Thursday, February 28, 2008
I hope my swing will last through the summer. It's fading fast and the cushions are almost flat. It has been a great source of happiness for me over the past three seasons. I don't think I could have gotten through this chaotic world without it! This tiny part of my world has kept me in a positive mood!
I remember the tire swing that my Grandfather hung from a mulberry tree near the house where I was born. Then later, I remember the swings at grammar school, where I could swing so high I almost touched the clouds. I felt as though I was flying--jumping off the swing at the highest point--I did fly! Funny, I never had a swing during my summer and fall years, when it was needed the most!
Lull'd in the countless chambers of the brain,
our thoughts are link'd by many a hidden chain;
Awake but one, and lo, what myriads rise!
Each stamps its image as the other flies.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Daisy was sniffing around Turr Tull's house and woke him up. He came out for about an hour--still wouldn't eat or drink. Daisy followed him to the yard and didn't leave his side until he went home to his hole.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I've had this tomato plant for six months now. The tomatoes just started ripening this week. I've forgotten what variety this is, but the tomatoes are small. Perhaps it's some variety of cherry tomato. I'm now glad I didn't pull it up in January when it started to look droopy and the leaves looked crispy! I didn't plant it in a good location--I don't have a lot of room from which to choose. Next time I will try to find a better spot.
I fill every nook and cranny of my garden with flowers, so I never have room to try any other vegetables. I have tried a few herbs, mixed in with my flowers, but they didn't last very long. Some day I might get out of my comfort zone and try something different. Right now, I think I will just swing and enjoy this warm and sunny early spring day!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
One of my favorite plants of the desert is Devil's Claw, or Proboscidea parviflora. The prongs on end of the seed pod hook onto animals, which then disperse the seeds as they move along. Although I still look for them while in the desert, I haven't found any in many years.
As children we would search the desert floor, gathering as many as we could find. The curved prongs have hooks on the end that are similar to a fish hook. They would hook our shoes, clothes and fingers. We always came home with many bloody puncture wounds. We would paint some of them, form some into balls and see who could make the longest chains. The seed pod contains about 50 seeds. By the time we found them they had already split open and the seeds were scattered. There are two tails, and the tiny hooked head is formed as you break it from the plant.
I've tried making a pinwheel like the one in the photo, but after 2 hours of getting poked, I gave up and just purchased the one shown at a nature store in Yarnell, Arizona.
I have used Devil's Claw as embellishments on my crafted gourds. They have a southwestern look, and I usually favor that style in my gourd crafting.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Although I surround myself with green grass and plenty of flowers--I secretly I like my cactus the best. They are a symbolic recreation of me--tough skin, slow growing, minimal care, and likes plenty of sunlight. This is in stark contrast of what others' perception of me may be!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Because I already follow the Biblical food laws, eat almost all organic, take tons of supplements, know all about the bad fats etc. I felt I could just skim throught the book. Well, when he mentioned that dates were good for the body and they were on the diet list, I jumped into my car and headed to Sprouts! I picked up 1-1/4 pounds of Majoole dates. I ate one--then two, and before I made it to the half- way point home I finished the whole package! You know the routine- already cheated so might as well eat everything in sight, right? Well I did and now I'm on a full blown binge! Hope to pull out of it soon-that pot of gold above and the perfect diet was soooo close!