Wind and Flabby-Butt Pumpkin

It was so windy the day after Halloween that I imagined witches were stirring the air with turbo-brooms. After walking for an hour, I had my Einstein hairdo.

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One of my favorite things to do is watch fallen leaves float down the creek. Before they get water-logged, the leaves bob on the water like rudderless boats. I like to pick one and follow its progress, watching to see if it will go toward a deep area and float through the rapids. It might get caught in an eddy and pulled under the water. If it is spewed back to the top, I watch it until it floats out of sight. Since our trees are behind schedule this year, there haven’t been many leaves to watch. That changed on the windy day. Bits of leaves, shredded by the wind, were suspended throughout the water. There were none dancing on top of the stream.

I noticed John’s pumpkin on the porch appeared to be tired. When looking closely, I found its flabby butt sagging over the edge of the railing. It must be rotting, and it would be better to move it sooner rather than later. John was playing with trains in Tennessee, so I fetched a plate and gingerly lifted the pumpkin onto it. Thank heavens it didn’t explode! I dumped it near the fence, and the bottom popped out. How I wish niece Julie were here to watch it! She enjoyed seeing squirrels running up and down the fence, and I’m sure they are going to be busily eating the pumpkin now.

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54 thoughts on “Wind and Flabby-Butt Pumpkin

  1. I finally picked all my pie pumpkins…yes me!!! We had 50+ pumpkins from two plants this year. It was fun giving them away to friends, family and even my daughter in law’s first grade class used them to paint on.
    So glad you have warm weather for your walks. We have been having pretty nice weather here also. Love that smile Anne!

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    1. That’s marvelous that you picked pumpkins. You are slowly getting better. The last few days have been warm, but we’ve already walked when it was below freezing. The temperature is going down tonight, so I’ll wear more layers tomorrow.


          1. He has something to look forward to when he gets home then. Even the squirrels might have turned up their noses at that pumpkin in its “condition” but otherwise it looked like an unblemished pumpkin from what I could tell. Mercifully we have a rain-free weekend so I have to make the most of it and include outside tasks in my free time as well. (The neighbor’s tree which drops leaves on my property and very little on hers and I think I’ll make a post about it … grrrr.)


                    1. I would like to have a picture of that – I’ve seen a few too … I had a picture one year of about 3-4 black squirrels climbing on someone’s nice harvest display – it was on Emmons with the big houses – they had pumpkins and cornstalks and those squirrels were very cute. I’ll think of a key word and try to find it when I’m on here later. I have always thought squirrels were cute – we had to stop feeding “Sammy” after Marge and us feeding him for years … he tried to get into the house when my mom was using her cane to get in and was getting aggressive if we didn’t give him food on “his schedule” … he just went to another house … we worried he would try to squeeze in the doorway as she was slow getting in.


                    2. Those pumpkins next door are in pretty bad shape. I’ve tried searching for this post I did with the squirrels to no avail. I will find it – they weren’t eating the pumpkins but climbing all over the display and when I went by on the way home, they had all stood on a cornstalk and pulled it down on them. They were all black squirrels who did that mischief.

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  2. I thought all pumpkins remained hard till they were eaten. I never knew they would go soggy like that. I love your wind- blown look. You have lost weight or you are eating healthy and it shows on the face.

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    1. Give a pumpkin enough time, and it will rot and cave in on itself. I was surprised that it draped itself over the railing.

      I’m sure I have lost an ounce or so of weight in my face. Why can’t we tell fat a useful place to shrink????

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      1. Anne,
        Don’t you like fat going off from the face ? I would have loved it to go from face or anywhere. That was one magical pumpkin. How come the pumpkins for Halloween are so orange-y but the ones we get at regular times are a pale orange ? Is there a difference in Halloween pumpkins ?


        1. Losing weight in the face doesn’t change one’s dress size.

          There are probably many kinds of pumpkins. The edible ones are smaller and paler than the ones we use for decoration. The internet says there are 45 subclasses of pumpkins. I didn’t know there were that many.

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  3. I read this a few days ago on:

    Thank goodness my History was still intact, Just wanted to share.

    A lady recently being baptized was asked by a co-worker what it was like to be a Christian. She replied, “It’s like being a pumpkin: 
    God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins.
    Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
    He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.
    Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

    Perhaps you’ll have Pumpkins growing by the fence next year. Happy November Anne!


    1. Does anyone celebrate Halloween in South Africa? No one did in England when we lived there in the early 80s. I know it has spread there now, as well as to some countries in Europe.


  4. Love your “Einstein hair”! I can’t believe that I didn’t even get one pumpkin this year. My squirrels are probably disappointed. They will have to make do with the walnuts from my black walnut tree!


      1. An enterprising farm near here had a pumpkin smashing event this weekend. For a fee, kids could go and they were issued small rubber sledgehammers to break up the unsold pumpkins. I believe the pumpkin remains were then probably fed to the hogs.


  5. Anne, your pumpkin reminds me of a watermelon that went bad on my kitchen floor…but I didn’t notice until it was too late. I laughed about your Einstein hair. I always say the same about mine. It has just enough curl in it to be tousled into chaos if it is humid or windy. I think you look very cute!


    1. Yes, I remember the watermelon disaster that you shared when ours oozed on the counter. That Einstein hairdo photo made me run to town to get my hair cut the next day. I’ll bet your hair looks good when wind-tossed. You might not want to go to church that way, but it would look good at a football game.

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