Acorns: Spring planting

11 Mar

We removed dozens of trees @ Owl Creek in 2019…Some had been dead for a long time…  Some were volunteers too close to driveways or barn…Some were contortions of trees…bent, split, broken.  Several logging projects in the past 50 years harvested hard woods…walnut, maple and oak trees.  Our understanding is that oak seedlings are difficult to locate.

 

To get 2020 spring plants off to a bigger start, I gathered acorns from the backyard.  Mostly green, squirrels had not run off with them.

“How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns” Shelly Wigglesworth Oct 16, 2018, published in New England Today, Living

How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns

I like the idea of refrigerating with peat and barley in a sealed container over winter.

Shelly recommended discarding acorns with pin holes.  They are made by “inch” worms exiting the hull.  I believe the worms enter under the cap.  After checking closely and drying  about two weeks, I discarded 20 acorns of the 60+ I had gathered from our backyard.

Here we “grow” again…today March 11, 2020…

Responding to the loss oak seedlings ruined by squirrels going for the meat of the acorn…I have turn the table!  Using a small cage to keep wild life out and protect future tree…rather than keep animals IN.  45 acorns in peat pots.

Hmmmm…what yield will we have?

 

 

Book Review: The Bookshop of Yesterdays

5 Mar

This is an amazing book!  The setting is LosAngelos, which didn’t appeal to me until the storyline developed fully.  Short quotes from classic books (of different genres starting with Shakespeare) expertly punctuated the narrative.  Cause of death and paternity was a mystery for Mira, who had been misled.  She also processed the enormity of inheriting a struggling bookshop 3000 miles from her new home and teaching career on the east coast…learning the financial record keeping, personnel/staffing, business cycles and plan to turn a profit.

Anyone involved with handling an estate with a significant number of books will appreciate this novel!

Books Review: Seven Days in Utopia, Golf’s Sacred Journey and The Sequel

18 Feb

We saw the movie.  I knew I needed to read the book, bonus found the sequel.

The movie starring Robert DuVall and Lucas Black is warm, genuine and inspiring.  In my youth, I took golf lessons and followed tournament play.  As an adult, I played in a golf league after work.  I’m fond of movies about baseball…Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, The Natural…  Frankly, it never occurred to me that there were great stories and lessons to be told about golf.  (I don’t count Caddy Shack.)

Seven Days in Utopia narrative differs between the movie and the book.  (Both are equally time well spent.)  The book has more details on honing technical golf skills.  There is an opportunity loss, if practice is dominated by driving range parameters.   Improving skills means practicing with up and downhill lies, behind trees, bare ground, deep grass…and more…

What is extraordinary about the lessons?  The originality, experiential and spiritual nature of the situations.  Watch or read for yourself.

 

 

Q Children

11 Feb

The plan includes saving children around the world from trafficking, abuse and neglect.

To go directly to the decode about children, play from the 7:00-12:00 minute marks.  Reference Q drops 153, 748, 3148 and 3155.

World renowned photographer Steve McCurry captured powerful images of children and paired them with his quotes and others to make the world a better place for our children.  Link to Steve McCurry:

https://stevemccurry.blog/2019/12/03/sacred-trust-3/

This is Elfcroft’s 500th post…and still counting.

 

Global and Local missions: Sewing

30 Jan

A New Year to sew for Days for Girls International feminine hygiene kits and shower caddies for the residents of Indianapolis’s Wheeler Mission for Women and Children.

DfGI was launched in 2008 and have delivered kits to 140 countries.  Two of the sewn items for the DfGI kit (shown above) are shields (2/kit) and flannel tri-fold pads (8/kit).  Add panties, wash cloth, soap, bag for soiled plus instructions.  The Avon Chapter is preparing 70 kits for the Dominican Republic.  Enterprise zones are organized in-country around the world to produce kits for their own use.  Check out the official information:

https://www.daysforgirls.org

A local group of friends and colleagues deliver functional gift bags @ Christmas to WM for 72 women.  Shower caddies are made of outdoor fabric with four exterior pockets.  The bags are filled with socks, gloves, nail polish, note pads, calendar, marker and many more small gifts.  Here we go again in 2020!

Shower caddies

Shining Start for the New Year

21 Jan

30 year old Oak parquet flooring

WooHoo!  Dull and spotted.  Enough was enough.  I found Weiman’s High Traffic Wood Floor Cleaner and Polish on Amazon. I cleaned and polished on hands and knees with cloth (for cleaning car exteriors).  Truth be told…I paced myself cleaning this area and kitchen over six days.   Bonus, there is NO strong aroma.

Over the years, I kept partial bottles of Rejuvenate, Pledge, Orange Glo and Murphy’s Oil Soap to remind me “what NOT to buy/try again”.  Now disposed, Yes!  BONUS decluttering!  I don’t need the reminder….. now that I know how well Weiman’s two step process works.

  I will use these pads on my Swiffer next time.  YES!  No knees!

Marvelous Matrixes

15 Jan

Four of my favorites:

TRIZ     IChing     Fascination     Recipes

TRIZ is the Russian acronym for the “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving,” an international system of creativity developed in the U.S.S.R. between 1946 and 1985, by engineer and scientist Genrich S. Altshuller and his colleagues. According to TRIZ, universal principles of creativity form the basis of innovation.  39X39

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIZ

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The I Ching has served for thousands of years as a philosophical taxonomy of the universe, a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an oracle of one’s personal future and the future of the state.  8X8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching

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Fascination

Research by Sally Hogshead maps “How the World Sees You”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Hogshead

Sally’s map defines 49 personality archetypes with primary and secondary advantages.  The discovery of your highest value supports making your “brand” impossible to resist.  7X7

My archetype you ask?  The Royal Guard…elegant, astute and discreet…

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Cookbooks!  Two of my favorites with variations presented in matrix format.

 

Winter Gardening

7 Jan

Winter gardening means trimming dried perennials and raking leaves.  That is…until my neighbor gave me an amaryllis bulb kit.  Delightful!  (The kit includes one bulb, glass jar and growing medium.)

Jan 6 (Ephiphany)

“It’s Going to be Biblical”

5 Dec

“It’s Going to be Biblical” Q  Post 3649

This quote is the title of a recent video post from andweknow.com

Check it out @ 3.40min mark (skipping a commercial).

By the way, the origin of “And we know” is

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 KJV
Biblical references have been significant.  There are numerous connotations.  Here is a sample from my twitter feed:

 

October 28, 2019 Twitter “It’s going to be BIBLICAL” Q

“Today in 539 BC, Cyrus the Great entered Babylon and freed the Jewish people from captivity. His respect for human rights and religious freedom inspired America’s founding fathers. The U.S. stands with the Iranian people, who are blocked by the regime from celebrating his legacy.”  Mike Pompeo Sec of State Twitter

Refer to Isaiah 45

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jfk_juni0r (@JfkJuni0r) tweeted at 8:58 AM on Thu, Nov 07, 2019:

Jeremiah 11:11  Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

(https://twitter.com/JfkJuni0r/status/1192441173354242049?s=03)

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Bible Time (@Bible_Time) tweeted at 9:49 PM on Fri, Nov 08, 2019:

He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses & forsakes them will have mercy. –Proverbs 28:13

(https://twitter.com/Bible_Time/status/1192997507380523011?s=03)

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🇺🇸 3Days3Nights 🇺🇸 (@3Days3Nights) tweeted at 9:45 PM on Sat, Nov 09, 2019:

1) WATCH THE WATER

What if I told you that water has a spiritual effect in washing always sins (and their evil spells).

Read Ezekiel 36:25-26.

Read 1 John 5:6-7.

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@Jfkjuni0r Nov 13, 2019

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and the idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burnets with fire and brimstone which is the second death.”

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🇺🇸 3Days3Nights 🇺🇸 (@3Days3Nights) tweeted at 6:29 PM on Wed, Nov 13, 2019:

Q just posted this video image. Along with Ephesians 6:10-17. Prayer warriors come forward. God wouldn’t tell us we needed Spiritual Armor if we weren’t in a Spiritual Battle. https://t.co/fEE9C9gYtG

🇺🇸 3Days3Nights 🇺🇸 (@3Days3Nights) tweeted at 8:27 PM on Thu, Nov 28, 2019:

Q#54 & Q#522

Tomorrow…

29 Nov = 29.11

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 contains a precious promise held dear by Christians the world over. … In this verse, Jeremiah affirms that God is in control, and moreover, He has good things in store: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Dec 1, 2019

@JfkJuni0r Twitter

Hebrews 10:1 It is only a shadow of good things to come and will never make someone perfect.

Hebrews 8:13 It is obsolete, growing old and ready to vanish.

Hebrews 8:7-8 God has found fault with it and created a better covenant, enacted on better promises.

Hebrews 7:18-19 The law is weak, useless and makes nothing perfect.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 The law was made for the unrighteous by not for the righteous.

Romans 4:15 The law brings wrath upon those who follow it.

Romans 3:20 The law reveals sin but cannot fix it.

Acts 15:10 The law is an unbearable yoke.

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⚤ (@GlowbalSage) tweeted at 2:38 PM on Mon, Dec 02, 2019:

1 Timothy 6 : 6 & 7

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world,

& it is certain we can carry nothing out

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FAITH Romans 4: 17-18

17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

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Walk by Faith Not by Sight

Nate Cain ⭐⭐⭐🙏👪🇺🇸 (@cain_nate) tweeted at 6:47 AM on Wed, Dec 04, 2019:

My wife @frog_E_gurl, sent me this song and I was reminded of a verse in Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” God has a plan, even in our hardships. #TrustHim  https://t.co/htiEnEu3rD

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@Jfk_juni0r  Dec 4, 2019

 Luke 8:17 “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to LIGHT.”

Since I compiled this…I’m thinking at great resolution for 2020 will be for me to complete another One Year Bible Study.  The depth of the entire text is very helpful.

 

 

She Wood Know

4 Dec

New Year’s Resolution!  2020 Woodwork Project

Check this out:  Creative, Functional, All Skill Levels, Event space for parties.  Launched February 2018.  Brownsburg, IN

https://shewoodknow.com

Owner:  Mary Perrin, former school teacher, wife and mother of three

Featured in this month’s issue of Avon Magazine, a Towne Post Network Publication

Products made on site include:  Dining tables, desks, sofa tables, shelving, media centers, home decor, creative kits…

 

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