Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Week #17 – Pets

 Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 23, 2011 through Friday, April 29, 2011.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Restaurants...hmmmn we at at home.....

52 Week challenge 2011

Week 16. Restaurants.   What was your favorite local restaurant as a child? Where was it located, and what was your favorite meal? Did you know the staff personally? What is your favorite restaurant now? This challenge runs from Saturday, April 16, 2011 through Friday, April 22, 2011

Week #15 – Sports

Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams? This challenge runs from Saturday, April 9, 2011 through Friday, April 15, 2011.
 Sports ~ last night's big finish ... the  AUGUSTA GA -- MASTER"S Tournament  For the better part of two hours Sunday, he was that Tiger Woods again.(now-35yrs old)
The one who boomed drives off every tee box, threw darts at flags stuck in the toughest spots on golf's toughest greens and pulled in spectators from every corner of Augusta National the way a magnet gathers iron shavings. For a while, anything still seemed possible.
Woods birdied three of the first five holes and in quick succession, the par-3 sixth and long par-4 seventh, then hit a fairway metal nearly 280 yards from the fairway on the par-5 eighth to 8 feet. He rolled that one in for eagle.

Woods finished each of the first three rounds of the Masters saying that all he needed to win this thing was a good start. And now, two hours after turning for home following a blistering 31 on the front nine — and a tie for the lead at 10-under — that was all it turned out to be.

''It was a nice little run there,'' Woods said after posting a final-round 67, still hoping for a spot in a playoff that never happened.
It was nearly 6 p.m., by the time Woods walked off the 18th green, the sun already dipping low in the sky. A half-dozen pairs, including eventual 26-yr old South African winner-- Charl Schwartzel, were still out on the course.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 2011 ~ MLK and my Daddy ~ Howard Huggins

Taking Notes from another blogger....

This is my way of taking notes and making my list of things to do... Live and learn....
Sharing the info....  Here goes.........."I am adding a free "in the cloud" backup in addition to my usual backup plan.  BackupMyTree finds and creates a remote, off-site copy of your family-tree files.  It monitors your family trees and backs them up for you automatically when they change.  And actually since it backs up automatically, there is nothing to do each month except check that I am still logged in.

Although I back up my files automatically to an external hard drive, I know from experience that external hard drives can also fail, and in case of a disaster also be destroyed along with my computer.  That's why off-site backup is so important.

BackUpMyTree  FREE backup service provides:

  • Support for a wide array of family tree file formats created by popular family tree software packages - Family Tree Maker, Family Tree Builder, PAF, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic (version 4 or later), and Family Tree Legends. Industry standard GEDCOM files are supported too. 
  • Anywhere access of family tree files – users can access their family tree files securely from anywhere using a web browser. 
  • Monitoring of all family trees for changes and automatic backup of the updated files.
  • Storage of previous versions of family tree files should anything become corrupted. This feature also protects against accidental deletion of information inside a family tree – enabling users to retrieve any previous version of their data.
  • Instant retrieval in case of data loss - by simply re-downloading the latest family tree backups.
  • Complete protection of all family tree files using strong SSL security during transfer from computers to the BackupMyTree servers.
To backup your genealogy files onto BackupMyTree, go to BackupMyTree
  • Download and run the BackupMyTree installer. BackupMyTree should start automatically after installation, and will appear in the Windows notification / system tray area.  
  • After a few minutes, your web browser should pop up, asking you to log in to your BackupMyTree account. 
  • Next, BackupMyTree will scan your hard drive for family trees and immediately start backing them up.
When I first used BackupMyTree, it took quite a while (days) to sync all the files and gedcoms I had on my computer, even though it says on the website it only takes minutes.   It  uses minimal resources always working in the background to update the latest version of your genealogy program file, and I haven't noticed any slowdown when it is running.  There is no limit to the files it will backup and I was quite surprised to see how many files it found on my computer.  However, each file backed up is limited to 1 gigabyte in size. 

When I go to BackupMyTree, the website always opens up in Google Chrome, which is not my default browser, but I do have it installed on my computer.  I'm not sure, but the program might require a Google Chrome download.

Tombstone Tuesday

HOBBIES in my Family Life.... Coin Collecting

So, on today... I order 2011 coins....  US MINT

Week #13 – Sweets

Just so happens..... I took my grand-kiddies on a Saturday trip to POPS.... there was the string necklace candy that caught Anayah's fancy.   Well, she sucked on it... put it on her neck... took it off...  it dried out..   Then Jalen decides to wear it... awhile....  crunch a few candies.... and his boyish nature ended up breaking it, and dumping it aside.... 
A CLASSIC childhood adventure!

Week 13: Sweets. What was your favorite childhood candy or dessert? Have your tastes changed since then? What satisfies your sweet tooth today? This challenge runs from Saturday, March 26, 2011 through Friday, April 1, 2011. 

Spring Week 14 - Forever Peonies.....

Weekly Geneabloggers   Week #14 –  Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc. This challenge runs from Saturday, April 2, 2011 through Friday, April 8, 2011.

A Simple ...  Peonie

here's to last year May 2010

 This is the front yard which has two peonie plants and the red rose bush...
These were the blooms - beautiful that I displayed at work...
 The back yard display is a white peonie .... next to a forever garlic plant!!!

Now for 2011

Picture taken 3-5-2011
Just peeping out of the front yard/ground area...
there are two bushed planted by my daddy... at least early 1980's

 And this picture date is 3-22-2011
I purchased round support stakes this year as these get really heavy!

If I can name them as such... the ball-heads are forming for the blooms!   So Happy!
The rose bush was we'll see how it blooms next to the Redbirds.... I'm trying to cover worn out shutters on the house front!!

Reviewing my Care Notes..... Garden peonies are herbaceous perennials (height 20 to 36 inches)
Peonies grow best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade. Peonies require winter cold to flower. Flower size will decrease due to root competition from nearby trees and shrubs. Peonies prefer a well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Roots will quickly rot in poorly drained soil; consider planting in a raised bed.
The best time to plant peonies is in early fall — September and October are ideal

These bush-style plants are known to live for years, some varieties for over a hundred years, and others for a lifetime. Blooms in a vast range of color and mixed color variations appear in early summer and usually last for several weeks. The plants grow from 24 to 48 inches high and usually require staking due to the weight of the blooms.

 There are few perennials that can rival them for floral display and foliage as they offer beautiful flowers in the spring and provide good foliage throughout the summer. Their exquisite, large blossoms, often fragrant, make excellent cut flowers and the foliage provides a background for annuals or other perennials. Planted at the back of a perennial bed, the deeply cut, glossy green foliage makes a pleasing background throughout the summer for other plants.

.....if you want to propagate them, carefully lift the clump and wash away the soil to expose the eyes. Use a clean, sharp knife to divide the clump into sections making sure that each section have three to five eyes and good roots. Replant the sections immediately and if this is not possible keep new divisions in a shady area and do not allow them to become dry.
You can also propagate peonies from seeds. Sow the seeds in containers outdoor in autumn or early winter, but you must have patience because some of them might take 2-3 years to germinate.   
The presence of ants on peony blossoms is neither beneficial nor harmful to the plant so there is no need to spray them. Ants are attracted to peonies because of the nectar they produce while in bud.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Peonies and Roses

Peonies are long-lived, perennial flowers that produce large flowers in the spring. Colors include black, coral, cream, crimson, pink, purple, rose, scarlet, white, and yellow. By planting early, mid-season, and late flowering cultivars, you can have peonies flowering for 6 to 8 weeks

The best time to plant peonies is in early fall — September and October are ideal. If planted in the spring, they may not bloom for a year or two. Purchase divisions containing 3 to 4 "eyes"; divisions with only one or two eyes normally take 3 to 5 years to flower. Be sure the divisions are free from rot when they are planted. Trim away any soft spots with a sharp knife.

Dig a hole 12 to 18 inches deep and 18 inches wide, spacing holes 3 to 4 feet apart. Incorporate a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic matter such as compost, pine bark, or well-aged manure. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer per plant in the bottom of the hole. Avoid adding fertilizer to soil that will surround the roots. Many gardeners add a half cup of bone meal or superphosphate at planting. Remember peonies are a more or less permanent plants in the garden and they are deep rooted; the only time you can properly prepare the soil is prior to planting.
Fill the hole about half full of amended soil then place the root division with the eyes facing upward. After the division is in place, work the soil in around the fleshy roots. Be sure the "eyes" will not be more than 2 inches below the soil surface when backfilling is completed. If planted in September, the clumps should be partially established before severe cold weather occurs.

Plant a tree peony tuber with 4 to 5 inches of soil covering the graft. The graft can be recognized by the ridge on the stem and a difference in bark texture. Deep planting allows the graft to develop its own root system.

Care and Maintenance
Mulch peonies each spring with a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic matter to control weeds, conserve moisture and to keep the soil cool. In the fall, remove and destroy the old mulch to aid disease control. Leave the plants unmulched during the winter. Maintain adequate phosphorus levels in the soil for healthy, vigorous root development and growth. Soil test every 3 years to monitor for essential nutrients.

Apply a low nitrogen fertilizer such as 5-10-10 at the rate of 2 to 3 lb per 100 ft2 (2 Tbsp per ft2 1/2 cup per plant) in the spring when the stems are about 2 or 3 inches high. Over-fertilization, especially with nitrogen, usually results in weak stems and reduced flowering.

To produce larger flowers, a practice known as disbudding is recommended. The terminal bud on each stem tip is left and all side buds are removed. This should be done as soon as the buds are visible. To prevent the large flowers from breaking or bending over during a strong wind or rain, plants should be staked. Sink the stake behind the plant and use stakes that are 6 to 12 inches shorter than the plants so they will not be visible. Loosely tie the stems to the stake using plastic covered wire or a soft cloth. Tie the stems, making a double loop, with one loop around the plant and the other around the stake.

Remove flowers as soon as they fade to prevent seed development, which can use up needed food reserves. The faded flower should be removed just below the flower, leaving as much foliage as possible. Cutting flowers for enjoyment in the home can also reduce the flowering in future years. Do not cut more than one-third to one-half of the flowers for cut flowers and leave as much foliage as possible on the plant.
In the fall, after a heavy frost, remove and destroy the stems of garden peonies down to 3 inches from the soil surface to eliminate the possibility of the fungal diseases overwintering.

Peonies do not respond well to transplanting and reestablish slowly. Divide and replant only after they become crowded — usually after 10 to 15 years. Fall is the best time to divide when swollen, red buds are clearly visible. Carefully dig around and under the plant to avoid cutting off roots. Cut tubers with a sharp knife that has been sterilized with a flame or in alcohol. Each section should contain 3 to 5 eyes. Dust cut surfaces with fungicide to discourage disease infection and rot.