Welcome to our Halloween fashion show, where our kitties model the latest in costume couture. Here is Eevee, wearing a dazzling crown and purple robe. But he doesn't need the clothes to know he's the king. Photo by Glenn.
Katy is stylin' in her witch's outfit, with a traditional pointed hat that also doubles as a feed bag for those who like to eat on the run. Photo by Glenn.
Busy as a bee. That's definitely our Rio, who looks stunning in his black-and-yellow striped bumble bee costume. Better get your pictures quick before he buzzes off to his hiding place under the bed. Photo by Glenn.
And this is... wait, how did he get in here? Ben, our human model, dons a Shadow the Hedgehog hat, which served as his quickie Halloween costume. Photo by Glenn.
Yes, Halloween time always means decorating at our home. We have assembled enough phony pumpkins over the years to create a nice little patch of them on the front porch. Photo by Glenn.
To our great disappointment, one of the pumpkins we purchased from WinCo was rotten before we got to carve it. See how we coped with this below. Photo by Glenn.
We gave Ben the good pumpkin so that he could carve it. Here he has removed the top and is preparing to disembowel the hallowed gourd. Photo by Glenn.
This is Ben's jack o'lantern, designed in the image of one of his favorite anime characters. Photo by Glenn.
Here is what became of the rotted pumpkin. We sawed off the bottom and tipped it on its side, then Glenn carved it into the face of a crying cat. (Hey, you'd be crying too if you lost a third of your body.) Photo by Glenn.
And here's our cat pumpkin all lit up at night. Photo by Glenn.
All the pumpkins are lit up on the front porch, waiting for trick-or-treaters. Photo by Glenn.
Ben didn't go trick-or-treating this year, but there was plenty of fun food at our house, thanks to Roni. These are sandwiches she made in the shape of spiders. Katy might want to give them a try. Photo by Glenn.
What's the rule about the cook always being first to try her own cooking? Roni, dressed in her cat ears, nibbles on a spider leg. Could she be impersonating Katy? Photo by Glenn.
We went from summer to winter weather within a week during November. One of the season's first good rain storms left a large puddle on the back patio where the spa used to be. The new pergola is reflected in the water's surface. Photo by Glenn.
Ben takes a photo while being photographed. Alas, his camera recently broke and he is trying to decide how to repair or replace it. Photo by Glenn.
And speaking of things needing to be repaired or replaced, we killed our old microwave and had to buy a new one. This 1,100-watt Emerson is larger and more powerful than our old Sharp. It also comes with a rack and can brown meals such as pizza. Photo by Glenn.
The chenin grape in our backyard is showing its fall colors, The grapes are mostly gone or turned to raisins. Photo by Glenn.
We attended the Fall Craft Fair at the fairgrounds in Antioch on Nov. 14. Roni is checking out the wares at the Italian charms booth. Photo by Glenn.
Santa Claus had some down time before Christmas, so he spent it at the craft fair taking requests from the kids. Photo by Glenn.
The craft show included a handful of booths selling fair food such as this funnel cake we split between us. They're making ours with apple pie topping. Yummm. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn transports our funnel cake to a picnic table. Does he look ready to dig into that whipped cream topping? Photo by Roni.
Such a work of deep fried art is almost too good to eat. Almost. We'll take a few more pictures first. Photo by Glenn.
Remember that autumn grape picture up above? Here's what it looks like when you have a whole field of grapes in their fall foliage. This is the vineyard on the Du Pont property in Oakley, taken Nov. 18. Photo by Glenn.
Katy and Rio practice the art of synchronized window gazing. Not sure what they were looking at, but it must be interesting. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn catches up with one of our old friends, John Papini, during an Oakley retirement dinner for Ironhouse Sanitary District board member Lenny Byer. Photo by Glenn.
It's officially the holiday season when Santa makes his grand entrance while the credits roll at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Photo by Glenn.
Roni and Ben are seated and awaiting the start of Thanksgiving dinner... which will be commencing just as soon as Dad puts away the $&*# camera. Photo by Glenn.