Thursday, August 05, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace


  1. Howard is still first.

    Subbing went pretty well yesterday. Thankfully I was able to take a nap between that morning class and my regular 8 p.m. class. Filling in for someone else next Wednesday.

    It's just a bummer that the extra money will be spent long before it shows up in my paycheck. But my guys both need new glasses pretty desperately, so you gotta do what you gotta do, and all that. And it's nice to be *able* to bring in some extra money this way instead of by, say, donating plasma. (Which, apparently requires a huge amount of time and hassle in order to get just a little bit of money.)

  2. Good news about Ally, Bill's son, and Renee's work. Hi, Renee! And everybody!

    As memory serves me, Queen Anne's Lace is carrot that has gone to seed.

    Listener--when the green bell peppers mature, they turn sweet and red. At least the commercial varieties.

    Going crazy with court appearances lately. Friday in Sonoma County (4 hours' drive away), Monday in Madera County (45 minutes), Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Fresno (where we live), and Wednesday afternoon in Monterey County (3 hours). Cut into my coffee breaks pretty seriously. Miyoko had an interpreter job at a local hospital today (Wednesday).

    Started ordering accessories for our new (iMac) computer, which I plan to order in a couple of weeks. (Waiting for a possible software update.) Our old (7-8 years) Mac G4 tower will be for my office use and backup. My (15? years) old OS/2 computer (boot drive is no good but it has a spare hard drive) will find its way to the computer recyclers in Berkeley, who refurbish usable computers and give them to the needy, disabled, and nonprofit organizations with Linux installed. That sure beats just smooshing them for the recoverable materials. Nobody locally does that, and I have jobs in Oakland (next to Berkeley) several times per year.

    I run both my cars and my computers into the ground.


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  4. Good morning.

    I'm back in Georgia after a two day drive. Well, actually, 20 hours on the road to cover 1260 miles. We're having a heat wave on the island. It's always surprising how little grows when it gets hot. All life is temperature sensitive. I think it's temperature changes that trigger bird migrations.
    In Durham we feed the fish bread and one of the frogs has learned to use their swarming as an opportunity to catch a meal. Once he got it positioned right, it was down the gullet in about a minute. It takes a snake a lot longer.

  5. Hi guys! :wave: Monica

    Puddle, I never had much use for Stephen King. But, anyone who says that Glenn Beck is Satan's younger brother, mentally challenged no less, is my kind'a guy! Thanks for posting.

    That new song I've been agonizing over, "Music to My Heart," is finally going somewhere!

  6. I love Queen Ann's Lace, even if it is carrot that has gone to seed. Haven't seen it in ages. Thanks, listener.

  7. For centuries a plant known Queen Anne's lace was the traditional morning after pill for English and American housewives. Recent Chinese research suggests that terpinoids in the seed somehow interfere with egg implantation in animals. But do not go out and test this ancient wisdom that dates back to Hippocrates; Queen Anne's lace can be a dead ringer for hemlock.

    Both plants produce nearly identical flowers on similar-sized plants that tend to grow in the same locations. The foliage distinctions are too subtle for the untrained eye and are easily confused. Let Socrates' untimely death to hemlock poisoning deter experimentation, proof enough a mix-up could indeed be fatal.

    Also known as wild carrot, Queen Anne's lace is the progenitor to our modern kitchen garden carrot. "Daucus carota" has naturalized in many parts of North America after introduction by early English settlers. It is a story repeated with many Old World species brought to America. Often the seed was introduced by animals or through their imported feed. Wild carrot could be unintentionally mixed into agricultural seed and introduced to the fields that way.

  8. Wow. That's very interesting.

  9. Just had a huge storm roll by. Lots of thunder tigers, a giant wind with all the tree branches whipping around, that blue purple storm sky. And four drops of rains, lol!

  10. LOL All pyrotechnics and no product, eh? Well, that's how it goes sometimes.

  11. Oh, lol! Until I looked at the picture, I thought the frog was eating the *bread*!

  12. Hey all. I have set up photos for the next four days. I am extremely tired this week owing to the extra hours at work, the seeming extra effort needed in general in relationships lately, and battling gray squirrels all week and now finding a young groundhog taking up residence in the back yard. Arrrgghhh! Small things all, really, but I'm still tired. I need the temps to cool down so I can sleep better. That's all supposed to improve soon. XOXOXXX