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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
I need to listen better when that "inner voice" says to do something.
Posted Friday, February 27, at 9:10 AM
Don't start licking your lips for Chocolate Cushaw Delight. Quite the contrary. This is what happens when you ignore the "inner voice" saying, "you better make sure the oven is off". I was late getting the Cushaw slices on the baking sheet, so about half way through I decided to let the existing heat finish the job overnight. I turned back the temp (luckily) and turned it off, or so I thought...

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I am DONE participating in Winter!
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 4:48 PM

I am officially giving notice, NO MORE TALK OF WINTER! This weekend will start my Spring, NO MATTER WHAT! In fact, I am planting TONIGHT! I may even start "tickling" my eggplant and pepper flowers with cotton cue-tips to see if I can get some fruit to set...

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Baking the Banana squash from summer. The heat is great!
Posted Sunday, February 22, at 11:34 AM

Another banana squash in the freezer, but before I did I had to have some fresh. One eighth of the squash was enough for dinner (maybe that is why i have lost 31 pounds this winter) This recipe looked good when I was poking around so it might be the next squash destiny. http://cookingwithruthie.com/2012/11/22/brown-sugar-banana-squash/ Last night was just brown sugar and butter...

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Dichotomies of Winter and Spring
Posted Thursday, February 19, at 4:56 PM

Pamela captures many of the events happening in the Wartrace area and I thank her for some great shots that are perfect examples of the edge of Winter and Spring in a tug of war. Haybar commented in another post about the robins searching for food and are as anxious for Spring as we are, so these pictures just said it so well, I had to share...

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Can I choose the forecast I want for my property?
Posted Tuesday, February 17, at 10:44 AM

Yeesh! I go on one TV station to get the news and their video says our lowest temp will be 5 degrees but read the forecast below the video and it says MINUS 8 degrees. Can I choose? The ice make not be growing on the trees but it is still very much there and I hear,(if I can believe it)that the wind will pick up tomorrow to gusts from 15-25 mph. Ice and just are NOT a good combination...

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Ice storm damage, the beginning
Posted Monday, February 16, at 9:59 PM

Actually, the extent of the damage on our spot of paradise is unknown at this time. This tree came down shortly before dark and I heard/saw another take the plunge close to it. Others were popping and cracking throughout the day but for health reasons I was unable to go see what was happening...

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Valentine's Day of a different nature.
Posted Saturday, February 14, at 9:12 PM

Valentine's Day took on a different look and feel this year as I returned from the hospital with my sixth heart attack under my proverbial belt. This one was the biggest of all and I lost about 25% of my heart function, thus the partial heart in the picture...

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Wartrace Music Festival looking to add more artisans
Posted Friday, February 13, at 8:26 AM

This came from a member of the Wartrace Arts committee so I am passing along most of what was sent to me. If interested, contact me and I will put you in touch. I don't like to publish other folks email unless they specifically say to do so. The Wartrace Music Fest this year will be held Saturday, June 6th. They would like at least 20 art and craft vendors who make their own product. [this does not apply to the ones that go to sales and buy stuff for resale]...

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Geoponic, Hydroponic, Aquaponic, Aeroponic. Almost sounds like a song I know.
Posted Monday, February 9, at 12:14 PM

I promise, it will make sense in a moment but my mind was racing last night thinking of gardening projects and when I got up this morning those words flowed in my mind. They reminded me of a song from the movie 'Grease' called "Grease Lighting". (Systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic) https://www.google.com/search?q=systematic+hydromatic&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8...

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It is always time to get your hands dirty, at least in dirt.
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 7:41 PM

We knew it as kids even though we were told to "get out of the mud", "don't get dirty". Pigs are smart too! Just watch them waddle in the mud. And then there are gardeners. Why do we always seem to feel better after getting our hands in the dirt?...

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My bad, I forgot to tell you about the Winter Seed Swap tomorrow
Posted Friday, January 16, at 7:01 PM

Here is the link describing the Middle Tennessee Seed Swap and Winter Sowing Party https://www.facebook.com/events/1507876016140433/ I doubt that I will be able to make it but I see a few locals going so we will hear more about it at our first Weed'em & Reap meeting. Maybe even get some seeds?...

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How do we protect ourselves from terrorists while protecting our freedom as well?
Posted Wednesday, January 14, at 8:35 PM

During the recent coverage on the French tragedy I heard some reporter mention that the terrorists are aware from news reports of certain techniques developed for tracking them, so now they know how to avoid that form of detection. Apparently, the need for freedom of information informs the terrorists as well, so how do we balance our insatiable "need to know" with the secrecy needed to foil those wishing to do us harm?...

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Saying goodbye to our last "intentional" cat
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 10:41 AM

Susie was with us 23 years, but life finally took its' course and we had to say goodbye. We adopted her 23 years ago when she hitched a ride with one friends while we had Miss Jeanne's Ice Cream & Gifts in Bell Buckle. We had adopted her sister already and I guess she thought it was only right that we adopt her too, so one day she rode on our friend's car and our daughter found her outside our business. ...

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Starting seeds, what a "pick me up" at this time of year.
Posted Saturday, January 10, at 11:02 AM

Palindrome mentioned in another blog post about starting some hot pepper seeds for the upcoming season. It made me think that this type of endeavor would be just the thing for powering through the cold, wintery day. Today is sunny, but it ain't warm (outside) however just getting back in the soil (even if it is soil-less mix) would be a nice reminder that Spring is coming. The days are getting longer again, although almost imperceptible...

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What is so humorous about mocking someone's religion?
Posted Friday, January 9, at 12:34 PM

First, let me plainly state that I do not sympathize, agree with or in any way condone the death and violence happening in France. Period. I also believe strongly in freedom of speech, although some things I hear are worthless, as you may think MY words are as well...

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WHOA, watch out for Wednesday night/Thursday morning!
Posted Sunday, January 4, at 12:44 PM

If you have any last minute preparation for cold protection, NOW is a good time to get it done. Even if you have done everything you can, better let your water trickle and get ready for a mid-week shock. We've seen twenty degree weather this year but mid-week is predicting SINGLE DIGIT and with any breeze that could give your pipes or hoses a BIG problem...

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Can you feel it? The days getting longer. Nah, I can't either.
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 5:28 PM

But they are and I will take any positive I can get when it gets cold like this. When I was much younger and did not have to worry about the cost of heat or bringing firewood in to deflect the cost of gas/electric, I seemed to enjoy cold days more. I don't know, it just does not seem to have the same allure...

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Here is another question, what about oil prices?
Posted Monday, December 22, at 8:10 AM

Our current development in the U.S. was developed and deemed worthwhile based on the price trends from years ago. Prices at the pump are certainly refreshing but are they throwing our home developed companies on the skids? I know it is very popular to rant about "Big Oil" profits, but will this play into the hands of the other oil producing countries? If our current domestic companies are "starved out" where will that leave us?...

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OK, so what about Cuba?
Posted Sunday, December 21, at 9:20 PM

Personally, I think it is long overdue and isolation may never have been the best response in the first place. I believe the best way to show people the benefits of freedom is to let them see it themselves.

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Taking care of baby kitten is fun and enlightening!
Posted Thursday, December 4, at 8:02 AM

And occasionally a little messy but.... It is worth it. Wiggly Wendy is going on four weeks old now and appears to be the only survivor from a litter of four. When we first noticed something was wrong it was because two were missing, then another just died leaving Wendy alone...

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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.