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10 • August 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. I love This Planet by Kimberly Childers • Mizzkimberly@outlook.com I


do hope this floriferous season finds you very well. ‘Mulch!’ is this summer’s survival tip for your gar-


dens. Straw, alfalfa hay, various sizes of wood chips and bark of all kinds should be used every- where so the water will stay in the soil and you’ll water less. Although it hasn’t been ter-


ribly hot yet, we should still be slathering ourselves with sun- screen, something with ben- eficial ingredients like Kiss My Face, SPF 40 or Burnout,


for


sensitive skin, SPF 35. Both re- ally great products for your, too oſten, sun toasted skin. Be sure and wear a hat and eye doc- tors are insisting on sunglasses. When we were ocean creatures before we came on land our eyes were much more suited to water and actually still are. Air can be very drying and


our eyes need more protection especially in hot weather and a hotter cli- mate.


Hope-


fully you are growing tasty herbs of all sorts and experiment- ing cooking with them too.


Salads


and greens are more important


than ever and lend themselves


quite read- ily


to scat-


tering with herbs and sweet flow- ers. Chopped rosemary leaves and flowers are delicious mixed with buttered new potatoes.


BENNETT VALLEY JEWELERS Rosemary is an amazing herb


and you can also make an easy hair/scalp rinse. Boil 3 cups wa- ter and pour over ½ cup of fresh herbs, cool, strain and pour it on your scalp aſter you rinse the shampoo out. Tis great rinse can be leſt on your hair for added shine.


It’s an invigorat-


ing and nourishing tonic. Summer is wonderful and


perfect for sipping iced tea. You can get carried away with freez- ing herbs in ice cubes. Flowers of pineapple and hummingbird sages, flamboyant red bee balm and the many scented pelargo- nium blossoms, tender lemon balm leaves and pungent vari- eties of mint are all perfect for freezing in ice cubes and add- ing to a pitcher or tall glass of organic green tea. It can make your tea quite a presentation for a gathering of friends and yes, they can eat the herbs! Bigger flowers like daylily, hol-


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lyhock and squash blossoms are fun too. Rinse them with cool water, let them air dry while you whip up the stuffing mix. Finely diced chicken, tofu or egg salad can be folded with thinly sliced green onions, a pinch of sweet marjoram and 2-3 tsp of aioli (a mayo alternative) to hold it all together. Carefully spoon stuffing into each flower and ar-


Add 1tsp fresh herb to every cup of potatoes. I promise it will become a favorite!


range on a platter. Best if eaten immediately—who could wait! Herbs are so wonderfully


healing and a joy to grow. A hot foot soak of herbs is perfect for a lazy aſter- noon. Wrap one cup fresh herbs such as mint, lavender, cham- omile or yarrow in cheese cloth. Boil half a gallon of water, remove from heat and add wrapped herbs, including wrap and several or more drops of almond oil. Use tea bags if you


don’t have fresh herbs. Let the herbs steep for about ten min- utes, remove herbs and pour water in the appropriate ves- sel your feet can comfortably fit within, immerse your feet into pure magic. Sprinkle Fairy Dust Bath Salts from Green Valley Lab for a mineral rich, extra soothing treat. Soak as long as you wish, do a little deep breathing and feel the sweet es- sence of summer. Great time to do some garden reading! An amazing book that should


be added to your gardening li- brary is American Horticulture Society A-Z of garden plants. It’s a ‘must have’ for any garden- er. You can find it used on Am- azon and other used book sites and in good condition as well. Coey Morris, manager at Ben- nett Valley Gardens suggested the book to me and it sounds like every gardener would use this as an amazing reference collection. Morris told me it’s full of awesome photographs too. Like I said ‘must have’! Speaking of amazing, try


Eleanor’s VF-11 concentrated plant food. Two table spoons in a gallon of water will totally amaze you. Google Eleanor’s VF-11 plant food for some en- lightening comments and more


JOKES & Humor # 3


My boss told me yesterday, “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want”. But when I turned up at the office today in Ghostbusters gear, the guy said I was fired. ~


A man asks a farmer near a field, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.”The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one.” ~


I’d like to buy a new boomerang please. Also, can you tell me how to throw the old one away?


Yegor ... continued from page 9 known as Don Jorge. The Russians pulled out of


California in 1841, because finding furs and growing food crops to deliver back to Alaska had become difficult. Every- one, including Yegor, returned to their homeland, ending the pioneering days of Russia and their viticultural history.


information. Life is amazing and the paths


it takes you on. Te curious are definitely the wiser. Very young sparrows and finches splash in the birdbath as I write. Tey are taking maybe their first serious bath and seem to be enjoying every moment. How very tiny birds can sing such sweet songs on highest of branches is truly amazing. I love this planet. . .


“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” ~ Terry Pratchett


Jo Diaz


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