Archive | October 2013

Lucky Buckeyes

Single Buckeye

There are many legends and myths surrounding the buckeye.  Some men carry them in their pockets, believing (wishing? hoping?) that it will improve their mojo.  Other people carry them in pockets or purses in hopes that they’ll receive a windfall of money.  Still others, think it helps their rheumatism and other health issues.

Buckeye & Walnut in Shell

My husband and I collect a few of these good-luck nuggets every autumn when they drop from trees lining our bottom ground. Above is a picture of a buckeye and a walnut in their outer shells to show their difference in size and texture. The walnut looks like some kind of citrus fruit, doesn’t it?

The picture below is of three buckeyes, the top one with its shell halfway-off.  Occasionally two buckeyes will be in one shell.

Buckeyes and a Half Shell

For several years I have carried a buckeye in the pocket of an old jacket.  Has it brought me good luck?  Well, I haven’t received any great sums of money since I’ve had it. But I must say that I have been very lucky, very blessed.  Each time I discover the buckeye in my pocket, I’m reminded of how blessed I am.  Perhaps that is what makes charms like buckeyes lucky.

Beans, Beans, Beans

 

Peregion beans (bag)

Part of the fun of gardening is trying new vegetables.  While the snow is blowing outside in January, I love to peruse the gardening catalogs and check out the varieties of all kind of plants. I’m particularly fascinated with colorful dry beans.

Last year, I grew Yin Yang dry beans which are beautiful, black and white beans.  They were very tasty when cooked with ham, although I was disappointed that they lost their color when I cooked them.Yin Yang

This year, I tried two varieties: Peregion and Bumble Bee.  The Peregion are very colorful coming in black, striped, and brown.  We slow-cooked them with ham last week and they tasted wonderful. In taste and size, they remind me of a pinto bean.  I was so happy that they retained their colors when I cooked them. Peregion Bean (loose)

The Bumble Bees didn’t fare as well as the Peregion in during our August “flash drought”.  We didn’t get very many beans and they were about half as large as they should have been.  Most of that was my fault because I didn’t water them as often as I should have.  We haven’t eaten them yet so I’ll have to wait to give a taste review.  But as you can see, they are a very pretty bean with a dark red spot on its pure white body.Bumble Bee

All in all, I was pleased with our dry beans and had so much fun growing them. Hmm, I wonder what beans I should try next year…