Sunday, May 25, 2008

Holiday Weekend

You can tell it's a holiday weekend when everybody's mail is still in the box on Sunday morning. They're all at the shore I guess. Except me. I'm home cleaning house (after an early Sunday walk) for company arriving on Wednesday. Yes, it's that dirty. Happy Memorial Day to all, especially those in the armed services who wish they were home. We wish it too.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What Good Is This?

Well might you ask. All these pennies we get as change that just jingle around in our pockets and purses and accumulate until they get so heavy we have to stick them in a jar and then find someplace to put the jar, and, well, you know what I mean. So I am quite happy to share this bit of amazing information that I received from my brother about what pennies are good for. This is news to me and, I believe with my penchant for getting stung while working in the garden, will come in quite handy as an addition to my gardening tools. . .a roll of pennies. Anyway, here's the email I got recounting the healing properties of pennies:

"This information may be something to remember, as this season will soon be here again...It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard for......... BEE STINGS !A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden. My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse, so I went to my regular doctor. The arm was infected and needed an antibiotic. The doctor told me ' The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes.' That night, my niece was stung by two bees. I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So I taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. We decided that she just wasn't allergic to the sting. Soon, I was gardening outside and got stung again twice by a hornet on my left hand. I thought, here I go again to the doctor for another antibiotic. I promptly got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for 15 minutes. The penny took the sting out of the bite immediately. In the meantime the hornets were attacking, and my friend was stung on the thumb. Again the penny. The next morning I could only see the spot where the hornet had stung me. No redness, no swelling. My friend's sting was the same; couldn't even tell where she had been stung. She got stung again a few days later on her back---cutting the grass! And the penny worked once again. Wanted to share this marvelous information in case you experience the
same problem. We need to keep a stock of pennies on hand. The doctor said that the copper in the penny counteracts the bite. It definitely works! Please remember and pass this information on to your friends, children, grandchildren, etc."

So, there it is. The magical power of pennies. I mean, please! Why didn't I ever hear about this before? I could have saved myself a lot of trouble.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

So Hard To Wait

Amy and Marc's pool got opened on Wednesday, but too late for Chase to do anything about it. So Thursday when he got home from school, he raced in and told me "I'm going to get my bathing suit on." It took me a moment to register what he was talking about. "Oh no," I said, "it's got a lot of dirt in the bottom and it's freezing!" He just looked sadly at me and then he disappeared. Oh boy, I thought, I hope he doesn't give me a hard time about this. After a few minutes when he didn't appear in his swim suit and begin to wear me down, I went looking for him. He'd better not be in that pool, I thought. I looked out the window and just had to smile and run for my camera. He was really good. He didn't ask me again; just stayed there for a little while and then went out to play with his friends. Last year I know he would have been in that pool. He's really growing up.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Just Because

This is from my trip to Longwood Gardens last week. Oh my.