Lunch was fun, and went well, and my Aunt did very well with only a cane -- the first time out without the walker since she fell.
Then Dragon, the birthday girl, and I went shopping. We got a bunch of pumpkins, some gourds, and some stuff from Michaels. Sadly, there were no gourd-shaped pumpkins for a head. When we got home, the birthday girl mostly went on the internets, though she helped a little.
The long stem on the "head" pumpkin eventually became the nose--the "snout" pumpkin was cored through and the openings shaped to fit the stem.
Those stripey gourds are really hard! I ended up calling my mother (Dragon bought the house from Mom) to ask where I could find a hacksaw. She didn't think there was one, but told me where she had put tools in the basement. She was right (about where tools could be found) and, happily, was wrong about the hacksaw, as you can see from the pictures.
This would have been easier had I brought my wood carving tools. Pushing barbeque skewers through pumpkins by hand isn't easy, but having seen pumpkins dry out, we didn't want to make the holes in the skin of the pumpkin any larger than needed. Structural integrity is important.
Hmm...no-neck dragon looks too much like snoopy. Got to add a neck.
During this process, the birthday girl periodically cheered our efforts, and the other denizens of the house came to check things out. The dog ate pieces of pumpkin that dropped to the floor. The grey cat came to check things out, but true to her name (Phantom) I couldn't get a decent picture of her.
And clearly, the black cat is not impressed.
Finally, we get it together enough to get a preliminary photo of the finished effect.
Then it's time to carry it outside. By this time it's quite dark outside. Too dark to get a picture without the dreadful flash on my cell phone.
And, finally, here is a picture taken today, with her "egg" (a white pumpkin):