Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wildflower Identification for Shelly

Prairie Coneflower
Man, it is difficult to get to the computer these days.

I haven't worked all month, and don't miss it. Why— how did I ever find the time? I wonder.

Wild Sunflower

And Shelly, they're no longer blooming along my road, but it looks like the ones we were calling blanketflowers really were blanketflowers; it "literally blankets the environment when it is left to live peacefully undisturbed" (from The Standing People, by Kahlee Keane and Dave Howarth). So if yours "take...."

In other news, the magical cure for waking up with a migrainy neck is:

• Eat two bran muffins
 Go outside and deadhead your peonies, nicotiana and calendula
 Walk to the end of the driveway and see that the flowers out there aren't dry
 Begin the brewing of two cups of Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw coffee
 Water your flowerbeds with the handheld hose, even though the forecast is for rain today
 Write out a cheque for a man on the west coast who will send an ignition part for a motorbike, which you will ship to Scott's cousin in England when it arrives
 Carry your mug of coffee with you to your inlaws' who will put the cheque into the mail this morning when they go to town
 Sip it while pulling weeds and chatting with your mother-in-law in her garden

Voila!! No prescription drugs required!

The last thing one feels like doing is any of the above; I am a wuss, I just want to crawl into bed until it's over. And sometimes, the above actions don't do the trick. But this morning they did. Woo hoo! I love it when that happens.