Greetings from Seattle

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkins and Other Stuff

I couldn't come up with a clever title and my thoughts are disjointed, probably because I'm tired, it's late in the day on a Monday, and I'm not sure what we are going to eat for dinner.

We spent most of today outside, first walking and then working in the yard. That's another post.

I'm posting about the weekend.  Saturday the rain was light as we sat on the sidelines for Irene's 12:30 soccer game. It was a victory for the Shooting Stars. Then as we settled in at home, the rain intensified, and the sky was dark and gloomy. We were happy to sit and read and catch up on recorded TV shows. 

We knew, because we study Weather Underground to plan our days, that it would be clear in the morning. Yep, Sunday morning we went out for our 3.35 mile walk in the neighborhood, enjoying all the color in the trees now, especially in our little neighborhood park. 
Then we showered, got geared up, and by 11:00 we were on our way to the light rail station, heading into the city for the final Sounders Soccer match of the season. Pleased that the weather was dry and not cold, we participated in the march to the match, lunched on stadium hot dogs and popcorn, and watched our Sounders beat Colorado 3-0 to advance to the playoffs in second position in the Western Conference. Now we will be adjusting our calendars so as to be available for matches at home and away for as far as they go in the playoffs.  

We didn't linger long in the stadium because we had a date with Jill and the kids to meet them at the pumpkin patch. Jill and Isaac were coming from his soccer match in West Seattle, and it took us a bit longer to get home by light rail, grab our boots and join them down in the valley at Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch. By now it was 5:00 and lots of people had the same idea, since it had been so rainy in the days before. 

Irene helped us pick out our pumpkins, since they already had theirs. 

 We looked at all of the pumpkins and gourds and the produce. 
 People were snacking on roasted ears of corn and kettle corn and shopping.

 These guys did the same, each kid having an ear of corn while we were looking it all over and checking out. 

And then we took them out for dinner at Azteca. It will take a few days to work off the big platter of Mexican food I had, but it was yummy. 

And now I'd better go figure out what's cookin' here tonight. 


  1. What a pretty pumpkin field! Looks like a fun time! I am glad your Sounders won! :)

  2. Nothing like being busy. That's some huge pumpkin patch.

  3. What will you do with your two big pumpkins, I wonder?
    Isn't it lovely to have a break in the rain and enjoy some sunny days?

    1. We will be carving them next Saturday along with Jill and the kids. The results will be posted, I'm sure.

  4. Your young ones are growing like weeds! Keeping them in clothes at this time of their lives must be difficult. Beautiful children. And I love to see you and Tom, always. Thanks for the great pictures and I hope you get some rest. We've got some nice weather coming up. :-)

  5. Such fun! Looking forward to seeing the results of your annual pumpkin carving party!

  6. Congrats to the Sounders for advancing. Wish them luck. Love the fall colors and that amazing pumpkin pile. Also looking forward to all the carving artistry.

  7. just returning from Texas to Utah via Nevada...Wont miss the humidity here although it cooled off slightly the last two days and even rained...

  8. I did not want you to miss my comment about your trapping and removal of wildlife from your yard. Relocation is cruel and usually leads to death by starvation or by unknown dangers they may not be aware of. As I said in blog posts over the past 8 years and from my wildlife rehabber classes, my friend who was a rehabber, other rehabbers and talking to the DEC and SPCA. Relocating in cruel period. Introducing an animal especially in fall into an unknown territory with no known food or water is usually deadly. Territories are carefully chosen and defended to the death. You may have also introduced disease into a new area. And as I said that poor possum does not dig and eats 100's of ticks. You could have used motion detected water or other light or other methods as explained to me by our local SPCA wildlife department. This was not kind at all. Raccoon young need to stay with their mother for over a year as they can't survive on their own before then. Really, Really angry about this as so many people do this because they don't want wildlife in their yards. Maybe providing correct information in a comment will help some poor animal. Skunks dig and they dig a lot. If I see digging and I know we have raccoons it is a skunk looking for grubs. He finds the food and then moves on. I have reported people here when they relocate wildlife as some is protected. I have also reported them for shooting wildlife. Shooting and killing outright may be more kind than relocation. I have blogged and you have commented on those posts. I don't understand. But this is not kind, it is cruel.....Michelle

  9. Also as here in New York it is illegal to relocate is the Washington State Regulation.... It is unlawful to possess or transport live wildlife or wild birds (except starlings and house sparrows by falconers) without a permit (WAC 232-12-064). This includes Eastern gray squirrels, Eastern cottontail rabbits, raccoons, and opossums. They are considered wildlife because they occur in Washington in a wild state—which includes neighborhood parks and backyards.

  10. Looking forward to seeing the results of your annual pumpkin carving party!



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