What This Baby Boomer Learned Today: Bracts, Warden and Pavers

Blog post sponsored (I wish) by Bracts, Warden and Pavers.  Not quite the same as Dewey, Cheatham and Howe, but that’s all I gots.

Today I learned:

In botany, a bract is a modified or specialized leaf, especially one associated with a reproductive structure such as a flower, inflorescenceaxis, or cone scale. Bracts are often (but not always) different from foliage leaves. They may be smaller, larger, or of a different color, shape, or texture. Typically, they also look different from the parts of the flower, such as the petals and/or sepals.

Hat tip to Jonny who is so smart she should not be reading this blog. But I like her anyway.

  • I’m a Warden

The U.S. Embassy asked me if I would serve and I agreed. I’m treating it like I’ll be one of the old Civil Defense guys (that woman in the pic HAS to be Miss Civil Defense 1954, no woman would be asked to serve as a Civil Defenser.) All I need now is a hat and a pointer and a whistle.

According to the embassy a warden is:
–A private American citizen resident in host country who volunteers to assist consular sections in disaster preparedness, welfare and whereabouts, and alerting Americans to emergency situations. Because wardens have close ties to the U.S. expat community they are often the fastest and most effective route to distributing information to Americans

–Facilitates distribution of routine administrative information (changes in section work hours, procedures, embassy closures, voting information) of interest to the U.S. private community

–Provides important, timely, safety and security information, which might include the times and locations of upcoming local demonstrations, areas of potential unrest due to local celebrations or elections, or information about a specific medical issue.

If it turns out to be much more than the first point, I will be quitting. But I”m keeping the hat, whistle and pointer. (Another good name for a law firm.)

yellow brick road ruby stilletos

  • We may live on a street made of bricks. While breaking from a grueling morning of breakfast with Kat and Layne and then a trip to see why our house phone has not been repaired, we dropped into Antano’s for a Cafe Frio Crema de Ireandelesa. (Iced coffee with irish cream.) Nancy’s favorite. Norman, the head honcho of the development dropped by our table to report that instead of asphalt or concrete for the street behind us, he was thinking of making it pavers.  Kewl. There is another development just down the road from us that has streets made of pavers and they look fantastic!  It will be very nice if it happens.

Won’t Nanc’ look great skipping down our Yellow Brick Street?

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