Monthly Archives: January 2012

A-Z Archive: E! Challenge

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “E” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “E” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

A-Z Archive: E! ChallengeExcitement, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm, Exuberance

A-Z Archive: E! Challenge...Excitement, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm...

 Durango Mountain Resort…Lower Styx…E! Challenge

The A-Z Archive: E! Challenge Trackbacks….

http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/e-challenge-etegami-wisdom/

http://jullianeford.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-z-archive-e-challenge-evergreen/

http://withoutstringstied.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/weekly-a-z-archive-e-challenge/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/eyes/

http://2e0mca.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-z-archive-e-challenge/

http://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/exercise-equipment/

http://wp.me/p25HJs-6U

 

 

 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Brussel Sprouts

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Brussel Sprouts

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Brussel Sprouts

This is our first attempt at growing one of our favorite veggies…I have read that brussel sprouts flourish when the weather is frosty…today the high was 70 degrees…no frost in sight.  I hope we will enjoy the veggies of our labors before the warm temperatures encourage the appearance of aphids or cabbage worms.

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Herb Gardening…Remembering Rosemary

Herb Gardening...Remembering Rosemary

When planning your herb gardenremember rosemary.  It is incredibly easy to grow as well as heat and drought tolerant.  Plant your rosemary in well drained sunny spot in the garden. 

Rosemary is a wonderfully aromatic herb with medicinal and culinary qualities.. rosemary has a reputation for improving memory.  Placing fresh rosemary sprigs in a jar is a simple way to give your home that aeromatic fresh earthy scent. And maybe it will help you remember why you came into that room in the first place…oh yes, I was looking for my glasses or keys or whatever…

Rosemary is a wonderful compliment to dozens of recipes.  It can take ordinary grilled chicken and voila… rosemary chicken  Lamb Chops become…honey and rosemary lamb chops.  Ordinary refrigerated pizza dough becomes rosemary foccacia bread and everyday mayo is transformed into garlic rosemary mayonnaise.  It also makes for a great marinade or salad dressing.  Rosemary stems can be used as skewers when grilling veggies.  Dried rosemary leaves can be added to other dried herbs to make a quick and simple seasoning. 

While doing a little additional research on the herb rosemary I stumbled on a couple of videos that I thought would be a nice addition to an otherwise dry post…

Rosemary Salt

Rosemary Oil

Potential Medicinal Uses (via Wikipedia)

The results of a study suggest carnosic acid, found in rosemary, may shield the brain from free radicals, lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and is anti-inflammatory.Carnosol is also a promising cancer chemoprevention and anti-cancer agent.A study found that rosemary “produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors, but also produced an impairment of speed of memory compared to controls.”


Folklore and customs (from Wikipedia)

In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies – the bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary, and from this association with weddings, rosemary evolved into a love charm. Newlywed couples would plant a branch of rosemary on their wedding day. If the branch grew, it was a good omen for the union and family. In ‘A Modern Herbal’, Mrs Grieves says “A rosemary branch, richly gilded and tied with silken ribands of all colours, was also presented to wedding guests, as a symbol of love and loyalty.” If a young person would tap another with a rosemary sprig and if the sprig contained an open flower, it was said that the couple would fall in love.

Rosemary was used as a divinatory herb. Several herbs were grown in pots and assigned the name of a potential lover. They were left to grow and the plant that grew the strongest and fastest gave the answer. Rosemary was stuffed into poppets (cloth dolls) to attract a lover or attract curative vibrations for illness. It was believed that placing a sprig of rosemary under a pillow before sleep would repel nightmares, and if placed outside the home it would repel witches. Somehow, the use of rosemary in the garden to repel witches turned into signification that the woman ruled the household in homes and gardens where rosemary grew abundantly. By the 16th century, men were known to rip up rosemary bushes to show that they, not their wives, ruled the roost.

Sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day and sometimes Remembrance Day to signify remembrance; the herb grows wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.

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You Inspired Me…To Read!

Not too long ago I was inspired by Gail at Moonlight Reflections …to compile my 2012 reading list.  I asked for personal recommendations that fit into a list of categories that I think make for a well-rounded reading list.  Of course I did not list every category you find scattered throughout the  local bookstore.  Which by the way is becoming harder and harder to find…with on line books and e-readers replacing the printed word.  The local brick and mortar bookstores are a dying breed and it saddens me.   I could spend an entire afternoon wandering the aisles of an over stuffed new or used bookstore.  Only allowing my eye to drift from the myriad of books in search of one of those comfy well-worn highly coveted chairs tucked here and there so I can spend an hour or two lost in a good read.  

I received some very thoughtful reply’s to my request. Which in turn sent me off to the local library in search of the literary recommendations.  We live in a small community with an even smaller library.  Although I have access to approximately 6 separate city libraries within our county, the selections are limited.  I have decided if the library has the book available…well then, we have a winner.  Somehow leaving my reading list to circumchance…

Of course the list is far from complete.  I am looking forward to recieving additional  recommendations throughout the year.  Which will be reason enough to plan an afternoon lost in the racks…

I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my post and thoughtfully consider your recommendations. The blogging community is just that a living thriving bustling interactive place where real people connect, inspire and encourage one another. 

You have inspired me…to read!!!  Watch out this girl has a library card and she is going to use it!

Delila at Be the Change leave the Cave recommended…

For children’s I can recommend The BFG, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Abel’s Island.

For classics, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre.

An author you haven’t heard of: if you like romance you could try Sharon Sala (romantic suspense) Otherwise I, myself am about to start reading “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Not sure if you have heard of him, but I haven’t. I heard the book was very good (and the movie releases Friday).

Happy Reading!

JannaTwrites recommended…

My son is in 4th grade, and he likes Mary Downing Hahn (for children’s chapter books). He’s read Ghost of Crutchfield Hall and Closed for the Season. Based on the book jacket descriptions, her stories are suspense/mystery and my son likes the ghost aspect!

As for what I read….I really liked Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner. I also enjoyed her book Lady in Waiting.

Good luck compiling your list. I’ll be curious to see what you choose. (It might even help me find new books to read :) )

Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way recommended…

Some of my favorites ~ Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Moonstone

Biographies ~ Agatha Christie, Michaelangelo

For more ideas:
http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/100-books/

Tammy at Agrigirl’s Blog recommended…

A book of short stories – definitely a collection by Alice Munro
One of the Classics – I’m with Nancy on Pride and Prejudice
One non-fiction, possibly a memoir – Glass Castles
Something I would be embarrassed to admit I am reading – something by Anais Nin
A New York Times bestseller hot fiction book by an author I have never heard of – Spelling Bee
A children’s chapter book – The Phantom Tollbooth

Even Gail at Moonlight Reflections my original source of inspiration stopped by and left a few suggestions of her own…

Awwww….. Thanks! I’m glad I inspired you! I agree with all of Delila’s children’s book suggestions. I loved “The BFG”– a great little book! Another suggestion is “Trumpet of the Swan” by E.B. White.

Don’t know if you have read “The Help”. I’ve moved it way up my list as one of my all time favorite books! Also, a memoir a dear friend of mine recommended to me that she and her family really liked is “Heart in the Right Place” by Carolyn Jourdan.

Happy Reading!!!!

Jenny at Skiingmama left a link to her list of favorite books…

I am enjoying the comments and your post. I don’t know that I have any good recommendations for you. This is a post I did last March with lists of my favorite books.

http://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/my-favorite-books/

Happy reading!

And then Raj stopped by and left his recommendations…

For classics you may pick up “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. One of the most important modernist novels.

You said you’d like to read a non-fiction work, possibly a memoir, and I think Orhan Pamuk’s “Istanbul: Memories and the City” would be a great choice. Pamuk is one of the great living authors. Some of his novels I’ve read so far, and liked are My Name is Red, The Museum of Innocence, Snow and The Black Book. For the record, he won the Nobel Prize in 2006.

Then you said you’d like to read “Something I would be embarrassed to admit I am reading”, and I’d recommend Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel “Lolita”. A very enjoyable read, with myriad of great literary devices.

Have a good reading time!

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Peaceful Morning

Peaceful Morning…I have spent the morning in a quiet house, enjoying a hot cup of coffee, watching the birds dance through the branches of the oak trees.  The morning air is clean, cool and crisp.  It is a perfectly peaceful morning! 
 
I would be perfectly content to sit under the big oak with a blanket and a book and my little bird friends for the rest of the day.  But there are a few things I must do today!  If I get moving I will be able to stop and enjoy the beautiful day the Lord has Made for me wherever the day takes me. 
 

Peaceful Morning...

Pleopeltis polypodioides…Resurrection Fern is a plant that can be found in hardwood forests of  southeastern United States and southern Africa.  It is an air plant that attaches itself to the shady branches of oak trees.  The Oaks in our yard are host homes to this little gem.  When the air is moist and there has been a bit of rain they are lush and green.  During the dry spells the fern curls up and appears to be dried up and lost forever.  Some sources report that this fern can lose up to 97% of their moisture content and survive. 
 
However, the plant is not lost.  It is just protecting itself by curling up and storing what moisture it has until the next sprinkling of rain from the heavens. 
 
The fern reminds me of myself.  When I hit a dry spell creatively or spiritually, I  curl up and withdraw into myself.  I already know that this is only a temporary situation.  When times like this come calling it is not because I am sad or depressed it is just time to be still.  With a bit of quiet time and reflection I know that I will be restored.  Peaceful mornings spent quietly reflecting on days or events gone by encourage me to look forward to the next peaceful morning…spent in a quiet house, with a cup of hot coffee and my dancing bird friends.
Peaceful Morning…

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”  Lamentations 3:22-24

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Seedlings!

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Seedlings!

The South Texas winter of 2012 has been mild and uneventful.  The temperatures this week are moderate; lows in the mid 40’s and the highs in the mid 70’s.  We are finally getting some well needed rain and we are very thankful for it.  The combination of these favorable conditions has lengthened our growing season. 

Our first try at a fall/winter garden has been a success.  We are harvesting green leaf, red & green romaine and butter lettuces, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower and a few surprise root veggies.  The fall/winter garden season should be wrapping up by now but the veggies are not showing any signs of fading.  This is a good thing!  Well, it is and it isn’t…well it is more than it isn’t… well you don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth.  Exactly what does that saying mean?  Anyway, I digress.  The only reason a longer fall/winter growing season isn’t a good thing is that we are now beginning to plan and plant the early spring garden.  This means somethings will be removed before they run their course.  That makes a gardener/farmer very sad. 

Currently, Farmer Hubs has started the seeds for the spring lettuces, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.  We will not plant the seedlings in the garden until after the last freeze.  Which could have already happened but in all actuality will probably rear its ugly little frozen head sometime in early March.  We will definitely consult the Farmers Almanac, Bulldog (my Dad), Dear Abbey and Judge Judy and weigh out all of the advice and then turn around and do exactly what we want to do.

Houston…the seeds have been planted and we have lift off!

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Seedlings

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Wordless Wednesday…Sugar Free

Wordless Wednesday…Sugar Free…doesn’t mean calorie free but that’s all I am going to say about that because it’s Wordless Wednesday and it is Sugar Free!!!

Wordless Wednesday...Sugar Free

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