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IDYLL 235: Idyll Amnesty

Posted by Cynthia z7 MD (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 11, 05 at 9:50

Come back without penalty! Where have you been, we missed you :-)


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 11, 05 at 9:54

Happy Remembrance Day! (Canucky moniker for Honour our Vets Day). The boys are walking down to the Cenataph with their classes for a ceremony.

Happy Offer Day! Agent was busy yesterday but is arriving with offer at 11:00am! LE BIG SIGH OF RELIEF! (welcome back Da!)

Come back Saucy!

Taryn :)


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Congratulations Taryn! Hope the offer is acceptable. Let us know immediately. 5% below list is not unreasonable here in the US depending on how hot the market is, so be prepared to counter fast so that you'll have closure soon!


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 11, 05 at 10:39

Okay, quick advice guys! They (buyers) told us Tuesday they were willing to pay our asking price, and we offered all 5 appliances in that case. But I doubt they'll come in with our asking price right off. So, knowing they are willing to pay it, I don't want to accept the first offer right off, but write it back asking for more. Whaddya think? Also, I had phoned the buyer directly at Toyota to find out what's happening and it was he who told me the offer was coming in today. He said he thought I was his agent with a counter-offer. So they ARE expecting one. Thoughts? Quick! 20 minutes...

Thanks,

T


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You'll just have to wait and see their offer I think and do what you think will work best. You don't want to lose the whole deal over an old stove. This may not be the time for counter offers if you can accept the financial situation..


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Shoot ! I wasn't going to post on that last thread ... but I did ! I didn't mean to make it so long ! Another 'senior moment' .
I like your title and comment , Cynthia . I am missing so many ... Honey , Saucy , ( and Jain , even yet ) , plus others .

Taryn , my good wishes are with you !

Marian


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GB, no Jerusalem artichoke very different. Not cup plant! I yank JA every spring and fall, can't get all those tubers eradicated!

Taryn, Don't be greedy. That's my only advice. Be flexible, be reasonable. Be prepared to go lower than asking price. Since the guy gave away his hand, it sounds like you can up his offer a little bit as he's expecting a counter. Most houses come with all appliances in US, is it different in Canada? Doesn't your new house have appliances?


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 11, 05 at 12:17

Hey, checking in. Totally lowball offer, 19K less than our asking price, & a couple of unusual conditions too. Their agent didn't show up, but had his secretary drop it off. His way of dissing us 'private sellers' I guess. Our guy said the other guy is just being a knob. I know it's the agent coming in with this offer, as the buyers are good people. We wrote it back at 4k less than our asking and included all appliances. No Cynthia, appliances are not a given here, though I think many new homes builders include them as an incentive. With a relase it is up to the buyers/sellers to hash it out. Washer/dryer and stove are being retained by the sellers at our new place so we'll have to replace those. Guess tonight will be the earliest we hear back. Thanks for the advice and good thoughts everyone. Fingers crossed...

Taryn


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Good luck Taryn!!!


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I am bummed, they are predicting rain for tomorrow. My first free Sat. in 3 weeks. So much for finishing fall cleanup. I wish I could take the day off Cynthia, but my vacation days are going fast. Rick is a Vietnam Vet and I thought this a.m. that its too bad that the school kids get the day off by not a Vet.

Marie, my sympathies to you and your DH.

Awww, those big brown eyes.

Eden, I lost my Nanho Purple last winter also. I had it several years also.

Martie, great to see a picture from you and so early in the day. You know that we now will expect more.

Taryn, fingers crossed that all goes as you need it to.

Deanne, the dress sounds lovely. Make sure to post a picture of you in it.

Marian, Ricks dad was a teetotaler, and we were quite shocked that he was drinking a small glass of wine each day for medicinal purposes. A funny story about that is one holiday his GD saw the bottle in the fridge and teased him. The next time we were there, Rick took out a bottle of prune juice and poured himself some. Here it was wine. He asked his dad why the wine was in the prune juice bottle. He said that he had put it in there so that he could pull the wool over the GD eyes. He figured no one would want a glass of prune juice. Seriously though you need to do what helps you. I hope your new Dr. can help to improve your health.

Chelone, I am only painting the paneling that is on the bottom . This is a temporary fix. That room is the only one with the old plaster and it is in poor condition. If the paneling and wallpaper come off, it would probably mean new sheetrock. We just werent in the mood for that project now. Im keeping the existing wallpaper and border. The paneling was very dark and I painted it "Balsam Beige" with "Buffalo" over it. It gives it an antiqued effect. I doubt that I am very good at faux painting, but I try ;o)

Good Friday to all
Michelle


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Re: Jerusalem artichokes . I intentionally planted some in my early vegetable garden here , but decided I didn't want them after they had spread into a good-sized patch . A few mowings eliminated them .

Hang in there , Taryn . We came down on our initial asking price , after it appeared people weren't interested . I think we came down too much ... but that is the story of our life !

I walked 4 rapid loops around the perimeter of our yard and didn't even huff and puff ! Doc said to walk until I was breathing hard ...... so I'll have to do a lot more , or climb the hill!


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Taryn, I have all available digits crossed here for you that you can all reach agreement. I so hope this works out.

Saucy, It would be so nice to hear from you. I've been thinking of you today.

Martie, yep, I've been working on this lifestyle change/get at a healthy weight program for almost four years now, two of which I've been lucky to have my Idyll support team. It is the single greatest challenge I've ever faced in my life. I was always a very large woman with an emphasis on the large part. At one point I was over 300 pounds. I had some health issues that sort of came to a head the year I was going to turn 50(knees, back, blood pressure, thyroid, acid refulx) anyway I found a book a friend had given me in the late 1990's, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Green's 'Make the Connection', I read the book, did what it said and began losing the weight. There have been lots and lots of roadblocks along the way but I just keep hammering away at it and eventually I'll be where I want to be. Check out the before pic on the link. I posted this about a month ago so didn't want to put it up again.

Marian, no offense intended none taken. We all march to a different drummer and wouldn't it be a boreing old world if that wasn't the case.

Wendy, I found the dress at Dress Barn of all places. LOL about the 'Queen of Shopping'. I have a suspicion that I'm having a late adolescence. When I should have been doing the 'girly' stuff like shopping and loving cute clothes and shoes I was too large to do any of those things. Doug is hoping this is a phase that will pass. Tehe.

Eden, so happy you liked the dahlia photo. I've been having a lot of fun with playing with frames for my digital images. I've still got a garage full of fuchsia, dahlias, cannas, callas, a banana, albutilon and on and on. I'll be so very happy when it is all either put away or under lights.

OK time to hit the shower. Speaking of the gym, a nice lady at the gym today said that I looked like I'd lost 20 pounds in the last month. She was shocked when I told here nope, not a pound. Glad the extra workout time is showing though.

Later,
D

Here is a link that might be useful: before and after


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Wow, Deanne. Good luck, Taryn! C'mon Katie, crawl on outta there!! Keep walking, Marian, huff and puff and blow the house down :-) Hi, again, everyone!

DS called this a.m. to say that his college dorm floor had sooty smoke pouring out of the vents and no one could stay on the floor for the night. Could some buddies come to stay here? Of course, says Mom. How Many Buddies?? Well, says DS, an exchange student from Nigeria, a refugee from Louisiana, a baseball player from Miami, a girl who's Dad just started dating and wants the night "alone", and his roommate who is profoundly deaf and would go home but has an 8am seminar and doesn't want to drive that far since he just got his license 2 months ago. Herbed Lemon Chicken is marinating as we speak and will go on the rotisserie for the crew. What Fun!

And I thought they called it Iceberg because of the color, not the late bloom time :-)

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Don't these guys know it's November?
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The herb nursery with die-hard Lemon Verbena.
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The one "garden" put in this year under the bedroom window.
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Martie


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What a novel idea,Michelle - wouldnt it be great if someone managed to convince corporate America that any working Vet deserved this day off? a little extra in real! recognition of their sacrifices....hmmm, how could we get that going?
Gee, Cynthia - you can start agaves from seed and they dont grow too slowly? Im intrigued - I've admired several of your and just love them but didnt know you could successfully do from see.
Marie - I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your MIL -- it's still a wrench even though she lived a long, interesting life.
Taryn - we will hope this all works out and by tomorrow a.m. you have SOLD news to tell us.
Congrats on posting pics, Martie - Im not sure I've yet done that - managed a link or 2 but I never seem to have photos at hand to throw up. The start of the new garden looks great.
I've only managed to zip thru a few "reads" here -- and it's back to work - a crushing Friday (as usual at a law firm).... and no holiday....
Hope the sun shines for everyone as it is in Martie's pic today!
-Cindy


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Garden/think day progressing well. Thinking of Taryn and Glenn.Here's the garden part:

40F is awfully cold when you are gardening...
'bug


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I honked on the cleaning and getting the painting done this morning so I could get out and do some errands, including some banking... DUH! Errands are done, but banking will have to wait.

Wendy, the "living area" is large and L shaped; big part is 15/6'w x 33'l, the L part is 14'l x 10'w. We've used two shades of lavender (one above the chair rail another below); but lest it sound to Easter Egg-y, let me say it really isn't. I have used a dragged finish above the chair rail; using a variant of the deeper shade for the glaze and coase steel wool for "drag". Depending on the time of day, it can look quite clear, other times quite "greyed". A European friend of my remarked that it looked quite "French" another thinks it's Scandinavian.

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My caulk is not yet translucent, but I'm thinking I should perhaps slap a coat of primer on it, luan soaks up primer "like your read about" and it will require sanding, so I have plenty of time to prime again. :)

Has anyone else been listening to the stories of veterans on NPR? sobering! Neither my FIL nor my father ever spoke of their "war experiences". The only thing my father really ever said much about was the horror of watching a HUGE ship disappear below the sea and hearing the screams of "survivors" as they tried to evade the flames on top of the water... . FIL's experience as a bomber pilot was more removed but no less significant. He bombed his "home town", he was born in Germany and they arrived in the USA in 1925.

I miss Saucy, too!


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Quick pop in:

If anyone is interested, Logee's visit agenda is posted on the New England Gardening forum. Don't hesitate if it's an overnight trip (I have plenty of room, obviously :-)

'bug - It *is* cold out there, and very windy here "down south." I'm glad you have your gardens (and Charlotte) to help your thinking process.

Chelone - DH is an "Asia" vet rather than Viet Nam because a lot of his time was spent in Cambodia where the U.S. wasn't supposed to be. He is still afraid to talk about it ..... Won't invade his privacy with specifics, but I'm sure glad we now honor vets rather than despise them.

Martie


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I meant to add this but forgot (of course). I took the Biggy-boy with me (he rides "good", windows down in the back seat). We "hit the packy" and then the I had to put some juice in the "ride". I was doin' the credit card thing and selecting the grade (cheapest). Biggy's head was out the window near the pump. I scratched his ears, rubbed his chin, talked to him (to kill time, mind you!). I looked up and there was an old guy watching me, grinning like a jack o' lantern. "You really love that dog, don't you?" "Nah, I hate dogs." "The world should be so filled with 'hate', dear." BUSTED (but I really do hate dogs).

The guy who taught me the slickest method for making loose frame awnings did 3 (count 'em) tours in Viet Nam. He was in a city that sounds like "way" (but I don't know the proper spelling of it and can't even guess... Ouay?) before the Tet Offensive. He told me it was gorgeous place; refined, elegant and when he returned there was nothing but ruins. He was hesitant about his own experiences. But whenever the owner of the business began getting crazy about the pace of daily work in the busy spring season Jim would look at me and wink, "at least no one's shootin' at you". Talk about a "reality check".

Both the 'rents remembered Civil War veterans! no kidding. And some of the very coolest guys I knew from the teeny town in NH were WWI vets., they had great stories, and did you guys know they used to use peach stones as filters for gas masks?! They witnessed a war where an honest to god Cavalry was used. "If you couldn't ride 'em, or they couldn't pull you could eat 'em, and hide behind 'em...". Shiver. My parents never called it Veteran's Day... it was ALWAYS Armistice Day, so it remains for me. It's only right and proper that things be closed today.

I have primed the apron under the hearth, leaving the uncured caulk "open". I was right, it will require another layer of caulk to be "right", but since I'll be doing this ONCE I can ill afford to get impatient over something that is pretty important... (story of my life).

Michelle, can you post shots of your project? I LOVE interior decoration/design... the simplest changes can add so much... and I'm sure freshening up your paneling will make a huge difference. I've been picking away at projects for 14 YEARS now... if anyone understands and knows how it is to do a little bit here and there, it's ME! Hang in there and keep makin' every little corner a bit brighter. It's good for the soul. :)

Marian, the recipe is NOTHING like that god-awful green bean horror you're thinking of... shudder. I LOVE green beans and I love onions (onion rings, too, but only the "real ones"; not out of a can!). This really sounded good... if I can find the flyer I'll try to post the recipe. Country girl that you are, I suspect you'd like it, too.


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I thought I had posted this morning but I think I forgot to hit submit.

On the health issue front - a little research showed that Moms type leukemia usually moves to full-blown status in your 60s or 70s - Mom was in her mid-70s when it showed up and was 79 when she died. So the indications on my blood test are early warnings of future trouble. They could also be signs of somewhat more benign problems so the doctor wants to wait a few months and do another blood test. Looking at copies I have of a two year old test, the same signs are there at a lower level but we all missed them. Ive got enough things to worry about so Ill leave future problems to the future as theres not much that can be done about it anyway at this point.

We were at the Royal last night and Im tired today, especially since we also went up this afternoon to the long term care center and hacked another narrow bed along a patio so we can plant tomatoes in the ground next year while still having them accessible to the residents. They did OK in the big pots but just OK and Im hoping for better thins if we grow them in the ground. The soil is a nightmare there though - basically subsoil with a layer of gravel, thin top dressing of soil and grass. We flipped the grass (with the 3" of clay and other crud that remained attached) upside down and covered it with about 8" of soil from the pots. Hopefully, after a winter to rot down, it might be possible to plant something there if we also add some manure in the spring. Well see

Back to the Royalfor those of you with horse-y interest We only stayed for 4 classes - the 6-horse-hitch, the Hackney ponies, the 4-in-hand and the Kur - which was mainly what we went to see... When we left, the 4-in-hand races were just beginning and the 6-bar challenge was still to come.
6-horse-hitch:
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I love the big guys so heres a closer view:
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4-in-hand - the youngest carriage was from 1903 and the rest from the mid-late 1800s:
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Hackney pony - we liked this one because of the odd color - Ive never seen a horse with that particular sort of white/paint marking and then the brown marking on the back made it look like it was also wearing a saddle:
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All my dressage pictures came out blurred because they were always moving and I dont pan very well! This is the best one - of Cindy Ishoy and Proton - they won the class:
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I should have put these on a separate thread I think - I hope Im not slowing things down too much!

I should certainly have enough Angel Rose hips for 3 or 4 people so, those of you who want some, e-mail me your addresses.

I havent caught up on reading this or the last thread, so Ive probably missed lots of things. Will go read later


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Can I come back? :) I've been caught up in a maelstrom of everyday activity in my real life and haven't been too available to chat. Hopefully things will settle down now. Except now is prime seed trading time :)

Marian, I meant to tell you weeks and weeks ago, I think we have something in common. Has everything worked out with your granddaughter now?

I haven't kept up with everybody lately, but I hope everyone is doing okay.

My dad and his wife (I started to say new, but I guess after a year I can drop the "new" :) )are coming for Thanksgiving. I hope it will go well. Our congregation has a community dinner that I will be helping with, so I guess we will have Thanksgiving Snacks at my house....I'm not cooking a traditional dinner twice in one day :) Shirley and I are going furniture shopping the day after while Dad works on some projects for me. Sounds fair, doesn't it? ;)

The whole family is going to spend our first completely-apart Christmas ever. This is Shirley's year with her family, and while I was invited, I didn't feel like driving 12 hours and going to someone else's family. I could go to my sis's in Michigan, but has anyone priced airline tickets lately? ACK! It was over $500.00. Dad offered to help, but that was just an outrageous price. So, I'm going to go away for a couple of days with a friend and I guess I'll hang out with friends on Christmas. I hear my neice is really sad. I haven't dared to speak with her since I told them I wasn't coming to see them.

I need to start cleaning up the garden, but we haven't had a freeze yet. I still have cannas trying to put out new blooms :) poor things. I wish it would rain though, I'm still dragging hoses to settle in all the newly planted stuff.

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Woody! I am SO jealous. I really have a "thing" for horses, rode when I was younger but would be more focused on riding and DRIVING had I the wherewithall to indulge in equine fun. EVERY single person with draft horses I know goes to CANADA to buy good stock. Speaks volumes, huh?

I LOVE draft horses. Sad that such specifically bred creatures have been rendered "endangered". The French have a vibrant Percheron stud, and August Bushch was instrumental in saving the magnificent Clydesdale. But what will become of the elegant Shire, the workaday, Suffolk Punch, etc.? Your guess is as good as mine!

Me? had I the time/money for such a relaxing pass-time, it would be probably be a Morgan (Lippett line) or a Saddlebred. I'm done to death with the 3 Day event crowd. I like horses (PONIES!) that can do it all... responsive under saddle and equally responsive between the traces. Now THAT'S my idea of a using horse!

THANK YOU, Woody!


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Hi Lisa ! Of course you can come back . So good to 'see' you . RE: my GD , I haven't heard from them since they were here . I am hoping they will come for Thanksgiving . The issue will probably be pretty well forgotten by then , after all , she is only 8 .
The Tuesday's Golden Year's Class will be having our Thanksgiving dinner this tues . If nothing prevents me , I will be there . I asked Nolon to come too , but he declined . I wish he would go , just this once .

Yikes ! I took off my glasses to wipe the lens , and the frame snapped right in the middle ! I have taped them together . I hope they stay together 'til I can get to the dr . My word ... these were supposed to be better than the frames that I wanted because they are 'guaranteed' (????? )and the ones I liked weren't ! What next !

Marian


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Marian,

You want to get them FIXED?! leave 'em broken and mended with tape and everyone will think you're a computer genius!!

;) bummer! if you have to get new frames DON'T GO FOR THE SAME THING. Please? Mum always chose the most god-awful frames against the recommendation of the frame "expert"... until I intervened.

Listen to the advice of the frame person, Marian. Go for a light rame that will be nearly invisible on your pretty face. You know how to take care of your glasses. You can handle a "lighter" frame!


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I'm so sorry, but I just ran into this on the pets forum and it cracked me up, so you have to look too!


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Thanks!

hahaha...


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LOL , Chelone , these ARE light , nearly invisible frames ! I've never liked them . I prefer darker colored ones , with more 'character ' . I don't have a 'pretty' face , but thank you for saying that ! :o) . I wish you could see my tape job . First I cut a tan bandaid apart and wrapped it , That was too flimsy , so I put adhesive tape over it . It was still too floppy , so it now has duct tape over that !!! LOL . It feels much more stable now , but I can see the tape !

Cynthia , that is sooo funny !


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 11, 05 at 20:37

LOLOLOLOL!

Devin and Brennen


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Good Morning!

Love those big fluffy Clydesdale feet. The Clydesdales used to be at the Anheuser Busch plant in Merrimack NH on occasion but think they spent most of their time in Florida. What neat pictures Woody!

Chelone, I like your wall colors a lot. Looks Scandinavian to me :) And GB, you do plenty of work in your yard and photos make fall cleanup and a pile of debris look like art.

Congrats Marty, you did it! We'll be bugging you for more pictures now. Be sure to document 'before' so that in a couple of years you can do the 'after' and be awed by all that you've accomplished. Looks pretty darn good now though. Is that a solid arborvitae hedge I see in the background? Nice.

Taryn, what's the news? Are you mulling over another, hopefully 'final' offer?

Well, I allowed myself out of the house for shopping of all things yesterday. Hit the Big Lots for the first time since early summer and they had lots of nice Xmas squeaky toys for 1.99 & 2.99, so I picked up a dozen for gifts and the residents. Didn't dare bring them into the house so they're still in the car. Also got some spare window candles. With something like 50 candles to put out each year there are always a few dead ones to replace. (This is the house of windows, so yes Marian I do get solar heat, but all that glass transmits cold too!)

Then went to BJ's where I am NOT a member and asked for a trial membership. (A friend had picked up a dog bed there for me for $30 and it was so nice I wanted more.) They had just such a program going on, so I get to shop there for 60 days but will probably not get back there again. Sam's is more convenient. Bought two more of the humongous dog beds even though the colors aren't right. Just too good a deal to pass up. The dogs and cats approved :)

I have hair appt at 9 freaking 30 AM, and then have to help a neighbor wallpaper her bathroom so that her husband can put the radiator back in and they can turn heat on when needed. Not something I really wanted to do with my week-end! Plus this woman that was interested in Rippie still hasn't had her phone screen for second dog and not her fault. So I just volunteered to do that if the other volunteer who was supposed to do it can't get to it today. Meanwhile other people who are approved are inquiring and I can't hold them off, that's not fair (but they don't have as good an environment for him. Agkkhkhk.) It's all about him, but rules are first come first serve as long as they're approved. Ethical conflict in the extreme.

Ok, gotta get dressed and moving. Hope you all have a lovely day - supposed to be in the 60s here!

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Greetings from what has turned into College Dorm Heaven! There are six sleeping folks + DS downstairs. Roommate left at 7:00 am but not before chipping the ice out of the birdbath. What an interesting and diverse group! They all chipped in and got me a Campanula at the local grocery store as a hostess gift. Some of them hadn't been anywhere but the dorm since the beginning of the semester. The food (4 large chickens plus an abundance of sides) was inhaled. They'll all be outta here by noon, but I wish they'd stay one more night :-(

Yes, that is a 20yo Arbovitae hedge in the background that runs 70' long and blocks us from a backyard and semi-busy back road. That and the stunning Japanese Maple, stunning dogwood, and half-dead maple tree are all that's left of the original landscaping. I wouldn't trade that hedge for anything. More pics will be coming, and I have many, many "befores" that look pretty lame but represent daily work since last March. We literally started over. Next year ....

The penguin left standing reminds me of my current boss :-)))) LOL, much needed

To all, glad to see that everyone is still laughing despite dog adoptions gone awry and broken glasses. I hear movement downstairs and best make a huge pot of coffee.

It's sunny again today!!!!!

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Woody: Almost forgot -- thanks so much for posting those pics. As a "Junior" spent time at Madison Square Garden and The National. It's always wonderful to see the best of the best.

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The sun is shining for now so I'll be hoofing it outside soon to finish off the bulb planting and some other fall clean up, but I wanted to share something with Chelone first.

Shire horses are alive and well and being bred across the road from where I work! The horses are absolutely beautiful and I love it when they are in the pasture nearest the road so I can drool over them. The link below is an interesting account of how the shires came to reside there.

Okay, time to get planting!

V.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shireland


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Yes the sun is shining, but I fear for the last time for quite some time.

Yesterday found an air dropped rabies vaccination bait in the garden. You might like to read about this. I'll attempt to attach the link. One thing I found interesting is that relocation of animals (say from your property) encourages the spread of rabies to new areas. Also the maps are interesting to me, showing how Ontario is trying to prevent rabies from entering from New York State where programs are not well established.
http://publicdocs.mnr.gov.on.ca/View.asp?Document_ID=9311&Attachment_ID=17584

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Good Saturday Morning, Bella's fed and dressed and playing with her new Fisher Price farm. DS David says I buy her too many toys but she has such fun with them! My mom and dad are stopping by later this morning too. I looks like it's going to be a nice day and since I can't get out there I'll try to convince Brad to go out and do a few more winterizing chores this morning. I can't believe it but I spotted a white delphinium trying to bloom when I took Bud out this morning.

I got a reminder that it's time to renew my GW membership the other day but when you try to renew it won't let you. Checked over on suggestions and comments forum and it seems that they aren't excepting any payments. I sure hope I don't start getting those annoying ads.

Woody, beautiful horsy pictures. I remember going to see the big clydesdale horses at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis when I was much younger. My dad's from Missouri. They are beautiful animals.

Cynthia, LOL on the penguins.

Marian, oh no!! on your glasses breaking. I'm blind without mine. Actually, I feel blind with them too sometimes. I have the progressive lens but usually just take them off when I want to see something up close. I don't like them.

Brad and Bella are having a guitar/singing session. He likes playing for her and she loves music. Sounds like they're getting a little crazy in there, better go check on them.

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Good Saturday morning. The rain this morning was just sprinkles and now the sun is out and it is already 55 degrees. I am in for a break. I have already had Rick help me bring a bench and a table that I can't do myself. I am busy cutting back the remaining plants that I want down in the fall. A few are left for spring. I took Jaden for a run with the 4 wheeler thru the field, around the pasture and grove. She scared up about 30 pheasants. I'm suprised that there haven't been hunters ring the doorbell yet this a.m.

Eden, I debated on getting the FP barn for Kenzie for her birthday. I ended up with the Little People house. One of the sounds is the baby bed plays a lullaby. Kenzie presses that and then quick stands up and dances. Does Bella dance when Brad plays?

Lovely picture Marie

Martie, it sounds like your DS has some nice friends (a hostess gift from college kids, wow) Your property is lovely and has loads of potential.

Deanne, the before and after pictures are amazing. You look stunning.

Chelone, your wall finish is wonderful and the colors are lovely. My room is in a mess yet as DH hasn't put in the new outlets. I'll post a picture after it looks better.

Marian, bummer about the glasses. I have contacts, but the pair of glasses that are my backup are over 10 years old. I decided this week one day when my contacts were bothering me that I definately have to get new glasses.

Cynthia, the penguins gave me a good laugh.

Woody, I'm not a horsey person, but they are indeed beautiful animals.

Well, I'd better get myself back out and enjoy the day.

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WOO-HOO! The last of the bulbs are in the ground, which is a good thing because the wind is picking up and it's clouding over. I think I'll carry in pots from the deck, and then clean up and head out to meet a couple of work peeps for a late lunch and shopping.

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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 12, 05 at 12:49

Yay Martie! You ARE a quick learner! Keep em coming please, if you survive all those houseguests, lol!

Deanne you are amazing! What a transformation and how much determination that took! I'm in awe. Glad you found a dress, and I liked EP's link too.

Woody loved the horsey pics too. You are right to try not to get about something you can't predict or prevent. My genes aren't the best either, with my dad dying of every possible complication from diabetes and me having high cholestrol and glucose intolerance. You do what you CAN do.

Lovely pic 'Bug! Lovely day out there now, mid-sixties and sunny. Gonna go garden shortly now I've got my full quota of zzz's. Have all my plants potted that I want to take, but much to cut back and pull out. A few seeds to collect too.

Quickie update re the house situ. Apparently their agent is presenting the couple with our counter offer at 12:30 this afternoon. I did leave her (the buyer) a message on her answering machine half an hour ago: "Hi Mandy, it's Taryn blah blah blah calling from 35 blah blah Street. Sorry to be contacting you directely, but your agent Jim Holmes didn't give us a card so I don't have his phone number. We just wanted to let you know that one or the other of us will be here all afternoon and evening, so if Jim is too busy to deal with us directly again, he can have his secretary drop off the offer, like yesterday. Hope to hear from you soon, and have a GREAT day!" ALL true!

The extremely lowball offer plus 7 (SEVEN!!) conditions instead of the usual financing and home inspection tell he he is trying to blow this deal. Not to mention not having the time to present it to us yesterday. OUR guy is working harder for us than their's is for them, and he's not even getting a commission! (MLS exposure plus overseeing the offer for $700 are the services we bought from him.) One of the conditions is the bank must verify the price is right. That is fine, as we are the CHEAPEST 4 bedroom/3 bathroom two-storey house in Cambridge on MLS! I hope she listens to it before they get our counter-offer and knows this guy isn't working for them as he should be. We also changed our answering machine message to say "if you are calling about the house, we have recently had some interest from several parties, so please leave your name and number and we'll get back to you RIGHT AWAY!" Let them read into that whatever they will. I DID have a lady come yesterday who wants to come back, both to show her DH and because poor Glenn with his cold was in bed so she didn't see the master/ensuite. So it's not too much of a stretch to be comfortable with. Gigi says I should tell them we have another offer coming in but I couldn't do that. It would be sinking to their agent's level. We are thinking of paying his commission in tooneys though, (large heavy half-dollar sized $2.00 Canadian coins for the uninitiated) sending boxes of them COD to his office, LOL! He'd have to count them too! There are ethical (Drema!) and unethical people in all fields, and this guys not one of the former. He also left his shoes on my oriental carpet on Wednesday when everyone elses were at the door in the front hall. That spoke volumes...

Anyway, off to garden now. Will pop in with any news but since he took 24 hours to even get our counteroffer over to them I'm not holding my breath.

L8R,

Taryn

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Everybody must be outside getting the last of the garden clean up done it's so quiet here. My mom and dad just left. My mom made the cutest bib and also a sweater for Bella. I'll have to take a picture of them for you guys.

Michelle, yes Bella loves to dance too. If you want to see something really funny get Kenzie the Jump and Shout Elmo. He really gets dancing and Bella gets going right along with him. She loves him and we laugh and laugh at her.

Chelone, I forgot to mention how much I like your paint finish and I love the cornices over your windows too. I used 2 shades of lavender to do my living room quite a few years ago now. The light shade first and then the darker glaze over it, rubbed on with rags. I've posted this picture before but will again for you to see the paint treatment.

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Time for lunch, my tummy's rumblin'.

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Hi Taryn - Best of luck to you and please keep us updated on the offer situation. Their counter back to you was within the 95% of asking price range and is reasonable...but 7 conditions on the sale would have me worried. What on earth are they asking for? Won't it be great if later today you get good news and no more bartering back and forth.

I'm stuck at work today trying to catch up. Absolutely swamped with projects that are due next week and just getting a start on most of them now. Gotta go pretty soon and catch daughter's hockey game. I see more work tomorrow in my future I'm afraid.

Hi to all...unfortunately too busy to comment and visit much lately.

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Emptied and put away rain barrels and the potting bench, raked leaves while DH was at the dump and skating. It is so beautiful out but melancholy as we remove screens and replace them with storm windows. We know what is ahead! I cut back some asters, sanguisorba and echinacea and other things too.

We received a call from our son today from Israel. His friend took him on a wonderful tour of Jerusalem today. Tomorrow he's off to Cairo and likely we won't hear from him for a while now.

I'm following Taryn's saga with high hopes...

Also hoping Marian's duct tape is holding strong.

Eden, I just counted and Nou-Nou is our ninth cat!!! (Two of DD's are buried in our woods but I didn't count them, even though they were wonderful buddies.)

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LOL , Marie . Yes , the duct tape is holding . My eye clinic is closed on the weekends , so I have to wait 'til Monday for a replacement . I am depating whether to redo the repair job , or leave it like it is to elicit more sympathy at worship tomorrow !!! LOL , It really does look like a nerdy job ...(Chelone ).
You mean to say you have only had 9 cats ? We have had more like 90 !! Oh , you are refering to Eden's wall stenciling .

I dreamed this morning , that the ear piece also broke while I was at church ! I worked out in the yard some yesterday , but didn't today for fear my glasses wouldn't stay put . There is a multitude of things that I could and should be doing out there . The leaves are very abundant this year , due to our very wet spring . I'm afraid the later drought has practically killed my Hemlock tree . I watered it a couple of times , but apparently not enough . It is losing an awful lot of needles . Bummer , but if it has to go , it WILL open up a better view . ( Look on the bright side ! )

V , that is a very interesting article on that closed amusement park . I was expecting to see horse pics , too .
:-)

Woody , those are great horse pictures . We never have any such shows around here .

Martie , such interesting house guests . Too bad they couldn't stay longer since you enjoyed them so much .

Eden , I like the fact that you got Bella the FP farm . I got our GDs one years ago . They get it out every time they come . I got them a little house too , but it doesn't have any sound effects . I have a large plastic storage box that is full of stuff for them to play with when they come .( There's not room enough for the barn in it . ) It always ends up dragged into the livingroom , and unloaded .

Michelle , one thing that really peeves me about my glasses situation , is that my previous ones never made it home with me ! I got the new ones in February , and I think the old prescription would still work fairly well . There wasn't that big of a change in the prescription . I have searched high and low , and I just don't think I brought them home . I know where 5 other pair are , in their cases , but not the ones I need ! The others were all pre- cataract surgery .

Taryn ... we are all waiting with bated breath ! And prayers or good thoughts .

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A friend brought this over for me this afternoon. I thought it was cute and will hang it over my compost piles.

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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 12, 05 at 20:02

Eden, very cute! I got all my soaker hoses and garden ornaments out of the gardens today. Glenn dug out our antique pumps in the front garden too (as per the agreement).

Thanks Barb, Bug and all! I'm worried too about all those conditions Barb! It is 10:00pm, not 8:00pm as I mistakenly posted earlier (not my first faux pas post today), so we get to hold our breath for a couple more hours....

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All those conditions can be a help Taryn. The owners had to pay us for a wall inspection, and a couple of other things I now forget. So several thousand dollars came our way to cover those costs. The old mower became ours and we never realized it. They just couldn't use it at their new place, nor the dehumidifier. She (against all rules) took the central vac hoses. We asked that barn and garage be emptied and this was never done. It took 2 years before we could fit one car in there, longer for 2 cars. But all in all, it was OK...just stretched out for what seems like forever, right?


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Hi guys, Woody I just love the pics from the horse show. Wonderful!!! It looks like you had a great time. I don't think you were posting here when I shared these photos before. This was a job I had in the mid to late 1980's for a farm in Candia NH. Lots of fun working with the big dudes. We always drove black Percherons. Gorgeous guys. I adore the drafts.

We had a job doing a promo hay ride thing with a small strip mall this day. This was one of our smaller teams Prince and Don.

This was a huge team. The mare on the left came from a big hitch in Canada. I think she was 18 hands or so as I recall. In this shot we were exercising the team on a 'drag' prior to the start of hay and sleigh ride season.

Here is one of my team just harnessed and ready to hitch up to the wagon. That harness weighed 60 pounds or so. First you have to put the collar on the horse, then grab the harness by the strap that runs around the bum (britchin or breeching strap)Get the britching strap on your shoulder, grap the hames (the wood pieces that fit on each side of the collar)then you lift the entire harness up over the back of the horse, settle the harness on the horse and buckle the hames on the collar. After you get the harness on the horse you bridle them.

This was probably one of the most fun times I ever had with this job. We had the honor of driving an antique steam fire engine in a Fourth of July parade.

Woody thank you for making me remember these fun times.

D

PS I'll check back in and comment on the Idyll's doings later.

PSS Taryn I sure hope you get things finalized soon!.


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 12, 05 at 23:11

Nothing, they didn't respond. There is a chance they didn't notice we'd changed the date from tomorrow to today. This was of course initialed and their agent should have noted it. But hey, with this guy anything is possible. We can phone them tomorrow if nothing else materializes. We do know they want to buy our house.

Watching "Saving Private Ryan" for the first time now. Ouch! Fitting, with Rememberance Day and sure puts things in perspective. We are only selling a house...

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Taryn, I was just checking in to see if there was any news yet.. I'm hoping that tomorrow everything will come together for you. Sending lots of positive thoughts!

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Taryn, sorry to hear that the house sale isn't going smoothly. Hope that all is resolved in your favour tomorrow. All is crossed for you.

Deanne congrats on finding the dress and looking so fabu fabu, to coin your phrase, in the b/a pics. I'm a 3d-er too, without people even needing the special glasses. ;) I hope that diminishes with time. There are strapless bras for the small challenged, but very few shops carry them. I found mine at Additionelle here in Canada, but there are some on the website I've linked below.

Hi everyone else. Am loving the pics of horses and places and people. It's the sleeping hour for me, so adieu till tomorrow, my sweet Idyllers.

Yeona

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Tapping my foot about that annoying RE agent playing psychological games. I doubt he is so stupid as to ignore the deadline change.

Got up early to finish a few garden chores before the predicted rain. Problem is, can't see a thing in the darkness, can only hear the wind howl.


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I got up early with the same idea Marie. The wind's howling here too and it's already wet outside. I think the rain's supposed to go away but we're stuck with the wind all day. I just hope we don't have a recurrence of last Sunday and lose power again. I really wanted to get more garden cleanup done today. We'll see, if not there's always plenty to do indoors. My Gardens North seed order came yesterday. Now the only one I'm waiting on is Patrick Studio, but I may have to check into those agave seeds Cynthia ordered.

Hi Yeona!

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More howling wind here. It was howling something fierce all night long and I had a restless night with weird dreams.

I never cleared the pots off the deck yesterday, so that's on today's agenda. It may be far too windy to do any other garden jobs; I'll check the situation after church.

Shopping was successful! I discovered a new-to-me store called New York and Company that has most of their pants in tall lengths. I got a cuffed pair of black pants and a pair of gray pants with pinstripe-like threads of pink and purples shades. That second pair is hard to describe without sounding hideous but they're very pretty. Also got a sparkly holiday sweater, and I had a $20 off coupon to use also. Just as we were finishing our shopping, the rain moved in and we got totally soaked because the wind was blowing it sideways.

Taryn, I hope you get some good news today!

Deanne, I loved the horse pictures. No wonder you're so strong - lots of weight training in your past!

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Good morning to everyone in idyll land! Looks like we're going to get another great weather day today so I'll be able to continue plugging along at the fall cleanup. Yesterday we shredded as many leaves as possible and I spread them all out in the someday hopefully shade garden behind the garage. Today I'll be cutting back perennials and taking care of the remainder of the tender stuff. Believe it or not I still have a few things in the pot ghetto so I best get those in the ground.

Taryn, I've got my fingers and toes crossed that you will resolve the home selling issue today. Sounds like your buyers agent got his sales experience on a used car lot.

Funny how many of you are horse people. I would have been one but have one allergy that is just vicious and that is to horses. I actually started riding lessons when I was 6 years old. The allergy kicked in when I was about 12. In college I took a riding class one semester. In those days the only over the counter drug you could get for colds and allergy related stuff was Contac. I would take a Contac before the class, be careful during class not to touch my eyes or face, then go back to my dorm and sleep for 4 or 5 hours because the Contac knocked me out. Needless to say, riding became less than fun.

Yeah, Martie! See, posting pictures is easy. Once you learn, you just can't stop. Thanks for the peeks at your new place. One of these days maybe I can take a peek in person.

So, last night we went to the mall so I could look at dresses for the work Christmas party. Luckily it's not until December 9th because I couldn't find a thing. Nothing appropriate that is...I absolutely fell in love with a couple of floor length, spaghetti strap stretch velvet dresses that fit me like a glove but they were way too dressy for this particular party. Just about everything is sleeveless and straps though. Nothing I tried on with sleeves had any "wow" factor at all. Back to the drawing board. Actually, Victoria Secret, of all places has some velvet pants and a neat looking wrap that might be an option.

The birds are around in full force today-cardinals, tufted timice, juncos, bluejays, even a mockingbird...birds I've hardly seen at all in months. They seem to be congregating around the patio looking for the feeders I keep out all winter. Guess I'd better get over to the nursery where I buy the shelled sunflower seeds and stock up. I also keep a heated birbath going all winter too. The diversity of birds we get around here is amazing.

OK, time to grab some breakfast and head outside. Have a great day!

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Morning!

I was thinking the same thing as V when I looked at Deanne's horse pictures! You are a strong woman Deanne.

Taryn, I so hope that you get an answer (the best answer) today! The waiting must be unbearable. The buyers sound inexperienced and that may be part of the problem. The agent wants them to buy something so that he can get his commission.

V, if you google New York and Company (I was checking to see if they had on-line store) you will find a coupon for $50 off on $200 purchase in store. $25 off on $100 purchase.

I finished 80% of the neighbor's bathroom last night. Beautiful wallpaper - pale beige artsy nudes with a huge pattern drop that kept me on my toes. Three glasses of wine towards the end made me decide to save the final fussy sink area for late today.

Georgetown people are coming to see Rippie at 4PM and I need to get housework and some outdoor work done between now and then. I've got his paperwork together and need to get his wardrobe and toys packed just in case. I don't care if he goes home today, but want to be prepared. Actually I'd like him to stay for another week. He is so dear to have around. It's cool in here this morning and all of the dogs are buried in blankets. Beautiful day though - blue sky, white clouds and orange trees in the distance.

Had my hair appt yesterday and feel like I can go out in public now. I usually stick with a 4 week schedule but week-ends have been as packed as the weeks so got behind. I really like my hairdresser but she has this tendency to talk with her hands so everything stops when she talks and it takes way too long to get out of there!

Let the cleaning begin ~

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Sue, SHELLED sunflower seeds? So there's no mess left over? More info please...

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Morning, Just a quick drive by post here as I've got to jump on this good weather.

So my dress saga continues, as it turns out my new black beaded dress is too dressy for the class reunion. I guess I should have checked with a couple other classmates before shopping. So I'm looking again. Might just wind up wearing the same outfit as for Doug's as much as I'd rather not. :( the good news is that Doug's new company has a big bash in Boston at a shi-shi place on the waterfront so the black dress will be perfect for that event.

Eden, yep, we get our hulled sunflower bird seed at the Blue Seal store in 50lb bags. No, read 0 mess to clean up. Anything the birds don't get the squirrels do. Very neat in more ways than one.

Sue, I can really visualize your long lean shape in one of those spaghetti strap velvet dresses. Can you have it hemmed to a cocktail length so not quite so dressy??? You'd look drop dead gorgeous in something like that, especially with the weight training you've been doing I'll bet your back is muscled up and looking fabu. That would really suit you to a T. Gardening day here also.

V Those pinstrped pants sound wonderful. Would love to see you in your sparkly top and fancy pants. What fun! You had a good shopping day.

Cynthia and V, Yep, I had a lot of upper body strength in those days. You can't imagine how much strength it took to manage a team on a very cold and windy night when they were fresh and bratty. I know they are called 'Cold Bloods' but I'll tell you they are plenty frisky when it is 10 degrees out, the wind is blowing and they are very fit and ready to go to work.

Yeona!!! YOu are a BRILLIANT woman. Thank you a million times over for that link. I've never seen one like that in my size before. It has been impossible for me to find one and you've done it. Thanks. Have you ordered from this site before?

Taryn, hoping all issues resolve themselves today.

So yesterday I got creative with some cooking and baked some granola/cookie snacks that have almost zero sugar, onkly 1.3 grams of fat per cookie, 1.5 g of fiber and 1.8g of protein per cookie. They are made with a five grain cereal that includes oats, rye, barley, triticale (sp) and flax. The recipe also includes whole wheat flour, eggbeaters, applesauce, golden raisins and chopped almonds. Doug is over the moon happy because they are perfect snacks for him to take to work. So today I had a few cookies and some non-fat plain yogurt for breakfast and that was pretty yummy.

Last night I made a seafood stew with lobster tails, shrimp, scallops and haddock in a white sauce made with skim milk, some olive oil spread, onion, garlic, baby bella mushrooms and some freshly parmesan reggiano. Yummy! Served this over brown rice spinach pasta with grilled asparagus. Double yummy and nothing bad in it. I can tell winter is coming I feel like cooking again. Oh yes, we had champagne with the seafood. Triple yummy! It was perfect.

OK I've really got to get outside. This post is way longer than I wanted it to be.

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Taryn - I hope all the house mess gets sorted out today. It certainly sounds like the buyers agent is a real SOB!

Deanne - loved those pictures of you with the big guys! I have lots of nostalgic memories of growing up with our Clydesdale, and draft horses we boarded for the folks logging a neighbouring property - they used draft horses in the winter to drag the logs out. And then theres my friend who was horse obsessed from birth and, in the absence af a proper riding horse, thundered around the fields bareback on their Percheron! I still remember my grade 6 teachers reaction when Dorothy brought in her written excuse after missing a day of school - it read Dear Mr. Ward - Please excuse Dorothys absence from school yesterday as the horse was stuck in the swamp and we needed Dorothy to help with pulling him out - signed by Dorothys mother. The teacher was an urban guy and had never seen an excuse like that before! He went around showing it to all the other teachers and laughing!

Post that cookie recipe - I want it!

Chelone - this one is just for you - yearling Shire horses at the Shire Horse Center in Stratford England, 1991:
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There seems to be a fair bit of interest in preserving the breed. I wasnt familiar with the Suffolk Punch and had to look it up - it looks like a real beauty!

Nice day here yesterday - we got a lot of the fall clean-up done. Off and on showers so far today but mild. Hopefully we can get a few more things done today outside.

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Hubby and I spent yesterday afternoon (all of it unfortunately) at the mall shopping for a work Xmas party outfit for me. Went to Lord & Taylor then Filenes. I hate Filenes-the clothes are way too crowded but ya gotta do what ya gotta do :o( Anyway, I found something then realized it was way too expensive and I didnt love it so that was out. Finally found black velvet top with a wide pink collar that will match my BV pants from last year. Good enough. But then it was a little too low cut and had to find a black lace camisole/shell that would cover up more of the chest area. I bought something in the lingerie area but when I got home I found out that I had something that would work already that came up a little higher. I decided that I dont look good in all those strapless or spaghetti strap numbers b/c my arms dont look like they used to. Too much fat-speaking of that, hubby and I went to the Pond House Caf for lunch first-I needed something to perk me up-they have wonderful specials-autumn lasagna with butternut squash, mushrooms, onions in a light cream sauce and a nice chicken and smoked gouda sandwich. We split everything as usual although we shared dessert-ginger cake with caramel sauce with a side of cinnamon gelato. Yum! Then I was ready to suck it up and shop.

After the mall we finally got to Staples to buy a larger memory card for my camera-what size cards does everyone have? I have a 16MB that came with the camera and had bought a 128MB initially. I just bought a 512MB but feel like I should have gotten the 1GB. I also bought a 3rd set of NiMH batteries b/c the 2 sets I have do not last long. In addition, I got an external hard drive for my computer-Ive been risking all my saved digital photos for the last 2 years b/c I dont have them backed up. I backup my files onto a zip drive that this computer came with, but have too many photos to do that with. The internal DVD burner I bought hasnt been installed yet and a coworker didnt want to help me with that until I backed up all my photos elsewhere just in case. Hopefully by the end of today Ill have them saved on the other HD and can breathe a sigh of relief.

Last w/end we did most of our fall cleanup-all the pots are cleaned out and discarded, repotted for indoors, or cuttings taken. We have a small 3 level shelf unit in one of our BRs where all the cuttings are placed in unlabeled Snapple bottles. We brought in all the garden ornaments and I cut down some perennials while hubby brought the garden waste to the compost heap. A lot of my perennials still are green and I dont cut them down until they turn brown so Ill have to check them out today to see if I can clean the beds up more. We have to move the deck furniture to the basement also. We dont have many leaves to clean up except in the back bed.

Taryn, I cannot believe the games that RE agent is playing. Shame on him. I hope the prospective buyers will come thru for you and ignore his bad advice.

Martie, glad you are posting photos! Now you can join in for the bday picture feasts around here.

Eden, we started using shelled/hulled sunflower seeds also b/c Emma (our terrier) was eating all the shells that were on the ground underneath the feeder. She never had any probs with that, but we felt better switching. We found the hulled seeds easily in the stores.

V, I usually dont sleep well when the wind is very strong at night. I keep imagining the roof shingles blowing off (our development had roof problems when we all moved in 11 years ago) and trees blowing down. I started wearing earplugs to bed when the wind is too noisy or else I wake up often whimpering.

Cynthia, loved the penguin video. How do you get the video to play-just by posting the link in the message? It sure was nice of you to help hang wallpaper! We are always behind in projects at our OWN house since we are major procrastinators. We put in closet organizers last winter in our MBR closets and we still havent totally finished mine. Garden weather hit and the shelf eventually went into the spare room.

Anyway, time to get ready to head outdoors on this 62 degree day. I want to see if anything is left in bloom-probably Gentians, Daphne, a few Asters and mums. Well, and Geranium Rozanne maybe. Im sure Ill be taking more photos-Im addicted to my camera and go thru withdrawal in the winter.

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Good morning!

I loved seeing the horses and people. Thank you Woody & Deanne. I also enjoyed reading about Shireland, V. Sad that the park closed, it looks like someone had a big vision & dream.

I found this photo on my camera's card. I don't know why it didn't show up when I downloaded the other photos of the elk last week.

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We haven't seen the elk during the daylight hours since this day. I walked down to the mailbox yesterday and there was, what appeared to be, fresh droppings on the driveway and a portion of the pasture fence is broken down, so they have been around.

Monique, I bought a 1 GB card before the Idyllunion/Washington DC trip. It was a wonderful size. I have almost 1000 pictures on it (still haven't taken them off the card) and there is lots of room left. I carried an extra battery with me all the time and recharged the batteries as soon as I could each day so that I had both ready to use. I have a 16 MB card and a 256 MB card for my older camera (Olympus C-700 UZ, I used it for the picture above). My camera I have the 1 GB card for is the tiny Canon SD-300. I bought the 1 GB card at Costco.

I picked Jamie up on Friday morning and he stayed with us that day & night. His mom took him home yesterday afternoon. I was ready for a nap when he left. :oD

Mary, I have had My Sister's Keeper since my trip to Australia last year but hadn't been ready to read it. I pulled it out last night and began reading it.

Dryer is buzzing.........I'd better go fold the clothes if I don't want to be standing at the ironing board later.

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Monique, I have the 16MB that came with the camera, but bought a 256MB right away. Then, because I was going on a garden oriented trip to Oregon, I also bought a 512MB memory card. Although I used both cards, I had no worries about not having enough memory for my 10 day jaunt. I also have 2 batteries and somehow they always need recharging. It all depends on how you use your camera I guess. I take my recharger with me when travelling.

I must be one of the strangest camera people around because I am not concerned about losing my photos. If they go, "so what" is my feeling. Probably this all started when the kids lost half their baby photos, when they broke favourite items around the house. I figure enjoy things for the present. Must be a protective device.

The wind is howling still but there is some sun periodically. I did manage to relocate some foxgloves, cage a clematis and rake more leaves. Time for some lunch. DH is back from his hocky game.

Later I expect to hear Taryn's GOOD news.

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Good grief! Is anyone else having as much trouble getting motivated to do fall cleanup as I am? Yikes, there seems to be so much to do and it's no fun, no fun, no fun at all. Tom keeps pointing out the progress I've made but all I can think about is all I still have to do and I don't feel like doing it! I just broke the red abyssinian banana, the one banana that isn't supposed to have the center stalk cut so it's off to compost for that baby. The cannas in pots are monsters but all are pot bound and need to be dumped and split. I keep potting stuff up under the guise of keeping it over the winter as a house plant, but I hate dealing with house plants and have little sunny window space. Wah, wah, wah!

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Sue, I'm having a hard time with the fall cleanup too. Not because I don't want to do it, just because I don't seem to have time to. I'm not one to do a little here and a little there, I like to get out there and work with no interuptions and that's not happening this year. I think I potted up way more stuff than I want to take care of all winter too and am considering letting some of it go. I'm off to Home Depot for more lawn bags. I don't have a big enough compost area to keep all that I've cut back. Tomorrow Brad has the day off work for Veteran's Day and I have deemed it leaf shredding day since Bella won't be here. He was thinking it was going to be a Racquetball day but it's not, lol. Too much to do out there and time's running out. Next weekend's the one when we usually put up the outdoor Christmas decorations before the weather gets too miserable.

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Sue, yep, I've been outside digging and stacking up stuff in the garage but am now sitting in Monique's favorite chair in the dining room with my computer. I just DON'T FEEL LIKE doing this cleanup stuff this year. I've been hacking down stuff like crazy and don't care if it lives or dies at this point. Oh no about your Red Abyssinian Banana... Bummer, bummer, bummer. I can't quite figure out what to do with the banana you gave me which is now pretty hefty. I think Eden said she dug hers and is going to store them in the basement. I've been potting up the fuchsias so I can get them in the basement also. I've got way too many things to store this year.

Eden, I'm jealous that you've got all your plants in and winterized.

Can anyone tell me what a Black Magic Colocasia is supposed to look like when you dig it up? I thought it was supposed to have some kind of heavy tuber or something but this just looks like a canna lily but even less. For such a huge plant it doesn't have much in the root dept. Also, when I dug it up some parts were a bit mushy. Should I even bother trying to store it?

T, another great elk pic. I can't imagine finding an elk in my driveway. Sounds like you had fun with Jamie.

Monique, I'm looking forward to seeing your photos. I must get some of those gentians if they are still blooming now. I've got a 1G and two 512mg cards and when I'm doing my bird photography I still run out of memory. ON a serious birding trip I have to bring the computer to download pics. I do have the camera so that it shoots multiple frames so that really eats up the memory space. RE camera batteries. They don't have a very long life and I've found that I need to replace my battery sets every other year or so.

Woody, love, love, love that photo with the Shire yearlings. How neat! I really miss being around horses but it seems in this life there is only time for so many things and I just can't keep up with everything I'd like to do.~~RE cookie recipe, I'm still working on that and want to make a couple changes. They came out a bit too chewy and I want to try to add more applesauce next time around and maybe some skim milk to help the batter hold together a bit better. The original recipe called for butter but I'm substituting the applesauce to keep the fat grams down. The best thing about them is they have carb, fruit and protein with the egg and almonds so they are a complete snack. I'll post the recipe as soon as I'm satisfied with it.

OK I guess I"ve got to get back outside before Doug gets cranky with me because my break got a bit extended.

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We've had two really nice days here this weekend - today started out with showers but they ended before noon and it's nicely mild. We got most of the fall yard clean-up done, the last of the leaves got chopped and added to the new beds and it was warm enough (thank goodness!) to put new safety flooring on the porch lifts so we're all set for winter - except I concluded this afternoon that I have to rearrange where the south alley path ends! It got extended, as did the livingroom bed, when I removed the grass on the path in favor of pine bark mulch to eliminate the need to edge the path. But I find that I'm unconsciously expecting the path to turn before it actually does so I think I need to rearrange the path to go where my feet want it to! Now why couldn't I have figured that out BEFORE we put down all that mulch and sand?! It's supposed to be reasonable weather tomorrow so hopefully Barb and I can get it done tomorrow.


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There seems to be a leaf bag shortage here. I had to go to three different stores before I found some. Home Depot and Lowes were both out and I ended up finding them at the neighborhood hardware store where I should have looked first.

Deanne, I didn't dig my bananas. I left them in their pots and put them in a dark corner of the basement. I cut all the leaves off the basjoo except the newest one because they were so large and I left the leaves on the Red Abyssinian. I also left one basjoo out to overwinter in the ground. It's be interesting to see if it makes it. Don't be jealous of me, my little greenhouse is full of plants from the ghetto that I never got planted out. It will be an experiment to see what will overwinter in there.

How come the hull-free sunflowers are so well known with you east coasters and I've never heard of them here? I'm going to do some checking around this week. I think I'm going to have to get a new birdbath heater too. Mine kept shorting out last year toward the end of the winter.

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Greetings, all!

It's been a whirlwind couple of days but nice that it was at home.

Everything to be overwintered is cleaned up, repotted and in. Started my first Bonsai with a 99 cent pity pile plant. Have been following the weather in Arizona and that's what the cacti are getting for moisture. It's working -- blossoms!!

Fifth grade contingent came by today and told me to dig a place for the bulbs, arriving tomorrow. There are 300. Handed them the shovel, told them I was too easy a sell and they had to work, and off they went. Five minutes later was a perfect patch. How the Heck did I luck out living here?

And, yes, the Lemon Verbena lives(d). I cut it down, covered it with about 18" of mulch, and we'll see what happens ;-) In my dreams.

Got snagged and DH has reconfiscated his digital. He uses it for work daily and I guess I used up his battery. Neophyte giveaway. DUH!!! Am getting my own next week.

Have read all the posts and smiled a lot.

It was the female in the college crowd who found the Campanula while they were getting Nacho fixings, and the kid from Nigeria burst out laughing when he saw my Amaryllis.

Off to clean the bathroom. Six kids + two mile run + shower for each = I no wuss, but ewwwwwwww.

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It's been a tough emotional week. I am just bushed and lethargic. Yet I managed to do a bit of gardening today and the grocery shopping. For me it isn't the bird seed mess but the cat litter mess. I invested in an enclosed LARGE sized container today and will see how that works with three cats. I resent paying $30 for this though. On the other hand, having bits of litter all over the basement floor doesn't appeal to me!

DH was outdoors while I was out, cleaning up leaves. How nice of him! Then he set to work on the old spruce that was knocked down by the wind, but still stuck in the windbreak. I hate to watch this engineering stuff, planning how the tree must fall and where. He loves it. We don't have a chain saw either. I REALLY don't want him to get one, but like all big boys, this is the one toy he wants badly. UGH.

I guess tomorrow will be one of the last clean-up days of the year. I think my friends may try to join me for caging clematis and shrubs...a job I loathe. My back is still not in good shape, so raking and bending are not fun activities. Could I be getting older? Naaaaw...

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Hello everyone...let me introduce myself. My name is Holly and I woke up in a new home today. My new mommy was a little reserved when she first met me yesterday but I won her over in the end. I came from a home that didn't suit me very much. I do think I will like my new home very much. I am 5 years old and even have a few grey hairs already. I have a spot on my throat where my previous mommy made me wear a nasty shock-collar all the time but I think in time the hair will grow back...
I hope to make friends with others here, my mommy says that there are a lot of furr-loving people here...LOL.
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What a beautiful day here, in the low 60's. I got my begonias and cannas un-potted, and cut down a bunch of stuff. We got out the shredder, and DH raked like crazy while I shredded. This shredder was the best garden investment that I ever made - I love knowing I have already made some next spring's mulch and compost fixings. We also cleaned off the potting bench and lugged it into the basement, it is so nice to have a work space other than the top of the washing machine down there!

Here is a picture of the very last bloom in my garden, a monkshood that I grew from seed:

I am starting to get the hang of this digital stuff - it only took my a half-hour this time to get the picture out of the camera and onto the web!

I spent the morning today helping DS make a shoebox diorama (Sp?) for school. The assignment was to make a room, which they will wire with "electricity" (batteries & tiny light bulbs) in school. He actually made the bridge of a ship as his room! We made the wheel & map table out of cardboard, and he came up with the idea of making a large window across the back with foil, complete with ocean views of a whale and a freight liner. He is such a creative kid.

Chelone, I love the color of your fireplace room - not Easter-eggy at all - I find soft colors are restful, and the painting technique looks great. I like the cornices too. I hope you can show us the fireplace when it is done.

Taryn, so sorry things aren't going well with the house. I hope you get some good news soon!

Marian, I did that same thing with my glasses, cracked them right in half! I was sitting at a stoplight though, and I had to drive home holding them onto my face - I don't dare drive without glasses! The opticians were able to order a new face piece and repair them (sorry Chelone), using the same lenses which saved me some $$.

Martie, your son's dorm mates sounded like a lot fun. And, please tell me the secret of getting 5th graders to dig in your garden! Did you bribe them somehow??

Woody & Deanne, those horsey pictures are great! I remember going to see the Clydesdales at Anhauser Busch in NH as a kid and being in awe of the size and power of those horses. Deanne, you must have felt pretty powerful yourself driving a team of those huge beasts!

Deanne, re: your Black Magic, I thought it should have a bulb too, but there was only a small rhizome. I had let the foliage get nipped by frost so it crumpled. I just cut off the dying leaves and brought the whole pot inside. The stems that were left actually perked up, so I think it is still alive. I guess some people grow them like a houseplant indoors for winter.

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Oh Holly! You have found a GREAT home. I'm so glad you don't need that collar any more. Be a really good girl and all four of them will fill you with treats! Maybe Mom will even bring you to visit Charlotte???


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Welcome Home Holly!
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Congratulations to you! Love Rippie (PS, I'm getting my home someday too.)


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Nope Deanne never tried to order from that site. I'd do some research if I were you, to see if there are any complaints or praises flying about. Also do you have specialty lingerie shops in your area. Sometimes they can help to order stuff. I've found out about places that have my size of stuff from department store clerks and the phone books.

Hi Eden. I wish I had a third of your drive. Getting going to do the gardening clean up or weeding etc, is always a big chore.

Here's a site on mending broken stems. I've done that once and it did work.

Have a great day all. I'm feeling migrainy so it's off to the couch for a rest and a read.

Yeona

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Is the Amnesty offer still open??? Hello all! Does anyone remember me?
I'm happy to report that therapy is going great and I've lost 12 # without even thinking about it! YIPPEE!!!!

I rescued this lovely little girl from the parking lot at work. She was starving and COVERED with ticks. Thankfully she is healthy and recovering well. She's 9 months old and her name in Jazzy. The vet says she has some Irish Wolfhound in her but she is smaller. Isn't she adorable? She's up for adoption now, hope she finds her forever home soon.

She really needs a new home before Thanksgiving since I'm picking up 6 Border Collie/Newfy puppies! They are at a NW Oklahoma farm and the 'owner' was going to shoot them since he doesn't need any more dogs and his BC keeps getting pregnant. Gee, how DOES that happen?!
We are taking the puppies with the promise of a spay/neuter for their other animals.

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Jerri, just last week I was trying (in vain) to find your last post so I could contact you! Jazzy is a special girl to me...I don't know why, but she speaks to me. I hope her new family deserves her!
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Janie - give Holly a hug from me!

Jerri - welcome back and give Jazzy a hug too!


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Oh GB, she is a very special girl. I will be wanting background checks and financials for this girl!
All kidding aside, I'm just crazy about her but we have four bigs dogs already and she deserves more attention than I can give her. Sometimes this fostering is really hard. :(


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 13, 05 at 21:29

Hi Jerri! So nice to see you back--was wondering about you.
Jazzy and Janie's Holly are lovely!

Thanks everyone for the good wishes, but no news to share. The waiting game is getting real old, real fast....I think I know what the psychic's "A" stood for now, lol!

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Taryn, I hope the A is not for "acrimony"...but for "adapt", "adjust" and "ahead". Thinking of you. Hugs!


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Taryn, I hope the A is not for "acrimony"...but for "adapt", "adjust" and "ahead". Thinking of you. Hugs!


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What a weird weather day we had yesterday. It got up to 60, it sprinkled several times, the sun was out and then we had a thunderstorm with very little rain. There were several tornadoes in Iowa including one by the town that I work in. One of the businesses had the roof blown off only 4 blocks from my office.There was a football game at ISU that the stadium had to be cleared because of tornadoes in the area. There were homes and buildings damaged. Who would think in November. It is very windy and cloudy here today.

I did gets loads done yesterday. Much of the garden is cut back, the garden shed is clean, all pots are washed and put away, the furniture is tucked away and some plants were dug out and thrown in the compost. We organized the compost also. I have a huge pile that we moved and I started filling the cleaned out area. This area is more accessible to dump from the wheelbarrow. Rick does all this with the skidloader. It makes it so easy.

While your all out shopping will you pick up a nice outfit for my office party? I havent given that a thought.

Deanne, thanks for sharing the really cool pictures of you with the teams. With that cap on though we might think you are a farmer. Around here those are farmer hats ;o)

Eden, what a cute sign.

Jerri, nice that you popped in and brought Jazzy with you :o)

Janie, Holly is adorable.

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Thanks, for all the comments on the picture I posted. That area was one of those happy accidents. Those plants were all plopped in there at various times when I didn't know what to do with them. I probably would have never come up with that combo on my own. Eden I think the Honeycomb must like the cooler weather. Mine has bloomed much better this fall.

Deanne, I was hoping you would share a picture od your dalhias.Thats nice. I had some pots of Mystery Day dalhia that never got planted this summer so I threw them on the compost pile, where they continued to live. I have picked a couple of blooms off them. So maybe I will consider bringing a couple of tubers in now. Perhaps I will get them in the ground next year. Cool that the lady noticed your improvment! I had seen your horse pictures before ,but never tire of them.

I have really been appreciating the flowers that are still blooming. They are just so fresh looking these last days before a freeze. Even though they are sparse they just catch my eye, as I am getting some of the leaves up. They were so thick in the yard and I tried to get most up before it rained as they shred better when dry.

Wyatt was here this afternoon while his dad hunted. he was picking up acorns and the red berries from the dogwoods. I pointed out the berries on the tree and told him it was a dogwood tree. DH was listening and knew what was coming next. Wy said, "dats a puppy twee?"


Martie, congratulations on picture posting! How nice of you to come to the rescue for DS's friends.

Woody, thanks for sharing the pictures at the Royal for us horse lovers. I'm happy to hear you won't have to worry for a while yet. I know its always there in the back of your mind though.

Chelone, I like the finish and color of your walls. Not easter eggy at all. And I'm sure if you had a horse now it would be ever bit as well behaved as Biggy Boy. Enjoyed your little tale of encounter at gas station too.

Marian, good to hear you are walking. It is a great stress reliever as well as physically benefical. I think the new phone line will help your internet connection. Bummer on the glasses. you have had your share of broken things. Time for things to get better.
I have not been able to walk much with trying to get season ending chores done in the gardens. Plus, now that my back is much better, I have had tendonitis or some condition in my knee. Maybe aggravated by the way I walked when trying to avoid the back pain. As soon as possible I am going to follow Sues lead and do the streches etc., to get myself limber again.

Oh Janie, a boxer. One of my favs, Welcome Holly. We have had two of them.

Nice to see Katie, and Rippie too. And Jazzy how nice you look.

Hi Eden,Michelle,Yeona, Monique,Cynthia, Cindy,Mary, CB, Wendy,V and all others I can't recall names right now. It has taken quite some time to catch up on the last two threads I had missed. Thanks for the companionship and great pictures. I saved Taryn for last becuase I was hoping to read the final transaction of the house sale. This has been a cliff hanger.

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Good morning everyone. Like, Cynthia, I was getting beautified on Sat. at 9:30 (also on the 4 wk. rotation!). It was a busy weekend, basically full of cleaning and prep. work for painting. I had a very bad moment on Saturday morning. I had primed the skimcoated chimney and given it the first coat of alkyd, satin finish paint. It was uneven, but I expected that... what I didn't expect, though was that it would still be tacky after 24 hrs. of drying time. GULP. There was no chance of recoating on Saturday, so I cleaned (and hoped). It was dry yesterday morning, I recoated it, and it's fine this morning. I think I'll take Friday and do the glazing, that way I can get it topcoated on Saturday.

I blew out all the fins on the baseboard heat (anyone with severe allergies would perish within 24 hrs. of arrival in this house). I scrubbed the tops, front pieces, and adjustable vent pieces that cover the fins, I vacuumed the house entirely. I washed the chair rail. I washed the walls that I'm going to paint. I took down the draperies, shook them out vigorously and left them to flap in the wind and sunshine for the day. I did laundry, washed another awning and put them away for the season. I walked Big. I am tired.

Dentist at 7:30 this morning, then a partial day of curtain cleaning at work (can't wait). Then more walking with Big.

Have switched genres in literature having finished "Jurassic Park"... back to biography... "Marie Antionette" by Antonia Fraser. I was too pooped to browse the "liberry".

I haven't heard from my brother about Mum's return, suspect he'll call today/tomorrow, and I'll collect her on Sunday. I would rather not have to deal with her care and feeding while trying to get a rather large and inconvenient project completed in between work!

Shock collars... a poor substitute for patience and practice. What's up with that stuff, any way? and what's up with just "dumping" an animal? They're alive, not garbage. Who was it that said you can judge a society by the way it treats their animals?

Good links on Shire and the Suffolk Punch (isn't that a great name?). There's a farm in Maine that specializes in the "Heirloom" farm breeds, too. Cattle, hogs, poultry, etc., I think they have a horse/two, too.

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Dentist at 8:30 here....
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Good Morning, It's turned colder here, high of 51F today. I'm just grateful the winds died down. They got going pretty good again yesterday evening. Today's another day of garden cleanup and then I believe the majority of the work in the garden will be done for the season. I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm glad to be done this year. Since I didn't have time to be out there as much as I should have it was always on my mind what needed to be done. Now I can concentrate on other things until next spring. And I have plenty of indoor gardening to keep me busy between the tropicals and the seeds I've ordered.

Jane, Holly looks like a very sweet girl and a lucky one to be rescued by your family. I know she's going to have a whole new happy life with you.

Hi Jerri, congrats on the 12 lbs. That's a big accomplishment! I'm so glad to hear that things are going well. Jazzy looks like she's a real sweetie too. I know you'll find a great home for her. Don't be such a stranger around here. We missed you!

Norma, I'm sorry to hear that your knee's bothering you now that your back's better. Hope the stretches help. Thanks for sharing the cute story about Wyatt.

Yeona, I think you're our official Idyll research person. You have such a talent for finding information on the internet on just about any subject. You amaze me! Thank you for always taking the time to do that for all of us.

Michelle, what a lot you got done yesterday. It feels good doesn't it?

Chelone and Marie, have fun at the dentist this morning, lol. What a perfect way to start a Monday.

I hope it warms up soon. It's still in the 30s here and I'm not one to rush out and garden in the cold. Think I'll have some coffee and wait a little longer before I venture out.

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One way to get some garden clean-up accomplished is to lose power at 7AM. Well, I did spend 15 minutes trying to remember which phone worked without power (cell service is not good in my house). Also got my desk cleaned up a little (not by Chelone's standards though.) When power came back at 8, I booted up and the harddrive screamed and told me my keyboard was dead or not plugged in properly. Replaced that and then the desktop froze. Rebooted and seem ok now. Likely I'll break a tooth on my morning coffee and will get 9:30 AM appointment.

Could be worse I know, but hope the rest of the day improves. A balmy 61F to Eden's 30F.

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Morning all

Wow, fifty degrees out right now at 7:30AM. It is going to be a scorcher today. Ill bet it hits the 70s. Im blowing off the gym in the hopes I can get the rest of the tender plants taken care of today. I took the Albutilon cuttings yesterday but I still want to dig the plant out and repot the mother plant and put it under lights.

Eden, thanks for the heads up about the banana. Ill give that a try. Ive got a couple tiny pieces of the Black Magic that Im going to pot up and put under the lights also. Well see how it goes. Did you get your cleanup finished yesterday?

GB, ouch dentist. Hope it is just a cleaning.

Norma, funny about your dahlias not getting planted then blooming in the compost. I just found a whole box of Bellini dahlias in the basement where theyd spent the summer in a box in the dark. They didnt get as far as blooming but they did send out at least foot long shoots. This was my best box of tubers of this dahlia and I cant believe I never potted them up. Jeesh! Im guessing those tubers are just toast now and dont stand a chance of making it through another winter.

Michelle, LOL about the farmer cap! People did use to think I was a farmer when I worked at the farm. Go figure? LOL That was a very interesting time in my life and I learned to deal with a couple of my irrational fears, one of which was getting stuck in the mud. My father used to do stupid things with the car when he was drinking and one time we went to a company outing, I was probably 7 or 8 years old at the time and the car was stuck fast in the mud. I dont remember the outcome or anything but my moms panic and the yelling etc. For a long time I didnt even remember the getting stuck in the mud part. I only had that irrational fear of being stuck. Well, when I started working at the farm part of the trail was REALLY wet and deep and wed had a snow then a thaw. Well this one part was so deep the horses sank to their bellies in the mud and were dragging the wagon on the axels! Those wonderful guys (My first team Prince and Don) just got down into their collars and PULLED! It was one of the most amazing things Id ever seen. I really learned what one horsepower was and it is more impressive that you can ever know unless youve worked with drafts. They are amazing and wonderful creatures. Anyway, during that time the whole car/mud episode came back to my upper memory banks and I dealt with it and filed it away in the closed case file. Funny about repressed memories.

Taryn, what a bummer there is no news yet. Ill bet this week all gets resolved. Ive got a good feeling about it. MJ is supposed to close on the sale with her dads house on Tuesday.

Jerri, Wow!!! 12 lbs! Good for you! I"ve been missing you and so glad to see you pop in here. Also very happy to know you are still working with your therapy. It is such difficult work but so worth it. Many people arent brave enough to face their demons. I really admire you for your courage. ~~ Jazzy looks like such a cutie. I know you are going to find her a great home.

Yeona, yes we do have a lingerie shop here in town and Im going to take a copy of that page you linked to so I can show them what I want and Ill be they can order it for me.

HI Rippie! You are looking so happy these days. I hope your forever home happens for you soon.

Wendy, thanks for the feedback on the Black Magic. Im going to try a couple pieces of it as a house plant. See what happens. ~~ Did you get a photo of your DSs shoebox room? That sounds really interesting. Isnt it fun to see how creative they are?~~ That is a really pretty aconitum. And you grew it from seed? Neato! I found that the few things I did start as seedlings I was more attached to than the plants I bought at the nursery. I can thank the seed ladies here for getting me started.

Welcome to Holly! I know you are just going to love living with Jane.

Bug, sorry for your difficult week last week. I remember when we lost Dougs mom and it was a very sad time. It was the first time I was with someone when they passed, I was holding her hand, and that memory can still bring tears all these ten years later.

Woody, thanks for sending all that nice weather this way! Today is going to be just gorgeous and speaking of which Im heading outside to finish getting the fuchsias repotted and the dahlias tucked in for the winter.

Have a beautiful day everyone and Taryn, hoping positive news comes today.

Deanne

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How NOT to get garden clean up done: arrange to have the winds howl for the entire weekend. Oh well, I did finish reading my liberry book last night - The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman. I thought it was a good read although it was a little darker than her other books.

I'll be thinking of Taryn a lot today and hoping for the best outcome.

Jerri, so good to hear from you!

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Good morning, everyone!

Made DH sit down and look at the pics of fostered dogs and then went to a few sites for small (less than 15#) short-haired dogs. Between the gutteral noises he made I think I've increased the percentage chance of getting a dog from 0% to about 10%. I'm patient.

Taryn: Since today is Monday and everyone should be back to serious business, here's hoping it closes!!!! Even in RE, weekends are lax-time. Please keep us posted.

Sue: You and anyone else are welcome anytime! I plan on posting a separate thread with the "befores" sometime between interviewing and selling.

'bug: Thoughts for a sense of peace have been sent to you all weekend. Hope they arrived ...

Chelone: You are Way Too Industrious. I love the lavender colors of your wall.

T: Thought of you yesterday when a flock of wild turkeys strolled across the lawn. DH was getting a bit nutty about droppings on his preened lawn and I told him "It could be elk." Wish you could've seen the look. LOL

Sue and Eden: But don't you use the sunflower seed hulls for mulch?????? That's always been my excuse :-) Actually, after reading your posts bought a small bag of the hullless (?sp) and the birds don't seem to know the difference. Good Thing To Know (and I'm from the east :-)

Deanne: Looking at your "After" pic and then the pics with the horses -- are you a fellow Gemini?????

For all of you not getting motivated to do fall cleanup: The other side of the coin is not having fall cleanup to do. Made myself stop messing around yesterday. Remind me that I said that Next Year.

Pineapple is up so the Holiday Season has officially begun, here.

Thinking of everyone and wishing you all a Happy Day.

Martie


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Good morning!

I loved seeing the new furry Idylls!

Jerri, it is nice to 'see' you again....and congratulations on that 12# (Marie, sorry that you are thinking you found those pounds).

Cynthia, I hate computer woes....and power failures. I hope you are back up and running smoothly.

Eden, good morning! :o)

I was hoping to see a note from Taryn about the house. Taryn, this has to be testing your patience! I hope you get good news this morning.

Chelone....and 'bug, I hope your dentist appointments are easy & painless. My hygienist phoned on Friday from work and made me set up my next appointment. I'm shocked at how far she'll go to make me stick to a schedule of seeing her, some people just don't back off.

Oh......my hygienist is my daughter and she feels pretty strongly about 6 month cleanings/dental check ups. She called me back later that day and said "call to change your appointment from the morning to the last one before lunch and we'll go out to eat after I clean your teeth." Doesn't she know that when you get your pearly whites cleaned that you never want to eat & drink anything ever again?

Mary, I read quite a bit of My Sister's Keeper yesterday. It is turning out to be a book that I don't want to put down, I want to know what is going to happen and how each character is going to deal with what is happening. I'm glad you mentioned the book as I probably would have continued to let it sit.

Marian, hope you can get your glasses replaced or fixed quickly.

Deanne, are you still meeting with the trainer at the gym? I think it is great that you were getting some private pointers.

Sue, your workout with the Pilates and your back feeling okay is great news. You are in awesome condition already and I admire you for staying that way.

I do need another cup of coffee to chase away a morning headache. Medicinal cup. ;oD

Hello to all!

T.


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T... I would appreciate learning what is defined as a 'thorough cleaning' when done by a hygienist. What is specifically included in a 'thorough cleaning'? Definitions seem to vary in our area.
Martie.. don't see your birthday on your home page. Sue, Da, and I are Gemini.. very varied in ages and personalities. Love the pictures of the big horses. My paternal grandfather once owned ( from the description) a similar team, which he used as work horses in road construction in California. Deanne, you are strong in many elements.. it has been such a pleasure to get to know everyone and learn of your areas and daily living as well as gardening potentials and preferences.. Marian's knowledge of Ozark plants.. We have learned 'lazy gardening' skills. We don't bother with plants that need much attention. Have been enjoying being outside. Jerri... good to read you are doing well. Once , in Arizona, I rescued a similar stray.. called our vet and he had it picked up.. wish that kind of service could be available everywhere. Thinking of all and appreciating all the input. EP


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In for a break...front lawn is raked and leaves shredded and bagged to use to mulch the musa. Gutters are also cleaned and after lunch on to layering the lasagna beds and shredding and spreading the leaves in the back garden.

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Good afternoon,

Im in for a lunch break also. Got a lot done this morning and am having fun playing with my plants. When I dug a dahlia out of the urn in the driveway garden I noticed that the pennisetum rubrum was green at the bases of the plants so I wrestled it out of the pot, hosed the roots off well, cut it back to about two inches from the roots then divided and potted it up. It is now under the lights in the spare room and well see it if lives or dies. This morning I also found a big chunky root that was the original piece of my Black Magic and it had a bunch of babies on the sides of it so I broke a couple of those off and potted them up for under the lights to see how that goes. Im still cleaning off and repotting the fuchsia but should finish that up this afternoon. What a day it is almost 70 out and Im working in the sunshine which is divine.

HI EP, it is always nice when you drop in for a visit. I wonder where Marian is this morning.

T, LOL about your DD being your dental hygienist. I was actually given dispensation from my hygienist to go only once a year because my teeth are always so clean there usually isnt any calculus to clean. Im thinking it is partly because I dont eat sugar or processed foods anymore. ~~ Yes Im still working with Steve but not every week now. I do have an appointment with him for Thursday morning to re-evaluate the new program and change some things again. More weight training and less cardio.

Martie, nope, Virgo/Leo. BDay is on the cusp. Im very Virgoish in a lot of ways.

OK break is done. Time to get back at it while the sun is shining. Oh yes, forgot to mention that tonight is our first dance lesson! I cant wait. That is going to be so much fun.

Later,
D


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It sounds like some of you are getting alot done in nice weather today. The weather has changed here. They are predicting 1-3" of snow tonight and 50+ mph winds.

Deanne, my last dentist and my current one gave me the same reprieve from semi-annual visits to annual. I contribute it to the fact that I brush my teeth 4 times a day and floss almost daily.

Norma, don't grandkids say the cutest things?

Later
Michelle


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I cleaned the curtains for another commercial account this morning, packaged them up and then called it quits! Downright slothful. :) (yeah, that would be me).

Denstist went off without a hitch; the choppers are clean and I'm booked for sometime next May. I was one of those kids who went to the dentist only when there was a problem. It took about all the gumption I could muster to call and make MY OWN appointment at age 24. I'm not sure why I did it; it just dawned on me that NOT going only meant the severity and discomfort of the INEVITABLE visit would be greater. I have a real "penny candy" mouth. And I'm fortunate the damage was not greater (praise be dental floss and regular brushing). I don't mind going to the dentist at all, anymore. Everyone in the office is on a first name basis. Very relaxed.

I selected the piece of stone for the mantel this afternoon. I wandered around the remnant section, dazzled by the variety available. There was a very cool granite with swirls of black and mica on a pinkish background that I loved. But I spied a piece of soapstone and opted for that, because it has a matte finish, and the granite is only polished on one side. Since both sides will be visible (it will rest on antique brackets) it made more sense to have all facets look the same. Besides, the stove is soapstone... Keep It Simple Stupid, right? It should be ready in about 4 weeks... I'm hoping in time for Christmas.

Biggy-boy is staring at me. It is very warm outdoors (was freakishly warm this morning!) and it's not supposed to last so I'd best make the most of it. (OK, damnit, let me pee first...)

jeez! I hate dogs... (grumble, grumble)


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Since I can now officially participate in b-day celebrations mine is on my page. As a Gemini (sun), Scorpio (moon), Gemini (rising) I get to be any personality I want, but always "true."

Went for a few drop-ins today and folks are just in laid-back work mode. Hope for Taryn's sake this is only in CT. Got some apples for more butter and will be getting that going soon.

Dentists????AAAAAAAAAAk. I am one of those absolutely stupidly afraid people (for good reason) that takes Valium and has someone drive me. Good for you, the brave!

I want to visit Michelle and see snow. Yes, I kinda like it, even as a gardener.

Later, buddies and pals.

Martie


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Hi all,

Michelle, I just knew we were twins separated at birth! I'm an OCD teeth cleaner as well, but only brush twice a day but floss every day without fail and sometimes twice a day.

Martie, I think the dentist fear factor is directly proportional to the amount of pain a person has experienced in a dentist's office over the course of their lifetime.

Chelone, can't wait to see your new mantle. Sounds lovely.

So I was going gangbusters with the dahlia tuber putting away thing and then the cable guy showed up to install new boxes. I'd completely spaced it that they were coming today so it was a very good thing I was working out front.

OK now is going to be the big joke time because he is supposed to show me how to operate these new fangled things and I'm a moron when it comes to anything electronic. Do you think he'll get it if I ask him if it comes with an icon???

Later
D


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My trip to the dentist was last Thursday. Even though I brush twice a day and floss daily, I still get enough build up to warrant twice yearly visits. When I didn't floss, they used to threaten me with three times a year but it never got to that.

Martie, you and I and EP can celebrate our birthdays within the same week.

The weather today is absolutely gorgeous. I took an extended lunch and did some shopping-came up relatively empty handed but it was nice to get out. We're going on a bus trip to see the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC tomorrow. My company offered a cheap deal for employees and friends to move a couple of coaches during what is usually a slow time. The bus leaves at 7:30 AM so we'll have time for a bit of shopping and lunch before the afternoon show. Unfortunately the weather isn't supposed to hold out. Maybe the rain will hold off-let's hope so.

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Hi all .
I called my eye clinic and discovered my frame's warranty expired in July ! Bummer ! After fuming and fussing , I decided to run to town and look elsewhere for frames . I found what I needed at the first place ....... WalMart . They are the oldfashioned heavy plastic ones , with red tinted edges , and the fit is going to really bug me , but I have to get new lenses as soon as I can afford to , so I didn't want to spend too much .
Came close to having my car ran into while driving through the parking lot . Was thinking a few choice thoughts , until it dawned on me it was my dear friend who teaches the Golden Year's class ! He had very serious surgery about a month ago , that had only a 50% chance of survival ,( an abdominal aneurysm ), and hasn't been back to the class since . I believe he will be there tomorrow for our Thanksgiving dinner . I'll ask him if he knew who he almost hit . Thank God , we didn't collide !

Frequent gusty winds here too , and a brief thunderstorm this morning . Possible severe storms tonight ...wierd ,wierd , but we do not have any unseasonal blooms in our yard .

Last spring I dug a gob of overcrowded daffodils , and have kept the bulbs in the utility room . I had hoped to plant them out in our yard , but haven't felt up to that job , so have given a lot away . I still have a bunch ...and still don't feel like planting them . Now , imagine my shock when I get an e-mail from Tim saying his girlfriend is sending me some daffodil bulbs for my birthday !!!! (She and her mother are big on daffodils ! ) Well , at least I now have gasoline for my tiller(s) , and won't have to use a spade to prepare the planting spot ( 'IF' a tiller will start! ) .

Tim is wanting to know what 'he' can get me .....I have no idea ! A new range would be nice , but I'm sure he doesn't mean something that expensive ! I wish I could think of something memorable and long lasting . Several sacks of compost and manure would be nice , for my lasagna beds ... but I think that is not what he means , either ! LOL
Maybe a new monitor and/or a new keyboard ( mine is filthy ), and a new mouse . Hmmmmm , maybe I can come up with several ideas after all . :-)
Or better yet , a gift certificate would be nice .

I am wondering , for all of you that are doing so much fall housecleaning , will you do spring cleaning too ?

When I was leaving the eyeglass place and walking toward the hot fried chicken case , a voice behind me said " Is that Marian ----- I see ? " I turned , and right behind me was the gal that worked with me at the County Fairs , entering and judging Floriculture .. I hadn't seen her in several years . She is a very likeable person .

I won't try catching up . Just know that I am enjoying reading everyone's posts , and enjoying all the pictures .

Marian


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No update yet from Taryn? :o( Hopefully she is just too busy signing papers and packing to post. Hopefully.

Sue, the bus trip tomorrow and seeing the Radio City Christmas show sounds like a lot of fun. Eager to hear all about it.

Marian, glad you found some frames that will work.

Deanne & Eden sound like they are getting lots done. I bet Honey is outside working hard too.

Woody, you've been on my mind since sharing that your test results were disappointing.

Eager for the missing Idylls to check in........

Off to have some lunch---

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Finished for today...we got all the leaves shredded and the lasagna beds done. I still have one section of the back garden left to cut things back in and need to wrap the outside musa baszoo asap. I've decided not to save my dahlia tubers this year. I just don't feel like dealing with them at this point so I'll just buy new ones next spring. I'm so tired I can hardly make my fingers type. It was a good day though.

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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 14, 05 at 17:01

Nothing to report T. Their agent was bringing (another) potential buyer to one of our guy's open houses yesterday, so I phoned him today to see if anything was said at all. Their agent said they are "sleeping on it" for now, and also looking at a couple of other properties. Don't know if it is the truth or just want he wants us to think. It seems very strange to me that they wouldn't have accepted our 10K less offer when a week ago they were willing to pay asking price for it. We'll go down a bit more if we need to, and our guy is going to convey that to their agent when he gets back in town. Hope they haven't found something else...

Thanks for all the good thoughts, and hope to be able to say they WORKED soon!

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Your turn next, Taryn. They worked here. Next Monday I am officially an employee of a major cable company as a regional sales rep. Not only is it back into advertising, it is electronic with some of the most creative production crews around. This company "feels" different, and I'm hopeful.

Sue is right, it was too darn nice to be inside today. We will definitely hook up soon, Sue (&Monique??). I suddenly think I have the week off :-)

All bulbs arrived and the kids were excited to tell me so. Ended up planting everything, with their help. They all got some cool prizes for the amounts that they sold, and realized I had a large percentage interest in that. Yes, bribery.

Best to all --

Martie


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