Friday, August 17, 2018

When and How Did Monsanto Become a Dirty Word

When I was finishing high school, Monsanto built a new chemical plant just downstream from our home on Chocolate Bayou.  I briefly considered going to work there, and have former classmates who have now retired from there.  It was considered a good place to work.
Over the last decade or so, there has been a concerted effort to destroy Monsanto.  
It probably began with Viet Nam vets who suffered the effects of Agent Orange, a defoliant developed by Monsanto, but it has ranged far and wide from there.
There is a highly organized, well funded campaign against Genetically Modified Organisms even though there is no evidence that GMOs have ever hurt anybody, and lots of evidence to the contrary.  The main culprit, and main target of the no GMO crowd is - you guessed it - Monsanto.  They are guilty of developing seeds that - among other things - allow crops to grow where they never could before, so they obviously deserve to burn in Hell.
The German chemical/pharmaceutical giant Bayer recently bought Monsanto (and plans to phase out the Monsanto name) and they got hit by the latest attack.  Bayer stock dropped 10% after a jury in (where else?) California awarded a former groundskeeper $289 million after he claimed to have developed cancer from repeated exposure to Round-Up. This in spite of the fact that the EPA has consistently found no link between the product and cancer.  
Now Quaker  is being sued for $5 million because traces of Round-Up were found in their oat meal.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Here is an "after" pic of the porch, walkways and pergola with the stain applied, compared to what it looked like before.

They missed one spot - about a foot and a half long - on a porch rafter.  It's the first thing you see when you walk out the door.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The contractors are due back this afternoon to stain the pine portions of our porch, walkways and pergola.  Anxious to see how it will come out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


If you follow my posts, you know that we recently laid three pallets of St. Augustine in the back yard.  I just cut the new grass for the first time the other day, and now we're thinking about fertilizing. 
Looking for advice, I went to the website of Randy Lemmon who does the gardening show on the weekends on KTRH.  I didn't find exactly what I was looking for - but I did find this:

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Stumped Toe

For as long as I can remember, I've heard the term "I stumped my toe."  I'm not sure if it's a regional dialect sort of thing, or just something someone in my family said and it stuck.  Either way, it obviously meant "I stubbed my toe." and it feels just as bad.
Simply as an experiment, try slamming your toe against something solid in the middle of the night.  I'll bet any amount of money that what you call it at the time won't sound like either one.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Birthday Wishes

Received a huge variety of birthday wishes yesterday:
  • Several via email
  • A text on my phone
  • One very important phone call from an actual person
  • Sixty-plus wishes on my Facebook timeline
  • A couple of cards from companies I've done business with in the past
  • And one Honest to God Birthday Card in an Envelope with a Stamp and mailed to me from our next-door neighbors, the Winklers.
They tell me they found the card at Tractor Supply - - -
When you open the card, the answer is....