Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hubris, new word in right context


I don't plan to be insulting but Christians, the people of the way, are drawing the line in the sand. This government is heading in a direction that is anti God and antiChristian. Not the first time this has happened since the incarnation of the Son of God. Time to stand for the faith.

Many people are alarmed and are drawing the line. See below to understand why:

Christian Monitor

Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
see hot topics and be ready for an eye opener.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Discovery's Last Launch

February 24, 2011 was Discovery's last launch and I was fortunate to see it. To make it even better my daughter and two granddaughters joined me in the park in Waterford Lakes to watch it happen. We weren't alone. At least fifteen other people were watching the event happen. It didn't disappoint.

There are many ways to watch a shuttle launch; you can go down the 528 and head towards Cocoa Beach and get stuck in traffic and park on the side of the road and have a great view with a lot of other excited people. You can do the same on Route 50 towards Titusville with the exception that on Route 50 you pay no tolls and you can stop for ice cream in Bithlo or around Chuluota. That was my plan, but my daughter thought is was best to stick closer to home and not risk getting tied up in traffic. So we chose the next best thing, a wide open space in the park here in Waterford, and in the company of a lot of nice people. It was nice to share the excitement of T-5 minutes, -2 minutes, then seconds, and then seeing Discovery rising up behind a tree and being the first one to spot it. It always amazes me how beautiful that Shuttle looks as it streams out brilliant gold as it makes its way into space. Then suddenly there is only that ephimeral white plume that is left behind as the Shuttle disappears into space.

That is just what happened today when Discovery went up for the last time. The mission is far from over. The crew has many things they need to accomplish before their work is done. We are all so happy that they all made it up safely and we hope their return is just as uneventful.

Godspeed you'll!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gardening: How our Garden Grows

How about having a granddaughter as excited about gardening as I am?

The back yard was full of clutter, well I mean, weeds sprouting amongst the grass, but to my granddaughters it was still a wonderful place to be. Both helped me organize the backyard furniture and one helped me garden. You see it was a pleasant 80 degrees outside today with a gentle breeze that stroked the wind chimes. It was perfect for washing cars and gardening, so that was exactly what we did. Juan, my son had the girls help him wash his beautiful car while I simultaneously finished cleaning my car's interior with Armour All and a vacuum cleaner. Once finished we rested out front drinking some lemonade and snacking on some homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Then Zee wanted to enjoy the fresh air but in the back yard and she asked me about my garden, so I looked for my hoe and a little shovel for her to use. We cleared out the area where I had my plantains that had gotten burned with the cold weather. To my surprise, both plantain plants had two small new plantains coming up hidden behind some curled up brown leaves! That is wonderful because it would have been a loss to me if they hadn't had these two new shoots.

My garden runs parallel to my house and receives early morning sun and shade in the afternoon. So, I really wanted to add more area to that garden and plant more veggies. To do that I needed to lay down additional boards, and clean out more area which was overrun with weeds. In that rich soil, I wanted to plant many new plants. Some of those plants are jalapeños peppers, tomatoes, squash, beans, lettuce, cilantro, green peppers, and ajies. This last one you might not know. Ajies are small tasty peppers that enhance Caribbean cuisine with out making it hot.

In order to make room for all those plants, little Miss Zee and I had to turn a lot of soil and get rid of numerous weeds. The best part of the afternoon though was just hearing her comment about the fact that it would be very boring if all she did when she came to visit was to sit and talk all day and play wii. She insisted that she needed to be doing something! Isn't that wonderful? To think she wanted to help me do something, I already knew I needed to do. Then to have her encouragement and delightful conversation was wonderful! She chatted along sharing about things she had learned on Ruff Ruffman. She had learned about buoyancy and we talked about what determined which things could float. I loved hearing how she had surprised her teacher by knowing about the topic. High level thinking while dealing with dirt and an occasional spider. All the while, I cleared off the area. The soil is now loose and ready to receive some healthy seeds.

Now when we plant tomorrow, and later as the days go by, I can send her updates about how our garden grows. I am so looking forward to those conversations, about how plump and red our tomatoes will be and how her raspberries fare in Penfield. Gardeners sharing; makes me smile.

Mi jardin florido florece.