Out of Texas

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

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! 

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