Aerogarden 1 mo update

Has it only been a month? The progress on the aerogarden plants have been pretty good. I've already harvested basil for a couple of meals and drying. I ordered a set of small storage glass jars for herb and maybe flower drying. I continually harvest cilantro.

Out of a total of 7 pods times 2 (14) I have the following:

5 — Basil

6 — Cilantro

3 — Thyme

The little cup on the top aerogarden is a used yogurt cup (my teenager eats 1-2 cups of yogurt per day!) with a mixture of water and dish soap. I brought some plants out then back in...and now I'm on the upswing of battling some gnats. :(

And ignore the worn drapes. LOL. They came with the house and were probably made back in 1984.


2020 Garden Season Ramping Up

This season is looking to be one of the biggest for me since my community garden days. One of the more reasuring things though, is that a lot of what I'm planning on doing, I've already done. A few things I'm trying new, but for the most part, I plan on exercising some past activities.

AEROGARDENS I have 2 of these and a wall mount that I never used nor even pulled it out of the original box. They got set up and running with 12 yo seed kits.

AeroGardens with a wall mount.
AeroGardens with a wall mount.
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2017 Eclipse Experience

A week ago, we prepared to embark on a road trip to Kentucky to visit family and experience the upcoming Eclipse in totality. We had a parking space reserved in Hopkinsville, KY at the Western Kentucky County Fairgrounds. We also reserved an SUV rental, for the capacity (5 people and some gear) and new-car-amenities. The first stop was Louiseville, to meet up with my niece and her husband. A big plus to my palatte visiting folks who are food industry professionals, we enjoyed some great food and drink.

Fantastic experience, especially with family on the eve of the Eclipse. Love the pork belly on a stick from, "Against the Grain."

Fantastic experience, especially with family on the eve of the Eclipse. Love the pork belly!

Then we got up around 5am-ish, way too early for when we went to bed, for our 2.5hr trek to Hopkinsville. Everyone in the car (but the driver) dozed back asleep until an hour before when we gassed up. We stopped at City Center or Centerville (lots of 'ville's) where we saw the beginnings of traffic congestion. Surprisingly, the traffic at Hopkinsville, wasn't that bad yet. Downtown Hopkinsville was filling up, but we had elbow room at the Fairgrounds.

Below is a screenshot of the parking area, we were each allocated 15'x15' for our car and optional 'glamping' gear.

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Here is a series of screenshots from video snaps. The day was pretty hot and we felt it. I think I was a walking sleepy-zombie until about an hour before totality. About 20 minutes before totality, the lighting around us was like a filter, but certainly reminded me of dusk. The temperature was dropping. And we started to hear crickets. Within the last minute of totality was when the dimming was most noticeable and the temperature was very comfortable from the 91F we had only 30 minutes prior. When totality hit, the whole area echoed in awe. Solar glasses were removed and everyone shared together the amazement of the experience.

Afterwards, we pulled out a box of "exploding bon bons" from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Jana and I were there the week before) that we shared with our glamping-neighbors. We poured ourselves some Louiseville craft brew as we settled ourselves before exiting. The trek back turned out to be much more congested. We travelled as fast as a zamboni resurfacing a well-shredded rink. It took us about 2.5 hrs to cover 43 miles to Greenville, where we stopped at a pizza shop that revelled in Fall decor. Michael called it a potpourri-themed-pizza-shop. They stayed open hours beyond their scheduled closing (4:30pm) to take in and welcome Eclipse'ers. They ran out of dough and had to get more from their second shop and some of their regular customers got up to help them serve. After dinner, it took about another 3 hours back to Louisville, about 134 miles.

It was an amazing experience. We knew a lot of others were going to focus on fantastic photos of the eclipse is a link to some awesome shots.

It was a fantastic trip and I feel fortunate to have been able to experience it with fabulous company and the location.
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I'm Back, Sort of.

For anyone who has been following, and haven't unfollowed (yet), I have started 2 other blogs, each eith a bit of a different focus. The blogs are driven by particular subject matters.

The Monetary Mom - juggling the management of a household and cutting costs [and generating income] while staying sane.

In the Streets of Pittsburgh - capturing the unique scene of driving through and around PIttsburgh. And the early trials of self-driving cars on our roads.

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Portrait Fun

So some grad students were doing a fundraiser on campus by snapping "portraits for your linkedin account." I made an appoint for 2 shots ($5/each). As the first one to arrive, I discovered that they didn't know how to use the digital SLR they borrowed, that the autofocus function was broken, and the camera was set to ISO 16000, 1/50 shutter, and f8.0 aperture. They were also planning to have us stand directly under a light source against a white background. "Um, passport photos will look better than these."

I asked them if they'd be willing to let me help...I adjusted their settings, found a painting for a back drop, had them use the flash for fill, and we took several test shots. They offered to refund my $10. I offered an additional $10, because they did make it fun (and they were willing to learn). :)

I do wonder what the previous photographer was shooting with those settings. Panned shots of some race on a sunny day?
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J's Running Strategy

Jana and her teammate, Miniya are two diverse running strategists. Miniya pretty much starts out at one pace, and goes. It's like, instant on and she's fast. Jana likes to start at the end of the pack, one-by-one, she works to pass runners. It creates a heck of a dramatic effect and leads to an awful lot of yelling and cheering at the Finish line.

Here are some snapshots from yesterday, our first track meet of the season. This was the 1500m.

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Grad School Orientation

Attended my MSIT grad school orientation tonight. There are at least 7 of us in the part-time MSIT program. And I seem to be the only female.

Looking forward to the start of class, more so than I thought I would.