Don’t Forget its Cold Outside
By L. M. O’Neal
February 14th is fast approaching, or have you missed the hints of your spouse, mate or significant other. You know, those little comments like; “oh that’s so cute” or “hey, that is so cool”. Comments such as these made over the same thing every time it’s near or done or seen COULD BE A HINT. Which means it could be a clue not to be ignored.
Did you inquire as to why it was cute or cool, or did you just continue on as though nothing was said? Do you really think she didn’t notice?
If she did, you may be on your way to experiencing the “outside cold”, instead of the inside warmth on Valentine Day. But, why does that matter? I am glad you asked.
Valentine Day, also known as “V – DAY”, is a day that has been missed by more men than can be counted. It is almost as dangerous as missing “Her Birthday” but, none are nearly as fatal as missing “The Anniversary”.
Let’s break it down to Guy Logic. Valentine’s Day is a celebrating day for women, mostly. It’s the day they show the world they know how to be chased until they catch the guy they wanted. This is also the day their peers are supposed to be envious, particularly if they haven’t been so fortunate.
It is also a day of celebration for the guys to say “I am so glad I caught you”. That is why flowers and candy sales go through the roof. It is also a day for those forgetful, like me, to redeem themselves for what they failed to offer as Christmas Presents and Gifts to “Her”.
If it would help keep you guys out of trouble, preorder flowers for her now. Do it today. This way, they are delivered on time and on the right day. You can even have candy or nearly anything else delivered to your #1 Lady. And, REMEMBER IT IS NOT YOUR DAY, IT IS HERS. NOW GET IT RIGHT.
Bottom line is this. If you forget that February 14th is Valentines Day, you deserve to be in the dog house for a while. And, yes. “It is cold outside” when you are the reason she has cooled off for you.
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
Chasing your dreams can be more than a little difficult, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong and then some. That is why I am asking readers of my blog to give my novel a critical examination. However, I will say I think it’s one of the best reading novels ever. But, I am the author so I am biased.
Below is an excerpt from Chapter 2, page 21 – 22.
SEE YOU at the STATION
BY L. M. O’NEAL
“Near the northwest side of the county, a hot air mass began it collision with a cold front coming from the north. Enough difference existed in temperature to create thunderstorms. The clashing of the two air masses fed the building thunderclouds into dangerous levels. As a result, a tornado was being born. Twelve miles away, thunder was unmistakable.
In a small weed infested vegetable garden, a young boy worked feverishly to finish another of his chores before the rain started. He worked quickly but awkwardly with a weeding hoe. In his haste, barely missing the delicate stems of vegetable plants, hid focus drifted between what he was doing and what could happen if he did not complete his chores. When finished, he knew there would be no praise. He knew the words, “Well done,” would never come from his parents. Life had already taught him early to expect only condemnation and ridicule.
He was certain if the gardening was not finished before it rained, his mother would do bad and painful things to him, again. The sting of being called stupid and lazy, regularly drilled its way into his mind. If she felt so inclined, she would grind him into the dirt while telling him how ugly he was. She often screamed at the top of her lungs, “What a mistake it was to have you!” In her desire to inflict severe emotional pain, she would tell him, “I should have killed you before you were born.”
He learned about abortion in school. Now, he believed she would have preferred an abortion rather than having him live. Hearing those words and understanding the meaning was pain as if someone extinguished a lit cigarette directly on his heart. Without exception, every time he heard or thought the words, he felt the pain anew.
His mother’s cruel words were not her only tool for inflicting pain and injury. She often struck him with whatever she had in her hand or could reach. Timmy had felt the sting of a hot fry pan, wire clothes hanger, pieces of wood, and many other objects. Her weapon of choice, however, was a loop of stiff wire wrapped around a wooden handle, in the shape of a tennis racquet, but larger. It had been made for beating dirt out of floor rugs, in the old days, but now it had a different use.
When he was beaten with it, the bite was painful even through his clothes. He would do anything she wanted to keep her from reaching for “the wire,” as she called it.
His father offered no emotional support of protection. As Timmy’s lot in life would have it, his father of ten returned home drunk and in a particularly evil mood. He would do all the things his mother did to him; at time, he hurt even more.
Usually after his father and mother fought regarding his…”
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TO KILL DANDELION OR NOT TO KILL DANDELION WEEDS
By L. M. O’Neal aka Larone Mckinley , written 03/29/2010
Originally published at http://www.theouthousereport.com/the-outhouse-report-blog—store/to-kill-dandelion-or-not-to-kill-dandelion-weeds
Is the Dandelion a weed, medicine or a green salad?
With the coming of spring thaw comes the arrival of pretty yellow flowers on long green stems. Out stretched leaves at its base resemble teeth. This plant is both loved and hated. This is the dandelion. Classified as a noxious weed, dandelions have gained a reputation for being stubborn when trying to eradicate them from lush green lawns.
The common dandelion arrived in North America from Europe. It is assumed, likely correctly, to have hitched a ride across the Atlantic with the Colonist. Once arriving and finding growing conditions favorable, it spread rapidly until today they are found across the continent in temperate climate areas.
Getting a Bad Rap
Common dandelions may have received a bad rap. European history makes clear dandelions were used for medicinal purposes. Its scientific name – Taraxacum Officinale, which in French means; Official Remedy for Disorders. This may be the reason annihilation of the dandelion weed, or plant has such high priority. If it has natural medicinal benefits, it could pose a threat to profit margins of non-natural medicines.
A quick inspection of a noxious weed chart reveals this plant as a noxious weed. It does have the ability to make life very uncomfortable for both animal and man, if eaten in quantity. Trips to the restroom will take up the major part of eaters day. However, a number of benefits are found in this plant.
Eating Dandelion Plants
If leaves of a young and tender dandelion are picked, before it flowers, they can be eaten in salads raw or cooked. According to an article that can be found at; www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?=964; “eating ½ cup serving supplies 300% of the RDA of the cancer fighting nutrient beta-carotene – plus nice amounts of vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium”. This is according to Mike, the author of the article quoted. He goes on to discuss ways to cook this unwanted weed marked for destruction.
Old timers and some of our grandparents have spoken of eating dandelion salads, and dandelion greens. Researchers may have come across a recipe for a green casserole made from this weed mixed with other leafy vegetables or it may be the only green required. In any case, it no doubt has its pros and cons.
Removing the Weeds
Even though it may have serious positive benefits, many people demand this plant leave their lawns and go to sizeable expense to see it gone. In some cases, ridding one’s lawn of the plant that produces pretty yellow flowers is a job to be done by hand. Some people get down on the ground and dig out each plant with a hand tool. Others call professionals and schedule an appointment to have their lawns chemically treated.
If lawns are chemically treated, newly sprouting seeds will be killed before they can grow. This method may promise a weed free lawn for many months, before another treatment is needed. For do it yourselfers, companies such as Scott’s produce very good weed killer products. For more information on their products enter www.scotts.com. Information for other manufacturers can be found by searching “chemical weed killers” on the internet.
Another alternative is to use a chemical-free method. By using a combination of 5% regular household vinegar and lemon juice, a powerful and deadly for plants – home remedy can be created. This will also do the job without the chemical aftertaste, so to speak. For directions and advice on this method go to www.whyy.org/91FM/ybyg/index.html.
People that want to get their hands into it should keep one thing in mind. When digging up dandelion weeds, their roots could be up to 3 feet long. When removing dandelions, if the root is broken or cut off just below the surface – that same weed will return stronger than before. Using a tool with at least an 18 inch shaft to get deep into the soil, and prevent the root from breaking near the surface will give better results.
The common dandelion plant has been in North America since the Colonist arrived. How home owner chooses to deal with them is up to the homeowner. In view of their medicinal properties and benefits, eradication may not be the best solution. Making a nice green tossed salad from dandelion leaves may not be on the menu for the Olive Garden, but many more benefits may be underfoot if we learn what our ancestors knew about eating dandelions and other wild plants.