DARQ: Yoi, Catherine, I’ve put up the autumn wreath on the door and have checked that task off my To Do List.
CATHERINE: That’s great . . . What the– Darq, I said go buy a few pumpkins to decorate the stoop and porch, not buy out the market!
DARQ chuckles and then says: I didn’t buy out the market. The baskets and the little pumpkins are sugar pumpkin, also known as pie pumpkins.
CATHERINE: We only needed field pumpkins, the ones for decorating, not eating. Whatever made you buy pie pumpkins?
DARQ: The squad, you know, my MIB escorts–
CATHERINE: Oh, no, don’t tell me the Men In Black talked you into buying the more expensive pie pumpkins. How can you be so gullible?
DARQ: I’m not that gullible. It was a bet.
CATHERINE: A bet? They bet you couldn’t buy a gazillion pumpkins?
DARQ: No. They were talking about the Pilgrims and pumpkin pie made from real pumpkins, not the pies made today from canned pumpkin. The gist is that if I wanted to experience a real Thanksgiving treat, pumpkin pie should be made from scratch, rather, from the patch, from old-fashioned pie pumpkins.
CATHERINE: But you only need a pumpkin or two at best to do that. You bought scads more.
DARQ (her cheek color deepening): Ah, well, I sort of said I would make a pie or two and next thing you know, they all wanted to taste-test any pie I made, so I promised I’d make each one a pie.
CATHERINE: A pie? A whole pie? One for each?
CATHERINE: Okay, maybe that’s not too bad. That’s only, what, eight pies.
DARQ: Ah, no.
DARQ: I said I’d make a pie for the entire squad. Everyone.
CATHERINE: That’s two dozen pies!
DARQ: Plus one for me and two for you and your sisters to share on Thanksgiving Day. Twenty-six pies in all.
CATHERINE: There’s only ten days until Thanksgiving. Do you realize how much time it takes to make pumpkin pie from pumpkins?
DARQ: How hard can it be?
CATHERINE, jaw working up and down, then she takes a calming breath, and says: I once made a half-dozen pumpkin pies from scratch because someone gave me sugar pumpkins. It was an all-day ordeal.
DARQ: Oh, I didn’t realize . . . But were they tasty pumpkin pies?
CATHERINE, a smile parting her lips: As I recall– Damn good!
DARQ: Well, don’t stand there, give me a hand getting these pie pumpkins into the kitchen. The sooner we start, the sooner we have great-tasting pumpkin pie!
CATHERINE: We? WE!
DARQ ignores Catherine, pockets her pencil and To Do List, grabs one of the bigger pie pumpkins, and heads for the kitchen.
***For a recipe for pumpkin pie from scratch, go HERE
DARQ: Catherine forgot to show you my shoes! They are cream-white, faux-leather with silken embroidery and the embroidery is enhanced with a bit of gold thread. Not as much bling as many of my shoes (and you know I love shoes and bling), but these are _________________ ! (You fill in the word by replying with a comment!).
***This blog will be updated next on Thanksgiving Day. Stop by or go to Catherine’s Contact Page to be notified of when this blog is updated. Updates are when events develop (and new clothes and shoes made for the occasion). Coming events include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, a New Years Eve Party (another Erte-inspired gown), the Boston Pops, a Broadway play, and others.
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