To Everything There is a Season
I recently read the third chapter of Ecclesiastes—the chapter made famous by the Byrds with their 1964 song “Turn, Turn, Turn.” The chapter enumerates a long list of paired events to indicate nothing is forever. One of the pairs is clearly meant for the gardeners of the world: “a time to plant and a time to uproot.” For me, easily the 60th or greater planting season of my 70 years, it’s a season of reflection.
Physically I am no longer the man of the long stride, or the gardener who worked all day outside and still felt energized. I’m writing this piece on Mother’s Day when my father always said we could be 100% certain night frosts were done. I’ve yet to put any plants in the ground and I have little interest in doing so; some days the pain is too great. I should not nor do I want to feel this way, especially since my mother gardened into her 90s.
Perhaps medications are the culprit or perhaps I must face facts: my maladies, far from life-threatening, make being in the garden difficult and quickly exhausting. My head plans nice ideas, but they’ve yet to see daylight.
I wake up ready to go outside, but I allow other little distractions to get in the way. It seems all I’ve done this spring is cut the grass.
In part, I’ve chosen to be too deeply involved in family matters not of my making and I realize just how much my disposition and desires have been altered. Depression may have taken up residence, but I’ve always told others gardening is often good for relieving depression; just not mine. Truth be told, I’m afraid. I fear where all this is taking me so I allow myself to be paralyzed to inaction.
I’m writing this at my daughter’s house in Lake Ozark, Missouri where the dogwoods are bloomed out, the lilacs are nearly spent but the roses are blooming every where. I’ve been here approaching two weeks and anxious to get back home. Mostly to see if I might snap out of this lethargy. I must; I have planters to fill, a vegetable garden to put in, nine Sumac shrubs to plant, weeds to pull, grass to cut, perennials to establish, milkweed to get in for the butterflies, and on and on
Yet, let’s think about this a bit differently. As gardeners, do we not expect to have long “to do” lists—especially in early spring? What we need to remind ourselves of is though the work may be hard, the rewards remain plentiful. My arthritis hurts more along with other concerns, but when I see the riot of color throughout the yard I’ll smile with delight. Yes, gardening is like getting a long hug: the endorphins spread through our bodies with warm tingles and we are magically more contented and at peace.
So, to use my own time-worn phrase “It is, what it is.” I’ve got whatever problems I’ve got but I will plow through them and come out smiling at the end of the row. In fact, I’m going to the Amish market just before I head back to Iowa to buy some plants! Happy gardening, friends, and find pleasure in even the smallest of achievements.
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When my great-grandmother and her sister went to the St. Louis Fair in 1904, she took along a Brownie Camera Model A made by Kodak. It was a simple box camera, but took remarkable pictures. Does it have any value? — Rob, Chesterfield, Missouri
Your camera is a folding type in a black leatherette case with maroon bellows. It generally sells for about $85 and is referenced in the “Cameras and Photographica Price Guide,” edited by Kyle Husfloen.
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I have a jar that is marked “Humphrey Glass Works,” but I can’t find anything about the company in my reference books. The jar has been in my family since the early 1900s. Can you tell me anything about the company? — Dawn, Austin, Texas
Humphrey Glass Works was established in about 1890 by John M.M. Humphrey in Trenton, Nova Scotia. According to “Glass A to Z” by David J. Shotwell, the company made bottles, jars and even chimneys and globes for lanterns. In 1900, the glassworks was destroyed by fire, but within a year it was rebuilt near the original site and began expanding operations to include soda-water bottles, medicine bottles and flasks. In 1915, the plant relocated to Moncton, New Brunswick, and ceased production in about 1920.
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I have the first LP recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, the folksingers. It was issued in 1962, according to the information on the cover. What is it worth? --
Faster than you can say “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” I found your LP listed in the Goldmine Standard Catalogue of American Records 1950-1975 by Tim Neely, published by Krause and available online. Neely claims the LP is worth $20 if it is the mono issue, and $25 if stereo. It is fairly common and frequently pops up at garage sales throughout the country.
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I have a lamp that first appeared to be glass-leaded. On closer examination, I decided the pieces of the shade might be plastic. I am enclosing a picture for your opinion. — Brenda, Marion, Indiana
Your shade is made of capiz shell, a close cousin of
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Gardening Tool Care
(NAPS)—Before diving into yard care, make sure your lawn and gardening tools are up to the task with proper maintenance. The tips below could save you money and time by extending the life of your tools.
How does your garden grow?
It could grow even better if you’re smart
about keeping your tools sharp and in good shape.
Hand Tool Maintenance
To protect your investment in quality hand and gardening tools, clean them after each use, removing any dirt and debris. Then, wash and dry them, and lightly rub rusted areas with fine sandpaper.
Pruning shears should be placed in a bucket with water and scrubbed with a wire brush until the metal is clean after each use. Coat the blades and moving parts with a water displacement lubricant with a controllable spray pattern, such as the non-aerosol WD-40® Multi-Use Product Trigger Pro®. Its narrow spray pattern will give you more control, eliminating overspray for less mess, while preventing rust from building up and helping shears open and close smoothly.
Sharp tools make yard chores easier for you and help plants heal faster after a trim. Pruning shears, hedge shears and grass clippers function in a similar scissor-like manner. To sharpen them, tighten the pivot nut and file the edge of the pruning blade following the factory-cut bevel in single strokes until fresh steel is exposed.
Power Equipment Maintenance
Check your power tools carefully for worn parts that may need replacement, and for loose screws, nuts or bolts. To stay in good condition, lawn mowers need yearly tune-ups. Protect the blades by coating them with WD-40 Multi-Use Product Trigger Pro’s wide spray pattern to help prevent rust, and dirt and debris, from sticking to the blade.
Make sure your gardening tools are up for all tasks. For more information about how non-aerosol WD-40 Trigger Pro can help make your gardening tool maintenance easier, visit wd40.com.
Experiential Getaways: Making Your Vacation A True Adventure
More and more, American travelers
want an adventure, not just a vacation.
(NAPS)—American travelers today are looking to get more out of their vacation. No longer content just hitting the regular tourist hot spots, they want to explore a destination’s local culture and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In an American Express survey, over 72 percent of respondents said they would rather spend money on experiences than things and nearly nine in 10 said travel is the No. 1 item on their life’s bucket list.
Here are some unique travel experiences you can enjoy on your next vacation:
On-site entertainment experiences. Consider an entertainment vacation experience for your next trip. Not only will you be surrounded with like-minded travelers, but you can “geek out” together, too. Vidanta Riviera Maya in Mexico is an amazing resort option for Cirque du Soleil lovers, playing “JOYÀ” in a dinner theater right next to the resort. Cirque performers also embed themselves among visitors, interacting and surprising them at every step.
Get in touch with nature. Many vacation resorts offer experiences that help you get one step closer to nature through excursions to nature preserves or scuba diving a coral reef. The Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Malaysia turned part of its property into a nature reserve to conserve native flora and fauna. The resort’s nature ambassador leads educational and adventure hikes, including nocturnal night-vision treks and day trips to see orangutans in the wild.
Something for the kids. Do you plan your vacation around what your kids love? At the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, you’ll get a five-star resort designed to provide guests of all ages a beachfront resort themed around Nickelodeon’s most beloved cartoon characters. While the little ones are entertained all day in the Just Kiddin’ kids club, the older family members can relax on the white-sand tropical beach. Young families can also get their pirate on at Exploria Resorts’ Buccaneer Bay Adventure Park in Orlando, Florida. The five-acre park features seven kid-friendly “challenges,” including a skull-topped rock-climbing wall, bumper boats, the Pirate’s Plunge zip line
and the Jolly Roger bungee experience, among
Food tourism. Base your next vacation around your favorite tastes. According to Mandala Research, 77 percent of leisure travelers participate in culinary activities on vacation. From cooking classes and on-site farmers’ markets to farm-to-table dining and homemade local cuisine, get the best eats around the world by choosing destinations where you know you’ll be in food heaven.
For further information about experiential vacations, head over to www.EndlessVacation.com. Be inspired to cross the globe, or scroll through a detailed itinerary for a fun and convenient weekend escape. Whatever your vacation style, you’ll find insider tips and travel inspiration, as well as ideas on what to bring on your next getaway.