Monday, June 17, 2013

Ladybugs and Baby Greens

 I woke up this morning and immediately peeked out the window to see what the weather was doing. It was a bit overcast but at least it had stopped raining. The sun popped out later on and it turned out to be a gorgeous day :) 

I got the girls up for school and everything went fairly smooth. They found outfits to wear, brushed their hair and had breakfast without any drama. I think they were probably too tired to do any of that. I'd let them stay up quite late last night because they were having so much fun playing outside in the yard. I'm really impressed with how little they watch TV anymore. It's usually less than an hour a day. 

The girls climbed onto the school bus and that's about the time Seamus finally wandered downstairs. He was all cute and groggy and puffy haired. I settled him in on the couch to watch cartoons and eat his breakfast and told him he should come and hang out with me when he was done. I smiled and slipped out the door before he could protest :)

I stood beside the garden with my giant cup of coffee and a silly orange kitty rolling around at my feet. 
Everything was so lush and green after all of the rain we've had over the past few days.
The flowerbeds were scattered with fallen lilac blooms. Its very pretty, but the lilac bushes look so bare now so its also kind of sad. I wish they lasted all summer. (I'm pretty sure I say that every year :)
I found a cute little ladybug having a snooze on some baby swiss chard leaves. In fact, I noticed ladybugs everywhere today. and I've even spotted a couple in the house recently. Just for fun I looked up the meaning of seeing ladybugs. Here's what I found:

Seen often as a messenger of promise, the ladybug reconnects us with the joy of living. Fear and joy cannot co-exist. We need to release our fears and return to love  - this is one of the messages that the ladybug brings to us. Ladybugs teach us how to restore our trust and faith in the great spirit.  When the ladybug appears, it is telling us to get out of our own way and allow the great spirit to enter into our lives. 
Interesting :)

 I ate some baby swiss chard greens for breakfast with a sliced apple and a handful of roasted almonds. They were juicy and sweet.

I picked some weeds and started thinning out my beets so they have more room to grow. I decided to try and eat the greens instead of just tossing them aside. Beet greens are very healthy! They're full of fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron.
I washed the leaves and then sauteed them in a frying pan on medium heat with a bit of olive oil, minced garlic and a squeeze of lemon. I cooked them for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the leaves were wilted. SO yummy. They have a very sweet, earthy flavour and went very well with my homemade veggie burger. (I'll post the recipe for those soon! :)

The day flew by as usual. The kids came home from school and then they scattered to go and play outside with friends. Except for Chloe, who's addicted to the computer :) 

I took the opportunity to flop down on the couch and power nap for a little while. And then it was suppertime, bathtime and bedtime. 

And now I'm sleepy again....and the chocolate chip cookies I made are calling me from the kitchen :)


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