Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve to you all.  I don't know if I will bother with any comments on the political/economic scene.  I am recovering from having a bad tooth extracted yesterday.  It was rather impromptu.  I knew that tooth would have to come out but was hoping to wait until after the holidays.  However, the dentist had a cancellation when I called yesterday for my new patient evaluation and then manned to squeeze in the extraction as well.  It all went very well--much better than I remembered dental visits from years ago.  And the rest of the news was better than expected.  I will need some expensive work but my teeth are sound except for the one that isn't there any more.  A couple of caps, a couple of fillings, and a good cleaning.

Enjoy your Christmas with the family, Nicola.  I had never heard of echium before and had to look it up.  Interesting; will merit further research.  I dried several cuttings of lemon balm and use it in brewing my tea.  I know what you mean about the smell when you brush up against the plants.  Our handy man remarked on our lemon verbena and spearmint.  I couldn't move on the patio without releasing the scent of mint, lemon verbena or balm, thyme, and rosemary.  I found an interesting book on sacred and healing beers made from almost every imaginable herb, fruit, or other edible plants.  One of the recipes makes a lemon balm ale.  I may yield to the temptation to try a small batch next summer.

I also love my gardens even when dormant, Kay.  There is something bleak and sterile about the patios without any kind of growing thing on them.  I look out at the containers and I don't really see the dormancy--I see next season and what I might plant.  Anticipation is wonderful.

Follow this link to wonderfully warm and inspiring story from the Daily Mail in the UK.  The world could use a lot more of this kind of eccentricity.

Maha posted links to a couple of absolutely adorable animal videos.  Watch as the kittens and ferrets explore Christmas.


Kay Dennison said...

Yikes!!! Glad you have a decent dentist!!!! Merry Christmas back at ya!!! I'm just wasting time today because I don't want to face the 'last minute' crowd at the grocery even though I'm Jonesing for some eggnog. Oh well. There's always Boxing Day!

Looking to the Stars said...

Happy Holiday to you. Ouch about the tooth but glad you were able to take care of it. Rest and recoup:)