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Things I Have Learned This Week

*  The key to successful gardening is to plant the peas at least slightly faster than your cat can dig them up.

*  Even if it's a couple years later, one might still be woken up in the middle of the night by a kitty having nightmares about water torture therapy.

*  Warm-yet-spring-looking would really be a great category of clothing to own.

*  There's a lot to be said for exploring famous children's books that you managed to miss during your own childhood.  The fact that they're typically pretty short and can give a real boost to one's "books read this year" tally is just a perk.

*  When an online service like Facebook or Yahoo email announces a wonderful new "upgrade," you're about to have lots of problems

*  When you coat the entire downstairs with a thin layer of grease, you've probably making something from Julia Childs.

Snow, Followed By Sunshine, Probably Followed by Rain or Windstorms...

Some days it feels a lot less like raising a garden than hosting a reality show for plants.

We Have Garden!

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We had a night dipping into the 20s which took out my poor little cucumber plant, but my zucchini

is fine and the  buttercup squash is surviving.
Sort of.  It has looked better.  Of course, it might not even BE buttercup squash,  The seed came from that packet, but I'm only averaging about 50% on the squash I actually get being the squash I planted, so it could be anything. 

Speaking of unhappy plants, the tomatoes in the Wall-of-Waters are still alive,
but they're pretty droopy in places. 
I'm not sure that these sickly-looking plants will actually start producing tomatoes any sooner than any other tomatoes, so meet the back-up plan:
We have some very happy Early Girl starts in the window in Andy's office.  (I'm still working on that greenhouse zipper, that's why)  I planted two seeds per square, and I think every last one of them is growing--though they have all moved into one or two squares.  I'll try separating and replanting them next week. 

Speaking of …

What The Feline Residents of Chateau Sutton-Goar Have Learned This Week

*  Don't try to eat bugs that can sting.

*  Yowling as if in pain gets the humans out of the shower much faster

*  Constantly picking fights with each other is an easy form of entertainment on rainy days, but it seems to make humans develop weird eye twitches

*  Humans do not share big outdoor litter willingly, and will occasionally run out of the house screaming about snow peas when one is practicing proper kitty hygiene.

Why Glenn Beck REALLY Left Fox

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Had to share this from the geniuses at HuffPost comedy:

Battlestar Gardenia

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Yesterday I baked some of the pumpkins that I didn't plant in last year's garden.
In fact, I've never planted whatever strain of pumpkin this actually IS, and wouldn't choose to do so as it's rather stringier than I would actually want.  Not that my opinion actually matters much in our garden.  I'm trying to adopt more of a zen-type approach to the garden.  Provided it's something edible, I will try not to bitch about what comes up in the garden, even if I didn't plant it.  Or want it.

Speaking of which, I know I have read somewhere about using old milk (or vinegar, in our case) jugs as little seed incubators in the garden, so I have decided to give it a shot.  As they are fairly easy to grow and are definitely things that I would normally not plant until the first of June, I soaked some cucumber, zucchini, and a buttercup squash overnight
then planted them in the garden with a jug (bottom removed) over the top of each of them like so:
We debated about …

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We Can Harvest Chives!

And the fact that they actually are extremely hard to kill and have been surviving for several years without any assistance from me is completely beside the point.

Pushing Oneself

Today I have started reading what may be the toughest book I've ever read.  It's Resistance:A Woman's Journey of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France.  It's basically the journal of a highly-intelligent 43-year-old woman starting in the summer of 1940 in Paris.  If the date and the title aren't enough of a giveaway to how horrible this is probably going to be, the book is dedicated to her comrades in the French Resistance movement, 7 of which were executed by firing squad in 1942, one committed suicide after 3 days of torture by the Gestapo, and one who was killed in a Nazi slave labor camp.  It's all true, and the fact that it is her journal makes it even more intense.  I just read an entry where they are evacuating Paris, but they are sure that the Soviet Union will come to their aid.  In 1940.

I have been greatly embarrassed by the bandying of the words "Nazi" and "Hitler" by Americans, especially lately.  My elected state representa…

Let Gardening Season Begin!

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Since it's snowing this morning, it seems like a good time to talk about the garden. The garlic is coming up
Our square foot garden beds are off and running:
or growing.  They got a bit of a head start because I bought lettuce, broccoli, and kohlrabi plants, but I am happy to announce that I have radishes, spinach, and two types of lettuce coming up all on their own.  Granted, they're too small to be identifiable in pictures just yet, but they are there.  I swear.

And in case you were wondering why we had to buy plants when we got a free greenhouse last year--we still haven't been able to figure out how to make the door work.  The thing is a cheap piece of plastic sold at Walmart, so we knew not to expect much, but when it became obvious that we were going to have to put more into it to make it work than it was even worth, we opted for
a new greenhouse entirely.  This is what it looked like when we set it up.  Thinking we would move it to a permanent location, we didn't …

snopes.com: Barack Obama Birth Certificate

President Obama was born in Hawaii, which is part of the United States. Enough with the "birther" garbage. The Snopes.com article even gives a statement from someone who was there when Obama was born. Let's see Donald Trump find a witness to HIS birth.
snopes.com: Barack Obama Birth Certificate

snopes.com: Should the U.S. Flag Be Banned in Schools?

This is circulating yet again, so I thought I'd share it.  No one is trying to ban the U.S. flag, and the fact that the story is on Fox News should be enough to make people stop and think, "Hm, I bet it's fear-mongering but total crap like everything else on Fox News..."

snopes.com: Should the U.S. Flag Be Banned in Schools?

Headlines That Would Definitely Be April Fool's Jokes

*  Middle East Leaders Announce, "You know, this three thousand years of fighting thing has gotten kind of old.  Maybe we should try something else."

*  Oil Company Executive Says, "We're Devoting All Of Our Efforts To Getting Those Oil Spills Cleaned Up and The Damage Repaired"

*  Fox News Hires Fact-Checkers

*  2012 Superbowl Planned To Be An Understated, Tasteful Event

*  Martha Stewart To Be New Spokesperson for Hamburger Helper

*  Diet Industry Profits Falter As Americans Realize Eating Less And Exercising More Really Works

*  NBC Announces Upcoming Reality Television Series That Features Thoughtful, Intelligent People

*  U.S. Media Outlets Decide To Stop Talking About Charlie Sheen

*  Twitter Activity Dwindles As Americans Realize One Can't Have Thoughtful Communication In 180 Characters Or Less

*  Americans Go One Entire Week Without Referring To Anyone As "Hitler."