Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jesus Christ Our Lord

I really would like to share an incredible thing that happened this past Saturday evening at Church.  We were all in prayer with our eyes closed and head down when the pastor asked those that would like to ask Jesus Christ  into their hearts to please put thei hand up and open their eyes.  Pastor was commenting on how happy he was and after a couple of minutes I put my head back down in prayer.  In another minute or so he was saying he excited he was about the gentleman that had raised his hand and all of a sudden he asked "are you two married?"  I raised my head and there was my husband Bert with his head up and his hand in the air as well.  I looked at him and then at Pastor Frank and back again.  I was smileing froom ear to ear.  Neither of us knew the other was going to do this, and the Pastor saw that it was quite obvious.  So unknown to one another we both accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts on Saturday night and it waas absolutely wonderful!  What a wonderful surprise for both of us.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The ongoing Luffa Saga

Well, I still have only the one Luffa on all those plants but it's growing.  Our days haven't been as warm as they should be and the nights have been pretty cool.  We're lovin' it, but the plants aren't real happy with it, they staying kind of at a standstill.  My tomatoes are small and still green, I don't think they're ever going to turn unless we get an Indian Summer.    Here's the Luffa though. TADA!

It's about the size of a cucumber, a little fatter but about 7 inches long.  I keep hoping to see more but if I only get one that's better than none.  I'll try again next year.  Have a great day everyone!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Luffa and a Blossom or two

I went out this morning and found a baby Luffa on my plant!!! yaaaaay!  There are several new blossoms too.  The only problem with the picture is I sprayed for ants the other day and the dead ants are still on the blossom on the luffa.  eeeeeeeeeeeew!  Makes me feel like creepy crawly's are on me! lol
Aren't they cool! lolol  I'm so easily entertained it's really scarey somtimes! lol

The Difference in Where Plants Are Placed

You know it really does amaze me, how where you put a plant depends on how it grows.   Here are two pictures of the same plant, they came out of the same pot and have 5 in there.  I put three in one pot and two in the other.  One is in the front of the house and get's the really hot hot western sun in the afternoon.  That's the smaller leaved one.  The one with the large leaves is in the backyard and gets the morning Eastern sun in the morning.

This one is in the backyard and gets the morning sun.

This one is in the front yard and gets the really hot afternoon sun.  Look at the leeaves, they're about 1/4 the size of the one in the backyard.   Kind of mind boggling. lol  You just never know:)

Sunday, September 12, 2010


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Growing Luffa's

Good morning:)  I've been outside taking pictures of my Luffa plants.  I decided this year I was going to try my hand at it.  Luffa's are the rough sponges we shower with?  I always thought they came from the sea so imagine my surprise to find out they came from a plant.  They grown much like a cucumber does, on a long plant that gets about ten feet tall or so.  They bloom like a cucumber and then the luffas starts from there.  I had one blossom and was really excited until yesterday when I checked on it I saw i'd gotten ants and they pretty well demolished that poor flower.  There are several more getting ready to bloom though so maybe, just maybe I'll get at least a few luffa's. 
This is what the Luffa plant looks like, I have them in containers with large tomato tenders.  They've gotten quite large in the last couple of weeks, even with our cool summer.  Which I'm afraid is going to be a problem for the lufffa's growth.

That little pointy thing (a little on the blury side is going to be a blossom if all goes well.  The luffa's look like a cucumber when they first start growing but get quite thick and resemble a zucchini more as they get larger.  You don't pick them from the plant until fall when the plant begins to wilt with the fall weather.  So since i have them in containers i'm hoping if they need more time to grow I'll be able to move them into the garage and give the plant a little extra growing time.    I HOPE! lol  I had these high hopes of having luffa sponges for everyone at Christmas time.  Putting together baskets with Gails soaps and lotions, all handmade items. Or homegrown.   It can still happen, so time will tell.
Later with any luck I'll be able to show how you clean them and have sponges:)  Have a great day!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I know it's early yet, but I've decided to try and get a jump on the holidays.   I've started baking cookies, and freezing three quarters of the dough with my sealer.  I always wait till the last minute and end up spending day and night in the kitchen but this year, nope, not gonna happen. lol  I also have a recipe that was my grandmothers, it's an applesauce cake and it is delcious!  I'll be posting that here soon.  I have to pull out all my cookbooks and recipes to get to it. lol  Hope everyone is having a safe and happy Holiday week end.  Enjoy those BBQ's and family gatherings.  Don't forget to scroll down and sign up for the Fall Giveaway, those candy corn pinwheels for the yard are really cute.