Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills en-us St. Patrick's Day is coming up this Saturday March 17th. Leprechauns are popping up everywhere. I was driving down the driveway and saw a movement off to the side, bringing my attention to these nice green gardens growing on rocks so I grabbed my trusty phone and snapped a few. It was then that I noticed something blue behind a leaf and being curious, I looked a little closer. Not only was there one behind the leaf but one looking out at me from underneath a rock. See them? Our own colony of leprechauns! Oh, I took a number of pictures and they eventually loosened up to pose... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:50:49 -0500 Still some chilly days/nights ahead but the old green thumb is itching. Even though the seedlings inside these jugs should withstand the temps forecast for the next week, I am babying them by bring them in on nights below freezing. Just no need to tempt fate. The crate just happens to be perfect for carrying 4 at a time. I took advantage of the three days without rain to till the garden beds for the second time this spring. I hate to disturb the worm activity going on underneath, but the weed activity on top was bothering me. I will probably till one more time... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:07:46 -0600 North Korea president to talk with US president!!! Even the normally negative news sites are stunned and even complimentary. Who would have thought? Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:51:36 -0600 A sad moment for those involved and Nashville. Nashville's mayor Megan Barry pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000; Barry agreed to reimburse the city $11,000 and serve three years’ probation, according to numr4eouse reports. We have heard several accounts of just what the dollar amount is but we probably need to let the "dust settle" on that rather than put out what could be false numbers. The misuse of public funds is supposedly the heart of the matter but some people we heard interviewed on TV seem to... Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:21:35 -0600 Are there ads that literally turn you off? There is one that stimulated this post and it not only turns me off, I literally turn off the radio by changing the channel. It would seem to me that radio/TV stations do not want you to do that, so if I were running a station, I would probably say, “NO NEGATIVE MUDSLINGING ADS!” By changing the station, they might actually lose more money than just saying no to the mudslinging. The one that is on my mind today is the mud slinging ad against Diane Black. I am not a... Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:01:29 -0600 Son of immigrant appreciates WW II sacrifices and does something to say thanks OK, OK, I have to admit, I watched TV this morning. Actually, CBS “Sunday Morning” is one of the few times I repeatedly do that. Today was a pleasure with a number of good reports but one stood out. Steve Hartman’s “On the Road” series covered a young man (son of an immigrant from India) who not only appreciates the sacrifice of Veterans but does something more. If you want a heartwarming story, here it is.... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:06:15 -0600 Is our legal system being replaced? I know I missed the memo, if there was one but I am sure it will streamline the legal court load. All one needs to do is make an allegation on social media and sit back. The person will most likely be convicted, lose his or her career, future careers and there doesn't appear to be any ramifications or corrections if it is proved false. The damage is done. It does not have to even be an allegation about what you feel was done to you. It just needs to be the allegation "du jour"... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:37:43 -0600 Ready to extend the humming bird welcome mat? It will soon be time for the annual migration of hummers. In fact, it may already be happening here and we have not seen them yet. Beats me what they are finding up here just now but obviously they are not pigging out on flowers so it must be insects. Either way, I am sure they would appreciate their watering holes being ready for them. Here is a website that allows people to log in their sightings and allows those of us who have not seen them yet to know they are coming. ... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:10:32 -0600 Another tragedy in American society. Guns, politics, society, breakdown in enforcement, WHAT? The Florida tragedy developed at the end of a very long discussion. It was suggested that a separate blog on the subject was better. I hope that some constructive comments and observations will come out of this. Here are the relative comments up to this point: Another school shooting and that makes 12 this year in one and a half months. Trump has never addressed this, he only will comment if the killer is muslim, minority or an immigrant. We already know what the answer will be from... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:58:28 -0600 The trend is toward warmer days and night so..... PLANTING TIME Please forgive typos. Written with thumbs on tiny screen: It is time if you plant seeds in cold frames, in the house or winter jugs. Several of our neighboring garden junkies already have 50 or more winter sown jugs. Me? I have two and only one would i consider putting totally outside. (Baby Bok Choy) I have large plastic tubs and half-barrels from last year but the plastic is not holding up well. If my back holds up i may be tempted to build a second level of rock walls 18-20” deep... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:55:25 -0600 Is business evil? Do business people just want to cheat their employees and customers? The most vocal voices on the internet seem to think so. Responses I see in some of my own posts seem to portray business people as only out for a dollar. They are ready and willing to cheat their employees and cheat the customer at every turn, if you believe what is said. Sometimes I wonder if the reality of business (balanced) should be taught in school, just as some teach where food comes from. Many young folk don’t know about food sourcing beyond the grocery store and likewise,... Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:42:19 -0600 Blue Blood Moon? Sure wasn't blue to me!! Was anyone up to see this phenomena today? Alas, I wasn't so I went browsing a few minutes ago. While there were many great photos, this one grabbed me because of not only the beautiful moon but the mountain scenery as well. If only life in general could be as peaceful and beautiful. In case you want to know where Sakhalin Island is... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:40:15 -0600 I actually tilled some garden this past week! That may not seem like anything unusual but is actually big news for me. Two years ago I overdid it with about 1500 square feet of tilled beds and many container beds. This was the unintended result of going to a late Winter seed swap. I could not seem to restrain myself, so last year I did not go. The season grew very hot, very dry, and then very wet, before being dry again. I just gave up. Whatever survived the weeds, great, but if they had an issue, Nature worked it out. Most of the... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:49:50 -0600 You lost what? How many? From whom? 5 months!! About what? Boy the questions are going to fly. When I first heard of this a few days ago I thought Fake News so I went to Mr./Ms Google. It took four pages of sites I had never heard of to get to a Fox release, then the Washington Times, then about page 6 I got to a few what I would consider liberal sites. Today it seems to be hitting more mainstream but soooo much to learn from the way it is being reported. Everyone needs to study the damage control. They're good. So is it true? Did two FBI top... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:06:52 -0600 All right, the snow was pretty, the cold was ..... (fill in the blank) I won't be so optimistic as to hope for Winter t0 be gone BUT single digits? Gladly. I am watching water drip from the vehicles and the snow slowly melting even though the temp is just crept over 20. Yahoo!!!! A member of my family chose to take a walk the other day when it was in the teens (15°) It was not me or Deb so that leaves Melissa. A pretty Winter scene, best viewed from a chair inside a warm house. :-) The extreme temps may have victimized a few of our outside cats even... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:29:05 -0600 OK techies, why does an FM channel move off its' mark without touching the dial? This is tough to describe in one sentence so let me expound. I use an AM/FM radio in my outbuilding to discourage coyotes by tuning to a 24 hour talk station. The cats have complained a little but in general they have adjusted. BUT, speaking of adjusting, for no particular reason that I can determine, the station gets "off" the mark on a semi regular basis and I have to readjust. I blocked the dial so no one can rub up against it, but other than that can't figure why it... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:42:06 -0600 Winter sowing of catnip produces unexpected results Maybe it was the exposure to the extreme cold? My winter sown catnip has sprouted the real thing. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:48:25 -0600 Healthcare industry. How much is healthcare and how much is just business. I meant to get this posted a few days ago, then a few hours ago, but alas, here we are. I am doing this with thumbs so if some of you who posted on another post want to copy and paste, have at it. I planned to but...... Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:20:51 -0600 The White Lives Matter rally cost some serious $$ Do we have a way to recover costs like that? Here is the article in the T-G That raised some questions that I thought should be discussed. Was a fee charged for a permit to demonstrate? Should the people of any community HAVE TO shoulder that expense? Your thoughts? Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:06:28 -0600 Hey NCAA, want to chill the sport like NFL is doing? Continue selling out for the almighty $buck$ so your fans cannot see the year ending bowl games unless they subscribe to ESPN. It may not be un-American like not standing for the National Anthem, but this fan is starting to lose his enthusiasm for following the game. I understand blacking out local games when stadium attendance is off, don't like it but..... some of us (probably many of us) can't get free to attend. But bowl games are the cream on top of the season and... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:12:36 -0600