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Idyll #280 - The Labor Day Weekend Idyll

Posted by deanneart z5Southern NH (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 1, 06 at 7:13

Good morning everyone. Now we are swinging into September and the holiday weekend. Lets see if we can perk up the Idylls and use up this thread before the end of the weekend? Happy September gardening.

I get to meet Martie today! HOrray!

Deanne


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Funny that Deanne and I are the only ones up, yet. LOL

I'm coffeed and showered and packed to head north. Can't Wait!!! My life/resulting schedule makes it hard to definitively plan stuff most of the time, especially if my self-employed husband is involved. BUT -- Today is Mine!! Can't wait to meet Deanne.

The Monday party sounds great, Sue, but I'll be moving and planting in anticipation of the Fall Swap. It's supposed to be the only semi-dry day all weekend. Boo hoo, and I mean it.

Wish so much I could've made it to North Hill yesterday. Had a client meeting about 1/2 hour away but couldn't talk them into moving the meeting to VT. Didn't realize that NH is 7 acres!!

Thinking of Mary and sending all good thoughts. To you, too, Norma!

Babs??? Are you buried in ice packs, thermometers and bandages?????

Hard to be second in a thread 'cause I can't go back and check that I've said everything I want to. I'm sure that tonight I won't be able to stop typing.

Friday is Here!!!!!!

Martie


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TGIF!

Enjoy!

Sue


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Hi everyone,
The only photo we got yesterday since cameras were not allowed at the open garden:

Have a happy and healthy Labor Day w/end!
Monique


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What a pain-change the subject line...jeez!

Do we look like tourists or what? LOL

Mary, I was concerned when I read about your DH last night. I hope all is well with him and the medical hoo doos release him from their clutches soon.

Also, geez, Happy Birthday to Brad too. How did I overlook that?

Allright, best I get to work.

Sue


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Gorgeous girls. Gorgeous veiw.


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LOL Sue use up a thread in one weekend. Could happen I guess. I better go put some labor into this Labor day weekend. Today kinda counts doesn't it.
Happy digging Deanne and Martie.


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Good morning........
I have been up since 6:15, Martie. I had to get up and let a cat out at 6, but laid back down for a few more minutes of luxury. :-)

Saucy, Your walks sound great. I have very little choice of where to walk here. If I turn down the hill, at the head of our drive, I will soon be at the neighbors at the end of the county road. Another private drive turns off and leads to the neighbor behind us. If I turn up the hill it is a very steep walk. I would be going past the sawmill if I continued on past the top of the hill. If I were really ambitious I 'could' walk all the way to the goat pasture. Some of the road is so narrow I would be hard pressed to get out of the way if a vehicle came along, without getting in the ditch,the weeds,( argh..chiggers!), or the fence.
The Arthritis Doctor told me to walk, at least around our yard and inside the house. He said the normal 'around the house and yard' walking didn't count. He 'did' say that carrying in the firewood counted. :-)

Eden, we sure do have that "autumn" feeling here. Rather chilly in the mornings. I should have put on long legged pants this morning. instead of these cut-offs.
I'm glad to hear that your mom is doing pretty good with her treatments. I hope your DH has a nice birthday today. I bet he will want more than a 'hamburger'! LOL
Speaking of which.......Nolon had a regular-sized hamburger, instead of the small ones that he always gets, and regular fries, instead of the small. LOL, 'really' splurged! I had half of one the store's 'famous' pizzas. I had her put 'everything' on it. It was very good and I brought half of it home as it was too much. The owner had no cake to give him, but she gave him a pint jar of local honey, with the comb in it, and gave him a big hug!

V, What a tease! (smile)

I guess Martie is on her way to Deanne's. What fun!

Norma, I hope you get to the chiropractor and get that hip fixed. I adjusted the taking of my pain pills and had another good afternoon yesterday. If I don't take them with the BP med it doesn't cause ill effects. And I took an antihistamine last night, instead of the 'sleeping' pill.
I mowed most of our grass yesterday. Boy, some of it was tall and thick! Good to hear that your new sowing is doing well.

Deanne, your outing yesterday sounds so great. And having good friends along is frosting on the cake...so to speak! Both the gardens and the food sounds wonderful.

Mary! I hate that your DH is having scary spells! I sure hope the cause can be found, and that it is easily fixed.
Yes, I am seriously considering going on a hot air balloon ride. I have wanted to for years, and when I saw that article, in the link I posted, it refueled my desire. I asked a friend at the Golden Year's class if she would go with me, and she said "Sure". I don't think she was joking either. Every year she goes on at least one cruise, and usually 2 or 3. Her Dh desn't care to go, so another woman friend 'takes his place' ... :-) She is going to other places ( on land) this month, so said it would have to be later, but I meant 'later'....preferably while the fall colors are on.

LOL, Sue! Your "screwing up directions" reminds me of my dear sister. We had taken some wierd side trips while she was trying to take a 'short-cut', lol. Dead end roads were common destinations! What a drag that the garden owners didn't allow cameras!
RE: Tom's 60th. I gave Nolon a surprise BD party on his 60th. It turned out really well. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago! I don't think he suspected a thing, until people started arriving.

I too am missing Babs, and hope all is well with her...also Eileen.

I hope Marie is having a great time awaiting the up-coming wedding.

How many of 'us' are on trips/ vacations?

Our water is back, with added force, and full of air! It is also rather dingy.

Marian


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Well, the day started off with a visit with a highway patrolman. Fortunately he only gave me a warning. He was actually more interested in what kind of fuel mileage my car got.

Im glad you all liked the frog. Its weird but I really never have frogs up by the house and garden, they usually stay by the ponds or the more natural areas but this year I have seen several. Saucy, frogs are smooth and somewhat shiny and toads tend to be warty, rough and dry looking. RE: your walking, you should get a pedometer, they make it fun to see how far, how many steps and some even show calories burned.

Im sure not getting much done this week, Ive been gone 2 nights and then it gets dark by 8:30. Its supposed to be a rainy weekend, what a bummer.

Rick wont get the results of his sleep test until he sees the specialist on the 12th.

It sounds the trip to the North Hill garden was very enjoyable and today Deanne and Martie get together. I am so jealous sometimes of how often you all get together. I should be happy though that I did get to go to IU3. I mentioned to Rick that Sue had mentioned Toms upcoming 60th birthday in January, well Rick turns 60 in January also. He said maybe we should celebrate together. I told him that if we would go to CT, it certainly wouldnt be in January! I would have to go when I can see all the gardens.

Mary, I hope they can find out why your DH is having the dizzy spells. Hopefully, its nothing serious.

Deanne, as usual your description of the desserts is making my mouth water. What fun that you and Martie are getting together. Enjoy your visit.

Martie, after seeing Deannes latest picture threads I know you are in for quite a treat.

Eden, Im glad to hear that your mom is tolerating the treatments. Wish Brad a happy birthday.

Sue, you each need a camera around your neck to really look like tourists. LOL

Marian, the store owner sounds very sweet. Id rather have honey than cake myself.

have a lovely day
Michelle


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Yes, Norma, this is how you get through a message topic quickly-hit and run posts. We used to do more of it.

No, Michelle, you don't want to come here in January but we could celebrate the 60 and a half birthdays and you could come in July. If we end up going with IU4 in Philly, PA area, I'll could drive you down. See, I'm always thinking...lol.

Sue


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Good morning!!

Yesterday was another 10 hour day helping out at the twins' house. I am enjoying it....but also ready to have my life back. Boys are still having trouble with the reflux issues and decided that colic went well with reflux. :oP Poor DD & SIL are exhausted from screaming babies at night so I just cannot imagine not being available to help out. Jamie & his mom were going to go help today and I would have the day 'off'......but Jamie has a runny nose and cough so I'm back on duty. The idea of a day off was a nice one though, lol. Oh well, one day---very soon---she won't need my help and I'm be lost without my daily baby fix. I'm going to continue to enjoy it while it is available.

The boys are growing so fast! No longer always holding their legs up like little pill (sow?) bugs, but stretching out and getting plumper. I'm not taking photos which, to me, is very odd....I've always got a digital camera with me but the days are too busy and full to be taking photos. Plus, I'm usually holding a baby or if not holding a baby I'm doing dishes or doing laundry. No time for shooting photos or snacking!! ;o) Heck of a diet.....maybe we can market it and call it the 'colicky baby diet'? ;o)

Well, just wanted to pop in -- say hello and send my best to everyone. I feel so disjointed and forgetful when I try to think of anything to write. I think it goes hand in hand with not keeping up better or in not writing as often as I use to.

This post is now 3.5 hours old.....it is taking me forever to do anything here right now. :o\

Happy Birthday to Brad!!
Happy Belated Birthday to Nolon!!
Mary, you & your DH are on my mind...sending good thoughts!
Norma, your containers are Beautiful!!!!
Marian, loved the goats (of course). Felt badly for them with the lack of vegetation and all the rocks.
Michelle, your vacation photos are wonderful and I want that evergreen arch over my driveway! ;o)
Monique, loved the photo of you, Deanne & Sue.
Sue, you look wonderful---as always!
Deanne, your gardens & containers are gorgeous. Congratulations on winning the container contest.
Eden, glad your mother is doing well. You both are often in my thoughts.
'Bug, thinking of you during your travel time and this weekend for the wedding. May your daughter have many years of happiness, contentment and blessings in her marriage.
Martie, I enjoyed your photos you've shared and hope you & Deanne have a lovely time together today.
Honey! I am thinking of you!!! :o)
V, whassup with you? ;o) Eager to hear what is happening in your life.

Okay, gotta go.......darn phone is ringing again!
Take care! (Hello to all!)
T.


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Hi everyone

What a great picture of the three lovely ladies on their garden tour day!

Marian - the balloon ride sounds fabulous! A ocne in a life time experience. Do take your camera if you go! You are very brave - I'm terrified of heights and would have my eyes closed the whole time if it were me.

Deanne and Martie - hope you are having fun together.

T - keep your strength up! Those first weeks are so hard, you must be real lifesaver to your DD. Hope you get a day off soon;0)

DH we hope will be home this afternoon. His condition appears to be too little blood getting to his head (he has low BP and a low heart rate). The Dr's are using the term Neurocardiogenic or vasovascular. He is going back in October for a tilt table test to confirm their diagnosis and will be starting on meds. Things are looking hopeful and some of the real scares have been ruled out for which I'm enormously grateful! It will be so good to him home again.

In the meanwhile I'm rather put on hold waiting for a call to go back to the hospital, so I've promised David a game of backgammon - his new favorite.

See you all later

Mary


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Mary, so far that sounds like good news for your hubby.

T, what a good mom and gramma you are ;o)

Sue, we could celebrate the guys 60 1/2 birthdays and our 47th birthdays. It could be a way to get Rick to agree to IU4.

Michelle


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You look maaahhhvelous.

What fun you must've had!


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Strange. My mind's been wobbling like a top all week between schedules,daily living tasks,cross country practices,a driveway apron installation,car repairs-(no kidding,between two cars we've been to the shop three different times in the past two weeks)and the first week of school(homework-blech!). I haven't even gotten to the wacky crazy fun of the new job-OY! Tons of paperwork,filing,calling parents for info,with a few sick/injured kids thrown in for good measure!LOL....Oh yeah I am having FUN! I do like the job-though I do leave work each day wondering what zillions of things I forgot to do. Hopefully my nurse supervisor won't hate me by the time the year ends; ) I love the irony of my title 'Health Aide'...the initials spell 'HA'! I have to sign papers with my title initials so it cracks me up when I write that; )

Oh sorry I forgot my manners...HI IDYLLS!!!....sorry to be gone for so long but I'm telling you I can't remember the last time I sat down for more than 20 min to just stare into space(I used to like those moments...lol) I SO miss my garden and with the cool weather it looks fairly decent. I should be IN it! You obviously have been busy here-so much to catch up on!

Number one-Mary I was alarmed to hear about your DH-that sounds so scary. Luckily later on I see you are learning more and the worrisome things might not be the cause. Still that can't be easy to wait for results. I'm keeping you guys in my thoughts-hoping for good 'easy treatable' news.
Did the trip go well? When do you start the new job? And are the kids starting school yet?

Happy bdays to Brad and Nolon(I hope there wasn't someone else I missed).

T I'm so sorry the babes are having colic and reflux-one baby with those is bad enough: ( I hope big brother is better quick.

How lucky the eastern idylls are hooking up!

Michelle-that frog is Very cool-I don't know why frogs are considered ugly to some-that skin coloring is so funky!! Yesterday Ryan and I found a toad nestled in my wooly thyme-I got pics but I have to take down my IU3 pics in order to post more. I suppose eveyone's done with them anyway?
Lol to complete the tacky tourist ensemble the idyll girls need Hawaiian shirts along with the cameras; )

OH!The wedding is this weekend? Have fun Marie and enjoy it!

Eden I'm glad to hear your mom is doing OK-I do think of you often and had been wondering.
So NOW is your clerodenron blooming??: )I'm guessing that this plant normally would bloom in fall here? Boy does it suck up the water. I notice mine is really starting to get fuller blooms and great blue color. In fact the rain and cooler temps has done wonders for all the plants it seems.

Martie how's the corn?

Sue it's funny that I find myself truely uttering TGIF on fridays now that I am a working stiff...before *every* day was TGIF lolol.

You guys would have loved the cement company that came to give us a driveway apron. They naturally loved Ryan with his questions and silly observations-he even got a ride on the bobcat(I'm glad I wasn't home to see that-Chris was). They had leftover cement and we really didn't have any areas that needed new cement so the guy asked if I had a garbage can lid-he wanted to make me a birdbath....! We went around the yard picking leaves and flowers to press into the cement-oh it was hilarious. Then I had all these shirtless tattooed guys ooing and aaawing over what we came up with-just too funny but they were the nicest group. Ryan was given a pile of cement to make something as was AJ. I ended up with several bird baths and various leaf pieces. I know I should have done hypertufa but the cement was setting so quickly that there wasn't time to get the materials to set it up.
The cool thing is that we have a year to decide if we'd like the rest of the drive done at a very reduced rate. I hope we can.

Wow I guess I'm back eh? Are you sure you missed my babbles? This week my schedule has been in early morning but next week I work my normal hours around midday-that's why I haven't had time to get here so I hope I can get back to a better idylling routine. Marian if you can believe it-I was up at 6:15am too! I'm definitely not a morning person lol.

Gotta go the kids are drag...gi.ng me by the ank..les to get their com...put.er time! AAaaahh!.......

~Babs


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Yea!!! Martie arrived and we had a lovely afternoon. I often marvel at how much I enjoy all the people Ive met who are participants on this forum. Martie is a delight and as usual we did non-stop garden talk for the duration of the visit. We did a quick walk about the gardens then Martie treated Doug and I to a lovely lunch at Bertucchis. (It wouldnt be an Idyll get together without food would it?) I had to be a bit conservative after the desserts yesterday so I opted for a bowl of minestrone soup with salad. Doug had a terrific pasta dish and Martie had this luscious looking baby spinach salad with shrimp. Yum! Finished off with a cup of espresso and it was perfect. Martie is the first Idylette Ive met who likes coffee the same way I do, strong and stronger! LOL Then we went back to the house and did some digging around and sent her home with some very large daylilies that Ive wanted to move for a long time. She did me such a favor taking them home with her. Here is a pic of the largest one. It had to ride home in the passenger side of her car. I was pretty horrified at the mess we made of her vehicle but she assured me it wasnt a problem.

And here is Martie with her new behemoth daylily. She is still smiling after we trashed her car. LOL

And here we are in front of the rose garden saying our farewells

Martie came bearing gifts so I have a lovely collection of herbs to tuck away into the borders and some cuttings that will be fun additions to my winter light gardens. Im telling you, the people on this forum are just the best!

So Im very glad to see you are all leaping into the fray to see if we can do a whole thread over the weekend. And how cool to see Chelone pop in!!! Hi Chelone, great to hear from you. We think of you often.

So Michelle, how about your coming in July because Doug turns 60 in July!!!! And then we can celebrate all the DHs big 60s together??? What fun that would be. I dont know for sure what we will be doing for Dougs BDay but a party of some sort is definitely in the plans. ~~ Now about that date you had with the Highway Patrol! Whats up with that? Too funny he wanted to know what you got for mileage on your car.

Mary, thanks for the update about your DH. That is sounding pretty positive. You must be worried sick though. I hope that it turns out to be something not serious and easily treated.

Wow T!! You are making me tired just hearing about the schedule you are all keeping with the babies. I sure hope their digestive tracts mature soon so they feel better and you can all get some much needed rest.

Marian, you are too funny about Frosting on the Cake. Yes it was but so was the frosting on the cake! LOL ~~ It really was a drag that we couldnt take photos yesterday. Youd all have enjoyed seeing some views of that garden. It was lovely. ~~ Be careful of doing laundry until that water clears up. I ruined a whole load of whites one time because of that.

Sue, I have to agree that we look like a pack of tourists.

Norma, Great job! Multiple posts in one day, just what Im looking for here. LOL What kind of labor did you do today?

Monique, the pic turned out really great but Im thinking from now on Im going to make you stand next to Sue! I look like a stegosaurus next to her. Te he

Yahoo!! Babs is here! Great to hear from you and we really missed your blabs on the Idylls. I love the cement story. Photograph of the bird bath would be much appreciated. It sounds like you are really busy but enjoying the new job. Im so happy to hear that.

OK Im thinking Id better get washed up and ready for company tonight.

Whoops, almost forgot, Sue, were in for Monday, Doug has committed to his smoked salmon for well be bringing the first course. We always do eat well dont we? I just wished it looked as good on me as it does on you! LOL

Have a great evening all
Deanne


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The new sales manager just had to pop in for a second and wish everyone a great weekend!

I'm late to pick up DS.

V.


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I'm home and Still Smiling!! Isn't a trashed car a sign of a great visit??? In my case it is. Deanne and Doug are too wonderful for words. Her gardens are beyond description and I now have a piece of them. Hope the design instinct she has comes with the plants.

Hey -- for next July -- I'll let you in on a little secret (she says to cyberland :-). Shhhhhhhhh.... I turn 50 in June so we could have a new decades party!

Babs - I'm so glad you're great in your new job despit the paperwork and assorted administrative hassles that come with every job that exists. Good to have you back! And I'll have a pic of the corn, soon. Last measured it was 9'.

Mary - If they're waiting till October for more tests that's the best news, I think.

Hi, Chelone! Glad to see you made it out of New England for a post :-)

Marian: Good for Nolan to splurge on his birthday.

T: Hang in there, Grandma, and keep those cloths handy for the shoulder. Don't you love it when babies "unfetal" themselves?

Michelle: Glad you didn't get nailed. On the way home from Deanne's (117 miles one way -- easy!!) there were state patrol cars Everywhere. Must be the holiday weekend. In Massachusetts one doesn't fool around. Teach me your smile?? Or, give me your fuel-concious car to ask about??

Sue and Monique -- you'll appreciate this the most, I think ;-/ Deanne actually vacummed the door jam of my car before I left given the heft of the daylily. I understand, I truly do, but it got me giggling thinking about how mortified she might be if she ever saw my car after a week of work! LOL

Deanne: Thank You So Much. You and Doug are great and I gave Rich your message. He concurs. The sooner he can get together with everyone the better. Florida looks like it has great potential, BTW.

There's more, I know, but Rich wants a kiss and who am I to say "no?"

Best - Martie


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I was just going to pop in and read but if we're going to polish off an Idyll by Monday I'd better get posting. It's been busy since I was here last night. Funny how sometimes the Idylls seem to drag along and then boom! everybody's back again. I just got back from a nursery jaunt to use my coupon. I got the tiger eye sumac, cornus ivory halo, buddleia adonis blue, hydrangea pia, caryopteris first choice, echinacea twilight and a bush clematis alan bloom. And I was just getting the pot ghetto emptied...

Love the pictures of the Idyll get togethers the last couple of days. If there's going to be a milestone birthday get together next summer could I join in? I'll be 50 in July.

Mary, I'm so glad it looks like the serious stuff has been ruled out for dh. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts. You must be so worried with him in the hospital. Backgammon is played on a daily basis around our house. My David loved it too when he was about your David's age. We still play occasionally but Brad and I play most every morning.

T, you're the greatest grandma, helping out so much with the babies. I hope they start doing better soon and you get at least a little break.

V, congrats on the new job title. Hope it involves a nice raise!

Marian, I forgot to mention how glad I was to hear that you are managing your pain better these days. I hope you're able to remain pain free.

Babs, I'm so glad you're back. I was starting to worry. The clerodendeum hasn't bloomed yet. I was just checking on it this afternoon and it does look like some blooms may be forming. It's supposed to need full sun which it's getting and be an everbloomer. It's in a container with a salvia black and blue that's blooming like crazy. You sound really busy.

Michelle, I haven't gotten much done all week either. I just haven't been very motivated. I think I need a project.

Hi Chelone.

Hi Norma.

I hope Cindy is faring ok with Ernesto. Looks like Virginia's had a rough weather day.

Time to feed Bella some dinner. Have a nice evening!

Eden


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Martie, just read your post. Looks like we're getting quite a list of Idyllers/spouses with milestone birthdays coming up. Could be quite a party!

Eden


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Eden!! Another '57er. How darn cool is that?!?

Just realized that the first image of me to other Idyllers involved garden clothes, complete with dirt on the knees.

The new daylily took Deanne AND me to move across the front yard. I owe Deanne a shovel handle. Then said huge plant was hoisted into the car. The big blue bucket (you know the ones) wouldn't fit. We were quite the team, right Deanne?? LOL

Martie


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Way to go V. Congratulations. Celebrate.

Great to see Marties smiling face. I'd be smiling too with all those freebe plants. LOL

T, our second grandaughter had those same problems when she was a baby, so I know what you all are going through, only double. I know you are all worn out.

Babs , so good to hear from you. Funny story with the concrete guys. A few weeks from now your job will become pretty routine I think. Although the nature of it will always have surprises.

Hey, Chelone.

Michelle, I'm glad you didn't get a ticket. :)

Mary, good to hear DH will be getting home soon. I hope the meds do their job for him. Take care. Did David get the backgammon for his birthday?

My labor today was just that. Totally frustrating. I was trying to plant an area of the new bed and nothing I tried looked right. I tried to stick with it as it needs to get done,but I just wasted my time. Some days it works, some days it don't :(

Yep some days I'm yaky and some days you can't drag a word out of me. LOL Norma


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Nice score on plants Eden. I'm doing my part to speed the Idyll along. LOL


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Way cool!!! We are just zipping along here. How fun is this?

So let me see, Tom, Rick, Doug, Martie and Eden, Hmmmm.... sounds like party time next summer you think? What fun.

So Martie, you are telling on me??? Sorry but I just COULD NOT let you shut the door of your car with all that dirt in there. te he... Yes I do believe me make quite a team. That sucker was pretty hefty. Now I want to know how you got it out of the car????

Eden, of course you must come to the birthday party!!! ~~ That is quite the score on the plants but I really, really want to know where the heck are you going to plant five new shrubs???? Inquiring minds would like to know. Also, I'd love to see a pic of that Salvia 'Black and Blue' with the clerodendron, actually I'd love to see a bunch of pics of all your fabu-fabu containers. I just love Norma's thread. I can't get enough container combination pictures. I wish you'd been with us in Wilmington VT yesterday. They had the loveliest windowboxes and containers all over the downtown area.

Norma, sorry about the frustrating day in the garden. I hate it when that happens. Tomorrow WILL go better.

So I hope Cindy isn't getting more rain than she wants.

Allrighty, I've got to zip outta here and see about some dinner.

Have a great evening all,
Deanne


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Hi Chelone! Great to hear from you! I can identify with a lot of what you said on the other thread.

Hi Babs. Great to hear from you. too!

Mary, I have had a problem with heights, but I love flying in planes. I 'am' thinking I may have a problem with a hot air balloon ride, but I am willing to risk it. I can always set down and shut my eyes if the fear arises...:-) If Freda goes with me, she has a very calming attitude.

LOL Martie...what a mess! Looks like something I might do. Did you have a plastic under the day lilies?

My word! When I mowed I got into something that has my feet and ankles itching like mad! First I tried a liquid Anti-itch, then hydrocortizone, now I have calamine lotion smeared all over them. I spent part of the night scratching, and again today. It's a wonder I have any hide left on them !

Teresa, I have told Nolon I wish the goat-owning cousin was shut up with food all around that HE couldn't reach! It seems pretty cruel to me. Thank goodness the rains have started new growth, so it isn't quite as barren in there now. As for the rocks, they are probably no problem for goats, but you should see the horrible pasture that neighbors on further out have their horses in. There is truely hardly a spot of earth that does not have a rock on it! I almost feel like turning them in to the humane society.

Yep, that is a great looking trio! And so happy! The background looks like around here.

Deanne, thanks for the warning on the dingy water, but it was okay. It is still spitting and foaming, but just barely dingy.

BTW, someone mentioned how time consuming it is to scroll back and forth to answer everyone's posts. I have developed a great way to avoid that. I open the page twice, then use one to post on, and the other to read. I just read and answer, then go on to the next post. All I have to do is click on the address in the task bar to bring up the other page.( Is that as clear as mud? )

We have another sick cat. Tiger seems to have the same affliction that Trubby had, only he isn't doing the labored breathing. I sure hope it is not something a neighbor is putting out. Tiger is too skittish for us to catch him, but he lets me get close if I have food for him. He ate what I gave him today, so I am hoping he is on the mend. Trubby is still thin as a rail, but seems healthy enough.

Marian


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Deanne, I'll really try to get some pictures. The garden and the containers just don't seem to look their best in the pictures I've been taking lately. I forgot to answer your question from before on how I overwinter the begonias. I do keep them under the lights and they seem to thrive on neglect. They seem to do best if I let them just about completely dry out between waterings. Otherwise they tend to rot when they're inside, for me at least. As for where I'm going to put the new plants I only have one word...editing. I ripped out a lot of stuff earlier this month and believe it or not I do have a few open spots. I will have to move a large hosta to accomodate the sumac though.

Marian, I would hate to think someone's poisoning your cats but it sure seems that way. If that's the case it really makes me angry. I hope they're both ok. Poor babies! Hope you get the itching under control too. That sounds miserable. No balloon rides for me. I don't like heights, not even bridges. It sounds like a fun thing for you to do though. I hope you get to go!

Norma, I have days like that too when it doesn't seem to matter how much I do nothing seems to get accomplished. Maybe after you sleep on it, it will all fall into place. I get some of my best ideas in the middle of the night, lol.

Monique, tell Les that if we come to New England next summer we have to go for lobster rolls ok? And can we have some of Doug's salmon and Tom's margaritas too? You New Englanders do know how to eat well!

Time to toss Bella into bed so gotta go!

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A sign that summer's ending... I always go out and check on my containers and water ones that need it after I put Bella to bed at 8. Tonight it too dark.

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Eden: First the Echinacea 'Twilight': Of course I had to look it up and now I have to have it. AND, LOL about giving Diane a plant that needs neglect :-) Everything in her garden is meticulous. She has a 'Goodwin Creek' lavender, now. When I told her "benign neglect" a look of horror crossed her face. :-))))

Norma: What you didn't see in the pics was the seven pots of 'Stella d'Oro' daylily on the other side of the car. Also, a "very cool" daisy. Smiling????? You betcha!!!!

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Jeez, when Deanne says post people snap to the task. What fun, a fast moving idyll fueled by the return of all the usual suspects.

V, congrats on the new job! Will you still be the Cotroller too? I must be cut out as an office drone because the thought of working in sales would make me consider retirement...lol.

So it looks like Martie and Deanne had a great time gallavanting today. No surprises there. We do get together quite often around here. We're lucky that there are so many of us relatively close. Over on the New England forum I've met lots of great people also. Between the spring and fall plant swaps we get together at least twice a year. Wish you all lived closer.

My mangy mutts are off on "spa" night tonight. As you may recall they were supposed to go last Thursday and my groomer cancelled at the last minute. They were ratty then so you only imagine. In another hour or so I'll go and pick them up all fresh and clean smelling. That ought to last a week, maybe two, but they are dogs...lol.

T, all I can say is better you than me. I wouldn't know how to change a diaper if my life depended on it. If I had kids I'd be in jail. Can you say "Film at 11"? lol Seriously though, I'm so glad everything worked out so well. Can you imagine how hard it must be for people in that situation that for whatever reason don't have anyone to help?

Hey Babs...one more time for good measure TGIF! hehehe

Allrighty then. This week the goal was to get back on a regular workout schedule and I was successful. The downside is no matter what time of the year it is we rarely eat dinner before 8 PM. So now I have to eat, change back into presentable clothes and then spend an hour retrieving the dogs.

Nite all!

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DAMN,I'm only going to be 43-WHY am I wishing I were 50-lololol only kidding: )lol.

Ok wait.What are we congratulating V for(other than that she's a wonderful lovely garden goddess,of course we all love her for that).....: )Was it on the previosu thread? Just hit me-it's Ok...remember my brain is kinda like mush right now.

Martie!! How nice to see you!-sweet-that's my first impression and I'm sticking to it. Funny that I noticed the soiled knees(before you mentoned it) and thought-I like her, she's not afraid of dirt: ) A little muddy smudge on the cheek would have been a welcome sight too; ) So I hope you drove with the door open so as not to crush the daylily leaves.

Eden it's funny-I think my pics of plants,etc. look blah untl the winter months hit and I go back and view my pics and I wonder why I was so picky. That's how it is for me anyway. Pics look best in late afternoon to early evening or early in the a.m. Maybe if you try a different time to shoot you'd feel better. My biggest problem now is that I have so many pics on my computer that my memory is getting low. I have to burn some CD's.
Have you fertilized your Clero? I've been using Miracle Grow though mine's been blooming since I got it in July-you wouldn't want to go nuts and only get leaves.

Hi Norma: ) Yeah I do anticipate a more manageable routine once the beginning of the school year progresses(good heavens I hope!lol). I normally can't stand talking on the phone to strangers but this job forces me to so I'm getting better at it. So far all the parents I've talked to are so nice and that helps.

Yikes Marian-do you think it's poison ivy??

OOOh gota go the food's here!

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Moving right along:

Eden, I am wondering about one neighbor cousin's bob-tailed cat that was the sibling to Tommy, It (a neutered female) died, and they said it had a tick related disease. I am going to ask them if a vet diagnosed it , or if it was just their idea.

LOL Sue.."all the usual suspects". Love it!
I had no problem changing my own child's diaper, but I sure don't volunteer to do someone elses.
:-)
One of our church members takes over the care of every new baby that comes in. She loves doing it. Not me, I like them better when they outgrow the diaper stage.


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Alright, I'll help move the thread along.

Mary, glad they diagnosed your hubby and he'll be home soon.

Martie, I'm glad you were able to get together with Deanne. Isn't her garden fabulous? Getting plants from friends is fun too.

V-congratulations on the new position!!!

Eden, Les is always ready for hot buttered lobster rolls-me too LOL

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OK, we're over our quota of posts for the day. Everyone can go to bed now.

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Ah sugars!!! We're over our quota and I was just going to stop for a moment to say 'hi'. Guess I won't now.....I'll wait until tomorrow to say Congratulations to V!!! and to tell Mary that I'm glad that her DH will have a diagnosis soon, that Martie & Deanne look like they enjoyed their visit, that it is wonderful to have Babs back, great that Norma is here so much.....and other 'stuff'. But none of it isn't anything that can't wait until tomorrow to say. :o)

My day at DD's was shorter than usual. The boys were doing pretty well at keeping their meals down and DD actually got a 2.5 hour nap this afternoon--that was the time from closing the bedroom door to reopening it....but I think she is figuring she was asleep when she placed her head on the pillow ;o). She was ecstatic when she looked at the clock upon awakening....and the only reason she woke was because her eyes were bothering her from her contacts or she thought she would have slept longer. She is going to attempt to do all of tomorrow by herself (her hubby has to work)......I told her to phone if she needed me.

Well, too bad that we've met our quota.....I would have written a nice, chatty post. It will wait for tomorrow. ;o)

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We spent the evening cleaning out an extra garage that my son used when he lived at home. He loves to work on cars so there were many old car parts to sort through. He is quite the pack rat. We hauled an old wooden shelving unit to my garden shed. I have plans to fix it up. It is very sturdy and will make great storage.

I'm glad to see some of the missing idylls show up. Come on the rest of you if you are lurking. Lets hear from you :o)

It looks like Deanne and Martie had fun together. How nice to finally see a picture of Martie.

Babs, good to have a nice long post from you.

V, congrats on the new position.

well, its 11:30 and I am pooped so for now - goodnight.

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Good morning Idyllers near and far!! I'm up early to stick a few more things into the garden before Ernesto gets here in earnest. Then -- a curl up afternoon ... Yummmmm.

Yes, the plant got out of the car. Poor Rich was laughing so hard at the thought of us getting it in that it took a few attempts. We weighed the thing (apricot daylily with unknown name) and it came in at 62 pounds. The hole is dug in a perfect spot where it can live happily ever after. Will certainly do some divisions, too, for swaps. Plastic saved most of the carpet but my detail guy (I do that instead of manicures) is a gardener and "gets it." It'll just mean a few extra minutes explaining. Maybe I'll just bring the picture :-)

On to today ... Com'on, guys!! Michelle and I are the only ones posting today??? LOL

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Here's the corn. I'm in the pic so you can get a sense of scale (and was on my tip toes to see over the Pennisetum :-)


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Goood morning Idylland!!! Im so happy the Idylls are zipping along with lots to read lately. Hmmm. I didnt know that all I had to do was ask for you all to fill a thread in a specified period of time. Sue, too funny about the quota! But you are right. 34 posts in a day! Cool! We havent done that in a long time.

The weather here is pretty gray and dismal with temps in the lower 60s and it isnt supposed to warm up much above 65 or so. Doug and I are planning on going for a bike ride but were going to have to put the woolies on for that. Then we want to get the lawn mowed and do a few outdoor projects before it starts raining. Im planning on making chicken soup for dinner with a nice loaf of fresh baked, whole grain bread for dinner tonight. It is funny how I feel like a bowl of homemade soup as soon as the weather gets cooler in Sept. I havent thought about making soup for months now. LOL I also want to go and pick an armload of dahlias before the rain starts. Ive got quite a few of the large ones with the long stems blooming right now and want to get a few in the house. Ive got this new dinnerplate variety called Breakout that is just a knockout. It is huge and the flowers are about 10 plus inches in diameter. Youd love it.

Marian that is just terrible about your cats and it sounds suspicious to me. I dont believe it is coincidence that youd have two cats exhibiting the same symptoms for no apparent reason. Do you think the neighbor is doing this on purpose to kill the cats? Is there anyone you can report that too? ~~ I sure hope your itchy ankles and feet get better soon. Was it poison ivy type thing or bug bites?

T I shudder when I hear that your DD got 2.5 hours of sleep and that was a good thing. Id be out of my mind if I was that sleep deprived not to mention really, really cranky! LOL Glad to hear the babies are doing a bit better. ~~ OK this is now a new day so you can do that nice chatty post now. We've got to be over 50 by the end of the day. LOL

Michelle, I am constantly amazed at the amount of work you get accomplished. I can hardly keep up with the gardens and you have redone your garden shed and now are going to redo a wooden shelving unit. That would probably take me all winter to accomplish. What are you planning on doing with it?

Monique, why thank you! I told Martie that she really needs to get over and see your and Sues gardens but especially yours. She is on former farmland also and has lots and lots of space. I know shed love to see what youve done with your gardens. Oh yes I wanted to ask if that lobelia you gave me flops for you? Mine took a nose dive when it rained the other day and I was wondering if that is because my soil is too rich for it? I didnt think you staked yours.

Eden, thanks for the information on wintering over the begonias. Do you cut back any of the foliage when you take them in? I have one Rex Escargot that is enormous and I seriously dont quite know where Im going to put it. It has quite a few leads on it and Im thinking of trying to divide it. Ive never had any luck with the Rex varieties in the past so am quite happy with the ones I bought this year. Im thinking with these cooler temps Im going to need to think about getting the begonias in soon.

Martie ROTFLOL!!!! 62 pounds!! That is the funniest thing Ive heard in a long time. You are just going to love it when it blooms next year. It makes scads of scapes and blooms for a long time. Im so happy its found a new home. ~~You just beat me with the AM post. I had to go and get another cup of coffee before I finished this up. ~~ BTW the first thing I noticed when I opened up the photo files yesterday was your lovely big smile and next was the dirt on your knees te he you fit right in with this gang.

OK time to get rolling here and get to the gym then do some outdoor work before the rain starts. Have a great day everyone.

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LOL, Martie, you look like you're straight out of a Stephen King novel. I planted a Pennisetim rubrum in the ground last year and it got huge like that. This season I only have it in containers.

Well, it looks like a drizzly day on tap here-a good day for errands. Maybe I'll finally get myself to Kohl's for the underwear I need...lol. It's off and on right now but is supposed to get heavier as the day progresses. Looks like I'll have to break out the gore tex suit again for my walk this afternoon.

Next Friday night is my friend Bettyanne's 25th wedding anniversary party. So far I haven't decided exactly what to wear. She has invited 175 people and is having it in the same function hall as the original wedding reception. What in the world does one give as a gift for an event like this? I should scan the picture I have of the wedding party. People were getting a real kick out of it at my party last week. Someone told me I look like a baby...lol. Oh to be 21 again.

It must be time to start moving plants around. I'm looking at my garden with a critical eye. One idea I have is to move all the rock hardy plants out of my patio bed around the fountain. I want to take advantage of the microclimate and grow more borderline zone 6/7 stuff. If both the Musa basjoo and crepe myrtle escape this winter unscathed I'm going to have to move them further apart anyway. Out are Hydrangea 'Limelight' and Physocarpus 'Summer Wine'. Neither is standing up and behaving the way I'd hoped anyway. I also want to find a spot for a golden leafed Catalpa to coppice every year. I saw one at North Hill-hardy bold foliage for sun.

We need to get to at least 50 responses here today to meet the quota. So, get posting!

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Hazy here this a.m. If it rains, we may go to the city today. I threw a couple of shrubs in the ground and several perennials this week in anticipation of the rain. I have 4 more shrubs to find a spot for. You'd think with all my room that wouldn't be a problem, but it sort of is. That is if I want to plant in an area that is already a garden. I'm not sure I want to make new areas right now. Although, I do have an area with some shrubs that I though I could just make bigger and make into a shrub border. That would be pretty low maintenance.

Deanne, I have one large Rex this year also. I had an angel wing last year that got buried in a pot and I didn't realize it. When I dismantled the pot there it was tiny as ever. I brought it in and it did very well. I just had it near a sunny window and I only water once a week for all the indoor plants.

Martie, what a cool picture of you with the corn and grass. Did you say that was Indian corn?

Sue, for my parents 50th anniversary 2 couples gave them a little box with 50 of the $1 coins in it which happen to be gold and worked out well for the "Golden Anniversary" The box was one of the Willow Tree Angel items. It just struck me as kind of unique. Maybe you could do 25 silver dollars (do they still have those yet?) Since it is the "Silver Anniversary"

I'll check in later.

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One more thing...

Deanne, I forgot to answer your question about the cabinet. It is about the size of a large armoire. It is very sturdy with shelves. It is pretty ugly so I thought I would add bead board to the side and my mom made a beautiful curtain for the front. I'm thinking of some decorative molding for around the top. We'll have to see.

Michelle (who's doing her part to keep the Idyll moving;O))


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Okay, I will try to get in a post or two today. Yargh! This one will be short; for some reason this computer is draggy this morning. My typing is all on "time delay". Very aggravating.

Sue, I will remain as controller, but we will hire someone to do some of the more mundane data entry work that I was doing. And I will be doing much more management than sales, but will be out and about with customers a bit. In fact, next Saturday I will have to do a tak on ornamental grasses at one of the garden centers we visited for IU3. I spent some time in the car yewsterday organinzing the talk in my head. I know you guys can't picture me getting up in front of a group of people and talking about plants, but I'll try! ;)

Okay, laptop is making me nuts!
Time to shut down and reboot.

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Yup, Michelle, Indian Corn.

Know what's cool? I was standing there thinking of Bella and Kenzie and Jake and all other assorted Idyll relatives under 4', and realized that I had their view of entire gardens! Steven King nothwithstanding. LOL

Sue: A philosophical gift: List the years and landmark events that happened on their anniversary. Easy to find on the web. More practical: Fancy towels. Boring, yes, but who doesn't love new towels? Maybe "his and hers" with some nice soaps and a bottle of wine? 175 people???? Wow.

Michelle: LOL about not having space. I have an abundance, but Ready-For-Planting space is at a premium all of a sudden. My pot ghetto is much smaller now -- down to maybe two or three things -- but finding a spot for those babies??? That's another story.

Monique: Deanne's gardens are such an inspiration for me and she told me repeatedly that I need to get to see yours and Sues. I am a perennial gardener to a point but have mostly used them in the past as accents, not the central theme. The more I learn, the more I'm including them as focal points, instead. One of these days. Are you going to the CT swap?

Marian: Somehow changing diapers is like riding a bike for me. I hadn't done it in years and years and then 3 month old neighbor needed tending. Went into autopilot and did it on the first try :-)

V: Waited a bit to say congrats on your new job as I'm IN sales as a rep and have absolutely no desire to ever manage. LOL. Just remember that the folks working for you want to sell more than you want them to and "making the numbers" becomes part of daily life in a hurry. Bet you'll be a great leader! Keep'em stocked with coffee and little spiffs/perks and they'll love you to death :-)

Norma: Give those plants another shot. I'm a firm believer in "if it doesn't work, yank it and try again. If it doesn't work the second time, give it away."

Chelone: The "used to do's" will come back. I promise (she says with experience beyond reproach).

Should I have split this post up to meet quota??? LOL

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Ill help with the quota.

Deanne, my Lobelia siphilitica plants do lean a bit but I usually dont have to stake that often. I debated about it yesterday as I cleaned up the garden a bit but I cut out a few of the offenders and now they are fairly upright, but might not be after the rain today. BTW, I brought some Rex Begonias in the house last year to overwinter and kept them in our upstairs hall bathroom b/c Sue mentioned that they enjoy some humidity and Les showers in there and keeps the door shut. They overwintered fine and they are still there b/c they are so beautiful and I didnt want to plant them outside. Someone else mentioned that they like to dry out between watering-which works out perfectly b/c that is my houseplant watering schedule-once a week or even two weeks (or 3, which is why I dont have an indoor green thumb :o)

Martie, that Pennisetum is huge! We mostly have it in containers also, but what a statement in the ground. I cannot make it to the garden swap-will be on vacation at that time. Ive been to 2 CT swaps and they are wonderful. I hope to make it to at least one next year-have fun-they are a great way to get new plants and meet very nice people (gardeners are always the nicest).

T-your daughter is lucky to have your help. You must be tired also; I cannot imagine babysitting-the thought of it exhausts me. I only babysat a couple of girls out of diapers a few times and we just played games all day long. I had to laugh when Sue said that she wouldnt know how to change a diaper b/c Ive never changed one either. I pick up lots of dog poo though LOL.


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Hi all! I am chuckling about the efforts of all to reach the 'goal' with this idyll. At the rate we are going, I think we may surpass the 100 mark before Monday eve.

Babs, at least you are not alone in the 40s(years old) age group. I am all alone as a 74 year old, since EP left us! BooHoo.
No, Babs and Deanne, I don't think it is poison ivy. It's most likely more of our 'friendly' chiggers, although I was riding the tractor, and had on jeans and socks. I didn't spray my clothes with repellant. :-(
It will be okay in another day or two.

Martie, that is a nice stand of corn. You will have to post pics of the shucked ears. How tall is that grass? You don't look like a shorty. Wow! I sure could not have lifted that clump of daylily.

Deanne, isn't it funny how our perspective changes on the temps in the 60s when it is winter! You would probably think that was very warm if it was 65 in mid-winter. Soup for dinner sounds good, but I think I will bake potatoes and fish fillets for our dinner ( which is at noon).
Nolon wasn't in the mood to go to the Short Stop for biscuits and gravy this morning, so I cooked the usual.
If the neighbor is putting out Decon for the mice and rats, there is nothing we can do about it. Naturally we would be told to "keep your cats at home", but who is going to keep the poisoned rodents "at home"?

V, and all with lap tops, be careful, they may catch on fire!... smile

I hope we hear from Cindy soon. I am concerned that she may have got more rain than she bargained for. I have no idea what part of Virginia she lives in. Also. the power outages may be preventing her from posting.

Speaking of 50th anniversaries; ours will be March the 5th! Who'd a thunk it!

Oh, yes. another thing I am chuckling about is all the spellings of 'fuchsia' , almost as many as my name! It comes from the German botanist Leonhard Fuchs. If a body can remember that, it makes it easier to spell it.:-)

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Good morning

Wow, this must be one of our most active threads!

Martie - how cool to "see" you in person. What a fun day and a fabulous daylily. It weighs more than David!

CONGRATULATIONS V!!! I shouted that;0)

Babs - glad the job is fun and busy. That way the time flys. I'm preparing myself for the whirlwind of school activities etc next week, half looking forward to it, but part reluctant to let go of summer.

Hi Chelone. Glad you too could contribute to our quota. Every little helps.

Today we will have a high of 62F and 1-3 ins of rain. Unfortunately it is David's birthday party and we have 4 boys coming over for a pool party/BBQ/sleep over. I'm busy thinking of alternatives activities - (5 boys running around the house are a recipe for disaster, even though they are all great kids). Perhaps bowling then going for an ice cream. The hamburgers and hot dogs I can broil inside. I'm sure they will have fun one way or another, but I'll be relieved when its Sunday morning and everyone is picked up.

My mission for today is cleaning the house - wish I could curl up with a book instead.

have a good if wet Saturday

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Good Morning, Just back from the farmer's market with tomatoes and corn. I also had to make a stop by Target for DIAPERS, lol. I got Bella a box of those jumbo crayons and a drawing pad too so we'll try those out later this afternoon. It's cold and cloudy here but it doesn't look like we'll be in for much rain if any. No gardening for me today but maybe some vacuuming.

Martie, neat picture of you and your monster plants. You should really try to get to Monique's and Sue's gardens. They're both spectacular and very inspirational.

Mary, hope you survive the birthday sleepover. I know they're fun for the kids but are exhausting for the host parent. Hope dh is doing ok too.

Deanne, soup sounds good. I'll keep that in mind for dinner tomorrow. Tonight is BLTs. I haven't divided any of my begonias but probably should before I bring them in this year. I have some big ones too. I do cut them back to a managable size.

Marian, Oops, I think I'm guilty of misspelling fuchsia. Thanks for the tip on remembering how it's supposed to be spelled. I always tend to put the s before the ch.

V, I can totally picture you giving plant talks. You'll be great at it.

Sue, are you going to try to move your banana this fall? I have a couple of pups I would like to get off of mine. I don't have room for a whole banana grove.

I'll check back later. This Idyll is really zipping along.

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Wow, a person takes a day off from idyll and needs half of another day to catch up :)

Good morning (or it was when I started!).

The whole family played hooky and went to the lake yesterday. We figured it'd be better to do all of our regular Friday stuff while it rained this weekend. Don't fret - the kids had no school :) We picnicked and waterskiied and came home and had a campfire with smores. Tried to cram all Labor Day weekend festivities into one day - much like this Idyll :)

V., Congrats on the new title! I can picture you talking up plants! I know I don't seem like the type, either, but I used to like my job of leading everyone through their orientation - I figured it was their first day and they'd never remember if I fumbled a bit!

I was horrified to see that Deanne and Martie made such a poor choice when choosing a place to put the daylily! A daylily of that beauty and magnitude should be put in the passenger seat complete with seat belt :) Glad you both had a good time! I knew you would.

Nice to see you Chelone....been thinking about you alot lately.

Babs, when the concrete truck came to our house it was quite the day - kids came from all over to watch! Hope you get the job finished for the lesser money. HA! I would laugh to myself everytime I wrote that, too.

Deanne, Monique, and Sue look great with the views behind them. Reminds me of Tower Hill.

Speaking of TH - I go Tues to sign up for classes. Only problem is I can't decide on the class - they all sound interesting. Wish I could ask someone who's taken a course.

Oh well.

Eden, you could always take up that lawn you had out front - or is that already gone?

Mary, hope you heard from your husband and everything is okay. It does sound encouraging that they're waiting until October for more tests.

I have lots of un-fun stuff to do today....a real LABOR day! I know you all must think my house if full of garbage the way I'm always getting a dumpster and a trailer to haul stuff away, but remember that I bought it full of someone else's stuff :) Anyway, gotta fill a trailer today with stuff left in the basement (2nd load). Next week we begin digging out the basement so that we can pour concrete and finally have a "normal" basement :) Then I can have my grow lights and plants shelves back up and running! I miss seed starting!

And I keep forgetting to answer those who asked if I still work across the street! The answer is yes, but only on the cooler days....she and I both don't do well in 90 degree sun - and who does. It is time to get in there and start cutting back. This past spring was a breeze because we did such a great job last fall. Right now all the fences are covered in sweet autumn clematis and morning glories in hot pink and purple. If the clematis has one good day of full sun, it's gonna pop!

Well, so far I've avoided my walk this morning - I'm a little sore from skiing - but I'm determined to go before the rain starts here and it's on it's way!

Check in later so I can stay caught up!

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Eden, I thought I'd mention that my DD puts Kenzie in the highchair and tapes the paper to the tray, covering the whole tray when she "draws" Thus preventing coloring on walls etc and the paper moving around.

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How great Saucy to get a real basement floor!! Is yours originally dirt? I think ours was because the concrete that's down there now looks patchy and very uneven. I would love to get the floor evened out and covered with ceramic tile. Too many other priorities these days though.

It's TOO cold!!Only 57F here: ( I feel like Sue always does when the weekend gets here and the weather stinks...rainy and grey here.

Mary say Happy Bday to David for me. That's such a bummer about the swim party. I'm sure they'll still have fun whatever you come up with.

V-OK I finally put two and two together-congrats on the new position!

Chris is all giddy because he took care of his license plate renewal over the phone-no running around for that now: ) Usually we think of the plates hours before they expire and have to scramble lol.

Not to sound condescending but(lol)'fuchsia' is one word I checked on ages ago for its spelling and have it comitted to memory. It's all the other words in the English language that I can't spell: )

How fun Martie!I predict that next summer your whole yard will be a corn field...we'll make a farmer out of you yet; )lol.LOVE that Pennisetum too!!

Not much else here to expound on-need to buy groceries-hopefully I can add more later.

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Hi guys!

I can't believe it is September already. The summer really flew by. I am loving this cooler weather - mid 60's today, and breezy. No rain yet, but I can feel it coming. I spent the morning in the garden, and I feel like I got a lot done. I finished removing this old rambler rose that has been bugging me for a while. It only blooms once in June, then it declines from there; under attack from Japanese Beetles and rust. I don't spray, so by August the thing looked awful. The woman that used to live here told me that it was from her mother's place in Maine. I had been feeling like I should keep it because she loved it so, but this year I finally cut it to the ground after it bloomed. (She'll probably be haunting me now...) I dug out the roots today, some were as thick as my wrist. Then I dug out some large hosta that remained in the foundation bed, but were out of scale. I hate throwing plants away so I was going to wait for the fall plant swap to dig them, but that isn't until October. I put them all in the front yard with a "free plants" sign, and they are gone already!

Both kids have a friend over now, so I am taking a break. I know the interruptions will be frequent. The girls are pretty good, but the boys tend to look for "projects", which often involve tools or the microwave oven.

Mary, hope you DH's condition is not too serious. Glad that some of the scary stuff was ruled out.

V, congrats on your promotion!

Sue, Deanne and Monique, it sounds like you guys had a great time at North Hill. Sue, your garden descriptions are almost as yummy as Deanne's food commentary!

Martie, it looks like you and Deanne had fun at her place. The daylily in the car cracked me up. I went to a plant swap in NH one time, and I came home with an interrupted fern that was almost 4 feet tall! It was too tall to fit in the back of my wagon, so it rode shotgun on the floor of the passenger side. Every time I changed lanes on 93 I had to look through the fern. Isn't her garden wonderful?! The pictures here are great, but the real thing is 1000 times better.

Sue, we can't come down on Monday, much as I would like to. School starts on Tuesday, and we have a ton of things to do to get the kids ready.

Babs, glad the job is going well.

Got to go outside and check on the boys now, it is pretty quiet out there...too quiet...

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Yabba-dabba-do!!! This thread is exceeding my expectations. How cool is that? If I can get this post typed up fairly quickly this will be number 50 for the day. But, I dont think we should stop at 50, maybe we can even do one and a half threads before the weekend is over. ROTFLOL.

Babs, good for Chris for taking care of the license plate renewal ahead of time. That is always a plus.~~ I seem to always be doing things at the last minute these days. I told Doug that Im going to start cleaning up my orchids and taking them in the house this afternoon. Im going to turn on one of the light units later, the beginning of the winter, indoor gardening season for me. Last year I put it off until way too late and I lost about ten of my orchids from the cold so Im going to take care of it early this year. If this weather keeps up we are going to have an early frost.

Saucy, how much stuff do you have to move before you can start putting the cement down? Ill bet you cant wait until you can set your lights up. Since you were here Doug made me yet another light cart for the basement so now I have forty feet of lights!!! I have to laugh at myself. Do you think Im a bit out of control? ~~ Youll have to let us know what you decide on for a class. That should be a lot of fun.~~ If you ever feel like a drive again and are looking for plants I still have a ton of stuff I need to dig out. Ive got a large double pink peony, some more of that Shasta daisy that we lost in that bad winter, David phlox and I also have to divide that large patch of Hakonechloa albo striata that is in the Driveway Garden. There is about a twelve inch diameter patch that Im going to dig out of there. I also have several types of hybrid daylilies that need to be moved that I cant use anymore.

Eden, I think about the only diapers Id be willing to change would be if I ever had a grandbaby. Not likely at this point but you never know. ~~ RE cutting back the begonias do you just remove the outer leaves and take it back to the active growth on the rhizomes? It seems so brutal. Also do you do any kind of soil drench to remove any insects from the pots? ~~ Im thinking of hacking a pup out of that Cavendish banana that Sue gave me and potting that up as a house plant for the winter. Then I think Im going to cut back all the top growth on the main plant then bring the pot into the basement and see what happens. I was just going to let it die anyway so it should be interesting to see what it does. Sue said that she did exactly that, just hack it out. That is a bit scary but Im going to get my root saw and have a go at it.

Mary, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear pool party/sleep over with three inches of rain and low temps. My sympathies, yup, recipe for disaster. Better you than I. So please explain to me why you are going to clean the house if you are having a sleep over tonight??? Do the cleaning AFTER they leave! LOL ~~ Has DH come home yet? How is he doing?

Marian, no kidding about the temps. I know that if it gets to 60 in the winter I go outside with a short sleeved T-shirt on and am perfectly comfy. Today is 63 and Im freezing! ~~ So next time you mow do not forget the bug repellant! ~~ RE the Decon, that is really bad stuff. Id never ever use it even when we had mice in the house a couple years ago. You just never know where the rodents will store the stuff and like you said the cats could eat a contaminated rodent and have the same result. If those neighbors are putting that out they mustnt have pets. I know that dogs get poisoned that way too.

Monique, thanks for the info about the Lobelia s. I was thinking of cutting of that main stalk and letting the little side shoots do their thing for the remainder of the season. That main stem on mine is too far gone to stake and is laying sidewise on the ground now. I just love that plant though and it probably just was too big and heavy for a single stalk to support itself. Im looking forward to next year with it. BTW, do you know if that will take a half day of sun or does it need full sun? Im thinking of putting some in my garden on the east side of the house.

Martie, love the pic of you with the corn and pennisetum. That grass is spectacular! Mine has never gotten that large in a pot. I might just have to plant one in the border next year.

V I most definitely can see you giving a talk on grasses. Wish I could come and attend the lecture.

Michelle, Youll have to post a pic of your shelves when they are polished up for your Garden Shed. You could use that as a guest house. It is so cute and well appointed.

Sue, Id only want to be 21 again if I could keep my current life experience. Id love to have a 21 year old body though. Just think, no arthritis! LOL ~~ RE anniversary gifts. Gift certificates to a restaurant that you know they enjoy are always appreciated.

OK so it wouldnt be an Idyll without a few more piccies so Im going to post a photo of my HUGE urn with my pennisetum grass. I bought the urn at Sams for cheap in the spring and I wanted to create a planting that looks like a fountain. I put the pennisetum in the middle then surrounded it with three cordyline australis, outside of that I planted caladium and last on the outside I have fuchsia cascading over the edges. Im thinking next year of trying dichondra on the outside as it would look more like flowing water. Fun with plants!

Later
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Good morning! (Still is morning here)

I've been rushing around the house doing cleaning, dusting, laundry, decluttering (a never ending job it seems!) and just generally acting like I have energy!!! It is a novel feeling and one that I hope continues. I'm usually so darn wore out all the time (caused by a combination of being too sedentary along with my poor food choices and excess poundage). These past weeks of moving more, eating less and feeling 'useful' once again has given me a new burst of *something*. LOL Whatever the reason or source--I'm very thankful for it and hope I continue to be more active.

DH is doing some work down near the animals' shelter (shack). We'd like to build a small barn type structure for them. The spot we chose had a large rotting cedar stump and it is an area where we have burnt 'stuff' all the years we've lived here. He just dug the stump out with the excavator (the cedar stump smells so wonderful) and now has a HUGE hole to backfill. There is plenty of ashes built up where the firepit has been, so he's just going to scrape that into the hole and fill the rest with the rocks & dirt from the ditch he just made, alongside the driveway, recently. The man just keeps going like an energizer bunny! I tried taking a photo of what he was doing, from the front porch, but it showed too much of the 'ugly' here, ;o), so you can't see it.

I hear the buzzer on the dryer so I'd better get back to being a housewife.

Hope all are enjoying their Saturday!

Happy Birthday to David!!

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Doing my part to keep it going ....

V: You'll be fine, fine, fine. Half of "pitching" is loving what you're talking about. If it's plants, your enthusiasm will be contagious. Sounds like the job is the perfect combo of in and out of office. You'll start to like "out" a lot :-)

Monique: Too bad about the swap. I went in the Spring and had a blast. Years ago, long before cyberland allowed everyone to know everyone so well, we'd post notices at nurseries and organize swaps that way. Fun!

Saucy: Wahoo!!! Last winter was the first in five that I was able to seed start and it felt like the best thing ever when that first poke of green came up. I'm happy for you that you're cleaning out. "As is" isn't what it's cracked up to be, but worth it in the end.

The Pennisetum was an overwinter that worked. I'm 5'3" on a good day. LOL

Michelle: We have been designated quasi farmers by the seasonal work guys who have become good friends. Next year we'll have a real veggie garden that will be Rich's. I get 10' at the end for nursery plants (perennials that will be winter sown.) Our cul-de-sac is surrounded by tobacco, corn and evergreen farms. It's acreage was sold off by one of four brothers who inheirited the original farm and wanted to keep the tradition going but needed to buy out his brothers. We are on the former cornfield. I get all the good stuff of farming -- views, smells, sounds, anticipation -- but don't have to drive a tractor around at 8am on 90deg Sunday mornings :-)

Marian: The funny think about Fuchs and naming a plant for him is that he probably never saw one being from a non-tropical part of the world. (Son the history nut looked that up for you :-)

Deanne: Still marveling at your Coleus and Fuschia collections. Pics don't do it justice. Hope you made your bike ride!

More later.

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EEk -- Almost forgot --

Happy Birthday David!! Bowling sounds perfect! Of course, being boys, they'll probably just want to go swimming anyway :-)

Eden - Good luck with the Bella and crayon combo! We'll want pics of her first piece of art :-)

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Wow! I couldn't even get through all the posts. You are all certainly rising to Deanne's challenge.

Getting set for the party has been a challenge today. I didn't get in from picking up my son until 1:15 am, so I slept in a little. Then I had a minor work emergency this morning. It only took 20 minutes at the office, but add in 20 minutes drive on either side and there goes an hour!

Now I must go encourage some threatening clouds to move on - they're not supposed to be here!

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Hi again

Deanne - you are quite right, cleaning will need to be done AFTER the sleepover. However, I hadn't done any since getting back from our trip and clutter and dust (not to mention a few spiders) were accumulating. It's passable now, 9 year old boys certainly won't know the difference. Plus I'll feel better when parents drop off - a great motivator when it comes to housework since a couple of his buddies come from spotless, immaculate homes.

Annie made David's birthday cake all by herself while I was swabbing the decks. It is Gluten-Free chocolate cake, with a very delicious cream cheese frosting. David was thrilled and I must say it looks good.

Martie - I know the boys would swim whatever the weather, but since one of us would need to be poolside to lifeguard, and its only 61F and bucketing down, I think we've vetoed that idea. We decided to take the boys to a movie theatre. DH was worried there might be crowds and beer drinking at the bowling alleys on Saturday night, so a movie seemed a safe bet. Its a toss up between "Barnyard" or "How to Eat Fried Worms". Fortunately DH offered to go as I couldn't stomach the gross-out factor of the second choice.

DH is enjoying being home, a little tired after being woken every 2 hours to have blood pressure checked. Hospitals are not fun places to be. He's started on the new meds and is taking things easy over the weekend. I think I might be the one to keep order in the wee hours tonight.

Time to go put burgers together.

Enjoy your party V! Have a good Saturday night everyone.

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Mary and Annie: You guys worked really hard to give David a great birthday and I'm jealous I don't get to come and help! Think I'd opt out of those movies, too.

Chicken in the oven, quiet night planned, still "seeing" Deanne's gardens and not at all surprised that the orchids will be well cared for :-)

Later, pals!

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Bella and I just finished dinner. It's been a very gray and gloomy day here with light drizzle. I didn't end up doing much of anything worth speaking of. Bella and I did color for a while. Michelle, thanks for the tip. I set her up just as you described and it worked great. Martie, Bella's art has quite has quite a modern flavor to it, lol. Mary, a movie sounds like a great way to kill a few hours with the boys. Happy Birthday to David! That was so sweet of Annie to bake her brother a cake. T, send some of that housecleaning energy my way. Deanne, what a beautiful container. Another one of yours I'd like to have permission to copy? I just hack off the older leaves on my begonias to get them to a more manageable size. I have to be drastic in order to fit them all under lights. I usually try to soak the pot's soil in a bucket of water for a while before I bring the plants in. What do you do? I have so many to do this year I don't know how I'm going to get it all done. I have many containers I'll have to dismantle and repot the individual plants. I'm going to have to start taking cuttings this weekend. I think I'll stick them in the little greenhouse for now though. I don't want to start up the lights any sooner than I have to. The plants seem to take so much more maintenance time when they're inside. Re license plate tabs. We're procrastinators. That was one of the things Brad did yesterday on his birthday. Babs, I've been feeding my clerodendon Miracle Grow every week to week and a half. I don't know why it won't flower. Thanks for the photography tips. I fear I'm hopeless though in that department. Wendy, I had to laugh at your description of the difference between the boys and the girls. So true. Years ago, my neighbor caught her son and a friend behind the garage practicing throwing steak knives (around the other kid's body as he stood against the garage wall)like they'd seen on a tv show. You just never know what they'll think of. Best to keep a close eye on them! Saucy, I'm committed to keeping that little patch of lawn, lol. I love s'mores!

Off to read Bella a few books before her bedtime and then a friend's coming over to share a few glasses of wine. It IS wine night you know! See you all tomorrow.

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ROTFLMAO,,,, Guess my mind was in the gutter. Sue you were talking about your underwear and then said "Its off and on right now.... thats where I busted up. sorry.

V, my computer was doing that yesterday too and the scrolling wasn't working right. I restarted and it was ok. I'm not sure its not the site.

Deanne, cool looking fountain.

T, I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. Sometimes we just need a change to give us a boost. You said the cedar stump smelled good to you. I was digging in the new bed and it smelled like sasafrass (rootbeer). Bob had brought dirt up from the woods to build that berm, that turned into a flowerbed.

Michelle, thats a great idea your DD had for the coloring.
Your recycled storage unit sounds neat.

V, you sound busy busy.

Mary, Davids cake sounds yummy. I'm sure they will have a blast.

Deanne maybe the Rex begonia would like the orchid window. Don't they like humidty too?

Well I did get a few of the plants in today. The ones that I knew exactly where I wanted them. With Bob home today there were to many interuptions though.
He was working on the riding lawn mower and burned up his hunk of junk compressor so we had to go shopping as he really needed it. I have been trying to get him to buy a new one for years. We took the Forrester instead of the truck since its easier on gas and plenty of room to haul a compressor, but LOL when we walk into Sears they had a$260 something gas grill on clearance for $85 and we needed one so we managed to squeeze both items in but it was tight.
Our mower is twenty years old and the mower deck has had lots of abuse. I'm hoping we can keep it going for a few more years. LOL a few times back when I was mowing the grill fell off the front of the lawn tractor. I walked everywhere I mowed three times but have never found the grill. I wonder if I will find it sometime this winter when the grass and weeds die back.

So thats it for today. Think I'll go make brownies. (thanks Mary for talking about chocalate cake).
We haven't seen the Wyatt and Jake for awhile so may go visit sometime before the weekend is over.

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Norma, lol, I did get the underwear today and it was 25% off. Kohl's was giving stuff away. It seemed like everything in the store was on sale. I got two sterling silver rings for something like 65% off. Maybe I should go back tomorrow without Tom and peruse the jewelry area a bit more thoroughly.

After Kohl's we stopped for lunch at a Mexican place called On the Border. It may be a chain but I don't know how widespread. Anyway, don't go, the food was awful! Yuck! I should know better-I generally don't like chain restaurant food but was looking for something different. The margaritas weren't bad though. You could mix and match your tequila with either Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Next time I'll stop for a drink then go home and make myself a sandwich.

The package I was waiting for from Coldwater Creek finally arrived today. It was sent first class mail on Sept 2Oth. I buy alot of stuff online and by far the worst service is from the US Postal Service. They must send everything by horse and buggy. After all that waiting CC ended up sending me the wrong item and what I ordered is now out of stock. So much for that.

For my walk this afternoon I decided to park in a different part of town and walk around neighborhoods that are new to me. The problem was I was not familiar with the streets and many of them were unmarked deadends or circles. The walk ended up taking an hour and a half because I kept thinking a certain street would come out on another and get me back to my car. Oh well, what else did I have to do? At least the rain held off. It looks like we may not get much rain afterall as it seems to be passing more west of us. It was windy though. I had to move one of my potted cannas because it's top heavy and the wind kept knocking it over. This is not a good time of the year for wind with all the overgrown gardens. Tomorrow will be heavy twig pick up day. Whenever we get wind around here the Sycamores "shed".

All this talk of cake and brownies is making me hungry. Yogurt or a granola bar will have to suffice as a substitute though because I'm trying to be good. After my walk tonight I stretched and did Pilates. For dinner we grilled lamb rib chops and had fresh aparagus and a salad. It doesn't seem like Labor Day weekend. I'm looking forward to a fun time on Monday with Deanne, Doug, Monique and Les.

We're over the message quota again for the day. At this rate we'll need a new idyll by Monday, maybe sooner. Deanne should crack the whip more often.

Sleep well folks!

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Evening all,

Sue I just received my order from Coldwater Creek fine. Funny you'd just ordered from there too. They are having some terrific sales now. I just got the absolute best bargain of my life. WE have an LLBean credit card and every so often you build up enough points and they send you coupons. Anyway, I had a ten dollar coupon and when we went to the outlet I found a great pair of corduroy jeans on sale for $9.95 so I didn't pay anything for them!!! Woohoo! ~~ Weve been to On The Border and I completely agree with you, the food stinks.

Norma, that is a very good idea to try the rex begonias in the orchid window. Ill bet theyll do well there. Thanks. ~~ Good for you with getting a few plants in. I was supposed to do that but the day got away from me. I wound up doing some work with the dahlias and then had to water everything because we never got the promised rain.

Eden, so happy you like the container enough to duplicate. Of course I dont mind. ~~ That is a great idea with soaking the pots in a bucket of water. Im going to try that. In the past Ive not done anything and brought in some insects I wish I hadnt. That is why I was asking. For the fuchsia I take them out of the pots, root prune them. Cut them back by 2/3rds then strip all the leaves off. Then I spray them with a house and garden insecticide before I bring them in the house. Ive been lucky and not brought in anything in with them. ~~ I cant believe that story about the boys throwing steak knives! Incredible! So lucky no one was hurt. Good grief!

Mary, thinking of you with the sleepover tonight! Hope all is going well. How neat that Annie made the cake. What a great sister. ~~ Glad to hear DH is home and doing well.

Martie, how did you over winter your pennisetum?

T how great to hear you are feeling so energetic! You go girl!

HI Wendy, great hearing from you. How neat you got that old rose out. Dont you just love getting a job done that has been bugging you for a while? Im getting better and better at shovel pruning things. ~~ LOL about the boys projects.

OK Im ready to turn in. Yawn!!! You are all doing a fabu job of filling up this thread! Keep up the great work.

Nite all,
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Good Sunday Morning! The flock of robins inhabiting our back yard woke me early and I'm Glad!! Had a chance to skim through "From Seed to Bloom" and learned that a lot of the perennials I'd like to start from seed are really fairly easy! Now, to fit in a few more light sets for the overwinters. LOL

I found the Pennisetum to be easy. I divided it into about 6"x6" root mass (a job in itself!!), completely washed off the garden soil, root pruned to all new growth, left the foliage on, potted it up, stuck it in a south-facing basement window on a sill, lightly watered it about once a week, cut back the foliage when it died down on its own, and replanted in late April. It could've been dumb luck but it was really nice not to have to buy it again, this year. No fertilizer all winter but did give it a good shovel of composted manure when I replanted it.

The matriarch of Logee's keeps her begonias in a west facing, cold window with a water bath. Exact quote from her: "Water them when they're on the brink of shriveling." I don't try to do the whole plants, but take leaf cuttings, instead. After seeing Deanne's, though, it would be close to shameful not to keep the whole plant :-)

Sue: On the Border was crossed off the client lunch list long ago. Sorry we couldn't warn you. Glad you found your way out of the neighborhoods!! Did you pick up any good garden tips along the way?

Babs: Rich's SinL works for the DMV. I was a few days late renewing my license and as a "joke", he put a "hold" on my license renewal. No so funny when I was told it would cost me another $100 to get it renewed. It was quickly fixed with a phone call, but I sure got the message in a hurry. LOL

Mary -- Did you get any sleep??

Eden: LOL about modern art. When Ky was little I made it a point to ask what he was drawing and wrote his answer on the back of the paper. To this day I still get good laughs out of the ones I saved. Jealous of you getting to read "Good Night Moon" out loud.

Well, yesterday finished my Marie Antoinette biography and am now fascinated with Trianon and its gardens. She had 12 acres and I have 1, but there's no reason to not make a little "Marie" garden somewhere. Ky the historian suggested bright red as the base color. Gross LOL but better than sitting through a worm eating movie. LOL

In between showers today plan on moving three large shrubs. Got my muscles built up lugging around that daylily!! :-) Also need to stake out exactly where the veggie garden will go so that we can get it rotatilled and composted before frost. Rich and the Pinetree website have become good friends. Who'd a thunk it???

Need my second cuppa with an extra shot of Espresso to get kick started. See you all later!

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I spent almost the whole day working on the shelving cabinet. Of course when I work with power tools, things generally need to be cut twice. LOL It looks pretty good. It was a on and off rain day so it was nice to have the shed to work in. Since it only lightly rained, I did some dividing and transplanting when it wasn't raining.

Marian, what a good idea to open the thread twice.

Deanne, your planter really does have a "fountain" effect. How clever. I may get some projects done, but my garden is not nearly as well tended as yours.

Wendy, LOL "tools or the microwave" I can just picture it.

I must run I promised a flower arrangement for church and then to the lake to see my sister and brother who are visiting my parents and Kenzie of course.

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Martie, no garden tips, I can count on one hand the number of actual gardens in my town. In fact I'm somewhat amazed by the lack of attention to detail in most neighborhoods here. Even in Old Wethersfield and all along the historic Main street there are loads of unkept yards and gardens. People plant stuff then let weeds take over. Yesterday I walked in what is considered one of the most desireable sections of town and didn't see one garden-just lots of bland, poorly designed, installed and maintained foundation plantings and no curb appeal whatsoever. Most of the homes were probably built in the 80s and I don't think much has been done to them since. Guess I'll stay put in my poor section of town old house.

Rain today. Tom had a golf outing planned with friends. He went so we'll see what happens. The rain is supposed to end by late morning. Between the wind and rain I have some serious staking to do. Both of my Castor Beans are falling over as well as a large purple Amaranthus I allowed to seed next to the patio. I'm leaving the containers alone in hopes of getting a pinching lesson from Deanne tomorrow. I've been pinching but I don't think I've been aggressive enough.

That's it for now. My large coffee from Dunkin Donuts is half gone-a sad sight when there appears to be so much lazy morning left.

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Goooood Morning all,

Cool, I see that we are "up and at em" this morning. Well I cut an armload of my large dahlias knowing that this rain was on the way so I thought I'd post a pic of the resulting arrangement. That large dahlia in the arrangement is called 'Breakout' and I just love it! What a marvelous flower it has. I measured this one last night and it is ten inches in diameter! What a beauty.

and just in case you couldn't see it in the previous photo I have a closeup. LOL

Martie thanks for the info on overwintering begonias. when you said a cold window that sparked an idea for me. My front breezeway window stays fairly cool and probably will be the ideal place for them this winter. Im going to hopefully get them in today after the rain stops.

Sue, so Tom is golfing??? LOL I hope he brought rain gear. Things here are knocked over from the wind as well. I spent a couple hours yesterday staking things but I see there are still a few casualties out there.

Michelle, did you take a photo of the arrangement? I always love to see your creative flower arrangements. I'll bet you finish up those shelves this weekend. I need some of your energy. For some reason I'm content to sit in my chair in the dining room and look outside this weekend. I really need to get motivated here so to that end I'm going to get my gym clothes on and get some exercise.

Have a great day eveyrone and keep these posts coming.

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No golfing for Tom today. As I suspected he had breakfast with his friends and came home. If the weather clears they may try again for 9 holes later. Golf courses must really get nailed financially on days like this.

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Good morning! It's a 10 on a scale of 10 this morning with lots of sunshine and 60 degree temps. Rain is forecast for this evening and tomorrow, though.

The party last night was wonderful. The fish boil was just incredible. I don't like fish, but I ate every bit of my fish last night. We had a nice crowd of friends and family show up, the weather was glorious and the firepi has earned it's keep. If I'm not too lazy, I'll get a pic of the firepit later today because that project went in after idyllunion. (I wouldn't let DH tear up the yard right before everyone was coming!)

My brother and his wife came to the party last night and he is doing well. I've heard very little from him since the beginning of summer when he found out he had cancer of the esophagus, but his treatments have gone well and the cancer is almost gone. His hair, though, has gone white, which is funny to see on your younger brother. But he looks good and is in good spirits. I was so pleased that they came because they've never come to our labor day weekend party in the past.

Mary, I'm glad that your DH is home and the worst stuff has been ruled out. I hope he gets some answers soon.

Sue, if you look carefully at your post you'll see that you got your package 18 days BEFORE they shipped it. So what are you complaining about? tee hee! I had one package that was shipped on July 20th that just showed up a week and a half ago. It had to be re-shipped as the original package was damaged. Luckily, it was laundry detergant and not clothes that go out of stock as the seasons change. Unluckily for whomever in the UPS chain damaged it, it was liquid laundry detergant.

Deanne, sniff sniff! You've hurt my feelings, sniff sniff! I thought I stood up to your coffee pretty well.

Martie, I'm glad you made it Deanne's. That daylily photo was a riot (as was Saucy's comment about it!)

There's more to say, but we have to have the tent back by 10:00 am this morning, so I'd better run. Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and I'll be back later.

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Good Morning, It's so cold here. Feels like October! I kept having dreams last night about getting all of the plants inside. I think I'm starting to stress about it, lol. I am going to start working on it as soon as this wet weather clears though. I've got to get those new things I bought a couple of days ago in the ground too. Suddenly it seems like I have lots of garden work to do again.

Norma, how were the brownies. I've been baking lately too. Not good, since I'm the only one who usually is around to eat the stuff.

Deanne, thanks for the info on overwintering the fuschias. Once you cut them back and defoliate them do you let them go dormant? If so where do you keep yours and at what temp? I have a problem with trying to keep dormant plants over the winter because I don't have a place that's not either to warm or too cold. The dahlia pics are beautiful. Good idea to cut them and bring them inside to enjoy before the rain ruined them.

Michelle, can't wait to see the finished cabinet. It's so nice that you have the garden shed now to putter around in on rainy days.

Sue, we have On The Border here too. We tried it once when it first opened and haven't been back since. I didn't even like the margaritas. I had to stake some ricinus yesterday too.

Martie, my begonias don't do well in a window. I don't think they get enough light since my house has an overhang all the way around. Keeping them under lights makes a big difference in my success with them. Have fun planting the shrubs. If it dries up I'll be keeping you company planting mine too.

It looks like the sun might be trying to break through. Now if it would just warm up a few degrees!

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V, I'm so glad to hear that your brother is doing so well. Glad the party was a success. You have the perfect setting for sitting around a firepit in the evenings. Can't wait to see it.

Wonder how Mary did last night? Bet she's a little tired today. Good thing she has an extra day tomorrow to rest up!

OK I'm really going now.

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Good morning! Foggy here this morning so unsure what the day holds. Yesterday hit 100 and was too stinkin' hot to do much outside. Jim did get the big cedar stump worked into the pasture (using the excavator) so now he can decide where he wants to push/drag/maneuver it for burning at a later time. He is now talking about taking out another huge old stump (probably 10' sticking out of the ground and maybe 7' in diameter). This one he'll chainsaw off instead of digging up as it is against a large fir tree. I don't really know why he's taking this one out (I like these monstrous old rotting stumps---they add character to our property). I could understand it if he were taking down the huge fir tree,too. But he isn't planning on taking down the tree.......so why mess with a good looking stump? Hmmmmmmm, inquiring minds will quiz the 'boss' later about it.

As for the increased energy? Must have been an earth/moon/stars polarity magic smoke type of once-in-a-lifetime-never-to-be-repeated thing. I think it is gone. Yep, gone. Never to be repeated (already said that, didn't I?). Oh well, at least when I'm old (older?) and gray (grayer?) I can say truthfully that "one day I had incredible energy and ambition!" . Not many will believe me when I say that......but I'll know it is real!

Magic smoke? Did you catch me mentioning that above? Well, for those of you that don't know about magic smoke, I'll let you in on a little secret. You know when your toaster or your coffeemaker or your television makes a funny noise and then you see a tendril of smoke curling out of it? Well, that tendril of smoke is the magic smoke! Yep, once it escapes.......that is the end of your appliance (or tool). Not many people know that it is the magic smoke escaping but I was told this by my DH who was an electrician years ago......yep, when the magic smoke escapes from something---it is the kiss of death for that item. No magic smoke--no workey any more.

Now, that you are educated on magic smoke......my good deed for the day is done. I can go on about lazing in my pajamas with my second cuppa coffee and feel good about what I've accomplished this morning.

Sure hope everyone has a good day! :o)

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Good morning! We've been busy around the Saucy household and the trailer is full! Deanne, I didn't have much left in the basement, but what was left wouldn't fit in the last dumpster that was here. Did you know that I have an early 20th century laundry room that had to be cleaned out too? Anyone want to buy a mangle? How 'bout the old wringer washer (they updated from the washboard :)....I added a vintage bow front fridge to that room this morning!

Anyway...someday that room will be a four season porch complete with a two man hot tub! Since hubby is in the HVAC business, he promises he can keep the room humid, but not damp! I'm going to buy a palm tree when it's complete....for now I have to put a tarp over the roof to keep it from leaking! The room is a little too tropical right now :)

So the fridge came from this little foyer-like room off of my kitchen that leads to the laundry room off the back of the house. Now that the little foyer room is clear, Nick is off buying the shelving I need to turn it into my very own pantry! I'm going to have a place to put all the lunch boxes, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc! Woo Hoo!

He has to finish it before I "allow" him to go to the Cape to see a friend who'd visiting from FL. I'm not really that controlling, but I've gotta have my pantry!!!!

I thought the same thing about Sue's panty comment...you're not the only one with your mind in the gutter. Glad you got them at such a bargain, Sue!

I make my own south of the border food - been disappointed too many times. I've got the Mexican version of the Joy of Cooking and it details the exact way to make authentic food. Favorite dish is tequila-lime flank steak in corn tortillas with mexican-style rice.

But I made a gimmicky dish last night that was delish! It was supposed to be healthy, but since I found it in one of Nick's "health" magazines, it had enought calories for two of my meals! 500 calories per square. OH, forgot to tell you the name - Mexican lasagna. Ground turkey, corn tortillas, enchilada sauce....you get the idea. It got a thumbs up from everyone but Sarah - she had pasta and a meatball (made from the ground turkey...shh, don't tell her).

I sure am chatty this morning. By the time I hit submit, 4 other posts will be waiting for me :)

Have a great day!

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Started to try and move stuff but it's just too wet and I couldn't get a good grip on the shovel ;-)

Okay, it got cold fast and running around in 60deg weather with steady drizzle isn't fun. Nor is fighting soggy amended clay soil which has to weigh double what normal soils weighs.

LOL about the magic smoke, T. Now I understand!! Smoke = broken. I'm with you on the stumps. Couldn't you use one for a climbing Hydrangea or something? Or set a container on top of it? If he's like my DH, once he has a project set in his mind there's no turning back so good luck.

Deanne - The cut arrangement looks just as good as it did in the garden. Your breezeway would probably work really well for the begonia. It's always worth a try!

V - Jealous of your 10/10 day. We need a few of those around here. AND The first thought Was to put the daylily on the seat but we wouldn't have been able to close the door. As it was we had to kind of knock off some of the dirt and tip it sideways. Ky's slave job d'jour is to dig its hole. We're up to a quart, rather than pint, of Ambrosia for the task. LOL

Eden: Sounds like you have a lot of cool stuff to add to the garden! I'm not a great baker, either (I have this problem with measuring things when it's just easier to toss'em in) but LOVE good pastries of all sorts. The gooier the better.

Sue: Isn't it odd that the nicer the neighborhood, the crappier the gardens? And how much do you want to bet that they have garden coffee table books in the house? I realized after working in the biz that they want the look but not the work. Even had someone ask me if I wanted to come weed their 4'x20' border on a weekly basis because she "just wouldn't have the time ..." They're the ones missing out, IMHO.

Rich just suggested a trip to a local park to check out the rapids given all the rain. Think we're both a little house-crazy???

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I've always wanted a Mangle!!!!! Truly!!!!


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Tom just went back over to the golf course. It's still drizzling so I don't get it but, whatever...

Three stores and no bamboo supports later. I'm done driving around. The Amaranthus is propped up with a wrought iron patio chair and the castor beans are just going to have to get used to life on the ground. Potted cannas have been falling over and crushing everything around them. A week and a half with precious little sun topped with rain and wind and you might as well start cutting the garden down for the season. Hey, now there's something I can do this afternoon.

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My grandma had a mangle. Hey Saucy, you could use the old washer for a container garden. I had one that I did that with some years ago. It was before I was really into container gardening though and I could never figure out what to fill it with to make it look good. I think I'd be better at it now.

Sue, sounds like Tom's as crazed about golf as we all are about gardening, lol.

Martie, I have that clay soil too. Not good to work with when it's wet.

T, thanks for the explaination on the magic smoke. We used to have a car that would occasionally send up smoke from the steering column. We'd take it in and they wouldn't find anything wrong.

I've got to go to Babies R Us. Just happened to check my reciept and they charged me twice for some little jeans I bought Bella yesterday.

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Afternoon all, well I went to the gym and did an hour on the stairs and now I'm tucked into my new free corduroy pants and a nice oversized cotton sweater lounging in my favorite overstuffed leather chair and I don't see a whole lot of movement coming out of me for the rest of this day. I'm watching the rain come down that was supposed to stop by now. It is currently coming down in buckets. We had to wear our rain hats when we went into the hot tub after working out. Oh well I don't believe there will be any work done outside today. But, I have done two loads of laundry and have another load of whites to go and have changed the sheets on the bed so I did do something productive today even if it wasn't in the gardens. Im hoping to be able to pry myself out of this chair and do some work with the orchids in a little bit but Ill see how it goes.

So Sue, did you see they are now predicting rain showers for tomorrow??? Originally it was supposed to be sunny all day. For a week now they have been saying it is going to be sunny tomorrow. I don't know how you have gotten the power to make it rain but it is an amazing thing. I'm telling you the next time we are in a drought situation I'm going to persuade you to have a party in your garden. ROTFLOL! ~~ So how tall are the stakes you are looking for? I've got a shed full of stakes of various sizes and can bring some down if you'd like. I can also bring my pruners if you'd like. LOL~~ Anyway, Doug is currently getting some lovely salmon filets ready to go into the smoker. Yummy! I get to have a preview tonight. ~~ Oh yes re the golf thing, I know Tom probably thinks we are totally cracked when we go and work outside in the gardens in the rain it is just a different passion. You can remind him of this the next time he raises his eyebrows at you over some garden thing you are doing that he doesnt get. LOL

Eden I just hate it when I get overcharged for something and I have to go back to the store and have them fix it. ~~ RE: wintering over the fuchsias, yes, I do let them go dormant. After I strip the foliage and do the whole pruning thing and get them into fresh potting soil I water them in well then let them drain through then put them into the garage until the temps in there threaten to go below freezing. After that I bring them down to the basement in Dougs shop. He lets me have the northeast corner of his shop to winter over plants and tubers. It is the coolest area in the house. I keep a thermometer in there and it usually stays around 55 degrees in that corner. It would be better if it was below 50 but Ive had success with the 55 degree temps. The fuchsias do begin breaking dormancy earlier than Id like in the spring which is the only major drawback that I can see. Im thinking Ill do a photo essay of the whole pruning thing with the fuchsias in the fall. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. ~~ Im totally with you about having anxiety attacks about getting all this plant material in. Yikes!

Saucy, I dont envy your piles of stuff to excavate out of your house but I do envy your pantry. My last apartment had an enormous pantry and Ive missed it since. Sorry Ive no use for a mangle or a ringer washer. LOL

T I sure hope you get another day of high energy. I could use one myself right about now. ~~ I dont get some of the things that Doug gets into his head to do around here either. I just shrug and clean up the mess later, although I dont see you cleaning up those stumps. LOL It is too bad he wants to get rid of them because theyd make a great stand for some containers.

V OMG How could I have forgotten that you liked my coffee too!!!!!! IM SO SORRY! Yes, you are indeed another person after my own heart when it comes to coffee preferences. LOL ~~ So very happy to hear that your brother is doing well and that you had a great time at your party. Im looking forward to seeing pics of the new firepit.

OK we are slowing down here. Id sure like to see another ten posts or so. Where is Norma today? And how about Honey, Marian and Eileen.?

TTYL
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Deanne, the weather here for tomorrow still says sunny and a high of 78 F. Since the last time I posted the rain stopped and the sun came out. Now it's part in and out. I just spent the last hour and a half cleaning the back gardens of leaves, twigs and bark from that damn Sycamore. What a freakin' mess! It looks like fall with all the dead leaves piling up under all the plants. I need a couple of heavy duty bamboo stakes about 6-8' tall to support the castor beans. One of these days I'll get more proactive when it comes to staking things. In the next week or so I'm going to start redoing that patio beds. They have become too crowded and haphazard.

What is a mangle?

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Okay, pantry shelves are done! I can now buy paper towels in bulk :)

Don't be jealous, Deanne, it's really not that fabulous and I'm not the food storing type, so it'll only be used for extra platters/pots and lunch boxes and paper products.

Sue, a mangle is a big square metal box that you open up and put your large peices of laundry through to press them - correct me if I'm wrong, T.

I don't even know if the thing works. Just haven't figured out how to dispose of it, yet. I'm considering placing an ad in the Want Advertiser...it's free until the item sells.

V., (and other coffee drinkers) I just bought my husband the Senseo because he's the only one who drinks coffee here....he loves it! He's drinking too much coffee, now! It makes one cup at a time with the little pods if you've never seen one.

Gotta run and see the hubby off...

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Excellent idea, Deanne, to do the fuchsia photojournal. I, for one, would subscribe to something like that.

Sun is out and things are starting to dry up a bit. I'm staying put and out of the gardens until tomorrow morning. Too wet and the soil has held up really well this year. Don't want to jinx anything.

V -- As a fellow "kick-b%**" coffee drinker, I must warn you that if you ever come to CT I'll need to take you a place in Vernon that makes my hair curl.

You, too, Deanne. When D. ordered the coffee with double espresso after lunch, I knew I was in with a good crowd:-)

Sue -- Only outside thing that will get done today is stick pick up. One of the corn stalks tipped over and despite my best attempts it won't stand up again. First winter casualty. We could make a pact next year about staking because I don't realize I should've until it's too late.

The rapids were gorging. Came home and watched Andre Agassi (breath in, breath out, girls!!!!) at the US Open. Though definitely not a tennis fan, I can get excited about someone's last outing after 24 years of playing a sport.

Need to keep an eye on Rich's veggie list. I don't know why Okra would appeal to him??? Also trying to decide if I want to chance a "dwarf" Kiwi Vine for the deck. Is there such a thing as a "drawf" Kiwi?

Best to all - where's everyone else?

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My grandmother had a mangle as well. Sue, it was used for ironing things and is almost the size of a small upright piano with these large rollers that you feed things through. I seem to recall that it was good for ironing sheets back when that was a necessity. I was frightened of it, largely because of the name; I figured if I got too close it would "mangle" me!

We took down the tent and returned it this morning, then made a stop at Menard's for some lumber to finish another small project. DS had asked me about houseplants when we were driving home Friday night, and Menard's had these cute little houseplants for $1.94 each. So I got a sansevaria and a diffenbachia for him and a sansevaria for myself, and three small pots as well. As soon as I finish this post I will go pot them up.

I've got laundry going now. The dishwasher needs to be emptied, but that's about it for party clean up. Tonight, I think Dh and I will have a fire in the pit, roast some sausages, snack on some leftover chips and finish the last of the keg of Beck's (notvery much left).

Off to pot!

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Deanne, I can see your second dahlia photo as a painting (minus the salt shaker!)

Saucy, my grandma's mangle had a wooden cabinet and almost looked like a piece of furniture.

Martie, there is no such thing as a "drawf" Kiwi!

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Hi gals....I am just setting/laying around scratching those cured itches! Man, my feet and ankles are covered with them, and more scattered all over my body. What a drag! I'm not feeling too perky either, and think it is due to the bites.
We went to AM worship, and our monthly pot-luck ( they call it " Dinner on the grounds", (smile). I dragged through it all. Tonight is the monthly singing. I may 'sit this one out'. :-(

The weather is gorgeous. Not too hot and not too humid. A possibility of showers tonight, but no sign of it yet.

Well, I couldn't have the baked potatoes with our fish yesterday. When I went to pick up the sack of potatoes ,( that I hadn't checked all summer), the bottom fell out, along with the most disgusting sight. I'll not even attempt to discribe the condition of the remains....too revolting! So we had steak fries instead with the fish, and brussels sprouts.( We love brussels sprouts.)

V, congrats on your new position. Years ago I was asked to speak about house plants at the EHC meeting. My word, that was so long ago I almost forgot about it. Sure glad your brother is doing well with his treatments.

Hi Wendy! Good to hear from you...long time, no see.

Did I tell you all that this new computer is 'much'faster than the old one?I was blaming it's slowness on the dial-up, but apparently that was not the entire cause.

Deanne, Tiger seems to be on the mend, thank goodness. Nolon says the neighbor 'does' put Decon out.I don't know if cats would eat the affected rodents. They now have a mama cat that has moved in on them, and his wife is feeding it. Thanks for the offer of the fuchsias, but I will decline. I have way too much to bring in already.
Great deal on the corduroy jeans! Your dahlias are GORGEOUS!

Martie, compared to me, you are rather tall..:-) I am only about 5 foot in my stocking feet. Good for your son ...looking up Fuchs. I haven't done that. The info is in my Self-pronouncing Dictionary. You and your DH will have a great time with your veggie garden next year. The idea 'almost' makes me wish I were doing it again...almost!

Yargh...Eden, I had quite a time reading your 'ran-together' post from yesterday...:-)

Speaking of new under garments...I sure need to get some. I don't know when I last got new bras, and some of mine are disintegrating!

Norma, we had to laugh at the "hunk of junk compressor". Nolon has one of those. Wow, I sure hope my rider lasts 20 years. I sure don't expect it to, with the treatment it gets in my rough yard. We are trying to imagine how the grill could be lost. They aren't that small!

Thanks, Michelle. The opening of the thread twice is really revolutionary for posting. Also, I review my post occasionally before I am done, and I think that helps save it incase my PC goes off.

Yesterday I got a nice long phone call from my sister. She mentioned how our brother is apparently depressed since his triple bypass. That prompted me to call him. He said the foot and ankle that they took the transplant vein from is what is causing him problems. It hurts all the time. I wonder if anyone is familiar with that, and if it will ever get better? Maybe when Marie gets back she would know about that.
DB said they have a brand new refrigerator and range in their garage at their new home. He said he could have sent them to me if he'd known I needed them....sure! :-)

I remember seeing a mangle in use many years ago. I think it was at the laundromat. Someone I knew may have had one, too. I was always rather leery of them too.

Okay, I've jumped here, there, and everywhere, to ans questions and make comments. I think I'll go heat up some water and make an instant cappuccino!

Marian

Sorry about too much rain in the NE. It is either 'feast or famine' isn't it? Sure wish we would hear from Cindy.

LOL, Teresa..."magic smoke" . Funnny!

Saucy, way to go...with the basement job! We had an unfinished basement many years ago. I would never want another, finished or un, unless it had a ground level entrance.


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Hi everyone

A very quick peek in from me. Sleepover was a great success - the boys had fun and even a little sleep! They are all such nice kids it was a pleasure having them.

Today was cold and drizzly - a perfect day to spend pottering at home. It turned into cucumber day. Annie made 12 pints of her Spicy Dill Pickles, I'm cooking a batch of Relish, and we have cucumber and dill salad for supper. Can you guess I bought a big basket of cukes at the farmers market yesterday.

I have to dash as DH and I are goign out tonight to see Little Miss Sunshine.

Happy Labor Day for tomorrow

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Sorry Marian, I had to go back and look to see what you were talking about. That post was quite a ramble wasn't it. I don't think I checked it before I posted. I was in a hurry since it was time to get Bella ready for bed. I'll pay more attention from now on. Hope your itches go away and you feel better!

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Eden, I hope I wasn't coming across as rude. It just really is hard for me to read a compact post like that. Probably due to a malfunction in either my eyes, or my mind?

We went to the monthly singing after all. I was pretty well rested up from an afternoon nap. I'm glad we went. The gathering was extra small due to so many being gone for the holiday weekend.

Mary, nice news about the sleepover, and about Annie's pickles. Good for her! I never made many dill pickles. Nolon doesn't like dill. But I made about every other kind of pickle, relish, conserve, and preserve in my recipe book. I quit doing that years ago.We seldom eat those things anymore.

I feel like bedtime...but it is too early. Guess I'll finish my jigsaw puzzle.

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We had our fire this evening; the rain held off until we were just about done. Even then, it was just a sprinkle and not the threatened thunder storms. Although there were several flashes on the horizon, but we decided that it was fireworks, not lightening.

DS had been complaining of a bad sore throat all weekend, so Dr. Mom looked at his throat, spotted some white patches on the tonsils and packed him off to the doctor. He has a nice supply of horse-sized antibiotics to take back to school with him. He left late in the afternoon and drove DD's car down, which he will deliver to her next weekend. She has decided she really needs her car as she has to do observations at the local schools.

The rain is now coming down quite hard - glad I'm inside! The yellow dog is thinking about getting nervous.

I'm going to knock out another few chapters in my book and go to bed. Who will put this idyll to bed?

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Eden, the brownies didn't happen. I decided it was to late to be baking and had two oreos with a glass of milk instead.

Marian. I couldn't understand how I could not see that grill either.
I was wondering about the "cured itches".
I think the depression after the bypass surgery must be a normal thing. We have a friend going through that too. And I've heard of it in other cases.
You don't have to describe those potatoes. I think that is the most disgusting smell and can tell immediately if there is a bad one in the bag.

Saucy, I imagine you are thrilled to get that stuff out of your way. And don't you just love new storage space. We finally put cabinets over the washer and dryer in the laundry room last spring and it is nice to have them.

I could tell first thing this morning I wasn't going to be any good in the garden, so I went to the fields with the brush hog and mowed for five hours. Didn't require much thinking or effort. Bob came looking for me at 3:00. He had finished putting the lawn mower back together. It is much quiter now with new bearings. He started to put the new grill together and decided it had to many parts. He doesn't have patience sp? with something like that so decided to leave it for me. Anyway we were both starved and decided to go up to the neighborhood church picnic and get some food. Spent a couple of hours there talking to friends and neighbors. Came home and crashed. I did talk to both sons on the phone. Son number one is going to deliver the new shed in the morning. I'm not at all sure where we are going to put it. I don't want it to far from the house or it won't be handy. But I don't want it blocking any views either. Hard to visualize till it gets here. I think it will be tricky getting it down our tree lined driveway too. Picture a woods road with grass growing between the tire tracks. I love it. Our grandson Jake commented on how unusal it was not to long ago. Probably not to many kids of his age see a driveway like that.
It was really kind of funny that Bob was going out the road as I was coming in yesterday and he had to pull to the side to let me through. We have lived here 13 years and never had that happen before.

OK I've rambled enough and everyone is probably already in bed anyway. So have a good day tommorow everyone. Ei and Cindy too. And anyone else who is missing. Norma


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Hi again

thought I'd better slip in another post to keep the quota up. I think we should reach our goal by Monday - what do you think?

The movie "Little Miss Sunshine" was rather quirky and extremely funny. Its been a while since I saw something that entertaining.

I've never been to South of the Border, but since returning from CA have been making corn tortillas at home. I bought back a tortilla press, and the home made ones are quite easy to make and delicious. It took me a couple of goes to get the proportion of water right - all you do is mix water with masa harina, knead and form balls. These are squished into rounds in the press and fried - you don't even need oil. They make an excellent base for heuvos rancheros, especilly using fresh salsa.

Martie - DH and I love okra though I've never grown it. While I enjoy it in gumbo etc, my favorite is cooked in spicy Indian dishes.

T - did you mention the aroma of the "Magic Smoke"? The last time we saw some was when Annie put the toaster on and someone placed a tupperwear container on top which melted and ran into the heating elements.

Marina - hope your rash/bites are less itchy. (Oops, I mean Marian). Its very hard when feeling down/ill prevents you from enjoying you usual activites. Hopefully you'll feel better very soon.

Saucy - enjoy your pantry. Like you, I don't tend to buy a lot of food in bulk but having paper products on hand is great. I bet your pantry will be especially useful around the holidays.

Deanne - those are fabulous Dahlias! DH loves coffee so strong you can stand your spoon in it, but his Dr has told him to eliminate caffeine. Its been very hard...

Norma - nice score on the gas grill. This can be a great time of year for picking up end of summer bargains. Hope you enjoyed the brownies.

Sue - my yard is in desparate need of staking too after the downpours. I do have some 6 ft bamboo so that will be high on my list for tomorrow.

Hi Wendy - we start back at school Tuesday too. Are your guys looking forward to it?

V - a fish boil sounds wonderful and the fire pit a great addition. What fantastic news about your brother. I wonder if going through the experience will bring him closer to family.

Eden - isn't it fun buying clothes for Bella? Little girl clothes are just so cute. I'm mising that even more now that Annie has such definite tastes about she wants she to wear.

Waving Hi to Babs, Michelle, Chelone and Monique, hoping Cindy has survived all the rain, that GB is having a wonderful time at the wedding and missing Ei, Taryn and Honey. Oh dear, did I miss anyone?

Nite all,

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V, We had a firepit at the other house and still want one here. I just love to sit out around an open fire. Bummer your DS has a sore throat. Did DD not make it home this weekend? N


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Norma, if I met someone in our driveway someone would have to back up. There is no place to pull over. One side is the ditch and the other is trees! It isn't a straight drive either, so it could happen.

V, glad your DS got an antibiotic for his sore throat. My sister ends up with strep throat about everytime she gets a sore throat. I had those white lumps in my tonsils this past week, but no sore throat. How far away is the school(s) that your DS and DD go to?

Okie Doakie...I will say "Goodnight all".

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Goodness but this Idyll is going by quickly! It is lovely to check emails and find so much to read here, also.

8:10 PM and it is dark outside.....autumn really is coming soon.

Yesterday was 100....today only got up to 79. Sure felt horribly hot for a few hours though. We spent the entire day doing fencing. Putting in new wooden posts (using the auger on the tractor to do the holes--thankfully), tearing out old fencing and metal t-posts, then putting in new t-posts and putting back up the fencing. A long, hard, hot, dirty and tiring job! All of this was to change the pasture access for the construction of the animal's new shelter. I hesitate to call it a barn as the word 'barn' conjures up really cool imagines.......and this probably won't be a really cool building. LOL It will probably only turn out to be 24' x 24' with a covered loafing shed built onto the east side of the building. The 'critters' will think it is a wonderous mansion most likely, ;o) and that is all that matters.

I wonder what fun times DH has planned for us tomorrow? Ditch digging? Picking up rocks? Doing firewood? Gee, just a bunch of fun options.

Saucy, I'd advertise the mangle on eBay if you ever sell there. Many quilters like to use them to iron their large pieces of fabric. If you lived a couple thousand miles closer I'd be interested in looking at yours. ;o)

V, your firepit sounds wonderful. We keep talking about putting one in....s'mores around the fire, roasting marshmellows, hotdogs.......Jamie would love it and so would his grandmother! ;o)

Well, I'm tired. I'm going to go sit in my chair, with a couple magazines and a blanket.

'night,
T.


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Per Deanne's request:

Today at the lake:

V, why wouldnt you let DH make a firepit before we came? That would have been fun. A fish boil is great fun too. We went to one when we were in Door County. Did you do yours over the fire? We have done them at our annual family camping trip. Im glad to hear that your DB is doing well.

Cindy, wondering if you are OK there?

Deanne, those dahlias are absolutely yummy! A photo thread on the fuchsia dormancy process would be great.

T, LOL you crack me up magic smoke.

I always seem to learn things here a mangle huh?

Marian, great that you new computer is faster.

Mary, that is just so cool that Annie is already making pickles at her age. I have yet to do that.

Night all

Michelle


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Good morning all,

Well the great news is that the sun is shining and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate and give us a nice day here. There is a chance of sprinkles later on in northern New England but we should be fine in CT. Im hopeful that I can get the rest of the orchids in the house before we leave for Hartford.

Michelle, as I expected, your flower arrangement is gorgeous! I always enjoy seeing what you do with cut flowers. ~~ I cant believe how fast your little cutie is growing! What a sweet little girl. Pretty soon well be seeing pics like this of Ts new little grandbabies.

T, wow, you are getting a lot accomplished this weekend. Are you planning on having the new critter shelter done before the snow comes this year? And the thought of fencing makes me cringe! Of course you cant put in a single hole in the ground here without excavating a couple boulders. ~~ Glad to hear your temperatures have moderated. Weve had comfortable weather here for a month now. ~~ You are so right about the day length. The real tell for me is that I dont get any sun in the east facing windows of my dining room any more. We get direct sunshine in here for two months in the summer and its now gone for the year. Bumer.

Mary, Oh no about your DH having to give up caffeine! That is such a bummer. Please give him my condolences! I seriously feel for him. I remember discussing coffee with him when we visited this spring. ~~ Love to hear about your making your own tortillas. You are such a creative cook. ~~ How neat Annie is making pickles.

Norma, it sounds like you had a productive day yesterday. How much pasture land do you have if it takes you five hours to mow? Holy cow!

V, sorry your DS has a sore throat but it is good thing you got him to the doctor before it got worse. ~~ Sounds like you are going to really enjoy that firepit. Ill bet you get a lot of use in the fall? Wish I had room for one. Were still thinking of getting one of those propane fueled patio heaters so we can extend the season outside a bit. ~~ So tell me, whats wrong with the salt shaker in that painting? LOL

Marian, thanks! Glad you like the dahlias. Also glad to hear that Tiger is feeling better. What a worry for you. ~~ RE fuchsias, I might just have to send you a Beacon Rosa in the SPRING so you dont have to winter it over. LOL Have you heard from Eileen lately? Im a bit worried that she hasnt popped in here for a while.

Martie, sorry about the corn getting knocked over. RE Okra, they do have pretty flowers as I recall. I actually love okra, especially in soups. ~~ Im looking forward to trying out that coffee in Vernon when I get to come down to visit.

Saucy, how great youve got your pantry all ready to use. Thats terrific. Any storage is fabulous in my book.

Sue, Ill bring a couple stakes down for you. I hope you guys have honed your appetites. It sounds like we are going to have a feast today.

Okie dokie, Ive got to get out of this chair and do something productive with this morning.

Have a great Labor Day everyone,
Deanne


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Good sunny morning! Doing my part to move the thread along, we are getting there!

It looks like a decent day on tap here, finally! Sue, I think your weather curse may have lifted...

DS and his little friend managed to stay out of trouble, the worst they did was overcook the microwave popcorn. The last time this friend was over, they took my big loppers and started trimming branches that were "in the way" - I put a stop to that quickly; I was afraid one of them would lose a finger! I was smart enough to lock the tool shed this time. DH has called DS a tool magnet since he was a toddler - he is fascinated with tools. He was never happy with the plastic ones, they weren't realistic enough. One time DS was in the woods with a rope, he had rigged up a pulley over a branch as was raising and lowering a bucket of rocks. When DH went onto the deck later to call him inside, he said that he was stuck. Somehow he had the rope around his waist and had tied himself to the tree!

My, my Norma and T - brush hogs, tractors - you have been busy girls!

Mary, my kids are sort of looking forward to the start of school, but they are sad that summer is about over. The last few times we planned a trip to the beach the weather didn't cooperate, and I think we are helping my parents cover their pool today. We still may get some warm days, but with the cool nites the pool water is freezing and the kids won't use it as much now that they are in school. DD is starting middle school, I think she is feeling like a little fish in a big pond. Her best friend is in her class though, so that is a plus. She is a little stressed out about changing clothes for gym class; I told her she is lucky that she can bring her own sweats - we used to have these one-piece striped suits we had to wear.

I have a rex begonia I'd like to save too, but I'm not sure I have a spot for it. Eden was it you that posted the pic of the leaf cuttings? Could you show us again soon? I feel like I'd have better luck with that than with trying to save the whole plant.

Deanne, a fuchsia (see Marian, I remembered that Fuchs guy - that was a helpful tip) tutorial would be helpful. You keep them in the dark, right? And the coleus, do you root them in water then pot them up? I rooted them in soil last year, and I lost quite a few in the early stages. BTW, I would like some of that grass in your driveway garden, the one that always dips its fingers into the birdbath, is that the one you are dividing? I'll come help you hack it up if you like.

Re: magic smoke, I had some come from a nitelite once, it even blackened the wall.

Well, the rest of the house is still sleeping - I think I'll go have a quiet breakfast.

Enjoy the day everyone!

-Wendy


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A few more posts and we'll meet out goal! It's sunny but only 60F here. I'm going to try to get the sumac in today but first I have to wrestle out a huge hosta. Wish I had Deanne and Martie here, lol. Then I'm going to start taking coleus cuttings. I've collected so many really cool tropical things this summer that I want to save but I'm going to just have to take cutting of a lot of them and let the mother plant go. I just don't have room to overwinter all of these large plants. Oh how I wish I had a nice big heated greenhouse!

I'm glad to hear that the weather in NE is going to cooperate for the get together there this afternoon. Have fun!

Mary, I'm not a big coffee drinker but I have a cup in the morning. It would be hard to give that up.

Norma, wow, 5 hours of mowing! It only takes us about 5 minutes to mow our little patch. I think I'm going to bake some raspberry bars later today that I found a recipe for on the cooking forum.

Michelle, what a cutie that Kenzie is. Can you believe how big these little girls of ours are getting? Your flower arrangement is beautiful.

Marian, glad you were able to make it to the singing. Sometimes I think we feel better if we just get up and do something. That doesn't always work though...

T, that dh of yours is certainly keeping you busy. Yesterday I stopped at the dairy bar for a milkshake and there was a young couple sitting at the counter with twin baby boys in a double carriage next to them. They were about 4 weeks old and all dressed in little blue outfits with blue blankets. They were both lying on their backs sleeping peacefully the whole time. They were so cute and sweet and made me think of Jake and Josiah.

Wendy, I'll link a post from the begonia forum about starting plants from leaf cuttings. It is easy but you have to be patient. It takes a few weeks for them to get going.

Brad's off today. He and David are going disc golfing later but I'm going to go sit with him over a cup of coffee now. If I bundle up we can sit outside and enjoy the garden.

Eden

Here is a link that might be useful: Begonia propagation


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Goooood morning Idyll family! Can you tell I was watching Home Makeover last night? The sun is out but the air is cool and dry. We've donned our fleece jackets for coffee on the screen porch. The porch faces east and it's mornings like this that allow you to take full advanatage. Sometimes in the heat of summer you can't use the porch in the AM. Fall isn't far off though. You can feel it in the air. The hummingbirds have been fairly active. They must be bulking up for the flight south. Last year I had one hanging around til October 1st.

Wendy, are you still planning to come down next Sunday for the open days gardens? I think Monique and Les may join us for the garden in East Windsor and brunch at the Pond House. Then you and I and whoever else can head over to Steve Silk's and Jan Nickels. After that open garden season in CT is over :(. As usual, I didn't get to as many as I'd hoped.

Michelle, nice flower arrangement. Deanne has the knack for that too. Last weekend I attempted to do one for my party but it only came out OK.

Eden, I forgot to answer your question about moving Musa basjoo. No, I wouldn't move it now since it's marginally hardy here and that is one plant I don't want to lose. I would only move it after it breaks dormancy in the spring. Have you been over on the banana forum for advice on how and when to divide pups?

So it looks like we more than made the message quota for the long weekend. Short posts are OK.

Later,

Sue


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Good morning all!

Nick is already home, so with such a beautiful day unfolding before us, I think we'll pack up the boat and have another picnic! I want to squeeze in as much boating as possible so that when I'm making that boat payment in February it won't sting as bad :)

Norma and Marian, you make me homesick for TN when you talk about your views. I know just the driveways you're talking about, and have had to back the car up more than a few times to let a neighbor out or in :) When a tree goes down, you're cut off from the world until it can be moved.

I did some much needed housekeeping last night, and was pleasantly surprised when I came down the stairs this morning! Did I tell you we added a bay window in the dining room? The sun comes in first thing in the morning and makes everything along the back of the house glow. Someday I'll have a garden out there to look at - Deanne, maybe Wendy and I could visit together and help you out. We could help ourselves, too, and I'd get to meet Wendy, that is if you both don't think I'm being to forward :)

Mary, caffeine would be hard for my husband to kick, too. Can he cut it off slowly, or does he have to go cold turkey? I hear you get terrible headaches.

I had the opposite problem - always get the shakes when I drink coffee or tea, end up talking too much and swear the stuff off :)

Gotta go hop in the shower and slip a suit on! The weather looks nice right through next weekend - unless of course they change it again.

Saucy


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Good morning Idylls! Its a sunny 64 degrees here in Iowa and we have no plans for the day. I guess I should plan on mowing today as I have an extremely busy week.

Im wondering how things are going with Taryn?

Sue, you are quite the socialite. LOL With the party today and plans for next Sunday. I hope you guys stay dry today.

Eden, thats just it, they are now "little girls" what happened to the babies?

Have a great Labor Day!

Michelle


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We did it, we did it!!!! Wasn't planning to be #100 but here I am. Will keep this short and sweet:

That flower arrangement is stunning!

Agree with Michelle that the "little girls" are certainly coming into their own.

So many are getting new storage of one sort or another! Lucky you guys. Rich's entire battery of construction equipment takes up ever square inch of space other than my designated seed starting area.

Signing off for now. Here's to the Idylls!!

Martie


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OK,so Sue has her underwear 'on and then it's off again'? and V is off to pot...what is going on with you people?? LOLOL.; )

Norma I do know that anytime a person has major surgery and especially if an organ or something is removed,depression is a very common thing-sometimes if a person was previously depressed the impact of surgery really brings out the depresssion. I've got that concept on my mind quite a bit these days as my MIL will be having surgery for a bone spur on one of her leg stumps. It sounds routine but that whole depression thing is going to be a problem since she's depressed right now and won't accept help.

Count me in as a coffee achiever-the stronger the better!I challenge any of you to a coffee tasting the next time we meet!lol

Michelle-Kensie is such a doll: )Both yours and Deanne's flowers arrangements are beautiful.

It's been nice to hear from the whole gang for a change-hope Ei and Honey appear...and remember Taryn?lol I wonder how things are going for her.

What I hate about the whole bringing in the container plants thing is that my container plants look gorgeous right now-the last thing I want to do is dismantle them-boo hoo.

Eden sorry that your Clero isn't blooming. Have you ever smelled the leaves? If you rub one and smell your fingers it is really a pungent(Ryan says 'icky') scent...now I know why the deer don't test it.

well I certainly haven't answered or commented to all that I should...but I have some garden tending to do-bumping out a new area of my hill garden...lasagne anyone?: )

Enjoy your day off!

~Babs off to labor on Labor day....


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