Fresh Mountain Air

Well, friends, if you’ve been reading my posts you’ll see that I once dreamed of living in Vermont. What a lofty dream I thought at the time. Well, I ended up on the East coast indeed! I’m here, hurrah! And it only took me about a year. Wow.

I do miss the farm but am absolutely loving my new home! Of course being a farm girl I notice things that other people don’t. So, I’ve been collecting pictures of new plants, trees, and animals. Here are some:

European Larch Tree
Larch

Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an incredible book that I’ve thought a lot about since I moved. I love books I need to get more into the peace of reading them again.

Anyway, back to the European Larch tree. What an incredible tree that apparently had widespread cultivation in the 17th century and many Dukes advocated for their planting! And, interestingly enough, the wood of the Larch tree is used for BUILDING YACHTS!

CRAZY STUFF!!

Tree-of-Heaven
Tree of Heaven

So, I came across this beauty while wandering around this Appalachian country. This tree has been deemed many names all of which are quizzically attributed. This tree is also very invasive.

I’m sure you’re wondering why the such oppugnant names for this stinky tree. Well, in fact, with a long history in China. This was one of the first trees from China to be brought to the western countries. When it was first brought to Europe and the Americas it was glorified as a beautiful garden plant with its ornate leaves, which lead to its name, Tree of Heaven.

Surprisingly this tree also has a huge environmental protection value! It conserves soil and water, greening saline-alkali land, and purifying the air. Pretty incredible to think that such a stink tree could be so good for the environment.

As, I’ve been writing this I’ve been in one of my favorite coffee shops, The Crazy Mocha Coffee Shop in Sewickley, PA. Incredible lattes with my favorite a shot of pistachio. Crazy Mocha has the funniest logo of a goat with a coffee mug in hand… (I mean in mug in hoof)

In my latest coffee shop BUZZ, I recently visited a Generosta Coffee. This was quite an ethnic place with extraordinarily good coffee. Very bold flavors.

I must say though my favorite coffee shop in my tour a’ cafe has been at a wonderful little coffee shop in Monaca, PA, called The Fountainhead Cafe. I was blown away here by the extraordinary and unique coffee menu. After waxing poetic on all the funny names. I chose the Greek style Frappe. Which was quite a diversion for me as I am a strong advocate for HOT coffee.

No regrets.

It was incredible. For all the coffee enthusiasts this is a must for your coffee shop BUZZ.

Coffee, I believe is like humanity always unique and changing.

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