Bud Nip?

This was not exactly what I intended to share this week but I just was so surprised by this – don’t ask me why.  It’s true. You learn something new everyday.

This article is from June 2011. How did I miss this? Ahh, I was still in the first month of newly wedded bliss. In those days, when it came to food choices I was still swaying repeatedly from discipline to desire. Well, this may be old news to some of you. In fact, I hope it is and you’ve moved on. But for those of us that were kind of busy and may have missed this one, here it is.  The not-so-latest scoop about one of the tastiest tubers out there – the sweet potato.



October in Florida

Oddly, October in Florida makes me think of March in Florida.

Okay, so let’s just go over all the obvious differences that I just can’t help but point out.

March means the promise of new life! Not only do the birds, trees, flowers and all of nature feel it but we feel it. We’re excited! Spring is here and there is so much to look forward to when Spring arrives. We start to come out of our houses as the days get a little warmer.  We spring forward with that controversial tradition of taking an hour of sunlight in the morning and tacking it on the end of our day (according to our clocks).  Some of our favorite fruits and vegetables will finally be in season. School will be out soon and life will seem to slow down a little more.

October has plenty to excite us as well. The nights get a little cooler and the Pensacola Interstate Fair comes to town. Weekends begin to fill up with local festivals.  We look forward to lots of family gatherings with the approach of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then, there is the excitement of the New Year’s celebration and making plans for the year ahead.

So why does October make me think of March??  It’s one of those strange childhood memory triggers like the smell of apple pie or fresh, baked cookies.

March is the month that I remember our house having open windows when I was growing up. This may seem unimportant but it’s actually very important.  I  have an immense love of the outdoors and open windows just seemed to fill me with this continual state of something I can’t even put into words! Since I left home I’ve opened the windows throughout the year but it’s the month of October that lets me get away with it for longer periods of time without making other family members uncomfortable. There are also four birthdays in March in my family so the month was full of celebrations.

Okay. So why are all these great memories from my childhood that revolve around open windows important?  Because they are happy thoughts! And we want this. We want to think those happy thoughts. We need to think those happy thoughts.

Check out the video below to find out why and then open a window…or whatever makes you think good thoughts :) And just remember…

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”   Philippians 4:8

♥ Jane