Monday, June 28, 2010


pulling off a small miracle thank you. When we got veggies for the garden out at Johnson's we picked out a couple of nice looking pepper plants and brought the whole shebang home in the trunk of the car. There are times I do miss the van.

Anyway, one of peppers was "decapitated." Took off the upper half of that little sucker. Nuts. Replaced the pepper; didn't quite have the heart to dump the oddball. Then I noticed the little leaf buds above the big leaves. So, with fingers crossed we planted it, and low and behold those little leaf buds are growing. I don't know if it'll develop enough to actually produce peppers but at least it's growing. Life is a stubborn old thing, isn't it? Doesn't want to give up no matter what.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Life hangs on by the thinnest threads sometimes. We potted up a pretty little pink miniature rose a couple of years ago. In spite of a little black spot last summer it seemed really happy in its pot on the front steps.

We had an unexpected and fairly severe cold snap in early November and I think the shrub was nipped a bit; it spent the rest of the winter under cover on the porch. When the plant started to leaf out this spring, it was back to its home on the steps, Where it promptly went downhill.

When we took out a huge fern in the bed next to house well, there was this whole new space to fill in. What the heck, give pinky a chance. When I went to unpot the rose, surprise surprise, there were three tiny little leaves at the base of the main stem. Into the oversize potting soil lined hole went the patient. The rose that appeared to be ready for rose heaven is now about six inches tall and doing an admirable imitation of a dandelion. In other words, it’s growing like a weed.

Never give up, you just might bloom in spite of everything.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Geez, has it been two months? No excuse. Between the garden, the family tree and other things I guess I've had a case of writer's block or something. Anyway my take on the appearance of BP's CEO in DC yesterday. Not a pretty sight.

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

On or about June 5, 1944 General Dwight Eisenhower scribbled this note and stuck it in his jacket pocket. He never had to use it and it was found years later, still in the jacket pocket. Since the original copy of this little sheet of paper shows the editing he did as he wrote, many historians believe he probably wrote it as he traveled from base to base to visit with the airborne troops as they readied to board their planes for the invasion of France.

Worst case casualty estimates for the airborne troops was up to seventy percent. The man believed it was important to look into the eyes of the men he was sending into harm’s way. Contrast this with the Deepwater Horizon survivors who claim they were asked to sign liability waivers as soon as they reached shore.

Contrast this with the “nobody told me anything, I apparently haven't displayed any curiosity whatsoever about how this company drills for oil , I wasn't on the Deepwater Horizon rig before the disaster, so these events are not my responsibility” testimony of BP CEO Tony Howard in Washington DC yesterday. It may be catty, but I picture the man in his office eyes closed, fingers in ears, humming really, really loud.

In another note, Rep. Joe Barton R-Texas (recipient of over $1,400,000 in oil and gas contributions since 1989) first apologized to Howard at the beginning of the hearings for the “shakedown” by the White House that forced BP to set up an escrow account to cover damage claims from the spill, then withdrew his apology later in the day. It appears he was strongly encouraged to do so by members of his own party. As in “eat crow now or risk losing your seat on the committee.” Again the prĂ©cis of the news story is my own, but it gets the gist of it.

After all the ‘Pubs are hoping to pick up as many seats at possible this fall. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out as the supporters of “leave industry alone to regulate itself” face the voters. At least the escrow fund may help the alleviate some of the capitalize the profits, socialize the cost of cleaning up the messes we’ve seen in the past.

Cross posted to Women On.