September 4, 2014

Little Blue Pepper

This is my attempt at growing an ornamental Little Blue Pepper plant. Started from seed and without a grow light, I will have to admit that despite the fact I love it's cuteness, this is a slight failure. One purple flower from April to September. I am not a quitter and will try this again next year. Hopefully, I'll have a grow light.


September 3, 2014

Sorrow for Mankind

Last evening was upsetting to me. Not that my feelings matter in this case but I guess I was just surprised by how I felt.

As usual at 6pm I turn the tv on and watch or at least listen to the evening news. And last night was no exception. Even though our tv news comes from a city 2 hours away, they have local stories showing quite regularly. (By the way, it sucks not having an actual local news station).

I quite expected the first story up to be about a 31 year old cyclist biking through town raising money for an organization when he was struck by a vehicle on our highway and sadly, he did not survive.

This morning I cannot remember what else was on the news. Everything else seemed insignificant when I  heard that another American Journalist was beheaded by the horrific and violent terrorists in Syria.

Now, I will not profess to know or even understand a lot about foreign politics or religions but I do know that the cruelty this Islamic militant extremist group possesses is something my grey matter cannot grab.

Part of make-up is my skepticism of all things. If I cannot touch it or see it, it's not necessarily real. I don't often trust in governments and definitely question politicians and their motives.

As I did with the news of the first beheading, I began to search the internet for the videos that were said to have been posted as evidence and as a threat toward the American president. This time I found the video. And I viewed it. This was my first mistake.

Once you view a video of a beheading, you CANNOT unsee it.

While I am not educated in foreign policies or in tune with our defense systems, I do know that the images I witnessed on that video have affected me to a degree that I have never felt and the images are sketched in my memory.

I ran through the gammit of emotions, didn't sleep well and it was the first thing on my mind this morning. While I understand this is not the first inhumane act that has gone on in other countries, I saw this unbelievable scene with my own eyes. I cannot even fully express my feelings. As I stated, not that my feelings matter in this situation. The question I keep asking myself is how can one human being be that cruel to another human being? HOW? In spite of the the reasons why, I keep wondering 'how'. I now know I am naive when I think that all people have SOME compassion for their fellow man.

I'm not sure how I will deal with this issue in my own world but I know I must but right now I think I am grieving the loss of the simple, mutual compassion I thought mankind possessed. And then I think of the families of the deceased. I can't even imagine what they must be going through. My heart breaks for them. My heart breaks for all of us.

At this point, I haven't heard what the American government plans to do to stop the killings. I just want it to stop.

I do believe I needed to see that video as a means of educating and proving that these horrific acts are indeed happening. That video really brought it home for me. Two American journalists slain within a two week period and a threat of a third beheading; this time to a British hostage.  When will this violence stop?

Part of me doesn't want to believe what I saw but I saw it and it is real. This reality has given me renewed sorrow for mankind and at least for now, everything in my little life is in perspective.

Fatty Bee on Snapdragons

I followed this bee as it went from Snapdragon to Snapdragon.








September 1, 2014

Herbs

Indoor Basil (planted from seed)
Spearmint (planted from seed)


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