Okay! I’m back!
Our first stop on vacation was to see some friends and family. We spent Thanksgiving at my parents house in Maryland. My mom had a basket of gourds as decorations. My friends all have kids now, so visiting Maryland fills-up my parents house with people, and lots of them quite young. The kids used the decorative gourds for everything. The littlest kids used them as colorful teeters, the two year old cohort pretended that they were tools for modifying the furniture, and the older kids used them as pretend food for living room picnics. Here is a brief drawing, of some of the variety of colorful, multipurpose, autumn gourds.