We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Monday, May 27. 2019
Well, not really. It is planting time for tropical things like tomatoes and peppers up here in Yankeeland. Everybody likes to get an early jump on the season, but it's never worth the trouble. Annual plants do not get going until late May and June here.
On the other hand, from now on it's too late for planting shrubs and trees. Water them all you can for the first growing season, but transplantation stress and hot weather is tough. If they hold their own, next Spring they will grow fine on their own - if they like the spot you selected for them.
The great Ralph Snodsmith who had a gardening show on WQXR or somewhere for 100 years always said "Prepare a $50 hole for a $5 plant." With inflation, I'd say a $300 hole for a $30 plant.
Loosen up the roots of a potted plant, or chop them up a bit if the new plant is root-bound. After that, the hole is the thing. Double the diameter of the shrub or tree. A firm base, and fill with enhanced dirt (peat moss, planter soil, manure, whatever). I mix it all up for fill in a wheelbarrow to give the thing an easy start. Then soaker water plentifully the first year. Why? Because the plant doesn't have a sustainable root system yet, and to make it easier to send out new roots. Dry or compacted soil doesn't have the water space between soil particles in which to send new roots.
We planted a bunch of hollies this Spring. Actually, two batches. They are looking good thus far.
Sunday, August 26. 2018
Matthew: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
There is no word for "dostadning" in English. It is "Swedish Death-Cleaning." I can not do the umlauts.
The word refers to a human tendency, in their 50s and 60s, to begin to unload possessions and to streamline life. Furniture, clothing, tools, sports equipment, books, cookware and serving stuff, pictures and artwork, various collections, spare houses, time shares, and so on. Things in closets, things in the attic, things in the basement.
At some point, people realize they will not live long enough to use or wear out the stuff they have. Awareness of morbidity and mortality.
Most people fall somewhere in the middle of a spectrum between spartan minimalists to hoarders, collectors, and accumulators, but most people do end up with an excess of stuff, imagining that "I might need it someday" or "It might come back into fashion" or "my kids might want it." Nope. The psychology and psychiatry of it all is interesting, but we can leave that aside.
Inherited stuff is the biggest challenge for many. Things that connect us to our pasts, in general. Memory aids. Narcissistic and neurotic outlets. Keep what has true meaning while knowing that its meaning will be gone when you die. Death cleaning.
I was raised on this Wordsworth sonnet (among many others- I was thankfully raised on the classics of literature, music, and art by my cultivated parents):
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Thursday, February 28. 2013
This is a routine post we make. There's an eensy little bug in the system.
In case you see this pesky thing pop up when you hit the 'Submit' button in the comments:
Just ignore it and hit the Submit button again. If it pops up again, hit the dang button again. The comments are stored on a regular server but the email addresses and such are on a secure server, and occasionally they get slightly out of sync at the exact moment you hit the button.
It's all just a part of the wonderment and awe of living in the Digital Age.
Wednesday, February 16. 2011
By the same token, we always appreciate suggestions for posts and links to interesting things, so we don't consider it 'off-topic' or 'threadjacking' to leave them in the comments.
Whose thread you leave it in would depend on the topic. If it's a newsy item, then the daily links would probably be the best spot. If it's a more worldly item, especially if it relates to the military, then Bruce is your guy. For cultural matters, such as education and the economy, I'd turn it over to Barrie. Dr. Bliss, our resident shrink, doesn't have the time to spend with comments, so don't bother there. Geek stuff and videos and such should be directed to me, Dr. Mercury.
As a small caveat, many times a blogger will glance over the comments ten or twenty minutes later, but then get busy and not check again. So if you leave a suggestion and it goes unanswered, it might just be the person never saw it. If it's actually important, leave it in one of my threads because I answer everybody. (I work at home so I have more time than they do)
In summation, none of the bloggers are going to complain if you jump into one of their posts with an off-topic link. Proper protocol merely dictates that you acknowledge your off-topicness with a quick "Pardon my being off-topic, but have you seen this amazing video?" or words to that effect, just to let people know.
Monday, April 7. 2008
This site is, for the most part, family-oriented and you're expected to treat it that way. If you must cuss, try to keep it on the light side. Any true malevolence will be removed immediately.
All standard site disclaimers apply, such as the bloggers not being responsible for reader comments, instructions, links or suggested programs.
This site recognizes you by IP address. Any flagrant violation of standard blog protocol, such as trolling or sockpuppeting, subjects you to being banned from the entire site. Most offenders will be given one official warning.
This is a blog site, not a forum, and the rules of on-topicness apply. Whether or not an off-topic comment is deleted is left to the discretion of the blogger making the post. In my case, I'll allow the occasional off-topic comment, but if it suddenly breeds a flurry of argumentative responses, I'll usually delete the whole lot.
Personal abuse, directed at either the blogger or another commenter, is also left up to the author of the post. In my posts, the second I see someone getting personally abusive, bang, it's gone.
If a comment of yours has been deleted and you wish to scream to the heavens above about this horrible injustice, there are numerous free 'instant blogsite' companies around where you may do so.
We are a non-commercial amateur site and cannot always determine where some content or images originated. If you prove you're the original content owner, we will gladly and respectfully take down any multimedia files, links or attributes which we have innocently, educationally or unknowingly posted.
A Pesky Problem
There's an eensy glitch in the software and occasionally you might see one of these pop up when you hit the 'Submit' button in the comments:
It's a server sync problem and doesn't have anything to do with your comment. Just hit 'Submit' again and most likely it'll go on through.
Comment Area Tips
This is something of a good news/bad news story. The bad news is that you have to enter the commands manually, rather than use some cute tool bar, but the good news is that we have a lot more options available to us than the average blogsite, such as embedded links, email links, strikethrough fonts, blockquotes, colored text and listed items.
Most of the commands are fairly intuitive; "i" means "italics", "b" means "bold", "url" means "web address", etc.
You start the command by putting it in square brackets, and end it by putting a slash in front of it:
[b] starts bold fonts
[/b] ends them
You'll have the routine down in no time.
Italics — [i] text [/i]
Underline — [u] text [/u]
Bold — [b] text [/b]
If you just want to slap the web address out there, do it like so:
If you want to embed it so another word links to the site, here's the template:
[url=http://www.domain.com] text [/url]
Unless you're confident you can type it by hand, probably the best way to do this is to first highlight the template and hit Ctrl-C to copy it to memory, then punch it into the comment box with Ctrl-V. Then open the site you want in another browser window, click in the address box (which should highlight the entire thing), hit Ctrl-C to copy it to memory and then swing back to Maggie's. Carefully remove the example address and punch in the new one with Ctrl-V. Then delete the "text" and type in the word(s) you want linked to the site. You can test the link using 'Preview'. It'll open the page in a new browser window.
Please note that spamming companies send out 'bots to scour the web looking for email addresses and that the comments on a blogsite are 'spidered' by the 'bots just as easily as the home page, so you're taking the chance that you'll end up on some spam lists. It would be better to just spell it out: "myaddress at mydomain dot com".
[quote] text [/quote]
If you're writing a serious piece about a serious subject and are using a blockquote to back up a point, it's considered 'good form' to include the link to the original quote. And it's perfectly acceptable to blockquote yourself when referring to something you wrote on your own site.
For a quick red, green or blue, just use the word, like so:
[color=red] text [/color]
All of the color names to the right should work.
Any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.
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