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  1. #1
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Decorative purposes only

    Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    leaves are changing or anything. Bad summer. Among other
    things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    and whatever else caught my eye.

    Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!

    That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.

    Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    was some squash. They are very light.

    nancy

  2. #2
    Nancy2 Guest

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    On Oct 13, 3:12*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    > leaves are changing or anything. *Bad summer. *Among other
    > things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    > and whatever else caught my eye. *
    >
    > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > a cute fall decoration. *The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    > a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > week, a Chinese couple came in. *They'd bought one of those
    > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >
    > That just struck me as funny. *You're not supposed to eat them!
    > Go find a squash! *I didn't find out if they returned their money. *
    >
    > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > was some squash. *They are very light.
    >
    > nancy


    My grandpa always had gourds ... I haven't had any for decades. I
    think they're quite charming. Did you see that gourd lady on one of
    the news programs? I think it was CBS Sunday Morning. She paints
    them like different things the shapes suggest to her. I guess she was
    on Johnny Carson. She's quite funny.

    N.

  3. #3
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    Nancy2 wrote:
    > On Oct 13, 3:12 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:


    >> Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    >> a cute fall decoration.


    > My grandpa always had gourds ... I haven't had any for decades. I
    > think they're quite charming. Did you see that gourd lady on one of
    > the news programs? I think it was CBS Sunday Morning. She paints
    > them like different things the shapes suggest to her. I guess she was
    > on Johnny Carson. She's quite funny.


    Oh, I haven't seen her, I'll google around. I have seen some painted
    gourds that just knock me out with their beauty. If I was creative,
    I'd take that up as a hobby.

    nancy


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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Nancy2 wrote:
    >> On Oct 13, 3:12 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:

    >
    >>> Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    >>> a cute fall decoration.

    >
    >> My grandpa always had gourds ... I haven't had any for decades. I
    >> think they're quite charming. Did you see that gourd lady on one of
    >> the news programs? I think it was CBS Sunday Morning. She paints
    >> them like different things the shapes suggest to her. I guess she
    >> was on Johnny Carson. She's quite funny.

    >
    > Oh, I haven't seen her, I'll google around. I have seen some painted
    > gourds that just knock me out with their beauty. If I was creative,
    > I'd take that up as a hobby.
    >
    > nancy


    My sister turns them into rattles and birdhouses.

    -



  5. #5
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Oct 13, 2:30*pm, "Nunya Bidnits" <nunyabidn...@eternal-
    september.invalid> wrote:
    > Nancy Young <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > > Nancy2 wrote:
    > >> On Oct 13, 3:12 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:

    >
    > >>> Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > >>> a cute fall decoration.

    >
    > >> My grandpa always had gourds ... I haven't had any for decades. *I
    > >> think they're quite charming. *Did you see that gourd lady on one of
    > >> the news programs? *I think it was CBS Sunday Morning. *She paints
    > >> them like different things the shapes suggest to her. *I guess she
    > >> was on Johnny Carson. *She's quite funny.

    >
    > > Oh, I haven't seen her, I'll google around. *I have seen some painted
    > > gourds that just knock me out with their beauty. *If I was creative,
    > > I'd take that up as a hobby.

    >
    > > nancy

    >
    > My sister turns them into rattles and birdhouses.
    >
    > *-- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I remember as a child drinking water from a gourd hung by a well pump.

  6. #6
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:12:50 -0400, "Nancy Young"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    >leaves are changing or anything.


    NY's fall foliage is peaking now.
    http://www.nyfallfoliage.com/

    This is purported to be one of the best years in a long time:
    http://i54.tinypic.com/ibc8ih.jpg

    >Bad summer. Among other
    >things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    >and whatever else caught my eye.
    >
    >Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    >a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    >a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    >week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    >gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >
    >That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    >Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.
    >
    >Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    >was some squash. They are very light.
    >
    >nancy


  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only


    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:bpoto.26239$[email protected]..
    > Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    > leaves are changing or anything. Bad summer. Among other
    > things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    > and whatever else caught my eye.
    > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made a
    > couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >
    > That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    > Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.
    > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > was some squash. They are very light.


    I always wondered if you could eat them, but looking on the Internet showed
    that you could not. We used to grow them when I was a kid but I always
    wondered why. I've seen them made into things like birdhouses and ladles
    but we never did that.



  8. #8
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    Nunya Bidnits wrote:
    > Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> Oh, I haven't seen her, I'll google around. I have seen some painted
    >> gourds that just knock me out with their beauty. If I was creative,
    >> I'd take that up as a hobby.


    > My sister turns them into rattles and birdhouses.


    Neat. I should look around to see what the method is. I think
    it would be fun.

    I would love to have one of those leather dyed gourds I've seen,
    they are real works of art.

    nancy

  9. #9
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:12:50 -0400, "Nancy Young"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    >> leaves are changing or anything.

    >
    > NY's fall foliage is peaking now.
    > http://www.nyfallfoliage.com/
    >
    > This is purported to be one of the best years in a long time:
    > http://i54.tinypic.com/ibc8ih.jpg


    Beautiful. We had a droughty summer, the leaves are not going
    to put on a real big show. I'm glad you're getting color.

    nancy

  10. #10
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:22:31 -0400, "Nancy Young"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Brooklyn1 wrote:
    >> On Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:12:50 -0400, "Nancy Young"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    >>> leaves are changing or anything.

    >>
    >> NY's fall foliage is peaking now.
    >> http://www.nyfallfoliage.com/
    >>
    >> This is purported to be one of the best years in a long time:
    >> http://i54.tinypic.com/ibc8ih.jpg

    >
    >Beautiful. We had a droughty summer, the leaves are not going
    >to put on a real big show. I'm glad you're getting color.
    >
    >nancy


    The lack of moisture is what's making this a great fall foliage year.,
    less minerals were diluted and disapated so when photosynthesis ceased
    the color is more intense.

    http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html

  11. #11
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Oct 13, 4:12*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    > leaves are changing or anything. *Bad summer. *Among other
    > things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    > and whatever else caught my eye. *
    >
    > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > a cute fall decoration. *The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    > a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > week, a Chinese couple came in. *They'd bought one of those
    > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >
    > That just struck me as funny. *You're not supposed to eat them!
    > Go find a squash! *I didn't find out if they returned their money. *
    >
    > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > was some squash. *They are very light.
    >
    > nancy


    They need to put out a big sign "NOT EDIBLE".

  12. #12
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:22:31 -0400, "Nancy Young"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> Beautiful. We had a droughty summer, the leaves are not going
    >> to put on a real big show. I'm glad you're getting color.


    > The lack of moisture is what's making this a great fall foliage year.,
    > less minerals were diluted and disapated so when photosynthesis ceased
    > the color is more intense.
    >
    > http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html


    I've lived through a lot of dry summers and the sucky part is that the
    leaves
    go from green to dull to brownish then they fall. My normally brilliant
    sugar
    maple is going to dull burgundy right now.

    nancy


  13. #13
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Oct 13, 3:12*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    > leaves are changing or anything. *Bad summer. *Among other
    > things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    > and whatever else caught my eye. *
    >
    > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > a cute fall decoration. *The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    > a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > week, a Chinese couple came in. *They'd bought one of those
    > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >
    > That just struck me as funny. *You're not supposed to eat them!
    > Go find a squash! *I didn't find out if they returned their money. *
    >
    > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > was some squash. *They are very light.


    That is pretty funny. I used to grow gourds when I was a kid. They
    smelled awful.
    >
    > nancy


    --Bryan

  14. #14
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only


    "Bryan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    On Oct 13, 3:12 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    > leaves are changing or anything. Bad summer. Among other
    > things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    > and whatever else caught my eye.
    >
    > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    > a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >
    > That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    > Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.
    >
    > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > was some squash. They are very light.


    That is pretty funny. I used to grow gourds when I was a kid. They
    smelled awful.

    I always hated the bumpy ones. I thought they had acne or something.



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    Dora Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Bryan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > On Oct 13, 3:12 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> Today we took a sight seeing ride up north jersey, not that the
    >> leaves are changing or anything. Bad summer. Among other
    >> things, we stopped at this farmers market to get some apples
    >> and whatever else caught my eye.
    >>
    >> Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    >> a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made
    >> a couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    >> week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    >> gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!
    >>
    >> That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    >> Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.
    >>
    >> Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think
    >> it was some squash. They are very light.

    >
    > That is pretty funny. I used to grow gourds when I was a kid. They
    > smelled awful.
    >
    > I always hated the bumpy ones. I thought they had acne or
    > something.


    I love the little ones for decorating. The weirder, the better, warts
    and all.


  16. #16
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On 13/10/2010 4:12 PM, Nancy Young wrote:

    > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made a
    > couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!


    A few years ago my wife bought some Swiss Chard. I had never had it
    before, checked out how it was best cooked tried it.... did not like it
    at all. I thought it was horrible. Maybe I should have tried to take it
    back. ;-)


    > That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    > Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.
    > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > was some squash. They are very light.



    $5 is a lot to pay for a gourd.




  17. #17
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Oct 13, 4:30*pm, "Nunya Bidnits" <nunyabidn...@eternal-
    september.invalid> wrote:
    > Nancy Young <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > > Nancy2 wrote:
    > >> On Oct 13, 3:12 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:

    >
    > >>> Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > >>> a cute fall decoration.

    >
    > >> My grandpa always had gourds ... I haven't had any for decades. *I
    > >> think they're quite charming. *Did you see that gourd lady on one of
    > >> the news programs? *I think it was CBS Sunday Morning. *She paints
    > >> them like different things the shapes suggest to her. *I guess she
    > >> was on Johnny Carson. *She's quite funny.

    >
    > > Oh, I haven't seen her, I'll google around. *I have seen some painted
    > > gourds that just knock me out with their beauty. *If I was creative,
    > > I'd take that up as a hobby.

    >
    > > nancy

    >
    > My sister turns them into rattles and birdhouses.
    >
    > *-- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    We had bitty ones as rattles when we were babies ....

    N.

  18. #18
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    On Oct 13, 5:10*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Nunya Bidnits wrote:
    > > Nancy Young <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > >> Oh, I haven't seen her, I'll google around. *I have seen some painted
    > >> gourds that just knock me out with their beauty. *If I was creative,
    > >> I'd take that up as a hobby.

    > > My sister turns them into rattles and birdhouses.

    >
    > Neat. *I should look around to see what the method is. *I think
    > it would be fun.
    >


    > nancy


    You can use one of those Dremel tools and a tiny craft tool and cut
    openings - rattles don't require much - just let them dry, and the
    seeds inside make the rattle.

    Our trees right now are beautiful - and have been for over a week.
    We're 20 days without rain - every day is beautiful, but I'm having to
    water my two newest trees.

    N.

  19. #19
    Nancy2 Guest

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    On Oct 14, 10:47*am, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > On 13/10/2010 4:12 PM, Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    > > Aha, a nice gooseneck gourd, they amuse me and they make
    > > a cute fall decoration. The cashier admired the gourd and we made a
    > > couple of comments about them, then she told me that last
    > > week, a Chinese couple came in. They'd bought one of those
    > > gourds and it tasted horrible, they wanted their money back!

    >
    > A few years ago my wife bought some Swiss Chard. I had never had it
    > before, checked out how it was best cooked tried it.... did not like it
    > at all. I thought it was horrible. Maybe I should have tried to take it
    > back. *;-)
    >
    > > That just struck me as funny. You're not supposed to eat them!
    > > Go find a squash! I didn't find out if they returned their money.
    > > Even if it was edible, I thought $5 was a lot to pay if I did think it
    > > was some squash. They are very light.

    >
    > $5 is a lot to pay for a gourd.


    Our local market has them 10 for $5. (Small ones, that is.)

    N.

  20. #20
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Decorative purposes only

    Nancy2 wrote:
    > On Oct 13, 5:10 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:


    >> Neat. I should look around to see what the method is. I think
    >> it would be fun.


    > You can use one of those Dremel tools


    Oh, I was just looking at Dremel tools online a couple of days ago.
    Trying to think of an excuse to get one. I really want one.

    > and a tiny craft tool and cut
    > openings - rattles don't require much - just let them dry, and the
    > seeds inside make the rattle.


    Kind of like my rain stick. Heh. otherwise known as pet torture
    device.

    > Our trees right now are beautiful - and have been for over a week.
    > We're 20 days without rain - every day is beautiful, but I'm having to
    > water my two newest trees.


    Yeah, you hate to go through all that planting and let them dry out the
    first year. We barely got any rain from early July (and we were in a
    mini-drought before then) and October. My gardens look terrible.

    nancy

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