The folks at Facebook Corporate must not be carnivores.
That´s just a wild guess based on my latest encounter with them in the guise of trying to add images to my FB shop.
Take the item below I was trying to upload, for instance…
I realize they believe it´s their Most Solemn Responsibility to make sure the rest of the us do what is right and go green, but there is no freaking way in heck I ´ll be giving up my fried chicken any time soon. Good luck with that one, MZ.
*1 Fresh egg (straight from the back side of the chicken is best)
(Yes, it’s perfectly safe. Raini went out and collected today’s quota of eggs from The Girlz right before it got dropped into the smoothie. Doesn’t get any fresher! Made it myself…the smoothie, NOT the egg.😃)
*This morning’s smoothie is dedicated to Tom Dutta, CEO of Kre-at, fellow Morgan James Publishing Author, Good Friend, great Human Being, film producer, TED-X speaker, and Head Chef of Chez Thomaso. For more about the multi-talented Tom Dutta, go to….
I’m not quite sure what it is with my fascination with bunnies, bees and clover recently. It must be a Spring Thing after being cooped up inside the house all winter. We’ve had an awful lot of snow and some sub-zero temps.
This cute little bunny is sharing a big bouquet of spring’s first batch of tender green clover with a little fairy friend. She looks rather hesitant, as if she’s uncertain as to whether he would like for her to eat it or use it as a bouquet. It might be a bit of both, since you’d share your food with someone you care about, right?
I’ve included two images, one that can be used as a digital download or coloring page, and the second can be used as the same, but includes spaces for addressing it to Someone Special from You!
We all love freebies! Me, included. Here’s a FREE adorable digitally downloadable printable jpg file (300 dpi) for you to use in your St. Patrick’s Day and Spring crafting projects – scrapbooking, digital stamping, cardmaking, papercrafting, journaling, albums, gift tags, adult coloring, stickers, and more!
In my first blog post, I mentioned how much the white cotton tail bunnies love the clover that grows wild all over our yard
What I didn’t mention is that guinea pigs love it, too. We’ve had 30 over the last many years, and we quickly learned what their favorite food is. Yep, clover. Tender, fresh, succulent, leafy, sweet green clover. The newer, the better….as in, popped up fresh for breakfast that very morning. The same goes for dandelion greens, too.
Bees. Bees and white clover flowers go together like bees and honey. They are always busily buzzing around the little white multi-petaled flowers tucked into the large green clover patches. Bees are the main pollinators of clover.
Do you know about clover honey? I keep raw clover honey on hand and put a tablespoon in a glass of lemon and water each day to help counteract allergies. The honey needs to be from bees in your local area to combat the local allergens.
You can also eat raw and cooked clover. Dandelions, too! The bunnies, bees and guineas know.
Lucky Little Clover
In the wild, carefree psychedelic 70s, I was in elementary school. Most of the kids ran around the playground at recess playing tag, baseball, tetherball or other games requiring decent coordination (and I wasn’t very coordinated), I sat with a friend in the deep green grass looking for four-leaf clovers. She seemed to always find them, but I never did. I surely needed lots of luck just to be able to find the lucky little clovers!
We spent countless sunshine and sweet-leafy-green days sitting in that grass looking for four-leaf clovers. I may not have ever found any of the four-leaf variety, but what I was lucky enough to find were Ladybugs! Fat, round, perfectly symmetrical, and bright glossy red with black spots They were beautiful!
We held them in our hands and watched them crawl up and down our fingers. Upon reaching the end of a finger, the ladybug always seemed to know it was time to go. She would lift up the two top red casings, and out unfolded delicate deep brown sheer wings which had been ingeniously hidden and protected beneath. After they unfurled to their full shape, she gently and effortlessly rose unto the unseen currents of air, floating quietly away until I could no longer see her.
Ladybugs and Ladybirds
As a child, since ladybugs were called “lady-bugs,” I always thought they were female (as opposed to “gentleman” bugs). In the United States, this is what we we call them.
In England, however, they are called “ladybirds.” What a lovely name for a lovely bug! “Ladybug” is very nice term, but “ladybird” is better!
The following lyrics are from “Ladybug Ladybird,” of Helen Ferris’s “Favorite Poems Old and New, Selected for boys and girls,” 1957.
Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home the field mouse is gone to her nest the daisies have shut up their sleepy red eyes and the birds and the bees are at rest Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home the glow worm is lighting her lamp the dew’s falling fast, and your fine speckled wings will flag with the close clinging damp Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home the fairy bells tinkle afar make haste or they’ll catch you and harness you fast with a cobweb to Oberon’s star.
Ladybird Ladybird, the modern children’s rhyme
Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the baking pan
*These adorable images – Itty Bitty Bugz, Bumble Bea – & Leia Ladybug – are available in b&w and color as digital downloads in my Etsy shop SherryWestArt https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherryWestArt for all of your spring scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.
Further interesting reading on the subject of Ladybugs: