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Out and About

Collection of random musings to help make interesting the mundane, enjoy!


We went to a large Corn Maze during the weekend and it was pretty neat.  We shot the corn canon, rode horses, played in a corn box, got lost in the corn maze (note to self-carry mosquito repellent)  My son loved it.

My son and I were exploring some more around our new yard, which is a lot bigger than our previous backyard, and to our surprise we discovered this fella.

After my Mr. M pulled all the weeds out of the yard, we were able to see the many flowers and shrubs that were hidden by them.  One is this American Beauty Berry, some call it French Mulberry.

I just learned that the roots, leaves, and branches of this plant were used by the Alabama, Choctaw, Creek,  Seminole and other Native American tribes for various medicinal purposes.  The roots, leaves and branches were made into decoction that was used in sweat baths to treat both malarial fevers and rheumatism.  The boiled plant parts were poured into a big pan that was placed near the patient inside a sweat-house  A similar decoction of the roots was used to treat dizziness and stomachaches.  The roots and berries were boiled and drunk to treat colic.  
The American Beauty Berry is also an important food source for birds and other animals. 

As I sat down enjoying the beautiful day, I saw this shape ) in the sky formed by a cloud...
Can you see it?

And finally Yesterday we went rollerskating, I haven't roller skated since I was twelve, so that was fun.  Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  Happy Monday!


  1. What a wonderful post!
    Horseback riding is pretty amazing, however, I haven't been to a corn maze in ages, so I would absolutely prefer that. It looks like you had a lot of fun :)

    I really love the picture of the heart shaped cloud - and the summery feeling I get when looking at it ;) The weather here is getting colder and colder - I am ready for Halloween now ;)

    For some reason I find ice skating so much easier than roller skating. Technically it should be kind of the same thing, right? However, I absolutely fail at roller skating, but am an ok ice skater ... No idea why, but I am impressed when I see anyone roller skate well, especially kids ;)

    Have a wonderful Monday,

  2. Following from blog frog! Great pictures!

  3. I found your blog on a blogroll, and I love it. Definitely a follower. Keep up the inspiration posts. Love em'!


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