Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"Fly fast, mate quickly, die young." If mayflies had a motto that would probably be it. That's because these elegant insects have among the shortest adult lives of any insect. Indeed, scientists have named this group of insects the Ephemeroptera, Latin for "short-lived flyer."
Mayflies are insects which belong to the Order Ephemeroptera (from the Greek ephemeros = "short-lived", pteron = "wing", referring to the short life span of adults). They have been placed into an ancient group of insects termed the Paleoptera, which also contains the dragonflies and damselflies. They are aquatic insects whose immature stage (called naiad or, colloquially, nymph) usually lasts one year in fresh water.
The California poet Darren "Gav" Bleuel, for instance, had this to say about the insects
“The mayfly never sees the dawn
But once before his end.
To think he’s born
Upon the morn
Yet not see one again.”
The leaves from the Wild Cherry tree drift lazily down as if they are butterflies in no hurry for their descent.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
~~~~~~~Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm! ~~~~~~~~~~ Use your favorite fresh mushroom for this recipe. This dish is also excellent served chilled ~~~~~~~~~ 1-pound asparagus, trimmed 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2-cup fresh mushrooms, sliced 1-teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried Freshly ground black pepper to taste ~~ In a large skillet, bring 2 inches of water to a boil with a teaspoon salt. ~ Prepare a bowl of ice water and set aside. ~Add asparagus to the boiling water and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until barely tender but still firm. ~Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the spears to the ice water bath. ~Leave in ice water 5 minutes or until cool. ~Drain and set aside. ~Discard blanching water. ~~~ ~Using the same skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. ~Add mushrooms, asparagus, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. ~Sauté until mushrooms are wilted and the asparagus is just heated through, about 3 to 4 minutes. ~Serve warm or chilled. ~~~~~ Yields 4 servings. ~~~~~~~~Asparagus sandwich a favorite of mine!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
When our children were small we made a sunflower and morning glory gazebo. To this day the morning glories return. AH, What fun that was, and continued memories. Maybe I shall do that again next spring!
Food for thought~ Morning Glory Muffins
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An enchanted Playhouse.
Flower Language Morning Glory – Affectation Sunflower - Loyalty; haughtiness; you are splendid
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Viscosity is a measure of the resistance of a fluid to deform under shear stress. Memory foam was originally developed by NASA to ease the pressure of extreme G-force during space shuttle take off. It was never used in the space program, but was subsequently used in medical applications, for example with patients suffering from pressure sores or bed-bound for a long period.
~~~ This of course brought to mind the story by Hans Christian Anderson. The Princess and the Pea.~~~~~~~~~~~
So hold the calls I will be seeing if I can locate any peas!Tee hee Once Upon a Mattress