Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Tomato Day Was Good!

We Planted 45 Tomato Plants
We had a great day of fun and work helping Dad plant his tomatoes. Kevin used the post hole digger, Beverly added the fertilizer (black cow) and I did most of the planting on my hands and knees. This year was easier for me because I had bought and brought some knee pads which made it much easier. Here’s a few pictures that I promised… (click on the pictures for a larger view)

The Tomato Garden

Forty-five Plants

All Mulched & Watered

One Big boy Plant

Dogwood Blooms

Our Work is Done

Bethany Arrives Today 
Our daughter will arrive in Kingsport today for a week. We look forward to her visit and we have some big plans later today. Granddaddy will be grilling burgers on the patio in the back yard, and we might be building a fire to roast some marsh mellows and make some S’mores. Kevin, Lesley, Kara and Zachary will be joining us.

My friend Sue sent me an interesting email the other day. It was about insults that were made with the English language without the use of any cuss words. I’ll share some of them with you today, so you can see how proficient people were at using the language to cut someone down to size.


  • The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison." He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it.
  • "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
  • "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hada
  • "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop
  • "Some  cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
  • "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.
    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

Please don’t insult anyone today or anytime. Be kind to everyone. Think thoughts that don’t lead to insults. The tongue…

“In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame. The tongue is a fire, a world of evil. Placed among the parts of our bodies, the tongue contaminates the whole body and sets on fire the course of life, and is itself set on fire by hell. For all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be or have been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.”  ~James 3:5-8

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are " XL."
So I checked my age of seventy (70). It is LXX.
Whew, I thought it might be XXL

Quote of the Day
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure...
it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
~Robert Schuller

Joke of the Day

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings on display at that time.

"I have good news and bad news," the owner replied. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings."

"That's wonderful," the artist exclaimed. "What's the bad news?"

"The guy was your doctor."

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Anonymous said...

Hi Jim, just a quick check-in to say thanks for sharing that story with your readers. I enjoyed it too, as well it bringing a smile to my face when I read the last part. Also liked the pics. you took of Dad's garden. Looking good! I commend you,Bev, & Kevin, a job welllllll done.Take care! Jay

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Things are looking great at Dad's place! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim, just wanted to say thank you for sharing the garden day with us. I saw you crawling around on you hands and knees and just though, I can relate to that method very well. LOL that is the way I do it too. Not as rough on the back and rest of the body.
That is one great pic of the four of you. Have an 8x10 made and frame it. Kevin will cherish it one day. I hope you know in letting him help that you have now cursed him for ever to plant tomatoes in the spring. My brother and I didn't realize it but when our dad many many year ago made us help him in his garden he was actually putting a curse on us and when we got older would flare up each spring and cause us to want to plant ever veg. we could find seeds for. I watched you guys yesterday and noticed they wouldn't let you drive the wheel barrel, is that because they knew you couldn't drive it?
Thanks again Jim, Dad has done a great job in raising a great family and I can see you are following in his footsteps.
Your SC Friend,

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?