I bought lots of miniature pumpkins this month. There's a new variety that looks cuter and more convincing than those squat orange gourds that have been around for the last few years. I filled a bowl with them:
I had one left over, so I put it on the mantel next to a tiny Halloween collage:
The pumpkins in the bowl know how to behave themselves, but the mantel pumpkin decided to roam the living room last night. It rolled, or leapt, from the mantel and landed behind the fireplace screen below. Then it gently maneuvered the screen to make an opening large enough for it to escape through.
Note the opening, just big enough for a pumpkin:
The pumpkin perp didn't get back to the farmer's market, or wherever it was going, however. I found it sitting sheepishly on the other side of the living room, in front of the bookcase. It was trying desperately to blend in with its surroundings. And failing.
I returned it to the mantel. I'd like to know why it went on the lam but it's not talking. These pumpkins aren't cheap; they should know their place and stay there. There's probably a law against vagrant and wandering produce. If not, there ought to be. I contacted our local authorities but, as usual, they looked dim-witted, answered vaguely, and could not shed light on the situation: