I was at the craft store the last week in July, loading up on supplies. I walked into the store and was blindsided by autumn decor. I was jolted. I am not ready, I thought. So, I didn't look at it at all.
Of course, I am a major major major autumn lover, and would love a break in the weather. But it was still July...
I went home with a gasping sense of passing time, and as brutally hot as summer is, I felt a huge need to hold on a little bit longer.
I am a total Halloween nut, love love love it.
But I just wasn't ready.
I drove home, and then had to give myself a sly smirk.
I felt like a sheepish hypocrite.
I mean, really...
I have been collecting Jack be Littles out of the garden, and adorning my home with them for a couple weeks.
Or, is it orange?
Had I not noticed the trickle of autumn loves in my own world yet?
It's not their fault they are born in the summer here.
I am pumpkin crazed.
You know that already, right?
It's borderline annoying, I know.
But truly, I ask....
Doesn't one orange orb hold so many worlds of feelings and memories?
Hay rides and crisp air.
Childhood fun, dress up.
Caramel apples, and on and on?
Double bubble, toil and trouble.
Of the wonderful variety that is :)
I have collected pumpkins of all sizes out of the garden.
Just the first little wave.
Many more still growing.
The ones below came off the vine too early.
But the vines that housed these babes below were ravaged by gophers at the root. So they are a tad green, but almost all orange now.
(pumpkins, carrots, cabbage)
There is still food collecting going on, as the gargantuan sunflowers droop over.
Remember the giant sunflower from a couple of months ago?
Well, it fell over in the last storm, and there were carrot babies in the roots.
Isn't that cute?
And, oh the pumpkin patch.
Just when I think it can not possibly get any bigger, it does.
I took the photo below just the other day, and I swear it's already covered the bottom left hand side of the photo and continued to crawl about farther.
The other day I realized that, I am not really grasping the pumpkin patch.
I know it is there.
I know I tend it and bees fly around doing their job.
But, the size of it.
The magnitude, had not really sunk in.
Until a couple days ago.
I got butterflies in my belly and did a pumpkin dance.
I think the heat fogs the brain.
But when I actually grasped my pumpkin patch, I skipped around with glee.
I am so excited I can't believe it, I kept thinking.
I stopped and questioned myself.
How could you not have realized you had a large pumpkin patch?
You planted the seeds and protected the baby seedlings you daft woman.
Yes, I know.
But somehow, my brain was blocked.
The pumpkin patch has 3 kinds of seeds.
Jack -o'- lantern Pumpkins.
(store bought seeds).
(seeds from my own huge pumpkin from last autumn, awesome for eating and looking at)
(also known as, Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ - seeds taken from my own pumpkin)
Things are going well.
Oh yay, yay!
This one is HUGE below.
Although, there are several lost too, in the cross pollination.
It's good to only have one type in one area.
I mixed 3 and gambled a bit.
But, there are about 20+ mixed types that look good out there right now.
A few of the Fairytale ones are the ones dying after they get about basket ball size.
Just something that has happened in my garden when I plant too many types next to each other.
But, no fear.
Lots make it too.
Fingers crossed, hopes high.
Patch growing as we speak.
Don't they hit the spot?
Speaking of sweeties, look at the treasures made by Eleni, A Pink Dreamer. She shipped them all the way from Greece for a giveaway.
Yes, a giveaway, isn't that fun???
3 folks will get a treasure.
Just leave a comment to be entered.
1st name drawn gets first choice, etc.
Fun fun, fun in the sun!!
ps: Nap time in the summer.
Miles looooves his toys.
He goes through them quick, and I get such joy buying them for him.
I put them in a great huge bag in the living room, and he digs them out, and taunts you with them. You know, the whole bit.
When I found him asleep with his little green dragon creature thing, I melted.
He's big, but he's still a 1 year old baby :)
And of course, will always be a puppy to me.
As for Mister Matty, he is always by my side.
Mama's little protector, that is the role he sees as his.
Love him so...
Furry tid-bits for the day.