Walking but no knitting

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The Pinup Queen sweater has stalled – I haven’t picked up the needles in at least 3 or 4 days.  I started on the sleeves – thought I’d do them both at the same time – but after a few rows, I put it down, and it stayed down!

I don’t think I’ll do any tonight as we have Fellowship of the Ring to watch (never seen the Lord of the Rings movies before) and I can’t really knit and watch at the same time or I’ll mess up my sleeves.  Tomorrow will be busy – have to take the car in to get the winter tires changed over to the all-season ones.  Then I have to do my Monday housework.  Then it’s Taekwondo in the evening.  No knitting time there.

Tai Chi Man and I had a long walk this afternoon at a nearby park.  It only takes about 10 minutes to get to the edge of the park, then there are various trails one can take to vary the length and route.  We walked the whole length which made for a lot of uphills and downhills.  It was perfect weather for it though – mild and mostly sunny and calm.

Spring Sunflower

Spring Sunflower

These flowers are everywhere at this time of year.  Some call them Spring Sunflowers but their more correct term is Balsamroot.  I believe the First Nations people used to use the root for medicinal purposes.

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It was just the right temperature for a short-sleeved shirt and my garter stitch vest.

Edited to add: I nearly forgot to mention…we saw Jurassic Park last night.  The library has a huge collection of feature films now.  Can you believe that’s the first time we’ve seen it?  It came out in 1993, for crying out loud!

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  1. It WAS the perfect day for a walk. So what did I do? Went shoe shopping at the mall. 😉

    The official name for those flowers is Arrow-leaf Balsamroot. And you are correct; they are a medicinal plant as well as an edible. According to one site I found, “Traditionally the seeds roasted, ground and eaten by the Nez Perce, Okanagan-Coville, Okanagan, and Thompson. Young shoots were peeled and eaten raw or baked by the Nez Perce, Okanagan-Coville, Okanagan, Sanpoil, and Thompson. Roots were cooked and eaten by the Okanagan, Shuswap, and Thompson.”

    And from another article:
    “Indians collected Arrowleaf Balsmroot and then ate raw the tender inner portion of the young immature flower stems. They also ate the seeds and large roots, which are tough and woody and taste like balsam. To make them more palatable, the Flathead Indians would bake them several days in a fire pit. Indians also used the large coarse Balsamroot leaves for burns. They boiled the roots and applied the solution as a poultice to wounds, cuts and bruises. Indians also drank a tea from the roots for tuberculosis and whooping cough.”

  2. Thanks Ev, that’s very informative. I wish I could try them but I’d probably get in trouble if I dug one up!

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