Apr 24

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First Four Peppers - 4/24/2015


The tomatoes responded really well when I fertilized and moved them into individual pots. I’d been putting off doing the same for the peppers because there weren’t enough pots for all of them. I did it today and these four were homeless. It was still a smidgen too cold in the greenhouse, but I planted them anyway – at least now they’d have a fighting chance.

I interleaved the mini and big bells, so from left: mini, then big, mini, and finally big on the right.

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Apr 23

Our Situation Now

About five years ago we started looking for a new house. It was a buyer’s market and we thought that it would be fairly easy to find what we were looking for. Nope. It took four years. Four very long years of looking at houses in a five county area.

About a year ago we found what we were looking for. It’s a five-acre property that has a lovely water and mountain view. The property is sloped with the house at the top and a wooded area at the bottom. The slope ensures that we’ll always have the view and makes for some good aerobic workouts.

The wooded area takes up about a half to a third of the property. There are a lot of blackberries and stinging nettles in the woods. We hope to get a lot more blackberries going and many fewer stinging nettles.

The new house has a greenhouse that we’re still figuring out how to operate.

And now that you’re all caught up . . . here we go!


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Sep 15

Adventure Picking Blackberries

I never knew that picking blackberries could be such an adventure!  Of course there’s the blackberries themselves.  The bush has thorns everywhere.  Even the underside of the leaves have thorns.  In our area we also have stinging nettle plants.  Through bitter (itchy) expedience I’ve learned to avoid them.

There are also HUGE spiders that build their webs in front of the berries to as to better catch bugs and berry pickers.


Today there was added excitement.  I discovered the skeleton of a snake in the berry bushes.  The skeleton of a snake . . . it doesn’t get any creepier than that!

snake skeleton

Or does it?  As I was examining my curly friend here, I happened to glance up into the trees.

Hive in Tree

What the heck?  It turned out to be a bee hive that looks straight out of a science fiction movie.  Shudder!

bee hive



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Apr 29

For Charles – It’s Been A Year

It’s hard to believe that he’s been gone a year.  I’ve thought of him every day.  I’ve missed him every day.  I imagine that I’ll go on thinking about him and missing him until I join him on the other side.

What is Death?
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.
~ Henry Scott Holland

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Sep 11

9/11 Again

I don’t know why the anniversary of 9/11 is hitting me so hard this year.  Maybe it’s because I miss Charles.  Maybe it’s because of all the fires back home in Montana.  Maybe it’s even good to remember sometimes.  Anyway, here’s a post that I wrote back in 2008.



The anniversary of 9/11 was a few weeks ago.  On that day I remembered how hard Peter Jennings worked.  He was on television the entire day.  He was calm.  He was patient.  He was a rock.

I worked for a cell phone company then.  There was so much confusion on that day.  We didn’t know if there would be more attacks.  If there were, wouldn’t it make sense to attack the headquarters of a communications company? My company sent everyone home just in case.

I thought about what I did.  I remembered what happened.  But I’d forgotten the feelings.

Earlier this week I watched Backdraft.  It’s a great Ron Howard flick about firemen.  At the beginning of the movie there were a few scenes that showed the firemen rushing into a burning building.  The scenes were well shot and very dramatic.

It brought back a memory of 9/11.  People were running from the Twin Towers.  People like you and me were running away from the flames and the explosions.  They were running for their very lives.

At the same time firemen and policemen we running toward the Twin Towers.  They were running toward the flames and explosions as fast as they could go.   Their only thought was to save people like you and me.  Many of them died in the attempt.

In an instant I remembered what 9/11 felt like.  I felt fear, confusion, grief, surprise and outrage.  I also felt gratitude and pride.

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