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October 29, 2021


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Ally Bean

People steal pumpkins then smash them in the street. It happens every year about this time. I don't get the appeal, but there you go.

Good luck with your travel plans. Having been at home for so long all the deets of your travel sound complicated, yet I know they aren't. You'll do great.

kayak woman

My husband has heard somewhere of pumpkin shortages. Certainly not around here and I don't think we import them from China ;-) Of course he also tried to tell me that Biden was going to give $500,000 to EVERY immigrant. Say what?


I despair about human nature a lot lately. Don't know what's happened to society. Now I'm sounding like an old person, I know.


They steal and smash pumpkins around here...they like to smash them against our rural mailboxes. And yes they cause damage to the mailbox.
Can you get a BP med from a local pharmacy? Like a partial script?


What a rotten shame about the pumpkins being stolen from that display... I'll never understand the need for that (or seeing walls covered in graffiti in old buildings and the like, it's depressing & criminal). Anyway, it sounds like you've been enjoying your long visit, glad to hear it! :^)


I drove past the I-84 exit for Poughkeepsie today on my way to Vermont! Enjoy the rest of your trip...


Sounds like a jolly college party! Linda in Kansas

Joanne Noragon

Hard to believe it's ending; it's only just begun.
I'm sure disappearing pumpkins and college students work together.


Some people are incredibly thoughtless and stupid. I rarely see people even put out pumpkins anymore - in my teen years people went around the neighborhood and smashed them. I'm hiding inside for Halloween as I did not but treats.

I love that purple coleus! I have not seen one that color before. Have a safe trip home!


Hint from frequent traveler --- ALWAYS take more meds with you than the days you plan on being away. Emergencies can pop up at any time--- weather, plane delays, illness or just a change in plans. Also, always have your script number with you, just in case you need more meds or lose meds. Not a Dr. here, but 1 day without a pill should be alright. Safe travels home!!


I didn't note the place, but some kids recently went into a cemetery and splashed black paint on numerous headstones. How can anyone enjoy doing that of all pranks?


Sadly people have always stolen or damaged what isn't theirs.

Marie K

Everything is expensive now, even pumpkins. And yes, people can be awful. I absolutely love your photos! The coleus would make a great screen saver or background!

Tonya Watkins

So sad about the pumpkins. I'm sure smashing them somewhere was the goal. There have always been awful people, I know, but it just seems like we are awash in them now.

I used to have coleus as a house plant, and for a while (sometimes QUITE a while, they would thrive and be absolutely beautiful). And then suddenly their leaves would dry up and fall and that would be that. I haven't had any luck here with house plants, as it's quite dim, surprisingly. I miss my garden window at our Des Moines house. (But I DON'T miss anything else about that house!) Heh.

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