GNOMES! I remember how much I loved visiting my Dutch language teacher's home, more than I liked learning Dutch (I'm the worst) -- her house was full of gnomes, gnomes everywhere! There was even a life-sized gnome that sat in a chair at the kitchen table! I didn't try hard enough to learn the language, but it looks like I did learn the way of the garden gnome.
This Halloween costume suited us perfectly -- and I didn't even have to buy any new pieces (I downsized my wardrobe this year and I hope to keep it that way!)
I made the red gnome hats + a beard for Chuck and I, and the rest are pieces we already owned (blue dress, blue shoes, suspenders, and flannel). The hats were made of red canvas (leftover from a different project), and the beard is a microfiber cloth.
October has been an interesting month for our houseplants. The weather fluctuated drastically from moderate to humid, to extremely hot and dry (104°F was a heat record breaker!) The plants needed to be watered thrice as much as usual, and now that we're finally getting some cool air, and cumulus clouds in the sky, I'm having the strange dilemma of "should I water? should I wait?"
Fortunately, all of our plants managed to survive!
It was a little tricky to get into the Halloween spirit, but despite the heat we strung up some lights and cobwebs, and made sure to keep our chocolates in the fridge. Speaking of chocolates, I'm obsessed with the Whole Foods Market chocolate truffles! They're so good I included them on our holiday cheeseboard with: a wedge of mimolette, bucheron, a cube of membrillo, pepitas, caramel green apples, and vanilla maple spiced almonds. If there's one more thing I love just as much as plants, it's food!
By the way, that mimolette is the perfect "scary cheese". This French cheese comes to us as a round cratered ball about the size of a cantaloupe. It's a salty nutty cheese with a fruity sweet aroma, it's delicious! But handling this cheese creeps me out just a little bit -- the crusty rind leaves dust everywhere! Dust, full of microscopic mites! The mites are allowed to eat at the rind of the cheese as it ages, and the dust left behind are a combination of mites and excretion. They're called "cheese mites", and yeah, these creepy crawlies are safe!