Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sparkly Dancing in the Shed

My ABC Wednesday theme: The Mama and Her Authentic
Green Thumbs. . .and Fingers
It may not look like the Mama is smiling, but she is. She's happy as a lark in the photo. Pourquoi?

One reason is that at the time I snapped the camera, it was raining cats and dogs. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I was indeed standing in the rain and grinning ear to ear. Rain, as I've said over and over, is scarce in our part of the world.

Prepping camote (yam) stems for her vegetable garden was another reason the Mama was gleeful. The previous day, the Husband and I bought her four bunches of camote leaves at the farmers' market.  She had been snipping away for about half an hour before the first raindrops plopped on her colorful clothes.


While I was dancing in the rain, the Mama was dancing inside the shed. Not physically doing the cha cha, but mentally. Just look at the sparkle in her eyes and the smile on her lips. Instead of cooped up in the house, the Mama was sitting snug and dry in the shed, stripping off camote leaves from their stems, while the rain drummed a cool beat on the metal shed.

That was last Thursday. Yesterday (Tuesday), the Mama had another happy day when she planted the camote stems into the ground.


Today is the letter S at ABC Wednesday, a meme began by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and now managed by a team of wonderful folks led by Roger Green. Click here to read posts by other participants.

15 comments:

  1. It is really a good photo of the Mama. We several days of a blessed rain too. We don't get much moisture here, either and even the snowfall was sparse this winter. Your garden looks so green and happy and healthy.

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    1. Thanks, Manzi. I like this photo of the Mama, too. It shows her sense of style. She manages to make her Filipino summer dress work with a hoodie, vest, and straw hat.

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  2. I love the photos. I hope the stems take root for her.

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    1. Year after year, they have, but the Mama never takes for granted that they will each year.

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  3. Rain at last and such a lovely picture of The mam, she's so lovely Susie you are blessed..
    I am not familiar with camote leaves are used for salads or do they develop into yams...please tell more about their uses and nutritional values.

    Great post.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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    1. Yes, I am blessed, Di, with the Mama. Thank you for saying so. The camote leaves don't turn into yams at all. The texture is like spinach and the young leaves slightly taste like spinach. I think camote leaves have more chlorophyll than spinach because they taste richer. I haven't looked up the nutritional value, but I'd say it's the same as with spinach -- full of iron, calcium, and other goodies.

      We usually parboil the leaves and eat them as is with a bit of soy sauce or throw together with tomatoes and onions. I also like to add the leaves to soups (any kind) at the last minute.

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    1. She most definitely does, Roger. :-)

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  5. It takes a certain sort of woman to combine such disparate elements of style into something that can grace any shed in the country!

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    1. The Mama has a wonderful sense of style, which she doesn't realize. It's just as well.

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  6. What is camote? Your mom does look happy and glad it did rain. You need a lot more too. If I planted the camote they would have all fallen over by now

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    1. Camote is a sweet potato. Except these sweet potato leaves don't make any tubers. I don't know why.

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  7. To have her expertise in the garden would be so nice. I think she can probably grow about anything!!
    Ann

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    1. She's always up to giving something a try when it comes to growing things. If they come up, they come up. If they don't, she tries again.

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  8. Happy Happy Filled with Color and Life . . . Thank You.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)