NaPoWriMo: Poem – Heirloom Seeds – Alaphabet Poem -“Various Seeds Alphabetically”


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And now, our (optional, as always) daily prompt! April is a time for planting things (at least where I am, in Washington DC – you may still be waiting for spring, or well into some other season!) At any rate, I’ve recently been paging through seed catalogs, many of which feature “heirloom” seeds with fabulous names. Consider the “Old Ivory Egg” tomato, the “Ozark Razorback” or “Fast Lady” cow-pea, “Neal’s Paymaster” dent corn, or the “Tongues of Fire” bush bean. Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing!

Please see NaPoWriMo for more information. Hated this prompt by the way! 

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Abundant Bloomsdale spinach: sounds tasty to me. You may think it’s odd but I like raw spinach in my salads.

Bisignano number two paste tomatoes: Not a huge fan of tomatoes unless, they’re in a sandwich, or made into tomato soup or sauce.

Cucuzzi Edible Gourd: I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a gourd; it’s not my kind of vegetable.

Dill, Long Island Mammoth: I love dill in certain dishes and foods. I especially adore dill pickles and nylsnki in dill sauce is heavenly.

Erlene’s Green Cotton: to make lovely cotton clothes out of; I love cotton in the summer to wear when it’s hot outside. Cotton breathes so it keeps you cool.

Four O’clock Don Pedro’s: mixed colours; don’t know what those are because I’m not a gardener. Flowers maybe?

German Johnson Tomato: I don’t know why there is so many kinds of Tomatos. The people in the Middle Ages thought they were poisonus you know.

Hopi Pink Flour Corn: Sounds like yummy corn to make flour with; is it truly pink?

Italiko Rosso Dandelion: Some people eat dandelions in salads, not me they’re weeds.

Jing Orange Okra seeds: I’m drawing a blank on what seedling this could be, but it sounds wonderful.

Katanya Watermelon: I wonder what this watermelon looks and tastes like? I hope it’s sweet and juicy.

Lemon Basil, Mrs Burns: This lady knew her basil; such a tasty spice in certain dishes. Is this basil lemony tasting? 

Morning Glory, Grandpa Ott’s: I believe this is a beautiful flower; I’m thinking of the song line, “What’s the story morning glory.”

Native American Po’suwaegeh Blue Corn Seed: Blue corn would be great,steamed or BBQ’d; then you can put butter and salt on it. Yum! 

Old Virginia Tomatos: Again, more tomato varieties?

Petunia, Old Fashioned Vining: They are such a pretty flower and petunias on vines, how lovely.

Quinoa, Cherry Vanilla:  I see you’re trying to make quinoa seem tasty; I hate it and Cherrry Vanilla makes it sound  grosser! 

Rosita Egg Plant: I would try this, only a bit.

Sorghum, Black Amber Cane:  1/4 lb, sugarcane I think. Love it, they make sugar from it! 

Toothache Plant: I think I’ll keep my distance.

Umbrian Cicerchia: Is it some kind of spice or maybe beans?

Vietnamese Mint or Balm: Mint is incredibly refreshing! Kills bugs around the baseboards too essential mint oil mixed in water.

Xiaohulu Gord: I’m pretty positive you cannot eat this kind of gourd.

Yarrow: What is yarrow?

Zuni gold bean: These beans sound delicious steamed with a bit of becel.

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Help Me My Fingernails are Destroyed: What to Do When You’ve Ruined Your Finger Nails from too Much Gel or Shellac Nail treatments.


Below is a picture of my nails in their current awful condition. I have had gel nail polish three times in the last three months and the gel polish and process of removing the polish has ruined my nails. It is going to take along time for them to recover. I did some research on the best way I can bring my nails back to life so hopefully you can learn from my mistake. I know some lady’s get their nails done monthly with shellac or gel polish but the effects are brutal on your real nails and I had beautiful nails before gel polish. I would save gel or shellac polish for a special occasion.

My Nails Destroyed (Amanda Eifert)

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1. If you do not want to pay $20.00 for a beauty salon to remove your gel shellac polish you can use acetone and either soak your nails in the acetone or soak cotton balls/rounds with the acetone and place them over your nails putting tinfoil over top the cotton balls/rounds. After twenty to thirty minutes, the shellac or gel polish should be easy for you to scrap off gently. It should come right off and be sticky. For me this method works for shellac but not gel nails. I soaked my Gel nails for fifty minutes altogether with the cotton balls and foils and the polish did not come off last time I had my nails done in December.

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Acetone Gel/Shellac Nail Polish Remover (www.nailpolishcanada.com)

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2. For Gel nails, the second option I researched and that was  recommended to me by an esthetician, was to buff the nail polish off using a nail file. This takes along time and can be extremely hard on your nails especially if they are already super thin and cracking due to Gel polish. It also hurts your finger nails and I was trying to be gentle. If your nails are thin and peeling this method is not the way to go. I was able to remove most of the Gel polish, but underneath my nails were paper thin. In some places, they started to bleed underneath the nail. I left the Gel polish right at my tips because it was too painful to buff off and will grow out soon. 

***If your nails are as bad as mine, it is worth it to go into the salon and get the Gel polish removed. They salon has a special drill/file and it does not remove extra layers of your nail that are already thin, as filing the polish off can make happen. If I had only went to the salon in the first place and paid $20.00 I would’ve had nails in a better condition. I paid $20.00 anyways for the nail strengthener I talk about later on. So consider this please.

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3. If your nails are thin, cracked, and peeling cut them as short as you can, so they can grow back stronger. Use a cream that is good for your hands and nails to moisturuze and help strengthen your nails and keep your hands soft. I recommend Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail cream which you can find at any drugstore.

Vaseline. Healthy Hand and Nail Cream (Amanda Eifert)

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4. Use cuticle oil to shine your nails when you have gel or shellac nails. This also helps to moisturuze your nails so they do not become cracked and peeling. Use it after you have removed your gel/shellac polish to keep your nails especially strong and your cuticles soft. I received this in a gift a few years ago but cuticle oil is available in drug stores and olive oil works well if it is all you have at home.

  
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5. This next product, I read about from other people who found themselves in this nail situation. It is a Nail Strengthener by OPI, an excellent nail care brand. I ordered one from Nail Polish Canada. There were a few different OPI Nail Strengtheners to choose from and I bought the one for dry and brittle nails. The nail strengthener is from OPI’s Nail Envy line and costs about $20.00 Canadian for a bottle. The blogs I read, said to apply the strengthener to your nails at the beginning of the week. You can put a colour over it if you would like. Also, use it over top your coloured polish if you are applying a colour. Then mid-week, apply a coat of the nail strengthener again and also apply one last coat at the end of the week. Then start again the next week until your nails are strong. If you don’t want to invest in a strengthening polish at least put some kind of regular nail polish overtop as your nails grow more and will hold together better under a polish. Clear polish is fine and probably the best. But this Nail Envy works so well, it is worth ever penny.

 

OPI. Nail Envy , Nail Strengthener (www.nailpolishcanada.com)
 
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6. If you need to remove nail polish, do not use regular or acetone nail polish remover on your nails in their damaged state. Instead, use a natural nail polish remover. I received a great one in my Luxebox a couple boxes ago. It is called Sun Coat: All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel made from Corn and Soy. It is $7.99 online or can be found at London Drugs with other Sun Coat products. You apply the gel to your nail (with regular polish on) and allow it sit for thirty seconds to a minute on your nails. You may have to reapply a bit if you missed an edge or a section of polish. But generally, within a minute your polish comes right off with a cotton round and your nails aren’t further ruined by chemicals or damaged more. Sun Coat’s Nail Polish Remover does not sting when you put it on or smell at all. It is the perfect polish remover to use and start again with applying the nail polish OPI strengthener to keep your nails from looking like mine currently do. 

If I can say one thing that is important it would be that if you are doing Gel or Shellac nails often, allow them to breathe for a couple weeks now and then. Also, pay the money and get the estheticisan to remove it with her special tool. It will save your nails. Inbetween, use the the OPI Nail strengthener on your nails. 

 

Sun Coat : Nail Polish Remover Gel made with Corn and Soy (Amanda Eifert)
 
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©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved.

Luxebox ” Frosted Petals ” Winter 2015 Edition


Hey all! It’s that time of year again; time for a Luxebox. Luxebox is a beauty box that you receive quartly. You can choose to get a basic Luxebox everytime or you can sign up for a limited edition box for a few extra dollars. Often, I sign up for the limited edition because the products are better and more expensive. I have done that with the Winter 2015 box. So, I hope you enjoy frosted petals:



Bioderma Laboratoire Dermatologique Moisturisung Cleansing Milk for Sensitive  Dehydrated Skin: Cleanses, removes makeup, moisturises.


Hask New Professional Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner – softens and prevents breakage in weak, damaged hair.


Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss Luxury, Treatment-enriched Nail Color with Biotin, Green Tea Extract and Aucoumea.


The Face Shop Character Mask – Soothing Apple face mask.


Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel made from Corn and Soy – oderless, safe, and effective.


Make Up Forever Professional Smoky Extravagant Mascara



Starlooks Ultra Violet GP4B Gem Pencil Eyeliner.


Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lipstick Moisturizing in Red – 8 hours long lasting.

Thanks for reading! I’m thrilled with the eyeliner already and am especially interested in trying the nail polish remover gel and hair mask conditioning treatment.

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©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved.

A Garden


Prompt: Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.

There is an earthy acerbic smell around me and as I slowly pull the weeds up with my small hands I look around at the garden that takes up almost half our back yard. We ate organic before it was hip. To one side are the sweetest little strawberries you ever tasted and sunflowers with their tasty nutty flavour. There is parsley, mint, chives and probably some other spices hidden in our garden.

As you reach the middle of the garden are three to four rows of peas strung up on wire. Those more then anything remind me of childhood. Picking them to freeze for the winter, but mostly just eating them raw. Cracking a shell open and eating the sweet little balls of green and leaving the big overgrown peas to reseed the ground. Then there are the beans and everywhere inside those bushes hide these long medium thick crunchy green vegetables that I love fresh with butter and detest blanched and frozen and saved for winter months. There are cucumbers, mainly for pickles, zucchini for chocolate zucchini bread, carrots my little dog spunky eats if we’re not careful. She’ll leave just the tops if you let her.

Also, I can walk among the rows of corn that some years did splendidly and other years just withered. I can dig up red potatoes for stew and if I go far back there are prickly raspberry bushes where my other dog Nikki ate raspberries off of the ground and we carefully climbed into the bushes to find raspberries for freezing for jello desserts and ice cream sauces.

Not to mention we had this huge apple tree we use to climb as kids. Big apples and little apples of various kinds were grafted on that tree and we ate as many apples as we could until we were sick of them. There was home made apple sauce, apple juice, apple pies, and apple crisps. Both dogs use to take bites out of the apples on the ground, throw them up, and play with bitten apples. At the end of the season there were 40 different apples with one bite out of them.

My grandma had a garden too. So, gardens and fresh produce remind of being a little kid and eating all that fresh organic food. I remember long days help my parents pick beans or dig potatoes. And there were so many weeds to pull and too many bugs.

However, the strangest flower bloomed by the garbage cans and pile of compost in a bin in the back yard. Every year their were red roses peeking up beneath the grass. Hiding there like some forgotten unspoiled beauty in the crunch of vegetables.