Dance of the flowers, part 4

By: Proserpina , 11:38 PM GMT on June 17, 2014

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I wrote the post below for another site as part of a photo project. Since it is about flowers, I am going to post it here too. I will also add other tidbits as time and opportunity present themselves.

DANCE OF THE FLOWERS, PART 4

Fragrant o’er all the western groves
The tall magnolia towers unshaded.
Maria Brooks



June 14 and 15 were filled with many activities and I had many photo opportunities for this entry. One activity of interest was on the 14th when my husband and I attended our young neighbor’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor. This would have been a very nice for the Shootaboot but I felt that taking photos would take away from the solemnity of the ceremony, so no photos and no Eagle story.

What to do for a little Shootaboot story? Well the morning of the fourteenth while walking with my doggie I noticed that my neighbor’s Magnolia tree was blooming. I went home to fetch my camera and then I had some fun photographing one of my very favorite flowers. I then did a little research on the history of the Magnolia tree and it is this research which makes up my ‘story’, along with some of the photos.

Magnolias are a very old, their fossilized remains have been found as far back as the Tertiary Period which occurred a 100 million years ago! When there was a dramatic climate change most Magnolias died but the ones growing in China, parts of Japan, and eastern North America survived.

The Magnolia was named for the Frenchman Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), a botanist. When Magnol died Britain was the epicenter of botanic development, but there was in Britain only one species of Magnolia, the evergreen Magnolia Virginiana. The Magnolia had been sent to England from Virginia, the year was 1688.

The Magnolia tree is prized in the South of the USA including here in Virginia. In fact the South is identified with the Magnolia, it is one of the prized and recognizable Southern symbols. Two Southern States, Mississippi and Louisiana, have made the Magnolia the official State Flower. Mississippi also made the Magnolia its official State Tree.

The Magnolia flower has many symbolic attributes, depending on what part of the world it grows. The Magnolias that grow in the Southern part of the USA are scented and therefore the Magnolia flowers meaning include ‘splendid beauty’ and ‘magnificence’. Other meanings are ‘purity’ and ‘perfection’, ‘youth’ and ‘innocence’, ‘joy’, ‘love’, ‘health’, ‘luck’, ‘beauty’, ‘perseverance’, ‘nobility’, ‘dignity’.



For me the Magnolia signifies incredible beauty. Its mysterious center provides me with insatiable fascination. I absolutely love to photograph them in an effort to decipher their innate secrets.





Majestic flower! How purely beautiful
Thou art, as rising from thy bower of green,
Those dark and glossy leaves so thick and full,
Thou standest like a high-born forest queen
Among thy maidens clustering round so fair,—
I love to watch thy sculptured form unfolding,
And look into thy depths, to image there
A fairy cavern, and while thus beholding,
And while thy breeze floats o’er thee, matchless flower,
I breathe the perfume, delicate and strong,
That comes like incense from thy petal-bower;
My fancy roams those southern woods along,
Beneath that glorious tree, where deep among
The unsunned leaves thy large white flower-cups hung!

C. P. Cranch—Poem to the Magnolia Grandiflora.

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68. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:08 AM GMT on July 07, 2014
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67. Proserpina
3:09 PM GMT on July 06, 2014


Good morning one and all! Please enjoy the Jasmine photo and the virtual scent it emanates. Happy Sunday!
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66. Ylee
7:41 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Glad you're enjoying the nice weather, Pros! can you hear the fireworks at the National Mall from your house?
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65. WeatherWise
7:11 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Hi Pros! I love your photo and quote:"Bee Balm and no Bee! (Proserpina)

"In friendship's fragrant garden, There are flowers of every hue. Each with its own fair beauty And its gift of joy for you." - Friendship's Garden

Perhaps that and seeing the beautiful butterflies on the bee balm yesterday, inspired me to buy my own bee balm plant at the farmers market this am.

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Love your coneflower and bee, too! I too enjoyed the the concert from the Mall and then the fireworks. If I had been smart after dinner I would have gone with my friends to watch the fireworks and gotten my own photos of the fireworks. However, after we finished dinner I chose to come home instead. Fireworks are tricky to get photos.

Hope you are having a great Saturday. I had lots of fun with a heron this am on the river.

Competition Heron
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64. masshysteria
6:18 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Hi Prose and a belated Happy 4th! I'm using the computer of a close relative of mine while attending a belated 4th cookout. My town had quite the scare on Thursday, (pre-Arthur), with violent t'storms creating a micro-burst on the other side of town. Thankfully, we made out fine!!! Our power went out briefly then came back on again. Affected people are still cleaning up and waiting for power restoration. We're also grateful that the deluge of rains from Arthur seemed to have saturated the ground and not flooded our streets,

This unprecedented early hurricane event really put a damper on Boston's annual Esplanade event. The Pops and musical guests had to push things up a day to the evening of the 3rd, which also had to be abbreviated due to pre-Arthur t'storms that evening.

Today is absolutely gorgeous with warm breezes, low humidity and temps averaging in the mid-70's! Viva la difference! Hope you and yours have remained safe from the recent wild weather and are able to spend a safe and enjoyably relaxing holiday weekend!

Hopefully, I'll be able to soon find another affordable but better made laptop to purchase, as I feel so adrift without being able to easily access a home computer or the internet! ARGH!
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63. sandiquiz
11:25 AM GMT on July 05, 2014
Glad you had a lovely 4th of July :)
Love your cone flower with the bee.

Thank you for the birthday greeting:)
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62. Proserpina
11:33 PM GMT on July 04, 2014


WW, Barefoot, Ylee, Bug, Calpoppy, Watching the Sky, GG, Ozgala, thank you for stopping by, the greetings, the photos and graphics, this photo is for you.

Just got back from a friend's Fourth of July celebration. It was fun and I am ready for a little vegetating in front of the tv to watch the concert from the Mall and then the fireworks. Talk to you later. And Happy Fourth everyone!
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61. WeatherWise
9:55 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Hello Pros! Hope your fourth was great!

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60. Barefootontherocks
5:12 PM GMT on July 04, 2014

glitter-graphics.com

Have fun today, whatever you do. Love the two pups in the shell!
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59. Ylee
4:51 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Looks like you're as good at taking Mimi closeups as you are of flowers! Hope you and Raindad are having a wonderful 4th! Looks like nice weather there, too! :' )
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58. palmettobug53
3:47 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Happy Fourth of July, Pros!

I hope you didn't get too much bother from Arthur. We got nada, thank heavens.

How are the classes and homework going? Mimi doing well with them? How about you and Raindad? Are the two of you learning, too?

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57. calpoppy
3:32 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Happy 4th!

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56. Proserpina
12:53 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!

@Maria photo 20140606_8200_zps51ca99b6.jpg
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55. WatchinTheSky
2:54 AM GMT on July 04, 2014
Cute photo of Mimi! I hope the T storms aren't too bad over night.
Have a great 4th!
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54. calpoppy
12:15 AM GMT on July 04, 2014
I love Judy Collins!!!! Mountain girl one of my favs!

So glad Mimi is doing well in her classes, keep it up mom!!!

My son just arrived in north Carolina last week and now has a hurricane to deal with. Alaska did not have hurricanes, LOL!
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53. Proserpina
7:02 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
Severe thunderstorm watch issued through this evening
















The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Washington region through 9 p.m. tonight.
The atmosphere is primed for another round of showers and thunderstorms, triggered by afternoon heating and the approach of a cold front. Stay with Capital Weather Gang for the latest.

Read more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weath er-gang/wp/2014/07/03/severe-storms-flash-flooding -possible-this-afternoon-and-evening/
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52. GardenGrrl
2:33 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
Yay, glad you and the Mimi dog are going to classes. Roxie was flat out impossible until we started the classes. If a "Charlie Bear" (brand of low calorie dog treat) is offered, she will practically perform brain surgery. If no treat is offered we have to speak firmly and sternly with her.

Funny thing is, after a while Roxie loved going to those classes and practicing. Well, the practice if treats were involved. We got to where she had to do a lot of things before she got the treat.
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51. Proserpina
1:47 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
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50. Proserpina
1:26 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
I'm in a Judy Collins voice mood

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48. ozgalah
7:50 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Hi Pros, hope it's not too hot! Hope to catch up with Sandi tomorrow! Looking forward to see Geddy when we get home and will probably have to start training him all over again!
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47. Proserpina
6:52 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
It is HOT! Almost 96 and rising! Storm watches.

Good like North Caroline, Arthur be nice!

Thank you for the July greetings and wishes.

Ozgala, I did not know that you are visiting and away from home. For me and for a lot of people, the best part of a vacation or trip is the getting home to our familiar surroundings. Are you visiting with our Sandi? Wishing you a safe trip home.

BC, Mimi and I are doing pretty good. She 'waits' by the curb when commanded to do so (she is on the leash, of course), also she looks at me when I tell her to do so. We are working on sitting, she does sit but it takes a while before she obeys my command. She needs a little coaxing but coming along. Hubby is not putting her through the paces, and 'interprets' the commands! You know that men never listen nor follow what they are told to do by a wifey! My apologies men everywhere, including my husband. I am generalizing, I know.
My eyes are better if I follow the regimen closely. Bathing the eyes with the special shampoo is truly important as is using the thick semi-prescribed ointment at night. Using artificial tear drops are necessary several times a day. Now and then nothing works but so far not too bad. Thank you for asking.

Bug, you have had a bad year. I am so sorry about your losses, I know your dad meant a lot to you and I am sure you miss him a lot. Frankly I go into mini depressions frequently as my brother's misfortune and death come to mind. Losses are hard if one cares and we care. Thank you for your wise and comforting words.
Yes, I have stopped taking antihistamines unless I absolutely need them for the actual allergies. So far I have taken Benadryl twice because of insect bites and the nasty reactions on my arm. So I guess in addition to what I said to BC about my eyes, I should add that the improvement is also due to not taking the Antihistamines.

Hi WW, Sandi, GG, and the ones with the longer posts above.

I am going to try to post new photos in a new blog but with the same theme.
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46. ozgalah
3:42 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Practice, practice, practice, I am sure you will enjoy the training and make your enjoyment of Mimi even greater! I have had a few sleepless nights while we have been away, but we are on the final few days now so hopefully back in my own bed will be better!
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45. Proserpina
10:56 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
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44. BriarCraft
9:50 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
The photos in #34 are precious!

So now it has been three days since class. Do you and hubby remember what you were taught???

And how are your eyes doing these days? It seems that you are spending a bit more time behind the camera and on the computer recently. I hope that is a good sign.
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43. WeatherWise
6:45 PM GMT on July 01, 2014



Happy Summer Pros!



Happy Summer to you!

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42. GardenGrrl
9:48 AM GMT on July 01, 2014
Generic but heartfelt "White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!"
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41. sandiquiz
7:04 AM GMT on July 01, 2014


Hi Pros, Wishing you a very happy Month of July :)
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40. palmettobug53
3:18 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
Good morning, Pros.

You're not alone in feeling like that. I think everyone gets into these funks, from time to time, especially as they get older.

This past year has been hard, despite the support of Hubby, my remaining family and my friends. I just try to keep busy and I tell myself things will ease with time but it's still hard.

I'm SO glad you, Raindad and Mimi are now enrolled in obedience classes. She's a smart litle girl and I know she'll pick things up quickly. Mom and Dad just need to learn to not let her manipulate them into giving in to her whims. That's the hard part! lol

You are correct in that you should be careful about OTC meds, supplements and prescription meds. Always read the label to see what the ingredients are. Get online and research it to see what the adverse affects and possible interactions are. Ask your doctor. Ask the pharmacist.

I found it odd that your opthalmologist told you to stop taking Benedryl because it dries out your eyes and then turned around and told you to use that Costco sleep aid that had antihistamine in it. As far as I know, all antihistamines will do that. She should have known better.
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39. Proserpina
8:42 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
HI Sandi, it has been a busy last several days. After today's 'obedience' classes we attended a Lallapalooza at my neighbor's house, it is an annual family and close friends tradition. The parents, my friends, are English and have a large family of 9 children, dozens of grandchildren, assorted extended family members,.... The annual Lallapalooza is a strong family affair, it is so good to see so much love and affection toward each other and their children. I think I get a little sad that my little family is much too busy to slow down and just enjoy each others company. I guess I miss the flavor of the 'Italian family closeness'. I have adapted to my new world of family concept but still get sad when I allow myself acknowledge what my heart would really like but can't have. At times it seems that I live a very lonely existence. I'll snap out of this as soon as I can fall asleep and enter the world of forgetfulness. I can't believe that I am publicly admitting a little bit of my inner turmoil and unhappiness. Tomorrow is another day and another after that, muddling through a life I did not anticipate is hard but I am a survivor and will get out of my funk!
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38. sandiquiz
8:23 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
"Mimi was a star in her obedience class today! I am so impressed. We'll practice more tomorrow and the next day and the day after...we will eventually be perfect at our commands and her compliance"

I read this in my blog and......I had a 'smile in my heart' for you :-)

Good for Mimi but an even bigger 'well done' to you and hubby!
Remember....practice makes perfect!

And congratulations on the new car! Modern cars are so good, they almost drive themselves.

Edit - Oh, you poor dear...it must have been the excitement of the day. Sweet dreams when you finally get back to sleep :-)
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37. Proserpina
8:19 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Time: 4:19 am, been up sine 2am, completed several crossword puzzles, read some blogs on Wordpress, visited some blogs on Wunderground and I am still wide awake!

Sleep is perverse as human nature,
Sleep is perverse as legislature....
So people who go to bed to sleep
Must count French premiers or sheep,
And people who ought to arise from bed
Yawn and go back to sleep instead.
~Ogden Nash, Read This Vibrant Exposé

A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky -
I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie
Sleepless...
~William Wordsworth, "To Sleep"
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36. Proserpina
7:07 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
HI Ylee, Mimi is a quick learner and she does have a good memory. She and I have been putting into practice what we both learned and so far so good. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello.
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35. Ylee
2:11 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Good to see Mimi is responding to her training! I hope that she remembers it when it comes to dealing with you!

Hope you are having a good weekend!
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34. Proserpina
5:52 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
Mimi, hubby, and I just got back from Mimi's first obedience session. Mimi was wonderful! She learned quickly, anything for those little treats! The young woman trainer is excellent, listens to the doggies and their human parents! Professionally and respectful. Next week she is going to bring her 75lb. puppy for interaction with Mimi and the previous customer's dog. Yes, Mimi is getting total attention as she is the only one in her class. Mimi's human parents have a better understanding about training their baby, hopefully we will remember what WE were taught!


The trainer's feet.

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33. Proserpina
5:50 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
Archemedes has a baby and soon two more will follow. TS, it is not a colorful bloom but I do like her delicate look.

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32. Proserpina
12:57 AM GMT on June 28, 2014
Hello and good evening,

it has been a busy day. Mimi was groomed today, she is clean and smells good. She does look like a skinned rat as they had to shave her hair off due to the matting, Mimi refuses to let me comb her and as a result it is hard to keep her hair in good shape.
While Mimi was getting 'beautiful' we went and bought a new car, the dealer and us came to a mutually acceptable price. We had tried out the car on Wednesday, liked it and were ready to buy it but some negotiating was necessary before we bought it. We buy the same brand of cars, Lexus, as we know they are reliable and keep the cars for 8-10 years. So now I have to learn how to drive a car with so many computer based features that have me bewildered, hopefully I will adjust soon. Machines and I have never been on friendly terms! The new car is named Teresina, diminutive for Teresa. Our plan was that if we had a daughter she would be named Teresa for my aunt and my great grandmother, but we did not have a daughter so the car gets the chosen name!
Mimi and I should sleep well tonight, we are both tired! By the way, tomorrow we start the obedience lessons! Should be fun! Not really!

Ylee, Melatonin would probably help but I have to be careful with meds (even the OTC kind) because I take so many prescribed meds that one or another is bound to be negatively reactive when taken together. I am sensitive to meds even in small dosages and have had some interesting reactions!
Yes, the center photo of the collage is 'vaguely' familiar! LOL!

Sandi, your pink waterlily is gorgeous! And so is the photo! Thank you for posting it here and I hope you will post more.
Your Max and my Minx are smart and sneaky when it comes to outsmarting us! And they sure love their treats. My rascal will get plenty of treats tomorrow during her obedience class! And I get nothing for my efforts!
After the Mimi class we will be going to a Lollapalooza (spelling?) at our neighbor's house. I just prepared a fruit salad to bring, hopefully it will taste as good as I remember it. I used to make this semi salad, semi dessert years ago at that time it was always a big hit with company. The recipe contains crushed pineapple, mandarin segments, fruit cocktail, bananas, tiny marshmallows, Cool Whip, pistachio pudding, etc. A fattening melange of deliciousness!

BC, as you know I did visit Calpoppy's blog and did become a member of the new group! It will be interesting to see the group develop.... You are doing a great job with your part of the administrative chores. I do not know who the other members are except for S. of course but I bet they are WU members. Thank you for letting me know and for the opportunity to learn.
I have taken Tylenol PM and as usual, the med did a number on my mind! I have tried prescribed sleeping pills, prescribed Melatonin, etc. but they all make me feel truly bad the next day. I took a Benadryl a little while ago and while I know it will help me sleep tonight, I also know that my eyes are already burning and puffy! One way or another my Angels do not want me to get a good night's sleep!

Good night, sweet dreams.
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31. Ylee
4:07 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
I think I mentioned melatonin before, but I'm not sure if you could take it!

The center photo of Briar's collage looks familiar..... :' )
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30. sandiquiz
9:38 AM GMT on June 25, 2014
Oh, I am glad little Minx is feeling better. It could easily be the milk... and naughty you for sharing it with her in the first place...now you have to break her of the habit. lol

Best to get one or two little treats handy when you drink your bedtime milky drink, and throw one away from you, so she has to run to get it. Then throw another in a different direction. This is how I get Max into the conservatory at night.... but the little scamp has learnt to dash for the treat, grab it and run away from where I am trying to get him to go, before eating it!! lol
Pesky!

Hope you feel better today, as well. I suppose I am lucky, I have never needed a sleeping pill, although the word never is a long time... and old age is coming quickly!! lol

Now Thursday ... for you :)

My pink water lily.





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29. BriarCraft
11:35 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
I'm sorry you had a bad reaction to those sleeping pills. Totally by accident, I bought the generic version of Tylenol PM at Target awhile back and didn't notice until I had opened the package. I have avoided sleeping aids because, like you, I hate how they make me feel, but one night, my arthritis was giving me fits and I just couldn't get comfortable long enough to go to sleep. I got up and took just one pill, which is half the recommended dose, and was asleep half an hour later. I slept like the dead and awoke refreshed 7 hours later, with no ill effects. So now, happily, I have something I can take when Mr. Arthur Itis keeps me up at night (as long as I haven't already taken the regular acetaminophen).

And now, a little shameless advertising for our new Flickr Group

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28. Proserpina
9:51 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
Hi Mass, I wish that I could but I just can't keep up with life and serious posting! So I appear on the blogs when I can, and usually minimally. I do miss my old postings/blogs/WU activities.

Here is the latest: Mimi continued to be sick until today's early morning hours (I am tired of washing everything in sight), however she has not gotten sick since (no vomiting). In fact she has started up being her usual obstreperous self! The entity that was in a real bad shape yesterday was ME! Sunday-Monday midnight I took a sleeping pill. I had not taken one in years because I do not like how they make me feel. It so happens that the ophthalmologist who has been taking care of my eyes (not my regular eye doc) told me to stop taking Benadryl as the antihistamine dries my eyes. She suggested that I buy Costco's brand of their sleeping pills. She said that she takes them and wakes up in the morning without any problems and is able to work all day with renewed energy! So I sent my hubby to go buy the miracle sleeping pills an finally tried it out. Well, I spent all day yesterday in a drugged state! I could not wake up! I stayed in bed for most of the day, getting up only to take care of Mimi. I felt like I sometimes do from anesthesia, for some reason occasionally I cannot wake up from the anesthesia and am in a foggy state for many hours. I try to wake up but can't and I am in panic throughout the ordeal! Yesterday was about the same. Scary! When I finally came out of it this morning, I read the label on the 'sleeping pills', the ingredient is antihistamine in high dosage! So, yesterday there was no blogging for me!
I wonder why I lead such an 'interesting' life full of 'happenings' with my health.

Ylee, I can tolerate brussel sprouts, especially if spiced and herbed up and roasted, but sushi? NO WAY!

BC, your advice is excellent and to be honest, I have been going through the process you describe. I really do not know what caused Mimi's problems. She does pick up 'things' from our walk (even though I am vigilant) and holds on to them like a vice, I cannot pry her jaw open. And obviously she ingests whatever is in her mouth. Also she likes milk and I have given her a tiny bit at night (when I warm up mild for me to help with my sleep). I have been giving her Lactaid as I know that doggies are lactose intolerant, I suppose that she still could be reacting to the milk. Starting tonight, I will drink my milk without sharing. I will probably has to hide in another room while drinking the milk, she so insistent and can make a pest out of herself when she wants something.

WW, how are you? My Stella de Oro have been blooming prettily, and today my double Stella de Oro plant opened up her first bloom. Lovely yellow flowers but do not photograph well. That's one gorgeous Heron that you posted! Thank you.

GG, I'll go check your blog, who knows, i may find photos of pastries! Yummy!

Sandi
, I love your photo of the summer solstice. I loved it when you first posted it and love it now! Thank for posting it here and for the greetings.

Bug, I am so glad that you are enjoying the Vitax. I do not have a Magnolia tree, not the stately one. The photos I have posted are from my next door neighbor's tree. She is from Louisiana and when she moved here she planted the Magnolia, she just could not enjoy her yard without the Magnolia. I do have a different kind of magnolia tree, it is very small, the flowers are small and not as pretty. The birds like my tree as it is by the deck and they use it as their perch for the feeders, to stay a little drier when it rains, to serenade me,....

Hopefully I did not miss responding to any of the posts...

Have a wonderful evening everyone.
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27. masshysteria
4:57 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
Good Afternoon, Prose!

Sorry you're now caught up in Mimi's sudden medical issues. Hope that her tummy's finally settled down and you've been able to get caught up on needed rest yourself.

Like you, I'm having varying issues trying to type on my new very sensitive laptop. It definitely takes much longer to type completed sentences or paragraphs and becomes quite frustrating when a lengthy post just suddenly disappears. I guess it will just take some time to practice as well as learn from the long tutorials that come with it. Unfortunately, hubby demands more of my time, so I will have to wait till he goes to bed early.

Hope you'll be feeling well enough to rejoin us here online again soon! I miss some of our old blogging buddies that have permanently left WU.

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26. Ylee
9:00 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Hope Mimi is better! It would be similr tome changing my diet to sushi and brussel sprouts! :' )

Take care!
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25. BriarCraft
8:32 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
I know I've mentioned it elsewhere, but I have to say it here, as well. Your First Day of Summer photo with that wonderful quote was memorable and inspiring. Hopefully everyone who read it will be inspired to pause from all their busy-ness to listen to the murmur of water and/or watch clouds float across the sky.

I am sorry Mimi gave you such a rough night with her upset tummy. As our cats have aged, it has become necessary at times to change the diet of one or another of them. The advice of our wonderful vet might also apply to Mimi and other dogs, and that is that they don't always adapt easily or quickly to a dietary change. It is sometimes necessary to make a gradual transition, for example:
Days 1 and 2: mix 1 part of the new food with 4 parts of the old food
Days 3 and 4: mix 2 parts of the new food with 3 parts of the old food
and so on, so that after 10 days, the cat (or dog?) is now eating 100% new food.

The problem might not be with the new food, which sounds wonderful. The problem might be that it was too sudden of a change from what she has been eating. Food for thought? (pardon the pun; I couldn't help myself)
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24. WeatherWise
12:01 AM GMT on June 23, 2014
WOW! HOpe Mimi is better and hope you have rested some.
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23. Proserpina
10:50 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
Sitting with Mimi and watching soccer. Go USA!

I have been up since 3:30am, Mimi has been sick and vomiting. I have been taking care of her and cleaning. I am about to collapse as I need some sleep, oh well. She seems to be better and ate the few pieces of plain chicken that I cooked for her, and also the rice I cooked in the chicken broth. My guess is that Mimi got sick over the canned food I got her. The food is American made, organic, no grain or fillers, the best available but her tummy did not like it.

Darn it, Portugal scored the first goal!

It is hard to type on this laptop but i wanted to say hello and wish you a good afternoon-evening.
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22. GardenGrrl
10:30 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
Hi Prose, Happy Summer!
I did not get any flower pictures while in Houston but did get pictures of pastries as pretty as flowers.
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21. WeatherWise
3:29 AM GMT on June 22, 2014



Hi Pros, Thanks for the Archimedes story. Thanks for the beautiful flower photo that you left for me. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Happy First Day of Summer, Pros! Summer is Here! This is a most unusual heron pose that I observed while on the Riverwalk Trail today.



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20. sandiquiz
9:40 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Happy
Summer solstice....hope you are having a beautiful day.

I took this photo at sunrise on June 21st 2011, as today I slept through sunrise! Lol

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19. palmettobug53
8:38 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
You've posted photos of such lovely flowers, Pros, but that Magnolia! Oh... There's just nothing that compares, is there?

Don't get me wrong; I'm like you - I love all flowers. Each has it's own beauty and attributes but there is just something so elegant about the Magnolia.

They're blooming here, too. I've spotted several. I don't have one, though. I've thought about it but our yard is pretty small and there's just no place to put one.

I have been wanting a tea olive, though. Maybe this fall, I should get one.

Oh, BTW... that vitex I was sent last summer, after Dad passed? It's doing great! I'm so pleased with it and I think the spot in the backyard is just perfect for it.

While I'm not too happy to hear that your PCP is forcing you to make the rounds of various specialists (for no apparent good reason!)I was delighted to hear that you had the pleasure of talking with the nephrologist in Italian!

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18. Proserpina
12:37 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
@Maria photo 075jsummer_zpsdff0f3bd.jpg

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

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