|Another Squash Blossom|
Another male flower on one of the squash plants. Eileen had asked how I can tell if it is a male or female flower - the male flower has a slender stalk that looks like a regular stem. If this had been a female flower, it would have a slight swelling at the base of the flower, shaped a bit like the fruit it would grow to become, if pollinated. Squash plants usually get male flowers, at first, to attract pollinators, before the female flowers bloom. The flowers are edible, but, I tend to leave them on the plant to do the job they are supposed to do.
Today, August 30, 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary since my mother, step-father, and I left the country of our birth, Sri Lanka. My mother had a job waiting for her, to each English to adult students in Taiwan, but, other than that, it was very much a journey into the unknown for us. It led us to Malaysia, where we visited family and friends, to Hong Kong, where we visited more family, and to Taiwan where my mother taught and there was more family to visit. Then, back to Hong Kong, where my mother taught for three years and I continued to journey to the United States of America to do my further studies. Eventually, my mother and step-father joined me in the United States and we settled down in our adopted country. We did visit Sri Lanka a few times, but the last time I visited was in mid-August 1990, over 33 years ago!
Of the three of us who left that day, back in 1973, only one of us is left to carry on with the journey. I suppose that is way, back in January, 2023, I chose "Journey" as my Word of the Year and I wrote, "Life is a journey and this year, I want to enjoy that journey to the fullest. I shall travel in the company of Hope and Joy and it will be a journey of discovery and personal growth." When I wrote that, I did not mean for my personal growth to be what my scales seem to have interpreted it to be! No, definitely not that kind of personal growth! LOL!
I look on each day as a step in the journey and I try to remember to appreciate each day and live it to the fullest. This blog is, in a way, a record of that journey.
Today, I woke up with pain in my right hip! Maybe I slept weirdly or maybe I am dehydrated (which is quite possible and I am making sure I'm drinking plenty of water, today). I am able to walk although I am shuffling more than walking; I was able to go down the back steps to unlock the gate for M and take a couple of photos. I am fervently hoping that it won't blow up to be a full sciatica flare up, like that other time when I was practically bed ridden! My daughter asked if I needed her to come down, but, I said no, not yet, anyway. Hopefully, hopefully, the pain will go away! Sigh.
I'm taking it easy, today, and ignoring all the things I need to do! I did text my cousin's daughter in Florida to check on her to see if she and the family came through the hurricane ok. She texted back a little while ago saying they're fine; just had a lot of rain and some wind, but, that's all. Glad to hear that.
M was here in the late morning to tend to the garden and he watered both front and back for me and tidied up the place a little bit.
Mama Cat has knocked over the one empty cat litter bucket I left out for her and has claimed it as her new shelter:
|Mama Cat's New Home|
She comes out to eat and then, goes back inside her bucket!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The journey so far
- Anniversaries and memories
- M's help with the garden
- Cousin and family in Florida weren't too impacted by the hurricane
- Daughter's offer to come home if needed
Today's joyful activity was remembering an event that happened fifty years ago.
How was your Wednesday? Are you planning to look at the super blue moon, tonight?