Monday, December 07, 2009

Singing in the car...

I used to love, love, LOVE singing in the car with the girls when they were little... as much as I loved doing the same when I was a little girl. There are a handful of songs I remember singing in the car with my sister, mom, and dad back in the late 60's... I was really fond of these songs (still am!) and hearing them always makes me smile. The first video doesn't show anything, but it was the only link I could find of what seems to be the the original recording.

"Hair" from the Broadway musical

"Close to You" by the Carpenters

and "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night

And here's one of the songs my daughters and I loved to belt out, "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys

Thursday, December 03, 2009


*eh hem* doesn't look good for today. It was 32° this morning when I was outside feeding critters and running dawgs around for poopy breaks. brrrrrrr!
Well a little peek at my favorite weather website, Wunderground tells me that we are about to have a freeze with a 50% chance of snow tomorrow. Austin has a 70% chance of snow tomorrow. crap. This means all the tropical plants are going to take a beating. I was really hoping we could squeak by this winter without a freeze just to see if the papaya fruit would ripen on the tree.

Our grapefruit and oranges are almost at perfection... they just need about another two weeks I think.

Oh! in the spirit of citrus et al. Today I got a membership to the Urban Harvest group in Houston and have registered for a couple of their classes on permaculture. I also want to take a couple of their classes on caring for citrus trees. Saturday I'm going to a citrus-tasting event they are having. Apparently, folks bring all sorts of citrus from around the area to sample and chat about species that grow well in the Houston-area. I wish I could remember what varieties of citrus we have. I'm looking forward to learning more about being a better gardener and finding out ways to make our little chunk of land a sort of micro-farm that can provide us with some a decent percentage of our fresh veggies and fruit.

The Morning After Jerkiness

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