weekly photo challenge: growth

Friday, August 3:  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Growth. Plants, animals, people, grow…but so can buildings, shadows, and waves. What can you share that makes the viewer think of growth?

Being August in Virginia, the cornfields are lush with growth.  Here’s one in Aldie, Virginia, with wildflowers in the foreground.

cornfields and wildflowers in full growth
lush green growth is abundant in Virginia’s humidity


bananas are taking over my house

Friday, August 3:   When I arrive home in Virginia after 10 1/2 months away, I find my house has been taken over by bananas.   Whole grains.  Organic granola.  Organic green lentils.  Kidney beans.  Kiwi.  Fuzzy peaches.  And a blender the size of the Empire State Building.

bananas on our Oriental rug

Those who read my Oman blog may know that my sons, 19 & 21, are vegans.  They are passionate about this choice.  They don’t like the ruthless ways that animals are slaughtered, the way they are raised in unnatural, horribly uncomfortable and close quarters, or the environmental pollution that results from chemicals used on crops grown to fatten the animals.  On a matter of principle, they have chosen to eat no animal products at all.  Although I do not share equally their passion, I do have to say I admire them for it and for their determination to change their lifestyle to fit their beliefs.


I am not a big meat-eater myself;  periodically, I’ll eat chicken, but I love fish, cheese and eggs above all.  Those things I am not likely to give up in the long run.  But for my one month visit home, I have agreed to go vegan with them.  To have a little camaraderie with my boys, to try to be healthy, to possibly lose weight.

organic green lentils, organic kidney beans…..
flaxseed, steel-cut oats, soy yogurt, hummus, vegetable spread: these are the fodder for my one month vegan diet

So, these are pictures of all the food I can find in my house.  Apparently, Whole Foods is making a small fortune off of our family.  The cupboards and refrigerator look relatively barren, compared to when I was here last summer, except for the bags of organic green lentils and kidney beans, whole wheat pastas, tofu, leafy green vegetables, coconut and almond milk, granola, and frozen gluten-free waffles.

almond milk, vegetable broth, and organic orange juice

It’s simple, pared down.  There isn’t a bunch of junk food, although strangely there are some blue corn tortilla chips.

there are no bacon & eggs to be found in this house any more!

There is no cheese to be found.  That is something I will miss during this month at home. 😦  At least wine is still in the picture!

red wine ~ thank goodness it fits under “vegan”!!