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Friday, September 25, 2009

Non Sequitur

One of my neighbors brought us pumpkin cookies last week. I love pumpkin anything. It is my absolute favorite. (Yes, I would rather have pumpkin pie than chocolate cake.) After I ate the delicious cookies, I got a hankering to make some pumpkin bars or some other pumpkiny goodness, so the next time I was at the store I tried to buy some canned pumpkin.

Couldn't find it anywhere.

And then, I found out the horrible news.

People. There is a canned pumpkin shortage. I thought about not telling you all, and hoarding it all for myself when the pumpkin shows up again. But then I realized that I don't think anyone in the entire U.P. reads my blog, so I can tell you to go ahead and hoard your own pumpkin.

We wouldn't want anyone to be without pumpkin pie for the holidays.

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I am singing the alto solo for this year's production of Handel's Messiah with the Keweenaw Symphony and Chorus. I am excited about it, but have only ever done the soprano part, so I have an awful lot of learning to do. And practicing.

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My voice is gone. Laryngitis. Everyone in my little family is dealing with major colds right now. For me, any type of cold or flu goes straight to my vocal cords. It really isn't fair.

So much for practicing.

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I am sick of logging into Facebook and being bombarded by political diatribes from both sides of the middle. I have my own political beliefs, but what I don't get is how angry some people are getting about things. I may have to start hiding a few people until the whole health care issue blows over.

For what it's worth, several of my Facebook friends post political statuses/links/whatever in a nice way. It's the ones that cannot be civil and are doing it all day that I want to run away from.

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When Sophia says the word "really" it sounds like "ree" and when she says "tired" it sounds like "tahdeed." So when she says she's "really tired" it sounds like she is telling people she is retarded. More than one person has thought this when she says that. I get a giggle, but I notice she is improving upon her "r" sounds, so I'm guessing this particular funny will be phased out fairly soon.

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I am desperately in need of an entertainment center. It seems I can buy all kinds of wonderful options if I have a new-fangled TV. But since we have a (very heavy) dinosaur type TV, most are going to be too flimsy for it. Or not fit it at all.

I've been stalking Craig's List and Goodwill with no luck. Hilary helped me find a few on Target.com yesterday. But it's hard to tell what will really work. For now, it's on the floor and it is driving me nuts.

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One of the two young women I have that actually come to church is moving to Alabama. Sad Day.

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And now I'm off to go sip herbal tea and lie around hoping that my voice decides to come back.

Happy Friday!

30 comments :

  1. Oh-I LOVE pumpkin cookies!! How horrible about the shortage!

    That's awesome that you're singing a solo for the Messiah. I wish I could come hear it. I hope your voice gets better soon so you can practice away:)

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  2. I LOVE pumpkin anything. Good thing you don't live anywhere close to me now!

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  3. I am buying pumpkin, as much as I can find, today. I love pumpkin bread... make it all the time.

    Okay, the really tired/retarded thing is very funny!

    I have two young women that come regularly... it's so hard when one of them decides not to come. I mean, an activity for one? Not always easy.

    Hope your voice returns soon!

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  4. Hope you feel better and aghhhh! what's up with the pumpkin shortage???

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  5. I hope your voice comes back soon! And what a wonderful thing to be singing Handel. I'm sure you'll sound beautiful!

    That pumpkin shortage is BAD NEWS! I LOVE pumpkin pie. My little sister makes the best kind. I'd better email her right now!

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  6. I just read about the pumpkin shortage the other day! Never fear, there should be plenty of pumpkin, its just going to be late. The fields flooded in parts of the country and the pumpkins that were replanted aren't ripe yet. I LOVE pumpkin, I saw Jack in the Box has pumpkin shakes right now, I'm seriously considering one for lunch today.

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  7. post pumpkin recipes please!

    (you know, for when the pumpkin shortage is over)

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  8. I think I'd panic if there was a pumpkin shortage around these parts.

    I hope your voice comes back soonly!

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  9. I was laughing out loud when I read the part about Sophie! Love it!

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  10. That little Sophie is so cute! I am excited to see some autumn foliage pictures (hint, hint). I hope your voice is better soon, and how exciting to have the solo! Yeah Lara! I know you will do the best job ever on that peice! One more reason to dress up like a princess, how fun is that.

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  11. I'm with you about the Facebook issue. Ugh.

    I'm sorry your voice is gone. I hope you start feeling better soon!

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  12. I had bettr run and get some canned pumpkin, because pumpkin bars are so YUMMY!! I hear you on facebook. I liked it when people would just make a status about their day, but all the links to political stuff are driving me nuts!!! We have yet to purchase a "modern" t.v. I sacrificed one of my console tables in my last house and now it is permenantly bowed. Can't tell you how happy I am about that. Sorry about your voice. Hope it returns soon. ~Ashley

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  13. Hi Lara! So sorry to hear about your voice and being sick. I sure hope you ALL feel better very soon. I had an entertainment center we just left at the house we moved from in Salt Lake. Too bad I didn't know and that you had already moved. Good luck finding something that will work for you. There are so many things to get used to in new places. THanks for the update!

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  14. Sounds like you just need a nice new low-profile HDTV. :)

    So sorry about your voice. That stinks. I get laryngitis every year from being around the school kids AND my own. At least it doesn't hurt when I get it.

    Best of luck healing for your whole little brood!

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  15. I suppose if the laryngitis thing continues you could just sing the baritone solo. That's me, the cup-half-full gal.

    Why are you still logging on to Facebook? Have I not testified that it is Satan's PDA? Shun the Facebook, Lara, before it's too late!!

    (Except when you want to write to me. Then it's totally OK.)

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  16. What?! WHAT?!?!!?

    I must need go buy pumpkin.

    ... and I'm still laughing about the ree-tahdeed ...

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  17. Good thing I've already got a can of pumpkin in my cupboard. Get well soon!!

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  18. I hope you get better soon! And I hope you find a good entertainment center. Have you tried freecycle.com?

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  19. Huh, I have an excvess of canned pumpkin. Lucky me!

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  20. They had a pumpkin shortage last year too. But, it worked itself out by the Holidays. You know I can live without pumpkin pie, but I do loooove pumpkin cookies! (with walnuts...hehe)

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  21. Well, no wonder Walmart was out of canned pumpkin when I went to buy it last week. I was actually going to make pumpkin cookies too. How funny! I hear you on the laryngitis thing. Any cold I get and I lose my voice for a week. I hate it and it's especially hard with having to teach all day!
    Hope you get better soon!

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  22. I was actually going to send my mom a link to your blog - pure laziness on my part that it hasn't happened yet - but I'll wait a few days now, give you a chance to stock up on that pumpkin. LOL

    And I love the R story. Mark right now is saying Yeah - but it has two long stretched out syllables. Loveitloveitloveit

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  23. What? All I heard was pumpkin shortage. How does that happen.

    I'm with you, regarding the facebook issue. ugh!

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  24. I make pumpkin rolls to give away every year and them eat them myself.

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  25. You can also do your own pumpkin. I do every fall. Look on my blog under the tag "The Great Pumpkin" for how to....if you're interested, that is. And apparently the reason there is a shortage is because there was some sort of pumpking fungus this year. ~~ Joyce

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  26. I get laryangytis (how do you SpeLL that??) about once a year. It's kind of a nice reminder for me to yell less. :)

    PS: I have the best pumpkin cake bar recipe in the planet. If you're ever interested, I could email it to you. lmk...

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  27. So it's true about the pumpkin, eh? I read about it on a food blog. How sad.

    Well, there's NO canned pumpkin in Poland EVER so don't worry! You can just bake your own pumpkin and make your own puree! Cut it, seed it, slice it, bake it, scrape it off, puree it and use! ALMOST the same as opening a can and dumping it into a bowl. :) :( (It's probably better for you, though. And it does taste nearly as good. I only know because missionaries have made pumpkin pie that way! HA! You thought I was all experienced! No, I'm WAY too lazy. Although this year I didn't buy any pumpkin when I was in the states so I will have to try out this method.)

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  28. Praying your voice heals !

    In years past, after the holidays, you could get canned pumpkin for really cheap. I'm shopping today and will stock up before anyone notices...I also love baked, stuffed pumpkin around Halloween. I love pumpkin anything too ! Thank you

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  29. Thanks for the heads up on the canned pumpkin shortage. I will definitely be stocking up so we can have the pies at Thanksgiving.

    I hope your voice is doing better!!

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  30. Hey, Lara - sorry I haven't commented on your blog in a while. I've been on a sort of computer fast. Anyway - FYI canned pumpkin is actually usually butternut squash. Butternut squash has a better flavor than pumpkin, and yields a lot more flesh because the hollow space is so tiny. It is cheap, easy to cook, and works just the same as canned. Buy it at the store, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds (it has a very small cavity, so this is easy), place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until a knife slips easily through the skin (about 45 minutes). Scrape flesh away from the skin, and puree in a food processor or blender, adding water as needed to adjust the consistency. This all sounds way more complex than it really is :) - One can equals 2 cups. Or, you can just eat the baked squash for dinner with some butter - yummmm...

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