Funny Obituary

Something almost doesn’t seem right about blogging about someone’s obituary but . . I guess if someone has such a funny obit, they would want it shared.

Almost every night, I read the obituaries from my home town. I guess that’s kinda wrong too but you never know who might have passed away . . could be someone I know.

Last night I was reading them in bed, which also seems kinda wrong. My life is really pretty sad, isn’t it?  :)  Anyway, Vince was already asleep. I read this one and I couldn’t stop laughing so I went through my routine when I want to tell Vince something after he’s asleep.

Me:  Vince, Vince . . VINCE!
Vince: What?
Me: Are you asleep?
Vince:  I WAS!
Me: Can I tell you something?
Vince:  You’re going to no matter what I say so . . yes . . go ahead!

I read him this obit and we were both cracking up.  Notice the guy’s dog’s name and the funniest thing to me are the videos (well, one of them) that he wishes had been made. Hilarious!

Obituary

 

Trying to Tame the Cat

Last night while I was watering my plants on the side of the house, Vince was trying to get close to the cat. He had a bag of treats and the cat was hiding behind the weeds but she wanted no part of being friendly. 

Treats for the Cat

Treats for the Cat

When Vince went out to put food in her bowl, he saw a black spot in the weeds so he went back and got treats and thought he could bait her into coming out but she ran deeper into the woods and as long as we were anywhere outside, she was not coming back.

When I went out this morning, her bowl was empty, so either she got it or something else ate it. Anything is possible around here.

This morning she was squatted down behind the well house. I talked to her and she didn’t run off but she didn’t come close to me. In the mornings I can get about 8 feet from her but in the evenings, she seems to want to keep a little more distance. I guess she’s hungrier in the mornings.

Vince is still determined she’s a boy. Vince was saying “he” this morning and I said “You know it’s probably a ‘she’.” He said “We don’t know that!”  Odds are 1 in 3,0000 it’s a boy and he’s holding out hope!  I guess that’s a good thing but I’m going on the basis that it’s a she and if we don’t catch her soon and get her to the vet, we’re going to have kittens and we do not want that!

Loofah is Getting Ready

Yesterday I noticed there were a few loofah that were dry enough to pull from the vines.

Loofah

Loofah

When they’re ready to pick, they’re very shriveled looking and when shaken, the seeds rattle around inside. The next to end one on the right could have been left a little longer but the vines/leaves are so thick, it’s hard to see the actual gourd.

They can be left to dry on the vine, which is  my preference, or they can be picked and placed in a dry area to dry out. I’ll let all of mine dry on the vine until there’s a frost coming and then I’ll pick the ones left on the vine and let them dry inside.

It looks like we’re going to have a great crop of loofah this year. I’m always happy when I get enough seeds for next year’s crop and the seeds just from those four are enough for several years!

Loofah Seeds

Loofah Seeds

My initial seeds came from an old guy in Kentucky. I passed by his house when Chad was in elementary school and one day I stopped and asked him what was growing and he handed me a few seeds. Almost every year since, I’ve grown loofah and shared seeds with friends.

Loofah

Loofah

I sat out on the porch last night and peeled the four I had picked. They’re very easy to peel. Bang them against something hard and the shell cracks and comes right off.

Loofah Skins

Loofah Skins

I threw the skins on top of the lemon trees. They have to provide some kind of nutrient .. or at least they’re good for mulch.

When it was shower time last night, I couldn’t wait to cut off a slice of home grown loofah!

Loofah Slice

Loofah Slice

Looking at it from the top, these “tubes” run the whole length of the gourd and that’s where all the seeds are so once the bottom of the skin is removed, the dry seeds just shake right out.

Loofah Slice

Loofah Slice

When using them in the shower, when I’m finished with the shower, I hang the loofah on a little hook (through those holes) and it dries back to its original state. I only use them every 3 or 4 nights on my legs, arms, feet . . just kinda gets the dead skin off. One slice will easily last a week or two before I toss it. The loofah slices also make great dish scrubbers.

I love that I’ve been growing loofah for at least 12 years . . maybe longer . . from those few seeds given to me by the old guy in Kentucky.