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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bits and pieces


There are days when it is nice to not be a turkey.


Well, the rains have come after a terribly dry fall. Without moisture the leaves just turn brown and fall off. Maybe some trees have died. I won’t know until spring.

But it’s rain and more rain. The weather remains unseasonably warm and if this be Global Warming my old bones enjoy it and my finances look forward to lower utility bills.

The garden is completely bare. The candy plants, aka Okra, have been pulled up and piled in the forest along with the sunflower plants that are loaded with seeds. The tomato plants, which some old people called “Love Apples,” are tossed in a pile near where I tossed the many rotten tomatoes. I have never had such a poor crop. Too much rain followed by no rain produced a leggy plant with fruit that blistered and rotted on the vine.

Early spring will require much mulch and compost to be dug into the soil. It has too much clay and needs help in breathing.

The year has short and the politics have been unusual. The typical American has become politically aware and the middle aged and elderly are in the process of taking back control of the country. As it was proven during Vietnam the young are mostly ignorant and have again driven the country into the ground.

This was reflected again today with the news that a 63rd new Republican Congresscritter now exists. I hope that the Repubs understand they are being watched closer than a teenage boy being allowed to drive the family car for the first time.

But I doubt that they do. A few more primaries may get their attention, but perhaps not. Watching the old Repubs try to find reasons to not embrace the new direction doesn’t bode well.

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