Changed Up My Blog

I have changed up my blog site all and you may notice I have taken blogs I follow off from my widgets.  This is because I seem to stop getting peoples post on my reader after the allotted 50 blogs I follow is complete.  I have also finally managed to do an gravator which is of a bumble bee as I have no good photo’s of myself.  Probably from a life time of being camera shy.

I had wanted to mention here that my bumble population has increased a great deal from last year.  They seem to be as many as twenty and still buzz around with a great deal of playfulness.  I need to get more time to post this information to bumblebeewatch.org.  Here is a map I found on their site that shows the areas of reported bumble bee reports but can not find the list of the species of these bumbles.

Bumble Bee map

 

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What Is In a Song

A couple of nights ago while listening to Coast to Coast Am, straight to coast to coast web site, I heard the Sounds of Silence by Paul Simon.  Man this is a great song loved it then and love it now but while listening to it I heard something different.  I heard a revelation of the way we think and a idea of what we are living through today.  It struck me that this song may have be a warning to us written with love from a musical poet.  I will give you the lyrics and read them with the headlines in your mind and see what you think.  I will then give you some links to hear the song if you would like.

The Sounds of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Songwriters: PAUL SIMON
© Universal Music Publishing Group
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind
Simon And Garfunkel

Such a great song and makes me stand back in awe thinking why do I write.  Can I touch such a master of words NO but I am impressed to not be a silent voice but one that speaks and hears with out reach feelings of love.

Sounds of Silence .

Creole Tomato

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Creole Tomato

I have been having a time getting these little seedlings to grow.  Started them inside but they kept wilting away.  My daughter said perhaps the moisture in the house was to much for them so took them outside to keep the moisture down and even.  Seems to be working at least on this pot.  They are starting their second leaves now.

Screenshot_18Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one type of ‘Creole’. Creole tomatoes are not a particular cultivar. When farmers in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes called their tomatoes Creole, it meant they were grown in the rich alluvial soil of the area and vine ripened because they did not have to be transported far to market.
Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one ,

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French Market Coffee

I wanted to give a shout out to a new brand of coffee (for me) that I have tried this past week.  I had gone shopping and discovered it up on the top shelf and well it spoke to me so I looked at it and discovered that like Community Coffee it is grown here in Louisiana so I had to give it a try.

It is a beautiful coffee full body without the bitterness and very excellent flavor.  Just love it so I am including a link here for anyone who would like to check it out.  Frenchmarket Coffee

Spirit And Soul

Hurriedly she rushes along

as a butterfly gathering

its daytime meals from flowers full of color

being careful as she goes along

to care for each and gather

to herself the ideas and hopes of others

not forgetting that beauty lies

within the spirit and soul

which she tends with delight

no love lost here

free lance poem by Karen Smith

 

 

Foraging A Way of Life

I have gotten into my head lately that I want to start some notebooks at home on foraging.  I started thinking about this as well it seems we as people are to dependent on what is brought to us in the way of food.  So much is processed in ways that well are not healthy but yet have not been approved by the average person.  So one of the advantages of making ends meet is it makes you think of options.

So I am getting started this week with my notebooks to keep with me until I get more and more educated on edible plants and flowers.  Of course, one of the big things to consider also is were you are getting them to eat for example gathering edible flowers from the side of a road may not be a good idea as of chemicals from cars, and spraying for weed control along the road side.

So foraging a way of life may just be a good idea to get started at as well as learning to grow organically and raise vegetables in containers as well.   www.thebalance.com is a good link for monthly ideas of foraging as well as for beginners.  Here is a good site from the UK as well www.woodlandtrust.org .

Remember not to litter while out and about and be considerate of the ecosystem where you are foraging.

 

The Chain of Time

A poem how do I write thee

as I make a dash amongst

the shelves of books

hoping to find a teacher

there to help me select the words

many famous voices of poets

cry their word of tears, love and war

but nothing do I find with pages

to tell me how to write

what I do learn is

poems are  songs of an inner heart

a soul traveling with mine

therefore I lay my words out

linking the chain of time

Creole Tomatoes

My first year of planting to the Farmers Alamac has not been a success much to my disappointment
but the weather has been very cold at least 50 degrees lower then what is common in CentralLouisiana even New Orleans, way down at the southern most point of the state, had ice covering cars, streets and hindering operations as they know it.
But I will try again and have purchased some new tomatoe seeds to start for planting in March or hopefully the last week of February. I am trying another type of tomatoe called Creole,Bonnie plants  and I am hopeing this tomatoe will do as well if not better then the Flordia 91, Bonnie plants .
I bought my seeds from Petrus Feed store, www.petrusfeed.com about a half mile down the road from me. I love the people and it is nice to have a place you can buy seeds in bulk. Got about 300 seeds for a dollar. If I get it right you can grow tomatoes twice a year here in Central Louisiana.
So am excited about this years of planting.

 

 

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Gardening plans
heartbeats freed
flowers strong

My Friends Don’t Be Fooled

 

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I have been doing a project called listening to every idea out there over the last few months and it has been both rewarding and scary.  We have so many voices out there filling our ears and hearts with dread but if you just step back and take a closer look the negative is not founded expect in the fears that another is trying to spread or has themselves.

My hearts desire is to once again express that the world is connected but not as tough we are one being shared in many bodies but that as humans we are alike even in our differences but it is our differences that join us in a musical dance called life.

The world has changed but yet if you read some form of history and look at today’s newspaper you will see how what has changed today is progress but much of trials and problems as still similar to what was expressed in the past.

My friends do not be fooled into thinking all is lost because were there is the human spirit of love and compassion nothing is lost.

Live Full in The Moment

It has occurred to me that I need to make a news year resolution when it comes to my blog.  I have fallen to just one style of writing and trying to cater to what others seem to enjoy.  It has been a lot of fun and I cannot complain but I would like to added more blog post on some tips on everyday living for us folks who just plain live simple

I heard a made on Coast to Coast Am last night talking about time and the idea we have of time.  He was talking about how during mayor events time will seem to slow and he said that he realized it was because for the particular time the reason time slows is because we are actually fully in the moment and not distracted.  I thought this is great and all the more reason why all of us should offer tips (well written) and stories as it is a way to dwell fully in the moment and at the same time give that moment to someone else.

So I want to share more moments with you all and if you happen to have more in life then me smile with me and allow me to share with those like me.