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What to Do with Leftover Pumpkin

Halloween is over, but I have this cute little pumpkin left. Do I want to make pumpkin pie from scratch? I did it once and remember it was a lot of work, but I’ll get out the butcher knife and tackle it again.

Wow, it is really hard to cut. Finally, I get it cut into a few pieces. Now for scraping the seeds out. They are firmly attached with tough shreds, and there are a lot of them. Pumpkin is like winter squash. I can put some butter and brown sugar on the pumpkin pieces and run them in the microwave. However, what I get is a hard chewy mess of congealed brown sugar.

Time to go back to the drawing board. I boil the pieces until they seem tender, then sprinkle the brown sugar and butter on top. I only microwave them for a minute. So far, there is no chewy mess on top, so I give them another minute. Now I have some tasty triangles that taste like the winter squash I remember.

However, my husband refuses to eat any, so we compromise. He eats summer squash, while I eat broccoli, and I eat the pumpkin and any winter squash I buy. The picture below shows the pumpkin stem, pieces of squash, some of the stringy pulp that came with the seeds and a little pot in which I planted two pumpkin seeds. I’ll wait and see what comes up.


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Protected by Love Audio

Hear chapter one of Protected by Love, narrated by Ted R Bailey, Book One in the Witness Protection series, Hiding from Love, is free as an e-book (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes) for a limited time.  (Audio under construction)

Protected by Love: Witness Protection Series by [Rae, Carolyn]

Witness Protection Series, Book Two

Fashion designer, Elizabeth Leventhal, Lee’s sister, wants to escape her abusive ex-husband, who works for the Elites, a Texas crime ring. When he beats down her door, she calls U.S. Marshal Joe Berg, to put her in the Witness Security Program. He asks her to attend an Elite party to get enough evidence to enroll her in the program. That fills her with dread.

Hiding from Love: Witness Protection Series by [Rae, Carolyn]

Witness Protection Series, Book One

Laura Lee Leventhal won’t let her ex-boss continue running his miniature mafia. She trusts the Witness Security Program to set her up in the small town of Grandville, Texas. There she not only hides from him, but from love and marriage until she meets handsome Alexander Brandon. When her ex-boss’s thug shows up, Alex helps her escape. Wary, she resolves not to get involved with him.

Tempted by Love: Witness Protection Series by [Rae, Carolyn]

Witness Protection Series, Book Three

U.S. Marshal Sheila Talbot picks up a rebel ex-cop as her first witness. She tries not to be impressed with his good looks and his more than a touch of arrogance, which she finds hard to ignore. He runs her ragged trying to keep him safe. Despite rules against involvement with witnesses, he tempts her at every turn. When he bolts from the program, fearing for his safety, she follows him to Hawaii, and they barely escape danger.

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A Bucket List to Entertain

I took my husband to a performance of the Bucket List Jazz Band, a group of ten men who play old time jazz melodies with flair and originality.

Several members played original improvised trumpet solos during many of their numbers. One player kept switching from a baritone saxophone to an alto one and back.

When they played and sang “When the Saints Go Marching In,” the audience clapped. Originally an American gospel hymn, it was made famous after Louis Armstrong recorded it on May 13, 1938.

They also performed “Ain’t She Sweet.” My toes were tapping to their rendition of South Ramparts Street Parade, taking me back to hearing the Michigan State University marching band play at football games.

The leader said forming a jazz band was on his bucket list, so he rounded up musicians and named the band, the Bucket List Jazz Band.



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Food for the Hungry

Tarrant County Foodbank distributes fresh food at the First Methodist Church of Hurst on the second Friday of each month. This time over 300 came. I handed out sweet potatoes and told people they could cook them for six minutes in a microwave. Volunteers came from Tyson, AT&T, and the Awareness Project. I asked the representative standing next to me what they did. He said they give food regularly to the homeless, and twice a year, they offer shoes and socks.

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Old Tree Becomes St. Francis Statue

At 79 years old, after having 4 heart bypass operations, Carroll Gant of Hurst, Texas, decided he wouldn’t let that stop him from being active. He had to cut down a tree in his back yard, but he decided to make something of it. He could honor St. Francis by carving a statue of him.

I saw this as I perused a garage sale on my daily walk and asked him about it. Now 84, he  told me October 4th was St. Francis Day. He showed me the stigmata on the hands and the wolf he’d carved from a log from the tree to stand beside the statue. He’d also carved a bird sitting on the statue’s arm and a duck standing nearby.



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Teaching English

Last Saturday I volunteered to help in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. Students were originally from Mexico or The Democratic Republic of Congo, and spoke mainly Spanish or French. The student I helped was a woman from The Democratic Republic of Congo and spoke French. I could see her frustration as she tried to think of words to answer my questions. (I took French in high school long ago, but wasn’t about to try using it.) English to French and English to Spanish dictionaries were on each table. In response to the teacher’s question, “What does respect mean?” my student looked it up.

Vicki Ingle, the teacher, spoke clearly and enthusiastically. She asked them to tell what they liked and disliked. She explained “dislike” meant the same as “do not like.”

Then she had each student ask another classmate questions and write down their name, description, likes, dislikes, and language spoken. After that, each student stood and told the class that information about the person they spoke to. Each one was able to speak clearly and give the information.

Teacher Vicki Ingle asking class members to tell what they liked.


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