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Posted on April 25, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
The tulip poplars are leafing out!!  See how the leaves look like tulips?  Pretty soon they will be blooming.  I'll post a picture when that happens.  The flowers look like tulips too!  
I've seen several Tiger swallowtail butterflies lately.  They lay their eggs on the tulip poplar;  they use it as a host plant for their caterpillars to feed on before they make their chrysalids.  
We should have lots of butterflies judging by the number of tulip poplars!!!!  I love them both!!!!
Posted on April 25, 2018 6:26 AM by Mark Conde
Categories: Health and Wellness
These days your health records are almost all online. Not all of them are automated well but they are available by law. Some health organizations provide the records online and others will still mail you some form of the data if you ask for it. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC in HHS) recently came out with a nice guide to walk through the steps on how to get access to or get a copy of your records.
Its one thing to get the records, often so you can share your whole history with a new doctor, but quite another task to understand what you are looking at. The guide helps with that as well. For example, how do you interpret a lab result or a diagnostic code (better known as the ICD-10 code) if an interpretation or acceptable range does not come with the information. 
Walk through the progressive tabs for all the information "Intro" > "Get it" > "Check it" > "Use it".....
....and if you ever want to know what a LOINC code is ask me. You wil be the hit of the porch party knowing this :)
Posted on April 24, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Look who's blooming!  Columbine.  
I brought one plant with me when we moved here.  That one plant continues to reseed itself...everywhere!!!  Every year it blooms and produces seeds.  And some of those seeds get blown by the wind to other places.  So we have this beautiful columbine growing all around the original plant, and beyond!!
My North Carolina Gardener's Guide says....'This species behaves like a wildflower, throwing seeds by summer that soon germinate in every nook and cranny of the garden.'   Boy, is that ever TRUE!!!  It would be a great addition to a rock garden, planting itself among the rocks.  Just check out Jim and Roxanne's f!ower beds.  They have purple ones.
It likes sun and partial shade.  So if you have a place for some columbine, I'll have seeds to share next month.
Posted on April 23, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
Today's my birthday, and I'm celebrating everything about my life!!!!  Where do I start?
A....abundance all around me
F....friends and family
G....goodness in the world
S....sisters times 3
Thank you for sharing my meditation.  Maybe you can add your own thoughts to mine.
Posted on April 22, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
This is National Geographic's picture of the year.  
I LOVE IT!!!!!  No explanation, just PURE JOY!!!!   Well, pure joy for me!!!!
Posted on April 21, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Here is Nancy and Pete's dogwood tree in bloom.  It's just a small section, but it's so pretty!!!!
I'm sure you will see it when you come around their curve.  Be sure to notice the other dogwood trees in the woods too.  They almost shine!!!  Bright white!!
Posted on April 20, 2018 8:07 AM by Mark Conde
Its another great weekend to look up... The Lyrid meteor shower is in town!
 Look for Hercules and watch for the show!
Great information on where to look can be found here:
Posted on April 20, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Today and tomorrow are great days for planting above ground crops.  Maybe not tomatoes and peppers YET, but we can get lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and swiss chard in the ground.  I've also seen some sunflowers coming up, so stick those seeds in too.
We need to wait til Mother's day to plant tomatoes, eggplant and peppers.  And we have to wait for the soil to warm up before we plant beans and squash and corn. But... we can start cool weather crops now.  So get out there with leafy greens and cabbages.  You will be glad you did it.
The garden centers have lots of flowers for sale right now, but you may want to check the weather forecast first.  Most annuals do NOT like COLD.  And I think we still have some cool nights ahead......
Posted on April 18, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
This was this winter's big project.  It's almost finished.  It still needs the rod pocket on the back for hanging, and the label claiming credit for making it along with the year I made it.  
Jon's oldest daughter, Sheri, bought the kit, and I made the quilt.  It is a wall hanging:  42 x 42 inches.  I didn't create the design, but I did a pretty good job of following the directions.  And it was really exciting making it.  I learned some new skills, and had fun, AND it's pretty!  What more can you ask for in a project?  
Sheri's coming Memorial day, and will take it home then, so I have a little more than a month to enjoy it.  I'm thinking about sewing on tiny clear glass beads to make it sparkle when the light hits it.  
Whadda ya think?   I like it!!!
Posted on April 17, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
This is my newest project.  It's a quilt kit, that came with 11 yards of fabric and the pattern.  Skill level:  intermediate;  I'm not scared!!!  Now all I have to do is  decipher the pattern directions, cut, piece, sew, and assemble.  
Seeing how we are back to winter and MUD, I should be able to get a lot done.  So far, I have 16 hours invested, and since it's warm upstairs (my sewing room) I think I'll get back to it now!!!