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Archive for September, 2011

I’m Hoping for Change

Posted by olemike on 09/22/2011

I’m starting to believe that it is good that President Obama seems to want to continue growing our dependence on the government.  His economic policies continue to be unsuccessful and with the recent huge losses in stock market values, I and many others will need to live on the government dole very soon.

We need to vote this dolt out of office and elect someone who knows how to create jobs.  He certainly has no clue.

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Congress, Pass this Bill!

Posted by olemike on 09/19/2011

While I very seldom agree with anything President Obama wants to do, I do believe the “Jobs Bill” needs to be passed.  Perhaps small changes would be acceptable but most of the tax cuts should be favored by the GOP and much of the spending is for infrastructure and school expenses.  Per Mark Zandi, the Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics, infrastructure spending has a multiplier effect of $1.44 for every dollar spent.  That seems like a pretty good result.  Our roads and schools definitely need work, we have thousands of unemployed construction workers,  and we need to do a better job of educating our youth.  Yes, it will need to be paid for and eliminating many of the tax loopholes used by the wealthy should do the job.  We could eliminate many loopholes, reduce rates, and still generate more revenue that we need.  Congressman Paul Ryan has such a plan.  Maybe he and Barack should talk.  If you agree with this proposal, write to congress and let them know of your support.

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Late Summer Garden Update

Posted by olemike on 09/05/2011

My garden is starting to feel the effects of the mid-summer heat in the Sacramento valley.  Some plants seem to suffer with the extreme heat but my tomatoes love the warm weather.

Our tomatoes are very late this year due to the unseasonable rain and cool weather this past spring.  However, we are now starting to get improved ripening and later this week we hope to start canning stewed tomatoes.  We have also had pretty good luck with green beans.  In fact, we are getting sick of them.  Besides eating quite a few, we have frozen about 20 meal sized packages to eat this winter.

In one of my raised beds, I have already planted the first cycle of a winter garden.  A few days ago, I planted red cabbage, pak choy, beets, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and turnips.  Hopefully, I didn’t start these too soon.  It is still pretty hot.  I am converting a second bed to two tier and will be ready to plant a second winter crop within a week or so.  I haven’t selected what to plant yet.  Stay tuned for that info in a future post.

On July 20th, after a couple of weeks of harvesting veggies, I decided to starting weighing the produce we pick each morning.  From July 20 through August 30, the garden has yielded about 100 lbs. of produce.  That’s roughly 2 .5 lbs/day – not enough to take to the market, of course, but just enough for the two of us to eat, can, and give some to neighbors.  That is the primary goal of our gardening effort.

We also harvested about 6 cantaloupes recently.  They came out pretty well – not too big but were very tasty.

Lastly, I wanted to post a picture of the wall painting we purchased recently.  We like the looks of it in our garden.  What say you?

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