one of my favorite fruits

Favorite Book?

Person: What’s your favorite book? Harry Potter? 1984? The Giver? One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

Me: Fruits Basket is my favorite book. Of every manga, novel, picture book, etc. I have ever read, Fruits Basket, a graphic novel made in Japan, is and will probably always be, my all time favorite.

Person: That must be a pretty damn good comic book.

Me: Yes, yes it is.

(like it wasn’t obvious…and yes I really like all those other books listed as well. The Giver is probably my second favorite)

#ShukaInstructionManual (16)

@Saito_Shuka  28 Oct 2015
Good morning 🌞
Instruction Manualing in the morning (*∵*)

Do you go to karaoke by yourself?
→ I do! I always sing the same songs!!
Then again, I also like watching movies by myself :(っ`ω´c):
Any recent scares?
→The day before yesterday I broke the nail on my right thumb 😭

@Saito_Shuka  28 Oct 2015 
Innnnstruction manual! Whew!

What is your favorite fruit?
→My number one favorite is pineapple 🍍
I basically like all fruits, so this was difficult to answer 😳


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[Translation Masterpost]

One of my favorite things to see in the Fruits Basket fandom after Another has come out is how everyone has collectively looked at Mutsuki and Hajime and just

“look at this preciOUS BOY HE IS MY SON” 

Or alternatively: “my chILD HAS GROWN AND IS NOW A FATHER. I shall care for his child as I did for him. I have a grANDSON.”

My mom always tells me stories of her life when she was a kid in El Salvador. One of my favorites was when she told me of all the fruit trees around her house before the war ruined the soil. Mamones, maranones, anones/as, zapote, etc. Once we went to El Salvador, she showed me some of the fruits and they were delicious. I did this painting emulating her storytelling for an app to a summer program i didn’t get in :’( 

Day 56: Plantain

Today we’re talking about one of my favorite yarbs, plantain, that’s the herb, not the fruit. To this day, after all my research, I still don’t know why the herb and the fruit are both called “plantain,” the fruit is in the genus Musa, not Plantago, so no connection there. Even in Spanish it’s plantano. This is a mystery to me, so if there are herbalists out there who have an answer please let me know.

I use two different species of plantain, Plantago major (Fig. 1), also known as “broadleaf plantain” and Plantago lanceolata (Fig. 2), also known as “ribwort plantain”. To my knowledge most of the species in the Plantago genus have all or at least some of the healing properties of P. major and P. lanceolata, these are just the two that grow around me.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

It’s considered a weed to most people these days. To the English colonists it was a miracle plant used both as a food source and as medicine. The tinder leaves grow all year round, even into the winter, and are full of vitamins (namely beta carotene, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin K) and minerals that would have been essential to people’s diets. Because it followed the colonists it was named “White Man’s Foot” by many of the indigenous peoples of the East Coast. The Plantago genus isn’t native to the Americas, but it was brought from Europe where it’s been used for centuries. The plant was called “wegbrade” or “waybread” in Anglo Saxon because the dried seedpods could be powdered then made into fiber-rich bread. It’s mentioned in the Anglo Saxon “Nine Herbs Charm” (from the “Lacnunga” manuscript, pictured below) as one of the most important plants to the Saxon peoples:

“And you, Plantain, mother of herbs,
Open from the east, mighty inside.
Over you chariots creaked, over you queens rode,
Over you brides cried out, over you bulls snorted.
You withstood all of them, you dashed against them.
May you likewise withstand poison and infection
And the loathsome foe roving through the land.”

Every part of the plant can be used. The leaves are great in poultices and can be used to help treat bug bites, inflammations, rashes, cuts, bruises, stings, and other skin complaints. Pliny the Elder mentions plantain when he says that put “…in a pot where many pieces of flesh are boiling, it will sodden them together.” The foliage can also be used in tisanes for colds, fever, upper respiratory complaints, rheumatism, hypertension, regulating blood sugar, bladder problems, kidney problems, and a whole lot of other issues. The root is also used and is very effective as a gentle expectorant and in helping sinus issues. The plant was also often called “Snake Weed” because of the belief that the plant can help draw venom out of a snakebite. It was also thought that a person could carry the plant to help ward off snakes.  

I hesitate to call plantain a “wonder plant” or a “cure-all” but at the very least there are a lot of effective uses for the plant that should be noted. The effectiveness of this medicine coupled with its wide availability makes plantain more than just a weed, it’s a readily available medicine for those who need it. Personally I don’t work with plants, I work with spirits that just happen to be in plant form. For me the chemical makeup of a yarb is just as important as the folklore and tradition surrounding the plant. For the Saxons and other ancient Germanic tribes “waybread” was a sacred plant, the “wyrta modor” or “mother of plants” as we’re told in the “Nine Herbs Charm”. I try and hold this association with the plant today. She is a gentle but powerful healer who deserves respect. We walk over her, we mow over her, we cut her down, poison her, and pull her up, and yet she conquers still.

Fanart Friday - May 15st

Tohru and Akito - Fruits Basket

Her father’s color was white, he was very pure. Her mother’s was red. Pink is the perfect color for her.

Fruits Basket is one of my favorite manga series. I highly recommend people check it out, but if you do, definitely check out the MANGA rather then the anime. The anime kinda removes the most important aspects of the two central characters, Tohru and Akito. And one of those aspects is how similar both characters are in the manga. Both have the same fears, the same losses, the same “color”. It’s why they both ultimately drive the plot, by breaking or creating pieces of the puzzle. It’s a rather unique series, that really explores the human heart, and keeps defying shojo tropes (this series said “screw the love triangle” so beautifully).

I definitely also recommend the author’s other series : Hoshi wa Utau and Liselotte to Majo no Mori. However, be warned,  Hoshi wa Utau is about surviving suicide and family abuse, so trigger warning on that. But, it explores it really well, if it’s a theme you’d like to see explored with a gentle and honest narrative.

See Fanart Friday tag.

anonymous asked:

A nickname huh... Gimme a moment. I would call you The Strawberry. A- Strawberries are my favorite fruit, and you're one of my favorite people. B- No matter who if you offer me a strawberry I will always end up smiling. And no matter what when I look at your stuff I end up smiling. C- Strawberries always put me in a good mood, something I always count on you to do. So your a strawberry! =) -A Writer

THIS IS SO SWEET! Sweet like a strawberry :)

Originally posted by itadakimasu-letmeeat

tachibononos  asked:


  • 50. Ever used a bow and arrow?
    nope but i’ve always wanted to!
  • 51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
    i think last year when i was doing a shoot at a con?
  • 52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
    they are but i looooove cheesy uvu
  • 53. Is Christmas stressful?
    the day of is usually stressful but i loooove the christmas season and holiday so much that i dont even mind!!
  • 54. Ever eat a pierogi?
    they make me sick but they’re one of my fav foods :3
  • 55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
    strawberry rhubarb!!! my grandma made the best ones ever…
  • 56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
    i wanted to be a veterinarian and an astronaut!

anonymous asked:

Why does grapefruit have to share a part of its name with grapes which is one of my favorite fruits... how could the world be so cruel....

No clue dude


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The sunshine filled town of Aubade was so much fun to visit, it is cheery, beautifully organized and incredibly yellow. I had this song stuck in my head the entire time I was there, if you ever need a pick me up or just want to go to a town that will leave you smiling you should definitely dream a little dream of Aubade DA: 5400-5572-1506

SO i’m planing to try and do a realistic painting of a bunch of animals at least each day VuV,
coulsart requested i draw an adorable lil honduran fruit bat, ONE OF MY FAVORIT TYPES OF BATS

Also painting progress :D