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Some snowy day ramblings from the hill about snow, woodpeckers and seed starting..Posted Monday, January 10, 2011, at 11:16 AM
One particular day stands out from the rest because it was the day three of our sledders hit a plum tree head-on. Two adults and one young man (Patrick) who happened to be in the front. When Patrick saw it coming, he had the good sense to duck and even though the sled was snapped in two, everyone came out with a smile. The tree was cut down shortly after.
Yesterday gave me a once in a lifetime experience, but it is not momentous, just unique. I was walking the quarter mile to our mailbox when I noticed a big woodpecker working on a tree overhead. I looked up to get a better look and learned to keep my mouth shut when doing so.
As you can imagine,it could have been worse but a chip of wood fell into my mouth. What is the chance of getting a wood chip like that to drop into your mouth? After a brief assessment of my chances, I chose to not wait for something else to fall.
January 21 is coming up on us quickly. What is that date? Why, it is the first meeting of the year for Weed'em & Reap. We still have our standing invitation from the Celebration Assisted Living, but if we stay there we need to drop the "pot luck" and meet at 7:00 to give everyone a chance to get something to eat and get back from work.
The new owners of the Old Shoney's restaurant gave us the OK to meet there again (Chinese Cuisine) or we can find another restaurant to meet at if you want to get food while we meet. As long as we get a good turn-out, I don't care where we meet.
We can talk seed catalogs and sharing, but I am going to bring a soil blocker and some potting soil to make some blocks and seed them while there. Two weeks later I will bring them back and we will see how they have done.
At the next meeting we will encourage you to bring your own potting mixture, seeds and containers and we will have a seeding party. If someone has one of those forms that makes pots out of newspaper, that would be good to try.
Any other container that gets 'second-life' use out of something would be be welcome. My mother-in-law is BIG on saving things to plant in, so I will be sure to bring them.
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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.
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