Sunday, May 23, 2010

Variety is the Spice of Life in Texas Too

So we have a peacock that is one of our friendly neighbors who comes over to hang out. Today was the first time I saw him put on his show, flashing all his feathers in the big spread. They are amazing birds, and the variety of beauty in their feathers all over their body is a true picture of Awesome! He just follows me around outside, keeping a distance of about 3 feet and squawks for attention, or hopes of getting some sunflower snacks. I just love that feather thing he has on his head.
The beautiful garden is at Festival Hill in Round Top, Texas. This was taken about a month ago when I took my intern students out there for a tour. There isn't much in Round Top, Texas except 2 times a year when they have miles of antiques and flea market stuff for sale. Now that IS AN EVENT!!
I have been fascinated with the plan of nature and re-producing itself. I had the milk thistle pictures earlier and now the poppies. I want earrings that look like these little shrines. The seeds get tossed out of the little openings around the top, just under the umbrella part. So as the wind blows it shakes out the seeds. So Cool !!!!
Gotta have boots, and are there boots to pick from, how does a girl decide????

Girls Having Fun

These girls are having fun!! They were dressed up for the Yesteryear Festival in downtown Bastrop, my local little town. They also found the guys who were all dressed up like outlaws and lawmen and they staged a gunfight in the street!! Good guys won!

Job Opportunities Downtown

I probably don't want to know why there are so many Bail Bonds signs in our little town! But this is my favorite one of all. The surprising thing of all is that most of them are women. My cousin goes to get his hair cut by a woman who owns a hair salon and also has a business being a bail bonds-woman. Now I bet she has stories to tell. I have read quite a few of the series of novels by Janet Evanovich who writes about a woman being a bail bonds-woman in New Jersey and they are hilarious.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thistles and Thorns

Believe it or not, this is a gift from nature. This is a Milk Thistle plant in my garden at work and it is getting ready to present it's gift. I harvested some of these seeds last week, which meant that I very gently put my fingers on top of that fluffy part and pulled out the fluff. Each seed is at the end of it's own fluffy umbrella, just waiting for the wind to take them away and start a new life. I was amazed at looking into the opening flower. The 'whole' plant is prickly and thorny, I am thinking it is for it's own protection. While the plant is growing, it is making very special medicine and it needs to protect itself during that process, then it opens itself totally up when it decides to share. Are we as humans like this too?? I think we are. Sometimes we surround ourselves with thistles and prickly things to feel safe and protected.
The jar full, really isn't a harvest, because you can only use the little brown seeds, but I wanted to see all of that beauty filled up in the jar. Milk Thistle is excellent for your liver. Best used in a capsule or tincture form. For now, we are just eating the seeds as a little snack and that work too.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Crepe Trailer

A colorful lunch

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First Blog

Greetings to whoever out there finds this. My first blog.
This is a colorful dish I was treated to yesterday when I ordered a "Roller Beet" crepe from the crepe trailer on S.Congress St. in Austin, TX. When it was placed in front of me I know my mouth dropped seeing the bright colors, but it was delicious as well. Beets, spinach, and Gorgonzola cheese wrapped in a delicious crepe. I have no idea how the crepe got to be this lime green color and I decided NOT to ask, just enjoy. Along with my Thai Ice Tea.