Saturday was a busy and fun day.
Mike went to work but showed up early with a big bouquet of flowers. Awww... for me? Then he took off - going back to work. I put the flowers on the little table in the kitchen and Sophie jumped up to check them out. (She is allowed on the table because it's not for food preparation.) So far she isn't as interested in flowers as much as Mesa was. She would pull them out of the vase, sometimes knocking the whole thing over and making a terrible mess. I always had to put flowers out of her reach she loved them so. I did give her her own flowers though - and grasses to chew on. Cats need greenery.
Later in the evening after Mike got home from work and I'd done all the housework I could squeeze into the day, we went to see our friends, Frank and Carol, for Valentine's dinner. Frank and Carol have been married 50-something years and we were hoping to get some sage advice from them. They didn't give us any! I think they just get along and that's the way it is. Carol made some chocolate-filled crepes for dessert that sent Mike and me over the edge. Oh my goodness I don't want that recipe! I don't think I could resist making it over and over again it was sooo good.
Sunday was a quiet and peaceful day.
I'd received some of my herb books on Saturday for my herbology class and was anxious to dig in. So I settled onto the couch in our bedroom where the sun was streaming in and Sophie was sunbathing and read one of the books for several hours. The first one I chose was Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. What an interesting book. I'm enjoying it immensely already. From the back of the book, describing Mr. Kloss, is written: "Herbalist, food scientist, inventor, lecturer, writer, teacher, most widely known advocate of cooperation with Nature's healing resources." He lived from 1863-1946. The book is described as "the classic guide to herbal medicine, natural foods and home remedies since 1939." All of that interests me. And here is an interesting quote from the chapter, The History of Herbal Medicine:
"In those days only 7 to 10 percent of the people were in the cities, while now there are some 80 percent of the people in the cities, cooped up in tenements and apartments. The shows, movies, and pleasures people have in the cities are not wholesome. They are physically and mentally destructive. The pleasures that we had on the farm were of a different nature and would make real men and women out of the people. They were elevating and inspiring, instead of degrading and debasing. The pleasures of the city usually do not make noble men and women, good fathers and mothers, good husbands and wives, or good citizens. On the farm you do not have to be afraid to go out into the dark nor do you have to be afraid that you will not have something to eat, even if there should be a drought. It is very easy to can enough to eat for two or three years..."
Whether you agree with that or not, it's an interesting perspective and I'm looking forward to Kloss's opinons on diet, the preparation of herbs and foods and what he thinks the health-destroying foods are - compared to what the "experts" say today.
I have three other books to read before totally engaging in my home study course - and more on their way to me!
All in all, it was a very nice weekend.