Annual Pumpkin Roll 2014


2014 Annual Pumpkin  Roll - perfect form

2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - Firing away
2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - putting a little spin on it

2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - This one's gonna ROLL!!

2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - letting it go

2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - Great form for a rookie2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - shes got an arm full of pumpkin2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - that ones gonna splash2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - Uncle Bob as ref- its in bounds!2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll - time for one more roll2104 Annual Pumpkin Roll - ooo - thats a goner2014 Annual Pumpkin Roll Champions!Beloved children - and Pumpkin Roll winners!Well, this all started a few years ago. Bob and I would roll the pumpkins we had used to decorate the outside of the house for autumn, down to the lake after Thanksgiving dinner or whenever we started putting the Christmas decorations out.
So those years when we had family here, the kids would do the honors of rolling the big orange globes down the road.
Now, it has become an annual family tradition on Thanksgiving day! It is hilarious to watch and lots of fun to do. You oughta find a nice hill and try it yourself next year! Smiles!!!

A Silly Ditty about Pumpkins

There is just something about pumpkins
cheerful and bright and sunny
with a color so warm
and a shape that is funny
I always smile when they catch my eye
sitting on a porch
or baked in a pie!

It is hard for me not to smile when I see pumpkins. I love to see the autumn displays on folks porches and in front of the local shops filled with scarecrows and hay bales and pumpkins. Harvest time in the country is still celebrated in these small ways and you know my family loves pumpkins!

arranged on the bales
a harvest of blessings
corn from the fields
apples for pressing
pumpkins for pies
October days lessen
blue skies of autumn
trees color dressing
changes in weather
winter storms guessing
we gather together
to ask the Lords blessing

Pumpkin Time

Well, yes indeed, we went to the pumpkin patch this morning! Bought 9 of the jolly orange globes of autumn and they are happily placed at the entrances to our home. I know nine pumpkins may seem a little extreme. But each year, the day after Thanksgiving, Bob and I have our annual pumpkin roll. We take the pumpkins to the side yard, where the incline is the steepest, and see whose pumpkin rolls the farthest down to the lake. Let me tell you, these can take off and careen down the little lake path at a pretty nice clip. So usually, I buy 3 or 4 pumpkins, but last year, for some reason, I had picked up nine at the patch. And we had a house full for Thanksgiving, 8 of our kiddos. Now, these are grown ups, ages 18 to 30ish, and when we told them about the pumpkin roll, you would have thought it was the greatest idea ever. They rolled those pumpkins down the road, chased after them like puppies into the woods, kept rolling them until every one reached the water. Our cove was filled with bobbing orange pumpkins! It was hilarious. Now, apparently it has become a highlight of the holiday – a new Thanksgiving tradition!
I don’t know yet who is planning on Thanksgiving at the lake this year, but I will guarantee that Thanksgiving evening, you will need to keep an eye out for rolling pumpkins on our road!