July 2, 2011

At the Cool Shade Café...

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... sit down and talk to us.

55 comments:

edutcher said...

If that's Meadhouse House, my compliments to Meade.

My Aunt Claribel had a couple of little spots like that around her house and they are very good for spending a hot holiday weekend.

traditionalguy said...

Sorry, we are off to eat out again at The Swan Coach House, and visit a Gone with the Wind 75th anniversary exhibition.

sunsong said...

Just beautiful...

Simon said...

What an astonishing petition this is, asking for a stay because Congress might pass a law allowing an appeal. Is Congress even considering such a law, or is this entirely speculative?

xnar said...

i hear the birds chirping

Trooper York said...

I am stuck in the store this weekend as it is often busy on Holiday weekends. But it is always a late crowd so I have nothing to do in the morning.

KenK said...

Portrait of a "professional activist" (Peter Blaska, Blaska's Blog)
"Jeremy [Ryan] tells us he is 'vital to the overall movement' because 'I ... make the GOP legislators very nervous. My mere presence causes automatic tension in any committee meeting.' Now, after harassing people in the Capitol for the last four months, the lad is out of money, can't pay the rent on his admittedly expensive apartment. (He does not mention the $3,600 on 15 citations for disorderly conduct.)"
A full-time hell-raiser up in Madison, WI since last January Jeremy Ryan has now run out funds to pay his rent and and other bills and so now is begging for money.  Hope all his friends in the public employee unions and the Madison activist community come through for him. Of course he could always go get a job though, eh? Sheesh. Dipshit slacker.

KenK said...

Make that "David" Blaska, not Peter.

Fred4Pres said...

Sort of looks like my backyard. I enjoy this season best. I enjoy the 4th as the best holiday of the year.

AllenS said...

It cooled off around here, so I'm back out whacking box elder trees. Death to the box elder! Oh, look! It's noon!

Ann Althouse said...

It's Olbrich Gardens.

Michael K said...

I got up at 9:30 this morning and it was already 81 degrees at 5200 feet elevation. Down the hill, the temp is supposed to be 110 today. Here in the tree house, 81 feels warm.

MarkG said...

Some very good articles on the failure of the Goracle and his AGW movement.

I won't be losing sleep over that.

Simon said...

By the by, today is the first anniversary of my becoming a citizen of the United States. Deo gratias!

Lem said...

Is it sexist to root for Maria Sharapova because shes hot?

Lem said...

Hey, congratulations Simon.

Chip S. said...

No, it's heteronormative, unless you're really a lesbian.

Fred4Pres said...

A doe just walked through the yard with her fawn. She came by about three weeks ago with him the day he was born (he was still a bit wet) so I am glad to see she and the fawn are okay. She looks tired and he (I am guessing) looks frisky.

wdnelson93 said...

Haha Allen. We feel this way about cottonwoods. It's been snowing cotton all this past week. Now it's raining and there will be cotton gunk tracked everywhere.

This picture made me think of MadisonMan. Looks like a good haven of rest. I have a dear friend (my Mom's age - 80ish) who is walking this sending off road with her husband. She said the other day - "all I do is sit by his bedside. I'm not really doing anything, but it's exhausting". Praying for strength for the day for those that wait.

Deanna

Fred4Pres said...

Simon, that is awesome. Happy aniversary.

Fred4Pres said...

Lem, as Anthony Weiner would say, never feel ashamed of following your dick.

Lem said...

Boomer just put his foot in his mouth on National TV.

Big Mike said...

Talk to you? What would you like to talk about?

Lem said...

I used to hate Monica Seles grunting when she played against Steffi Graf..
But now when Sharapova shrieks even louder, I dont mind at all.

My only explanation is the hot factor.

wv fixed

Chip S. said...

There's a big difference between grunting and shrieking. Shrieking is much better.

Dan said...

if you listen really carefully while relaxing you can hear the state economy improving, not so much the federal.

edutcher said...

Simon said...

By the by, today is the first anniversary of my becoming a citizen of the United States. Deo gratias!

Definitely, congratulations and welcome.

I'm sure you, above many others, realize what a great country this is.

Fred4Pres said...

A doe just walked through the yard with her fawn. She came by about three weeks ago with him the day he was born (he was still a bit wet) so I am glad to see she and the fawn are okay. She looks tired and he (I am guessing) looks frisky.

We have a doe with a bad right foreleg and 2 fawns, older than yours, probably. I'm amazed they can survive in such an urbanized (well-built up 'burbs) environment.

michaele said...

Went to Olbrich Gardens' website...wow, what a beautiful public garden. The plant material looks bountiful and the garden structures are stunning. I hope it is well attended and appreciated. What a treasure!

AllenS said...

Deanna,

I have a couple of huge cottonwoods trees, and yes they have laid down a lot of cotton crap. The box elder is an evil tree. They grow so fast that they will take over an area, and nothing but burning nettle will grow beneath them. Bad, bad, bad. Once they are removed from this hillside behind the barn, I'll replace them with 25 (at least this year) Norway spruce that I bought and transplanted them in containers.

The problem with cottonwoods, at least for me, is when I try to paint automotive stuff and sometimes that crap will stick to the paint.

One thing about cutting box elder, you have to cut a grove in the stump and then add any kind of brush killer (concentrate), otherwise new shoots will come up the next year.

Death to the box elder!

WV: athmeat

No thank you.

gail said...

AllenS,

sheep love box elder, they stand on their hind legs and try hard to grab a leaf/twig and pull down the branch.

Sometimes I'll cut a larger tree/shrub for them. They prefer the leaves be slightly wilted/dry this way.

Sheep also like stinging nettle, but they won't touch it until it gets knee high (my knee) or taller. Then they carefully pick each leaf off the stem, and leave behind a forest of stalks.

Need some sheep????

you must be okay after the storms, I hear Siren/Danbury had strong winds causing down trees.

AllenS said...

Gail, yes, having cattle, which I used to have always kept the box elder (new growth) down. Now, I only have one horse, and she ain't cuttin it. I have learned this, if you cut the female box elder (those are the ones with the whirlybird seeds that you see fly in the fall) down, and then use the brush killer on the stumps, the other box elders (male) in the vicinity will die off. Underneath the ground there must be some root hanky-panky going on.

You'll have better pasture if you rid your land of the evil box elder.

Death to the box elder!

Almost Ali said...
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Almost Ali said...

Interesting about Ann's "data point" vs. "0.00" - because I never realized how visitors avoided the SiteMeter clock. And I thought it was my/their free version, programmed to under-count me into paying.

Meanwhile, here's a somewhat related, but theoretical thought about Blogspot import/export:

Althouse is apparently framed within Blogspot's original-to-Beta configuration. Suggesting that in order to undertake a successful export [now as opposed to pre-Beta], this blog needs to be exported twice - once to a new Blog-spot, then from there to Althou.se.

(Although XML would still be limited to text without something like InDesign by Adobe.)

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Peter Hoh said...

Simon, congrats.

I love the light green, almost yellow hosta. I have a few myself. What's providing the little splash of color along the edges of the path?

Almost Ali said...

Oops! Sorry for the header and footer - my mouse was going crazy!

AllenS said...

Wait a minute. Althou.se.?

I just realized, that the printing on my hooded sweatshirt from The Althouse Woman's Collection of Fine Stuff, is now obsolete.

I'll have to wait a number of years before I'll be able to take the product to The Pawn Stars and recover my money.

paminwi said...

Simon, congratulations! Having you mention this makes me think my family & I are so lucky to have been blessed with the US as our place of birth. There may be days that politics overwhelm but in the scheme of things I really have nothing to complain about.

Thanks for reminding me to be grateful for my blessings.

BJM said...

@Peter Hoh

Looks like New Guinea Impatiens to me.

Ann Althouse said...

The pink flowers in there are impatiens. Not New Guinea, Meade is saying to me.

Meade did a similar thing in our backyard garden. There are a lot of different hostas and then little impatiens are tucked down underneath. He also put different colors of coleus in the under-hosta spaces.

Ann Althouse said...

Impatiens walleriana. That's what it is, Meade tells me.

kimsch said...

@Simon 11:16

It looks to me as though Congress has had since the Medillin case (executed 2008) to pass a law to force states to comply with Vienna. Now that Leal is close to execution, suddenly there's an emergency.

According to the article Leahy is only *just* introducing something in the judiciary committee as of June 14th (3 weeks prior to Leal's scheduled execution). DOJ is interjecting itself less than one week prior and on a holiday weekend to boot.

What's that sign you sometimes see posted in cubicles?

Oh yeah...

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part?

wv: diesseri

Fred4Pres said...

AllenS--Norway Spruce? I assume you live in the North East. NS is a okay fast growing specimen tree (it makes a fine fifty foot Christmas tree as Rockerfeller Center shows every year). But for an evergreen, I prefer a mix of doug firs, redwoods, hemlocks, and cedars. I find a mix of evergreens looks best. They all can take a wide range of tempatures and grow fine together.

kimsch said...

Simon; Congratulations on being an American! Welcome!

kimsch said...

AllenS: I agree with death to the evil Box Elders. I have many many "volunteers" in my garden. Doesn't matter how many I pull, there's always some more.

Lots of box elder bugs too.

Fred4Pres said...

edutcher, my wife was alarmed when I told her what I saw, because she had seen a doe with twins (and thought one died). But the doe I saw was young and I doubt she could have carried twins. I think it was two different does. We have a lot of deer here.

The deer pass through the yard each day, in waves. I have to go out and spray with deer repelent the plants I want to protect. They will nibble everything.

I rarely see them, but there are coyotes, bob cats, and fox. They are there and they are common. And occasionally a bear or a cougar.

Peter Hoh said...

Thanks. Impatiens make sense. They were a little too fuzzy to ID on the big version of the photo.

I tried begonia one year for color in the shade, but I think impatiens offer a better range of color.

For a shady perennial among the hosta, I like Lamium maculatum, Chequers. Sorry I can't provide a photo.

Gotta hit the garden again. It's a lot nicer today than it was yesterday.

michaele said...

One of the things that always delights me when it comes to gardening here in TN is that my impatiens' seeds stay viable over the winter. Each summer I get increasing swaths of their varied happy colors and new colonies show up in nearby shady spots. This generosity of Mother Nature lets me have way more flowers than I could afford to buy or have time to plant.

Simon said...

Thanks, everyone. As you can imagine, the Fourth of July has a double-special resonance for me, both as an immigrant and because it's adjacent to the anniversary.

@Kimsch 16:37, that's exactly how I see it.

kimsch said...

Back when the Olympics were in Atlanta, I was in Long Beach, CA with my mom when they had a citizen swearing-in ceremony at the Queen Mary.

It was an honor for me and Mom to witness about 100 brand new Americans take their oath that day. It's something I'll never forget.

I recommend going to a ceremony near you if you can.

rhhardin said...

Shady place for house offered today.

Also roadside Chicory is blooming today. It will be on roadsides until late fall.

edutcher said...

Fred4Pres said...

edutcher, my wife was alarmed when I told her what I saw, because she had seen a doe with twins (and thought one died). But the doe I saw was young and I doubt she could have carried twins. I think it was two different does. We have a lot of deer here.

The deer pass through the yard each day, in waves. I have to go out and spray with deer repelent the plants I want to protect. They will nibble everything.

I rarely see them, but there are coyotes, bob cats, and fox. They are there and they are common. And occasionally a bear or a cougar.


You're out in the wild, wild West. Here, the wildest we get are deer and some hawks.

Peter Hoh said...

Madison Man, is it "Andrew"?

AllenS said...

Fred,

I live in westcentral Wisconsin. I've planted a lot of different pines, red and white oak, maple, and my favorite tree of all time the red cedar. All of my fence lines have red cedars that I've planted.

I'll plant different pines in the area I'm working now, but the NS are just a start. I can buy trees from the Polk County conservation program, cheap. 25 bare root trees for $26.38 (tax included). I plant them in containers, and on or about Oct 1 I'll put them in the ground. Doing it that way gives me 100% success rate. They're too far away to water.

Kimsch,

In the fall when you see those whirlybird seeds coming down from the female box elder, that's where the "volunteers" are coming from.

Usually, I don't work on Sundays, but I might go out there today and whack a couple more smaller trees. I cut the branches into pieces easy enough to handle and put them on a hay wagon, and cut the large pieces into 16" lenghts that I have someone come over and haul them away. Once in a while someone will pay me for the wood. I lay the branches out to dry, then I'll burn them eventually.

ken in sc said...

Remember what that failed New York bomber said to the judge about his citizenship oath. "You're my enemy, I lied."