Thanksgiving To Do List

16 Nov

IMG_2382 2014 Darq Pumpkins-Door




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!

IMG_2394 2014 Darq pumpkinsDoor

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?

DARQ nods.

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!


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! IMG_2366 2014 Darq shoes pumplinsThey 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.

Comments and conversations welcome!

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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Thanksgiving To Do List

  1. K.D. Keenan

    November 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Talk about bringing your characters to life! I’m enjoying your seasonal outfits and props for Darq. It reminds me of hours and hours my sister and I spent creating imaginary kingdoms and characters as children. My princess (LONG before Disney Princesses were packaged and commercialized) had a four-room palace in my bookshelf, complete with chandeliers made from earring singles and a bed with silk sheets.

    • Catherine McLean

      November 16, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Small world. As a Fourth Grader, I spent hours and hours making a castle out of oatmeal canisters and cardboard. It was for a history project and it was so good that the local newspaper came out and I got my picture, with the castle, in the papers. Little did I know I would now be having fun creating “sets” for photo shoots and again playing with dolls! Many thanks for sharing and glad you’re enjoying the blog.

  2. Kathy Otten

    November 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Cute post. Where did you find all those tiny pumpkins?

  3. Catherine McLean

    November 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Hi, Kathy, I actually snitched the pumpkins out of my autumn home decor stuff. I needed lots of pumpkins to fill a very tall vase my daughter gave me. See the picture of the vase with the pumpkins here —

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

  4. Emilie Collens Illson

    December 4, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Very entertaining and creative. I love it!

  5. Catherine McLean

    December 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Thank you for stopping by!


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