Monday, May 2, 2022



I consider this plant the canary in the "garden cave." It is always the first to let me know it is under stress and that the rest of the garden also needs attending to.

On this morning, a steady rain had been falling overnight and well into the morning hours. The morning sunrise unveiled Mother Nature's green at its very best. Lawns, fields, forests, underbrush and gardens. And the parsley was saying, "enough is enough." 

We need the rain, though. Hayfields will blossom and yield feed for the cattle this coming winter. Ponds will fill. All things growing will stand tall tomorrow. This parsley will pop/perk up and mandate, in it's beauty, that I harvest/share and use daily. 

Parsley is a perennial and comes back through the rough winters just fine. All I need to do is freshen the pot with new soil and some food. Pull at the root ball, open it up and remove some if I have to. Re-pot and give it a good summer home. 



I had temporarily forgotten grilling onions. Gotta be an old age thing, slowly getting worse. Her mentioned how much she loves these (as do I).

Ten minutes later two onions from the garden and one in the onion bin were sliced, seasoned and on the hot dinner grill. How could I forget this?

Garden onions coming on and we need to get them into daily eats. No saving for long terms options. 


A true story and great animation.  Nine minutes


May one 

I see many blogs now covering supply chain/shortages and higher prices. Also many blogs realizing this is going to get much worse for all of us.

More and more talk of elections not happening because of social unrest/violence due to food shortages, higher prices and more covid. Just months away.

Seems reasonable given how fast all of this is progressing. News organizations being outed for making up stories, videos, etc to sell an agenda which negates all print, tv and corporation-linked news reporting.

Wag the dog. Oh how I laughed and shook my head when I watched this movie decades ago. Watched it again last month and did not laugh once. 

I expect, as we near elections, that we will be up to our ears in horse sh*t. 

Food processing plants, this past month, burning down. Not a coincidence.  One might think there is a working plan to starve peoples of the world.

Alternative news appears to be working but I question everything. Everything!!

SITREP 4 25 22  Give some thought to keeping an eye on this guy as long as his posts are available. Take the time to listen.

The question we grapple with now is what else should we worry about?

For example. Get a new battery that will take care of the truck, SUV and side-by-side should one of those batteries fail. Battery prices have gone up and I should just do the purchase while I can find one. I found one Tuesday last, but put off the purchase. Bad think! 

I do not want to get caught up in  "panic/unnecessary" purchasing, yet a battery failure and no batteries to be had is a reasonable scenario I can solve today. What else? 

For 76 years, everything I wanted was at hand. Work, purchase within the budget, charge/pay off and so forth. If I could not afford or need today, there was always a tomorrow. Always. 

Toilet paper taught us an exception to this think. Ammo taught the same lesson. Today, chicken is somewhat scarce and prices up. Automotive stores tell me some of the oils they have always carried are "out of stock." And the beat goes on. La de da de de, la de da de da

So what to do la?

Asking: "What do I need to get done before October/November?"

What is coming will not be short term. --------------


Just racked a batch of pear and orange mead. Gallon and half siphoned off with a glass for first tastes. Wonderful. Pear is the smoothest. Both have good alcohol content. One of the half gallons is a mixture of both. 

Will rack again in 4 months and then again just before Christmas. 

I am not sure when the fresh peaches come on here, but plan two gallons of fresh peach mead using local honey when the peaches come in.  

Why? Medicinal purposes, of course. 



I rolled over in bed early last week and bumped my head in the process. This little rollover looking for a better sleeping position knocked the rocks loose in my head. Vertigo ensued and I have spent this past week trying to get them all back where they belong. 

Luckily, there is a mechanical fix of hanging my head over the bed and following a few instructions, eventually settles this all down. This happened to my wife a few years back. She fixed hers and is now my coach and helper in the alignment of my head rocks. 

Aging brings with it all sorts of new things to deal with. But causing myself problems while sleeping is not something I need to add to the pot. 


Late posting again. Yard work and many neighbors stopping by Sunday to chat, share onions, a gift for my birthday wife, neighbor needing a few odds and ends for a batch of mango mead and a fellow who was kind enough to pound a few T-posts for tomato plant support. 

All had time to sit and talk away an hour about family and stuff of no never mind. 

I did get in my first cook of "Sheppard's pie" for Sunday dinner. Set out all the parts and pieces, turned on the video and followed along. Did not use peas, W-sauce (used soy sauce) or Marmite. The meat sauce rocked and the mashed red potatoes worked wonderfully. Her even had seconds. 

Thunder in the distance now. Hoping that the rain predicted this morning and afternoon does indeed happen. The garden loves the Texas magic rain. 

Final first planting this season. Started the squash from seed and turned them loose yesterday morning.

God bless and thanks for the visit.


  1. Thanks for the info on parsley, especially the post winter care.

  2. Watched the Brown/Stigler video. Never heard that story and I'm a war documentary junkie. Thanks for that.

    Had an uncle I never knew. Always my first thought on Memorial Day. Anzio invasion buried in Italy. Medic executed then burned by SS officer with his comrade Quickbear. Met a native american who was there. He and his buddies ran towards german lines chasing the SS guy down. They finished them.