Sunday, July 31, 2011

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NO BLOGS FOR A WHILE

Off to work we go . . . traveling . . .
no computers, no email, no pics, no blogs.

Be back soon.

Ciao, bambino!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

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BERRIES, AND CHERRIES, AND GRAPES,
OH MY!

One of the wonderful things about summer
are the sweet, bite-size fruits
that come to the market.

Oh the flavors.
Fun to eat, one at a time.
Or mix 'em up.

There's blackberries, raspberries, strawberries,
blue berries, bing cherries, golden cherries,
green grapes, purple grapes . . .
there's even tiny tomatoes that look like cherries!

When it comes to the fruits of summer,
good things comes in small packages!

Friday, July 29, 2011

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FLOATING BEAUTY

The water hyacinth is a free-floating perennial
which flowers easily in a sunny spot,
and spreads to fill its watery home . . .
sometimes too fast for its own good.

Best suited to man-made ponds or
open containers of fresh water,
the water hyacinth doubles its population
every two weeks . . .
which can cause big problems in lakes and ponds
as an unwanted invasive species.

Find a sunny spot in your yard, add a couple
of bulbous water hyacinths to a tub of water
(and make sure it's not chlorinated),
and you'll be blessed with purple blooms all season long.

The base stems form hollow bulbs of air
which keep water hyacinths floating on the surface.
(Pretty neat trick.)


Thursday, July 28, 2011

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THE TASTE OF
HOMEGROWN TOMATOES

I'm not sure what they sell
in grocery stores the rest of the year
(they look like tomatoes, but they're not),
but it takes the heat of the summer
and a sunny garden
to grow homegrown tomatoes.

Picking them fresh
and tasting them "still warm from the vine"
is an indescribable experience.

Slice one up, add some fresh basil leaves,
drizzle good balsamic vinegar on top . . .
THIS is a real tomato!

"It's difficult to think of anything but pleasant thoughts
while eating a homegrown tomato."

-- Lewis Grizzard

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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PUTTING THE COOL
ON HOT SUMMER DAYS

Sure fire ways to "beat the heat" this summer . . .

eating snow cones with a friend,
running through a lawn sprinkler,
hanging out at the local pool,
getting wet at the fountain (any fountain),
saying hi to the sting rays at the zoo!

It's all about getting wet!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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THE MIGHTY MANGOSTEEN

Meet the grande dame of superfoods . . .
the mighty mangosteen.

The mangosteen is one of the most highly prized fruits
and grows only in Asia (in tropical climes).
It is famous for its medicinal properties and
exquisitely luscious and delicious taste.

Valued as a superfood, along with acai, goji and pomegranates,
the mangosteen is used in juices, dried in supplements
and now available fresh in select health food & grocery stores.

Its white pulp is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants,
and is an effective treatment against inflammation, bacterial
infections, histamines, arthritis, some cancers,
depression and Alzheimer's disease.

Mangosteen has so many antioxidants that
it has the potential to totally neutralize "free radicals."
And on top of all this . . .
this medicinal superfood tastes absolutely delicious.

The outside shell hardens to naturally protect
and preserve its sweet flesh.
(It's kinda' cool looking, too!)

Yo Mangosteeno!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

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HUGE HISTORIC RESTORATION PROJECT
ON VIEW AT ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM

The world's largest panoramic canvas (348-feet wide)
is undergoing a restoration and conservation effort
in a rare public display at the St. Louis Art Museum.

On continuous public view in the main exhibition gallery,
an historic panoramic painting by John Egan is
being restored, panel by panel,
which depicts 19th century Native American life
along the Mississippi River Valley.

The massive panorama painting was commissioned
by Dr. M. W. Dickeson, a physician and amateur archeologist,
in 1844, to accompany his traveling lectures
about Indian life, culture and mounds through the area.
The 92" high continuous muslin roll resembles
an old Instamatic film cartridge
with cylinders on either side.
Through years of use, the fabric rolls have deteriorated;
the restoration will preserve and restore cracked creases
and missing areas of pigment.

The four panel areas shown here include:
(1) camp site along the Mississippi River,
(2) Chiefs in costume, including mounds and monuments,
(3) Carved rock cliffs with colossal rock bust in river,
(4) 1844 tornado which caused damage to Indians,
white settlers and negro slaves alike.

The restoration will be on view publicly through August,
and is expected to last more than a year!
(Once finished, the total canvas will be on display
in the museum's new expansion addition.)




Sunday, July 24, 2011

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SUMMER SUNFLOWERS
ARE IRRESISTIBLE

. . . especially if you're a
swallowtail butterfly!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

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"Fashion is what you adopt
when you don't know who you are."

- Quentin Crisp


"I don't do fashion,
I am fashion."

- Coco Chanel


Friday, July 22, 2011

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GOOD THINGS HAPPEN
WHEN YOU HAVE A GARDEN

1. You get to plan what you grow, and
watch over your plants, start to finish.

2. You learn about self sufficiency.

3. You involve your family, and teach
children how to grow food.

4. You add aesthetics to an outdoor space.

5. You enjoy a work space with
fresh air and sunshine.

6. You pay attention to the weather.

7. You get to eat fresh foods that taste better,
and have more nutrition.

8. You celebrate healthy living.

9. You learn more for next year's garden.

10. You meet the nicest people.

Enjoy. And eat well.