This beautiful sunflower was a gift from the birds that we feed. ❤️ I love her imperfections. Did you know sunflowers were chose as a symbol of peace after World War II. I wish there were more symbols of peace now instead of seeing the steady increase of gun sales.
Have you ever thought how much strength a sunflower must have to stand so tall in the scorching heat of the day and withstand the torrential downpours of Mother Nature. They’re amazing. And they feed the birds and squirrels for weeks after the summer season.
I worked in the front garden cleaning up after the landscapers pruned the shrubs. They don’t get into the beds other than to do the shrubs. So I scooped up all the trimmings off the hostas, carnations and the coneflowers. I pulled up the english ivy that was climbing up my weeping Alaskan cedar. The Enlish ivy was planted by the contractors years ago and it’s quite agressive if not pruned or pulled out in some places every month. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the heat to wipe me out.
I read diyMFA for a while, had breakfast and then curled up with Megan Abbotts’ The Fever. Come to find out it’s loosely based on the incident at a high school in Le Roy, New York. I vaguely remember seeing the story on the Today show. In Abbott’s version, things begin happening to a group of girls shortly after they had the HPV vaccination.. This was one of the red herrings in the story. Another red herring was Eli and Deenie’s parents divorce. Neither of these events contributed to what happened to the girls. I’m not going to give spoilers because this is a very interesting story that I think you’ll enjoy.
Dinner tonight was oven roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts roasted with balsamic vinegar and mustard glazed pork chops. Shoulder pain but no bad dash to the bathroom. We had toffee nut brownies for dessert.
And since we’re discussing culinary, here’s a couple more from the culinary pharmacy.
Bell peppers are anti-inflammatory as well as an anti-oxidant. Peppers are loaded with vitamins a, c, k,folic acid, and b6. and are a helpful in preventing for colon, cervical, bladder, prostrate, and pancreatic cancer.
Black pepper is a digestion aid, and antibacterial. Black pepper stimulates our taste buds which in turn signals the stomach to get in gear producing hydrochloric acid which is necessary for digestion.
Blueberries are anti-flammatory. The ellagic acid in blueberries interferes with metabolic pathways that feed cancer.
My song choice today is Come Undone by Duran Duran. This song was on the pop charts the year my oldest son graduated high school. It was the year my family began crumbling. It seemed like more things were coming undone then not. My other son and my daughter would be soon after. I needed to get my game plan together especially knowing who I didn’t love. This song reminded me every time it played that all the seams were frayed.
The family dynamics changed with John moving in with the girl that tore his world upside down. As a Mom, you want to stop them from making mistakes but unfortunately, they have to make the mistakes to evolve into adults. Life isn’t easy, in fact most of the time it’s so difficult one wonders why bother. But we do… one step after another…sometimes screaming, crying, cursing but we get there.
It took me years to get to a place where I simply embrace who I am.
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
― Lao Tzu
Regrettably, I feel like my life is coming undone again.
When you come undone
Like a radio tune I swear I’ve heard before
Chill, is it something real
Or the magic I’m feeding off your fingers
At the seams”~ Duran Duran