Friday, October 19, 2012

Views from Our Kitchen Window

We once lived in an apartment or two where the view from our kitchen sink was—the wall.  Later we lived in a house where the kitchen-window view was of our neighbor’s carport.  Our next home had mirrors flanking a corner-sink—so I suppose that view was a significant improvement.  But now the view from the window by our kitchen sink overlooks our backyard gardens and the woodlot downhill beyond the split-rail fence.   The views change from day to day, week to week, season to season.  But sometimes it’s easier to just stop and look—or reach for the camera—than to wash a pot or pan.  What do you think?


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tomato Patch: Cleaning Up with Unlikely Helpers

Frost killed the Tomato Patch last weekend.  Yesterday I cleaned up the mess--with some unusual help.  CLICK HERE to link to my posting at the University of Maryland Extension's Grow It Eat It blog site.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Deer Country: Collisions of Deer & Vehicles

Here’s your Deer Country quiz for today:

1.  According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), about how many collisions occur yearly in the Washington region between vehicles and deer?

2.  Nationally, how many humans died in deer collisions with vehicles in 2010, according to the III?

3.  What was the estimated cost of deer collisions with vehicles in 2009, according to the III?

4.  According to the American Automobile Association, about what percentage of human fatalities in deer collisions involved motorcycle riders?

The short answers:  1. 80,000.  2. 403.  3. $4.6 billion.  4. 70%.

For more detailed information, please CLICK HERE to read Ashley Halsey III’s “Deer collisions take a fatal toll …” in the Oct. 9 Washington Post (print edition).

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall veggie posting

I've posted on the Grow It Eat It blog about my fall veggie planting:  To read it, CLICK HERE.