Monday

Welcome

 Hi! Welcome back.
It's time for me to start blogging again at "Always Fixin Never Sittin."
It was a really nice break, and it was a long, long break too. 
Good for me, and for my family, and for the homestead.
Some of you know that sometimes, blogging can consume a lot of time.
Time that for me, was better spent with my family, and home.
So, now as the Summer wraps up, and the beauty of Fall is here, I'm looking forward to blogging once again.

The Pumpkin Harvest took place this past Saturday.
It's amazing just how many Pumpkins we have!
 Brooke did a wonderful job planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting our pumpkin patch this summer!

We've decorated the homestead with lots, and lots of pumpkins.
Last Friday, we had a hard freeze, and that was the end of the growing season for us.
We still need to clean out the raised box gardens, and take all the pumpkin vines to the landfill.
 On the potting table, pumpkins and squash cure.
Sitting in the cool, dry air and curing so that they will last the season.

I have to say, I love all the varieties of pumpkins, but I'm partial to the bumpy pumpkins, and the blue pumpkins.    
They are just so cool looking.
We didn't have anything like them when I was a youngster.
 
Attitude of Gratitude:
So grateful for the sunshine today, and the light breeze. It makes getting my housework done so much more enjoyable. 
I'm grateful for our new washer and dryer. They are work-horses and it makes Monday laundry day so nice.  Especially all that bedding that needs to be washed each Monday!

64 comments:

  1. I just had to come over. What a bunch of lovely pumpkins. How very nice. I didn't get a single pumpkin this year. Yours are so beautiful I love those white ones too. They look like white Cinderella pumpkins which I have never seen before. Welcome back!
    Kim

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  2. I was so excited to hear that you are back blogging! Your pumpkin harvest is amazing!
    We won't have a hard freeze until November. Leaves won't show their fall colors for several more weeks. I'm so excited that autumn has finally arrived.

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    Carol

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    1. Me too! Fall is my favorite season!!

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  3. I'm glad to see you're back! I love your pumpkins...they look so cheery and make me feel like it's really fall!

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    1. Thanks . It really is Fall here. We had to turn on the furnace~~yikes!

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  4. There you are . . . Love your homestead warmth. Wonderful pics!

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  5. I am so glad you are back!!! I was thrilled when I saw your comment on my blog a little bit ago....I agree...blogging can consume...and I have decided to blog only 1-2 times a month(for the most part) LOVE your pumpkins...LOVE all of them! I miss planting them this year.....Again, Welcome back! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Thank you.
      I'm happy to be blogging again too. I like your idea of blogging just a few times a month. Sounds like a good balance.

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  6. Oh, Kerin....how I've missed you! I've thought about you so often and sent hope and happy thoughts your way! I'm so glad you're back! You were such a good friend to me......a fav for sure and not just for your pretty pictures and cozy lifestyle but because your wonderful personality showed through your blog and I could tell you are a very special lady to many!
    Look at your gorgeous pumpkins!!!! I know we never had those varieties when I was a youngster either and I love them all! I bought a huge banana squash the other day...and I mean HUGE.....that one squash will feed me all winter! LOL! Stop by this week I'll probably have a picture of it! Oh! I'm so happy you're back....you can't see it but I'm doing a happy dance and there's a song in my heart! Happy Fall to you and yours!

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    1. You are too kind. Thank you for such a warm welcome back! I am enjoying being back to blogging.
      My mom always would buy a big banana squash from the farm (before farmers markets) and she would bake with it all Fall. It would stay out in the cold garage, wrapped up in saran wrap and foil. She even baked it, mashed it and made squash pies with it. Yummy!

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  7. I love the warty ones. Aren't the varieties of pumpkins and squash so fun. I'm lad you're back to blogging.

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    1. Me too. They are pretty cool. Thanks for the sweet comment.

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  8. I am so glad to see you are back! Love your pumpkins!

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  9. Welcome back!

    I am fascinated by all those pumpkins! You grew all those? Wow!

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    1. Thanks, and yes.. we grew all the pumpkins. Our daughter made it her mission to have a very big pumpkin patch this year, and after her dad tilled the ground for her, she put down black plastic to keep the weeds down, and planted all of her seeds. We ended up with some super cool pumpkins :)

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  10. Your porch looks so nice with all of your pumpkins!
    I like those warty ones too.

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    1. Thanks. I loved your post, and all the gorgeous pictures. I'd love to freeze this time of year, and enjoy it's beauty all year long :)

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  11. Oh, my goodness! I would be in pumpkin heaven!

    I left a reply on my blog for you.

    M : )

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    1. Thanks. I am in pumpkin heaven :)

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  12. You're back!!! So glad to see you and that you spent your time away making pumpkins! I'm partial to those bumpy ones too. And I would have to say that the blue ones are amazing too. We went to a farm festival last weekend and they wanted $20 for a medium sized blue one. What? I guess it's a supply and demand type of thing because I wouldn't think they would cost more to grow than a regular old orange one.

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    1. Holy Moly... $20 does seem very expensive for a pumpkin! I wonder if they sold many of them?? Thanks for the kind comments. It's good to be back.

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  13. Hi Kerin. Hope the break was a good one and I'm so glad you are back. It's pumpkin time again, a really lovely time of year. Your fall front porch is beautiful and very festive..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  14. Hi Kerin - it's good to see you here again! I'm partial to the bumpy and blue pumpkins too.

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    1. Me too. Thanks for the warm welcome back :)

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  15. So glad you are back, I've missed you! Did you grow all those pumpkins? Wow!

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    1. Thanks! Yep.. we grew all the pumpkins. They are fun, and I love having tons to decorate with!

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  16. Hi Kerin! So glad to see you back! I've missed you! Glad you had a nice long break.
    I'm loving all the different kinds of pumpkins there are now.
    Thanks for you nice comment today.

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    1. Thank you :) It's so much fun to have such a wonderful and wide variety of pumpkins and gourds!

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  17. Welcome back. You've been gone long enough! Totally understand though.
    Love your Fall decor! However, that bumpy pumpkin is just a little creepy.

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    1. Thanks :) Our youngest son (the bagpiper) think that the bumpy pumpkins are "creepy" too~~~LOL. Like they are defective, or something. I love them; guess cause they are so unique :)

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  18. i was amazed when I saw my first bumpy pumpkin (yesterday) they look like there are peanut shells glues all over them. Very strange in deed.
    I love the way you painted the ceiling on your front porch, that is so charming . . . great curb appeal :)
    Have a lovely week.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Thanks so much! How in the world did you notice that our porch ceiling is painted??? You certainly notice the details :)
      Our daughter also refers to the bumpy pumpkins as "peanut pumpkins"... great minds think alike !

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  19. Welcome back sweet Kerin!! It is so good to see your pretty posts again! I am glad you had a wonderful break! Wow, look at all those pumpkins! Beautiful!! The blue one is so pretty! Happy autumn!! xo Heather

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    1. Thanks! It's good to be back.
      It was a nice long break, and time well spent :)

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  20. I'm so glad to see that you're back to blogging!! Nothing nicer than catching up with an old friend :)
    What an abundant crop of pumpkins!! I keep saying that I want to do something like that but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe next year....

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    1. Thanks Velma :)
      We seem to manage a few pumpkins each year, but this is our first year for the blue pumpkins, and the Cinderella pumpkins (I'll have to post one of those), and for the bumpy pumpkins. I'd love to plant more next year, and try a few new ones :)

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  21. Welcome back, Kerin. I missed you. I see you've been busy! I am glad you enjoyed your break. But even happier to see a post! xo

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  22. Just saw on Alica's blog you are blogging again, Kerin. Welcome back! Love the pumpkins, we are still growing ours here, and hope they make it to harvest!

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    1. Thanks! We are really enjoying all these pumpkins! We are deep into Fall around here already, enjoying every minute of it, because Winter is just around the corner!

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  23. I'm jumping up and down, Kerin! I was so excited to see your comment and find you back in blogland. You were so missed! Oh, the gorgeous pumpkins and that porch just looks like a perfect fall welcome. SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK!! {{hugs}} and blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Thanks so much. It's nice to be back!

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  24. So glad to see that you're back! Always love to see what you've been up to. Beautiful pumpkin harvest. Love the bumpy ones too. Mimi

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  25. Hello dear friend! I took a long break from blogging too - and started a new blog (changed from Arise and Shine Forth to Simplicity Plain and Simple) Hope you'll come and say hello! I will catch up on letters and blogging soon! Hope you are doing well!

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    1. Thank you. I'll go over to your new blog and say "hi."
      Hope your family is healthy and well :)

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  26. Hi Kerin....good to see you back blogging....I've been on a short break myself. We had a very busy year this past year...the first nine months I have been in CA at least once, many times twice. We had two weddings, two births, wedding and baby showers and my Father, who had Alzheimer's, passed away in August and his full military honors funeral was September 6. He would have been 93 in November.

    Your pumpkins are GORGEOUS! I did not know pumpkins can cure just sitting...I thought they would rot. Could you please tell me more about it?

    Glad you took time for you and your family...it is the best of times.

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  27. Thanks Donna.
    You have been very, very busy!! Sorry to hear about your father's passing; my heartfelt condolences.
    As for the pumpkins curing, our temperatures are cool enough, that once the vines have frosted, then the stems are cut, that pumpkins have set their sugars and setting them out in the cool dry helps the stems cure and the blossom end cure. They will last a long time after curing. If the pumpkin does go bad, chances are that it wasn't a mature pumpkin to begin with :)

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  28. Kerin! so happy to see you back to blogging. What a great harvest of pumpkins. You have inspired me to get planting next spring. I'm totally diggin' on those blue ones!

    Lynn

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    1. Thank you. I love the blue pumpkins too :)

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  29. YAAAY!!! Kerin is BACK!!! I'm so glad to see you back on here, Sweetie. And LOVE that picture of all those gorgeous punkins!! Your place looks beautiful, as usual; and how exciting to have a new washer and dryer... my washer has been making weird noises lately~ I'm so afraid she's about to give up the ghost on me... *fingers crossed* she holds on a little longer!!! ((HUGS))

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    1. Thanks so much.
      Hope you're washer hangs on a bit longer too.
      Those durn appliances just keep getting more, and more pricey.

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  30. Hi Kerin!

    Oh my goodness, I love pumpkins!! You have had a busy Fall - my favorite time of year! I love the pumpkins with warts!!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    1. Thank you ! The bumpy ones are pretty cool :)

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  31. I hope you have fun blogging again, Kerin.

    Your pumpkin crop is certainly a varied one!

    -Karen

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  32. WOW KARIN THAT IS A LOT OF PUMPKINS. Glad you are back, I know how it feels, I tried to stay away but couldn't. Like I have said before I love your little house.
    Nancy JO

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