Starting Plants From Seeds

Starting plants from seeds that you have started indoors can give you a head start on the growing season. To get vigorous transplants, give the following points some thought.

* Start your transplants with seeds from reliable sources.
* Select cultivars that give you the plant size, color and growth habit you want.
* Select cultivars that are adapted to your area.
* Purchase enough seed for only the present growing season.
* Become familiar with the approximate time to seed before the last frost, time seeds take to germinate, proper germination temperature and the need for light/dark to germinate.

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Ya Gotta Love This Florida Judge

I don’t often agree with decisions handed down by judges in our legal system, but I have to agree with this one.

In Florida, an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling. “Your Honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter, and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant.”

The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”

The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.”

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Management Course – Lesson 6

As with the previous lessons in this Management Course, spend a few seconds to determine your moral before reading the actual moral. (There are three morals in this lesson.)

Lesson 6:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While he was laying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals (3) of the story:


(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

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Wild Turkey Feet Stew

While I was teaching in South Dakota we were always looking for new ways of funding our FFA activities. One year we sponsored a chicken BBQ at a local demolition derby where we sold chicken halves. We had raised around 300 fryers and dressed them ourselves. One of our members, Dewey, asked if he could have the feet when we were butchering. I asked him what the heck he was going to do with them. “EAT ‘EM” was his reply. Since then I’ve seen various recipes for chicken feet and have seen Andrew Zimmern eat them on his TV show. With spring turkey season coming soon I thought I’d share this recipe for turkey feet with you.

4 pair of turkey feet (around 2 pounds)
5 potatoes, cubed to stew size
4 onions, quartered
1 c green beans
1 c carrots, chunked
1 c celery, chunked
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Cut off the toe nails and wash feet. Place in stock pot and cover with water. Add the potatoes, onions, green beans, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer until tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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Drunks 1, Cops 0

Drunk driving is considered a sport in Texas. Here is a true story from the Lone Star State.

Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Fort Worth, Texas. After last call the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man finally managed to find his truck and trailer and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally, he got the keys into the ignition and started the engine, switched the wipers on and off… it was a fine, summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle ahead a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons’ vehicles left. Finally, when his was the only truck left in the parking lot, he pulled out and slowly drove down the road. The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyzer test. To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken.” “I seriously doubt it”, said the proud redneck. “Tonight I’m the designated decoy.”

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Management Course – Lesson 5

As in the previous Management Course lessons, spend a few seconds to determine your moral before reading the actual moral.

Lesson 5:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”

“Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replies the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was spotted by a hunter, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:


Bull shit ¬†might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.


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Wild Game Dip

If you are looking for a different dip to use with chips during a get together with friends, here is a recipe where you may use a package of venison, elk, moose or what ever wild game you may have on hand.

1 lb wild game burger
1 16-oz sour cream
1 8-oz cream cheese
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg shredded cheese
2 cans black olives, sliced or chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 bag tortilla chips or choice of chips

Brown the meat in a skillet, set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning. Add browned meat and sprinkle on the remaining ingredients.

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