Posted in Exercise, Garden, Home Again in Indiana, My Weird Family, Nature, Seeds for Seniors, tagged daffodils, energy, firemen, Mandrake roots, mowing, produce, seniors, summer, ticks, tomatoes, tulips, woods, youth on April 14, 2009|
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Summer is almost here. Tulips and daffodils are blooming and tomato starts, in the bay window, are two inches tall.
This means that I will soon be reminded that I have, yet again, overestimated my youth and energy. I am still weight lifting and doing aerobics, and still stuck at 11 pounds lost, but I do hope I have the energy for the garden this year.
I have a hard time throwing out the weaker plant starts. I just cannot imagine me ever being able to chop up the Mandrake roots. Since I do like to have extra plants, and thus extra produce, to take to the Seniors in mom’s apartment building, I planned on planting more this year anyway.
No one is fond of mowing our 3.8 acre yard. A couple of areas of the yard are wooded, so we just leave those alone. I think one winter day, when the ticks are hibernating (Do ticks hibernate?) I will put the teens to cleaning the woods. That is, if they are ever home long enough.
No longer a Teen, #1 is living in Santa Fe, temporarily and is 22 now. Teen #2 will be 20 this June, and is always gone to the fire department or nursing schooling, or working. Teen #3 is now best buddies with his girlfriend’s dad; whose house he goes to for extra tutoring and also to help around their property. The latest project is a “man cave” in the barn; complete with comfy chairs and a television.
It is always a spur to tell them that they can use the wood they pick up for their fire pit, plus, them being volunteer firemen (and cadet) they realize the fire danger of an overgrown/deadwood woods.
Our drive is 400 feet long and I would love to build a Japanese style walking garden on the strip of land to the east of it. The area between house and pond, to the west, could be deck and terraced gardens; thus, eliminating most of the mowing. We would then be left with the area around my studio to mow. I would love to have that in square foot gardening plots. Thus again, dreaming of a time when energy and aching bones was never a problem.
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Posted in Humor in Life, It's Entertainment, Movies, tagged aliens, BBC, Britain, Chicken Run, Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DirecTV, Disney, DreamWorks, family, Flight of the Navigator, kids, Killer Tomatoes, movies, popcorn, produce, space ship, Wallace & Gromit on October 10, 2008|
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I really enjoy family night. Movies and popcorn are a favorite with us. We do not have any small children but even the teens enjoy these movies and they are good fare for little ones too
FLiGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR:
You never know what a kid is going to find fascinating. Kid Gaffer went through a spell where he must have watched Flight of the Navigator a hundred times, in a week. Of course, he did that with a bunch of movies.
I’m trying to figure out how to describe this movie without giving a spoiler. All I can say, is there is a kid and a space ship, and funny alien creatures and it is just a really neat family film, with a twist at the end.
It is a Disney film and one of the best. It is rarely seen on DirecTV and it is well worth watching with the kids. So, find it at your rental store.
THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT:
If you have never seen Wallace & Gromit, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???
Run, don’t walk, Run to the nearest rental and bring any of their several movies home. Wallace & Gromit is fun for the whole family. I have been a fan since I first discovered BBC on American TV.
The creators of Chicken Run were a claymation team in Britain, where they produced, I believe, short claymation features. I know I saw these long before Chicken Run came out. DreamWorks turned it into animation.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is (now don’t groan-let me finish) sort of a “Killer Tomatoes” film, only really funny (and you do not have to be in an altered state to enjoy it).
The town’s prized produce starts disappearing and Wallace and Gromit try to capture the “mysterious beast of epic and fluffy proportions” who is stealing it.
Check it out. Everyone can use a good laugh.
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