Jingle Gourds

I’ve heard that you should try to embrace your spouse’s hobby.

So that you have something to talk about.

And you validate them as human beings.

I have tried to do this when possible. Or at least be tolerant.

PhilBillPaul’s fascination with GOURDS has been going on for years.

Thanks in large part to my Uncle Jack.

He created this awesome GOURD TREE after a dogwood tree died in his front yard. Photo circa 1994.

Side note: You might see where I get my quirky sense of humor – it’s all on my mother’s side.

PhilBillPaul was fascinated by Uncle Jack’s creative gourd tree.

So my Uncle Jack was kind enough to send him back to Georgia with some special Indiana gourd seeds.

We had gourds coming out of our ears.

Mr. Nice/Fun Dad spent time with the kids proudly spray painting and drawing faces on his crop of gourds.

To create this lovely arrangement on our front porch.

Not to be outdone, after the Fall festivities and with Christmas just around the corner, it seemed a shame to let the gourds go to waste.

And when the kids were younger, I apparently had way more time on my hands.

Because I went out and spray painted every one of those gourds silver and gold.

I then strung up those gourds with fishing line and attached JINGLE BELLS to each and every gourd and hung them around our porch.

Who needs wind chimes when you can have jingle gourds?

I think this was a very eco-friendly thing I did.

We might even call it re-purposing or recycling one of our natural resources.

Back then, I just called it embracing my husband’s weird hobby.

Imagine our excitement when we came upon the PERFECT Christmas gift for him a few years ago while we were on our Tennessee mountain trip.

Side note: It was very, very early on Christmas morning which is why PhilBillPaul looks a wee bit puffy.

He’s trying to get Scary Baby to embrace his gourd-loving excitement.

As you can see, I can no longer hang them on the porch.

Does your spouse have any weird fun hobbies you have come to enjoy?


P.S. Have you entered in my holiday goodie giveaway yet? Did I mention that we all fight over PhilBillPaul’s Maple Fudge and I’m including some of that? Just sayin’…

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  1. 1
    Melinda says:

    This is just fascinating, Sherra! I am SO proud of you for embracing it like you have. My hubby’s hobby, of course, is our Harley Davidson motorcycles and I can proudly say I have embraced it pretty well. I have HD stickers on my other vehicle and I wear HD clothing a LOT of days and I even have a pair of HD shoes! Sad to say, they don’t fit. I’m thinking of selling them on Ebay.

    I have entered in the giveaway. Hopefully I’ll win.

    Merry Christmas!!

  2. 2
    Tina says:

    DH likes to fall asleep on the couch watching NASCAR. I let him sleep and change the channel to HGTV. Does that count? 😀

  3. 3
    Sherra says:

    @Melinda: Well now–hindsight shows that I may not embrace his girlfriend in the garage but I did embrace the gourd hobby so I should get a couple of points for that, right?!

    @Tina: I totally think that counts and you get at least two points for being SO KIND and letting him sleep!!! 😉

  4. 4
    Karen says:

    To Tina – my hubby watches the news all the time and I change it to HGTV if he leaves the room.. does that count as support???? I watch it when he’s in the room!