Friday, May 05, 2017

Make America Great Again the WEEKLY ROUNDUP


Trump heads to New Jersey golf club for working weekend… “Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!”

Man Wielding Knife Kills One and Injures Three at University of Texas

Gunman Killed After Mass Shooting at San Diego Pool Party

Portland Police Arrest 25, Saying A May Day Rally Devolved Into 'Riot'

An eighth-grader was fatally shot Monday near her school in Montgomery, Alabama, police said. The student, 14, was killed about 500 feet from Bellingrath Middle School. Police are searching for suspects who they believe were classmates of the slain girl, a police spokesperson said.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A former South Carolina police officer who killed an unarmed black motorist in an encounter that was captured on video pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday.

It is hard to believe this is happening, but it’s real: The US Department of Justice is literally prosecuting a woman for laughing at now–Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year.

The FBI has confirmed one of its translators travelled to Syria and secretly wed an Islamic State recruiter whom she had been investigating.

Two dead after shooting at Dallas area college, police say

stooges3 Make America Great Again.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

A Really Lame Political Joke


When you have a “BLOTUS” instead of a “POTUS.”

President Trump opened a box of animal crackers and spread them all over his desk. “What are you doing?” Mike Pence asked him. “Well it says you can’t eat them if the seal is broken,” he explained. “So, I’m looking for the seal.”


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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…