Thursday, February 19, 2015

Getting serious about gardening

photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Ada, Oklahoma

I've dabbled a bit with vegetable gardening. Nothing major. I have three raised beds and have grown tomatoes, zucchini and squash with varying degrees of success. Last summer we were so busy with our Happyland Music Alliance business that I didn't plant so much as a single tomato plant. 

But this year is going to be different. I am determined to have a successful garden. So when I heard that our church would be hosting a 12 week horticulture and gardening class I was delighted. Last summer several church members put in a beautiful garden on our church property (see photo above). The church also hosted a canning class, although I wasn't able to attend that. 

I think it's really cool to see churches doing this sort of thing. The classes are open to the community. Tonight was the first class and my parents are taking it with me. It is being taught by various people who are affiliated with the OSU Extension Center. Tonight's class ran almost 2 hours and was quite detailed. I'm glad I have a bit of a background in chemistry and have also read a lot about gardening over the years or some of it would have gone over my head. 

Now I just need to get a soil test and start planning what I want to plant. I can't wait for spring! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Music Monday ~ "The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)

David and I scored several albums at a local estate sale last week, including a few Frank Sinatra albums. This stuff is timeless.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Music Monday ~ "Glory" (John Legend and Common)

Such a powerful song. If you haven't seen "Selma" I can't recommend it highly enough. A must-see.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Soul ~ "Shake It Off" ( The Gospel Whiskey Runners)

I'm always grateful for exposure to new or new-to-me music. This gem was posted on a Facebook music group to which I belong. The Gospel Whiskey Runners are an indie folk group from Visalia, California and I really like what I've heard so far.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Music Monday ~ "Kind Hearted Woman" (Pigmeat Blues Band)

This weekend David and I went to Oklahoma City for a much-needed getaway. While we were there we indulged in our latest obsession - vinyl record collecting. We hit up a couple of record stores and scored several good albums. For the most part we've been picking up classic rock albums that bring back memories but we are also on the lookout for more obscure this:

While browsing in The Trolley Stop Record Shop I soon realized that I liked whatever it was they were playing on their little record player by the the front desk. I asked what it was and with a name like "The Pigmeat Blues Band" how could I resist?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Music Monday ~ Long May You Run (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)

David and I are absolutely loving our new stereo system and are having a great time adding to our vinyl collection. It is quickly becoming an obsession a passion. A couple of days ago David ordered several albums from eBay - three Genesis albums (from Peter Gabriel days), three Steely Dan and a Stevie Ray Vaughn album. As you might guess, classic rock is a favorite genre of ours. We plan to build a very diverse collection over time but right now we are having fun locating albums we enjoyed in our teens and early 20s. So many memories!

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