Filed under: My Life
Those who are closest to me know that I am low maintenance when it comes to my appearance. I am clean, neat and I don’t dress too frumpily. I don’t spend a lot of time or money on hair style, nails, tanning, makeup or any of the other grooming concerns that seem to occupy the time of so many women that I know. Don’t get me wrong….I have no problem with those who are more concerned with their appearance than I am with mine. And it is at this time of year, I begin to realize that maybe I should have paid a little more attention to my own appearance in the months preceding …..swimsuit season.
I love good food and that is evident when observing my figure. There is simply too much of it. I exercise and I do a lot of physical labor outside. But I also eat a lot so I have much extra padding.
The other day I pulled out my swimsuit and stuffed myself into it. Standing in front of my full-length mirror, I decided I needed to make a swimsuit season resolution……to become more high maintenance or at least a little more aware of my calorie intake.
Filed under: Nature
I recently discovered that several of my gardening friends were unfamiliar with nasturtiums. The nasturtium is a flowering herb and is very easy to grow. The seeds are rather large and have hard shells so it is best to soak them in some water overnight before planting. The soaking helps the seeds to sprout faster. The plants grow rapidly and produce yellow, orange, red and creamy-white flowers. Nasturtiums do well in full sun, but they do not like extreme heat. They bloom best in poor to average soil. If the soil is too rich, the leaves will be beautiful, but there won’t be as many flowers. The flowers and leaves are fully edible and are high in Vitamin C content. They have a peppery flavor that enhances salads and sandwiches. Nasturtiums are an excellent container plant. They also do well in hanging baskets. They add vibrant color to any spot you put them in!
Filed under: Odds and Ends
Wednesday…….half way through Spring Break and we had a nice thunderstorm this morning. I was reminded of something I wrote for a poetry workshop summer before last.
Filed under: Jasper
My human is on something called “spring break” which means she is home all day with me, my friend Cherokee and the cat. It is great to have her with us, but she was a maniac!! We had to work outside all day. I must have dug twenty new holes. My human pulled enough grass to start a whole new lawn somewhere. Then she mowed the lawn we already have. She planted flowers, moved rocks, tried to get the weedeater started and raked a lot of mulch around so the tiny, new plants could feel the sun. She got the “garden hose” out of the shed. I thought it was a long, green chew toy. How was I to know that water wasn’t supposed to come out of the middle of the “garden hose”? Water comes out of the end. What’s the difference? Now my human is working on something called “taxes”. “Taxes” must be pretty bad because she is rubbing her forehead and groaning a lot. I am exhausted so I am going to sleep on the sofa.
Filed under: Nature
I live in the country. Not a tame suburban country with manicured lawns, but not quite the great untamed wilderness either. One half mile before the traveler reaches my home lies The Bridge. I drive over the bridge every day. I walk across the bridge. My dogs walk across the bridge. People ride their horses across the bridge. My 80 year old neighbor walks and drives across the bridge. At various times I have encountered skunks, foxes, raccoons and even cats crossing the bridge. However, my dearest friend, when invited to my house, murmurs, “Oh, I would love to, but……The Bridge…..”
Okay, I admit the bridge is old. It creaks, rattles and vibrates. I admit the bridge is high. I don’t know how high, but it is a far piece above the river. But the bridge is also beautiful. It is a part of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP describes it as a “two-span, Pratt steel pony truss bridge built in the early 1900’s.” The designer of this particular bridge is unknown.
I can’t imagine life in the country without The Bridge. With some occasional repairs and improvements, it continues to stand throughout winter storms and spring floods. And as long as it stands, I will continue to cross it.