Thursday, December 20, 2012

Because Big Mama said so....

So we are all a little full of ourselves over at Hummingbird Farms.  Again.  Because, once again, we are more than honored that we made Big Mama's Gift Guide! I am a regular reader of the Big Mama blog, and if you are not I highly encourage you to stop by.  It is my daily two to three minutes to unwind, get a good laugh (I'm talking some laugh-out-loud-and-hold-your-belly-while-you-gasp-for-air-laugh), and  - as has happened on numerous occasions -  a moment to get hit over the head with what is really important in life.   

If some of you are wondering, who is this Big Mama chick and is she big? I love to tell the story of why her blog is called Big Mama.  See, that's what happens when you regularly read someones blog.... You think you are their best friend and can tell all their stories and finish their sentences.  So, I will now channel Big Mama, who by the way is not BIG at all, and tell the story.  Anyway, her blog is called Big Mama because when her daughter was still toddling about and everything that was grand to her was BIG - sleeping in her own BIG bed, going to the bathroom on the BIG potty, wearing BIG girl panties - she decided that the term BIG must be the most endearing of all words and began calling her mommy BIG Mama.  So there you have it!

Big Mama not only has a Friday Fashion Post, but every year has her Christmas Gift Guide.  I'm not counting, but I will say we have made the distinguished list for exactly six years now.  And no, she is not paid and she really does include what she loves.  I can attest to that because she has been a regular customer of Hummingbird Farms Aromatherapy Body Care since that very first bottle was blended in 2006.  So, please click over to Big Mama's It's Like A Gift Guide, you will be glad you did.  As for what is on my gift guide - well, I pre-ordered Big Mama's first new book, Sparkly Green Earrings.  Can't wait!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Horsing Around at Hummingbird Farms

Dawn was just breaking when the horses walked up to the tank for their early morning drink of water.  I guess the water was so inviting on this warm, humid morning that Slew just kept on walking into the water. 

They seemed to find it so enjoyable they were back at it for their midday drink of water, this time Leo diving right in.  I don't know what it is about our horses, but they really like to swim.... I've never been around any others that do.  Maybe it is just part of the magic at Hummingbird Farms.... 

Since the horses were on such a roll and decided they actually owned Hummingbird Farms and we were just visitors here, Slew decided to come hang out on the patio. Maybe that green demon-eye should have told me something.... (Sorry, don't know how to fix a green-eye on a horse, apparently the edit on an iPhone camera is only programmed to fix red-eyes on humans....)

Of course at first I thought it was all cute and endearing when Slew pranced up on the patio. 

Until this.

And to make matters worse, our dog Birdie likes to eat it. 


Saturday, January 28, 2012

My smart phone has made me dumb. And old.

Lavender Chick's Office Bath

So I think I have mentioned a time or two, like here and here that my hobby is bathing.  Well, that and decorating. And eating.  Oh – and driving around and getting……. Well, nevermind.  I won’t mention that one.  I think it might fall more in to the category of vices instead of hobbies anyway.  You can fill in the blank.  I mean seriously.  I can’t divulge everything about myself on the world wide web thing. 

Anyway, back to my top hobby of bathing.  I do it daily and feel extremely cheated if I don’t have time and am forced to take an ever so boring shower.  And in the not so distant past, during my typical bath I would think. 
I would think about what I needed to do for the day, what I did the day before, what I didn’t do.  I would think about the products I was using, as my bath time was also my research and development time.
In reality I should have been getting paid for bathing since I was trying out different products so I could figure out what I liked and didn’t like and how I could have made them soooo much better. 
And I would think about all the silly things that happened to me during the previous 24 hours, and I would often crack myself up as I thought about it.  AND, it was during that portion of my bath, the crack-up time - wait a minute… not literally THE crack up, the……. oh good lord, let me call it the laughing at myself time because now I'm cracking myself up! I do that often.  Okay, so it was during the laughing at myself time that I would think OH! I must blog about that!
So that was then and this is now. 

Now I have a smart phone.  AND I finally came to the realization of something so profound I thought I must share it with you, which is why I’m telling you all this stuff to begin with.  I came to the conclusion that I stopped blogging on a consistent basis right about the time I got my iphone last year.  I also began to realize that now when I’m bathing, I am lounging about in hot bubbles playing Words With Friends, checking my Facebook, browsing through photos on Houzz…. Basically, I am sitting in the tub and staring into my iphone the whole time.  And no, I have never dropped my iphone in the water.  Why? Because I spent a fortune on the mother of all Otter cases that is waterproof in the event I ever dropped my phone into the tub.  Because I bought it I haven’t dropped my phone.  Had I not bought it, I would have dropped my phone about a dozen times by now.  That’s just how things work in my life work.  So – I cannot attest to whether or not the mother of all Otter cases is indeed waterproof. 
Okay, so back to my hobby of bathing and the whole smart phone thing.  Bottom line, my iphone has usurped all my creativity, my entire imagination, and is causing me to have to get botox injections due to squinting while reading the darn thing. 
My smart phone has made me dumb. 
And old if you consider the very deep crater it has created between my eyebrows. 
So I shall attest today that I have seen the error of my ways.  I am going to get back to the only moment of relaxation and meditation I have by not bathing any longer with the smart phone.  I hope for this to be the cure of my writer’s block and my lack of an urge to develop a new body care product. 
And to no longer have to inject botulism millimeters away from my frontal lobe.   

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday morning view from my window

We awoke this morning to Clementine the longhorn bull calf staring in our bedroom window waiting for Abe the boxer to come out and play. 

Is it normal to have longhorns peeking through your bedroom windows?


Don't know if it is normal or not, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I know it's the first of the year and everyone is talking about those resolution things.... Kind of a boring subject, not to mention one that has been completely worn out.  But - due to my resolve of blogging more often AND already having writer's block, I will share one of my resolutions with you:  To organize my office and of course, to resolve to keep in neat and orderly.  Well... it's the 10th of January and it is still messy. 

I think I would rather be the unhibited free spirit like my niece and spend my time making people laugh with a spoon on my nose.... 

Have a great rest of the week! I know my posts are coming slowly, but when I get my work-life balance more organized you will hear from me more often (and I do consider blogging life, not work).  Who wrote the rule that resolutions have to be on January 1st anyway? I believe I will start mine on February 2nd, Ground Hog Day.  On that day I will decide if I am ready for spring cleaning or will be hibernating and pondering winter a bit longer.... 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Out of Texas

Not only did the drought dry up our lavender fields, it also dried up my thoughts for things to blog about.  Darn that drought. 
I'm thinking Texas might need some estrogen cream or something.... Because, you know - she's all dried up.

So while Texas spent the summer up in smoke  (literally - we had history-making wildfires that were just horrendous), I spent my blogiday (a break from blogging) thinking about how much better we would be if we were "up in smoke" the Cheech & Chong way versus the Texas way…   Do you know what I mean? 
But alas, I’m back and more determined than ever to forge ahead with my body care business sans the lavender harvesting part.   

You know, one of my all time favorite movies is Out of Africa. 

Many times this summer I would gaze across our parched land and channel Karen von Blixen and think to myself (in a Danish accent of course) “I vonce had a fahm in Texas….”   

Aloe Farm Rio Grande Valley of Texas
So I figure if Karen Von Blixen could forge ahead after her coffee plantation went up in smoke, I could forge ahead with my body care business after my lavender fields went up in smoke.  Why should I let a stinkin’ drought get in my way?

Texas is just going through menopause, it too shall pass...

In the meantime, I have spent too many grueling hours researching cosmetic ingredients such as ethyldihrdroxypropyl p-aminobenzoate…. So maybe I barely passed Chemistry in college almost 30 years ago, but since then I sure have immersed myself in my own self-education of biochemistry.  Who knew chemistry and body lotion had a connection? Or - maybe I would have known if I had ever gone to class and paid attention the three times I did go... 

I’m glad to be back and am working on some really fun stuff. We live amongst all kinds of farms with all kinds of great crops that yield things that I can throw in my blender that end up becoming wonderful elixirs for your skin.  In South Texas alone we have aloe and grapefruit.  And in all areas of Texas we have grape seed extract, and here in my own neighborhood we have peaches… Lots of peaches! Can you say peach extract, peach kernel oil, peach stones? Oh the things I can make! 

Texas Hills Vineyard, Johnson City, TX

Peach Orchard, Hill Country Texas

So – thanks for continuing to check in on what’s going on at Hummingbird Farms.  We still have lots of creative products brewing out here! I hope you will stay with me as I tell my silly stories along the way… 

Happy New Year! 

P.S. Thanks, Leslie!