I apologize for the complainy post last week and thank you for the good wishes for my knee!
My knee, however, is fine and dandy. Using it for years when it was not right, my back and hip accommodated themselves to the way I walked. After the knee was replaced my walk changed and my back and hip rebelled. So they are being coaxed and wrestled back into the right place by a physical therapist and the muscles built up to keep things the way they should be.
(Probably not the exact terms the doctor used to explain it, but that is the gist of it.)
Struggle of a Champion - D. Pierce Giltner, Bluffton, SC “The hard life of a third generation oysterman working the tides of the May River.” Doesn’t it look like a photo? It’s a painting! —Artfields 2021
You probably always thought this drink was a mimosa — a popular breakfast cocktail made from sparkling wine and citrus juice that some say was created by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1940s.
You are excused for thinking that if you’re not from the South.
Actually, a mimosa was first an ornamental tree, brought to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1785 by the famous French botanist, Andre Michaud. (Nobody seems sure how the name got attached to the drink.)
Wealthy mistresses of the Southern plantations, always looking for something exotic to one-up their neighbors’ gardens, eagerly snapped up the latest import from Asia for their lawns.
It’s peak bloom for the mimosas right now and because they are fast-growing, self-spreading, and not too fussy about their location, they appear everywhere around older houses and along the highways and country roads.
A few fun facts:
#Because its fern-like leaves fold up at night, it is called the Sleeping Tree in Japan.
# They are an understory tree with a unique flat-top appearance and grow to be only 30 feet tall or less.
#Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies love them.
#The long red tubes of the flower are not petals but stamens.
#Some dislike them intensely because of their propensity to spread everywhere and because their large seed pods are plentiful and a pain to clean up.
I, however, am a big fan of their feathery and exotic blooms.
Too bad they only last half a day in the house.