The Summer Solstice and Other Sundry Sunday Fare

Sunrise SolsticeI hope you enjoyed this morning's Summer Solstice. It was early, so the possums probably beat you to it! Today will be the longest day and shortest night of the year. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the Winter Solstice, an interesting factoid associated with living on a sphere.

If you enjoy camping, take a look at this humorous piece at the National Parks Traveler site about naked camping. It's fun Sunday reading material.

From perusing the Old Farmer's Almanac this week, I learned that day lilies are edible. You can eat the whole thing, apparently, but the tubers are particularly tasty. Just clean and chop them into salad as you would red radishes.

Did you know that white and black peppercorns are both from the same berry of the pepper plant (piper nigrum):
  • Black Pepper is picked when it's an immature green and sun dried.
  • White pepper is picked after it's had a chance to ripen.
If you accidentally cut an earthworm in half, both sections will NOT continue to grow. At best, only one side will survive.

Once you finish the Sunday paper, if you have a few hours and some ribbon to spare, why not try making a lavender wand? Lavender should be budding or in bloom in many areas. Lavender wands look and smell so nice and are always welcome gifts. Take a look at the step by step: How to Make a Lavender Wand

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