Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Hello Friends & Growing Things
When I was a little girl and I needed time away, I would build a tent in my bedroom using blankets and chairs, and stay there for hours with my Barbie dolls, books and snacks.
It was my way of blocking out the cacophony of yelling, fighting, crying (mostly mine), late-night door banging, bottles smashing, gunshots in the neighborhood I lived--growing up in public housing in Boston.
Though I no longer live in a place where crime is the ubiquitous background noise, or build tents in my bedroom, or play with Barbie dolls, I still have the habit of seeking silence when the inconsequential begins to hum at equal pace with the symphony of good and meaning and tangible in my life.
An incident with a mean man at the bank, an argument with someone you love, or maybe worse, someone who is not meaningful to your life in any real way expelling that kind of energy from you, a health scare, etcetera...All possess the power to shift you off balance, but I believe the power of silence is much greater. There are occasions in life where getting back to the silence of salubrity takes hard work. Being truly alive is hard work. Setting your senses ablaze is no passing feat. but fire to your senses should meet.
It's important to know that, no matter where you go, there's always some place, someone, to come back to. That being said, I'm so glad to be back here with you, heart, mind and spirit dancing in accord with the symphony of the silence restored.
What/Who represents balance in your life?
One of my favorite ways to restore peace, is a walk to the fruit and vegetable store around the corner from my house. You can fill several bags with a myriad of goodies and spend no more than 20 dollars, as most of what they sell in less than a dollar and fifty cents.
The only thing that tops that, is a walk to my "pot garden," where I can pick my own fruits and veggies for free!
This year I'm growing:
Green Bell Peppers
Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
I'll have pictures of everything once I've transferred the rest from their starter planters, but here are some...
Parsley (I use parsley in place of cilantro, which for me tastes like soap.)
Lavender (I'm looking forward to cooking and baking with lavender for the first time; cookies, cakes, ice cream. Yum! I picked some yesterday and the air filled with lavender scented perfume.)
Rosemary (My very first blog post was Sweet Potato and Beet Chips with Rosemary-Garlic salt. They were so good I had them three days in a row. This is incentive to make them again!)
Thai Basil (I recently found a Martin Yan chicken recipe that features Thai Basil. I'll make and blog about it soon.)
Sweet Basil (I tore pieces of this basil over my Gourmet Veggie Pizza last week. It was Won-Der-Ful! If I could only grow one herb, this would be it.)
Green Bell Pepper (I love Bell Pepper on pizza, salad, roasted with red potatoes...The possibilties are limitless.)
Yellow Cherry Tomatoes (Once these grow in, I'm going to make a salad including bell pepper, basil and mozzarella with freshly made vinaigrette. Doesn't that sound good?)
Cucumbers (I entrusted the planting and care of these to my grandmother who, unfortunately, planted them improperly and didn't water them enough. As soon as I noticed they were dying I re-planted, fed, and attempted to support their growth. In 1 week they've grown over an inch and are beginning to show signs of new life. I'm hopeful.)
Strawberries (Several posts back, Re: Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream, I mentioned strawberries tasting like rain. I recently picked and ate the strawberry in the picture below, grown after weeks of sporadic rain, now I'm sure strawberries are rainy deliciousness!)