First things first. Always use power tools if the opportunity presents itself. So much more fun.

Second, I’m pretty sure I actually carved a spaghetti squash this year instead of a pumpkin. In all my many years of carving pumpkins, I have never carved a pumpkin like this. Spaghetti I tell you. Is this the variety you get when you buy a four dollar pumpkin at the grocery store weeks in advance? Oh well, I’m still very pleased with the end result. And wouldn’t it be sweet if my “stars” were in the shape of a constellation?


Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season. Fall is also only four days away according to the calendar. Which means I’m getting pretty giddy over here. The sudden drop in temperature over the weekend might just be a tease, but I’m not looking back. The sundresses and strappy sandals have been put away and the leather jackets have been moved upfront and center.

Above, fall colors reflected in the Four Mile Run River remind me just how beautiful this season is. Can’t wait to see all these colors oh-so soon!