trials of a garden

I’m a little sore today – though not as badly as I thought I would be after yesterday’s activites.

Andrew, very kindly, decided to help me put up a fence at my garden yesterday. Only when we got out there there was a flood. So we became civil engineers and dug trenches.

those are my peas and lettuces

those are my peas and lettuces

just the first corner

just the first corner


wow! Andrew worked hard.

wow! Andrew worked hard.

I think we did well, especially considering that we did it all with a half shovel and a hoe.


I don’t know whether to be really happy – it’s supposed to snow today – or not!

I like snow. I love winter.

And most everyone I know is groaning – even on the radio!

I wish I wasn’t at work, but I’m kinda looking forward to the white, brightness.

On the other hand, I’ve started my garden – and while it’s not going to freeze, cold weather isn’t going to help my lettuces and turnips grow.

Plus, snow means more mud to truck through in the park – more mess to clean off of Aggie when we get home.


missing members… sort of

Because we went home this weekend, the dogs were all packed up and brought along. Jenner, of course, stayed home. Poor kitty.

I drugged all the dogs with Benadryl. Aggie gets 3 because she 45 lbs, though she’s pretty calm for the most part. Lou’s calm too, but I gave him 1 anyway. Ella’s crazy and despite being only 13 lbs, she got 2 and fought them off the entire way.

When Andrew and I drove back, we were 2 pups less. Lou and Ella are staying with Mom and Dad for a little while. Mom’s got spring break this week, so she’s home with them most of the day.

But I think Aggie’s missing her puppies, or at least her “pack”. She was just standing around last night and seemed a little mopey. At the least, she didn’t know what to do with herself without Lou jumping on her.

It was kinda sad.

revelations at a weekend memorial service…

One of my uncles died last week. My father’s sister’s husband and a nice guy. So my brother and I drove home for the family gathering. There were a number of things that I noticed…

1. My brother’s wife, Risa, is in Philadelphia so she couldn’t make it back. It was too far to travel. But the family wasn’t quite… complete without her there. She’s part of the core now and there was an odd disparity without her.

The other two things are contrastably related.

2. My little brother’s become pretty articulate. He got up to speak a memory of my uncle and I found myself comparing him to others there. Many of my male cousins, second cousins, and extended family members are married and with families, but they still come across as “guys”. Only a few give off an adult man vibe, and Andrew is one of them… yeah, it surprised me too. 🙂

But it was a nice memory to give a family who is looking for good memories right now, as they adjust to this new reality of one less person.

3. Some guy, that I don’t know, but who is known by much of the extended family got up and spoke at the service. And I didn’t like him. This family has roots in fundamental Christianity and a variety of branches, but this particular person was much more into “head-in-the-sand-Christianity” and I could have done without him on a few levels.

The one that bothered me the most is when he was up front and called my uncle a “bad man”. I understand that he was trying to point out that we are all sinners without Christ. I get that. And it’s true. I believe that. But then when you are in front of people you say “he was a sinner”; you don’t tell grieving family that their husband/father/grandfather/brother-in-law was a bad or evil man just to make a point. Especially when most the crowd are already believers – you’re just being a jerk and hurting people.

So to me, this guy came across as the epitome of an irresponsible person. Not only emotionally in front of “friends”, but in the Christian community where you are supposed to set good examples and in human society as well – though, this last was for other reasons.

I guess it comes down to this – don’t forget who’s watching. We all get different messages. Some intentional and some not. We read them differently. And they can become garbled easily.

Some people, who just want to give comfort with a heartwarming story compare much more favorably than those who have their own agenda – and stick to it without regard of others.

the craziest thing…

This morning, I was getting ready to leave and Lou ran out the door when I opened it. So I decided I’d better let him hit the back yard before being locked in for the day, but I left the other two dogs inside.

I went back to the kitchen to turn the light off and heard him barking. As I went back to the door to yell him inside, I looked out the window and saw him chasing a FOX! across the backyard. Luckily, Lou didn’t duck under the fence.

But it was kinda cool! I’ve not seen a fox in the back yard before. Raccoon, possum, squirrels (of course) and lots of feral cats, but not a fox.

Cool, huh?

winnowing; chaff from grain

I’ve seen this coming too, but have not been able to say it as well as Michael Spencer in this essay.

Make sure you read the whole thing.