Wild Chicory...

...which is in the dandelion family Asteraceae, & one of my all time favorite summer wild flowers. It grows in great profusion here, and nothing is more beautiful in summer than fields full of a mix of blue Chicory & white Queen Anne's Lace! The Indians used Chicory as a heart, digestive, stomach and liver tonic, as well as a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory. The root can also be boiled to make  Chicory root tea and Chicory root coffee. I'll add a disclaimer here, as I've never personally tried any of the above, and unless the Covid-19 virus wipes out the coffee bean harvest, I won't be trying it anytime soon. 
I had to skip the Olympic events today because I had to have my teeth cleaned. My appointment was supposed to be yesterday, but they changed the time (due to having to allow time to sterilize the rooms and equipment between patients), but forgot to tell me, so I wasn't there when I was supposed to be. When they called to see where I was, they ended up switching me to this morning. They wanted to give me a discount for today's visit, "for my inconvenience", but I told them that wasn't necessary. We've been going there for years and the dentist & staff are just the nicest people, so it wasn't a big deal--it was just an oversight.      Thanks to Miranda for her WFW challenge and to Anni for her FlowerFriday challenge. Hope you all have a great weekend! :))

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