@moonhat it’s a great question! It’s been 4-5 years now, and I’ve actually pondered it…but I can’t remember. What kind of crazy solvent is needed in order to carve pumpkins?! The guts of a pumpkin aren’t corrosive. Very mysterious.
In any case, I kind of embrace the destruction of my things. It’s important not to get too attached to cosmetic perfection. We’re all doomed, eh?
Also, I was reading the Aeneid today (as one does), and found this nice line:
Heroic Aeneas began: “No ordeal, Sibyl, no new
Test can dismay me, for I have foreseen
And foresuffered all.”
This is from Seamus Heaney’s translation. Can’t recommend it enough. I found it via this:
(Gonna tag @f00l because it’s right up the ol’ alley d’f00l.)
I always go over the top. My best was the DeLorean, complete with flames behind. I’ve also done a set of the 7 dwarves, dancing Beast and Belle, and Death Star, among others. They are junk compared to the stuff you find online, but still the best some people will ever see in person, so I enjoy it.
@kalma Ha! Me too. I bought two pumpkins the other day, and my hubby was like “I thought we weren’t carving any?” and I think his eyes rolled full circle when I told him I bought them for the chickens.
@Pony Last year my youngest was so sad about not being able to carve, I let her carve one, feed the seeds to the animals, and then feed the pumpkin a couple days later. She was happy, animals were happy. It worked out.
Back in my twenties, a roommate and I had a 70’s party (which is what I plan to do for my 50th next year too!) around Halloween time and I remember someone I didn’t even know came and brought a pumpkin carved with the Saturday Night Fever thing on it (John Travolta in that disco dancing stance). It was really cool