Where Did I Go?

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Again we have be doing some extensive traveling! It would take me the rest of the weekend to write about all of the places Mr. M and I have been to since last fall.  In October, we did a Mediterranean cruise which I won’t write about since I have done that before here, here,  here, and here.

Our latest travels were quite different . We started out in Florida, where we live, and basically went around the world. We spent about 10 weeks traveling through Southeast Asia,  the Suez canal area, Scotland, and Canada, to finally arrive back home in time for a week Caribbean cruise with 14 other members of our family.

I am planning to write about some of the areas we visited and to post some our travel photos. In the meantime, I am very busy sewing and gardening. I had to leave our little raised garden beds fallow while we were gone but as soon as we returned I planted them.

Before planting, this year I put drip irrigation, in the form of an “ooze tube”. It seems to be a good addition. I have found that keeping raised beds irrigated in the Florida heat too much for hand watering! Now I just  attach the hose to the tube, turn the water on just a tad, set a timer and, basically, forget about it for a set period of time, usually about 90 minutes to two hours. So much better!

Although I had to plant the gardens in late June, I chose heat loving plants and they seem to be pretty happy right now. I know they may look a little crowded, but I do that purposely, to help shade the soil. Also, I am hoping to “outfox” the wildlife here that regularly check out our homegrown produce. We actually lost a pineapple to some marauding raccoons!

Here is a photo of the ooze tube, most of it is buried about 2″ deep:

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The tomatillo garden:

 

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The green bean and zucchini garden: Note that the yellow arrow here indicates where some purported bush beans seem to have become pole beans! I was unprepared for this, hence the jury-rigged trellis!

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And just for fun, our first bunch of bananas this year. They are Blue Java, also known as Custard Ice Cream bananas: (guess what they taste like!)

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If you are curious about the brown spots on the two bananas on the right, it is from the latex-like sap of the banana tree. It stains everything it touches, especially clothing! Ask me how I know!

Until next time!

Toni

We Can’t Forget

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I saw a statement recently this year is the first one that new high school students will  not have been born when the 9/11 attack happened. As a post World War II baby, I remember how Pearl Harbor Day was so important to adults but I couldn’t really understand exactly why. Actually, intellectually I understood it, but I lacked the visceral understanding until the 9/11 attack. Now it is gaspingly, painfully clear.

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Independence Day

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I wish happiness and peace to all. As a veteran’s wife, I just want to take a moment to remind you that not everyone loves fireworks. Please be considerate of your neighbor. Have a safe and joyful celebration!

Rehoming

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We live in a older manufactured home. Our “Master Suite” is pretty roomy and accommodates a king sized bed easily. The other bedroom, however is very small. When we bought our house the second bedroom barely accommodated a twin sized bed.

I decided that since all of our overnight company would be at least two people at a time  the tiny bedroom was useless for company. I chose to rehome the twin bed and convert the room to my sewing and craft room. I bought a hide-a-bed couch with a queen sized bed in it for our living room. Our three comfy recliners can also be used for sleeping in a pinch.

Even without a bed in it the bedroom is still tiny and I am constantly looking for ways to store my precious sewing supplies. Well, today on my way to an exercise class I noticed a metal rack that had been set out for the recycling.

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