal in these pictures was thrifted, except for batman and the cereal. And I feel amazing about that.
I love you, bumpy gourd.
I just cannot quit those damn decorative gourds. Can not. Will not. (Pardon the linked language.)
Pinecones imported from the one and only Monument, Colorado. 
And I have to admit that even though I’m doing yet another freaking Whole 30 (day 4, feed me ice cream) I can’t stop myself from buying pumpkin flavored contraband for the children.
I just love the possibility inherent in Fall. The feeling that the holidays are just around the riverbed and that all will be most well by imbibing in a densely caloric hot beverage in a festive gold mug.
Which cannot be microwaved or dishwashed. Causing me to question their overall safety…
And so to you, dearest season of my heart, I throw open my doors and say bring on the decorative gourds and the skinny jeans and the tallest boots in all the land, and I will be ready with my scarf.
Well, and Batman.
Be sure to check out Bonnie at A Knotted Life, our beautiful hostess, along with the other fabulous women of fall: 


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16 Comments

  • Reply Carolyn_Svellinger October 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    You’re hilarious. And seriously for me, all you had to show me was the golden goblets of life. Those are stunnas.

  • Reply Christy from fountains of home October 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    We can be decorating soul sisters any time! I don’t have fall coffee cups though, and now I’m feeling like a failure. Winter, yes. Spring, yes, Summer, not really. Fall, NO! Also, no Trader Joe’s so now of course I want pumpkin o’s!

  • Reply Mary @ Better Than Eden October 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I have failed in the seasonal coffee cup department as well. But I share your love of bumpy gourds.

  • Reply Cari Donaldson October 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I’m crying, I’m laughing so hard. Oh! And pick my seasonal spirit animal! What is it? It’s probably something obnoxious, like a Jack Russell terrier, isn’t it?

  • Reply Deme Crinion October 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Dying! Seriously. Those dang grocery bins full of warty gourds call to me every time. Soon my will power will fail and I’ll end up with a porch full of warty bounty…and snickering neighbors.

  • Reply Sarah O October 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Dying of laughter over here. Oh man. I obviously have the same issue with being attracted to grocery bins of squash (and a need for my children to be as quiet as possibly and as non-asky while we whisk up and down the aisles). At least it looks lovely.

  • Reply Kathryn October 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Is it wrong to want to be your neighbor? Love those pumpkins!!

  • Reply Caitlin October 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    The amount of pumpkin something at Trader Joe’s has gotten ridiculous! I mean, I love it. But it’s maybe starting to get a little out of hand…

  • Reply Abbey D October 9, 2014 at 12:43 am

    This was just hilarious. I’ve only ever read your more serious stuff…I had no idea.
    I have a real gourd problem, too. They’re just so cute, which is ridiculous, because they’re not cute at all. They’re weird and have no practical purpose. So yeah…maybe a bumpy gourd support group?

  • Reply Micaela Darr October 9, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Laughing too leave a decent comment here. You are awesome. That is all.

  • Reply thesewallsblog.com October 9, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I love you. (Does that sound strange?) The only fall decor I have going so far is a tacky scarecrow I had to buy from Walmart because Jude ripped off one of its legs.

  • Reply Susan H. October 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    And thank you for making me snort hot coffee through my nose just now. I should know better than to read your blog with a cup of coffee in front of me! Props on those gold mugs….lovin’ that!

  • Reply Kelly M. October 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    You had me at “Screaming like a little girl in the Littlest Pet Shop aisle at Target.” I hardly feel like I can call myself a gourd fan after that.

  • Reply Anne October 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Haha! Maybe your neighbors were laughing knowingly?? 😀 That was fun. And props for touching the lumpy gourds. No can do. 🙂

  • Reply Bonnie October 10, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Hilarious. And so sweet. I love all your little touches. And the “Hail no.” Hilarious.

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