My Brandywines have finally ripened! This one is like the catalog model for Brandywines — so smooth and perfect. My little volunteer tomato plant even had a ripening tomato on it today. I’m not really sure what variety it is, but it looks like another Brandywine, due to its pinkish hue.
I also picked my lone sugar pumpkin! It looks really small here, but for a sugar pumpkin it’s just about right. I like to keep homegrown pumpkins as decoration until after Halloween, and then I’ll cook it down for pie or bread or whatever. Maybe I should try to get a photo of the baby with a homegrown pumpkin every year, since she’ll have an autumn birthday.
Speaking of the baby, I’ve started putting things in bags for the inevitable birthening. I’ll have most of the baby’s stuff in this diaper bag, and her actual cloth diapers will be in with my things in a bigger carry-on type bag. There’s hardly more than a month left until the due date, but it still seems strange to pack everything up. I spent a lot of last year hoping it would turn out I was pregnant and then being disappointed, and that’s some powerful conditioning. Deep down, it feels like all of this is just hopefulness — like there’s the possibility of a baby at the end, but it could go either way. Except that the baby routinely makes her presence very clear, so it should all be pretty real.
The dogs and I had a little wander around the yard after dinner. Twelve geese on the pond! I suppose that means they’re gathering and starting to fly south. It’s been pretty warm, though — I wouldn’t want to head any further south for a while.
Sweet little Henny. She loves being out in the sun. They hung out in their little fenced area off and on today, so they wouldn’t have to bark every time somebody came in the house (it doesn’t matter that it’s the same workman every time!). Nova likes to check things out and then lounges on the cement with her head up, sniffing whatever comes across on the breeze. Henny always flops over straight away, exposing as much of her body to the sun as possible.
Her ears have always been fairly thinly covered, and then they went totally bald at the beginning of the year. But now they’re feeling softer and there’s more fur on them than maybe ever! I switched from Solid Gold food to Fromm a while back, and I wonder if she had an allergy to something in the old food (I generally think Solid Gold is a very good brand). I had to get a grain-free variety of Fromm this latest time, since the store was out of the small breed ‘recipe’, and I’m curious to see if her coat improves even more.
Bathroom update! The tub is in (it’s not actually blue — that’s just the protective plastic sheet), the surround has its new cement board, and the floor is grouted. The vanity/toilet wall also got its wainscoting today. It’s starting to look more like a bathroom! I’m really excited to use this tub for the first time — it’s so much deeper than the old one. Only a few more days to go!