Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A lesson in fear....

I dare you to watch this and not laugh out loud and also cry a little....a real lesson in not letting fear keep you from trying new things. It's a little long, but definitely worth it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Drat!!! Freeze expected tonight.

Well we just spent two hours in the late afternoon covering all the little tender sprouts out in the field and wrapping the tomato plants, covering the peppers and moving all of the things in pots back into the greenhouse.  I'm tired!  This is Texas, God....what are you thinking!!!?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring 2014 Garden Diary, Post 10

 John helped me get the Bean Haus going last week -- we planted just four types of pole beans (Kentucky Wonder, Blue Lake, Turkey Craw and King of the Garden Limas.)  There also a few Jack-Be-Little pumpkins in there.
Today you can see the beans have all started germinating and popping up!
Here are the Atomic Red carrots - they will need to be thinned out soon.  The chickens like it when I thin out the beds!

 The peas are about 2 foot tall now, they've grabbed the fencing now.  They usually get about 6 foot tall, so if we could just get some rain and lightning -- that would help.
 The walking onions are bulbing out at the top --- they will start walking pretty soon!
 Just starting to see the zucchini!
 All of the tomatoes have about tripled in size - I've had to prune them recently.
All of our rose bushes are starting to bloom - The top left picture and the middle picture are the Blaze climbing roses that I put in last year.  Pretty bright red fully open old fashioned roses.  The bottom left is the Lemoncella, and the right is the butterfly rose.  It's my favorite - one bush has at least four different colors of roses on it.

Tomorrow or Tuesday our baby chicks arrive!  Looking forward to seeing our new babies -- I'll post a picture as soon as they get here.

Movie Review --- Noah

I was raised in the era of Disney's Bambi, where the cute little skunk relates a piece of advice that his mother skunk gave him, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all."  Sigh.......

So, given that, let me first apologize to our good friends, John and Mari, for even proposing this stinker.  I know they were being very nice about it last night, but I also know it was a "stinker."  Thank goodness we had a few hours afterwards of good food and conversation to make up for the movie.

Some things I think I know about Noah from years of cradle Catholic education:


  • Noah was a product of his environment.  He would have eaten goat, rabbit, meat that was part of their culture.  What was up with the vegetarian lecture???
  • Men and women of that time would not have worn pants, they wouldn't have buttons, they especially would not have had a welder's helmet (OMG! That was laugh out loud funny!)  The women would NOT have worn leather pants. Did they wear boots in those days? I'm thinking it would have been more sandals, if anything.
  • Armadillodog?????
  • Come on! Anyone who's even heard the children's version of the story knows that Noah's sons had wives who were also on the ark.  What was this whole storyline about killing off mankind? Where did that come from? God's command (from the Bible story) to Noah was to save the animals and his family.
  • Noah came across as a vindictive mad man - denying his son's wives, willing to kill off his grandchildren. A truly unlikable man.
  • The rock transformer fallen angels...I don't even know where to start on that one. Even given that that detail was made up in the director's head wholesale, the execution was AWFUL, and the Nick Nolte voice just was laugh inducing.
  • WHAT the heck was up with the snake skin wrapped around the arm and magically glowing???
  • Methuselah?  In the ark story??? Huh????
  • Early world pregnancy test using a leaf?
There were a few things I could nod my head about, although very few:
  • The shape and design of the ark was pretty good.  Much more believable than the children's story version that looks like a pretty little boat with a roof.
  • Putting the animals, snakes, etc. to sleep while on the ark.  Okay, that sounds like a pretty good idea, actually, although I would have thought the humans walking around with the smoke would have also fallen asleep.
  • The dove actually brought the olive leaf to the boat after the flood. Kudos!
All I can say is I felt very sorry for all of the actors in this movie.  You could see that they were giving it their best to be so so so sincere.  I could picture them thinking through the whole thing that this was garbage, but they signed a contract and had to see it through.  I actually like all of the actors in this movie, they just didn't have a good screenplay to follow.  Sad...so sad and such a waste of talent.

I'll give it 1/2 star.  That's a pity half star.


Friday, April 11, 2014

What I'm Reading: Cinder

It's been so long since I've read a book that I JUST CAN'T PUT DOWN!!!  I'm loving this book -- very sci-fi re-imaging of the Cinderella tale, although not really -- so if you like sci-fi and not chick books, don't worry.  This one will definitely keep your interest!

From the author's site:  "Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.  She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness.  But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle."

There are cyborgs, androids, plague victims, lunar queens, and much more!  I'm only typing this now because my Kindle needs charging -- I can't wait to get back to it!

PS:  There's some talk about a future movie based on Cinder....I'm hoping that pans out.


Still organizing family photos....

and I ran across this one.  I don't remember ever seeing this photo before.  I love how Mom is reading to Mike and I -- she was really very pretty.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Couldn't pass this up....

I loved this -- a complete surprise to this couple who went to Ireland to get married.  This priest's rendition of the song is amazing!  Lovely!