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February 16, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Pumped up for beads, Mister.

Mardi Gras and Halloween: Obviously two holidays separated at birth…one may have been plucked and stolen away by a headless horseman or something.

The family similarity cannot be disguised:

  • Mask and costumes
  • Wild frivolity and raucous behavior by adults
  • Lots of parties with plenty of food, specialty drinks, and decorations
  • Occurs during the dark of night

Pumpkins – not just for Halloween anymore.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

Two pumpkins ready for Mardi Gras parade in beads (Copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

“No, you cannot roll off with your friends during the parade. Stay close and let me hold onto you.”(© image)

Seriously the cat may be right.

These may be vegetable invaders from outer space: not one dent, not one mushy spot, not one speck of green or purple mold (although those could be appropriate for Mardi Gras…if you’ve ever been to a big one…)

Pumpkin in Mardi Gras hat and beads (Pumpkins dressed for Mardi Gras in beads. ( image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“The hat. A bit too much? Jingle bells are as good as GPS locators in a crowd.” (© image)

With no sign of pumpkin departure, RC Cast is sounding the alarm. “What’s next? Plants’ rights?” she spits as research shows plants are aware of their environment, react to pain and danger, and even seek to warn other plants,

“Vegan lifestyle is more damaging to the environment than eating meat and is also bad for your health? There will be some blood letting over that one.

HRH has already announced she will fight any proposed ban on consumption of cat grass. “Let each munch according to their conscience,” She benevolently proclaims.

Yet she would be far more comfortable if the pumpkins rolled on to their next event…somewhere a field apart…

Pumpkins dressed for Mardi Gras in beads. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“I don’t care what the nice man on the balcony said. You are not showing your stem for beads! Too seedy. Stop believing those pie in the sky stories. Time to leave before the cutting up really gets started…” (© image)

Now. Orange you glad the party never ends?

About these strange orange orbs that showed up after Christmas “The Pumpkins must die”

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

  • Previous post: Mardi Gras in Galveston : “Mardi Gras and Masking Situations” 2016. (A couple of great quotes about Mardi Gras from those famous.)
  • “Thrown but be dazzled”. Yes, relocated and arriving…the day after Mardi Gras in NOLA. (Lovely pictures)
  • Galveston has been celebrating Mardi Gras since 1867. It’s the 3rd largest Mardi Gras in the U.S. Some of that history here.



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  1. marina kanavaki / Feb 16 2020 1:14 pm

    …poor pumpkins…. 🎃 If only they knew what’s a-head! 😉


  2. Ally Bean / Feb 16 2020 1:58 pm

    “Let each munch according to their conscience”

    Now there’s a good thought. Kind of sums up the gist of Lent into one sentence. 💚💜💛


  3. Kate Crimmins / Feb 16 2020 2:03 pm

    Those dang things will last for ever.


  4. sustainabilitea / Feb 16 2020 3:43 pm

    Cute pumpkin critter but I don’t care to ever visit Mardi Gras. Not my sort of thing at all–way too may people!



  5. shoreacres / Feb 16 2020 4:42 pm

    I’ve got it! Instead of putrefying, your pumpkins have petrified! Rock on, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 17 2020 6:37 am

      Remember that scene from Christmas Vacation movie where Chevy Chase sits down to carve the turkey and when he sticks the knife in there’s a puff off smoke and deflation sounds as the turkey disintegrates? It may be like that.
      Thanks for rollin’ by with a comment

      Liked by 1 person

  6. easyweimaraner / Feb 17 2020 12:33 am

    I like the idea!!!! a class mate f the mama came dressed as a snowman once to a party… but he won no price, no wonder huh?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Curt Mekemson / Feb 17 2020 10:12 am

    Okay, I am beginning to believe in your pumpkins and their strange journey in the afterlife. RC might as well get used to them since it is obvious that they aren’t going anywhere. Glad they made it to the Mardi Gras. And it is okay if they show a little stem for beads. It’s important to get with the spirit of things. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 17 2020 1:05 pm

      As Thoreau also said “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so”…Mardi Gras!
      That’s how the pumpkins roll…just can’t squash it. HAHA
      Thanks for tossing some comment beads this way


      • Curt Mekemson / Feb 18 2020 8:46 pm

        Did Thoreau really say that? 🙂 Go pumpkins! Go big orange. Strut your stuff. Or roll. –Curt


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 19 2020 7:50 am

          Can’t remember exactly where, but yes…not the Boy Scout? HaHa
          Cut-ups party on


          • Curt Mekemson / Feb 19 2020 5:44 pm

            Yeah, we can skip the Boy Scouts for now. Kind of sad. In fact, more than sad. I had some good years as a Boy Scout. But then, in my youth, I enjoyed church as well. Hard to find somewhere that isn’t tainted. But I suspect Thoreau had something different in mind. 🙂


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 19 2020 6:49 pm

            I find it somewhat humorous that there are local programs aimed at getting girls and boy outside into nature…you know, like the Scouts troops used to…
            Going out into nature, Thoreau would approve of no doubt.


          • Curt Mekemson / Feb 21 2020 2:50 pm

            I certainly didn’t require any programs since I was out in the woods every chance I got. In fact, they called me nature boy. Maybe that’s because I preferred to be out doing an inventory of the local skunk population to playing Little League baseball. 🙂 –Curt


  8. Littlesundog / Feb 22 2020 5:18 am

    Wow! I still think there is something age defying to be discovered in the meat/pulp of those pumpkins. I’m glad they made it to Mardi Gras, though. If they can survive that kind of celebration, goodness knows what their next adventure will be!!


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