Last year (2014) my Garden Fairy and her family were still living with us.
Yesterday the temperature actually got up to 60 F here and it was a beautiful sunny day, so I spent some time wandering around outside trying to see if I could find some dandelion greens. Sadly, it seems to be too early for those, however, I did find a few oyster mushrooms! I sauteed those in a little butter. Oh, they were good!
I also noticed the poor looking Luffa gourds still hanging around looking forlorn, so I pulled some down and they were very easy to peel! I then brought them in the house, cut them into lengths and removed the seeds. After that, I carefully hand washed them in some warm soapy water and let them dry. Voila! Luffa Sponges!
You would think that at 66 years old, I would have had experience with them before. I haven't. I was aware of them, but had never had one or used one. They are very nice. When wet, they become soft, but still abrasive enough that they will make an excellent bath sponge.
By the way, my Garden Fairy is due to have a baby boy in about 3 weeks. :)