This and That

Grief equals stress and that leads to a lowered immune system which means it’s harder to fight off sickness. On top of that, the older you get – the longer it takes to recover. Peachy. If you are going through any kind of grief, be very, very kind to yourself. Don’t feel guilty about it either.

We had some warm days finally. Such a blessing to go out on the patio and soak up that good old Vitamin D. I noticed green buds peeking out on some of the native bushes I transplanted last year and even the daffodils on the north side are attempting to venture forth. Today, however, it is snowing. Last night I cut some of the daffodils and brought them in for my May Day treat. I learned from the first batch of daffs on the south side that got ironed flat in the last storm.

Numerous species of birds have already made it to Colorado for the summer. I haven’t seen hummers yet, but bluebirds, robins, etc. have been using my birdbath to shake off the dust of migration. I haven’t seen any birds in it today, of course, since the birdbath is frozen solid.

If you like to cook from scratch, here is a tip for making great soups with less salt. Keep the ends of asparagus that you would normally throw out. They can be frozen until you need them. Boil them for 5 to 10 minutes until they lose their color. Remove them from the water and now you can compost them. The water makes a great soup stock and you will find you don’t need to add salt – or not as much – depending on your taste. Also, drain and rinse kidney beans (so good for you) before you add them to anything. Companies add huge amounts of sodium and corn syrup to the juice in the can. Yuck! I have also been surprised by the big differences in sodium levels between brands of green chilies, etc. which I love to add to my Spanish rice recipe. Be wise and read your labels. B

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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