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Just Three Things for a Friday Post

#1 And the winners are:
I have had several posts while away about Book, Border Songs, give away and Jannie’s I need a Man CD which are party favors for my birthday, which by the way is officially August 23rd, but I am partying for the whole month!

Tah! Dah!

Border Songs the Book goes to Jannie Funster for her laugh out loud comments on my blog while I was away and because she reads books! I think this book will make her laugh out loud too.

The copy of Jannie’s CD goes to Cath Lawson because she did say that she did not have the CD and she asked!

Thank you for all the appreciated comments and good recommendations.

#2 A Movie Recommendation:
I just have returned from seeing Julie & Julia which is a delightfully good movie and not just a chick flick! The blogger succeeds and Meryl Streep is amazing and so are the love stories.
You can also read the blog or the book; equally good.

#3 A Puzzlement in Contemplation Mode:
I have been watching my city plant hundreds of street trees over the past years. HUNDREDS. They are all Deciduous. WHY? We grow Evergreen Trees here, which drink up 500 gallons of water a day, are shallow rooted and hold the soils in place. Why if our downtown is going to be underwater in a few years, do we not plant Evergreen Trees and keep our environment appropriate?

Why do we cut them down in the first place and do not replant fir trees? Why do folks uphill cut down their fir trees and then discover they need a permit?

Well, I am not alone in this Puzzlement. One of the news discussion shows in Scotland discussed this very subject. In Scotland they are busy planting Evergreen Trees and reforesting the landscape. Their natural forests are Deciduous Trees. Citizens and Officials are now asking, why they are planting so many Evergreen Trees? And because they are asking and raising such points – nicely – the government is going to switch to planting appropriate trees for the areas they are reforesting.

Is it because no one in my city is asking that question of the right people? So I put in a call about this puzzlement, the fellow in charge just left on vacation – I will need to wait – nicely.

Congratulations to the winners.

I am wondering if you have any puzzlements you would like to share and add to the contemplation pool?

Looking forward to you much appreciated comments:

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15 Responses to “Just Three Things for a Friday Post”

  1. Dot Says:

    Congraulations to the winners! Your section about the trees reminds me of a time when I served on the Garden Committee of my condo. We had a landscape architect on retainer because the main people running the Garden Committee wanted a certain “look.” At one point the landscape architect was discussing the difficulty of keeping certain plantings alive, saying that we needed lots of volunteers to water them until they were settled in.

    One fellow asked why we dig up things that grow here naturally with no work at all, like daylilies, which he (and I) considered beautiful, and try to plant things that aren’t native and require all kinds of extra care. There was a long silence after that.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    These are just amazing puzzlements to me? I think it is fun to have some exotic plants in a garden if you know how much work they will be and the side effects.

    Two years ago we spent thousands of dollars to remove Policeman’s Helmet (7-8 feet tall here) from our bluff. People brought the seeds back from Arabia where they are an oasis desert flower about 2″ tall. The seeds are in our water supply and the plants invade with so much water to enjoy vs the desert! It takes 7 years to eradicate this plant.
    Then there is the weed Morning Glory – this is a whole ‘nother post!

  3. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Hope you had a great vacation. I saw the movie with my 15 year old granddaughter and laughed and cried.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Hi Tess,
    working on pictures and posts from my great trip ( not very relaxing experience – so working on that too!)
    I want to go see the movie again and maybe read the book – I just felt there was so much there – I felt like I waited a long time to see a movie that was just plain good…

  5. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I know Cath will love Jannie’s CD. And I loved Julie and Julia — saw it last week. Meryl Streep is one of my favourite actresses. M-m-m… butter.

    Re the trees… Good question. And, THIS might be a stupid question, but why can’t they plant both deciduous and evergreen. I totally see the advantage to the evergreens, but the deciduous would also, with their seasonal shedding of their leaves, provide fertilizer, feeding and replenishing the soil. Just wondering.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Oh I think they could plant both, just the Fir trees should be dominant. Plus we have no leaf clean up systems here…another responsibility to consider.

    I want to see the movie again! It was so creamy good…

  7. Mama Zen Says:

    I really want to see that movie!

  8. BunnygotBlog Says:

    I need to see the movie !! I am hoping to get it for an evening at home with Thumper. Long wait maybe.
    Great to have you back!

  9. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen and Bunny got Blog
    I am going again with my friend to see it – there is so much there, and it is a blogger who succeeded! I own 6 DVDs this one just might have to be #7…can you guess? I really liked this movie.

    I watched a lot of Julia Child on TV when I was healing from several surgeries as a child….she always made me laugh out loud

  10. J.D. Meier Says:

    I like your focus on 3 things.

    Congrats to Jannie and Cath.

    I’m an avid movie-goer, so I think I’ll see Julie and Julia this weekend.

    Interesting insight on reforesting with the right trees!

  11. Patricia Says:

    JD
    I so appreciate your comments – it was rather fun to just look at the little important things to share …
    Trees are so interesting and the why of this puzzlement?
    Hope you enjoy the movie – I liked it very much and do want to see it again. More there than just one viewing for me…

  12. Caroline Says:

    Interesting point you bring up about the trees. Good for you to know the difference of what trees should be planted (I for one would not know!). Congrats to the winners! And I do want to see that movie (but I need to find a girl friend to go as hubby has no interest!).

  13. Patricia Says:

    Caroline,
    Thank you for coming by and responding. I just went by myself to the movie because I could not find anyone else to go…the theatre was full of women just like me. I am looking forward to seeing it again.
    I heard a news story on the BBC while traveling and I kept asking the names of plants and trees I was not familiar with…but it was a profound experience as that is a question I had been asking my own city and neighborhood association without getting any decent answers – I had just finished asking the State Forester about the same issue. It was on my mind…also working on how to keep the flooding out of my house on the heavy rain days.

  14. Robin Says:

    Hi Patricia – Lucky Cath – I’ve just ordered mine.

    Trees can be the cause of great Puzzlement. A few years ago the brain-dead government here built a freeway tunnel under some inner suburbs – and of course they chose the contractor with the cheapest quote. The tunnel leaked water and has caused huge losses from the water table, which the large trees of Melbourne rely on to survive. Now they have to water them to keep them alive.

  15. Patricia Says:

    Robin,
    Thank you for coming by – I hope I can get Cath’s address so I can send the CD…on hold right now…

    Aren’t these tree stories interesting…I also read about a reforesting project in New Zealand, which the neighbors are controlling so that the government will not do anything destructive to their natural habitat. They have created their own preserve – will it come down to that for all of us?