Born to eat meringue says tanks instead of thanks!
i just finished reading East of Eden! it is now my favourite book ever!!!! i almost want to read it again, right away!
I’m incredulous at how callous you can be. My sister tried to drown me, and there was nothing euphoric about it except for her smiling face above the water. My lungs felt like they were going to burst into flame. It was excruciatingly painful. I wonder if Virginia Woolf felt that, and how she dealt with it. Resigned, to go through whatever drowning would feel like, I guess. My sister only let go of me when she felt me finally digging my nails into her ankles. Her smile fell off her face upon feeling her own pain, the stupid bitch.
I was some doing some yard work yesterday in the aftermath of tropical storm Ophelia. There was a downed tree branch in the hedge. Removing it, I noticed a pair of strange-looking, 7-foot tall, red stalks which had somehow sprouted from inside the hedge. Their tops were leafy, with small clusters of berries. I didn't like the looks of them, so I started on removal but it was very resistant (and hard to get at, being inside the hedge). It bled a good amount of sap at every branch I hacked off, and the work got messy. But I got most of the first one out, and left its stem to die (or possibly grow back. It's impressive that it grew up in so much shade). I figured I'd take out the other one some other time.
Fortunately, I was wearing gardening gloves, but some of the sap got on my arms, and on the spots where it was, I've got an itchy, hive-like rash. Wondering if this was going to get worse, I looked up the plant. Apparently it's pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), and it is poisonous indeed, but only mildly to the skin. The berries are toxic if eaten. The leaves and stems are edible, though, if prepared correctly. "The leaves taste similar to spinach; the stems, similar to asparagus." I think I'll let the other pokeweed plant remain, and next year I'll try making poke salad.