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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Random Garden

Awhile back I posted a picture of this stump.  It was what was left of a huge tree

This picture is of it last summer, the pretty one in the center.  Our May snow storm took one whole side of the tree down. Anyway, I decided instead of trying to dig all the roots out or paying to have them grubbed out, I would plant some ground cover around the roots.  One thing led to another and now I have my Random Garden that is taking on a life of its own.  I will take a picture this week and update this, as I have several things blooming and bought a couple Russian Sage plants that were on sale to give it some more life.  Next spring plan to plant that bank in creeping phlox.  Hubby keeps wanting to help but I think I have made it pretty clear that this is MY spot to play with and everyone else is to stay out!  I think he got the message.  We have very different ideas on gardening so I pretty much leave him alone to do what he wants with the tomato plants and watering the shrubs and such.
Hey a girl has to have her space!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

No politics on my blog!

I just deleted my last post.  It was a political deal about ObamaCare that I thought was very good, but I have decided that I don't want to make my blog a place to share political views.  Thats not what I wanted here, so if anyone is looking for that sort of blog you will have to move on.  I have a good friend that I had to unfriend on FB because there were numerous spiteful things on there daily about our government.  Enough said!

So it will be back to boring stuff like what I am doing and thinking.  LOL  That won't take long to read.  Actually I usually have a lot to say but usually keep it to myself to keep peace with everyone.  Does that make me a peacemaker?  I have been accused of being the "keeper of secrets"  by a niece.  I think that is true.  I know stuff about several people that I would never share.

So unless you want to hear about my plugged up ears or pain in my thumbs, I better stop for today and be back when I have something smart to say.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Junk Mail

I am sure many know someone who is a junk mail magnet.  We have one that lives in our house, (its my 89 year old sister in law)  She answers these questionnaires that she gets plus donates to various organizations, most of them political.  She thinks she will understand everything and save the world.  Then when she gets 15 pieces of mail a day (I am not kidding), she groans that she doesn't know why they keep sending her stuff.  She spreads it all out on the table and reads every bit of it.  She brought me one that she wanted me to read the small print on the back, and said, she guessed she wouldn't donate to them any more.  It was a breast cancer research place.  On the back it has to release the facts of where the money goes.  Last year they raised almost 12 million dollars, with 63.5% of it going to FUND RAISING, 4.2% to administration, and 29.6 % to education and a lousy 2.66% to research programs. 
I have a feeling these statistics are average for most of the places looking for your money. 
If I had my way all her junk would go in the trash but she is of sound mind and it sure gives her something to do.  Then all the "stuff" they send usually gets mailed back to the sender.  Like little sewing kits for the soldiers,  they are sent to her then she can return them with her donation so they can be sent to the soldiers.  All they really want is her money.  Who knows if they send the kits on or not. I got tickled a couple weeks ago Huckabee got bumped from his Sat. night slot as there was some major news event going on.  She did get to watch him Sun. but she was going to call FOX and complain to them because she had made donations to them and it was like they would be taking her advice for their programing.
When I have asked her about why she reads all of the stuff, she just says it was sent to her and she needs to read everything.  There is often money in the envelopes too and she feels guilty if she keeps any of it so it usually is sent back along with another survey.
What really worries me is that I know these are all the work of high paid marketing people and often they are doing a demographic thing that focus on the elderly.
Shoot we probably should have an 89 year old grandma running the country, they know more about what is going on than the average 30 year old.