Pumpkins! They’re everywhere. 

Especially at Longwood Gardens. Longwood doesn’t use holiday themed decorations any more. 

You won’t find any jack-o-lanterns or witches.

But there are mounds of pumpkins in all colors and sizes for children to pile up and play with. 

This time of year, you can find anything flavored with pumpkin. Pumpkin cakes, muffins, cookies, soups–pumpkin scrambled eggs, lasagna, chili– what?   

PSL.  Pumpkin Spiced Latte. The first day in fall that the PSL returns to Starbucks, people line up waiting for the doors to open. Ok, let’s think about this. Pumpkin is squash. Squash in my coffee? Yeck! I think pumpkin by itself has very little actual flavor. It’s mostly about the cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices and sugar. Ok, I admit, who doesn’t love that?

Since I am a crazy-loyal Starbucks fan, I am challenging myself to try a PSL. I went to Starbucks. I stood in line wth the order, “Tall PSL, please,” on my lips. Hey– the Tall size has 300 calories! My fav summer drink, the Cold Brewed Vanilla Sweet Cream in the Grande size only has 110 calories– less for me because I just get a tiny splash of the cream. So the PSL didn’t happen, but I have time yet. 

I’m in the spirit! I’m working on Halloween wool appliqué. Like Longwood, I don’t do holiday themed decorations. But two years ago I was seduced at a quilt show into buying a table runner pattern because all my quilt Bee buddies were buying it.  At Calico Cutters Guild meeting last month, a guest (non-quilter?) asked, “What’s a Bee?” At the podium, our witty President, Terry Seeley, quipped, “It’s a cult!”

In a good way.

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  1. Do all Terry’s come with a sense of humor? I say add that cinnamon & nutmeg to your vanilla latte and call it a day! I’m getting ready to decorate with all my artificial pumpkins…sinful, huh?

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