Saturday, July 21, 2018

Fancy Colors

Who says produce can't be photogenic?

These pictures were taken today at Frog Pond Farms, near Bainbridge, New York.  In New York, we are at the height of summer and of our produce season.  So grateful for the plenty that surrounds us each day.

On the drive to Frog Pond, we were hugged by the green hills of upstate New York, and powderpuff clouds filled the sky.

When you combine natural colors, they never seem to clash.  Here is the red of onions, the green of cucumbers, and the yellow of squash.
The white of more onions and the red of beets.

Unhusked corn.  We will each eat an ear tonight with our dinner.  In our area of upstate New York, bicolor is the favorite.  In the late summer, you may find some all white, but never all yellow.

And the brown of maple products.  There's even more bounty - local cheese, local eggs, local Amish made pickled products. 

For a moment, the memories of winter are put behind us, and we think, how could we not love upstate New York?

Before we know it, it will be October and it will be time to wrap up another growing season.  This is what Frog Pond may look like by then.  

But that day hasn't come yet.  Seize each summer day, hug it, and be grateful for every day we are given.

Day 21 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #BlogBoost

Friday, July 20, 2018

Canandaigua Sunset in July - #SkywatchFriday #BlogBoost

Today is Friday, which means....

....a sunset on Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of upstate New York.

As the sun sets, baby ducks take advantage of the last light of the day.

The sun dips lower.

And then the sun is gone, leaving only its reflection behind.

Join Yogi and other sky-watching bloggers at #SkywatchFriday.

Day 20 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #Blogboost

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday - When Is a Fall Not a Fall?

This post, with some minor edits, was first published in my blog in May of 2015.  Since then, one person I knew (an in law of an in law) died from injuries suffered from a fall.  Others were hurt.

I took a falls prevention class in 2015, and am still practicing the exercises I learned, although, I must admit, not every exercise every day. I need to get back into it fully.

Next month, my spouse undergoes surgery, partially due to a fall he took in October 2017 that landed him in the emergency room and a three week absence from work.

Make no mistake - a fall is not to be taken lightly.   You may want to ask yourself:

When Is A Fall Not A Fall? (2015)

When is a fall not a fall?

Last week, I blogged about how I had signed up for a falling prevention course because - well, I've fallen several times in the past four years.  I am only 62 years old and I know what this can mean down the road.

My spouse had a relative who died from complications of a fall. Even my spouse's aunt, who is now 106, has not escaped falling.  A fall when she was 102 (it wasn't her first fall, either) led to a partial hip replacement.  She will never be independent again, although (for now) she still lives at home with her son.

Falling, for a senior, can be a death sentence at worst.  At best, it can result in broken bones, a trip to the Emergency Room, and/or the loss of independence.  So, if you are reading this post, and haven't fallen, you may still have elderly relatives to think about. Or, your taxes may be paying the medical bills of those who have fallen.  This is a problem that impacts all of us.

So, that's how I found myself sitting last Wednesday in a circle with six other women, and one man, and two facilitators.  The facilitators, both women, were retired RN's.  And, both had fallen.  We were all in good company.

We went around the circle, introducing ourselves, and telling our falling stories. So many of them seemed to involve walking dogs and uneven ground or gopher holes but there were some pretty nasty in-home falls, too.

Then the facilitators asked how many in the group had had joint replacements.  Almost everyone had had at least one, if not more.  In other words, I was sitting in a group of Bionic Seniors.

The program I am taking is evidence based and was developed in Australia.

Next, two physical therapists joined the class to teach us exercises we would do to build up our balance and strength, to prevent future falls.  Four exercises for balance, to be done daily.  Four exercises for strength, to be done three times a week.

I didn't feel out of place at all.  Certainly no one was giving me funny looks or wondering why a young senior was sitting in the class.

I talked to one of the RN's after class and she told me a person at risk of falling, no matter what their age, could take the class.
 
The youngest person to take this class locally was in her mid 40's.  The oldest was 103 - she is 106 now.  So, it is never too early (if you have the need), or too late.  As we were told, age is an attitude.  There are people in their 90's who think more youthfully than people in their 60's.  I want to be one of those people.

As for the question "when is a fall not a fall?", yes, there is an answer for that.  One of the RN's explained that when someone calls to register, she always asks, "have you fallen?" Many times, her question is met with several moments of silence, as the person on the other end of the phone thinks about it.  Was their fall a fall? 

Too many people think, the RN explained, a fall doesn't "count" if it doesn't result in a trip to the ER or a broken bone.  But, the RN went on, "it's like being a little bit pregnant.  You did or you didn't. You either fell or you didn't."

Have you fallen?  If so, I beg you to take it seriously.

Day 19 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #BlogBoost

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Your Wednesday Moment of Flowers

We all need some calm in our lives right now.

Breathe deep.

It's time for nature to take over for a moment.

Breathe in.  The lighting is just right.

Day lily time.   Their beauty is fleeting.  You must seize this moment because there may not be another one.
Breathe out.

Enjoy your day.

Each of these blooms in my yard lasts for only a single day.  You have to be there at the right moment.  And, when it comes, you must pay full attention.

I hope this moment of flowers took some of your stress away today.

Day 18 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #BlogBoost

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Brave New Shopping World

We did it to ourselves.
Macy's welcome sign - now it's gone
Yesterday, after work, my spouse and I went exercise walking in our local mall where I live in upstate New York.  Three of the four anchor stores have gone out of business, along with other stores.

The third anchor store, Bon-Ton (a department store) has been having its going out of business sale the last few (or so it seems) months. I understand it will close for good on August 31.  Macy's and Sears closed last year.  Nearby, Toys R Us closed its doors recently.  Across town, K-Mart had already closed.

While walking, I passed two other going out of business sales.

If the last anchor store, J.C. Penney, closes, we don't know if the mall will follow it soon after.

So what did I do after walking?  I went home ,watered my hanging baskets, and turned on my computer.  I wanted to head towards Amazon Prime's July Prime Day sale.  I've gotten some great buys in previous years.

Except a funny thing happened to me.  The home page loaded fine, but nothing after that.  "Sorry..." "sorry...." said page after page, each showing me one of the dogs of Amazon.

Barney, Rufus, Frank, Shadow, and more, were their names.
When you left Macy's they said this - but Macy's left us in 2017
Finally, I got on.  Around me, politics swirled, and uncertainty, and apparently, I wasn't the only one seeking escape.

After several tries, I got to the shoes I wanted.  They cost $13 more than they did on Prime Day in 2016.  I didn't buy them.

I looked at several other pages, once they loaded. Another pair of shoes looked promising, but, gee, I couldn't try them on.  It was a brand I wasn't familiar with.  I wish I could have reached through the computer screen to touch them.

Yes, I will continue to shop at Amazon.  I suspect many of you will, too.  We don't have that much choice, do we?  But then again, I started shopping with them so many years ago I can't remember when I started.  Not often, but out of convenience.   I know people who won't shop with them, out of principle.  But I'm not that strong.
I helped destroy retail commerce.

What a day yesterday was, for Amazon's fail and for other reasons. It's the world we have created for ourselves.  Like it or not.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Numbers in Song Titles - #MusicMovesMe #BlogBoost

Welcome to #MusicMovesMe.  Every Monday we board a train of music.  Every other week we have a theme, and on alternate weeks, we can blog about any music we wish.  Now, let's get to rockin'!

Our honorary conductor of the month, Michelle (Naila Moon), has chosen for today's theme "songs with numbers in the title".  I can't wait to see what my fellow music bloggers have gathered as their contribution.

Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are headed by our head Engineer XmasDolly.  Her co-conductors are:  Callie of JAmerican Spice, (who right now is visiting when she can - please keep her in your thoughts ) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥   Also, co-conducting is  Cathy from Curious as a Cathy   And, finally, me.
Last week fellow Music Moves Me blogger John Holton introduced me to a Chicago (the group) tribute band called Leonid and Friends.  I love early Chicago and, for the most part, these Russian musicians are spot on.  And, knowing that some early Chicago songs had numbers in the title...

...I couldn't resist.  First up, Leonid and Friends doing 25 or 6 to 4.

That lead to their tribute to "Questions 67& 68".  I have to admit, I was more impressed with "25 or 6 to 4", but that's just my personal opinion.

Now, switching to one of my favorite duos, Simon and Grfunkel, The 59th Street Bridge Song.

The next four are contributions from my spouse, who normally doesn't get involved in my blogging, but he couldn't resist this time.
An instrumental by Deodato - September 13.

Steppenwolf - 40 Days and 40 Nights (a cover of the Muddy Waters song from 1956.)

Thirty Days in the Hole by Humble Pie, from 1972.

Creedence Clearwater Revival with Ninety Nine and a Half, from their debut album.

One more from me - the Rolling Stones, from their psychedelic years: Two Thousand Light Years from Home.

Thank you, Naila Moon - this was so much fun!

Besides being Monday, this is Day 16 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #BlogBoost.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -July 2018


Today, it is the 15th of the month  time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Since we last met on June 15, we have had a number of 90 plus degree days (and some heavy rains) to encourage the summer flowers in my zone 5b garden near Binghamton, New York. 

As I write this, it is 87 degrees (30.5 C) with high humidity. 

Thunderstorms and rain yesterday gave everything a nice drink, and clouds are puffing up nicely already. 

I have so many flowers I can't even show them all.  Isn't that a wonderful thing? (I'll especially think so next March, when I desperately scour my house for the tiniest bloom).
My day lilies are blooming "full speed ahead".  I tried looking at my July 15, 2011 post to see if I could identify any, but all the photos were missing!
I've had this one for many years.  It may have been bought with the orange lilies further explained below.
This one may be my favorite, but I love them all.  My gardening motto is along the line of the first verse of the old Girl Scout tune "Make new friends, but keep the old...."

Like this one.

Here's one almost at the end of its bloom.

This short one may (or may not) be Stella d'Oro, which have become ubiquitous here, but I don't think so because it does not rebloom.  This is what it looked like about 10 days ago - I wanted to show it to you at its peak. This was a closeout from a local nursery - I think I got it about three or four years ago.

Pink and yellow.

This, in a semi-shade location in my back yard, is my oldest lily - I think I've had it some twenty five years.  I think I bought it mail order from a nursery in Ohio with the purple ones above.  Not sure why I couldn't get this picture turned around, but I think the angle looks kind of neat.

I bought several of my day lilies from Cutler Botanic Gardens in Binghamton, New York.  They, in turn, had gotten them from an elderly gentlemen, and I got them at a bargain price - but, in return, they couldn't give me a name or even, in some cases, a color.  Oh well, I end up losing the names anyway!

A couple of others were purchased at a plant show in Charleston, South Carolina (making sure they would work in my zone).  I should go back years through my July GBBD posts to find out what some of these are.  
And one more.

Next year, hopefully four new daylilies will be joining these in bloom.  I bought them during a vacation visit to a day lily nursery near Penn Yan, New York.  
They were in bud, but with the shock of travel, and not being able to plant them for three days, almost all the buds fell off.  Hopefully, the plants will survive.

I have so many other blooms, I made a couple of collages.  I'm especially fond of the petunia in the middle, called Cream Ray.

Thank you once again to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes Garden Bloggers Bloom Day possible each 15th of the month.

Day 15 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #BlogBoost