|A Shi Shi Gashira sasanqua|
The chilly weather is definitely a bad influence on our cats. They are so lazy. These days most all they do is lie on the heat vents and sleep (while getting blasted with hot air), or sleep in our laps, trapping us (“Well, I guess I’ll be sitting here for a while,” Rob will say, “because I can’t disturb Frankie.”).
|Becky doing bunny paws in a sunbeam|
This weekend was pretty cozy, full of fall-y activities. We raked leaves and stored them away in the garage so we can use them later in our compost bins. We popped popcorn and made cranberry sauce and picked baskets of satsumas and collards and hot peppers. We even picked our first pummelo—it was melon-sized and so mild and sweet.
|Some of the satsumas we picked|
|The great pummelo|
Our Tabasco peppers are really going strong right now. Our two plants look like little candy trees because they’re covered in bright shiny petite peppers that make me think of Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales. The peppers are green, yellow, orange, and red. This weekend as Rob and I were picking them, we were talking about how cute they are. “I think they should be called gumdrop peppers,” Rob said.
On Saturday night we sat around the kitchen table and cracked pecans from our own trees. It was really fun. We weren’t hurrying. We were taking our time. I was drinking hot lemonade (made with our own Meyer lemons) and wearing my new plaid pajamas (I love new pajamas). The cats were gathered around, of course, and we were having dumb little conversations about them.
“Has Carl told you about his part in the school Christmas pageant?” I asked at one point. I always pretend that Carl goes to school and piano lessons and such even though he’s a cat. In my games he’s a cat, but he's fully integrated into human society. He's a cat, but nobody seems to notice. “His class is singing 'Silent Night,' and he's playing the triangle.”
“You must be very proud,” Rob said.
“Oh, I am. I need to go to Dillard's and get myself a new dress to wear.”
|Sweet Carl. I pretend he goes to private school. Nothing but the best for Carl.|
Rob had never cracked pecans before, but I’m an old hand. When I was a kid, our family would often crack pecans on cold winter nights. My brother and sisters and I would sit at our kitchen table in our pajamas and pick at the nuts with dental tools. Often the heat didn’t work in our house, so we’d turn on the oven and open the door so the warmth would pour out. The oven was like a little fireplace. We'd tell lots of jokes and eat funny, delicious snacks—maybe Velveeta cheese melted on saltines, or Velveeta melted on popcorn. Whatever it was, Velveeta was generally involved.
|One of my little displays—vintage chowder bowls and cordial glasses. I just thought I'd show you what I see when I'm cracking pecans.|
|A pleasant corner of the china cabinet|