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Garden Fireworks Time

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring is a very busy and colorful time around the DSD Compound, and things are starting to look great.
The front garden came together nicely.

The back veggie garden had been in full swing for a while. I have peas, spinach, carrots and garlic all growing. And just this week we added squash and pole beans.

The tomatoes are on their way, as well as the peppers.

Last but not least, the peonies are starting to bloom.

A lot of work, but things are looking pretty good so far!

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ICECUB 5/20/2014 12:51PM

    BEAUTIFUL emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 5/23/2013 7:01PM

    I really envy you your peonies, we don't stay cold long enough for ours to flower or make much leaves

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CBAILEYC 5/23/2013 10:44AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing so much color.

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A Really Bad Week

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Iíve been working in television news for nearly 30 years, and I donít think I have ever had a busier, sadder, more stressful week. Between the tragedies in Boston and Texas, then local news stories like the family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning or the college freshman who fell to her death at a rooftop party, or the two little kids found living in a storage unit, or the 113 animals taken out of a womanís home, the bad news just seemed to never stop this week. Come to find out this week has historically been a really bad week.

April 14th (1912) The Titanic hits an iceberg. More than 1,500 people die when the unsinkable ship sinks.
April 15th (2013) The Boston Marathon bombing.
April 16th (2007) 32 people shot and killed by a student on the campus of Virginia Tech, who later takes his own life.
April 17th (2013) A fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas. Hundreds of homes are destroyed and at least 14 people are killed, most of whom were first responders.
April 18th (1906) Thousands die in the Great San Francisco earthquake.
April 19th (1993) 76 people die in the siege of a religious compound in Waco Texas. Two years later, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is bombed. 168 people die, including 19 children in a day care facility.
April 20th (1999) Two students go on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, leaving 13 dead, and over 20 injured. The same date in 2010 marked the Deepwater Horizon explosion, killing 11, making it the worst oil spill in US history.

Forget about the Ides of March. Maybe we should be worried about the Ides of April.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/24/2013 3:53PM

    You couldn't pay me enough to work in that realm. I turned off TV awhile ago for some peace. I still keep current, but not stressed.

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/24/2013 3:49PM

    This is exactly why I do not watch the news or read the paper.

I am just forever grateful that my son & the rest of the fife & drum corps he belongs to were already on their bus back to Michigan and were not performing at the Boston Marathon. They were in the area for the weekend festivities for Patriot's Day.

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JANI-LOU 4/21/2013 6:35PM

  Wow, that's amazing. It has been a discouraging and depressing week in many ways, and yet also an incredible one, as stories of heroism and justice being served have also hit the news.
Yesterday I went to see the movie, Olympus Has Fallen. Great movie, but I felt as though I was watching this weeks news!

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BUTEAFULL 4/21/2013 1:19PM

    and don't forget Caesar and the Ides of March oops that was last month nevermind

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    Dear DogStarDaddy,

I'm sorry you had to deal with so much awful news this week. It must be the hardest part of your job. At least you were able to show that it could be worse (?). In the meantime, I hope things get better workwise!


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Brilliant Philadelphia Flower Show 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

This year, I celebrated my 15th year of being involved in the Philadelphia flower Show. The theme this year was "Brilliant!" and the focus was on the horticulture of the UK

There was lots of great music, food, and of course flora of the British Isles

There was fashion as well. In addition to a room where you could create and build your own fascinator, there were outfits made entirely out of plants (not that they looked very comfortable!)

The colors and sights were truly amazing!

There was a Yellow Submarine, and references to literature like Mary Poppins and Harry Potter.

As always, if you can find a way to make it to Philly this year, I promise the sights, sounds and smells will be brilliant!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/7/2013 7:37PM

    Great photos! Brillant!

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DAWN14163 3/5/2013 1:57AM

    Spectacular! Now on my bucket list of "places to visit...." Thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you for sharing the photos again this year. One of these years I will get there to see the show, it sounds (and looks) amazing.

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BUTEAFULL 3/4/2013 11:19PM

    great photos thanks for posting them

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CBAILEYC 3/4/2013 4:40PM

    These kinds of things always intrigue me! Too bad you didn't get a shot of yourself in a fascinator.
Sounds like a great experience.

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LECATES 3/4/2013 3:19PM

    Thanks for the taste!

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JACKIE542 3/4/2013 2:27PM

    Beautiful, thank you. emoticon

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_MOBII_ 3/4/2013 2:15PM

    Beautiful! (And brilliant!!!!)

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Storm Recovery Update

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Quick update on storm recovery. The eye of Sandy made landfall about 90 miles from us. We were without power for several days, and still have no internet/phone/cable. (I'm posting from work.)
Everyone is ok. Once the power came back on, we could at least have heat and hot water, which was great news. We lost tow trees (making the total number of trees lost this year 6, thanks to the straight line winds that smashed us this spring.) A chunk of fence came down, and we had siding and roofing pulled up. We spent Monday night sleeping in one of the small guest rooms, because it has only one window, and I was concerned about glass breaking. Three people and three pets made for a snug sleeping situation :)
There is still no school tomorrow, 'cause most of town is without power, and much to our daughter's dismay, Halloween is postponed until at least Saturday so they can get the street lights on.
Everyone is fine tho. No one we know is hurt, and my parents (who live close to the beach) have lots of power thanks to the generator they got a few years ago.
I won't be able to post much this week, but should be back soon.

The view from near my Parent's house before the storm hit. The docks are already under water, and today there are several boats resting on the railroad bridge.

The view about 15 miles from my parent's house. The boardwalk washed away.

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LIBERTINE 11/7/2012 11:15AM

    Glad to hear all is well! So thankful my east coast people all survived safely.

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STUFFANFLUFF 11/1/2012 12:28PM

    Glad to hear everyone is safe. But, sorry you are being hit with this at all. Hopefully all goes well from here!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 11/1/2012 8:28AM

    Scary stuff. So happy to hear you and your family are OK. This has been a pretty awful storm. I hope that you can recover quickly (and as painlessly as possible from the damage).


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FANGFACEKITTY 11/1/2012 4:43AM

    Wow. Just wow.

I'm glad everyone is OK and the damage was not worse. Here's some virtual candy for your daughter's missed Halloween :
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SUSANBEAMON 11/1/2012 2:46AM

  You made it through something that will be mentioned in history books for a time. Take a moment to reflect on that, then take lots of pictures you can show your grandchildren.

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TIZSLIM 10/31/2012 9:44PM

  My thoughts are very much with you. Glad you are all safe.

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Zombie Disney Family

Sunday, October 21, 2012

We just got back from a wonderful week long trip to Disney World. One of the reasons we went was to visit the Disney Halloween party. My wife and I decided to go as undead versions of Disney characters, and our daughter wanted to go as a vampire Queen. The costumes were a huge success, and not only did lots of people take pictures of us at the party, but regular, real Disney characters commented on us all night.
I've had several requests to post pictures, so here they are. The Ghost Belle and Zombie Gaston!

We had lots of fun :)

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KALI511 10/24/2012 3:35PM

    Love it! Your daughter is pulling off scary & adorable at the same time. Well done!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 10/24/2012 6:00AM

    Nice twist on on classic characters.

Isn't Walt Disney's head stored in a freezer somewhere awaiting reanimation?


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THINANDFITEMILY 10/23/2012 12:06PM

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DEZZIEJAMES 10/23/2012 9:47AM

    Sings, "Look there he goes
Isn't he dreamy?
Monsieur Gaston
Oh he's so cute
Be still my heart
I'm hardly breathing
He's such a tall, dark,
strong and handsome brute"
Very good job. Hats off to the three of you!!!!


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VINTAGEPAGE 10/22/2012 9:24PM

  Awesome idea! I just got around to looking at them now! Love it!

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DESERTJULZ 10/22/2012 7:13PM

    And a good time was had by all! :D

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CBAILEYC 10/22/2012 5:44PM

    Great costumes!

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JENN03275 10/22/2012 6:21AM

    That's cool!!

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YAGERMONSTER 10/22/2012 6:10AM

    Three cheers for the best looking family for Halloween so far!
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If anybody turned.. My money is FFK turned into a ninja!

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/22/2012 1:35AM

    emoticon scary!

Welcome back! BTW I think one of our members got turned while you were gone. Then again, it likes like maybe you did we let you back in the compound?

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LIBERTINE 10/21/2012 9:52PM

    Hahaha This is awesome!

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