Archive forJuly, 2006

Hi and bye.

Well, I’m back.

…and now I’m gone again.

Heading off with the family (including Krissy) to Peniel. Shall return a week from Sunday.

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So I’m off. Leaving in a few hours for Tennessee. I hope everyone has a good week. I would really prefer to sit at home and make chicory coffee, or read, or take walks with Than and Mom, but I don’t have any choice in the matter. So I’ll see you all at the end of the week. Tschuss!

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Blood and gore

We went to the lake early this morning and ate our breakfast there, then went swimming. It was really fun, Than and I goofed around with Dad a lot, and the water was the perfect temperature. However, as I tried to get the messed up braid out of my hair in the water before we left, I jumped up and came down on some glass, or something sharp. Went right into my foot. It hurt quite a bit, though it felt rather glamorous walking up to the table with blood dripping out of my foot. I admit I enjoyed that, felt like a wounded hero or something. :P
It does present a problem, however. I’m going to be doing a lot of walking over the next week…supposed to be hiking in the Smokeys. We’ll see what happens. It’s not the worst foot injury imaginable, of course, but it’s a little annoying when you’re walking from place to place in unbearable heat carrying luggage.

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Our neighbors just took down the “tilt-top” tree. That’s been there since we moved here. We only have a few trees left on our street now. I’m so upset. I can’t believe this.

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Wild Parsnip

Keturah, who just returned from vacation out of state, emailed me about a fascinating plant. Wild Parsnip. It looks a bit like Queen Anne’s lace, is in the carrot family, and can grow to six feet tall. However, this isn’t your ordinary tuber. It is phytophotodermatitic. If you rub up against a leaf or part of the stem, you contract a strange rash that looks like a sunburn.

The fascinating bit is how this happens. The plant contains a chemical called furocourmarins. They absorb long-wave ultra-violet radiation, and when rubbed into your skin, can actually cause a severe sunburn.

Unfortunately, Keturah informs me, not many people know to avoid the plant, and most doctors aren’t familiar with it. If you’re affected by the wild parsnip burn and go to the doctor’s, they often don’t have a clue what’s wrong with you.

 Anyway, there’s your botany lesson for the day. :D

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I really like this blog

…and should use it more. If I can get people to look here more than my xanga, it would make life considerably easier. Thanks again, Ted, for setting this up for me and letting me use it for so long. I remember back in Junior high, I’d give people the address and say “Ted set it up for me.” A lot of them would give me a meaningful look and a grin. “Te-ed? Who’s Ted?”
“He’s my cousin, what’d you expect? Go jump in a lake.”
Kids these days.

Church was nice today. I enjoyed having someone else to do the overheads. Last week, when it was just Dad and I and Jody, I got stuck with them at the last minute, and kept messing up. Someone told me after church that they heard me go “augh!” in the middle of one of the songs. I just grinned sheepishly.

I haven’t got much to say…I finished writing Mire a four page letter (seven sides, beat that! :P ) with some help from Than, and we’re sending it off to the Czech Republic tomorrow. Should be good fun. I loved being at Peniel last year, and getting all sorts of letters from Europe. Gene, the guy who delivered them to staff and campers, was increasingly taken aback by the large number of letters from Denmark.

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Well, I have an iPod now. Hopefully I’ll get to talk to my cousin Matt sometime soon, since he apparently got one, too.

Last night, we picked up Aunt Margaret at her house and then went to the ocean. We chose a long sand beach, and walked for an hour, maybe more. It was really nice- the sun was setting, and there were some big fluffy cumulous clouds (is that right? It’s been a little while since I’ve studied that) a little way out over the ocean, tinged with pink and purple and orange. It was beautiful! Every time I go to the ocean I become more confirmed in my belief that I really couldn’t bring myself to live permanently in any state other than Maine. I love it here. A lot of people complain that there isn’t much to do, and sometimes I wish there was a bit more, say, acting, or music, but when it comes right down to it, I’m happy the way things are.

Today we’re going strawberry picking. Oh, hey, we obtained two plastic bags and a box full of slightly overripe fruit yesterday! It was such a provision. Mom and I spent quite a while processing it, and ended up with a monster fruit salad. We’ve been whittling away at it since, it’s so tasty. Soon we’ll have strawberries to add to the lot!

Pippin and her new kitten are so sweet. Kitten is eating solid food now, though he’s too small to comfortably get his head inside the food bowl, so he’s standing on the side while he munches.

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