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  • v OVERWORKEDJANET
    I've been hummin since yesterday
    trees and rocks, rocks and trees!
    9 days ago
  • v OVERWORKEDJANET
    Today I made meatballs and meatloaf; very adaptable for freezing and heating up in a pinch!
    Now the house smells delightful...I have no idea what's for dinner!
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    10 days ago
  • v ONEKIDSMOM
    Yes, it's really true that Arbor Day originated in Nebraska, once referred to by Lewis and Clark as "The Great American Desert". Arbor Lodge exists in a town in Southeastern Nebraska (Nebraska City). Look up Julius Sterling Morton for the history of its founding. He was the 3rd US Secretary of Agriculture, and founded the holiday.

    We used to celebrate it on his birthday (April 22nd). Only later did "Earth Day" take over the date, and Nebraska moved it to be a "fourth Friday in April" three day weekend kind of holiday. Our fair state is the only one that officially celebrates Arbor day, shutting down government offices.

    I don't know if they still do this, but when I was a kid in school, they passed out seedling trees to each 5th grader in the state to take home and plant. Every year it would be a different type. One year it was a dogwood, and the one we planted lasted years.

    The promotion of planting trees was to conserve the soil as the prairies started being plowed up to plant cash crops. Wind-breaks, protecting prairie homes were a big part of this. I remember my uncle, a farmer, telling all us kids about the trees planted along the north side of his "yard" to protect from the North winds. We played under those trees when we were little.

    Trees out here were (I hope still are) prized and valued. I was shocked when as a 30-something I moved to New York state and discovered that not only did nobody know about Arbor Day, but that most considered trees to be weeds (I understood this attitude after living there a few years, as the trees took over the yard if you didn't cut them back).
    11 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    Thanks for your very kind birthday message!!
    12 days ago
  • v OVERWORKEDJANET
    I hope you're getting some good walks in and still in your "warm" abode. It's been typically too damp, breezy and cold here.
    34 days ago
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