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   Engraved-on-His-hands  I haven't had a garden for the previous two years, the longest span without one for awhile for me. I've seemed to have been too busy at the wrong time. However, this year I've started a small one, although way too late for early season crops like potatoes, onions, snow peas, etc. (I would have started a few days earlier, but I spent several days looking fruitlessly for my gardening books, last seen three years ago. )

Thus far I've planted corn (Silver Queen ), tomatoes (Better Boy ), green beans (Kentucky Wonder ), purplehull peas, cantalope, watermelon, giant pumpkin, and okra. I also have some asparagus leftovers from a planting from several years back.

Next week I plan to plant some peppers (red bell, green bell, and banana ), eggplant (Black Beauty ), yellow squash, baby lima beans, giant sunflower, and sweet potatoes--although I'm probably planting the sweet potatoes a bit late. (Thought that I would try it anyway. )

I like the plaque/picture that says ''Gardening is good for the soul''.
June 18 at 22:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  If you can find some Rosa Bianca or Beatrice eggplant, they are delicious and white flesh inside and violet outside. We grew them last year and loved them, not bitter. Great luck to you with your garden.
June 18 at 23:20 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Thanks for your well wishes, and for the info.

Unfortunately about the eggplant, I don't think that I'll have much success in finding any. Being this late in the game this year, I have to search to find places that still have any sort of selection at all. And most of the places that still have stuff require you to wear an ''I'm too stupid to plant in April'' button. :- )

When I traveled to Albania, I found that eggplant is one of their more widely used staple foods. Eggplant pizza was interesting--not necessarily great, but interesting.
June 18 at 23:41 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Just had a hailstorm with close to tennis ball-sized hail. I'm between Maryville, TN and the Smoky Mountains. The largest piece that I brought in was 2 3/4 inches in length. Weather seems to be mostly past us now, though.
May 26 at 15:05 EST .

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   Magdalene  Glad you're ok!
May 26 at 15:45 EST .

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   JediJerry  Palm Springs should get to about 96 today, supposed to be kinda windy this afternoon. Still snow up on the mountains.
Looking forward to some mineral hot springs floating and soaking this weekend and havin' some fun in the sun. I am feeling bad for all of the hail storm and tornado victims and only have one bit of advice. If you have any common sense at all and are still alive, move. Move someplace where there has never been a tornado. Palm Springs never has tornado's. The biggest danger there is out here is getting ran over by someone in a golf cart. Happy Memorial Day weekend to all! Prayers for the people of Joplin.
May 26 at 15:48 EST .

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   Linder  I don't believe you would enjoy it if everyone who lives in a weather problem-prone area moved to Palm Springs. Iowa is our home and we try to stay on top of weather warnings and know what to do if a tornado should happen to appear. We keep our homeowners insurance policy paid up and out of the 365 days a year we are under tornado watches only several of those days. Bottom line is you do your best to protect your family and belongings but there are no guarantees. That's life.
May 26 at 22:14 EST .

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   MsCharlotteVale  Any place you live has its own unique circumstances at one time or the other. It might be weather, it might be predators or whatever.
May 26 at 23:02 EST .

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   Kono  Thanks for the hail report there. Glad you managed to avoid having to change your name to Embedded-in-his-head. :)
May 27 at 05:43 EST .

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   Spahrkl  JediJerry - I was raised in Palm Springs, Ca. How nice to
read someone is on the Lucianne page. Attended grade school and high school and then attended college in Wisconsin. I have many fond memories of the area and visited a few years back and was so surprised to see the growth. I also was disappointed with all the plastic, white wind mills between Palm Springs and Garnet. It's
wet, overcase, cold to cool, and gloomy this Spring in
Milwaukee, WI. But the trees, grass, bushes and weeds are
all Emerald green/lush. I have adjusted to this area but
remember San Jacinto purple color in the mornings as the sun rises.
May 27 at 10:45 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Just to mention a little bit of recent history: It's been more than two years now since the Tea Parties began. Here is one of the pictures that I took at the Knoxville Tea Party in April of 2009. It is a narrow shot of the crowd. There were actually well more than 1000 people present. It was a good day.
   April 30 at 23:46 EST .

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   Surfhut  Great picture. The MSM has been pontificating recently that the Tea Party movement is dead. If the recent election didn't inform them otherwise, I hope the next election will. The movement is far from dead.
May 1 at 00:08 EST .

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   Not your typical New Yorker  Engraved-on-His-hands, just want to say how very nice it is to see you again. Your posts here and on the main board are too few and far between for me.

I have been going to any and all Tea Party gatherings and demonstrations that have been within my reach ever since day one. I've been to D.C. twice.(on my bicycle,ha!)

Surfhut, the Tea Party is far from dying as far as I'm concerned, I will continue to show up with my American flag, collapsible chair, a bottle of water and my Ipod as long as the socialist stain is still in my White House and until some semblance of responsible and smaller government exists.

That means for the rest of my life.

GOP, don't rest easy on me, if you don't come through I will eat you alive also, got that Mr. Boehner?

Good.

Anyways, it's a glorious, sunny, cloud free day here on Long Island,65 degrees and not a cloud in the deep blue sky!

"I just want celebrate another day of living"
May 1 at 11:55 EST .

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   WRR0369  Now's the time to get the pups out for walks.
May 1 at 12:12 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Thank you, ''Not your typical New Yorker''. Very kind of you.
May 1 at 15:43 EST .

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   Ynaught  I was at that Tea Party and didn't see you there! I would swear that there was at least 10k people there. DH and I were there with another couple on vacation and I dragged them to the party! They loved it though. The people were so enthusiastic and well-behaved! Nothing like the lefty rallies we see on FoxNews!
May 1 at 17:23 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Wow. I bet that you are probably in one of my pictures somewhere. Small world.
May 1 at 18:30 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  I found a couple of apps for my phone that I really like.

One is Dropbox. With it you can create a folder on your desktop or laptop into which you can put any files that you want to access from your phone--anything from text files to photos or whatever.

The other app is Documents to Go. Traditionally one of the problems with phones has been the inability to edit documents easily. With Documents to Go you can view and edit Microsoft Office documents. It takes a little bit of getting used to, and there are some things that you need a regular computer for, but so far it has worked well. I have been editing a Microsoft Word document at work while on break or at lunch, or when standing in line at McDonald's, etc. It also works on Excel spreadsheets. It works on Powerpoint, too, but has some limitations. It seems to do well with a basic Powerpoint presentation, but won't access one with fancy stuff in it. I'm still playing with that one.

Dropbox is free. Documents to Go is $14.99. (The free version allows you to view the files but not edit them.) With the two of them together I can pick files to work on (by putting them in Dropbox ahead of time), and edit them on my phone with Documents to Go. It may not be good for everyone, but it's been quite useful to me.
April 28 at 22:01 EST .

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   Sal  I consider my Documents to Go as my 'resume in hand.' Comes in handy for a quick e-mail if need be!
April 29 at 06:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  Where do you get Dropbox? Thanks.
May 14 at 10:18 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Hi!

Dropbox needs to be loaded both onto your computer and onto your phone. To load it onto your computer, go to a search engine (such as Bing or Google) and type in ''Dropbox''. Among the sites that it will pull up will be the main Dropbox site where you can download the program.

Loading it onto your phone may depend upon which type of phone that you have. I have an HTC Evo (an Android based phone). It has an app included called ''Market'', where you can search for all sorts of different apps. If you have a different phone, perhaps it has something similiar. If not, you might try the Bing/Google approach.

I hope that this helps.
May 14 at 23:49 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  I posted on the travel page about my daughter's spending the month of March in Kenya working at a rural hospital. One picture that I thought was interesting (not posted over there) was taken at a Masai village. My daughters were there during a traditional right-of-passage for older Masai boys. One of the parts of the ritual was being able to build a fire with no tools. (They were successful in doing this.) As part of the ritual, as can be seen in the accompanying picture, they were dressed in the colorful, traditional Masai garments. Well...maybe not quite so traditional. If you look closely at one of the boys, he has on a belt. It is upside down, but you can make out that it says ''Obama USA''.

While in Kenya, my daughters also did some geocaching in Nairobi before going to the airport to catch their plane home. One of the geocaches was within a government compound. The cache that they found? --an Obama bobblehead doll that was trying to get back to Hawaii.

Just thought that it was interesting.

   April 28 at 17:49 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Makes me wonder if Obimbam could pass this rite of passage ritual. Doubt he can make a fire with a match.
Mrs. Cow
April 28 at 18:05 EST .

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   Gram77  Darn, Mrs. Cow, I was getting ready to say that.
April 28 at 18:16 EST .

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   DONAL  I guess Reggie Love is lighting his cigarettes for him...
April 28 at 19:20 EST .

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   Montanabound  LOL, DONAL.
April 28 at 23:45 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Since we're mentioning the Georgia Aquarium, I'll attach a picture I took of the whale shark tank. If you are interested in this sort of thing, it's worth a visit.
   April 15 at 23:12 EST .

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   Robin Benzle  Great shot - thanks!
April 16 at 07:35 EST .

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   Surfhut  WOW. Wonderful, and thanks!
April 17 at 21:21 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Another update on my daughters' month working in Kenya. There have been no more sightseeing trips on weekends. They are simply trying now to save the lives and improve the health of children and babies. They have often been quite successful in doing so, but not always. Some of the babies and young children have died. (They often get some of the worst cases that other facilities cannot handle. Many are beyond help by the time that they reach the facility where my girls are working.) Some cases are bittersweet. There was a recent birth to a mother with stomach cancer. The baby is fine. The mother succumbed to cancer this past Saturday. One of my daughters took care of the baby for a short time while the father was encumbered with other necessary matters.

Although there have been--and will be--no more sightseeing tours, there are additional pictures from earlier this month that are just now being posted. The following link has both the old and new pictures. (You will probably need to click on ''Show more'' at the bottom of the page to get to some of the newer photos.) Some of the newer photos include some really good wildlife shots, as well as pictures from a Maasai village.

In the picture that I posted, you might need to enlarge it to better see all of the giraffes.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2138981&id=7204732&l=6
aa350a92e

   March 24 at 15:21 EST .

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   Surfhut  Wonderful pictures.
March 25 at 11:51 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Loved these! My granddaughter is a nut for 'happos' and went crazy over the whole group of them. What lovely girls you have.
Mrs. Cow
April 9 at 11:52 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Thanks!
April 10 at 01:37 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Hi! An update on my daughters' month in Kenya. This is a picture of one of them participating in a traditional Maasai dance at a Maasai village.

They have sent some pictures. I'm rather much a newbie at Facebook. (I only sigend up for an account this month--in order to see pictures and things while the kids were overseas.) Hopefully the following link will direct you to some of the wildlife pictures. Don't know for sure if this will work or not without a Facebook account:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2124810&id=34102270&l=
3110f2e7e0


There have been other pictures, but most of them were of them in medical settings, or of some of their patients. They use a lot of medical lingo that I don't really understand: Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, Trisomy 18, transient leukemia, bilateral clubfeet, etc. Some of the work is frustrating, because some of the patients would do much better if they were in the U.S. Some have died that might have lived if better medical equipment, medicine, and facilities were available. Yet they have had numerous success stories, plus a few that are still in the balance. (One baby that weighs a pound and a half and that has an enlarged heart is still hanging in there.) Other frustrations include what is all too common in a tropical third world setting: almost universal exposure to malaria and other diseases; heartbreaking poverty that causes families to return to their villages to try to raise money after finding out that the treatment would cost two or three dollars; inadequate medical care (Example: after removing a young boy's leg cast, they found out that the leg had been broken but not reset before the cast was put on. It had since partially healed, but the bone was still protruding from the leg, and foul-smelling liquid was collecting in the bottom of the cast.)

Every trip they make to a third world country makes me feel grateful to live here where the medical care is superb, and where poverty doesn't cause people to have to raise funds for a $2 treatment (or, as was the case in Amazonian Ecuador on another trip, that children die because their parents can't afford $5 for a bus trip to the capital for treatment).

I think that most of their sightseeing on this trip is over with. They did get in two weekends of sightseeing, but now the rainy season has started. They say that one of their obstacles is to try and find enough of a dry spell in between rains to dry their clothes on the clothesline. (So far they have been unsuccesful.)

Another week and a half and they get to come back to the States, dry clothes or not.

   March 20 at 23:11 EST .

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   Surfhut  Link worked just fine without logging into FB. You must be so proud of your daughters.
March 21 at 10:17 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm guessing it's just a few more days before they come home. You must be so excited to see them!
March 24 at 13:28 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  They arrive back home next Wednesday. Yes, we will be very excited to see them.

Will try to post something more later today.
March 24 at 14:24 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Incredible pictures! Thank for sharing them with us.
March 28 at 21:03 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  Well, that didn't seem to work. Let me try one more time.
   March 17 at 20:47 EST .

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   Surfhut  Great picture. Can't wait to see more!
March 18 at 11:05 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Man, great composition! Love it!
March 18 at 22:22 EST .

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   Engraved-on-His-hands  A few days ago I posted some information about my daughters' trip to Kenya. Unfortunately I inadvertently posted it in the main lobby. You can probably still access it by going to the ''Look Up Members'' feature and typing in ''Engraved''.

They are spending the month of March working in a rural medical complex. They have been able to see some of the local sights on weekends. We are starting to get a few pictures (which have been really great).

I'll try to attach one of a bull elephant. (That is one of my daughters in the foreground.)
March 17 at 20:35 EST .

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