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It’s Almost All About the Food

‘If you ask me, food for thought sounds like a pretty good trade.’ 

~   Abby Heugel @

Lately, that’s all it has been about. The planning, the production, the harvesting and the stuffing of one’s face. Thanks to a wonderful spring/summer so far, giving us even cycles of rain and sun, the gardens are bursting their borders.

IMG_2495 The front garden bed is supposed to be a spring shrub bed with bulbs filling in the spaces between. This year it’s a six-foot high field of fiery red crocosmias and gladiolas. As for the shrubs — it’s kind of like a ‘Where’s Waldo’— only in plant form.

IMG_2497.JPG  In the back garden, the squash, cucumber and zucchini have taken total control. (I’m thinking it’s one too many bags of manure in March).  I bet  the lettuces are loving the shade created by those ‘wild child’ plants. If only I could find them!

IMG_2501.JPG   As for the berry bed — let’s just say the line from freezer to raspberries is a steady one and I’m pretty sure some of the poor pollen-heavy bees are lost within that tangled thicket of canes.

“I try to find the good in every situation. Wait. That was a typo. I meant “food”.  I try to find the food in every situation.”                                       ~ Abby Heugel @

Even my reading is related to food at this time of year. Last winter I found Food in Jars  ‘preserving in small batches year-round’ by Marisa McClellan.  Most of her recipes call for 4 or 5 half-pint or 1 pint jars, so the recipes are perfect for us with limited garden size. In the front of her book was the publisher’s website. Good foody site plus there is a blog with some interesting pictures.                       ~

As for our eating —Mostly we’re still following ‘The Plan’ by Lyn-Genet Recitas (hence the crazy veggie bed) but I recently discovered ‘Sweet Paleo: Gluten Free Grain Free Delights’ by Lea Valle, and sweet Mary, mother of Joseph, is this an excellent book or what?! It uses many of the same ingredients as the ‘Plan’ and my sweet tooth has been doing a happy dance for days.

And now, if you will excuse me, her book is calling my name with the same intensity as a bag of jube jubes. . .

“I think the best part of being a superhero would be that you could turn your cape around and use it as a bib.”                           ~ Abby Heugel @

pssssst – (in case you hadn’t noticed)  Abby Heugel @  is worth a visit  . . .

And if I may be so bold as to quote them . . .

About  month ago our library branch was promoting local poets. Of course I nabbed onto  Naomi Beth Waken’s  ‘Sex after 70’.  Quickly polished off a second one titled ‘And after 80’So now I’m waiting for a copy of her  ‘A Roller Coaster Ride’

Lord how I love her non-mincing way of saying things. I think I’m suffering from mind-envy. What a hoot to have that brain inside one’s cranium!

And, while waiting, I came across another good read (still on aging but non-poetry this time). The book is ‘Getting Older Better’ by Pamela Blair. (Funny how the mind gets stuck in a groove!) I could go blathering on about the book but this write-up I found on her website  says it all:

Here is everything boomers need to know about aging, but never thought (or were afraid to) to ask. It takes the reader on a journey of discovery; a journey in which the author and reader explore together the hopeful, interesting, and exciting aspects of aging alongside the more difficult ones’.

Another big bonus (in my mind) is that the book is busting with quotes. In fact I’ve read so many quotes lately my mind is going to explode if I don’t share . . .  so here a few. . .

  • Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t get rid of the mess permanently, but it does make things ok for a while ~ Michael Pritchard
  • Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense ~ Anon
  • WELLth  (a much more worthwhile spelling of the word)
  • There is more to life than increasing its speed ~ Mahatma Gandi
  • When all else fails — lower your standards ~ Anon
  • Inside every older person there’s a younger person wondering what happened.   – Ashleigh Brilliant
  • If I’d known how much fun, what freedom, would be found in these September years, I would’ve lied about my age and gotten here sooner.         –Lynne Zielinski
  • An 82-year-old friend of mine decided to buy herself some nips and tucks. Her daughter said that at her age it would just be re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  – Peg Bracken
  • Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.     – Mallory Hopkins