I have these yellow-and-green squash growing in my front yard, in a pile that has mostly garden scraps and a bit of decayed kitchen scraps. I didn’t plant them there. Maybe next year I will actually purposely plant squash or broccoli there, because it’s right behind my climbing rose bush and in the front yard, so I don’t think the ground hog will visit there. Speaking of the ground hog, who lives under our garage, I am planning to buy a love trap between now and next spring, and then arrange for the ground hog to take up residence in Johnson Park, because allegedly ground hogs won’t cross River Road.
I think this squash (or gourd? what’s the definition of a gourd?) would look pretty on our table on September 29, the first evening of Rosh Hashana. The yehi ratzon prayer that one says on the squash is:
Yehi ratzon mi-le-faneha Adonai Eloheinu ve-lo-hei avoteinu
she-tik-rah ro-a gezar dinenu ve-yi-karehu lefa-neha za-hee-yo-teinu.
May it be thy will, Lord our God and God of our fathers, that you should
tear up any evil decree and let only our merits be read before You.
The Aramaic for squash is k’ra, and the play on words is kra with an ayin is to tear (tear up any evil decree) and kra with aleph is to read (only our merits be read).
To learn more, read my post about the simanim (symbols) for Rosh Hashana (a beet leaf watercolor is there to represent beets, another siman).
I already posted about a carrot, and if life goes smoothly, maybe I will start a watercolor of a pomegranate this Sunday.
And Sara Chapman correctly identified all three flowers in my daughter’s bouquet to her teacher, including the purple asters that are shown in this photo. Welcome to my blog, Sara (now you can visit her blog, too).