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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

More Autumn and then...........

With some success I have grown pumpkins this year.  All of a sudden, they appear with a surprise, then there are more hiding under their large leaves.  I planted them late, so they are not as large as I'd like them, but they will do.

Spaghetti squash, which I don't love to eat, but like pumpkins, are fun to grow.
This sweet potato is my favorite summer miracle.  It actually started growing inside because it sat on my kitchen counter for so long.  Then I placed it outside with my other plants for the rest of the summer.  I cut about 2/3 of the potato off and placed it in a pot to grow........hopefully.  The last few days have been HOT, but with freezing temps at night.  So I brought it inside.  The vine has weakened, but I have my fingers crossed.

I am not usually a fan of autumn.  I have gotten sick practically every year of my life at this time of year, with asthma and bronchitis.  I've often missed Halloween trick or treating, but I have fond memories of the few I was able to take part in.  But, this year is different because I am enjoying the changes; the cooler weather, and even the shorter days!!  Hmmmm.....


And because I've been enjoying fall so much, I have been learning how to paint pumpkins, courtesy of Emma Lefebvre (@emjlefebvre, Instagram).  She is the most amazing water color instructor! (Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj3EO1Bhcdg&t=608s)
I need a bit more practice, but I'm having fun.  Emma does loose watercolors, whereas I've been trained in botanical water color painting, which is very, very precise.  

A winter storm is headed this way this Thursday.  The high on Thursday may only be 30 F with a low of 13 F.  So I've covered as much as possible and brought annual pots in, as well as wrapped my new Catalpa tree, in the hopes that this very early freeze won't kill everything.

I haven't been knitting or crocheting much, as I've been so enjoying fall painting.  I tried my hand at Tunisian crochet, but my pieces keep coming out crooked!  Must research that.

Ciao for now!! 😍

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