Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pumpkins on the porch and Christmas in the bag

Okay, so I know Halloween is over. I've taken the witch off my porch, the light-up bats out of the trees, I even took down my favorite decoration - the skull door knocker that sings songs until his eyeballs pop out. Literally. I love that guy.

But one thing I haven't been able to do is take the pumpkins off the front porch. Maybe it's because I can justify them - well, they're a symbol of the harvest, and we haven't had Thanksgiving yet, right? Never mind that they're probably frozen to the front stoop by now.

Still, I think the real reason the pumpkins have survived is, well, because they made it through a season in my garden. That means they ARE survivors. For those of you who haven't heard me rant about my garden, let's just say it's usually the place where plants go to die. I've killed tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, three kinds of peppers, onions, strawberries watermelons and a particularly hardy lavender (Someone told me it would ward off rabbits and deer. Ha! They just saved it for dessert).

This year, I planted pumpkin and watermelon in the main garden. Almost immediately, the pumpkin vines ran all over the watermelon. I didn't care because it meant something, anything was growing in the garden. Yeah, just call me Martha Stewart. In the end, we had five - count 'em - five pumpkins this fall. It was the first successful gardening year ever (As long as you don't listen to my husband when he questions exactly what happened to the tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and strawberries.)

We carved two of the pumpkins. The kids glued sequins all over another one. But the last two are still looking plump and gorgeous on the porch. So, as far as I'm concerned, they can stay. Sure I passed them yesterday going into the house with a bag full of holiday-themed books.

Which gives me an idea...Christmas pumpkins, anyone?


Natalie Hatch said...

Because Christmas is sooo hot over here (think late July Florida type hot/wet) it's hard to stick tinsel etc up everywhere. We do have a christmas tree but usually we just cover the place with fairy lights. Looks wonderful on a balmy summer evening when you go for a stroll around the neighbourhood and you see all the houses done up in lights.
Hope you have fun with your decorating (make sure the kids don't superglue themselves or maybe just their mouths and hands, that'd give you some relief)

Angie Fox said...

I'm really ready for the holidays - hence the bag full of holiday books.

We're holding off decorating the house until after Thanksgiving. I hope. My husband suggested the other night that heck with it - if I was ready and excited, we should just do it. I managed to hold back but if he suggests it again, I might not be that strong.

Natalie Hatch said...

Angie my sister in law decorates the entire house on the 1st November, she says it's her favourite holiday so she loves putting up lights and deco's.
We always had a rule in my house no deco's before 1st Dec and they must be down before New Years Eve.
Nowadays with the twin marauders I have we take them down on Boxing Day (the next day) to ensure we have a tree for next year.

Angie Fox said...

Yes, I did worry the year my daughter was 2 1/2. We were sitting together, her on my lap, watching the lights on the tree. I was thinking it was this wonderful mother/daughter moment when she says, almost to herself, "I'll bet I could climb that."

Natalie Hatch said...

Aren't kids soo precious?