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Peppers are doing well this year!

I bought some cool looking purple bell peppers at the May Market and they are really doing well. Also, green bell, jalapeño, and Hungarian wax.

Got a few little tomatoes but the blight is back despite vigorous spraying. No cukes yet, but lots of blossoms and healthy vining.

Herbs in pots are all doing great. I also bought lemon basil, but wasn't sure how to use it in recipes. BTW, is purple basil edible? I have a pot of that and it's really pretty.

Today's Google Doodle: Happy July Fourth!

Today's Doodle honors the National Parks:

Google is celebrating today’s Fourth of July holiday with a doodle inspired by the U.S.’s first National Parks Service Director and noted conservationist Stephen Mather.

The red, white and blue logo leads to a search for “Fourth of July,” and includes images of deer, bears, moose and other animals you may find in one of America’s 58 national parks.

According to Google, Mather’s birthday was also on July 4th. He was named director of the the National Parks Service — often cited as “Amercia’s best idea” — in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson who created the NPS the same year.

“Over a century old, America’s national parks span 84 million acres and host more than 275 million visitors every year,” writes Google on its Google Doodle Blog.

More at link: http://searchengineland.com/fourth-july-google-doodle-inspired-u-s-s-1st-national-parks-director-stephen-mather-278367

Toomey will hold a televised "town hall" next week:

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the news outlet's Harrisburg station, will be broadcast by other ABC affiliate stations in Altoona, Wilkes-Barre and Erie.

Viewers will be connected with the Republican senator during the live event via social media. ABC27 will take questions for Toomey on its Facebook page.

Because of capacity limitations at the station, admittance to the town hall is by invitation only.

More at link: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/06/pat_toomey_town_hall_republica.html

Here is Gov. Wolf's letter on the voter ID request: (from Twitter)


How to contact PA Sec. of State about voter suppression: (from Twitter)


Saw on Twitter that Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Cooper (NC) have just refused Kobach's request. It is time for Gov. Wolf to do the same!

I keep to myself.

Easy to do now that I'm retired, but even when I was working, I never discussed politics.

I only engage in political conversations with two close friends and online.

We have a decent candidate to challenge Tim Murphy: PA-18

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy voted for the Republican health care bill, it was, for Democrat Mike Crossey, “The straw that broke the camel’s back.”

The former Allegheny County councilman, Mt. Lebanon commissioner, Keystone Oaks teacher, and former state president of the PSEA teachers union says he will challenge Murphy for Congress next year.

Link: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/06/19/mike-crossey-run-against-tim-murphy/

I finally gave in too.

I thought I needed it for the Women's March... as it turned out, there was no signal in DC that day. I did get a few pictures, although we were packed in like sardines.

I still prefer my old phone. It had nice big buttons and took up less space. The iPhone buttons are too damn small for my fingers. I mostly use it to read the news while I sit around doctors' waiting rooms.

Oh.... and my "new" iPhone died... only 6 months old and the "Home" button jammed. I had my old "flip phone" for many years.

Our dog was a registered therapy dog.

We took him to lots of training classes and qualified the legitimate way. He didn't have a vest, but had a bandana and tag for his collar. It it does annoy me to see people who call their pets "emotional support animals" or whatever, just to take them along for fun. Eventually they will ruin it for the qualified dogs and their owners/handlers.
Some people just think the rules don't apply to them, I guess.

Yes, a real estate broker.

Not only was he a bull-shitter, he was a drunk. We bought his old house and he built next door to us. We were friendly at first, but eventually all that soured. After a couple of years we put up a privacy fence, planted big trees, and tried to ignore them.
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