Bryce Eleanor stayed with us last weekend, and we worked on this puzzle Friday-Sunday. I know--all you puzzle fans, that 750 pieces may not be the challenge you are looking for, but for us, it was just the right challenge. Difficult and time-consuming, but doable.
On Sunday, we went to lunch, and then to the Norton Museum of Art for the The World of Frieda exhibit. This was interesting, mostly an homage to Frida by various artists.
Since we were a little early, we spent a few minutes in the botanical gardens, which are extensive and beautiful. It has been a few years since I've visited the gardens, and I want to get back and wander down all the paths, over the entire 40 acres.
More on the Norton's Botanical Gardens.
Garden: In the spring and in the fall, when the weather is just right for yard work, I start rethinking 0ur garden. Summers are hotter now, and plants that did well with full sun, have been having a more difficult time in the last few years. Where to put them or how to shade them during the hottest part of the day?
The lemon grass I planted in the ground thrived, but took up too much space--back to pots for lemon grass. I've removed maybe half of the leaves on this plant. The saw-toothed, paper-thin leaves of lemon grass can be painful to handle, but with gloves on, I've cut, washed, laid the long leaves in the sun to dry, then made lemon grass bundles for the freezer. I may make a few lemon grass wreathes for tea. Aside from the lemony scent and flavor, lemon grass may have several health benefits.
Have you ever tried to get rid of Mondo grass (or monkey grass, as we call it locally)? Much like cockroaches, monkey grass will survive almost anything (... cockroaches were found perfectly fine and healthy just 1000 feet away from where the Hiroshima atom bomb was dropped.Feb 4, 2020 ). Digging up the rhizomes is a dirty, time-consuming project, but I've been working on it. Applying liberal amounts of Aspercreme after each session.
At my age, I start off strong and work an hour before taking a break, but as the day goes on the breaks come every half-hour, then every 15 minutes! Until finally, I'm just sitting looking and planning, sipping wine and reading.
Books/Reading: Quite a variety of genres. :)
A friend posted the following on FB, and I love it:
I sometimes forget thatI was created for joyMy mind is too busyMy heart is too heavyHeavy for me to rememberthat I have beencalled to dancethe sacred dance for lifeI was created to smileto loveto be lifted upand lift others upO sacred oneUntangle my feetfrom all that ensnaresFree my soulThat we mightDanceand that our dancingmight be contagious.Hafiz
Smiles are contagious, laughter is contagious, and the urge to dance when others are dancing is contagious. I like that Hafiz sees us as the vector that can influence others to dance.