3 Things Friday… or alternate title: I have 3 things I keep forgetting to tell you. And it happens to be Friday. Let’s roll. Or whatever.
Dill is amazing in bouquets.
How did I learn this? I bought a $10 arrangement at the farmers market last week (a “too many flowers” sale was underway), and it wasn’t until we got home that I realized it was full of the most lovely, fragrant dill. The yellow flowers look a lot like Queen Anne’s lace. I suppose I’ve never been successful enough in my herb gardening to grow dill to the point of it flowering (I either eat it… or it dies), so I snipped a few stems at my parents’ house this afternoon and plan to add it to a vase of hydrangeas later today. Or maybe I’ll just keep smelling it. Regardless, you might consider adding some fresh herbs (mint, basil or rosemary, perhaps) to your next bouquet.
Major PSA for nature-loving seniors (+/or those who know one).
The National Parks Service Senior Passes (which gives people over the age of 62 lifetime access to parks and public land) will increase in price on August 28, 2017 from $10 to $80. That’s $70 you could be spending on nature guides or Grand Canyon tee shirts or bug repellent or whatever. Most sites allow Senior Pass holders to bring 3 friends along (regardless of their ages, and children under 16 are always free)… so maybe, call your senior friends. Tell them to get their passes now. And then ask them to take you to Yellowstone. Find all the details here for purchasing your “America the Beautiful” Senior Pass online here. Or click here to find a list of parks where you can purchase your passes in person (if you’re on Cape, hit up the National Seashore in Welfleet or Provincetown). And if you miss the deadline, maybe consider buying a pass anyway.
What does it say about me that one of my most pressing issues is whether or not
older more experienced people are getting deals on parks? I don’t know, but I’m pretty okay with it.
Make this list before you travel.
Summer is still in full swing in New England (I will purposely smash my shopping cart into your display of Halloween decorations. Consider yourself warned, stores.), and if I’ve learned anything over the past two months by the beach, it’s that it pays to know where the closest urgent care center is. How’s that for some mama drama on a Friday?
In all seriousness, though, when we bought our Cape house, Nick and I made a list of the closest urgent care, ER, and vet office. I saved all three in my Waze app like the true Type A Worrier that I am. Ideally, you’ll never need to visit these places, but in the event you do… save yourself some time (and a tiny bit of stress) by knowing where to go and how to get there. And in case anyone’s keeping score, all of the male members of our family (including Clark) have had some sort of medical emergency this summer. Survival of the fittest… just kidding… kind of. #GIRLPOWER
Also On Tap for Today:
- Adding Dirt is Good to my summer reading list
- Scheduling fall doctor’s appointments: dentist,
freckleskin check at the dermatologist, and an overdue physical
- Mama Beasts has a new website + registration is open for fall sessions in West Roxbury, Medfield + the South Shore
Got a PSA of your own to share?