Sunday, November 29, 2015

Let the projects begin...

Well, hunting season is over.  I had a 50% success rate.  I filled one of my two tags.  It was an interesting season, but I'm glad to be done.  The first thing I did was use conditioner on my hair, good smelling soap, and lotion.  It is amazing how hunting dries a girl out.  

Next, projects, projects, projects.  I am up to my ears in a little of this and a bit of that.  
I am slowly buffing and polishing my bear claws.  I want to make a necklace and earrings.  They are a beautiful color.  My husband finds my frustrated attempts at buffing the bear claws quite funny.  He said I have put more into the bear's nails than I have ever worked on my own.

I finally brought in my frozen pumpkins and removed the seeds.  I washed the seeds, boiled them for 10 minutes in salt water, coated them with olive oil and salt.  I then baked them at 325 for 15 minutes.  They taste great.  I am taking pieces of the pumpkin out for the deer.  Deer love pumpkins!  In case you missed my post a few years ago about how much deer enjoy eating pumpkins take a look see:  deer love pumpkins

I was able to use one of my last summer projects now that deer season is over.  My loofa sponge was ready to be put to the test and it worked great.  I wish it was bigger, but I'm just happy that my 8 foot vine produced one little loofa.  I waited until the zucchini looking gourd was dried.  Brought it in the house and peeled the skin off.  Lo and behold there really was a loofa under there.  I got the seeds out, soaked it in bleach, and then let it dry.  It works great.  I wish it had produced more for Christmas presents, but it is what it is. 

I have several more projects I am in the midst of or that are waiting patiently for me to start.   I am ready to get moving.  I will keep you up to date as they progress.  What projects are you working on?  I would love to hear about them.  


  1. You've taught me something. I had NO idea where loofah sponges came from! I was just eating pumpkin seeds yesterday, not straight from the pumpkin, but the store bought ones that look green. -Jenn

  2. Doesn't it feel good to get some things done? We got our beef back from the butcher so went through and organized the freezers, hauled some furniture to the consignment shop, and kept the home fires burnin'. (-4 deg. yesteday:()
    Your loofa looks great. I'm impressed you grew such a thing.

  3. I'm holding off on blogging until the New Year because of all that's in the works. I have two parties to prepare for plus all the holiday decorating, cards, baking, etc.
    Would love to see your bear claw necklace when its done.

  4. I love your bear claws. My son has a bear claw that I have admired for years, having a necklace and earrings sound so cool. Yes, Luffa's are amazing!! I only grow them every other year, but I do enjoy having them to use.
    I read somewhere else about deer and pumpkin, I had no idea. I do like pumpkin seeds, yours look great.
    You are always doing such interesting and fun things. I hope you have a lovely week.

  5. Should have stopped by my place for Bambi. I told a guy at church I just lasso them and he believed it. Wish I could find pheasant. Headed for CO Friday to play in snow.

  6. Love those pumpkin seeds!
    I planted a Luffa this year too, but only got one to mostly full maturity. I think I need to plant them indoors earlier next year.


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