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We're having guests over for homemade pizza. All the veggies are from my garden and the tomato sauce is made from tomatoes out of my garden. Just went to pick cantaloupes and a rabbit had eaten an entire melon leaving only a small part of the rind. This is the second one. Losing several tomatoes per week.

Rabbit stew anyone?

Here is your nice clean open thread. You know what to do with it.

Monday Morning Open Thread

Filing for local office opens at 8:00 a.m. this morning and my mother decided she was doing it first thing. Then we decided at the last minute we would invite family and friends for coffee before and after filing at this new little local coffee shop. Then we decided to open the invitation up. Now, I'm dragging my fanny to Charlotte waaaaay too early.

Only for my dear mother.

I will be gone most of today and James is heading up to Maryland at some point. This is your nice clean open thread to tell us what you did over your weekend...or just chat about any old thing.

Monday morning open thread - Accelerated Recovery Plan

The VPOTUS announced and presented to the POTUS an accelerated recovery plan and it can be tracked at

The following is part of the announcement:

Washington, DC – At today’s Cabinet Meeting, Vice President Joe Biden will present to President Barack Obama the Roadmap to Recovery, an Administration-wide effort to accelerate implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in its second 100 days. The Roadmap spotlights ten new major projects that will define the next three months of the Recovery Act and provides graphical illustrations of the activity that will be underway across the United States. As a result of this accelerated pace of activity, over 600,000 jobs are expected to be created or saved by the Recovery Act in the second 100 days – four times the number created or saved in the first 100 days.

Friday open thread - Share your photos

It's a big weekend in the Muse household. The youngest is in her first musical performance. She's danced on stage many times, but this time she's dancing, acting and singing. We'll be juggling her performances with older sister's dress rehearsals for her dance performances later in the month. May is always the most hectic month of the year for us, so throw in some computer troubles, Mother's Day, two birthdays, EOG and EOC testing, end of year dances, parties and trips as well as the 9th District Dem Convention and the stress levels are up a bit.

To deal with it I dig in the dirt. Here are a few pictures of recent projects I've undertaken with mother nature. Please share your photos in the comment section.

Mystery bulb purchased at the Master Gardener sale last year. I've seen purple, white and yellow. Never peach.

Open Thread - How Does Your Garden Grow?

I will be a bit absent today while I finish putting in my garden. I'm not complaining about the rain, but it has made it difficult to finish putting in my veggies. This year I'm putting in strawberries, sweet onions, pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, black beans, bush beans (green), pole beans(green), limas, bell peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, peas, broccoli, squash - yellow and butternut, zucchini, cantaloupe, herbs (annuals and perennials), okra, carrots, radishes, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and mesclun. My garden is about 1500 square feet. In other areas of the yard I will have birdhouse gourds, pumpkins and watermelons.

Year in Open Thread

Many of us are looking ahead with a little bit of dread. We are worried about the financial crisis and what it will do to our personal finances. We're worried about our neighbors and friends losing their jobs and their homes. We're worried about our own jobs, our own homes. That's a lot of worrying.

It's tough to imagine ending such an unbelievably stellar political year with all this worry, so instead of dwelling on what lies ahead, let's think back on how we got here.

What was your favorite moment, hour, day, event of the year? If you can't pick just one, share your favorite family moment, work day or political event. Heck, you can even share your favorite BlueNC post or conversation.

Share away.

Thank you for your service to our country - A Veteran's Day open thread

Dear Veterans,

Thank you for your service to our country.
Thank you for securing and ensuring our safety and the many freedoms we enjoy.
Thank you for helping those in other countries devastated by natural disasters.
Thank you for assisting in our own communities when natural disasters hit home.
Thank you for protecting our global neighbors when aggressors put them in harms way.

The greatest strength of America's military is found in the number of men and women willing to voluntarily put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the people of this country and those in need around the world. We are truly blessed.

Thank you.


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