Thursday, June 13, 2013

Make that four!

A Periwinkle, a stunning Allamanda, a twirlling Jasmine, and a bashful Oleander.  Enjoy four flowers of the day!

I had mistakenly called the Allamanda a "Amapola" and it is absolutely not that.  In Spanish we call the yellow flower, canarios because they are yellow like the canary birds.  Huge mistake!  Here is more information about the canarios or allamanda plant:

Allamanda cathartica
Allamanda cathartica is an ornamental plant of Allamanda genus in the Apocynaceae family, which is native from Brazil. This plant is cited in Flora Brasiliensis by Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius. It is mainly used to treat malaria.Wikipedia
Scientific nameAllamanda cathartica

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Banana Leaves with a Sprinkle of Dew

 I love these pictures because I love banana leaves.  Just don't wear fancy clothes around them and slice them open.  Why do you ask?  They secrete a sticky sugary liquid that once it lands on your clothes will stain your clothes brown and that stain will never, and I mean never wash out.  That is why in Puerto Rico they say they have "la mancha de platano," or the plantain stain.  People ask each other about their plantain stain, metaphorically of course! Lol!

By the way these photos are copyrighted. Thanks.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Removing Laminate Tiles

 You guessed it! It's hard work but somebody has to do it.   Since I am off in the summer, I decided I had had enough of this dingy laminate that at almost every union had gunk compactly glued to the tile. I would have to put a razor to it to get rid of the dirty glue and that would damage the tile to make matters worse the tiles had slid out of place and in some cases there were crevices where you could see the beige ceramic tile underneath.  It was horrible!

Today on a spur of a moment, I did what I had been thinking about doing for over a year.  I tackled it with a flat head screwdriver and a permanent ink pen.   The screwdriver was for lifting and separating the laminate from the tile gently.

What was  the marker for, you ask? The marker was my way of drawing a line in the sand.  Basically, I was burning my bridges. If you write on laminate with a permanent marker there is no way you can get that off so that is why I used it.  In addition, I also wanted to mark the walking path I could use until I had removed the glue from the floor.  You see these laminate tiles are sticky.  You can remove the tile but the tile leaves glue behind and you have to come around later and remove the sticky stuff. It will get on your shoes and on anything else it comes in contact with.

So there you have it.   I know it is going to take me at least three to four days to complete this renovation,  maybe even more.  You see after I remove the glue then there is the sealing of the mortar between the tiles since a lot of these became loose.  This is turning out to be a project!

Lord, help me!

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Sunday, June 09, 2013

A Clever Quote and How Asparagus May Help Lower Blood Pressure

I was reading an interesting article on research by Japanese scientists whose preliminary studies show that eating asparagus lowered the blood pressure of rats. Darn these people were using rats for their study now that I think about it.  Can you imagine that? 

     Here is a link to the article: 

                                      Asparagus Helps Lower Blood Pressure (At Least In Rats)

Anyway, I really enjoyed how the author Joe Palca ended his article with this quote, "In fact, for the treatment of high blood pressure, this could be the dawning of the age of asparagus."  More than just sounding nice, this is an allusion to a very popular stage production quite famous during the seventies, The Age of Aquarius.  In the play there was a song lyric that said " this is the dawining of the Age of Aquarius."   We sang this line over and over again. You had to be there.