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Primp Your Pumpkin

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


When the Frost is on the Punkin
by James Whitcomb Wiley

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here—
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees;
But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
And the raspin’ of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;
The stubble in the furries—kindo’ lonesome-like, but still
A-preachin’ sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;
The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;
The hosses in theyr stalls below—the clover over-head!—
O, it sets my hart a-clickin’ like the tickin’ of a clock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock!

Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
Is poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;
And your cider-makin’ ’s over, and your wimmern-folks is through
With their mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and saussage, too! ...
I don’t know how to tell it—but ef sich a thing could be
As the Angels wantin’ boardin’, and they’d call around on me—
I’d want to ’commodate ’em—all the whole-indurin’ flock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock!


Frost on my little Shabby Chic pumpkin.  Debbiedoos inspired me with hers!


It has been unseasonably cool here in Central Alabama with the lows hovering around fifty degrees.  Although not quite cool enough for frost, I couldn't resist the poem with the cooler weather.  Have you primped your pumpkin yet?  Thank-you, ladies, for hosting such a wonderful party!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Oh how I wish it would cool off here.
    What a lovely party, my post totally goes with the theme :)
    I might just have to join up!

  2. cute Ricki!~ You know I am not a shabby chic kinda gal, but I have to say I am loving our pumpkins this way. It was so much fun. Thanks for sharing your cutie pie!~

  3. That's gorgous Ricki, love the frosting effect! Here in Pa.we haven't had any frost yet either but cooler temps are here and so welcoming too!

  4. Love me some SPARKLE :) Stole my heart for sure!!

  5. How cute!! Your pumpkin is so pretty and sparkly. You did a great job of primping your pumpkin.

  6. Let me tell you, I am LOVING all this non-traditional pumpkin stuff. And combining two of my favorite things (pumpkins and frost) is brilliant. This is absolutely darling! :D

  7. I like the frosted look and how you displayed it on white beans. This makes a great vignette.

  8. Hi Ricki Jill! What an adorable pumpkin~ I love your layer of glittery frost! We have had night time temps in the 50's too, I'm looking forward real frost :)

  9. You don't really want me to answer the "have you primped your pumpkin yet" question, do you? lol

    Your pumpkin is beautiful...and perfectly elegant, lady-like pumpkin.

  10. Love the glitz on your frosted pumpkin! Anything glittery catches my eye... love how soft and feminine it is!

  11. Love the poem and the frost on the pumpkin can't get here soon enough for me! Thank goodness we've finally had a change from the hot humid days to beautiful blues and cool temps. I think I'm ready to think fall now. Love your pumpkin with the pretty ribbon. Have a good day, I'm off to look for my glitter pumpkins from last year.

    the French Hutch

  12. What a fun monochromatic look with a little bling! Perfect. :)

  13. Your pumpkin is tres chic! Here in NC, we've started getting cooler mornings too--I love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello!


  14. Love your pumpkin and of course I noticed the 5 point crowns on the ribbon!!

  15. Oooh sparkly! It truly does look frosty, super cute!

  16. What a wonderful idea; I love the glitter on your pumpkin! It's lovely and you've given me a great idea! This is such a pretty setting! Love your ribbon too!

  17. Hi. Visiting from Debbiedoo's! Your pumpkin is the Southern Belle of pumpkins! I'm your newest follower!



  18. Great shabby chic pumpkin. Love the glitter and crowns on the ribbon. Are those pumpkin seeds in the plate under the pumpkin?

  19. Love your glittery pumpkin, and what great idea for the tray, looks beautiful!

  20. How cute, loving that glitter effect! The "crown" accented ribbon is adorable, too!

    Thanks so much for visiting, and for the sweet comment on my pumpkins! :)

  21. Oh. Em. Gee. Someone who quotes JAMES WHITCOMB REILLY on her blog??? Really??? I cannot tell you how excited I am to find you! Lawd! And you are from Alabama--where my teammate has told me I MUST buy a house on Lake Martin? Well, I am going to have to follow you. And thanks for your comment on my blog, but now that I see you have JWR on your blog, that is TOTALLY secondary.

  22. Hi Ricki: That is the greatest poem and I love your little 'frosty' punkin. Thanks again, for visiting the Cottage..Happy Thursday..Judy

  23. This pumpkin makeover is perfectly you. Love the glitter...and using the ribbon is brilliant. :o) Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Frost, glitter, ribbon, crowns!! She is a cutie!

  25. I live in a tropical country so our greatest wish here is for the temperature to finally cool down, especially now that we are entering the BER months or the Christmas season. I love what you did to your pumpkin :) Talented and artistic as always, I love your posts.

    Have a great weekend Ricki!

  26. Your pumpkin is adorable, and the poem is wonderful!

  27. Cute, cute and I love the poem!


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