Monday, April 25, 2011

Miscellany Monday

1. Pulmonaria.
 This is Lungwort.
It is called this because it was used for medicinal purposes:
an herb for lung ailments
in days of yore.

I love this plant,
not for my lungs though.
My eyes love it.
It's a favorite of mine.
It loves shade or semi-shade.

 Look at the colors and variety on these
sweet flowers.

 The leaves are lovely and vibrantly two-toned
all summer long. 

2. Wasp
(Yes, I am dumb enough to go back to the crime scene
and try to take a picture of my assailant.)
 While admiring said Lungwort,
I felt a pinch.

On the soft part under my arm,
(you know,
the part that's super tender,
and feels extra soft like great-granny skin
even when one is two years old).

on this part of my arm,
there stood a wasp,
stinging me.

The admiration and love that had been mine
as I squatted gazing at lungwort
turned into
mad mother running and screaming
across the porch and into the kitchen.

in amazement,

It hurts!!
Wasp sting!!"
I answered as I pulled the baking soda off the shelf,
slung some in a dish, 
added water, 
and slapped some on my now reddened under arm.

Children proceeded with laughter;
at me in my pain.

Do I hear a violin playing for me



3. Papa Goose
 They have decided to nest here this year.
My Farmer saw the Mrs. sitting on her nest out in the pasture.

The Mr. has decided to hang out by our sandbox while waiting.
I hope he's not offeneded when I pick up some sand box sand this afternoon.

 "I'm just preparing you for a life with children,
Papa Goose."

4. Feminine Kiwi Possibility.
 I finally found a female kiwi plant at the nursery a couple weeks ago.
I just planted her today.
I have tried 3 times to get a female,
and they've all proven to be male.

This is an Anna Arctic Kiwi:
supposed to be female.
If she is not,
I hereby pledge I will give up my attempt at having kiwi berries.

It will take about 5 years for me to find out.
Yes, lovely waiting all that time to find out you've got yourself another male.

I've got problems with knowing when to call it quits.

 5. A Pretty Prison.
 This child has proven herself a handful this spring.
She won't stay in one place.
Levi would sit in a wagon all day long
and never moved a muscle.

Not so with this girl.

I have grown quite a few gray hairs keeping up with this one.

This has become her temporary holding area.

Temporary because I have decided to make a purchase.
I have decided to buy one of those
outside fenced play areas for her.
I am going to go buy it
so that I can keep an eye on her at all times.

Yes, I'm one of those moms.
It's called,
"Any expense to keep my sanity."

"Yes, child, I am talking about you."

 Her older sister has been so helpful as the pen guard.

She seems quite happy with these arrangements for now:

 she's singing to her doll in this picture.

It's unfortunate that one of the only tunes she know is
the theme to 
"Daniel Boone."

But who could frown upon a pen enclosed by flowers?

Which reminds me,
I better get back to work.

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters


  1. I never knew about pulmonaria. But I like what I see!!

    And ouch! on the wasp. Right in the armpit. Yikes.

    Had to laugh at the pen. I had a play yard for one of my kids of a similar, adventurous nature. it worked GREAT.


  2. I have a little one who is 18m and I might have to buy one of those outside things for him too! He is very, very, busy!

  3. That is a neat little fortress for her for now. I bet Violet is a huge help. My older ones always got to entertain the younger ones also. Nice flowers!

  4. I need to do something like that with Gabriel. He is only 12 mos, but he will be on the top of anything nearby (or not so nearby!)in a flash! It is impossible to get anything done! The only place I can get him to stay is if I strap him in his swing and then tie a rope to it so I can swing him while I hang out the laundry.

  5. I love all your beautiful pictures and random comments.

  6. Don't give up on trying to grow Kiwi's well worthwhile, we are still eating the ones we harvested last December.

  7. I'm so sorry you got stung, BUT I laughed out loud when you described your reaction. I could really hear you and see you running and screaming! When is your plant sale? I DON'T want to miss it!

  8. You always make me smile. I love reading your posts. Truly charming. Your daughter is too cute...

    My warmest regards, friend.



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