As is the case with many obsessions, I think this pumpkin thing has gotten out of hand. I find myself sitting at my desk or recliner wondering if I have tried everything pumpkin that is available in this area.

As is the case with many obsessions, I think this pumpkin thing has gotten out of hand. I find myself sitting at my desk or recliner wondering if I have tried everything pumpkin that is available in this area.


I have not yet tried, but am planning to make, pumpkin soup. Perhaps it will be a blend of squash and pumpkin of some sort. And I can’t wait to make a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. But now I am thinking I might like to try roasting pumpkin seeds since I have never had those.


I also think I might try to make some sort of pumpkin ice cream or cheesecake. Though my new obsession might seem strange to some, others seem to understand it rather well. The U.S. Census Department said, in 2002, there were 790.7 million pounds of pumpkins produced in the United States. The value of all of that pumpkin was estimated to be $83 million.


Here is a little more pumpkin trivia gleaned from the Internet. The town of Morton, Ill., is the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world. Morton is the location of a pumpkin processing plant for a nationally known brand of snack foods that cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkins each year.


Though many people think of the color orange when they think of pumpkins, they actually come in a wide range of colors including white ones. I have seen some of those white ones showing up at local stores this year, and I am on the fence about them myself. They do offer a more sophisticated color scheme for fall decorating, but I am not sure that I can deal with their lack of orange.


Pumpkins also come in blue — yes, I said blue — red and tan. I have never seen a red one in real life, but I have looked over photos of some on the ‘net and that is just weird.


In addition to being pretty and lots of fun to carve, pumpkins are also good for us — until we start adding all of that sugar, cream and butter to the mix.


Happy birthday Friday to Irene Flaherty, Ron Smith, Walter Shaw and Ray Dodson, all of Denison; Mary Jane Farmer and Austin Chase Earnhart, both of Van Alstyne; Jared Clark, George Turner and Jimmie Stibbons, all of Sherman; Kris Segrest of Wylie; James Hannan of Colbert, Okla.; Charlene Wilson of Whitewright; Natalie Elizabeth Robertson.


Happy anniversary Friday to John T. and Nelda Sanders, 73 years; Will and Lois Harbin of Pottsboro, 59 years; Stanton and Jerry Wimpee of Bells.


Happy birthday Saturday to Charlie Flood and Mary Ford Bell, both of Denison; Sarah Bailey, Jason Brown, Victoria Whitfield, D.J. Gunville, Angela Thompson Brown and Robert C. Godwin, all of Sherman.


Happy anniversary Saturday to Jason and Karen Hannan of Colbert, Okla., 10 years.