This week the girls opened up the front door and found a package on the porch they had anticipating for days. My daughters belong to a very elite club- “The Surprise of the Month Club”, and their grandma is the ringleader.
We live over 1000 miles from Stan’s parents. That means we only see each other about 2 or 3 times a year, at best. Sending the kids to their house for after-school visits and hanging out with them on a lazy Sunday afternoon are things we just can’t do. But Grandma Mary Lou has figured out something she can do. I’m thinking she should consider being an on-line consultant for long distance grandmas. Take a look at this creative idea and tell me how much you think she should charge for her consulting fees:) …
Bubble Wrap Hopscotch
1. Cut out 10 squares of bubble wrap (the ones with the quarter-sized bubbles work the best) and write a number on each one with permanent marker.
2. Set up the squares any way you want for a rip-roaring game.
3. Enjoy the sound effects!
Here is the woman herself, with her son.
New neighbours moved in, two doors down, this weekend. I saw the guy for the first time this Saturday when I was biking home with this bouquet.
I pulled my bike into the driveway to welcome them into the neighbourhood.
He was wearing an AC/DC teeshirt, unloading his weights, and weight bench, into the house.
“It’s a wondeful area,” I told him exhuberantly. “We’re so close to the edge of town and open fields…”
He looked at me.
“…to pick wild flowers.”
I looked at him.
“You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.”
I’m sure we’ll get along wonderfully.
So, back to goldenrod. It’s everywhere right now, have you seen it? It tends to grow in clumps because it propagates through creeping rhizomes. The blooms smell wonderful and once you find a patch of goldenrod the harvesting doesn’t take long. (To harvest sustainably from the wild, take no more than 20 %- 25% of the plant material growing in a certain location)
I’m looking forward to using this herb topically. (Read: I tried drinking the tea and almost gagged. I have NO idea why anyone would consider this a “pleasant” tea, as I’ve read many times.) I plan on infusing oil with it to make a salve, because of it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, and immune boosting qualities. During the crusades people also called this plant “woundwort” for its usefulness in treating cuts and stopping blood flow.
The University of Maryland has more information on the medicinal qualities of Goldenrod.
For pictures to help with identification, check this site: Canada Goldenrod Solidago canadensis – Ontario Wildflowers.
One last picture. I’m sure glad survey sticks don’t need a lot of hay…