Hello Augusatiables, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

Woohoo for Fridays! It’s been a long, good week, and I’m happy to bid it farewell. Let’s get our Friday fun started by saying hi to the Experts. Hi everyone!


“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

So much cuteness! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

For this week’s question, I decided to ask the Experts about modern living. Here it is:

Q. What’s your favorite aspect(s) of living in modern times?

Expert Andy Williams, you’re up first as usual:

A. Being alive in what is likely to be the most advanced and productive era in human history.  Who in their right mind would have imagined that access to instantaneous information would be available to each of us in a device that we can carry around in our pocket?  It is the most amazing proliferation of an invention ever.  No matter if you want to find a place to eat, a specific movie, product, directions, a bar, or simply find information about a specific subject, it is all there in a flash.  It is all quite remarkable to me.  Just imagine how much gas and fossil fuel has been saved by such a gadget.  Instead of driving around aimlessly or driving home looking at the phone book and going back out again, the information is just a few finger slides and keystrokes away.  Truly incredible this “internet of things”.  Of course it has its drawbacks, but in my view the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.  Just think of the effect that the internet has had on global society.  Entire oppressive governments and rulers have been overthrown by the power of the people.  It is a tool of democracy and productivity.

Oh yeah, and power, clean water, beer, refrigeration and having cars aren’t so bad either.

A. Indoor plumbing, central air and cable television. Can’t beat that trifecta right there!

A. I enjoy the access to knowledge — whether it be the history of the ancients, the latest spot of trouble or where my baby sister has ventured to today. I like having a world of books in my hand, to hear someone’s thoughts from the other side of the globe, to discover sounds and sights I would never find on weary legs alone.

I like being able to check in with the good people of Liza Land.


Liza here. Expert Dottie is doing great – she’s the busiest retired person I’ve ever met – but she’s unavailable to be with us this week so we’ll have to just imagine what she marvels about this century. I’m guessing just about everything, haha, as she’s seen so many changes in her lifetime. Let’s admire her adorableness:

And hand the mic over to Expert Lewis Casey. Lewis, what say you, fine sir?

A. The Internet has to be the most amazing aspect (insanity) of our modern times, who would have ever thought that we could post, convey, communicate our most private, mundane and stupid comments to the world in the blink of an eye and then be upset because it is too slow and if you were lucky you are now one of the billion e-mails address that the Russian hackers have stolen and we didn’t have clue it was happening. Wow the miracle of the Internet, thank you Al Gore, some guy in Russia now knows my shoe size and I love / hate dried apples.

The following is a short note between my brother-in-law in Las Vegas NM, myself and the rest of you fools out there reading this nonsense and for that I thank you.


Subject: Fires in Vegas

The Las Vegas Inn, that big ugly abandoned motel/former gas station/restaurant on North Grand burned to the ground last night.  Fire must have started 6:30 or so.  We saw it when we came home from Santa Fe at 7:30.  We could see a bit of the flames from the house, and lots of the smoke.  All the fire trucks in town seemed to be there, and they were emptying the reservoirs on it without any hope of stopping it.  Still two trucks there this morning to hose down any hot spots.

Saturday someone poured a jar of gasoline on the door of the city court office (in the museum building) and lit it.  No interior damage.

Date: Thu, 7 August 2014


I guess we just missed all of the excitement of good old Las Vegas NM. Next thing we’ll hear from LV is that they are making all of the cats and dogs wear pants.
Lots of great rain here, about 2 inches in the last week or so, garden growing like crazy. Lots and lots of apples some good some not so good but cut out the good and our dehydrator is running full time making Cinnamon apple chips. Guess what you might get for Xmas,                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well about time to call it a day after slaving over a hot computer, time to go home and kill squash bugs. Bugs 10,000, us 9,990 bugs always a little ahead but we don’t quit.
Getting excited about our trip to Montana in Sept. to visit Tim and see his handy work on his humble abode. From the photos he sent looks like he has been busy.
We hope to get up to LV some time we will let you know when.
Have a great day, it is raining in New Mexico


Watch out insanity is contagious you may be infected


You guys crack me up!!! Lewis, that was hilarious. Andy, Thack, EZ, you guys rock. I enjoyed reading your answers. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dottie cited the Internet, too, as one of her favorite aspects of modern times. It is remarkable how much it has changed our world.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

Readers, feel free to chime in with your favorites. Use the comments section to let me know what you think.

That wraps up this week’s Panel of Experts. The Experts will return next Friday. They hope to see you back here.

Now let’s move on to the puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this Dracaena plant was real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Let’s see how you answered:

Cheryl Rahkonen wrote, “I believe this Dracaena plant is real.”

Amy wrote, “Looks like a real dracaena Carmen to me, and a healthy one at that 🙂

Mary Fox Wheeler, aka “Mom”, wrote, “Real. What do I win?”

CastIronDan of the Cast Iron Dan blog wrote, “Looks real to me too!”

Martha from the Plowing Through Life blog wrote, “Looks pretty real to me!”

Liz from Jemez wrote, “Real!”

Joseph Brenner from Texas wrote, “Absolutely real.(B>{D}”

That’s seven votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer? Maybe a wider view will help:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Real! And very pretty! The brown marks on some of the leaves are probably bruises from customers walking by and brushing up against them (this photo was taken at Jericho Nursery). I really like the coloring on those leaves. Good-looking plant, even with its flaws. Real plants are always prettier than fake ones.

Well done everyone! You nailed it!

To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: A brand-new weekend, a starring role in a romantic comedy movie, one badminton racquet, five golden opportunities, 13-1/2 bonus points, one private escalator, navy blue wallpaper, two ham sandwiches, a winning smile, 23 roasted green chiles, a new football season, three spare triceps, six urban gardens, one theatrical entrance, a new washer and dryer, mauve, 14 eyelashes, three days worth of preparation, kneepads, several shenanigans, four comedic twists, the right path, billions of twinkling stars, seven sliced carrots, one baby elephant, five compliments on your wardrobe, a bouquet of zinnias, mountain air, three popsicles, a sleek ride home, Los Alamos, one box of crayons, a hearty round of applause, and best wishes for your weekend! Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

This one could be interesting. Is this plant real or fake?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) next Thursday, August 14th, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s panel of Experts. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.