“There are three things that I’ve learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”

I was snuggled under the covers, and Gracie was right beside me with her head on the other pillow. She is my thermometer so I knew the house was cold, but I got out of bed anyway. The temperature was down to 63˚. I turned on the heat for a bit. I also put on socks and a sweatshirt. This is the time of year when the house is colder than outside. Last night it rained. I heard the drops before I fell asleep, but the morning was sunny. The day is rather pretty.

We have a couple of errands today. The most important is for dog food. Gracie seems to expect to eat every day, and I always oblige. When she’s ready for dinner, she sits in front of me and stares. Sometimes she is hungry early and other times much later. I used to keep her to the clock, but I realized I eat when I’m hungry and so should she.

When I got home from Ghana, I was really worried about Fern. She seemed so delicate. I could feel her bones when I patted her, and she didn’t have much energy. Lu, my house and pet sitter, said Fern didn’t eat much. I knew she had gotten her medicine as another pet sitter came by every night to give it to her, but usually she is quite the eater. I started giving her treats, lots of treats, and I bought several cans of her favorite food. Fern has bounced back. She demands treats and eats her canned food. Yesterday she wouldn’t let Gracie go by her. She just sat in front of Gracie immobile and threatening. Gracie went the other way. That’s my Fern.

I’m thinking I need to do a bit of baking. Apples and pumpkins are two stars of this season. Time to go through my recipes.

I have been avoiding it, shutting down the deck. It seems like giving up, giving in to the change of season, admitting winter has its toe inside the door. Turning on the heat this morning was another admission that summer is really over and fall is starting to pack.

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11 Comments on ““There are three things that I’ve learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The rain is pouring down again but we were lucky to just have drzzle when we walked after work. Everyone but me is now sleeping somewhere in the cottage.

    I don’t think it is because it’s cold indoors but I have now all three dogs in my bed when I wake up 🙂 It’s so warm that I usually have tossed away the blanket during the night 🙂 Albin insists on sleeping close to my head, normally with his nose towards my thropat. It must be hard for him to breathe but he doesn’t seem to care 🙂

    I know that when Nova won’t eat any treats that’s when she feel really bad. It’s always her ear that is bad and when the treats aren’t good enough it means she is in bad pain. At the same time she does what she can to make it hard for me to give her the ear drops 🙂 They are sticky so I guess it must feel like her ear is unclean. Still she knows they help so I think she could be more helpful when I have to give them to her 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Rain lulls my animals to sleep as well but then again they don’t need any incentive. They are all sleepers.

      Gracie was right by my head as well. The colder the night, the closer to me she sleeps. Fern sleeps on my hip. She isn’t there when I go to sleep, but is there when I wake up. Maddie sleeps in the guest room.

      Gracie will turn down a treat if she is sick, but she’ll also turn down a treat if she wants a different one. I drop the first one on the floor and try another. She takes the second one then goes and eats the first.

      Have a wonderful evenng!

  2. Bob Says:

    When we had retired racing Greyhounds they did everything on a schedule. When it was dinner time they were ready to eat. There’s no such thing on the track as I’ll eat when I’m hungry.

    While you are beginning to experience winter we are just now enjoying autumn. Today the temperature will top out in the 80s with clear skies.

    I love anything made with apples. Pies, cobbler and even cake. Pumpkins are something that is only good for jack O’ lanterns. I don’t like pumpkin pie and I can’t think of anything else to make out of them. I once tried a pumpkin soup but they can keep it also. I’m not a fan of gourds. One time someone tried to fool me with spaghetti squash with meat sauce instead of pasta. I could tell the difference with the first bite. This was during the low carb phase. My wife does low carbs while she cooks us the good stuff.

    The sugar industry copied the tactics of the tobacco industry and lobbied the government through phony studies to push low fat diets instead of low carbs to try to prevent heart disease. As a result we now have an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. The energy businesses are doing the same thing on the global warming front.

    Tomorrow the Cubs and the Indians will play game one of the World Series. I’m rooting for the Cubs. Theo Epstien ended the bambino curse in Boston and should kill the billy goat curse in Chicago. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Gracie will eat when she is hungry. I give her a can of food for dinner and keep a bowl of dry food for her, but she leaves it until she is hungry, sometimes the next day.

      I think we have fall in the daytime and closer to winter at night. It was warm today, in the low 60’s.

      I love to cook and bake with apples. My apple pie is tall and filled with as many apples as I can fit. Apple cider is a favorite drink this time of year. Nothing is better than an apple fritter. Unlike you, I like pumpkin. I even bought pumpkin eggnog. Last night the pumpkin ice cream sauce was delicious. I do prefer sweet potato pie to pumpkin pie. I’m having pumpkin bisque for supper.

      I am having trouble choosing a team. I really like Francona, the coach of the Indians, but I also want to see the Cubs win a World Series. Maybe I’ll just alternate.

      • Bob Says:

        I never had sweet potato pie. On the cooking shows it seems to be an African American southern dish. There is nothing as good as a home made apple pie. It’s especially delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream. Only blueberry pie is better with homemade whipped cream.

        The team who can put together great pitching and the bats get hot will win. The Cubs won 103 regular season games, the best record in baseball. They deserve to win and make that 101 year old lady in the stands happy before she expires.

        Ode to a dying cub fan site:youtube.com

      • katry Says:

        Here in New England cheddar cheese is often eaten on apple pie. It was my dad’s favorite. I am not an ice cream on pie or cake person.

        Sweet potato pie is Southern but not necessarily African American. It appears every year in my Southern magazine.

        I agree the Cubs deserve to win, but I do have a fondness for some of the Indians, but then the Cubs have Jon Lester who never should never have been traded.

  3. Bob Says:

    Oops, here’s the link.


    • katry Says:

      Thanks for posting this. I know what a Cub’s fan Steve Goodman was. He would have loved this series.

  4. im6 Says:

    I know you’ve played his music before, so we really mustn’t let the passing of Bobby Vee (Velline) of Alzheimer’s disease at age 73. His wife of over 50 years died in 2015. Here’s Bobby’s only Number One single, from 1961:

    • im6 Says:

      Musn’t let his passing GO UNACKNOWLEDGED. Duh!

    • katry Says:

      I was all set to do Bobby Vee tomorrow as I didn’t hear until the late afternoon. I also didn’t know about his wife.

      It was surprising this was his only number 1 single.

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