Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pepper plant, take two...

We went to the farmer's market a few weeks back, and bought the above jalapeno plant. It has to this point survived much better than our pepper plant last year, which I blogged about on my other blog. It has been named Peter, and it has lived inside since we got it, and thus has missed the typical changes in Idaho weather, which included recent hail. It even has a bloom:

There was a mad rush by everyone to see the bloom when its existence was announced...have I mentioned that I really, really, really, really want to successfully grow jalapeno peppers? Yeah, I do. When we bought Peter, he was not in a pot, he was in some kind of netting or something--forgive my ignorance of what it was called-- but we transplanted him in the above pot and hopefully the transfer to the garden will go well. I am looking forward to eating jalapenos fresh from my garden, but meanwhile I will settle for the jar I have in the refrigerator...

We have not yet planted our garden yet, but will have it in soon. We are hoping that we will wait past any garden -ruining weather, but really, one never knows. I know someone who swore off planting a garden this year because what takes so long to put in can be ruined in an hour, and that is what happened to their garden, if I understood correctly, more than once. I figure we'll keep trying, even when we haven't always had spectacular results, and hope is always a great thing. Among the seeds chosen by my children this year were once again, watermelon. And we are always trying to grow corn, with mixed results. If you don't try, you for sure won't get a harvest...

I hope that all of your gardens are doing well (as well as any pampered and worried over plants that you may be keeping in your house because you are delaying a transfer to the garden... :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

With gratitude to all those we commemorate today--we will never forget.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Idaho--and a Bingham County election...

Some things speak for themselves. Thanks to J.H., who posted the following elsewhere, but gave me permission to post it on my blog:

"Just before the Idaho primaries this past Tuesday, there was a forum where people were asking questions of the candidates for sheriff of Bingham County. When incumbent sheriff Dave Johnson was asked what he would do if the Federal Government mandated to take all firearms away from private citizens, he responded that he would have to comply with the feds. When candidate Craig Rowland was asked the same question, he responded that he would deputize every citizen who owned a firearm. Rowland got an applause and was elected Bingham County Sheriff this last Tuesday. Congratulations to Craig Rowland!"

Yeah. Gotta love Idaho.... :) And the Second Amendment. And the Constitution.

If any other sheriffs out there hadn't thought of this, I think that it's brilliant. After all, if a firearm is a part of your emergency preparation, you may find yourself in trouble if someone takes it away. There are many emergency situations where a firearm may be needed. In any case, if you are personally against firearms, please work out a plan where you have what you need for food procurement, etc. in case of such emergencies.

And hopefully, no matter what one thinks personally about firearms, they will vote for people who will uphold the Constitution and the freedoms we hold dear--and the right to bear arms is one of them.

Thanks again, J. H.!