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Spring Blows Away New Food Friday

21 Mar sxc.hu Sindala Spring

Spring is now here, at least according to the calendar. Here in Indianapolis we are having a cold snap with freezing temperatures and cold winds!

I have been having a nice “rest” (???) this winter because we have had little snow so there was no shoveling of the pretty white stuff (or in my case, sweeping because I use a straw broom that I prefer over a shovel.)

Spring means opening the windows and letting in the fresh air while I pollute my indoors with cleaning products to do my spring cleaning!

sxc.hu julosstock Super Woman

Super Woman Marcella in Cleaning Gear  sxc.hu julosstock

It means getting my lawn mower fixed (finally). Or, shopping for a new one if it can’t be fixed. It means:

mowing

planting

transplanting

weeding

pruning

sawing (the more stubborn branches)

edging

digging

hauling (dead limbs, trees, etc.)

watering

mulching

fertilizing

shopping (for seeds, tools, fertilizers, etc.)

gluing (my bathroom wallpaper)

painting

sanding

sweeping (the garage, the leaves, etc.)

Whew! Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did. I’ll be busy as a bee.

sxc.hu YOdesigner Busy Bee

Busy Bee Marcella   sxc.hu YOdesigner

In other words, the sad truth is that New Food Friday is going on hiatus.  Instead of every week, New Food Friday will now be every month, unless I find a product or new food that I just can’t wait to tell you about. You can expect the next New Food Friday April 19th.

New Food Friday may be on hiatus but what about me?

The upside of all this spring cleaning is that it means more exercise for me. I know, for me it’s an upside, can you imagine that?

Whirling Dervish Dancer

Whirling Dervish Dancer (Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman)

With any luck, I also hope to have more time to write about articles concerning a variety of health issues.

I wonder if I could hire a Whirling Dervish to do my windows?

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Trees in My Garden – Part II (and Butterflies)

17 Aug

After all the welcome rain we had yesterday, today is a beautiful, sunny day. I went out back to take more photos of my trees. Here is my Silver Maple. She’s a tall one isn’t she?  

Silver Maple with two trunks.

This is a better shot of my Austrian White Pine (below). I didn’t chop off the top in the photo and I think its green color shows up better in this photo.Austrian White Pine

This is a photo (below) I took a few years ago. There were a pair of them near each other. This butterfly is called a “Buckeye Butterfly.” The “eyes” protect it some from predators. Unfortunately not from lawnmowers.

OK, let’s throw in my Orange Daylillies  on this post too. Like most of the plants that grow in my garden, they have a mind of their own and as soon as I turn my back, they proliferate like rabbits!You may have to click on the “Home” menu to see these because I delegated them to the “Featured Image” location.

One hot summer, I dug them all up. (These were planted by the previous owner and the color orange does not go with the blue theme I prefer. ) It was so much fun trying to root up all the tubers. (NOT!) These are about as insistent and persistent as my Silver Maple.  Hmmm, and they’re right next to each other too. I wonder if there is something in the soil in that area that has something to do with their determination. You can’t imagine how much vinegar and salt I’ve poured over there to kill weeds and mulberry trees that are out of control. It did work on the mulberry trees but it hasn’t effected anything else over there. It’s a jungle out there!

Oh, and since we (we?) got on the subject of butterflies, I found two of them excitedly flitting around my sage plant. Do you see them? They’re hard to see. We (we?) call them “Cabbage Butterflies” in these parts. That’s all for today.

So, what does this have to do with Your Good Health? Everything. Gardening reduces your blood pressure. Being a part of nature is relaxing. Try it, you’ll like it.

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