LIFE OF A LEAF

LIFE OF A LEAF

The autumn leaves

The autumn leaves

On that day, that fateful day when the wind and rain tore the red and gold leaves from their bones and they fell at my feet–inspiration flooded my soul. Imagine what it must be like to have such a short life. Sprout in spring, fizzle in fall. I picked one up, the one floating in a puddle and pondered its life.

We aren’t the only ones that have a life. So does a leaf, the lowly leaf. It lives long enough to filter the air  you breathe, to fill those empty spaces between the bones of a tree, to add color to the container you call your world.P1120623

Japanese maple leaves

Japanese maple leaves

It’s hard to believe that small spring bud pushing it way out on a tree branch will blossom into a handsome colored shape, some pointy, some rounded, some straight, some huge, bigger than a man’s hand.

leaflines

leaflines

All those hard-working leaves have done their job and fall off the tree before the onset of winter. They get raked and  bagged and get trotted off to the landfill . But hold one deciduous leaf up by its stem, look at it. I mean really look. It has several life lines. A leaf is basically the power generator of a plant. Leaves have specialized cells that carry out photosynthesis when exposed to sunlight. In photosynthesis, sunlight, water supplied by the roots, and carbon dioxide from the air produce oxygen and sugars (stored plant food).

The visible lines running through the leaf blade are veins that carry the water and nutrients involved in photosynthesis to and from the rest of the plant. The network of veins includes a mid-vein (aka midrib) that runs through the center of the leaf. Secondary veins branch off from the midrib and tertiary veins branch off the secondaries. To read more click this link.

What’s your favorite . . . spring time or fall time?

 

PANERA BREAD: A PLACE TO MEET AND EAT

PANERA BREAD: A PLACE TO MEET AND EAT

 

Panera Bread Entrance Fairfield, CT
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 6am-8pm

Do you have a favorite fast food restaurant? Mine is a special fast food restaurant, Panera Bread. I had hoped it wasn’t hearsay, that Panera Bread was coming to town. After Uno left, we had two, maybe three more restaurants open and close before you could say . . . fast food.

ummm. Panera’s hot chocolate cafe mocha

I felt a quickening in my pulse when shopping atTrader Joe’s and I could watch the old come down and the new go up. I knew the time was near when I saw the new sign “PANERA BREAD” looming over their salmon colored awnings. Join up and you get a delicious present from them on your birthday. And it has free WiFi.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a bread bowl

They are first choice for fast food and then some. it’s cozy and friendly, and they have delicious coffee. This is the best you can get for food served fast! Fresh baked breads, sandwiches, soups and salads are on the menu. Whole grains, free range chicken, hearty soups, and unique sandwich flavors make this a hot spot for me when I’m in a hurry or not. The zesty flavor of the Chipotle chicken with melted cheese when I sink my teeth into it….A sandwich cannot get much better than this…..and a healthy one , at that…..Goodbye Delis…. Panera Bread is taking over my town.

Pick 2 lunch: soup and sandwich

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,591 bakery-cafes as of June 26, 2012, under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. Panera Bread bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on their website, http://www.panerabread.com.

A thank you goes to Tina Lemelin, Joint Venture Partner of
Panera Bread LLC  for providing the delicious food images.

Do you have a favorite fast food place or a favorite restaurant? Come on to Fairfield, CT. We’ll break some Panera Bread together.

 

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