When I draw on an ipad my finger or stylus glides. When I draw on vellum with tooth and charcoal, there is friction and drag between the paper and the charcoal, which slows my line down a bit. This is the case whether I use vine charcoal or a Generals HB charcoal pencil sharpened to a very fine point. If I am feeling rusty or have not been drawing for a while, I can find my way back to it with charcoal on paper without having every hesitation show.
A friend gave me some steamed pumpkin from her garden that survived the recent icy weather. I added it to homemade chicken and kale soup for a perfect dinner.
Some years ago I went to an exhibit of paintings by Jamie Wyeth. There were some wonderful watercolors of pumpkins. Each one was so unique and beautiful. Ever since, when I buy pumpkins to paint I choose ones with curly untrimmed stems.