Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I'm Lousy at Growing Vegetables and Tomatoes..But!

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my grandparents and my parents having a huge vegetable garden in the back..which they would spend a bit of time every evening -watering, relaxing, and enjoying the sundown time in the summer. Followed by canning and enjoying the fruits of their labors..fresh vegetables for meals, and sharing the extras with the neighbors. For me, this task/attempt, has been a huge dissapointment. If the deer don't eat my veggies, then the bugs get them. And when I try to grow them in container pots on my deck, fungus attacks. I feel like such a "loser gardener". Having a Green Thumb is in my blood...why can't I succeed???

On the other hand, as a consolation prise from above perhaps, I sowed a packet of marigold seeds out in front of our house, and now I have Monster Marigolds creeping all over our front sidewalk. I have never seen so many marigolds in one place, including plant stores. Oh well, I guess I still have a lot to learn about gardening. If anyone would like to teach me their gardening skills, I'm way open to learn. Just give me a call, comment, or email.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Do you live in Montgomery County? Then you may want to take advantage of this.

Previously, in a former blog, I have posted a link to the Gaithersburg Alert System, that you can sign up for on the internet, state your cell phone numbers or emails, and receive alerts for emergencies and other unusual things that may be useful to be aware of. My husband and I signed up last year and have found the service to be highly useful as well as informative.

Just recently when I went online to report to Montgomery County of a street light outage, I found that Montgomery County offers the same fine service. Being a friend to all of my blog readers, I want to share that with you. You can sign up for alerts to come to your cell phone, pager, home telephone or emails regarding emergency alerts, severe weather warnings, traffic emergencies, school closings and more. You can opt in to each category with a check mark on the types of alerts you wish to receive.

This is a free service, and comes under the Department of Public Safety and Human Rights. To sign up and see the services offered, click here.

You may or may not recognize some of our hard working public servants for the state of Maryland, Montgomery County, and Germantown, and Gaithersburg below. Name those faces.... : )

Friday, October 2, 2009

My garden, surrounded by trees.


by Elsie Brady

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow