'We are the children of your sacrifice. We are the sons and daughters you saved from tyranny's reach. We grew up behind the shield of the strong alliances you forged in blood upon these beaches, on the shores of the Pacific, and in the skies above."
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE D-DAY
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE GARDEN FENCE
- GARDEN GOODIES~SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #0032 WWII CAKE
Well, was I surprised when I walked out to do watering this morning! 48F sent me scurrying back into the house to don some warmer clothes! And it didn't get much above 70F or so today, with some more wind.
Added some chicken poop to Bindi, who took it gratefully, her wide mouth smiling as she gulped it down!
Watched a Daddy sparrow wing his way in and out of the birdhouse, bringing food to Mama sitting on yet another round of babies. This is one of their favorite houses, and we have had many, many babies there. It does my heart good as I built that house from scratch and my own two hands (and no pattern)! Lovely to get to experience it being used and loved in our own yard.
NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE D-DAY
Since we have two very interesting holidays on the same day, I thought I would combine them! Everyone knows gardening is therapeutic. It's good for the mind, body, and soul. National Gardening Exercise Day gives us an opportunity to go out and burn off calories and have fun doing it. National Gardening Exercise Day is intended to recognize the important physical health benefits of gardening.
In reality, gardening is exercise. Experts say the various activities and tasks of gardening ultimately uses all of the major muscle groups. In addition, strenuous gardening activities such as raking, hoeing, and digging is both aerobic and muscle strengthening.
Take time today to celebrate one of America's favorite hobbies. Go out and exercise with, and among, your plants.
|Doing this...||Uses as much energy as|
|Watering the lawn or garden||Sitting, knitting or sewing|
|Walking, applying fertilizer to a lawn or seeding a lawn||Walking while shopping|
|Trimming shrubs or trees with a power cutter||Walking at a moderate pace|
|Raking; planting seeds and shrubs||Leisurely bicycling|
|Weeding; cultivating; trimming shrubs and trees||Heavy cleaning; golf|
|Carrying, stacking and hauling branches||Playing softball or baseball|
|Shoveling snow; mowing the lawn with a hand mower||Aerobics or swimming|
1 c. dried fruit ( a mix of dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries & raisins)
1 1/2 c. cold water
Put raisins and/or dried fruit into a pot with the water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Keep covered and cool for 30 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix:
1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 c. walnuts (if desired)
Set aside. In a large bowl, mix:
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. margarine, melted
Add the raisin mixture and the flour mixture. Pour into greased pan(s). Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean. Let cool before removing from pan.
WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE GARDEN FENCE
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
- 1944: Allies prepared for D-Day. 3,000 Allied ships crossed the English channel in advance of the invasion of Normandy, and 1,000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries that had been placed at the Normandy assault area.
- 1968: Senator and presidential candidate Robert (Bobby) Kennedy was assassinated by 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He was shot after speaking to his supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, after winning the California presidential primary.
- 2004: Former President Ronald Reagan died after a long battle with Alzheimer's.