Saturday, July 14, 2007
Day In The Garden
The Shade Garden
Part of the Butterfly Garden
The square foot garden
The Herb garden
They answered your questions on growing certain plants and how to handle soil conditions etc. I was disappointed when I asked one of them about growing Prickly Pear Cactus as she screwed her face all up as though she was insulted I would ask that. Her answer was short "Just throw it on the ground and those things will grow anywhere". Well I guess when she saw the look on my face she decided too go into more detail, as I got a better answer out her.
Prickly Pear Cactus
Since this area is quite sandy the graveyards will often have Prickly Pear Cactus growing in them. One I have just came from is Laurel Hill Cemetery in Laurel Delaware. The place is covered in cactus. The first trip was in flip flops so I immediately raced back to the van to change to shoes. The Prickly Pear Cactus has fine quills that are short and difficult to pull out unless you have tweezers.
Prickly Pear Cactus all over the place
Growing between the tombstones at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Now I don't know if Laurel Hill was given that name due to the number of families with the surname of "Hill" buried there or for that slight raise in the ground that only someone from the Eastern Shore would call a hill.
I have seen very nice specimens of Prickly Pear Cactus in this area. They seem to stop at about two to three foot tall with about a 12 inch wide flat pad on them. They have a yellow bloom in May and the fruit from the bloom can be eaten. Those I encountered today at been mowed so often they were just a couple inches tall. I understand you can also eat the pads and they are considered a health food.
Salisbury Soap Box
Wars, Conflicts and Invasions
World War II
Lebanon (1958, 1983 and 1986)
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos (1958-1973)
Taiwan, Quemoy and Matsu island (1958-1973)
Congo (1960-1962 and 1964)
Dominican Republic (1965-1966)
El Salvador (1981-1992)
Gulf War I (1990-1995)
Bosnia/Yugoslavia (1995 to present)
Afghanistan (2001 to present)
Gulf War II (2003 to present)
And countless other Naval Show of Force operations, Police/Drug hunts in South America, Covert Operations, etc. So many of the above places still have military forces stationed there after a decade or more.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday the 13th
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Mimosa trees are in bloom and I think they really look nice. I know they are a messy tree and drop a lot of litter, but if you don't have one in your yard they look like a really great tree. These are not native trees so some people have branded them as Alien and Invasive. They have been here since 1745, my family may have arrived on the Eastern Shore a 100 years before that, but frankly I would consider a plant that has been here over 250 years a native. On a trip out west a few years ago I found they are related to mesquite trees as they are in the same family of legume (Pea) trees. I have not heard of anyone around here using the Mimosa wood for Barbecue grilling. Since mesquite is a popular grilling wood has anyone tried a mimosa for grilling?
Happy Birthday Erika
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Mayor John Outten
"Just an FYI for you to pass along to your readers. Mayor Outten suffered a mild heart attack on Monday, July 9th. The Doctor found that he had a heart blockage in the artery that is behind the heart. They performed angioplasty (ballon) surgery on him yesterday to clear the blockage and were successful in doing so. He is currently recovering at PRMC on 4 West. Please have your readers send their wishes and prayers for him and his wife Rochell for a speedy recovery."
Wishing John well and that he is home shortly.
Captain Irvin M. Tindall
Photo from paper State register July 18, 1952
Today in 1952 Captain Irvin M. Tindall, while flying his F84 Thunderbolt Jet Fighter, went missing in action in Korea. Captain Tindall graduated from Laurel High School and had enlisted in the Air Force in 1949. His father was Charles Tindall of Wilmington and his grandparents were William and Edith Boyce of Laurel.
Oddfellows Cemetery Laurel Delaware
Monday, July 09, 2007
Another Delmar Blog
Delmar Police Commission Meeting
The prior minutes were approved with no changes, that Cindy Fisher is on a roll.
Chief Saylor said a grant had come thru and he showed off one of five Fuji Digital cameras the town has received from the grant.
In Delaware 14 handwritten Delaware citiations were written and 52 E tickets. E Tickets allows a police officer to scan a possible violators driver license and generate a citation, the only paper produced is the copy for the driver. It has certain advantages in that poor handwriting on a ticket is avoided.
There was a discussion on printing tickets for the Police Department. Since it is a bi-state thing Chief Saylor is trying to come up with a ticket that will be acceptable to both states as opposed to carrying two sets of tickets for Maryland and Delaware in the Police cars.
There has been vandalism at the Woodcreek golf course.
There is an on going investigation of vandalism at State Street park. The Police are running everyone out at sunset.
There has been possible gangs related graffiti in Delmar. It is being looked into. Salisbury Police department has ongoing gang problems and Chief Saylor read from a memo that said the Bloods have taken over Pemberton Manor in Salisbury. For a spot on gang activity click here.
There was a discussion on what to do with officers who may have a Domestic Abuse charge pending against them. None currently have one. The discussion was should they be allowed to take their gun home. The opinion was their gun should be left at work.
Chief Saylor talked about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in hiring people for the police department with drug use problems. It seems if they are casual drug users we can denied hiring them but previous habitual drug users are protected by the ADA. For the full writeup click here. The main discussion however was this
"7. Q: What about applicants with a history of illegal drug use? Do they have rights under the ADA?
A: It depends. Casual drug use is not a disability under the ADA. Only individuals who are addicted to drugs, have a history of addiction, or who are regarded as being addicted have an impairment under the law. In order for an individuals drug addiction to be considered a disability under the ADA, it would have to pose a substantial limitation on one or more major life activities. In addition, the individual could not currently be using illegal drugs. Denying employment to job applicants solely because of a history of casual drug use would not raise ADA concerns. On the other hand, policies that screen out applicants because of a history of addiction or treatment for addiction must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that the policies are job-related and consistent with business necessity. If safety is asserted as a justification for such a policy, then the employer must be able to show that individuals excluded because of a history of drug addiction or treatment would pose a direct threat -- i.e., a significant risk of substantial harm -- to the health or safety of the individual or others that cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation. Again, individuals who currently use illegal drugs, even users who are addicted, may be denied employment because of their current use. "
Chief Saylor has found a grant to apply for that will pay for 75% of a $40,000 police car complete with lights, radio, computer etc.
I asked the question if the Police Department had an aproved 2008 budget and they said yes. It is not the same budget as was originally proposed and the new budget should be available for public review shortly.
At 7:20 they went into executive session.
The Sweet Smell of Corn
These hot humid mornings when you ride on the back roads you can just smell the corn. You can also get your car washed from the irrigation shooting out on to the road.
Casie Turns 23
Police Commission Meets Tonight
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Upcoming Events This Week
July 12, Thursday 6:00 PM Sussex County Planning and Zoning Meeting
July 12 Thursday 7:00 PM Delmar Concerned Citizen Meeting
Sunday Morning Jog
Back when I was a child I had an Uncle come visit us and he was telling us of his trip to New York City. He said "that place is so crowded that when they race horses they have to put the driver on the back of the horse as they don't have room for a sulky".
The Season of the Zucchini
3 to 4 Zucchini thinly sliced
1 onion diced
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
8 ounces of mozzarella cheese, cut into 10 slices.
grated Parmesan cheese
Brown the onion in the olive oil. Add the zucchini, oregano, salt, pepper and tomato sauce. Cover and cook slowly until the zucchini is tender (about ten minutes). Add the Mozzarella cheese. Heat until the cheese melts. Just before serving sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Note I found the original recipe and modified it from the Alexandria, Virginia cookbook called "A Heritage of Good Tastes".