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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for Zest

Zest: Obsolete French (now zeste) for orange or lemon peel (used as flavoring.) A quality of enhancing enjoyment: piquancy. Keen enjoyment, relish.

I've enjoyed this A to Z Challenge. To my new followers and friends, thank you.

I hope I have both educated and entertained, added a little zest.

I've had quite a bit of lemon and orange peal in my life: been mountain climbing in the Rockies, mule packed into the Havasupai Indian Reservation and camped at Havasu Falls, helped build a log cabin, slept in the grass at Golden Gate Park, walked from Vermont Ave. in Hollywood down Santa Monica Blvd. all the way to Santa Monica Beach then, after spending time at the beach, walked all the way back.

Zest doesn't have to come from big things, it can come from small things too, like the smooch a loved one gives you, the giggle of child, the tail wag of a dog, a sunset, bird song. I am quite content now to find zest in walking the dog or going for a drive in the '57 Chevy.

It's all around us. All we have to do is get out our little graters and grate some off, it's free for the taking. And it goes well with everything: a cup of tea or coffee, the scent of rose, a juicy hamburger, a crunchy apple, a cool drink of water, breathing.

Zesting an orange
Go get your grater, go find your zest and daily grate a little bit into your life. It will make life taste better, I promise.


  1. A zesty life is the best!! Well done with the A-Z, I'm personally relieved it's over, but it was so much fun reading everyone's entries and posting my own! :)

  2. Yippeee! We did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

  3. Yay Bish, it has been great. :)))) XX

    Yes hands get lovely and soft from the lanolin. A bit smelly though :)

  4. Nothing more saliva inducing than the zest if a lemon. My glands salivary are working at it now. Thanks Bish. Congratulations on completing this challenge.

  5. Good choice for Z. I have a new Zest for blogging now!

  6. Lemon zest, orange zest, lime zest...they are all infuse the senses and improve the day! Congratulations on completing the A-Z!

  7. Wonderful. Zest for life! I can almost smell that orange from here.

    It's been an incredible challenging journey, this A to Z, but one I am very pleased to have done alongside you!!! Well done. I think drinks are in order. * clink*

  8. What a lovely ending to a great challenge, Bish. You are a joy and I am so grateful I "met" you. I'm off to create some zest today.

  9. Wonderful post! This has been an awesome blogfest. I met so many great people and amazing blogs! I can't believe it's over already. April went by super fast.

  10. Love the zest you've brought into my life, girlfriend. Super, fantastic ending. I've learned so much. (((hugs)))

  11. Congratulations on completing the challenge. It's been a busy month! I look forward to continuing to follow your blog. :)

  12. Bish, I've thoroughly enjoyed following your A-Z! Well done!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  13. Congrats on a great Z post and on finishing the challenge. After visiting all 1282 blogs, a challenge in itself, today I posted the 26 I most enjoyed, including yours. Stop by and see.

  14. You saved the best for last, just like desert. I love your zest for life.
    What fun this was and it's certainly my pleasure to meet you.

  15. Zest was definitely a contender for my final AtoZ post! I'm glad you went with it--I love the word, and I love the idea of an infusion keen enjoyment into our lives!


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