Dance of the flowers, part 5 - Hemerocallis

By: Proserpina , 1:08 AM GMT on July 07, 2014

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DANCE OF THE FLOWERS, part 5 - HEMOROCALLIS



Daylily is the common name for plants of the genus Hemerocallis

The name Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words ἡμέρα (hēmera) "day" and καλός (kalos) "beautiful". This name alludes to the flowers which typically last no more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one on the same scape (flower stalk) the next day. Some species are night-blooming.

Hemerocallis is native to Eurasia, including China, Korea, and Japan, and this genus is popular worldwide because of the showy flowers and hardiness of many kinds. There are over 60,000 registered cultivars. Hundreds of cultivars have fragrant flowers, some cultivars rebloom later in the season, particularly if their capsules, in which seeds are developing, are removed.

The daylily is often called "the perfect perennial", due to its brilliant colors, ability to tolerate drought and to thrive in many different climate zones, and generally low maintenance. Those with yellow, pink, and other pastel flowers require full sun to bring out all of their color; darker varieties, including red and purple flowers, need shade.

The yellow cultivar, "Stella de Oro" (sometimes "Stella Doro"), is one of the most popular, and has won multiple awards from the American Horticultural Society.

The flowers of some species are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine as well as in Western cuisine especially in salads.

Because their roots can absorb a lot of water, daylilies can prevent brush fires and soil erosion on slopes.


Some believe that if pregnant women wear daylilies on their waist, they will give birth to a male child.

Daylilies have become the symbol of mothers in Chinese culture.





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Fruitful Daylily (Proserpina)
Fruitful Daylily
Secret Hiding Spot (Proserpina)
Secret Hiding Spot
Flower Power, 2 (Proserpina)
Flower Power, 2
Refreshed by a hose (Proserpina)
Refreshed by a hose
Purple Happiness (Proserpina)
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank
Purple Happiness
The Gift (Proserpina)
This is the first butterfly to visit my flowers this year!
The Gift
Green Petticoat... (Proserpina)
...trimmed with lace.
Green Petticoat...

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70. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:47 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
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69. sandiquiz
8:27 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
Are you allowed chocolate on your restricted diet?

if so...nibble on these:)

White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)

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68. Proserpina
12:24 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Hi Sandi, a pocketbook is a woman's handbag. It also means paperback book! I use the word purse to mean a little hand carried pocketbook, usually a fancy piece that one carries to special dress up affairs. Wallet is the item in which one places money, charge cards, photos, etc. This is our lesson for the day! LOL No, there were no treats in my 'pocketbook' and certainly none in the wallet where the card was sitting 'safely' in the little insert for cards. See you!

Ylee
, I have been meaning to say hello to you and to thank you for stopping by.
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67. sandiquiz
9:23 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Perhaps she smelled treats in your pocketbook? Please tell... what on earth is a pocketbook?? I know what a wallet is - the men here carry something called a wallet to keep their paper money and cards in...but us ladies use a "purse"! AND not what you call a purse either, as we call that a "handbag"! So confusing!!! lol
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66. Proserpina
3:18 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Sandi, my card was inside my wallet, which was inside my pocketbook sitting by the front door. My clever minx figured out how to express her opinion about charge cards!
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65. sandiquiz
2:36 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
I am pleased she is feeling better, but tell her, no more treats if she chews your card again, but please tell me it wasn't just "sitting" around... not in a wallet?

My neighbours'standard poodle eats mobiles and tv remotes! They have had to replace both many times!! lol
At least Max only eats paper!
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64. Ylee
7:37 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
Maybe Mimi's trying to tell you to use cash.... :' )

Glad she's feeling better! The flower in #62 is really pretty!

Take care!
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63. Proserpina
7:31 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
Good afternoon.

Reporting that Mimi has one more antibiotic pill to take, finally! She is much better and I do not feel the lump anymore. Moreover I have a 'surprise' measure that tells me that she is back to her old self, she just chewed up my Visa Charge Card! And to think that I never accepted this particular excuse when I was teaching!

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62. Proserpina
1:38 PM GMT on July 29, 2014


Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy. ~Terri Guillemets

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly....
~Pablo Neruda
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61. Proserpina
5:58 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Sandi, what a fabulous cartoon! LOVE IT! It is sophisticated, funny, and relies on general knowledge. I showed this to my hubby and I saw a big smile on his face! Thank you. By the way, I can stop and heel only when I feel like it! No one tells me what to do! And my husband would agree with this comment. LOL

BriarCraft, did you try the recipe? Did you like it? How about hubby? A food blog? Not a bad idea, I may do so. "And BTW, I did read that "epic" in its entirety, drooling more with each sentence. Now I've got to change my shirt and it's all your fault!" I so love your humor!

WatchingtheSky, what a beautiful waterlily. Thank you for posting the photo here. Yes, I was born in Sicily, Italy. My mother was born in the USA and my father in Italy. At birth I had dual citizenship and chose my American one when I was thirteen years old. I love my roots and the history of my ancestors (I am a big genealogist on my family history that goes back to the 1400s for actual direct kinship. Historically my family goes back to the time Sicily was part of Magna Grecia). I also love my life here in America and all that this country represents. I am now an old lady and have been in the life and identity I chose for 61 years! Vincenzo Nibali did it! He is one of the 6 men who have won the three Big Tours - Il giro d'Italia, El Giro de Espana, and Le Tour de France! And he did it without doping! Just hard work and grit!

Happy Monday!

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60. sandiquiz
4:17 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Well, how did obedience go? Can you stop and heel, now!! lol

You said over in Flickr ..."Next week she graduates!"

Do you mean yesterday, or next weekend? At least, from what you have said, she has learnt quite a lot, even if it is only "mum" carries treats in her pocket!! lol


I found this.. and it just made me laugh out loud!!



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59. BriarCraft
3:38 AM GMT on July 27, 2014
Thanks for the recipe! Your timing is great as I now have whipping cream, ricotta, raspberries, blueberries, and peaches on hand. I think that combination should be yummy, at least I hope so.

Oh, and you can do a food blog any time!
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58. WatchinTheSky
11:22 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Good luck in class!

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57. Proserpina
12:09 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
BriarCraft, I am reposting here a response I gave on facebook to a request for the ricotta recipe, just in case you might be interested! "As to the ricotta and whipped cream, I will give you the ratio as I found it in one of Giada's cookbooks (her recipes are authentic, very close to what I learned over the years from mother and family). However at this point of my cooking years, I do what mom did, 'a little of this and a little of that'. It all depends on my mood of the moment, one time more riciotta, another more whipping cream,..... I use the electric mixer to prepare the whipped cream, then I fold in the ricotta with the mixer at the lowest setting of 1. I omit cinnamon and vanilla because of my allergies, they are not needed at all! Here it is: One third cup ricotta, two tablespoons plus cream (unwhipped), 3 tablespoons powdered sugar. In a medium bowl mix the ricotta with the cream to blend. In a larger bowl with an electric mixer, beat the remaining cream with the sugar and whip until soft firm peaks form. Fold in the ricotta into the whipped cream. Refrigerate from 20 minutes to 4 hours before using on top of assorted berries and kiwi slices. By the way, 20 minutes or so before serving, mix the fruit with 1 tablespoon of regular sugar and one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Top with toasted sliced almonds. Enjoy! Oh, guess what I had this morning after my cereal? Yes, cut up strawberries and blueberries topped by leftover ricotta-cream mix! Out of this world."

Hi Sandi, WW, WTS! I am on my way to Mimi's obedience class, I need to be told how to heel! See you all later.
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56. sandiquiz
11:25 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
LOL I am laughing at Briar's comment...

In the supermarket this morning they had strawberries and raspberries. I asked C if he wanted some for dessert, but he said no. Later, as we walked past the deli counter, he choose a Belgium chocolate and cream concoction! This is a man who actually prefers savoury snacks over chocolate, and would never thank me for making a chocolate dessert for him!!! lol

Have a sunny, happy Weekend:)
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55. BriarCraft
4:56 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
In all that sumptuous feast you described in #44, the item that stood out to me the most was this:
Dessert was a mix of fresh berries (including blackberries and raspberries) and sliced Kiwis topped with a mix of sweetened whipped cream in which I folded ricotta, and topped with toasted almond slices.
That sounds like a heavenly summer dessert, especially after a meal that included not one, but two entrees. And BTW, I did read that "epic" in its entirety, drooling more with each sentence. Now I've got to change my shirt and it's all your fault!

I am off to the huge farmers market in Olympia tomorrow. I have plenty of blueberries, but I will purchase some raspberries. Then, it seems, I will have to stop at the supermarket on my way home to purchase some whipping cream and ricotta and sliced almonds. DH will wonder where I came up with such an idea, but I'll bet he likes it. And if not, well, all the more for me.
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54. WatchinTheSky
11:05 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
Hi Pros! I don't think I knew you were from Italia! We did not have time to see the Sicily area when we went to Italy a couple years ago ;-( Something for next time!

The riders in the Tour De France are impressive indeed! Last year, the AMGEN Tour of California had one of the stages start and stop in our city - so we had to watch them start. It was a 100 mile stage with total ascent of 9500 feet and max elevation of 5300 feet. I am familiar with most of the roads they went on and some are steep for cars!! And (poor riders) that day was 100 degrees for a good chunk of the stage, wheww!

Have a nice weekend!
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53. Proserpina
6:32 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
Sandy, yes, all is well here. We have a really nice day, not too hot. Today I've seen one moth and one butterfly, and five humming birds! That's a good day.

Juslivn, as far as I know the little boy is still alive but he has lost his parents. Very sad. Over thirty other people are hurt, but it could have been worse as there were 1300 people camping at that camp and 40 workers. Yes, lots of damage to vehicles, etc. Years ago we used to camp in nearby areas but not at that campground. As I recall, one of the worst thunderstorms I have experienced in my lifetime was while camping in that area. My children were 9-10 years old and they got caught in the men part of the outhouse and I on the women section. We yelled at each other through the walls as I was unable to go out to their side without being killed by the horrible lightening.

Weatherwise, so Bluebirds are gray when young, I had no idea. But I should not be surprised, it seems that newborn birds have drab coloring which evolves in gorgeous blues, reds, yellow,... depending on the variety of birds. Thank you for posting your photo. And thank you for reading all the way through my culinary post! I still have leftovers which I will get rid of later today. No more leftovers this week! Tonight it is steak!
I've enjoyed the photos of the sculptures and I thank you for posting one here on my blog. I do not think people get bored with pretty photos! Post away!

Ylee, hi. Yes, lots of leftovers and wish I could have shared the meal with you and others.

Hi Bug. My husband also still uses handkerchiefs but not the decorative kind. I have not carried one in years! It used to be fun to buy on our trips hand made embroidered ones to give as gifts. If I did this today I would be deemed to be nutty! How attitudes change!

Aqua, so great to see you! I love those handkerchiefs! Very pretty and they do remind me of other times.... Why not? Frame your favorite one and hang it on your walls! There is no reason not to! Thank you so much for sharing these pretty things. Flowers are beautiful in whatever form they come!

*** Lastly, let me share a little bit of info about Le Tour de France. Vincenzo Nibali has earned the yellow shirt for quite a few stages of the Tour. Vincenzo is from Messina in Sicily, I was born in the Province of Messina, 20 minutes away from the City of Messina. In Sicily as in all of Italy, they are very proud of their 'Lo Squalo', the 'Shark' of the Strait of Messina! It is his nickname as given by the Sicilians. Of course I and hubby have been watching the bike race for the interest in the 29 year old rider, and for the spectacular scenery of the mountains they scale. This year the Tour has taken them to England, the Pyrenees, the Alps, beautiful cities on the way, and Sunday they bike to Paris where the race ends. Twenty one grueling stages of biking! Amazing the stamina that these contenders have! Forza Squalo!
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52. sandiquiz
9:45 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods... and sorry to hear about the deaths from the tornado:(
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51. juslivn
3:41 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Hope all are ok, pros. Hope these storms move along without further damage.
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50. Proserpina
8:05 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
Tornado hits VA, in North Hampton County (Norfolk). It hit a campground. Two dead, their son barely hanging on. They are visitors from NJ. Prayers for all involved.
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49. WeatherWise
3:26 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
A little baby bluebird newly fledged - for YOU!



Thanks for stopping by my blog for a short visit.
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48. WeatherWise
6:48 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
Hi Pros, Read it all the way through and sounded like a royal banquet or feast. Think the fruit option for dessert after such a grand meal sounded quite refreshing. You really went all the way out - no wonder your back is out of sorts. I agree it gets harder after not cooking for a large group for a long time. I second guess myself when preparing large dishes for more than four. I'm with Ylee checking for leftovers.. Have a restful day!

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47. Ylee
6:10 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
Rest well, Pros, you earned it! Got any leftovers? :' )
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46. sandiquiz
4:58 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
I read it all, every last word - lol :)

I am glad my suggestion went down well... as it seems did every morsel of the menu!
Take it easy for the rest of the week, you deserve it!
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45. Proserpina
3:49 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
I will be back to 'talk' to you nice people who posted while I was 'gone'!
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44. Proserpina
3:47 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
Good morning. I posted the following elsewhere and since today and the rest of the year are my 'less work' goals, I am reposting here!

"Anyone wonder where I have been? I have been cooking! Two days to shop for the items, two days to prepare the meal. It used to take me one day to do a meal for company, shopping and all. I had not prepared a big meal from scratch in a long time but wanted to do something special for my brother and his lady friend. For antipasto I prepared a delicious Sicilian caponata to top slices of baguette bread. I prepared Osso Buco (the authentic stuff) and a second entree of Chicken Cacciatore. Why two? Insecurity after a long period of not entertaining! The rest of the meal was Risotto Milanese, again the authentic kind and time consuming with the constant stirring..., Giada's Endive and Frisee Salad with Balsamic Vinegar dressing, steamed asparagus, etc. Dessert was a mix of fresh berries (including blackberries and raspberries) and sliced Kiwis topped with a mix of sweetened whipped cream in which I folded ricotta, and topped with toasted almond slices. Hagen Daz gelato and cheeses were available to munch on (but everyone was too stuffed and those items were not eaten). And of course, we had espresso (decaffeinated for me). So what did I do after my guests left? Cleaned up of course, and then ate more fruit and the chocolate almonds they brought!

No, my page is not going to turn into a foodie page! It's just that I may never cook a big meal again! Darn it, I am exhausted and my back is killing me so much that I am sitting at the computer with a heating pad on my back! And orders for hubby not to ask me to do anything at all today! Same for Mimi! Mimi, the queen of the gathering!

Being the curious type, I wonder how many will actually read this 'epic' all the way through! This is NOT a test! LOL!

Sandi, your suggestion to serve the fruit, topping, and nuts separately was brilliant!
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43. Ylee
2:20 AM GMT on July 21, 2014
Happily is good! Glad the party went well!
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42. Proserpina
1:51 AM GMT on July 21, 2014
I am happily EXHAUSTED! Headed for bed to rest my weary bones! Good night.
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41. palmettobug53
5:44 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
Hi, Pros.

Hope the dinner went well. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the food.

Aqua, I love your flowers! It makes me think about my grandmothers and aunts. New hankerchiefs were always a welcomed gift at Christmas.

Like Shirley says, you used to be able to find those everywhere. The dime stores had plenty of styles and designs to choose from and at affordable prices.

Most of the older men in my family still carry a pocket hankerchief. Hubby does, too.
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40. WeatherWise
5:11 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
Hi Prosp, I just love Aqua's pretty flowery linens! They remind me a bit of my grandmother's pretty hankerchiefs. You could find them in the stores all the time way back when. I would choose another one to give her each Christmas. Back in those days ladies and girls carried frilly handkerchiefs - no tissues back then. Men always had a white handkerchief in their pocket - perhaps their back pocket? You still see that once in awhile in an old movie.

I made a trip to South Boston/Halifax area on Friday and found Bob Cage's Art Sculpture Farm. Took boatloads of photos but could not use them all in my new blog for fear of boring everyone. Here's one extra that I did not use.

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39. sandiquiz
11:40 AM GMT on July 20, 2014
Happy Sunday :-)
How did the dinner party go?

Yes we often serve cheeses after a meal, it is the European way. Possibly with French origins, as they serve cheese between the main course and the desert for some reason. If I am doing a dinner party I often have cheese and fruit at the end. Apples go well with cheese, as do grapes.

I am sure that everybody enjoyed what you had served. And when all is said and done they don't come just for your food, they come for your company :-)
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38. aquak9
10:35 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
I finally have some pretty flowers to share- but not what you might expect-



This is a close-up of my favorite one- wish I could just frame it.



So glad that Mimi is going to be ok.
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37. palmettobug53
6:35 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
No problem, Pros. You're very busy at the moment!
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36. Proserpina
6:25 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Bug! I did not see your post before I wrote my comments. No time now for a response, later... But, great to see you!
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35. Proserpina
6:03 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
GG, your Crepe Myrtles are beautiful as is the photo. And the rain in your area is manna from heaven! I like anything that dances! This morning in the car, coming back from Mimi's class, they were playing 'Twist and Shout', guess what my feet and the rest of my body were doing!

Sandi,
I put the Osso Buco in the oven less than 5 minutes ago. I am taking a little rest before I continue with more preparations. I am exhausted already. My mom did not teach me 'simple' when it comes to cooking for family and friends! Your suggestion is excellent and I will follow it. My guests are weight conscious and just fruit might be their choice. I'll also serve some after dinner cheeses, a la European custom. Or is it just Italian custom?



TS, you are much too young to have arthritis in your knuckles! Hopefully there is a simple answer for Mimi's lump. Good grief, she is much too young to start with health problems. She had fun in class today, after all she had tons of treats to get her to obey the commands. The trainer's dad brought in their huge dog, a mix of German Shepherd and some other large breed, to socialize with Mimi. I was ready to run out of the pet store but dad and daughter had that huge dog 'eating our of their hands' and without treats! First time ever that I was in a small room with that kind of dog! And was not afraid! The big lug was tamer than Mimi! So I guess, I too was 'socialized'. No, it will not extend to the Pit Bull across the street, no way, nohow!
I have not seen the photo of the nurses but I WILL! I just need some minutes without any activity that I must do!

Hi Ylee. We have a cool but gloomy day. Overcast for the most part. But the heat and humidity are not bad and that is a good thing!

My rest time is about to be over and back to the kitchen I go.

Oh, for those following the Tour de France, Nibali is from 'my part of the woods', Messinese!
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34. palmettobug53
5:54 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Hi, Pros.

I'm sorry I'm late coming by to visit your day lily blog but I'm here now.

I love day lilies and have several. I'd like to have more, as they're pretty carefree and do handle drought well.

I have a lovely maroon one, much like the one in your header, that I got from Dad.

I think you can find day lily varieties that bloom at different times, so you can have plenty to look at all during the growing season.

I've been trying to move more into perennials and away from all those annuals. I'm finding it harder each year to do all the digging and prepping and planting, not to mention the ongoing expense. Once you get a perinnial settled in, you're good to go.

I loved all the shots with the bugs in blossoms. I see Shirley has some Moses in the Cradle, as do I.

I'm sure that lump on Mimi's neck isn't anything to worry about. It's likely nothing more than an infected ingrown hair or an insect bite.
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33. GardenGrrl
4:28 PM GMT on July 19, 2014


Brought you some crepe myrtles dancing in the rain.
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32. sandiquiz
8:39 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
After reading your post in my blog I had to come and see what was happening to Mimi.

Goodness, if it isn't one thing it is another. I am glad the antibiotics are making her feel more lively. My neighbours poodle had a similar lump, and it was an infected inward growing hair follicle. I had one once, and oh, boy, they do hurt!! I hope she soon is back to her mischievous self, and the vet needs to take no further action.

You asked me a question on my blog... thank you for your kindness, but I am sure you don't need guidance, but as you asked.... my suggestion would be to fill a very attractive dish with all the fruit, and place the cream / ricotta mix in another dish, so they can serve themselves to the fruit and the cream. If you have gelato in the freezer, offer them cream or ice-cream. Personally, I wouldn't serve it with the cream on top, as some folk might just want to eat the fresh fruits:)

Now relax... Mimi will be fine, as will your dinner party over the weekend:)
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31. Thoughtsteader
7:07 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
What serendipity. I just dropped by to leave this photo of Civil War nurses in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and I see that Mimi is requiring a little nursing herself. It doesn't sound too serious to me, actually, especially after reading what others have written.

It did remind me of my red, swollen knuckle at the base of my right forefinger. I couldn't figure it out. It was hot, it itched, it was stiff -- but I couldn't remember injuring it. Then, one of my friends listened to my complaint, looked at it, and started to laugh. She informed me I had an arthritic joint, and that if it didn't hurt it would be back to normal in a couple of days. It didn't hurt, and she was right. It still was a bit of a shock. Arthritis? That's for old people. ;)

We've had a good bit of rain around here. Even with the rain, it's hot. And humid. I managed to finish up a job this week, anyway, and have another that will finish early next week. Other than that, it's the same old same old.

By the way - that photo of Mimi is precious. If that's not a beseeching look, I don't know what is.
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30. Ylee
2:01 AM GMT on July 17, 2014
Glad you're getting some nice weather, too! I hope Raindad is taking advantage!

Good to know the vet is on top of Mimi's condition, and that it's probably not serious!

Take care!
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29. Proserpina
9:49 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Good afternoon. Mimi slept most of the day but a short while ago after a few pieces of chicken I prepared for her, she perked up. Now she is the same little mischievous little Mimi as always. She has taken two doses of the antibiotic, perhaps that's why she is more active.

Hi BriarCraft, Mimi is better. Hopefully she will continue to improve. The site of the lump is red and it very well could be an infection. We'll see. Yes, I agree, it is interesting about the ingrown hair becoming infected. It happens to humans so why not to dogs. So glad that's the biopsy of your Charlie's cyst came back negative. What is it about our pets that makes us worry about them, take care of them no matter the expense, see to their welfare,.... and worry about them more than worry about ourselves. At least that's what happens in my house!

WW, the weather today is fabulous. We deserve a day like today, after all recently we have suffered very hot days, rain, thunderstorms, etc. The photo of your Blackeye Susans is beautiful. I love these flowers for their color, resiliency despite the summer heat, source of food for Finches, ..... I have taken lots of photos of my Susans but I have not posted any on WU except for the one with the Daddy Longlegs (that I can remember anyways). I love it when you post your photos on my blog and the ones I encounter on other WU blogs. I try to leave a comment now and then on the photos but I do not do so as much as I would like. I've got my hands into too many projects. Not to mention the constant Mimi time that leaves me too little time for myself. But she is my sweetie and I will do whatever it takes to keep her happy and healthy. I am sure that my Koko approves.
Yes, the bug in your photo is the same bug as in mine! A Katydid Nymph! Aren't they pretty? What a beautiful little flower in your photo! The combination of the green bug and the purple-violet flower is very pleasing and beautiful!

Calpoppy, so glad that the two scares were only ingrown hair! I like to have growths removed from my pets. Koko had a bunch of grows over her lifetime, all were removed. Most of them were external and even though they were benign I could not stand the idea of seeing them on her. My neighbor's dogs have big external growths but she will not have them removed. Those poor dogs really look pretty bad.
I hope I can help with the Macro pointers, however I have the feeling that you and the rest of the group already know how! Macro? A closeup view of an item, flower, part of a flower, or any other subject matter. That's about it.

Hi Ylee. So far the visit seems uneventful. Hopefully the situation remains uneventful. We'll know soon if the antibiotic works or in a month if a biopsy is needed. Good grief, it having pets should not be so complicated.

Kozycolorado, now I know who you are! Thank you for the info. I've seen you here on WU but I did not know you, so I thought. I have been enjoying your photos on flickr and your comments as well, for my photos as well as on the other photos.
'Aaack! Did someone say macro? I'll just leave that to the pros and Pros! lol What the heck, maybe I'll conquer it. : )' and you have a sense of humor too! Love it! You will see that Macros are really not hard to get. And you do not even need a special lens, unless you are a professional macro photographer. So glad that you came to find me, please visit again. I'll check to see if you have an active blog.

Sandi, that's one beautiful photo of the Lily. Great composition and placement on the 'canvas'. And I am glad that you posted the photo here!

TS, I just saw the add to your post. You made me laugh that it was a Chihuahua that bit you! Well, we small packages, human or canine, do pack a big bite! Seriously, little dogs can bite and hurt but fortunately they cannot maul you as a pitbull or a rottweiler (sp?) can!
I went to the Neruda poems page to read the one you pointed out. I like the poem, and I am surprised that I was not familiar with this particular poem. I've read so much of his work and yet thee always is a new one for me to read! Neruda sure was a prolific poet! As were the themes for his poems. Thank you for letting me know that it was his birthday. Having been retired for 19 years, I have put my detailed knowledge of the writers I taught, in the back of my mind. They are resting in my memories which have become pale pink! That's how Borges put it, old memories of long ago become faded and almost unrecognizable after many years.
I hope the weather is treating you well. Frankly I have not been keeping close watch over the overall nation's weather. I just do not have the time to keep up with all of the things that interest me.

I hope that I did not miss responding to any of your kind posts. It is always appreciated that you come by to visit, lurk, leave a message or a photo or a poem or a joke........ Thank you.
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28. BriarCraft
9:46 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
I love that photo of Mimi peaking through the railing in #23. Much as it is a concern, the vet is probably right that Mimi is too young for that lump to be too serious. When I took Charlie to the vet for a check-up recently, I pointed out a small lump on his side and she took an aspiration biopsy. The lab results just came back last Friday with the good news that it is a fatty cyst, so unless it grows or becomes a problem, we will just leave it alone.

Poppy's #26 comment is interesting -- sounds like an ingrown hair that never stopped growing. Let's hope that's all it is with Mimi.

How are the lessons going? Have you learned anything new to help you manage Mimi?
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27. WeatherWise
7:39 PM GMT on July 16, 2014



Hi Pros, Hope Mimi's little lump goes away after the meds. Hoping for the best!

Here's a little bouquet of Brown-Eyed Susans for Mimi to sniff and run and play in.




Thanks for checking out my photos and leaving me a comment. Aren't the temps nice today in VA?

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26. calpoppy
3:31 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
I had two dogs in my life that had lumps around the neck region, both lumps were made up of hair! They were firm and round and very suspect to my unlearned eyes, but both were just fine after they had them removed.
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25. Proserpina
3:22 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Good morning.

We just got back from the Vet's. Mimi is on antibiotics, I just gave her the first dosage. The Vet did an aspiration of the lump (which is now red and somewhat visible as well) but could not get enough cells to make a diagnosis. Plan: treat with antibiotics and if they do not work, operate and biopsy. As the vet said, 'she is too young' for something serious but one never knows. At the moment we will treat with antibiotics, assume it is just fat tissue. In a month he will see and decide. I will calm down and think positively! Sounds like a good plan, yes?
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24. Ylee
3:44 AM GMT on July 16, 2014
Hoping that Mimi's trip to the vet is uneventful!
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23. Proserpina
6:49 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
img src="Mimi @Maria photo 20140715_0797_edited-1_zps1d28c7cc.jpg">

Photo taken today


I did not sleep very well last night, my heart felt heavy and sad. While stroking Mimi yesterday evening, I discovered a lump in the lower part of the neck. Bells started to ring...memories of Koko arose... Mimi has an appointment with the vet for tomorrow morning. Hopefully it is only a mass of fat. Darn it!

I'll respond to the lovely posts and photos soon. Thank you. Wishing you a good afternoon.
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22. Proserpina
6:03 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Local Weather Alert


Severe storm watch posted through 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Washington metro area in effect until 9 p.m. tonight. Heavy rain and frequent lightning are likely in storms that develop. Pockets of damaging winds are possible and isolated cases of flash flooding can't be ruled out. Stay with Capital Weather Gang for the latest.

Read more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weath er-gang/wp/2014/07/15/severe-thunderstorms-likely- today-then-a-refreshing-change/
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21. kozycolorado
3:04 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Aaack! Did someone say macro? I'll just leave that to the pros and Pros! lol What the heck, maybe I'll conquer it. : )

I could spend all day just looking at your pics, Proserpina!

Lesley aka Fizzybeth
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20. sandiquiz
8:25 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
Your blog is on Day lilies, so here is mine:)



Poppy - I love macro photography... and with the Panasonic it is SO easy! I can almost sit the lens on the subject and still get focus!
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