Idyll 301 Baby It's Cold Outside!

lmcilhargieJanuary 18, 2007

I heard on the news this morning it even snowed in Malibu!

Carry on Idylls...

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I posted this on the other thread but in case no one wants to reload that one....

Good Morning Idylls, The power has stayed on and we are supposed to warm a bit today.
I cleaned and did laundry yesterday just in case. Today I need to do the town thing.
I still have that back corner of the basement to finish and an Amos and Andy closet. LOL. Anyone remember who they were?
Fun pictures posted by everyone. Sue, Nicks expression is priceless.

I need to do some more work with the light plants. Had to move everything to available windows while the power was out.

Bug, your grandbaby is going to be well dressed. Your knitting is very nice. I like your choices because they are not frilly. I am not a frilly person.

Will try to respond to more people later, but since this is an morning post. I really need to get moving. Norma

Chelone, My huge curly willow was uprooted and fell on several other things. Not sure of their status yet. Several Cedars that split out will alter the views also.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 8:51AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Imagine the faces of people in Malibu when the snow started falling. [g]

Norma...I remember Amos and Andy vaguely but I don't think I watched that show very much. They were on radio too, right? What makes your closet an Amos and Andy one? Do you mean full of memorabilia? I hope the weather warms up enough to melt some of that ice. What a shame about your willow and cedars. So sorry.

Chelone...So happy for you that your visit with your brother and Mom went so well. I just loved the exchange between you and your Mom. She sounds so sweet and you are really good with her. :-) You are so thoughtful of her and I could only wish my children are as devoted to me if I am ever in that position.

My daughter and I watched 'The Devil Wears Prada' last week and it was pretty funny. Very entertaining. Meryl Streep was perfect for that role and she looked so good. Better than she did at the Golden

Wasn't 'Mrs Brown' great? I loved the scenery it was breathtakingly beautiful and the homes, castles and horses etc. Plus a great story as well. Dench was also perfect for that role.

Yes, I remember 'Gold Rush' and Boomtown! Now you are talking about way back, A gorgeous horse. My husband was actually on an episode of Boomtown when he was a kid. I will have to ask him about it again. There was actually a movie released in 2005 called 'Rex Trailer's Boomtown'. It received a local award for best historical documentary. I went looking for a photo of 'Goldrush' and found just this little photo...and discovered in the process that Rex Trailer, would you believe is teaching at Emerson College?

Remember Roy Rogers' Horse Trigger? It looked a lot like Goldrush. Very smart horse, I was always mesmerized watching him.

Now you reminded me of another children's show that we used to watch..Captain Kangaroo Show. I don't remember much about it but I do remember Mr Greenjeans. Anyone remember that show? Didn't Mr Greenjeans garden? I can't remember any programming about gardening growing up, but lots of animal and/or farming movies and series.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trail of Memories Back To Boomtown

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 10:13AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

WOW! Memory Lane...
I remember Roy Rogers and Silver too from the Lone Ranger- both on radio. But my favourite radio program was Let's Pretend. (See below)
The opening song from the sponsor was this:
Cream of Wheat is so good to eat
that we have it every day,
We sing the song
that it makes us strong
And will make us shout HURRAY!
It's good for growing babies
and grownups too to eat
So come along and join the fun
Let's all eat Cream of Wheat!

Good grief it sounds awful now, but it is a family joke around our house many years after!

Many years ago I saw re-runs of the Lone Ranger. They were quite awful, and it made me wonder if my tastes had changed or if the radio versions were superior.

I sympathize greatly with those affected by ice damage. I certainly recall the 1998 damage here, which was mild compared to Quebec's damage.

About the Ice Storm of 1998:
For six days in January 1998, freezing rain coated Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick with 7-11 cm (3-4 in) of ice. Trees and hydro wires fell and utility poles and transmission towers came down causing massive power outages, some for as long as a month. It was the most expensive natural disaster in Canada. According to Environment Canada, the ice storm of 1998 directly affected more people than any other previous weather event in Canadian history. Many of the local Mennonites traveled to Quebec to assist folks there. They are expert at dealing with rescue operations which do not require electric power.

I need to think SPRING these days, and so leave you with this photo of trollius:

Here is a link that might be useful: Let's Pretend

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 11:34AM
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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Hi idylls! Ive been notified that IÂm a finalist for a kitchen makeover! I got one of the keys in the mail to open the door. Since I re-sent all those lucky emails to 15 friends in 15 minutes, and rubbed the lucky blue dot, I figure itÂs in the bag. DH and I go tonite for the sales pitch after the sales pitch from a friend of my SIL. (The salesperson gets paid for delivering the spiel, so we're happy to help.)

Drema, thanks for the info on 'Great' aunt. Now I feel like ÂBug. 100 YO.

Oh my, T. ThatÂs some herd! The photos of the pines and snow look like postcards. Good one, Cynthia.

Michelle, lol over pics of Kenzie. We, too, have a hard time getting good pix of my GN b/c she turns her head on purpose or is on the move.

Marian, I donÂt waste my time looking at the award shows. I could care less. We love Meryl Streep as an actress, but havenÂt a clue what sheÂs been in lately. Last yr., we went to the cinema maybe 5 times total. Too expensive for Hollywood Hack. YouÂre smart to stay in and not attempt to thaw your car or walk on this icy stuff. It isnÂt worth a fall to try and get out. Stay safe.

Cynthia, as I suspected, your house has gone to the dogs (and cats). Cute pic. My, my he looks comfy and reeeeeeelaxed..

Eden, you are the queen of garden whimsy and charm. I know all those who didnÂt get a chance to see your garden would be astounded. You and Brad are so creative. I knew Bella was close in age. For her 2nd bÂday party, my DN had a BlueÂs Clues cake, too. Be prepared for a blue diaper, lol.

Hi Jerri. Glad you and the critters are safe and warm.

Kathy, thatÂs so neat about your crate label collection. I donÂt seem to collect anything here but catalogs, paper and junk, lol. My DD uses Netflix, too, and loves it. It would be perfect for you, Marian.

Chelone, after your endorsement of 'The DevilÂ', IÂm definitely going to rent it. Thanks for the info. IÂm glad your DB is beginning to get it and hope that continues. You're such a patient, caring daughter. I'm sure your Mum will enjoy the special bedroom fix up you've planned.

Norma, your post reminded me to check my supply of batteries and provisions. Thanks. IÂm so glad you had a woodstove for heat. We had to use our gas fireplace and I hoped that was enough to tide us over. It was, thank goodness and our power loss was only for a short time compared to you and others.

Wow, wow, wow, ÂBug. YouÂve really been busy. I love all those cute baby things you knitted. And your wall looks great.

Cynthia, YouÂre right about the females being the best mousers. Both of RuthÂs kitties leave me 'presents' by the elm tree all the time.

Hi Babs! Hi Sue and Nick!

Ei, how very, very lucky you are to have had a wonderful, close relationship with your Dad and to have him write his thots and love in a letter. That is so special. I can understand why you miss him so very much. May those special moments and memories you shared ease the pain of your deep loss. (((((Ei))))).

Re your MOG dress, IÂm sure youÂll look beautiful and chic in whatever color you select. DH and I were talking about DDÂs wedding this weekend and donÂt regret a penny we spent on it. We only wish we had it professionally videotaped. And weÂd love to see the band again. They made the evening. Their volume, selections and charisma were enjoyed by everyone from 8-80. Click on the link below and preview their music. Marian, I think you'd like them, too.


    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 12:56PM
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I loved Captain Kangaroo! it was tailor made for my age group. Bob Keeshon (phonetic spelling and a guess) was Canadian. I remember the big, deep pockets of his coat, Bunny Rabbit who ALWAYS stole the carrots, Mr. Moose, Dancing Bear, Mr. Greenjeans (the farmer who played a double bass as though it was a guitar, lol), and Grandfather, the talking tall case clock. It was a humorous, GENTLE program for kids. Along the same lines as Mr. Rodgers, but on in the morning.

It was such fun to read the link about Rex Trailer. I can see him nimbly jumping over the corral fence now, with his legs in FRONT of him. And I remember when Pancho died... . Now, how about Major Mudd... ("I'll be blasting you") ;) ?

The helpmeet and I took a roadtrip to Deanne's neck of the woods today. We went to the Millyard Museum; a history lesson about the Amoskeag Mill Co. in Manchester, NH. FASCINATING... all that we like; history, science, architecture, and fodder for discussion. We had a late lunch at Pappy's Pizza on Elm St.. Very exciting! and a most worthwhile trip for any "lurkers" in that area. I had no idea that the deserted buildings I'd passed countless times in my youth on our way to the cottage comprised the largest mill complex in the world... . Whodathunkit? I was bummed out that none of the looms were in working order, but that would be a very costly proposition, I suspect. It would be neat to hear them and get a vague idea of the noise the workers were subjected to for their 9-14 hr. work days, 6 days/wk.. No wonder we have things like OSHA now. :/ And no wonder the "mill towns" have such magnificent private homes and downtown blocks.

Rex and the kitties were glad to see us come home.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 5:59PM
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Chelone, I have a watercolor of the mills in my downstairs bathroom. I always thought the complex was pretty. In the seventies the mill housing was turned into townhomes. The first time I'd ever heard of a townhome :-) I was amazed that anyone would want to live right in the middle of the city like that. How our perspectives grow and change... I still wouldn't want to live there but now understand how convenient and attractive it is!

Inventor Dean Kamen (Segway is most famous invention) has his company in the mills and lived in Bedford until he bought an Island. Well, he may still live in Bedford.

The best pizza in Manchester, or anywhere, is Elm House of Pizza on Second Street. In the list of things I miss about NH, Elm House of Pizza's pizza is #2.

Honey, do you need a kitchen makeover? Your house is beautiful. Now *I* need a kitchen makeover. Knowing you, you'll win :-)

Bug, you are one busy knitter! The clothing is adorable.

Hi Ho, Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 6:14PM
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Oh Honey, I have my fingers and toes crossed for you. Good luck on the new kitchen. I know you've been wanting one.

I'm of the Captain Kangaroo generation too. Chelone, remember how the pingpong balls would fall when Mr. Moose would tell a joke? And the magic drawing board (I think it was called). I read somewhere that it would be too slow paced to hold the attention of today's kids. I think it might do them some good to slow down a little. I make a point of having Bella sit on my lap and watch Jeopardy every night right before bed and we've done that since she was born. I think it's good for her to just practice sitting and concentrating on something for a half hour and it calms her down for sleep. She pays attention too and applaudes when the contestants get a daily double. She's also become fond of the theme song, lol.

We have Netflix too. I love not having to go out in the cold to the video store and there's so much more to choose from. For Christmas Brad and I got my mom and dad a dvd player and a Netflix subscription too.

Chelone, sounds like you enjoyed your day with the helpmeet. It's been a while since you've been able to do that huh? Glad to hear things are smoothing out with your brother too.

Marie, I love all of the baby things you've been working on. I don't seem to have much interest in the garden catalogs this year either. Maybe we just need a break from all of that? I must confess I eat Cream of Wheat often for breakfast. I didn't know their was a song about it though, lol.

PM2, My dad named me after the movie Laura, actually after the theme song...

Lyric by Johnny Mercer Music by David Raksin Written in 1945 for the 20th Century Fox film, "Laura"

You know the feeling of something half remembered, Of something that never happened, yet you recall it well. You know the feeling of recognizing someone That you've never met as far as you could tell, well:

Laura is the face in the misty light, Footsteps that you hear down the hall, The laugh that floats on a summer night That you can never quite recall. And you see Laura on the train that is passing through, Those eyes, how familiar they seem; She gave your very first kiss to you, That was Laura but she's only a dream.

PM, send for the David Austin print catalog. It's free and lots of fun to look through. One of my favorites!

Norma, glad you have your power back on. Too bad about the curly willow! Ice storms do so much damage. They scare me more than just about anything.

Sue, Nick looks very debonair in his photo. I don't think Chloe could resist him.

Deanne, please come in from the blind and visit with us!

Hi Babs! You could never be boring. Who ever heard of a boring redhead?

Oops, I just almost lost this post so I'm going to post it before I do. Have a good evening and stay warm!


    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 6:32PM
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Eden, I had forgotten ALL about the ping pong balls until you mentioned it, and Magic drawing board. Maybe I'm naive, but I think any child would love a program like Capatain Kangaroo... it's quiet, EASY, gentle, and fun. The characters are on going, as are the jokes (carrots and ping pong balls, upsidedown double basses). Kids need more of that to keep them grounded in an increasingly chaotic world. But what do I know? I don't have any kids! But I still believe in routine; abundant affection, a fixed bedtime with a story, and discipline, followed by more affection. (I love "Super Nanny", best "reality" show on TV).

Yeah, it feels as though it's been a million years since we were able to do something like that; I suggested it and nearly said, "nah, let's stay home", but DIDN'T. I told him to change his clothes and "get in the car".

We wondered aloud, Cynthia, at the "renovations" of the facades of what must have been handsome buildings. My aunt and uncle had a lovely farm in Amherst and I have fond memories of time spent there with them. I'm certain the field is now a housing development... I remember Rte. 101 as a two lane road! don't "go west" very often, though I've heard tell of bountiful (home dec.) fabric stores over "that way" and will have to explore them... . And will have to make a point to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright home in the area, too.

I was thinking of you, Norma, as we drove west and noted the increase and decrease of affected areas. It was very strange to see plants encased in ice and then, 4 miles further on, no evidence of it, at all. Bummer about the damage to your property... any thoughts aside from removing the destroyed trees? :(

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 7:07PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Enjoying everyone's postings. Missing the other folks though.

Tomorrow I'll be absent as my computer will be shut down for the day as DH deals with repairs.

As I chat & email with my daughter, I'm learning what a marvel she is. Dealing with an ex-wife in her daily doings is way more than I could manage. 3-4 phone calls each day and melodrama. You can imagine what the ex thinks of a new house, a baby, new grandparents, travel and more. She does not want DSIL to have happiness at all. Add the morning sickness woes, job interviews, rising bloodpressure and other maternity moods- well she is doing very very well. DSIL is a charmer too. Often has dinner cooking when she returns from a long day. :-)

Oh, Eden, I'm ordering a few plants...OK, clematis. Totally NUTS! They'll arrive in April from the USA. Not that I NEED them, but these are special ones, right?

Also, I have coleus still thriving under lights. It's all Deanne's fault!

Chelone, what a wonderful day!!! I'm wondering if the mills are the ones I saw when visiting DD at UNH. We went for a drive there and saw them being made into town homes along the water. Sounds like the place to me! The surroundings were rather depressed at the time but we enjoyed prowling around.

Cynthia, do I dare ask what #1 is? Might it be someone in this photo?

And Ei, wear whatever you love and are happy in as MOG. You'll feel good that way. :-) Even though DD's wedding was not a fancy dress affair, I did NOT wear shorts as others did!

I'll miss your colourful message tomorrow Sue!


    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 7:35PM
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Yipee ! My cymbidium spikes are starting to open. Took this pic when I was home for lunch today.

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 8:05PM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

Heavens! Its hopeless trying to keep up with you guys and comment on everything! This post is going to skip a lot of things so apologies to those I miss commenting on

Chloe! What a darling you are! I never used to be keen on little dogs until Misty decided to move in here. Then I realized that little dogs can be just big ones in smaller package. Misty might seem big to you Chloe shes around 20 pounds, but thinks shes a lot bigger!

One of the books I was given for Christmas was Stanley Corens How to Speak Dog. I was familiar with a lots of it, largely from the dog training books of the Monks of New Skete, who talk about many of the same things. The Coren book had an interesting explanation of why little dogs often have rough encounters with big dogs, particularly German Shepherds. The explanation involves neoteny (the retention, by adults in a species, of traits previously seen only in juveniles). Many small dogs are examples of a high degree of neoteny while Shepherds have little of it. Neoteny, according to Coren, in addition to making for cute dogs, also tends to mean the dog is not very fluent in doggish its language development seems to also be arrested in a puppy-like state. That can result in situations where the little dog challenges a big dog but does not then know how to back down safely or the case where the big dog challenges the little one and expects the little dog to give the appropriate body language signal of submission, which, once received, the big dog accepts the little dog without any fuss. But the little dog doesnt understand what the big dog expects and inadvertenantly triggers an attack by the big dog by continuing to challenge it and give the message that the little dog is about to attack the big one so the big dog goes into attack mode too. Interesting theory and I think theres some truth to it. Misty certainly doesnt seem to understand some of the basic body language of dogs although thats partly a socialization issue, which Coren also discusses. Liam, the Border Collie we dog-sat last summer, taught Misty the meaning of the play-bow. Before that, Misty just looked bewildered or frightened when a dog approached her that way. Now she knows what it means and will respond appropriately to it.

Coren also talks about how doggish functions to defuse meeting between two dominant dogs. And that one seems to explain why my approach to introducing Misty (and Chelsea before her) to other dogs seems to work. Two dominant dogs meeting without a fight results when one dog breaks the face-to-face eye contact by blinking and then turning somewhat sideways to the other dog. This allows both dogs to retain their position as high ranking and tells each other they are not interested in contesting to see who is the higher ranked. When I arrange an introduction involving Misty (or Chelsea previously), I do it on fairly neutral territory (end of the driveway), allow a few seconds of barking and fussing and then, even if theyve not settled down, the other dog owner and I start walking the dogs around the block. By the time the dogs have walked together for a short while, theyve usually settled down and can be brought into the house together without any further fuss. Taking Corens view, I think the walking breaks the challenging eye contact and both dogs present their sides to the other when walking. So perhaps my introduction technique accidentally mimics the doggish for Im willing to accept you as an equal and the dogs settle down on the basis of that truce :- )

GB wow! Youre a busy knitter there! Knitted baby clothes are always so adorable and those ones certainly fit that bill. Ive never tried the type of knitting in your link and I suspect its beyond me now :-( My knitting binge for DHs sweater seems to have actually had a beneficial effect of improving (a little bit) my motor control over my left hand. So it looks like I should get some more yarn and keep plugging away have to balance the good for the left hand with the negative effect on the tendonitis in my right arm life is never simple.

Cynthia great picture of Monty and kitties. Misty has her spot on the loveseat in the office too but its not as cushy as Montys spot!

Marian it sounded like you had some dangerous conditions there and you too Norma Im glad everyone stayed safe and warm. We had a bit of ice and no more than an inch of snow the big storm in our forecast pretty well missed us. No Santa Claus landscapes here T.

Kathy all those roses must be fabulous. Im definitely not good with roses but keep thinking I should try a few more. Where did everyone disappear to re the book thread?! I was looking forward to the discussion of this book but theres not much action over there

I need to go back through the last Idyll and write down movie names. We can never think of the names of good ones when were standing in the store wanting to rent something! For quirky funny British ones, try Kinky Boots (not x-rated at all) and an Irish one from a few years ago Waking Ned Devine. We watched The Devil Wears Prada recently too and enjoyed it. Meryl Streep looked great in it.

Ei I loved that table! _Maybe Ill try something like that sometime.

Sue cute picture of Nick it made me wonder what has happened to poor Missy/Misty. I just checked the web site for the rescue group and I see that shes still listed as available. I hope shes in a good foster home at least.

I hired a new helper on Wednesday to replace the one who quit very abruptly at Christmas. The new person will start on Tuesday. She's the first person we interviewed. Both Barb and I really liked her. She knew the ASL alphabet before the interview and was starting to pick up and use the signs Barb was using during the interview. So, hopefully, she'll work out well. The first priority will be teaching her ASL.

We got the results of the MRI on Wednesday. The right tumor doesn't seem to have increased in size, although it seems to have shifted position a bit. We're not sure if that has any significance or not. At this point, we're going to continue to just monitor things. Next MRI January 2008. Since Im now in the early stages of menopause, were hoping that will help stabilize things these tumors are hormone responsive to varying degrees so having fewer hormones circulating should slow things down (knock-on-wood)

Im now thoroughly sick of painting the shed trim in the basement. It should all be finished tomorrow assuming I can motivate myself to go down there tomorrow!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 8:46PM
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'bug, you may have visited the mills in Dover, NH. They were only beginning to be "discovered" when I was at UNH. But any quick drive in and around the area quickly showcases the handsome homes that wealth built... the ravages of impoverished decades has done little to diminish their splendor, in my opinion. I will forever be fond of Mansard rooves and Italianate architecture... . And African violets and opulently dressed windows. Neo-Victorian, kids... always and forever. ;)

In-laws... "inherited" families... . So tough and so taxing to the gentlest persons and best senses of humor! My late FIL had a failed marriage under his belt. And was fiercely protective of his 3 sons. His youngest had undergone a divorce long before I began keeping company with the helpmeet. The third never married and absented himself from anything smacking of "family" as soon as he was able. Stepsons married very strange, insecure women, engaged in an even stanger "feud"... . Small wonder I was eyed with such suspicion, huh? At first I was hurt. Then I was totally pissed off and refused to "fall into line", pretending to be "nice". One day, I decided to go on the offensive. I asked some very very direct, embarrassing, provocative questions about the step "sisters in law". My FIL was taken aback, didn't know how to answer. I shrugged my shoulders and commented that the details didn't matter, what MATTERED was that my step MIL was put in an awkward position and the feud was nothing more than selfishness run amok. I looked up from my painting and he was looking into my eyes. And from that moment on it was different between us. I'd "grown up" and he really, honestly knew I loved his son.

'bug, your beautiful daughter is well on her way to diffusing all the silly bull--it that she's inherited. I can only imagine how hard it must be for her! but if she holds to the present course she'll navigate the course between Scylla and Charybdis as surely as Ulysses. What worked for me was the simple decision to focus on what my FIL and I had in common... the helpmeet! The minute I changed MY focus things began to change. Can you spell "diplomacy"? :)

Wedding attire... select something you love. Make sure you're comfortable in it... FORGET color coordination! When you like what you're wearing you'll feel great. You SHOULD feel great; your kid is getting married!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 9:03PM
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Thursday evening---can Friday be far behind ??

Eden aka Pierre Ronsard and Sally Holmes.
Got my Swan Island Dahlia catalog today, and with my list from when I visited Swan Island alst year, Im going to place my order tonight. Some for the front garden and some for the back. I lost a lot last year with all the standing water we had around here.

bug, love those cozy looking baby creations ! My kids hated hats when they were babies. They still never wear them !. I would buy them cute little bonnets and they couldnt wait to rip them off , or would cry until I released them from hat bondage. ! Maybe I scarred them for life ..

PM, dont recall Shadow of a Doubt . I love Joseph Cotton films- especially The Third Man , one of my all time top 25. A friend of mine and I each did all time top 25s a couple of years ago and then compared to see if we had any the same .Our only rule was not to include any move that was less tha 2 years old, just to make sure they would hold up over time. Anyway, The Third Man was on my list-not his though !

Chelone, so glad your trip to visit Mum and bro turned out well. Sounds as though the end result will be positive .
Thanks for reminding me about "The Devil Wears Prada ", Ive added to my list. And now that you mention it I seem to vaguely remember reading about Glenda and parliament.
And remember the Tom Terrific cartoon that the Captain showed upon occasion? Man I dont know this Rex Trailer stuff, we had Sheriff Johns Lunch Brigade in LA and Engineer Bill.

Honey, jealous here of the kitchen makeover. Mine has serious issues, but I will be a few years before I can do anything about it.

Woody, I hope to get over to the book thread tommorow and post some more comments. Yeah, "Waking Ned Divine" was a hoot !

Time to cook some dinner and read the paper..
Later all
Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 9:16PM
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Kathy, I suspect Rex Trailer and "Boomtown" and Major Mudd were probably local to the metro-Boston area.

BTW, if you can't score "Elizabeth R" or "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" let me know. I'd be willing to loan them to you, something tells me you'd send 'em back... . Both are very much worth watching; while timeframes have been telescoped of necessity, the essence is there, as are the personalities; much of the dialogue is drawn from historical documents. And the cast includes many well known actors/actresses from British theatre. (You'd recognize Siegfried Farnum, Baron Munchaussen, and Harold's mother from "Harold and Maude"!).

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 9:35PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Sheesh! Napa sure makes roses into beauties! Here in Ontario, those same two look pitiful.
Every year they start from scratch...and for ages I wonder if they are living.
PS: I just love that you make time for the paper every evening Kathy! Parts of it deserve to be read before use as mulch!

Woody, Entrelac is NOT for your hands. At least not the pattern I'm plugging away at now. I'm enjoying deciphering things, but it is an awkward thing that does not lie flat until you are finished. Enjoy something easy but with fabulous yarn instead.

As for easy wedding attire for the Mom, I chose no wrinkle & packable. It was fall, so dark green seemed fine to me, kept me in the background. It was easy and comfortable and worked well in heat or cold. (It turned out to be heat.)

Woody, I too used the Monks of New Skete books when Charlotte was small. It turns out that the Monks showed up in another aspect of our lives though, helping to search for the body of DD's good friend's brother. He was lost kayaking with friends...and they helped the family a great deal. The father is their vet, working for free. What a sad business. It was good to see this friend at DD's wedding, all happy and bubbly and kind.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 10:40PM
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Just back from the office holiday party. This year it was it was catered in. Veggie lasagna and chicken cordon bleu and cheese cake for dessert.

Another new gardening catalog today, Roots & Rhizomes "specializing in choice daylilies, siberian iris, hostas and perennials for the discriminating gardener" Is anyone familiar with this company? I see some things I would like, but dont see them listed at Garden Watchdog. They have pretty decent prices.

I remember fondly Captain Kangaroo and the gang.

bug, beautiful needlework, your grandbaby will look adorable. Love the trollius picture.

Norma, sorry to hear about your curly willow and other damage :o(

Honey, good luck on the kitchen contest.

Sue, that Nick is sure a heartthrob.

Chelone, your outing sounds like just what the Dr. ordered.

More lovely roses from Kathy, you cant imagine how those beauties brighten a cold winter day.

RE: kitchen decor, I'm dreaming up a few ideas to give mine a slight upgrade.


    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 10:46PM
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'bug, gotta ask... from whom did DD inherit that smile?!

Can't wait to see the first toothless grin.

I thought about Ei and her letter from her father. I wish Mum hadn't chucked all the letters my father saved from me. I have a few from him (I was 11-13 yrs. old). And some birthday/anniversary cards.

When I really think about it, I'm much more "my father's girl" than I am Mum's. They both loved history and imbued me with my passion for it. They both loved manners and imparted to my brother and me the necessity of KNOWING how to "behave". But Dad was always more FUN. He was the practical joker, willing to flout convention for a laugh. He would have HOWLED at the sight of me with a straw buried in my armpit making fart noises... (this is a very useful party trick... the straws with the little corrugated crooks in them work best). Practice up, Marian! ;)

Interesting that I am thinking about Mum in "past" terms... yeah, she still "functions", but the essence of her is basically gone. When I think about her, it's nearly always in the past tense... . I'm tender toward her now, but it's always with an objectivity, I know the woman she was has essentially evaporated.

Babs. will understand. So does 'bug. Who else?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 11:18PM
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taryn(S Ontario Z6B)

Greetings Idylls!
If you read this it will be a small miracle! (pause and save) Weve been having power failures off and on since the big ice storm Monday, when we were without power for 7 hours. (pause and save) Thank God for good neighbors and the use of their generator or the basement would have become an indoor swimming pool with no sump pump! (pause and save) Only (!!!) 6 outtages so far today, though most for 15 minutes or less, one over an hour though. (pause and save). Ice still coating all the hydro wires,though has started to melt a bit.

Ive been trying to post a thank you for my birthday wishes since I first saw them this past Sunday. Crazy here, Glenn irritated his back on New Years Eve, didn't listen to the warning pain and worked all week (despite my admonishments to take some vaca) then REALLY hurt his back on my birthday. He's hobbling around a bit better now, but is a terrible patient. And I'm not happy either doing nursing duty 24/7 and feeling like I have 4 kids now. :( Chelone, you ARE a SAINT! So I missed all the good BD stuff until this past Sunday when I had time to catch my breath and load the thread(s). (say it with me now, "pause and save"). So without further ado,

THANK YOU! to all the very thoughtful idyll cyber-buds who posted birthday greetings and/or lovely cards for me! (pause and save). They made me smile, and I really needed a lift. I had a less-than-memorable actual birthday on the 7th, Glenn forgot it too, started a dumb argument, then that night popped his back and we spent hours in emergency. So I was happy to celebrate it with your kind words, lovely and funny cards a week later when I finally saw them. This past Sunday was a much better day! (pause and save) Though the horizontal tyrant is still not a happy patient and is off work until at least the 2nd of February, if I havent strangled him by then. So I'm ignoring both New Years and my BD and am looking forward to a fresh start on Chinese New Year, January 29th. And will STAY one year younger too, lol!

Ive got lots to catch up on, but will wait until our electricity is more reliable. Starting this over and over is getting really old. (p & s) So is resetting three clock radios, and the clocks on the oven, microwave and coffeemaker. Our own generator is at the top of the priority shopping list (but everywhere local is out of stock, go figure.) I did manage to upload some pics of our property with the ice storm overnight. (pause and save). Murphys Law of course dictates that the power stays ON when it doesnt matter as were all asleep, but goes off constantly during waking hours! Kids had a blast on their snow day, despite the lack of television and video games. I was grateful for the 15 cords of wood and the fireplace, and that Id stocked up on drinking water. (p & s).

There were trees down all over (see neighbors across the street from us below), but we only lost lots of small branches, and had no damage. Also numerous car accidents all over. Hope everyone here survived okay! Tuesday was absolutely magical with the sun shining on the ice, so I walked about taking pics. (pause and save). Here are a few, more on link below. I couldnt choose any to delete but there are too many to post. (p & s)

Hope to be back soon with a post to rival Eis. ;)



PS WOW, 300 Idylls! I had wanted to post on our 300th anni thread, but keep losing power before its loaded. Argghh! So I must be content with doing a turn of the century post. LOL Mary, "one of our founders" makes me feel OLD!

Burdock can be beautiful:

Boys HATED not being at school:

Across the road:

From the deck, no sun:

From the deck, catching rays:

Gumbo's not sure whether he likes the sparkly grass:

Okay, think I'll load, copy in MSword and print out the last thread for the next power outtage...

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 12:06AM
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Good morning Idylls

Yay Taryn - GREAT to hear from you and fabulous pictures! Hope the power stays on and Glenn's back makes the speediest recovery. LOL about being a founder making you feel old. At the public market recently a little old lady came up to me and asked if David was my Grandson!! I was busy chuckling to myself but sensitive David thought I might be upset and carefully explained he thought her glasses weren't working too well. Later that week I bought some hard cider at the grocery store and was asked for ID - go figure;0)

There have been so many fun and interesting posts. I'm hopelessly behind on commenting so I've had fun reading instead and enjoyed the photos.

Woody - I did just want to say to MRI result sounds encouraging. How wonderful that knitting has also had some beneficial results as well as the fabulous sweater for DH. Hope the new help works out.

GB - your daughter sounds an amazing woman and the knitted baby things are simply adorable. What a lucky baby in so very many ways.

It was an early start here. I dropped Annie off at school at 5.15 AM for her French class trip to Quebec City. They will have so much fun! Watching her meeting up with friends and heading into school reminded me of my first trip to France with a youth orchestra when I was just 11. Those are the trips you remember for the rest of a lifetime.

Winter has finally arrived here - we're predicted several inches of snow every day through the weekend. With the half inch of ice already coating all the trees I wouldn't be surprised if we too loose power - I have my camping stove and gas cylinders out and ready. I also have one of those wind up flashlighs which comes in very handy.

I'd love to linger her more but work has been challenging and I need to prepare before my commute which will be long and slow.

Miss talking with you individually but I'm still here in spirit!


    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 6:14AM
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Good arctic morning! No time to read of think of late. But do have time for a quick wave, (()) to those who need it and "good to see you, Taryn!!" Will catch up tomorrow and undoubtedly have something to say :-)


    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 6:27AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Gentle snow here. DH about to disconnect the computer for the day. I hear the plows going past on the road.
Just wanted to say hi to Taryn. Yes, a back problem, kids home from school, ice storm and power loss- these are the things they don't warn you about and that seem to happen together. Murphy's Law.
How happy I am that Woody has found what appears to be a great helper! Will she be three times a week? Hope she has garden and carpentry skills! ;-)
PS: Why do they show bikinis to the right? Get serious.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 8:47AM
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Well we finally got our first snow of the season last night-a measly half inch or so of slush but heh, it's white. The dogs have been having fun dashing around in it. Temps to 40 F today so it won't last but there's usually more where that came from.

Woody, Misty is still in foster care with one of our best foster homes. Apparently she's losing weight and doing well. Unfortunately age is not in her favor so finding a permanent home could be a long process. Lately we just aren't having good luck placing older dogs. Everyone wants young ones.

OK, this is taking way too long with all the interruptions so I'd best get to work. It's bossless Friday but our auditors are here. No rest for the weary.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 8:49AM
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We got another inch or so of the white stuff overnight. Bella's here today so no painting will happen. It's coming along...slowly. Brad's off for the weekend, DCX is slow this year, NOT a good thing. Lots of layoffs in this area. On the bright side, he can get a lot of painting done here at home. We're taking Bella to story hour at Halfway Down The Stairs tomorrow morning. The theme is Penguin Parade so that should be fun.

Hopefully Marie got to see Sue's post before dh pulled the plug.

Taryn, nice to hear from you but it doesn't sound like you're having much fun out there in the country. Hope things improve for you soon! Summer's coming and that will be great in your new place!

Chelone, yes I agree that children need routines and find them comforting. We do naps and meals at the same times every day here. And evenings are ALWAYS put away toys, dinner, pjs, stories, Jeopardy, bed. Bella's come to expect it and if things aren't done the proper way she lets me know, lol!

Woody, great that you found a new helper so quickly! I know how you feel about the painting too.

So is anybody placing any plant orders this year, besides Marie? And yes Marie, we'll always make room for those "special" new plants, I agree.

Sue, any new plans for your garden in this year of the big tour?

And Michelle, just what do you have planned for that kitchen of yours?

Kathy, I planted a climbing Eden last summer. Yours is beautiful and I can only dream that mine would ever get to that size!

Mary, I hope the power stays on for you!

Waving back Martie!

Time to go get ready for Bella's arrival. Have a great Friday!


    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 9:31AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

Ice in Malibu hard to fathom sounds more like a movie title or a SciFi theme.

Chelone Im sooo glad your DB is facing up to reality and now understands what that really is glad your Mom is doing fine (despite being away from your tender lovin care).

[Ei now lolling about in sunny Warm Florida I hope thanks for that cutey photo of both your dog and the tender memories about your Dad sorry it made you feel blue but its wonderful you had the opportunity to hear such words from your Dad frankly I dont think ive really ever heard that my parents were proud of me in any fashion...]

bug those knitting needles are whipping up lots of wonderful things youre so talented in so many ways Im always amazed how many different ways the Idyllers are here...

Im of the C. Kangeroo generation but confess I hated him when I was a kid couldnt stand to watch him (wonder what Freudian thing that says about me...? ) but loved Roy Rogers (in my town of Phila there was a local celebrity called Sally Starr who opened & closed his show she was a hoot, all dolled up in her bright red cowgirl outfit & platinum blonde hair) but I thought she was the BEST! boy, the things that stick in ones mind. . . .

Norma hope youre able to dig out from under and get things restored as best they can be.

Woody thats very interesting about small dogs not understanding dog language, etc. . . . Id heard about the eye contact breaking thing before but youve explained it much better. Chloe is definitely what I call "passive aggressive" really a totally sweet dog but so afraid of big dogs she does become aggressive first; with smaller ones shes definitely just fine but does have to meet them on "neutral" terror Tory and things go fine, etc. . . . Weve also had several run-ins on our walks somewhat similar to one you had & Monique where a huge dog ran escaped its house and charged after poor Chloe it was a very terrifying experience for both of us & obviously not help her temerity around large dogs. Shes a might package.. Unfortunately we cannot always control the places where stranger dogs encounter each other though, right? So glad you found a new helper!

Kathy o wow what more can one say? A single photo shows why we would all love to live in California!!! I swear I can smell them!!!

Hey, Michelle I got R&R catalog too but dont recall them (altho I vaguely remember someone discussing them here on GW ...).

Hi Taryn!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to Iceland. [Theyre predicting that Sn** word here for Sunday...]

Happy Friday to all.


[the miracles of Word -- this did not post (maybe I forgot to hit submit; but since it was in a word doc. I can post again (hope it doesn do 2 times now)...

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 11:15AM
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Well Drats!, I just got started typing this and the power blipped it into oblivion.

As I was saying... I learn new things here all the time. Woody thanks for sharing the dog info. Good to hear you are stable re the MRI. Hope you were able to finish the trim painting today.

Bug , your Trollius pic is very uplifting. Sorry your DD has to deal with all the garbage from an ex.

Kathy, beautiful roses. Wish I could grow them like that. I only do the care free ones here due to blackspot even they get some except for the Knockouts.

Mary, hope Annie is having a blast. I still remember the first time she went to camp.

Deanne, I miss you and Sue dropping in more often. Babs and the others too.

Hi Taryn, your icy view is pretty much like mine was. Sorry to hear you have Glen in pain there.

I hadn't been out the driveway since Sunday until today. I hadn'trealized just how many trees we have down. What a lot of work ahead of us. We still had lots of ice but not even half way to town all was clear. It warmed enough that by the time I got back it was raining ice cubes from the trees.

I'm having that achy body fuzzy head thing that usually comes before a bout of something. I haven't been sick all winter. I hope its nothing.

I just had a small glass of wine and am feeling cozy now.

Oh yes pm2,Things were always falling out of Amos and Andys closet and thats what happens with mine too. LOL

We did a two week free trial of Net Flix. I think we will keep it for a couple of months till warmer weather anyway. I wanted to try it first to see how quick they came back and forth. It works pretty good. I wasn't sure if The Devil wears Prada would be a good one. But I like Meryl Streep and sound like you gals enjoyed it.

Chelone, so good to hear you had a nice outing and you sound more upbeat. I know you were in a hard spot. Take care.

Eden, I need to get out and get the curly willow cut off of the things it is on top of. I was thinking I could take some branch cuttings to root up but if the sap is down it probably wouldn't work. It was just to cold to go out there before today and I didn't have time today.
I will be looking forward to seeing your new office room.

Michelle, where is the company Roots & Rhizomes located?

Waving to all, I know there were things on the last Idyll I wanted to comment on, but don't have the energy to go back. I didn't even feel like going to play guitar with the gals today.

Catch you later. Norma

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 6:57PM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Evening all,

There is no way on earth I can ever catch up or comment to everyone so Ill just start out new from here if that is OK with everyone. Except.. Mary (I think it was Mary) I didnt spend 13 hours in one day in the duck blind but lost electricity for 13 hours. Dougs DS lost their power for three days and their house had gotten down to 32 degrees in their family room. They wound up staying over here for a bit as we had out power back.

And Chelone, am I given to understand that you were in the neighborhood on Thursday and didnt stop by???? Whats up with that? Id have come in from the duck blind and changed out of my camos for a visit or lunch you know. LOL Oh yes, did you know that they do have a working loom at the museum in Lowell, MA? And they do run it and it is incredibly noisy. I cant even imagine a whole, huge building of those machines running. Those people must have lost their hearing in short order. My Grandfather was a Loom Fixer at the mills in Manchester. At one time the mills in Manchester were the largest textile producing city in the world. Incredible!

Sue, So what the heck is Nick doing with his face on the kitchen counter????

Woody, sounds like good news? Especially if you dont need to go back until 08.

Taryn, looked just like that here until today broken trees and all until the temps went above freezing this afternoon and pouff it is all gone.

So Ive taken a couple thousand bird photographs now. And no, is it Cindy I think who said I had repetitive motion problems. That hasnt happened yet.

Michelle, Doug keeps threatening to take a photo of me out there and Ive threatened him within an inch of his life if he does that. Wont happen.LOL BTW It isnt cold out there because Doug has put a small heater out there for me. What a guy. Speaking of which, Monday was our 35th wedding anniversary and he was off on an assignment in Rochester, NY. (yes Mary he is back out your way) and I was without electricity and trying to deal with a generator that wasnt working properly (he was supposed to check it out and fix the problem but that was another of those things that didnt get done) so Ive been feeling pretty sorry for myself as we werent able to even go out for a dinner. The original plan was to go out to Maui again as we did for our 25th but instead I was alone in a dark house. Now that was a bummer! In his ultimate wisdom he decided to buy me a flat screen TV for the dining room for our Anniversary, now you have to understand that I hate having a TV on in the mornings and when he isnt home I almost never turn one on. So just who do you think the Anniversary TV was for????? I ROTFLMAO when he came home with that.

OK so now Im going to bore you with a few of the birdie pics Ive been capturing since the ice storm Monday.

White Throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

American Tree Sparrow

And my personal favorite, Dark-eyed Junco on a Cimicifuga stalk covered in ice

And one last one especially for Eileen I was some surprised when this Robin hopped up onto my perch in the depths of January.

Later all,

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 7:08PM
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Taryn, what fabulous pictures, LOL about the beautiful burdock. Bummer about the ice and DHs back problem.

Mary, how sweet your David is. I agree though, her glasses must have been an old prescription, no way do you look like you could be his grandma.

Eden, I think its so cute that Bella watches Jeopardy with you. I remember that my DD especially liked Wheel of Fortune.

As for the kitchen, I think I will be removing the wallpaper. Its ok but I really dont want a border anymore. So painting will be part of it. New curtains are what really got me going. The ones I have are extremely faded and old. Of course now I am entertaining the idea of new flooring and maybe countertops. You know how one thing leads to another.
Ive included a link to the curtain pattern I like. Chelone, will I be in over my head? If so I guess my mom will bail me out when she gets back in April.

It was fun to watch the kids in Malibu play in the snow on TV the other day.

Norma, Roots & Rhizomes is out of Randolph, WI.. I just hate to hear of all the tree damage you face cleaning up. Been there and done that and it is no fun.

I just refreshed and low and behold theres Deanne with a bevy of beautiful birdies. Those are just so awesome and I almost hate to say it, but the ice really does add a special effect to them.
Your flat screen TV was similar to "our" Christmas gift of a flat screen TV. Although, some of the travel programs are quite nice in high def. Happy 35th Anniversary to you and Doug. Hopefully, you find time to do something special.

I must get ready, we are eating out for Ricks birthday with his son and new wife as they were on their honeymoon last weekend when we celebrated.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 7:46PM
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A few weeks ago I decided $12 a bag for Sam's Yams was a bit pricey for overcooked sweet potatoes, and figured I could make my own. (Sam's Yams, if you're not familiar, are healthy very chewy dog treat. Good alternative to bad rawhide type treats.) I'm no cook, but figured a one ingredient recipe was within my reach, and uncooked sweet potatoes are only 68 cents a pound.

I sliced them up and put them on cookie sheet in the oven at 250F to 300F for 2 hours+. Impatiently turned the oven up to 400F at 11PM. Got tired of waiting and turned off oven at midnight and went to bed. Turned oven on in morning and forgot about 'em until the funny smell made its way to my upstairs office.

Total cooking time unknown.

Variable cooking temperature probably unnecessary.

So. Done. And while they weren't crinkle sliced like Sam's my dogs couldn't tell the difference. Katie did have that, ummm, blockage that week-end but the culprit was foil cream cheese wrapper not Cynthia's Yam.

But that was way too much cookin'. So. I am now the proud owner of a dehydrator! Actually it belongs to the dogs. Their second appliance, as they did indeed get a freezer for their apartment after Christmas.

Woody, good stuff and right on. As a relatively new dog person, I'm often surprised at how little many people who have had dogs all of their lives understand about dog behavior. Side to side greetings and walking dogs together as introduction is so basic but many people force 'face to face' greetings. And humans do it TO dogs. I'm a big fan of Patricia McConnell (The Other End of the Leash) and she now has a show on NPR Saturday mornings at 7AM.

I wasn't aware of the small dogs arrested social development, but it makes a LOT of sense. Thanks for sharing that. Very interesting. I've had to move across the street with my 'big' dogs many times to get away from little dogs sending the wrong signals. The owners think I'm afraid of their dogs. In a way, I am. What they don't 'get' is that I fear my dogs might damage the little whippers because of their aggressive posturing. If I hear 'but he likes big dogs' one more time.....arghh. Lots of poorly socialized dogs around.

Pictures of Ice and Roses and More Ice. Very nice Taryn and Kathy. Oh! I have Sally Holmes, and love her. Deanne, we need more 'boring' birds. Go ahead, bore us some more. Please!

GB, don't know if you're plugged in yet, but I love the way your hair is graying! It's beautiful. And that is just a lovely photo of you and your pretty daughter. And no, I don't miss my sister. We talk every Sunday. What I miss the most is the light traffic in New England :-)

Ok, I do not remember what else I've read except that Mary is off to camp and Norma thinks that there is actually a point when willow can't be rooted :-)

Norma, I'll bet you it will figure out a way to root right where it is. My curly willow is tilted but if we do get 'weather' and it falls it will hit the patio and do no damage.

This is the only picture I can find of mine - see it??? It's right behind the unnamed pink brug from a swap. Neat thing is that the swapper lost his, and now I get to bring him a cutting this spring :-)

Eden, wouldn't it be funny if Bella is remembering all those Jeopardy answers.

Michelle, I like the curtains, and I don't usually do curtains. I put valances in the 'new' sunroom this summer and actually like the effect. The pleats on your pattern make them look very sharp and tailored. Maybe Chelone's new business will be mail order curtains...?

Hi PM! And all others I've missed, but enjoyed reading....

'gnight, Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 19, 2007 at 8:38PM
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Michelle and Deanne, don't feel bad-I've just been informed that I'm getting a 60" high def TV to arrive possibly next week. LOL! Such a deal though (or so I'm told). Between the on-line comparison shopping, Sony rewards points and my BIL buying our old TV supposedly this one will cost almost nothing.

Deanne, Nick is constantly climbing up on the bench under my counter to get a better view of what's going on. When we aren't home he gets up there and steals things. Speaking of Nick....oh Chloe...come hither...lololol

Party central is going well but I'm getting tired of walking around with my fingers crossed behind my back. So far I don't think Tom has a clue. Two of my brothers and their wives will be staying here tomorrow night. He knows that one of them is coming so at least I have a valid excuse to be cleaning.

Let me reiterate...TGIF! Where did this month go? I guess I can't complain when January becomes a blur.


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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

I am sort of out of the loop when it comes to posting...again. :-(
I don't know why, but I am rather down again.It started after my trip to town yesterday, and after the Dermatologist zapped the pre-cancerous lesion on my nose. I have had a headache ever since, along with all over droopiness.
I did add some pics of my african violets to a PT album. Here are some of the best:

Re: Amos and Andy.....It was Fibber McGee who had the 'full' closet. ( Link below)

Am I the only one old enough to remember "The Intersanction of Mystery", and "The Shadow" ? We always listened to them, even though they scared me!

Snow is it our tomorrow's forcast. It may be preceded by more freezing rain!

Wishing everyone well...


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Michelle - I like that pattern -- are you doing the straight or curved valances & going to mount them to a board as they suggest? I think that helps them retain their shape - but Che-lone will know all 'bout that. I'd love to find a mail order curtain person (heehee) - I've only had fabric for 2 years for the MBR (how's that for procrastination?) -- not even sure how my measurements work out any more for the yardage I have (most is from a R. Lauren sheet group - i've always been big on using patterned sheets & lining them)...but they dont do me much good when they stay sheets do they?

Marian - love your african violets - I've got a few of those -- they're so nice when they find the right spot in the house -- mine just keep blooming & blooming. But I remember you have a huge amount of houseplants inside; mine are pretty much all on 2 groups of shelves in the kitchen & that's it. A friend recently gave me a cutting of her variegated plant & it's growing well - Im looking forward to seeing what color flowers it will have. Hope you feel better, Marian.

Norma - Im so sorry you arent feeling well; probably also have some cabin fever going on there w/ being shut in for 5? days?

Chloe says to tell The Nickster he's very dashing looking! She especially likes his snappy ears and beewwwtiful eyes.

Deanne -- such wonderful birds -- Im relieved to hear you are alive and well & not iced in in the duck blind (you should worry when Doug offers to move an LCD TV into there, however, I think....). Funny how the Y chromosome gets caught up on those male "us" presents! Gotta laugh, right?

Ok - that's it for me; some R&R after a tough work week; gotta cram all the errands in tomorrow as it's supposed to snow on Sunday; hopefully no amounts, but will be good to hunker down.

-Cindy [and Chloe peeking over the shoulder - she's looking at Nick again]

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Hi All, no time tonight for any lengthy post, but just had to comment on the pics !
Marian , your violets are just wonderful ! They look very healthy - I have never been able to grow violets like that.

Deanne- marvelous bird shots as always..

And Taryn, I would have to buy an entire new wardrobe to survive one day in that chilly looking landscape. Looks so pretty from inside the window !

Wave to all, Kathy in Napa

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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Computer back and working. Yeah! It was tough without, but I got lots of knitting and grocery shopping done. At Christmas DH got me a small freezer for the basement and so now Charlotte's food is packed there and we have more room in our small kitchen freezer. Next it will be a flat screen TV? I don't think so, but you never know with those Y chromosomes.

Well Marian, what do you know! I just brought another African violet home this evening. Why don't mine bloom? I don't know anyone who can't get them to bloom except me. Is it light or fertilizer they want? Do they need repotting from the grocery store soil? Perhaps the window ledge is too cool for them. Hmmmm

So glad to see Deanne back along with her magnif photos!!! Many of the coleus (I hate coleus) are so happy under lights, but one is looking droopy and weird, no matter what I do to it. None of last years Amaryllis are doing the right thing, nor the "Easter" cacti. But they are all alive anyway, taking up space....

Nickster of the bedroom eyes- honestly, that dog! Charlotte looks like a woolly mammoth these days. Today she frightened a couple of guys who came to the door. Good dog! There I was taking a shower when these guys drive up to the house. WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!! So I grab my robe and check things out. 2 characters are driving around selling Scottish haddock and Nova Scotia cod. Geez. So they say they "only" have 2 boxes left. Instead of $79 each I can have these for only $40 each. Well, says I, no thanks. He says how about $30 each, so I can go home now? Well how about just the haddock says I. OK. I go to my wallet and have only $40. I ask him what he wants to do. He goes to talk to his buddy and they decide to give me the 2 boxes for $40. Hmmm : $158 down to $40. Oh well, something for the new freezer. Anyone have any good fish recipes?

Cynthia, I've never liked brugs until tonight. Anything in your garden makes me covet it....Pottery, fences, furniture, plants, animals too.... Funny you mention the hair. People are often asking me what product I use. I tell them it is what I discovered quite a few years ago when I stopped using products. I looked like a skunk at first, but it is evening out these days.

I know you don't really care, but DGS left me a phone message tonight. Why is his voice so chirpy and adorable. Makes my week! He calls me by my first name which is fine I guess. All his other grandmothers have stolen the good Granny names. At least I get the emails and phone calls!:-)

Off to bed. DH leaves for a long weekend tomorrow, so there'll be plenty of solo time for me in the days ahead. Frankly, I love it in small doses. Not 5 weeks though Mary!

Night all!

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Deanne, I appreciate your sharing the bird photos. I never tire of looking at them.
You sound just like me re the tv in the mornings. LOL. I guess we have to let them have their pleasures so we don't have to justify ours heh? Hope you and Doug get to have a nice dinner out to celebrate your anniversary soon.

Michelle that pattern looks easy enough. I don't think you will have a problem with it. I know what you mean about projects snowballing. At least you are doing at a good time instead of like I did in early spring. What was I thinking? I really should get started on the master bedroom and bath, but it involves some repair work that I can't do and DH never does that sort of thing so I wil have to hire someone.

Cynthia, I was ROTFLOL at your yam cooking experience. But as long as it worked they weren't wasted. I thought you were going to say they burned.
Yes I see the willow.I know willows root easily. I'm even thinking if I cut it off at the base if there are still some roots in the ground it will probably regrow. I love the pink brug and the pink geranium sets it off too. Maybe I will give a brug a try this year. What grass is in the pot?
Are the dogs crates in the basement now? Do they sleep there at night or just when you have to leave them?

Sue another cute picture of Nick. I'm sure Tom is going to be really surprised. Have fun.

Marian, what happy colors. Your violets look pretty good to me. Mine always took lots of neglect and still bloomed. I don't have any right now though.
Hope you perk up again. I have a friend who has to get those spots zapped pretty regular. She did have to have one cut out recently that required plastic surgery so be careful of them.
So it was Fibber McGee instead. DH remembers listening to The Shadow. I probably didn't as I never liked scary things.

Cindy I am feeling better this morning so maybe I evaded whatever it was. You can not be a bigger procrastinator than me. LOL. I am striving to do better, but think I am hopeless.

Martie have you gotten lost on your work travels?

Bug, we always like to hear what DGS is up to. Wyatt gets a little mixed up sometimes as he has mommy, mammy and mimi ( I am mimi).
I am always leary of people like the men who came to your door. I so miss my watchdog (Keebler) . Rebel doesn't bark at people at all and Rocky only woofs once in a while.

I have been playing one of my guitar instructional cds while reading on computer. It is all music no talking. It makes such nice background music.

Past time to get moving here. ~~~~~~~~waving to all. Norma

    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 10:12AM
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wendy2(zone 6 MA)

Good chilly morning!

We are having some seasonable weather here, cold and very windy today. Keeping one eye on the remaining white pines in the back, we don't need any more to come down! We missed most of the ice from the recent storm. It does make for pretty pics, but it is so damaging. I feel for those who have lost power and have lots of clean-up ahead of them.

I am feeling old today; my DD went to her first school dance last night. Nothing fancy, she didn't "dress up", just wore the usual jeans and t-shirt. She met her friends there, at least there is no boy coming to the door with a corsage at this point! DH was traumatized as well; DD didn't even want him to drop her off, she was probably afraid he'd want to escort her inside and hang around for a while. When she came home she reported that the dance was crowded and hot, and they played too much "rap" music. I tried to tell her that it is too hard to dance to the alternative music she likes, and that the middle school was not zoned for a mosh pit. She was not amused at my remarks.

Cynthia, I love the way you under planted the brugs in your pic. Is that trailing plant plectranthus? I stuck some petunias in the pot with mine, but they didn't last long once the brugs got tall and shaded them out.

Michelle, I had to chuckle when you said that you are thinking of new floors and counter tops for your kitchen. Our kitchen makeover a few years ago started with a broken door on the dishwasher. Then, we decided to replace the ugly green formica counter top at the same time. But, the new counter top I picked did not match the ugly green-speckled floor, and so on. It lead to new floors and painting the cabinets and adding new hardware, and a new stove as well.

Honey, did you win the kitchen makeover?

'bug, good score with the fish. I have recipes for fishcakes and fish chowder I can dig up if you are interested. A website I like for finding recipes is - you can search for recipes by ingredients.

Another fan of Rex Trailer and Captain Kangaroo here. I actually begged my parents to let me go on a trip to California that the show was sponsoring when I was about 4 or so. My grandparents had gone on a trip there to visit Nana's sister, and they must have filled my ears with tales of what a wonderful place it was. Needless to say I didn't get there when I was four, but my grandparents did take me when I was in junior high.

Marian, your African violets are pretty. My grandmother always had them, and my mom has a few. I just don't have the right place in my house for them.

Chelone, I'm glad you went to see your mother and your brother. It sounds like things are improving for you on that front. I'm sure that being responsible for her care will make him realize all that you have done.

Imagine, a doggie love affair right here on GW! Nick does look seductive in that boudoir shot, how can Chloe resist?! Cindy, she is a doll by the way, love that face!

Deanne, love the bird shots, fabu as always. I like the American Tree Sparrow the best, he looks like he is ready to speak. Doug is a sweetie putting a heater out there for you.

LOL re: the new TV's, it is definitely a guy thing. DH wants a high def TV, but it really doesn't matter to me. I don't watch much TV, usually the news, Desperate Housewives and a few cooking or gardening shows. I'm just as happy reading a book or magazine.

Have a great day all!


    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 10:21AM
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Wendy, I hope you don't lose anymore trees too. LOL about DDs first dance. My DS even left the house the night of DGDs first date. And he really had a hard time when the youngest one started dating. Thankfully she picked a really nice guy and they suit each other to a T.

I had forgotten to even look at Wyatts birthday pictures until now with all the commotion of being without power. Some of them didn't turn out well as I was trying something different hoping to avoid redeye. I must have changed some setting I shouldn't have because I never used to get redeye. Any way here are a few pics.

Wyatts fourth Birthday cake

Wyatt and other grampa

Wyatt PaPa and me. This ones a little unsharp, but I liked it.

Jake and friend. Jake on keyboard.

Jake in Blind. Deanne is this something like your blind?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 11:05AM
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Deanne.. I love your birdie pics. Absolutely gorgeous. You can see every feather. I had to post after the TV comments. I got a surround sound system for the living room for Christmas. The guys love the bass, the whole room vibrates, and I don't sit in there much. I never watch TV, and I hate bass. I had said that I wanted some sort of speaker system that I could listen to music in the kitchen and outside in back yard... After hearing Ei's this summer, I couldn't wait any longer. So they got me a Sirius radio system for the kitchen with hand me down speakers, and the living room surround. Cracked me up.

Bug, I love the pics of you and your daughter, and am so happy for the joy you have had come into your life the past few months. Ditto on the knitting projects:)

Kathy I kept meaning to tell you I loved your Christmas tree....

Cynthia.. how nice it is to see your garden again! I have missed it.

Sue.. I am sure your party will be a big success! Nice pillow sham

Michelle, it must be the season to get rid of borders. I just took my living room one off, and am getting ready to do the kitchen. Skip said for me not to dare start another project till he gets the living room finished. It was a mess. We have one more wall to paint. Crossed fingers for the weekend. Nice window treatment.

Chelone.. if I could afford you, I would love to have drapes made for my living room. I have strange windows. I will take a pic and show you. The ones I have now are too dark, but they were not expensive and I thought I could live with them.

Marian.. Your African violets are so colorful. Nice spot of color in winter.

Hi everyrone else. I have to run and replentish food supplies and go to the hospital to see my brother. They moved him to a rehab place on Thursday. It is about an hour away. He can swallow!! I was able to feed him real food and he is asking for chili. He doesn't remember anything about being sick. He thought he was on a fishing trip in PA, and had an accident or something. He also thought he was a secret agent, like the Bourne Identity or something. He also said my dad came and played music for him. My dad died in 1993. I think that was the closest he came to death because one night I just felt that my dad, grandma and sister were waiting for him..... I know not everyone believes that, but I felt it so much that I came home and told Skip. It is so fun to be able to talk to him. He is getting bossy, which is a good thing. He was too sick to have an opinion before. He can move his hand a little, but no fine motor skills. I know it is coming.

Hope you all stay warm and have a great weekend!


    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 11:18AM
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Yesterday I peaked out my front windows with first cup of coffee and saw....painted yellow lines bisecting my front yard. Followed them (in robe & slippers) out to the road where I found a mysterious note "No trace wire" in big letters painted next to the now yellow gas cap in the road. Say what? Called Utility company and there was no 'other' on the menu, so I selected 'emergency.' They sent me off to a company called 'MISS Utility' who directed me to a website to search on my address. Turns out the fence company had my entire property checked for utilities even though the new fence is just going in a part of the back yard. Phew.

Nothing much accomplished here today, but got the oil in car changed mostly because I thought one tire looked soft. There's a pure white greyhound in my dining room. He is fostered nearby and I thought I'd take him on a home visit I have to do in the city today. We do phone interviews, reference checks, home visits, and have required reading (2 books) to try to make sure people understand what they're signing up for. I really like to take Katie on these visits because she is like a two year old child and does a very thorough risk inspection :-)

It is so blustery here to day. Up to 30F but that wind chill is making walking painful.

Norma, those pictures are sweet! The one of you and Wyatt very special. the grass is Melinus nerviglumis or 'Ruby Grass' and has sparkley berry like blooms. It is the prettiest little thing. Stays very short so good in a pot. Not hardy here, but it self seeded in that pot and I've kept it going for a few years now. It's in GH for winter. I have seeds of stipa tenuisma around here somewhere and want to do a pot of that this year. That's another nice short one, and very feathery/fluffy so should look neat in a patio pot.

Drema, nice to hear from you and glad that your brother is making some progress. You are holding up well under what must be a lot of stress.

OK, I need to bundle up the white dog and myself and head into the city. City Home Visits are exciting, what with the rat poison laying about :-( I took Dannie on a city HV when she was my foster and she found a block of poison. I didn't know what it was. The applicant got an unplanned demonstration of how to make a dog vomit. Fortunately he had hydrogen peroxide in the house. Horrid as it seems, I now keep a bottle in my HV bag !
Hi to all!


    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 1:27PM
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Greetings and salutations from -13degF windchills. Whaaat happon'd??????

Have the rag mags picked up on Nick and Chloe, yet???

Just spend a lovely hour and a half catching up with Idylls. Too much to mention, but got the drift of everything.

Still waiting to hear from Marian about African Violet blooming hints.

Deanne: Good thing you have big coffee cups. I can imagine that getting thousands of pics in this weather makes them a necessity :-)

I'm darned impressed, PM2, with your seed starting. You've given me some ideas.

Pics have been great. Missed the ones on #300 but can only imagine.

Wendy, the first dance DS went to he looked like a mobster. Black suit, black tie, black shoes and slicked down hair. I still crack up when I remember.

18 More Hours and Ky will be back at school, but who's counting??? LOL He can't wait to get back and I love his excitement.

Logee's tomorrow and have absolutely no idea who'll be there. Rich is coming! Lunch at the Vanilla Bean won him over, and a quick look at the catalog didn't hurt.

Work has been ecstatically nuts. What a difference a year makes.

Chicken is ready and I'm ready for it. Attempted a garden walk today and Rich threatened to tie a rope around me. Really windy. Didn't make it past the first bed.

In awhile, crocodile!!


    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 5:28PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

Sorry, african violet blooming hints from me. As I posted earlier, I never fertilize them, or wash their leaves.:-(
I keep most of them in a southwest window that's shaded in the summer. They seem to like the cooler fall and winter days over the hot summers. I remove the wilted leaves frequently, and the spent flowers. Some times I water from below, but more often from above.

I am still not very perky today. Something has aggravated the fibro. :-(

It's been dark and nasty all day. Takes turns sleeting and sprinkling. Ice tries to form, then melts. Tonight will be another story, with 100% chance of wintry weather! My evening's wood is in, and we are cozy, so that is all that matters for us. I hope everyone is is okay.

TTYAL, Marian

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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

I hate camping. I particularly hate camping inside the house. We lost power late yesterday am and it was out all day while they cleared the downed trees and repaired the lines. It didnt come back on until after dark. Since our temps dropped into the 20s, it got mighty chilly in here fast.

No, sadly, we didnt win the new kitchen. Drat. Interestingly, the folks giving the pitch kept distracting us from trying the key. Then when we were looking at something, they took the key pkg. and set it aside where we couldnt see it, hoping Im sure, that wed forget it. Not a chance. When we asked about it, they said they were holding it for us. DH thinks the franchisee is debited for the prize. Wed heard from others that the key usually doesnt even slide in the lock. To add to the drama, mine not only fit in the lock, it almost turned. My consolation prize is a free hotel weekend getaway. Oh well.

Thanks Cynthia. But our kitchen cabinets are the pits. Not only is the design outdated, but theyre made of fiberboard and cant even be painted or refaced. The doors fall off all the time. So its on the list for future remodel. We pray that the 25 yr. old built-in oven will last until we can afford the remodel. So Kathy, Im in the same boat as you are!

Oh, and Cynthia, good luck on your HV with the white. I hope it works out and he has a new home.

After several unsuccessful test purchases/returns, I did find a comforter set for our bedroom at 50% off. JCP has an incredible luxury selection that they dont have in their catalogs for their white sale that ends tomorrow. So now I have a place to start deciding on paint color, window treatments, etc.

Woody, that sounds like encouraging news from the MRI. I hope it continues and the new help works out for you.. Thanks for the explanation of doggy talk and how the smaller breeds might not have developed the proper language. I always wondered about that. We went to the dog show today and again, looked at Australian Shepherds. Theyre really a nice size and might be what we get at some later date.

Bug, what a difficult position your DD is in, made even more so by her hormonal changes. It is interesting tho, to see our children all grown up and how they handle lifes dilemmas. It sounds like you are also enjoying a closer relationship than previously and thats so special. Oh my, you and DD look gorgeous! Thats a really beautiful photo and one to cherish.

Chelone, its interesting to hear how your perspective has evolved toward your Mum with her dementia and failing health. Its apparent how very deeply you care about her. I marvel at how very lucky you and Ei are to have such wonderful memories of times with your Dad and how even now you can revive that special feeling in your heart and mind. Ive often wondered what it felt like to be special to a parent.

Cindy, I understand totally. My parents (and stepparents when they could be bothered), made it a point to tell me often that I wasnt special. In fact, Mom recently told me how disappointed in me shes always been. Despite yrs. of therapy, it still catches me flat-footed.

Kathy, if only I could grow roses like that. Gorgeous! Knock-Outs are my only hope.

Mary, it sounds like Annie will have a blast on her trip. Im sure shell come home with lots of stories. Tom and I said the same thing today...winter is truly here. And were hearing snow in our forecast, too. Probably not anywhere what you get, tho.

Hi Taryn! Great to hear from you. Wonderful pix of your magical ice-laden locale! I havent looked at my pix yet to see if I have any keepers.

Sue, when I read your update about Misty I had a thot. Why not market the older, already trained, dogs to folks at the senior center? Most who are able would love to have another animal but are not up to puppydom. Could work.

Norma, were having the on and off power thingy too. So Im doing this in Word as well. OMG, Wyatt is getting so big! What a handsome dude he is, too. And good to see you, Norma.

Hi Deanne! So good you popped in. How thoughtful of Doug to put a heater out there in your blind. You really ought to sell your photos to National Wildlife or nature magazine, you know. They are really professional quality. How lucky we are that you share them with us. Oh, and Happy Anniversary. May you have many, many more. Ahemmm, I think you need to tell Doug what YOU want for your anniversary and insist on a special nite on the town to celebrate.

Michelle, that valance is really nice. I cant imagine it could be too hard to make if you have a pattern for it. Thanks for the link. Id forgotten about McCalls and would like to research some home decorating items myself.

Marian, thanks for the flowers! I needed that lift. I wish I had a bay window in the kitchen that I could cover w/plants and flowers. Yours are beautiful. Hope youre feeling better soon.

Sue, 60" TV?!!! I hope DH doesnt hurt his eyes watching it. Tom was lobbying for same and I had him watch the demo 48" in the showroom from about the distance wed watch it in our GR. He admitted that it bothered his eyes, too. Then I remembered from some interior design article that for our 20x 20 room, we shouldnt go any larger than 30-35". We stretched it and got a 38" and its perfect. Were glad we didnt get any bigger screen. Good luck on your surprise party tonite. Im sure hell love it.

Hi Wendy! Your kitchen project sounds like our fixing a leaky roof re-roofing lead to replacing the fasia, which lead to new gutters and downspouts, which lead to repainting the house. No kitchen remodel for me yet, but I might paint it before spring.

Great to hear from you, DREMA! And Im so glad to hear so much encouraging news about your brother.

OK, Chelone, Dremas remark did it. You need to start a mail order business. Drema wants drapes, Michelle needs curtains and valances and I need an upholstered headboard!

LOL, Martie re Ky looked like a mobster at his first dance. Too funny. Re African Violets, my friend is good with them and recommends feeding them Schultz fertilizer once a week. It works for her. I dont have room for them in my windows.

Well, I think Im caught up. Tootles, everyone. Stay warm.


    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 8:51PM
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Hi Ho Idylls,
Thought Id check in while Im cooking up a little pasta primavera for dinner, and having a glass of cheap white wine.

Substantial progress today in the garden-another week without rain has left the soil quite workable. I brough home 6 bags of compost last night and dug 4 of them in today . Planted another three of my daylilies and plotted out where my Dahlias are going to live ordered 17 from Swan Island. It got up to 64 here today-after a night in the high 20s. Of course it was only 64 for about an hour , but the sun sure felt good .

Eden, I have to tell you that my "Eden" rose and I have serious disagreements every yearI get angry and threaten to pull it out , and then capitulate as soon as it blooms ! It gets horrible blackspot here. But the flowers !! So beautiful. It took about three season before it really got up to size by the way.

Sue, that fellow Nick is just as elegant as can beI love terriers .

bug, just loved the photo of you and DD-the happiness is so evident .

Marian, when I was an early teen in Los Angeles there was a radio station that played "The Shadow", Orson Wells "The Black Museum" and other old radio dramas very late at night. I would listen to them while I was in bed Even though I am of a TV generation I have always loved radio.

Cynthia, lol the story of the doggie yams I have a cookbook of dog treat recipes and have made a couple of them for my little dog. She doesnt have a whole lot of teeth left so I had to choose those she could easily chew. There was one made of grape-nuts cereal and natural peanut butter that she was very partial to. Love that pink brug-looks like a nice clear pink in the pink without peach-y tones is that accurate ?

Have been reading with interest all the tales of HDTVs and other TV gifts (or quasi-gifts) My TV is absolutely ancient and I am waiting patiently for it to die. Its an old RCA that we bought at least 20 years ago, and like TVs of that era it is a piece of furniture so cant be hidden when not in use. My late DH was addicted to TV and man did that drive me nuts! After he passed away it seemed so odd to have the thing off . Anyway, I watch lots of baseball games during the season and I have heard that sports are great on HD. Hopefully by the time mine croaks the prices will have dropped even more than they have already.

Martie, cant wait to hear about your Logees purchases !

PM , here is a pic of Molineaux from my garden last summer

Nite All !!

Kathy in Napa

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Good sunny morning!! Rich is in the shower getting ready for Logee's. We may be the only ones there, LOL. But, if that's the case, we'll still enjoy a day away from cell phones and clients :-)

Drema: Such good news about your brother! It sounds that your support is his best medicine. Hang in there ....

Chelone: I second the idea of a mailorder to order business. I need fabric in all rooms and though I could probably plow through it myself, it would be done 1/2buns since my machine is definitely for light stuff. You Went Out!!!! Good!!!! With all confidence -- you'll find the right words.

To all suffering power outages - my good, warm vibes are headed your way. The reports on the news look, well, chilling.

So when the doggy soap opera hits the mainstream, will the jilted Monty make an appearance for one last lustful look??? Will the perfectly feminine Chloe go for the handsome Nickster or gangly yet eat-everything-in-sight soulmate Monty??? Or will Rex come in and muscle his way into the scenario??? Oh, the possibilities the writers have!!

Marie: Make about 10 copies of the pic with you and DD and keep them everywhere -- wallet, desk, wall, DH's wallet, car, etc. ....Worth 1000 words.

Marian: The title of your book should be "The Houseplant Queen of Flowering Presents: I have No Idea What I Do But it Works." LOL Do you have a good rolling caddy for all that wood?

Deanne: LOL a heater in the blind. You're making me think that you might like ice fishing. Wonder if scales would come out as amazingly as your feathers? You need to get those pics out so people can enjoy them as much as we do.

Sue: Hope all went well for the party. We need pics!! Was Tom surprised??

Eden: A corkboard warning: Let it "air out" somewhere for a few days before installation. We put cork self-stick tiles in Ky's room when he was a teenager and they smelled awful -- putrid may be a better word -- for a good week. After that, that were invaluable in his world.

Waving like mad to everyone, and flipping back and forth between the Logee's web catalog and my pals, here. I'm thinking that one Camellia, a Leptospurnum scoparium (haven't had one of those in years!!) and maybe a Hoya will be the only things to get today. Budget is very, very tight but there are necessities in life!

Best to everyone.


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Good Morning, Just a quick post, we're on our way out for breakfast, pecan waffles for me and then back home to paint. We're forecast to get an inch or two of snow today.

Martie, wish I was close. I'd be at Logees for sure. I did a little plant shopping yesterday, a needlepoint ivy and three little miniature african violets in tiny 2-inch pots. I think feeding them and giving them enough light is the key blooms. One winter I had a few pots in a old terrarium that had a light across the top and they bloomed non-stop.

I found an online place to order the cork from. It comes in a roll and I can get away with only one seam. The big rolls will probably really smell bad. We'll just have to stay out of there for a few days after installation.

Michelle, I love your valance pattern. I have to confess I'm not really one for fabric window treatments. I need as much sunlight getting in as possible. But I do have pull down shades in the bedrooms and something like you're thinking of would be great. I still have to figure out something for the window in the office room.

Deanne, Confession, I too save all of your bird photos and they rotate on my screensaver. Your pictures are the best I've seen. Seems like Birds and Blooms mag would be interested.

Sue, so were you able to pull of the surprise? What was Tom's reaction?

Kathy, those rose pictures are killin' me! Keep em coming though!

Bad news is my camera is broken. It won't recognize the memory card so no pictures from me for a while. I know you'll all miss my beautiful photography skills, lol.

Gotta run, Eden

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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Short post while DH is getting the car washed and gassed.

Martie, ROTFLMAO!!! You are on a roll today!

Kathy, we got our LCD HDTV when our 17 Yr. old console literally went poof! The good thing about the consoles is that you can put them at the curb on trash day and some scrounger usually comes by and scarfs them up within minutes. No need to pay a hauler to discard.

Well, I think I've figured out how to do my upholstered headboard. I simplified the design and now have a list of mat'ls and tools needed, so I'm off to catch the fabric sale. TTYL,


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OH Kathy! That rose is beautiful!-how cool that you have that curbside-here the winter roadsalt would kill that. I like that little campanula too: )

Norma-you have such handsome grandsons-I just can't get over how grown up Wyatt has become even though he's just four; ) How good to see you & your family!

Marian your African Violets are so nice! I may have missed since I skim so quickly these days, but do you have a light stand for yours or do they do OK just from window light? They remind me of my maternal grandmother-she wasn't much of a gardener as I recall but but she had a generous collection of A. violets. I have just one that is at school in my clinic which my principal gave me the first day on the job....and it's still alive lol. Since I get very busy I don't do much but water it when I think of it and I give it a thorough watering whenever school goes on break.The longest break lasted two weeks(at xmas) and it's now throwing out blooms & new leaves but I can tell it needs some plant food since the leaves are kind of yellowing.

Eden sorry about your camera: ( My camera works but I just never have time to shoot,it seems like.
Guess what? I won't be a vivacious redhead much longer,I am evolving-I am growing the red out! Soon I will be a boring brown-I was really curious to see how grey I am and it's not so bad. I'm going to try dying closer to my actual color-I liked Deanne's method. The only bad thing is that eventually I'll have skunk hair when the roots show up white; ) Life does require a sense of humor to get though it,LOLOL.

Taryn-OH!Your glazed over landscape is really pretty-yes and the burdock too; ) What a mess so many people have dealt with regarding ice. I kind of feel guilty when I hear Honey's had ice(since she's the closest ice victim to me)and nothing has happened here at all. No real snow to speak of(three inches-tops)and not a speck of any ice storms. The air currents seem to always take the bad stuff away from us. Sorry so many of the idylls have been iced and lost power.

Drema-It sounds like there is a ray of hope for your brother-I had been very worried about him and you too. It certainly sounds like he's a fighter-that's good. Interesting about him seeing your dad-it does make you wonder why he thought he saw him.

Chelone-hope you are hanging in there and having some time to do what you need for you. I'd imagine even though your mom is with your brother your level of stress doesn't disappear since she's still on your mind. It's just a different kind of stress.
The thing is, even though the mom you knew in a sense isn't there-the memories of her that you have stored in your heart ARE there and it breaks your heart when she asks who you are. It hurts because it's like *you* didn't exist to the person who you love. It's weird. The biggest bummer with my dad was that he didn't talk at *all* so I don't know whether he did know who I was or didn't. Maybe it's better that way-still no picnic to experience.

Bug-you looked very pretty for your DD's wedding. I like your DD's dress. You certainly are an excellent knitter...knittist? : )

I still can't believe this,but last night at Macy's I bought a $159.00 leather jacket for *$38.99* !!!!!!it was the last one!!

Better go-the day's wasting away...


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taryn(S Ontario Z6B)

Hello Idylls,
Baby it is sure cold outside! Last night got to nearly 20C (-3F) and Im really glad the power stayed on! Thanks for the warm welcome back, and glad you liked the frosty pics. (Aside, before I forget Deanne your bird pics, all your pics, are stunning, so please keep on sharing them with us!) Im going to attempt a bit of a catch-up post here as so far we havent had any blackouts today. Norma, dont you just HATE that little blip that undoes all your work? Sorry about your tree damage. Actually weve also had more damage than I noted on Tuesday since the wind got at the ice-filled branches. Glenn said there are quite a few downed branches all around the pond and behind the barns. Ice is pretty, but sooo destructive. Norma it was great to "see you" and your family. Kids grow like weeds dont they?

This is going to be a bit (okay a lot) disjointed, as Im just adding it bit by bit to Msword inbetween caring for Shane and Devin, who both have a nasty head/chest/fever flu, and fetching things for DH. Im going back nearly a month, but Jerri I was so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing on Christmas Eve. I hope your DH and your furbies are bringing you some comfort. Condolences to all the Idylls who lost pets over the holidays as well. Though I like the idea that they chose that time to depart so that friends and family were gathered to make the transition easier.

Ei, loved your postings, the renos and that table! Are you going to pot up most of your garden like I did and bring it with you? Most of my 350 plus plants I potted and moved survived the summer heat and transition to the ground in October just fine, and now that we have 4" of snow over the ice might survive the winter too. Your finding the letter from your Dad tale I can relate to very well. I remember when I found my fathers keepsake box filled with cards and mementos from the three of us kids, my Mum, other special memories in his life. It made me feel so close to him, yet a million miles away. Over 8 years now since he passed, but I think I missed him more this past birthday than at any other time. Wish I could tell you it got better, but like PM2s experience, the hurt fades a bit but doesnt go away. My Dad was always there for me and my siblings, always listened, offered advice without judgement, was so proud of us all. What a Dad should be, and I realize how lucky I was to have that, as many dont. I just wish I could talk to him still. And have him answer back. EP was very much like that to me, and Im missing her a lot as well. Going to start her Agastache astromontana Pink Pop seeds very soon, so she can be here in the garden with me in spirit.

Kids are doing great, all As and Bs in school (Shane got one B in gym, otherwise straight As). Im very happy they have transitioned so well to new friends and new school, very proud of them. We are very blessed to have 7 boys their ages right on our 2 mile road, all walking distance away, who they are now fast friends with. Considering there only 16 houses on this road and many older couples with grown kids, that is somewhat of a miracle. Our next-door-neighbors also have 6 grandkids that come over and play with our guys fairly often. He had surgery to remove an anneurism in his heart on November 30th, and is finally home and recovering. They are having a celebration party Feb 17th so the kids (and adults) will get together then.

I really love it out here, and am so glad we moved. Its so peaceful, though the thought of 2.5 acres to develop is rather daunting. Im going to think long and very carefully about how much effort I want to and am capable of putting in before I create more gardens. Particularly since Im working with straight clay. Im thinking a prairie area like Vs, but with self-sowing cosmos, lupines, poppies, flax, coneflowers, and other annuals would be nice interspersed through-out some of the the wild areas, and not too difficult. Well see.

Back to the neighborhood, there are 5 couples, all close-by neighbors, who we can now call friends, and are starting to socialize with. People in this area care about their neighbors, the pharmacist knows your name, the hardware store is a REAL old-fashioned hardware store that carries just about everything, nuts and bolts by the pound, and always has friendly staff on hand to help you get what youre looking for. Far cry from the big box store experience. Everyone knows everyone around here, but assumes the best about newcomers as well. There is still some tension in Caledonia, half-hour away, where some First Nations people have been occupying a parcel of land now since February. But many of them are professional antagonists who dont even live around here, not even locals. I regularly shop on the Reserve, and have had nothing but good experiences with my one on one, day to day transactions. You get what you give.

Re the job front, I didnt get the one I interviewed for. He didnt even contact me at all, unacceptably rude in my books, once you are at the interview stage. So I probably wouldnt have liked working for him. And the office was in a basement, and felt distinctly "cave-like". Me and my SAD definitely would not have liked that. There are a lot more jobs listed since the new years, so Im firing off my resume again. Theres a greenhouse manager job 15 minutes away that sounds intriguing (dont know what they pay), and a marketing co-ordinator job promoting local business and tourism that sounds divine, right up my alley, and the pay is sweet. Will be applying for that one tomorrow. Que Sera Sera, though I hope something happens soon. We are losing $600.00 weekly while DH is on short-term disability and this is a really bad time of year to be short.

Eden, sorry to hear Brad has raised cholesterol levels, but I think hes absolutely right to be afraid of statin drugs. I would run like h*ll the other way if my doctor threatened to kill me with those. They cause liver damage, are linked to Parkinsons disease, and Ive read that one group of people studied long-term showed those people who lowered cholesterol levels with these drugs had no lower rates of heart disease, stroke, etcetera than people with raised cholesterol levels who didnt use drugs for it. Basically treating one symptom didnt make a difference in the end result. Wish I could remember where I read that so I could substantiate that claim for you, but I cant recall.

I would at least give diet changes a chance first. Since the liver makes 97% of your bodys cholesterol, the 3% you get from eggs and other dietary sources isnt really that significant. Having a happy liver that is able to process and get rid of excess fats and toxins is very significant though. A really good, really easy (dont change your life) total colon cleanse comes in a bottle and costs about $40.00. Its called Oxy-Powder and is fantastic for cleaning out the pipes. Googled a link with lots of info on colon cleansing and reviews of different products including that one FYI. Ive tried many cleanses, Oxy-Powder is by far the fastest, easiest and most thorough, even more than the 21 day fast I did last June.

I would also replace all the so-called "white death carbs" (sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatos) with stevia, whole grain flours, brown/wild rice, yams and other complex, low-glycemic carbs like legumes. Also ditch all trans-fat (partially hydrogenated) vegetable oils and replace with good fatsolive oil, raw almonds, walnuts, seeds, and especially coconut oil which is enjoying a well-deserved comeback after being falsely slammed by those who supposedly have our best health interests at heart. See this link for that very scary story. I raised good chol levels adding good fats and though my total cholesterol is still higher than normal, the ratios are all fine, a much more significant number to look at than total cholesterol.

Also I would try as much as possible to eliminate as much processed foods/preservatives/additives as possible. See fatty liver information on Dr. Sandra Cabots (the liver doctor) website. It causes high cholesterol, syndrome X, fatigue, obesity, diabetes and host of other very common ailments. Most doctors dont know squat about it, and continue to push drugs that treat the symptoms not the causes, as they pocket funds and accept perks from the companies pushing the drugs. Follow the money trail and the truth usually resides at the end. Anyway dont mean to preach, but it sounds like Brad is searching for alternatives, and there are certainly alternatives to statin drugs out there. Take what you can use, discard what you cant.

Im following my own advice now the excesses of the holidays are over. No more wine nights for a while. My brother and sister and I are having a family biggest losers challenge, and are emailing each other with support and weekly weigh-ins. I am officially at my heaviest weight ever, even heavier than being 10 months pregnant with 9 pound Devin (he was 2 weeks late). So have been very disciplined since the 1st of January and am down 7 pounds so far. Still not quite down to my 2nd all time heaviest weight even, but closer to my goal. I bought myself an elliptical cross-trainer in the Boxing Week sales, with Idyll-union US cash left over from last year, and am doing 3 miles a day at this point, though plan to double that. Started weight-training every other day the second week and am going to add yoga/pilates in between this week. Making one change a week lets me get used to it without feeling overwhelmed. With calorie restrictions + exercise I should be losing 2.4 lbs of fat a week, though while building muscle I may not see that reflected in the scale always. Devin broke our old scale, so we now have a digital scale that measures in half-pound increments, measures body fat percentage, hydration levels etc. Does everything except actually work-out for you. :) It is nice to see BF% very slowly coming down, or water retention temporarily up, even when the weight doesnt seem to be moving. Who else is transforming this year? Deanne?

We are still over-run by cats and dogs here (marital, not precipitation or new furbies) but another resolution Ive made for myself is to focus only on what I can do myself towards positive change, and not worry about what anyone else needs to do. The Serenity Prayer in a nutshell. Loved my Mums BD card she sent me, which reads:

There is a little girl inside you who never grew up.
She has been there from the beginning
She knows, she really knows, who you are,
And she never misses an opportunity to remind you.
She knows your strengths, weaknesses, fears, likes and dislikes.
She knows who you are, what you can do
Most of alls she knows, when and how to act up!

Life is a continuous process
Of living and learning,
Longing and losing,
With loving and laughing in between

You have to color outside the lines once in a while
If you want to make your life a masterpiece.
So go aheadbend the rules.
Take some risks.
Do something a little bit wild.
Life is far too short
To be a grown-up all the time!

By Iyanla Vanzant

On that note, Im going to end this saga. My little girl is saying its nearly seed-sowing time and I have a light shelf to put together. Pass the crayons! Hello to all, have enjoyed everyone's posts and pics, and am thinking witty comments to you all, sending them psychically through cyberspace


Song for the day:

Que Sera Sera by Doris Day

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 3:55PM
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Paint. Snow. Coffee with Baileys. Fire later if I can stay awake tonight.

Martie, my sister was headed for Logee's today. Just coincidence, she lives in Mass and probably arrived after you left as we were on the phone at 11AM.

Back to painting.

Thank you all for writing something good to read!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 5:00PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

This is what we got up to this morning,

Not destructive, but enough to keep these two old foogies in.

I keep forgetting to take my camera when I go to town, so am 'borrowing' a pic from the local newspaper of the bluffs we drive by on our way down the mountain:

Our livingroom has been brightened up for the past 2 months or so with this lovely cyclamen:

If I had known that it would do so well I would have bought one of each of the other 3 colors.

And this Bromeliad isn't the handsomest plant, but always blesses us with blooms at this time of year:

The wind yesterday did complete the job of dislodging the chimney hood. We were startled with a noise that resembled a large critter running down our roof, and then saw the hood on the front lawn!


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 5:48PM
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What a great sight to see Sue, PM2, Deb (from NE GW) and spouses at lunch and (except for Sue and Tom) at Logee's. We had a great, gentle day. No rushing, no fuss, just really good plants and really great people. Food wasn't bad, either. Deanne, we needed you there for the write-up!!

Came home with a rex B. 'Art Hodes' that has the most irridescent (sp??) foliage I've ever seen. It goes from deep rose/maroon (Deanne, help!!!, again) to lime green and everything in between. The foliage is huge. The Manager there said they had one in the stock house with 12" leaves. Not in the catalog and feel like I bagged a gem.

Also took the dive and got a 14" Camellia 'April Tryst.' It was right there in front of me and ordering 4" more from Forest Farm would've been $30 more. Plus, it is just starting to bloom and all buds are broken, which means color in the house for the next 6 weeks. Too cool, even for a plant. It will go outside in front of the house but on the opposite corner than I originally thought. Too much sun on the other end.

Taryn: I can't tell you how good it is that you're "back." Your mom must double as an Angel on occasion.

I'd love to write more but I'm beat. Vanilla Bean lunch was enough to get by with a huge bowl of good cereal with soy. Yes, I've actually acquired a taste for soy milk and it isn't half bad.

Coming to a screeching halt, Martie :-)

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 5:54PM
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Honey it sounds like you are on a roll re the bedroom decor. I finally found a quilt I liked after looking for two years.

Well hello Babs and Taryn, good to hear from you gals.

Martie, nice score on plants and happy to hear you all had an enjoyable day.

Kathy, love the color of Molineaux. Nice that you have been able to get so much done in the garden. Looking forward to seeing pictures when everything peaks.

Eden I wonder if reformating your camera card would help.

Cynthia what are you painting?

Marian I like the way the red shed shows up in your winter scene. We heve ice on the bluffs going into town too. They are near the river access. Not as high as yours.
The plants must like your wood heat. Warmer during the day and cool at night. Nice blooms.

We had snow last night too. About four inches I think. DH went out to plow. I didn't even wake up when he left. The phone rang at five , he had had a flat and needed rescueing. Luckily one of DS's was able to help. He had to buy a new tire since the sidewall had a cut in it.We both took a nap this afternoon. An unusual event for me. But I seem to be catching up on some lost sleep lately.

Not much other news here. Stay warm everyone. Norma

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 6:51PM
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Yes Cynthia what are you painting? We've finished for the day. The ceiling is done, I've been working on the trim and Brad is priming the walls. The wall color should be able to go on soon. Right now the room's looking worse instead of better, lol.

Cynthia, how'd the visit with the white grey go? Forgot to mention how much I liked you garden picture. I had a pretty pink brug last summer too called Isabella.

Norma, Wyatt is growing up so fast! Thanks for the pictures of him and of Jake. They both look to be such nice and happy boys!

Hi Babs, we're going to need a picture of the darker hair color when it's all grown in OK?

Taryn, thanks so much for the info. I'll pass it on to Brad. He is taking the meds for now.

Honey, picture of the new comforter set?

Martie, I have b. art hodes. He's very easy to get along with and I love the texture of the leaves and the round shape. Glad your field trip turned out to be such fun! Did anyone get any pictures?

I don't think my camera problem is the card because I tried two different ones. I don't know how to reformat it...

Marian, that looks like ice! I went out back this afternoon to check out the tree that fell in our storm last week and it was a lot bigger tree than I thought. It had split right in half. We were lucky it didn't fall a little to the right and take out all of the power lines. It did wipe out the neighbors fence. Love the plant pics. They both look very happy to be living with you!

Kathy, I searched my files for rose pictures and this is what I came up with...

Sure makes me wish it was June!


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 7:53PM
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Greetings from windy Napa..what a strange day weather-wise here. Gusty winds all day and temps nearly 70. This was the first frost free morning in weeks-though it was 35 so only barely frost free. No rain on the horizon. I had to water some things today, which is a novel activity for January here in Nor Cal. However, thanks to rain free days I finished my soil prep in front and planted two more of my new roses there, Tuscan Sun and Souv. de Malmaison.
I also dug up my yellow Phygelius (Moonraker) which I hated to do because I truly love that plant but it is just way too invasive.I put a chunk of it in a pot and will grow it that way from now on. I will undoubtedly be still digging it up for many months to come before I get all the runners out-sort of like trying to get rid of pink jasmine,which I fear I will never fully eradicate.

Marian, you must be the undisputed Queen of Blooming Houseplants.! That cyclamen looks better than most of the ones I see growing outside.

Martie, good for you re: the begonia. Will you have to bring your Camelia in for the winter there ? The flowers on mine look horrible right now with the constant freezes we've had.

Taryn, for the last few years I no longer buy anything with hydrogenated oils-it's really astonishing how many foods include them. I read a label on the Chicken of the Sea tuna can and there they were, along with alot of other multi-syllable ingredients. Sounds like you have settled in well after your move-isn't it a releif to feel like you made the right choice ? My late hubby and I moved our family here to Napa when when the kids were 1 and 5; it was a 500 mile move froma relatively large city (San Diego) to a small city. We never regretted it. My kids were young enough that this is home to them.

Babs, that curbside garden took me about three years to complete..the previous "landscaping" was rock , so I had to get rid of that before I could do anything. I found a co-worker who was attempting to do a do a dry streambed in his backyard and he came and got it. The soil underneath it was unspeakable-I wish I had known about lasagne gardening then, would have saved me alot of work ! It's still not up to speed, but I 'm going to smother mulch it this spring .I've put some of my daylilies in there too.
Good job on the leather jacket !

Well, I'm going to see if I can finish reading th Sunday paper and then maybe post over on the book thread to see if I can give it a jump start !

Oh, almost forgot, took a pic of another one of my begonias
I got this as a cutting from a friend who did not know the name.

Ta Ta
Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 8:21PM
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vtskiers(z6a CentralCT)

Hey, good idea-let's post pictures of garden days gone by but soon to return...we've got a freezing rain advisory in effect for the morning commute. Time to visualize.

As predicted this was yet another whirlwind weekend. The party appeared to be a huge success. Deanne has some pictures and hopefully will share one or two of them soon. Although Tom admitted to being a bit suspicious and he suspected there would be a few more people waiting at the restaurant he was shocked at the size of the adoring crowd. We didn't get home from the party til 10 then stayed up with my brothers for another few hours. One of my SILs had way, way too much to drink. It was amusing to a certain point but leaves me wondering what's up with that? I was shocked when she descended the stairs this morning and was able to scarf down breakfast.

The last of the company left at noon. I had just enough time to jump in the shower and head out to Pomfret to meet Martie, PM2 and company for lunch at the Vanilla Bean Cafe for 1:30. Tom decided to join me. It was a nice day for a ride and the ride out through northeastern CT is scenic all year round. Lunch was eggplant parm, a salad and a slice of their to die for creme brulee cheesecake. We got home at 3:30 and I quickly changed into multiple layers of walking clothes and went for my usual 4-5 mile afternoon walk. It was cold (26F) and raw-the coldest day I've walked so far this season. After I got home it was a good half hour before I regained full use of my fingers. Then it was on to stretching and Pilates and finally dinner.

On top of all the running around today I slept poorly last night so bed is looking more attractive every

"See" you all tomorrow.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 8:41PM
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Eden, love the rose pics ! Is the pink Mary Rose ? Also love the clematis growing up the tree. I notice the "Jack Frost" Brunnera which I have searched for locally to no avail.
Looks like it will have to be mail order if I really want it.

Fear not, it will be June some day !

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 8:46PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

June thoughts

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 9:08PM
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Great pics everyone. Sue your gardens are always gorgeous! Love them.

We had a terrific time at the party and I think Tom was really pleased with his party if not totally surprised.
So here are a couple pics from last night.

Sue and her DB's

Tom and his Mom

The "Three Amigas" I'm only posting this as I thought you'd all get as big a kick out of the coordinating outfits as I did. No, no, no.... we didn't plan it. When I got there and saw Monique with the jacket I cracked up laughing but then when Sue arrived and stuck to the winter white top and dark bottom motif I just about ROTFLOL....

Norma, LOL, yes that is exactly like my blind except it is a different camo pattern. Too funny!

OK must run. I'm pretty tired and have to get my beauty sleep.

Nite all

PS Thumb our Noses at Winter party is going to be held on the first Saturday of March. Any interested parties please contact me for more info.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 9:11PM
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We received another 2 or 3 inches of snow over night.

Kathy, Ive been enjoying your rose pictures.

Cynthia, as I was reading I thought "she needs a dehydrator" My son had his own, one year he asked for it for a gift. He loved doing apples especially.

I did come home from shopping without curtain material. Just couldnt find the right thing. I actually only have valances in my house as I like to see out, after all we do live in the country, whose going to see in?

Cindy, I think I will make the straight valance without fringe but maybe a cording along the top and I will mount them on a board.

Marian, the A. Violets are so pretty. It will be your fault if I come home from the store with one again. My last one went into the compost this fall as I was so annoyed that after 2 years it hadnt bloomed. The bluff picture is very interesting.

Norma, I loved seeing Wyatts birthday pictures, hes adorable. It was also fun to see Jake and you and DH.

Drema, LOL about Skip not wanting you to start another project. Rick said just yesterday that we are the couple of the unfinished projects. We usually have several going at a time. You will have to show us pictures of your finished rooms.

Honey, too bad about not winning the kitchen makeover. Our cabinets are 30 years old, but they are Woodmode which are very high quality. I also have lots of nice features such as the pantry cupboard, pull out spice rack and cookie sheet/cutting board cupboard.

It looks like the birthday party for Tom was a success. You gals do look lovely together.

Babs, great score on the jacket. I do love a bargain.

What fun to see the pictures from everyones gardens. Here are a few roses from mine.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 10:59PM
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Good rosy morning!! What a treat. My rose contribution at this point is a question:

I have a Climbing Peace that is about 10' tall. It had one lonesome bloom last season (it's first in the ground). It is in the Z6 part of the park. In Z7 I have a Golden Showers. I've never been a big fan since the flowers are so brief. So, how does one move a 10' climber? The canes are healthy to the top given our weird winter.

I'll be able to leave this Camellia outside, Kathy. It has been proven reliably bloom hardy to -10degF and it will be well protected. Should begin bloom right after Hellebore and with very early daffs. 'April Tryst' is the red of the 'April' series and i'm darn excited to have it.

BTW: Thank you, thank you, thank you PM2 for pointing out the vines covering the Camellias at Logee's. For a moment I thought they were in the greenhouse in full sun. PM2 pointed out, NOT. This sealed my decision to use the plant but in a different place.

Eden: Thanks for the encouragement re: Art Hodes. I've always been a rex fan and have had several, but didn't think there was a good spot in this house. Well, they are in a southern window but we keep the blinds half open to block the glaring sun and a view of other houses. It's not a waste of the window since last winter it wasn't quite "enough" for full sun plants that were Supposed to bloom. The rexes like it there. Good luck with the painting!! Sounds like you are on the home stretch.

Honey: I'll take a roll over a stubbed toe anyday :-) Sounds like you're having a blast with your projects, and I'm sure it will be elegant and lovely.

Michelle: Why is it that we're really gung-ho on a project and then when the materials don't materialize it's okay? Glad I'm past the point of "get something 'almost' right to get the project done." Learned long ago that it isn't worth it.

Drema: I believe your brother saw your father. I also believe that this will give him great peace. Thoughts stay with you .....

Sue, Monique, Deanne: LOL!!!! What a great shot!! You three always look so "right" when you're together and the coordinating outfits cap it off. Tom, I think, was equally surprised when Deb, PM2 and I all wished him happy birthday at the V.B. "Who didn't know about this???????" It was the first time I met Tom and he is "just Right" with Sue. I don't think though, Sue, that it will be safe for Rich ahd him to go electronic shopping together :-0 Perhaps we'll send Steve with them for balast.

Deanne: The visual cracks me up: You in a camo blind with a heater and huge cuppa and your camera at the ready. This is a serious question: Can you wear gloves and work the camera at the same time? Reason I asked: I use those little cheapo disposable handwarmers all the time and they may come in handy.

Norma: Your boys look so happy and content. Great pic of you and DH with Wyatt. Wow, is he getting big fast!

Chelone: Thought for a long time before responding to your question about your Mom's "evaporating". I don't understand in terms of a parent as my own parents and former in-laws are all still in great shape. Rich's parents died before he and I really got together (his Mom's funeral day was the first time I saw him dressed up, in spite of the event, Yummmmm, but I digress). Thus, I don't have a parental comparison. But I do have my brother who "comes and goes" with no notice. I mourn when he is "gone" and rejoice when he is "here." Knowing that there is so much locked up inside that can't get out, and knowing he has no clue about his "real" abilities when he's in two-year-old mode is hard. I speak, really speak with my mother every few days and your question got me thinking of what life will be like when, for whatever reason, we don't do that anymore. It will be different, and a large part of me hopes that the body goes before the mind. If there's any room for this feeling, I guess I would be grateful for the silly moments (I'll always remember the rodent pic) that let "her" out, and know that this disease just smothered her rather than took her away. I'm rambling, but you've given me a lot of food for thought and I'm doubly grateful that I'm thinking of it now rather than when it's in my face. You've been so open with your feelings, and in that way have helped me "get ready" as much as I can for the inevitable. This is generous. Thank you.

Another wacko week is on the horizon. Lucrative, but wacko. See you when I can!

Jumping up and down waving to everybody!!


    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 7:18AM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

A quick good morning, I've got too get to the gym and fill some orders etc. today. I've not been able to get to the gym for a week because I blew out my right knee at Doug's company holiday party the weekend before last and I've GOT to get to the gym today. I think the knee is healed up enough to deal with the stairs if I'm careful. What a bother! I need to remember that I'm 54 years old with arthritis in my knees and I can't do the twist to the floor and back up without consequences... ROTFLOL... I'm just a dancing fool I tell you.

Anyway, Martie, yes I can wear gloves, I found these terrific 'Glomits' at Cabelas, they have a pocket that flips over the fingers and even little pockets that flip over the thumbs. In the back of the finger pocket they have a zippered compartment to put one of those little hand warmers. They are just the thing! Yes, I do look pretty silly but as Im only using a 400mm lens instead of the scope which had an effective reach of 1,200mm Ive got to get very close to the little birds to get clean, sharp photos. So, sitting in a blind is the answer.

Later all, have a great day

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 8:07AM
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Keep the roses coming! Here are my two favorites Ballerina and Footloose ~ Footloose was my first rose, and hard to find because no one realizes what a great rose it is.

Did anyone notice that Tom's mother was also carrying out the winter white theme? :-)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 8:10AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

You ladies are way cool! Love the outfits and the beaming faces.

Some roses to break the winter feel...
Astrid Lindgren

Morden Sunrise

The Alexandra Rose


Autumn Sunset

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 8:57AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

Dreaming of sun and flowers (instead of snow, ice & slush I had to deal w/ this a.m.!)

Monday, Monday.... le sigh.


    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 9:23AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Nice drive to Logee's yesterday. Cold but sunny and not too long a drive. It was great meeting Sue and Martie and their spouses and Cloud Nine from the NE Forum. Good job with the planning, Martie. Lunch was very pleasant at the Vanilla Bean. I ended up bringing home Hibiscus The Path and Gardener's Joy geranium. I've never tried a regal geranium, so this should be interesting. Martie's camellia is gorgeous! I don't think I have ever seen one quite like it. The Rex begonia Art Hodes is very unusual too. I hope you will post more photos of all your Rex Begonias, Martie. Cloud Nine also went home with a begonia but I don't think she posts to this thread. Lots of fun hearing about Tom's reaction to his surprise BD party. Sue did a great job of surprising him, from his account of what he was expecting. We didn't get home until almost 4pm, halfway through the Bears vs the Saints. Then our Patriots played at 6:30pm and very disappointing loss. Long day, so planning a quiet day today. I am adding these notes to the start of a post I had going....have a great Monday, everyone. :-)

Eden...isn't that neat to be named after such a pretty song. Really nice story. Thanks for the suggestion for the David Austin catalog. I plan on calling and getting one this week. Did I really see a $40. price tag on their roses? Last time I bought a rose, it was about $15. [g] I am ordering seeds but not plants until the spring. Then I will most likely order locally.

I used to lose posts and hate to start all over again. Inevitably I would lose them after I just typed a long one. Now I use Wordpad that is on my computer to compose my posts, and hit save a lot, [g] then copy/paste them. That way if I get disconnected, I don't lose the post.

I love that you watch Jeopardy with Bella every night. My mother loved Jeopardy and wouldn't miss it. Everytime I see it I think of her and how many nights we all watched it together. She was 87 when she died and she was still watching Hope you get your camera fixed soon. Very pretty rose photos..and like your clematis on the tree trunk and obelisk. Looking at garden photos always makes me wish for summer too. :-) happy for you that DD is handling the ex situation so well and DGS is calling you. I think it is so cute he is calling you by your first name. Just the fact that he is calling you speaks volumes about the connection he made. He must be so thrilled to have all of you. So, which clematis did you order? Loved the photo of you and your daughter at her wedding. Such happy smiles! Also enjoyed your photo of your garden in June. I suspect you have a gorgeous garden. I have enjoyed all your photos. Are the white spires verbascum? what are you going to sow in your new light set up? Lots of herbs on your list?

Kathy.....loved your orchid, it is one of my favorite colors and the Molineaux Rose is real beauty. I really like it. Did you prune it to keep it that low, or is that it's natural form? Did you have to buy it direct from David Austin? Your neighbors are so lucky that you share your garden with the neighborhood. What variety of campanula is that? I also just loved the first photo of the Pierre Ronsard and Sally Holmes. You must have a house full of bouquets all summer. Your fence makes a good background. Did you grow Dahlia last year? Photos? I would be very excited to be ordering Dahlias. :-)

Since you have Netflix maybe they have Shadow of a Doubt. I'll bet you would really enjoy it. I think it was on cable recently. I also love Joseph Cotton. I tried to figure out if I saw The Third Man and it doesn't sound familiar, I will have to try it and see. So when you did your all time top 25, what did #1 end up being?

Cold pressed olive oil here for a long time. The hydorgenated oils really scare me.

Woody.....Do you also watch the Dog Whisperer? I hope your new helper works out well her first week and glad to hear you don't have to go back for another MRI for awhile. I'm glad to hear you are still keeping up your knitting. I'm sure it must be hard with the tendonitis. Wow, that it has actually given you some improvement. You must have been so excited. I understand about Amos and Andy closet. I didn't realize... we have a lot of those here. [g] [Ooops, guess it was Fibber McGhee] So sorry about the awful time of it you have had with the ice.

I love the photos of Wyatt. He is SO cute! What did he get for a BD gift that he was so excited about? Great photo of you and DH and Wyatt..I can see why you like it. The photo of the 'musicians'...they look pretty happy! Sorry, I don't have the names straight in your family yet. Jake is your grandson too? Got a good chuckle from the duck I had never seen one before. Now I have an image of what Deanne is looking like hunkered down in the backyard. :-)

EP has been mentioned a few times...not sure who that is?

Deanne....add me to the list of those saving your photos. :-) Next thing we know, you will be posting from some exotic location, taking photos of parrots or I see your name on your photos. I just wanted to ask you, have you made sure there are no copyright issues with IVillage? I remember when they took over GW, their new policy was that anything posted to the forums belonged to them. I have been very careful what I post because of that. Just wanted to make sure everyone here knows about that policy. No surprise that the photos you took at Sue's house also came out great. :-)

Michelle...every time my Mom would want to paint a room, my Dad would always say, once you paint one room, forget it, you are going to end up painting the whole It is true, the new makes the old look awful and you end up changing everything. The curtain pattern is a very nice tailored look. Pretty! Also have very little window treatments here, at least in the back because we like to look out too. What a nice close up of your rose blooms. I love the shading of the pinks ..and the drops of water. Good shot. Which rose is it?

Cynthia....What a funny story about baking the dog treats. So are you planning on dehydrating the sweet potato? I am not following that the 'dogs' have their own Nice photo of your container grouping with that hidden seat behind. Very inviting. :-) I had a similar experience with the city markers when we were doing some digging. I didn't know what all the flags in the front yard Quite the adventures with the grayhounds. I admire your work with them. :-) We left Logee's at about 1:15pm. I wonder if we passed your sister on our way out? [g]

Taryn....So glad for you that neighbors helped get your basement taken care of before you were knee high. I can commiserate about husbands with bad backs. My husband also has a chronic back problem. He usually ends up at PT a couple of times a year. Thankfully, it has not developed into anything serious. He has gotten better though at doing the back exercises they always recommend to him. Your husband is off until the 2nd of February? Are they recommending the usual..heat/ice, walking, yet? We don't like the 'flat on the back' phase. Been there, done that. One Christmas, my husband, my mother and I all pulled our back out at the same time and the photos from that year were really funny with all of us spending lots of time on the floor. It seemed to us, that the floor was the only place we could get comfortable. [g]

LOVED the photos of the icy landscape, especially the cat! Tell your kids how lucky they are they had snow to play in. I have felt so bad for the kids in our area. Not one snow day yet and Christmas snow to play in at all. I know I looked forward to that when I was a kid. But, there's still hope for February vacation!

I'm sorry to hear you have lost your Dad too. He sounds like he was such a wonderful father. I agree you were so blessed to have him. I think of my parents so often and more this year than any other. That is one thing I am grateful for, that the pain has faded enough to allow me to do that more. I find myself imagining their reaction and responses to things happening in my life and it is a comfort for me. Was your Dad interested in gardening at all? Your news about how your move is working out for you and your family is a pleasure to read. I am imagining how happy that would make your Dad. :-)

That is a lot of land to develop and having clay myself, I wonder if you will be able to lasagna garden? A prairie sounds great to Congratulations on losing 7 pounds already! Such a creative way of going about it. Enjoyed your Mom's BD card too.

BTW, that song reminds me of another Hitchcock movie with James Stewart and Doris Day who sang it in the movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, made in 1956.

Loved your nutritional approach to the cholesterol issues, did you get interested in nutrition?

Mary....has Annie gotten back from Quebec City yet? How old is she?

Marian.....thanks for posting your African Violet photos. You have a very nice collection there. My favorite is the white with the purple edge. No, I don't remember listening to radio programs, but I have often heard others talk about 'The Shadow' ..and all I can remember is that famous line. 'The Shadow knows..!' :-) Sorry your fibro is acting up. Have you ever tried taking fish oil and flaxseed for that? I saw quite a bit of improvement with my symptoms when I started using that.

Cindy...I also have fabric that I finally put in the attic that I don't think I will ever get to using. I may have to send mine to Chelone, so someone can get some use of it. :-)

Wendy...nice to see you posting! Sorry you didn't make it to Logee's. :-)

Drema.....what exciting news about your brother! I can hardly believe he is swallowing and talking! What a funny conversation you had with him about the fishing trip he thought he was on, etc. You must be so thrilled that he is sounding like himself and able to eat. I agree, he is doing so well, he is bound to make more and more improvement. Don't I remember that you said someone at the original hospital he was at told you he would not recover at all and wanted you to take him off life support? Thanks for posting such great news. Made my morning. :-)

Honey...I used to enjoy a good power outage when I was younger, but now I dread them. You have my sympathies, entirely. Such a disappointment not to have won the kitchen. Sounds a little fishy. We did our kitchen over 10 years ago and it was a huge expense even then. I can only imagine what it is now. It was the best decision though. I can't imagine what it would be like now, if we hadn't done it. We spend a lot of time there and my DH and three adult children all enjoy cooking. Keep saving! Have you seen any of those unusual make overs of kitchens on HGTV? Some of them were really low cost redos and a few of them came out great! Glad you found a comforter you liked at the sales. Good job shopping! Do you not have a pet?

Honey, sorry that you had those experiences growing up. I really have a hard time even imagining a parent would say such a thing to their child, though I know it happens. Even though my Dad was distracted and didn't spend a lot of time with us, nor was he one to offer guidance, at least he seemed to really care about us and be pleased with us. It must be hard to get past that. I hope you become able to see that perhaps your mother's behavior is more about her than it is about you.

Honey..will you be starting any seeds this winter?

Babs...What a bargain hunter! Enjoy that leather jacket.

Sue.........I have seen photos of your backyard, but first time I have seen the front. You did a really wonderful job not only on your front garden but on your house paint as well. Love the two adirondack chairs on the grass. I still find it hard to believe your yard is small. In the photo it looks pretty good size. I notice that you have what is to me, the perfect distance between your plants and reminds me of what a big difference that makes. What is that pretty shrub with the dark foliage and pink flowers? Your brothers are handsome. :-) DH and his Mom look a lot a like. Great shot.

Monique, Deanne, and I have it right? [g]

All the photos of ice are pretty, but am very sorry to hear some of you have had a time of it. Somehow the ice missed us, we had rain. I hope things warm up there soon and get back to normal. I just can't imagine waking up to a tree split in half. Last I heard hiring an arborist to remove a tree was very expensive. My sincere sympathies for any damaged gardens.

Okay..I just refreshed and at least 5 more to have to do a Part 2. [g]

Again, hope you all have a happy Monday! :-) pm2

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 10:53AM
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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Wow, wow, wow, what a great pic of our NE Idyllers, Tom & his Mom and Sue and her DBs! Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all.

Sue, your home is stunning. Great pic to look at instead of the **S** outside my window.

Kathy, Eden, Marian, Cindy, Cynthia and Bug, thanks for the eye-candy from you, too! I needed it it on this gray, dreary morning.

Marian, stay safe. The photo of the bluff is beautiful but the conditions youre having are oh, so treacherous. Here's once from up here:

Eden, heres the color scheme for the bedroom. Its reverse of the GR/DR/Hall colors. The red pillow is almost the color of my GR wall. It has more brown in it than the pic shows. The wall color shown on the test board is too blue so more paint tests are in my future.

Heres the headboard design except I wont be scrolling the fabric.

Ill be doing the headboard in a dk. green velour upholstery fabric I found yesterday for $6.99/yd. DH still has to buy the framing matls, but if all goes well, we should be able to make the headboard for around $50! The quote for having it made was $1,000. Even if I don't get it right and have to do it over with new fabric, that's quite a savings.

Michelle, what a bonus that you don't need window treatments for privacy. I really like that valance and might consider that pattern for another project. Perhaps when the stores get in their spring inventory you'll find a fabric you like.

Martie, sounds like you had a blast at Logees. And I see Eden is feeding her addiction, too.
Ive been following the trans fat pros and cons. I did hear the other day on the radio that theyre finding a link between lowered cholesterol via statins and Parkinsons. Sheesh. Theres so much conflicting info out there. What were doing low carb diet, seems to be working for DH. He doesnt want to take meds for BP and sugar and both readings have been coming down with his weight loss. However, were both dragging our feet about getting strict w/our eating habits again. Think its the weather.

Do you guys know about Barrys Bakery French Twists? No Trans Fat, salt, dairy, etc., etc. and only 60 calories each. Great taste when you just have to have something sweet. CVS carries them.

What a treat to have Taryn, Babs and Cynthia posting again! Where's V and T?

Hi to all. I have to tackle some paperwork here. Grrrr.


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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Still mighty cold here but at least there are moments of sun. All very gray and white, no colour at all. Boo hoo....Lots of rabbit tracks too.

I was amazed that Tom's eyes match his mother's exactly! A strong resemblance there but I see less resemblance between Sue and her brothers. Must be those long walks she makes time for. ;-)

Honey, I agree about your paint colour. I'm so fussy about paint being right and it is so hard to get it exact what with light conditions etc. I know it will be perfect and soothing.

Sorry to read that PM2 feels an entire weekend of Idylls is too much for her to handle this summer. These events are so well organized and transportation and food exceptionally well planned for. On the other hand, a single day is far better than none!

On the dgs front, there's good news. In the last two weeks there has been improvement in his hearing with a new aid which allows him to grasp the final s, l and r sounds of words. This has made a big difference in his speech. He now hears 80% in his right ear, though zero from the left. The speaker connection his teacher uses in class to help him hear has been altered as well so that he hears her more clearly. They have taken this device for his Tai Kwon Do teacher to use as well, and that seems to mean he concentrates better there as well. He also has a new blood testing device which is better than before, but he still goes crazy when needles are necessary. He admits they don't hurt, but the screaming and racing around are a disaster. DD only found out about his fears this weekend, so will be working on that. She is also working on describing his physical conditions to him since no one has ever bothered explaining things to him. Makes you wonder....To be fair, his problems were so severe that their energy was focused on other things. Now he is old enough to understand more. At age 8, patients are expected to fill out forms by themselves. No way could he do that now, but in April, he'll be 8...

Only a short message from DH in Nashville. Perhaps he's making his debut at the Grand Ole Opry?

Off to start a seed list.

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It's turned to winter here and I don't like it. I don't really mind the limited sunshine but the snow and cold I hate. Especially driving in it and we've been getting just a glaze of snow on the roads every day, just enough to make driving treacherous. More painting here today. It's coming along.

It's been nice to see all of the pretty garden pictures. Also, what a nice picture of the three muskateers. Tom does look just like his mom and I see a lot of resemblance in Sue and the brother on the right.

Honey, I love the colors you've chosen and can't wait to see the upholstered headboard. I especially like the tasseled pillow. I agree it's very difficult to choose just the right paint color but I know you'll find the perfect shade.

Marie, age 8 seem young to be responsible for filling out medical forms to me. Great news that dgs is hearing more clearly. Your dd has been so good for him. You should be very proud of her! And I know you are!

Just heard on the noon news that today's Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

My mood will improve when I get all this painting finished. It seems the whole house is in chaos and that drives me crazy!

Back to the painting,


    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 1:07PM
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PM2, I didnt see your post when I posted this am! Thanks for the kind words re my family situation. Altho I didnt get nurturing parents, I was beyond fortunate to have found a wonderful DH who has filled in the gaps. Honestly, I dont think Mom hears herself. Truly, sometimes I do just wonder what it would be like or how my life might have been different, thats all.

I hope you join us at the IU this summer. Truly, it is the BEST. That reminds me, I have to check the thread again. As for sowing seeds, I have winter sowed a couple of times, but Im just going to concentrate on indoor projects this winter.

Marie, thats great that you and DD have taken such an interest in DGS. Im sure the extra care, perspective and attention will be invaluable to him. Thats great news about the new hearing device. What a leg up that will give him in school and socialization, too.

Eden, thanks re the pillows. The comforter and shams are in the pasely pattern. I think I need to decide the window treatments and that will help with the paint color.

Im with you. I hate this weather. Its depressing. Yes, it is truly Blue Monday. I did a couple loads of laundry, shoveled the driveway and walk but otherwise didnt do much of anything. Im in my sweats and slippers and didnt bother w/makeup today. Think Ill go eat a worm.

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Jerri_OKC(z7 Ok)

Idylls, you've outdone yourselves. The photos are lovely!

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    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 9:17PM
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How did it get to be Monday again so soon ??? 4 days till we get Sues TGIF greeting !

The party girls (and boys) all looked very festive and color coordinated. And think how the lovely red walls enhanced the composition. The more of these red walls I see, the more I think I need one !

And Michelle, I thought the same thing when I saw Marians violets- I was ready to jump in the car and go get some, knowing I would regret it. I still might. Nice rose pics too, love the pink rose with the lupines.

Martie, I cant tell you how many roses Ive moved around-some of them multiple times. Ive found them to be very forgiving. In my experience most climbers take two to three years to really take off. I would remove entire canes, maybe leaving three of the newest (if they are at least pencil width) , then wrap them in burlap and duct tape (for my own personal safety) and then just dig the thing up and put it in its new hole. You are right about Golden Showers, the blooms blow really fast. Cool that you can have your Camellia outside.

Cynthia, I have always wanted Ballerina! I just love that apple blossom look it gets when in full bloom.

bug those pics are stunning ! You are the first person Ive known who has the Alexandra Rose. Thanks for posting these. Thats great that DGS has the improved hearing with the new true that with needles the fear is often worse than the reality. Hard to explain that to a child though !

Cindy , is that Niobe climbing up that pink rose?

PM, condolences on your Patriots. Hopefully your fun day at Logees numbed the pain somewhat ! Molineaux has thus far retained that nice shape. One of the reasons I planted it is because it was recommended for west coast gardens where space is an issue. The David Austins can get huge here. The other great feature of this rose is the excellent and continuous re-bloom. The purple flower below is not a campanula, it is Nierembergia "Purple Robe". It would have to be grown as an annual in your climate. My Dahlias were almost non-existent because of our wet winter last year. Thats why I had to order so many, LOL.I have zero pics ! But that will not be the case this summer.
My top 25 was not in order of preference! That would have been too hard. So there was really no number one . If I can scare up the list Ill post it .

Honey, love those rich colors ! That blue is similar to what I ended up with in my bedroom- I went seaside in my colors.

Okay, here is todays rosey offering:


Kathy in Napa

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Long day, but just checked my personal email and found the most wonderful note from the adopters of foster Rippie. It was his one year anniversary today and they remembered and said they couldn't imagine life without him. :-) Makes me cry.

He was a return with fear aggression for other breeds and was afraid of cats and was with me for 3 months while we worked his issues and tried to find just the right situation for him. That's Rippie on the floor and his little tiny sister on the couch :-) I love a happy ending that sticks!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 12:32AM
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Good quick notes morning:

Wasn't Rippie the one who taught Katie to "do" stairs???

Keep those roses coming! I've been out of the rose loop for so long that I need reeducation!

Great news about DGS, 'bug!

Honey: Did you sneak into my house and steal my pillow? LOL Great score on the headboard fabric.

PM2: The Camellia is opening up and I'll definitely take pics. It was So Good to meet you and Steve! Completely understand about a day trip rather than overnighter.

Sue: If I wasn't in the house I'm in I'd want yours.

Deanne: Any suggestions for a large-sized, camellia-type Dahlia in creamsicle or light orange color? Multicolor is fine as long as it doesn't include red.

Eden: LOL if Bella's first entire adult sentence is "I'll take Botany for $500, Alex!"

Can I borrow everyone's kids for a few days? Seed starting and plant placement will necessitate much hole digging. Since Rich will be building raised beds I'll need help. Neighborhood kids are interested but they don't want to "mess up" their pitching arms :-) Perhaps the offer of $$ will help? LOL

Kathy - Thanks for the info re: moving roses. This Peace has about 6 good canes, all at least 1/2" or more, and since it is it's second year do you think I should keep them all intact for the move? Pansies are toast, BTW.

Jerri: Thanks for the virus info. With Mozilla and Avast for virus protection I've been unbelievably safe and lucky, but one can never be too careful.

V: Is your daughter back at school, yet? Have tickets to the opera in March for clients and thought of you ....

This was going to be quick, NOT!! Sending good vibes to all and glad that "Blue Monday" is over and done with.


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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Morning all,

Martie, I'll put my thinking cap on.

Honey, love those cushions. ~~ RE family stuff, I feel your pain. Id sure like to know what it would have been like to have nurturing parents. (let alone ones who were not kicking you when you were down) ~~ That ice looks like what we were dealing with here last week. I took hundreds of pics.

Cynthia, love Rippies story. You are making a difference.

Jerri thanks for the warning.

Kathy, that is one scrumptious rose. Love it. Would it survive here?

Eden, Hmmmm. I was pretty weepy yesterday for no reason whatever. Glad to know now that there was a reason! LOL

PM2 Any photograph you post on the internet is basically gone anyway. Even though nobody owns the images but me (regardless of what IVillage says) there is no way to prevent rip offs if that is what people want to do. The only saving grace is that the images are so degraded from downsizing them for upload that theyd be useless for publication.

Must run for now. Busy day ahead. Take care and have a great day everyone,

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 7:51AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Winter 2006

Spring 2006

Martie...Really great to meet you and Rich too! Your husband is so proud of your gardening abilities and seems to get such pleasure with the results. :-) I really enjoyed his comments about your garden. DH also had a knowing smile on his face, when Rich and Tom were commiserating on how long it takes to drag all the containers in the house in the fall. LOL I'm sure a lot of people here can identify with that. Happy to have helped on the 'April Tryst' ..yes, waiting for a photo. :-) I think I saw something like you describe at that Old House Gardens with heirloom dahlias.

Deanne....ouch! Sorry to hear about your knee. Will you have to have PT for it? Thanks for that info on the photo copyrights...I hope you are saving your best for publications! :-)

Loving all the rose photos! I never tire of them.

Gardenbug...Great news about DGS's hearing aide. What a difference that is going to make for him.

Honey....So happy to hear about wonderful DH! Husbands are good like that. [g] It is also good for you, that you can be understanding about your Mom. I am sure she doesn't understand what she is saying or the impact it has on you. :-) Winter is a great time to take care of other things besides gardening. Very good decision. :-) I hope I can come to the IU this summer. It sounds lke a really great time and what fun to meet everyone. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Kathy....thanks for the condolences. We had a great run and a lot of fun with the Patriots the past few years and there's always next year. [g] Can't wait to get my hands on that Molineaux and what a surprise with the Nirembergia 'Purple Robe'. I grew that in a container last year and I just saw a packet of seed for it the other day. It is very pretty underfoot that way. What a shame about your dahlias last winter and NO photos! Well, just have to change Have you ever heard of Old House Gardens? A friend of mine sent me their website and they have heirloom dahlias. I can't grow them, but I did drool over a few photos there.

Another gorgeous Rose! Well...60 roses...enough to post one every week for a year and we can see your whole collection. :-)

Cynthia....such happy news. Good job placing Rippie. I am sure it is so much more satisfying knowing how much help you were able to give Rippie to make that possible. Great photo! lol Love the pink monkey and is that a yellow bow around little sister's neck? Wow, your animals are so lucky. It looks like a blast at your house. :-)

Thanks Jerri....Firefox here too. Highly recommend it!

Ohhh, I just looked up and it's starting to snow.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 8:40AM
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Honey love that bedroom look and the coverings I LOVE green my favorite color; have it on a lot of my walls in my house (and carpet). Thats really lovely; Im impressed youre gonna tackle the upholstered headboard; Ive been looking at them myself for 2 years; but I know better than to think Id complete such a project I keep pricing the ready made ones in a neutral color. Ive had no headboard for quite a while (since I moved my antique tester bed into another room) and its very annoying! Maybe that accounts for why an lovely stuffed, soft fabric has such appeal to me now.

Deanne hope your knee is better.

Norma I cannot believe Wyatt is 4 I would have guessed 6! Great shots of you all. What lovely memories to have for later.

Kathy glad to hear about moving your roses; Ive had cl. sombreuil against my house & its just been sulking; Im ready to either move or shovel prune but keep hoping it will get better. O, wow, that Prospero!! To Die For!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to find a great white climber to replace that Sombreuil if I move it.

Re the photos, the first is Carefree Wonder w/ Cl. Betty Corning hanging over; the 2nd one is Therese Bugnet w/ Cl. Polish Spirit behind her, and yes, the 3rd is Cl. Niobe w/ Viking Queen (a bit past her prime in that shot) I really adore Niobe; it really puts on a terrific show early; with good repeat later.

Well, I was daydreaming about gardens & things Ive ordered & where Im putting them so much this a.m. I ALMOST missed my metro stop! luckily I managed to refocus & see that it was time before the doors shut! That would not have started my day off well having to back track! (Ive gotten on the wrong train only once you do it 1 time and you make sure never to do it again believe me). That sure woke me up. gotta run.


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 9:12AM
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Here's a sappy 'Babs the wondermom' story... Mondays are library day at school for Ryan and last Sunday I started the effort to make sure his book was in his bag for return the next day. Bummer-no book where we usually keep it at his bedside! Ok search the crannies of our house since he does like to find 'off the beaten path' areas to read his books. It's not under my bed,nor any bed, not in his closet,or ANY closet,not in the playroom. It's not on any bookshelves,....the COUCH it must be there underneath with the dust bunnies...nope. With the newspapers? uh-uh. OK so now I'm running out of places, so it's look between the cushions and mattresses time(I'm desperate by now!). Nothing,nada,zilch. Oh crud. I wrote the librarian a nice note telling her we'd find the book and return it the second we found it. A week went by. I have never lost a library book so this was devastating to me but yesterday I finally wrote the note that said it had to have gone out with the newspapers(that one moment when Chris volunteered to take them to the curb for me lol) and is lost forever(sniff)I will pay for the book(heck, I'd even donate a second book as my penance for irresponsibility; )BLUE MONDAY-you're not kidding lol. I walked up the school sidewalk, since I of course, work at the school and I see our lovely librarian(figures I'd run into her after sending such an embarrassing note-she of course was as nice as ever and forgiving). Well as the day progressed I checked my mailbox. There's a note from the librarian that says "All of Ryan's books have been returned!" Say WHAT? OK so now I am feeling like a total idiot-it's funny but freaky that I could do something so airheaded(SHHHH), but for the life of me I don't remember sending that book back! AM I LOSING MY MIND??

Party Girls-great minds do think alike-that is so funny about your clothing color scheme! Hey it looks like Tom's mom got the memo too? lol. Sue I like your sweater. Happy bday to Tom.

I'm simply loving the flower pics from so many. If I get time I'll try to find something to share.

Taryn it's great to see you back here again. Hey about the controls for cholesterol, you should also remember that exercise is also an important & excellent way to lower the levels. Chris has controlled his cholesterol by modifying egg & cheese intake,increasing fruit & veggies,and taking flaxseed oil but also exercising 4-5 times a week and he doesn't have to be on meds as a result. Of course everyone is different though-still it's worth invesigating especially if the person is funny about taking supplements.

Honey I love the pillows-and you are so crafty in regards to making the covered headboard-I can't wait to see the finished product.

Hi Chelone how are you?

Yikes into the shower I go!

~Babs the blundermom; )

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 10:00AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Things arrive later in Canada, so it is gloomy Tuesday here. At 10AM I have not yet had breakfast or gotten the day started except for feeding the livestock.

Yesterday, in an effort to ignore Blue Monday, I ordered seeds and Atlas gloves. That is in addition to clematis which were already ordered last week. I also ordered 3 photos to be made into puzzles for dgs. My friend Lynn returned from six weeks of travel in India, so we got a LONG phone chat in. Her daughter got engaged, so that was big excitement too. Then DD phoned and we chatted at GREAT LENGTH since her DH is away on business. It was after 12:30 before we called it quits. Anyway, morning was a slow starter for me and Charlotte, but with my DH returning late tonight, I'd best get things somewhat tidy around the homestead soon.

Chelone, have you made any big decisions lately regarding work? Perhaps play is what you need!

My friend in England sent me photos of roses blooming still in his backyard. UNFAIR!!!!!


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 10:28AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

I forgot to answer PM2 about the white spire flowers. They are Linaria purpurea 'Canon J. Went' and are actually a very pale pink. I believe they come in blue as well and they self seed all about which is fine with me. Easy enough to remove them if you don't want them.

Progress on the knitting front is slow as you can see below. This has been a very interesting exercise for me, a challenge I am enjoying.


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 11:25AM
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Last night was spent at basketball games watching Ricks grandsons.
Martie, you cracked me up with the comment about Bella and Jeopardy! Hey, Ill send Kenzie over and you can see how much "help" she will be. LOL

Cindy, now that I drive a divided 4 lane hiway to work, I need to focus a little more and not miss my exit. "Daydreaming about gardens & things" LOL

The roses in my pictures are Sharifa Asma and Carefree Beauty. Sharifa is my only Austin rose.

Ahh Cynthia, what heartwarming news. It helps you know that you are making a difference. Wonderful garden picture.

Deanne, sorry to hear about the knee. When we were dancing at the wedding a couple of weeks ago, I wondered too if what I was doing was wise.

Kathy, Prospero looks especially lovely cover with raindrops.

Babs, youre more organized than you even realize ;o)

Honey, good luck with your paint color. I know I will need it when I look for a color for the kitchen.

Pm2, I think most of the Austin roses in the catalog are 19.95 or 21.95 or 3 for $49.95.

bug, if I had to pick on of your roses, it would have to the The Alexandra rose. I love the multi-tones.

With all these great rose pictures, I wonder how much rose sales will increase (remember all those lurkers)


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 11:29AM
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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Kathy, you NEED a red wall. I love mine. Ive been toying with perhaps changing the accent fabric on the pillows in the room as a change for summer. I also could make different slipcovers for the ottomans. Hmmm. For the bedroom, the paint on the test board is more of a seafoam green. It actually looks quite different than in the photo.

Cynthia, congrats on Rippies 1 yr. anniversary. Hes gorgeous and how great it must feel having helped him transition to a loving home.

Martie, you have that bedspread set? I thot it was really pretty and DH was happy it wasnt florial, lol. About the Dahlia, Im in love with "Autumn Fairy". It blooms its head off all season. Some blooms are more gold, some are like this one. All gorgeous:

Deanne, I KNEW youd understand the family thingy. PM2, I dont waste energy on it. I did enough of that. Its like seeing a beautiful landscape and wanting to be inside it, but you never can be. Ive learned to duck at the incoming and take what comes otherwise. When I hear Chelone, Taryn, Babs and Ei talk about their Dads, I sense theres a feeling of warmth, comfort and security about their memories. Im happy for them that they had that.

Cindy, thanks for mentioning Niobe. Ruth next door has one and I really like it. I might try to grow it on my Boxwood tree. It might get enough sun there. What a treat to see your roses. Ive been thinking about carefree wonder. Glad you didnt miss your station!

Sue, I meant to comment on your sweater for the party. I love the bling!

Babs, Im still noodling the headboard project. I think I should be using a dense foam for it instead of what I bot. I wont be able to start on it until DH makes the frame for me. Hopefully next weekend.

Chelone, Bug reminded me. Any news on the job front? And I agree with her, perhaps play and rest is what youve needed to bear up under the crapola at work.

'Bug, beautiful pattern you're knitting. Oh, and I meant to ask you. In one of your photos, there's a purple something behind a charming yellow/orange rose. What is it?

Im off to get regular and baby food for the critter. Altho Bullet is eating his regular food (when he's in the mood), he often wants the baby food now. How do I know? Only after trial and error. While I'm out I also have to get some aquarium pellets so I can get samples for the vet to test. Oh joy. TTYL,


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 11:58AM
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Martie, here's another photo of Autumn Fairy. Most blooms are more like this one:

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 12:01PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

That's Nepeta, Honey. There are many kinds. That one is probably Six Hills Giant.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 12:28PM
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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Thanks, Bug. I'll have to look that one up.

Martie, there's another Dahlia I like in this color range. It's called Art Deco:

I've used them both with Coleus Sedona or with Coleus Stained Glassworks Copper and Coleus Curley Freckles.

Hope this helps. Now I am going to get something done!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 1:00PM
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Hey everyone, It's National Pie Day! That's better than being Blue Monday, huh? Lots of pretty pictures here to enjoy today. We're still painting and will be again tomorrow. Then we'll have a three day layoff since Bella will be here each day through Saturday. Maybe during those three days I can clean the house and water the plants. I keep telling myself it's good to be busy in January. It makes the time go faster! Have to run, the paint's drying on my brush!


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 2:22PM
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OOOHHH... I SO behind! My quick scan was a grim reminder of how quickly the days pass, yikes!

I'm OK, actually! I still have days when I stop short, and wonder what the hell I did, but moreoften I am OK WITH IT. I did what I said I would do and I did it for 3 1/2 yrs.; I did it thoroughly, affectionately, and WELL. I have nothing left to "prove" and just because I happen to have t--s on the front of me, doesn't mean I should be dealt the entire "caregiving" hand. Sue said it best when she sagely pointed out that she is as much my brother's mother as she is mine. That was the "dope slap" I really needed, and I thank you, Sue! (along with everyone else who was so supportive).

I haven't read enough to reply intelligently, but want everyone to know you cross my mind many times each day, REALLY.

I went back to work yesterday (5 1/2 hrs.) and put in 7 1/2 today. My schedule has been "abbreviated" by my boss' inability to organize the work, so I'm dealing with that, but it will level out in a month/month and a half when the business gears up for the summer season. The vibe is different, though. We haven't really had a chance to "talk", and I refuse to let it make me uncomfortable. I am competent, reliable, and I do good work. Every time I've lost my temper it's been for the same reason... DISORGANIZATION, unclear/nonexistant work orders. She mentioned today that she wasn't "sure if you'd be back" in what felt like an accusatory tone; I smiled and said, "I wasn't sure about that, either"... and that's where it ended. I know THE TALK is coming, and that's OK. It doesn't freak me out, one bit. I'm not an 11 yr. old Jr. Girl Scout going for the basic sewing badge, after all. :) We're practical, grown up women who like each other, and surely there will be more common ground and mutual benefit than adversity. After the past 3 1/2 -4 yrs. this is such petty bulls--t. It seems very strange to say that.

I really have to do some reading!

Later, friends.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 7:55PM
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Hi everyone

Great to see so many wonderful pictures and to read along. What fun to see Wyatt and Norma, the glamorous NE Idyllers, winter scenes, summer's glory, two beautiful greyhounds, GB's amazing knitting and many other treats. Where else could you find such skill and interest?

I'm continuing my stint with DH gone and am greatly looking forward to his return at this point.

Annie had a FABULOUS time in Quebec City, especially snow tubing, dog sled driving and a visit to a Maple Sugar Shack. It was all quite an experience.

The weekend seemed very quiet with Annie and DH gone - especially Friday evening when David was invited to a friend's house for night-time sledding. Finding our house simply too quiet I headed to a friends for a fireside dinner and chat. I guess I'm not ready to be an empty nester!

On Saturday I took David to our local park for his first downhill ski lesson. He took to it like a duck to water and was soon zig-zagging down the slope with great ease. My downhill days are long gone (I much prefer x-country) but it was so much fun watching David enjoy himself. Annie too loves to downhill so I think a trip to our nearby ski resort is on the books. We finally have some snow which is great for the plants plus the outdoor activities we enjoy.

Work has become both more challenging and rewarding and requires more of my time and energy. I'm hoping with DH home next week I'll find a better balance have more Idyll time.

Missing talking to you all


    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 9:05PM
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Thanks for all the kind comments on DGS. They really are pretty good boys. Someone asked what Wyatt got that he was so excited about. I don't remember what he was opening but he showed the same enthusiasmn about each present. He got mostly cars and cartoon videos, a cartridge for his leapster and such. He also got a multi pack of mac and cheese , his favaorite. LOL

Sue I love the view of the front of your house. People are going to really enjoy your garden tour this summer. Fun pics of Toms Birthday. Thanks Deanne.

Deanne I hope the knee keeps improving. I know you are like me and don't like to sit still.

Loving everyones rose pictures. Cynthia is Footloose the one in front?
Rippie does look happy in his new home. Good job.

Cindy , I really like the Clem Roses combo by your fence. And the lillies.
Good that you were able to get off the train in time.

Honey The icy picture of the lake out back is really cool. Your Dalhia coleus combos sound real nice. Hope I can remember that.
I did paperwork the last two days also. But the taxes are out of my hair for another year.:-)

Bug, I'm happy to hear DGS is able to hear more sounds. That should help alot. How nice that you had some more puzzles made for him. I'm betting one of them has Charlotte in it.
That is a very intricate looking pattern on the new blanket. I bet it is a challenge.

I think I forgot to tell you gals that my grandaughter miscarried. I know she is sad but it happened so soon she barely had time to get used to the idea of being pregnant. Hopefully the next time will work out.

Jerri, thanks for the heads up on the virus. It is beyond me why people have to be so destructive.

Michelle, its nice that you go to the grandsons basketball games. I like to go to Jakes band concerts but it kills my back to sit on those bleachers.

Eden I'll take National Pie day over Blue Monday anytime. I know how you feel about the chaos that a painting project creates.

Hey Wondermom, either you are doing your job to well or you are losing it. LOL. Good to hear the book wasn't lost after all. Are you doing costumes for the plays again this year?

Chelone, where are you? Norma

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 9:15PM
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Ah, theres Chelone and Mary too. Goodnight to all.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 9:24PM
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Buenos Dias all,
Its another non-rainy January day in the Napa Valley. Think we may be setting some records soon as one of the driest Januarys in many years.

Chelone !! Glad you checked in. And glad you are getting firmly into the Ok With It camp. Good luck on the work front.

Jeesh Cynthia, those doggies look so sweet

Martie, If you can manage to move that rose without damage to your person and all six canes intact I say go for it ! Sorry about your pansies, mine look like h**l , but will revive in spring.

Deanne, Prospero is a David Austin Rose, and is absolutely one of my faves. Very disease resistant and the flowers hold on the plant for an amazing length of time. It also stays a nice compact size which is an issue here with DAs. It was hard to find though- I had to drive over to Sonoma County to get one;no one had it locally and I could not find it mail order. Also, last weekend I was lurking around on some other forums and I came across a group of photos you had posted that were a progressive photo essay on your
driveway garden. Very enjoyable ! I have no idea what forum it was on though !

PM have not heard of Old House Gardens but will visit the website.

Oooh Cindy, sorry to hear your Sombreuil is in a sulk. I love mine, but again its the three year rule for roses especially climbers-if it is still puny after the third year its a goner around here . If I was in need of another white climber I would get Mdme Alfred Carriere. But she is a Noisette and Im not sure about Noisettes in zone 6.

Babs , nothing worse than being on the Wanted list at the library. However, maybe it is actually the librarian that is losing her mind !

Bug , I have the Linaria here as well, both blue and pink. Its pretty easy to thin out the seedlings. Makes a nice filler. Love the knitting project-what will it be ?

Honey- I bought a new kitty food this week are you ready?..White Meat Chicken Florentine in a Delicate Sauce with Garden Greens. Reading the label out loud will make you sound just like a waiter at a really good restaurant reciting the off menu specials ! Doobie was crazy for it. I gave some to my dog too, because she wouldnt eat her dinner and I cant give her an insulin injection on an empty stomach-she loved it too! Crazy.
I am continuing to ponder the red wall.

Norma, hugs for granddaughter.

Okay, here is Toluse Latrec.

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 10:39PM
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Good "nature is the best art" morning. Looking out to the east and seeing about five shades of pink behind deep black leafeless trees. These views last but a moment ....

Good to hear from everyone and to know that things are beginning to balance back. DH's returning home, good friends returning to work, kids growing and learning and being great.

Today my brain needs to be all over the place. DB's financial Probate hearing in the morning, then run to the hospital to meet with his Social Worker and sign permission forms for Him To Go To A Mall!!!!! (Put in a few extra $$ to his account for an extra-large Latte and lunch out.) Then to work for annual performance review at noon, then two presentations to two clients that I really like. One of them said I didn't pitch him enough the first time around!! Then home to do college financial reports with the hope that we didn't make too much money.

Chelone: Given the above, the t***s statement is right on :-) Today, though, the expectations are happy ones.

Gardens are coming together in my mind. The 6-caner will be moved as is and any physical damage will be worth it :-) PM2's wintersowing pics have got me thinking ...

All good thoughts to everyone!


    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 7:07AM
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Hmm it's interesting-the last few times I posted here I didn't have to sign in-have you guys?

Things are pretty UP here as Chris found out yesterday that he got the assistant professor position in the nursing school!!!!! He was fairly confident since they were seeking him out-the 17 person hiring panel did scare him initially though. Yay! He starts in July-which seems SO far away.

Kathy that rose is dewy perfection! Thanks for contientiously posting so many refreshing pics-this time of year is so tough for us snow fact we're due for heavy snow tonight....I will be wishing for a snow day off from school: )

PM2-that is such a great idea for starting seeds using bottles-I need to try that.
I recieved a glass cloche for xmas that I also need to think about using.

Norma-I'm sad to hear about your GD's loss. Was this her first pregnancy? If so I do know that it's quite common for a woman to have a first miscarriage and then later successful pregnancies-almost like the body needs to get a jump start on undertaking a pregnancy. That happened to me and then I went on to have AJ and Ry. I do still wonder what if the first one made it-can't help that. Good thoughts to her.

I won't be doing costumes this year because the wonderful couple who ran the theater productions moved out of town. No one is planning any new plays as far as I know. We do have a new general music teacher(recent college grad)who seems like she'd be good at trying something-but I think she needs to get acclimated first. Her first xmas concert involving the whole school was two hours long!!! Much too long but I think she'll figure things out.

Chelone-does your brother say anything about possibly understanding now what you went through caring for your mom? I was wondering too if your mom has adjusted to being in new surroundings-I'm know that takes time.

Hi Mary! I think x-country skiing would be really fun to try. I also have always wanted to go snow shoeing(I'm sure I'd be tripping all over myself).

You guys do know that winter is half over,right? : )

gotta go!

p.s. Chris is quite hopeful now about a new report that states coffee can stop balding...he just needs to drink 60 cups a day to get the benefits; )

    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 9:50AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

ok - this is freaky.... I happened to check my photo account for something and noticed the monthly hits (1000) (2 weeks ago it was 0)... yikes - do we have that many new lurkers out there? Ymm, maybe we could turn this into an enterprise by offering shopping hints/tips somehow....? Or do you think it was all those great dramatic photos of the Birthday Boy(s) - young and old -- and the dressed up chicks?

Kathy -- I second the thanks for the wonderful daily Calif Dreamin photos for us cold challenged people - even in my Zone 6/7 tropics of Virginia, it's a wonderful respite! Re the roses, yep, this is the third year for Sombreuil so it may be her "make or ditch" year; Im crossing my fingers because I'd like to keep her but..... and that's nice to hear about Prospero - here in VA we have the same challenge -- the Austins are WAY bigger than their "stats" & I have to keep Heritage severely chopped back each year -- its flowers too shatter so easily & barely last w/o major petal drop a day -- but when she's blooming, she smells wonderful & I love the individual bloom. Another one I should probably move or remove, but just can't yet bear to do. [we wont talk about BS or JBs...]

I tell ya - all these rose pics are making me want to ADD to my gardens -- I bet lurkers are panting too!!

Gardenbug - I love, love that white knitting pattern - is it going to be a blanket or more clothing? It's beautiful - puts me in mind of old "trapunto" wedding quilts - but softer and very "tactile" -- I love it.

well, could say lots more but gotta sneak back to work.

(p.s. - Mary, if your Sis decides to go to IU4, I'd be happy to chauffeur her if that's a consideration; her place is probably not too far from me).


    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 10:11AM
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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Good morning! Nothing of note going on here.

Eden, thanks for the heads up on Natl Pie Day Not. Cant even think about all those calories now. We need to get back on the diet wagon here and only eat what were supposed to. Now if I can only do it.

Chelone, Im sure youll work out the kinks in your work relationship w/your boss. The key was, "were grown up women who like each other". I still think your frustrations at work have more to do w/not having control over whats happening to your Mums health. Hang in there. Im so glad youre able to let DB handle the care giving duties. Its his turn at the wheel.

All these pix have me itching to redesign whole chunks of my garden. Oh, and the catalogs are pouring in. Ive earmarked about every page in each. Now if I only can hold back until I finish at least one indoor project. Sheesh.

Congratulations to Chris, Babs. Thats fabulous news and what you were hoping for. It sounds like youre ever so busy and involved with the kids. What a great Mom you are.

Norma, Im so sorry to hear about your GDs miscarriage. I hope shes able to understand that it happened b/c something wasnt right. Im sure lots of love and understanding from the family will be very helpful to her.

Mary, it sounds like you and the kids are making the most of your snowy locale and this winter weather. It has to be so hard for you both with as much as DH travels.

Thanks Kathy for the heads up on the kitty food. Ive tried all those new, expensive ones, too. He likes some of them, but as with the cheaper cans, some days hell eat them, some days he wont. I just keep trying until he eats something. This am, he asked for more food after devouring a can of regular food. So I tried a new baby food ham in ham gravy. He ate a couple bites, but thats all. I think the baby food is jammed w/nutrients and its helping put weight back on his bones.

Youre not only a great gardener, but a great photographer. That rose is gorgeous!

Martie, youre sure on the go! I hope all goes smoothly at probate and DB enjoys the mall. How great you get to spend time w/clients you like who want something! Im sure youll get a great PR.

Cindy, Im panting at the photos here, too. Im also getting tons of hits to my photo acct.

Im off to get some different foam for my headboard project. Hi to all.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 11:12AM
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Hi Everyone

Thought I would drop in for a quick sec. We have beautiful puffy snowflakes slowly falling here. I love this quiet kind. Fun to walk in. ... not looking forward to driving after dark. I think I am getting a cold... haven't had one of those for a long time, and am drinking lots of tea, water, etc to try to flush it out. A couple of you have said what a nice sis I am, etc. I have to say I really don't deserve the accolades. It is no big deal for me to stop by and visit my brother on my lunch hour when he was by me etc. He was in a hospital close to my house, then one by work, but now that he is so far away, one of my sisters and I sort of divided it up. We will take turns on the weekend now that he is stable I will go one day and she goes the other. Last weekend she was in NYC with her daughter, who plans to go to school there next year, so they had to go out for some sort of audition or something. Anyway, I visited him on Sunday, but his former wife came up from Cincinnati on Sat to see him. They have always remained friends, which is nice, because she is a critcal care nurse, and a fountain of info for the rest of us... anyway, it is a group effort over here. Not just me:) Didn't want to take all the credit..

I just had to make a quick pop in here to say Congrats to Chris!!! Good for all of you... it is so exciting when all the hard work pays off. I hope he loves his new position.

Deanne, did I see that you said you had to pack up orders or something? Are you starting a new enterprise, or was that my speed reading?

Sue, Deanne and Monique... nice to see your smiling faces.Lucky that you live close enough to get together. I am glad Tom's party was a success!

Honey I meant to tell you how much your comment about the emotional warehouse meant to me.. That was good advice. I remember once I was at a seminar that said give yourself the childhood you never had. I thought that was good advice. She was saying to give yourself whatever it was you were missing as a child, whether it was emotional support, etc. These are such complex issues to deal with. Some people survive amazing things, and others are scarred. I am thinking of one particular person who had a monster for a father, but he turned out happy, with no issues at all. The only noticable thing I have ever been able to see is that he has great difficulty with discipling his children:)He can't tell them no, and thinks everything they do is wonderful..which can be a problem in itself. I think raising a family and being part of a family is an intricate challenge. I will have to see what my kids think of the way I did it:)

Bug, I love that latest knitting project. So pretty. What is it going to be?

Woody, great news on your MRI.. and finding someone to replace your other helper. I hope you have smooth sailing from here on out.

Martie hope you and your brother have fun at the Mall! I took my brother mashed up chili and choclate cake Sunday because he had been craving it. He ate every bite. Then they brought his dinner, and I saw that it was all the consistency of mashed potatoes... I guess I kind of goofed, but didn't know it at the time. He was trying to eat a whole cracker by itself, but I wouldn't let him. I told him he will not choke himself to death on my watch. It is amazing how quickly he is starting to move forward, now that he has in his words.. "woken up."

Eden.. how is the painting going?

Norma, sorry about the miscarriage. Hope all goes well in future.

Hi to everyone I missed...

Well, must run.. will try to write more later...


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Full_Bloom(z5 IL)

Hi Idylls! I have been working on 1&1/2 weeks of laundry, taking mom to the doctors, etc. The weather was beautiful in Florida...70s and kind of temps. Took some nice pics which I will have to share another time. I really love Florida in winter. The "shock" of coming home to snow and realizing that it really *isnt* early summer here was a little hard to take though...LOL! Oh well, at least I had a nice preview. Your right Eden...its a good thing to be busy in January...does make the time go faster and February is a short month and by March we will really be getting peeks of really is just around the corner.... "Yes, Eileen, keep sending those positive thoughts to yourself"...LOL!

Anyway, Chelone I too was a Captain Kangaroo fan and also a big fan of Garfield Goose with Frasier Thomas. Did that one play by you? I have all the songs from the Garfield Goose show stored in my memory...what would you like to hear? The Funny Company? Susie Snowflake? Hardrock, Coco & Joe? LOL! Re the Captain...I *loved* the bunny rabbit. I think I liked Mr. Bunny Rabbit so because the Captain was always so patient, tolerant and accepting of him. It was a comfort to know that even if we act badly and need to be corrected (like Mr. Bunny Rabbit) we would still be loved and appreciated. You are so right about Captain Kangaroo being the kind of show that every young child would enjoy and should have in their life. The Captain felt like a member of my family, a gentle & kind grandpa or uncle. When he looked directly into the *did* seem like he was talking just to me! Such a reassuring and calming influence. :-) Its what I always loved about Mr. Rogers too! I have a confession to make...I found Mr. Rogers so comforting and relaxing that he often played on my television long after my son stopped watching him...LOL!

If anyone wants to travel down memory lane...I've attached a link to a sweet little web page that also plays the theme song (titled Puffin Billy) from Captain Kangaroo! :-)

Norma...I loved all your pics. What a wonderful little family! I too enjoyed the pic of Wyatt with Grampa and all look so happy! You have a lovely smile Norma, so warm and friendly! The kind of smile that I bet just puts everyone at ease when they are around you. So sorry to hear about your GD's loss and sorry to hear about all the ice damage and the power outages! I hope things are finally settling down.

Marian your Cyclamen is gorgeous. I've only once had a cyclamen that did well for lasted about 5 years before it up and longest flowering houseplant. I think that bromeliad is very handsome! And your African Violets are *so* pretty...what yummy colors! I lol'ed about the old foggies! :-) You are no old foggie! :-)

Taryn loved all the beautiful pics of your new surroundings...what a lovely place! I especially *loved* the "catching the rays" picture. All your wonderful pics made me think of Three Dog Night's Song "Out in the Country". Yes, I miss talking with dad too, but you are right...we have been very blessed. How wonderful that you found the keepsake box! Yes, I miss EP too...miss her wisdom, serenity and calming influence...actually I miss everything about her. Good to hear you were so successful with moving your plants. I may be looking for some tips later. You know, I can't you have a greenhouse at your new place? I thought you did, but maybe I imagined it? I just can't imagine the Seed Sprouting Queen without a greenhouse! :-) Or, did you dismantle the one from your last house and bring it with you?

Honey that Autumn Fairy is a love...I can see why you are enchanted! :-) You are quite the decorator too. Besides wishing I had seen all of your gardens back at IU2 (?)...I think it was 2 anyway, I would really have loved to see your home too. Did you do that drawing for your headboard and if so, how did you come up with the design? Not only do you have beautiful gardens and make beautiful container combinations, it appears you have another calling as a decorator as well. I'm so sorry about mom. It was really hard for me to hear what your mother said, I can only imagine how hard it was for you. Glad you don't buy into it and don't let it get the best of you. It breaks my heart to think about any kid being made to feel that way. I really do know how lucky I have been to have loving parents and wish it could be the same for *should* be! You and Deanne are testament to the wonder and strength of the human spirit! You both turned out to be such kind, gifted, generous souls and loving parents to your own children. You both have much to be proud of.

Bug I've enjoyed *all* your knitting. Who can resist all those charming, tiny little baby things in such lovely colors too! :-) What a wonderful skill. I imagine it is a very relaxing thing to do...well, maybe the Entrelac (?) is not terribly relaxing...LOL! And "no", you are wrong I *do* care! :-) It's wonderful to hear such cheery things going on in your life! BTW, DD sure made a beautiful bride and you a beautiful MOTB! :-) DD's bouquet is just gorgeous! Did your friend make that for her? Sorry, I feel awful because I forgot her name...was it Laura? I feel *terrible* that I've forgotten, but I am bad with names, unfortunately.. Anyway I really enjoyed her company so much at the IU3...she's a very lovely lady! glad to hear that the MRI's seem to be stable. Your strength and proactive attitude about your health is *truly* an inspiration to me. Enjoyed reading about dog behavior. How smart of you to have the dogs walk together. Scout loves other dogs (much more than people) so that's not a problem, but is useful information to know anyway. Glad you both you and Barb had positive feelings about the new helper....that's a good sign. Cant wait to see your shed pics in spring, I imagine? You guys with all your beautiful sheds make me feel pretty badly about my sorry shed...LOL! Oh well all the inspirational pics I've seen of sheds here at the Idylls will be stored in my memory for future shed projects of my own.

I still remember Michelle's pretty shed transformation....which reminds me, Michelle please don't forget to post pics of the progress in McKenzie's new garden....oh, I can't wait for spring! BTW, who are the roses you posted? I don't think you said. I love them both. The combination of the lupines with the roses just sings! I think I may have lost all my lupines to last summer's drought! :-( But I will be watching this spring to see if any seedling show up.

Deanne....23 pictures and counting! :-) I really am serious about you exhibiting your photography. Have you thought about approaching some art shops? Do you have an Art League in your area? Does your area have art shows in the summer? We have a few really nice art shows here every year and I think your photographs are as nice as any I've seen. I know you have many interests and talents that take up your time and you can't do it all...but I really hope you consider sharing your photographic talents as well! BTW, thank you for the robin...he's such a cutey. :-) You are right, it is a surprise to see Robins in January. Robins are another reason I always look forward to spring! :-) That Tree Sparrow is a very handsome little fellow too. I didn't realize sparrows could have such interesting colors and patterns. I too love your Junco on the Cimicifuga. How cool is that?...the way the ice encapsulated each of the seed heads...what an eye! So when will you get Doug to take a picture of you in your blind? I really would love to see that...what fun! Every time I see an interesting bird here I always think of you. I don't even try to take pics most of the time...I'm just not very good at it and if it's a moving object...forget about it! BTW, I saw an interesting bird here the other day that I assume was some sort of woodpecker. Not the really big one, I don't think. But he was much bigger than the little downy woodpeckers we have here...about the size of a morning dove (maybe a little bigger and definitely more robust). His whole head was red and he had black and white speckled feathers. Any ideas? I have never seen him here before, but he sure was striking and was enjoying himself at the suet feeder.

What a lovely picture of Deanne, Sue & Monique. Not only do you guys do a great job of co-ordinating...I love your smiling faces and can tell you've really developed a special friendship...You three look like you've been friends *forever*! :-)

Mary...I bet you will be glad to have DH home next week. I imagine it *was* a bit too quite this past weekend? Hugs to you! Dont have quite a while to go before you'll be an empty nester! :-) Fun to hear about David's skiing lessons. Are you a big skier? That's something I always intended to learn, but never did. Now I'm a little afraid to...the bones break a lot easier when you get to be my age. :-)

Sue! How can you say your dogs are not photogenic? I bet Chloe had a serious case of the vapors when she saw Nick's close up...LOL...there is no way she could resist! :-) And oh that house....I always enjoy seeing pictures of your gardens *and* your home...they are always "picture perfect!"

Bab's I thought you were a natural redhead!!! Well, you sure *looked* natural. That's funny, one of the garden gals from the younger group has been a blonde as long as I have known her and I would have sworn that it was her natural color. When she told me she was dying her hair brown I said..."Why would you do that?" "I would love to be a blonde or a redhead...anything but this dull brown." Then she told me her natural color *is* brown! :-O How lucky for you two brunettes to have that nice skin coloring that looks pretty and natural no matter what color you hair. With my coloring I would just look fake, as anything but the brunette that I am. Don't even go there with the gray hair's a touchy subject with me...LOL! Mine are coming in fast and furious now and unfortunately, not that pretty shade like Bug's, but a coppery dirty gray color...yuck! I *have* started coloring my hair back to the color I had as a child (a somewhat warmer brown than when you were all here at IU3) and also added a few red and gold highlights to it. I like it. Now if I could only do *something* with all these da**#d crazy curls! I would really like to look nice just *once* in a picture especially for the DS's wedding. I would love to have a pic of all of us at the that I wouldn't be embarrassed to put up on the "family wall" upstairs. I always feel like I ruin the family pictures...LOL! Sorry, I know that's silly and vain, but I truly do hate myself in pictures. I am totally *un-photogenic*!

Me again Babs! Just read your latest post about Chris! Congratulations to Chris....that is fantastic news! How neat that you got the cloche for Christmas...I love the way they look in the garden!

Gorgeous roses everyone....what a treat! They are all so beautiful; each and everyone.

I really loved seeing your Ballerina, Cynthia. That is a rose I have always wanted to get...but I think is just under being hardy by me? Of course (sadly) with the way our zones are changing I may have luck now. Your Brugmansia is gorgeous too...I love the little vignette of pots and the black wicker chair. Do you mind telling me which grass you have in the one pot all by itself? I'm thinking this year I want to try grasses at the feet of my rose standards and I wanted something smaller, that was upright and stayed neat. Your grass has just the effect I was looking for. I enjoyed reading the adventures into the purchase of your new dehydrator. I have a very similar story. I tried dehydrating sweet potatoes (for Scout) in the oven at a very low took *all* day. Then when I got impatient, I decided to try to broil them just for a few seconds, thinking to speed up the process a little bit. Well, I turned my back and ended up with all char broiled sweet potatoes. All that time, energy and electricity for nothing! Decided that a dehydrator would be money well spent (those Sam's Yams are pretty pricey here). Last week I made my first batch of sweet potatoes with the dehydrator. They came out nicer than I expected and a beautiful bright orange color too! I think I made them a little too thin though and next time I will try thicker slices. I was debating getting the Excalibur dehydrator, but couldn't bring myself to spend the money. I ended up with the Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator and Jerky Maker from Target for $40.00 and I'm actually pretty happy with my purchase. How nice that Rippie's parents remembered! :-)

Kathy your roses are *amazing*! I can't help but think of Jain every time I see your posts though.... I think California must be *the place* to grow roses, since both you and Jain have such beautiful, large and healthy specimens.

Cindy...thanks for helping me dream too; and what lovely dreams they are! :-) I love your Carefree wonder with the Betty Corning Clematis....great combo! Your Niobe is beautiful too...I'm going to have to try that one. I love all those jewel toned colors.

Beautiful plantings Eden! Who is that lovely colored soft yellow rose? Is that Graham Thomas? What a pretty picture! I love the way that clematis is climbing into your tree in your 2nd pic too. And the vareigated plant (is that Alexander Lysmachia?) really sets off the pretty pink roses in your first pic!

Bug love all your roses have such unusual ones (at least not ones I have seen). I'm in love with that Felicia and the color of that Morden Sunrise is swoonable! :-)

Well, here is my contribution to the Roses of June....

PM2....I think it was you who asked what roses I grow? I love roses, but only grow 2 hybrid teas (Dainty Bess & Angle Face). Most of the roses I grow are the disease resistant winter hardy types. Here are a few of my faves:

William Baffin

Carefree Delight with William Baffin on the arbor and Knockout in the distance:

New Dawn

And a close up of New Dawn's flowers:

I do have a weak spot for David Austin's too and grow a few varieties. I have been pleasantly surprised at the winter hardiness of my DA's. The first few years I would cover them, but now I don't cover any of my DA's. The Prince is my sentimental favorite. But I also have and love Sweet Juliet, Graham Thomas, Heritage, William Shakespere 2000, Pat Austin, Golden Celebration and now I think I'm going to have to add Kathy's Propero to the list...WOW what a beauty Kathy!

Anyway, here's a pic of my Molineux from last year. Not any way near as spectacular as Kathys (mine's only a year old) but after seeing Kathy's pics I'll be expecting great things from mine in the future...

You can't see it so much in this picture, but Molineux (at least mine anyway) takes on these subtle but striking little red/orange hints (especially around the petal edges and in cooler weather) and makes a nice contrast with the color of my Achillea and lily. I can't take all the credit, as it was happenstance that I planted the lily next to Molineux. But once I saw how they looked together, I did add the Achillea to the combo and it has turned out to be one of my favorite combinations.

Well, this is a long one...what a surprise! Thanks Taryn for making me feel less guilty about my rambling ways! :-)

Thinking of T...

Need to get ready to take mom for a follow up doctor's visit, so I must be going. TTYAL! Ei

Life is like a rose...More exquisite and precious,when shared with others. - Jane Oechsle Lauer-

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December. - James Matthew Barrie -

P.S. Here's a poem I thought was very appropriate for the Idylls! :-)

Garden Meditation by Rev. Max Coots

Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.

For children who are our second planting, and though they
grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may
they forgive us our cultivation and fondly remember where
their roots are.

Let us give thanks;

For generous friends with hearts and smiles as bright
as their blossoms;

For feisty friends, as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers,
keep reminding us that we've had them;

For crotchety friends, sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and
as elegant as a row of corn, and the others, as plain as
potatoes and so good for you;

For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussels sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes;

And serious friends as unpretentious as cabbages,
as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini
and who, like parsnips, can be
counted on to see you through the winter;

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time,
and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;

For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold us, despite our blights, wilts and witherings;

And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past
that have been harvested, but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter.

For all these we give thanks!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 1:38PM
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The painting's coming along. One more day and it should be done. That probably won't happen until Sunday though. Other events of the day...I baked brownies and ordered tickets to Sesame Street Live for Brad, Bella and I for Feb 25, the day before her birthday. We'll be seeing Super Grover! I think she'll love it!

Babs, big congratulations to Chris on the new job! Oh, and maybe it's the librarian that's confused and not you. Could she be mistaken that the book's been returned? Or maybe Ryan took it upon himself to return it early?

More pretty rose pictures today here on the Idylls! Here's one of my favorites, The McCartney Rose, very fragrant, no blackspot and it blooms well into November here in MI.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 8:35PM
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Middle O the week greetings

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in approximately 20 days. First day of spring, 54 days. Friday, 2 days ! Must keep the glass half-full

Martie, hope all went well on your busy day- esp DBs mall visit.

Babs , lol 60 cups a day to stop balding ! If I drank 60 cups of coffee Id be visiting to loo about every 5 minutes !

Cindy, I had Heritage but SPd a few years back. I too loved the bloom and hated the shatter. The reason I sent her off to the landfill was lack of vigor and a poor location that was not possible to change at that point. I used to have mucho shade in my backyard due to the neighbors large trees, which have since been cut down.My garden gets much better sun exposure now. I have Golden Celebration in the spot where Heritage used to be.

Honey, I hear you with the finicky kitty issues. I have one cat who wont eat any canned food at all, including "human" canned tuna , but he loves black beans. Go figure.

D. nice observation on the "intricate challenge" of family life. Even more challenging with families that have to disband and then reassemble in another configuration.

Ei, thanks thanks thanks for posting that Captain Kangaroo thing ! I loved hearing that theme song again ! And looking at the pics. William Baffin on the arbor is beautiful! I hope my La France on my arbor turns out half that nice. New Dawn has been on my short list for years, but I just have no spot for it right now. And Molineaux here changes during the season too. I love those yellow-red combos. I have an area in my garden where I am planting mostly this scheme.
Love the poem !

Eden, I have pondered the McCartney rose more than once. Ive heard very good reports about it.

OK, Im going to run out of rose pics pretty soon, but here is one of my absolute faves, and I wish I could share the fragrance because this one is quite intense.

Frederic Mistral

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 9:31PM
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Good morning

Congratulations to Chris!! That is wonderful news. Lovely to hear from everyone including Ei's long post which is always a treat.

My school library story is far less uplifting. David lost one of his books earlier in the year. He's an avid reader and has been right throught the Harry Potter series, but the book he lost was about another of his passions - Roller Coasters. The title of the book was "I screamed so much I puked" (delightful yes?). It's unfortunate the library should own a copy, worse it was the one book David lost and most humiliating of all, that I had to write a check for it. As I was sure would happen, the offending item showned up a few weeks later - on David's book shelf in fact, which I guess we overlooked in our search. We had the choice of keeping it for good or returning it and getting a refund. A hard choice LOL!

The roses are gorgeous everyone and a wonderful reminder of joys to come. I've been missing my garden a lot the last few days. Like Cynthia, my seed starting this year will be greatly reduced due to less time and space in the garden. However, I'm still enormously looking forward to germinating those that have made it onto my short list.

Here is one of my favorite roses - Hansa. I have it at the end of our split rail fence where it can get huge - the deer never touch it, leaves remain spot free and the frangrance is gorgeous. I also happen to love magenta - does that make me fashionable or not these days LOL!

Work calls but tomorrow I'm off so you'll see me then.

have a great day everyone


    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 7:44AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

Mary - count me in on liking magenta - I even love lychnis coronaria in that color thruout! I've had Hansa on my list for several years now (I think maybe Michelle you have? -- and the rugosas seem so great if you've got a deer problem.

Well, here was Heritage at end of last year.... not too shabby....

Hope everyone has a great day -- Im encouraged -- last nite when I left the office it was still light outside & when I left for work it was light -- it does wonders for one's attitude. I am simply NOT a night dweller.


    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 8:50AM
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Full_Bloom(z5 IL)

Eden your McCartney is beautiful...I love the color and the perfectly formed buds. Is it a hybrid tea? Do you have to cover it in winter? Ei

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 10:12AM
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Cindy, you are good! Yes I do have Hansa. I added Carefree Wonder as well last summer.

Mary, Annies trip sound like lots of fun. I was intrigued by the dog sled driving.

Eden, I did make 3 pie crusts last night (I guess a day late) I had offered to bring the to the schools annual soup and pie supper. I will bake them tonight pecan. Im sure Bella will love Sesame St Live, shes at the age where those things captivate them.

Martie, I hope your DB enjoyed his shopping trip.

Babs, what great news for Chris. Tell him congratulations.

Ei, the roses are Sharifa Asma and Carefree Beauty. I hope my New Dawns will look like yours someday. I think this will be their 3rd year. Ive had William Baffin on my list for quite some time it is gorgeous in your picture especially with the Carefree Delight and Knockout.

I must go, my Webinar starts in a few minutes. Todays only 1 hour, yesterdays was 4 hours.


    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 11:46AM
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Lovely, lovely rose pics from everyone. Thanks Ei for showing me yours that I asked about. The William Baffin and the New Dawn have been on my list for awhile...both look great and lovingly cared for. Do you have the WB climbing up both sides of that arbor?

The Frederic Mistral almost looks like the interior of the rose is heart shaped, how cute. [g]

Hansa has been on my list too. Nicest Hansa bloom I have seen.

The Heritage, looks so heavy from so many Very nice.

Is the McCartney Rose named after the Beatle?

No time for more...

Have a nice day...sunny here today, but below zero reported to be coming our way.


    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 12:10PM
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