America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The heat is on

Ah, good ol So Cal summers. Gonna be another scorcher. Means finding refuge inside anywhere, the house, the malls, theaters, wherever there is air conditioning.

But, the nice thing about So Cal hot summer days - about 7 pm it cools off. We can shut the a/c off, open our doors and enjoy the evenings.

This is usually the time I go out and do yard work, which is what I have been doing all weekend. Pulling weeds from the flower beds and, at last, putting bark down to control the weeds.

Where I live, we are fortunate to have very sandy soil. Makes pulling weeds so easy. Just water a day or two before and then the weeds just pull right out without having to use any tools or effort.

My daylilies that I put in several years ago have filled in very nicely and when they bloom, it is just gorgeous. I bought them on eBay. These are lilies that you can't get at any store. The flowers petals are very thick and the flowers are somewhat doubles. They resemble a large orchid, the kind that was used in corsages. But the bloom only last for just the one day. So I am sure that is why they are not sold in stores.

I took out several oleandar bushes and put in hibiscus in their place. They are very small bushes, but already are loaded with blooms. So Cal is the ideal place for the hibiscus. Along the coastal areas, they are used for landscaping in businesses and really go crazy blooming. The John Wayne Airport in Orange County has them all along the roadway leading into the airport and they are just gorgeous.

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