I make handmade soaps…

I bet you thought my hobby would be way more exciting – Hot Air Ballooning or writing smutty novels under a pseudonym (that’s for the future 💋). Ever since Lush was launched in the UK, decades ago, I have been in love with the idea of making soaps. When we moved to the USA, there were amazing shops like Hobby Lobby where I could indulge my passion.

I didn’t make the wine…it was a gift for Teddy

Teddy absolutely adores my soaps which are now made of high quality melt and pour soap with gorgeous scents. Some of my friends still enjoy getting the occasional one but even I got fed up with it. At the beginning, about 15 years ago, I was going to set up a business and sell at craft stores. There were a couple of orders for mini soaps for baby showers. After the whole house smelled of lilac for a themed shower, I realized I couldn’t stand it.

The little Lone Star soaps were created for expats who were leaving Texas. Aren’t they cute? Do you have any surprising hobbies?

Mama Dove and Babies

mom dove and twins
Isn’t she beautiful? I noticed some bird poop on our driveway and thought it might be one of our many mockingbirds or grackles. It was silent, however, and neither of those are quiet birds… We have a large conifer and one of the branches sits above the driveway into the garage. It was hard to see anything but then I spotted something tiny in a little nest. I recognized that it was a little mourning dove. All doves and pigeons keep their babies in the nest until they are almost full grown which is why you rarely see baby doves. It was so adorable and this is from someone who had to work very hard to get over a bird phobia. On one trip to Monaco, I had to leave early and sit on the bus because I couldn’t stand all the feral pigeons. I zoomed the camera when I noticed Mama in the nest but it was only when I downloaded the photo that I saw there was twins!! Can we have a baby shower? We had an inkling that babies would be coming because we couldn’t sleep at night for all the sexual cooing. It is surprising that such small birds can make so much noise!
When I visited the Attwater Prairie Chicken Reserve the warden told me that he shot and ate Mourning Doves. I laughed at him, as there isn’t much eating on these little critters. You should see the wood pigeons in Scotland. They as big as a fat chicken with beautiful iridescent plumage with shades of gray, purple and green. Now they would make a decent meal… I am glad our Egyptian cats are geriatric and now inside pusses, as the national dish of Egypt is Pigeon.