Wild Onions in the neighborhood, Shasta County



allium triquetrum or wild onion in Shasta county, it grows everywhere and is so pretty.
Wild Onion.
Allium triquetrum is the name of the flower or wild onion.


I am very fond of this wild flower which is actually more known as a weed.  It grows in most the valley areas of northern California, and the name is Allium triquetrum or as I like to say, wild onion.  A friend once told me this, and I always think of her when I see these pretty flowers, which I believe are edible onions too. But I would be careful where I get them from.

wild onion.
Allium triquetrum found in Shasta County.



Swine Flu, Steps to Prevent

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6.* Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.


Taking a walk with the cat.

Tacoma will go for a walk anytime.  If you put on your shoes and ask her to go for a walk, she is right there ready to go.  Someone left her near the property years ago. It took a long time for her to even let anyone touch her.  Now that is the opposite, and she is quite the lap cat.