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Jul. 8th, 2020

Wordless Wednesday- the Daylilies are blooming.

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Jun. 2nd, 2020

That's not how Black Out Tuesday works.

Swiped the photo from a dear friend. The words are mine.


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I had someone demand I remove the tags from *the previous two days posts*, on Instagram.

A white woman demanded this. Obviously she doesn't understand how tagging works and that my posts are very likely buried under the posts overnight and today, using those tags. By the way, lady? That's not how you speak out.

There's a big difference in *not using those tags for one day* and *demanding they be removed from all previous posts*. I get not using those tags *today*, I'm good with that. I'm not good with white people demanding I remove the tags from all posts.

Saying nothing makes us complicit. We owe it to them to speak up and out.

Until black lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.

Until people of colors lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.

Until trans lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.

Until a LGBTQ + lives matter, a lives matter is a false statement.

I am antifascist. You should be too. Speak out against injustice. Do not be silent. Do not be complicit.

(There's also a theory going around about what if everyone doing this is being played by white supremacists. That's a good possibility, though I doubt they're intelligent enough to come up with something like this.)


Everyone needs to watch this video- https://www.instagram.com/tv/CA76FVRHkwo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



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Jun. 1st, 2020

This is not the post you are looking for.

The post you are looking for, pretends the world isn't on fire, pretends black people aren't dying and pretends peaceful protests aren't being deliberately turned into violent riots from within by not only police officers who had sworn to protect and serve the very people they are now using tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, *vehicles* against, pretends white supremacists encouraged by a government that refuses to denounce them aren't trying to start riots- a *race war*.

This is not that post.

This post is to say, black people and people of color, I see you. I hear you. I will continue to speak out when fellow white people say or do racist things , say or do things that take the focus off what really matters- black lives, poc lives, in favor of material things and buildings. I will continue to listen and learn. I will make mistakes, but I will do my best.

The president wants to label those of us who stand against white supremacy, racism and fascism as terrorists. Wants to make being antifascist a crime.

So be it, I won't stop speaking out. I will not be silent. To be silent makes me no better than them.

Until black lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.
Until people of color's lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.
Until trans lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.
Until gay and lesbian lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.



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May. 25th, 2020

Photo Dump- The Gardening

So you're warned, there's a lot of photos in this post.

We finally got the new bed I'd been wanting to do next to the carport dug out and built this weekend. Managed to get the Clematis, and morning glory seeds planted, just in time for it to downpour and show us exactly how much more good soil we need to add to it.

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It entailed, digging an 8" deep, 1.5 ft wide trench. Laying in hardware cloth, and then backfilling again. Lots of earthworms, so that was nice to see. The daylilies, bee balm, and Black Eyed Susan, had the leaves and (most) of the weeds raked or pulled out. I have daylilies by the back porch that'll get transplanted over to here as well. The Haku Ookan Clematis is on the other end, with morning glories up the center, and a fence for them to grow up. I'll add fall bulbs and more black eyed susans as well as echinecea to this bed as well.

But wait! There's more! )

May. 21st, 2020

Day 4- Rain, Rain and more Rain.

This is ridiculous. Four days of straight rain is excessive, Gaea, knock it off.

Spring Lake Damn is threatening to fail. The Roanoke River is half a foot below major flood stage, the Dan River is at flood stage, and it's *still raining*. Roanoke is at 7+" of rain, we're at 4+" of rain. And that's just here in Virginia. It's worse up north.

Mind, we're fine. We're up on a ridge line, so water drains down and away from us. But it's just *so much* and it's making it hard for my garden to really get going. Well, other than lettuce, spinach, carrots, sugar snap peas and radishes. *They* are doing fine, thriving in fact.

Everything else is getting waterlogged. Which is why I'm glad we do raised beds. Although, I've now planted zucchini *twice* and had days of chilly temps and rain immediately after, which meant the initial hills never germinated and the new ones likely won't either, which means I'll either have to give up and start them inside or try a third time.

Bush beans didn't do so hot this year either. The Royal Burgundy came up beautifully, but the Blue Lakes have significant gaps. So those will be replanted this weekend, hopefully. It's supposed to be nice. Supposed to be, mind.

Finally seeing roots starting on the Mammoth Jalapeno that voles had eaten the root ball off of. Already replanted the Rutgers tomato, in a oversized pot, as it had significant roots (it snapped enroute home), and starting to see roots on the Super100 cherry tomato that broke too.I'll likely put both in pots as well. No more hardware cloth cages to plant them in in the ground. This fall, we'll pull back all the dirt, down about 6" and finally finish putting in a hardware cloth barrier. Then next season, hopefully we won't have to use cages anymore.

I'd add photos, but well, rain. And windy. And chilly.

In other news, major churches are insisting on ignoring governor orders about not fully opening and claiming that staying closed is unconstitutional to be forced to *care about the health of your congregation*. I mean, really?!? Are you that stupid? Don't answer that.

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May. 15th, 2020

So it begins...

Virginia has entered phase one of reopening.

As for us, we're still going to be minimizing our exposure as much as we can. Which means, groceries and class and not much else.

Martial arts and C.O.B.R.A. classes start back, in person on Monday, outside only, limited to 10 people, 10 feet apart. We have to sign up the Friday before, for the next week's classes, to be able to do them. We can't simply show up. We can still do the Zoom classes too.

And we get to start working with the Bo staff.

Because it's mainly hands off and you practically *need* that 10 ft spacing. Heh.

It's up to us as to whether we want to wear a mask for the outside classes- for us that will be a yes, emphatically, because better safe than sorry.

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The lettuce and spinach are finally taking off, so we harvested a sinkful last night. It was tasty on tuna fish sandwiches, and I had more than enough for a big lunch salad for Mark, and will have one myself in a bit.

The rest of the garden is settling in. A couple tomatoes have too much frost damage, despite being covered, one at least I know isn't going to make it. Still watching the other. Can't remember which hill was what for the cucumbers, zucchini and butternut squash, but 2 hills have done nothing. I suspect its the zucchini, so need to find either seeds or seedlings if we can. Otherwise, I'll plant more cucumbers. Leviathan will eat those as well as zucchini.

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The irises are going nuts with blooms this year. Ones that haven't bloomed since we moved here, are now blooming. Of course, I fed them this year too. Can't wait to see what the others turn out to be. So far, all along the porch has been shades of purples. Which plays nicely with the fuschia azaleas and the orange azalea.



Today is my dad's birthday. He's 82.


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Apr. 27th, 2020

Updates...

Dad is home. They diagnosed him with ischemic colitis. So, kept him a week to see if he improved and sent him home when he did. Now we play the waiting game to make sure he didn't catch the novel coronavirus while in the hospital.

I got to talk to him on Sat. He said it was good to hear my voice. I don't get to talk to him often these days, it's hard to understand him because he tends to mumble or slur his words, or he's napping.

He mentioned his antique guns again, and wanting me to have them. We have this conversation nearly every time we do talk. I finally told him to have mom tape notes to the ones he wanted me to have, saying they were going to me.

Went over and cut my brother's lawn on Sat as well. Helped him get his small garden started. Hopefully he listened and got his seeds in before it rained that afternoon. He was going to plant sugar snap peas, green beans and zucchini. He's got a good spot for it, full sun through to early aftenoon, then light shade through to full shade in the evening. Hopefully it does well for him.

Our garden is really starting to get going. the peas are up, the lettuce and spinach are doing well now that we've fenced them to keep the squirrels and chipmunks from digging in the soft soil. The potatoes are sending up new sprouts, so hopefully we'll get quite a few pounds this fall. The radishes planted over the top are going crazy too. The carrots have just started sprouting. Never grew carrots before, so this will be interesting.

Was out there, in the rain, well the start of it , on Sat, putting in zuchinni, cucumbers, butternut squash, tomatillo seeds (purple!), and beans. Dan would not stop talking after I took over another bag of garden soil for him to use, as we told him he definitely did not have enough, and confirmed it after he put what he had in his bed and sent us photos, especially after I told him , rain is coming in, get your seeds in, I gotta go get mine in, several times, as the wind picked up and you could smell the rain coming.

Sunday we put in the tomatoes and peppers. So far, wildlife is leaving most stuff alone now. We put cages over the tomatillo row and the cucurbit seed mounds, to help protect them. Also put out a lot of pollinator plants in the center bed. These will stay permanently- Liatris, Phlox, Coppertips, all were sprouted and growing well in the soil medium I started them in. The 2 Echinecea that came with them, not so much. But I put them out anyway, maybe if they're in the ground, they'll wake up. If not, I do have seeds in cold storage I can start and transplant.

Te swamp milkweed finally started coming back up, as has some of the Anise Hyssop. Need to collect seeds from that this year and scatter it through the wooded area some. Bees and butterflies adore it and it usually grows well here. It'll look good against the biennial black eyed susans that grow in the wooded area too.

I have noticed, toilet paper is starting to get easier to find, as well as paper towel. I suspect, fresh produce and fresh meat will now become scarce, as people start overstocking their freezers on that, with all the doom and gloom news about meat packing shutting down and farmers dumping crops. Much of whats being destroyed was never meant for the grocery store systems, but people don't care. Good thing we already have plenty in the freezer.

Trying to wake up my King Arthur Flour sourdough starter. I suspect it's been in the freezer too long. Haven't given up on it yet, but it's really sluggish to get going. Also trying to start a wild yeast starter as well. That'll be a first for us, so hopefully it works. Its been a long time since I've bake with sourdough (5 years), so will be nice to get back to it.

Apparently *indoor gun ranges* have been deemed essential services by a Lynchburg judge. How exactly going to shooting at targets, indoors, practically shoulder to shoulder (certainly well below the 6ft spacing) is an essential need, is beyond me. So fucking stupid.

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