July in the Tennessee Valley

| 7/17/2014 8:58:00 AM

Rosedale GardenWhen we last visited, I was debating about a tomato growing out of my compost bin - whether it could be that bad tomato after four years. Surely not could it? I decided to let it start developing tomatoes and if it was that tomato, it would be taken for a ride and dumped in someone’s goat pen.


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Hopefully my brush with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is almost over. It and the doxyclycline I was taking prevented me from getting out in sun and heat for several weeks. I finished up the antibiotic a half week before the start of the Helen Keller Festival.

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7/29/2014 10:43:21 PM

Thanks Dave. I had 10 days of vacation and spent the entire time as a volunteer photographer at the W C Handy Fest, except the last day. I took Mom out to eat and get groceries. She was telling everyone she was a WC Handy orphan. Had a great time, but still get tired easily. I was bitten by a couple of ticks while mowing along the dry creek on my tractor. I'd be afraid to eat of those tomatoes after they were hit with the herbicide. thanks for visiting and commenting.

7/26/2014 9:17:49 AM

Mary, wow, I can't believe it's already Helen Keller festival time again. This summer is quickly passing by. Your area has so many summer activities to attend. Our activities begin to gear up in the cooler fall weather with the county and state fairs. I'm really not one to attend loud, noisy, crowded places. I'm more of a botanical garden type of person. The soothing sounds of nature with croaking frogs, tweeting birds, water falls, duck and geese sounds are the places I gravitate to. Fishing along a serene bank of a city water shed lake is a perfect way to spend a few hours of time. All of our local water shed lakes are man made and no wake lakes so no speed boats or jet skis allowed. Just peaceful relaxing nature sounds. ***** I hope that your health continues to get better. How do you get infected with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Is that the tick thing? We have ticks here in Nebraska as well but I haven't had one attach to me since I was a kid. I guess I just don't get out in the country enough. I remember as a kid our farm dogs used to get ticks on them and occasionally Mom would find one on me. ***** I chuckled at your tomato comment. The return of a hybrid tomato to the root stock can be harsh. Our tomatoes are terrible here this year due to all the extreme weather conditions. Mine got a good whiff of the neighbor's yard service weed spray and didn't die but were sickly ever since. The tomatoes that have ripened from those plants taste awful and have really tough hard cores. Ah, well, there's always next year. ***** Have a great Tennessee Valley July day.

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