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Just Make with the Monsters, Me!

And just like that, it is time for another Monstrous Monday Post. Full disclosure: I am tired and depressed, and now embarrassed that I even mentioned it. I should stop calling attention to myself and make with the monsters.

Hardly an uncommon point of view.

Most of us Monday through Friday wage slaves feel this way about Monday. If I can confine the feeling to Monday and not let it ruin my Sunday, I feel better about things.

I was tempted to bring them home.

I’m not just about movie monsters. Here are a couple of ghouls from Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit, NY. Of course I do not want to rush through spring and summer, but won’t it be fun when It’s Halloween time again?

Isn’t it National Women’s Day?

Scrolling through my Media Library, I came across a movie poster I have not shared recently. I tend to share the classics a lot, but I do love a cheesy flick about a bug monster.

Here is a cheery fellow!

I close with a dose of cuteness. My husband Steven gave me the sweet vampire. My friend Marsha sent me the pot. The Orange cloth is a t-shirt I just happened to have. As usual, the monsters have cheered me up. Happy Monday, everyone!

Not Too Tired for Monsters

I went from feeling too damn tired to make a blog post to thinking I could just about manage a Monstrous Monday Post. Will I be entertaining? Will I find other pictures from the same ones I have used many times? No promises.

Everybody should have such a tree.

I looked far back in my Media Library to find the first monsters I ever shared. This delightful display was at Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit, NY, a wonderful place to visit in October. I first shared the picture in October 2016, when I first started putting pictures in the blog.

But she looks so sweet!

Here is another shot from October 2016. This lovely lady graces my own front porch. She did not make it down from the attic in 2020, but it was kind of a bad year.

Would you kick him out for eating crackers in bed?

I wanted to include a movie monster and naturally picked my favorite, Nosteratu. He always manages to cheer me up. Full disclosure: This has not been a very good Monday. But I guess it’s up to me to see that Tuesday is a little better. Will my blog post be better? I hope you’ll all tune in and see.

Another Halloween Decoration Update

I needed something to cheer myself up today.  My first thought was to go to a dollar store and get some cheap Halloween decorations.   Then I thought, don’t be silly!  Go to Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit and get some good stuff!  For one reason, in addition to being good quality,  it is quite reasonably priced.  Also, I thought it would make a good blog post.

It is a beautiful drive to Pumpkin Junction.  I take Higby Road out of Frankfort to Graffenburg Road.  I saw lots of color in the trees, and a few Halloween decorations in people’s yards.

Just walking around Pumpkin Junction is like exploring a haunted house.  I took a few pictures of some ghouls upstairs.

A couple of charming fellows.

There are also a lot of costumes upstairs.  Do I need something new to wear this year?  Could be.

I may have a hat like that.

I was more interested in taking pictures of the ghouls than the costumes.

Another sweet pumpkin head and friend.

I stopped taking pictures when I went downstairs, because I was busy shopping.  I hope to convince my friend, Kim, to return with me this weekend.  I’ll take more pictures then.  In the meantime,  here are a couple shots of the new decorations I purchased today.

I have always wanted one of those skeletons coming out of the ground!

The skeleton and gravestone are new;  the dead plant is from my container garden.

I’ll try to get one of her lighted up.

We got Witchy at Pumpkin Junction a few years ago,

The other side of the porch.

You can’t quite see the new ghoul hanging on the side of the porch roof.  I suppose I had better go out and get another picture.

Well, that didn’t turn out very well.

At least you can see some nice clouds.  A cloudy night is Halloweeny, I always think.

Pumpkin Junction is located at 2188 Graffenburg Road, Sauquoit,  NY, phone number 315-794-4604.  They are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

 

Throwback to Halloweens Past

Just hanging out!

For this week’s Throwback Thursday Post,  I return to October 2016 at Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit, NY.  It is a wonderful place to purchase pumpkins and other Halloween stuff.  I love Halloween.

Isn’t she sweet?

This is a Halloween decoration we got at Pumpkin Junction.  I am hoping to decorate for Halloween as soon as this weekend, but no promises.

I wonder if I can find all this stuff.

Fast forward to October 2017.  This is our dining room table from that time.  At this point, I imagine some of you are thinking you should point out that we are currently in September not October (you know who you are).

Looks Halloween-y enough to me!

Here is a picture from September 2017, so there!  I, personally, believe we should celebrate Halloween all year long.

Who me? Drink wine?

Here is a bit of Halloween I enjoy year round.  This was also purchased at Pumpkin Junction.  I must find out how soon they open this year.

One of my all time favorite pictures.

Regular readers may remember Bonita, our skeleton who hangs out with us all year.  I periodically change her accessories.  She is due for some new ones.  Maybe a vampire cape…

You may guess from this that I am ready for the Halloween season to begin.  I should buy a pumpkin!  That will rate another blog post.  As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.

 

Just a Little Local

I saw on Facebook that Monday was Shop Small Day or the whole week was Shop Small Week or some such.  You know I never pay attention to these things.  In any case, for Mohawk Valley Girl, EVERY day is Shop Small Day.  Unfortunately,  I cannot shop every day, and I cannot always go small for what I need.  Well, we none of us can live up to our ideal (and if you are sitting there smirking because YOU always do, all I can say is that you probably need some better ideals) (you know who you are).

Where was I?  Ah yes, attempting to shop small.  One of the pages I follow encouraged us to share on Facebook pictures of our purchases.  I went to T&J’s Fruits and Vegetables in Herkimer earlier this week, but those vegetables are already cut up and in a salad.  Maybe I have one tomato left.

I’ll probably put it in an omelet or sammich tomorrow.

I also went to Valley Wine and Liquor,  also in Herkimer.  I am sipping a little wine as I type this.

Of course I use my Halloween glass year round! What did you expect?

To add a little more local, I got that awesome glass from Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit.

Today I drove to Little Falls, NY.  I had seen there was to be a new gift shop opening near The Cafe at Stone Mill.  I went to the Cafe first for a cup of coffee.  I cannot convey how much I have longed to sit in a cafe, sip coffee, and write.  I worked on a letter to my sister.

It is yummy coffee!

I thought about getting ice cream instead, since it was so hot out, but the lower calorie count won.  To tell myself it was not really ice cream but frozen yogurt would be mere quibbling.  Additionally, this is coffee by local roaster Joseph Putrello, and it is excellent coffee.

I already have one of those coffee mugs.

I did not purchase anything in the gift shop but intend to return.  After checking it out, I drove to Burke Park for the weekly Fresh Market.

It’s already on my calendar for next Thursday.

I spent more time at the market, and took more pictures. I hope to write more about it later.  In the meantime, I see I am approaching 400 words.  That seems good to me.  I hope to do more local shopping and buy more stuff soon.  And write blog posts about it.  As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.

 

Return to Pumpkin Junction!

Today will be another blog with more pictures than words.  This may not be a bad thing, considering how foolish most of my words have been lately.  Then again, I typed in those two sentences before checking how my pictures turned out.  Oh dear.

It’s all about the pumpkins.

Earlier, Steve and I were at Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit with my niece and her family.  Pumpkins, Halloween decorations,  and my adorable great nephew and niece, what’s not to like?

Sheppie with his first choice of pumpkin.

Sheppie really wanted a BIG pumpkin.  We took a picture of him with it instead.

I was fascinated by the zombie horse.

I did not get as many pictures as I suppose I could have.  We spent a lot of time looking around inside the barn, where the light was not so good.  Sheppie and Evie found that if they jumped out at me and yelled, “Raah!”  I would respond, “Eeee!”  and tell them to stop scaring their old Aunt Cindy.  That game went on for a while.  Yes, it was fun for me too.

Sheppie and I ventured into the corn maze.  We didn’t get too lost. Phew!  I sometimes have problems with my sense of direction.  We picked our pumpkins, and Steve found a shot glass for his collection.

Steve and I had not been to Pumpkin Junction in a couple of years.  That was a mistake!  We were glad we finally got back there.  Pumpkin Junction is located at 2188 Graffenburg Rd., Sauquoit  NY, phone number 315-794-4604. They are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  through Oct. 31.

 

Plans for Sunday on Slacker Saturday

A delightful array.

I thought I’d lead with a nice Halloweeny photo.  This is another Slacker Saturday post.  I’m using stuff from my Media Library, but with perhaps a little more method to my madness than previous such posts (has there been more than one?  I’m too lazy to check).

I’m starting this on my Tablet,  because Steven is on the laptop. I just really really want to  get my blog post done and get on to the Halloween movie watching portion of the evening.  The photo above was taken at Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit last year.  We have not made it back there this year.  However,  Steven is actually off work tomorrow.

Aaaahhh… back on the laptop, typing with all ten fingers, as God intended.  Now I can get this post done!  As I was saying, with Steven off work tomorrow, we actually have a whole day together!  Yay!  Naturally, we think to make some plans.  A visit to Pumpkin Junction, perhaps to purchase a pumpkin?  It’s not too late to make a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween!  And roast the seeds, of course.  Yum!

I would naturally take another picture of two of Steven.

 

I wonder if these fellows will be there again?

But Pumpkin Junction is not our only possibility for tomorrow.  We could also visit the So Sweet Candy Cafe,  in Utica, which decorates delightfully for the season.

He’s a dapper fellow, is he not?

Full disclosure:  there is every chance that tomorrow we will merely get comfortable and watch Halloween movies.  Whatever we do, I will probably write a blog post about it.  As always, I hope you’ll tune in.

 

Saturday at the Craft Fair and the Ale House

It is after 5 p.m. and I MUST make my Saturday post so that I can get on to enjoying the rest of my  evening.  I went running this morning.  I went on various Mohawk Valley adventures this afternoon/evening.  Now it is time to make the blog post.

I ran 33 minutes this morning, the recommended 10 percent over the last longest time run.  Then Steven and I got together with other family members to go to the Sauquoit Valley Fine  Arts and Crafts Show.  It was a great deal of fun.

When we got home, we first hung out a bit with our dog, then we took him for a walk.  After the walk, we wanted to take advantage of the marvelous fall weather with a walk of our own. Yes, we would have loved to take our pooch out with us, but he is not into any stroll longer than most of the way around our block.  So we left our dog at home and walked via  Herkimer’s Historic Four Corners to Smoker’s Choice on Main Street in Herkimer. Steven got some cigarettes and I got a scratch-off lottery ticket.

We went to The Endzone Pub and Grub on Main Street in Herkimer.  We did not get any grub, we just got pub.  After one drink at the Endzone for one  drink, we moved on to the Asteroga Ale House, formerly Belly Up Pub, formerly Albany Street Cafe, formerly Dineen’s , where we had drinks and snacks.

Now we are home, enjoying more drinks and a little TV. And I am done making my blog post. Hope to see you all on Wrist to Forehead Sunday.

 

Yay! Halloween!

I had been wanting to return to Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit ever since I wrote about it for the October issue of Mohawk Valley Living magazine.  I decided Sunday was the day.

I made the decision as I drove to church, over Higby and down Graffenburg roads.  The views were incredible.  I had to remind myself to keep my eyes on the road.  I thought, “Steven has GOT  to see this!”

When Steven got home from work, he readily agreed, so, after doing a couple of chores we didn’t want to put off, we set out. I brought our Tablet, to take some pictures.

“Maybe I’ll finally learn how to put them in my blog,” I said.

I did not take any pictures of the views as we drove but right away saw things to snap photos of at the Junction.  After clicking outside for a while, we went into the barn and spent some good time looking at ALL kinds of decorations.

After acquiring some great new stuff for our Halloween decor, we went out and wandered through the Cornfusion Corn Maze.  We were delighted with our trip.

And now I am typing my words into WordPress.  I see how to add a photo, but am not sure how to… position it.  I wanted to put a photo up top, then words, then another photo, then more words.  Oh dear, let’s see what I can do…

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ALL sorts of pumpkins, gourds and squashes!

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We did not try to guess the weight of this pumpkin, although they had a contest for those wishing to try.

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Just one of the excellent displays

And now I see that I must learn more about this adding photos business. However, for today, here was my text and here are a few pics.  Local readers will like to check out Pumpkin Junction; it is a most wonderful Halloween place.  They are located at 2188 Graffenburg Rd., Sauquoit, and are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  You can Like them on Facebook.

For Pumpkin Junkies

We interrupt this series of posts about last Saturday’s adventures to bring you a post about a seasonal business closer to home (my home, that is), Pumpkin Junction at 2188 Graffenberg Rd.,  Sauquoit, NY.

I heard about Pumpkin Junction by seeing a flier on a bulletin board at my place of employment.  I was strolling the halls during my lunch break, talking to Steven on my cell phone.

“Hey, we should totally go to Pumpkin Junction,” I said.  “It’s on Graffenberg Road.”  I have become familiar with Graffenberg Road since my niece Dana purchased a house in Sauquoit.  I drive out it when I go to her house or join her and her family for church in Chadwicks (I had quite an adventure there once; perhaps your read my blog post about it).

Steven had the computer on and found Pumpkin Junction on Facebook.  Being great Halloween aficionados, we made plans to check it out.  It was a few nights later we made the drive. It was early evening on one of the last beautiful days we’ve had.  What a lovely drive out Higby Road to Graffenberg.  I love the views across farmland to the mountains. Steven nicely drove so I could look around and enjoy the fall colors.

The business is located at a family farm.  We drove up the driveway, parked near a cornfield, and walked over to check out pumpkins, gourds and squashes.  I’m not one to eat squash, but I kind of wished I was, looking at the variety available.  We were particularly fascinated by some that were shaped like snakes and some a beautiful two-toned green.

In the barn we found hundreds of Halloween decorations and accessories.  They ranged from the cute to the spooky to the downright gruesome.  I soon found a garland of rough twine and skeletons, then a bag of skulls.  I looked with envy at the full-size, posable skeleton but resisted the temptation.  For now.  Later on Steven found a Halloween mug he liked.  We have a few Halloween mugs, but I thought we could use at least one more.

We left with plans to return, because I’m sure we did not see everything.  Also, I would like to buy some gourds and miniature pumpkins for my Thanksgiving decorations.  And I’m sure there are friends and family members who would like to go with me.

Pumpkin Junction is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  for more information, you can visit their website at www.pumpkin-junction.com.  You can also Like them on Facebook.