Friday, July 31, 2009

ENTRY # EIGHTEEN HUNDRED & TWO



GOOD MORNING TO ALL MY FRIENDS.


Time is so precious-do not waste it
© 2009


Micah

I am sure that you saw what I received the other day for having the best Senior blog. I do appreciate that very much.

Now I want to tell you something else that makes me very proud. That is the young readers that I have, and I do have sevral of them. This morning I am showing you one of my readers and a very dear friend.

His name is Micah and he lives in Alabama. He is seven years old. He is of course in school and doing well. He spends many weekends with his aunt Vicki and she tells me that he always wants to read my blog with her. He says to her let's go see what Dad is doing. He does send me email, and I call him on the phone very often, He tells me that he and his aunt Vicki are planning to come see me sometime soon.

I will be telling you about other young readers later. I do try to write a blog that you will know that it will be safe for your children to read. We all need to be kind to our children and tell them every day that we Love them. DAD.

Here is my thought for today. 7/31/09.

" The heart of God is always grieved unless His chosen people pray,

And seek his all sufficent grace to keep them in the evil day."

Thanks to R. L. Allan & Son for giving me permission to use this. DAD

We are very excited here at Dads house. My great grandaughter Mandy and her husband Alex are going to visit us this weekend. They will arrive Saturday around noon and will be with us untill Sunday afternoon. She is the one that writes that helpful and interestin blog It Ain't Easy Bein' Green If you havent been reading it you should start today. Dad/ Great Grandpa.

If you want to know why I am running just follow me. I am headed to Sara's Dog Training It gets better every day. Those two Shelties are beautiful to watch.Dad.

For the last few mornings we have been having our tea and coffee early, why change now, It is ready and waiting on you, Bs sure if you have the time to spare stop in and cheer me up.

We have been having rain. rain and then more rain, And I think that AOL weather prediction is for more today. 7/31/09


Showers and thundershowers likely. High 83F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected


http://heavenlybama.blogspot.com

Dana is back,

Look above and see who is going to start posting again. I am glad to see Dana again. She is one of my first reders when I first started. Welcome home Dana. DAD.

I am very proud of the links below. They are also found in my side pannel with a lot of other interesting stuff.


DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1


DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2 This one is lighted at night.

Dad's Smile Album .. I need your smile here if you are not already there.

Dad's Songbird and Rose Garden .. DAD's Favorite.


Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2008


Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2009

I think that I have said enough for this time. I hope that all is going well with all of you. If my life is spared I will be back Saturday morning. Be good untill I see you agan, and abov all else be Kind and have your smile on. Love You.

BYE BYE DAD

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.
Posted by Dad on 7/31/09. At 4;00 A.M.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

ENTRY # EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND ONE

Good Morning.

Time is so precious-do not waste it
.© 2009

I am hopeing that all of you are feeing good this Thursday morning. We will do like we did yesterday morning and have our coffee the first thing. That will help us get off to a good start. I turned that coffee maker on before I sat down here, so any time that you can please do stop in and see me. DAD.

There is supposed to be a beautiful picture that goes with the article that tells about the flag below. But I don't think that I will be able to get it in this entry. Sorry DAD.


"THE FLAG THAT DOESN'T FLY

Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB. Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.
For our soldiers....Please don't break it! When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer
for our servicemen. There is nothing attached.... Just send this
to all the people in your address book.
Do not stop the wheel, please.
"

A funny dog.

This below sent to me by Helen.

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOzOsJpR7Q

We have ben having a lot of thunder storms that have been a great help. Cooler and plent of rain.

Here is what AOL says is going to happen today. 7/30/09

Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 79F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%


Posted on 29 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Green Energy and Tomatoes - A Splendid Combination
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By Vanessa Richins

There’s a fascinating new development in Ontario, Canada.
Great Northern Hydroponics is now harnessing green energy from a tri-generation power plant to grow tomato plants.
The new energy is allowing Great Northern Hydroponics to stay competitive with Mexico and the United States.
Previously, it had been difficult since it took much more energy to heat up the greenhouses than in those warmer countries. With the new energy system, they can heat the greenhouses more efficiently and lower costs.
David Stoyka, a senior account representative from Marx Layne & Co, which works with Great Northern Hydroponics, explains how Tri-generation power works. “As a Tri-generation power facility, GNH {has a} simultaneous production of three forms of energy — electricity, heating and cooling.
It burns natural gas and uses exhaust scrubbing technology to clean and extract the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the engine exhaust, then transfers the clean CO2 to the greenhouse to be used as fertilizer for the tomato plants (plants use the CO2, water and fertilizer to produce food and oxygen). For more than 10 years the technology has been in wide use throughout Western Europe, but this is its first application in North America.”
No CO2 is released into the atmosphere with this process, so Great Northern Hydroponics can be classified as an overall user of CO2.
Water is also used to cool down the engines. This heats up the water, which is then used to heat the greenhouse. Local utility companies will be using the electricity produced by the engines.
The greenhouses are located in Kingsville, Ontario. They are able to produce more than 20,282,528 pounds of tomatoes in 50 acres of greenhouses. GNH is the first hydroponics greenhouse that is certified to be compliant with ISO 9001-2000. They have also gotten high ratings for food quality and safety. No pesticides or herbicides are used.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era in tomato growing - healthier and greener.


Source
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I am on my way again this Thursday morning to Sara's Dog Training to see those two beautiful Shelties. You can go with me if you wish. It always helps me to get a smile started just looking at them. And I need a smile very bad this Thursday morning. I love Shelties and I am still looking for one. DAD.


My two outside Cams are working to day and tonight # 2 is lighted for night viewing.
DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1

DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2

This is going to be all for today. I have lots that needs to be done today, so I want to get out there early. You might want to check on me on one of the outside cams. I hope that your day goes well. And remember to be kind to everyone today. And you know without me telling you to smile.

Remember my side panel if you need anything that is not in this blog.

Bye Bye Dad

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.

Posted by Dad on 7/30/09

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ENTRY # EIGHTEEN HUNDRED

Good Morning.

Time is so precious-do not waste it.
© 2009

Why don't we have our coffee or tea early this morning. I believe that I can think and write a little better after I have had at least one cup. Sit down it is ready.

I don't have very much to talk about right now but I am sure that something will come to me.

Kelly did send me some nice pictures today ( You all would remember Kelly, she is the one who has all those beautiful chickens.) These two pictures are of her upside down tomatoes, she has done a wonderful job with them. I tried this but did not do near as well as Kelly has. DAD

I want to congratulate Kelly on doing such a nice job on these upside down tomatoe. I am glad to have her and her family as my friends. You will find a link to her blog over on my side panel. (The Chicken Chhronicle }

http://dadstomatonews.blogspot.com/

The link above will take you to something that was to large for my regular blog, It is so good I hope that you will view it. DAD.

Here below is the link to something that is worth reading. My friend John C sent this to me. Dad.
http://nethugs.com/inspirational/take-hold-of-every-moment/

Here is our weather for today, this is from AOL.Today 7/29/09.

Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 78F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

I am on my way to Sara's Dog Training to see those two beautiful Shelties. You can go with me if you wish. It always helps me to get a smile started just looking at them. I am still looking for one. DAD.

My two outside Cams are working to day and tonight # 2 is lighted for night viewing.

DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1
DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2

Here is my thought for today, and I seem to have the same thought every morning when I first open my eyes to another new day. Dad.

" Time is so precious- do not waste it. "

This is all that I have right now, I might be back later today. If not I hope to see you in the morning. SMILE and be KIND to all you meet today.

BYE BYE DAD.

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.Posted by Dad on 7/28/09

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY NINE.



Mary woke me up from a good nap to make this video, I may have been a little grouchy. Do you blame me. Dad'


Good Morning.

Time is so precious-do not waste it.

I had such a long entry on Monday that I am ashamed of myself, I feel like just say Good Morning and then Bye Bye Dad this morning.

Maybe not that drastic but I am going to make it short just a few things that will not take so much space. And maybe it will be a little easier to read. Dad.

Our tea and Coffee will be ready in a jiffy, why don't we sit and visit while we have a cup.

I don't want to miss those Shelties , so we must stop by Sara's Dog Training for a look at them. I love Shelties. Dad.

This picture above is one of my Eastern Blue Bird Boxes. We had the pleasure of seeing several baby blue birds fly off into the trees next to my tomato gaden. It does make you smile to see this happen. Dad.

Here is the link below to a very interesting blog, from The United Kingdom. By my friend Bob. Thanks Bob we are enjoying our visit to the United Kingdom. I have a lot of friends in your country, some have been with me since I first began writing a blog .

http://thediaryofanenglishgardener.blogspot.com/.

Our weather is still very nice. Here is what AOL says about it for today. 7/28/09


A mix of clouds and sun with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. High near 85F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Here is my thought for today.

" Let us do all that we do for others today in Love and Kindness. Dad.

I am going to stop right here, and I hope that you will go to my side panel for my two Cams and two albums and a lot of other things are there. I will see you in the morning, be good and keep smiling.


BYE BYE DAD.


© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.Posted by Dad on 7/28/09

Monday, July 27, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY EIGHT



I would like to explain about my eyes being closed in the above video. The sun was so bright and shining right in my face, even if I look sad I was very happy. But I have no excuse for being old and ugly, you will just have to put up with that. DAD.

Good Morning.

Think about this for a minute...

If I happened to show up on your door step crying, Would you Care? If I called you and asked you to pick me up because something happened, Would you come? If I had one day left, to live my life; Would you be part of that last day? If I needed a shoulder to cry on, Would you give me yours? Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes? They blink together, they move together, they cry together, They see things together and they sleep together,

BUT THEY NEVER SEE EACH OTHER...

That's what friendship is. Life is lonely without FRIENDS.

It is World Best Friends Week!!!!

I am not sure about the above, I wonder if it was last week or this week. If anyone knows I would like to hear. I think that we could have this every day here on the blog. DAD.

I am wondering how those two beautiful Shelties made it over the weekend, I hope that they and Sara had a little time to rest. Lets go and see what they are doing this morning, and while we are there thank Sara for letting us enjoy watching them. Here is the way to get there. Sara's Dog Training DAD.

Dad's blog wins Graypow Award

(A surprise to me. Dad)

" These days, millions of senior citizens enjoy exploring the Internet, and hundreds of websites are offering them valuable guidance and entertainment. As publishers of the world's first multi-national e-book (now a blog), Life Begins at 80 http://lifebginsat80.blogspot.com/ , we believe we should encourage these admirable youngsters (hey, some of them are only in their 50s!) So we have great pleasure in presenting a Award the GRAYPOW to the outstanding Tennessee website Tomato gardening with Dad.

http://tomatogardeningwithdad.blogspot.com/

Thanks you so very much Eric, DAD

I have had several ask me if the eagles are gone, this below might help answer the question. I saw one yesterday. DAD


"Juvenile eagles continue to frequent the nest area, both to perch and to take advantage of the food brought by the adults. Occasionally the adults bring food and none of the juveniles come to eat - a sign of their growing independence.

Would you like a chance to see Eagles and other raptors this fall? Thousands of Raptors - along with vast numbers of songbirds and shorebirds funnel down the Delmarva peninsula every autumn. To celebrate this natural wonder - the Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival will take place from Sept. 17-20th. Headquartered in Cape Charles this festival offers guided birding trips on land and sea. Take this chance to explore Virginia's beautiful Eastern Shore and see lots of birds to boot!

The full festival program and registration form is available online at http://www.esvachamber.org/festivals/birding/. See you on the Shore!"

Posted by VDGIF Wildlife Biologist on
Thursday, July 16, 2009

“Barriers Down”

"On July 15th, the barriers around the nesting area at the Norfolk Botanical Garden were removed. This exclusion area is in place from December 15th through July 15th and ensures that any disturbances to the nesting eagles are minimized. Staff at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have access to the exclusion area once per week to continue with the maintenance and upkeep of this area of the Garden.

At this point in the development of these young eagles, the nest and nest area are becoming somewhat less important as they expand their horizons. We continue to see the young birds around the nest area....for how long? We'll have to watch and see."

What is wrong with me, here I have been working almost an hour and have not had my coffee. No wonder everything seems all mixed up. But it is ready now and I want you to hurry on in here and have a cup with me.

It sure does taste good, and why does a cup of tea or coffe taste better on Monday morning than any other day in the week ?


Posted on 22 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com


Companion Planting Part 2: The Arch-Enemies of Tomatoes


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By Vanessa Richins


Recently we learned about the friends of tomatoes.


This time we turn attention to the foes - these are the plants that you don’t want to grow anywhere near your tomatoes.
Corn: Corn and tomatoes have an enemy in common. Whether you know it as the tomato fruitworm or the corn earworm, it’s bad, bad news. These 1.5-2″ monsters chew their way through your tomatoes, corn, and a host of other plants.
Dill: It’s strange….when dill is young, it actually enhances tomato growth and health. Once it is mature, however, the opposite is true and it will stunt tomato growth.
Potatoes: Remember how there was a great potato famine in 19th century Ireland? It was caused by a fungal disease called late blight. The fungus spreads and rots the potato. Unfortunately for us, tomatoes and the other members of the nightshade family can also be affected. The fungus can overwinter, so don’t plant tomatoes this year if you had infected potatoes last year. Both can also get another fungal disease- early blight.
Black walnut trees: Black walnut trees inhibit growth for all plants, but this is especially true for tomatoes and other nightshade family plants.
Fennel: This plant will interfere with tomato growth….alas for tomato/fennel recipes.
The family: The nightshade and Brassica families don’t like each other. Members include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and kohlrabi. These will inhibit growth in your tomatoes.
Other potential foes include rosemary, apricots, and strawberries.
Are there any other combinations that have gone wrong in your experience?


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If this information is to late for this season it would be good to file it for the next season. DAD

This below is interesting. Dad.

http://original.justgiving.com/bustermartin1/

We are still having nice weather here is what AOL says will happen today. ( 7/27/09


Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. High 86F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.

I am going to stop before I get cut off. I was going to give you a thought for today but since I have been so long this morning I am just going to say " Be good today. Dad "

Hope to see you in the early morning. SMILE.

BYE BYE DAD.

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.Posted by Dad on 7/27/09.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY SIX

I love to look at these beautiful clouds, we have been having lots of them lately. They give me a feeling of peace. Dad.

Good Morning.

Time is so precious-do not waste it.


Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

I am sure that the most of us are glad to see another Saturday morning. I know that I am, I feel the need of slowing down and getting better prepared for Sunday,

Our weather looks good for us here in the Tennessee Valley. I am useing AOL for my weather report and here is what they say for today. 7/25/09.

Mostly sunny. High 88F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

It may be a little early for you to have a cup of tea or coffee, but I will be home all day so stop in anytime that is convient for you Dad.

http://online.nwf.org/site/R?i=n_xxoXPwo_COkDe8-KPw8g..

http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/

I have already done the things that are talked about in the two links above, I think that it is good and that you might consider it. DAD.

Since this is Saturday and I am tired I am not going to say any more, I hope that you will use my side panel for any thing that I left out. But I do want to remind you to check in on Sara today, you can always find her at Sara's Dog Training you will smile. Some very nice pictures on todays entry. DAD.

I will see you Monday.

BYE BYE DAD.

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.
Posted by Dad on 7/25/09.

Friday, July 24, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY FIVE

Good Morning.

Time is so precious-do not waste it

National Wildlife Magazine Photo Group

http://www.flickr.com/groups/nwmag?&s_src=Flickr_Photo_Challenge&s_subsrc=Flickr_vote_Pollinators

I hope that you will enjoy the link above as much as I did. DAD.


This link below is so good, God has done so much for us. This is a little long but it is worth looking at.

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Colors/index.htm



Our weather is a cool 65 this morning and very foggy. Be careful if you are driving. Here is the the report from AOL.

Today
Sunny. High around 85F. Winds light and variable.

Do you want your coffee or tea now? It has been ready for a while and I must confess that I have already had one cup. I just had to have it so that I could get started.


Do you want to go with me this morning to see those beatiful Shelties ? I always go early it help me to get my smile started . And here is the way to get there, it's not hard to find, Just click on -
Sara's Dog Training then sit back and smile. DAD.

These four links below are my most important Albums & Cams. I hope that you are finding time to look at these.

Garden Photo Album-2008....

Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2009...

DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1 Side view of garden.& the two Roses at the grave site of Princess.

DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2 View of lighted bird bath.

I need to add a few more smiles to this. Look at it and see if you are there, if not why don't you send Dad your smile. You will notice that there smiles from all over the world and I want you to be a part of it. Click on Dad's Smile Album DAD.


Posted on 17 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com


Haggis, Blood Pudding and Shepherd’s Pie: The Horrors of the Tomato Free Diet
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By Danny Thompson


My ancestry is 75% Irish and 25% British.
I have to like potatoes and black-eyed peas and leeks, or my family will disown me.
Shame will follow my children’s’ children through eternity.
Irish and British food is hearty and rib-sticking (it has to be, the islands are damp, cold, miserable places to live—at least they were up until the advent of modern indoor climate control systems).
A nice potato, some meat and a green vegetable are enough to further one’s existence out on the moor.
But, good lord it’s bland. God bless the people who invented salt and cheese.
Why is their food so…ordinary…when their neighbors on the continent have such savory cuisine?
It all goes back to England’s premier botanist at the time who declared the tomato unfit to eat because it was a member of the nightshade family. (Oddly, so is the potato…but I haven’t been able to track down why one was verboten while the other was fine.)
In fact, it is rumored that a British agent attempted to poison George Washington by serving him a dish laced with tomatoes.
Not everyone believed the tomato was poisonous (the leaves and stems are, but not the fruit itself), but it was enough to cast it in an unsavory light.
It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that my forefathers on the Isles began easing tomatoes into their cooking, and by them, strange foods that were strong on texture but not so strong on flavor had become traditional fare.
Which is a shame, because Shepherd’s Pie is incredible when you add in a tomato or two. Haggis on the other hand…


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Would you like to go on a care free hike, talk to Laura or Lucy and they will tell you how.

http://www.hikinginthesmokies.com/policies.htm

It is past time for me to get out of your way and let you get to your job, I know that you can hardly wait get there. But I will be back. Smile and be happy today.

BYE BYE DAD.

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY FOUR

Good Morning.
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Time is so precious-do not waste it.
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http://www.bornagainamerican.org/

..This link above is very interesting, and you can have a part in it if you so desire. Dad.

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We are still enjoying cooler weather here in east Tennessee. Here is what AOL says is going to happn today. Today 7/23/09.

. A mix of clouds and sun. High 84F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

I am begining to need my coffee, what about you ? I am up so I will serve. What will you have Tea or coffee. I do appreciate all of you that put forth an effort to be here. Dad.

I hope that you went by Sara's Dog Training yesterday. You missed something good if you did not. It make me smile to watch those two Shelties preform. Sara you are doing a wonderful job. DAD.

These four links below are my most important Albums & Cams...
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Garden Photo Album-2008..
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Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2009.
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DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1 Side view of garden.& the two Roses at the grave site of Princess
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AD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2 View of lighted bird bath.

Dealing with Tomato Blight

This is from Tomato Casual

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By Michael Nolan


Early BlightLooks like: Darkened spots on the older leaves, with rings. The area around the spot will often turn yellow.
Treatment: The fungus that causes Early Blight can survive through the coldest of winter months in the soil. The only way to avoid Early Blight is to completely remove any affected plants and clean all of the garden debris in the area. Some experts say that copper or sulfur spray will stop the fungus from spreading.
Late Blight Looks like: Late Blight is what caused the infamous Irish Potato famine. It presents as a gray spot on the leaves that looks almost like a grease spatter, and will often be surrounded by white mold - especially in wet weather.
Treatment: This fungus is like Early Blight in that it can survive mild winters. It can also transmit to potato plants and has been known to survive even cold winters, so the same treatment is called for.
Southern BlightLooks like: White mold appears near the base of the plant, leading to darkened circular spots on the stem that stops water and nutrients from getting to the fruit.


Treatment: Rotating crops every year can keep Southern Blight to a minimum. Some studies have also shown that fertilizers with added calcium or ammonium can help.


Next week we’ll look at a few more diseases and fungi that can affect your tomato crops. If you have any unusual symptoms rearing their ugly heads in your tomatoes, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you get through it!

This information above from Tomato Casual may be a little late for some of us, we can save it untill next season. I want to thank Reggie for all the help that we have received from him this season. DAD .

Here is my thought for today.

" Live for others every day. Be a blessing while you may. Ever loving kind and true, Jesus like in all you do."

This thought is in one of our hymns that we sing often. It was sung at my sweet wifes furneal.

I want to thank R.L. Allan and Son for giving me permission to use this. Dad.

I do need to stop and get to work, there is always plenty of that around here. But I love to work, and as I have said before I am not afraid of work, I can lay down right beside it any day and take a nap.

I hope that your day goes well, and it will if we do our part to make it, you know what that is. See you in the early morning.

BYE BYE DAD.

© 2009 Dad's Tomato Garden Journal all rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ENTRY SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY-THREE


Double click on the above picture to enlarge. DAD.
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Looking at this picture makes me hungry. We have enjoyed our tomatoes this year, nothing beats a good home grown tomato gathered from your own back yard. Why don't you try it next spring ?
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Good Morning,
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Time is so precious-do not waste it..
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I just knew that Helen would be able to tell Mary what that sound was coming from. DAD.
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"That is a nice basket of tomatoes. Nice that you two had company yesterday. Tell Mary I loved the video and it sounded like what we call a tree frog making that noise. I caught one doing that in a hummer video I made once. We have had several of those in the past but I haven't heard one this year. They usually do that before it rains. You two have a great day.Hugs to you both, Helen"


The weather has been cooler here in the Tennessee Valley. It has been very enjoyable. Here is what AOL tell us about today. Wednesday 7/22/09.
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A few showers early then thundershowers this afternoon. High 82F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

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Here below is a link that will give you a good view of the smokies.
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Great Smoky Mountains Web Cam

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On Tuesday we had a wonderful time, best of all we made three new friends. Our good friends Michael and Pamela came to see us and with them Michael's Dad, Mother and Sister. I am sure that you remember Michael and Pamela they are the ones that made our two outside Cams possible.
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I am just not able to tell you all that we enjoyed, but I am going to get Mary to tell you more when she comes in the office this morning. We may have a picture, DAD.


This is Mary writing. Our friends took us to the Old Mill restaurant in Pigeon Forge. It is a fabulous restaurant. There is actually an "old mill" right beside it that has been there for years. The restaurant uses the meal they grind there to make their fritters etc. Also the flour for making their biscuits. They serve a cup of delicious corn chowder with every meal. If you are in the Pigeon Forge area you must try it! Mary.
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I am in need of a good cup of Starbucks Coffee its hard for me to even think until have a cup. And I like mine strong with a little half and half. And I never forget to have that TEA ready. Since I am getting so many more readers from The United Kingdom and many other countries that like their tea, I am making extra Tea. Be sure stop in and see me this morning but be sure that you have a smile for me.
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We do not want to forget Sara this morning, and I know where we will find her, she will be right here at Sara's Dog Training taking care of two beautiful Shelties. Sara we are getting a lot of pleasure looking at your blog. Thanks DAD.
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Here is the link below to a very interesting blog, from The United Kingdom. By my friend Bob. Thanks Bob we are enjoying our visit to the United Kingdom. I have a lot of friends in your country, some have been with me since I first began writing a blog.
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http://thediaryofanenglishgardener.blogspot.com/..
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Here is my thought for today.
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" And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

Taken from Galatians chapter 6 and verse 9
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It is time for me to leave you for a little while, but I hope to come back in the morning, or sooner if anything happens that I think you would like to hear about. Let's try to be happy today and have a big smile for everyone that we meet. It will make the day a lot brighter for two people, you and the one that received it.
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BYE BYE DAD.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY TWO

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Good Morning.
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Time is so precious-do not waste it.
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Some of you may remember seeing this picture of Scottie my Sheltie up above. He is gone now for several years, but I still think of him and miss him so much. We spent many happy days together. Wherever I went Scottie was by my side. These good memories do help me in my old days. DAD.
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Here is our weather report from AOL for this Tuesday.
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Sun and clouds mixed. High 83F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
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The tepeatures that we are having are very plesant.
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I have the Tea and Starbucks ready and waiting for you, sit down and enjoy it. I only charge one smile a cup for either one. And I am having to make more tea now since so many of my new friends from the United Kingdom are stoping in, and I am so glad to see them. Smile..
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I am feeling a little better this morning. I think that I am going to make it. I just have the feeling that it is going to be a good day. The visit to my doctor went well, he gave me a good check up. He shook his head and said " I don't want to see you untill three months from today." That made me feel good. Dad.
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Now I want you to tell me how you are feeling. I hope that you are getting a good start today. One of the main things is not to worry about things that we can't change, and be content with the place that God has given us and seek to fill the place faithfully. And another thing that helps me is to count my blessings, they seem to be more than I deserve. Dad.
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You have looked it Scottie my Sheltie up above, now let's see what Sara is doing today at Sara's Dog Training I know that it will be something interesting. it always is if you love Shelties, DAD.
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Ecobirder Some very nice bird pictures.
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I don't know very much about this link up above but it does sound interesting. Might be worth checking. Dad.
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These links below are my most important Albums & Cams...
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.DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1 Side view of garden.& the two Roses at the grave site of Princess
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DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2 View of lighted bird bath.

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I am going to stop right here and let my side panel take over, it can tell you a lot more than I could ever do. Please use it.
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I do plan on being back in the morning if all goes well, untill I see you again be happy and smile every chance that you have. It will make it a much better day.
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BYE BYE DAD

Monday, July 20, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY ONE.

Good Morning.

Time is so precious-do not waste it.
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When I first saw this tomato plant above I had planned to just tell you about it Tell you how many tomatoes that I counted on it. But after thinking about it I told Mary that would not do. It would be hard for anyone to beleive that there are 34 tomatoes on the plant. Count them. And this is a record for me, and I wonder about some of you my friends may have beaten me. I wonder about my friend Boyd down in S.C. He usualy beats me. If you have I want to hear from you and I will show your plant on Dads blog.
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If you will double click on the above picture it will enlarge it, giving you a better view, now count the tomatoes. DAD.
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At first we were a little dissapointed in these plants, we had ordered Brandy Wines and these are not Brandy Wines. We ordered them from a local greenhouse here near our garden. The same thing happened to us last season. If anyone can tell me the variety by looking at the picture I would appreciate it. Next season I expect to order my plants from Burpee .
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I have not mentioned it yet but I did make some changes in the way that I produce tomatoes this season, and I am well pleased with the results. A little later I will tell you what I done. It is no big secret just as they say " Just good horse sense ". DAD.
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http://www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk/

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If I keep looking at links like the one above, you may hear that I am on my way to The United Kingdom for a visit. These Gardens are beautiful. DAD.
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http://www.bigcatrescue.org/StockPhoto/bigcatphotos.htm
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IF YOU LIKE WILD ANIMALS, THIS ABOVE IS INTERESTING

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Our tea and coffee is ready why not have a cup with me, And while we drink it we could look at those beautiful Shelties that you will find at Sara's Dog Training blog. I hope that Sara is working with them this morning. DAD
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Here is another record setter, if not in size it is in flavor and beauty. If you will stop in I will let you try one and then you can be the judge. East Tennessee tomatoes are hard to beat. DAD.

Here is the link below to a very interesting blog, from The United Kingdom. By my friend Bob. Thanks Bob we are enjoying our visit to the United Kingdom. I have a lot of friends in your country, some have been with me since I first began writing a blog.

.http://thediaryofanenglishgardener.blogspot.com/

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We are having a little cooler weather here at Dad's tomato garden. At 4 a.m. the tempeature is 60,and here is what AOL says is going to happen today.

Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High around 80F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

That sounds like a perfect day. Dad.

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I must bring this to a close, you may find many mistakes in the blog this morning. I have been in a little rush. I have my usual 3 month appointment this morning at 8 a.m. with my doctor and I do need to begin to get ready to go. He wants to patch me up so I can write this blog a few more days.

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Please use my side panel for the links to my two Cams and anything that I have left out.

. I hope to be back in the morning, keep smiling today if it is at all possible. I will be thinking of you today

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BYE BYE Dad.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & NINETY.

Good Morning.
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Time is so precious-do not waste it.

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( Good Morning.
I hope that all is well this Sunday Morning, I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you this morning here at 5:51 a.m.. I hope to see you in the morning. DAD )
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These Saturday morning are something that I like, no rushing around just taking our time in all that we do.It is so nice to sit down together and enjoy our Tea or Coffee in peace and enjoy our morning quitness. We hope that we can get rested up and be ready to go on Monday morning.

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You never can tell what you might find here. Dad's Views and Tomato News
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I used this link below yesterday, but I wanted to call it to your attention again. It is very interesting and it will be something good to view over the long weekend. DAD.
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Here is the link to a very interesting blog, from The United Kingdom. By my friend Bob.
http://thediaryofanenglishgardener.blogspot.com/
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The tempeature is 64 here in Tennessee at 4 a.m. this morning. And I want you to look at what AOL is saying about our weather for today.
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Today-Saturday 7/18/09
Plenty of sunshine. High 79F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

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Come on with me and we will go see what Sara is doing this morning. I wonder if she works with those two beautiful Shelties on Saturday.If you love Shelties as much as I do you will enjoy this blog. Sara's Dog Training has almost convienced me that I must have a Sheltie. DAD.
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.These links below are my most important Albums & Cams.
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.Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2008.
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.Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2009.
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DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1 Side view of garden.& the two Roses at the grave site of Princess.
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DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2 View of lighted bird bath.
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Here below is something that you are going to enjoy reading. It is about something that will be going on in Dad's state. Nashville, TN. TomatoCasual tells us all about it. Here is the link that will take you to Nashville. http://www.tomatocasual.com/. Thank Reggie. DAD.
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Here is my thought for this weekend.
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"Now therfore fear ye not.I will nourish you and your little ones. And he conforted them and spake kindly unto them."
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This is from Genesis chapter 50 and verse 21. Joseph speaking to his brothers that had done him wrong

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You know with out me having to tell you that I do not write a journal on Sunday. But I do hope to see you on Monday morning. We do want to spend this weekend ia a profitable manner. Smile and be kind. Our thoughts go your way. Love to all.
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BYE BYE DAD.

Friday, July 17, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & EIGHTY NINE


Good Morning.
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Here is the link to a very interesting blog, from The United Kingdom. My friend Bob.
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http://thediaryofanenglishgardener.blogspot.com/

( Sometimes I find that the above comes up a little slow, I think that it in my computer, I hope that it works well with you. Dad.)



We are still having some wet weather, In the video above you can see and hear a little about it. I hope
that today will be sunny.
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Today
Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours. A few storms may be severe. High 81F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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Well that don't look so good. does it. DAD.
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Why don't we have a good cup of Starbucks or a cup of hot tea right now. They are both ready and I am already trying my cup. Sit down I want to do the pouring this morning. And I want you to talk to me, tell me how you feel and about your plans for today.
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I am not feeling the very best this morning, but I think that I can make it after my little visit with you, and those smiles that I am getting this morning, keep them coming for smiles and kindness can sometimes mean so much to others. I received some real touching comments yesterday, they touched my heart and I want you to know that I appreciate them and that I do understand. We must try to be content through whatever our Heavenly brings to us, he knows best. Dad.
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Come on with me and we will go see what Sara is doing this morning. I think that I already know. If you love Shelties as much as I do you will enjoy this blog. I know that we will find Sara right here at Sara's Dog Training taking care of her two beautiful Shelties. DAD.
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Posted on 15 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com
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Reader Questions: Tomatoes Shriveling, Yellow Leaves
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By Vanessa Richins

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Wendy:

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“The top of my tomato plants are shriveling up, but the new growth seems to be a little healthier. Should I cut the tops off so the bottoms get the nutrients?”

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Hi Wendy.

How old are your plants? Are they determinate or indeterminate?
I’d want to figure out what is going on with your plant first. Are the leaves turning any color or just shriveling up?
Where is the new growth? Has it been raining a lot? Do you see any signs of insects?
The problem with removing the tops is that this would
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These links below are my most important Albums & Cams.
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..Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2008...

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Dad's Tomato Garden Photo Album-2009.

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.DAD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 1 Side view of garden..

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AD'S OUTDOOR WEB CAM # 2 View of lighted bird bath.
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I do need to get out of your way, I know that you have lots to do today. We are not going to worry today, just take all that comes calmly. And try to smile and be content. I hope that I will be able to see you in the morning.

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BYE BYE DAD.