Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midsummer's Eve

It is the longest day of the year.  It is midsummer.  It is a time to create our own maypole with green branches and flowers.  We should dance around it until the sun comes up, enjoy good food and drink, and each other.

If I had a maypole, it would look very similar to this one in this picture that I snagged.  Once I had dressed the pole, I would make a beautiful garland with wild flowers and wear it in my hair.  It must be part of my Scandinavian heritage that makes my feet tap in rhythm with the rain drops falling down on the roof of my summer kitchen.

Celebrate the summer solstice.  Do it responsibly.  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Not too long ago, my granddaughter asked me why I called my husband "dad."  Once a dad, always a dad and that goes for grandfathers, too, and so they are called.

Dads in all capacities and roles are important to us.

Thank you, Father, for letting them be in our lives.

Happy Father's Day to all.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day

Today is he American Flag Day.  
I sincerely hope that we can fly it proudly at top of its post.

Bless America!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

My Herb Garden

It is a little late in the season to start an Herb Garden but I don't want my ailments to stop me from pulling a few weeds, get some dirt under my fingernails, and feel the sunshine beating down on my back.  I am recovering from side affects of chemo therapy for endometrial cancer; but believe me, I hate using cancer as an excuse for living a happy and productive life.

So my beloved gardener of many years bought be a root bound but healthy looking Rosemary, Italian Parsley and Oregano, and Sweet Basil to plant by the door to the Summer Kitchen.

Under the screened window, I planted the Rosemary, a plant that can take the heat of the summer in North Florida.

Actually, I planted it in hopes of improving my memory.

I trimmed it before setting it out in the sandy soil and put the stems of the Rosemary in a small vase of water.  I heard that it may rood and provide me with additional plants.

I added soil from the garden and some compost as well and I have a sack of cedar chips that I plan to put in the Herb Garden to keep the moisture in and the weeds out.

The parsley does best in cool weather but it may survive the seasons and come back again next spring.  The oregano is also an herb that may grow and produce throughout the year as long a I keep it trimmed and not let it bloom.  I frequently use parsley and oregano in my cooking.  Oregano is particular good in spaghetti sauces and the like

The Sweet Basil is a must in my Herb Garden and I use it to flavor corn when boiling.  It is also excellent with sliced or diced tomatoes, cooked or raw.

I am looking forward to tending my Herb Garden this summer and even add some more plants.

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