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Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
Good morning World!
Posted Tuesday, August 4, at 6:53 AM
I feel (not know), that most of my readers are much closer to my age than the other end of the spectrum. With that premise I can say the World has changed immensely in our lifetimes. I suppose the time of big change started with our parents, but if our children can write similar words when they are in their sixties, wow, what a world it will be at that time. Hopefully for the good...

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Well, the votes are in and Weed'em & Reap will have another social this Friday.
Posted Tuesday, July 28, at 7:27 AM

The Bedford County Fair is occupying many of us this week. The Ag Extension office is allowing the fair to use their lot so we will flip our meeting calendar to another "social" this coming Friday. The vote was unanimous for Bocelli's 102 E. Depot St. Shelbyville, TN 37160 at 6:30ish. No program but come meet, greet and eat. (Wow, what a poet in hiding!)...

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Any super-tech out there who can shed light on this issue?
Posted Thursday, July 23, at 8:24 AM

I have an education website that I go to all the time. Suddenly, I can not sign on. I get a note saying "Server not found". The unique thing about this is that is perfectly loadable if I change Internet Service Providers. I use Firefox and IE for browsers and both malfunction on one ISP but work fine on the other...

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Do they still have campaign fans with themes like this?
Posted Wednesday, July 22, at 6:04 PM

I ran across this a few weeks ago and it kind of jumped out at me. I don't usually pay attention to political stuff like this, but this one got me. I suppose I would not be surprised on a local basis, but what about National?

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eBay split from PayPal yesterday and a new eBay leader Devin Wenig took over
Posted Tuesday, July 21, at 8:19 AM

I sheepishly have to admit that I was enthusiastic when John Donahoe took over but just like some presidents, it did not go the way we had hoped. From the early actions we have seen by Devin and Jordan Sweetnam (Vice President of Seller Experience) things have already improved. http://for-business.ebay.com/our-mission-clear-we%E2%80%99re-focused-you...

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Tomato Art Festival is coming up soon in East Nashville community.
Posted Monday, July 20, at 10:18 AM

Last year I did not hear about this in time but this year our daughter is searching for the smallest, largest or ugliest tomato to enter in the contest, so she asked if we had anything that might fit. I doubt that we will have the largest, so tiny or ugly are our possibilities...

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Two weeks, already? Weed'em & Reap Garden club will break bread (rolls) this coming Friday, the 17th of July
Posted Wednesday, July 15, at 4:28 PM

We will be meeting at Legends in Shelbyville for food and conversation......anyone is welcome to join us, you will have a great time for sure! We inadvertently told the newspaper it was the 24th, but I was wrong. I'll try to get it corrected in time...

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How safe are the fish in the Duck River to eat?
Posted Tuesday, July 14, at 4:43 PM

The question came up in a blog about what's on your mind and I don't know the answer. Does anyone out there in Internet land? When I fished the East Fork of the Stone's River in Rutherford County the fish started having funny looking growths on them. I saw the "writing on the wall" there, although I am sure it had nothing to do with the landfill ;-)...

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Your turn again, what's on your mind?
Posted Monday, July 13, at 10:55 AM

This is where I take your suggestions for new posts to allow you and others to chat about the things on your mind. I don' mind controversial subjects but one word of caution, if it gets on a 'personal attack basis', I will ask that the posts be removed and if it turns continuously nasty, I will shut the whole post down...

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Wasps communicating? Can they do it through glass?
Posted Wednesday, July 8, at 1:04 PM

An interesting thing just happened. Well, interesting to me anyway. We let most insects go free if they get in the house so when one of our cats alerted me to a wasp pacing the window in front of my desk, I dutifully got a cup to trap it. As I did this, I noticed another wasp on the other side of the window, frantically pacing the glass as well. When I released the wasp from inside (out a door 20' away) the other wasp disappeared...

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Photography club organization, testing the "waters".
Posted Thursday, July 2, at 11:21 AM

First, let me ask the question, Is there an active photography club/group in Southern Middle Tennessee? I have not been able to find one, so if there is one, I want to check it out. If there is NOT one, I want to see how much interest there might be in starting one. It would not be just for Shelbyville, or even Bedford County since I am sure there are photographers in the contiguous counties who might want to get involved...

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Walking Horse show this weekend moving to Calsonic?
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 10:24 AM

I understand the threat of rain has moved the show location, so if you are going, check Calsonic Arena if no one is at The Ag Center. Probably, but did you also know the concessions will be handled by those who support the Great Strides? Their self-stated mission is to provide physical therapy exercises and recreation for riders with physical and or mental disabilities through horseback riding and related activities...

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Want to talk local "dirt"?
Posted Monday, June 29, at 11:34 AM

Those of you who know me, would probably bet it is not local gossip or nasty comments about our neighbors, and you would be right. We leave that to others, if they feel so inclined. Instead, we want to talk about local growing issues, challenges, successes, etc at the Weed'em & Reap's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1472822192951742/...

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Start the 4th of July weekend off TONIGHT with Weed'em & Reap!
Posted Sunday, June 28, at 8:21 AM

Yup, that's right, I am getting an early jump on announcing the meeting of the our garden club. I want to make sure you have plenty of time to schedule us into you 4th of July celebration weekend. It will be at our regular meeting location, the UT Ag Extension office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160 starting at 6:30 PM on July 3rd...

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Got a fish pond in your yard? Watch out for this heat!
Posted Thursday, June 25, at 8:11 AM

High heat makes it harder to keep oxygen in your water so it always needs to be running either with an aerator, fountain or running stream. We have used a natural bio-filter that recycled the water through man-made (by Steve) stream of several waterfalls to aerate...

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Weed'em & Reap Garden Club Social Friday June 19th
Posted Wednesday, June 17, at 4:53 PM

It will be at Aguas Calientes 400 Belmont Ave Shelbyville, TN, basically across from Times Gazette building at 6:30 on Friday. Sure hope they have good air conditioning, this is making making me rethink my wishes during this past winter! Luckily, I have some shade from about 4:15 on...

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June is National Dairy month so.... have you had your milk on a stick?
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 1:22 PM

No? Well don't feel bad, I haven't either. Has anyone seen this on the shelves? It may be still in development stage or on airlines according to this article. http://www.packageprinting.com/article/milk-stick/#utm_source=packageprinting-inbox&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2015-06-16&utm_content=milk+in+a+stick%3F-4 but it seemed appropriate since June is Dairy month for us here in the States...

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Are other people's cats a little squirrelly lately?
Posted Friday, June 12, at 10:07 AM

I don't know if squirrelly is really a word, but they usually move around a lot, jump and get into trouble. That is what our cats are doing. We've seen the dogs (and coyotes) affected by the moon and maybe the cats are too but this has been going on for weeks. We wake up in the middle of the night to all kinds of bumps, thumps, bangs, etc. and in the morning we would swear someone has ransacked the house...

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Watch out for pink flamingos migrating from Mississippi!
Posted Thursday, June 11, at 3:06 PM

Whew! It turned out to be a fundraising event from their local high school. You can have the birds removed free but they would appreciate a small donation and they don't just choose your yard. It was nominated (for another donation) by one of your "friends"...

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Kudos to Charlie & Mai Coffey AND kudos to Sharon Edwards.
Posted Sunday, June 7, at 10:36 AM

Two different types of Kudos here but BIG KUDOS none-the-less. A great testament to their lives in an article in today's paper. http://www.t-g.com/story/2202461.html I say to their lives because although the story was about Mr. Coffey you can bet (from wisdom gained over 29 years of marriage) that Charley's life is a reflection of Mai's and vice versa. Blessings to you them both...

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.