Every year, Nana and Pop-Pop (my DH’s parents) get pumpkins for the kids in Furryland (our boys and my BIL’s daughters) to carve for Halloween. Last Sunday, all of Furryland converged next door at their house for this annual tradition, and then afterward we all shared a pot of Nana’s homemade chili sitting around their huge kitchen table. It was great fun, but I didn’t take too many pictures this year because I carved Corey’s pumpkin for him instead of his dad for once.
Although I broke the first little pumpkin-carving saw I used, and ended up terribly bending the second saw (and fearing it would break too), it turned out better than I expected!
Cody chose to do a black widow, since we found them around here all last summer. Very appropriate! He did a fine job, especially since he had to use a serrated paring knife for 75% of it! It didn’t take long for that second pumpkin-carving saw I was using to break after all the torture I put it through!
While we were there, I got to show off my new KnitPicks Options set of interchangeable needles to Granny, and she also got to see a couple of new scarf patterns I’m working on — the baby entrelac scarf using those three balls of Trendsetter Tonalita that my SP10 pal sent to me, and the new secret Ravelry Scarf Exchange scarf that I’m working on for Extravayarnza. (Sorry, I can’t share any details except that getting it started is really giving me a fit!)
We saved a few cups of pumpkin seeds that we roasted the next day. They make a great nutritious snack if they’re cooked properly, but even though I followed directions exactly, they still didn’t taste very good. I think it’s the texture of them after they’re chewed that I don’t like very much.
Anita received the package I sent her for the Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Exchange yesterday. She’s one of the funnest people I’ve ever met; not only in the knit-blogging community, but in my whole life I think! And, she makes the cutest stitch markers and sells them in her Etsy shop… go see, and if you like her stuff, tell her I sent you!
And today is our seventh wedding anniversary! After DH gets home from work, he’s “planned” a night out for us. The boys are going to spend the evening with Nana and Pop-Pop while we’re out, and once we get in the car to go, DH will ask me, “So… where do you want to go eat?” And I’ll say, “Why don’t you choose this time?” And of course, he’ll put the ball back in my court and say, “I don’t care where we eat — it’s up to you!” 😛