2012.04.15 19:00 - A Poolside Chat

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Calvino Rabeni. The comments are by Calvino Rabeni.

    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Cal
    Calvino Rabeni: Good evening Cinda :)
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi san
    Calvino Rabeni: We tried the plum wine yesterday ... enjoyed it
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Santo !
    Lucinda Lavender: that is great!
    Santoshima Resident: hi you two!
    Lucinda Lavender: I hoped it would be
    Santoshima Resident: colour of the plums?
    Calvino Rabeni: hmm, the plums are dark purple skin and a yellowish fruit
    Calvino Rabeni: the wine is the color of the seed at the center
    Lucinda Lavender: nice...
    Calvino Rabeni: This wine has a beautiful amber color
    Calvino Rabeni: and a complex and bright "finish"
    Calvino Rabeni: with notes of spice
    Calvino Rabeni: and plum :)
    Lucinda Lavender: yay for the stanley plum!
    Santoshima Resident: hooray
    Lucinda Lavender: Plums are so great...thanks for your kind sharing of them!
    Lucinda Lavender: and kind words:)
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: it seems like perfect dandelion-picking time too
    Santoshima Resident: and stinging nettle
    Calvino Rabeni: Any plans for nettle beer, Cinda?
    Lucinda Lavender: on the 23rd it is ST Georges Day when it is officially the picking day for dandi's
    Santoshima Resident: dandelion wine?
    Santoshima Resident: oh
    Calvino Rabeni: they have medicinal properties (nettles?)
    Lucinda Lavender: Yes for dandilion wine and no it is past for nettle beer
    Santoshima Resident: hmm, i believe so ... although, only learned from my older neighbour
    Lucinda Lavender: I forget..
    Santoshima Resident: who applies the leaves to arthritic hands
    Santoshima Resident: to distract, i'd guess
    Lucinda Lavender: right I think the sting draws some attention away and the bloodmust move too
    Santoshima Resident: yeah
    Calvino Rabeni: http://www.herballegacy.com/Vance_Medicinal.html
    Santoshima Resident: let's see ... clicking

    Nettle leaf is among the most valuable herbal remedies. Because of its many nutrients, stinging nettle is traditionally used as a spring tonic. It is a slow-acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes. It is one of the safest alteratives, especially in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long-term treatment. It has a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys.

    Stinging nettle is an astringent, diuretic, tonic, anodyne, pectoral, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, alterative, hemetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-lithic/lithotriptic, haemostatic, stimulant, decongestant, herpatic, febrifuge, kidney depurative/nephritic, galactagogue, hypoglycemic, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine.

    Calvino Rabeni: Looks like it does everything :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I think I'll try it!
    Santoshima Resident: powerful plant
    Santoshima Resident: and delicious
    Calvino Rabeni: delicious in beer
    Santoshima Resident: oh, didn't know that
    Calvino Rabeni: wonder how it is in salads?
    Santoshima Resident: light steam to nullify the sting, add lemon and butter, simple!
    Calvino Rabeni makes mental note to gather some on next walk
    Lucinda Lavender: steamed is ok...
    Santoshima Resident: just the tips
    Calvino Rabeni: tips - the smaller top leaves? plus soft stems perhaps
    Lucinda Lavender: I think of starting to gather in mid march
    Santoshima Resident: yes, small top leaves and first couple leaves down
    Calvino Rabeni: maybe they are tough now
    Lucinda Lavender: worth a try
    Calvino Rabeni: but still I'm curious
    Lucinda Lavender: me too
    Calvino Rabeni: yes! worth a try
    Santoshima Resident: they are not too tough yet
    Lucinda Lavender: have some nearby woods?
    Santoshima Resident: yes, at the edges
    Lucinda Lavender: where you have seen them?
    Santoshima Resident: meadows shifting into wooded
    Santoshima Resident: and along the roads, but i leave those ones, too much pollution
    Calvino Rabeni: Along the greenway trail, in the damp sidings
    Santoshima Resident: yes
    Lucinda Lavender: right
    Lucinda Lavender: I am far from those places today...walked across the Brooklyn Bridge
    Santoshima Resident: wow!
    Lucinda Lavender: sitting in a warm apt:)
    Calvino Rabeni: I forgot!
    Santoshima Resident: visiting your daughter?
    Lucinda Lavender: yep:)
    Santoshima Resident: great
    Lucinda Lavender: having lots of fun
    Calvino Rabeni: How does she like the big apple?
    Lucinda Lavender: met Stevenaia:)

    Lucinda Lavender: I think so so much to see here..
    Lucinda Lavender: ate at a macrobiotic restaurant
    Santoshima Resident: with stevenaia?
    stevenaia Michinaga: waves
    Santoshima Resident: hey!!
    stevenaia Michinaga: ?
    Santoshima Resident: didn't see you
    stevenaia Michinaga: hehe, you can continue talking about me
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Stevenaia !
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi CAl, San, Lucinda
    Calvino Rabeni: We were just starting to "what would you like to do in NYC"
    Calvino Rabeni: I was about to say architecture
    Lucinda Lavender: just said I had the fun of meeting you:)
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi steve
    Calvino Rabeni: Is that home base, Stev?
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, and NYC is a great place to meet
    stevenaia Michinaga: I am about 70 minutes from manhattan
    stevenaia Michinaga: link works
    Santoshima Resident: it does
    Lucinda Lavender: wow...I saw the building today that looks a little wrinkled
    stevenaia Michinaga: wrinkled is all the rage
    Lucinda Lavender: really! so interesting...
    stevenaia Michinaga: in the short time we were in NYC, we covered quite a bit
    Lucinda Lavender: yes!
    Lucinda Lavender: are you meaning when we met?
    stevenaia Michinaga: even saw a Scotish parade, thought of Storm
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Lucinda Lavender: I had sprianed my ankle on Friday so it was great to travel by taxi and see alot!
    stevenaia Michinaga: lots of pointing
    Lucinda Lavender: :))
    Calvino Rabeni: Ow
    Lucinda Lavender: yes...better today
    Santoshima Resident: good
    Lucinda Lavender: I loved the International Center for Photography
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes,a nd the farmer's market
    stevenaia Michinaga: next to Lincoln Center
    Lucinda Lavender: seeing the photos of a journalist from the 30-40's who photographed murders.
    Santoshima Resident: who?
    Lucinda Lavender: Weegee
    Lucinda Lavender: that was exactly the time my parents lived there
    Santoshima Resident: ah right
    stevenaia Michinaga: WeeGee
    Lucinda Lavender: funny name
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://www.icp.org/museum
    Lucinda Lavender: nice to have the link
    Lucinda Lavender: San have you been to NY?
    Lucinda Lavender: Anyone have a favorite place?
    Santoshima Resident: only once
    Santoshima Resident: for a weekend
    Santoshima Resident: about ...
    Santoshima Resident: 32 years ago
    Lucinda Lavender: ah

    Santoshima Resident: was on my own, came to the city, stayed at the y
    Santoshima Resident: and left
    stevenaia Michinaga: a tourguide for such a short time helps
    Santoshima Resident: i suppose, but i didn't come to be a tourist
    Lucinda Lavender: yes! I bet it was quite an experinece San
    Santoshima Resident: vivid time
    Santoshima Resident: anyway ... now I would like to see NY
    Calvino Rabeni: I've only been there on business, never time to explore
    stevenaia Michinaga: let me know when you pass though again, I love going, always something to see
    Lucinda Lavender: he is a superb guide
    Calvino Rabeni: Things to see in New York and Boston
    Calvino Rabeni: I should give it a chance .. now that I've learned to like Boston and DC, I'd think NYC would be something I could approach
    Santoshima Resident: :)
    Santoshima Resident: yeah, for me, it was overwhelming at the time
    Calvino Rabeni: Great .. lucky you had a good guide, Cinda :)
    Santoshima Resident: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: yes!!
    Calvino Rabeni: Nods, yes it did seem overwhelming
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, you can never see it all
    Lucinda Lavender: I will have to go for now...sweet dreams to all
    Santoshima Resident: bye luci
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes so do I
    stevenaia Michinaga: night all
    Lucinda Lavender: bye san, steve and Cal
    Calvino Rabeni: Bye everyone :)
    Santoshima Resident: and stevenaia
    Santoshima Resident: night
    Santoshima Resident: and me!
    Calvino Rabeni: It's late, isn't it
    Santoshima Resident: so long
    Calvino Rabeni: take care, be well Santo :)
    Lucinda Lavender: not too but I keep forgetting what time it is since the computer says sl time:)
    Lucinda Lavender: bye for now:)
    Calvino Rabeni: l b c n u
    Lucinda Lavender: what is that?
    Calvino Rabeni: I'll be seein' you :)
    Lucinda Lavender: haha
    Lucinda Lavender: ok:)
    Lucinda Lavender: bye:)
    Calvino Rabeni: Bye :)

    By homely gift and hindered Words
    The human heart is told
    Of Nothing—
    “Nothing” is the force
    That renovates the World—
    - Emily Dickenson



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