July 10 retry - Audio Article from BlueGrind.com
ribbon : CMS Go Camping Kit
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paper: Barb Derksen
Thanks Angelia (pronounced Anhalla) - for sharing your layout with us. About the pictures, the snail was taken in Pelham, AL. The two sky pictures were taken here at her home in Mobile, AL. The two water pictures were taken at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL. Looks like you live in a beautiful place!
I THINK I SAW HIM IN MY GARDEN, BY GOSH!
I don't know about you, but I tend to lose all sense of timing during the holidays. I continue to mix even the simplest of dates up, even though Miles and I sat down and mapped the entire summer out on paper. I often double or triple book events - or forget about them entirely. But he still loves me. Yes, he may gnash his teeth, but he loves me. I used to be SO opposite. I think this is still an improvement over how I used to over-organize things and live by the lists. How bout you?
Speaking of Italian - did you know there's a controversy going on right now in Italy about an Italian Chef, Filippo La Mantia of the La Trattoria restaurant in Rome (one of THE places to dine...) He feel thinks garlic is something left over from a time when Italians heavily flavored cheap ingredients... but nowadays its unnecessary to use - in fact, Filippo thinks the flavor of garlic is so ponderous it overwhelms the delicate and subtle flavors of some dishes. Did you know that Italians consumed 108 MILLION pounds of garlic last year??? Whew - I hope the toothpaste and mouthwash industry profited as well. At any rate, if you would like to HEAR or READ the entire article on this "battle of the bulb" you need only to click HERE
Do YOU like garlic? What's your favorite garlic dish?
OUR LOCAL FLOAT IN THE CANADA DAY PARADE!
And speaking of flowers, as well (from the garden paragraph way back there...) Have you ever wondered why some flowers close up at night? Well, I sure do so I set out to find an answer to my question. The simple explanation appears to be that the flowers are protecting their delicate insides - and pollen while they are not needed. But the explanation is much deeper than that - if you are like me and HAVE to know, then you will want to be clicking HERE to read the full article from New Scientist.
And, speaking of all things of vegetation, and summer, thus speaking of heat and what heat does to any living matter which might be left to decompose... a learning curve of living in a rural area where there is no regular trash pickup - is learning the art of composting. I'm more than happy to compost - I dislike any sort of waste, really. So I have a good 'ol ice cream pail which I use to collect all my vegetable scraps, and I make regular journeys out to the compost heap to do some dig & bury. Its so satisfying to see all those peels and cores and stems eventually break down to good, rich soil!
Now, generally I was keeping the pail beneath the kitchen sink - the logical site, but lately with the heat I've taken to storing it in the fridge! This not only slows down the decomposition process, but it also assures we won't attract fruit flies. When our Mom and Dad came for a visit recently, we had steak and we tossed the meat scraps in with our trash, only we didn't make a trip to the local landfill till several days later. In the meantime, the garbage pail sat 'cooking' in the sun. Whewwwy! Well, now I've solved that little issue too! Because we are not ready to become vegetarians (though that would be not so bad) I keep a bag in the freezer of our fridge. As I accumulate anything non-vegetable that might decompose and smell up the trash, I toss it all in the freezer bag. Later, when Miles makes his trip to the landfill, I simply pop the frozen bag in with the other garbage.
Another thing which makes a HUGE difference in trash reduction, was our decision to be removed from recieving any 'junk mail' - by simply filling out a form at the local post office. I used to have STACKS of paper - now its very little. What, with the internet these days one can easily go online to check out the latest sales flyers from most stores. Alternately, one can 'subscribe' to sales email from the stores you use!
OUR OSOYOOS 'CHERRY GUY'
Enough of my ranting... it's time I share some GOOD gardening thoughts with you. I kind of 'live' my way thru the bible at times... I think its the way I can call it up and it makes it all so relevant to me. For example when I'm gardening I might think of GOD gardening - course His plot was a whole lot larger than I'd ever consider...
Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;
and there he put the man he had formed.
and like us people HE created, He enjoyed the cool hours of the day in HIS garden...
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God
as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
It's really too bad we messed up in the Garden - can you imagine what it must have been like to commune with HIM face to face there? I still do feel close to HIM when I'm out among the greenery...
And even GOD had to tend his garden as the bible tells us - HE set it up to be irrigated, getting enough water:
Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar.
In fact - our LORD thinks of us AS HIS GARDEN - how HE would desire to take care of us - according to the following scripture:
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Even John thought of GOD as THE Gardener:
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
Sure puts a new slant on gardening for me... you've got to be LOOKING for HIM out there...
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, -
the rest sit round it and pluck blackberries
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
BARB'S HANDY TIP #291
I just discovered a very cool site which will turn text into speech - anything you desire - and it's free. I'm using today's tip as a demo for you to experience this. Simply register with Bluegrind and then copy and paste the text you want to have 'speechified' - or you can even have it do it for you. Lots of potential here - specially if you like the idea of helping sight impaired people have an enjoyable experience! Let me know if you try this out too!