Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman. Honestly my favorite book on not only extending your season, but making it possible to eat from it year round, in the north, without supplemental heat. I love Coleman's approach to gardening, and to solving the problem of how to have nourishing, nutrient-rich food even in the dead of Maine's winter.
And my favorite book ever on vegetable gardening is Great Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden by Sally Jean Cunningham. (I saved the best for last.) She talks a lot about the needs for edible plants, what keeps them happy, and how to keep your garden as a whole healthy. (And, since she keeps chemical-free gardening at the forefront, it's highly self-reliant, as well.) Beautiful photography, open and accessible format, and to the point. There are garden plans, troubleshooting guides, and loads more. I <3>
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
What Does one TRILLION dollars look like?
We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them; slightly fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.
A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for a week or two of shamefully decadent fun.
Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.
While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...
Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.
You ready for this?
It's pretty surprising.
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...
(And notice those pallets are double stacked and how small the man looks.)
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.
Make sure you pass this on so everyone can see how much our government is really spending!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
- I was smiling.
- I was reasonably well-groomed. (No model, but I'm clean and brushed, and usually have on a smile and mascara!)
- My children were not a hindrance (well, not much of one), or a spectacle, or a burden, or usually an inconvenience to those around them. (We're working on the whole "pay attention so you aren't in the way of others" concept still.)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009