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random things from a busy day

Little Springtime saw a beaver--the rest of us missed it.

I made tea from bee balm today--it tasted beautiful.

Every day, for the past few days, there have been lots and lots of snowpeas--so many that I can pick enough to serve all the remaining denizens at the wanderer's hut at once.

Something I've always wished for is happening: there are enough black raspberries growing behind the hut for me to pick handfuls each morning. I'll still go wandering for them, though; that's one of the pleasures of summer.

To tired *again* to make currant jelly--tomorrow? I made paper last night at this time, but I'm just... too sleepy.

No work on my story today :-(

Here is a picture I took of ripening (but not yet ripe) black raspberries.


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Jul. 5th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
Oh cool. I used to love to pick raspberries and blackberries in Indiana, visiting my grandparents and staying on the farm. Blackberry cobbler sounds so good right now. Yum snow peas. And bee balm tea, wow.
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Jul. 5th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
We did this in Oklahoma, too! Except they're considered pest plants, mooching in on otherwise perfectly good cattle pastures. :(
Jul. 5th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
There is nothing like picking fresh berries right off the bush. YUMMY!
Jul. 5th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
Bee Balm Tea?....
I am fascinated by "Bee Balm tea"!!! I have heard of teas and more teas. Earl Grey, jasmine, green, herbal, ginger, lemon, masala, etc., etc.,... never heard of 'bee balm tea! Would be really happy to hear more about this one!!

Hope you are feeling more rested and rejuvenated by the time you read this comment!

I am looking forward to your 'friends only' sneak preview of your story!
Jul. 5th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Bee Balm Tea?....
It seems that the botanical name is "monarda didyma"; it's native to around here, but also cultivated as a garden plant. It's in the mint family. Butterflies and hummingbirds like it, and it's got a sweet, ever so slightly spicy taste.

Here is a picture (not my own):

Jul. 5th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
1. Green card office?

2. I SOOOOOO want to learn to can and make preserves.

3. Excuse me, but I think you're living my life. Or at least the one I'd like to be living, if I had a choice about where I live.

4. What kind of story are you writing?

5. Are you, in fact, Japanese, or just have a Japanese username?
Jul. 5th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
(1) green card office for permanent residence in the land of nod... which is just to say, boy was I sleepy! But my husband's a resident alien here, so I do know all about green cards!
(2) I have a great book called Putting Food By that I got for like 25 cents at a book sale--but really I rely most on just The Joy of Cooking :-)
(3) :-) ... I only post (usually) about things I like, so then I too have the impression, reading my own blog, of leading the life I'd like to lead. Not so much about my paid work or arguments or obligations or any of that stuff... But you're doing it too! With the water cisterns and planting native plants and taking cool photos and all...
(4) it's a fantasy story for young people that takes place mainly in a world in which different places are perpetually different times of day.
(5) no, plain old American mixture of lots of European ancestors, but I've lived and worked in Japan and like Japan a lot. I studied classical Japanese literature in grad school but dropped out.
Jul. 5th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
1. Ah HA! Got it. :)
2. Good - I'll look for that.
3. LOL - totally understand. Yes, I do that, too - I guess I want my LJ to reflect what I consider to be my "real life" - the good stuff.
4. What an interesting concept! I like it!
5. Fascinating - is that how you met your husband?
Jul. 5th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Just noticed
Love the location.
I'm waiting for St. Pete to finish my paper work as well.
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