Lyrics: My Little Darlin’ by The Barefoot Movement

This song is pretty near perfect at describing my current LDR with my mountain man.

The Barefoot Movement – My Little Darlin’

My little darlin’
Lives so far away
Down by the Carolina line

When he comes down
Off that hill so high
I let him know he’s mine

I walked the streets
Of this broken-down town
And no lover do I claim

I’m never lonely
For my mountain man
When those city lights call my name

High on top
Or way down low
Love is a town paved with lonely roads

When the sun goes down
My one true love
Is always on my mind

But I’m ever-longing
With my wandering heart
To fill the space he leaves behind

Mountain top
Or valley low
In between lies a lonely road

There may come a day
When he comes down to stay
And then I’ll remain at home

But while he’s atop
That mountain high
Forever am I bound to roam

High on top
Or way down low
Love is a town paved with lonely roads

Mountain top
Or valley lows
In between lies a lonely road

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Lyrics: Lay It All Down On Me by The Barefoot Movement

I am absolutely in love with The Barefoot Movement right now. I first hear their song “Southfork by Midnight” on WUNC’s Back Porch Music program one Friday night while I was driving to Greensboro. The song (instrumental only, no vocals) was so beautiful that I cried the entire time. When I got back home, I bought it – the first digital song I bought after years of acquiring music in other ways.

But at the point, I didn’t buy the whole album, or even listen to it. I just listened to “Southfork by Midnight” over and over and over. Then one day in October, I saw they were playing at the BBQ & Bluegrass Festival in Carborro and decided to check them out. I got their late, and never heard my song, but then I fell in love with the whole band. They played so many other beautiful songs. “Lay It All Down on Me” was one of my favorites, as well as “Second Time Around”.

The lyrics really spoke to me, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. So without any further ado, here they are:

The Barefoot Movement – Lay It All Down on Me

My thoughts were feeling heavy
and my head was feeling weak
Not in the mood for talking
But you got it out of me

I said child don’t let me burden you
with all that is amiss
I said I know you have burdens
but don’t add me to that list

When your mind is troubled
and your heart is full of fear
When your trials become too much to bear
And when worry and frustration
are the only sounds you hear

Lay em down,
Lay it all down on me
oohhohhoohhh

I go on and on for hours
Though I don’t mean to complain
I just have to let it out sometimes
Or else I’ll go insane

When nothing seems to help at night
I’m tortured without rest
I know just what I need
to let me get it off my chest

When your mind is troubled
and your heart is full of fear
When your trials become too much to bear
And when worry and frustration
are the only sounds you hear

Lay em down,
Lay it all down on me
Lay em down,
Lay it all down on me
oohhohhoohhh

I feel so many things at once
It’s hard to catch my breath
The fear that if I don’t slow down
I’ll feel myself to death

At least I found in you*
when I’m with you, feet off the ground*
Someone who never fails to see
me safely back down

When your mind is troubled
and your heart is full of fear
When your trials become too much to bear
And when worry and frustration
are the only sounds you hear

Lay em down,
Lay it all down on me
Lay em down,
Lay it all down on me
oohhohhoohhh

*I had trouble here: if this is wrong, please correct me.
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Mustard Green Bolting

Been growing some mustard greens throughout the winter for my bearded dragon.  I transplanted 4 of them late fall then some creature nibbled most of the leaves away; however, 2 plants came back.  And now one has decided to send out the flower heads.  Reminds me of broccoli.  Maybe because they are in the same genus: mustard greens aka Brassica juncea and broccoli aka Brassica oleracea Italica Group.

Mustard greens forming flower heads.

Mustard greens forming flower heads.

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Differences in f-stop

The following 3 pictures were all taken exactly the same, except I changed the f-stop.  I was wanting to capture the single branch in the foreground, and had to blur out the branches in the background for this subject to work.

f/10

f/10

f/5.6

f/5.6

f/4

f/4

The f/4 picture has the right field of depth – the subject is clearly distinguishable from the background.  With a wider aperture, more light entered the lens.  I should have increased the shutter speed to account for this.  But since I only changed the aperture, this sequence of photographs makes for an excellent visual example on the effects of f-stop settings.

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Easy, Appealing Plant Markers for the Garden

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Ever so slowly I have been adding new plants to the flower bed in front of my house since August.  Being winter, it currently looks like a flower graveyard: bright yellow tags describing what those crumbling brown twigs should be.

Looks rather tacky to me, but I like to know what plants I have and I want the land lord/next renter to know what is planted where.

So I gathered some rocks and painted some markets that are much easier on the eyes. I might paint the date of planting on the underside even though I will probably be moving within the year. I love how my flower bed looks now.

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Say No To Junk (E)Mail!

An easy way to reduce your environmental impact is to say no to all junk mail, including those pesky email subscriptions that you never read.

I have a catch-all email account that I give out whenever something asks for an email.  I’ve had it for years. In that time I have signed up for many subscriptions, purposefully and otherwise.

I check the email account daily, opening only a couple of the several dozen I have received.  And then I sign out.

I now have 16,000+ unread emails in my inbox. That is ALL junk mail.  Mostly from sites that I think I want a subscription to as I am very good at unsubscribing myself from unsolicited emails.

While to me those emails seem nonexistent, they are in fact stored physically somewhere.  Physical resources are required to send, receive, and store email.  Just as we must say no to paper copies of unwanted material, we must say no to unwanted emails.  And for the email we do want, we must decide whether it is worth storing or not.  Sure I’ll keep that funny holiday letter from my mom, but I don’t need an archive and every Groupon daily deal.

Now I have the fun task of sorting and deleting 16,000+ emails!  How many junk emails do you have to delete? Let’s get our inboxes clean and work to keep them that way.

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