Pat’s Chat (April 15)

Many happy scenes greet me almost every day that predict SPRING! I love the happy chattering and singing of the birds, the tree frogs, different flowers blooming somewhere new every day, sunny days making getting our daily dose of Vitamin D pleasant. Some days have actually been too hot! My daughter and I never stay out very long, sometimes only 5 to 10 minutes. “Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week. People with darker skin may need a little more than this. Your exposure time should depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight… Sensible sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. produces vitamin D in the skin that may last twice as long in the blood compared with ingested vitamin D.” (from HealthLine on Google Chrome)

Also, we have gotten some “ramps” from Roy Waybright which I am sure gives us some healthy vitamins not in our general diet. Some people don’t want to smell ramps, but with Covid masks and distancing, no one will notice! I remember in high school some of my ornery classmates loved eating a bunch of raw ramps before coming to school, I think hoping to get kicked out of school. My daughter was delighted to see that the Donut Shop has Ramparoni Rolls now. We have had fried potatoes with ramps and eggs with ramps this past week. We have not found yet “poke greens,” however. Someone talked about having a great spring tonic from dandelion greens. I have never harvested them, but I know they are good for us.  

I am dreading summer and very grateful that we have air conditioning. Time just flies by and my children and grandchildren and even my great-grandchildren get way too old, way too fast. (This means, I also get older. I find it difficult to think that in less than three years I will be 90 years old.)

I pray that all of you will stay safe and well. I am glad to hear “good” news because there is an awful lot of bad news every day. Staying happy and upbeat is my goal, trying to remember and be thankful for my many blessings from my family and friends. I will be so glad when I feel I can safely return to church, though I enjoy church activities online.



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