October — Greasin’ the Gourds

Don’t.

I read on the internet (so it must be true), to wipe your fall gourds with a Clorox wipe to kill any bacteria, and then “grease” them with Vaseline to seal them and make them shiny.  It sounded like a great way to preserve them through to the other side of Thanksgiving — and, it had the added benefit of making my hands REALLY soft after spending all that time dipped in Vaseline.

The problem is, it didn’t work.  While the gourds looked clean and very shiny — they don’t seem to be lasting.  At least a few of them have already sprouted soft spots, grown mold and hit the trash can.

But, the scarecrow is at the ready.  The mums are blooming, the pumpkins are flanking the front steps and our pet crow is guarding the wine cellar.

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Dirty gourds ready for a cleanin’ and a greasin’.
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Clean and shiny gourds — I should have taken a picture of the moldy, rotten gourds too — but that didn’t look very nice.
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Our scarecrow — a “welcoming” sight for any trick-or-treaters.
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I love the fall colors.
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It’s definitely fall on the farm.
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Our watchful raven — BOO!

11 thoughts on “October — Greasin’ the Gourds

  1. A raven! They are very intelligent birds, and like to be talked to. A raven named Grip was the beloved pet and sometime muse of Charles Dickens. Can’t ask for better company than that.

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  2. Even if you got some bad advice from the internet (who would have thought?), the No Rhyme or Reason looks lovely and inviting.

    Enjoy the Fall on your farm!

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