Belated happy Halloween! The absence in posts was very untimely. I got sick, and ran out of prepared posts to publish at the same time. Also, I am still sick, but well enough not to just languish in bed. I did get a flu shot, so this is turning out to be a slow flu-crawl. Fever day 1, sniffles and a bad throat for the next 2 days, fever again day 4, and now I am on the let’s-cough-out-our-lungs stage. 🙂 Also, the colder weather (hello freezing temperatures) does not help me get my sweat on.
So back to food. And halloween. Finally ticked off something on my fall bucket list! Carving pumpkins. On a whim, we brought some pumpkins on our way to dinner at a friend’s place (with their permission), and decided to make that into the night’s activity. I don’t know if it was going to be difficult, or messy, but I knew I was going to enjoy this.
Matt and I shared one pumpkin, and we chose a scary design to put on it. I did make him draw it because I was afraid of messing it up. I was afraid of killing our lovely pumpkin, so I made him carve out the hard parts (like the eyes) which he was able to do so perfectly. I totally enjoyed this activity, though it did require teamwork (him holding the pumpkin, and me yielding the knife) to get through most of it. But it is such a messy fun activity that at this point, I wanted to make it a regular thing.
And then a week after, as our pumpkin was happily sitting on our side table (no patio to display it at), our pumpkin started to look like scary grandma. I didn’t realize how the pumpkin got soft and squishy and slowly started collapsing on itself.
The insides were moldy, it was also leaking. it was dumped in a trash bag and thrown out. It didn’t even reach halloween! So now I feel guilty how quickly that thing rots and dies (scarier pumpkin then?), but I am glad how I was able to do that once. Now to find some leaves to jump in.