Monday, October 22, 2012

A Night Cat in the Pumpkin Patch

This weekend, we made our third annual trip to the pumpkin patch! You can read about our first two years here. My sister and her boyfriend were visiting for the weekend, so we all headed up to Lombardi Ranch, with a traditional stop at the Habit Burger. The past two years, the temperature has been 100-degrees of more. We were so pleased that it was cool and overcast, with some actual misty water droplets in the air!

I had decided on Alice's costume pretty late in the game and it arrived just in the nick of time. She says she's a "night cat," after a black cat in one of the books she got at the library a few rounds ago - as opposed to a "Marci cat" (white) or a "Buddy Guy" cat (orange), after our own kitties. I think she's the very cutest little night cat I have ever seen.
Alice and her Auntie.
Lombardi Ranch is a pretty popular place. It took Alice a few minutes to take in the train, the live music, all the sights and the crowds. But as soon as she saw the rows and piles of pumpkins, she was all set. This was the first year that she really knew what was going on and she had a really great time.
Surveying the scene.
 Her first stop was this tractor tire full of tiny pumpkins. She spent a good long time moving pumpkins, one at a time, from the tire into our wagon. We had to cut her off to move on to the bigger pumpkins, after surreptitiously thinning out the pile in our wagon.
Filling up the wagon with tiny pumpkins.
 She didn't get any less choosy once we got to the rows of bigger pumpkins. She surprised and impressed us all, including herself, at the heavy pumpkins she was hauling around. She told us "Alice is so strong!"

In her excitement, she often forgot to be gentle with the pumpkins and was just chucking them in the wagon. Plus, you know, they were really heavy! Since we weren't going to take all of those pumpkins home, we had to intervene just a bit. 
Auntie's boyfriend spots a pumpkin on the landing.
Alice could have moved pumpkins all day long, but we wanted to see the animals and scarecrows before she ran out of energy. We had a good time identifying all the exotic farm breeds (rabbits! pigs! chickens, turkeys, and geese! peacocks! llamas!) and then moved on to the sunflower trail with the scarecrow contest. 


 In little pockets, nestled among the sunflowers, are little scarecrow vignettes created by local middle-schoolers, girl scout troops, and civic organizations. At every one, Alice would ask "what's that?!" and we'd do our best to explain. There were a few Hello Kitty scarecrows, which she totally enjoyed.
"Auntie, carry you?"

After the scarecrows, we headed back to the pumpkin patch and Alice played with Auntie and her boyfriend while Jon and I picked our pumpkins. 

 She found a little patch that she didn't have to share with anyone, and ran amok choosing pumpkins to dump in our wagon. After a while, she forgot we were even there and was totally in her own little world.

A little kitty, reclining on some pumpkins.
After a while, she sat down on a pumpkin and then on the floor surrounded by pumpkins and just played in the dirt - just like a real kitty!

one filthy little night cat.
Daddy hooked her with a giant gourd.
 And then we had to take the obligatory photo in whatever you call this thing. I particularly liked that Frankenstein Jon is holding a little kitty. Tres apropos...

After further editing our pumpkin selections and scraping together exactly enough dollars to pay for our haul, we headed home for a cozy afternoon with cider and cookies. We're hoping that the fall weather is here to stay and that it won't actually be 100+ degrees on Halloween. We've been enjoying plenty of fall-flavored treats lately, and they just taste better when there's a little chill to the air. We're looking forward to the rest of our fall and holiday traditions - like carving our pumpkins!

How about you? Have you gotten your costume yet? Taken any trips to the pumpkin patch? Enjoyed any fall/Halloween treats and traditions?


  1. Thank you for sharing. My heart feels filled up with love, looking at these photos. Precious, precious little Alice! Kathy

  2. Sweetest kitty there ever was! Gorgeous pictures and gorgeous mama + baby belly too!

    We are going to G&M Farms in Livermore this weekend, we've never been and can't wait to take the kids to the real deal in our hometown.

    1. How was G&M Farms?? Is that what used to be Joan & Wanda's? That's where we always went, growing up, and I miss being able to walk out into the furrows to pick pumpkins freshly sliced off the vine... Lombardi is as close as we get to that authenticity!

  3. Gosh - what a beautiful little night cat. I wish we could all go trick-or-treating together. Do you think a night cat would be friends with a very small Buzz Lightyear?

    1. I definitely think this night cat would be great pals with a very small Buzz Lightyear. Can't wait to see photos (and videos??)! I'm so excited about trick-or-treating, I so wish we could go together!!


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