Fall in Wisconsin And The Little Lost Ghost Pumpkin.

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Cleaning Up The Yard

It's fall here in Wisconsin. Somewhere in the garden is a little ghost pumpkin. Wonder if we will find him. For some reason, I love the white pumpkins and made sure to plant some this year.

When fall comes around here all our maple trees start to turn. Most of what we have in the yard is maple. Then it's time for cleaning out the garden before the frost comes. Frost comes early here.

Putting away the lawn furniture and just really getting things ready for winter. We need to bring in the fish from under the rain chain. Cats love seeing the fish come in gives them something to look at. We only have two fish this year for the cats to look at and try to catch. They love the fish bowl because it's down low and they can drink the water. Which I think is gross, but they like it.

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Cleaned the Garden.

We cleaned out the garden took in all the vegetables. Had so many tomatoes, but for some reason this year they wouldn't turn red. When we brought them in the house they would just spoil. Don't know what happened. The weather I guess caused it.

We had cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, and pretty little white gourds coming out our ears. My husband doesn't like me putting pumpkins in his garden, but I just have to. This year I planted green, white and giant orange.

We put the onions and the squash in the barn for now. Potatoes we get from across the road where the farmer has a whole field full of potatoes. My husband works for two potato fields so we have no problem with having potatoes all winter. They are so good when they're fresh out of the ground. We save those in the cellar of our basement.

The top picture of the pumpkin with green leaves is the big pumpkin we grew this year.

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Giant Pumpkin

The giant pumpkin got so big we had to use to wheelbarrow to get it to the spot we wanted to put it, for fall decoration. It took both of us to get this pumpkin into the wheelbarrow. This is a first; we have never had a pumpkin get this big. Now we're going to clean them out and save the seeds for next year. I never make pumpkin pie with the pumpkins. I did it once and it wasn't very good not worth all the work. I may try next year or maybe not and just stick to buying it in the can.

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The Little Ghost Pumpkin

My sister-in-law and brother were here from MN. She and I went out to the garden trying to find all the pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, gourds, and zucchini. We could see a pumpkin vine going up into our grapevine which grows next to the garden, but we couldn't find any pumpkin. My sister-in-law even got into the vine and picked the grapes to take home and make jam but didn't see anything, but grapes. Believe me, this grapevine is huge and so thick with leaves it's even hard to find the grapes.

The birds love it. If we don't pick the grapes they fly right into the vine and eat the grapes.

When it froze my husband called me outside one day and there in the top of the grapevine was the little lost ghost pumpkin. That's what family members started to call it. We didn't need any ghost hunting equipment to find him just a frost. See him on the top of the frozen grapevine?

Little lost ghost pumpkin was found right around Halloween.

Maple Syrup.

The family who use to live here always made maple syrup from the trees, but we have never tried it. I personally don't like homemade maple syrup; give me good old store bought syrup. Mrs. Butterworth is my favorite.

All the jugs they used are in the top of the barn. There must be a way of giving the homemade syrup a better taste.

Bottle Tree and Vegetables.

We now have a bottle tree in our garden. My husband made it and I love it. I have a hub on the bottle tree.

This year we had so many tomatoes. We had a family get together here yesterday and I was giving tomatoes to everyone. They are so good so much better tasting than the store tomatoes.

We had zucchini coming out our ears. Our son took all of those. He knows people who want them.

It's nice to have a good harvest and it wasn't easy this year with the very hot weather and trying to keep everything watered. We had an early spring and now I think we will have an early fall. It was too cold for anyone to sit outside yesterday. I had to have the whole clan in the house. This was ok with them the Packer game was on.

Wisconsin is beautiful in the fall. The green trees like maple and oak turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow with the background of the green pine trees and spruce. The colors in the fall are the brightest when we have dry, sunny days and cool, dry nights.

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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Snow is on the ground here, not looking forward to winter. Autumn is very short here.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Really enjoy this story and the photos too. Already pinned to my 'Yellow & Orange' board, and this time I'm going to pin it to my 'Fun & Interesting Subjects' board. Also sharing.

Autumn is nearly over -- it lasts longer here in Texas. Our leaves have only just begun to turn. This is a great story for this time of year.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

ologsinquito, It is a beauitful state. Right now it is not because it is snowing here. How I hate to see the snow. Thank you for stopping by.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Wisconsin looks lovely this time of year. Thanks for a very localized, personalized view of that state. I'm going to pin this.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you not many pumpkins this year. We always have big pumpkins but it was just to cold I guess. Thanks so much for stopping back by. and for share and pin.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

This is a wonderful story for autumn and beautiful pictures, too. I really enjoy this hub and I've come back and pinned it again, but this time to my 'Yellow & Orange' board. Will also share with my followers.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Suhail and my dog, Thanks for another stop and comment and thanks to dahoglund for sharing this hub.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

You are most welcome and I was meaning to extend thanks to dahoglund for sharing your hub because of which I was able to read a fantastic one :-)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Suhail and my dog, Thanks so much for stopping by your right it is a pretty state.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

I have been to Milwaukee couple of times and my nephew usually goes there from Chicago for biking. I love hiking. Your state is beautiful and I would like to be there soon to hike and see fall colours of your forests.

Great article. I liked your garden :-)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, The leaves are starting to turn but have a ways to go. I hope we have a colorful year. Thanks for the pin.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

The leaves up in Wisconsin must be in one of the turning stages right now. I know some years they turn and fall earlier than other years, and some years they're brighter and more colorful and last longer, etc. I miss the beautiful colors. I always liked autumn the best of the seasons when I lived in Wisconsin.

Going to share this with my followers again and pinned to my "Travel" board.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, It does get pretty around here in the fall. The pictures were all taken in our yard. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

What a delightful hub! I loved the photos of your neighborhood in the fall, as well as the little white pumpkin. So charming!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks for pinning. We're getting snow today. Yesterday it was beautiful.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to read this hub again and look at those beautiful Fall leaves. Am going to pin this to my Wisconsin board. Hope that it warms up soon for you! Like Paul...I am glad to be living in a warmer climate at this stage of my life as long as we have Air Conditioning. Of course every mid summer we look forward to cooler temps! Guess we can't have everything! :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Paul Kuehn, We are getting to old for the cold also. It get into your bones and this has been worse because it has been so long only 2 this morning. I do lots on the computer because I don't feel like leaving the house in he cold. Thanks so much for the vote, sharing and pin.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

moonlake,

Having grown up on a farm in Wisconsin, this hub brought back a lot of memories, especially when I saw your excellent pictures. We always had a garden when I was younger with a lot of pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. I enjoyed the four seasons, especially fall when I was growing up. I've been living outside of Wisconsin since 1973 with about 30 years in Maryland and Taiwan before coming to Thailand in 2003. Now that I'm older I don't miss the cold, snowy, and icey winters. Although it can be mighty hot and humid here at times, I still will trade the heat for the cold at this time in my life. Great hub! Voted up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Green Art, We have lots of leaves in our yard but ours are from Maple trees. We only have one large oak tree on the property and it's way back we can't see it. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.


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Green Art 4 years ago

I wanted to read this hub as soon as I saw the title. I grew up in Madison, WI and remember the crisp fall weather and the beautiful color of the trees. We had two huge oak trees in our backyard that dumped piles of leaves on the lawn for us to rake and play in every fall. My sisters and I would spend hours outside making leaf houses and piles. Collecting acorns was always fun too.

How fun to have a "little ghost pumpkin" growing within your grapevine! I love pure maple syrup. It's so neat that you make your own. Voted up and beautiful!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, Thank you and thinks so much for stopping by. We have been cold here and winter is just around the corner for us. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the votes.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Many people around here make pure maple syrup and sell it at the craft shows and places like that. We have been given bottles of the pure stuff and I just don't like it. It takes 30 or 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple pancake syrup. We have friends that boil the sap outside in a big pot heated by wood. She says it takes forever.

Thank you so much for the vote and the share.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your photos are only surpassed by your making stories out of the simplest things! How nice to read about fall in Wisconsin. You're a bit ahead of us (season-wise) and I just love your ghost pumpkin. The new white pumpkins have fascinated me in the last couple of years.

Voted up, useful, and intersting.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This hub is like a walk down memory lane. Autumn in Wisconsin is usually the prettiest time. I loved the crisp fall air and the gorgeous leaves.

I'm not a big fan of 'real' maple syrup either. What you call homemade is the pure maple syrup and it's extremely rich and extremely expensive if you buy it. Unless otherwise stated on the container, most of the maple syrup you buy has been diluted to some extent.

Really enjoyed this hub! Voted up and beautiful! Will share.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Sally's Trove,

Thank you for stopping by and so glad you liked my hub. Your right he just needed time to grow. I wish I could keep pumpkins just as they are beautiful and great.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I love the photo of and story about the ghost pumpkin. Sometimes life can be so very opportunistic. I'm imagining the ghost pumpkin grew exactly where it grew in order to escape being found while it matured. And then, when the freeze killed the vine leaves which had been protecting it, there it was! Awesomely wonderful capturing of nature's beauty and strength. Loved this hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Enlydia Listener,

Thanks glad you like my hub. It is a beautiful country here.


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Beautiful place to live, and beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing. It was relaxing to read.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

thelyricwriter,

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my hub. I think homemade maple syrup has a completely different taste than store bought. We have dried our pumpkin seeds for next year so w'll have white ones again.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W,

Thanks for visiting my hub. We tried all the uaual stuff that we do to ripen tomatoes picked them all off the vine before a freeze we laid some out and wrapped some in the newpaper. A few were ok but the rest would turn rotten real fast. We have done this same thing for years and never had this happen. Everyone had problems with tomatoes this year. First it got really hot here fast and then we got lots of rain. The weather was strange for growing. Even the tomatoes we grow in our earth box didn't do any good and they always do good.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, useful, awesome, and interesting article. I wasn't sure what a ghost pumpkin was when I clicked on the title. Wow, a white pumpkin. I have never seen anything like it:) This was awesome and interesting Moonlake. A great story. I love maple syrup as well. Never tried it homemade though.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a shame!

My uncle in Iowa ripens his green tomatoes in the basement of his house and he places them on top of newspapers when he has to pick them prior to a freeze. Seems to work for most of them.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W,

Thanks for visiting my hub.

Yes, we do like green fried tomatoes and I did make some but we had so many tomatoes we couldn't eat all of them.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for this look around your Wisconsin garden. Too bad about your tomatoes. Do you like eating green fried tomatoes? (One way to use them before they rot.) Personally I love them! Looks like you have a great place there! Enjoyed your photos with the turning leaves.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hi Dexter,

Thanks for stopping by. It is a beautiful place until it hits 40 below then not so beautiful.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Moonlake! Your description of your part of Wisconsin is superb and I am sure causes a yearning in many to be there, in such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing the beauty of where you live!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

dahoglundm,

Thanks for coming by. It snowed here today also we got about 9 inchs.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Well, it snowed in our part of Wisconsin today.Bit early but not unprecedented.When I was younger I would have enjoyed what you are doing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mary615,

It is pretty here.

I think once our bottle tree is done it will look nice.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Thanks for the wonderful Hub and a glimpse of life in Wisconsin. I've never been there, but it must be a beautiful place, especially in the Fall. The first and only bottle tree I ever saw was in Costa Rica. They had taken bottles of all colors and placed them on tree branches, and when the sun shone through them, it was very pretty.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Derdriu,

Thanks, so much for stopping by.

I will be putting the bottle tree in a hub and showing how we made ours.

The bottles are mostly wine bottles. I only had 13 and I need lots more because the tree is pretty good size. I used all colors.

My husband and I don't drink wine so I have to try to get bottles from anyone who will give them to me.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Seeker7,

Thanks, so much for stopping by. My husband doesn't like the pumpkins because their winding in and around his tomatoes. He thinks they just get in the way. Doesn’t matter I put them in anyway. He’s a good man but he has strange ideas that I don’t listen to.

We tried once planting them in the field and the deer ate all of them. Now I put them in the garden and I put a little pot with a marigold beside each one. The deer didn't bother them this year.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Moonlake: What a charming story about the ghost pumpkin which got lost and then found in time for Halloween!

What are the colors of the bottles and the shapes of the bottles and the tree in the bottle tree which your husband is starting? Will you be sharing an article and photos?

Thank you!

Derdriu


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

How wonderfully weird about the wee ghost pumpkin!!! I really loved this story about your home and what you grow and make. Can I ask one question, sorry to show my ignorance - why does your husband not like you growing pumpkins in his garden? I'm really interested to know!!

Great hub. Voted up + awesome!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Movie Master,

Thank you, for stopping by. It is colorful here we have so many trees and lots of people come here to see the fall colors.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I have really enjoyed reading this moonlake and I love the 'ghost pumpkin'

It must be so colourful there with all the maple trees.

Thank you for sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

writer20,

Thanks for stopping by leaving comment and the up vote. Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I love this story great writing. Voted up and beautiful


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gypsy Rose Lee,

Sounds good with all the apple items you make. We have about 5 apple trees but their all small apples more like crab apples. I make pies with them and sometimes fried apples but that is about it. I have pickled them.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I enjoyed reading about Wisconsin. Love to learn about different places. Sounds like you have a great garden. We just finished working on our apple harvest. We have four apple trees and this year they sure did their job. We've got steamed apple juice, pressed apple juice, frozen apple juice and my husband's pride and joy homemade apple wine. lol

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