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Idyll #514(?) Proceeding at a slow Idyll...

Posted by woodyoak 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 12, 12 at 10:32

gb - I hope we continue too... If there are any lurkers left out there, this would be a good time for a few to speak up and join in :-)

Yesterday was a nice day to get some garden work done - in between bouts of rain (another 4.5mm.) I yanked all the purple coneflowers from the small bed between the main front bed and the driveway border. They were doing their best to choke out the young 'The Swan' hydrangea :-( Hopefully today I can yank the ones under the Chinese wisteria. I like purple coneflowers for their late summer blooming power but they seed too much and I'm now on a campaign to eradicate vast numbers of them!


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Last evening I managed to mow the "grass" in a few places in spite of the rains. Things look neater.

Yes Woody, the purple coneflowers can either be a grand display or a nuisance! I rather like some of the old standbys though. Rudbeckia goldstrum is another that I am constantly dividing...but not eliminating altogether.

Yesterday and today I made quick trips to 2 nurseries where big sales are on. I purchased 3 thalictrums at $2 each and today I bought 5 petisites for the creekside at 50% off. So now I need to wait until the weather dries up a bit in order to weed and plant. Earlier I also picked up a RED(!!!!) cardinal flower at the market in St Jacobs.

We had company on Friday and Saturday and we enjoyed puff pastry tomato tarts that I made from garden tomatoes. YUM.

Waiting for new baby to arrive. Tap-Tap-Tap. I may only go out to visit in September it turns out because DSIL has knee surgery then and help might be needed more then. We'll see.
'bug


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 11:13


O.K. having exhausted the looking at of my small front garden, I am now proceeding to the side. This is where the previous owners parked their RV. I shifted the patio stones together to make a path to the gate by the Spite fence, and then planted things. The Hydrangea (close up in the second photo) was a $20 untagged cast off from a garden centre because it had been broken. Much of the other plant material was stuff I had on hand, although the Sum and Substance was a gift. We really like the fact that this part of our home, seen from the street but not that often by us, looks so much better than before!

I mowed the grass between rain showers yesterday. As we have been getting intense rain for about ten minutes every second day, things are once again starting to "lush up". I had forgotten what a pain it is to have to cut and trim twice a week *LOL*.

I deadhead and trim both my purpurea and White Swan Echinacea every year. In the early spring I also cut the clumps into a smaller circle than they want to be, and the results are great. I do this also with Monarda and double shatas. But my gardens are not large.

Waiting also, Marie, tap-tap-tap! What inopportune timing for Wayne's knee surgery! But you gotta go when they can take you.

All is well here. I will be glad (?) when school starts again - I have a bored ten-year-old who really doesn't want to hang out with Nana that much.

I also have Ajax crated most of the time to rest his injured leg - and I take him and Tucky for a slow trek around the park every two hours. What a life!

Interested in your courses Woody. I will visit the website soon to see what is available. Can you tell me the costs?

Cheers,

Julie


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Hi Julie - I don't have the patience to do all that control effort for the coneflowers and shastas - most of the both of them will gradually get eliminated here. I'm aiming for more small shrubs, well-behaved perennials, and groundcovers (I'm still thinking about the groundcover part - not entirely sure I want to go that route...)

Your sideyard garden looks great - so does your cover for the spite fence! Has your neighbour made any comment on it...? That hydrangea looks a lot like my White Moth ones - I realy, realy like those - big flowers, bloom a long time, and can be trimmed back quite hard in spring without affecting flowering.

The U of G courses can be found at the link below. Each one costs $495. I've taken the LD1 and CAD courses from the Creating Landscapes program and the one I just signed up for is the Designing the Landscape course in the Horticulturalist program. The ones I've taken have been a lot of fun. The class discussions take place on a forum format much like this one...

gb - we checked out a few garden centers in the Milton area this morning - none of them had any good sales on yet so I didn't get anything at all except the MYKE planting supplement.

Here is a link that might be useful: U of G courses


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Good morning you two!

We finally got a little rain, but not enough to really soak into the ground. I did a lot of weeding which was easier, but lots of the roots came up dusty. :(

Going to lunch with my son today, so that will be fun. He rarely has time off and this is a treat.

'bug, I also hit the nursery. I decided to try to replant some of the areas of the garden destroyed by the marauding maniacs. Not so sure it is a good idea-we had the grand pup for the weekend and the three of them knocked over a couple of the pots I had put out while trying to decide exactly where it is safe to plant. Jeepers. Anyway, I have three oak leaf hydrangeas, three Enless Summer hydrangeas, two clethra, two exochorda , and a Kollwitzia. Also about 20 hosta and two Christmas ferns. Only the hydrangeas and ferns were bought this weekend, though. Most of this was bought before I went to France, but I thought it easier to ask Charles to water pots all sitting together than to drag the hose around. He did a great job of keeping everything alive. Let's hope I can do as well once they are in the ground.

I can't quite decide about the oakleafs. I think they might be good in front of the spite fence because they would get big enough to hide it, but being deciduous, I would be looking at that darn fence all winter-and over it to the wood pile covered with an ugly bright green tarp that is not visible to them for their house, but is clearly in all the neighbors' views. Harrumph.

Well, started this early today, but didn't finish before getting ready for going out to lunch which was yummy and lots of fun. It is so nice to get out with my 'darling boy.' Didn't get anything planted. Too hot now. Tomorrow morning will work!

Woody, I am yanking some of my purple cone flowers out front, too. I always wait until the goldfinches have picked them clean. I also need to pull out a bunch of Rudbeckia from the back which have migrated from a neighbor's yard. They are taking over her garden and have apparently decided to expand their turf.

Cynthia, who is desperately (and apparently hopelessly) hoping for several days of good soaking rain


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 14, 12 at 11:50

Well folks, the quality of the light tells me that Autumn is fast approaching. I must also say that I am losing interest in my gardens already. The summer was too hot to really just enjoy the garden, and every day required hauling water in some form - from the water barrels until they went dry, and then the hoses. I spent more time in the house this summer than usual, and so many of the Juliejobs that I leave for winter are now done. This is why I think I might have time to take a course or learn to play some music...or something!

Haha on the question of does the neighbour say anything about the Spite fence! She gives us the evil eye and turns her back when she sees us - even in the grocery store! She had better not say anything: It was her decision to erect her fence so close to ours. I am assuming that she got a building permit (we did) and IMO the town should have inspected the site first before issuing the permit. They came here when we fenced because we have a large inflatable pool and the fence has to be at least four feet from the pool. Funny thing - in our case it would be a piece of cake to move the pool! Anyway, I digress. Thanks for the compliment Woody - I bet the neighbour would not be happy to know we like the fence now - our yard is very private!

Do the blooms on your Hydrangea turn pink as they mature? Mine do - and I think the store told me is was called "Apple Blossom" or some such thing. Don't know, but we really like it!

Due to my lack of real estate, I don't hit the nurseries as often as I used to. I have been going to one lately however, called Rock Wall Gardens. It specializes in drounght tolerant plants, including a huge variety of sedums and hens and chicks type things. Absolutely beautiful, and lots of tiny groiwing speciments. I intend to start adding that kind of thig to the edges of my gardens. I do love to start new beds though. Behind our chain link at the back of our property is three feet of weeds. We didn't fence to the property lin there because it is on a slope and it would have been a pain to fence up a little tyhree foot hillside. So I intend to call my trusty teenage entrepreneurs to come and dig that area up and take away the debris, and I will edge with something along the property line and possible plant - guess what - clematis there! Would make a great backdrop for my back garden. I could also plant Castor Beans there, Cannas, or place a pot or two of Bananas there....lots of possibilities running through my head. Always planning for next year *LOL*

Now that I am finally coming to terms with my camera and Photobucket, I will leave you with this: My back garden with the antique fence. The area to the right is the part that I am planning for the large plants.

Cheers,

Julie


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More drizzle here today, but oddly enough, I don't mind. It gave me a chance to organize some recipes to take out west with me, do a bit of laundry and pack a few other things.

Outdoors things look a bit autumnal as Julie said, but also there are surprises. With the rains the delphiniums and clematis and roses are all showing new growth. So whether we are getting Autumn or delayed Summer, who knows. We sure have weeds no matter what it is! I've been back to mowing and planting some of those sale items I picked up.

Here are some of the things I've enjoyed recently - some of them on their second round:


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Another 10mm. of rain here today too - August is shaping up to actually be a wet month as there is more rain in the forecast in the next few days. I got in some coneflower removal before the rain came and Randy mowed the lawn for the first time in 6 weeks!

Lots of weeds to remove here too gb. Things are looking good there gb. Those clematises are nice - I have a couple still performing but I've also had a LOT of wilt this year. Oddly enough, the Henyri growing in the Chinese wisteria tree is still producing a few flowers. I was doubtful whether it could live with the wisteria when I first planted it there a few years ago. It took a few years to establish but it's doing surprisingly well now and we quite like the white stars appearing where blue racemes are the norm. :-)

Julie - is that picture from the last day or two? Almost all my daylilies are finished now.


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Looks like today may be Labor Day for DD!


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gb - Happy Labour Day to Sarah and family!

The front garden is looking very overgrown and messy! This picture was taken standing in the front bed arbour this morning:
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Much deadheading and cleaning up needed!

A closer view of the clematis on the arbour:
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I'm not sure what this one is - it was supposed to be Niobe; it's usually much redder, but the color is odd this year - I'm not sure whether that's an effect of the heat and drought or because this is no longer the original one but, perhaps, a seedling cross between the red one and a purple one that also used to grow on the arbour! When we dug out the honeysuckle vine this spring, there were clematis vines too. We left this one and moved another one elsewhere in the front bed (where it seems to have disappeared...) The red one that used to be there wilted a lot and we gave up on it and just left it to survive or die as it chose - it rambled around as a grouncover for a year or two and then seemed to come back strong for a couple of years. But, since the color is 'off' this year, I'm not sure if this is still the same thing. While many of my clematises wilted this year, this one hasn't been bothered by wilt at all. If you look closely you can see one white flower in that picture. That is the Henryi we planted there this spring along with the Emerald Gaiety euonymus that we wanit to climb the arbour (and it's clearly going to be many years before the euonymus grows enough to cover that arbour!) If this red clematis hangs around, my vision of a green and white color scheme for the abour is going to have to change!


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 15, 12 at 11:45

WooHoo! Labour Day! and I can hardly wait for the "other" Labour Day!

I am just now starting to work with Adrian on transitions from one activity to another - something he has trouble with - and disciplining himself to focus on the task at hand - something else he has difficulty with. We are thinking of having a tutor come in for an hour or two a week just to get him concentrating with someone else. We'll see.

Woody that photo of the back garden was taken August 12 I believe. That garden hasn't performed as I wanted it to, so there will be changes made in the fall. I will likely move some of those lilies to the Spite Fence garden, as that is where I would like a long line of some grassy foliage to hid the junk in between the fences.

Look what I found today!!

A Banana sprout! From a seed I planted in March, and stuck the pot outside in a corner and forgot about it when they didn't sprout! I planted the seeds because I thought that my original Banana, that I kept in the house all winter, was not going to survive. When the seeds didn't sprout, I bought a Red Abysinnian which grew well with the original Banana on my front patio.

I will try to post a photo of the original Banana when we brought it in last year.

Cheers,

Julie


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 15, 12 at 12:29

"Chiquita" as we affectionally call "her" When we brought her in last fall!

Cheeers,

Julie


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Julie, great pictures. I love that little shot of the garden-the colors really pop out in that picture and the banana plant is incredible. Very cool that the seeds have sprouted. Kudos.

Woody, I do envy you and 'bug your clematis. So pretty. I have only one and it has never done well. Time to try something new there.

'bug, guessing there is a new baby 'bug now since we haven't heard from you. Can't wait for details. :)

We are getting a little rain today, but probably not enough to help much unless it continues all day. Our soil is dry as a bone . I have been watering, but need to back off-just received the water bill for $500. Yikes!

We have an oak at the side of our house that is suddenly dying. It had a couple of dead branches last month, but the entire tree now looks to be dying. We just had to have another removed in July. I am so not happy. DH will not do anything about it. He would rather let it fall and then worry, but I am worried about the huge and beautiful American holly tree that it will take out when it goes, not to mention all the shrubs and perennials I have planted. The good news is that at least this one is not leaning toward the house. It is always something. Oh well.

Looks like the rain has stopped. Maybe I will change and go dig some ferns out of the front yard where they are behaving quite thuggishly. A neighbor wants some and I am going to move the rest to the back. Then again, maybe I will just take a nap...

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I should perhaps have posted this after I got it on Thursday, but I thought gb might perhaps post something on her own...

'Dark haired baby BOY was born at around 11:55 on August 15th! 6lb. 10oz.

I'll be seeing them around midnight tonight!'

So I assume gb is happily involved in baby stufff at the moment :-)


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How fun! Thanks for the great news, Woody. Just makes me smile thinking of the happiness in that house in this moment.


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Hey Idylls! I wound up at garden web because I was searching info about snapping turtles in water gardens. I'm pretty sure that is what had a hold of Mr. Big , my huge fantail. I am also missing some of my larger Koi.

Anyway it is good to read a bit of what's going on with you gals. And was surprised to hear there is a new baby bug. Congratulations to that family.

Woody were you really dry this summer too?
We are still in a very severe drought. I am so sad to lose so many plants. What the voles didn't damage over winter, the drought has taken a toll on this summer. Lost a lot of dogwoods and shrubs. I am very worried about the large trees too. Not only the drought but we had a very extended period of time with 100 to 107 degree temps. In other words it has been miserable.

We are fianlly cooling down some but the drought continues. I'm surprised I haven't ran our well dry, and it doesn't even help that much.

Anyway I hope you all are doing good and will be enjoying some fall gardening. I don't know if we will get enough fall rains to make the ground workable here or not. I know I have a big job ahed of me trying to rejuvinate my garden beds.
Take care everyone. I still need to go find a way to capture that snapping turtle.

Norma


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Hi Norma!

Did you get much riding done in the heat?! We had the heat and drought here too. The first two weeks of August gave us a break from both - we had over 3" of rain and cooler temperatures - but we're back to dry conditions now, with quite warm day-time highs - but cooler nights now, thank goodness! Things have struggled but I don't think we've lost much yet. If we have a cold, dry/snowless winter this year though that would finish off a lot of things. The rain inspired me to go on Monday to a local nursery that sells 1 gal. plants for $5.99 (they are a wholesale grower that also sells to the public at the nursery site...) and buy a bunch of things. Of course we've had no rain since and not much prospect of any so there's now a pot-ghetto that needs lots of water!


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Hi Woody. I have been riding fairly regular. I get out early to beat the heat. Bob built me a riding arena that is two thirds shaded morning and evenings. I usually train a bit in there and then hit the trails. The horse flies get pretty bad in the evenings and it stays hot. I am pretty whipped by evening anyway.

We just listened to the long range forcast here this morning and it looks like our drought will continue into Nov. I don't know how we will have anything left. Just a thunderstorm here or there would help some. It is to be fairly warm too.

I have started trying to get the weeds out of my beds. I need to divide and reset most of my daylillies. The voles have chewed many roots off.
I still have somethings in pots that never got planted this spring. It was easier to water the pots than the gardens. I kept all my container plants near the barn so it would be easier to water them. They are the only color I have.


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A lazy day today spent lounging on the back porch...

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View of the backyard garden from the lounge chair:
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There is nothing like a porch, is there, Woody? That is something I would love to have. They are wonderful when the weather is good and also during a storm or just a rainy day. I am envious!

Went back to school today. Can't believe vacation is over. *sigh*. I spent the weekend weeding and planting, but still have much to do. Like you, Norma, I have things that I have kept in pots through the heat-it is so much easier to water and I figured DH would be more likely to water them while I was gone if he didn't have to drag a hose around the yard. Happily, he did a marvelous job and everything looks great. I am taking a risk and trying to replant parts of the backyard in hopes that the galloping gardeners have calmed down enough that at least some of the things will survive. I had better take pictures soon, though, since I could be wrong and we will once again have a dog park with nothing but weeds and hard-packed dirt. :(

Can't wait to see baby pics.

As much as I hate to say it, it is a school night, so time for bed! Have a great week, everyone.

Cynthia


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Overnight temperatures are getting pleasantly cool now and there is less humidity during the day. No rain in the forecast though and things are getting dry again.

The hardy hibiscuses have been doing remarkably well with little or no watering. The Lord Baltimores along the south side of the house have been blooming for at least a month. The mulch on the path there badly needs refreshing though!
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These sunflowers appeared complements of the squirrels! They planted them in an empty pea pot, getting the seeds from the nearby bird feeder. We might do it deliberately next year....
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The Queen Elizabeth rose in the driveway border alwas gets very big. We were curious to see just how big it might get so we only cut it down to about 3' this spring. Goodness knows how tall it would get is we hadn't cut it down at all! The bottom is leggy now and some blackspot has appeared this past week, but it's an amazing plant. I think next year we'll cut most of it down short but leave one tall stem to see what happens...
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(I think I may go back to using my battery-eating Canon camera - this little Nikon I got this spring just doesn't seem to capture colors very well and even fiddling with them on Photoshop doesn't help....)

We had a fun day at Dog Guides today. I got to be a proxy-client again and walk my favorite big poodle to see how she walks for a non-trainer. She wasn't 'perfect', but easier to walk than Misty! But I guess it means that my favorite poodle will soon be going away to her permanent home.


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Just back from Alberta.
Forrest Reed J. is the name!
Perfection of course! :)
VERY busy here with DS coming, company and workmen and laundry, DH's classes starting, etc... but will lurk and contribute when possible.
Tomorrow i get to SEE the garden and what the tree man accomplished, the propane tank replacement looks like, what the unplanted ghetto plants look like...and so on.
'bug


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Hmmm... I think I detect a botanical theme in the naming convention, gb... :-)


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TGIF!

I started the day today by turning on the sprinkler. I'm on my second area already at 8:30. Things are dry... The tree man did a fine job and DH & a friend carted most of the logs to their assigned places. (front porch for burning this Fall, barn for aging, etc.) The new propane tank and connection to the house appear to be fine. The only problem I see outside is the digging done by (what I suspect are) skunks. This seems to be an annual theme since about 4 years ago. No idea on how to discourage them.

I must collect some things today for this long weekend - food, mulch, and so on. I'll leave you with a few photos.

Forrest Reed

Skyler and baby brother

Ivy learning Hopscotch

Cool Skyler with his uncle

Leo

Leo and Ivy jumping on the bed

Princess Ivy

With Daddy in the hot tub

Chirp!
'bug


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Princess Ivy is looking regally beautiful. Leo's golden hair and brown eyes are a striking combination. My computer wouldn't let me open the link you sent with more photos....

I love this hummingbird photo Randy took in the garden this morning. I'm thinking of getting it framed. See link - I can't seem to get the photo in the post....

Here is a link that might be useful: hummingbird


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Gb, oh my. Love that the photos show two sides of Skyler-gentle big brother and a member of The Wild Ones ;) Leo is cute as can be, Ivy is beautiful and wow, that skin-radiant-cute picture playing hopscotch, too, and Forrest is perfect. Lucky you!

Woody, Randy's hummingbird photo is amazing. Definitely worth framing.


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Enjoying looking at the photos and updates this evening..It's a good thing that there are people who enjoy children..it would be a sad world indeed if it were full of child-o-phobes like me!

I have spent the weekend so far painting, cleaning out the garage and doing boring household chores..the bright spot so far was schlepping myself over to Sonoma to see DS in 'A Chorus Line'. I remember vividly my friends and I going to see this ground-breaking musical when the original Bway cast came to Los Angeles in-- we were beside ourselves with excitement(we were theater geeks)and I would have never in a million years imagined that I would have sat in a theater some 30 years later to see my own son performing in one of the most iconic plays of my youth.

I don't think I have posted any photos of IU, so here are a couple for those that did not see what was posted on FB.

The Danger Garden in Portland

From IU9


From IU9

Idylling at Terra Nova

From IU9

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From IU9

Crazy Hydrangeas at Joy Creek

From IU9

Denise chats with George Little at Little and Lewis

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OOO-we , I'd forgotten what an ordeal it is to post pics here, however I have prevailed !

Kathy in Napa


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Thank you Kathy for posting those pics!!! (At last I see Saucy, proof she still exists!)

I'm actually with you on the child-o-phobe outlook. It's just that grandchildren are different.... and I think that finding good in friends of many generations keeps a person spry.

Tomorrow DS arrives and life promises to be eventful! Today is Debbie Day!(and that means a cleaner house!) I hope for time in the thirsty garden as well. I'd like to do some seed saving of my especially yummy tomatoes too. Fine Gardening Magazine has some instructions I may follow. But first, laundry.

'bug


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 4, 12 at 13:20

Hello all you Idyllers! Again I have been rushing around and reading but not posting.

All of the photos look so good, especially considering the unusually hot weather. Lots of wind too, last Wednesday both of my bananas and both of my castor beans blew over on the patio, and our internet was down all day. I think perhaps it was a little tiny edge of Hurricane Edgar playing hovoc with stuff.

Where to start? Well, Woody's gardens, "overgrown and messy" look good to me! And Randy's photos are beautiful. Did you get any male hummers? We only saw the ladies here this summer. And I agree, there is nothing like a porch. We don't have one on this house, but we did install a patio and awning to sit on/under.

Kathy I love seeing your series of photos. Expecially the one with the black Callas; one of my favourite plants, and hands-down DH's fav.

Nice to see Cynthia and Norma check in too.

And what can I say about Bug's Babies! beautiful kids, and great shots, Marie. Congratulations to all! Forrest is the sweetest name!

We spent the last two weeks, between waterings, getting ready for school and for the Perth Fair. Also Adrian and a friend operated a Lemonade stand and staged a fun fair in our park to raise money for the Food Bank. So proud of them!

We did well at the fair: five Firsts, five Seconds, one Third, and one Honourable Mention. The best bread-maker under age 15 lives in my house!

Cheers,

Julie


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WOW Julie! I've been buying frozen bread lately to bake when the need arises. Today I bought frozen olive bread. I should hire that kid under 15 instead! If only he lived closer...

DH picked up DS at the Buffalo airport this morning and then headed off to work. DS needs a nap as he had no sleep last night. Think we'll eat cheese fondue for dinner and some of the garden tomatoes too. (A friend calls it the season of "the tomato tsunami"!)

Back to work.
'bug


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Kathy - great photos - looks like a great place for Idylls! Those blue hydrangeas are wicked!! Whenever I see those big blue hydrangeas, I cannot make up my mind about whether I actually like them or not :-) They somehow always manage to look a bit artificial (but maybe I'm just jealous since they are never blue in my alkaline clay.)

Julie - Randy says the humming birds have been zipping around too fast for him to tell if they are M or F; that the one in the picture is the only one he's seen hover long enough for him to get a decent look at it! Congratulations to the prize winners at the fair! I remember entering things (knitting...) in the local fair when I was a kid and how pleased I was to get some ribbons.

We had a welcome 1/2" of rain yesterday - a far cry from the 4" north of Toronto, but welcome. There's supposed to be more in the next few days so we'll try to plant the pot ghetto tomorrow morning I think.

The Chinese wisteria tree is very densely foliaged at this time of year but it's still producing a few flowers - every time a whippy new growth gets cut back, it produces a flower there a week or so later. This is what it looks like tonight:
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The driveway asters should be in bloom in the next week or so. I'm always a bit unhappy with the combination of the purple and red-pink but they are both so vigorous and healthy I don't have the heart to rip the red-pink one out.
(If one had to go, that's the one that would be removed as there are lots of the purple ones nearby and only the one big clump of the red-pink ones.)
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Woody, how is your Heptacodium? Mine has finally taken off and has lots more blooms this year.

Got some garden things accomplished today and a bit of mowing too. We expect some rain. The men folk are going canoeing tomorrow for several days. Things are a bit chaotic when DS is around. He has lots of people coming here for visits but I don't yet know who or when.
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gb - our heptacodium is not in bloom yet - it usually doesn't start blooming until near the end of the month. How old is your? It took 3-5 years before ours really started getting impressive.

The rain has disappeared out of the forecast here (typical...!) It looks like we're back to hot and humid for a few days, so planting is deferred again.


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 6, 12 at 13:07

Hi all. I just worked outside for an hour and the heat and humidity is terrible. Had to get some stuff cut back and bagged before the garbage truck comes!

Cut and bagged ripe tomatoes for freezing for salsa when the weather gets (dare I say it??) colder. Those ones I freeze with the skin on as that goes just fine in salsa. A second batch has been blanched and skins off for soup, also to be made when the weather is cool. Tonight we are having roasted tomatoes with garlic pasta - one of our favourite meals!

I can't believe how fast and lush the back lawn is. I am kind of happy that it is the back, as I can't get to mowing it as often as I should.

Later I will take a few photos of my Sweet Autumn clematis thug and my Tangutica, both blooming beautifully.

Anybody want Four O'Clock seeds?

Cheers

Julie


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I'm going to try for a bit of planting this evening as cloudy/rainy weather is in our forecast for the next few days.

I bought bulbs this morning. Chelone, if you are lurking, this is your reminder!!!!!

The wretched wormy caterpillars are all over the place denuding the roses again. A lady suggested 1 T baking soda & 1 T liquid soap per 1 liter of water and used as a spray. Anyone tried this? Or something better?
'bug


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 6, 12 at 19:15

Hi Guys. Here is a recipe that was in the gardening column of our newspaper a few years ago. I recall that it works well - if one remembers to make it. And remembers to use it *LOL*

1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon insecticidal soap
1 tablespoon cooking oil
17 cups water
1 tablespoon vinegar

Spray disease and insect prone plants once a week.

Cheers!

Julie


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Julie, our weather is dreadfully humid too. Miserable. We are supposed to get a break next week. Hope you do as well. Somehow, I always think of you folks up north as being much better off than we are. I am sorry you aren't!

gb and woody, do you have your Heptacodium in full sun? They are so pretty, but we have so much shade here. I do have one area where we lost a tree recently that gets a little more sun. I will watch this weekend to see how much direct sun it gets.

Kathy, those pictures of IU are wonderful. They never showed up on my fb page, so I am glad you posted them here.

Almost finished our first week of school. Tomorrow night we have our family back-to-school picnic. I will be ready for the weekend after that.

Time to watch the President.

Cynthia


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Cyn - my heptacodium is in full sun - faces south with a cedar at its back. Actually the tree looks very odd when viewed from the side because the cedar prevents the tree from growing on the north side - so the side view looks like a tree that has been sliced in half vertically!

The cedar provides a perfect night roost for the monarch butterflies when they arrive. They swarm the heptacodium for nectar during the day and retreat to the shelter of the cedar at night. It's interesting to watch in the morning - as the day starts to warm up the butterflies emerge from the cedar like sleepy little kids rolling out of bed :-) The butterflies haven't started arriving yet for the migration so it's not a problem that my tree is not yet in bloom. I expect it'll probably bloom a bit early this year but hopefully it will still be in peak bloom when the butterflies arrive en masse. The three things the butterflies seem to rely on in our garden is the heptacodium, the butterfly bushes and the purple asters (they seem to prefer the purple ones - which I suspect are 'wild' ones - and largely ignore the red-pink named variety one.)


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Woody, that sounds incredibly delightful. I am always thrilled when we have even a couple of butterflies. I think people around here use pesticides so often that we have many fewer butterflies, lightning bugs, praying mantis, lady bugs, and all. I won't begin ranting on my opinion of that. At least our little half acre is a refuge even though they don't seem to find it nearly often enough.

The spot I am thinking of for the heptacodium gets about four hours of sun, maybe five. I may give it a try. When I was in France this summer, I decided to get a butterfly bush or two as well-they have them in every garden it seems and I have always loved the way they look. I will try to get both shrubs this fall, so they are ready for visitors (the fluttering kind) next year. Seeing all the beautiful gardens of you Idylls has really helped me so much. I feel as if maybe I am starting to be a little smarter in my placement and plant decisions. Still making mistakes, but getting better!

My other project is a path from one of the gates to the back patio. I am going to try 'bug's recipe with sand. The spot tends to stay wet after rain and it fills with weeds, almost overnight it seems! Time to fix it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.


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Cyn - Your sun is stronger down there so that may be enough for it. It took 4-5 years for mine to really start performing well, so be patient with it...

I was just out taking a few pictures, including some of the heptacodium. I noticed the lower branches are starting to flower now. Front view:
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Side view - you can see how it's only half a tree from the side because of the big cedar clump!
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I realized later that the picture I posted the other day of the Chinese wisteria tree sort of makes it look like it's eating the house! It's actually about 25' away from the house; the angle of the picture foreshortened the distance between it an the house. In this view of the house and front garden - what one sees when walking north on the road past the house - you can see that the wisteria tree is to the north at the end of the driveway and is well away from the house:
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Cyn - we have several butterfly bushes of various sizes. One - in the front bed - we let get to be a tall fountain of flowers; the rest we keep shorter. The front garden is planned to both provide some privacy when seen passing by on the road, but also to provide peek-a-boo views of the garden for the neighbours and others passing by. The 'moat' bed along the ditch is low in the center to allow views into the garden, but high on the ends to provide a sense of enclosure. The main bed plantings are a mix of perennials and taller shrubs and small trees to likewise provide a show without creating a feeling of exposure. This view taken while walking south down the street hopefully demonstrates that:
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We got 1.25" of rain overnight and more this morning (haven't checked the rain gauge again to see how much more...) so we'll be planting the pot ghetto in the next day or so!
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On Friday DSIL had knee surgery on his left knee. In a few months they'll decide what to do about his right knee. It may be that the repair of this first knee will affect the other one and a knee brace will be sufficient...
In the mean time, this is after the surgery;

And this was Leo's birthday.


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 11, 12 at 12:17

It would be nice if Wayne didn't need more intervention - joints can be so painful! When DH had his hip replaced, the surgeon was certain that he would need the other one done soon. Yet here we are, seven years later, and things are just fine. So here's hoping!

It is now officially fall: turned on the fireplace yesterday, brought in two plants, and started back on the Julie job routine.

We try to do one project a year in our house. I was hoping to replace carpet on stairs and landing...and thenFriday the storm hit. Again, we have a small leak in the foundation and it will be repaired on Friday. $$$$$. Also, the carpet down in that room (office) reeks, so the floor will have to be redone. The drywall, insulation and paint will have to be done too, and as it isn't really finished, new trim will be added. The stairs will have to wait for another year...unless the washer/dryer quit, then the laundry room will get done. *sigh*

Marei, your grandbabies are so cute! You must miss them terribly when you come home after a visit!

Glad to hear that DH and DS managed to successfully finish their canoe expedition. Good thing to have not heard until the weekend was over!!

I am now in throes of concern over DD's trip to Africa. Always something.

Woody, your place is looking great - never know that there was a drought this summer from the photos. I somehow had the impression that you had a rural home, but it looks like you live in town?? Doing wonders with the lot. It as nice when things mature the way you want them too. Kids included *LOL*

Having shown the front and side of our house, I will now show some of the back::

Sweet Autumn

Durandi

Tangutica (from Marie)

And a backyard view:

Cheers,
Julie


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Julie - it looks like everything is surviving the drought your place too! Randy has been doing a good job at keeping esstential things watered in the front beds. Most of the stuff planted there is pretty drought-tolerant too.

Rural property...? No - 1960s era suburbia here. The 1/4 acre lots are nice - and makes this an attractive area for teardowns and new, large replacment homes. I figure ours would be a teardown if we sold, because it is not big and fancy enough for current tastes! I do my best to make this place non-suburban-looking though :-)

My course started this week. It looks to be less work than the other two I took, but should still keep me busy...

I got good news today that my latest head MRI shows everything has been stable in the last year, so that's a big relief.


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CONGRATULATIONS WOODY!!!!!!!!
I couldn't be happier to hear this news!

Correction: The above photo of DSIL was BEFORE his surgery.

I heard from our friend who goes by this name! Busy talented lady!

Saw the film 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' this evening. I see so few films, at best 1 per year, that I am glad that this was the one!Unusual but excellent!
'bug


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 19, 12 at 11:00

Hello all! Not much action here this week.

I am in a mood. I look out at my garden, which should be getting some fall attention, and even though it is sunny and pretty cool, I have little or no motivation. Likewise for the house work. JJobs are going by the wayside as well. I am feeling like my life has been one great series of adventures, and I am in a hiatus now, waiting for the next phase of life to get started. I guess I have been reflective lately, thinking of early years, then teen years, high school, university, courtship and marriage, life before kids, life after kids, adulthood of my children, and then the arrival of grandson. He is growing up so fast - I am suddenly at loose ends it seems! Although not really....

So much for today's philosophic ramblings....

Cheers,

Julie


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My computer has just been returned with added memory.
DS is using my screen for the next few days, so i have limited access.

See you all soon,
'bug


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Julie - fall, looking ahead to a long winter stuck indoors too often, is one of those times for gloomy reflection for me too. Plus it's been nippy, particularly in the morning, the past few days. Rather than making me feel invigorated, I just want to go back to my warm bed! But September also evokes that 'back to school' feeling. My U of G course started on the 10th, so that's keeping me busy. It's a discussion-based one so I'm busy on the class forum :-)

On the bad news front, Misty has deteriorated badly in the last 6 wks or so - age (15) really caught up to her; she could only manage a morning walk around the block - afternoon walkies was just to the top of the street and back. We started her on Metacam two days ago and that seems to be helping a bit. But she has also started waking us up somewhere between 1:00 - 3:00 a.m. to go out to do her 'business' and then eat more of her kibble left over from supper! I'm feeling rather sleep-deprived at the moment!

I hope you feel more lively soon Julie.


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A story from DD:

On the way home from Ivy's nursery school today she started chanting "armadillo, chimpanzee.... armadillo, chimpanzee..." over and over again... And I thought it was pretty cool that she picked those two animals to be excited about and so brilliant that she was practicing those names... (yep, mom the biologist was pretty proud). Then we passed by some bushes and she said "potentilla fruiticosa - that's the ones with the yellow flowers".

It was so matter of fact that I didn't think anything of it for a few seconds and then I just started laughing! Now is it my mom or DH teaching her how to identify shrubby cinquefoil, AND it's Latin name???


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 21, 12 at 17:27

Oh Woody, I am sorry to hear of Misty's woes. It somehow doesn't seem fair that our pets age so much faster than we do! Ajax, at age 4, is also taking Metacam right now, and has just had his fourth laser treatment of six for his injured leg. He seems much better, so we're really hoping to avoid surgery.

Bug, Ivy sounds very precocious! I don't know many Latin names of the plants I grow! DH is better at the Latin than I am, having been raised in the Catholic Church and school system *LOL*

Adrian has been experiencing severe anxiety symptoms lately. This week it was quite a trial, getting him to school and getting him to last the day. We have several professionals involved, and the consensus seems to be that he is exhibiting characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome. We don't really want the label, but he needs it to get the help he needs....and we need this in place before he moves on to middle school. Yet another hurdle...

Our basement leak is now repaired and the carpets are gone off of the stairs and will be out of the office tomorrow. Then it's on to drywall patching, new paint, new flooring etc. Our family room is packed with stuff, almost unuseable for the time being. I have convinced the menfolk that we need to jettison lots of stuff so the office can function properly again - important for the projects that need to be done in Grade 6! ADRIAN IS DOING A DEMONSTRATION OF THE EVOLUTION OF VIDEO GAMING; HE IS PROWLING THRIFT SHOPS, FLEA MARKETS AND GARAGE SALES TO FIND ANCIENT SYSTMS. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING FOR HIM TO DISCOVER THAT THE OLD STUFF DOESN'T WORK WITH NEW T.V.'S. HE IS NOW LOOKING FOR OLD SMALL T.V.'S. SO FAR HE HAs MANAGED TO PICK UP ONE FOR FREE. (Oops, sorry for the caps. I don't know how to change back, but I am not yelling at you!) Adrian has been made to understand that keeping six or eight old video game systems is dependent on his getting rid of a bunch of crummy plastic toys. Ugh! hE HAS HIS OWN ALLOWANCE TO SPEND SO IT IS HARD TO GET HIM TO PART WITH THE JUNK HE BUYS. sLOWLY, SlOWLY HE IS GETTING THE HANG OF MANAGING HIS MONEY. mAYBE IT WILL RUB OFF ON THE REST OF THE FAMILY *lol*

Kay has had her shots for her trip to Africa next month, and is suffering lots of side effects. So soon we will have three dogs for a while as we are keeping her boston during her trip.

Off I go to feed the troops! Take care all!

Cheers,

Julie


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I finally got back here to see pics of Bug's new grandbaby.

Sorry for the short comments, but I am just up early and we are off for a much needed weekend at the lake.

These are the notes I took while reading through.

Woody I love that red Hibiscus!

Bug , What a healthy Looking baby Forest Reed is! I like that they chose Reed for the middle name.

Cute cute picture of Ivy learning to hopscotch.

Fun for Skylar on the motorcycle.

Leo is Soooo cute and love the blonde hair. He looks like a storybook character.
Uh oh! What's with his bandaged arm?

Gorgeous princess Ivy. I just love her spirit.

Woody , that is great news re your MRI!
Hate to hear Misty isn't doing well though.

Julie,you sure have a lot on your plate right now. Hang tough and enjoy the small things.

I love catching up with what's happening in your world.

Norma


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Norma, you can relax! Leo is not bandaged but enjoys wearing socks on his hands, like mittens. LOL!

Man Julie, that poor Adrien. (I sometimes think agencies depend on these kids for income and experimental purposes...) Skyler is going through bad times...and DD has no idea how to deal with things at this point. UGH!

You might enjoy How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. I did!

Here is a link that might be useful: Book I enjoyed


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Hi Julie, Norma, Woody, and 'bug and anyone else who may stop by!

Woody, such good news about the MRI. Funny, I never think of Misty as being that old, but then I can't believe ours are eight and seven years old either. I like picturing Misty on her short walks-bet she loves those still!

Norma, have a wonderful weekend at the lake. If your weather is as spectacular there as ours is here, you can't help but enjoy it.

Julie, those caps made me laugh. I HATE it when I do that unintentionally. ;). Hope the pup keeps doing well. Gosh, it is hard to see our pets hurting and/or aging. I think you are wise to get Adrian identified before middle school. I am a special ed teacher and MS can be so difficult for our kiddoes. The added support can make all the difference.

'bug, Ivy is such a joy, isn't she? I love the story from DD!

I worked in the yard a little today. Still watering like mad. Chuck is painting/staining the deck. He has been at it since the last week in July! Obviously, not working steadily. I don' t have the heart to point out that it is really a deck in need of replacement. He is working so hard sanding and all, but seriously, the deck is a disaster. Oh well, it looks better and with luck this will help it last for a couple of years.

Did I mention that I have started replanting in the back where the dogs had destroyed the garden? They have calmed down some since we first adopted them, so I thought I would chance it. When the grandpup is here, I drag chairs to block or cover some of the new plants and that has worked fairly well. Hostas in a couple spots aren't looking too great, but the shrubs are okay so far. However, the walled area (retaining wall behind garage) is still a favorite spot for Annabelle to dig. I am now running the drip hose in an attempt to make the soil damp enough to send the chipmunks elsewhere. Stupid dog.

Which make me think of Chelone. I am so glad you heard from her, 'bug.

All for now. I need to either get back outside or get out of these disgustingly dirty clothes!

Oh, and I love those clems, Julie. So envious of you, Woody, and 'bug who all are so good with growing those!

Cynthia


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Just a fly-by post... Randy headed out this morning to visit his father and sister in Calgary. It was an eventful flight! Here's his discription in an e-mail I got a little while ago....

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About 90 minutes out of Toronto there was suddenly a loud scream: everyone looking around to see where it came from. A male flight attendant came along & 4 rows in front of me there was a black woman @ 30 years old at most. She then started yelling loudly:

"There is a bomb inside me" -which got everyone's attention to say the least! She then started a non-stop stream of wild ramblings e.g�..

I'm a black Jew
I'm full of electronic particles
I'm a Canadian, do you want to see my passport
It's my vagina, what do you make of it?
What are they doing in Ottawa? It's a conspiracy
I live in Toronto
It's all racism
I listen to rock 'n roll
They are all pedophiles & perverts
It's the fault of the gas station by my house in Toronto

You get the idea�. Very quickly people understood that this was some sort of psycho-medical breakdown & not a serious safety issue.

Across the aisle from me there was a Canadian soldier who volunteered to help: he sat in the seats behind her ready to help restrain her if she became physical. Interestingly, they kept the cockpit closed & neither pilot emerged during the entire one hour of the incident.

It took about an hour to land in Winnipeg & we zoomed right into a gate. Two security guards in black came on & a cop hovered in the background. Everyone was trying to talk her to leave on her own steam, but she wouldn't budge. They then announced that everyone else had to leave plane. The passengers in front of her exited & then suddenly she got up and "went with the flow" - no big fuss. Speaking later to one of the passengers who got off, she said they put her in a wheel chair & restrained her arms & happily that was the end of it without any violence.

I was afraid that they were going to make everyone get off the plane & they would remove the luggage as well, but we got back in the air again fairly quickly - a 45 minute visit to Winnipeg in all.

So it went on flight 1151!
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Barb is staying here while Randy is away, and her middle daughter, Laurie, is here tonight - as is Liam (Border Collie), so I've got lots of company while Randy is away.


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Whoa! Sounds like the airline handled that very well. Glad to know it all turned out okay. Sounds like you and Misty will have fun while he is away. Love that the border collie is named Liam-that just tickles me, although I am not sure why. Very cute.


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Watch below. Look for the baby bat attached to Momma...and more!

Here is a link that might be useful: WOW!


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Happy October one and all!

Not much sun today here...and the forecast is for an entire week of rain. We shall see.
Here in Ontario we have some beautiful fall colour.I have made only a few timid steps toward "fall cleanup". Both a peony and a batch of yellow lilies have been given away. The peony was pretty enough, just that they occupy lots of real estate for such a short period of bloom.
Yesterday we harvested the last of the eggplants, peppers and tomatoes. I cut back the asparagus too. I should have waited longer but it is a job I prefer doing when there is still warm air outside. Picked carrots and beets too and roasted the beets for our dinner.
Had to go fix the wheelbarrow tire today in the shop. DH tried in vain yesterday.
Today was "Debbie Day" and so I am happy to start the week with neat surroundings and cleaner windows! Off to rest a bit after being ill last night. A good book should cure all that!


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Feel better, 'bug. At least with rain, it makes it easier to allow yourself the luxury of taking it easy. I wish we would get rain for the whole week-we are still so dry here.

Happy October all.


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Hola my friends...I have a new computer ..at least quasi new as I bought a refurb unit. I had to remember my log in and password here ! My old one was at least 15 years old and on it's 2nd hard drive. No way it would have been able to handle the new photo software I want to install.
Woody, great to hear about your MRI, but sorry that Misty is having some issues. Elderly pets are such a challenge.

'bug I read your blogs religiously but often can't comment(this seems to be the case on all Wordpress blogs--except Denises for some reason. Just didn't want you to think I was ignoring you !

Cyn, I'm going to have to make sure you are on the FB IU10 group..plans are in the infant stage , but it looks like we will be on Long Island this year.No dates yet.

We are seeing alot of Chelone these days over on FB . She is busy as 'bug says..compound improvements and more floor cloths !

Ok , back to baseball

Kathy in Napa


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Hi there Kathy! Congratulations on the new-to-you computer! Hope the transition works out well. Yes, Denise's blog is a wonderful one to follow! I'm not sure about the various problems accessing blogs. It seems some people have issues with Blogger, others with Wordpress. So far I have been lucky I guess. Also, I am hoping that Long Island will be a possibility for me!

For those who remember him, I have recently been in touch with Kaveh- who also has a very fine blog. His father is in poor health and the whole family is under great stress at this time. I am eager for him to return to blogging in the hope that this outlet will bring him some joy. Recently he has had one of his garden designs installed for good clients and I hope he shares this on his blog soon!

The past week has involved celebrating my 70th...a long drawn out celebration involving way too many cakes and pies and restaurant meals. One friend gave me compost for the garden, another a sweet necklace, another a book, another a flower vase that attaches to a mirror or window, another a trip to an amazing nursery...and DH gave me rain chains for the garden! Then there was the chorus of Happy Birthday from the grandchildren etc... Quite the drawn out occasion, highlighted by the best year for colourful leaves I've ever experienced!

Tomorrow will be Thanksgiving here and there is a great deal to be thankful for as well!

It won't be baseball here that I turn to now (at 8am) but cutting back more in the garden and saying goodbye to a visiting friend.

'bug


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Happy Birthday Marie!

Nice to 'see' you Kathy...

The forecast here has been calling for rain for most of last week and this coming week. So far, we've only had one night with some rain (~ 1/2" - very welcome indeed!) Did you get some good rains gb? At least with the cooler temperatures things are not drying out quite as quickly now. We were at Northland Nurseries yesterday morning to pick up a few things and it was very, very chilly with a strong wind up there on the top of the Escarpment! We didn't linger long :-)

We're heading out to a friend's for Thanksgiving dinner later this afternoon, so we need to get busy here to cook our contributions to dinner.... (cranberries, a 'turnip puff', apple pie and butterscotch brownies....) We won't be staying long after dinner because I don't like leaving Misty alone too long now - plus she's fussy about taking the Metacam pain medicine. Since it has to be taken with food, we're only going to leave a bit of supper out for her and feed her the rest, with the medicine, when we get home. Poor little mite is looking very sad these days :-(


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Happy Thanksgiving 'bug and Woody!

Thanks, Kathy. I would love to make it this coming summer and Long Island would be fairly close-comparatively speaking!

Happy belated birthday, too, 'bug. Hope it was a grand day!

Sweet Misty is in my thoughts. Hate to think of her looking sad.

We got a little rain, too. I am hoping for more today. If I dig, it is still dry only an inch or so down. Nearby, they received over 2" of rain last week. We got half an inch. Makes me a tad grouchy. Hope you get lots wherever you are.

Now, off to contemplate butterscotch brownies....yum.


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 9, 12 at 11:11

Good Morning everyone!

Managed to get through Thanksgiving in peace. We have had frost here the last two nights, so what is left of my garden is looking decidedly sad. I now make myself go out for an hour every decent day to cut back and dig up. Much more fun to plant in the spring than to clean up in the fall!

Woody, I am sorry to see that Misty is still not well. How sad. Have you had her for all of her fifteen years? Ajax is still on the Metacam. He actually likes it, and comes to sit at my feet when I take the box out of the fridge. He probably associates it with having dinner. I was trying to give it to him in the morning so he would feel better all day, but he often does not want his breakfast. He always eats dinner.

While Kelly is in Africa (how great that sounds!) we are sitting for her dog as well. So we have three zesty little Bostons for the month of October. Raia is very slim and fast, and has multiple food allergies. Tucky is a chunk, will eat anything and everything, and not fit. Ajax has the gimpy leg and eats when he is hungry. He is just the perfect size for a Boston. So it does keep me occupied trying to make sure everybody gets the right food, the right amount of food, and appropriate exercise every day.

I have decided to completely redo my back garden - Woody, I might pick your garden-design brain sometime this winter - I am sure I will need advice!

Sounds like your birthday was a blast Bug! Congratulations!

I hope to make it to Long Island as well this year. We are thinking of getting travel docs for Adrian and driving to NYC so that he and DH can have a short holiday as well. Everything takes so much planning! My brain is stuffed!

Kathy, did you get a refurbished laptop? I am lobbying for a second one to put downstairs. Adrian is quite the gamer and getting computer time is getting more difficult.

Adrian has a host of doctor and cousellor appointments over the next three weeks. He is having a lot of problems right now, but we are handling it o.k. I will have to change his name from TCS (you might remember the Thanksgiving when he ate Three Carrot Sticks for dinner) as this year he managed the mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, and salad.

I hope you all are having the weather you need to keep your garden stuff over the winter to come.
We are fine for rain now, in fact lawns etc. are way too lush, but I think the perennials are hydrated enought to survive the winter.

Cheers all!

Julie


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Hi Julie! Misty was around 6 when we got her. We're not entirely sure of her exact age. It's a long story... Barb, who works for me part-time, years ago had a pallitive care client. The woman's son got Misty as a puppy for his mother (who gets a dog - let alone a puppy! - for a dying person?!) The woman did not like dogs! So Misty ended living in a closet. Barb was the only one who cared for her and looked after her. The son also didn't like dogs and would do things like kick her out of the way.... Unsurprisingly Misty learned to bite to protect herself. As the woman reached the end of her life and needed more care, Barb started taking Misty home with her so she was out of the way. When the woman died, the son told Barb to get rid of Misty. Barb took her to the Humane Society, but they said they couldn't put her up for adoption because of her biting, so would have to put her down. Barb didn't want that, so she took her home. But Barb is a single mom and had three kids, two of them quite young at the time. She was also working multiple jobs and going to college to upgrade her skills, and she knew nothing about training a dog and had no time for walking etc. So she treated Misty like a cat :-) So, while Misty was cared for, she spent a lot of time alone and didn't get much exercise and no training. (She was paper-trained for bathroom duties...) When Barb started working here, she told me about Misty. I said if Misty and Chelsea would get along, she could bring Misty to work with her. Chelsea was not a fan of most dogs, but she seemed to not believe little dogs were really dogs! So Barb started bringing Misty to work. It was 3:00 the first day before Misty would let me touch her! Soon we were taking care of her overnight at times when Barb was away somewhere. A few months after Barb started bringing her to work, Misty started hiding when Barb was getting ready to leave at the end of the day! It soon became clear that we had ourselves a new dog....! So Misty has happily been a member of our family for about 9 years now. I think a large part of her problem is arthritis in her spine. She has a very bumpy section in her back now. She's still eating fine most of the time but walking is difficult for her, especially by the afternoon. She's almost as deaf as me now too :-) Plus she has cataracts in both eyes, although she's not yet completely blind. So she's definitely a rather sad old lady now but is still reasonably happy and lovable. It's going to be hard to decide when it's time to 'pull the plug'. I'm hoping she just dies in her sleep some night.

I'm not sure how much there is in my brain to pick re changing your garden! But I'm happy to make what's there available to you :-)


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Aacckk, Julie, happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Can't believe I forgot you were in Canada. Peace is good, although how you managed that, I don't know. Sounds like a lively place with all those pups. Hope all the appointments go well. You are amazing.

Woody, Misty's early life story is so infuriating, but she sure did find herself a wonderful family. Love that she started to hide when Barb was ready to leave. She is one smart dog! I'll bet it is hard to believe you have had her for nine years. I know I can't believe Annabelle and Clouseau have been with us for six+ years. It seems more like two!

I actually had a productive long weekend. Checked off a couple of big Julie Jobs-cleaned out and straightened the two linen closets...new shelf paper and all. Now, I just keep opening the doors just to admire them! ;)
Got lots of regular cleaning done and got out the winter clothes. Moved some furniture out of an area downstairs which was starting to look like a storage area which it is NOT. We just have too much stuff. Looks better now.

Good night all.
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Aacckk, Julie, happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Can't believe I forgot you were in Canada. Peace is good, although how you managed that, I don't know. Sounds like a lively place with all those pups. Hope all the appointments go well. You are amazing.

Woody, Misty's early life story is so infuriating, but she sure did find herself a wonderful family. Love that she started to hide when Barb was ready to leave. She is one smart dog! I'll bet it is hard to believe you have had her for nine years. I know I can't believe Annabelle and Clouseau have been with us for six+ years. It seems more like two!

I actually had a productive long weekend. Checked off a couple of big Julie Jobs-cleaned out and straightened the two linen closets...new shelf paper and all. Now, I just keep opening the doors just to admire them! ;)
Got lots of regular cleaning done and got out the winter clothes. Moved some furniture out of an area downstairs which was starting to look like a storage area which it is NOT. We just have too much stuff. Looks better now.

Good night all.
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October continues to "be a blast" as Julie put it, but November is gradually turning into another anxious month with DS and his friends reappearing... They are interesting and fun, but it will be tons of time, work and money. Oh well, I wanted kids and I still have them at 36 and 41 years of age.

Today I accomplished a bit more cutting back of the garden...but there is so much left to do and only rain rain rain in our forecast.

Then there were the big anxieties popping up once more with D step GS's manipulations. ARGH!
I shall survive!

This foliage lifts my spirits:

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sneeze, sneeze, sneeze
lemon & honey in my tea
shivers

I expect to be cured FAST! No time for this.

Hope you are all well!


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sneeze, sneeze, sneeze
lemon & honey in my tea
shivers

I expect to be cured FAST! No time for this.

Hope you are all well!


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Thinking of Misty!!!

Today is odd job day: cleaning out the eaves of the house, some painting in the basement, etc...

The last clematis of the year.

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First hard frost here this morning - about two weeks early!

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How's your cold gb? There's been a nasty one going around - I'm trying hard to avoid it!


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Frost here too. Brrrrr!

It was a sunny morning though as we drove to Paris (Ontario of course).

Still fighting the cold off, but not feeling too awful.
Ivy had a fall and her teeth came through her chin! Sarah did this when she was little too. Sigh. Her teeth are fine and she'll be OK with probably a bit of a scar. I expect a photo....


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Lots of company, also lots of rain.
I hope to get more garden cleanup accomplished soon as there are a few sunny days predicted for next week.

Here's Ivy with her chin bandage-

Still some leaves on the trees here-

Hope all is well with you lurkers!
'bug


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 22, 12 at 16:51

My goodness, Bug! Ivy looks so grown up! And so gorgeous!

My last two weeks have been filled with appointments for all of us - doctors, dentists, the vet, a couple of specialists, consellor for Adrian....the time has just flown by!

I have managed to get most of the garden work done. I mentionned before that I would be picking Woody's brain for ideas for my triangle garden at the back - but I will take all and any advice into consideration! It was hard to put that garden to bed because I don't like it. So I didn't want to work on it. But it is done for now. I still have garlic to plant and a rhodo to wrap but that's about it.

In the house, our basement leak has been repaired, the insulation, vapour barrier and drywallin the office replaced, the carpet ripped out, the walls primed, the ceiling primed and painted, and the trim bought and primed. The stair carpet is gone, the crummy quality wood steps repaired and filled, and all is sanded. The primer and paint for them arrived today, so tomorrow I will be painting. As soon as I have the walls in the office painted, the floor can go in. DS thinks he can do all of the flooring in one day.It was kind of good that the leak appeared in the only room we had not redone since we bought this house. It will now be beautiful, and hopefully will function as an office once again, instead of the "box room" it had become.

In the next two weeks, Adrian has a large project due. He is doing a part of it at home, but assures me that the other three sections are almost completed at school. Everything is supposed to come home to be put together on the last weekend. Doesn't give much leeway if the kid forgets the work already done, or leaves it on the bus or something. He also has his 11th birthday that weekend and in a moment of weakness we agreed to a sleepover party. This is two days after Hallowe'en and the same day that he sees his pediatric specialist. Not looking forward to that week at all. And then we can start getting ready for Christmas *LOL*

Kelly, however, is swimming in the Indian Ocean this week.

I hope you are all enjoying fall colours! Beautiful here, and I thought that after the drought the fall would be dreary. I have Gabera daisies and tiny geranium cuttings blooming in my solarium window already, giving a little touch of cheer indoors.

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Julie


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Julie - my goodness; you've been a very busy lady! What don't you like about that garden area? Pictures...? We haven't done a lot of fall clean-up here yet, although it's starting now. 90% of the ash leaves are down now - there's no point to doing much until they're down. Randy was cleaning the eavestroughs today - it always makes me nervous when he's up on the roof with the leaf-blower :-(

gb - Ivy looks like a cute tomboy :-(


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I am NOT finished with garden work at all. So much left to do, but today they delivered fire wood for our wood stove this winter, so I had to stack as much of that as my back could tolerate. DH is doing more right now. Tomorrow thunderstorms are predicted, so we must cover the rest with tarps until dry weather returns. I have also worked a GREAT DEAL on leaf mowing to grind them up for mulch. What a pain though.

Talk of Adrian's project makes me nervous. I know all the concerns about losing things on the bus. (a library DVD, a bus pass, and a wallet last month alone!)
Skyler had a week off school(WHO ON EARTH CREATED OCTOBER HOLIDAYS??? That is the best school month of the year!) which was spent with Sarah and their family. That meant 2 weeks of extra school work and tons of practice on concentration, reading comprehension, following math instructions and practice working on his own without a parent hovering. This resulted in an 84% on his math test Friday, which certainly is an improvement over 43%. In any case, it does show he CAN do things if he cares to.

Hardly any blooms left, but lots of leaf colour and ornamental grasses still. Those may vanish with this week's rains though.

We've had loads of company lately and will again in mid November and early December. I'm rather hoping we do NOTHING but stay home solo for Christmas!

Ivy and Leo Play-

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Just wanted to share this:(Maybe you'll need this Julie!

We had our basement floor painted with special stinky Alkyd paint over a week ago. It was AWFUL, and then we were having guests spend the weekend here this last Saturday & Sunday. I didn't know what to do about the smells. We had opened windows, doors etc, but nothing helped! So I checked Google and they suggested chopped raw onions in bowls of water. So, with only 2 hours left, I drove off to buy half a dozen onions and began chopping! Within 2 hours the smell had dissipated a great deal and by evening it was gone! WOW! Never again will I use that Alkyd stuff!!!


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 22, 12 at 22:10

Thanks Bug! Yup, the primer is Alkyd. I will buy onions tomorrow!

Hope that Randy got off the roof the right way :)

Cheers,

Julie


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Julie, they say to add vanilla to the primer before you start too! Seems it won't alter the colour at all.

Here is a link that might be useful: concerning paint smells


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Julie, they say to add vanilla to the primer before you start too! Seems it won't alter the colour at all.

Here is a link that might be useful: concerning paint smells


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Handy tip re the onions and the paint - I'll have to keep that in mind for the future.....

We just got back from our weekly volunteer session at Dog Guides. All the dogs there are very nice, but Gladys is our favorite. When personality was handed out, she got a double dose! :-) When she's in the holding pen in the training area, she spends a lot of her time standing on her hind legs, waving her front paws around to get someone to pay attention to her! She's a cuddly sweetheart when we groom her and is a happy worker in training. (If you're wondering why my nose is red, it had recently had an abrupt encounter with the very sturdy skull of a Lab - I bent down just as he raised his head.... ouch!) Volunteering there is such a fun thing to do.

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Don't tell the squirrels, but ALL THE BULBS ARE PLANTED!!!


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Exciting news! Our name came up on the waiting list for a 'failed' Dog Guide dog! Friday we'll be bringing home a 14 month-old black male Miniature poodle named Quark. He 'failed' the temperament criteria to make it from the foster home to the training program. He has 'resource sharing' issues, although they assure us that they're minor and he's a friendly, sociable dog with both people and other dogs. There's a 2 week trial period when we can return him if there's any problems. Hopefully he'll get along well with Misty - and her friends, both human and canine.... Since he's coming straight from the foster home, he only has basic training that the foster parents provide. But it also means the cost is fairly low - $500+tax. I was expecting it to be more; dogs that have been in training at the facility do cost more - not sure what though as it depends on how far along they are in training and the reason for failing out. The next few weeks should be very 'doggy' here as we all adapt to each other and we introduce him to our extended dog pack :-)


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 30, 12 at 19:44

Yay Woody! Pictures, of course.Will you be keeping his cute name? Our DD arrived home on Sunday from Africa - pretty much the last flight from D.C., and has now taken her dog back home. My two guys, especially Tucker, are a bit despondent without Raia. DD was pleased at how happy Raia was, and has contacted a shelter to take a second dog. Raia needs a pet!

Did Sandy cause any problems for you? We were hunkered down with supplies and candles and water - and it ended up being a sunny day today! A little breezy, but certainly nothing dramatic. Some of our other Idyll friends had some difficulty - Sue was out of power, and I don't know about Deanne. Liz posted on FB that she could really hear the surf pounding, and Brenda and "the boys" took the day off from harvesting due to the wind. Have you heard from Marie??

I am pleased that most of the outside work is now done...on to fall cleaning and basement reno! DH painted the first coat on the office today, and I finished the first oil primer coat on the stairs. I may actually get a second coat on this week, and then I can start the top coats. What a job. But I am pleased at how much brighter our stairway looks already.

Friday is a very busy day for us: Adrian is gatting a Kiwannis Terrific Kid award at school in the morning; it is also his eleventh birthday, and he is seeing his paediatrician in the afternoon. He is having a sleepover party in the evening - so probably no sleep for any of us! He also has a big project due on Monday - at my insistence he is now pretty much done that. Good thing, as of course, Hallowe'en is tomorrow night. I will be canvassing for funds for our local animal shelter at ten on Saturday, so DH will be dealing with the party aftermath. I am anxious to get this week over!

Take care!

Cheers,

Julie


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Please keep us updated with photos as things progress with Quark!
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I'm sure there will be lots of pictures.... :-) We'll probably keep his name but give him a nickname too (Misty's is Monkey....)

We've had wind and rain from Sandy, but nothing excessive - no big branches down from trees - so far at least! We've got lots of fall clean-up left to do so we'd better get some nice weather again soon!


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We have one dead spruce tree which came down, also lots of large live spruce branches. Supposed to be freezing (or below) at night, starting Friday.
My brother in New Jersey has been eating cold meals. :( The police predict 7 more days without power too.
My activities are more centered around the fireplace these days, but there is plenty more to clean up outdoors before winter is allowed!!! The cats have been catching mice who sneak in the basement. UGH.


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 31, 12 at 9:15

We have caught one mouse in the kitchen too. It's death was grisly, glad I found it and not Adrian! Funny, same cupboard we caught one in this time last year. Must check again to see if I can find the entry. Glad you folks are o.k. NYC did not fare well at all.

Cheers guys!

Julie


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Pterodactyl anyone?


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Introducing.....

Cole! (Formerly Quark....)
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Cole/Quark had been adopted out 3 weeks ago but came back because the husband developed allergies. They changed his name to Cole and we preferred that, so he's now Cole here too.

He's an energetic little guy - some obedience training definitely in his future, although the place we want to take him doesn't have a class we can join until January. He's a bit bossy but, so far, he and Misty are getting along fine. They're both asleep near me at the moment. Cole seems to have attached himself strongly already to Randy so I suspect he's going to end up as more Randy's dog than mine! (Randy grew up with a black miniature poodle...)

A couple more pictures:

He needs a good comb-out!
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Misty checking him out:
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WOW! Hard to believe he's 14 months old, especially when I see him with Misty. What a good thing that Misty is quite used to other doggies coming for visits. I bet she wonders when he's leaving... Lots of fun in your future! Aren't you glad that you don't need to toilet train him?!


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Misty's nose is a bit out of joint I fear :-) I think she senses he's not just a visitor.... Yes, I'm glad the house-beaking training is done, but there's lots more training he needs! He's got very big feet, so I'm wondering if he's got more growing left to do. I think we need to get his hair cut now so it has a chance to grow out before it gets really cold. His coat is quite long now and it'll be a mess if we don't get it cut soon.


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I think Cole is splendid looking Woody ! I hope you don't cut his hair too awfully much !

I haven't been over here to visit in so long, maybe I'll do better this winter. It's been quite busy at the awfice and I feel a bit drained when I get home. Our weather has been really nice , still hitting the 70's in the daytime though it gets down to the 40's at night.We had two very welcome rain events in October -at last I can roll up the hose and be done with it til next spring. I need to get my pop-up greenhouse out and erected..once November hits our first frost could arrive anytime.

'bug, I tried to comment on your blog this week but once again was asked to log in to my (non-existent) Wordpress account ! Just know I read and enjoy !

A few updates: Cynthia has retired as of Oct 31st..Chelone continues to produce beautiful floorcloths and a new pergola has been erected at the Compound...Saucy continues to search for an 'indoor' job...Eden outdid herself on the Halloween decor this year, and Bella was a peacock..

all for now !

Kathy in Napa


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Hello my friends..I see there is a new photo upload option so I am trying it out !

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That looks like a peaceful place to hang out Kathy :-)

Cole is keeping us busy. He's a generally happy little boy - but he does have temperment issues and can be a bit snappy. Guarding toys were what we were warned about but the biggest issue seems to be about sharing treats - he wants more than his fair share! We're training him to stay out of the pantry entirely - that's where we feed Misty, so to give her peace to eat, he has to stay well away. At this point, I have to sit across the doorway while Misty eats to ensure he stays out, but he's getting better.

He's very dominant/bossy so we were a bit worried about how he'd get along with some of our regular doggie visitors who are also a bit bossy (e.g. Blue) But he met Blue on the weekend and they were fine together. Barb has been bringing her oldest brother's little something-or-other (!) with her when she comes on Thursdays. Booboo is very cute and smart but and odd looking little beast. He's very dominant too. Yesterday Cole met his match in Booboo! They chased each other endlessly around the backyard, obviously both having a great time but neither willing to concede to the other as to who was top dog! I think it ended up as a draw :-) But it was very funny to see little Booboo hop aboard Cole and start humping away! When Barb pulled him off, he'd continue to 'air hump' for a few minutes. It was hilarious to watch! Cole didn't seem offended. He was a timed little boy by evening though!

Barb and the little folk:
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On a sadder note, Randy's father ended up in the hospital two days ago with a serious lung problem. The prognosis is not good....


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We have had our first frost last night, so this afternoon I put up my pop-up greenhouse.When I got home from the awfice yesterday it felt really cold, and it was clear too, so I took precautions and moved some of the tenders in the house or garage. My biggest concern is always the frost-sensitive succulents and the begonias. Frost is predicted for tonight as well, but I am ready ! I finally caved in turned the heat on in the house yesterday too..I always try to go to Nov 1 before using the heat and I went quite a few days beyond that this fall ! Got the thermostat set to 64, and will turn it off overnight.

((Woody and Randy)), sorry to hear that Randys dad is ill.

All for today,

Kathy in Napa


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 12, 12 at 12:16

Yahoo! The painting of the staircase is done! In two weeks I can install the carpet treads and the whole thing will look 100% better than the crummy carpet that was there. Certainly a cleaner look! I thought often of Brenda as I donned my painting outfit; and of Liz, whose materpieces look like faux marble. My job is just plain white. Daily wipedown, and maybe a repaint in a few years. but I have had this look before in my old house and it is surpisingly attractive. Next on my list today is a bunch of phone calls, and then a big TSP scrub of my kitchen ceramic floor - a huge Julie Job.

I sweep the kitchen every day and damp mop about once a week, but this big clean occurs about three times a year.

I am already getting cabin fever and I have been in the house for about a week. Sidelined by a cold and by the weather.

Cole is very cute, and probably used to getting his own way. When Raia is here she and Tucker have a ball and Ajax is the third man (dog) out. When Raia is gone Tucky follows me everywhere looking very remorseful; and Ajax becomes very cuddly. Kay has taken in a very abused Cane Corso Mastiff puppy, who, at less than a year of age, is already about 90 lbs. This big girl had very little training, but Raia, who is about twenty five pounds. is busy showing Zurei what to do. When Raia sits, Zuri sits. When Raia lies down on a cushion in the living room, Zuri follows suit. They both have crates of their own too, and when Raia says "It's bedtime" Zuri crates herself as well. Kay is an exemplary dog owner, and walks the two of them for an hour in the evening after work, and takes them to the dog park on her off days. Zuri is a big (!) hit at the dog park, as she is quite timid as a result of her background.

I am sorry that Randy's father is not well. This time of year is so dreary that I think many elderly people suffer from a version SDD and slip downhill a little. I hope he improves and is with you for a while longer.

I better move on if that floor is going to get done! As the saying goes "It's not going to wash itself".. Wish it would!

Take all,

Cheers,
Julie


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Julie - we have to do that periodic serious scubbing of tile floors too. I've never tried TSP though - that sounds like a good idea. How much do you use?

Cane Corsos are scary dogs! Tell Kay to be careful!! One thing we've learned from having two abused dogs (Chelsea and Misty) is that you can never totally trust them because you can't be sure that you know all the things that trigger their fear response that they learned in the abusive situation. She needs to be always on her guard even if 99% of the time tha dog is fine with her. The 1% can happen fast and unexpectedly so always be wary.

Cole is definitely My Bossy Boots! We took him over to Randy's brother's place on the weekend so he could meet Dexter (big Airedale). They happily ran around the backyard together - but it was Dexter who ended up on his back in the submissive position! Cole's smart and he's learning the rules here but he's a challenge at times :-) Cute and lovable too!


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 14, 12 at 11:52

Hi Woody!

Kay does in fact know what Zuri's issues are, and has been very well coached by the rescue group. If anybody can care for this dog, it is kay. The adoption process was quite rigourous also.

When I use TSP I dilute it 1 part TSP to 20 parts water. I also rinse with clean water after washing. And wear Rubber gloves. And test a surface first - it removed the gloss from my kitchen countertop!

We are having great difficulties with TCS right now *sigh* The medical establishment has not been very helpful and we are at a loss.

On a lighter note - I have just completed my last mowing of the year. Imagine having to mow in November when it is typical to have snow here by Remembrance Day! At least the grass is not likely to grow much now. And it is easier to pick up after the dogs in the early morning because the poop is frozen :)


Cheers,

Julie


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Julie - While Kay has probably been told as much as the rescuers knew about the dog's situation, she still needs to be very alert to what causes the dog to react negatively. For instance, we knew Chelsea had been kept in a garage but what we noticed were things like
- she hated to be in any space that felt confined and where there was no obvious 'escape route' where she could easily get away from someone approaching her; in a situation like that she'd snap at anyone she didn't know and trust coming towards her.
- anybody leaning over her and extending a hand towards her was likely to be snapped at.
(From that all we assumed she had been backed into a corned and hit....) So we then tried to avoid placing her in a situation where she'd feel trapped. You could not get her into a crate under any circumstances!

Misty generally reacts more negatively to men than women - but burly men particulary scare her. She also does not like anyone running towards her - either from behind or coming towards her. When we first got her, she'd run to the end of the leash and snap at anyone jogging past us on the street!

So, Kay should be alert to the sort of situations the dog reacts to so she can anticipate problems and be prepared and/or avoid situations that can trigger a negative response. Once you can anticipate the problems, often a warning Ah-Ah said in advance is sufficient to settle the dog down and avoid a tense encounter, once the dog has come to trust that Kay means safety.


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I just wanted to share a comment about abused dogs. Years ago, a stray dog followed me home. She was beautiful, like a slightly taller, more slender, more delicate Welsh corgi. Anyway, she seemed to be terrified of men because she wouldn't let DH touch her for a couple of weeks. However my dad visited and she loved him from the beginning. We figured out she was afraid of men with beards and glasses. DH had both and Dad had neither. When DH would pick her up, she would freeze in terror.

Later we found out who had dropped her at the landfill and he had glasses and a beard. He probably picked her up and threw her out of his truck.

Later she became so confident that she would jump to shoulder level and throw herself backwards for us to catch her. She was less than 6 months old when we got her, the vet estimated. She died at 14 and was a super companion for our poodle mix. They loved each other.


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Nice story spicebush!

I had a fall today and broke my left tibia! I'm back in a wheelchair again - it's going to be long winter I fear...

Julie - can you please pass on the the IU folk that I won't be going so there's no need to include me on the e-mail list (but thanks for including me )


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 15, 12 at 22:28

Oh no Woody!! At least it's not gardening season! Take care....Can youy do walkies with the chair? Please let us know how you're dong - often.

Cheers,

Julie


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RE: Idyll #514(?) Proceeding at a slow Idyll...

Oh Woody ! So sorry about your accident... I think Saucy used an older list-I asked her to send out an e-mail for me because all my contact lists are on my old computer which is unplugged. I will see what we can do to amend the list.

A week of rain is on the way here--fungus corners !

Kathy in Napa


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