2020 October 19

Monday

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  • There was no sunrise today. I could have posted a photo of a light gray overcast sky. But thought better of it.
  • I think Weatherbug is having a little schizophrenic episode today. Notice that in one place it predicted today’s high in “the upper 70s”. Then in another the forecast high is “83°”. Maybe they are just covering the spread.
  • >>UPDATE<< it reached 86° about 3:30. That is kind of amazing considering that we never saw the sun for more than a few minutes at a time.
  • I slept in today. I didn’t roll it of bed until after eight o’clock, but still omit slept a little over six hours.

Amazon delivered my bottle of “Instant Spitshine” boot polish this morning. I polished my Santa boots with it. I have to say I’m underwhelmed. I was expecting a high gloss Patent leather look. It looks just like regular Kiwi liquid wax.

  • Nierembergia is the micro flower for today. Its common name is cupflower. It is a genus of plants in the nightshade family. There are more than 90 genera and nearly 3,000 species in this family.
  • When I hear the name Nightshade, I immediately think of deadly nightshade or belladonna. However, here are plants within that family that are eaten worldwide: eggplant, paprika, chile pepper, potato, tomato, and petunia.
  • Okay petunia is normally not considered a food plant, but I’ve been known to add them to salads.
  • Oh yes, another plant in that family – tobacco.

  • Another note, even though potatoes and tomatoes are in the same family, the potato fruit (not the tuber) which looks very much like a tomato is poisonous.

  • On our walk back from checking the mailbox, I found another member of the nightshade family. Solanum Rostatum, often called Buffalo Bur.
  • I like to have my hand in the photo so it is easier to judge the flower’s size. This little plant has plenty of sharp spines to discourage such familiarity.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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