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Pollination Celebration

Are you wondering where I’ve been?  I’ve been knee deep in planning of Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association Pollination Celebration (tpmga).  Yes, really!

Practically this whole year has been nothing but work on this event and before very long, it will be here.

There have been other things going on as well, but the main focus has been this “educational experience”.

I promise to try to make more frequent posts (I know….I always make promises don’t I?)  But I really will try to do better.

What is Pollination Celebration 2016?  It is a one-day educational experience hosted by TPMGA.  It will be held at LSU/AgCenter Hammond Research Station, Hammond, LA on September 24, 2016 from 9a.m.–3p.m.

There will be great speakers on the subject of pollination, workshops for adults and children alike, vendors and more.  If you like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, native plants be sure to check our blog for more info:

Pollination Celebration 2016

It will focus on the pollinators in our world, why they are important, what we can do to attract more of them to our gardens, how we can better protect them.

Did you know?  No pollinators/pollination—No food from the plant world?

It’s true! If we don’t have pollinators to carry pollen from flower to flower, we won’t have fruits & veggies to eat?  There are very few plants that do not require pollination by insects to produce the fruit/vegetables. Tomatoes are one but I don’t think I can live on tomatoes alone—as much as I like them.

We have a blog where updates will be posted.  Please take time to check it out and sign up for updates.  I’m asking for your help to boost our follower list so please, please take a look and follow us—–and spread the word on your facebook page, personal blog, etc.

Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association

Yes, someone other than myself is going to write posts….one who is more on the ball than I am.

Yes, WWW your quilt is still on the frame.  It’s moving up the priority list.




When Will it Finally Be Time?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and tell people “DO NOT GO TO NEW ORLEANS” if you value your life or property.  I know this will draw the ire of many people and especially tourism groups but surely the time has come for the unbelievable crime flood (it’s much more than a wave) to stop.

In the last few days three restaurants have been invaded by masked/hooded armed robbers.  The customers and employees have been terrorized with guns held to their heads and although their lives were spared, everything of value was taken.  Locals and tourists alike are afraid to venture out.

Home invasions are on the rise.  There have been recent attacks against women in their own homes.  Not long ago a man and his son were killed in a home invasion.

New Orleans is or rather has been a happy place…somewhere you could go to have fun and forget the cares of the world.  No more.  It is a violent place.  Residents are killing residents and tourists.  Criminals have turned New Orleans into a Never-Land.

You may wonder what happened to precipitate this post.  This morning a teacher….yes, a teacher….was forced into a school building and robbed at gunpoint of her purse.  She was not physically injured but can you imagine the emotional scars she will carry the rest of her life.  If it were me, I would never step foot in a school yard.

It is past time for extreme steps to be taken.   Do you get the same feeling I do when I look at the previous paragraph?  It is not safe to go out in the daytime in New Orleans and certainly not after dark.

The powers that be in New Orleans all talk the good talk.  It’s all hot air.  Crime just gets worse, more violent in nature, and more frequent in occurrence.

So, to those powers that be….Instead of getting your undies in a wad about removal of historical monuments that  “offend” people and re-writing history, do something real about your crime problem.  History is not always pretty but it is what it is.  That is why it is called history.  We learn from the past.

So, to you Mr. Mitch Landrieu (just in case you come across this post):

Stop making politically correct speeches and do something of real value.  Get your act together.  The future of New Orleans depends on it.  ALL of the citizens of New Orleans and the would-be tourists who want to spend their money in your city deserve nothing less.

Maybe the city should put up a new welcome sign:

“Welcome to Thug City”

It is a disgrace.


Yummy Delicious…………

Have you ever eaten anything that you wished you had more, more, more of?  That’s the way I feel about this little haogen melon from my garden.

Haogen Melon

                                                            Haogen Melon

It’s a small melon that when ripe is a golden yellow with green ribbing on the outside and soft, green flesh on the inside.  You can literally eat all the way to the edge of the rind.

It has the most amazing aroma.  I had one in my kitchen and you could smell it immediately when you came in from the outside.  If you love melons, this is one you need to try.  Yummy Delicious!

Needless to say, I saved the seeds.


Look Look Look

My San Marzano tomatoes have baby tomatoes.  From FREE plants!!!!

Baby Tomato

                                                                              Baby Tomato


I’ve mentioned that there is Basil planted among the tomato vines.  The bees love the Basil blooms.  What are you doing to attract pollinators to your garden?


Little Red School House

There aren’t too many of us around any more….that is….people who attended school in a Little Red School House.

When our family moved from Kosciusko, Mississippi to Bellamy, Alabama, I went from a city school system to a school owned by the Allison Lumber Company.  There was a brief inter-move period when we lived in York, Alabama while our house in Bellamy was made ready and I attended the public school there.

It’s hard for me to remember exactly but I think I was in the second grade when we were in York.  I went to school in Bellamy third and part of the fourth grade.

This is a picture I found online of the front of the school.  I remember a few of these people just barely except for John McClure.  I don’t have very fond memories of him.  Our favorite past time was to create villages in the sand.  He would kick them over.  Nelson Trudell was another person I remember.  He was a fairly nice fellow.


The page has some info about Bellamy in it.  It was a village built around a lumber mill.  Our Daddy was the office manager at the mill.

The school was indeed painted red with white trim and although it had 2 rooms, only 1 room was used as a classroom when I was there.  All six grades sat in the same classroom.

Our teacher’s name was Lottie Hood and her fingernails were long, pointed, and painted blood red.  She used to tap us on the top of our heads with those fingernails.  No one liked her.  Wonder why?

The school was closed and we were all transferred to schools in Livingston where I graduated from high school and later attended college.

Allison tore the school down.  What a shame.  It was said the building was in too bad shape to save but I’ll never believe it couldn’t have been restored.  I’d love to have more pictures of that old school.


I Just Love Vintage Stuff

Dearest Beth has an old porcelain clad iron sink with a drain board by her back door.  I love it and I have coveted that thing ever since I first saw it.

So, I was on a mission to find one.  I was trying to find one of the deep single sinks with double drain boards on it but they were all too expensive for me to consider.  Don’t get me wrong.  I can do some serious spending of money but I can also be extremely cheap.

I scoured Craig’s List and eBay looking for one.  I finally found one in Baton Rouge but it was a double sink and not the deep single sink.  I called the lady and we headed off to her house to take a look.

It had some damage on it and it’s not iron so it’s not nearly as heavy and Hey!  My honey can fix most anything.  The price was right and it came home with us.

Woo Hoo !!!!!

                             Woo Hoo !!!!!

Don worked on it to repair the bad spots and he is going to build a weather resistant base for it to sit on.  It will be my outside veggie/fish cleaning station.  We can wash stuff in one side and rinse in the other side.

I plan to just put buckets under the drains to catch the water to re-use in the gardens.

Don’t you just love it?  I know I do.


Fall Tomatoes

Do you remember seeing the tomatoes I was rooting by layering right on the plants?    I put bottles over the junction of the suckers and filled them with dirt.

Layering method of propagation

Layering method of propagation

Well, it worked great!  I lost a few but most of them made it and here is one a few weeks after being taken from the parent plant and transplanted to a bucket.

San Marzano Tomato plant from layering propagation

San Marzano Tomato plant from layering propagation

It even has several blooms on it and we’ve had some cooler weather so hopefully the fruit will set.


On the other hand, the suckers I took from the Pink Brandywine and Homestead Tomatoes are coming along at a much slower pace.  And they were all being propagated at the same time.  I’ve got hope they will take off and we’ll get some Tomatoes from them before the cold weather sets in.

RootedTomato500xI have Marigolds and Genovese Basil planted among my Tomatoes in both the Rain Gutter garden and the raised beds.  The Basil is supposed to make the flavor of the tomatoes sweeter and both Basil and Marigolds are to keep buggies away.  It annoys me to no end to find a big, fat, juicy Tomato Horn Worm gnoshing on my Tomato plants!

I had fun making FREE Tomato plants from my earlier group.


Exploring Louisiana—More From Natchitoches

A few more pictures from our trip to Natchitoches.  The plaque says that St. Denis  explored and traded with the Natchitoches Indians.

Louis Jucheneau De St.Denis

Louis Jucheneau De St.Denis

The buildings in Natchitoches are much like the buildings in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Downtown500xHere’s an old bank building.  I think it’s beautiful.

Exchange Bank500xWe enjoyed looking around in this old hardware store.  There were so many things to see.


The sign says it’s Louisiana’s oldest hardware store

The ceiling featured two of these large, oval openings— “sky lights”.  The store was built when there was no electricity so the only lighting was when these were opened to the sky.

There is an adorable gift shop on the second floor of the store.  They covered the opening with colorful umbrellas.

There is an adorable gift shop on the second floor of the store. They covered the opening with colorful umbrellas.

A nice pic of Don and Chris on the stairs up to the gift shop.

A nice pic of Don and Chris on the stairs up to the gift shop.  Don’t you just love all those little cubby holes behind the staircase?

A double washtub. Don says his grandmother had one of these.  I WANT ONE!!!

A double washtub.
Don says his grandmother had one of these. I WANT ONE!!!

Toys in the store windows

                Toys in the store windows

Lastly for this post is a gorgeous hanging planter of begonia's in full bloom.

Last pic for this post is a gorgeous hanging planter of begonia’s in full bloom.

There will be one more group of photo’s from Natchitoches.  Hope you enjoyed these.


Exploring Louisiana—Natchitoches

It’s been a long time since I wrote an Exploring Louisiana post.  Our last visit with Chris, we decided to do some “out of the Alexandria area” exploring.

We picked him up on Friday about noon and had a nice lunch at Outlaw’s Barbeque in Pineville.  It’s pretty good BBQ and it’s reasonably priced.  They also have good fried catfish and shrimp.

Now, I have to admit that my favorite on the road BBQ is Rudy’s in Texas.  That’s some good BBQ!.  I like it so much that I found a copycat recipe online for their sauce and that’s what I cook up when we do BBQ.

After lunch, we hit the road to Natchitoches.  It looks like it would be pronounced “natch-short “i”-toe-ch-s” but that’s not it.  It sounds like “nack- short “i” – tish”.

It’s an old city on the banks of the Cane River.  We found a place to park and walked the brick street and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere.

Cross bridge over the Cane River.  There are several of these in the downtown area.

Cross bridge over the Cane River. There are several of these in the downtown area.

There's lots of parking by the river.  There's even an outdoor stage for music at events of which there are plenty.  This area at Christmas is filled with vendors of all sorts during the Christmas Lights.

There’s lots of parking by the river. There’s even an outdoor stage for music at events of which there are plenty. This area at Christmas is filled with vendors of all sorts during the Christmas Festival of Lights.

If Chris is still living at Pinecrest during the Christmas season, we are going to try to attend the Festival of Lights.  He’s been twice and says it’s wonderful.

This house is one of many on the opposite side of the river from downtown.  Wouldn't you just hate living there?

This house is one of many on the opposite side of the river from downtown. Wouldn’t you just hate living there?  😉

Fort St. Jean Baptist was founded there to prevent the Spanish from expanding eastward.

Fort St. Jean Baptist was founded here to prevent the Spanish from expanding eastward.

The streets are paved with brick.  I love it!

The streets are paved with brick. I love it!

Enough pictures for today.  I’ve got quite a few more to share with you from this glorious day.  Denise & Wanda—-if we were ever going to have another Quilter’s Romp—-this place would be a great one.  I just don’t know if they have a quilt shop nearby.


Update on Life

We’re moving forward slowly with the plans for Chris’s move back to the Hammond area.  He will be in town Monday for appointments related to the transition.  We still don’t have a clue as to how long this is going to take but we’re all trying to be patient with the process.  Chris has a little more trouble with that than we do.

I feel like such a bad blogger when I can’t do regular posts.  Ideally, I would do a daily post but it’s just too hard for me to keep up.  During those times when you get a daily post, I’ve done several and scheduled them.  That’s getting harder to do right now.

There’s hardly a day when something isn’t scheduled.  I’m taking the  Arboriculture course at SLU twice a week and going with Don to his Master Gardener course twice a week.  In addition to that, I go to the Baton Rouge Rose Society and our Master Gardener meetings monthly.  We travel to the Alexandria, LA area at least once a month to visit with Chris. Then there’s all the unexpected life events that take time.

So what I’m going to try to do is do 3 posts weekly.  Remember the key word here is “try”.  I’ve got lots of gardening and other stuff to share with you.


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