Saturday, May 19, 2018

Joy: Nostalgia moments.....

I had set food in this country for the first time in summer 2011........since then, I have visited my native country only once, spending all these years here only......learning about and loving this place..visiting some of its iconic as well as lesser-known places...studying here...working here..consolidating my researcher and author profile...
Now, I am getting busy in work so much that such vacations are dream .....I nostalgically remember and savor the momemts...

It was my first experience of USA National Parks..Thanksgiving 2011....I remember the walk through the pine forest, and being stunned with the deep canyon........

Its Seaworld...Mission bay..Christmas time..

Tanaka Farm..appreciating a field of Swiss chard....

Upper Newport Bay..rode bike to this marsh several times....watching blooms, tide, migratory birds, plucking prickly pear fruits, being inspired to write on Salicornia........

Making a bouquet of mustard blooms in Lake Murray edge...

Riding along the shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic national Park......

Citrus grove in San Joaquin Valley, en route home from Sequoia National Park...

One of the early visits to San Diego zoo...being awed by the opulent pyracantha berries....

Soaking the autumn vibe sin the aspen groves in the foothills of Sierra...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Health: Acidosis due to acidogenic food........

Modern processed foods are not healthy.......

I had got some biscuits...which turned out to be sickly sweet.....I hate wasting, so dissolved them in water, to be poured to some of my flowers pot....

Now does taht look like human food? When it goes to the stomach, it reduces the pH, leading to an array of illnesses.....

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Health: Artificial fragrance versus natural fragrance.....

I hate it when I have to inhale the deodorant or perfume worn by people..I myself don't use any for my intolerance to them..and ever since, I knew the hormone-disrupting role of them, I don't want to be exposed to them....even passively..

But, sadly, I often have to inhale ....as almost everybody else wears some or other fragrances...
While walking on a trail, I used to greet people..now I stop  my breathing when I pass them...it is not drama, but I am just trying to keep healthy in a polluted world..

The way people hate to expose their children from the cigarette smell of other people..even policies are in place to control the exposure to cigarette smoke..........now the cosmetic fragrances are posing the same threat..

One evening, myself and spouse were walking.........and I suddenly smell something heady fragrant..
I has almost started to curse the person liberating it, but then I was pleasantly surprised to find, the fragrance is coming from the near-by citrus grove.........it was a welcome aroma!!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Plant: Clover...

Clover...the tiny grass bloom in spring, like other plants...


They might be inconspicuous to many, but its nectar source for the bees..and pretty to those who pay attention...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Joy: My toy companion for bike riding...

I might be the few 30-year old who takes her plush toys on joy ride in her bicycle...
This little koala which arrived from Australia, via a friend, went with me for neighborhood ride...



Monday, May 7, 2018

Joy: A song sparrow for morning alarm........

In our Irvine apartment...just outside our bedroom window, a thick hedge of mock-orange and Indian hawthorn grows..

They are shadowed by jacaranda......

Mock-orange's citrusy smell is appealing...

Indian hawthorn comes alive in spring....a sea of pink..inviting a swarm of bees..

In that hedges, a number of birds have built nests....among them song sparrows...
Often we spot them perched on the iron fence, belting out songs..
Its on a rainy day.....
  
We don't even need to set our alarm...it's chatter is a mildly annoying but mostly welcome morning wake-up call...way way better than the swishing sound from the street or the honking vehicles...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Knowledge: Food storage.........

I hate food waste.......when food insecurity is looming, we dare not waste any........
But ignorance and negligence often leads to food spoilage..especially that of perishable foods....

I kept my bag of potato in room temperature..and they sprouted shoots...now I don't know, what to do with them...I would have planted them in pots...but I am moving in weeks, and the new  house has  a porch which does not get sunlight...

I forgot to untie the polythene bag with onions...and two weeks later all my onions are rotten, coated with layers of fungal spores.......

Most of my cilantro rots away..

Please try to understand the attributes of your food ingredients, to minimize waste..

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Thought: Taste and smell as notalgia trigger...........

How a taste, a smell evoke nostalgia!
I was eating this plum...and the smell reminded me of Shillong and Cherrapunji, where most gardens had plum trees....and I had plucked one to taste...

A slice of mango reminded of Indian summer, my childhood, as we grew consuming loads of mangoes from our backyard orchard.....
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