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Stuff and things and Pumpkin everything

When you read this you will be able to tell immediately that the severe insanity of the week has passed, and now we're back to just normal levels of insanity. THANK GOODNESS. That sucked, but it was necessary.

Fall has announced its arrival. Nighttime temperatures got down to 33 degrees last night, and the radio is forecasting 30 degrees for tonight, so I took some time this morning to do some rearranging and bring most of the plants inside other than the tomato plant (sorry, tomato) and the kale, which likes a little frost. Emma is pleased with this development - more things for her to chew on.

Most of the plants are out of her reach on the newly relocated Gorm, though (wood IKEA shelf). In doing the rearranging I am also starting to think about what's going to be involved in moving to California. Time to do even more downsizing, going from a 2-bedroom apartment to just a bedroom. Hmm, reminds me of my friend AP's recent move. This time I know that in the very least I am going to get rid of two sets of terrible particle board shelves, a terrible and cheap IKEA coffee table, and the twin bed (in favor of the twin-size and queen-size roll-up futons). Farewell to the adequate but not great furniture. The cool furniture and housewares will mostly get put into storage somewhere, but I don't know just where, yet. Somewhere cheap and marginally accessible from Berkeley, hopefully.


I bought a pair of sugar pie pumpkins last weekend because I will admit to enjoying some of the fall pumpkin mania. I've had a sufficient amount of pumpkin beer, so now it's time for other pumpkin things.

So, this morning, pumpkin scones (recipe listed in my recipe directory). But now I still have about 1.5 cups of pumpkin puree left, and am undecided on how I want to proceed. Maybe something savory?

The plant-rearranging and scone-making this morning came at the expense of working on the caterpillar drawing. BUT cricket work is WAY less insane today, so assuming that I gave myself enough of a break last night to avoid general crash-and-burnout, I should have more time and energy for these sorts of things.


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Oct. 16th, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
Glad to read that you survived the insanity!!! As you were outlining it, I was thinking about you PBP adventures; a similar epic event. Also before reading this I was wondering about your move. Will you be living at Alex' place? Enjoy your "normal" insanity. It's cool and crisp here, and feels like time for me to go out to muck about in the garden.
Oct. 16th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad
Yes, will move in with Alex and Pete. I'm so excited about the place! It will be interesting to move somewhere where I already know the people, where the garden is already well-tended. I'm looking forward to that part. The part of dealing with stuff...well, you know all too well what that is like, eh?
Oct. 16th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad
nibot lives in Berkeley as well and I think you should hang out eventually. :)
Oct. 16th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad
Oh yes, that's on the agenda for sure!
Oct. 16th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad
yay, you found somewhere to live! the coming and going of stuff is rough with our peripatetic (and COL adjusting) lives. do you know whether you'll be in CA for thanksgiving yet?
Oct. 16th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad
Stupid stuff! I just loves it too much. :-)

It's still a little hard to tell, but I am actually thinking prospects are improving for me being in CA for Thanksgiving!!
Oct. 16th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm SO glad this crunch is over and you can get back to talking to your plants and eating pumpkins. <3
Oct. 16th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh man. I almost feel human today. I've only been at work for 11 hours. The big crunch isn't entirely over, but I will enjoy what relief I can get!
Oct. 17th, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
Make this:

just stir in your pumpkin.

I add cashews and apricots or raisins :)
Oct. 17th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Oh man. There have been some amazing-sounding recipes popping up on Social Media Site Brand F too, in response to my queries on this front. One friend suggested this, but says she triples the spices and subs in coconut milk.

...I might have to get more pumpkin. Or maybe I'll just switch over to butternut squashes. Yay squash season!
Oct. 17th, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
Maybe dump the tomato bucket dirt in the garden. A lot of cherry tomatoes wound up in there. If nature has its way, there will be a return. Or alternative, add it to the worm bin =)

I thoroughly enjoyed those. I took them in a few times but mostly I snacked on them while watering things.
Oct. 17th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
I am so glad you enjoyed them! That's what they were for.

A couple of big, beautiful beefsteak tomatoes rotted to nothing in the back garden space. Also, the rest of the Sisterhood is moving away this weekend.

Hmm, I should bury stuff back there before the ground freezes, if I intend on doing that...
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