Sunday, January 16, 2005

Science experiment.

I'm a little embarrassed (and, at the same time, a little proud) to say that we still have our Halloween pumpkin on our patio. At this point, it looks like a balloon that's about three-quarters deflated. I'm really starting to wonder: if we leave it out there, will it eventually disintegrate into nothing? How long will it take to disappear entirely? And are we really so redneck that we would leave it out there long enough to find out?

12 comments:

Renee said...

LOLOLOL. I'm laughing so hard because I too, am guilty of having my pumpkins out there, too. Except that mine is on my front step, at the entrance to my house!!!! It's extremely embarrassing, especially because I pride myself on being quite domestic. I have a half-assed excuse, though. It was like a Wednesday or something when I put my Christmas wreath on the door and stuff, and trash day is Monday. I didn't want the pumpkins rotting in the garage until Sunday night, so I told myself I'd remember to put them in the trash Sunday night and all would be well.

Yeah. Evidently that's something that cannot be committed to my memory, cuz I've said that every week since then and here we are in the middle of January and they're all soggy and wilty and wrinkled and oozing on my front step. Beautiful. Exactly the image I want to portray of my home :-)

But alas, it's Sunday night again, and even though by now I'll have to use the shovel to dispose of them, they will be gone tomorrow morning!

And to answer your science question... if the pumpkin were sitting on earth instead of cement or wood or whatever, yeah, it would completely biodegrade. Heh. And the pumpkin seeds would probably grow a pumpkin plant the following year :-)

Anonymous said...

So yeah Jen just kick it off the porch into your yard and see what happends. REDNECK. Melissa

Jen said...

Actually (and this is even more redneck), it's sitting on our plastic patio chair. The only one we have, might I add. On a porch that still has Christmas tinsel around the railing.

Oh my God. Just writing that made me realize how sad I am. I'm going out there right now.

Jen said...

OK, I took down the tinsel/garland and ribbon. The pumpkin is still out there.

And I should really say "balcony," I guess, since we live upstairs. So if I "kicked it off" into the front yard, I just might kill someone.

Anonymous said...

So your out there anyways and taking care of stuff. BUT the pumpkin still sits there. Where's Jeff? If you can't pick it up and throw it out into the dumpster try hitting someone with it. Just think of the points you'll earn for that one. Melissa

Renee said...

Hehehehe! At least you live Downriver now and it's almost acceptable...

Okay, mine are now out by the road in the trash can. And even if I wasn't grossed out by them and was gonna use the shovel so as not to touch them, they were FROZEN to my step. I almost couldn't even get them up WITH the shovel. Gross :-)

keesh said...

what an entertaining post :). I am cracking up. I wont touch them once they start to rot, so i make my husband do it. He picked them up the beginning of November and they were pretty bad. We got them in early October. Jen, you are so funny! keep us posted on your experiement. When do you start the new nanny job?

Kishelle

Jen said...

I start nannying next Monday. This is my last week at the preschool.

Jen said...

I start nannying next Monday. This is my last week at the preschool.

Anna said...

lol!!!
This is especially funny because we left ours on our front step until the middle of Nov. and I specifically remember feeling bad about THAT at the time, thinking "What will our neighbors think of our gross, sad pumpkins out on the step for so long?" They were gross and required a shovel then. I can't imagine what they'd be like now! Ew!
Turns out I apparently have nothing to worry about, huh? ;)

Lisa said...

And I thought it was bad leaving two pumpkins out until right after Christmas when they just started to ooze a little (because those were little and had not been carved yet) I took care of the carved pumpkins shortly after Halloween because they started to ooze real soon this year - I almost did not think they would last until Halloween and the reason I purposefully left the pumpkins was because I was doing a Thanksgiving theme - keep the pumpkins out -you know - that must be disgusting what you guys have growing in your pumpkins - Yuck!

Renee said...

Mine weren't carved, either. I better do that with Brent next year. Neither John nor I carved pumpkins as kids, so I never think to do it, but I think Brent would enjoy it.

But yeah, I had an assortment of small pumpkins and other gourds and mini hay bales out there, and left them out thru Thanksgiving on purpose, like Lisa did, being all festive. They weren't oozing at that point, and they weren't even really getting mushy or anything. But I certainly didn't intend to leave them out through December :-)