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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Phlomis Fruticosa And Other Questions

In addition to vegetables --which support many wild rabbit families-- my wife grows herbs. Rabbits seem to leave herbs alone. Why is that? I decided to investigate. Here is a photo of some sage:
Much fuss is made over lovely sage blossoms but nobody says anything about sage seed pods. This is probably because they are astonishingly ugly. A few flecks of color can turn one into a crazy ogre head:
Now the seed pod is indistinguishable from how I look in the morning, so I reflect no disturbance. Wild animals run away from me too. We have answered a question. But what about the many other questions we ask in solving enigmas? These are the questions that keep me awake when I should be working. Solving, dissolving, diluting....

Here's one:
It is a doodle of a Noria, an ancient kind of Persian Wheel for raising water out of a stream and pouring into plumbing. It is then piped to everybody. What makes water so important? Easy question so far. Water is chemically considered the Universal Solvent, even though it isn't. It does, however dissolve more kinds of substances than any other known solvent. We clean with it, inside our bodies and out. We irrigate with it because all life-forms need it. In fact plants and creatures are biologically bags of mostly water. But there is an enigma attached to this solvent that can dilute just about anything. How does one dilute water?

There are other questions. You may breakfast at a diner and order a poached egg, as I have often done, but we would never consider ordering a poached deer, a poached rhino or elephant. Why is this still a problem? Can governments do nothing to stop the poaching of things that are no good for breakfast? And speaking of governments --specifically governmental parties-- wouldn't affiliation be more fun if these parties rented inflatable bounce-houses? If parents can afford them for their kids' enjoyment, certainly political parties can... excuse me, I just started wondering whether my ancestors are in prisons or zoos and must go lie down. 

19 comments:

  1. Note to self: stop checking blogs after 8pm.
    Well, have you ever eaten sage by it's self? The leaves, the fragrant leaves. One is ok, it's better on turkey, an ally of rabbits.
    As to poaching, I won't comment on poached deer, though I will say it's fine, just cook it the same.
    A fine idea: putting the House inside one of those large inflated houses for an hour or two, maybe with a wind tunnel propeller at one end.
    I'm guessing they are in both; mine are.

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    1. Indeed, both Senate and Congress share many points in common with wind tunnels.

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  2. I was laughing all the way through this, Geo. And I was still laughing after reading your last post on the sailing rocks in Death Valley and Tyrannosaurus Cottontail in his bunny suit. Now I see green pickle tyrannosaurus heads every time I see our neighborhood bunnies. Loved the dilution of water enigma. Water expands when it freezes, so there is less of it in a given space, but that's more density than dilution. Darn, I was thinking that perhaps water diluted itself by expanding. I think I need to lie down too!

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    1. We'll figure it all out, Louise, if we remember to take our naps.

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  3. Geodoodle-noria looks interesting. Thanks.

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  4. Zoo or prison? Not a great deal of difference really.
    And a good lie down is always a treat.

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    1. When I think about my relatives too much, I generally lie down.

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  5. I've never seen a sage seed pod before - in fact, I've never seen sage. I wouldn't know an herb if one crawled up my leg and bit me on the butt. And it looks like that angry sage seed pod could inflict a nasty bite.

    Water will dilute very quickly here in HOT hellish west Texas. No poached eggs here, only poachers. Texans like fried eggs because we fry them on the sidewalks.

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    1. I commiserate! Parts of California are designed to be big solar griddles too.

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  6. May I suggest that one reason we cannot order poached deer, rhino or elephant is because restaurant chefs do not stock pans large enough?

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    1. Good point! It's always a good idea to ask the square-footage of the kitchen before ordering poached elephant.

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  7. You can poach a salmon but the owner of the stream may have you strung up for it. I knew a gal who poached salmon in her dishwasher.

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    1. That's amazing. I'd never heard of poaching in dishwahers, but it makes sense. You'd only have to get the temperature up around 150 F. Doable.

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    2. Sorry for intruding, but good lord, I've done that! In Alaska, decades ago. Wrapped a king salmon filet in foil with butter and dill, sealed it tight and put in in on 'regular'. This had something to do with friends being over, long nights, etc.

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  8. 1. Love the artistry with the sage head
    2. I dilute water with ice cubes... the gift that keeps on giving
    3. Governments can do something about poaching things that are no good for breakfast. They just don't.
    4. The governmental parties may very well rent bounce houses. The problem is that they are only for the leaders of the parties. We are menat ot pay for them.
    5. Prisons or zoos... I think I will lie down too.

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    1. No fair we have to pay for the Bounce-houses of Congress. I bet we have to buy their ice cream too.

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  9. You may be onto something. (Aren't you always?) A giant bouncy house for Congress sounds like a smashing idea. No shoes allowed. No stuffy-looking clothes, either. Just goofy-looking shorts and neon tank tops. Maybe if they look ridiculous enough, they'll lighten up. And they can't come out of the bouncy house until they learn how to play nicely together. Good idea, dude.

    I'll never look at my herbs the same way again.

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    1. Thanks Susan! Great comment from a great br.... no I can't do it yet. But I like the shorts and tank tops idea. Dudes like that. And playing together nicely --you should be in D.C., House Rules Committee chair!

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