Friday, May 18, 2018

Before and After

Lots of people asked me what I had done differently after I did the nutritional cleanse this past winter

December 2016

April, 2018

A tan and perhaps better lighting might help, but I do feel much healthier since cleaning up my diet.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day Memory

Yesterday was Mother's Day.  While out fo my walk, I noticed this clump of sweet purple violets.

It reminded me of when I was a kid.  I would pick a bouquet fo violets and lily-of-the-valley for my mother.

My brother Richard would pick her a huge fist full of dandelions.  She would put those in a vase on the table and always tell him that dandelions were her very favorite flowers.

The rest of us (I was one of four siblings) always knew who Mom liked best!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring Planting Time

Conventional wisdom in Vermont designates Memorial Day as the safe time to plant the garden.  Of course, the plant catalogs arrive in February so that all hope for spring is not lost.

Since I have moved into a condo, I have only a small patch where I can put some flowers and I have a container garden for my herbs.  I have plenty of room for a garden in Florida, but not being there full time would necessitate hiring someone to take of it in my absence.  Eventually I will make the transition.  In the mean time, I just do fantasy gardening.

I will definitely have a Buddha.

I went to browse at Gardener's Supply.

 Bougainvillea and other tropical plants in the green house made me think I was still in Florida.
Has global warming made this much of a foothold?
Succulents in an old bathroom sink.

A desert vibe.  

This hibiscus bloom was huge.  It would be an annual here.
Maybe I could put it on my deck and then transport it to Florida for planting? I spent more time in my Florida head on this little excursion.  Next time I will look at something to put in my Vermont planters.  Memorial Day will be here soon enough.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Back North

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I have returned to Vermont and have spent a couple days trying to remember where I put things.  I spent ten minutes looking for my butter dish before I spied it right there on the kitchen counter.  I had been looking for the butter dish that I have in Florida and didn't recognize the Vermont butter dish.

I know.  I know. Of all the problems one can have in life, that is right down there with the lowest level of most minor.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Walk in the Garden

Time in Florida would not be complete without a trip to the Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota.

Even the gift shop is a treat:

Just a fraction of what there is to look at in the gardens:

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Magnolia blossoms

I adore having a sense of smell most of the time.  I stop to smell the roses, the lilacs, the magnolias, the gardenias.  I love to have an essential oil infuser working in my home.  Certain soaps and the aroma of baking bread take me right back to my grandparents' house.  I think life would be so much sadder without the sense of smell.

Which is not to say I don't understand that scents can be an irritant resulting in severe sensitivities.
I get sick to my stomach just walking by a candle store myself.  But I would hate to live in a scent free world.  Even noxious smells tell us something -- stay away.

I don't douse myself with perfume to go out in public.  I don't need my sheets and towels to  smell like detergent for weeks. Warm air and sunshine work for me.

On the other hand, if you object to the smell of  orange or eucalyptus in the air, best stay away from my house.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day, 2018

Today is Earth Day, 2018.  Did you know that we have former President Nixon* and the 1970 Congress to thank for the original Earth day?  They also created the Environmental Protection Agency that same year.

The focus this year is plastics, specifically ending plastics pollution:

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival.

One small step suggested-- give up plastic drinking straws.  (Actually, this will be a huge step for me.  My grandchildren have actually accused me of owning my own straw manufacturing plant. 😞)

Our consumption of plastic straws in the United States alone equals enough straws to  wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day.  We are smothering the planet.

I recycle and compost religiously but I can do better, especially as I grocery shop and sip my fruit smoothies.

* Good to be reminded these days that no one is all bad, so thank-you Richard Nixon.