There is an inherent danger in setting up for the holidays early; in my case, Halloween.
Foremost on the threat list is the Florida weather. October has been a bad month for tropical storms and even without one, we tend to get more wind and bluster this time of year.
My hanging decorations and even some of my stake lights have been seriously buffeted by increased winds of late. A couple of my new ghost stakes have even been left naked (their sheets flipped over their bodies). During one short but violent thunderstorm, my baby Frankie inflatable was knocked over.
The past couple of days, my graveyard has been in varying states of disarray. Originally, I thought this was also due to natural elements, but as I sat in front of my computer this morning, I heard a thump and witnessed the devastating effects of the mighty squirrel(s) that jump from my roof to my tree. I think I upset them when I cut back the tree they previously used to leap onto from the roof.
Then, later this morning, the rumble of the lawn maintenance crews drew me to my window. I gratefully observed the mower avoid my area. When I heard a loud, constant motor, though, I rushed to the window and saw with dismay the leaf blowers were not as conscientious.
Normally, the entire lawn crew is very responsible about my decorations, so I’ll assume this was someone new. Still, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that the powerful leaf blowers they wield could prove destructive to my work. I gave a sorrowful shake of my head as I went out and surveyed the damage.
So it is, for the next 11 days, I go out each morning and adjust, straighten, replant or otherwise fix my display. It’s also why I don’t put up my webs until less than a week remains.
For, once everything is set up, it’s a never-ending battle to keep it primed for the big day.