Thursday, March 19, 2009

An Update on Gardening

Last Sunday, I planted a whole bunch of seeds in pots. Please see the Gardening entry on March 15. Well the first little seeds are sprouting. I'm so excited since some of these seeds are from last year. The first ones to sprout? Collards. I bet most of you don't even know what collards are! Well they are these huge green leaves that grow more than a foot long and are used for well, boiled collards with ham or corned beef. Very Southern. So yep the collards are sprouting. Hope is in the air!

A Journey

I wrote a couple of entries on Joseph Acaba that are really popular, and people come to read, but now I am on another topic. I'm thinking about I-95 and everything I see on a road trip. The Journey is often the most transcendental part of the trip: the reflective time. Good music, long telephone calls, and prayer.

Good music, definitely is important, as an encouragement and relaxer. Most of what I will be taking and listening to will be Paul Wilbur. What amazing praise music, with Shofar and all. Another thing I might take could be my recorded Soup for the Gardener's Soul with its beautiful stories. There is one there that always makes me cry. Crying is not bad sometimes.

Then the really long phone calls, sometimes to keep me awake and other times just to be accompanied in those long stretches in Georgia where you mostly see 18 wheelers, pickup trucks, big red and yellow plastic cans filled with sand along road construction. I really need to get a phone charger for the car so I can have those long phone calls. Before I head out there I can just see myself stopping to purchase one because, well it's important.

Then there's the prayer. Lots of talking to God. Sometimes we just need the time away from tons of distractions, when it's just you and God, going around those razor sharp curves in Jacksonville, or that long route 17 between Yemassee and the crossroad to Walterboro, or those last miles from Ravenel to James Island, when I am definitely pooped. So, I am off on a three day adventure and all my friends and family, please keep me in your prayers for traveling mercies. I know I will need them.

Now if only I could just find the time and space to be able to sit by the Wappoo and watch the tide come in while I enjoy the marshes up close. That would be grand.

Monday, March 16, 2009

230

230 is the number of people who visited my blog yesterday. I thought that after the launch the interest would wane, but it went up instead. So yes I was surprised.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Discovery Launch Continued

 
 
 
 

All the neighbors came out and we witnessed the launch together from our cul de sac. Not a bad view after all and not a bad choice to stay home this time because the roads were jammed. What mattered was being in Central Florida and stepping outside!! It is a proud day for all those of Puerto Rican ancestry I thought, as I witnessed my neighbor Pablo going around telling all the neighbors, that Discovery had the first Puerto Rican-American astronaut. Another neighbor kidded, "There goes the neighborhood." We all laughed. Go Acaba and the rest of the crew!! It was a great launch! Go NASA!
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Full Power for Full Science

 
 
 
 

This is what the Discovery looked like from my house. Thrilling to see it go up safely and knowing that the crew was on its way! I also took a film which I hope to put up soon.
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Gardening

 
 
 
 
Today I discovered a beautiful amarylis was in bloom and that these had propagated from one bulb to five in two years. I transplanted three to the more favorable part of my planting bed, and then planted some african irises that you can see lying down on the back porch. I also found that some geranium seeds had prospered and was dusted off. In a little bit I will finish planting the impatiens (miramelindas) next to the african irises. I can wait for all of these to take off.

The plants that are in planters are varied. They include daisies, sunflowers, cantelopes, squash, cucumber, tomatoes, and colorful peppers. I always think that planting seeds is an expression of hope. Hope that they will take, hope that they will grow strong, and hope that they will bring forth beautiful fruits and vegetables. And hope that they can be share and also cut down on grocery bills. Almost like money growing on trees. They say it doesn't but it does, really it does.
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Lil bit of Paintings

 
 
 
 
I have been painting, but I hadn't been posting. It has been an up and down time for me, but the last painting seems to summarize it best. I find that painting has a lot to do with our emotions and emotions go up and down. Lately, I have been dealing with issues just like everybody else, I suppose and have been seeking the Lord more deeply. As a blessing the Lord comes around and gives you a verse to tell you that He loves you and that he is going to help you through these difficult times. I have two more paintings with encouraging verses that I will share later on. Blessings today.
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EL despegue parece que VA

Pueden ver el despegue del Trasbordador Discovery con el astronauta Joseph Acaba en vivo por NASA TV. Si no lo tiene en cable lo pueden ver en vivo en el internet.
Vaya a lugar cibernetico que sigue:

NASA TV para ver video y audio del despegue.

Si estan en Orlando todavia pueden ir al Space Coast para ver el despegue.
Unos buenos lugares los pueden encontrar en el mapa que sigue:
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Looks like everything is Go for STS-119

Looks like Joseph Acaba and the crew of STS-119 will be heading for the Space Station today, Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 7:43. I am still debating if I will head out there for a night launch and everything that is involved. Taking tons of pictures would be one. Finding secure parking a second, and being very proud a number three.

If you go to NASA you will get the latest information. Specifically they are talking about Sunday as a launch date. See info.

You can also see the launch live on NASA TV Live at:
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html




Note:
If you do a search on my blog for Joseph Acaba it will give you several articles.

Chasing Wild Turkeys

 
 
I have been seeing these beautiful creatures for the past three weeks as I travel back and forth from school on the Greenway, route 417. Finally I put my camera in my purse and spotted them on my way home. Unfortunately, I think I scared them away for good. They are just so lovely with their multi-patterned attire that I couldn't resist stopping and taking their picture. Traveling at 65 miles per hour and then coming to a full stop would startle even the most confident bird, and these scattered in all different directions primarily towards the bushes. Here they are.

Chasing wild turkeys, like riding a wild bronco, perhaps not the best idea.
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