Saturday, June 30, 2007
The kids found 4 small wild bird eggs in the most beautiful blue imaginable! They were nestled inside one of my hanging Fuchsia baskets! I had seen a small brown bird visitng the flowers frequently, and now we know she's been building a nest! So cute ~ and I can't wait to see her babies when it's time.
Friday, June 29, 2007
I think it's official. I'm entering into geekdom & reading CSS: The Missing Manual.
A very nice stranger, M.S., helped to motivate me to utilize Cascading style sheets for my website instead of just HTML. I'm learning & it's actually really exciting! The author of this book, David McFarland, is a great teacher! What is CSS? ---> CSS, short for Cascading Style Sheets, a new feature being added to HTML that gives both Web site developers and users more control over how pages are displayed. With CSS, designers and users can create style sheets that define how different elements, such as headers and links, appear. These Style Sheets can then be applied to any Web page.
So, if you found that exciting, you have my sympathy. :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Some beautiful Queen Anne's Lace from my yard. This roadside flower is so pretty. Plants that grow like crazy like this always fascinate me. Their tenacity is interesting & it's like they just refuse to be silenced. Some interesting information from Sister Zeus:
Quoted from http://www.sisterzeus.com/qaluse.htm:
Using Queen Anne's Lace seeds as contraception
Queen Anne's Lace / Wild Carrot
Women have used the seeds from Daucus carota commonly known as wild carrot or queen anne's lace, for centuries as a contraceptive, the earliest written reference dates back to the late 5th or 4th century B.C. appearing in a work written by Hippocrates. John Riddle writes in Eve's Herbs, that queen anne's lace (QAL) seeds are one of the more potent antifertility agents available, and a common plant in many regions of the world. "The seeds, harvested in the fall, are a strong contraceptive if taken orally immediately after coitus."1 (penis/vagina sex)
Research on small animals has shown that extracts of the seeds disrupt the implantation process, or if a fertilized egg has implanted for only a short period, will cause it to be released. There has been some research done on wild carrot seeds mostly in other countries, the results of those experiments have been encouraging. The Chinese view QAL as a promising post-coital agent, "recent evidence suggests that terpenoids in the seed block crucial progesterone synthesis in pregnant animals." 1 When asked about the contraceptive effects of wild carrot, some herbalists have described it as having the effect of making the uterus "slippery" so the egg is unable to implant.
Note: post-coital means - after sexual intercourse where the penis has entered the vagina.
Progesterone is essential for pregnancy to occur, progesterone's function is to prepare the uterine endometrium to receive an egg, if the endometrium isn't ready, the egg will find implantation very difficult. If the egg can't implant then the opportunity is missed, and the egg begins to breakdown and is no longer viable. Menstruation arrives as usual. Scientific confirmation is helping to further validate our ancestral knowledge.
I am also interested in how this plant works with the bladder. Anyone experienced with this?
Monday, June 25, 2007
I was out walking this afternoon with Amulet in her mei tai, and I found the sweetest little wildflower bouquet hidden away near the forest. I could tell immediately that it was Jewel (my 3rd child) who had gathered it...it had her scent all over it. Pretty little red clovers and wild daisies of some kind. In an old jar she must have found in the barn. She's a darling little girl! Here's a picture of her showing me some mint she was eating....
Sunday, June 24, 2007
As all things work out in the end, and after many hours spent conversing in fruitless dialogue with gentlemen named "Bob" in India, Greenlee's Forest is rescued from the throes of modern technological failures and has resumed and flourished...as magical as this vessel of sparkling crystal quartz gems. Thanks be to those who listened to my woes and loved me anyway.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
A note to my wonderful patrons ~ my website has experienced some techinical difficulties...however it should be back up and running within 24-48 hours. The llamas had their fun at the keyboard, and now it's time to pay the piper.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
My sweet catalpa tree...her leaves are so large! They are like opening hands, beckoning all to come hither and sit with her, and make lovely plates for dining on summer fruits.
June's first hay cutting is resting on the Earth. The smell is so sweet and as the hot breeze bakes the drying plants my heart and lungs fill with it's delicious aroma. My clothes hanging on the lines are filled with this sweet song, and I can't wait to wear them!
Some darling silk goodies awaiting the Silver Leaf Rennaisance Faire! Colorful silks adorned with unusual glittery gems & silver. Medusa, fairies in pomegranates, mermaids, & dragons! I can't wait for the faire & the excitement!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
The joys of summer! The kids set up the sprinkler today and played & danced in the hot summer air. Our well water is icy cold! So cute I can hardly stand it. Running through the cold water was one of my biggest thrills when I was a child, and I love seeing my own kids experiencing it too.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
This beautiful little boobie sucker is my most darling sixth child. She is a blessed girl, with the sweetest personality. She even farts rainbows and sunshine. I love her and my whole life has been given meaning because of her.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I can't resist putting up this picture. Even cat haters have to see the cuteness of this girl. My kids are having such a good time with these kittens, and they haven't killed them yet, so it's going fine. The other cats are having such a hissing fuss over these little ones though! So funny to see them hiding under the sofa to avoid an accidental interaction with one of the babes.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The lake in June is a realm of liquid magic. Just walking there is a delight for the senses - the trees, the woodpeckers, the light filtering through the trees. My feet sink in as I walk the path and they carry me assuredly to a place I know is sacred. And then there is the water. The water lives; lilies & fish & frogs residing together in silence. I am so grateful...
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
I may have to turn to this. I haven't been able to publish properly for three weeks, and I think if the technician tells me I simply need to restart my computer ever again, drugs might be my only answer. :) Someone please rescue me from my web hosting nightmare.....stepping away from the computer now. Note: what stones are good for web publishing?