Thursday, March 3, 2005

March 3rd in the world

... in the garden ...

Believe it or not, this is an asparagus plant
with baby stalks.  The stalks are thinner than the average #2 pencil,
but I'm happy they are coming up.  I have at least 4 plants that were
planted last year and are making their very first stalks.  Soon there
will be fresh aspergrass in my salads!

The little lettuce
plants are hanging in there, and the snail bait has done its job.
There are 4 lettuce plants - two green, two red.  I've never grown
vegies before.  I hope it tastes wonderful!

Not much else going on around the yard today.  We did take a drive
to Sacramento and saw lots of acreage in orchards -- the prettiest were
pink flowering trees, and I don't have a clue what they are.

... and in the world ...

Today the WSJournal had the following news, which requires no comment from me:

U.S. Troop Deaths in Iraq Cross 1,500
With the announcement of the
death of a U.S. soldier in Babil province in Iraq, 1,500
U.S. troops have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an
Associated Press tally. By the AP's count, 1,364 troops have died since May 1,
2003, when President Bush declared major combat operations in Iraq over. Today,
car bombs in Baghdad and Baqouba killed three Iraqi security forces and one
civilian. Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi extended the nation's state of
emergency, in place since November, through the rest of March.

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