Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Trees and Inspiration

MQTlogoa  #8 count down to 500th blog post…….amazing…
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Trees in particular were mysterious, and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the place that I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings.”  C.G.Jung
An Often forgotten principle: Go to the Woods to Meditate.
Those “woods” may be  referred to as A wilderness,A hill or mountain,A forest,Our secret places,A place apart.Where is your “secret place?
“Listening to trees is  a relaxation and meditating exercise. Listening to the communications of trees  is a way of attuning our hearing and paying more attention to what we hear around us rather than letting sounds invade our space unawares.”DSC_0028 Find a suitable place for spending time with the trees. Choose a place that is convenient and relatively easy to get to yet as isolated from the noises of humanity as possible.Be prepared to spend a decent amount of time (in my case several hours). Notice the silence and the sounds with greater precision. For the rest of the story CLICK
Woods Does & Don'ts:: Never step over a log or fallen tree if you can’t see what is on the other side! Always check above for widow makers and dead branches before starting your meditation/listening.Carry your cellphone with you in case of emergency (no reception at my spot though) but turn it off while meditating. Make sure someone knows generally where you are going and be prepared. Most importantly, be comfortable and if you have time/inclination pack a lunch.
In the beginning there was silence, and it was good. When I visit my “secret spot” in the woods the only sounds I hear are of nature but for one exception, an occasional airplane overhead. This past fall Linda and I went into the woods and spent an hour or so listening to the leaves fall and hit the ground and each other. The time spent that day I will remember forever.
“Silence has the ability to centre us and connect us with the essential harmony of the universe.” The Joy Of Silence… Silence: "the dissolving of the limits of selfhood until the infinite alone seems real". Tennyson
When I enter a forest, the first thing I smell is the damp earth combined with old fallen leaves. For me this earthy smell has an instinctive calming effect.” Several years ago my son and I were camping in the Canadian “Bush”. My son went outside the tent and came right back in and said,”Dad there is a wolf on the other side  of the inlet.” I was comfortable in my sleeping bag and really wasn’t sure about the wolf so I said, “it’s time to get some sleep  no wolf is going to bother us.” Well, the wolf got at lot closer to the tent.  The smell was unmistakable and powerful. I then thought Oh…..Shi…….t…..Photo below from that camping trip.
penagenatecamp My hair wasn’t white then LOL.(Summer of 1989).. Take a handful of leaves and crush them,inhale deeply and enjoy the aroma. 
Lying on my back in the woods admiring the intricate interplay of branches and breeze….Once in awhile a short nap is appropriate. Photo below is about the same spot at a different time of year

This is “my spot”….A small short ridge with the land falling off in three directions and  easily accessible from only one direction.I can be there in about 45 minutes. A short drive and hike. I know you are suppose to “STAY ON THE TRAIL” BUT “MY SPOT” is about 100 feet off a little used trail and it is quiet.

toddlindacrframedsidebar Thanks for stopping by and get out there and enjoy the day…………
Meditation and Love of the Woods/Trees for some real QUALITY TIME
Another good read::  The Smell Of Nature
I almost always start my meditation with this prayer: Prayer of Saint Francis
STFRANCISWOODSLord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love.Where there is injury, pardon.Where there is doubt, faith.Where there is despair, hope.Where there is darkness, light.Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
woodsAdrian_Ludwig_Richter_013Ludwig Richter
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just A Garden Post… Mostly a Tomato Post… LOL

MQTlogoa1500x500 A special thanks to Burpee and Jung Seeds….for this years garden. I really enjoy starting all my plants from seeds. I usually get started about Feb. 1st of each year.
I am basically a tomatoe and green pepper gardener.
I need some more garden area soooooooooo..
I constructed two new 4’ by 8’ raised beds for the tomatoes. I have four different areas about this size for the tomatoes and one of about 25 square ft. for the green peppers.
1. Mountain Merit Hybrid Tomato An AAS Winner!
If you like Celebrity Tomato, you'll love Mountain Merit! (VF,F,N,TSWV,LB) We think this tomato matches all the fine qualities of the popular Celebrity tomato with some notable improvements. The 3" to 3.5" round, beefsteak-type fruits are larger, weighing in at 8 to 10 ounces each. They have deep red color inside and out with smooth, crack-resistant skin and barely noticeable blossom end scars. A mild, true tomato flavor along with a firm texture makes them perfect for slicing and sandwiches. The determinate, compact plants offer superb resistance to multiple diseases common to home grown tomatoes, including resistance to Fusarium 123, Verticillum, TSWV and Late Blight. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and yield a prolific supply of tomatoes in a 4 to 5 week harvest window. Harvest first fruits about 75 days after transplanting.
2. Celebrity Hybrid Tomato 1984 AAS Winner!
(VFFNTASt) Outstanding disease resistance and hybrid vigor make this tomato a standout. Strong semi-determinate plants adapt well to bush, cage or short stake production. Fruit is large and deep red with exceptionally good flavor. Very productive with the ability to produce under a broad range of conditions.
3. Amish Paste Tomato This Amish heirloom dates back to the early 1900's. One of the largest, meatiest, and best-flavored paste tomatoes. The oxheart-shaped fruits weigh up to 8 ounces or more, and have thick flesh with few seeds. Superb for sauces and one of the few paste tomatoes that tastes great fresh. Indeterminate vines.
4. Mariana Hybrid Tomato VFFNA) Extra large roma-type fruits keep exceptionally well. The blocky, 4 to 6 oz. fruits are very uniform with deep red, smooth, unblemished skin. The tomatoes have excellent firmness with thick walls and rich red internal color. Determinate plants are small to medium size with excellent vigor, disease resistance and heavy fruit sets. Flavor is top notch, making Mariana an excellent choice for canning, salsas, sauces and juice. Tasty for fresh salsas and salads, too! The fruits have excellent shelf life so you'll have tomatoes long after the tomato season is over.
5. Defiant Phr Hybrid Tomato (VFF)-This is the first tomato to crack the genetic code for late blight resistance. It has high resistance to late blight, intermediate resistance to early blight and great flavor, all in one. The 6 to 8 ounce globe-shaped, bright red fruits are smooth with medium firm, deep red flesh that has great, old-fashioned flavor. The high-yielding plants are widely adapted. Determinate.
6. Opalka Tomato Without a doubt, this is one of the best tasting sauce tomatoes you'll find. Flavor is much richer and sweeter than other paste tomatoes, so delicious you can eat them right off the vine. Sauces using the nearly seedless fruits are something special. The bright red elongated 3 to 5 inch fruits are produced in clusters of 2 to 5 on vigorous, high-yielding, indeterminate plants. Fruits hold well on the vine.
7. Pepper, Sweet Great Stuff Hybrid A colossal stuffer at 7" long and 5" wide, ripens from green to dark red. Full Description The right stuffer! This Burpee exclusive produces enormous peppers at 7" long and 5" wide, ripening from green to dark red. Very productive and disease-resistant. Produces excellent yields under varied conditions. Days to maturity are from time plants are set in garden. For transplants add 8-10 weeks. Space plants 18-24" apart.
As far as planting I’m trying a couple different things.
This is what goes into the bottom of each hole::
eggs Yes…. egg shells and banana peels… 10 Ways To Use Banana Peels In Your Garden As Fertilizer….. Homemade Eggshell Plant Fertilizer.. I didn’t do anything fancy. I just put some of the above combination in the bottom of the hole then covered with a small amount of peat moss.
mgmg1 I made a solution of Miracle grow to which I added two 5 grain aspirin tablets…. Why the Aspirin tablets??? Using Aspirin For a Healthier Tomato Plant.. I added two cups of the above solution to each hole on top of the peat moss. (will use aspirin spray later)
Next::  I planted the tomato plants using… Extreme Gardening Mykos we will see…. LOL
Mykos Pure Mycorrhizal Inoculant… Mykos is a fast-growing, beneficial fungi that is needed to break down, cycle, and retain nutrients, providing plants with a balanced intake of food, moisture and a front line of defense against pathogens and disease. This greater nutrient availability leads to a 'xplosive root and plant growth and an 'xceptional harvest! READ MORE
This is the above ground planter by my shed.. contains Mountain Merit tomato plants.. Yes they are probably planted to close together but I’m going to try what they call “extreme pruning” if I have any problem with leaf mold. (maybe not this extreme)
MQTlogoa1500x500 This is my “Quality Time” garden.. The tomato plants I chose were based on flavor/disease resistance/ and the use for the tomatoes…eating or sauce/canning…. Wish me luck. I am probably a little obsessed  about my tomatoes, but for me it’s a lot of fun…..and good eating…
george  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day…. P.S. I don’t get a lot of hiking done when I’m working in the garden. LOL

Thursday, April 06, 2017

In Honor Of Mr. Bannon’s Demotion a Pro Republican Joke

MQTlogoa As some of my readers know I am not a President Trump fan. Finally, some good news from the White house:: Trump Removes Stephen Bannon From National Security Council Post.  So just for today a pro republican anti democrat joke…


Tragedy in Alaska -   Alaskan  Bear ..... Mt. McKinley National Park: This is a very sad story about a bear... Everybody should heed the warnings not to feed wildlife because they become dependent and don't forage for themselves any longer. It is such a tragedy to see what has been done to our country's wildlife. The US Forest Service photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect U.S. wildlife.

Animals that formerly were self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democrat Party. They have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. This photo is of a black bear in Alaska turned Democrat. He's nicknamed Bearack Obearma. It is believed that he has become a campground organizer. Remember: "Black Bears Matter!"

haybear1 Linda and I recently visited

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and had a great time…  I hope every one has a “Quality Time” day……………..


Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day


Some News You Can Use::: Trump’s questionable Irish proverb, Paul Ryan’s ‘despicable’ pint and other St. Patrick’s Day mishaps CLICK

alien Hope everyone has a great day…

Monday, March 13, 2017

Jokes Jokes Jokes Jokes Jokes


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Conjoined twins walk into a bar in Canada and park themselves on a  barstool.  One of them says to the bartender, "Don't mind us; we're joined at the  hip.  I'm John, he's Jim.  Two Molson Canadian beers, draft please."  The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite  conversation while pouring the beers. "Been on holiday yet, lads?"  "Off to England next month," says John.  "We go to England every year, rent a car and drive for miles.  Don't we, Jim?"  Jim agrees.   
"Ah,  England!" says the bartender.  "Wonderful country... the  history, the beer, the culture..."  

"Nah, we don't like that British crap," says John. 

"Hamburgers and  Molson's beer, that's us, eh Jim? And we can't stand the English -  they're so arrogant and rude."  "So why keep going to England?" asks the bartender. 
"gives Jim a chance to drive."


George Bush, Angela Merkel, and Vladimir Putin all die and go to hell. While there, they spot a red phone and ask what the phone is for.  The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth. Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so Putin writes him a check. Next Angela Merkel calls Germany and talks for 30 minutes. When she is finished the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars, so she writes him a check.  Finally George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00. When Putin hears this he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.
The devil smiles and replies, "Since Trump became PRESIDENT, the country has gone to hell, so it's a local call."


Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of AARP.                                                                           Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak, When the knees go bad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad. Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions, No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin
g, Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinning, And we won't mention our short shrunken frames, When we remember our favorite things. When the joints ache, When the hips break, When the eyes grow dim, Then I remember the great life I've had, And then I don't feel so bad.


When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making root beer.. Always something more important to me. Finally, she thought of a clever way to make her point.
When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway." The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.


The bartender fills the mug and slides it down the bar.

It hits the blonde woman's boobs and splashes all over them.
The bartender goes over, retrieves the mug and licks the beer off her boobs.
Each time the blonde calls for another beer this happens.
So after the third beer, a guy decides to help the bartender out.
The next time the bartender hit her boobs, the man jumps up and starts to lick her breasts.
She decks him!
He is lying on the floor moaning, 'Jeez, lady...
Why do you let the bartender do it and not me?'
says the blonde….'He has a liquor license!'


Sarah was in the fertilized egg business.    She had several hundred young pullets and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. She kept records and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. 

This took a lot of time, so she bought some tiny bells and attached them to her roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so she could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now, she could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells. 

Sarah's favourite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen but, this morning she noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all! When she went to investigate, she saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
To Sarah's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.    He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job, and walk on to the next one.
Sarah was so proud of old Butch, she entered him in a Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Peace Prize" they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well. Clearly old Butch was a politician
in the making.  Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention? Vote carefully in the next election. You can't always hear the bells.



A University of Michigan freshman opened a box
of animal crackers and spread them all over her desk.
"What are you doing?" her room-mate asked. "Well it says you can't eat them
if the seal is broken," she explained. "So, I'm looking for the seal."


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between grandmothers and grandfathers? Well, here it is: There was this loving grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son's family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would, take his 5-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time -- pancakes, ice cream, candy? Just him and his granddaughter. One particular Saturday, however, he had a terrible cold

and could not get out of bed. He knew his granddaughter always looked forward to their drives and would be very disappointed. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter for her weekly drive and breakfast. When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her grandfather who was still in bed. "Well, did you enjoy your ride with grandma?" he asked." “Not really, Papa, it was boring. We didn't see a single asshole, piece of shit, horse's ass, socialist left wing Obama lover, dip shit, or son of a bitch anywhere we went! We just drove around and Grandma smiled at everyone she saw. I really didn't have any fun."
Almost brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?




A woman and her twelve-year-old son were riding in a taxi in Plymouth.   It was raining and all the prostitutes were standing under awnings. "Mum," said the boy, "what are all those women doing?" "They’re waiting for their husbands to get off work," she replied. The taxi driver turns around and says, "Geez lady, why don’t you tell him the truth?   They’re hookers, boy! They have sex with men for money." The little boy’s eyes get wide and he says, "Is that true Mum?" His mother, glaring hard at the driver, answers in the affirmative. After a few minutes, the kid asks, "Mum, if those women have babies, what happens to them?" "Most of them become taxi drivers," she said.



Only a farm kid would see it this way! When you're from the farm, your perception is a little bit different. A farmer drove to a neighbor's farmhouse and knocked at the door. A boy, about 9, opened the door. "Is your dad or mom home?" said the farmer. "No, they went to town."
"How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?" "No, he went with Mom and Dad."
The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, mumbling to himself, when the young boy says, "I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message." "Well," said the farmer uncomfortably. "No, I really want to talk to your Dad, about your brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant." The boy thought for a moment, then says, "You'll have to talk to my Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bulls and $150 for the pigs, but I have no idea how much he charges for Howard."



A  bakery owner hires a young female shop assistant who liked to wear very short  skirts and thong panties. One  day a young man enters the store, glances at the shop assistant and at the  loaves of bread behind the counter. 

Noticing  her short skirt and the location of the raisin bread, he has a brilliant  idea. 

"I'd  like some raisin bread please," the man says. The  shop assistant nods and climbs up a ladder to reach the raisin bread located on  the very top shelf. 

The  man standing almost directly beneath her is provided with an excellent view,  just as he thought. When  she descends the ladder, he decides that he had better get two loaves. As  the shop assistant retrieves the second loaf of bread, one of the other male  customers notices what's going on and requests his own loaf of raisin  bread. After  many trips she is tired and irritated and begins to wonder, "why the unusual  interest in the raisin bread?" Atop  the ladder one more time, she looks down and glares at the men standing below. Then,  she notices an elderly man standing amongst the crowd. Thinking  that she can save herself another trip, she yells at the elderly man, "Is it  raisin for you too?"

"No,"  stammers the old man, "but it's quivering a little.."



A guy named David received a parrot for his birthday. The parrot was fully grown, with a bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive. Those that weren’t expletives were, to say the least, rude. David tried hard to change the bird’s attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, anything he could think of to try and set a good example. Nothing worked. He yelled at the bird and the bird yelled back. He shook the bird and the bird just got more angry and rude. Finally, in a moment of desperation, David put the parrot in the freezer. For a few moments he heard the bird

squawk and kick and scream. Then suddenly there was quiet. Not a sound for half a minute. David was frightened that he might have hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto David’s extended arm and said, “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I will endeavor at once to correct my behavior. I really am truly sorry and beg your forgiveness.” David was astonished at the bird’s change in attitude and was about to ask what had made such a dramatic change when the parrot continued, “May I ask what the chicken did?”





Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances. While attending a Marriage Weekend, My wife and I, listened to the instructor declare, ‘it is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.." He then addressed the men, ‘can you name and describe your wife's favourite flower?' I leaned over, touched my wife's hand gently, And whispered, 'Robin Hood All-Purpose, isn't it?' And thus began my life of celibacy..........

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