Wednesday, July 28, 2010


With a pit to spit and a taste that's a hit

* There are lots of things that I like that include cherries: Cherry chocolate chip ice cream, oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookies, cherry yogurt.
* Where are acceptable places to spit cherry pits? My friends thought that it was a great idea to spit pits at a recent cookout. My officemate squirmed a little when I suggested that we set up the garbage can by the door and try to spit in the cherry pits. Katie and I had a great time with her housemate trying to get the pits into the garbage can in their kitchen.
* It seems that it is good to eat as much of a food that can be eaten. But there are also a set of foods that just have something "left out": corn on the cob, egg shells, apple cores, banana peels, cherry pits.
* In response to
my struggling tomato crop, perhaps I should start a compost. Could cherry pits be added to a compost pile?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Gentle sprinkle to thwart garden wrinkle

* Katie saw me admiring her watering can last week and decided to get me one of my own. "New technology!" I exclaimed, when she presented the bow-adorned gift. How much more effective will a can be than my previous jug which merely dumped a stream of water onto the base of the plant?
* This summer, I am once again trying to grow tomatoes and peppers. So far, one tomato plant has yielded many tomatoes but all are consumed by a mushy blight as they turn red. The other tomato plants have yet to yield any tomatoes and are actually looking pretty wrinkled already. Is there any hope?
* If the state of my tomato plants improve, will it be because of the new can watering technique or because I am excited to have a can and water the plants more diligently?
* Though this is my third summer of trying to grow tomatoes, if I successfully grow five or more tomatoes, it will be my largest harvest ever.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


A day that's blessed and good for our rest

* "Happy Sunday!" is something that I like to wish to friends and strangers alike. I reason that it may not be as straightforward as "Christ is risen!" but that I hope that it still reminds others that Sunday is a day that is special from the rest.
* On Sundays, I try not to do shopping or housework. Therein, I try to make Sunday a day of rest from work that I would otherwise do. But there are also extra things that I try to do to salute Sunday's festivity: eating ice cream, writing postcards, playing sports. What do you do to celebrate your Sunday?
* What a great balance it is to work during the week and celebrate on Sunday!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


It just seems to taste better

* Does new toothpaste really taste better? Does it taste any different? The other day, when I made the first squeeze out of a new tube, I thought, "This tastes really good." Was I just imagining a difference?
* Toothpaste, in general, is a little simple miracle: "Applied rapidly with a brush, keeps our smile from turning mush."
* How many other things seem better with their new? I think of freshly baked bread, the smell of a new car, the perkiness of a just-picked flower.

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