Finally

I have been a bit remiss in my postings. But I wanted to make sure that a post on my luffa gourds went up today.

They were picked at the end of October just before the first frost hit. The luffas where no where near ready to be peeled until now.

This is the first one that I cleaned. Out of the 13 that I had only 7 made it. The others rotted.

Here they are getting a quick bleach bath to rid them of any possible bacteria.

Two more that are not ready to be peeled. Hopefully in another week I can clean them up too.

Most of these will be cut up into small pieces to use in my new hobby of soap making.

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Squeaky Clean

I am at it again.

Since I was growing luffa sponges in my garden I realized that I have too many (7 larges ones and 1 really small one) to use myself and needed to find something to do with them.

So now have a new hobby…Soap making.  If you have not realized by now I must stay busy.

This is another thing that I thought was easier than it actually is.  It is not rocket science but you need accurate measurements, timing, and GREAT equipment.

So far I have made 3 batches, the first 2, although technically correct, did not come out looking good or what I envisioned.

Batches 1 and 2…..The soap on the left was mixed with red and blue color which should have made purple. I do not know how it became green. The soap on the right was suppose to have a slightly darker shade of green but it is more pastel and there is a yellow layer that is barely visible. The shorter soap on the end is just left overs.

Batch 3

This peachy colored on is the batch that I made Monday evening.  There are tiny air bubbles in it but other than that it came out pretty good.

 

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PS – I apologize for not responding to recent comments I will be answering very soon.

And Another One Visits!

This year I have seen so many Praying Mantis, probably more than I have seen in most of my life combined. Maybe a slight stretch but hopefully you get my point.

I enjoy photographing them as they usually seem to be looking at me trying to figure out what the heck I am doing.

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Dried Out

As many of you know I have been growing birdhouse gourds in my garden, 12 have been cut from the vine and there are 3 still hanging.

I think some of these are bottleneck gourds.

From different sites on Google it can take anywhere from 30 days to 12 months from them to completely dry out…I think that depends on size and where you choose to dry then out.

There is only one that is completely dried. I like the marble effect that it has and think, for this one, I will only use a clear coat of polyurethane to shine it up

Once all are dried I will post then next phase.

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Fungus Friday 12

Click here if you want to see some really interesting mushrooms on Facebook.

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Flower of the Day 10/11/19

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Hiding in Plain Sight

I love the way nature gave its most fragile creatures a way to blend in and hide from is predators.

Unfortunately this little guy was not hiding very well. He stood out like a sore thumb on the walkway.

It looks kinda like a leaf with spikes on the end.

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Hiding

This small snail was found hiding in my stringbean plant.

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Flower of the Day 10/10/19

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse

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Flower of the Day 10/9/19 – Happiness

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.”
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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