Glory in the flower

IMG_0138Nothing can bring back the hour

Of Splendor in the grass and glory in the flower  ~Wordsworth

Mornings in May I can understand how the Impressionist movement was born.  I took the header photo (cell phone camera) and the photo above (Canon Powershot) at 7 AM and 10 AM and got very different images.  True, I took them from different angles, but the flowers and grass are the same.

As an undergraduate at MWC, I took a class on Eighteenth Century English Art and Architecture.  The professor, an art historian, persuaded us the Impressionist movement began with the English. Think of Reynolds, Constable and Turner she said.  I wrote an A paper on one of Constable’s paintings for another class.  Later, I took several art history classes at Georgetown on Van Gogh, Monet and the others.  Even later, I was fortunate to be able to travel overseas and visit the great exhibits of art housed in the Tate in London, and several locations in Paris.  I also visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam as they set up a centennial anniversary of his death and retrospective exhibit of Van Gogh’s works. Most exciting, was visiting the exhibits in Chicago where many of these works “live” including Monet’s Haystacks.

Not for nothing was I drawn to the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Thus, I am enjoying immensely the McCullough book, The Greater Journey, recommended by Mage over at Postcards, which I ordered for my Kindle/iPad, as well as a second-hand hardcover version (for the plates) and later to be given to my granddaughter, Hannah. Think of it as an early birthday present.


I’m reading the McCullough book afternoons.  Mornings I continue to read the various books on Celiac disease.This morning it was Quick and Easy Almond Flour recipes: 1.  An Alternative to Wheat Flour Cookbook, and 2. Celiac and the Beast by Erica Dermer.  

Dermer says there are over 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease. She gets this statistic from the Celiac Foundation at the University of Chicago. The disease can best be identified by an endoscopic biopsy, which I am having June 2. The biopsy of my small intestine will provide the genetic material to determine if I have the genes that predispose me for this inherited autoimmune disease.

Celiac disease manifests itself in many ways…as I said over 300 known symptoms.(No one has all 300 symptoms; different people are affected differently, it seems)  Many of the symptoms can be related to other medical problems, which is why treating the symptoms with drugs may do nothing but ruin your liver ( take several of the drugs Dermer lists).

Yesterday, when I saw my dermatologist for the 6-months checkup, we discussed the Shingles like rash some with Celiac disease develop. I already have Eczema and have had several bouts of skin cancer.  I would not like to have the skin rash associated with Celiac disease.  Dr. W says I am to keep her posted on any developments.

The good news would be that I am given an answer for so many ailments…like persistent migraine headaches and “stomach bugs.”  The bad news is learning to cook for a new problem.  The good news is that I have been using many of the gluten-free ingredients like almond flour and Quinoa for years.

Meanwhile David is at the hospital this morning for another blood test.  He must have the test this week because the Doc needs his A1-C results for his annual physical exam. David has been taking Metformin and at the cusp of developing T-II Diabetes for several years.  The good news is that I have been making him eat healthy food for just as long. The bad news is that he sneaks bad things into his car.  I won’t even ride in his car because its such a pig pen with candy wrappers, potato chip crumbs and empty coke cans.  Welcome to second childhood.

25 thoughts on “Glory in the flower

  1. I am assuming that you’ve read Elaine Gottschall’s book “Breaking the Vicious Cycle”. She was about the first person to attack Crohns, Celiac and other stomach problems by diet alone. A wonderful book.


  2. Yes, you both are nuts, and it’s worth it. Glad you like the book. 🙂 G’s now taking almost as many meds as I do. He’s getting to a good weight for him tho.

    Now read “Five days at Memorial.” Skip the forward.


  3. Knowing is life-affirming. This comes with thoughts and prayer for you and David. Just ordered the kindle McCullough book, thanks to you. I missed Mage’s recommendation


    • David will be 85 in two months, I will be 72 in 8 days. So we are in the ball park for various age related issues. However, I’ve had ailments associated with what is possibly Celiac Disease, my entire life. It would be nice to have an explanation.


  4. We often have those health conversations. I’m putting fish on the menu more frequently too and we’re trying to help each other but fall off the wagon occasionally. Onward and upward, though hopefully not in the waistline 🙂


  5. Your yard is lovely. If it is any consolation at all, the health conversation is one that is repeated often around “camp sunset for seniors” … although usually not in as witty a way. We’re fairly good about eating healthfully at home, but there are all those meals out that are so tempting. Right now I’m trying to eat all the food in the house (because we can’t leave anything but canned stuff and I hardly have any of that anyway ever) but we keep “having” to go out with friends or because of errands.


  6. Which is worse? Candy wrappers or empty beer bottles? I used to date a guy who dumped his bottles in the back of his car. Yuck. Thank goodness, I didn’t marry him!


  7. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you, Dianne. I’m afraid at our house it’s Art who has to watch what I eat. I do try my best to eat healthy but I do occasionally fall off the wagon. David is lucky to have you. It’s always an amazing feeling for us to go abroad and see incredible artwork in person. The Van Gogh Museum was a place we won’t soon forget. I got a $10 giant poster that cost $180 to frame because it was non American standard.


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