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Waiting for a Persimmon to Ripen

Good evening everyone! VJ’s prompt about ripening has me thinking about quite a few things today. With fall looming around the corner, I couldn’t help but think of persimmons with its bright orange color! It is a mighty fruit packed with some powerful benefits:

  • Aids in weight loss & its fiber promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Can help regulate sugar in blood for diabetics
  • Rich source of phytochemicals which helps in warding off inflammatory infections
  • Anti-hemorrhagic properties which helps control excessive bleeding
  • Helps with hypertension because of its low sodium levels
  • Source of vitamin C to strengthen immune system
  • Source of vitamin A, shibuol, betulinic acid to help fight cancer
  • Source of a complex vitamin B which helps improve eye health
  • Source of copper which helps iron absorption and produces red blood cells
  • Source of potassium which helps retain significant minerals
  • Natural energizer relieving stress and exhaustion
  • Has some anti-aging properties as seen in some soap and this beauty blogger review of Amalie Beauty Persimmon Anti-Aging Nightcreme

My thoughts begin to wander onto some quotes, however…

“Age is not all decay. It is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within that withers and bursts the husk.”

George McDonald

My father used to grow some persimmon trees in our backyard. They come in two varieties: astringent and non-astringent. When they’re not ripe, biting into one leaves a bitter taste that lingers in your mouth taking its time before it leaves your tongue. With a little more patience, you can taste a wonderfully sweet fruit which makes the wait worth it.

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts, author

A rather interesting analogy to segway into some new events in my life. I recently got hired to be a technical writer at a cybersecurity firm! Very excited by this new development and chapter of my journey. Yet, it took me a while to get to this point. Many times I felt rather impatient with my own growth, but in hindsight, it took some time for my knowledge and information gained from my studies to mature before it was finally ready to be put into action.

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgement requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

Calvin Coolidge, Former U.S. president

It’s been a few days since I’ve drank from this firehose of this major life transition – a constant outpouring of new ideas to take in, process, and from that immense gulp, I’m responsible for creating a grand tool that can unlock a whole new world of possibilities for my coworkers and myself.

“Nothing is finer for the purposes of great productions, than a very gradual ripening of the intellectual powers.”

John Keats

I should really slow down though as the quote above reminds me of the fine potential that can be derived from a gradual ripening. 😉 That said, I feel like a giddy metal worker dancing amidst the flying sparks as I’m in creation mode!

Posted in Nature, Photography, poetry

Flower of the Day -7.9.19

Cee’s #FOTD – Wild Daisies!

Red Delight – #Haibun

Red beauty loves sun
Crawls upon distressed trellis
Strives upward towards sky

I walk towards a home that gives me great comfort and rest. While waiting at the door, a beautiful red bloom catches my eye. The oak provides support for the flowers’ fragile vines that feels and clings onto the tree’s rough surface. Against the blue sky, the leaves glisten and the bark’s crevices enclose pockets of darkness. An assorted array of textured formations fit seamlessly together to form the trunk. The shadows in its valleys does not detract from the floral’s allure. The morning light is flattering to the red pigments in the petals. A miracle of life welcoming me to enjoy its presence… a soul blossoming in nature…

Posted in Culture, Nature, Quotes

A-to-Z Challenge: Garden

Deviant Art: Darkosikman – Rain in Garden

I Love the Rain…

… because it nourishes my garden during a scorching summer day here in Texas. Hm, maybe it would be a different story if I live near a city where acid rain takes place: mutant flowers and creating a dangerous place to dance in. I have so many things I want to do and envision so many garden projects in my mind: trellises, canopies, pathways. My siblings and I have inherited our parents’ green thumb. Growing up, we had fun experimenting with growing with a bunch of things: grape trees, corn, lima beans, mango trees as our parents poured their efforts in growing squash, lettuce, peppers, mint, cucumbers, bitter melons, pear, persimmon, apple trees.

Right now, my boyfriend’s family has gifted me with a garden plot, and I’m learning how to work with the soil in this area. I leveled the garden by raking the ground and adding layers of topsoil. It’s fairly sandy and the climate can be very hot during the summer in this region. Gladiolus, dahlias, sunflowers, hibiscus, and bluebonnet flowers shot up into the air pretty well with no problem. Lettuce grew well during the winter. Squash and pumpkin vines climbed onto the fence well! I had trouble growing tomatoes and herbs.

Rain in Pop Culture

I also love rain soaked scenes in movies which seems to heighten the drama and emotions experienced.

Prince’s song, Purple Rain, inspired a Rain Room in a museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles Times – In a tribute to Prince, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided that the water in the popular Rain Room installation would be turned purple. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Quotes about Rain

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Flower of the Day – 10.9.18

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~ Helen Keller

Hi! I wake up to see that I’m facing a wall of yellow this morning on Cee’s photo of beautiful mums. My mother always said that a gathering of flowers bunched up together creates an amazing effect for landscaping projects. Here is a sunflower for your morning. Have a wonderful day!

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Posted in Culture, Events, Food/Recipes, Nature, Photography

CFFC: Things People Grow

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to visit my grandmother and other relatives for the first time. These photos were taken in the Sapa Mountains located in the Lo Cai region. I’m also responding to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow

First, let me introduce you to the Dao who are native to the mountains. They were pretty excited to see us. They eagerly showed us their craft collection of handmade goods.

Dao Natives

Many squash are grown on a trellis. I love these squash. I would cook these with spinach and shrimp in a chicken broth to make soup for chilly days.

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One of the Dao ladies pointed this building out to me. She said missionaries came out to this region, built a wooden school, and now teach English to the young students.

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These are the rice fields in which they call lua.

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More beautiful layered rice patties…

rice patties- Sapa Mountains Lo Cai

Close up of the rice growing…

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Their methods of irrigation fascinated me!

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Posted in Nature, Photography

Flower of the Day – 09.28.18

Got to enjoy Cee’s Peony a little early today! Oh! Before I forget, I want to share with you guys flowers from my garden. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw these flowers pop up from a VERY dead winter. I worked really hard on this garden. They just love to greet people especially in the morning! If flowers could talk, I think these girls would say, “It’s time to RISE and SHINE!”

Becky Winchester’s #InThePink Challenge

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