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Is It Too Early For Halloween?

Let me start this post by saying I am a Halloween freak! I love everything about it: the crisp Fall air, the decorations, the haunted houses, and the candy (OF COURSE THE CANDY!)

Which brings me to my question for all of you……when is it too early to start decorating for Halloween?

In my book, the second you think “it is a tad chilly out this morning” is the second you can break out the decorations. The way I see it, I need, at the very least, a month and a half to properly enjoy such decorations and get my money’s worth. So to set them out now just makes financial sense. 😉 Sure, I bought most of them year ago……but still…….I want to make sure I continue to get my money’s worth. 😉

With that in mind, this weekend I am planning on breaking out most, if not all, my Fall/Halloween decorations; and perhaps add something new here and there.

A welcomed addition, would be this Fall/Halloween wreath (from Etsy) is absolutely gorgeous and I think could be made into a DIY project.

And that of course this brings us to porch decorations like fake crows, witches brooms, a bat here and there and pumpkins (we must have pumpkins); the possibilities are endless.

Image taken from Bing

But if you would rather keep it somewhat neutral, why not try something like this (Note: Images below taken from Shelterness)

And I absolutely LOVE this idea, it is subtle but super cute!

If you want nothing to over the top, but just enough to respect the changing of the season why not add some fall coloured pillows to your porch bench/chairs, perhaps drape a fall inspired blanket over the back to keep you nice and cozy while you sip on warm apple cider and watch the leaves turn colours. I am sensing a Halloween porch make-over post coming on….stay tuned!


Bat House vs. Bat Cave

Given the whole Batman, superhero lovefest going on with my little JBear, it is no mystery that these bats only reinforce the fact that he considers himself Batman and now has laid claim over these creepy critters calling them: His bats! 

Wonderful. (enter defeated sigh here) 

So being that I don’t want to create a bat phobia with my little man, I am forced to re-evaluate the situation and my feelings towards our new guests.

Pro: I know these little critters actually help by eating mosquitos

Con: Bats give me the heeby jeebies

So, which I would rather have around….bats or mosquitos? As I pondered this, my niece (always the nature enthusiast) sent me a link and some info on how to build a bat house. 

‘Relocate’ the bats to their house and away from mine, let them eat the mosquitos so the mosquitos don’t eat us.  I believe this is a win-win (except for the pesky mosquitos).

New question…do we go with a traditional bat house?

Link to for picture above

OR do we make our little guests a ‘Bat Cave’? I have created (based on extensive research) highly sophisticated blueprints for the beginnings of our “Bat Cave”.  😉 Batman symbol on the front of the box – OH YEAH! THAT IS HAPPENING! The design possibilities are endless!


Now off to get supplies so stay tuned!  Any bat box building (say that 5 times fast) in your future?


Fangs, Wings, and the HEEBY JEEBIES!

What do the following items have in common?

  

Answer: The items above (and then some) are thought to ward of vampires which are thought to transform into……that’s right, BATS!!!

And where are we going with the whole bat thing?? You may be asking. 

Well let me explain…..As I drove home last night, my mind was racing with all the crafts and art projects I wanted to try due to the Pintrest Challenge that was unveiled earlier that day; my only decision was which to try first. 

As I got out of the car, JBear and I began yet another discussion as to which one of us would be Batman, Catwomen, etc. when high pitch “chirping” caught my attention. My ears perked up and I began to zone into where and what was causing the sound when, to my not-so-much-delight, I focused in on a small dark gap between the roof near the kitchen and the chimeny….my husband had the luck of pulling in right behind us and was greeted as follows:

“Is that a bird??? IS THAT A BAT!!! JASON IS THAT A BAT!!!!”

No, it was not a bat, it was many bats – and there my friends is where the heeby jeebies came in.

After dinner, Jason went off to the Fire Department for their weekly meeting (he’s a volunteer firefighter), JBear settled down with a Toys-R-Us catalog, and I got my camera for some not-so-National-Geographic footage and commentary.

Side note – this is my first try uploading a video to YouTube so I apologize for the “Suggested” videos that may be listed afterwards, I’m doing my best to figure it out. 😀

There were a ton of bats in there and yes they eat insects so that is a plus but did I mention they give me the heeby jeebies, and that is a big NEGATIVE! So now what to do?

I imagine this morning will be filled with internet searches on DIY bat repellent, etc. Any suggestions?

Images were found in Bing images; links are attached to pictures.


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