12 May 2017

Plan for garden plot 2017

 How about this Plan for the Azalea garden plot for 2017?
What would you change, or add, or remove? Let us know, quick!

11 May 2017

till work mow work

A full day - almost 17,000 steps.  Morning went to Azalea Garden plot as Michael double tilled our plot, in spite of lots of grass clogging his tiller, from 10-11:20, as Deej had helped to arrange, $40 for his favorite charity - Casa something. 
        Dove and bused to work, almost forgot my cell phone which I had put next to the shed - changed from dirty garden cloths to my white, in time to go down and have a left-over fish lunch. Worked on various things. 
        Had to take notes for minutes for our A & H committee meeting on outlook with faculty. Walked with the three (Sandy, Lorenza, and Deej) at 3. More work - bust to car, to garden for Deej to see the lumpy tilled garden.  

                           Home, drink, papars, nap, redress and mowed back yard as it got too dark, so did some of it in porch light.  Mower wouldn't start for about 20 minutes.  Ate the tasteless beef golash. Watched some TV, responded to Kurtis and David Gs request which John Unsworth had responded to about - put the Tibetan collection in Clemons during Alderman Renovation - Not. But maybe in Ivy Stacks II with Nawang spending 3 afternoons a week there.  Uncataloged materials? John suggests find donors and start the huge cataloging project.

     Deej's starting to read a new 371 page book. How long will it take her to finish it? Guess - 1 week, 2 weeks?  http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u7021792

    I couldn't put down so finished reading, at 4:30 am Stephen Alter's "A dalliance of Leopards" Thriller - Afghanistan, Alfridi, Mussoorie, intrigue, etc.  http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/967543480 . The Dalliance of leopards.WW Norton 2017. Luckily then I could sleep late til 9 to get to garden by 10.

     Also email exchanges with Walter to fix or correct link to Jacques Pouchepadass' review of Hauser's book in Seminar. Anand also liked it. http://www.india-seminar.com/2016/688/688_books.htm As well as 1917 Champaran centenary.
      Facebook seems to indicate Christopher had his retirement party yesterday.  Good for him. What a hat!

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18 January 2017

ring a ding ding - found!

wow, Deej found my skull ring under the cushion in her couch after we got back from work and groceries.  I had given up ever finding it -but there it was.  I noticed I had lost it at work one morning, when? Maybe Jan 2nd Tuesday? contacted all the lost and founds, searched and searched all possible places at work and at home, again and again.  Nope. I gave up it for lost. But now, joyous we have found it again!
      I had bought the ring in Landour at the top of the hill, Prakash's at Sister's Bazaar, in October 2009, I think.  I had never seen anything like it before, and we've looked and looked, but never been able to find anything like it again.  It all relates back to my youth - see, I belonged to a Skull Gang at Woodstock School (India) when I was a high school freshman (1954?), and we used to run around the dark corridors of Parker Hall and hold meetings, planning, while basketball games were being played in the evenings nearby up the covered passage way on the basket ball court.  I cracked my head (skull!) falling down and hitting my head on the concrete steps, as I missed a step while turning around to wave bye to Bruce S. and other gang members. Luckily we found Dr. Bethel Flemming up at the game and she took me down to the Quad and then up the 3 flights to open up the school dispensary and give me 7 stitches.
The skull ring
         Did that hard knock on my head - the back upper left side (above the speech center of the brain) cause an internal scar which flared up years later when I was in my late 20s and contribute to my grand mal and petite mal (aphasia) epilepsy episodes, which occasionally recurred for about 10 years in the 1970s, but then disappeared? What a skull story!

30 June 2016

Gardening - a journal

Gardening – a journal, mainly Azalea Park plot in late June 2016

20160624 Friday. After work –– raked, worked the upper left ie NW tilled quadrant, pulling up lots of wire grass into a pile and making 4 rows of corn. Planted alternating holes with 2 seeds, about 3” apart in each row. Four rows were arranged with, farthest east
1. earliest corn 65 days  Early Sunglow
2. middle early corn 73 days Sweet corn, King Kool hybrid
3. middle late corn 74 days Kandy corn
4. latest corn 81 days Jubilee Hybrid
Showered that evening nicely

20160625 Saturday. 1. Carefully mulched the space between the 4 corn rows.
2. Pulling weeds and mulching the pepper / squash area
3. Pulling weeds and mulching the tomato area
4. Forked holes for 3 tomatoes, 2 in the lower, east tomato area, and 1 at the east end of the upper squash area. Put tomato cages around them and around one of the peppers
5. Forked the end of the upper NNE border and planted sprouted cosmos along the fence and a row of zinnia just below it

20160626 Sunday afternoon with Deej
1. prepared a trench in the upper NNW for Deej to plant another row of beans, which she did
2. prepared a trench just south of it, where a row of corn was planted after Deej left, of 89 day maturity Kandy Korn (Hypbrid)
3. Raked and prepared both sides of the lower SE corner sections, trowel prepared soil along the SEE boarder for flowers.  Planted 3 sections starting from the South of Zinnias (Giants of California East, Giant Cactus Mixed Colors W), Cosmos (Sensation Mix E, Seashells Mix W), and Marigolds – Sunset Giants Mix
4. Deej planted gladiola bulbs just south of the existing ones
5. Deej planted Butternut squash seeds in a hill (NW), and nasturtiums again in the middle of the cucumber circle.
6. Prepared two area with the fork – shallow digging – one on the SSW border east of the sunflower sprouts, and one in a section just south of the corn and west of the mulch pile next to the peas
7. scuffle hoed the SWW border.
8. Replanted sunflower seeds in the NE corner and a middle location along the E boarder
9. Deej picked some peas and I picked 3 cayenne peppers
10. At home, moved a few of the logs.

20160627 Monday. After work, 1. prepared, raked and then planted okra seeds all along the south and the east walkway or border inside the border flower bed strip.
2. Forked up some more along the flower strips of the NNW and SSE 10 foot sections.  Planted some sprouted cosmos and newly-bought zinnia in the NNW strip and also along the SSE border.  Bought zinnia 4 packs, and then boxes of zinnia, wild flower, and sunny flowers at $1 a piece.
3. Loaded a bag of much to take home.

20160628 Tues – looked like rain but didn’t. 1. Weeded around the back yard – around the moonflowers, the peppers, and the marigolds. 2. Grape vine – sniped off the longer vines.

20160629 Wednesday. 1. Dug up the rest of the flower bed strips along the SSW, the West, and the NNW borders. Planted cosmos and zinnia along those areas – also a 5 foot marigold strip.  And watered some.
2. Fork loaded 4 wheelbarrow loads and placed 3 near the SSE quarter and one load in the NNE quarter.
3. Unloaded the bags of mulch.

14 March 2016

Catastrophes of the Cs this weekend

Catastrophes of the Cs this weekend, Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th.  
1. Computers, left my work computers in Richmond.  
2. Card for my camera, misplaced, lost it.   
3. Cup – my favorite mug - smashed. 
4. Cage (tomato) – its wires were clawed tightly into the tiller’s tines. 

This is a weekend of disasters with items starting with C.  
1. Computers – which I put in a bag and took with me to a Curry Club gathering at noon down in Richmond, going to a home after lunch for chai and conversations for 2 hours – realized I’d left it there when we got home in Charlottesville. What to do? 
2. Memory card – went to off load my photos from the Saturday’s activities on my home computer, and took it out of the camera, and then misplaced it and lost it.  Spent almost an hour desperately trying to find it all over the house. Went to bed and started another search Sunday morning.  Where was it? 
3. Cup – while making my fresh brew of ground coffee in my French Press pot, I thoroughly washed my favorite tall hand-made mug, placing it carefully to dry, and WHAM got knocked over and SMASHED on the floor.  What to do? Cry. 
4. Tomato cage. After our 3 hour afternoon journey to Richmond and back, we went to plant onions and peas in our Azalea garden, starting the tiller in the community shed with a specially made starter cord (last year’s was stolen), tilled two rows, and then went to return it to the shed but it ran over and tilled a wire tomato cage tightly into the roto tines. Tough wire – What to do? And it was starting to rain and getting dark.

What we did - 

1. Called the Richmond home and arranged to drive the 1.5 hours down to get the bag at 1:30 pm and drive the 1.5 hours back. Had to do it on Sunday because the bag had a) my work computer b) my work I-Pad, and c) my work backup hard drive. At least it wasn’t raining.

2. The wonderful cup is smashed beyond repair – Deej lent me her nice dark blue tall Library mug until I get another mug.

3. After searching for the 8th time in all the normal places – found the card in my old knapsack pocket – how did it get there? And then my home computer’s card reader wouldn’t recognize it. What! Found and used an old USB plug in reader. Whew! Love those computers.

4. The tomato cage wires was tightly wound into the tiller.  Almost impossible to pull or move. Made a special ½ hour trip back to home to get wire cutters – then they barely worked.  Each of 8 cuts took over 3 minutes.   Slowly, carefully unwound the wire, taking over 30 minutes to do that, and of course it started to rain, though luckily lightly.  Then put the tiller back in the community shed. 

Wow, I hope I don’t ever again have a weekend of catastrophes – especially of those 4 Cs or anything similar.

14 September 2015

Moonflowers Mowing Garden Weekend of Sept 12-13


We set up the tripod and videotaped the opening, blossoming of two moonflowers Saturday evening.  I had seen some of that on UTube, but wanted to see and video it myself.  Wow, was it fast, as it took only about 45 seconds to go from a closed bud to an open flower.  Really remarkable.  I put the video up on U Tube. That was Sat. evening while Deej was making salmon cakes in the kitchen, so she was our watch to alter me when the two flowers started to bloom and I rushed out and started the video.

Otherwise it was normal stuff, well sort of.  Tried to mow the back yard Sunday afternoon, but could not get the lawn mower to start.  We had bought a new gas cap about a week ago, and it was finally dry enough after the 2 inches of rain late last week.  But we tried and tried.  Pumped or primed the mower, and it would start, sputter for about 3 seconds, and die.  We gave up around 4 pm and went to the garden.

We hadn't been to the garden for about 5 days, so expected some large okra pods to pick - and there were several - too big to use in gumbo or for cooking, but then there were about 2 dozen medium and smaller pods which we can use.  Some Deej used for simple okra/onion/tomato gumbo for supper along with the salmon cakes she had made last night.  Other okra we might give away, such as for neighbor Ned who seem interested in trying some okra in a gumbo.  Also picked lots of cayenne peppers, sun flowers, orange and colored cosmos, French, orange and yellow marigolds, and tomatoes.  Deej said she had counted 20 green tomatoes last week, but 19 of those were stolen or picked by someone else, so we got only a few.  They have a new badminton court at Azalea park!

Coming back from the park, kept working on the mower without much luck - took off the air filter and replaced it, took off the spark plug and replaced it.  Nothing seemed to work - just pumping, starting for 3 seconds and dying.  I thought maybe water had gotten into the gas, when the cap had been removed and the cover was not good enough.  So, we emptied out the gas into a milk carton, took some paper towels and soaked up the gas as well as rubbed it around the inside to clean out an muck.  Then put about 1/4th tank of new gas in - it sputtered just the same for about 3 tries, and then, then it finally kept going - so I filled the tank completely full, and it lasted the whole 50 minutes mowing around the big back and smaller font yard.  Whew - what a lot of work and frustration.

 We did some walking such as Saturday afternoon through the Frank IX park where some vendors were closing up their booths - Deej turned to home around 15 minutes into the walk, but I kept going for another 15 so I could get some steps.  She turned back because she had two loaves of banana nut bread baking in the oven.  I also walked at night around 8 pm to get the rest of my 10,000 steps, going to the south along 6th street and turning east before heading up to Belmont park. Then walked some around the garden, but got most of my steps mowing all of the yard.

Had a nice Hangout with Nadeem and Bill K. - looked like Betty tried to join us twice unsuccessfully.  Bill talked of his conference last week on aging, we discussed the moonflower blossoming video, and different Arab and other singers, as well as film, such as Timbucktu and Blues Brother 2000 - and fringe religious group music - Quakers, Holly Rollers, Sufis, etc.  Barb called in the middle of it, and I left and talked to her for a few minutes - she wanted to go to the Richmond Symphony performance of Beethoven's Ninth this evening, but Woody said he had the kids and could take her.

Yesterday the University of Virginia almost won against 7th rank Notre Dame, but they had a touchdown with 12 seconds to go, and went ahead and won the game.  I didn't get a chance to watch the NFL games today.

The coming week I have a South Asia history class presentation Wed. and then 4 different Sociology Research classes on Thursday and Friday presented with others.  We are planning a beach week from the 27th Sept to 3rd Oct. And Curry Club on the 26th Sept, maybe with Deej and I giving a voyage travelogue at chai.

15 June 2015

Hangout chai talk at the e-quad

Today’s “chai at the e-quad’ Hangout (2 pm Eastern Time Sunday) was like most others before it – with surprises and unexpectedly interesting topics – rain, water, books, cameras, photography, etc.

More details below – a narration and requested information.

It started out badly at 2, as I could not get my Mac to work to connect me, so I tried my PC laptop which didn’t work also, so I asked Deej where the red IPad 2 was, and that eventually connected me to Nadeem – who had been wondering patiently what the hell was going on with Philip – where was he.  We both knew that Bill K and Helen A had written that they were involved with other activities and could be at this week’s Hangout.

Weather, rain, and water was the first topic – Deej and I had just come from working for an hour in
Azalea garden plot 14 June 2015
99.1 F degree heat in our Azalea garden plot planting squash, okra, and flowers, picking up tacos for lunch on our way home. Cooling wind and threatening thunder outside was in the background, while Nadeem commented on seeing me on the screen for the first time, asked “are you feeling okay?” (sweat still running down my red face)

Here's a little rain for Nadeem.

He still was hoping for some 100ths of an inch of rain in southern California.  Deej asked him about water use with the swimming pools there – Nadeem said northern California was handling water restrictions better than in the south – and Deej said she had heard of the California water survey which Nadeem described – 100s of gallons of water use per person per day in many places. I agreed with David’s dire predictions and that the water crisis might be the one thing that eventually would doom the planet or almost destroy it.  Somehow we mentioned that David had just put up his Manteo, NC house for sale, as he has a much harder time using it since he’s moved from the east coast (NJ) to the west coast (SF).  $179,000 for 3 bedrooms and 2 baths is not a bad price, though.

We tried to get away from such a sad climate topics – mentioning some books. One book Nadeem had mentioned long before, and another non-academic one he had just finished (see below), and neither of them had I read as yet. He also mentioned how some books published in India were not available for purchase outside India – an increasingly strange trend, maybe because of the huge US / India book price difference.  I mentioned that our UVa Library normally used an India book vendor for books that were hard to find in the US, and he wanted to know who that was, see below DK Agencies.

We also discussed photography and cameras – I said I admired Nadeem’s wonderful photographs of flowers which he keeps putting up on Facebook – and he described how he carefully planned his flower photographs – framing, colors, angel, etc. I said I also really liked the flower photographs of a 1964 Woodstock graduate Jessie L, who has a blog and also flower photos on Facebook. And we both said we admired Mary C. L’s fantastic photography, often up on Facebook, such as her 20 or so photographs of her recent 10-weeks’ Spring 2015 journey from Ocracoke to Louisiana to Arizona to Wyoming through the mid-west and home. Nadeem described how he still had some wonderful non-digital cameras, lenses, and even film – and we speculated if their value would continue to increase as those non-digital devices became rarer.

For vastly improving the quality of photos, everyone recommends shooting only in RAW.  Most photographers now spend 20 or so minutes on each photograph, AFTER shooting, using Photoshop or Lightroom or some similar software. Ahhh, if only.

And there were other topics – but the hour-long Hangout ended around 3:15 as we went off to do our other Sunday afternoon activities. 

A surprisingly nice Hangout again at “chai at the e-quad.”


Now, my responses to some requests. I hope I've remembered most of what you (Nadeem) asked me (during today's Hangout) to send to you (and I've added to them too)

Photographer - Jessie L (Class of 1965) some good photos - she's also on Facebook

Deej’s years’ of service awards ceremony - Deej and her fellow librarians at the 2015 Awards for Service ceremony at John Paul Jones Arena, Monday June 8th.
*Video (62 seconds)
*Photo album (Picasa)

You asked for the India book vender D. K Agencies, which our library often times uses

Telegraph (Kolkata newspaper) -

**2015 May 22 Fri p. 16 Politics of naming (South  Asia vs India. Swapan Dasgupta)
**--------------- p. 17 Cast ashore “Sleeping with Jupiter" by Anuradha Roy
DKAgencies does not have it, but Amazon does http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/907554760

**----------------------- Then there was light Angaaray (banned Urdu short stories translated)
** 2015 May 17 Sun. p. 10 Cloud covered stars (Bengalis remember their artists only selectively, Ruchir Joshi

Have a look at these 5 short videos from almost the End Of Voyage to arrival home in Ch'ville.

1.     https://youtu.be/A3w8YQafSuE Semester at Sea 2015 Truro trip from the Explorer 29th April
2.     https://youtu.be/351lagHG0Dw Happy May Day 2015 [Flowers, flowers, flowers]
3.     https://youtu.be/iFD-ibcy628 St Ives Sails
4.     https://youtu.be/PvhSwTEteO4 Queen Mary 2. A week in May (2015)
5.     https://youtu.be/VtALFq-NPXs  Semester at Sea Spring 2015 Heading home to Virginia in May

--Philip McEldowney
Yes, I really enjoy Mary C L's beautiful, unique photos and her subjects she carefully selects and composes great images.

I still haven't read “Deer Hunting with Jesus;” and you enjoyed recently reading the non-academic book "Crazy Rich Asians" Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deer-Hunting-Jesus-Dispatches-Americas/dp/0307339378/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434314253&sr=1-1&keywords=Deer+Hunting+with+Jesus 
Worldcat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/79002718
In addition, here is the Worldcat list of books which we have received from South Asia, but not all are catalog as yet at the University of Virginia.
The bibliographic list is here on the Internet http://people.virginia.edu/~pm9k/area-studies/SouthAsia/new/20150528SouthAsiaBooks.html
and its title list and individual titles can be found at https://www.worldcat.org/profiles/uvalibrary/lists/3556705

That's it for now. --PMc