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Organic Garden Remedies

Recently I noticed a bit of black spot on some of my Indian Hawthorn and Holly shrubs. This is a fungus disease and if you don’t nip it in the bud it can spread and cause problems on aÂlarge scale in the garden. I’ve also noticed some aphid residue on other plants. On some plants, particularly Hibiscus, if there are aphids thereÂis also sometimes scale. Scale and aphid residue can also lead to a messy ant problem.

I’ve found a couple of recipes for homemade organic garden remedies. Since I am a bit of a worrier about burning the plants, I will start of with weaker solutions than the recipes call for. In the past I have sprayed insecticidal soap on the plants and before the heat of the day have rinsed them just as well.

*Insecticidal Soap Recipe given on Daves Garden (Lots of good information for all kinds of gardening questions throughout the year.)
*Fungicidal Soap Recipe from Lucky Lizard Ranch (Scroll down toward the bottom – there are other organic recipes available on this link as well.)

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Autumn Gardening

Over the next few days I will be getting the garden ready for fall and winter. At my location this is the time of year that I like the plant chrysanthemums in all of the containers. By Halloween the plants should be big with plenty of blooms. It’s also the time of year where I trim up the shrubs one more time for the winter and do one more feeding for all the plants.

At some point I’d really like to cut out a small piece of land and design a cutting garden. When we lived in Denver I had an area to replant perennials or bulbs that I’d had in containers. Not only was it pretty, but there was a lot of sentimental value as well.

I’ll post a photoÂsoon. 🙂

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new music by Christopher Schlegel

Christopher Schlegel has 2 new CD’s available!
Classical Guitar Sonatas
Concert Electric Guitar

Check out his Thinker to Thinker blog to read more about his latest musical endeavors and musical inspirations!

I wrote a bit about Christopher’s Classical Guitar Sonatas in July 2006.ÂÂRead moreÂhere.

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Gadgets, Fashion and Manners

My husband and I recently watched an episode of “I Want That” on HGTV, and one of the items featured is called a DocuPen. It is a hand held scanner that would be very handy for someone like me who just may be visiting a relatives home, see a family photo on the wall, want a copy and rather than taking a photo of the photo, I could scan it. Neat!

Fall fashion looks relatively calm and classic this year. I love that pointy toe pumps are popular again! They are so much prettier than the huge, chunky, massiveÂmonster square shoes that were popular a few years ago.

A couple of other interesting items…
Here is a good link to Men’s Health online about “Social Graces”.
-Â The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Costume Institute featuring Collection Highlights. (My daughter and I looked through all of them and drooled over some of the dresses from the 17th and 18th centuries.)

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August in our garden

August…
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Summer

I can’t believe how quickly this summer has flown by! Even with a few little bumps in the road, all in allÂ2006 has been a good year so far.
We were able to get to St. Augustine again. I love the atmosphere of the place, andÂthere isÂsuch good artistic energy! PlusÂI love to breathe the sea air!
Maybe I am a complete weirdo (and I am), but when I travel other places I try to get a glimpse of what life is really like for the people who live there.
Well, this is someone else’s cat, on their porch, in their town. Ah, he’s cute!
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I also wonder how the soldiers tolerated the heat and humidity minus air conditioning at Castillo de San Marcos. TheÂbelow photo is of soldiers sleeping quarters.
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You know, I bet it stayed relatively cool there. The only thing I may have found to gripe about had I had to live there in the “olden days” is if I didn’t have GOOD coffee!

Have aÂgreat weekend! :)Â

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Relaxation and Music

Sometimes the stress of our everyday lives can be a little overwhelming. At times all one can do is to try to control our reactions to the little pins and pricks that happen upon our daily lives.

I love to fill our home with perks that invoke a sense of inner peace, making our surroundings a refuge from the rest of the world. It’s good to consider what is appealing to every member of the family, from sense of taste (my husbands department), smell, sight, touch, and sound.

I am a more visual person; highly influenced by sounds around me, especially music. While painting, reading, writing or just sitting back and clearing the mind, it is wonderful to be able to listen to beautiful music.

A while back, my friend Christopher Schlegel mentioned that he will be releasing a new Solo Classical Guitar Sonatas CD. My husband and I were enthusiastic to hear it! As with other music, Christopher has demonstrated an amazing talent as a musician and composer, and are we ever pleased!

My husband listens to Christopher’s Classical Guitar Sonatas everyday on his long journey home from work. I love to listen while I am reading and painting as well! We highly recommend giving a listen to everyone we know!

Christopher’s music is completely original. His Guitar Sonatas ring ofÂtranquility and elegant simplicity and while not completely Spanish in style, I would compare the lovely memorable sounds to Isaac Albeniz on guitar.

My husband still can’t pick a favorite tune on this CD as he enjoys them all, but I still have to say that my favorite is #5, “Novice” Guitar Sonata in C Major – Allegro. BRAVO!!! I like to sing along in harmony making up a lullaby sort of story.

For more information about Christopher Schlegel and the release of his latest CD’s click here.
Also seeÂChristopher perform his own Guitar Sonata in A major “Opus Primo” Movement 1 “Allegro” or the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

updated – in addition see Zigory’s post on “Music:ÂSchlegel, and Genesis Reintepreted”.

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More news from Colorado

Joshua Sharf From View from a Height Blog hasÂpostedÂsomeÂinteresting thoughtsÂon the possibleÂforthcoming Atlas Shrugged the movie. I’m still reserved about getting too excited because it’s been “in the works” for what seems like ages.Â
I agree with Joshua that it’s going to be difficult to make a movie as good as the book. While it could be an exciting creative adventure, a result anything less than excellent is not good enough. I think it’ll be a stressful project.

Joshua hasÂalso postedÂmore pictures of my mountains! Makes me soooo homesick!

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My Friend Anna

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.” ~Emily Dickinson

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Cool Tools

My husband sent me a link for a very cool new graphics tutorial he found via LifeHacker.

This is from a clever site called Receding Hairline, which demonstrates how to create a “fake model” image.

Though I do not have Photoshop, I should be able to do the same kind of thing in Paint Shop Pro or Gimp.

Also, I’ve run in to a bit of a problem trying to find easier ways to create picture book illustrations and I saw that Sydney Kendall posted a bit about her learning process for her own projects.
Check out her post on “Learning 3-D Art”. It’s amazing!

Well, today I have much running around to do and while I am in the car I will be listening to one of my favorite car CD’s (assuming someone else has not borrowed it) from Keith Urban.
Here is one of my favorite songs from his album Be Here, called ‘Making Memories of Us’.

Enjoy and have a great weekend! 🙂

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