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A Late-Blooming Garden

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I saw a vegetable stand yesterday that was filled with pumpkins and watermelon -- you know, late summer and fall items from the garden. I thought of our garden at home and I chuckled to myself.

You see, our small garden is a late bloomer. I got started a little late and planted three tomato plants (one Early Girl, on Big Boy, and one Grape) two [pan squash][] (I thought that there was one plant in the pot, but instead there were two!) and two green people plants. There was some hope that this year would be better than last, where we got about two tomatoes and one little green pepper.

And, for most of the summer, our hopes were dashed. Our plants would grow and we would get buds, and that's it. Last year we had a lot of green tomatoes that never turned red and it looked like the same thing happening again. We got one green pepper, one tomato out of our Early Girl, and them some squash.

Then the August rains came. It's unusual to have this much rain in August, but since it didn't rain at all in June, I guess it evens out. And our garden has taken off. Gina pulled some pan squash out, including a giant one. And quite a few grape tomatoes and said that many green tomatoes are coming. When I checked the garden last night, I saw our Big Boy plant as almost taken over the whole little plot. And it has some nice sized green tomatoes. And two green peppers are coming in!

I think the [composting][]worked. The small place in our garden area was where the compost pile was. When I turned it this spring, I put it on the other side of the garden and worked what was left in that place in the ground. It is still a late-bloomer, I think because of the lack of rain in June, the little attention in July (we were gone all the time) but monsoons we have had this August helped it catch up.

Next year I place on spacing things out a little more. And, maybe, add a couple more plants. But this late-blooming stuff is very weird. I wasn't that late in putting in the garden. I blame the lack of rain for stunting things off. And I can't explain why we have a decent crop of green peppers -- everyone says they are the easiest thing to grow and yet I get excited when I have two.

Well, I'm happy for some fresh produce anyway. Maybe this is just practice for next years . . . .

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I sneaked out of bed at about 4:40am this morning. I tried the backyard first, but we had too many trees in the way. I ended up walking a block or so to the main street where there was less tree cover. I tried to take a picture, but my camera and my abilities weren't up to the challenge. Luckily, someone else was and got a great shot of what I saw:


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Some Random Techie Notes

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  • I was going to try out Git on my machine this afternoon as a little project. But then read the warnings on Git's [WindowsInstall][]page and agreed with the user's comment at the end. I'll give it another year.
  • How come I just found out about the svn list command?

    $ svn list file:///c:/Projects/repos/my_proj/branchescheckpoint-1.187/checkpoint-1.188/checkpoint-1.189/checkpoint-1.190/checkpoint-1.191/checkpoint-1.192/checkpoint-1.194/
  • I switched to using [Poderosa][]as my command line emulator of choice earlier this week. It hasn't been a normal work week for me, but I like it. It's not as configurable as [Console2][] but it does do a better job with the actual emulation part. And it understands Cygwin without too much pain. The End key doesn't work in Poderosa which is a pain when you are in a long less command. I'm not 100% sold on Poderosa yet. Oh, iTerm clone for Windows, where are thou?
  • [YSlow][]is very cool.

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Compliance vs Commitment

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I was taking the last of my New Employee classes this week. One class was on communication and one of the Big Ideas from that class was "Compliance vs Commitment " and that you really want people to be committed to what you are saying as opposed to just complying. This passed through my brain with little impact but later in the day, this was brought up again and I had an "A-ha" moment. This question of Compliance vs Commitment is really the same argument as the Law vs Grace.

the Law. That's because we simply can't follow the Law -- we are full of sin. But some people ask, "Couldn't God just make us follow the Law?" or "Couldn't God just forgive us anyway?"

The answer is yes He could but no He won't. The answer is the same for compliant.

Christ showed us what being committed to God is like -- even to death on the cross. And the Christ sacrificed himself in exchange for our sins since we can't commit to the Law, we could be commit to God's forgiveness. That's really it -- commit to God's forgiveness and the rest is done for you.

With grace, commitment is the only option God has given us. We can't simply comply with it, because God has done it all. This goes back to one of the profound statements that I have ever heard. It has stuck with me for over ten years and will probably be with me until I die. "Grace brings forth response." Meaning that once you are confronted with the reality of God's grace, you must respond in one way or another. There is no middle-of-the-road, shrug your shoulders kind of response to the grace and forgiveness of God.

So, then, how are we showing our commitment to God?

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Jython 2.2 Is Finally Out!

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I was busy this week and didn't get a chance to blog this:

[Jython 2.2 released!! Woohoo!!][]

It's been a long time coming guys. Congrats!

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