Saturday, May 23, 2009

:-(

Someone stole one of my pumpkins out of my front yard either this morning or last night. The biggest one. Had to have been about 30 lbs. If it was last night, it was done while I was sitting just on the other side of the wall from where they were, with the lights on and the tv on and everything (because I was up all night... been having a little trouble sleeping lately). Or it was taken this morning while it was raining. Either way, that took some planning and balls. And I'm fucking pissed off. I can't go ahead and pick the rest because they really aren't ready to be picked yet. They need another week, maybe two, on the vines. But now I'm worried I'm going to go out there one day and more will have been stolen. I'M NOT GROWING THESE FOR PEOPLE TO STEAL! And I know whoever did it wasn't someone who needs it. This is a dead-end street in a fairly well-off neighborhood. Nobody who lives around here is hurting for food. It's some kid being a delinquent, most likely.

I know it was there last night at about 7:30 when I went out to get the zucchini that were ready there because I checked on it to make sure that the damp wasn't making it rot, and it was there and it was fine.

I've put a sign in my yard saying that the pumpkins aren't in fact free to a good home and that stealing is not appreciated. I'd like to sit out there with a shotgun. But I don't actually have a shotgun (yet) and I have things to do other than guard the pumpkins in my own freaking front yard. So I made the sign. I used the frame of the anti-marriage sign I absconded with from the street near the polling place at the end of the block on Election Day last November, but the cardboard on it is different for this new sign, obviously. It's always good to recycle.

Still, grrrrrrr.....

Also. Our oven is broken. We have no oven until at least Wednesday. This makes me exceedingly sad.

4 comments:

La Duchesse said...

That's just... wrong. If someone were stealing my pumpkins, I'd be sitting in a duck blind with a rubber band gun, too! *hug!*

It's only May and you have PUMPKINS?! We haven't even planted ours yet!

"Decispim". I'm... not sure what to say, but it's making me giggle.

Rachael said...

Yeah, that's pretty much what I want to do too, but I don't have the time or the energy to actually sit out there and guard my pumpkins. I think it was probably one of the kids down the street who are wards of the state. There's a school there with group homes. Kids from there have stolen our mail before. They got caught then and I think they were probably actually even charged with a crime, but I was only about 10 years old at the time...

Yep, we sure do have pumpkins. Cindarella pumpkins. Now there's only four left. It's too hot in the late summer here - in July, August and September - to plant them at the "traditional" time for planting winter squashes. The vines die before they even get started. So I put them out this year at the same time as the summer squash at the end of February and they've done wonderfully! We also have butternut and spaghetti squash. I need to post pictures. Maybe I'll do that in a bit.

LOL! It makes me giggle too!

La Duchesse said...

Oooooh... they make lovely soup!

Rachael said...

I seem to remember that you posted an awesome recipe for pumpkin soup...