Before and After

The first thing I do every morning is go out on the terrace to look at the plants.  It gives me a buzz.  This morning there was a closed hibiscus that, abracadabra, right before my eyes opened up.

Years ago I read that hibiscus tea was good for your health mainly because of the Vitamin C.  So I would pick up fallen hibiscus flowers to make tea. The results were horrific so I stopped doing it. Obviously my technique needed improvement.

After reading how hibiscus tea is good for high blood pressure and cholesterol, I decided to go to internet and research some more.  There’s much information out there but also much disinformation so what to do?


One recipe says to take an opened flower (must be red) and, after removing the stamen, place it in a mug, cover with boiling water, let steep for c. 3-5 minutes (no more or it will taste bitter), then sweeten with honey.

I have a problem with cutting off a beautiful flower just to make a cup of tea.  Maybe I will experiment with fallen flowers that have been dried out and sterilized by the sun. And I may add cinnamon stick or ginger for  some extra pazazz.

Hibiscus leaves are also said to be beneficial and are used in Ayurveda medicine for coughs, grey hair, and bad moods.

Nature has a medicine chest out there just waiting to be opened.


Related: How to Dry and Make Hibiscus Tea for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension youtube video

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Sunrise or Sunset

Often  I post links on FB to the articles I publish here.  If I’m lucky, I’ll get 20 likes. If I’m lucky.  So, if ever I feel “liked”  deprived, all I have to do is post a photo of Volver, our cat.  His photos get tons of likes.

Volver the Cat

The other day I posted a photo of a sunrise as seen from our balcony.  As with Volver, the sunrise was a big success.

Sunrise on Paros

Sunset photos are also quite popular. Here on Paros, one of the favorite evening activities is that of having an aperitif at one of the many seaside bars facing the west. When the sun starts going down, tourists will jump to their feet and start clicking their cell phones which most already have in their hands. It would appear that photographing the sunset is more exciting than actually watching it.

There is nothing really unique about a sunset or a sunrise…they happen every day.  What makes it unique is experiencing it. Of course, they are more dramatic by the sea because the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon line. There is something very existential about seeing the sun vanish right before your eyes.

Coming or Going?

Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan called twilight the crack between two worlds because it represents the realm between one perception of the world and another (see A Magical Journey by Carlos Castaneda). So now I know why they’re called the Twilight Years…. You live your life in between here and there.


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Resuscitate Your Soap

For bathing I like nice bars of soap made from olive oil and aloe. But lathering up my body wears them out and the bars quickly turn into slivers that jump out of my hand when wet.  That’s why I save the netting from store bought garlic—so I can use it to unite all the leftover pieces and make the soap hand-holdable once again. The contents of the soap remain the same even if its form has drastically changed…somewhat like growing old.

Reususcitate Your Soap

Reususcitate Your Soap


related:  The Aesthetics of Mending


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Happy Birthday!

Today is this blog’s 15th birthday!

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The Aesthetics of Transformation

Yesterday I finished mending the awning for our terrace pergola. It was not an enjoyable task but the awning is fundamental as I spend much of the morning (or at least would like to) at my terrace work table and need protection from the sun.

Visible Mending

The awning is made of heavy fabric once used for balcony curtains meant for privacy as much as for décor.  Having been out in the sun for so long, the fabric deteriorated.  So once repurposed as awning, all it took was a gust of strong wind to rip it. I was forced to buy new fabric but still wanted to maintain the old—you know, sustainabilty and sentiment. But also because of the fabric’s orange stripes that filters the sun and gives everything a warm glow.  Somewhat like a fabric stained glass window.

Visible Mending

After patching the rips and attaching the old fabric with the new, the awning is now repaired boro style. Honor has been given to the old fabric that for so long acted as faithful curtains for our balcony protecting us from the sun and my neighbor’s curiosity.

Visible Mending

I want to make my life photogenic. And a needle and thread helps a lot.


Related:   The Aesthetics of Mending. + Pillow books, kimonos and mottainai
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Pruning…once again

Al Sussurrata Terrace

We are busy trimming our bougainvillea so that its energy will move forward and, with time, wrap itself around our terrace.

bougainvilleaI have created a little window so that I can watch as my neighbor’s apricot tree makes its fruit that she will then transform into delicious jams.

Pruning is about getting rid of the past to make room for the present.



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