Rain

Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. So far the January blues have been more grey than blue. I call this Dutch weather, where we don’t get wet, but don’t stay dry either. Just like Amsterdam. With all this damp and dull weather, farmers aren’t pushing the panic button just yet. It’s January,…

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Oleander

Cheryl told me to throw it out the window for good, but the stubborn in me has not given me permission to do so. Not yet. A month ago, I wrote about the Oleander tree which we enjoy on the patio in summer and bring indoors for the winter. This is year 3 for the…

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Concrete

There has been a plethora of news lately about carbon taxing and cap and trade policies, perhaps largely because we are being hit in the pocketbook with higher prices at the pumps. And we are not sure to what levels Trump will continue to poo-poo any action on climate change. Hidden near the bottom of…

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Bark

We tend to compare tree bark to our skin, and in many ways they are very similar. Bark and skin are both made of several layers, with the toughest being on the outside. Young bark, like an infant is softer than old bark. And like skin, bark’s main purpose is to protect the more valuable…

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