Monthly Archives: June 2016

After Orlando: Options for Action

Eight possibilities for action in the face of the Orlando mass murder. Can you think of others?

Source: After Orlando: Options for Action


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date worthy … Date Shake Popsicles

I had to share this. So easy and tasty!



In my mind, date shakes conjure visions of vintage roadside stands near Palm Springs, heat mirages waving up from the melting asphalt and palm trees baking in the impossibly bright desert sun. Here’s the rub: I’ve been to Palm Springs exactly once, never saw a roadside stand and certainly never drank a date shake and yet, the image is strong. What’s up with that? I suspect my impressions of the Palm Desert have been formed by the issues of Sunset my mom received when I was a kid. It’s my most plausible explanation. Curious, I did some research and learned that date farms proliferate the Coachella Valley around Palm Springs and date shakes have been a popular item at the big farms in the area since the 1930’s. The shakes are typically just dates, milk and vanilla ice cream blended until smooth but it’s always seemed a bit odd to me. Dates in a…

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Morning blues…

In the early morning the hydrangeas along the North side of the house seem to glow.

They are about five feet tall and were all propagated from one half-dead shrub I found behind the garden shed when I purchased the house in 2003.

Another favorite bloomer is Everlasting Sweet Pea or perennial sweet pea. It comes back each year with pink blooms and climbs over everything. There is also a pale pink and a white one somewhere in the garden but they might have died out like the Purple Haze passionflower which has not made an appearance this year.

Another favorite summer bloomer is monarda or bee balm! The fragrant leaves are used in Earl of Grey tea and flowers all summer. It forms large colonies.

Gus is well and tolerating the chemo every three weeks for the adenocarcinoma in his lungs. The two cancer tumors have grown very little and have not spread according to the radiographs. I will continue with the treatments as long as they are effective!

He has lost about 20lbs and is only 60lbs in weight  but almost just as active!

Summer has definitely arrived! Temps are  hovering around 90f everyday and the humidity is high! This is what the summer tropicals love. The Chinese hibiscus are lovely!

With the high temps and humidity I am usually in the garden by 7 am and chased inside by the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes by 10 am!



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