Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This year's container crop included:
Next year we hope to expand our horizons a little and add some yellow squash, zucchini, jalapeno, and a variety of lettuce. We also plan to use a product called mosquito barrier to help combat some of the biting insects. I found mosquito barrier on the EPA's website as a link. It seems kind of expensive but it is organic and we like that idea a lot. It is made from super duper high concentrated garlic juice which to a mosquito is supposed to act like acid. You dilute with water and spray your trees, bushes and grass. It is supposed to work and at the very worst my yard will smell like a buca di beppo. We also want to do a little composting because our tomato's soil is the product of five years of dumping old soil and clippings in that very spot. When my good friend Valerie planted that tomato for us we notice big fat earth worms. The only other thing I want to do next year is give my peppers more space and a ring to lean on. The weight of the pepper makes the plant droop and it really needs some support. We sure have been enjoying our salads a lot more with all these fresh picked veggies.
I remember the first time I received a disabled placard. I was walking then and pretty good at that except I had unpredictable moments of weakness. I just started using a cane because I found that with the cane I felt a little safer and I would fall a little less frequently. It was Christmas 1994 and I had a few packages to mail so I pulled into the Hillcrest post office in San Diego, put my placard up, gathered my packages and cane, and got out of my car, when I was accosted by a 30 something. He yelled at me about parking in that spot and said, "there is nothing wrong with you!" He did this at the top of his voice and in front of a parking lot full of people.
At this point I am 27 years old and I had just been seen by a doctor who told me that she thought I had muscular dystrophy. I had not even received the official diagnosis so I was not prepared emotionally to deal with this man. He caught me off guard. I am standing in line and he is right behind me making rude comments about me to his companion. I am feeling completely freaked out, mortified to say the least. My feelings are hurt and I am wondering why some stranger would assume the worst of me. But I am stunned and I can't even speak to him.
I had a recent experience with that situation too. One of our local news teams was parked at Nathaniel Green Park in a disabled spot without a placard. My husband took the photo because he really gets mad when he sees that. People please there are only a few of those spots in every parking lot and millions of people that need them. Don’t test fate by parking in one just to save a few steps. It's bad luck, there are a ton of bad diseases that have a later in life onset. So to the man who drives the KY3 Blue Ford Explorer if you forgot to put up your placard I am sorry to post this. If you just tried to save a few steps please try to remember there are alot of people that can't take those steps themselves and really need that spot.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Its been blazing hot, humid and buggy. When I say buggy I mean big bugs with teeth. Even the poor dogs have bites on them that have puffed up. So indoors we all stay, air conditioning humming and outside the cicadas a buzzing.
Monday, July 28, 2008
He does not have time to read my blog but he does have time to attend a Taze-a-Que 2008. What is a Taze-a-Que 2008? Well simply put it involves a bunch a red necks getting together to see what will happen to their buddy when they shoot him with 50,000 volts of electricity from a a taser gun. After which they grill some meat and have a barbeque. Well for thirty seconds they all got a scare because they thought they killed him. I am not sure why they thought this was a good idea to attend but they did in fact most of Jack's office left work earily to attend. If you want to see what happened the "youtube" link is listed below. I am sure that if the stunned had done some reflecting prior to taking that 50,000 volts the taze-a-que might have just been a barbeque instead. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGDWwcJINUs
Sunday, July 27, 2008
1 tbsp. minced fresh oregano
Combine oil and all seasonings. Rub over pork, wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
TO GRILL: Prepare grill for indirect cooking (40 charcoal briquettes and light,
when hot put half on each side). Place roast in center, cook,
turning every 15 minutes until 160 degrees on meat thermometer or 60 to 70 minutes.
TO ROAST: Brown in olive oil. Roast in oven at 375 degrees
about 60 to 70 minutes until meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees.
Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. 8 to 10 servings.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Nathaniel Green - Close Park
Veggie garden grown for a local food pantry to help those in need. Signs are clearly posted not to pick the vegetables and for the most part everyone is respectful. There are usually several master gardeners around tending to the park. The 59 acre park evolves weekly. It is my goal to see it as much during the growing season as possible.
A view of the hosta garden. Fenced in to keep the geese out but accessible to anyone who wants to go in.
On looker Tobie is not satisfied that the only thing grown here are vegetables and wants to know where's the beef? However he will steal a few cherry tomatoes right off the bush if given the opportunity.
I call it the stress ball flower because it reminds me of one of those rubber stress relieving balls that you squeeze. If you ever wondered how those balls were manufactured well now you know. It grows on the end of a long stock right here in Springfield, Missouri. Of course we only grow the purple ones the other colors come from somewhere else entirely. I have a yellow one that was grown in China because I like foreign things and I did not want the hillybilly purple Springfield has to offer.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
As I understand it these beads are handmade from Italy. Millefiori I think means millions of flowers and maybe that is what attracts me to them. I love flowers not in the romantic or girly sense but because each flower is like a little work of art. They paint our landscape and they add cheer to even the dreariest day. The millefiori bead adds cheer to my jewelry box. To date I have made a necklace, two bracelets, two pairs of earrings all using oval cobalt or green background millefiori, tiny glass beads that resemble marbles, and sterling silver beads. the necklace is strung on cobalt blue silk. I suggest that you check out the millefiori for yourself and if it appeals to you well you know someone who can make jewelry.
I never thought that I would want to try this but it is kind of liberating to post stuff on the internet. I look at what I post and it really only makes sense to me. I am wondering how PC I need to be on this thing. I want to use this as a real journal and I really don't want to hold back. I think that maybe that takes more courage than I have. Like any person's life there are things that should probably remain private and often do but that seems uninteresting to me. I want to get down and dirty with this thing. I am 41 years old and I still don't know what I want to do with myself. My interests change before they are even realized so I wonder if this will be the first and last posting I ever do. Well we shall see.
I wrote that above because it is kind of a disclaimer. If I am sad you will read it. If I am happy you will read it and everything in between.