It certainly is starting to feel more like fall around here! It cooled off a lot this weekend and, in fact, we were finally able to play outside with the kids without breaking into a sweat. It was lovely. I'm not sure anyone enjoyed it as much as Sake, though. She's forever chasing bugs around the yard. It's usually grasshoppers or moths...the occasional trail of ants. So, we really didn't think much of it when we looked over and saw something like this...
Upon closer inspection, we realized what she was chasing was actually one of these...
Wait. Let's look a little closer...
Yup. That's a bee alright. We dubbed him "Mr. Bumbles." I'm guessing he lost his stinger, and was crawling around the ground near death. If Mr Bumbles wasn't already knocking on heaven's door, I'm sure he was probably praying for death after Sake got done swatting him, stomping on him, and even attempting to eat him. No matter how many times we tried to get her away from Mr. Bumbles or vice versa, there she was...right back at it. Finally, Bryan squished Mr. Bumbles out of his misery. I'm sure somewhere up in bumble bee heaven, Mr. Bumbles is looking down thanking Bryan for putting an end to the torture. Poor Sake, though. You should have seen her once she realized her friend was nothing more than a pile of bug guts amongst the grass. Pitiful.
Other signs of fall around the Hanks household...
* Warm mugs of apple cider in the morning. Wish there was an apple orchard nearby to make a weekend trip to.
* Bought some really cool Halloween decorations from Target.
* Lots of planning for our big Halloween party.
* A Halloween banner has reached its completion:
I even managed to sneak in some spooky fabric flowers:
You can view the whole banner all up-close and personal-like here.
* I'm elbow-deep in more Halloween crafts to share later.
* The bluebirds are back in my yard. I spied one this morning. Need to get a telephoto lens stat.
So, how is fall shaping up in your neck of the woods?
**I am WAY behind on blog reading and e-mails...again. It was crazy-busy while Bryan was at school, and after he got home we just enjoyed some quality family time. But, I'll be catching up soon. I think I'll make that my project to tackle tonight after the kids go to bed. See you then!**