Posted on Thursday, February, 28, 2013 by TC Conner
In all honesty, I’m not the one who starts seeds here at Conner Country Gardens, my wife has that chore. However, I do provide a certain amount of input. How many tomato plants to start and what variety of heirlooms is about the gist of it. And I’m okay with that, it’s more important for me to make sure the grow light shelving is up and running rather than argue, I mean provide input, about needing more heirlooms.
We’ve been starting seeds indoors for the past 10 or 15 years. Ours is not a modern system either, no fancy store-bought shelving unit with gamma ray ultra violet XYZ grow lights. Just a couple of planks sitting on cement blocks in the basement, a 3-tiered system that gives my wife enough room to plant six flats of seedlings, if she so desires.
We’ve cut back on the number of seedlings we grow, we’re a little older and don’t need the added work of having too many things to set out. We most always end up giving away a bunch of tomato plants, and for the past couple of years my wife has been starting extra seeds for a couple of her friends. Two or three flats is usually enough for our smallish veggie garden.
I suppose there are better systems out there; ones with heat mats, fancy shelving, some with special lights that simulate the sun’s “electromagnetic spectrum appropriate for photosynthesis.” And I’m not against anyone using such a set up. But know this – expensive equipment won’t grow better seedlings. As a matter of fact, all you really need is a sunny windowsill!
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Posted on Friday, January, 25, 2013 by TC Conner
There was a pretty good discussion recently on “The Business of Garden Writing” Facebook page about guest posting on someone’s blog. A link was posted to an article on the Business 2 Community website – 5 Reasons You Should Be Guest Posting Right Now (which offers some pretty good advice, if you’re into that kind of thing). I ventured the question: “Would you guest post on a blog that had only 3 followers and .003 comments?” Needless to say I discovered a few hortheads who wouldn’t dare. It should be noted that The Write Gardener’s blog probably qualifies as a “do not guest post” blog, but ask him about it and I think he’d probably say something along the lines of “I don’t give a rat’s patootie!”
There are two types of people – those that want to build themselves up, and those that don’t. Some would classify them into the haves and the have nots, or more politically divisible – liberals and conservatives. Create your own dichotomy, I don’t care. But there is one, and sometimes it rears its ugly head so much that it makes me want to use expletives! And I don’t mean mild ones!
It shouldn’t be called guest posting if your blog must meet certain high brow criteria in order for it to be considered, it should be called guest snooty posting!
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Posted on Sunday, January, 13, 2013 by TC Conner
I took the plunge, if you can call it that.
I started my first serious attempt at writing fiction. Chapter 1 is complete, and I’m almost at 2 pages on Chapter 2. I’ve not titled it yet, maybe something will come to me later. I have no idea how many pages should be in each chapter, and didn’t really know when Chapter 1 would be complete. I didn’t even know what I’d write about until I Googled “writing prompts.” I guess there’s really no set procedure, is there? Maybe I should get some pointers from my good friend LK Hunsaker who’s written several books, she’s the one I blame for putting this novel idea in my head!
And the ideas just keep coming. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1:
She always watched for Teewolfe as soon as she took to the air because she knew it would be searching for her. As she got more experience flying, it became harder for Teewolfe to get close to her and Lesley knew that if Teewolfe ever caught her she would be eaten. Chewed. Swallowed. Digested. Dead.
I’ve gotten several early reviews; my wife said it’s hard to follow but the writing’s good, my 19-year old son said he can’t wait to read more, and my 17-year old daughter said “interesting.” This encourages me to write more, even though the reviewers are probably a little biased.
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Posted on Saturday, January, 5, 2013 by TC Conner
January 2012 – Master Gardener Winter Seminar
February 2012 – a slippery slope!
March 2012 – quince welcomes spring!
April 2012 – 21 years with the woman who’s never tried to change who I am!
May 2012 – 56 years young!
June 2012 – Hot time in Kentucky at Don’s birthday party!
July 2012 – Mom found Heaven!
August 2012 – Farmfest at Moonshine Mansion!
September 2012 – Me and Felder Rushing at his talk in Youngstown.
October 2012 – Maureen’s birthday at NCB with Max Schang.
November 2012 – My new foot tambourine, handcrafted by Steve Fazekas!
December 2012 – Merry Christmas!
All the best to all of you in 2013!!
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Posted on Thursday, December, 27, 2012 by TC Conner
Yes folks, that’s what I was told when I asked why my gardening column wasn’t appearing in it’s regular spot in the local paper. I was also told that strict space limitation requirements were being put into place that would, figuratively speaking, shove my column out into the cold gray snowy and lonely winter landscape!
My column has appeared regularly for the past seven winters and even though some may think that “it’s not gardening season anyway” there are many interesting things to be said about the winter landscape. The simple explanation is this:
the editor of the paper is pissed off at me and is getting revenge by not publishing my articles. I have upset someone and I think it’s caused them to omit my column. Of course proving such an accusation would be next to impossible. But it’s probably not an uncommon consequence when editors and their freelance writers get into a disagreement.
I suppose it’s time to move on, seven is my lucky number and the new year is only days away! My writing is good enough for any newspaper, gardening magazine, or book publisher and if it ceases to be included in my hometown newspaper, I’ll find a new home for it!
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Posted on Sunday, December, 16, 2012 by TC Conner
I’m utterly amazed at my brain’s inability to grasp the fact that it (i.e., me) will never EVER, EVER be able to win an argument against the brain of a woman (i.e., my wife). Try as it might, with all those millions of neurons firing every which way, it’s just a helpless, hapless and hopeless attempt. It’s kind of explained in the video below, but to get the full gist of it, you must: a. Be married to a woman. b. Been married to a woman. c. Argued with a woman. d. All of the above.
Even before the argument starts, I know I’ll not win. Shortly after the disagreement presents itself my brain is telling me to shut up. “You know you’re not going to get anywhere!” And yet, I do it anyway. Why? Male competitiveness of course, fueled by that ever present hormone we store in endless quantities – testosterone. I’ll keep doing it, and I’ll keep losing, but it doesn’t mean that I’ll stop wishing for a win.
Filed under: Male/Female brain function, Marriage, women's brain | Tagged: arguing, brain, brain function, losing, man's brain, men, winning, women, women's brain | 2 Comments »
Posted on Wednesday, December, 5, 2012 by TC Conner
I suppose you can’t make everyone happy all of the time. That’s old news anyway, and I highly doubt that any of us really try to please everyone. But just who are we supposed to please? Mom and Dad? Brother and Sister? Aunt or Uncle? Employer? Employee? It’s actually quite difficult to know, although staunch Christians and other God-fearing folk would probably say that you’re supposed to please God and all the other pleasing will take care of itself. Okay then.
What about displeasing? Who does all that? We do. I have, recently. Want to hear more? Too bad, this is my blog and I can rant and rave all I want. You’re most welcome to leave, but I’d rather you didn’t, or if you do, at least be courteous and leave a short comment telling me….well, never mind, just leave.
I infuriated the editor of the paper I write for, and according to her I also slammed the paper in the process. I did all this without even naming the paper or its editor, but I’m so good at it that it was displeasure to the Nth degree, and evidently I dolled out enough of it to put my job as a columnist for the paper in jeopardy. What was the displeasure? I voiced my opinion on a subject publicly (via Facebook). But wait a minute….isn’t there something in the Constitution about freedom of speech? Or does that not apply when the opinion you voice is about something that is published in the same media that you are also published in? I suppose it produced a conflict of displeasing interest.
I hope to continue writing for the publication that I unknowingly slammed. I suppose only time will tell.
Until then, please please me and yourself by listening to the pleasing sounds of my band Mandolin Whiskey, just click here and click the play button.
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