Autumn Coming: Time For Pumpkin Flavored Everything

We recently had the first crisp evening that hinted at the changes to come, that feeling in the air that native Westsylvanians recognize as “a Football Night.” In the verges, the annual flora are showing wear, the color of goldenrod lines country roads and the counts of our prolific whitetail deer seen dead along the highways, stirred to their violent ends by the hormonal surges of the rut and the the instinctive understanding that food will soon be much less abundant. In the trees, the earliest leaves are already beginning to flush, and in the bars and coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries, the taps and pitchers and shelves are suddenly and predictably weighted by food and drink flavored with “Pumpkin Spice.” If you expected me to offer consolation, I apologize. I have none to give. Indeed, the words that might help are these: be strong and resolute. Like all tribulations, this too will pass.

About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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6 Responses to Autumn Coming: Time For Pumpkin Flavored Everything

  1. HotBottoms says:

    No doubt the pumpkin plague is here. The list of pumpkin flavored things I enjoy: pumpkins. That’s about it.


  2. joey says:

    I love pumpkin pie. Sometimes, rarely, I enjoy a pumpkin muffin, roll, or risotto. That’s it. I do not have pumpkin spice fever.


  3. Pumpkin actually has almost no flavour. It’s the spice (cinnamon, ginger + who knows what else) that’s added to coffee, tea, beer (yuck!) and other inappropriate foods. But hey — it’s a thing!

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  4. Ha. Right you are! But resistance is futile. At least for me, given that I enjoyed a bottle of 2 Towns’ “Hollow Jack” pumpkin cider Friday night. It was pretty good, too!


  5. When our dog gets the stomach upset, the vet says to give her canned pumpkin. It works. And that’s the best use of pumpkin I’ve ever heard.


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