17 October 2007

To the land of Pumpkins

Pumpkin Girl
Leaving the Patch Bella picked out her pumpkin

Pumpkiny Pumptastic Pumpkinville! This weekend we sallied forth to the land of pumpkins, out at Pinehaven Farms in Wyoming. We went on impulse, although I start dreaming of these pumpkin days as soon as the State Fair closes for the year. The forecast for October in general is cold and dreary, so I have heard, so when we woke up on Saturday to a sunny, crisp morning, we couldn't resist packing up and going to get our pumpkins. We enjoyed eating hot dogs and kettle korn in the pumpkin patch, seeing very cute tiny little goats scrambling around at all the attention, riding on some very bouncy dune buggies, taking a tractor train ride, running through a hay maze, watching a pumpkin get shot out of a cannon, and seeing Farfel the pumpkin-eating dragon (who, it turns out, would rather have sammiches). With the exception of Farfel, who was, predictably, too scary, Bella loved the morning in the pumpkin patch. She climbed all over the pumpkins and then picked one that was sitting alone on a haybail, perfectly round and happy looking (I like a cheerful pumpkin). It was too heavy for her, so as she attempted to manhandle it over to Brent, she was gruuuuunting and groooaning. UGH! ERRRGH!! Hard work indeed, and so dramatic. At home, she proudly pats it, "Pumpkin. BELLA's pumpkin." Sometimes she puts it in her shopping cart, except not in the merchandise part--in the baby seat part. Like they're going to Target to buy it some pants. I think that's love.

The only thing that could have made our storybook pumpkin patch day better would have been a big bag of cinnamon-y pumpkin mini donuts. I have never had a big bag of cinnamon-y pumpkin mini donuts, but don't they sound magnificent?

I recently heard on the radio that in a survey people said what they would like to spend their last hour on earth doing was 1) talking to their loved ones 2) drinking champagne 3) having sex. I believe if cinnamon-y pumpkin mini donuts existed, they would have definitely come in at a solid #2. Cuddle up with loved ones*, have a pumpkin mini donut. Ahhhhh.

*except in my case, a primary cuddly loved one would be saying, "Watch George the Monkey movie? Pease? George?"

Tonight I finished the display boards for my dad's retirement party. I had so much fun looking through all of his IBM memorabilia. Dad with long hair: ha! Dad with army hair: ha! Dad with big moustache: ha! I used my beloved Martha Stewart Crafts items and a couple of Stampin' Up things, and it turned out just right. A project completed--how satisfying!

Speaking of projects, my bamboo sweater is clogging up the knitting pipeline. It is coming along, slowly but surely. And after that, I have a backlog of about a hundred baby gifts and two Christmas stockings. I'm also coveting these car organizers and these tea drinking mice and, above all, this soft garden gnome. And my 'B is for Butterhead' alphabet fair scrapbook is coming along nicely, too. At least I resisted temptation and purchased all the halloween costumes for the family to clear up my calendar for more exciting crafting.

01 October 2007

Camping and Crisp

Our camping weekend was a mixed success. We ventured across the border into Wisconsin to see what their state parks had to offer. And boy, do those cheeseheads know how to make a park! The sites are tucked in the woods, overlooking the river. With the leaves starting to turn and fall, we had a picturesque view from every inch of our site. We are so excited to head back there come spring. Our first night was as good as it gets, chili and cornbread, baked in the dutch oven, s'mores, and passing Bella--bundled from head to toe--around the campfire as a lapwarmer. Bella got up in the night, despite being bundled to the brink of infant death. Here she is the next morning, none the worse for wear:

No crackers in the tent!
But after hours of rain on Saturday, our fortitude was a bit soggy and we packed it up and came home. We happily discovered that my parents had stopped by and dropped off a big bag of homegrown apples.

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp! The perfect comfort food.

Then it was time to catch up on a little Tivo watching. The start of the fall season has been quite exciting. We've tried out a few duds, but so far we're sticking with "The War" miniseries, Survivor: China, The Office, Family Guy, Boston Legal, Curb your Enthusiasm, and the dwindling episodes of Top Chef. whew! I can't wait for Project Runway, starting (I think) November 14. Sometimes I feel bad about watching so much TV. Maybe I should work on breaking the habit? Ugh, that sounds hard and only moderately worth it. Maybe I'll do it later.

In a perfect world, I would:
--get up early*
--keep up with friends
--make the most of freetime**

*I always feel like I could get more done if I would just get up earlier. This is probably unrealistic, since if I get up too early I tend to be a teensy bit crabby for the next 18 or so hours.

**in such a way so as not to stomp around the house snarking at Brent because I spent my 'free' time doing laundry and scrubbing toilets.

I sure hope everybody has lists like that. At least I don't have things on there like 'bathe more' or 'snort less coke.' And I'm sure if I thought more deeply about it, I would have much more sensible things to improve about my world. Ack, another thing to add to the list.
--be deep

So now, to go make the most of my freetime... by surfing the internet!