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Happy Birthday Dad!

Today was a gorgeous day to celebrate my father’s 81st birthday. My sister drove in from Dallas and we all went out to eat Mexican food for dinner. The restaurant turned out en masse to serenade him. It was a fine meal with a great family. We have always been fortunate to live near my ...

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Dreamin’ of next year and friends

I wish I could say I knew all 3000 plus Master Gardeners in the state by name, but alas, that is not true. I recognize most and I also personally know many that I also consider dear friends. Phyllis and Steve Smith from Izard county rank up there as friends. They do a lot for ...

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Leadership planning and Izard County

Today was a full day. It started off at the airport Holiday Inn with county 76 PNG leadership committee looking over our room layout to finalize plans for the upcoming Oct event. Registration deadline is Sept. 22, but the optional grant writing workshop is full. Then we all drove back to the office. I had ...

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Rain at last!

Rain! It was raining when I woke up, and we had a nice, slow, steady rain for a good portion of the day. It was just what the doctor ordered! Not a torrential downpour that would run off, but a nice, gentle rain that could be absorbed into the soil. Not only did we get ...

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Writing, cleaning and gardening

I spent the first half of the day writing columns. I also brought help to the office today. My daughter came and helped us shred all the documents from state conferences that have been piling up in Julie’s old office, so the old office now looks great. Surprisingly, my office has remained pretty clean since ...

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MG Training season begins

Although we did have a Saturday Master Gardener training this summer, the majority of our counties either train in the fall or late winter/early spring. Today was the first of the fall training rounds. I had a great class at the Jefferson county extension office in Pine Bluff. I arrived a little before 8 a.m. ...

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Planning and more planning

If you have ever hosted a large or small conference, or even a party, you know that the more planning you do, the better organized you will be and the better the event will come off. While you can’t foresee everything that will happen, planning gives you a better chance. Tonight was our monthly planning ...

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A gorgeous Sunday!

This morning we had a hint of fall weather to come. It was cool, with low humidity, and although it warmed up a bit late in the day, it was a beautiful day. After church, I had a chance to get some vegetables picked, a few weeds pulled and a little clean up, but I ...

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The Learning Fields

Yesterday I went from meeting to meeting and then drove to Ft. Smith so I could be there early this morning for a pollinators field day at the Learning Fields at Ft. Chaffee right outside of Ft. Smith. They had a full line up today and do another series next Saturday. It starts at 9 ...

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A day in the office and grains

It is amazing how much you can accomplish and how quickly a day goes by when you spend it at the office. I am normally out and about, but today was totally devoted to work in the office. I even brought my lunch so I could work straight through. It was healthy too–a cold spelt ...

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