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Idyll #471 Will the REAL Idyll Please Stand Up?

Posted by saucydog z5MA (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 3, 10 at 7:19

I'm glad Chelone found the Idyll in the haystack...what was that guy thinking? I don't need any Bamboo Floors today, thank you.

Carry on, friends!

Saucy


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Only if it comes with snow removal equipment would I want a bamboo floor today, Saucy, LOL!

One more annoying "prequel" storm down here today -- very pretty if one stayed home -- heavy and stuck to everything. But shoveling my car out on a daily basis and cussing at the snow plow barrier behind it to do heavy toting of snow back out into the street is not on my daily to-do list, darn it. But we're likely to get walloped again come Friday so for awfice politics it seemed smart to show up today so maybe I can bail on Friday or at least the afternoon.

How many days til Spring is it, please, Eden?

I think we should declare a color for this thread and fill it up with brights quickly!

I seem to recall someone mentioning purple.... so from Last Year:

--Cindy


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An inch of snow here last night but temperatures are fairly mild so it will likely be gone again in a day or two... I'm getting worried about what this snowless winter is doing to the plants out there because they're missing their winter protective snow blanket. The wisteria buds are noticeably swelling so I suspect that a lot of them will get killed. I was so hoping for another big display this spring but it looks likely that the weird weather will clobber it! Speaking of purple-blue, this is what I want to see:
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We've had good snow cover [and ice too :(] this winter, even though only and hour's drive from Woody!

Here's to purple!


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Benefit of the chaos of threads...

Well it sure was nice to see Brenda again in Idyll #452!


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Everyone is looking pretty in purple today. This is my purple container from last year.

Woody, your wisteria is stunning.

Michelle


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Whats happened here? Im not able to connect anything with bamboo floors but I am seeing purple!

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Feeling more at home now that Candy has posted a clematis! Bye Bye bamboo!


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I sent an email to the support crew on the site; Im really hoping they'll delete the offending jerk that screwed up all thread viewing - or we could bump some of the other more recent ones up over his... spammers like that should self destruct!

Love that clematis, Candy -- and love that lilac, 'bug - well, I love 'em all...

so, I know you're likely tired of my whine - but they're now officially calling for at least 12 to 20 plus inches of more white stuff starting Friday morning into Sat nite -- it's really hard to believe. Have we had more snow than you, 'bug?

At least, I ran to the store tonite because likely tomorrow will be zoo world. And I just need to hit the book store for some mags and garden dreaming...

--Cindy


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A little purple action from the left coast..Annies Annuals, an IU destination as well as a purple moment!
I missed asll the excitement this morning, by the time I logged in the offending posts had been pulled, but the threads are out of order. Bummer.

And we have Slim Shady to boot..

Kathy in Napa

From Annies Annuals June 2009


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Well Cindy, we've had snow steadily since Christmas, but at least not a "serious" snow winter. Mind you, I get DH to do the driving because I can't deal with our icy lane. Snow is the best insulator of plants there is, if that helps! (I bet it doesn't) But I did notice it was light out still at 6PM today!

I love those times when I can hunker down with magazines and stitchery by the fire! Doesn't happen often enough though.

Clematis Romatika


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Here's my purple contribution, from the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens this last summer.

Cindy, I hope you get a great stack of books and magazines and that you spend the weekend on the couch watching the snow fall. Wait, how about watching the snow NOT fall? I can't believe how much you're getting this year!

Feeling a little run down so I'm hitting the hay very early.

V.


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Good morning

So glad the bamboo spam was deleted in favor of purple - my favorite color!!

We had a nasty incident with our new compupter. Another of those wretched rogue spy-ware programs infiltrated our protection. What was scary was watching it replicate itself along our bottom toolbar at such speed. In x-ing out of it other windows opened including some highly offensive porn. Fortunately DH was home to help me out. None of the ususal things (Malware etc) worked so we had to contact tech support at Dell and it took them 2 hours (and $150) to remove everything from the system. We were told that had it been left there for as little as 24 hours the computer would have been toast. Arg! these things make me so nervous.

Another downer was being contacted by the conductor for David's guitar performance and being told that including his Vivaldi concerto in the program would make the CD they are recording too long so he has been cut. Nothing was more exciting for a 13 year old that anticipating the concert, and few things are as disapointing as having it wisked away like that. Double Arg!

I think I will order some more seeds after work to cheer me up.

Mary


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I will grow this plant again this year! Giant purple blooms in September - how can you beat tibouchina?

I hate spyware/maleware/viruses, Mary. Glad you got it taken care of (but for a price, I see!)

Saucy


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Well, I think like V and have stopped at the book store on the way to the awfice this a.m. and managed to glomb onto some magazines and a book -- definitely necessary prep work for another snow-in. I dont mind being snowed in, but it's the backbreaking digging out that looms in my mind (and back) -- I never did get an ergo shovel so I will likely suffer thru -- I recall thinking about going on the hunt for one in January and saying something like "surely we wont have any more big snows; we've had ours already" -- famous last words...

That was disappointing news for you and David, Im sure, Mary -- but Im sure he will be recognized in some other fashion in the near future; he is obviously extremely gifted. Yes, those malware things are so frightening and golly expensive.

Kathy, love that shot of Annie's -- boy, I never see a bad shot of that angelica gigas; I keep putting on my wish list, but Im not sure I have space to do it justice.... it sure is wonderful - and w/ all that yellow - beautiful.

I hope you feel better, V - you have been on the go and sounds like your body is crying uncle - time to get some R&R time - and plan for all your new menageries -- tht sounds like a lot of designer chicks you're going to acquire!

Im going to enjoy the sun of today and high temps of 40 and try to not think about tomorrow....

-cindy


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To think, invaded by crass commerce in our little sanctuary! That's rather a jolt. Ah, back to plants. Love the purple. And Candy, that's a clematis that actually likes me! I think that's heracleifolia, right? And I'm giving that dark angelica from Annies a whirl too, in a large pot this time. The A's have hated the garden clay so far, except for the A. pachycarpa which I'm finding seedlings of everywhere. Don't think that one is gigas but something she got from SF Strybing's (reading her catalogue last night)

Mary, that's such disappointing news for David. I just bit the bullet and bought spyware for $50 couple days ago, done online. It expired on this newish computer, and I didn't want to pony up the dough, so I was defenseless for a month or so. What a racket. Wouldn't surprise me if these geniuses are working both ends of that protection racket, creating the malware and the solutions. $50 for 3 months, criminies!

Woody, that picture is a classic. Do you still see this friend at all?

And this trip to NZ is news to me. Where and what will you see? I'd swear half the plants in my garden hail from NZ these days.

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Denise - the girl in that photo is Barb's middle daughter. Barb still works for me one day a week and we're friends besides. Laurie worked for me last summer before Randy retired. I had let my other helper go in April and I needed help to install the new bed across the front. Laurie was home from university but couldn't find a job, so it worked out perfectly for both of us. She's a nice girl and we had a lot of fun together. She and her boyfriend just bought a deconsecrated church north of Toronto and are planning to renovate it into a house. Her boyfriend is in the construction business and, since there's and acre or so of land with it, he's planning to also build a workshop and make it his buiness base as well. Laurie got the garden bug here and is thinking of what kind of garden she wants there...


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Looking for purples I now can see the difference beteewn purple and magenta.

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I have to go help DH find something . Be right back. Norma


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Probably none of these are true purples. But I don't care they are still pretty.

DH had both lenses out of his glasses so I had to fix them. I didn't even ask how that happened. He is so bad to lay them down everywhere. A near miss this past fall when they fell off the tractor seat. I don't know how he didn't run over them then.

Mary, thank goodness they helped you save your computer. Even if it was costly.
I just renewed my Security software and hope it does it's job.

Mary I am disappointed for David. He deserved that opprotunity. His day will come I'm sure of it.

I have a headache today. I think it is the low pressure system moving in and promising more snow for us too Cindy. While we haven't had deep snows it has lingered on the ground for a long time because of colder temps.

I missed the fruha that happened with the bamboo guy too. Glad you all got it straightend out.

I have been reading along but not much to say. I've been a real slug and my computer time has been spent playing scrabble at Pogo, and playing my guitar.

Woody your yard looks good even in winter. Hoping your surgery goes well.

DH is having lunch an it smells good. Think I'll go have some too. Norma


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Did my errands this morning and that was fine, but this afternoon the hat I'm knitting stymied me because the instructions included abbreviations that were mysterious. Grrr. Then DGS's mother began her terrible behavior once again and I'm beyond angry and don't know how to help the kids. I mean, how do answer a kid when he asks why his mother would lie to him? They've worked so hard to keep this garbage from him too. As if he didn't have enough on his plate!

OK, tomorrow is another day and I'll try to become wise overnight. I do believe in miracles....

Purple: Phyteuma Nigra


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Bravo Norma ! Its always a treat when you decide to share your garden with us ! Too infrequent an occurrence if you ask me.:-)

Heavy rain here tonight, and expected on and off till Sunday. Guess thats okay, I am going to a trade show in SF on Sunday , so no time to garden in any case. Starting to think about my weekend recipe, and Im thinking I might try my hand at homemade mole . This is an extremely variable sauce , so I need to find a few recipes and pick the one I like best; some of them are really complicated. And, a bit of mail order shopping , and seed growing set up are on the agenda too.

Surely am enjoying all the purple contributions ..might shake the bushes for more over on FB.

For now , I need to dine and get back to my bookwaves..

Where did Martie go ?

Kathy in Napa


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Cindy, We are going to get hammered, aren't we? They called off school for tomorrow by 3:00 today. I am counting on Monday off too and could be more if we get the two or more feet they are predicting. This has been an amazing winter. I was home with a nasty cold today, so this will be like a vacation with all these days off. I suggested that DH park his car at his awfice since he has his side of the garage filled with "stuff." He probably won't do that, though.

Last night I spent the evening in the vet ER. The idiots had a run in with a raccoon in the backyard. Rocky, unfortunately, did not survive the encounter, so Animal Control had to be summoned and I took the pups to the vet for rabies boosters. Annabelle had several wounds and scratches. Clouseau, nothing. Good ole mom taking care of her baby. Anyway, the vet said DH and I need to get shots, too. Called doctor's office and they said to go to the ER. Felt so rotten that I didn't go today. Guess tomorrow I will need to go early. Sure wish Animal Control would call with results to the rabies test, so we would know for sure. Nothing is ever simple.

V, brava for your MIL. With luck the meeting may forestall problems later on. It astounds me how people can change when dealing with an estate. I just don't understand it. I doubt that I will ever speak to my younger sister again. Very sad.

Can't believe how many messages there were that I missed over the last few days. I will go back and read more carefully when we are snowed in-either that or starting some painting. I am actually seriously considering that. Lots of spackling and sanding to do first though.

Still enjoying all the wonderful purple pics. Cindy and I will be posting ones of all-white gardens this weekend-hehheh.


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Can't you just smell them?

Norma, I love all your purples, whether or not they're true purples.

Mary, what a bummer about David's concert. That's a tough disappointment for any age.

'bug, I'm sorry to hear of your frustrations. Such a difficult situation with his mother.

Cindy, glad you are prepared! I'm feeling much better today. I had a light bulb go off over my head last night and I think I know what had me feeling so knocked back. I suspect it was a combination of "female issues" (keeping it discreet, ;)) and protein-light meals while DH was out of town. A good night's sleep and I feel like a new woman!

How about a mixed bag of stuff from today's news? Our town's only video store (Hollywood) is closing. It's Netflix or Redbox for us now. And we had a primary election here this week with a miserably low turnout that has given us a candidate for Lt. Governor that was arrested a few years ago for domestic battery of his girlfriend, who was also a prostitute. ("I didn't know; she told me she was a massage therapist!") Of course, he had nice slick TV and radio ads, and it appears that's how most voters picked their candidate. His website said nothing about who he was, what his qualifications were or what his positions were. Le sigh! We get the government we deserve, apparently.

V. the cynic :)


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Oh and 'bug, it is so difficult. I think all we can say in that case is "I don't know" and then just hold him and listen.


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I heard there's a purple thread on the idylls! I'll have to do some looking for something purple. In the meantime, "Hello, Idylls!!!!"

Mary, what a let-down for David :/ He's such a talented young man, I know we'll hear more of him! I've had the same thing happen with the pop-up crap. Really disgusting stuff. I love the internet, but some of the stuff out there is just plain scary!

We're teetering on the edge of being grandparents. DD is due any day now, and the suspense is killing us :) She is now officially off work, and I do believe she's nesting. When I talked to her earlier today, she was getting ready to mop the kitchen floor. This needs to happen soon, as there is a picture floating around of their dog in a baby hat, lol!

Now, I am going to go straight from here to Photobucket, and upload some pictures. I'll be back, and that's not an Idyll threat ;)
Brenda


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Bravo Norma ! Its always a treat when you decide to share your garden with us ! Too infrequent an occurrence if you ask me.:-)

Heavy rain here tonight, and expected on and off till Sunday. Guess thats okay, I am going to a trade show in SF on Sunday , so no time to garden in any case. Starting to think about my weekend recipe, and Im thinking I might try my hand at homemade mole . This is an extremely variable sauce , so I need to find a few recipes and pick the one I like best; some of them are really complicated. And, a bit of mail order shopping , and seed growing set up are on the agenda too.

Surely am enjoying all the purple contributions ..might shake the bushes for more over on FB.

For now , I need to dine and get back to my bookwaves..

Where did Martie go ?

Kathy in Napa


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BRENDA!!!!!!
Glad you parachuted in Grandma!

Please drop by with your news for people like me who don't do FB. Please?

Today DH told me that FB users are the equivalent of the third largest continent in terms of population. Scary!!!! That is the USA, behind China and India.


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Fe-boo-weary. Cindy and Cyn your forecast sounds horrible! I was going to WBM about the 2-4 inches were expecting but now I think not. Tomorrow Ill shovel my mothers driveway and then come home to my garden magazines, hot chocolate and daydream of spring.

Cyn, the raccoon episode must have been scary! Is it just precautionary for you to get the shots or did you suffer a minor scratch of some kind? Good that school has already been closed and you can count on several days to regroup from everything!

Yes Denise, thats Alan Bloom in the photo, formerly known as Bressingham Bluebird. If I understand correctly, the shrubby clematis without vines and tubular flowers are the heracleifolia group. Am I correct, bug? Just planted last August so Im very inexperienced with heracleifolia and hope it comes back! As per directions on the tag, I did not cut back in the fall and will wait until early spring to do so. Love to see a picture of the one youre talking about, Denise!

Sorry to hear of Davids disappointment, Mary. Nodding and agreeing though that his real debut is coming. Hope that computer is completely fixed, yow! It creeps me out how technology can appear to have a mind of its own.

Norma, you have such beautiful gardens. Kathy is right, you should post more often!

Bug, if you wake up any wiser in the morning, please post how-to instructions. No easy answers for the situation; just that sometimes grown ups dont make good choices in what they say or do.

Hi Brenda and congratulations on the soon to come grandbaby.

Loving all the pictures! And now for a lighter shade of purple:

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Doesn't get any simpler than this combination (which is a favorite of mine):

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I will be thinking of my southern friends as they hunker down in preparation for the coming snowstorm. My one year in Virginny made me marvel at the lack of preparedness with respect to knowing how to drive in the stuff! I recall rolling along at a sedate 30-35 mph on my way to work and watching in amazement as people whizzed by me at 40-45 with 4" of snow on the road... . These are likely the same sorts of drivers who can dial 911 on the cell phone to report their Toyota is running away with them yet lack the sense to put the transmission into neutral. I further suspect there won't be a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk to be had in the entire area by noontime today. :)

Wow, scarey scene with the 'coon, Cyn.! A good reminder for me that the feline crowd is due for their vaccinations, too. Rex is good to go. Rabies is nothing to fool around with, bet you have the really virulent strain down there, too. It began moving into our area 10-15 yrs. ago and they've been plotting its inexorable migration to the north ever since.

We are under the same dome of high pressure that Woody references. We have some snow but none is forecast for the immediate future and it's remained seasonably cold. The lack of snow cover has presented the cats with unexpected bounty as the resident vole population must venture out in the open to find new food sources. There have been several very large, plump kills on the driveway and we have to hustle to beat Rex to them!

I hope the file cabinets will be ready today, but doubt it. I have to clean the Salon in preparation for a Sunday meeting and don't feel like doing it. Lately I've been just sort of going through motions with no real enthusiasm, but the JulieJob is once more keeping me on course. I seem to be encountering annoying little roadblocks at every turn and that really dims my enthusiasm for things. The Sargasso Sea of mid-winter, I suspect.

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Martie emailed me yesterday and I didn't get a chance to get over here. She's fine, but her hard drive crashed and when she went to log on here she had some technical difficulties :) She sends her purple best!

It is nice when you pop in, Brenda. Yep, sounds like your daughter is nesting. Funny about the dog hat.

V., that is some fancy footwork to get elected - my goodness. Netflix suits me fine, and now that I have my Roku, I can have all the instant older movies I want for free via Netflix. Blockbuster was charging me an arm and a leg...

Hang on in the mid-atlantic, Spring should be here soon...Where is Laura with her countdown?

Have a great day. I get my semi annual tooth cleaning today...pearly whites here I come!

Saucy


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I saw the call out on FB from Kathy for purple. Here's my contribution, my purple conservatory

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Hang in there everyone, spring is coming! Notice the purple flowers I chose for the banner.


Spring countdown banner

Eden


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43 days, 43 days... that's doable, -- I think!

Im in hunkerdown fashion (altho I will make a very quick trip to the bank which is usually not possible on the way to work). I did take today off - they were going to be open all day at the awfice but we could "wear jeans" (was the offering of making us feel comfy cozy I guess) - I've been in too many bad storms in DC to know that when it starts to get bad, the metro and traffic freeze up and a normal 2 hour commute turns into 7 or 8 hours... I will just be home and relive those nightmares. I suspect they had an extremely high call-in absence today. I just was brazen and put in my time off already - the heck w/ whether they close the ofc (which they've done I believe about 3 times in the last 20 years).

Norma -- those photos are so stunning -- such a treat -- Im in daylily envy - do you know the names of each one? Im particularly enamoured of the dark red/purpley ones - Yum. I keep looking at them in the catalogs this year for some reason -- does anyone else find themselves "hawking" on one item? I think it may have been Kathy's gorgeous photos and the dark red ones I saw at Sue's last year - my subconscious is influencing my interests.

Cyn - that's terrible re the 'coon - I've had a variety of critters in my yard this year too -- there's one now that seems to be returning and is finding my pot ghetto and munching on the tender remains of perennials -- it seems to love the clems that are hunkered down - I will be very ticked to lose plants that way, as a winter food buffet.

We await word, Brenda, from granny.... (psst, did I tell you all the secret yet, Im gonna join the idyll grandma group?) DD isnt really announcing yet - she wants to wait another month til first trimester is up -- late Aug or first week of September... Im excited but still getting used to the idea.... so no telling on FB where our lives intersect, LOL.

Well, I better off to the bank and back -- oops -- I see snow!!!!

-cindy


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I was hoping for the purple conservatory Eden ! And purple on the banner too ..


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Congratulations Cindy! I think the Idyll grandmas are overtaking this group. What great news! So happy for you and your family:)


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Well, lost that post! :(

Cindy, welcome to the Nana to be club! "still getting used to the idea"... I am still doing that, years later! Will this be a long distance experience? I hope not for your sake, although you'd get to travel to "England's green and pleasant land" once in a while, no?

The gray outdoors at 32F isn't inspiring, nor helpful to my grumpy mood. No, magic did not happen and I did not sleep well either.

DH sounds like a 13 year old whose voice is changing. He repeats everything in order to find the right range. Perhaps this is progress?

Glad to see Eden popping in with her purple contribution.

Epimedium:

'bug


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Congratulations, Cindy!! I'm still getting used to the idea, too. Sometimes when I look in the mirror, I think.."Grandma-really??" I can't wait to see the little guy, of course. Any day now..any day.

There is amazingly little news to report from the farm. I kind of like it that way, considering the last couple of years, lol! DS has gone back to school, for accounting. He announced yesterday that he's getting straight A's, and is brilliant. Quite a turn-around from high school. When I used to get on him about his grades his reply was, "Mom, you may have to accept the fact that your kids are average." I think he's learning that even the special, shiny snowflakes have to conform to the system a little ;)

A couple of years ago, we decided we would build on a garage and utility room. I wasn't up to dealing with that project while Chuck was sick, and now that we're revisiting the idea, we think it might make more sense to build a house. No matter how much money we dump into this place, it will still be an old house full of small rooms. It's going to take Jim a while to come around to the idea..it always does. Looking at this house from the standpoint of getting older, it just isn't going to work for the long haul. I'll have to look at plans, crunch numbers, etc. In another year, Jim will have a brilliant idea..let's build a house, lol!
I have to run-need to go to town and get a re-check on my new contact lenses and pick up our tax returns. So, a quick fly-by HOWDY to all!
Brenda
PS. Bug-re Facebook. Yeah, it's kind of a runaway horse. A fun thing, but you never truly know what's going on with people, like you do here :)


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Congratulations, Cindy! Lovely time of year for a birthday, too.

Chelone, boy are you right about the drivers down here! No one knows to accelerate going up a hill, they all drive either too fast or too slow in snow. They think they only need to usual braking distance, never know what to do when they start to skid. It is nuts.

Candy, we didn't get scratched or bitten, but the vet and our doctor's office said to go to the ER anyway. Saliva is the method of transmission and I guess they just wanted to err on the safe side. So this morning, we walked down the road to the hospital (1/2 mile-didn't want to drive in case we had to wait a loooooonng time in the ER-see above-teehee). Amazing what the mention of possible rabies exposure will do. we got right in, had to repeat the story to five different people (the admission registrar, another person at the front who also took BP and temp, the nurse in the back, the physician's assistant, and someone else wandering around with a clipboard whose job was not readily apparent). P.A. went to consult with MD. Came back to let us know that they didn't feel it was likely that we were really exposed, but to come back if the Animal Control people find out the 'coon was rabid and we feel we should get the vaccine or if we start to feel sick. Seriously, how the *#@% do I know??? Anyway, we are keeping close eyes on one another for any signs of frothing at the mouth.

Brenda, how much fun it will be to build a new house. Can't wait until Jim thinks of it! LOL. Then, you can present him with all your plans and ideas that have been percolating away in your head.

Eden, thanks for the reminder. 43 days sounds wonderful-Cindy and I are hoping the snow will be gone by then-teehee.

Cold is a little better. I love my neti pot. Gives me a few hours relief from the stuffiness. With all this time off, I really can't make any excuses for not taking care of every single EAT around here. So, on that note, I am off to make popcorn and watch a movie-feeling quite decadent doing this on a Friday afternoon!

BTW, the snow is beautiful. Clouseau was rolling around on the deck in the little we had by 11 am. He is in heaven.


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Oh, and meant to mention that the half hour in the ER cost us $700!


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This Idyll is slipping past me. I've read very little. We hope to leave tomorrow to drive to FL. We are bringing a car to DD and will fly home. Hopefully, the weather isn't too crummy.

Another one joins the grandma club - congratulations Cindy.

I really don't have much time here from the awfice, so better get back to work.

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Michelle, I wish you well on your trip. I'm sure you and DH are very concerned but the car is a big liberator and a "must have". May the force be with you, sister.


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Michelle, Bon Voyage! Please pack your camera and enjoy a safe trip!


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I wondered where you were, Michelle - busy making trip preps -- enjoy your drive and I do hope you encounter fair weather -- it will be lovely to see them -- and a winter break in FL, even a couple days will be great. Be safe.

It is very pretty here with the snow and the realization that one can't do anything but watch it right now, LOL... even the 2 inches an hour that's supposed to occur with this "record storm" for us is only going to occur after 11 and Im not spending the nite digging...

Cyn -- isnt that atrocious about the ER bill - I hope your med insurance covers most of it...sheesh. I had heard that one usually waited if one wasnt bitten or close to the thing, but with conflicting info, it's best to be cautious.

V -- those hyacinths were luscious looking. I relate to the feeling cynical about the intelligence of voters and how looks and glib, fast talk and lies/marketing seem to lead the day. I do subscribe to the we get what we deserve accordingly ... one can only wonder what choice events will happen w/ your new political hack.

0, -'bug -- the baby event will be here locally - they live about 25 miles from me, near DC -- they went to England for a short holiday. Things seem to calm down for them last Autumn when my DSIL got himself a new job transfer in the same agency and they worked on some issues -- so the idea to move to CA got put away as reality finally set in for him as to job opportunities, housing, etc. They rent a tiny condo of 750 SF to be close to town and jobs - so Im calling the baby Shoebox right now becuase he/she may end up living in one in one of their chest of drawers, LOL... not everything in total order (she needs a new fulltime job in the chosen profession; they should buy a small place somewhere, etc.) but those things are not the end of the world and they seem happy and the rest will come, I suspect....

'bug, I always feel so badly for Skylar and his family when he has the issues w/ his Mom -- my brother has similar problems w/ his 2 girls and ex -- my usual phrase re lies, etc., is that I trust the children when I know they're fairly intelligent, and eventually the truth comes out -- kids generally figure this stuff out on their own at some point -- with having the safe haven of his Dad and your DD, it will always provide a good counterpoint for how others choose to live... fingers crossed Skylar picks up on those things earlier than later too.

I spent some of the afternoon finally collecting my lists and perusing the Song Sparrow catalog (golly they have some pretty things in there this year) and making dream lists.... just from this idyll thread I think I've now added phyteuma nigra, epimedium, dark daylilies to the list!!

Well, I guess I'll make one more shovel attempt in another couple hours and then that's it for nite - hope there's a snow elf or two out there working over time (but being quiet under my bedrooom window - it might as well be perfect if it's gonna be a good wish!).

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Cyn,I'm happy you didn't have to get the shots,but ouch on the 700 dollar bill.

Michelle, it's not a good time weatherwise for a road trip. Be very careful if you must go now.

Cindy, first off congrats on the grandma front. You will get used to the idea I think. It's good you stayed home today. No sense getting caught out in that mess.
Once bitten by the daylily bug it is hard to stop. It is the one flower I can count on here. I have never really counted how many varieties I have but it is no doubt way over a hundred. The first single one pictured is Purple Sand Dollar and not one of my more vigorus varieties. The group shot is Don Stevens and Waysides King Royale. The whitish one with purple eye is Blueberry Candy and the lavendar one is Allen Wild.

Candy is that a hosta bloom?

Chelone I love the combo window box. I'm working on DH for window boxes on the garage windows out front.

Yeah Eden. The purple coservatory.

Bug, I imagine your DH is anxious to get back to his singing lessons among other things. I love all the unusal plant varieties you have. So much stuff just won't work here and I'm a little tired of spending money on new things that don't last. But I know I will.

Kathy, It's great that you are trying new recipes. Alas I suffer from not really enjoying cooking and only do the minumum required. How goes the pruning? Looking forward to seeing your new garden areas this year as well as a couple that I reworked last year.

Saucy whats a Roku?

Brenda, wow a new house. I can see where you are coming from though. Hope Baby Jude arrives soon.

We probably have the most snow we have had all winter. Pretty but not to bad. At least I don't have to go out in it unless I want too.

Marian, I hope you still have plenty of wood inside. Stay safe.

All for now. Norma


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The purple theme seems to resonate with the idylls! Great stuff. Candy, my C. heracl. is an Alan Bloom too, in fact it's name is 'Alblo' if I remember correctly. It has been moved a couple times so not ready for photos yet. Maybe this spring.

Cyn, what an annoyance with the rabies scare, and not a cheap one at that.

Safe journey, Michelle. Hope the situation eases a bit for DD and Kenzie with the car.

Cindy, that's wonderful news. Your daughter is certainly on a roll -- the library science degree and now the baby!

Brenda, what a nail-biting week this must be. I'm so glad you checked in here. I'll be looking for baby photos on FB too. If I'm reading right, you're building a new house!?

I was thinking last night how to meet up with my mom during a work week. We generally don't plan meals during the week and eat on the fly at night since I often end up having to produce transcripts on an overnight basis, (like the past two days!) So I thought perhaps I'd ask my mom to cook for us here one night and wondered if that would offend her. Marty thought it wouldn't, so I called and ran it by her. She seemed excited, which was a relief. Hopefully, it will put a marker in her week, not that she's not busy with friends, but I know she gets tired of eating alone. I told her nothing fancy and we'd buy groceries, etc.

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Just checking in to say the snow is absolutely incredible here. They are now saying it could be our biggest ever. No way to keep ahead of the shoveling, Cindy-you're right about just staying in and enjoying. We have brushed off trees several times and 10 minutes later, you'd never know it. Did the deck twice, but DH is now in bed, so I hope it holds up overnight.

If you don't hear from me tomorrow, you'll know we are without power. The lines are underground for most of the neighborhood, but ours are above ground, so no telling. It is a VERY wet snow, so very heavy. If we do have power, I'll post some pics.

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I guess Denise, that Moms are always Moms and want to do stuff for their children. I have co-worker who cleans her DSs bathroom and does grocery shopping for him when she drives him back to college ..In my day I wouldnt have wanted a parent anywhere near either the apt or the bathroom there-in. Too many empty beer cans and packs of Zig-Zags, lol.

Marian was mentioned, Im a bit concerned, she has not been seen on FB nor here in a few days. Hoping it is just the recurring computer issues.

Michelle, nice to go to Florida, but nasty stuff to go through on the way I expect. It really is unspeakably stressful to see the struggles of grown children. You expect issues in youth its just part of the deal, but once they are grown up you hope for some sort of stability in their lives. Safe journey , and hope you get to enjoy some time with Kenzie.

Woah Norma ! I am toatally impressed with your Daylily body count. You are definitely the Idyll Daylily Queen ! I hope you will share some pics with us this summer. I sure enjoy mine, in spite of foliage issues and their popularity with the snails .I actually have scapes coming up on two of them right now- a little worrisome as we could easily have for frost for the next 60 days or so.

Saucy, thanks for the Martie news. I also chatted with PM2 today, and all is well in her world as she continues her Idyll recess.

Cindy ! I sure dont feel very grandmotherly even now. Aiden is almost 2 , and Im still in denial , lol.

Tommorow, if the rain lets up Im going to do a drive early am to take some photos , the valley is beautiful right now, with the mustard in full bloom, and the hills green.

All for tonight ..

Kathy in Napa

Doesnt get much more purple than this !

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Oh Eden, that conservatory is a little jewelI love it! Any chance you have a few more pictures of it to share? I want to see whats inside, too! Hope youll post a little photo tour this summer. I love structures in the garden but have no potting shed, barn or any kind of neat outbuildings. We do have an aluminum shed that reaches an internal temperature of 110 degrees in the sun but its too blistering hot for much adjacent plantings. Just have to satisfy my yearnings with the Idylls neat stuff, lol.

Nice to read about the grandbaby news, Cindy. As the newest grandma in the tally, you must be coming in at #9 or possibly #10? I was trying to do a mental list: Michelle, Eden, Bug, Marian, Norma, Kathy, Drema (Charlie, right?)Brenda andAnita! Hope I didnt leave out anyone obvious; if so, I blame it on a rather skimpy dose of chocolate for the day.

Yes, Norma, that is a hosta bud and flower. Not that Im a big fan of the flowers but I do enjoy the buds, fresh bloom and unique characteristics some display. This one always has such fat buds and deep, rich purple color.

Lol, DeniseIm glad you have Alan Bloom and experience moving it! Have a feeling Ill be doing that too since its near a sprawly Black Lace. Ill wait and see although, I think AB only grows to about 3 ft. but I should double check on that.

Michelle, wishing you a safe trip and nice, unhurried visit with your DD and Kenzie. Not sure how much weather youll have to go through in this system but hope you and DH have clear roads and good visibility. Take care!

Cyn, fingers crossed for you and Cindy, toolosing power would be the pits. This is a history making storm so do take pictures if you can safely do so. Ill be watching the news and weather coverage this weekend for updates.

Today, while I was filling up at the gas station, I looked over at a small portable billboard that read:

"WHOEVERS PRAYING FOR SNOW, PLEASE STOP!"


Misc. Pic of the day:

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It is Saturday isnt it? Im in a fog, or maybe I should say snow... up to my eyeballs.

Norma - thanks for the daylily I.D.s and SO impressive you knew the names of each! I've frantically made notes and will start looking for some - they are just luscious.

Well, it is hard for me to wrap my head, back and arms around the scene outside -- luckily most of my utilities are underground; but the snow is so heavy many things are bent over and Im holding my breath about my fence, among other things....

here are a couple pics of the day -- definitely white:

View from my front steps:

The patio & back yard are here somewhere....

The 15' crape myrtle is bent to about 7-8 feet onto the patio.....

I've got to grit my teeth to think about shoveling for about the 4th time.... not that it will do any good!

-Cindy


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Wow Cindy. Ours looks a little like that but not nearly as deep. It is warming today and things are now driping.

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Wow! Definitely a crazy winter this year! Things here still look like the picture I posted a few days ago - the 1" or so of snow we got the other day has mostly melted off again. Aside from the damage that is undoubtedly happening to some plants from exposure, I'm quite happy to have my weather conditions, not yours :-)


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I guess you have a solid excuse for staying in and slug-ing today Cindy ! As I listened to NPR this morning sounded like normal activities have ceased in your environs.

I ventured out with my camera this morning to take some scenic shots arounf the valley, and naturally I wasnt in my car for 15 minutes before it started pouring. Today was predicted to be showery but its been raining steadily for an hour at least. I may try again later if it starts to break up. Seen though, were blooming Daffodils, Acacias, even what appeared to be Calif Poppies .

Laundry awaits, and recipe this weekend will be Green an Yellow Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce. The grocers will need to be visited.

Later friends

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Good afternoon, Idylls! My thoughts are going out to all who are buried in snow. I do enjoy being snowed in from time to time, but sounds like some of you are over-achievers ;)

Cyn, what an ordeal! $700?? Sheesh! Lol, knowing my family, someone would just HAVE to get a good froth of toothpaste going just for a spoof. I just thought of the neti pot a couple of days ago. It took a bit to get things "percolating", but what wonderful relief, if only for a while!!

Michelle, I've thought of you many times and wondered how things were going. Have a safe trip.

Denise, I'm WANTING to build a new house. Right now, I'm in the convincing/planning stage. Lol, don't look for ground to be broken anytime soon ;) The real drag is that our house is currently sitting where the house needs to be. Much to be figured out before a move is made on it, but I really think it's the most practical thing to do.
For what it's worth...as a Mom, I'm never offended when the kids ask me to cook for them-I LOVE it! DS sent a message yesterday that he needed a Mom hug and a breakfast. At 3:00 PM. Nothing in particular wrong, just a comfort thing in the hard world of being a grown-up.

Kathy, I'm afraid he's on his own with grocery shopping and bathroom cleaning, though. Well, maybe if his arms and legs were broken, but for right now his beer cans and zig zags are his own problems to deal with. Lol, you gotta draw a line somewhere ;)

Candy-neat picture! It looks like a coconut cake! That could be because I'm hungry, though. We're having an early afternoon breakfast, and I'd better go turn the eggs.

See ya all later!
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Quickie before we are off to a surprise birthday party. I'm amazed at the snow falling on our Virgina members! What a winter wallop! And the poor pups who can't figure out who stole their back yard.

I've just ordered my beekeeping supplies! The potato boxes have been built and set in the garden, a local source of straw has been contacted, and we are getting close to ordering chicks.

And this morning I EATed my way through the bathroom. OTC meds with an expiration date of 2006 or earlier have been disposed of!

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Clear, sunny and cold here, but not much snow....yet anyway. I love seeing pictures of it elsewhere though!

Garden catalogs are arriving...and yes, the colors are bright and cheery. A video arrived in the mail, something for DD & DSIL to view when I visit- concerning social competence. (Skyler...) Skyler had a tough week in some ways as he was being given a lesson in CONSEQUENCES. He had no electronic devises from Sunday until Thursday. Although he felt he suffered greatly, it was not bad at all really. He had lots more time to play with his Dad and do other things. DD commented on how much more calm his behavior was as well. She's been pushing for this for ages, but it takes a lot to convince his Dad....who also loves his toys. The hard part for him was that he was not allowed to play (Wii etc) at his friends' homes this week, but they could come to his house.

Today, while DH was off to the dump, I visited the knit shop and got new needles and wool for hats. I'm teaching myself a few new tricks, one being making "bobbles". I'm keen on beginning right NOW. This is a problem for me. When I am eager to begin a project (or book) I don't want to do anything else but just dive in. That means I don't want to cook, clean or anything...

Had a good phone call with DD this morning and Ms Ivy participated. ;) I shared the following article on lying with her...and we had some good laughs too.

Tonight is a game party, but DH feels he can only make a quick appearance and then leave. We'll see how it goes. Don't want him hurting his throat. I'll be content to come back early and read more of my book on Champlain. (Champlain's Dream) It's a biggy!

Enjoy your weekend!

Here is a link that might be useful: Lies we tell kids


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 6, 10 at 16:26

Hey Hey Hey!! You left me off the Grandma list!!! Have you forgotten TCS already (LOL)!

TCS is now my Boost Boy, as he has little/no appetite due to his ADD meds. The specialist weighed him on Friday and he had actaully gained three pounds so my worries were dismissed.

This has been a week of many crises for us, some large, some not so.

First DS, who has many problems, had a crisis of his own and DD went to his rescue at 2 a.m. on Sunday. He is now here with us, dreadfully ill with the worst case of Strep Throat - a very sick man indeed. Quiet though :)

Then the Beasts figured out how to open the gate and escape the yard. Being Terriers (terrors) we had several incidents of unfriendly dog-like behavoiur, culminating in a man ringing the doorbell and telling me he would boot my dogs to death (no kidding) if I didn't round them up within five minutes. Fortunately they do come when called and the five minute deadline was met. The gates have been repositioned and locked.

The worst thing, though, was that a child on a school ski trip with TCS's school went out of control, hitting a treed area, and instantly killed. To add to that, DD was the ski patroller who went to her aid, and could not help her. The child was killed on impact. Not to be too graphic about it, the skil hill will be replacing all of DD's winter clothes. I was at the school on Friday (this happened Thursday afternoon) as it was hot dog day. Not many hot dogs were consumed. The school was full of subdued children, parents, counsellors, and of course, police and reporters. DD has yet to recover and is on stress leave from her job with the OPP. The little girl would have been twelve years old today. Pretty somber around her just now.

At least we are not getting the ridiculous weather that some of you are, although it is cold. TCS went winter camping with the cubs today. His little cheeks are pink and he is feeling very good about himself. He has new meds - started this morning - and he seems much better. One step at a time I guess.

Well, I am going to go and sit in the family room with DH and a glass of wine and relax. It seems like a long while since I did that.

Cheers,

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Julie - that sounds like you've had a stressful family week -- so sad about the skiing accident, and the terrible strep your DS is suffering. Im glad BB aka TCS is doing better - Im sure you are bit reassured to know he's gained some weight despite the meds; perhaps he's eating a bit more foods that are staying with him.

'bug - that's amazing your DH is still only starting to recover his voice! I dont think I've ever heard of someone w/ laryngitis for a month -- golly....

I shoveled for 2 hours, it was so discouraging because all the work of the day before looked for naught; after 2 hours, the walk I'd shoveled had 2 more inches of snow again; altho it is finally starting to finish up -- I'll try to take some final shots tomorrow a.m. - I dont have the heart (or back) to go out in it again today, LOL. It's going to be in the single digits tomorrow so not a good day for shoveling again, but has to be done. Im just very thankful for electricity!!!! There are lots of folks (a lot in MD) who lost their electricity. As a reward, I took a long nap today in true Slug fashion.

I suspect I may lose a few things -- my cornus Wolf Eyes was almost to the ground yesterday, and the crape myrtle is bent even more this afternoon; that Boulevard Chamaecyparis now has one of those splits on the ground... well, I will be happy if no major damage of fences, roofs, etc.!

I need more purple...

so I found this, I think it qualifies:

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The snowy pictures are so pretty. How much have you gotten so far, Cindy? I caught a little bit of the news this morning and the shots of the DC area were pretty cool. So the snow is sort of wet and heavy, huh. That can be bad news for powerlines. Not sure if you've been hit with an outage or not. I wouldn't bother with the shovelling until it's stopped. It's not going anywhere on its own, afterall. It must be pretty funny to watch Chloe's reaction to it.

Julie, I cannot imagine the horror of losing a child that way. Trauma for all involved and a truly shocking experience for kids. Life can be tough sometimes and the trick is to talk about it openly and honestly and as much as required. Burying it will do no one much good. My heart goes out to your DD, she must be devastated. Good to know TCS is hanging tough. And I had to laugh at the dogs making good their escape, lol. I know it's not really funny but since nothing tragic came of the jail break it did make me chuckle. Esp. the neighborhood guy's reaction... Sure, they shouldn't have gotten loose but for Pete's sake, they weigh maybe 20 lbs., how much damage can they wreak in the a short period of time. I dunno, I think it's my decided redneck exposure in a very small, rural community that makes me roll my eyes at how quickly people flip about stuff that's really pretty dumb.

Cold this morning when we went out with Rex for the pre-prandial pee. I didn't bother with a hat and instantly regretted the oversight. The snow is very crusty and there are large patches of bare ground. No snow in the the immediate forecast.

Cyn., I'm appalled at the $700 visit to the emergency room. For nothing! Yeah, baby, the finest health care in the world, for those who can afford it. I was thinking that toothpaste hijinks would be part of the drill here, too... ;)

Lovely to see Brenda pop in, too. Every minute you put into thinking about a building project pays dividends. And I completely understand "starting over". My FIL was an architect and while our home is no showplace it's well designed, has a ton of room, and it's because we stuck to our budget and kept it simple we were able to move in for a very modest price. Of course, we've done all the finish work ourselves and have "paid as we go" which has not always been easy. You must be pretty close to "out of your mind" with the blessed event so close at hand. :)

Kathy, the line about the empties and the zig-zags cracked me right up. Nothing like the 'noids when the 'rents were standing next to the cabinet with the bong in it... . Ahh yes, really takes me back to my misspent youth, lol.

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Centaurea 'Amethyst in Snow'

Oh Julie! Next week HAS to be better! Giant hugs to you and yours.


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Well, Im not going to complain about the all-day rain here after viewing Cindy pics (and Cynthias too, over on FB) . No rain tomorrow (allegedly) but Ill be spending most of the day inside the convention center in SF . Im going to take next Friday off, so I have hopes that I will have a productive three day gardening weekend.

My word Julie, what a load of trouble around your house right now. (((Julie, TCS, DD, DS ))) , I hope things settle down for you soon. Step throat is just one nasty malady isnt it ? I havent had it since my 20s thank goodness . I hope all of you are keeping your distance from DS. Enjoy that glass of wine friend !

Encouragement from this quarter for Brendas building project ! How awesome it would be to bulld the house you want , that meets your particular needs. Im afraid custom built homes out here in Fantasy Land are far out of the reach of those without a ton of $$.

Im able to report that Marian is ok, and once again has her computer in the shop , I saw a post on her profile page on FB from a friend who spoke with her on the phone.

Cindy what a glorious shot of that Clem ! I wonder if you will be able to get to the awfice on Monday ?

Ok, this is not purple , (but purple and yellow do look nice together) but I will share none the less. I took it this morning in the parking lot of Whitehall Lane Vineyards during the 5 minutes today that it was not raining.

From 2010-02-07

Kathy in Napa


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Julie,What a time of it your family has had. So sad about the girl. Her poor parents.
And very hard on your DD too.
I hope DS improves soon,TCS continues to gain weight and the Terrors don't escape again.

Kathy thats a pretty picture. I'm not a fan of mustard here I always tried to keep it out of my pastures,but its pretty there.
Good to know Marian is ok. Darn computers. They can be so touchy.

More pretty purples. Love it.

Saucy I do like the harmonica. Kudos to Jake for learning.

V, Are you going to grow your potatos in the boxes with straw?I have grown potatos in leaves before. I may try that again this year. It was pretty easy.

I hope Michelle is not stuck on the road somewhere.

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Good morning

Julie, what a terrible week - your poor DD. My heart goes out to the family of the girl - having been a parent on the recieving end of a ski patrol phone call I can only imagine their devastation at at hearing the unimaginable. Very sadly a wonderful young man (teenager) from our community was killed this week in a ski accident. Hope DS is feeling better and you have a peaceful week to all recover.

Yesterday, in between driving everyone to where they needed to be, I found myself immersed in two books I purchased on heirloom tomato recipes. I am inspired to try harder with tomatoes this year this year and am excited about ordering seeds. Aunt Ruby's Green. Kellog, Cherokee Purple, Ildi, Stupice, Gardens Delight and of course, Brandywine are definites. Any other suggestions?

Cindy - take care during the big dig! Amazing that you have had more snow than we this year. Ruth's children are loving it.

Last night I took Annie and her BFF to see An Education. It is a delightful, poignent film we all loved and highly recommend.

Off to google potato boxes - V has piqued my interest.

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This is so cool - I'd never heard of potato boxes before. I'll be building a couple of these as soon as it warms up. This is why I love this forum - so many neat ideas come from this group!

M

Here is a link that might be useful: How to build a potato box


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I haven't read your link yet Mary, but DD has used stacked rubber tires (not beautiful) and half barrels for potato growing. Their season is short, but it worked well. She grew potatoes, carrots and sunflowers for her September wedding in 2006...enough to serve 100 people. (DH's job was to dig them up!)

Last night I dragged DH to the game party and he lasted longer than he anticipated. Must have been the food....

Another clear sky but frigid day here. I've done breakfast, treadmill and now for knitting!

Iris Dardanus

Later,
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Mary, that's exactly what our potato boxes look like. I will put some soil in the bottom but then add straw on the top as they grow. DH has the boards all cut and ready to go, as I may need to start adding them before he returns from NZ.

Denise, you asked about our NZ trip. DH is required to take a one month sabbatical every five years, and he figures if he doesn't plan something he will spend a month on his tush, so five years ago he went to Africa and climbed Kilimanjaro. This time, he is going to NZ for five weeks and I am going for a little over a week on the front end of the trip. After I return home, he will do the Milford Track and he is setting up a farm stay program as well.

Yesterday we made a trip to REI, where he got a some supplies and I got a nice new pair of hiking shoes. Also got some more hiking socks. I think good hiking socks are worth every penny! I also got a hat, and some snowboarding gloves that work very well for winter photography.

Julie, sorry to hear about your tough week! What a terrible experience the ski accident was for all involved. Hope you have a much better week ahead.

We're off to SIL's for a Super Bowl party. Anticipating many yawns tomorrow morning!

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V -- that sounds so lovely re NZ -- too bad you cant do 5 weeks there with DH -- but I imagine even 10 days will be mighty neat; I've always wanted to go to NZ and Australia - some day perhaps...

It's been a beautiful sunny day here -- 2 more hours of shoveling this a.m. got the car finally dug out but it's pretty cold. I think the final verdict was somewhere in the range of 32 to 34 inches for the Chantilly/Dulles area, which is near me.... the most I recall in a long long time. And another storm headed here Tuesday nite! The amazing news is that they have announced the awfice will be closed for Monday -- the world has stopped, I do believe.... glad someone got sensible. Tuesday should be a venture back there; Im certainly feeling a wee bit of cabin fever but a walk outside usually cures that.

Golly, I hope Cyn got power back if that's why she's been absent.

Mary, I agree - there are so many imaginative folks here and I love their ideas, garden combos, etc. I miss the folks who have wandered away too as they are so amazing and FB definitely doesnt offer much by way of sharing indepth ideas....

Im concentrating on making notes of things to be moved in the garden - dreaming there will be an early thaw and Spring -- gotta stay positive!

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I've noticed a lot of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland members missing on other sites I frequent, too. I suspect power outtages are taking their toll.

That's a lot of snow, Cindy. The key is to clear a walkway out and free up the car. And chip away at it from there. Are there no enterprising teenagers in your compound? is there any sort of boys/girls club that could be contacted for some "slave labor"? I'll bet you're glad the powers that be came to their senses and cancelled work tomorrow!

I like the potato cages; I've seen the same idea done using hardware cloth. In my library here is a wonderful little book, "The Postage Stamp Garden Book" by Duane Newcomb. It's full of cool ideas on how to maximize production by planting closely and double-digging the vegetable beds.

I miss the many who've gone to FB. I just can't get into it, though Lord knows I've tried. Too much like "sound bytes" and nothing that conveys the essence of the person. I feel as though I'm eavesdropping a bus... :(

I spent a pleasant day out in the Salon. I did some work and listened to "A Prairie Home Companion". I fired up the stove and it brought the temperature up to a comfy 70 degrees in not much time. I can't wait to get the file cabinets back and set my computer up out there. That'll raise it to true, "clubhouse" status. And I've been meaning to say this for some time now, I particularly like, "The Vinyl Cafe" with Stuart Mclean. This show is a just another jewel from our Canadian friends. Witty, funny, replete with tender stories and great music, it's something I wish American broadcasting did more of! I wouldn't be listening to that stupid football game if the computer was out there now. Of that you may rest assured!

I've been thinking of Michelle's progress south with the car and all the attendant worries. Wishing her good speed and an uneventful trip to and from. And some special moments with her favorite little girl. ;)

Thanks for the update on Marian. (she doesn't call, she doesn't write, the nerve of little old biddies these days!). :)


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"The Vinyl Cafe" with Stuart Mclean...and there are books too! DD & DSIL & Skyler went to his show a while back. Lo and behold, there was DD's ex! And you can be sure there's a story in there someplace....

Today we delivered a donation for my friend. She has bone cancer ...and is such a strong happy woman. The whole town (almost)has come together for a party next weekend with a great meal, music and silent art auction to help her with funds. She has a pension, but her career as a sculptress is on hold now and her strength diminishing. Life is so very unfair. When I am in charge of the universe....watch out!

DH decided he wanted marmalade today. So off we went to collect some. I hope it soothes the scratchy throat!

I took a break today and read a children's book. I do love them too. My fancy green hat is progressing. Here is a look-see for you:

Here is a link that might be useful: green squirrel


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I just wanted to add this part. My friend who is so sick with cancer and therapy visited her two adult sons in BC over Christmas. While there she enjoyed reading and relaxing and felt quite well. This inspired her to paint a picture for them. Can you imagine what that gift means to them? I'm so amazed.


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Good Sunday evening Idylls. I have the game on in the background with no volume, just to track the scores in case I win any money in the pool, lol Monique is doing the same thing.

Went to the SF gift show today with two of the garden center dudettes, we were trying to find a couple of vendors for garden dcor that is not some of the absolute crap offered to us day in and out. We think we scored a couple of good ones. The show was at least 25% smaller than in years past by my reckoning. Probably many wholesale gift businesses have fallen by the wayside , and the garden related offerings were disappointingly small. I wish Id had my camera with me today; San Francisco was at its most glorious, no fog, sun ..what a beautiful city she is when shes on.

Mary , I would love to grow potatoes ! Im going to bookmark that site . If I get my concrete removal done , I will have a spot. There is an organic farm in Marin County that is also a Zen Buddist center -they are associated with Greens Restaurant in the city which is a landmark gourmet vegetarian restaurant and they have beautiful potato fields, The climate on our coast is excellent for spuds.

NZ ! Oooh V, we will need a boatload of pics. I would love to go there , its in my top 5.

Hooray for you Cindy, and the sensibility of the awfice folk. Its downright ridiculous to try and travel and conduct business in the type of weather you are having.

How admirable your cancer-struck friend is bug. I really cant think of anything wise to say about it. No rhyme or reason to it is there ?

All for me tonight ..wishing a cozy and warn evening, hunkered down for our mid-Atlantic friends.

Kathy in Napa

Here is a link that might be useful: Greens


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Now I have (sort of) caught up after having no power. Cold, but reminiscent of losing power as a child-always fun with board games and candles and sandwiches for dinner. We kept a fire going and stayed right near it. We listened to the radio (Prairie Home Companion here, too!) and read by candle and lantern (battery-run) light. Our neighbors across the street headed to the local Hilton-no sense of adventure!

Cindy, I heard two hangars at Dulles had collapsed roofs. Haven't seen the news since power came on though-that was from a neighbor. We measured our snow at 22" this time. Glad the awfice is closed. School is, too, and I would be surprised if we go in Tuesday. I suspect we will lose some, if not all, of our Spring break. I am, however, very much into instant gratification in situations like this. Who knows what might happen between now and spring break.

Chelone, DH and I have been wondering about the dearth of young people offering to shovel us out. Around here, it is all middle-aged Hispanic men who come with shovels asking to dig us out. We actually have neighbors who make excuses for why their kids couldn't possibly help their parent shovel the walks and driveways. Don't even suggest that they do so for elderly neighbors who could use the help. It really is absurd. One said that, well, yes, she has a 12 year old, but he is small and doesn't want to help his dad let alone a neighbor. I was disgusted. I know this kid-he could easily shovel out his parents and a couple of neighbors. Not at all like when we were growing up.

V, you will love NZ, I am sure. We went for two weeks five or so years ago. I would move there in a second. It is an amazing place. I hope we get back someday in the not-too-distant future.

'bug, I am sorry to hear of your friend's cancer. Life just isn't fair, is it? Being with her sons must have been a wonderful gift for her as well. I would happily vote for you to head the universe!

I know I wanted to say more, but I am fading fast this evening. I think having a warm house is tiring me out! Have to say, I am pleased that the Saints won.

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Just popping in to keep up on my reading, but I gotta give Julie a hug! (((JULIE))) What a week! I can't even imagine, a happy little girl one minute, gone the next.

I'll go back to my reading.
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Kathy -- do you recall the last house we visited on the open day in Maine? They had the new maze and combo classic ornaments/country garden -- with a ton of ornaments? I managed to discover a few of their things -- by a company called Elegant Earth in Alabama... I liked the small bench they had against the house and a couple other things that are apparently made by them.. trying to locate a source in this area who carries their stuff (altho I suspect it's not cheap).. Glad you had a fun day in SF if nothing else...

Glad to see you made it okay, Cyn -- Im sitting here in amazement -- they're saying another 5 to 10 inches starting mid-day Tuesday.... as long as Metro above ground stays closed, I have no choice but to stay home; Im pretty sure the awfice will open tomorrow no matter what - I hate to use my leave this way, but prefer to have a longer life and less stress, so if I have to I will.

'bug - as others echoed, so sad about your friend -- but it sounds wonderful that you have a town that draws close for friends and Im sure she gains strength from such generosity and the love of her children.... I barely even know my neighbors... as Cyn mentioned, there is not a single kid/person in my neighborhood who's interested in making some money shoveling -- I did have one neighbor across the street come to help me dig my car out on Saturday -- but that was it. There's a 16 yr old 2 doors down and his father... neither did an inch of sidewalk past their property line.... well, more importantly, I just wanted to say how wonderfully fortunate you are to live in a place that does special things for their residents in need....

Brenda - I hope you'll keep popping back in to tell us of your dreams for building a house -- that would be neat; could you not build the new one just adjacent to the present one or add some new big one floor wing. I know what you mean about needing different things as we age - living in a 3 story townhouse is likely a challenge if I were to stay in it thru my old age....so I'll probably need to move in another 5 to 10 years...

Sounds like you had a pleasant weekend, Chelone -- I agree re stupidball (er, football)...something I enjoy being ignorant of, LOL...

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Hi Everyone.

We have been really busy the past week or so, and it will continue through this week too, but I wanted to say Congratulations to Cindy on the grandbaby news. How exciting!

Julie, I also wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of the skiing accident. I hope your daughter is doing okay. Hopefully her employers have a program to help her deal with the emotional aftermath. The hospital where I used to work had such things for employees. I forget what they are called, but it was to deal with trauma, and the people I know who attended said it really helped. How awful for all involved.

'Bug, your friend sounds like a very strong person. One has to admire that.

We had a lot of snow over the weekend, and I hear we are getting another foot tommorrow. For those of you in the Washington DC area, it must be really tough. We borrowed the kid's snowblower yesterday, and it really makes a huge difference. I always worried about Skip shoveling when it gets really high. He isn't as young as he once was, and forgets it sometimes. I have noticed if he starts huffing and puffing,he just goes harder to push himself beyond it.

Brenda, don't get me started on a new house. I would love to tear mine down and start over. It needs so much work. We were looking at 12 acres right before Christmas, of course the housing market is awful here, so I couldn't sell mine right now, but I was dreaming and found this company. They put together the house, and send it to you to put together. I sent for a catalog, and they have a lot of different kinds. Just a dream for me, ..but fun to look at. I didn't know there was anything like this out there in "prefab."

I have to run, and help Skip do something right now. Stay warm!

Here is a link that might be useful: Connor homes


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Julie, should have said how sad your news about the 12 year-old is. Things happen so quickly and I always take a deep breath when I think about how we skied when we were young. Even when DS was young, we just didn't think about how dangerous it can be. John is a much better skier than either DH or I are and I suspect he can still be reckless at 30 years old. It's one reason we always end every conversation, no matter how mundane, with "I love you."

Drema, those Connor houses are lovely. Wouldn't it be terrific to be able to completely redo. I would have all glass in the back-we have a wall of windows/doors in the living room and dining room, but I would like that in all the bedrooms and down in the library, too. I would make the deck a screened in porch, redo all the baths and kitchen-wow, what fun it is to dream.

Cindy, we may both be home for a while. Fairfax has already announced it is closed through Wednesday. The news just said 8"-12" more. So far, I am still enjoying it. As long as we have power, that is! DH has been walking to the store, ATM, dry cleaners (really? That was an emergency????). I fear he has a bad case of cabin fever. No foaming at the mouth yet, though, and no report from the health department yet.

Also, Cindy, there is a source for the Elegant Earth here in Old Town Alexandria according to the website-116 King Street. Forget the name of the shop. We should do a weekend expedition with lunch.

V, do you know where in NZ you will be going? Christchurch has wonderful botanic gardens and wonderful city gardens along the canal. It is a very English city. Of course, the entire place is incredibly beautiful. We loved the wild places.

I am trying to convince DH to sculpt the huge snow piles at the end of the drive into something wonderful. So far, he is not taking me up on that. Oh well. He is so artistic and I thought it would look rather cool to have a couple of trolls or something guarding the castle.

Time to start marinating the tuna steaks. Then, a glance at the new plant catalogues-yippee.

Wishing everyone warm toes and spring dreams.


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I guess we Virginians get to share the four letter word with lots of idyllers this time; we may not even get the worst of this storm -- PA and New England watch out...

I will say I think I am suffering a bit from cabin fever but didnt feel it enough to try to pull the car out and go see how bad the secondary roads were - I even talked myself out of a quick trip to pick up some things - I find I end up buying more carb, fattening things for "comfort" so I will do better having to eat thru all the celery and carrot sticks. I am suffering from some chocolate deficiency tho; I may have to improvise as I do have some old chocolate chips.... Chloe's got a good stash of her special dog food and special treats, so she's mostly suffering from indooritis -- the 4 foot part of the patio I cleared did not meet with her approval -- she went out to check it out and then looked at me as to why there seemed to be huge white fences all around it -- clearly some sort of weird cage.

Drema, you got a fair amount of snow too, didnt you? Those are neat houses -- it's easy to get sucked into that daydreaming thing isnt it? I've become enamoured of home decorating mags for some reason...

I hope everyone is in good hunkerdown stage -- hoping Kathy and Denise are not suffering from terrible rains.

--Cindy


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Oh my goodness, Cindy, you are a saint to be worried about our weather! I'm so glad to hear you and Cyn are hanging in there. I hope it clears soon for restocking chocolate provisions. We had one solid night of rain, with standing water the next morning in the garden, a rare sight since most of the paving is permeable. It was drained through in an hour. But that was the night of rain that caused mudslides in the recently burned areas.

Julie, so sorry to hear of the tough times for your family. What a horrific accident. I hope your daughter gets the comfort she needs to continue her rescue work.

Thanks for the NZ trip info, V. I heartily endorse the five-year sabbatical program.

Cyn, for some inspiration for your DH, I'm linking some ice sculptures.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chinese Ice Sculpture


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Denise , The ice sculptures are beautiful. That would be fun to see for real.


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The expensive Dowdeswell Delphinum seeds were in my mailbox today when I got home from the awfice, complete with very detailed germination instructions, that I may actually be able to follow. Included was a packet of freebie seeds which effectively assuaged my remorse over spending almost more for these seeds that I would have for a flat of 6-packs. I will start them this weekend !

Also got a Bluestone catalog, much to my surprise. I have not received one for many years; places like ForestFarm and Digging Dog are so much closer , it makes little sense for me to order from the Midwest (is Ohio considered the Midwest ?) unless they have something I just cant get west of the Rockies. A great reference though I must say.

Speaking of mail order, I placed an order with DD this past Saturday; Baptisia Australis minor, as per our previous discussion, Penstemon Raven (already have one, needed another) and 3 Teuchrium Purple Tails . I will probably receive them this week.

What Denise said Cindy ! Rain is a fact of life here in the winter (although Denise less so) and we are glad to have it after the three years of drought. Our season normal rainfall here in the Napa Valley is between 25 and 35 inches , all falling for the most part between November and April, with the majority in Jan and Feb. I think Denises average is about 12 if Im not mistaken. We sure have been dumped on this January, and Feb is shaping up to be pretty wet too. What nice stuff in the Elegant Earth catalog ! I wish I could find a source like that out here-freight on these types of products is a real deal-killer as it adds big bucks to landed cost. I noticed they did have some dealers in California. How in the world did you figure out the stuff in that Maine garden came from them ? I remember that bench , maybe I took a pic of it, Ill have to look.

No power ..wow Cyn. Glad you are back on the grid-at least for now. Its pretty humbling to find out how dependent on it you are when you lose it.


No pic of the bench I fear Cindy, but here is another fabu-urn from the same garden, and purple to boot !

From Idyllunion 6 July 2009

Kathy in Napa


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I feel like I have no time lately, or perhaps I'm spending it unwisely. The kids have things to do at night and work has been busy.

Anyway, I wanted to say that I'm thinking of you and your family, Julie. What a terrible thing for your daughter to experience.

I am off to the orthodontist this morning, so I have no time...but I am thinking of each and everyone of you and what you've written! I've gotta get my Idyll time back :)

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I do think I would prefer rain if I had a choice; aside from the shovel hand and arm aching, Im sitting here being worried about ice dams on the roof, the frozen lake of my front steps that is a hazard for anyone, me included, who wants to go up or down to the front door, etc. Of course, I'd be worrying about lots of rain and flooding, LOL....

Cyn - I'd be happy to meet you for a shopping/wandering tour in Old Town; I did note the various local stores mentioned, altho most of them dont really look or mention this manufacturer; but one never knows what treasures could be found! The hunt is part of the thrill I think.

Kathy, yep, pretty bowl - they had many lovely vignettes; I think as a whole tho it suffered; too many vignettes perhaps or too much of a mix - they couldnt decide what style they wanted. We've seen others that blended a bit more smoothly I think - it could be it was a case of him versus her too - I wondered about that.

Here's a photo of their bench - it was a small one, which is one reason I noticed it:

--Cindy


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Yes Saucy, we do think of our Idyll friends whether or not we have time to post!
Guess which Idyll came to mind as I read this!

Champlain's father's first cousin-in-law, Jacques Hersan or Hersaut, was given a special position in the Royal Household, with the wonderful title of "picqueur de chiens de la Chambre du Roy; chief whipper of dogs in the royal kennels."

Another gloomy day here, with treadmill, mealprep, knitting and DH's doctor's appointment scheduled. BORING!!!

Enjoying the photos though!
Here's another- Berberis and Allium Purple Sensation.


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OOh la la bug. I like that combo. LOL on the dog whipper. Thinking Chelone of course.

Cindy the picture of the bench has planted a seed of an idea in my head because of the area it is on.

Kathy, I need to winter sow some seeds now. Need to get on that. Like the urn too.

More snow , more cold. I'm ready to be done with this.

Saucy busy is good. We know you will be back.

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Hm, we're in line for a winter storm. 9-14" possible with winds gusting to 35 mph. tonight. That child SURELY wouldn't, would he??? I guess it IS our turn, so many of the Idylls have been hammered by the weather. Thank goodness we have 4WD. I'm not missing this for anything, and it's good to know that we can get DD to the hospital if need be.

Bug, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. What a wonderful gift the painting is. I have a letter that Chuck wrote to me, and there is something so very comforting about it. Far more than any of the "things" I have that were his. Please know I'm thinking of you. ((Bug))

We have some options on the siting of the house. We could build behind the current house. If we do that, the shop and the machine shed would need to be moved, as they would be our "view" from the porch. We'd also lose the benefit of the evergreen windbreak to the west if we did that. We own land, so we could go to a different location, but I'd really rather not do that. I don't see building onto this house as an option. At least, not a cost effective one. The plumbing is ancient, and the wiring upstairs is a nightmare. The house was built in the 1800s. It's a classic 8 room farmhouse. Sounds charming, and in some ways it is, it's just not terribly practical. Coming down the stairs is almost like walking frontways down a ladder. I've come down those stairs the hard way a couple of times. Not something I want to do again, especially not in my 70s :) There are a few landscape features I'm not willing to part with. There are the old lilacs, the magnolia the kids got me the year my favorite dog died-he's buried beneath it, and the "stump" bed. I enjoy daydreaming and doing research, and Jim does not. So, I will do both, and present Jim with a logical plan. Fortunately, he's married to a woman who has no need for a golden fountain in the foyer, lol!

I've finally gotten my garden seed ordered. I'm going to start a few things from seed this year. I haven't done that in ages, and miss it. I just can't find some of the varieties of peppers and tomatoes that I want at the nursery. I'm looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt this year, and enjoying it. Last year in the garden was just too sad. Time for renewed hope, and the understanding that there's no reason to feel guilty for being able to do the things I love. The year of firsts will be over before I know it, and that will be okay, too.

Here it is, 11:00, and I'm still in my robe, watching the today show. Before I go shower, I've just got to ask. Did anyone else see the story about the lady who swallowed her earring?? They mentioned that it was by accident, lol! It was on her nightstand, and she swallowed it with her vitamins. As someone who takes a handful of vitamins a couple of times I day, I still don't see how you didn't know you were holding a good sized, pointy fleur de lis earring in your hand. That said, if I DID manage to swallow it, I really don't think I'd go on the Today Show and tell everyone I did it ;)
Okay, folks, I need to pull it together for the day. Have a good one all, and good luck on the weather. Spring is on the way, I just know it!
Brenda
PS. Thanks for that link, Drema. I'm bookmarking it in my research folder. The house on the home page is amazing! Not at all what I'd think of in thinking of a pre-fab home!


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Another gorgeous combo from Gardenbug -- that is so cheery.

Norma, I think that's why I take so many photos on IU - I re-visit them especially in winter and get all sorts of ideas. I thought the container combo in the bench photo was really lovely too -- the heucheras and euphorbia diamond frost (I think)... they had some great containers that were not overly fussy; but good singles or maybe 3 types of plants.

Here's a purplish plant in that same garden - not sure what it is (I recall the owner couldnt recall what it was either):


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I noticed that raised spot for the bench, too, Norma. Ideas are percolating-it's all this free time. DH is getting tired of hearing, 'Hey, I have an idea..." That is a wonderful bench. Maybe we should become suppliers for Elegant Earth, Cindy-lol. My DS could do our marketing!! I would probably end up with profits going to buying more for our yard-teehee.

My idea this morning was to finish clearing the 20 inches of snow off the deck before the next batch falls. So, I spent about 20 minutes and DH is still out there. No wonder he views my ideas with the wary eye of a skeptic. We have ice today as well. The mailman almost fell yesterday. I threw down some birdseed after that-not that it will help much.

Saucy, I understand about time. I am not one to use it as wisely as I could, but you can be excused. Having kids at home does that to us, I think, because of all the transitions and small bits of time which don't leave good long periods free.

Kathy, can't wait to see your pics of the delphiniums when they come up. Anticpation...It is wonderful that you can already order and get plants and seeds this time of year. I can hardly imagine how you could make your garden prettier, but it sounds as if you will!

Denise, surprisingly (not), DH did not jump on the chance to outdo the Chinese-lol. He did, however, pick up some dark chocolate when he walked to the store yesterday, so I will overlook his reluctance. Doesn't Montreal have an amazing ice festival, too? Seems I have seen pictures. The lights in China made for spectacular shots.

Woody, thinking about you and sending especially good energy and thoughts through the storms to you.

'bug, fun fact. That is one of those things that will stick in my head. I remember studying Champlain in elementary school and would love to teach about him so I could share that!

Hope Michelle's trip has been uneventful (safe) and fun.

Well, I'm off. I think I will suggest that WE try to clear the ice off the gutters a little before the new snow hits-teehee (not really, because he will do it and I don't want him falling off a ladder).

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Boy Cindy, that purple plant is wonderful against the rocks! Looks like a sedum in a way...If someone knows, spill the beans please!

Hi Brenda! Time to get out of those jammies. ;)

'bug


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The Pond . Will these coleus cuttings make it till spring.
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The front yard with the small pond. The water is still running in this one.

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And Niki being Niki
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'bug -- I thought it might be allium senescens var. glaucum (peruvian allium), if not a sedum.... but Im still not sure. It was a very cool plant and I regret not getting a better close-up. I seem to recall our time was a bit limited and it was the end of the day - we were all kind of tuckered by then, werent we?

Amazing ice sculptures -- the Chinese do like to do everything in a big big way, dont they? Wow.

I looked at those houses from you, Drema -- amazing! I see they have a location in Leesburg, which is not too far from me -- it's kind of the newest sleeping hub for DC, LOL... (that and Gainesville, VA)... my next place would need to have a first floor master bedroom tho - a must for transitioning seniors.

Sounds like you've got lots of ideas for the house, Brenda -- I too think that renewed interest in gardens, seeds, etc., is a reaffirmation of life and helps with grief immensely. Something folks hooked into blackberries, iphones and ipods really miss out on.

Saucy -- I agree re Cyn's advice re parenting/children -- it's the height of multi-tasking and you deserve whatever little down time you get, that likely comes in very small windows of minutes or an hour...perhaps why FB works for those of us starved for free minutes as opposed to hours -- this is the longest time I've had lately to look at garden blogs and do some online searching, etc.

Back to plant hunting....(I just need to win the lottery).

--Cindy


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Great pictures...and I think I know one!!! I think that purple in the rocks is a type of argeratum...no? One of the old fashioned ones...not the new low annuals that are sold for bedding plants.

Back to work! Thanks for the great lunch break :)

Saucy


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Cindy that plant looks like a Thrachleium, a great plant, I have 3 currently . The stems are dark bronze and look fabu with the purply flowers

Sneaking out

Kathy in Napa

Here is a link that might be useful: Trachelium


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Afternoon Idyllers, I'm another one in the midst of the snowstorm. Not too bad yet, we've probably got less than an inch of very fine, powdery snow, but more to come. I'm home alone today and have everything I need, even made a trip to Whole Foods and Barnes and Noble yesterday in preparation, and I'm enjoying my solitude. My only worry is Brad driving the 25 miles to and from work and my kids out on the roads. I've been puttering around doing a job here or there and am really thinking about organizing all of our childrens books by author this afternoon. Bella takes books from the shelves, but piles them next to it for me to put back, so it wouldn't be hard to keep them organized and we'd be able to find specific books so much easier than way. I took a quick count and estimate our count to be over 400 assorted books.

I've enjoyed so much looking at all of the photos on this thread. Those last ones of the beautiful garden ornaments really struck a cord with me. We have a shop near here called Detroit Garden Works with so many similar beautiful benches, fountains, urns etc. Pricey, but I love to go in there and dream. The owner lives in my town and has a beautiful garden too. She has a great blog, one of my favorites, I'll link it below.

Kathy, Wondering what instructions you're following for the delphinium sowing? I used to grow them from seed but got tired of all the staking when the plants bloomed. Very labor intensive I thought and we'd always have a storm blow through just when they were beautiful that would break over the stalks no matter how well I thought I had them secured. I did the Pacific Giants and would sow the seeds, put them in the frig for 2 weeks and them put them in a dark closet until they germinated. I'd get really great results with that method. The first time I sowed them I did a whole flat and had so many plants I couldn't give them all away.

Brenda, interesting that you're thinking of building a new house. How exciting for you! Though, truth be told, I always tell Brad I never want to live in a house that's younger than me. I grew up living in new houses but the architecture lover in me can't get enough of the old ones, even with all of their quirkiness. They seem to have a soul to me. We looked at an old schoolhouse that had been converted into a home not long ago. Beautiful architecture...and a great price but small and oh my, it was full of 1970's "improvements" and was in such disrepair. We decided we were too old and tired to tackle something that labor intensive, lol. I'm thinking I'm stuck here in my little house for awhile with this economy. Bright side, at least it's paid for:)

Norma, I really love the coleus cuttings in the bottles on the windowsill. I'm so going to do that next year. Maybe I'll take better care of them that way too. You're Nicki looks just like my Esther. She's a character, huh?

A couple more conservatory pictures for Candy. It's hard to take pictures of the inside. It's tiny in there and there's all that reflecting glass. Last year I filled it with annuals in mostly pinks and purples, a couple of cannas, one of which was Tropicana, a big Boston fern on a plant stand, and a couple of garden gnomes. I put a white wicker chair I found on the curb in one corner with a big purple pot of flowers in it. Other urns and pots on the floor in front...not sure what I'll do in there this year.

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Enough blabbering from me. Thinking of Julie and family and Woody too.

Keep the pictures coming. We're going to need them!

Eden

Here is a link that might be useful: Dirt Simple garden blog


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Norma - I want to tell you how much I enjoy seeing your gardens/ponds from a different perspective - esp the view from inside -- it put them both into an entirely different light for me. It's so wonderful you have views of them both from in your house. I like the coleus color too -- I threw mine out in the late autumn when I started to worry about fungus gnats - I had such a terrible time w/ those things last year, I think I got a little paranoid about them this year.... But it's nice to see them like little stainglass ornaments on your window sill.

Eden - I have come across that blog and spot in my ever eternal search for unusual ornaments - I've cruised both the gardenworks and the blog -- she's an extremely clever designer. One can tell it's pricey but wow, so worth it. I suspect that's why I am enamoured of these Elegant Earth items -- I did locate a price on one little basin online and it wasnt too expensive; so it gives me hope that some of the other stuff might not be too bad. I think also it's because so much of the stuff is very classical -- that appeals to the "classic" bones in my body, LOL....

Kathy -- interesting call on that trachelium caeruleum I think you meant? I've grown it as an annual (mine were very sky blue I think) -- for some reason I recall those plants in the rockery to have a more glaucous/sedum like leaf, and they were definitely small sprawly plants -- about 6 inches... I suppose they could have just planted them in the cracks.. maybe there are some other types of tracheliums that are smaller and thicker leaves...

Cant wait to see what you do with your conservator this year, Eden. Hope all your dear ones are safe and sound in the nasty weather, as well as idyllers....

here's another prett vignette w/ a basin and plantings at the same garden.

and closer of the basin:

They had put foliage or flower cuttings into most of their water features, which I thought was a lovely touch for the garden visitor; some were simple leaves w/ combo colors - just like a flower arrangement.

-Cindy


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One advantage of an Idyllunion is that you know there will be more than one photo of something that's really attractive. I've cropped the photo of the plant in the rocks so that you can see the foliage better. I do believe that Kathy is correct on the id.

We are supposedly in the midst of Snow-mageddon, but it doesn't seem to be more than a typical winter storm. I may sing a different song in the morning, but so far, so good. The only thing that has me concerned is that DH took my car on his annual snowmobiling trip so I am stuck with the glorified roller skate for the rest of the week. And it does handle like a roller skate on snowy roads. :(

Time to rustle up some dinner!

V.


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Well Cindy, you have so many interesting observations on That Garden in Maine..I need to review my mementos so see if I can find the name. You are right, they did try to do lots of different thingskind of reminds me of my garden , lol ! I spent all last fall trying to improve the flow, and connect the various areas. Its hard to make a transitional space in such a small garden. The below pic is one of my favorite objects from the garden. And the plant ID ..I was wondering about the size too. Mine are about 12 to 18"s , and if the leaves are succulent I may have it wrong. The flowers sure look it though. Refreshed and there is Vs pic .. maybe the cool weather last summer kept them shorter than normal ?

Ahh Norma ! Great shot of the pond ! I never envisioned it being viewable from your window. A very nice feature. I do love Nikis colors.

Eden, Dowdeswell gave several different options for germinating. I think the seeds are pre-chilled, though I have them in the fridge right now per their instructions. They geminate them on heat mats with the flats covered with newspaper. They take the newspaper off after 5 days and when the seedlings emerge (another 5 days) they take them off the heat. This sounds pretty close to what you did I think..the purpose of the newspaper is to block light and retain moisture. Delphs are high maintenance I agree, but I love them and am willing to fuss over them as needed. I have certainly had storm and wind accidents plenty of times . I get 3 blooms a year usually from each plant , so even if the spring storms lay them low , they will return to glory eventually, and summer an fall are pretty much storm-free here. I had a meeting with our Kellogs sales rep today (I buy soil amendments and all the Dr Earth products from them ) and they have a new snail product..those da*m things are what give me the most agony with my Delphiniums. This product is a spray that can be applied directly to the snail, or to the plant. The active ingredient is cinnamon oil. I cant wait to try it. Its not cheap but I have a very large defense budget when it comes to snails.

All for me tonightthis Idyll is drawing to a close ..I wonder what 472s color will be ?

Kathy in Napa

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Kathy, that is a similar method. I kept mine covered with one of the plastic domes that come with the flats to hold in moisture. I'll be interested to see how yours do. Wishing you success! Yes, there's nothing like delphiniums. One of my favorite flowers. I think I've just cut down on the higher maintenance flowers due to lack of time without really even realizing it. These days my mantra is "The less I have to take care of the better.".

I never did get to alphabetizing the books. Instead I spent at least a couple of hours searching for play food for Bella's birthday gift. That's what she asked for. I ordered a bunch of things but also ran across felt food for which there are lots of patterns I discovered. I think I may try my hand at something and see if it turns out recognizable:) I couldn't help but think that this craft would be something Mary would be great at making.

Nice to see more picture of the Maine garden. They must have had quite a collection of ornamentation. Really cool things! Thanks for sharing them.

Still snowing here. It's not accumulating very quickly. I'd say we don't have even 4 inches yet but I hear it may intensify until about midnight. Morning will tell what we end up with. I've got some laundry to finish up and then I'm going to bed a bit early tonight. The rest of my week is shaping up to by busy.

I'm going to start out with some of the free patterns I found but here's a link to some of the felt food patterns for purchase I ran across in case anyone else is interested too.

Eden

Here is a link that might be useful: Felt Play Food


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Kathy, I was looking closely at the photo and noticed that the mystery plant looks like it was rather freshly planted, so perhaps the reason they are shorter is that they are rather young plants?

In fact, I would almost bet good money that there were pansies planted there that were hanging on later than usual because of the cool weather, but then they decided at the last minute that the pansies looked a little too tired for the garden walk. So off to the nursery to get trachelium.

And another close look reveals a mystery guest in the trachelium!

The winds are howling outside, which means our snow is a-driftin'! I have a "late start" tomorrow - I have to go to a meeting outside of the office that doesn't start until 8:30. In better weather, I would go to the office for an hour first, but I told them today that I wasn't going to try that tomorrow. It will give the plow guy ample time to get my driveway in shape!

V.


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Logical explanation V, and mystery guest id duly noted !

Eden, your name was mentioned more than once in that garden..we all thought it Eden-esque !

Kathy in Napa


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Certainly has been lots of interesting things to look at on this thread. I love when you all post things from the IU tours.

Thinking of Michelle, Woody and Julie among others.
Goodnight all. Norma


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I think this idyll now should sit down as the ground is shaking - or at least it was here at 4:00 am! We had an earthquake that woke me up out of a sound sleep. I thought my driveway was being plowed but couldn't understand why the whole house shook. A little investigation showed that there was no truck in the driveway. Only a 4.3 but pretty exciting for the Midwest.

The funny thing is, when I was in a 7.0 quake in California in 97, it took about 20 to 30 minutes before there was coverage on TV to confirm that it was a quake. This morning, the radio station was immediately flooded with text messages and they were reporting a possible earthquake within 5 minutes. After another 5 minutes, the quake was listed on the USGS website. Information does move much faster today!

V.


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And this Idyll ends with earth shaking DRAMA!!!!!!


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