Make it green

reddirtlattes/ May 8, 2020/ #gulfislands/ 9 comments


Here in British Columbia the lockdown is about to be eased. Small steps towards a different normal.

I don’t know about you, but I am scared.

It looks like this virus is not going away. We can only hide for so long and then we have to take steps out. We have to be brave.

The one thing we can do is try and keep our bodies strong.

I am lucky that my son keeps me moving. While my daughter and I could be happy curled up on the sofa surrounded by books and paint, he has to run. And then ride his bike. Then run some more and more and more, so that I am on my feet almost all day long chasing him. It’s not always fun, but I know it’s so good for me. Remember to move your body!

The other small change you can do, if you don’t already, is add fresh herbs to your meals. I never make eggs without adding fresh parsley or dill. I never make chicken without rosemary and thyme. I make all of my potatoes with a combination of them.

Fresh herbs add so much nutrition to a meal.

Throw parsley into your meatballs. Add thyme to your sweet potatoes. Cover your beans with cilantro.

If you can, even on a windowsill, grow your own. Grab a handful for every meal.

Send some fresh potted herbs to your mom for Mother’s Day.

Send your friends some seeds.

Let us give to each other the gift of health.


Hope you have a great weekend! I will be enjoying our first very warm weather of the season, and hopefully finishing up The Goldfinch which I have finally gotten around to reading.




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  1. Hello! It is lovely to still be receiving your blog posts and I love to read you are active and well. Its been a long winding road since Ebbio. I look forward to seeing Red Dirt Lattes in my Inbox. <3

    1. Juliet, hello! I hope you are well and safe. Yes, a long winding road. I am tired. But as soon as a window opens we once again are packing up bags and heading back to Kenya. The road continues on….

  2. Hi Sabrina. Good to know you and your family are well. So is mine. Keeping busy both physically and mentally as well as having varied interests. curiosity and self-discipline are the keys to remaining safe. I am scared to death of contracting Covid, in which I strongly believe that if I do contract it, I will never get out of the hospital on my own two feet, since my age and very compromised immune system makes puts me at great risk. However, my oncologist told me that he has had only i patient who died from it, a 92 year old infirm person. He believes that the cancer biologic that is keeping me alive has an anti-inflammatory agent that lessens the possibility of contracting the virus. Sure enough, the day after he told me this, in the news was a story that a medication being tested to treat covid has an anti-inflammatory property. What the legitimate media and even the scientific experts severely compromised by Trump fail to tell us are two very important things: until the present, it took scientists a minimum of 4 years to develop a vaccine. Of course, never before has so many scientists and physicians all over the world worked on finding a treatment and a vaccine. This increases the odds of having success, BUT not necessarily success in hitting the jackpot! The most disheartening thing, as that as a scientists, we realize there IS NO GUARANTEE that everything in the universe has a discoverable answer or understanding of it.
    To end on a more positive note, no virus ever confronted has ever wiped out all of humankind. However, no vaccine to treat HIV has been developed yet; only a successful treatment to counter it. I’ll put my money on eventual success, but I will venture to guess that it will take two or more years to develop. You are spot one when you wrote that eventually we will have to leave our isolation. However, we will confront making a Hobson’s Choice: there really is no good choice to make. Be safe and well, Seymour Schwartz.

    1. Seymour! How lovely to see your words here again. Glad you are safe. I am not ready to be brave but I hear the world calling so I guess I’ll just have to take a deep breath and dive in. I put my money on success as well. Have to be positive. Stay well.

  3. Hi Sabrina. Thank you so much for this message. I know… even with things slowly opening up, It is still concerning knowing that there is this virus lurking around. I didn’t realize you were living in Canada. Sending so much love and prayers to you and family!

    1. Woah – this is weird. I know wrote a lot more than what is showing up. It’s like the comment got edited down? lol So weird.

      1. Hi Chris. I’ll try and see what happened when I am back in front of the site.

  4. First, my wife and I hope you and your family are safe and sound. It looks like a beautiful sunny day in the Gulf Islands, which I thought would be few and far between this time of year. I’m glad that you are writing again more frequently.

    The farmer’s markets here in the Kansas City are open and the fresh herbs are starting to become plentiful. If/When we plant ours this year, we’ll have to do it in pots as we moved to a neighborhood with an HOA so we may go to a greenhouse in the back of the house and pots. Either way, we’ll have what we need, but not MINT! Takes over. 🙂

    Have as good a Mother’s Day as you can, and look forward to more posts. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you, Shawn. Yes, we have had such a warm and sunny spring so far. As wonderful as it has been I do worry what it will mean for fire season.

      Right now our lemon balm is taking over. I guess I need to make some batches of tea.

      Stay safe!

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