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These are a few of my favorite things

Thursday the greatest thing happened! Grownups! In my house, talking to me! Victoria tried to steal the show all afternoon. What is up with that? Do I butt in when her friends come over? Unbelievable.

By Friday I had forgiven V enough to take her to see The Sound of Music put on by the Columbus Children's Theater. They did an excellent job and I liked the theater, too.

Brian was home when we got back. He was here all day today. It was cool and damp and gray out but we went to a park for a wildflower walk anyway. The emphasis was on medicinal uses and from what I heard I gather ancient peoples had a greater need for emetics than we do today. Walking around outside you might not even notice any blossoms, but we found a few: Whitlow grass, Rue anemone, Greek valerian, Bloodroot, Spring beauty, and a small patch of scilla that must have wandered in from a garden.

Back at home Brian continued his Tour of Drinks by making a Perfect Manhattan. "Perfect" in this case means that he added equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth to whiskey with a dash of bitters. Whatever, it tasted like whiskey. Then he made a Classic Manhattan, with no sweet vermouth and, I think, proportionally more whiskey. After dinner we watched a perfectly awful movie--even a couple of Manhattans couldn't make Buzby the Misbehaving Bee watchable. It wasn't quite bedtime yet so V and I walked to the pond; when we got back it was quite bedtime. I took a nap then, too. The whiskey/Max Lucado combination really wore me out.


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Apr. 13th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
"I gather ancient peoples had a greater need for emetics than we do today."

Well for one back then they didn't know what all those plants were good for, which ones did what etc. So if you're wandering around all day conducting empirical research, munching on various bits of plants, sometimes you go Hmm, pine nuts, tasty. Sometimes you go, ugh, nightshade... I think that's poisonous, quick I need to throw up!

And then I think it may just be the old wise herbalist putting on airs. "That's an emetic." Oh. Glad you found a use for it, it tastes nasty and whenever I eat it I just throw up...

And yet more again, we have plenty of emetics, we just call them "Buzby the Misbehaving Bee", or the "Star Wars Christmas Special".

Edited at 2008-04-13 06:01 am (UTC)
Apr. 14th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
"I gather ancient peoples had a greater need for emetics than we do today." Well in the options were that or bleeding, so you can see why that was their first choice.
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