October 14, 2014
Halloween is just around the corner, and I’ve got the ice for your next spooky party right here! Step right up; come one, come all; ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you: BONE CHILLERS.
Er. No pun intended, of course.
Anyway. I’ve got something for every curious onlooker! For those who can walk through walls and find it difficult to keep another person’s attention, Boo Cubes.
For the pirate who stole your heart (or your wallet), Bone Chillers. (Don’t forget to give an ice cube or two to your trusty sidekick parrot, too!)
For the zombies and mad scientists out there: Brain Freeze. This is literally brain freeze. I mean, you can’t get much more literal than that, right? Well, I guess if you froze a real brain it’d be more literal, but then we’d be talking real horror, and that’s just not legal in this state. (Unless it is… someone let me know!)
…and the Flintstones down the street, Fossilice. Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops—or their bones, anyway—would love to grace your drink with teeth, claws, and coooool!
October 2, 2014
Do you garden? Wish you could have beautiful flowers all year round? Well, aside from advising that you move someplace with less snow, I can give you my top five flower types that bloom late in the season. Along with each type, I’ll add some tidbits of information for your horticulture pleasure! Without futher ado, I give you…
Wrinkle Leaf Goldenrod
A beautiful plant native to North America, goldenrod’s cheery
yellow golden flowers welcome the season with bravado. An added bonus? This flower actually is not typically a source of allergies, so plant without fear! Scientific name: soldiago rugosa.
I’m sure you’re familiar with crocuses in springtime, but don’t overlook the Fall types! Also called Bieberstein’s crocus, these little beauties are perfect for both sun and shade. Scientific name: crocus speciosus.
Go big or go home, right?! Though their name isn’t much to write home about, toad lilies will add a snazzy pop to your end-of-season garden. These easy-care perennials bloom from late summer to mid-Autumn. Scientific name: tricyrtis hirta.
Also called plumbago, leadwort is a great ground cover that thrives in both sun and shade. But beware: in sun, it has a tendency to spread pretty fast! This plant puts on not one but two Autumn shows: first, electric-blue blossoms take the stage, followed by leaves that turn lovely shades of red. Scientific name: ceratostigma plumbaginoides.
Sweet Autumn Clematis
A native of the buttercup family, this fast-growing vine can grow to be 20 feet tall! Before you plant it, however, make sure to check that it isn’t still considered an invasive plant in your area. Scientific name: clematis terniflora.
October 1, 2014
Though not a national holiday, Native Americans’ Day is observed in Autumn in a growing number of states in the Union. It is celebrated in either late September (the fourth Friday in September) or in mid-October as a replacement for what is widely known as Columbus Day. In California, where I live, it’s been observed in late September since 1968. If you live in California, click here to learn more about this statewide celebration and day of learning.
In South Dakota, 1990 was proclaimed “The Year of Reconciliation” between Native Americans and white people. It’s debatable how much the two peoples actually reconciled, but one of the outcomes of the year was that Columbus Day (observed in the United States on the second Monday in October) was changed to Native Americans’ Day to remember and respect the First Nations of the area, the Sioux/Lakota.
At the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, for example, the “Native Americans’ Day celebration… each year includes naming the Crazy Horse Memorial Educator of the Year, honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to Native American education at the primary or secondary school level… The holiday’s program includes a free public program featuring Native American singers and dancers. Programs and displays featuring artists, storytellers, and hands-on activities for children are [also] offered… and a free buffalo stew lunch is available for all visitors.” (To learn more about the Native American Lakota man named Crazy Horse, click here.)
A similar holiday, Native American Heritage Day, is celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. Since this day’s inception, it has expanded into Native American Heritage Month in November each year. (Also check out the Bureau of Indian Affairs information.)