It is cloudy and cool today, but not cold.

Terra and Lares and the Grandbabies Sunny and Sky dropped by for a little visit on Hallowe’en night. They parked at our house and walked over to the upscale neighbourhood nearby to Trick Or Treat with the other families in their social circle. The night was cold, so they were not gone very long. When they arrived back the babies played while we chatted. Sunny and Sky are walking now, and are just the sweetest little people. I could not get a good picture of them, they move too fast for the camera now.

Yesterday, early in the morning, I carved our Hallowe’en pumpkin, the Jack O Lantern, into pieces small enough to fit into a large roasting pan. After the pumpkin was cooked and cooled, the flesh was scooped into the food processor where it was pureed, then into freezer bags for this winter’s Pumpkin Muffins. The pumpkin yielded enough puree to make nine batches of muffins. It cost $3. The pie pumpkins at the grocery store were more than twice the price. I might purchase a pie pumpkin next year, to see if we find any difference in the puree, probably not. Our neighbours use this food only as a disposable decoration, which I find sad.

Most of our squash is now harvested, although I can still see three Hubbard Squash, and one Butternut Squash, still in the garden, surrounds by frost killed vines and leaves. Processing pumpkin and squash is labour intensive, but the results are worth the effort.

DSCF1484 One of the smaller Hubbard Squash we grew in our garden this year. I baked it skin side up in the oven for about an hour, pureed flesh, then placed enough for a single Pumpkin Muffin recipe in freezer bags. There are three more larger Hubbard Squash to be processed, and two Butternut Squash as well. This project will take about a week to complete.

My day is flowing quietly along. The crochet project, the blanket/afghan, continues to get longer each day. It is lengthening just in time to keep my legs warm as I work, on these increasingly chilly days of autumn.

I work on my genealogy book from time to time, but truly have flagging interest in working on it in a sustained way. A few people are interested in it, waiting for its completion, but most people who would find it interesting are unwilling to pay enough to cover the costs of publication. I continue bit-by-bit, nevertheless.

As I type I watch the flies, dozens and dozens of them, crawling on the living room window panes, inside the storm windows. They are very dirty insects, their leavings on the glass are quite ugly. It is still warm enough that these flies are active. A few of them make their way into the house, where I diligently hunt them down and kill them. It seems to me that I will very much enjoy new windows in the living!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 11:05 AM EDT Thursday 2 November 2017
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 12.9°C
Dew point: 11.3°C
Humidity: 90%
Wind: S 35 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


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Henry Kissinger
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  1. Are you still working on the blue/gray/beige blanket now or have you finished that one and started another one? I had to order more of the yarn I’m using for the “family room” blanket, 3 of those Caron Tea Cakes yarn was not enough, so I have 6 more coming. One Tea Cake makes about 12 inches of a twin size blanket I’ve figured out.

  2. Teri

    It’s rainy and cool here, today. Makes me glad I’m indoors.

    We had storm windows when I was a child. They could be opened to let the air in. Wish I could think of a way that you could open yours to let the flies out without letting them into your house, first.

    I find I’m lacking get up and go to work on my graphics, lately. I need to get back into it.

    This is strange. Your page wants me to put in a Name and email address in order to comment. I’ve never had that happened before. It also looks like it wants to make me Subscribe to the thread. I’ve tried that before but never received any notifications. Confusing.

    I was reading about the flu vaccine after you talked about it the other day. Almost had myself convinced to go get one, until I read that it was a live vaccine. Now, I’m uncertain about it again. *sigh*

  3. Bex, yes I am still working on the first blanket, the foggy notion Bernat Pop project. It is going slowly but surely, I am loving it. I will start a second one when this one is finished, so that we have a matched set. I am on my 5th skein, I think, or it could be the 6th, I would have to get out my files to see how many bands I have removed from the balls. It will take six or seven balls to do one blanket, probably seven.

  4. Teri, the storm windows in the living room are over single pane windows, they do not open at all, just one pane of glass. We have to remove the storms windows completely to do any cleaning. I did it once and now they are as dirty as they were when I started. When we get new windows they will open, be energy efficient, and easy to clean from the interior of the house. Someday!

    I’m not sure why the site would be acting strangely, there might be some changes to the software on the server that affects the way WordPress is working. I haven’t made any changes, but WordPress recently updated. Let me know if the problems continue in the next few entries.

    The person who administered our flu shot said it was not a live virus injection. I looked around, and the only reference to live virus is the the nasal spray, the injections are not supposed to be live virus.

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