Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Arbor Day

Arbor Day was a few weeks ago (yes, I know this post is pretty late) and my work building decided to celebrate by giving out trees. That's right, trees. Or at least what will hopefully one day be full grown trees. I chose to take a maple tree and one of my coworkers gave me her honeysuckle tree. As you can see from the picture the trees merely look like a branch. The roots are covered in a gel to keep them moist until planted. There are also some very detailed instructions that came with the trees.

I thought I could plant the trees in front of my house, but as it turns out there was not much room, so I opted to buy a planter. I figure that if I actually manage to plant this correctly and the tree does indeed grow then I can find a roomier home at a later date. Plus, it's not like trees grow very fast so I figure I have some time before I have to worry about that.

And of course here is the obligatory shot with She-ra in it. I was afraid she was going to think the tree was a stick (which she loves to play with), but so far she has only sniffed it, instead of making it her new chew toy.

I ended up planting only the maple tree. The honeysuckle tree is sitting in a bucket of water where the roots are keeping moist. The instructions suggested this until the tree is planted, but to be perfectly honest I don't know that I will ever get to plant the tree. I think one will be enough of handful.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Salad (Grape Tomato) Recall

If you eat prepackaged salads make sure to check out the link below for all the latest information concerning the tomato recall issued this morning. It is believed that a variety of prepackaged salad mixes containing grape tomatoes may be tainted with salmonella. The salads in question come from Taylor Farms Pacific and are sold at a variety of supermarkets primarily in the West Coast and include Albertson's, Safeway, Sam's Club and Walmart.

***UPDATE 5/4/11****

For a complete list of the products affected by this recall make sure to visit the FDA's homepage listed HERE