Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rockefeller Quote

(So I can link to this from the quotes gadget)

"I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master. I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a liking but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living. I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs. I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order. I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a mans word should be as good as his bond; that character not wealth or power or position - is of supreme worth. I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free. I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individuals highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His Will. I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might."

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Garden Updates

Needs weeding!

First zucchini.

3# of zukes, summer squash, and taters picked today. Having issues with blossom end rot (?) on the maters...but that too shall pass.

Something is nibbling my beans :(

2" of rain since last time I posted rain fall.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's not just Providence

Summer squash are in :)

4# of squash and tomatoes harvested tonight. Cucumbers from a local stand.

Along with some red lettuce, craisins, croutons, chicken salad, and a raspberry vinaigrette made for a quite nice dinner.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm doomed...

Federal Hill, Providence.

I had heard of it before. I never ate there until lunch today.

Not my photo, shamelessly stolen from the 'net:


As I'm eating calamari to die for, I'm reading the signs on the poultry store across the courtyard. They offered items like quail eggs, rabbit, and pick your own live chicken.

Walked through one delicatessen before we left with a simply amazing selection of meats, cheeses, and bakery breads. 40 minutes from my house...this is the real.good.stuff.

On a related note, I will at some point in my life own a suit from Marc Allen, the successor to Briggs in Providence.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's bedtime

And you realize you've had a pocket tee on backwards all day long. Including in public.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Time and the Livin' is Easy

July 16th had my first potatoes, a Yukon Gold that was to die for, and a couple red ones. Now if I just had a real job so I could've afforded a nice T-bone to celebrate with them (had London Broil instead).

July 17th picked my first JetStar. Made a nice salad, which also included a cucumber I found at a roadside "Free" stand on a back road in Foster the other day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Mad Men Playlist

Shamefully stolen from the Boston Globe. I'm putting it hear so I remember to go add these to my collection later.

The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’’
Kyu Sakamoto “Sukiyaki’’
Astrud Gilberto “Agua de Beber’’
The Singing Nun “Dominique’’
Johnny Mathis “What’ll I Do’’
George Jones “Cup of Loneliness’’
Percy Faith and His Orchestra “Theme from ‘A Summer Place’ ’’
Vic Damone and Percy Faith “On the Street Where You Live’’
Yma Sumac “Gopher Mambo’’
Ella Fitzgerald “Manhattan’’
Ann-Margret “Bye Bye Birdie’’
Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons’’
Roy Orbison “Shahdaroba’’
Bobby Vinton “P.S. I Love You’’
Miles Davis “Blue in Green’’

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rain Glorious Rain

Gotta get some pictures of the garden...and my Daylillies!

Anyway, since (and including) June 23rd I had less then 3/4" of rain, all in little quarter inch or less rainfalls. Dry, dry, dry. Finally setup the hoses on Sunday, complete with an adapter so they're fed by the sump pump to save electricity.

I went to move the hoses at 2:30pm today, and the sky north of my looked like the coming of the Apocalypse. "Great, it's raining north of me." Dump 2/10ths of an inch from the rain gauge, move the hose, big drops of rain start coming. I and Jake were soaked by the time we go to the house (on top of the laryngitis I had from the five hour long job interview yesterday!)

We had a pop-up storm that stayed parked over southern Windham county and northern Providence county. Ended around 4pm, when I walked down at 8pm to check...2-3/4" of rain!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Emily V. Driscoll...

Brains and Gorgeous. *sigh* (Or to quote Leslie Winkle from Big Bang Theory, "Come for the breasts, stay for the brains.")

From this article on her Asian Longhorn Beetle documentary. Her website is here.

Monday, July 5, 2010


For some reason one of my old co-workers, April, used to use the phrases, "Sharing...scarring" and "I'm building a brick wall in my mind..." quite often.

I don't know why.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Oh, this is darn near ten years old...testing to see if I can embed from blip.tv:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

More peas, please!

Season totals:

Little Marvel: 8 pounds
Tall Telephone: 13 pounds

Just finished the the Tall Telephones today, picked most back on Monday. When I shelled the Little Marvels I ended up with about 4# which worked out to 8 cups of peas in the freezer.

Gotta freeze the Tall Telephones tomorrow :)

And it's about time to plant some more for a fall harvest...