Friday, June 10, 2005

June 10, 2005

Am I Lucky or What?
I have a 3/ 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch block of wood that has a leaf painted on one side. My mother-in-law spotted the block of wood near a tree near Niagra Falls a few years ago when we came to this area for a visit. On the back is a label that says it is by the artist Carol Ann Newsome and says, “You have just turned over a New Leaf. You may keep this New Leaf. Turn it over as often as you wish.” When we got home we looked it up on the internet. She is an artist that has left 4,000 of these blocks of wood around the world with help from volunteers. (I don't know if she is still active in this venture.) We have one of only about 4,000 in the world as far as my research can turn up. It gets passed around in our family every time someone has a change in their life. You never know when you may get it back wrapped as a gift. I wonder how much it would bring on eBay?

Back of New Leaf Posted by Hello

Front of New Leaf Posted by Hello

I Didn't Know That

I sent an email picture of my garden to one of my sisters. She replied that she saw Nasturtiums in the photo and said they are edible but I probably knew that. No, I didn't. Before I decide to make a meal of them I decided to do a little research. I found several sites that offered advice on getting rid of rabbits. Plant Nasturtiums, rabbits hate Nasturtiums. Hmmm....that doesn't make me want to eat them if rabbits hate them. Then I found sites on caring for rabbits. They said to feed rabbits the flowers and leaves of Nasturtiums because they love them. Well, which is it? I used to raise Netherland Dwarfs and I trust rabbits. I have a sensitive stomach, so I need to find out which it is. I'll have to weed through all the misinformation before I save a buck on lettuce.

1 comment:

Carol Ann Newsome said...

Hi Linda!

I love how you and your family use New Leaf! To date, there are under 4,500 in existance in over 60 countries. My lifetime goal is 10,000, though the project has been in a bit of a slump over the past 4 years due me being hit by a car while riding my bike. Turning over this particular New Leaf in my own life has been a slow (and thankfully no longer painful) process that has had its own blessings.

These days, a Leaf goes out somewhere every month in my appropriately named "Leaf of the Month" project - recently, Salt Lake City, the Ukraine, and British Columbia. I hope to get back to larger events within the next year or so.

I never had any luck selling them myself (and no longer attempt to do), so I'd be shocked if you could get much for it on E-bay. But then, I created this project to operate outside commercial venues, so that is not surpizing. While the facinating thing about New Leaf is what people choose to do with it, my hopeful intention is that New Leaf remain a serendipitous gift.

Yours in foliage,