Sandy came down to the critter feeder, after I refilled it with tried corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other goodies. She kept munching away her little seeds, when Chewbacca got her attention. He sat on the porch and watched her for a little bit. Sandy looked at Chewie and froze for a moment: “Oh no! This crazy feline sits there and watches me from the porch, again.” Chewbacca went over to the tree and sharpened his claws on the bark. Sandy jumped further up in the crown of the tree and chattered at him. She was not happy at all and gave Chewie the third degree. Chewie decided to leave Sandy alone, when Joshua jumped over the fence back into the yard. It was more fun to roll around with his buddy in the grass, than getting into it with a feisty squirrel anyway. Yes, Mommy (me) said though. 😉
The wind is blowing and the temperatures are falling below the freezing point, tonight. This is a good evening for getting a fire started in the fireplace, and a hot chili for dinner. Katelynn is still practicing clarinet in school, while Sara is bundled up in a blanket and the pets are laying close to the fire. It will be a cozy December evening in our Texas home.
Happy Saint Nicholas Day!
Due to the cooler weather, I refilled the bird feeders earlier today. Guess who was my first guest telling all the birds, there is food for everyone? Yep, it was Mr. Cardinal. After he ate a few sunflower seeds, he invited the Blue Jays, the House Sparrows, the Dark-eyed Juncos, the Mourning Doves and the White-winged Doves over for lunch.
The Waning Gibbous Perigee Moon looks very beautiful in the background of our Christmas lit house. I captured some photos, before the Moon was too high in the sky.
UPDATE: Ha! About an hour after I took these photos, the clouds rolled in with thunder and lightning. What a lucky moment I went outside and saw the Moon, in time.
Did you wonder what happened to these beautiful “French Cheese” pumpkins, I grew in the Community Garden over the Summer? Remember when I photographed them, they were still green and had to grow a little bit more?
Let me go back a little bit. Christi picked up a “French Cheese” pumpkin from a local nursery as Autumn decoration for her house in October 2016. When the season was over, she made pumpkin puree for soups and pies. The seeds got cleaned up and stored for sowing in the following Spring.
Spring 2017 approached, and Christi had about four or five plants from the seeds, she’d been sowing earlier in the year. She asked me, if I liked a couple of plants. “Sure! I love to take a couple!” I said. After I planted the little pumpkin seedlings, I watered them. Christi and I stared at the plants for a moment. “Let’s see, how they will do in the garden.” she wondered. I nodded: “I’ll be excited, if we see pumpkins!”
At the end of Summer, we saw a couple of pumpkins. Each plant produced one squash. I know, that is not much. But I was stoked seeing at least one of each, after we were fighting the squash vine borers all Summer.
In Autumn I decided to clean up the bed and harvest the pumpkins. Christi was a little bit hesitant, because both pumpkins were still more green than orange. I assured: “They will cure for a while and gain their color. I don’t want them to get too ripe, and the critters will have a feast.” She agreed, and I picked the pumpkins.
Now, it is December. And the French Cheese pumpkins gained their color. At this moment, they sit on my couch table next to my little Christmas pine tree. I know, it might look awkward a little bit. But I can’t let go of Autumn, yet. And I want to wait to make pumpkin pie at Yule/Winter Solstice. If the weather is cool enough, I might make a “Curried Pumpkin Soup”.