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          Before_Our old old, years old Nandina and Aagapanthus. The 2 Nandina grew too big over the course of 15 years, although the drought had finally wrecked them, and the 4 Aagapanthus were basically over taken by them. The catus came with the house and, having started to totally decay, was discarded
                    So, we took heavy equipment to them and within a half hour, all 5 were basically gone. At least above ground.
                               It took quite a while longer to have them gone below ground but eventually we had a new canvas to work with.
                                        Our most local nursery, Summerwinds, was/ is having a sale, they're sadly closing our location, so we got very good deals on the replacement plants, 3 Ruby Stella Hemerocallis, 1 Petite Plaum Crape Myrtle, it grows about 5 feet high and 4 feet wide, and 3 other lower growing plants that I forget what are. All 3 types were chosen for their sun and drought tolerance and, natually, their textural differences.



Afer they've grown in a bit, I'll post another photo.
Below I'm just throwing in a couple of photos of our walkway because I think it looks quite nice :)


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From: Atlas Obscura
The new posters pay homage to the 1930s originals.

America’s national parks have been enthralling visitors for over a century. The very first park to be established was Yellowstone, which was described by Ferdinand Hayden in his 1871 survey as a ”land of wondrous beauty.” There are now 58 national parks around the U.S., covering an astonishingly diverse 84 million acres of land. It’s not hard to understand why some ambitious tourists make the effort to visit every single one of them.


Want to see more lovely lovely posters. Go here.

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Also, from Mental Floss_A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John takes a look at some of America's great National Parks!



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Whether coffee, like me!, or tea, sort of like me, soda, not like me, or chocolate, like me!, we all probably take-in a little caffine from time to time. This makes me feel a bit better about doing just that :)

     -enjoy!

From: YouTube Ted-Ed_Over 100,000 metric tons of caffeine are consumed around the world every year. That’s equivalent to the weight of 14 Eiffel Towers! Caffeine helps us feel alert, focused, and energetic, even if we haven’t had enough sleep — but it can also raise our blood pressure and make us feel anxious. So how does it keep us awake? Hanan Qasim shares the science behind the world’s most widely used drug.



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we did not go to a march or a volunteering opportunity or anything political at all!
Instead, we went downtown, to The San Jose Museum of Art for a tea ceremony and it ws terrific.
From the museum's site:
The age-old eastern tradition of tea preparation and service encourages participants to focus with careful, slow attention on the color, form, aroma, and taste of tea, as well as the look and feel of the tea cup. Join Edward Gui, director of NanHai Art, to enjoy tea in a small group and share thoughts on the exhibition Your Mind, This Moment: art and the practice of attention.

Mr. Gui preparing. He first uses heated water to warm the cups and the pot. He then rinses the potted dry leaves. He uses a Cusinart deal-y to heat the water because each of the six kinds of tea -green, white, yellow, oolong, red, and black- are best served at different temperatures.  A different pot and cups is used for each variety of tea.
We were served a green, an oolong, and a black tea.

This is Mr. Gui daily lunch routine which takes him about 30 minutes. I can imagine how, especially with a stressful job, this 30-minute medative break would set a better course for the rest of the afternoon. Oh and, naturally, he only uses loose-leaf tea from China. We do tea a couple of times a week and I can see how our 'routine' is probably going to be undergoing a couple of changes. That Cuisinart deal-y is very cool :)

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