30 June 2013: meteorology by daughter

Today I am grateful to my daughter for an improvised meteorological demonstration. She was drawing weather events and explaining them to me at the same time.


Oh – and of course I am grateful to John Boynton Priestley for the 31st of June, which is today! Love and dreams come true to everyone!

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29 June 2014: dill rice pilau and roasted vegetables

Today I am grateful to my husband’s friend and a hostess of a barbecue we went to for cooking especially for me a delicious tray of roasted vegetables (artichokes were particularly divine), and dill rice pilau, which she kept vegan. Perfect summer treat, perfect lady.

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26 June 2014: copper against slugs

Today I am grateful for a special copper-infused film I bought to repel the slugs off my precious Osaka Purple Salad leaves without killing the slugs.

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16 June 2014: complete exhaustion paves the way

Today I am grateful for complete exhaustion from previous arguments with my husband, which allowed me to relax and not fight him today. Great improvement. They say that Ozu used this method on his actors: exhausting them first, and then they delivered perfect performance.

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13 June 2014: sprouts

Today I am grateful for a few seeds that actually sprouted about a week after I sowed them after a couple of years’ break in growing vegetables, due to moving to a new house.

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What is Menstrual Fluid made up of?


Today I am grateful for this “The Period Blog” and to all people – women and men who work for acceptance of menstruation in people’s lives, for menstruation to become a valued and sacred part of women’s lives.

Originally posted on My Period Blog:

About half of menstrual fluid is blood (the rest is cervical mucus, vaginal secretions and endometrial tissue). The blood contains sodium, calcium, phosphate, iron, and chloride. The vaginal fluids contain water, common electrolytes, organ moieties, and at least 14 proteins, including glycoproteins.

Is menstrual fluid safe?

Unless the person in question has a bloodborne illness (eg. HIV, HPV, Hepitis), menstrual fluid is harmless. No toxins are released in menstrual flow, as this is a lining that must be pure and clean enough to have nurtured a baby. Menstrual fluid is no more dangerous than regular blood.

What does menstrual fluid look like?

According to Wikipedia, “Menstrual fluid is reddish-brown, a slightly darker color than venous blood.” I disagree, I think that this description is far too narrow. Menstrual fluid varies enormously in colour and texture. The colour of menstrual fluid can be a bright red (the same colour as venous blood); or a darker red; or a reddish-brown (particularly…

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3 June 2014: deep-red rose

Today I am grateful for a deep-red rose, quite large, half-wilted, which I found in a tiny park in my town. I smelled it and the fragrance was so strong, so sweet and so rich.

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Posted by on 03/06/2014 in Gratitude


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