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Topic: OT - Decisions 'bout coffee and tomatoes (3 msgs / 121 lines)
1) From: an iconoclast
On 12/29/06, Lynne  wrote:
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Hi Lynne,
As I tend to be passionate about many things, vegetable gardening has
been one of them.  The title of my research paper for English comp in
college was, "The Joy of Low-maintenance Vegetable Gardening."  I had
a 50 x 30 foot raised bed garden with 4 kinds of peas, 4 kinds of
tomatoes, 4 kinds of potatoes, 2 kinds of cukes, cilantro, parsley,
etc, etc.  I love the Territorial Seed catalogs.   And that was just
my vegetable garden. You should have seen my flower garden, mostly
started from seed indoors and transplanted outside.
So we move to the mountain 8.5 yrs ago. I tried cherry tomatoes,
cilantro, garlic and parsley the first year... The tomatoes never got
ripe and the forest tended to close in on sunny areas, so I gave it
up.  But that's OK.  I have at least 5 kinds of wild berries we pick
from spring through the end of summer and I grow cherry tomatoes and
cilantro in pots on our south facing deck. I have 34 houseplants and
buy fragrant annuals for pots outside from spring through fall.  We
have over 100 native plants on our property and I've added even more.
I love the research involved in making these kinds of decisions.  It's
like window shopping, but in the comfort of your own home.  I just
wonder what my next passion will be. It kind of scares me, not to
mention my loved ones.  Maybe that's why I'm kind of in a funk. No new
passions to pass the time.
Take care,
Ann

2) From: Lynne
My daughter (she's 21, &  attending college) asked me last night if I 
would mind moving to Western Massachusetts in a few years, "because 
property is cheaper there." She's already planning to buy me a house 
(mostly because she & her siblings are worrying about my survival - 
don't know whether to be honored or insulted!), but she said she needs 
a few years.
She told me, & later her brother, she imagines me living in a little 
house, with some new changing idea all the time (She quoted an 
imaginary conversation, me: "I'm starting a coffee roasting 
business..." she: "hmm - Here's a new puppy, Mom..." and she'd scoot 
out the door..
Of course, I immediately told her of the family in San Diego who made 
their suburban home into a homestead.
She said she thinks practicality skipped a generation (my mother was 
like the opposite of me).
As for tomatoes & gardening in general - I used to say that people made 
the mistake of thinking of me as a gardener - I also went for low 
maintenance. I tried so many heirloom tomatoes - but the ones that 
really grew in the Boston humidity, rain & all around crazy weather 
were the tiny ones - I forgot which I grew - one was the hybrid Sweet 
100 (most local nurseries were lacking in any imagination at that time) 
- but there was another one, an heirloom cherry tomato that actually 
reseeded itself one year - had the biggest plants ever.
The other thing I grew was baby lettuce - the stuff that costs a 
fortune in the grocery stores. Oh, and arugula - that grew through the 
first snow!
Yes, I also love the research - and the seasons. I was lost in Arizona 
without seasons - now I won't have a yard in my new apt., but we have a 
tiny deck - so already I'm planning a few containers of veggies. I 
think it's facing south, too.
Ah, to me - life NEEDS passion in order to be lived right!
Lynne
On Dec 31, 2006, at 3:38 AM, an iconoclast wrote:
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3) From: raymanowen
"No new passions to pass the time."
Yours Truly finds a new passion every time he roasts or brews a little
differently.
Or makes a new mistake.
Just think-
Did Kaldi think it a mistake on his part that he let his goats get into some
cherry shrubs?
Didn't his mother always tell him, "Keep the bloody goats out of my shrubs.
You never know what could happen if they eat them..." The original coffee
mistake?
Thomas Edison's attitude was
"Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand
things that won't work." 
 * *And, as a type of JFK's thinking, he said:
*
*"There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of
thinking." Thomas A. Edison
If we stick to "The Book," any inventive thought or curiosity is discouraged
as a mistake.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Let it snow- west of here on the ski slopes...
On 12/31/06, an iconoclast  wrote:
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-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976


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