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A walk along an urban trail is an education in diversity. You'll pass people of many nationalities and dress with one thing in common: they need exercise outdoors. You may notice that the plant world along the way is also inhabited by species from far away places. Vinca, an evergreen ground cover vine that now inhabits much of North America, is actually native to parts of Europe, North Africa and western Asia. The name was probably derived from a Latin word meaning "to bind." Certainly, as a ground cover, it is very effective for erosion control. In addition, David MacKenzie in Perennial Ground Covers says the tough runners used to be twisted together to form rope. The trailing, vine-like plant is in the Dogbane family, along with Bluestar (Amsonia spp.), Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), Confederate Jasmine (T. jasminoides) and Mandevilla. Mature height as a ground cover is usually from 8" to 18". The runners root as they go. Flowers may be blue, white or burgundy, depending upon the cultivar. Vinca prefers moist soil in partial shade to full shade, but will also tolerate sun and drought. It is deer resistant. Two species of Vinca are commonly available: Vinca major and Vinca minor. Vinca major is so named because the flowers and leaves are larger and the runners longer than Vinca minor. Its common name is Bigleaf Periwinkle. Leaves are oval, green or variegated, 1" wide and approximately 2" long. Simple flowers are up to 2" diameter. It is reliably hardy in USDA climate zones 6 through 9. Recommended soil pH is 5.6 to 7.8. In addition to its effectiveness as a ground cover, it is a fine subject for hanging baskets. Plant 8" to 12" Vinca minor is commonly known as dwarf periwinkle, creeping myrtle, or death myrtle. V. minor does contain toxic substances, but MacKenzie says that "during the Middle Ages, the heads of criminals who were to be executed were adorned with stems of V. minor, hence the Italian name Fiore di morte (flower of death)." Foliage is about 3/4" wide and 1" long. Mature height is less than V. major; about 4". Evergreen foliage is deep green and shiny. It is fine for erosion control in medium-sized areas provided that water does not flow with such force that the plants are dislodged before established. Vinca minor is hardy in USDA climate zones 4 through 8. Recommended soil pH is 6.1 to 7.8. Plant 6" to 12" apart. Vinca does well in shallow soil, even where tree roots make it impossible to cultivate. But if possible, prepare the planting bed by cultivating at least 4" deep, removing all traces of weeds. Composted manure may be incorporated into the soil. Fertilizer may be used. If you choose to do so, incorporate 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of no more 2 lbs. per 100 square feet into the top 4" of soil. Avoid synthetic fertilizers contacting any part of your plants. Vinca can be planted any time you have a shovel handy, even bare root plants. It is very tough. Nevertheless, you should water occasionally until the plants become established to avoid drought stress. Maintenance is minimal. Vinca has few pest and disease problems, and tolerates poor soil. Because it is so common, some folks think that Vinca is over-used, even invasive. But I don't agree; I'm all about diversity. It does what a ground cover is supposed to do; it covers ground. Vinca is popular because it is effective, attractive, and requires little or no maintenance. Return to Vinca at goGardenNow.com. Posted by John Marshall at 7:48 AM 0 comments Links to this post Labels: drought tolerant plants, ground covers, low maintenance perennial, vinca
As much as it hurts to say this, I am realizing it is time to let go of some that I thought we would be friends for life. We have grown apart and doesn't seem like we are ever going to find the time to catch up or keep up with each other.. I wish you and your families the best. You were always such a great friend, moving was a hard decision but one I am glad I made.
1. Drink one glass of water every hour. It will make you feel full. 2. Drink ice cold water. Your body will burn calories just getting the water to a normal temperature to digest. Also it is great for your complexion. 3. Drink 3 cups of green tea daily. It will help boost your metabolism, plus its anti-oxidants make your skin look great. 4. Take vitamins daily. Do not take vitamins on an empty stomache, otherwise they have nothing to catalyze with. 5. Eat ice or gum when hungry. This will make your body think it had food without the calories. 6. Eat spicy foods. They raise your metabolism. 7. Take cold showers because your body will burn calories to heat you back up. 8. Brush your teeth so you won’t be tempted to eat afterwards. 9. Wear a rubberband around your wrist. Snap it when you want to eat. 10. Use smaller plates and utensils so it seems like you ate more. 11. Chew each bite of food thoroughly and then take a sip of water between bites. You will feel full quicker and will not eat as much. 12. Sleep at least six hours a day. If you get less than six this can lower your metabolism by 15%. 13. If you start to feel hungry do sit ups. 14. Pamper yourself! Give yourself a facial, paint your nails, anything to make you feel pretty. 15. Keep track of everything you eat to manage your weight better. 16. Keep good posture, burns 10% more calories when you sit up straight. 17. Make a list of all the “bad” foods that you crave and tend to binge on. Each day, pick one to take out of your diet that you cannot eat again. Take one off the list each day until there are no more bad foods you can have. 17. Avoid alcohol! A shot of liquor has 100-120 calories, a glass of wine has 80 calories, a lite beer has 110-120 calories, and a regular beer has 140-170 calories. 18. Avoid eating anything bigger than about a cup, your stomach will expand and then you’ll get hungry more. 19. The smell of coffee is thought to supress appetite. 20. Wear applied lip gloss. It makes you more aware of what’s going in your mouth. Also, flavored ones may help with cravings. 21. Have 6 small meals a day. 22. Low calorie hot chocolate curbs chocolate cravings, and makes you feel full. 23. Take a picture of yourself wearing a bathing suit or something equally important to you, look at it before you want to eat. 24. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to realize the stomach is full. 25. Eat lots of fiber. It makes you feel full and takes fat with it out of your body. The natural cleansing helps improve both your energy level and overall feeling of wellness. 26. Before you dig into that cake, bag of chips, candy, or whatever, take a deep breath and count to 100. Usually by the time you get to 100 you will have coninced yourself that you don’t really want it. 27. Celery actually burns calories. Every hour eat a stalk of it. Not only will it fill you up, but it will also get your metabolism kickin’. 28. Read the nutritional information. Remember, fat-free does not mean calorie-free. 29. Keep an eye on fiber content. Get as much fiber into your diet as you can, while cutting fat and calories. 30. Don’t eat a lot at once. Spread your food throughout the day. This will help to avoid binging and keep your metabolism going. 31. Avoid alchohol. 32. Do not eat in front of the computer or TV. This distracts you from recognizing you’re full. 33. Stay away from Slim-fast and other so-called “healthy” candy bars and shakes… one look at the nutition facts will tell you why. Save yourself the money, and the calories. Buy yourself some flowers instead -- they make you happy. 34. When having cravings try drinking a tall, icy glass of water with slices of lemons or oranges -- sometimes what you think is hunger is really thirst. 35. Remember, an occasional binge doesn’t hurt, in fact it’s quite beneficial if you have reached a plateau (stopped losing weight). Just don’t binge too regularly! and finally, 36. Love and respect yourself and your body.
"Megan, over time we are going to breathe secrets for each other that no one else will ever hear. As your scented breath cascades down my neck, as your hands fist somewhat forcefully in my dark hair and as your greedy, but almost needy body arches to reach up for so much more of me, the suggestive whispering that I will breathe into your ear, the words you will hear, will take us into another dimension and we will then be able to explore the secrets of our pure delightful sin!" J.L. Thomas.
Vintage distressed leather traditional mail satchel bag. Flap closure. Shows normals signs of age and wear. Leather inside and out. Long leather strap that is adjustable, removable, and has foam padding for shoulder. Inside is divided into two compartments. Leather shows age and some crackage. Front of bag has the word "Hames" written lightly and gently in pen. This truly amazing, authentic U.S. mail bag is 100% leather. Due to it being so rare and difficult to find, it is one of the most sought after bags in the world. Etched within each its remarkable patina is a thousand stories to tell about a different time in America . . . when life was slower, more personal, and much more innocent. This piece from history is a true one-of-a-kind item. Leather Made in the USA 17” long x 13” deep x 8 1/2" thick 27” strap rise $698.00
Oil Pulling from Food.com: This is a Ayurvedic practice which is native to the Indian subcontinent and practiced as a form of alternative medicine in the Western world. I am posting this as a form of tooth whitening & tightening of the teeth. It also *may* improve skin conditions. I have found that my face has become clearer since starting this practice. I find it helps our bodies eliminate. I also found I don't crave eating all the time as I used to since beginning this.
DATE A GIRL WHO READS
by Rosemarie Urquico
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
Vintage distressed leather traditional mail satchel bag. Flap closure. Shows normals signs of age and wear. Leather inside and out. Long leather strap that is adjustable removable and has foam padding for shoulder. Inside is divided into two compartments. Leather shows age and some crackage. The words BUCHEIMER 1965 is imprinted inside. This truly amazing authentic U.S. mail bag is 100% leather. Due to it being so rare and difficult to find it is one of the most sought after bags in the world. Etched within each its remarkable patina is a thousand stories to tell about a different time in America . . . when life was slower more personal and much more innocent. This piece from history is a true one-of-a-kind item. Leather Made in USA 17 long x 13 deep x 8 1/2 thick 27 strap rise $698.00
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Vintage distressed leather traditional mail satchel bag. Flap closure. Shows normals signs of age and wear. Leather inside and out. Long leather strap that is adjustable, removable, and has foam padding for shoulder. Inside is divided into two compartments. Leather shows age and some crackage. The words "BUCHEIMER 1965" is imprinted inside. This truly amazing, authentic U.S. mail bag is 100% leather. Due to it being so rare and difficult to find, it is one of the most sought after bags in the world. Etched within each its remarkable patina is a thousand stories to tell about a different time in America . . . when life was slower, more personal, and much more innocent. This piece from history is a true one-of-a-kind item. Leather Made in USA 17” long x 13” deep x 8 1/2" thick27” strap rise $698.00
From a nostalgia standpoint, Jacob Bromwell is hard not to love, one classic after the next. ï¿½ Tension Wire Step back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking and baking with our Homestead Rolling Pin! Our rolling pin is a treat for bakers and collectors alike, and is an essential that every kitchen needs. An extra-long dough roller, it's crafted of genuine maple with a sturdy steel axle, and is extremely effective at rolling out pastry dough. It has the same familiar and reliable feel as the one grandma used in her kitchen, and is still hand made by Bromwell right here in the USA...even after all these years. So go ahead - get your very own Homestead Rolling Pin today, and join the Jacob Bromwell tradition. Let the good times roll in your kitchen! $54.99
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Unfortunately, modern pop culture has sullied the legacy of the tin cup, leaving it with the foul stench of a bad Kevin Costner golf movie. Reclaim its lost history with the Jacob Bromwell Tin Cup. Uncrate If these cups could talk, what a tale they would tell. Back in 1819, Jacob Bromwell was handcrafting tin cups without welding, soldering, or rivets, and we're still producing them the same way today with a little help from the original machinery and equipment. Take a sip from this American icon, and travel back in time to those simpler days. Forget about the telephone and Internet, and instead enjoy a quiet moment much like the cowboy tending his herd, the explorer drinking from an unspoiled stream, or a Civil War soldier relishing a quiet moment between battles. It makes the perfect gift for the history buff, the busy executive, and any guy or gal who appreciates nostalgia. So let your imagination flow as you enjoy this epic relic of Americana. You'll surprisingly bring history to life with each sip. PRODUCTION & DESIGN: Hand forming the bottom of the tin cup at our factory in Indiana. See how it's made here at our Factory Tour! $44.99
Day 22 - Roger was gone when we woke up this morning. But he left a note for the kids which reads as follows: Dear David and Christopher, Thank you so much for letting me stay with you this month. I've had so much fun!! I got to climb your Christmas tree, eat some brownies, make sugar angels, play games with your stuffed animals, and really loved playing hide-n-seek with you. It was awesome! I have to go back to the North Pole now to help Santa. He has a BIG night ahead of him since it's Christmas Eve and we need all the elves to lend a hand so that the gifts are delivered on time. I'll be sure to let him know how good you boys have been and that you should definitely be on the NICE list this year. Hope to see you next year! Your friend, Roger
Take a tour back in time at Jacob Bromwell and support this original American owned company! ï¿½ By America For America The yo-yo is a one hundred year-old invention, and Bromwell's original, time-honored design has been in production for generations. Perfectly balanced, this classic toy is entirely handmade from local, sustainably harvested maple. Unlike most yo-yoï¿½s, our yo-yo is famous for its ability to "sleep well" every time. Tricks for which you thought you needed a fancy, "modern" yo-yo are also possible. Soon youï¿½ll be able to "walk the dog," "go around the world," and even "rock the baby" with a little practice. A true collector's piece $49.99
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Was not every child meant to feel innocence? Was not every child meant to feel the warmth and the beauty that I felt that day for a mere hour before we strategically plotted against the ones who were to lead us away from my innocence. If we all walk deeper into these woods together the fear may not take us all. It may only just take a few. But the few that it does take it will make us stronger. It will give me wrinkles....I never thought it was possible for such a young child to develop these crows feet. The ones taking away our innocence are giving the flawless white rabbits matted hair, but I will brush it and we will walk on. And when the few birds drop from the gun shots fired we will not cower with so much fear as we would if we were alone....no. we will just wipe the blood from their wings and shut their eyes. Use their blood to make our cheeks look like we have a bit of life left in us....and keep going. Stay right by me. Keep my shred of innocence okay, Fox? Okay he says. If they strike us give them no satisfaction is our agreement. And it's our agreement throughout our whole journey through the woods. As time has past and I realize death is upon us all and my innocence was never intended to be kept safe forever...I see a light shine through the dark woods and a shout of that beauty I spoke of so long ago...a man of fear behind me shot Fox in desperation....to prove his control of a situation never controlled. A girl never meant for innocence spat in his face, picked up her friends body, and ran towards freedom.