All Posts for April 2017

Nifty Shades of May

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Azaleas are blooming all around the neighborhoods in pinks,
purples and whites, a spring delight!

Spring has sprung! Saturday was unseasonably warm and today (Sunday) is breezy and cloudy. Since I think spring has these fluctuations in temperature (climate change or not), I finally feel spring has arrived.

May is actually one of my favorite months, second only to October with its vibrant colors and brisk air. May’s colors are a little less vibrant, but beautiful in their ‘newness.’ Think about the color of Granny Smith Apples; the new leaves are that shade of green, and many of the flowers are in pastel shades mixed in with more vibrant reds and yellows.

These tulips from our condo grounds are not quite so intense as the majority in our neighborhood. I like their soft colors as much as the bright ones.

May is all about renewal, I think, as this year’s trees and flowers come back for the pollinators (more on bees & butterflies in a future posting) as well as for our appreciation of the beauty of all living things.

These tulips are more intense and in the background is a greenhouse.
The entire property has a tulip border. Spectacular!

May is also busy with “human” events, such as May Day (May 1st), Cinco de Maya (May 5th) LINK:—celebration-recipes/cinco-de-mayo-recipes, Mother’s Day (May 14th) and Memorial Day (May 29th), as well as National Mental Health Month, an important topic in my family’s history. May 29th is also the 100th anniversary of Pres. John F. Kennedy’s birth, so I may do some research on this special topic from this link:

Date of birth : 1917-05-29 – Date of death : 1963-11-22



May 26th is Blueberry Cheesecake Day and I may attempt to make one, although I don’t know that I have ever made a “natural” cheesecake, so this
will be my May food challenge.





I also plan to post something on fresh foods in wraps and the second Spring Soup with Asparagus mentioned at the end of April, which is part of my Earth Day, Every Day series that I will continue throughout the year.



Here is a salad wrapped in Nori Seaweed, the same seaweed used in
making sushi. I also make these using
a wrap created from coconut.






So, stay tuned and tell your friends about Menupause. Send in your comments and let me know if you have health topics you would like explored. My desire to share  food, environmental & health information is still strong and your comments help. I promise to check my Facebook Page and Twitter more often in case you have comments there, as well.


The Mindfulness of Plants by Mary Lou Meyers

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Here is a poem for Earth Day, Every Day #6 from my classmate and “poet-in-residence,” Mary Lou Meyers. Pictures are from my neighborhood.


You’ll find us here, there and everywhere,

networking with awareness spread.

We sit and absorb the atmosphere like a Buddha,

pores open to gratitude,

while maintaining a prayerful vigil day and night,

but often tower above humans who walk

with our leggy stalks.

We may have no voice

for we are grounded in solitude,

yet the wind rustles through us,

and we touch living things beside us;

rain ruffles our blossoms,

but quenches our thirst.

We are students of survival, and can live on air,

We have the breath of life within us to spare,

and can count on respiration,

no matter how severe the snow and ice.

We are rooted in perfection,

resplendent in the sun,

and when the day is done,

we will fold our petals

and drift in the soft shadows

of the dying sun,

but lift up to witness the star-studded sky

till it be morrow without sorrow.

We may matriculate at summer’s end,

when we  finally blend with the unending universe,

but never die outright without a fight,

no matter if you cut off our stalks

bleeding is a soothing release,

we may rise again especially

if you throw us in a nutritious humous heap.

Have no fear for we will become a volunteer plants.

You may muse at our life-line

or be confused when you assume we are lifeless,

but our rhizomes will intercede

beneath the dirt and weeds.

Our enterprise is so spectacular

butterflies often alight at our sight,

bees find our nectar a nutritious delight,

while spiders weave their luminous webs

catching unwary bugs,

but we have defense mechanisms too,

perspire noxious chemicals when we fume-igate.

Don’t disturb our equilibrium,

or prevent forays

into the wildness of inner space,

for our eye spots are deeply ingrained.

our breath-taking beauty is prolonged

if you take the time to soothe our parched throat

and give us a jolt of plant food if need

before we have to nourish our seeds

So our cause célèbre

is not lost on weeds.