Saturday, October 16, 2010

The one where I lose a tooth in a pumpkin carving accident...

Relax folks, it wasn't my tooth, but more on that later. First, let me apologize for my absence. I owe a special apology to my Kindle readers (you're still there, right guys?) because they actually pay to read this blog. Sorry. I wish I could say I had good reason for being absent. But I didn't really. It was just some strange lassitude that seems to have crept into my soul with the turning of the leaves. I'm not sure where it's coming from, generally this is my favorite time of year. I love fall. I love the month of October when I can DVR enough scary movies to last me through the winter. But this year, I'm lacking that special "oomph" and I'm not sure where it's gone. So if someone finds it, please send it back, I mean, after all, it is MY "oomph" and No One Else's. And besides, I NEED it. Like desperately.

Things are going well in the household. My trip to Ohio with my folks was actually way more fun than I thought it would be. And I got a haunted house fix. I will blog about that later in the week. My knee is healing finally. I still have a lot of trouble with stairs (thank goodness Lu does the laundry for me). And I'm not sure when I'll be able to squat. Seriously, you don't realize how often you squat until you can't. I squatted down to get on eye level with my niece and you could barely here my whimpering over the grinding protest my knee made. Yeah, not doing that again for awhile. But I can walk almost normally. And I can gingerly get down on the floor and back up again on my own. So it's probably functioning at a 70% level. I can handle that for now.

Mike has been super busy the last several weekends. This weekend should be the last big camping event, but since they started putting a new roof on the dining hall he'll still be tied up for awhile. At least he's feeling well. His stamina and brute strength still aren't what they were but he's doing remarkably well, considering. And the shoulder is still a thorn in his side but we see the doctor soon.

The kids are good. All working full time now, which gives me an empty house for most of the day. (Score!) And when they are home it's bustling chaotic confusion, but mostly in a good way. The freelance writing is going well. As those of you who are with me on FaceBook know, my boss emailed me the other day to tell me that one of my articles got picked up and linked to by a popular Hungarian newsite. I went to check it out, but it was all in Hungarian. Lol. Anyway, I was happy. I am currently looking for more editing work, so if anyone has written something they need edited or proofread...give me a shout. And I have several pieces out on submission. But as anyone who writes knows...that's just a waiting game.

So, now that you're caught up...on to pumpkin carving...

Luke had gotten us pumpkins over the weekend and CJ was home for a visit, so Monday night we went on the deck to carve our pumpkins. I sat down to do CJ's for him. Lu was diligently (if a little scarily) working on cutting off the top of hers with a really really big knife. Luke was sorting through pumpkin guts for the seeds (so he could roast them) and I was scooping out the inside of mine. Sean had taken CJ for a golf cart ride. Time passed, it started to get dark, CJ was back and ready to go inside and freakin mosquitoes (yes, mosquitoes in October, how effed up is that?) were eating me alive, so I was trying to carve my face quickly. Recipe for disaster. I'd drawn a pretty standard Jack O'Lantern face; two triangle eyes, upside down triangle nose and grinning mouth with three teeth. I carved and carved and was busy pushing out the carved bits. I noticed it was taking some effort, this pumpkin was thick. When I got to pushing out the mouth bit, I was really struggling, my hand deep inside the pumpkin, pushing outward. Finally I felt it give way. The mouth popped out of that pumpkin with enough force to go sailing through the air and hit Luke upside the head (totally accidental I assure you or do I?)!

Said simultaneously:

Me: Oh! I lost a tooth!(putting my hand to my mouth, don't ask why)

Luke: Did you just throw pumpkin at me?!


Lulu: What? You lost a tooth?! Omigosh! Let me see!

Me: Not me silly. My pumpkin! It came out of there so fast, it ripped one of the teeth out.

Luke: So you didn't throw it at me on purpose.

Me: No, I have no desire to start an all out pumpkin war because I know who would end up cleaning that up!!

Sean: So you almost lost a tooth in a pumpkin carving accident?

Me: For real.

And so the pumpkins were carved. And they were cute. I really do love October.

Have a fabulous weekend,


  1. Just so long as the hand you used to cover your mouth wasn't the same hand wielding the dangerous knife. That seems like a bad idea.

  2. Oh the hazards of carving pumpkins! :) I am glad to hear that everything is going well, because you deserve a lot of well time. :) And soon that knee will be 100% instead of 70%. Hugs to you and your family!

  3. I am so sorry about the knee. You need to get yourself some rest time. Glad it was just the pumpkin that lost a tooth. Take care!

  4. How cool is that? It actually HIT someone in the head when it popped out. know you couldn't have hit him on purpose if you tried, right?

    Glad the knee is doing somewhat better and I understand the blog thing. With everything going on, I am barely posting. I WANT to, I just can't. UGH.

    Maybe later next week will be more normal. LOL.

  5. My brother conked himself in the head once with a hammer! Yes, he hit HIMSELF in the head... he was trying to "brush away" a bee....he just happened to have a hammer in his hand!

  6. Ha, that title was just a tad misleading although not entirely inaccurate. lol. Those pumpkins can be a little tough. Glad to hear you're trying to get in the Halloweeny spirit and rediscover your blogging mojo. I've been in a slump lately myself, no real reason that I can tell, just had my hands full and my head somewhere else.

    Wishing your knee more healing.

  7. I have noticed many of the regular bloggers felt the need for a little break this fall -- maybe it's the glorious weather (never mind that it keeps the mosquitoes hanging around). But you have special reasons for playing hooky, given the tough year you've had. I'm glad to hear your Ohio trip was good. Looking forward to tales of haunted houses. Now, just be careful that pumpkin doesn't come haunting you for his tooth.

  8. I've been wondering where you've been hiding.

    I have been noticing a great many folk who normally love Fall are struggling a bit with this October ... and then those of us who often do so poorly this time of year are finding an ease in tension ... odd - no?

    Love the pumpkin story!! Sooo very very "Spot".

    Missed you, bud.


  9. One of those freaky moments, that you couldn't do again if you tried (not that you would, hehe).

    Gad to hear everybody is doing better and that you are on the mend.

  10. Pumpkin Fight!! Now there's a great idea!!
    Hee.. nice to see you Spot!

  11. So, glad it was the pumkin's tooth and not yours! Sounds like all is going great...YAY! I've missed you!