Letter home from my deployment in 2010: Pumpkins in Afghanistan
We don’t have pumpkins yet, but they are growing like weeds and we have flowers so hopefully soon we will have little baby pumpkins. It is crazy how much fun taking care of the garden is.
Even though it is hot and going back and forth to get the water is sometimes annoying, but it is always a good break from work even if it is only a few minutes. Speaking of watering, I have to share how we water the plants. The HVAC units (CHICOs) have an outlet valve that drips water, so we have buckets over the best drippers and collect water that way. It has been hot, since the start of Ramadan (called Ramazan in Afghanistan), so the plants have needed lots of water.
The pumpkins are not enjoying the hot days either.
I am just happy that I don’t have to fast. Eid (the end celebration for Ramadan) is about 20 days away (9 Sept) and we are hoping to celebrate the celebration with our local national engineers.
Well, if you wanted to know there are 71 days until Halloween. Each day we are a little closer to going home. Thanks for all the love and support and all the care packages too. They have been awesome morale raisers and I truly enjoy them. And since I share them with the team, they enjoy them too.
A few months later I sent pictures of our pumpkins, not from our garden.
Look it is our pumpkins!! Mine is orange! Luckily it is dark so you can’t tell that they are green pumpkins. The Afghan we asked to get the pumpkins didn’t understand what a pumpkin was and our crazy tradition. We still had fun! We used glow sticks to light them up. Happy Halloween from Afghanistan.