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We went to a farm and garden center to pick up supplies Friday. They had some month old chicks, so Mama bought Eric another 3 Australorp pullets and 2 Partridge Rock pullets. He also has a hen sitting on a small clutch of eggs, so his flock keeps expanding.

I've never grown Strike bush beans, so I bought a pound of seeds for a test run. I was going to buy some extra Derby bean seeds, but they were too expensive at $6.95 for half a pound. They're much cheaper at Twilley Seed. No matter how much I'd like to buy local, I have a tight budget this year.

Miesha put on a show at the farm supply, running around wild and embarrassing us all. I'm setting limits with her, but I don't expect overnight results. Her Daddy lets her get by with everything, as does Mama. Beverly is often impatient with her, which never gets good results.

I'd love to talk to my Grandma Walker and ask her how she managed to be so patient with children, never getting flustered and always being consistent. Daddy was the same way, while Mama had a bad temper and had no patience at all. Naturally, she's too patient with Miesha, who is the first human she's ever been patient with in her life.
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Looking for a house on the North Carolina coast? This is the best deal you'll ever find. Gorgeous 2,430 square foot home with a half acre of land in Sea Level, NC with extensive water frontage on Core Sound just across from Drum Inlet for $300,000. Open, airy floor plan with great views of the water. 3 bedrooms 2 baths on the first floor, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a bonus room on the 2nd floor. Large covered porch for sitting in the ocean breeze as you look out over the water. This house meets or exceeds all coastal building codes. It sits on 10 foot pilings. Built in 2004, it looks new inside and out. Appliances and some furnishings included. Private dock with boat slip. Plenty of parking-the house sits at the end of the road. You can also park cars under the deck or store boats and jet skis there. The Core Banks and Cape Lookout National Seashore are right across the Sound, so you can leave the private dock and set out to spend a day on the Outer Banks, where you can explore old shipwrecks, check out the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, and play in the sand and water. Great fishing, crabbing, clamming, hunting, and bird watching, as well as swimming, boating, bodyboarding, and more. Close to Cedar Island Ferry and even more access to the Outer Banks. Also close to the Intracoastal Waterway with sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. All of the advantages of a rural area within 30 minutes of Beaufort, NC, voted one of the top ten small towns in America. Beaufort, the old haunt of the infamous pirate Blackbeard, has a historic waterfront, great dining, lots of activities, and plenty of walking and biking trails. The town sponsors wonderful holiday events, including its famous Christmas Boat Parade. If you want to go to a bigger town, Morehead City is 45 minutes to an hour away. This would be a fantastic primary residence, vacation home, rental property, or investment. There's nothing else like it on the market, especially at this price. Contact me or call Wanda at 336-667-3343. Please share this post and help someone find their dream home. PM for contact info. Sorry for taking up so much space on your LJ-LJ cut is acting up again.

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Another one for Dean's list.

It's a highway song, you sing it on and on, on and on
Highway song is as lonely as the road I'm on
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With loud guitars and the pedal to the floor, "Flirtin' with Disaster" is a great addition to Dean's playlist. Both Dean and Charlie would appreciate Molly Hatchet's taste in heroic fantasy art. This album cover is by Frank Frazetta.

I'm travelin' down the road,
and I'm flirtin' with disaster.
I've got the pedal to the floor,
My life is runnin' faster.

Speeding down the fast lane,
Playin’ from town to town.
The boys and I have been burnin’ it up,
Can’t seem to slow it down.
I’ve got the pedal to the floor,
Our lives are runnin’ faster,
Got our sights set straight ahead,
But ain’t sure what we’re after.
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Although Dean's favorite music is classic '7os rock, his propensity for hanging out in bars, juke joints, and honky-tonks, plus the fact that he has been down South, despite his apparent preference for colder climes, leads me to believe that he's aware of Blackberry Smoke. The name is perfect for a long-haired Southern rock band with a little blues and country thrown in. The guitars and attitude would appeal to Dean, as well as the references to loud music, whiskey, kicking ass, authority problems, and-ahem-twins.

Cause I’m restless
I’m sleepless
on this quest I must go
out here searchin’
for somethin’
what it is I don’t know
might have to find it under my headstone
yes I’m restless
and I won’t rest till the restless is gone
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Sasha_dragon posted her #1 song for Dean on Supernatural: Queen's "I'm in Love with My Car." It was an excellent pick. Please post your suggestions for Dean's Romance with the Impala and the Road Playlist or Sam's Forbidden Emo Playlist.

I know that some of you aren't Supernatural fans, but I'd still love to see a playlist for one of your favorite characters from any media.

Rhodielady, I know that you watch Grimm. May I suggest a Monroe playlist? I love Monroe!

Eqfe, I know that you can build a great playlist, and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

I've posted "Big Log" before, but it's perfect for Dean and the road. There's no way that he could pass up Robert Plant and lyrics like this:
Cue the 80s video! Please control yourself, Cinnamonbite.

My love is in league with the freeway
It's passion will ride, as the cities fly by
And the tail-lights dissolve, in the coming of night
And the questions in thousands take flight
My love is the miles and the waiting
The eyes that just stare, and a glance at the clock
And the secret that burns, and the pain that won't stop
And its fuel is the years
Leading me on
Leading me down the road
Driving me on, driving me down the road
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This is Ferncliff Illusion, a new dahlia that I bought this year.
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My orange blend dahlia.
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The Blue Dogs and the Republicans aren't fighting health care reform out of concern for your health.  
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The first time I heard this song, I was on my way home after a too-much-of-everything weekend. Driving along an empty highway late at night, I came into range of a beach music station just as the DJ cued "A Quiet Place." It was the perfect song for the occasion. It's nice to be able to hear yourself think once in a while.

"Cry Baby," AKA "Cry Cry Baby,"  was Garnet Mimm's biggest hit. Janis Joplin covered it, but I've never cared for her rough, histrionic version.


Aug. 21st, 2009 09:08 pm
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I went to school until 11 this morning, then helped Duck and Jeannette pick and string a couple of bushels of beans. We enjoyed sitting on the porch and talking while we strung the beans. It was a beautiful day with sunshine and fluffy white clouds, so I drove around around admiring the scenery after i ate a late luch with Duck and Jeannette. I finally went home and did some chores. I was watching the evening news when I looked outside and saw the rainbow.  We see a lot of rainbows here, but the thrill never fades. I grabbed my new camera, but I haven't had time to practice, so the shots aren't all that great. cinnamonbite should've been here to take pics. 



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I have a scholarship that covers tuition, books, and supplies needed to complete my Geology/Earth Science degree. Today, the scholarship committee agreed to cover some horticulture classes as well, since I plan to specialize in agricultural geology. They also gave me funds to buy a new computer and printer with a maximum tech budget of $2,300. Grateful is an understatement.

It’s been another busy week. On Monday, we went to Four Winds Berry Farm in the Brushy Mountains to pick raspberries. I made jam Monday night. Yesterday, I had errands in town, chores in the greenhouse, a corn patch to hoe, and some fall crops to plant. I also went by Ty and Shirley’s orchard to pick up peaches and apples to share with friends and relatives. Aunt Wanda invited me to supper when I delivered her peaches. After supper, I went to Jeannette’s birthday party. Everyone had a good time, and I didn’t leave until after 10 p.m. I did a few chores after I got home, then Todd and I took the ragtop to the highlands to watch the meteor shower. It was too cloudy for good meteor watching, but the moon and clouds were lovely anyway. We stayed up too late, and I had to drag myself out of bed this morning. It was raining, so I didn’t have to water the nursery stock, thank goodness. I managed to complete morning chores and meet my adviser and the scholarship committee on time. The sun was shining by the time I got home, so it was back to work in the garden. Then my brother Eric and his family and my sister Julie and her family arrived while I was taking an iced tea break. All work came to a standstill.

My sister Julie and I have been hitting the back to school sales. Who can resist notebook paper for a penny or binders for a nickel? I even found a nice office chair for $20. It had originally been priced at $80, but the paint was chipped. Since my home is overrun by children and cats, a little chipped paint isn’t a deal breaker. Actually, it makes furniture more attractive; once you get that first scratch or chip, you stop worrying about maintaining it in perfect condition and just relax.

My classes start Monday. The young ones return to school the following week. Hope that all of you have a great school year!

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One of my friends witnessed law enforcement officers' attempts to herd the bull and deeply regretted leaving his camera at home.
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Many trees died to bring you this comedy routine; Grassley is so mired in the past that he hasn't discovered PowerPoint yet. 
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Most of the people spreading outrageous rumors about the health care reform bill haven't read it or even know its proper name: H. R. 3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Perhaps the wildest urban legend about this bill is that the bill contains a directive for putting Granny to sleep. This is NOT true. 

If Froma Harrop's article doesn't convince you, then read H. R. 3200, Section 1233 for yourself:Section 1233 under the cut )

There is nothing wrong with drafting a living will or being informed about end-of-life issues. Strangely enough, the very people who attack science education are the ones who embrace the modern practice of keeping the body "alive" via machinery long after the mind is gone. Personally, I wouldn't want to bankrupt my family or society because I chose not to draft a will making my wishes known. However, people who feel otherwise about extraordinary measures to extend life beyond brain death are free to draft a document to that effect. It's an act of consideration for your loved ones to give them instructions in case of emergency.

There are many legitimate problems with this bill, and it's imperative that we address these, so I don't understand why Republicans feel the need to resort to outrageous lies any more than I understand why people who have no idea what the bill actually says choose to parrot what they've read on the internet or heard on partisan television instead of simply reading the legislation for themselves. 

Congressional bills can be found at the Library of Congress website or in the Congressional Record.


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