Monthly Archives: March 2007

Perfect Saturdays

I like days like today a lot. We went out to Mayfield to watch baseball. D16 pitched a good game but the team did lose unfortunately. However, he pitched well and was encouraged. All the way over and all the … Continue reading

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I want to remember this

Last night, we sat out on the back porch and watched D16 hit wiffle balls off his new tee. The evening was perfect and lovely, balmy. After awhile D16 went inside, and we sat on, talking. We heard a goose … Continue reading

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The Un-frantic Life

From Dick Staub’s little piece on C. S. Lewis and the Un-frantic Life: [an expert on C. S. Lewis] said: Lewis style of spirituality was a rhythm of worship, work, reading, and leisure. This is an unfrantic response to God … Continue reading

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Celebrating the start of baseball season

I hope this is not blasphemous, but I made challah yesterday. I explained to D16 that it is a bread traditionally served for the Jewish sabbath meal and at other celebratory occasions. He said, so is that blasphemous for a … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 26

I started a batch of alfalfa tea a couple days ago, using leftover alfalfa. It was nice and foamy and yucky today so I added some epsom salts and ironite and threw in a little powdered miracle grow and put … Continue reading

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Time for New Ride – Part 2

The used car dealer reluctantly refunded Scott the money for the car with the messed up odometer. As I wrote earlier, Scott had purchased this used car on a Friday. By later that afternoon, it had 9,000 fewer miles on … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 23

Scott did a herculean job in the yard yesterday. He raked out beds. He cut down 2 (two) trees, with D16 providing assistance with ropes to make sure the tree sections fell the right direction, then stacked the wood and … Continue reading

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DS16 and his girlfriend like to go to malls, as did I when I was the age of his girlfriend. I lived in London Ontario that year. Every Saturday I took the bus downtown to the mall and roamed all … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 21

I sprayed the roses for disease. They are all beautifully clean for the moment. It seems like the more established the plants are, the better they resist disease. I still need to fertilize them. First bud sighting: Francis Dubreuil has … Continue reading

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Spring comes again

Notwithstanding the snow and the icy wind yesterday at the baseball scrimmage game, where we shivered under blankets and sipped hot chocolate, spring has definitely broken. It has come around again, with all its hope and newness. Today was vibrantly … Continue reading

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Time for a new ride

Scott decided he had had about all the car stress he could handle when the van broke down without warning and he realized how stranded we could have been–and it’s a gas-guzzling eye-sore, without heat or air conditioning, to boot. … Continue reading

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When Plans Change…

Yesterday the plan was that Scott and I would go to Nashville in the evening for a house concert featuring {name redacted} preparing for their debut at Carnegie Hall. D16 couldn’t go because of his baseball practice and work schedule. … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook: March 15

Ingrid Bergman and the Queen are now planted together against the back fence.  The Queen is behind, because if she does grow, she will be tall, and Ingrid will be shorter and bushier.

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Garden Notebook: March 14

Two new historic figures have come home to live with me: Queen Elizabeth and Ingrid Bergman. Pink and red roses, respectively. Last year my elderly neighbor, whose name is Liz, brought me a body bag Queen Elizabeth rose from a … Continue reading

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Garden Notebook–March 13

Checking my previous notebooks, I see that I had aphids on the roses by this time in previous years. No aphids yet, and lots of beautiful new growth on the roses that the aphids generally love. Well…that is fine by … Continue reading

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A quick visit with our Middle Son

What fun it was to pick J23 up at the airport for a quick visit over the weekend. He is extraordinary: a generous soul, warm, witty, hard-working and incredibly gifted. I look at the sum of what he is, and … Continue reading

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Front rose bed

I finished up a small rose bed in the front yard, between our house and our neighbors’ house. It will be fun to show a picture later in the season – with any luck, these will grow! It’s always astonishing … Continue reading

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March Snow

We had snow on Saturday. That was the day the baseball team was scheduled to be at the field for 5 hours, and they stuck to their plan. Parents were encouraged to come, too, because the early part of the … Continue reading

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Laundry room is painted, all but some detail work. I am sore and achey but very happy with how it turned out. D16 wrote a 9-page story for his English portfolio that is really wonderful. He always had a wonderful … Continue reading

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Bare root roses arrived in mail!

In the rose growing world there is some snooty terminology that you want to learn right away. Those bareroot roses that they have stacked outside Kroger right now? Those are known as “body bags”. You don’t want to stake your … Continue reading

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