Celebrating today I am struck by the courage, wisdom and idealism of our founders about this time of year in 1776.
Courage because they must have known that simply declaring independence didn't necessarily make it so. They were fully aware that gaining independence would involve military conflict with one of the strongest armies on the face of the earth.
Wisdom because the principles upon which are nation are founded are timeless: all men (and women) are created equal. Giving the people a voice was at the heart of what has made our country strong.
Idealism because, again, they were willing to entrust this nation to the people. Certainly the type of democracy established made allowances for representation of states and of people, they were still willing to entrust the future to what people said at the ballot box, and not through force of arms.
Freedom is a wonderful concept. Let us celebrate our freedom this day, and also remember that freedom does not come without cost or sacrifice. Many have paid a dear proice to protect and earn the freedoms we enjoy.
So let us never forget that with freedom comes responsibility – they go hand-in-hand. It is not only appropriate to enjoy our freedoms today, but to accept the responsibility of handing them over to future generations.
As the founders said at the conclusion of the Declaration of Independence, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
Go to www.kidsbowlfree.com and sign up your child for 2 games of free bowling. Once you sign up they will email you with coupons that you take in and use. I did this last summer and the kids loved it.
April 28 - Terrarium
May 12 - Picture Frame Planter
May 5 - Planter Box
Businesses in the are that will reward our children for A/B Honer Roll. Please make sure to have the report card with you.
Mcdonalds-Willow Park- FREE Ice Cream
Cici's White Settlement- FREE kids buffet
Chuck E Cheese- 15 tokens
Brookshires- Willow Park- FREE Cookie
Taco Casa-Willow Park- FREE Taco
Mr. Jims-willow Park- FREE Cheese Pizza with a reg. Pizza Purchase
Blockbuster- FREE movie
I Love that our businesses want to help. Thank you for your support!
My lawn in Deer Creek during the Spring timeHere it is Easter weekend, the Easter bunny is coming to hide eggs in our lawn and it is bright green.
A closer look by a knowledgeable bunny will see that the bright green is not lush grass but prolific weeds that have been mowed close to the ground to prevent seeds heads from forming for a later influx of weeds.
The weed seed heads will germinate and choke out the grass plus take all the sunshine and moisture if you let them get too tall.
Now is the time to fertilize your lawn and flower beds.
I usually tell those that ask, “Do I need to fertilize?” Yes, having grass and flowers and not fertilizing it is like having an animal and not feeding it.
The pet may live but will have to forage for food and will not look healthy. So, yes, fertilize the lawn and flower beds now; but the question this year, with the abundant weeds, do I fertilize my weeds?
The first thing to remember is that we live in calcareous clay soils in most of Parker County. If you have sandy soil, I do not know how to help you with fertilizing since my expertise is with the awful clay soils.
Reading the fertilizer labelIf you will notice when you go to purchase your fertilizer there are 3 numbers on the front of the bag.
That is the determination of: 1st number is nitrogen, the 2nd number is phosphorus, and the 3rd is potassium or aka potash.
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BOD4GOD/LOSING TO LIVE WEIGHT LOSS SEMINAR
Date: Monday April 16, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Highland Baptist Temple
6939 Palm Ave Highland, CA 92346
April 7th- Sat
9am to 12 pm.
visit www.homedepot.com/kidsworkshop for more info
Come and Build a Window Bird Feeder
Lowes Home Improvement
10am to 11am
visit www.lowes.com/buildandgrow to sign up
Come and build a Game Show Chip Drop Game
If you are wanted to join a Karate Family. ATA Karate is offering 2 weeks free on Karate or Cage fit. Just mention this ad. They are located on Ranch House Rd (in the old Video Maze)
Dad's Tree: A young tree blown over by this week's windstorm.
My dad’s newly planted memorial tree was blown over. It was planted in January and without a good root system, it could not take those hurricane winds this week.
Of course, as a master gardener I knew that I needed to stake the tree but alas it is hard to remember that in the still of the winter days.
I did put a tarp over the roots so they would not dry out in the wind and when my husband got home it was like magic, the wind died almost completely right before the rain.
We pushed the tree upright made sure it was plumb (looked at it from all four directions) and replanted it. Yes, we did stake it with heavy rope this time. A strong wire, heavy cord or rope will work. A thin rope or twine will not be enough if your tree is medium to large size.
Garden hoseWe cut a piece of garden hose and slid it on to the rope, where it would be located right around the “V” angle of trunk then drove stakes in the ground to secure it. The rope was taut but loose but not too loose.
How to explain…..enough for the tree to grow some and not cut through the bark of the trunk, an example is: be able to put your thumb between the hose and the trunk. The tree will want wiggle room. Daddy’s live oak should do well since we got 3.73 inches of rain on Monday. (Click read more below for full post).
Iris at Community Center
As a Parker County Master Gardener and a Tarrant County Master Gardener, with 2 gardening acres in Deer Creek, a host of children with flower beds, and designer and caretaker of the front entrance to Deer Creek subdivision, I have somewhere to garden every day.
I also landscape a homeless shelter, Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth, as a Tarrant County Master Gardener.
This makes me very busy but very happy.
I am a new transplant from the city, as the old-timers in Aledo call anyone that did not grow up here in this area.
Rolf, my husband, moved here in 1988 and I came in 1990. We used to eat at the Pete’s Deli most weeks and I would hear the comments from the old-timers about how the new comers were ruining East Parker County.
Rolf and I began trying to make ourselves accepted by them by doing our best to beautify the area as much as possible and I think we have done a really good job.
When our daughter was in 5th grade, I planted trees at Vandagriff Elementary School and met with the principal to plan some landscaping.
Purple Iris at Community CenterAlso, at the request of various teachers, I planted trees with the children attending McAnally when it was first built. Spent one whole summer watering trees, but in 1998 the drought got them. Made me sad and made me mad.
I had bought a water hose to place by the school building but I don’t think anyone watered the whole summer. My husband Rolf says I should not run around and water every tree in Parker County – but I want to when I see them in distress.
I did some consulting work at various subdivisions to design their front entrance. Residents saw the handiwork at Aledo City Hall property and wanted my input.
It makes me happy to drive by now and see the plantings still going strong and making an impact on a nice neighborhood. My observation is nice people like to garden.
I was one of the 12 that started Parker County Master Gardeners. We are called the “Dirty Dozen.”
Aledo was started as a project for us in 1998. Actually before that, I was a 4-H horticulture volunteer teacher and we built the flowerbeds around the community center as a project.
As a master gardener, on Wednesday morning, we take care of those same beds.
If you look close you will see the lilacs blooming right now. Joe King’s mother planted those when that was their home place very many years ago.
The lilac that is blooming in the newly built berm was transplanted to make way for the road that is going to be built this year, coming right down the middle of city hall property. We moved the lilac in January so I figured it would go into shock and not bloom this year but I think it is doing better than it did last year. Wonderful.
At Aledo Community Center, the iris are starting to bloom – the white pops out first, then the many different colors appear, staggering the blooms so that the iris bed blooms for about 2 months in the spring.
These irises are donations from all the residents around East Parker County that wanted to share with us when we built the bed that is to the west of community center.
One good story: a lady was smoking a cigarette and standing in the iris bed one morning as I drove by. I stopped to see what she was doing in our very blooming bed.
She said she figured that the property was public, she assumed it would be okay to get some beautiful iris and take home to plant for herself.
Stealing iris, you got to be kidding! I was in such shock to have that happen I simply told her that I had planted them for all the residents to enjoy, not just her.
She left in a huff, cigarette smoke billowing out of the car window and took her new irises, blooms and all as I stood in the parking lot with incredulity on my face. I suppose that was the ultimate compliment.
I will blog what is going on at Deer Creek front entrance, Aledo city hall and the community center, plus any horticulture news that I think you will enjoy.
Parker County Master Gardener
Tarrant County Master Gardener
Iris blooming outside the Community Center.
Here's some fun activities that won't break the bank.
Chilis Kids Eat FREE
Click here for a printable version.
Boo Rays-Fort Worth HWY
Kids Eat for ONE PENNY
Mondays & Tuesdays
St. Patrick’s Day at Kids Club
Thursday, March 8
Everyone’s invited to Hulen Mall to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when Kids Club presents Top O’ the Mornin’, a salute to all things Irish. The gathering will be oh-so much fun with a wee bit o’ singing and dancing, maybe a tale or two and, of course, a charming craft to make and take home. Watch out, maybe there will be a leprechaun or two hiding about.
Kids Club starts at 11 a.m. on the lower level in Center Court near the Play Area and lasts 30-45 minutes. There’s no fee for Kids Club and reservations are not required, but adults are asked to sign up little ones at the event. Parents/caregivers are required to stay with children. Adults who are bringing five or more children are asked to call Fara Reid at (817) 294-1205 x7021 so that club organizers will have a giveaway for every participant.
Spring Break Ideas
Fort Worth Zoo
Wednesday half-price day
Pricing Parking $5
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.