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Pumpkin Carving

Last night was all about a return to childhood (because in spite of what you might assume, one does NOT need to have kids – or even access to kids – in order to enjoy childlike delights!) as Peter and I spent a fun evening with a friend, her carving kit, and four unsuspecting pumpkins.

The three of us had gone pumpkin picking a couple of weeks earlier to select our victims. We each chose one large specimen, the two of them each selected a smaller one, and I picked up three teensy-tiny baby pumpkins for decoration. (I’d also harboured some hopes of tangling on one of the wee ones, but alas, my pen refused to cooperate. Pity, as it would have been quite pretty!)

Unfortunately, we found out last night that some of the pumpkins we’d chosen had started to turn soft in the time between buying and carving. You’d think they’d keep for two weeks in a cool garage, but I guess they’d been sitting for too long before we brought them home. Still, we – rather, they (because I can’t take any credit for the end results!) managed to create three terrific Jack-o’-lanterns for us to display on the front porch tomorrow night:


Peter’s Jack-o’-lantern is on the left, and our friend carved the two on the right. Spooky!

So what happened to my pumpkin? Well, I tried to work on it, but it was one of the ones that had started to turn, and as I scraped out the insides big chunks of the soft parts kept breaking off the bottom and sides until it threatened to topple over. I finally gave up on the carving part of the party and headed to the kitchen to dispose of four pumpkins’ worth of guts and then bake a puddle cake for the three of us to enjoy with some tea, post-carving.

All was not lost, though – first off, because UNEXPECTED CAKE!… and secondly, in spite of its mushiness my pumpkin cooperated in giving me a photo that I’m really quite pleased with.


Perhaps it’s silly to find joy in an evening of pumpkin carving, but the evening made me realize just how much I am blessed – with a husband who is game for silliness, with friends who have an endless supply of great ideas and a tremendous capacity for fun, with a home available for entertaining and three insane cats to provide the floor show.

It may not be what others would choose, but I love my life.

Did you carve a pumpkin this year?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo October 2013

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Elizabeth
    October 30, 2013

    Real pumpkins don’t last long down here – carved or not. We are still in the upper 80s temp wise. So I let Charlie carve a Funkin 2 years ago and we just reuse it.
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  • Theresa Ledford October 31, 2013

    That sounds great! And by the way, I love the picture of your pumpkin, I saw it earlier today on my account and didn’t have time to stop and look at it then, but it definitely caught my eye! Beautiful! Also, @Elizabeth, what is a Funkin? It sounds like it might not have the guts in it that I absolutely refuse to touch and as a result have never carved a pumpkin.
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  • Heather M October 31, 2013

    I’m glad you had as much fun as Peter and I did! I can’t plug the carving kit enough – I’ve had my original set since 1989 and will never use anything else! Pumpkin Masters deserves all the credit: http://www.pumpkinmasters.com/pumpkin-carving-kits.asp

  • Magical Mystical Mimi
    October 31, 2013

    Wow! Great looking pumpkins!! And of course you can have fun without kids! All of my kids are grown and live 2000 miles away. I still have fun and enjoy the silliness. 🙂 Did you roast the pumpkin seeds??? Those are always my favorite and I still do the typical kindergarten pumpkin face. Triangle eyes n’ nose and toothy grin. 🙂 Yay you guys for having a fun night!
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