Build An Inexpensive Table Top Seed Starting Stand

I bet we could modify the existing countertops in our shed to do something like this. We’d just have to add a heater and we’d be good to go.

Old World Garden Farms

One of the most rewarding experiences for a home gardener is to grow their own vegetable or flowering annual plants from seed.

There is nothing more promising for spring than to see the first sprout of a seedling! There is nothing more exciting to a gardener than to see the first sprout of a seedling!

It also can be a huge savings in place of buying plants at your local nursery or garden store each Spring! Not only is it expensive – you are also limited to whatever mainstream varieties they selected to sell – and to whatever chemicals, bug sprays and fertilizers they use in growing and maintaining the plants.

With this inexpensive and simple to build table-top seed stand – you can easily grow up to 4 flats of your favorite plants, ( 288 plants when using the 72-cell flats) – and have more than enough to fill your garden and flowerbeds!

The simple table top stand can hold grow up to four full flats of plants indoors - and can be used on top of an old table or any flat surface The simple table top stand can be used to start and grow up to four full flats…

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Deirdre Fulton: ‘Everything is Awesome’? Not So Much for Middle Class, Says Warren

Something to think about.

Vox Populi

Despite positive economic indicators, ‘America’s middle class is in deep trouble,’ says the progressive senator…

“For more than thirty years, too many politicians in Washington have made deliberate choices that favored those with money and power,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at the AFL-CIO’s first National Summit on Raising Wages, held Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

But by raising the minimum wage, supporting organized labor, breaking up big banks, and rejecting corporate-friendly trade deals and tax codes, it is possible to “un-rig the system,” she said.

Pivoting off a recent Politico article titled “Everything is Awesome,” in which journalist Michael Grunwald outlined several ways in which the U.S. economy appears to be on the upswing, Warren declared that “despite these cheery numbers, America’s middle class is in deep trouble.”

“A lot of broad national economic statistics say our economy is getting better, and it is true that the economy overall…

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I’d rather not be so popular. It couldn’t be my chicken and pancetta pie, could it?

This looks like a delicious and not-too-complex meal. I suspect it will be appearing in front of my family soon.

One Man's Meat

Chicken and pancetta pie (16 of 18) My blog has got incredibly popular of late. This is a good thing, right? Sadly, no. Very wrong. It’s not my regular visitors and friends at all points in the free and not so free world that have me exercised. It’s those hard-hearted, vexatious, spotty people who spend their time spamming my virtual home here on WordPress. I checked today and have 475 spam comments in the darned efficient spam catcher used by WP. That means that of the time I spend here on the Internet, more of it is spent clearing out the dross and less is spent on the stuff you are here to see.

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Operation: Dessert Storm


The Byronic Man

It will be a great day when schools have all the funding they need, and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy a new bomber. – bumper sticker.

Excuse me, sir?  Sir?  Would you be interested in some shortbread?  Lemon bar?  The lemon bars are fresh, sir; why, private Williams here got them out of the oven and sprinkled the sugar not 30 minutes ago.  It’s for a good cause.  Sir?

Thank you anyway, sir.  Maybe next time.

Corporal Jackson!  Front and center! What in the hell, I mean what in the holy living hell did you do to this apple pie!?  For God’s sake, son, it’s the all-American dessert!  The Belgians are pounding Twin Falls, Idaho, and you’re giving me apple pie with no crust on top?!  No cross-hatching?!  This is not how to win a war, damn it!  Son, you better get your head in this…

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A Brand New James Patterson Joke!

Ha! Any other not-so-fans of this guy (or at least, his current approach to writing novels) out there?

Dysfunctional Literacy

James Patterson's co-authors wrote five books in the time it took to take this picture.   (image via Wikimedia) James Patterson’s co-authors wrote two books in the time it took to take this picture. (image via Wikimedia)

It’s tough to write a James Patterson joke because you know that very few people are going to get it, and the very few who do understand it probably won’t think it’s funny.  Despite these obstacles, I felt again compelled to write another…



James Patterson, Stephen King, John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, Danielle Steel, and an unknown author were competing to see who could write a 300-page novel in the fastest time.  The six authors gathered at a coffee shop, pulled out their laptops, tablets, and other assorted writing devices, and began composing furiously.

While the other authors stared at screens and tapped at keyboards, James Patterson sat back on a couch, smoked a cigar, and drank coffee.  I don’t know if James Patterson really smokes cigars and drinks…

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Holidays: The Sanctified and Unholy

From my dear friend Gracia, who, like me, grew up communally. Loved reading her Thanksgiving nostalgia!

What Would Babygrapes Say

When I was growing up, we didn’t do Christmas. Christmas was eschewed as a Pagan Holiday established by the Ancient Romans in observance of the Winter Solstice and celebrated by the Modern Harlot Church, whose followers chose to dwell blindly in the Outer Court. Nay, we were a Sanctified Holy Remnant faithfully abstaining from such Worldly traditions.

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Do you know what today is?!?!?!

November 5th came and went, and I had no idea I was missing National Donut Day. Despite this oversight, I may just try making The Pioneer Woman ‘s donuts anyway. They look delicious.

My Adventures in Dinner Time

I know you’re thinking, “um, duh… it’s Wednesday November 5th…”, and yes, it is.  But it’s also National Donut Day!!!  Did you know such a thing exists?  I didn’t until today, and now…. well now I REALLY want a donut.  And I can explain and rationalize my desire for a fried, sugar coated treat, because it’s National Donut Day… it’s allowed, right?  Shhhh, just go with it.  It’s a chilly day here and my son is still sleeping, so I won’t be running out to grab some delicious glazed donuts any time soon (grrrrrr), but in my donut frenzy I came upon this recipe by the Pioneer Woman (of whom I am a completely geeky fan, like seriously, she’s awesome).

I have never made donuts before, never even considered it… and while I may not make them today (feeling a little under the weather), I will have to make them…

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Words Not To Say In Front Of My Kids

This made me chuckle — reminded me, in fact, of my teens, when nobody could say “Why, yes, I do do art on Tuesdays” without being subjected to uproarious laughter from me and my cohorts.

Dysfunctional Literacy

I tell my kids they can think anything they want, but there are some things they'd better not say. (image via wikimedia) I tell my kids they can think anything they want, but there are some things they’d better not say. (image via wikimedia)

I told my daughters this morning that they’d need to take a sack lunch to school tomorrow, and they laughed at me.  I wasn’t expecting them to laugh.

It took me a moment to realize why they thought sack lunch was funny.  When I was their age (around 35 years ago), sack lunch wasn’t funny.  I carried a sack lunch to school every day, and nobody laughed.  I think I even called it a sack lunch.  Everybody called it that.  But somewhere along the way, kids picked up on the word sack, and a new source of humor was created.

Now I can’t say sack in front of my daughters; I have to say “brown paper bag.”  If I had two sons, maybe it wouldn’t matter much.  But…

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