Thursday, November 24, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
This year, we were able to purchase a pulasan tree. Pulasan fruit looks somewhat like a cross between a lychee and a rambutan. They are rarely seen at the farmers market and are not yet farmed on the Big Island (that I am aware of). It is my favorite of this type of fruit, with lychee being second (which we purchased at our last trip to this sale).
We also picked up a couple more bare root dwarf apple bananas and a dwarf clementine.
I love the idea of gathering fruit from our yard. We have mangoes, papaya, lilikoi, and avocado that have set down roots in our compost pile (which we have moved to the other areas of the yard). The papaya has lots of fruit growing as does the lilikoi. Soon we will be pulling papaya down from the trees for our breakfasts.
Also growing well are our pineapples, which we also get for free. We simply save the tops and plant them. Farming is a slow process, however, and we will not see any pineapples for at least another year.
We are still learning about growing food in our new home. We do have some tomato plants that grudgingly give fruit. We certainly have not mastered something that was once so simple as growing a tomato and yet, when we turn the compost pile, we have hundreds of papaya seedlings every time. So, gardening continues to be a bit topsy-turvy, with easy things being difficult to grow and hard things growing without any work at all.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
This election is the most stressful I can recall in recent years, although I think I am forgetting how stressful the time of Gore vs. Bush and the land of Hanging Chads was.
It certainly was a stressful period and I do recall thinking that Gore really should have won, but he did the right thing in not forcing a recount in Florida.
And please do recall that we did survive the next four years, and many after that.
I remember a two-part tv movie released in the late 1970's called The Day After, which was set in the heartland of USA after an atomic blast. I remember being absolutely devastated by the possibility of nuclear war and I could not conceive of a time of peace. I spent a great deal of time worrying about what might happen.
I recall my mother's blasé attitude when I shared my fears with her -- she was not worried at all. I must say that a 14 year old really does not have the gift of time that a forty-something person has with regard to cycles of life and the understanding that things really do work out for the best -- most of the time.
And while I, too, am stressed about the outcome of Tuesday's election, I know that this, too, shall pass. We will survive the next four years and move on. We will even forget this time of stress when we look back over the years.
So please don't panic, whatever the outcome. We will survive.
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Why do I bring this up? I was thinking about the label they used to sew into their bags (during the reign of our last republican president):
|Actual Tom Bihn Label|
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Col. Beauregard, sort of
I'm sitting in the living room on a rainy afternoon listening to the neighborhood rooster roll call. I believe it's Colonel Beauregard I hear crowing downstairds representing our house. He's quite shy so I don't have a photo of him. He looks like the rooster above except he's white with just a few small spots of black. He's very handsome, indeed. I think of him as salt-and-pepper looking.
The other morning (thankfully a Sunday), Col. Beauregard hopped onto the roof of the carport, scrambled up to our bedroom window and gave us a nice, big good morning crow. Two out of three of us found this amusing.
It reminded me of the craziness of the film, The Egg and I starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. 1947. Love that movie. Look it up, if you can. If you can't get enough Fred MacMurry, then also check him out in Double Indemnity (Barbara Stanwyk, and Edward G Robinson) or The Apartment (Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon). I love him in both where he can be seen playing men who are not so nice.
Colonel Beauregard and Fred MacMurry. That's how I roll.