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Book Festival

This weekend we went to the PBS book festival here in town. Ladybug got to pick out SEVERAL books for free and so did GreenEyes. Everything about this event was free and came packed with snacks and entertainment. Ladybug had an awesome time watching Rosa, a PBS TV celebrity, tell a "reading" adventure.

Ms. Rosa
After that, all the children were invited to meet and greet Ms. Ros, but of course Ladybug would not wait for this and she ran right up to her and hugged her. Ladybug is anything but shy. Later, there was a line to take pictures and meet Elmo. But of course she refused to wait her turn and ran up right to Elmo and gave him a hug too even though he was with another child. Dad snatched her back and she waited impatiently to have her turn so we could take these pics.


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Ladybug is an Ape

It's never dull in this house. Though I might be spending a good hour scrubbing this off her tonight, it gives me some great ideas for Halloween.

Seed Saving Time

It time for seed saving for next year. I guess I should have labeled them, but hey, what's a garden without a few surprises?

Tomatoes and Apple Pies

Check out this pic of our grape tomato plant taken today. When we first planted it, we caged it. It over grew that. So, we staked it too. It overgrew that. Eventually, Nick was forced to tie it to some trees to keep it stable.

I have harvested at least 10 pounds of grape tomatoes from this plant. Pint after pint after pint AND I have several pints to go! I wish I could say we have had the same success with the heirloom, but we have not. Harvest has been good but modest there.

I made this delicious soup today with tomatoes from the garden and some additional ones from the local market.

Ingredients
3 lbs. Red Ripe Tomatoes Olive Oil Cooking Spray 1 1/2 tsp. ground pepper 2 tsp. kosher salt 2 tb. olive oil 1 cup onion 6 garlic cloves (minced) 1- 28 oz. can of tomatoes 2-3 cups FRESH basil (I find it is OK if you only have 1 or 2 cups, the more the better though) 1 quart (4 cups) chicken stock Directions Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a large cooking sheet pan with olive oil spray…

Everyone has an oppinion.

You can sign the petition at: http://go.sojo.net/campaign/health_careAs one of God's children, I believe that protecting the health of each human being is a profoundly important personal and communal responsibility for people of faith.

I believe God created each person in the divine image to be spiritually and physically healthy. I feel the pain of sickness and disease in our broken world (Genesis 1:27, Romans 8:22).

I believe life and healing are core tenets of the Christian life. Christ's ministry included physical healing, and we are called to participate in God's new creation as instruments of healing and redemption (Matthew 4:23, Luke 9:1-6; Mark 7:32-35, Acts 10:38). Our nation should strive to ensure all people have access to life-giving treatments and care.

I believe, as taught by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus, that the measure of a society is seen in how it treats the most vulnerable. The current discussion about health-care reform is important for the United States…