Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Blogger.Poisonous Plants.Seaming Lino.Norman Borlaug.

Just trying out what I found out about Blogger Thanks, Al.
Oh, Boy you can make the pictures go where you want them and they stay put.  About time someone trained them! But I do miss the spellchecker!  Maybe I just don't know where it is yet

Plants and Your Cat.
"Plants add the needed finishing touches to any decor. But, if you have a feline, that beautiful plant could become a deadly enemy.
Listed here are plants poisonous to cats that must be avoided if there are cats in your home. Note that lilies(*), in particular, are dangerous to cats. While in some cases, just parts of a plant (bark, leaves, seeds, berries, roots, tubers, spouts, green shells) might be poisonous, this list rules out the whole plant. If you must have any of them, keep them safely out of reach.
Should your feline friend eat part of a poisonous plant, rush the cat to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you can, take the plant with you for ease of identification." The list is here:

It is so much cooler these days that I often don't have the AC on, and have the windows and patio door to the screen porch open. Sometimes it is humid, so then I have to close up the house again, and turn on the AC. This is lovely weather, and great for camping, in this part of the world, anyway!

Ray and I finally were able to seam the linoleum today.  Mine left, his right.  Mine was to cover up some deep gouges from moving a piece of furniture, and his are from installing their bathroom lino.  It is covered with pieces of vinyl siding temporarily. The raised edges on the siding are keeping it off the floor, so that it can 'set'. 
 We couldn't start on any other projects as Shay herself locked out of the house she was cleaning, so Ray had to drive down there to get her in through the garage.

"Perhaps more than anyone else, Borlaug is responsible for the fact that throughout the postwar era, except in sub-Saharan Africa, global food production has expanded faster than the human population, averting the mass starvations that were widely predicted -- for example, in the 1967 best seller Famine -- 1975! The form of agriculture that Borlaug preaches may have prevented a billion deaths.

Yet although he has led one of the century's most accomplished lives, and done so in a meritorious cause, Borlaug has never received much public recognition in the United States, where it is often said that the young lack heroes to look up to. One reason is that Borlaug's deeds are done in nations remote from the media spotlight: the Western press covers tragedy and strife in poor countries, but has little to say about progress there. Another reason is that Borlaug's mission -- to cause the environment to produce significantly more food -- has come to be seen, at least by some securely affluent commentators, as perhaps better left undone. More food sustains human population growth, which they see as antithetical to the natural world."
Norman Borlaug died at age 95 on the 12th Sept.
Because of him, many million people are alive today


Rick and Paulette said...

Penny, for whatever reason, Blogger has taken out the abc spellchecker icon from the new version. But, the red underline still works. I guess they figure that's enough? They also took out the video insert function as well.

Enjoyed reading your blog!

Traveller said...

Oh yes many a plant and other things have suffered at the paws of my kitties! Thanks, by the way for signing the petition!!!