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First Summer Tomatoes

First tomatoes of the Summer.  Weather has been very wet.  Plants had to be trimmed a couple of times.  New Tomato Trellis holding up great.  Time to cross your fingers and hope for a dry, sunny stretch.

Spring Forward And Get Going!

Most years, the beginning starts with Winter’s grip of long, dark, cold and dreary days. It can get depressing with the short days and limited outdoor activity. Each year I’m driven to the brink of desperation waiting on March, Spring, riding my bike and growing tomatoes. Some days the memory of past years is the only thing that keeps me sane.

I’ve started putting these short videos together to help keep me moving through out the year. The video above is for my first ride just days before Spring. It was glorious – sun, fun and a waterfall at the end.

Spring has sprung. Time to Spring Forward And Get Going…again!

Paddle Hard But Don’t Get Lost!

Short GoPro video Kayaking with my brother on Hilton Head Island – Moss Creek.  This was a lot of fun, relaxing and quite serine.  Rode our kayaks at high tide allowing us to zig zag through the maze of sea grass. One wrong turn and you could be stranded. Check out this great launching system.  It was so easy.  I will definitely be back.  Until then…Paddle Hard But Don’t Get Lost!

Ride Long, Fast and Hard!

Whoever thought that riding a bike is a lot like life? I am hooked on riding my bike on the rail trail. I shot, edited and uploaded this video entirely on my iphone 5. My riding goals this year include riding long, fast and hard. Maybe not all at the same time, but a constant mix of the three will bring me success. Sounds like a good plan for most of life’s greatest pursuits.

Ride on!


2014 – The Year of the Tomato?


2013: Ready, Set, Search!

As the New Year begins, so does our annual quest to live, love and pursue our hopes and dreams.  Last year was a hard fought year of trying to do more, faster, and better, etc.  It was also my first full year without my dad a person I always looked up to and tried to impress.  As the eldest “dad” on my side of the family now, I am the leader and senior statesman of my pack.  Putting too much pressure on myself.  Sure.  Is there any other way to achieve the extraordinary?

I try not to set too many if any New Year’s resolutions.  However, I have been known to name a year in advance.  Maybe this year it will be this blog post title.   So, as I ramble on through this year advancing my daytime career and exploring and exploiting  new digital outlets, I hear the starting gun echo and the starter having said…”Ready, Set, Search!”

Here are two of my new “search” web sites created since this year began.  Ready and off to a fast start. – born 1/7/13 – born 1/21/13


Garden Olympics?

The recent Summer Olympics was over the top exciting and motivating for my family and me. I was taken by emotional surprise more than once watching the next generation of the best of the best go for gold. The Olympics sure do bring out the best in ourselves and humanity. We compete for medals, not territory or spoils of war. With the exception of some occasional cheating or gaming of the rules, Olympic athletes always embody a relentless pursuit of greatness and perfection.

Pursuit of Greatness

Witnessing the Olympic athletes compete was incredibly emotional this year bringing the highs of remarkable achievement and the lows of great disappointment. Olympic competition is a great testimony of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to deliberate practice. What if we could use the Olympics as inspiration and motivation to be great at something – anything?

Compete in Your Own Olympics

My dad always told me it was important to be great in at least one thing. Didn’t matter what it was. The older you get in life, without parents or hunger to push you, how can we stay motivated to be great? This year I’m trying my own Olympics, if not mostly in my mind. Whether it be running, throwing or hitting, or reading, writing and creating, take your focus and commit to deliberate practice everyday.

Maybe one day you’ll be great at something new. Maybe you’ll even capture a gold in your field of interest. One of my events this year was in the Garden Olympics venue. Started specialty tomatoes from seed. Had so many tomato plants, I sold and gave away a hundred or so. Met a lot of new people with my “Relationship Gardening” and had an early and bountiful harvest. See my Pinterest Gardening Board below.  I competed this year. Don’t know if I made it to the medal round, but I felt close – next year, maybe Gold.

Oh Lemon Boy!

Well my quest for tomatoes by the 4th of July is going well, but my efforts for tomatoes by the end of May met with only minor success. This one, sole, lonely tomato did arrive before June. It is my Lemon Boy. Efforts in life, love and the pursuit of happiness are often met with delays, disappointments, and let’s face it LEMONS.

What we do with those lemons not only defines us, but also sets the bounds for our ultimate success. What are your lemons? It really doesn’t matter. What matters in the end is what you do after your challenges, failures and things that don’t work out. “Never, never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchhill.

By mid-June, I have many, many more green tomatoes and some that are turning. How successful will my garden be? Will I have tomatoes by the 4th of July? It’s too early to tell, but I think that Lemon Boy was a good sign of things to come.

Winter Flowers Bring May Tomatoes?

With the 4th warmest winter since the 1800′s, nature has turned up the clock on Spring and all things new. These February blooming crocuses foreshadow something new this year. Since Old Man Winter took a break, there will be more bugs, more moss in your yard, earlier weeds and budding crabgrass, and best of all earlier gardens of plenty. Could we average gardeners in the northern states really have tomatoes in May?  Well, maybe not May, but perhaps June.

These 4th of July Hybrid tomatoes from Burpee claim 49 days to maturity. Although the reviews have some doubt they can bear fruit by July 4th, I’m going to shoot for a June harvest. I’m getting a late start from seed, but hopefully this mild winter and hopefully exceptional Spring can bring a fresh and new harvest in everything we do! Maybe even by May.


Happy New Year! – Start, Finish, Start Again…

Life is all about starting and finishing. It seems that we are continually being asked to start and finish things at a much faster rate. The ups and downs of our lives can often be correlated with the amount of starts and finishes we have and more particularly how we manage change.

Well this year for me is proving to be no different – starting a new job, finishing an old job, starting some new projects maybe.

The new year is a great time to look back on the past, and look forward to the future. If you start, you must finish. How you finish matters.  The more you start, the more you finish, the more you do.

I always like to set themes and goals at the beginning of each year. My dad always instilled in me to be great at something, make a difference and leave a lasting impact. In honor of my dad, this is my new year mantra.

In a year where uncertainty rules, one thing is for certain – my year will be filled with starting, finishing, and starting again.

An End to One Era – Make a Difference! 

The Four Year Career – So much to do.  So little time.