Today was the day at the Department of Labor for those with last names starting with the letters F-L to get a flu vaccine, including the infamous H1N1.
I mostly don’t feel a need for a flu shot for myself. I’d rather rely on daily outdoor walks regardless of the season, a healthy diet, adequate sleep virtually every night, yoga asana, meditation, regular massage, and washing my hands frequently and generally keeping them away from my face.
But I’m going to visit my mother in a rehabilitation facility where she is recovering from a severely broken leg. If, for a few days of discomfort and a half hour out of my day, I could reduce the risk of being a carrier or being unable to visit, it made sense to go ahead.
Also weighing in favor of the vaccine, though insufficient reason alone, is that in order to yield the expansion of my horizons that is possible from a return trip to India, I will be enduring the stress on my immune system from the travel.
I don’t have a thing for new technology. I had my Blackberry for nearly five years. I don’t like the learning curve for something that I want as a basic tool. But the old phone wasn’t working well any more and, because of our societal emphasis on new toys, it had be one nearly obsolete.
This is my first attempt with the new tool. When I step back from my frustration with what I don’t yet know, I can marvel at the technology.
The white flowers growing with the tomatoes and cucumbers (cages) and the beans (red supports) are coriander that over-wintered, and gave lots of good leaves from late winter through mid-spring. I’m now letting them go to flower and then seed. I like to use the flowers as a garnish. Still green and newly forming coriander seeds minced, along with whatever greens are still tender on the plant, are delicious in lightly cooked young vegetables. Almost flowery, like some Persian cooking. The fig in the right foreground, alas, has no buds this year. It wants to be planted in the ground on a sunny side of someone’s house. Local readers, if you want a healthy fig tree, comment or send an email.
It may feel gloomy for walking around, but those of us inside the beltway really need the rain, so I am pretty happy about the dank weather. Yes, those are turnips, arugula, parsley, chard, and kale (though I have no intention of going outside today to get some; I have some lovely Savoy cabbage inside and a yoga class to go teach).
National Arboretum, Northeast DC, June 2nd