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#233- Sunny November Thread!

Posted by gardenbug Canada zone 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 3, 05 at 10:52

WARNING: No mention of the word CHRISTMAS permitted on this thread!

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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Thank you Marie ! You can't imagine how I appreciate that first sentence ! Let's concentrate on Thanksgiving .
Oh , I forgot , you already had yours in Canada .

Eden , wouldn't it be nice if your dream could come true ?

V , Good heavens ... what next ?

I am still struggling with numerous setbacks ... physically , mentally , financially and even spiritually .
I am working on all of it . It will all work out in time , with the good Lord's help .

My wishes are for good health to all and their loved ones .

It is VERY windy here . Leaves and twigs are falling . We were blessed with a wonderful rain Monday ...a little over 2 inches . It is unseasonally warm . Only about 50 last night and 70 or higher today .
Our fall colors are much lovelier than expected . The large sugar maple up our drive is gorgeous , with red , orange and yellow . The dogwood to the south of our house is flaming red . The Ginkgo is changing to yellow .
I staked out two beds in the old garden spot , for built-up beds . They are each over 30 foot long and 3 foot wide . I have started the lasagna-ing in one of them . It's going to be a chore getting enough to make them as deep as I want . I left a wide space between them for driving the riding mower through . It may end up being more of those best-laid plans that go astray ... but I am at least 'drawn-on ' them !

Marian


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Hi I like that thought of not yet ready to speak of that huge holiday around the corner. . . ...Im still wondering where Labor Day went.
Finally back from visit to my friend in Charleston, SC great town Im hoping to go back for the Spring Garden visits its such a lovely place but I confess I was somewhat surprised to see that a lot of the fronts of the homes in that historic district in fact did not have any sort of window boxes or floral/topiary type containers (unlike tourist places like Nantucket/Marthas Vineyard, etc.)... maybe its just too darned hot for them to have them there I managed to get a few pics of enclosed courtyards Ill try to post later when I get them developed.

Lots going on here I can see by other Idyllers w/ garden cleanup Im way behind in my Autumn cleanup and those 500 bulbs are now calling more loudly to me.

Love the pics posted here wow, neat trick w/ the photo borders, Deanne. That latest painting is so lifelike.
Woody, your gate is looking terrific wow, what a lot of hard work has gone into that "allee."
Terrific photos of all the Halloweeners. Cynthia, I believe your doggies look too regal to be made to wear costumes! They manage to show off just by themselves just fine!

Marie your basement looks fantastic spic-n-span enough for someone to stay down there! What a lot of hard work painting those uneven walls. Amazing. And the link to those clues for future archeologists visiting your home is really really neat --

Im so glad to hear that Mystic is doing better how scary it is amazing how often I am now hearing of dogs eating things that block/destroy their innards. Is it a sad commentary that their lives are too boring for them while their owners are away? I have the worse time finding things my beloved Chloe can chew on safely (that dont make her vomit to begin with e.g., rawhides, kongs, etc.). . . .. so I guess shes destined to look for those scarey non-digestibles.

Marian, I do hope you feel better -- hang in there!

Well, when I get a chance Im going back to look at some of the links suspect there are some great photos awaiting my "review".

-Cindy


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Me again..LOL.

Neato dates on the construction, Marie - even that scary bridge that I think I am going to fall in when I visit..LOL. Would some of the work have been done by the Mennonites? I recognize the surnames as being the same as the mennonites in this area.

Not caught up completely and I doubt I ever will...hehehe. But I do have a reason now why I am feeling like crap! Poor little me - I have pneumonia (I think I got the spelling right)... lots of rest ... yea, that'll happen.

As of this morning we have a garage door too...batteries are dead so there is no picture yet. The road has finally ended on the contruction here...we started in April. Sheeesh

Off to work


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Janie, you are going to work with pneumonia? Gee thee back to bed! Congratulations on getting the garage done! That must lift the spirits a bit.

It has been stormy here since during the wee hours of the morning. We lost power for a couple hours, I just took the opportunity to grab a blanket, the latest Harry Potter book, which I've not read yet, and curled up in my recliner. I was a bit disappointed when the power came back on as I was enjoying *having* to sit and read.

Thanks for the kind notes re: Jim & his test.

I guess I'd better get back to working on the baby quilt.

I hope Jaden is okay....

Eager to hear how things are going for Taryn.

I miss Da!

T.


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Jaden has a bladder infection. She got a shot and some pills, so hopefully that helps. They mentioned that her glucose level was elevated. It may be from the infection hopefully.

Michelle


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

My thoughts exactly Jane! Get to bed!!!

I too miss Da. I bet she made some awesome costumes for halloween too. Maybe even crocheted some spider webs?

Beautiful weather here today but I didn't get to do my outdoor stint. :-( I hope tomorrow I can accomplish a good bit out there. Lots of hostas and perennials to cut back and weeds to remove from the veg garden still. Meanwhile the indoors is a true disaster area and we have company arriving Sunday. I need to shovel up a few rooms so the folks can visit with us! I haven't even removed the sheets from the previous lot of company yet.

WOW! Marian is making new beds! That is so exciting! What do you hope to put in them next spring? I love thinking about those things over the winter. So Marian, did you giggle about something today? That was the homework assignment I gave on the last thread to everyone. I giggled at myself. I gave great advice to my friend today (I thought so anyway) and I certainly should follow it, but it may not happen. I laugh because my brother always says "Take my advice! I'm, not using it!"

'bug


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Good to hear from you, Marian. I do hope things brighten up for you soon.

Jane, please do take it easy. "Ammonia" is nothing to mess around with (that's what I always thought it was when I was a kid).

'bug, I had such good intentions of planting more bulbs as soon as I got home. But I came home on the "western" route tonight, and as I rounded the last curve I saw that traffic was backed up on the highway. This is EXTREMELY unusual as the closest traffic light is 4 miles away. As I reached the highway, an ambulance went by. There was a bad accident 100 feet from our driveway. I was able to get into the neighbor's driveway and take a "cross-country" shortcut to my own driveway. But first I had to frantically call DD, who should have been coming from the other direction. Thankfully, she was driving a friend home on the other side of town. Then park in the driveway and walk back to the mailbox. Then home and back on the phone with DD to tell her what backroads to take, since traffic hadn't moved. The upshot is that the window of daylight slammed shut and no bulbs went in the ground today.

But the good news is that I took the different route home so that I could make a deposit on my Thanksgiving turkey. I found a farm not too far away that raises free range, antibiotic-free chickens, turkeys and pork. So I picked up some bacon and pork chops also, and I'm tickeled to know there is a spot right on my way home where I can stop and get great meat.

Michelle, glad to hear it's not too serious with Jaden. Hopefully the high glucose is from the infection.

I think Mystic actually enjoys his conehead attire. He sure doesn't fuss over it, and was using it to play with the kong tonight. Goofy dog!

Hope everyone has a quiet night tonight! Sweet dreams!

V.


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Beautiful day here today - like a warm, sunny early September day! I got all my bulbs in - not too many this year as there was only a few for the front. Next fall I'll have to plant a lot in the new beds in the backyard. All the tomatoes and other veggies got cut down and sent to compost. Yesterday we chopped leaves with the lawnmover and put them on the north alley beds. I need another two trees worth of leaves:-) The soil from the front veggie pots is going to have to substitute for now as there are no more leaves on the ash.

The in-laws are back from Europe and staying at my BIL's. They will be going home tomorrow. They seem to have weathered the trip quite well although I was noticing tonight that my MIL has suddenly put on weight around the middle and is looking a bit untidy, which is not like her. We celebrated my MIL's 80th birthday tonight with decadent chocolate cake at DH's brother's place. My MIL always ends up with her eyes closed in pictures!

I was fascinated by a gourd my SIL had acquired somewhere recently:

GB - finding dates on old beams etc. is so much fun! I remember finding things like that on the beams in my grandfather's barns - and reading old newspapers that had been used to insulate the hen house....

Marian - good for you re new garden beds! We can compare planting plans over the winter :-) Are your beds sun or shade? I'll be thinking shade plants all winter - I'm going to have a ton of plants to get for the north alley and the other new backyard beds for next spring.

Janie - get well soon!

Now I need to go back and read the end of the last thread so Iknow what you're all talking about :-)


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

It was beautiful here yesterday, too. I took Heugene to the golf course and we walked the entirety of it (18 holes) in a little over an hour with me in shirtsleeves. It was a struggle for me to get into motion, but putting one foot in front of the other started it and I actually caught the zeal of my canine escort. I sympathize with the struggles of others. And think Janie needs to "cozy up" and really knock down the "Ammonia" (I actually knew a woman who called it that!).

V., we do have a rather proper 4 poster bed, but it isn't surrounded by bookselves, lol.. I would let any of you hang out in there and read, though. (that made me giggle). And I have suddenly realized the Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away (where have I been?) and I need to get the turkey order placed, too. And the slip seats recovered for the soon to be returned dining room chairs...

No progress in the gardens, haven't cut ANYTHING down and have done nothing about adding/dividing bulbs. I don't know how you get it done; after a full day at work and time with the dog there isn't enough daylight/energy left for me to get it done.

They've landed on Isla Nublar, seen a herd of sauropods and Grant and Ellie are still trying to figure out how they collected DNA to clone dinosaurs. They're also realizing that there are bars over the skylights on the Safari lodge that weren't on the blueprints they'd been given before the trip... (tension builds). I remember how disappointed I was with the movie version of "Jurassic Park"... like "Alien" it was never intended to be a story for kids... . It ain't about making a good movie, I guess, it's about selling products. Sigh.

Yesterday I made a cover for a bait truck. 247"l x 125"w. It was made from a very heavy vinyl and when I was finished with it, I had the pleasure of setting 48 grommets down the sides. Boring. Then I replaced a couple of zippers in a windshield panel for a 64' sailboat that it going to Trinidad on Sunday (wish I was on it!). Today I begin a series of 4 drop down curtains for a motel; to keep the wind from whistlin' down an open stairwell. Not terribly exciting but it will require a couple of days..


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Morning all,

Going to be another gorgeous day here in NH. Sun is just touching the trees on the top of the hill across from us. The oaks are doing their beautiful sienna, umber, gorgeous rust colors now. Soon all will be gray...:( I always feel like the end of the oaks is really the beginning of winter. I'm teaching a strokework piece this weekend and am seriously NOT looking forward to it. As Da would say, "Le Sigh". So I'm wondering where she's gotten off to as well. And where is Drema and Jerri? and on and on. Seems there are a lot of folks missing these days.

Chelone, the gardens will actually take care of themselves over the winter if you don't get to them! LOL I've had seasons where I just didn't get around to fall cleanup and things were fine in the spring. A body can only do what a body can do.

Woody, thanks for the pics. Looks like it was a fun birthday celebration. That is one weird gourd. Looks like it has some kind of black spot thing going on. Actuall it looks like the orchids I left out too long on the back porch which had to be composted. Ouch...

Jane, do take care of yourself and get plenty of rest. I had pneumonia a couple years ago and was sick for eight weeks and not back up and running for three months. I didn't rest enough or take care of myself. ~~ Glad the garage project is finished.

V, I'm so jealous! I sure wish we had a farm nearby where we could get such good meats. ~~ Thats terrible about the accident I hope nobody was hurt badly.

Marian, hope you feel better soon. Glad to hear you are putting in some new beds. I need to get motivated here and get started with the expansions I want for next year.

Cindy, thanks! So glad you liked the pics with the borders. I found a new program that puts them in easy as pie. It really is a lot of fun to play with.

Bug, interesting pics with the dates on the cement. How fun to live in a place with so much history.

OK time to hit the shower and get out of the house.

Have a great Friday everyone,
Deanne


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The pink and blue sky seems to be here again today! YES! I smell gray floor paint in my future again too. I hope to make it outside by noon though.

Chelone's talk of the bait truck reminds me of the fellow who steals bait from our creek. I actually confronted him one time (with Charlotte at my side barking) and he had the nerve to say that he'd been doing it for years and that he didn't think it was my property. Well Charlotte told him it was her property and that she would be glad to protect it.

OOOH the pink sky is even deeper pink than a minute ago! It's on fire almost- WOW!

Glad to see that Rex and Chelone did their assigned giggling. I got a giggle out of Woody's gourd last night but need to find something giggle worthy today too! Ta-ta!
'bug


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Marie ...aren't you taking pics of that beautiful sky ?


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Good Morning,

Eden


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

TGIF!

Busy here. I'm trying to develop a new weeknight routine of exercise right after work. Time to switch gears for the winter.

Sue


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Marian, there's a screen on my study window and phone wires passing across it too...and it somehow doesn't contribute to the beauty of a photo...but I know the beauty is there beyond!

OK, breakfast is done, the pets fed, laundry begun, a new shelf assembled - painting time!


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Good morning

I had dinner last night with a close friend to celebrate the month of our birthdays. We went to a new Mexican restaurant and had fish tacos and many giggles (we're following GB's instructions too!) It was a nice treat for a week night. We always exchange small gifts - I gave a box of scented candles and recieved some delicious chocolates. We were both pleased. Back home Annie and David entertained their little cousins with suacepan drums. Annie got Iris completly ready for bed and to sleep while David bathed Ivan again. Ruth was here but Annie and David enjoyed taking charge. I think Annie is going to enjoy babysitting when she is old enough (and there seems to be good money in it these days). My BIL should hear about his job in a few days.

Today will be gorgeous. I have meetings this morning and then I am FREE!! What bliss. I might actaully get some garden work done.

Happy Friday everyone

Mary


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I forgot to tell you ... I got a call from my sis in Idaho yesterday . We had several laughs ( giggles ) , but she also shared a sadness . Our brother is being treated for cancer . She doesn't know if the drs have got it under control . Hopefully it hasn't metastasized . He is the youngest of the 5 of us .
I went out and took pics of the beauty around our place . The digital cam is having problems with the floppies , so I ended up finishing the roll in the Canon Sure Shot.
The two 'house' cats came up the driveway to join me . We went all the way to the county road . After some rolling in the dirt they started to follow me back , but Trubby thought it would be fun to jump Tommy . Tommy doesn't share his idea of fun , so turned back to wait him out . I walked back up after a few ... and saw Trubby setting out in the woods on a fallen locust tree . Tommy made it safely back , now they are both on the front porch ! There is a black bear working our woods for food , and appears to have them spooked . A couple of days ago it dug out a yellow jacket nest by the black cherry tree in our side yard . There are rocks dug up and overturned all over our woods . I have no problem with the knowledge that they are around . They don't usually go into hibernation here until Dec. or Jan. , and not even then if there is plenty of food available .
I have had a new interest during these down days . I am surfing the web for all the animals of the world ! First one species , then another . It is very interesting , and so amazing how many there are ! Very enlightening and educational .
I feel badly that I haven't been the example to you all that I should be . I feel as though I have let you all down . I do wish I were more upbeat for you all .
I have been blessed with the past relationships I've developed here , but feel as though I have damaged them ... I'm truely sorry .
I know you all realize that I march to a differant drummer than most of you . Actually , I march to a differant drummer than most everybody I know ! Even my closest friends and relatives are not on the same 'track' as I am !
I guess I am one of the original nonconformists in relationship to the rest of the world !
I do not wish ill on anyone , but I cannot agree with everyone . I am "in the world , but not of the world. "

My disasters with mechanical/electrical things has been added to . The other morning , while I was cooking breakfast , the oven's lower burner 'exploded ' . It was burning brightly . I turned off the power to it , but it kept burning . I threw all of my box of baking soda on it , and finally got it put out ( I've had that happen before , so it was no 'big deal' !) My only concern was that splattered grease in the oven would catch on fire ...it didn't . Sooooo , now I have no oven ...except for the upper burner . Nolon removed the burned-out one . Oh , I almost forgot ... I kept noticing the oven was still too warm . It was evening ! before it finally dawned on me that the burner was still putting out heat ! I threw the breaker switch to the stove , and it cooled down immediately .
One good thing that came from it ... I have a clean floor under the range now !
I am cooking our morning biscuits in the toaster oven . I am wondering what I will do about our Thanksgiving Turkey ?
I sure cannot get a new range now , and it is too old to put more money into repairing it . I am thinking of getting a Roaster Oven . I noticed WalMart has them at a very low price . They still look like the one my mother had 50 years ago ! My sister's DH always cooked a very good turkey in it . Have any of you had experience with one ? I don't have much time to figure this out .

Sorry about the overflowing toilet . At least I haven't had that ... yet ! It was several years ago that the water pipe under the sink in the hall bathroom burst . Luckily I was in the house and heard it , and shut it off before too much damage was done .

Well , I need to go back outside and absorb more of this fall glory .It won't last nearly long enough .

Marian

PS
The new beds are not causing me much enthusiasm . I just can't seem to get very interested in them . The project is rather overwhelming , considering the lack of material to do the job .


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Indoors for a break. I finished as much painting as I intended for today in the basement, then mowed several patches of leaves. It is still beautiful out there, but fewer leaves on the trees every day. The golden tamaracks are dropping their needles by the minute. I hope to clean up a bunch of hosta leaves this afternoon.

Marian, I'd be amazed if everyone agreed with me on many topics. I don't believe you should expect others to agree, only to listen and learn about others. I know for sure that many differ with my attitudes about the environment, about gravel extraction, about retirement issues, about the dying process, about the president, about war, about spelling and grammar, about food choices, about same sex marriages, about pets, about bottled water and dozens of other things. Of course I would be hurt if they were mean spirited about their opinions, but usually they are fairly patient with my wacky attitudes. I figure they wouldn't be talking to me at all if there wasn't something they liked or respected about me! Besides, even when I don't agree, I am curious about what others think and how they arrived at those opinions.
I am happy that you got to talk to your sister Marian, but I wish that your younger brother did not have this difficult news for you both. I guess it is always true that it is how we deal with adversity that shows our mettle. I do my best with these problems, but don't always shine, that's for sure.
Back to shifting laundry to the dryer...and then more outdoor work.
Later friends!
'bug


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I am actually better with the really 'bad' things that happen in life , than I am the constant petty things . Marie , I think I may share a lot of your attitudes ( that we do not discuss here ). I 'would ' change your second sentence to read : " I don't believe 'we' should expect others to agree " . I agree that we need to listen , and learn from others .

I just got back from a trek in the woods with Nolon . He wanted to show me a lovely sugar maple on the next door neighbor's land , just above us . We found more of them in our woods ; plus dogwoods that are pretty red ; bear evidence ; more trees for him to turn into firewood ; and some nice flat rocks to add to my collection .

I hope I didn't come off in a bad light with what I said . I wasn't meaning it in a bad way . I want to uplift people .. not make them uncomfortable . I can't seem to get the humor to 'shine through ' the comments that I make . :o(

Cheers to all !! :o) And I hope all are having a satisfying day !
Marian


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Just popping in...Marian I am *so* tickled about Nolon wanting to share that beautiful tree with you! :-)

Would say more, but just can't talk right now...many pressing issues here. I probably won't be peeking in again for quite awhile, but my best wishes to all.

I *hate* even bringing this up on the Sunny November Thread (which is such a *positive* title and brings a smile to my face), but know since I don't expect I'll be visiting here much in the near future, it wouldn't be right, with all that *all* of you have shared with me in kindness and support, not to let you know that my dad passed on Monday. P.S. The title also suits my dad's burial yesterday! It was the most *beautiful*, sunny, gorgeous colored day! :-) I know my dad sent that to us! :-)

Take care and know that you guys are always in my happiest, warmest thoughts! :-)

Fondly, Ei


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EI...I am so sorry for your loss. We are here when you need to talk. Take care, Jane
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Oh ! Dear Eileen , I am so very sorry ...... I had no idea . I think you know how much I care .
Sincerely,
Marian


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Ei, I am so sorry about your dad.
VG


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Ei, I am glad you shared your message with us. You will be busy now, but the hardest part has passed I think. Thank heavens for sunny days and fond memories. Please come join us as soon as can be. My thoughts are with you and your family...even when I'm weeding!


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Ei, I'm so sorry. After I read your post I went out into the garden and found one last November rose. So here it is in honor of your dad...

Please take care of yourself. I'll be thinking of you.

Eden


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Eileen my thoughts are with you. So very sorry about your loss. Please take care, and come here when you can. We'll be here, and so happy to listen when you need to talk.

Yeona


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Eileen, so sorry to hear about your dad. I know from what you have shared that he was a very special, caring person and you are so lucky to have had him in your life. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. The hardest part is behind you now.

V.


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Eileen,

He'll never be truly gone....he's in your heart & in your memories forever. It isn't as good as having him physically with you.....but you have so many wonderful memories, let them wash over you and enjoy reliving the love and happiness he brought in your life.

Thinking of you often.

My best,
T.


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Oh Ei., I so sorry. It hurts and there's no gettin' around it. But remember this when you feel really low, the best and nicest part of your father lives on in you. I offer the following suggestions:
1.) select and keep an article of his clothing. When you feel particularly worn down and terribly lonely for him, put it on. My father's favorite cardigan is in my bureau (that belonged to HIS mother).

WARNING: 'bug, DON'T READ THIS PART!

2.) trot out and buy a really nice Christmas ornament. Something you really love and something that reminds you of him. When you put up the tree, make a special time to inaugurate its use.
3.) plant something you love in your garden in his memory. If you can take a division of something from his yard, all the better... but it's not critical. Hydrangeas remind me of Dad... I have several.
Be nice to yourself, and do all the crying you need to... don't waste a second wondering "what people will think". Everyone will understand; and if they don't right now, they will at some point in their lives.

Marian, you worry too much, kiddo! trust me on this. :) Spend more time out walkin' in the woods and learning about animals. Even the most "common" ones amaze me... I'm esp. fond of skunks, racoons, and porcupines. I think skunks are too cool for words... . And I'm amazed that there are as many bears in our area as there are... speaks volumes for their ability to "adapt, imporvise, and overcome". There's a lesson there for us, don't you think?

I was charmed by the the mental image of Mary's kids stepping up to the plate and takin' charge of the young 'uns. I began baby-sitting at 12. We lived in a neighborhood and Mum was a few houses away and everyone trusted I'd use the 'phone wisely. I was BUSY every Friday and Saturday... the kids "requested me"... because I loved to read to them. We'd snuggle up on the couch or in an armchair and I read book after book until they "passed out". Worked slick. :)

Like Eden's kitty pic. I'm ready for the weekend, too. I've decided my plan to address the downward spiral and pity party is WORK. I have the option to wallow in sunlight deprived self-pity or I can "suck it up" and get something done (Morita therapy for the depressed involves daily routines... keeps you busy and when you're done there's something to show for it). I want to deal with the unpainted chimney behind our very pretty woodstove and some woodwork that is, as yet, unpainted.

The gahdens be damned. They're not goin' anywhere. If I get out there, GREAT, if not... so what! Thanks Deanne. ;)


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((Ei)), my sympathy for your loss. From your descriptions he was a special man and I know you will miss him dearly. Take care and come back when you can. You and your loved ones will be in my prayers.

Michelle


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Ei - I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss - your Dad sounded so special. You are a wonderful daughter and your compassion, love and sense of fun must have brought much joy to his life. Many, many thoughts for you and your family. We will look forward to your return when the time is right. Till then, here is a very big hug. ((((((())))))))

Mary


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Eileen-I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Take care of yourself!

Monique


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Ei - My sympathies to you and others who love your dad. Soon, I believe you'll notice something nice happening recurrently -- the chirp of a certain bird, for example. It'll be your dad keeping you going :-)

Martie


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RE: #233- Sunny November Thread!

Ei - My sympathy to you... It sounded like you and your father had a great relationship and I'm sure you have lots of fond memories to comfort you now and in the future.


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It was another beautiful sunny day here. We fiddled a bit with the width of the north alley path, removed all the soaker hose hardware for the winter and emptied a few pots with things like Elephant Ears that needed winter storage. Here are a few pictures from today:

Today's view of the north alley - you should get a break fromthese photos now until the spring....:-)

The Vyvyan Pennell clematis has just not quit this fall - it's still producing a few blooms - they're getting paler in color though - I wonder if that is a light or temperature effect....?

The angel roses produce a bumper crop of bright little hips. It's almost time to harvest a bunch so I can start more roses over the winter. I really love these cute little roses! Calamintha is also still going strong with the roses. The flowers are white in the summer but I notice that they now appear to be pale blue.

@#$! PT just changed their URL pages again and it took me two tries to figure out which URLs to use to post the pictures. Why do they keep messing with this stuff?!

Marian - the walk in the woods with Nolon to see the trees sounds lovely - a wonderful thing to do together on a nice fall day, and good for the mood too I'm sure. (There was some silly nonsense in the earlier part of your post that I sort of skipped over...:-)


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I've been thinking about your north alley Woody. I think I might go for repeats of plants...like pulmonaria longifolia...hostas that turn gold in the fall, sedum rupestre angelina, some ajuga, maybe lady's mantle, bulbs, a few things with height. But repeating plants on a long stretch is one of my "things". I have one area that is ferns, astrantia shaggy and lady's mantle with white martagon lilies....and that's it. I like its simplicity. (I need to tidy that one up soon too!)

I have a few worries on my plate and I hope things will be settled by December. In the meantime, I am frantically tidying the gardens and finishing off the basement project to try to ignore things I have no control over.

Hoping for another sunny day tomorrow. We shall see.

Good night all!


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Woody, I have to laugh... I was similarly "burned" by the "new" PT. LOL. It took me 3 tries to arrive at the "right" option. I was ready to cry when the my first 2 attempts resulted in itty-bitty pictures.

But I'm better now...

(good thing; the PT thing could have put me right over the edge... . Pathetic? MAYBE, but it only took one straw to break the proverbial camel's back... . )


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Ei, I'm so very sorry about your dad. You were a lucky woman to have had him. I hope you can find some time to peek in and join us again soon.

Hugs to you,

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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 4, 05 at 20:53

Ei I'm so very sorry to hear about your Dad. He was one h*lluva contender! And you've been absolutely marvellous through all of this...

It is very hard, even though you know he's out of pain and in a better place. I did what Chelone suggested and kept a few pieces of my Dad's favourite clothes. Kept in a plastic bag, they still retain his 'scent', even now after 7 years, and bring me comfort when I 'need' my Dad. Please remember to take care of yourself Ei. We're here when you're ready.

Hugs and prayers your way,

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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 4, 05 at 21:08

No news on the house. We didn't sell by Halloween, but today the sellers agreed to extend our offer another month. I feel badly for them, as they are losing $2,000 a month paying for two houses, and must find it difficult to sleep at night, heading into winter with their old house on the market for 6 months now. But they haven't received any other offers, and it's not like we aren't trying to sell. We offered them a 2 week close once we have a firm offer, and will likely bridge finance for 6 weeks. May drop our price a bit, though we are already low. I just want this over.

Still fighting the gay bar trying to buy the former church a block and a half away. Had a phone conference with the liquor licence board, the potential buyer and another opposed resident and hope we convinced the liquor licence board that 200 people drinking and dancing at a former church with parking for only 6 is a bad idea. Kept away from the 'gay' issue completely--NO bar should be in the middle of a residential area where parking is non-existent and traffic is already a problem and kids play and skateboard on this street (in front of their houses), and an old folks home is across the street, and two halfway houses with mentally ill people (many recoving addicts) are minutes away, etc. Hoping to hear from them shortly. If it gets in then we'll never sell.

After running on adrenalin for weeks on end getting this place market-ready I think my adrenals are now totally depleted and extreme exhaustion has set in. Never underestimate the power of stress. I also suspect thyroid issues, have for a long time. Having lots of testing done in the next few weeks to determine what is amok and try to correct it. Blessing in disguise we haven't moved yet as I really don't have the energy right now. On the up side, hormonal imbalances respond very quickly to treatment and if that's what it is I'm hoping to have the energy to move back very quickly and a firm offer by month's end. Will be a lot more sunny of a November when I can put all this behind me. Last few days have been like September though, sunny, nearly 70F, perfect weather. Potted up nearly 80 plants I'm taking, 20 or so left to go. Feeling lucky on some level! Hi to all and thanks for the good wishes. Loved all the Halloween pics and hope to be feeling chatty again soon...

Taryn


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I so enjoyed this list of terms for collective gatherings of birds. I thought it might amuse others?

Perhaps Marian could find me a list for group names of animals? (cows, pigs, skunks, etc...) I tried one site but the URL did not work.

Here is a link that might be useful: collective names for birds


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Oakie doakie , how about these ?

Here is a link that might be useful: collective names for creatures


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Today was a busy but very productive day. I finally feel like I've made real progress on the budget at work, as well as getting a few other things under control. Then DD and I met at church and worked on setting up a room for fair trade crafts, coffee and chocolate for the annual first saturday in November fair. That's not really what it's called, but I'm keeping bug's admonition in mind.

Marian, your comments really struck a chord with me tonight. Earlier this evening I was chatting with a woman about your age at church. Doris is one of those folks who is always around church, always doing something, but she was never anyone that I knew very well. I've just started to get to know her and she's a fascinating individual. She grew up in the Deep South in a very rural area and has some wonderful stories about her youth. And I think it's the comfort that I've developed chatting with you in this setting that has allowed me to get to know Doris better.

And the older I get, the more willing I am to be comfortable in my own opinions. Or maybe that's just Marie's influence? No, I think it started a few years back when I quit wearing make-up, as I realized it saved me a lot of time and money, and with or without makeup no one was going to mistake me for a Hollywood starlet.

And I'm also realizing more and more the importance of acting on your opinions. Just recently, our town decided to create an environmental commission. Most city commissions require that you be a resident of the city, but I am in an unicorporated area outside of the city. Of course, the decisions that the city makes have a significant impact on my quality of life as well. The new commission was structured to allow residents of the county to apply, so guess who got herself appointed to the commission? Tonight's chuckle was DH picking up the letter from the mayor formalizing the appointment. The letter had been typed as "Dear Mrs. " but the mayor had crossed out the formal salutation and handwrote my first name instead. DH says, "The mayor knows you?" I met the man through his full-time job before we even moved here. I've told DH this many times, but it's another of those little facts that just don't stick in his head!

Taryn, I continue to wish you good luck on the house.

DS is due home tonight, so I'd better go vacuum his roomr eal quick! Later,

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Hi everyone

A quick note of good news - Ruth's husband got the job in Washington DC. Its a great position for him, and we are thrilled they will be a 6 hour drive away rather than a plane ride. Washington is a fabulous place for us to visit. I hope the worst is behind them and they can move forward to their new life together.

Taryn - hope your luck changes too and you have good news to report soon.

Woody - I've so enjoyed the photos of the alley - other peoples projects are a great source of inspiration. You've interested me in growing some angel roses from seed. I just love the tiny red hips. Do you have extra seed to trade?

This afternoon I spent in the garden. I got most of my long border cut back and the annuals yanked. What with our trip to England, looking after family and painting the house its been weeks and weeks since I've really had a chance to garden and I fell in love with it all over again. I planted all of my pot ghetto and I'm excited thinking about spring. I still have some daffs to go in and dahlias to lift but tomorrow promises to be just as beautiful adn I'm looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt again.

Good thoughts to those feeling low - I hope the weekend brings better spirits.

I'm off to bed to enjoy November's book group read - My Sisters keepr by Jodi Picault, and the first indoor paperwhite blooms.

Mary


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Hugs to Ei. EP


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Wakey, wakey!

I have a mountain of laudry ahead of me today... the awnings have really "bulked it up". I have to get started early if I'm going to capitalize on outdoor drying time., what with the disappearin' sun, 'n' all...

And I'm going to tackle the next skimcoat on the face of the chimney. Early in the spring my brother ripped the tile off it and gave it a coat of mortar to even out the cement blocks, then he gave it a coat of drywall compound. It needs one more, methinks and I am the only candidate for the work. It's already pretty smooth, so it's not like I'm covering huge craters or anything. I really want to see it finished and painted to match the walls.Our woodstove is so pretty and it really deserves a "stage"... I think, 14 years after its addition it's time. It's that winter "nesting" thing...

Depending on how moist it is outdoors I may try to take the canopy down, too. It's mostly a matter of unlacing it and then simply letting it drop to the ground and then folding it up. I won't clean it this year, but probably will next year. Once it's folded up I have to measure it up and make a storage bag for it.

When do you guys pot up Amaryllis bulbs? I never can remember when you're supposed to do it and how much you should stagger the plantings to ensure continued blooms for some time. I recal a magnificent display in Cynthia's house... and I love paperwhites, too.

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Good Morning ~

I have to get dressed and set up my yard sale this morning. It's supposed to be a beautiful day today, so I can do cleanup and plant bulbs in the front yard while waiting for people to come.

I noticed Ei had very sad news and will not be around for a bit, so instead of words I'm just sendng her good thoughts that the hurt diminishes and the love and memories just gets stronger. Her dad was lucky to have her, and she him.

Mary, my unsolicited advice to your sister and her family is that they look for a house in Maryland not Northern VA (sorry Virginians). The traffic is unbearable in the entire area near DC, but NoVa is a parking lot in the morning unlike anything most of us have ever experienced.

Ok, I've got to move now, my best to all. Cynthia


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Wakey, wakey indeed! With the herd running races on and around the bed, waking is easy.

So nice to read your good news Mary! I lived in DC back in the late 60s, in Georgetown, and taught at an inner city school. What a challenging city then, but lots of interesting spots. I love the grid layout with the ABC streets intersected by the 1,2,3 ones. The same planner, Pierre l'Enfant designed the original city of Buffalo as well.

Marian, your research wins again! That is exactly what I was looking for. I love those terms. Some of them are appropriate for our local politicians who gather at township meetings too! ;-)

I think we are in for a fairly nice day, perhaps the last before a long period of rainy ones. I must get moving.

Later,
'bug


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Ei, sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

-Wendy


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Good, gorgeous morning to everyone!!! It'll be 70deg here today, I have DS's muscle for the afternoon to move remaining plants, DH is puttering around on his John Deere thatching and fertilizing, Iceberg rose is still budding and blooming, and life just feels good.

Woody: What a difference a few weeks makes! Your alley is rally taking shape and I like GB's idea of recurring foliage. That rose certainly *is* throwing hips!! Do you have a more specific description so I can look around for one? I have a small sunny spot where it would be perfect.

Marian: "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, Let It Be." So often I make myself think of this and realize that we can control just so much about ourselves. So, I look for the things I can do that are positive and let the downers dissolve on their own. That someone loves you and takes you to see beautiful foliage is certainly positive!!!

Chelone: Good luck with your skimcoat. Wear old clothes :-)

Taryn: Another angle: Does the church have any historical value that should be preserved???

Bye for now .. laundry awaits and unless I start it now, it'll be a bug until I do.

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Good Morning all !

Windy all night , and continuing this morning . Warm ...low of 55F ! High expected to be in the upper 70s . Definitely not seasonal . Leaves falling from many trees . The white ash will soon be bare , also the honey locusts , walnuts and pecan . The bladdernut has only it's pods left . The colors continue to amaze me . The Gingko turned from chartreuse yesterday , to yellow today . It is one of my favorites .

V , most of my life I prefered the company of older women .
I haven't given any thought to the differant way of thinking of older folks , but I'm sure you are right . I never feel like my thoughts are connected with my age , but they probably are . Naturally , I have long range memories that younger people don't have . Some may think my values come from the 'olden ' days , but I don't think so . I was a 'searcher' even when I was very young . I'm glad you are getting acquainted with the older woman . There is much to be gleaned from maturity .

Marie , I'm happy that you like that link . Some of the group names are pretty humorous ! LOL " the local politicians " !
I am continuing my research on animals . It is getting to be 'brain overload' ! Absolutely astounding : the variety , diversity , and extent of the species and subspecies . I'm surprised I am not dreaming about animals !

So many of the activities all of you younger gals are involved in are similar to my life about 20 to 40 years ago . The painting , the gardening , the shopping ... even some of the holiday activities . Some of it has ceased for me , due to ailments , and some due to a differant outlook .

Mary , so good to hear of the job Ruth's DH has landed . It must be a great relief for all concerned . Is he originally from that area ... or will it be quite a culture change ?
I agree that the way David and Annie help with the tots is wonderful .

Eden , that kitten pic is SO cute .

Jane , Oh dear , I am so sorry about the pneumonia ! I sure hope you are treating it , and resting up .

Woody , I wish some of your ambition , enthusiasm , and visions , would rub off on to me ! I am enjoying your pics and updates on your project .

Taryn , I am so sorry about the house transactions . I know it must be terribly hard on you . I sure hope you do not damage your health with the worries . I think you have enough to contend with in that respect already . I hope things have eased up with your DH .

Cynthia , good luck with your yard sale . Every time I see a 'yard sale' sign , I think ; " I don't need another 'yard ' LOL . Maybe a 'garage' , but not a 'yard' . :o)

Yes , Chelone , I am probably overly concerned about too many things . I really don't feel like I am worrying , but maybe I am . I HATE HATE HATE taking meds , but I think I will discuss my outlook with my Doc when I see her next week . Maybe a very mild antidepressant would help . I'd like to take a herbal remedy ... like St.John's Wort , but the medical profession caution against it ...saying they can react with other meds ; maybe my blood pressure meds ?
I am SO intolerant of most meds .
Hmmmmm , you reminded me ... I need to take down my shower curtain and throw it in the washer with some towels .

Teresa , I hope all is well with your DH .

I hope all are having a nice fall Saturday !

Marian


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Right now I am absolutely grateful to have this group. I don't think any other would quite understand .....

Six years ago I divorced a guy who had a huge extended family. Among them are two nieces I had very special relationships with, Kelly and her younger sister Michelle. For eight years the three of us planted and maintained a fairy garden at my old place.

Since the divorce my former SIL basically forbade them to have any contact with me at all. It was heartbreaking, but she is who she is ...... I kept in touch with cards here and there, always unanswered, and in fact sent one of them a card last week to celebrate her 18th birthday.

While out in the gardens this morning, in drives an unknown car with a beautiful young woman inside. It was Kelly!!!! She had told her mom that since she was now a legal adult, she wanted contact with her now-unofficial-Auntie and was going to find me. She did.

We hugged and cried and just stared at each other. What was her very first question????? "Auntie, where's your fairy garden in this yard?"

Whenever you think that something may get lost in kids' lives, think of this.

Martie, still sobbing and pulling out graph paper for a new and improved Kelly and Auntie fairy garden next year.


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Martie, I'm touched by your story. I know a few people that don't get to see children anymore due to divorce and it is so sad. I'm glad your story is taking a happy turn.

Mary, great news about Ruth and family. You'll have a fun place to visit within driving distance.

Be back later-just in for a quick read after 1/2 price plant and tag sale shopping at one of my favorite nurseries-I actually have to plant a few containers-good thing it is 70 degrees outside.

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Ahhhhh , Martie ! That makes chills run all over me ! Or should I say 'thrills' ? What a wonderful story . It just goes to show ... where there is life , there is hope !

Marian


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Martie - I'm seconding Marian - your story really did send chills - of the good kind! It shows how special gardens are, especially when made with love. How wonderful to enjoy time with Kelly - hopefully her sister can soon join you.

Marian - what a lovely post fom you - I hope you are still enjoy the show of Autumn colors. Washington DC will be a new experience for both my sister and BIL. I know they are anxious about the cost of living, especially having lost so much. However, the job is a great opportunity, and they will be reunited as a family.

Cynthia (or other Idyllers) - any advice about DC would be greatly appreciated. Good luck at your garage sale!

Music lessons are over and its time to garden.

Mary


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What a beautiful fall day today - Sunny November at its best! I've been cutting back old stuff and watering new transplants today, in now for a lunch break. DS has been a great helper, doing a lot of my "fetch and carry" for me. My foot is greatly improved, but still not 100% yet and it does get sore after a while.

Janie, are you in bed? I hope so! "Ammonia" is not anything to be taken lightly, rest up and get better soon.

Marian, sorry to hear about your brother. Hopefully he'll respond well to treatment, many people survive cancer these days. Please don't apologize for having different opinions and values, the diversity of this group is what keeps it interesting and fun. Your woodsy stroll with Nolon sounds wonderful. Too bad about your stove though; at least you were home to realize that it was still heating and cut the power. I have to share your link about groups of animals with DS, he loves animals. "A shrewdness of apes" made me giggle, apes never struck me as being shrewd.

Taryn, I hope everything works out for you. Sending you good thoughts...hopefully you'll get that offer soon.

Chelone, you commented above how good books make disappointing movies - I agree totally. The richness of language and detail found in books does not shine through on the big screen, and the characters are never the way we "see" them while we are reading. I often don't even enjoy the movie after I've read the book, because I'm noticing all the gaps.

Mary, glad to hear that your BIL got that job, and that they'll live closer now. Must be such a relief for him and for all of the family. Now they can move forward an begin making plans.

Cynthia, good luck with your yard sale!

Lastly, Martie, your story about Kelly showing up at your door was wonderful. How happy you must be, to know she was thinking of you all this time. Enjoy planning your new fairy garden!

Enjoy the rest of the day everyone!

-Wendy


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What a lovely turn of events for you, Martie! You obviously made a very great impression on the young lady you mentioned. Could there be a nicer "pat on the back"? I certainly can't think of one.

We go through our days, performing our day to day duties, and interacting routinely. We don't usually give it much thought. In late summer a very dear friend of our's (much younger) was married. She toasted her parents and then she toasted the helpmeet and me... we were dumbstruck. Never, in our minds, did we think the way we live our lives and make our marriage "work" would prove an inspiration for anyone else... but evidently it was so.

Martie, that's the nicest story I've heard in a very long time. It will keep you warm for many years to come. You gave freely of yourself to children and it made an impression. A lasting one. "You done good, kid!". Happy for you...

I've done 4 loads of laundry, picked up the things required to effect the work n the chimney and I have to get the dog out for a walk... looks like tomorrow for the skimcoating project. But that's OK.


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Cooler, cloudy and a bit damp out there today..... not like the great weather of the past few days. DH was up on the roof this morning with the leafblower, cleaning vast quantities of leaves out of the eavestroughs. It always makes me nervous when he goes up there so I follow him around on the ground, keeping watch so I could at least call for help quickly if he fell! I breathe a big sigh of relief when he's back on the ground again.

The oak tree is in flaming color this morning. I tried to take pictures of what it looks like from the office and livingroom windows but they didn't turn out well. The oak is like a brightly glowing beacon out there against the dark pines.

Martie - that was a lovely incident with your niece!

Mary - and Marty - I won't harvest the Angel rose hips for another few weeks but I should have some to spare. They are great little roses. In addition to the hips at the moment, the top branches are still flowering like crazy and will continue to do so until a hard freeze. I give them no winter protection at all. The top 3-4" usually die back but, in spring, I just cut off the blackened bits and away they go! They bloom from some time in May, non-stop until very late fall. They never get black spot or mildew for me. They did get a few leaves chewed by something this year but it hasn't slowed them down much. The seeds germinate quickly and start blooming by the time they're 3" tall or so! I've never seen them sold as plants in a nursery. I bought them a few years ago as seeds from Vessey's (I don't think they ship to the US...) All my seedlings have been singles but they're supposed to produce doubles too. I've got mine planted with things like lavender, blue fescue and blue oatgrass, calamintha and nepeta. The roses do have very sharp thorns so you have to be a bit careful working around them. Vessey's gives the botanical name as Rose chinensis minima. I may order some from them again this year to see if I get differnt ones that the ones I grow now. I have promised seed to a nursery in the Bruce Penninsula where we vacationed this year but I should still have lots of hips by the looks of things so, if either of you want seeds, e-mail me your address in a few weeks when I harvest the hips and I'll send you some.

GB - ferns are definitely on the list for the north alley - although I'm still deciding on which types... I have quite a few hostas that need dividing or moving so a few of those will probably end up there although not too many as there will be a big hosta bed off the patio at the end of the alley and that's enough hostas for me! Rodgersias are a big favorite of mine and I'm definitey planning on lots of those. Also bugbanes of various types/bloom times. Eupatorium 'Chocolate' is also on the list. I think it will look nice on the house side where I plan to grow Beacon Silver lamium under the roof overhang where it is so dry (Soaker hoses will be the first thing to go in in the spring!) Solomon's Seal - particularly the giant form if I can find it - is also on the list. The area is over 50 feet long, narrow on the fence side but 3-4' wide on the house side so there's lots of room. The fence/gate will get honeysuckle vines (probably Graham Thomas) with maybe morning glories if I can get them to grow there. Basically I'm aiming for a green and white color scheme with a variety of interesting leaf shapes and colors. Next fall I'll plant lots of small blue bulbs like muscari, scilla and others. I hope winter goes by fast - I'm already itching to get out there and plant!

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Digitalis purpurea seeds (what else????) are on order.

Thanks for the good feelings, everyone!!

Woody -- I *know* this rose! First found it at Logee's, lost it in a move, and have been looking for it ever since. Did you know that Rosa chinensis is an ancient parent to most modern miniature roses???

Your offer to share what's spare is truly appreciated. Need some foxglove?? If the nursery ends up with what you have, it's good to know I can get it from Vessey's. Today's my lucky day!

Martie


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Martie, I really enjoyed the story about your niece and happy that you shared it here. The sad thing is that this no doubt affected your niece's relationship with her mother. I'm close to my nieces and can't imagine not sharing their lives and adventures. Congratulations on getting her back in your life :)

Woody, your alley is looking lovely. I can see liriope edging a good part of that length.

Wendy, for some reason my feet were sore today. Being reminded of your foot situation gives me perspective. I'll have a soak tonight and they'll be normal in the morning, so I need to get a grip.

Mary, DC is expensive and there are lovely areas but extremely expensive for those nicer sections. Maryland is the way to go. Suspect there will be cost of living shock for your sister's family compared to New Orleans area. Still a great area to live in. The cultural opportunities and history can't be beat. And all of the public attractions are free! When I moved here I had to pay double what I would have paid for a comparable house in NH, and wonder if I could afford to move here now.

OK, the worst part of a yard sale is staying in the front yard for 4 hours. I kept thinking of things I wanted to do out back! Got 100 Allium Sphaerocephalon (sp)in the front bed, these bloom later than most allium, and I had a note that I needed them to take over when campanualas died down. They should do the trick. I had wrapped orange tape around the stems of the orange asiatic lilies that were supposed to be pink/red this spring. So it was easy to find those and dig them up to replace with pink shades for next spring. Also got the lawn mown, cleaned out the window boxes and cleaned the outside sills and front entrance with chlorox clean-up. The dead leaves from pot plants seem to stick to the white trim and stain it. Trimmed back all of the ivy along the front walk and hacked the azaleas to clear the walkway a little. There will still be plenty of blooms on what remains of them. My hands hurt.

So! While I was doing all this, I made $203 on my yard sale. But to look at what was left, you'd think I hadn't sold a thing. The reamins are all boxed and in the basement for either a spring sale or the next pick up charity that calls depending on my energy level:)

It was a beatiful day here too! In the 70s. I reverted to tank top and sandals. We're finally starting to get foliage color here. It's never as impressive as in the north, but better than nothing. I can remember being blown away by the intensity of color in New England - something you never get tired of. Down here I wait for peak and then realize it's already happened :)

The oven timer just went off and 3 dogs charged down the stairs! Cynthia



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Martie - I have no intention of sending all my rose hips/seeds to the nursery so I'll have some your you and Mary if you want them. I was just looking at the Vessey's site because they didn't use to ship to the US but it appears they now do and even have a version of their site priced in US dollars (see link below...) so it looks like you have at least two options to get these roses. I wonder if other seed catalogs carry them? I didn't see them in Thompson & Morgan. I generally find Vessey's a bit pricey on common things but they sometimes have just what I want. They've been in business a long time - it a company my family ordered seed from when I was a kid so I'm also sentimentally attached to them :-)

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Just a short post to say Ei I am thinking of you and your family on the loss of your dad. Hugs

Mary, good to hear the good news for your BIL & sister.

More I wanted to comment on to others, but we are under a tornado watch here, so I'm going to shut the pc down for the night.
Norma

PS, Martie ,your story about Kelly gave me good chills too.
Our daughters name is Kelly too.


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 5, 05 at 21:48

Martie what a fantastic heartwarming story! Oh, and welcome! Don't think I even did that officially--sorry...

Re the former church, it has little architecturally redeeming features so I don't think that would work.

Mary, so happy about BIL getting the job! Hope the cost of living isn't prohibitive.

Thanks all for the support. Another open house tomorrow...

T


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Woody, I have TONS of Great Solomon's Seal. It evidently likes where it lives! I prefer it to the smaller, varigated variety, personally. It's not a "show stopper", but there is a elegance and sophistication to to it.

Foliage in our area was crummy this year. So much driving, wind-driven rain that the poor leaves were snatched off the trees early on. Now it's just... grey; and it's been overcast and is clammy again today.

We went out for dinner with friends last night. Good fun and I indulged in filet mignon... I try to order something we never have at home. The helpmeet is a great cook and he cooks fish to absolute perfection, so I rarely order that.

Looks like the canopy remains over the deck for another few days; at least until Old Sol makes a reappearance.

I have to begin addressing the clutter in the house. It's one of those things that seems to creep up on me over the nicer months and when it's time to remain indoors more it's overwhelming. I am going to tackle the desk today and see if I can't improve the overall "feel". :) I'm thinking putting the gas grill back on the deck might be a good start toward controlling the chaos in the living room... you think?

How'd the yard sale go, Cynthia? are you rollin' in dough, right now? I blanch at the thought of the yardsale that will follow Mum's death... YIKES.

Grant, Ellie, and Malcom have seen the laboratory and the nursery area of Jurassic Park now. They're waiting to tour the computer controlled security room, and have been told to go out and see the Velociraptors in a "holding area". They're not yet part of the exhibits, and Ed Regis is nervous when questioned about that... A double electrified chainlink fence, 12' high with razor wire atop it encloses them... and they've stalked and attacked the group, hitting the fence retreating, but trying repeatedly... The plot is taking shape.

I need some breakfast... I think "toad in a hole" would be just right. Mmmm.


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Two gigantic thunderbolts were my alarm clock this morning! Charlotte, who never responds to these things, began pawing at me in bed and needed a bit of comfort. Restarted the computers, the clocks, etc after that. The kitties thought food was a solution to the problem. My email is not working, so I guess the university needs some more repairs...Hope tomorrow I can get through because I hate the spam building up.

Off to begin the day. I have baking to do for company so hope the power stays on! Chelone, inviting company over is a great way to get the house back in order: the tidiness under pressure approach!

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It's a very blustery, gloomy day here today. We are supposed to have high winds later, gusting to 60 mph. Not much to report going on here. I too have been attacking clutter, seems no matter how much I get rid of there's always more. I'm getting stricter with myself, if I haven't used something in a while or there's something about it that bugs me, out it goes, like a lamp I threw out yesterday because the shade never looks straight on it despite many attempts to correct the problem. Things definitely come into this house at a faster rate than they leave it. My goal is to have empty space, not an easy feat in a house as small as mine, but I'm getting there. I've also found that the more you get rid of the easier it gets to let go of more stuff. Well, that's my observations on clutter, something I've been working on for quite a while now.

Mary, I'm so happy to hear the good news about the new job for your bil. I can see both of your children being great babysitters too.

Marian, I loved hearing about your walk with Nolan. Also about your research on the animals. It's so important I think that we keep learning about new things all through our lives.

Martie, what a heartwarming story about your neice finding you. I love fairy gardens too and plan on creating one with Bella when she's a little older. I already have lots of miniature plants tucked in here and there in my garden.

Taryn, thanks for checking in. I've been wondering about how things are going. Have you thought about maybe listing your house with a real estate company as a last resort?

Woody, I think I have that same rose. I started it from seed a few years ago. It's a very hardy plant.

Cynthia, that's a pretty good profit for a days garden work in the front yard. No wonder your feet were hurting.

I think Brad has the coffee done. About time, I've been up since 4:30. The time change still has my sleep schedule messed up. I hope lots of Idylls check in today. I'll be home and since Bella's not here I'll have more time for this.

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Chelone.. good to read that you are having some fun. How do you make 'toad in a hole' . Please put instructions on the 'recipes' thread so I'll be sure not to miss it. We have been trying to keep up with everyone but also sharing with some cyberpals in the Ozark/Oklahoma forums. Posted some pictures on Oklahoma Gallery this morning to reinforce a post on 'discussions'. Taryn, hang in there, bzoombuddy. When we are 'down' the only way is 'up' so go for it. Too bad about the challenges in your neighborhood. We have been thru that too, in our previous life. The hills are full of glorious color. I have been trying to get good shots to post later but have had disappointing results this year with the old autofocus. Thinking of investing in something new, eventually. We'll see what next year brings.. we've been thru 'the mom thing'. Now I 'AM THE MOM' but hope to enjoy 'being me' as long as I 'am me'. Thinking of all. EP


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Good morning!

It has been stormy, rainy & blustery for a few days. Great weather if you are a duck. :o)

Elk season began yesterday and we had about 8 or 10 elk walking on our driveway, munching grass in the pasture and tearing up the new grass on the back hillside. One was a 3 point buck (a pretty nice sized boy with a nice set of antlers) and there was a spike also (younger male with just a set of horns going straight up without extra branching of the horns). In the herd was the smallest elk I've seen so far. It was about the size of a deer, so pretty little compared to the rest of the herd. It was having some difficulty jumping over some of the fences. The rest of the herd was smart enough to find a lower spot so the little one could get over the fence. When our shepherd saw the elk and tried to run them off, they circled the little one and one cow (female) charged at the shepherd. He (the shepherd) decided they could stay and graze if they wanted to. ;o)

Clearing clutter must be catchy.....I've been pulling out some of the excess stored in our attic to take to a thrift shop in town. I've been meaning to do it for years, but hearing about Cynthia's 30 minute attic breaks got me motivated to begin. I've only gotten two big garbage sacks of stuffed animals so far, but it is a start.

Taryn I was glad to read that the new home's owners extended the offer. I hope all works out for you & your family.

Woody, I loved the finished fence. I ordered some of the rose seeds from the link you sent yesterday along with some other seeds. I've never tried seed starting before, other than annuals a bazillion years ago....so I'm not sure how successful I will be. No lights, no greenhouse and not much of a green thumb......but I'm eager & willing so hopefully it will work out. :o)

I need more coffee.....
Later,
T.


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I have finished stage 1 of the preparations for the meal for our company. DH is off playing hockey. The house is somewhat tidy, but don't look too carefully please!

Last night I stood around with DH as he decided on things to throw away from the basement. It is so nice to get rid of stuff!!!! Eden, I have one of those lamps in the basement and you have motivated me to carry it OUT THE DOOR!

I am hoping that out friends will help DH put our dock away in the barn today, that the weather will allow it. It is NOT a one person job, and several of us have bad backs. Our friends are musical, so I imagine there will be violin, banjo and guitar playing this afternoon. The teenage girl we have watched grow up from day one and I am curious what stage she is at this year! I hope she does not feel "dragged along", but teens are unpredictable. She loves all our pets, so that should be fine. Her brother is 15 years older than she is, and is away in South America working on building medical clinics and social work with his wife. I'm sure Amanda really misses them!

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The elk this morning. I need a new digital camera with a better zoom. I *need* a new one!!! :oD

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Marian, I forgot that I wanted to mention to you that the only way I've ever had a Thanksgiving turkey is cooked in a roaster. My mom always did it that way and my sister who hosts these days does also. It frees up the regular oven for all the other baking. How have you been fairing cooking without your oven? Also, wanted to tell you that I'm trying bladdernut seeds again this year. I ordered Staphylea pinnata from Chilterns: "An attractive, large and vigorous shrub with beautiful, drooping panicles of white flowers in May and June followed by curious and decorative, inflated seed capsules. 10-15 ft.." I tried wintersowing them last year with no luck so this year I'll do them indoors and keep a better eye on things. Looks like they may need some cold stratification though. More research to be done. Have you started any from seed in the past?

T, that's so neat that you ordered some seeds. Are you trying perennials? Just a suggestion, but if you hang a fluorescent light or two over a table for the seedlings it makes seed starting a much more gratifying experience, IMO. There's lots of experienced seed starters here, Cynthia, Mary, Taryn, Marie, among others, to go to for advice too.

Marie, have fun with your company. The music sounds like it will be wonderful.

It's so windy here, it's scary to venture outside today.

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T, just refreshed and saw your pictures. You have a whole herd there! I don't see the baby...is he in the pictures? I hope they all stay there where they are safe!


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Eden, the light colored elk in the center of the first picture is the 3 pt. buck. The baby is standing behind it and all you can see of it is what looks like a hump on the buck's shoulders. :o( I couldn't get a picture of the buck's antlers nor of the baby clearly.

This photo shows the baby, and two fence posts in line with it, but it is blurry. The buck's antler tips can just be seen behind the little elk's rump. I need a new camera with a better zoom and with image stabilization. ;o) Or, since a new camera isn't in the budget, perhaps the elk could come closer, stand very still and allow me to get the photos I'd like to have. I'd be happy with that also.


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  • Posted by Taryn S Ontario Z6B (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 6, 05 at 16:00

Guess what??? We just had a couple come through (only one on this extremely windy day) and they are going to put in an offer when their agent returns from out of town on Tuesday!! Glenn had overheard him saying "We're going to buy it" when they were upstairs and they just confirmed before they left!

I am SO glad we went on MLS as that is how they found us, and they were very relieved we're offering a 2.5% commission as their agent has done a lot of work for them. We are still saving 2.5% (nearly $7,000) representing ourselves so it is the best of both worlds I think.

In a funny twist of fate, he used to work for the man who once owned this house and did the major additions in '91-92. They both work at Toyota so financing definitely won't be an issue, but I don't want to count our chickens before they hatch and the deal is firm. But I think it's going to work out!

Funny thing, last weekend a lady who's bought books from me on Ebay contacted me to say hello and ask how our summer went. She is having shoulder pain so I put her in touch with my acupuncturist who is referring her to someone closer in Toronto. When I told her about our house-selling woes she said she is pychic and would do a reading for me with the two addresses and my birthday. Told me we would sell this house, the other one is perfect for us and we'll be very happy there, and there are lots of kids around for the boys. Said it would be resolved by December or latest January, today looked promising and she see's the initial "A" with the buyer. I didn't get their names, but as long as everything else is right, it doesn't matter! Fingers and toes crossed this works out, and my energy returns quickly for packing!

Taryn :)

P.S. T great elk pics, will show the boys later...


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Wow, great pictures, T.. It's such fun to see and hear about haow different things are in different parts of the country. Is elk good eatin'?

I skimcoated the face of the chimney this morning. Not much fun, but I did a decent job and once it's thoroughly dried I'll be able to get it primed and painted. My goal is the get the decorative brackets mounted a small mantel up by... that day in late December. I'm thinking about a piece of polishe granite or maybe marble. It doesn't have to be very big; only about 12" x 34". I know nothing about buying stone, so maybe it could be had at "remnant" prices? dunno.

"Toad in the hole" is basically a fried egg, EP. You take a generous slice of any hearty bread and using a glass you or a cookie cutter you remove a section of the center on it. Melt some butter in a pan, put the bread in and crack the egg into the hole. Butter one side of "cut out" and place that in the pan, buttered side UP. Turn the bread when you're confident the egg is cooked to your liking. Serve with the cutout on top of the egg. I'm especially partial to this when served with a cup of bouillion, for a savory sip or dunking. I have been told my preference makes for a very WASP-y breakfast... ;)

I cleaned the clutter off the desk top today. Now I am preparing to pay bills. It's not so overwhelming when you don't feel as though you're losing things in the clutter...



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T, teach those Elks 'stay.' Love your photos with mist over the mountains, lots of evergreens and fall foliage and the curvey driveway with grass down the middle. Makes me exhale!

I was enjoying the road full of leaves on afternoon walk today. It will be a month before trees are nekked and this is the prettiest time, especially with the crunch of leaves underfoot. Warm again, 76F right now, but not too hot. I'm comfortable in long sleeves.

Rippie may has some interest from people in Georgetown with a female grey that looks just like him only she's tiny to his slightly obese (he's serious about diet and excercise now. This couple adopted 3 years ago, so they need to approved again before we can schedule a visit. They appeared at the open house today and had come specifically to see him.

Taryn, that's super that you're starting to get some real interest in your house after all of the work you've put in. I'm psychic too and predict you will put in gardens at your new house :)

Ok, a few moments of daylight left so I think I'll put the lawnmower away and get the case of printer paper out of the driveway....

Later, Best to All! Cynthia


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Very windy here today! We dumped soil from the driveway pots on the north alley beds against the house so that's the last thing we're doing in the north alley until next spring.

One of the garden tour organizers came by this afternoon with a copy of their insurance coverage that appears to indicate they have either 4 or 5 million liability coverage, depending on what the categories mean. I'll be talking to our agent tomorrow I think to discuss it with her and see what she thinks is adequate coverage.

T - good luck with she seed starting. I find those roses very easy to grow from seed. They germinate quickly and start blooming when they're are still tiny plants so it's quite rewarding. The foliage on the seedlings is quite purple. I do have fluorescent lights for growing seedlings so if you can set up a 'shop light' somewhere, it should really help. BTW - great elk pictures!

Chelone - I have one nice patch of the large Solomon's Seal and some of the smaller ones and the false solomon's seal too. The large ones are, by far, my favorites. I got them from a neighbour who, unfortunately, is going blind and has just sold their house. I was selfishly hoping they'd not sell until the spring and that they'd have one last plant sale before they left! Apparently the buyers bought because of the garden so it looks like the new people will fit into the neighbourhood easily :-) Your desk looks very tidy in that second picture. Mine looks more like the first picture!

Taryn - that sounds good! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the offer comes through and the deal gets done!


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Yes, the wind is here too. We lost one of our 80 year old spruce trees from our windbreak. :-( We could lose more since the wind is still going strong.

So glad to hear good news from you Taryn! I'll be looking forward to Wednesday's report.

Our company managed to finish off the goodies I'd prepared quickly! I was convinced that DH, the absent minded professor, had the wrong date when the friends had not arrived by 12:30 and had said they were arriving at 10AM! It turns out that the cats had knocked the phone off the hook and that no one could contact us. In any case we spent a lovely afternoon together with wonderful live music! I wish Eden and Brad could have joined us along with Deanne and Doug. What a music fest that would be!
I was particularly surprised that little Amanda was the one who drove up the driveway! How could that little girl be old enough to drive now? And also, she is exactly the same height as I am now too. Things change...
Oh! Everyone helped remove the very slimey dock from the pond for winter storage. Thank goodness that is done.
Chelone, your desk is way too tidy. You'll have to work somewhere else now so it stays that way. ;-)
Temperatures for the next two days are expected to be in the low 50sF...which is just fine with me! Maybe some clean-up progress can be made outdoors while DH is off to Pittsburg. ALL the leaves are on the ground today after the winds blew them down. Yesterday the silver maples were a golden glow- but no more.

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Whoo Hooo Taryn! :-)

Just wanted to peek in and tell Taryn I'll be keeping my fingers crossed...I'm *so* excited for you! :-)

And to everyone else...Thank you so much for all the comforting words.

Thinking of you all...TTYL! Ei

P.S. Martie...that was a lovely story...


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Did we just have a weekend? Where did it go?

I've been enjoying all the pictures and stories but just don't really have much to add right now. Sorry to anyone I've promised cuttings or seeds. Since I made the decision to add more balance to my activities (ie not spend every waking available hour in the garden) I seem to be behind in garden work. Eventually it will all get done.

Martie, great story.

Taryn I've got my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Chelone you've inspired me to spend some time cleaning up my desk. Maybe tonight.

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Yesterday was Kenzie's birthday party. I made her a little pink frosted cake. She had a lot of fun tasting and destroying.
Fabulous day here so Jaden (who is completely recovered) and I took a walk. She likes taking the pills because they are in a little piece of hotdog.
I have been busy priming the paneling in my office. I plan to paint it. This is the only room in the house that still has the old plaster and the walls are very bad. I really didn't feel like the mess of tearing out plaster and putting up sheet rock, so for now I will paint the paneling.

Taryn, I hope all goes well with the house.

Mary, I'm happy for your BIL.

Martie, what a sweet story.

T, I enjoyed your pictures.

Kenzie's birthday is actually Tuesday. Don't you think the haircut makes her look so grown up.

Nite
Michelle


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We lost power around noon due to the WIND...and it just came back on. Amazing how much you appreciate electricity those first few moments right after you get it back. It's been a long day so off to bed with me.

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Taryn, great news that you've got a live one, finally. :o) I hope your psychic is right on about everything. I'm sending positive thoughts and crossing everything.

Michelle, Kenzie is such a cutey, and does look so grown up with her spiffy new do. I need a haircut so bad. My hair is way too long, it's now below my waist and takes quite a while to detangle. Where did Kenzie get her's done? ;) Happy Happy Birthday to sweet Kenzie! on Tuesday BTW. So nice to hear that Jaden is all mended and got to take a constitutional with you today, and that you can get her meds into her. My one cat, Romeo, is never fooled by the meds in the food gambit. He always leaves the pill, and licks up everything else.

Eden, glad the power came back on. I hate when that happens! I'm way too dependent on modern comforts. I even hate when the TV cable goes out, even though I hardly watch, and when I do I record and watch skipping the commercials, which annoy me too much.

Chelone the desk looks very neat. I wish I could clear the clutter, but I'm afraid to move anything right now, when I'm doing books. Maybe later.

GB glad the food was enjoyed and the dock was removed. That sounds like a successful visit, even with the surprise arrival.

Mary add my congrats on your BIL's Washington job. What a relief that must be to him and his family. It's great that they can drive it. Flying seems almost too much of a chore these days.

Marian the Turkey in the roaster sounds great. I'd come and eat it with you.

Sue I perpetually have the problem of not having anything to say. And yet when I read of your and other's lives, like about T's elk, Jane's long awaited garage, your gardening, or even break from the garden, I gobble up every moment. It's comforting to know you and everyone else is out there leading a life, just like me, and that I'm not as alone as I feel on this journey.

Hi everyone else. I'm thinking of all of you, even if I've run out steam. It is the time when both the little and big hands on the clock are together for a moment. I'm missing spending time here, and seeing many of you more regularly when I have time to read. DA where are you?

Take care,

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Michelle, is the (soon to be) birthday girl sporting new finery? I am certain you will post one of those precious "cake all over her person" shots, so we can all smile? Good to hear the dog is better, too; sick pets are a worry, probably right up there with sick kids.

Years ago, a friend of mine came for a visit with her 18 month old daughter. We were having spaghetti; she put her in the high chair and the kid fussed and fussed. Finally, the helpmeet said, "get rid of the damn tray and pull up to the table, she wants to party". And party she did! there was spaghetti all over the place and NO MORE FUSSING. The mongrel horde did most of the clean up. :)

I paid all the bills last night and actually ENJOYED doing it. 'bug will appreciate this aspect of it, most of the clutter in the top shot was stuff relating to Mum; Medicare, AARP, urostomy supply paperwork, IRA transfers, blah, blah, blah. I spent the better part of 3 hrs. going through it all and organizing it. The old gal is most assuredly a "high maintenance babe". :)

I DON'T want to work today. I am "on a roll" and would really like to tackle another corner of blight before the spirit wanes. Alas.

I did not mention to Taryn my wishes for success with the buyers... wouldn't that be a load off your mind? And you're dealing with a bar going in to your new neighborhood? I'm not so sure I'd be all over that, either... though at one time it may have held more cache... (there are several gay bars nearby; and they're a blast, but they aren't "a few doors down"). Hope all that works out, too.

Eden, we lost the power on Saturday night, too. I'm not really sure why, seemed to be a localized outage. I simply lit the Aladdin oil lamp, plugged in the old rotary 'phone and reported it. It can be a pain in the neck, but I sort of get a kick out of the "reminder"... . We're actually in a pretty enviable position. We have a woodstove, and cook with gas, so that covers two biggies. Water is dependent on juice, though (2 pees/flush or go outdoors ;)!). I am reminded to make sure to buy some lamp oil this week, though. I suspect your gusty wind and chilly temps will move over to my neck of the woods this week; won't be sorry to see the dull, dreary overcast go away.

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Morning all,

I taught class Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend and things went pretty well. The gals seemed pretty happy with their class. One of my students passed over a trip to Hawaii with her DH to take the class and I told her she was out of her mind! ~~ So Dougs new job where he wasnt supposed to travel out of New England has had a big surprise looks like he is going to go to Amsterdam for a few weeks. Jeesh! Neither of us is particularly thrilled with it but so it goes. I just wish this had come along after Thanksgiving. We have such a crowd here that its pretty difficult to get things ready without help. Oh well, I did it all with DD the year Doug broke his leg so I imagine we can do that again.~~ We had one heck of a thunder storm last night and it is supposed to snow this week. Is it just me or is this weather as crazy as it gets this year?

Mary, great news about your BIL! So glad to hear he got that job and they can start looking forward and building a new life. Sounds like youve gotten a lot more done in your gardens than I have. Today is going to be the big cleanup day after I get home from the gym.

Michelle, I just love the photo of Kenzie and DD! Your family has the most amazing blue eyes Ive ever seen. Gorgeous. It is hard to believe our "Idyll babies" are celebrating birthdays. Time is zooming. Im so glad to hear that Jaden is all better. ~~ Im going to try to dig that Golden Tiara and get that in the mail this week.

Yeona, how great to hear from you. My hair is pretty long right now too and Ive got to go and have eight inches or so cut off. I always keep it in a braid so it doesnt get too tangled up.

Sue, you arent the only one. Im further behind with garden chores than Ive been for a long while now. After that frost I just dont seem to have the oomph to get out there and get stuff done. Im hoping I can get a handle on things today. Im actually thinking of zipping over to Mixed Border to see what is on sale though. Im still wanting that Picea orientalis Skylands. Maybe that will be on sale? I hope. The good news is that Doug is going to be a willing participant to losing more of the front lawn. I want to lasagna it before the snow hits.

Bug, I wish we could have joined you for your music fest! That would have been so wonderful. Ive not done any music seriously since my 50th BDay when my musical friends came over from England. I keep telling myself that Im going to get back to practicing my guitar and I dont ever seem to do it.

Woody, you are really making some progress on your alley project. I cant wait to see it next summer.

Cynthia, LOL about Rippies waistline and your getting him interested in a healthy lifestyle. Best of luck with finding him a permanent home.

Chelone, You need to come here and give Doug some lessons. He ALWAYS keeps his workspaces cluttered and I dont know how he keeps track of anything.

Taryn, that is great, great news! I sure hope it all works out for you. Hope you are feeling more energetic very soon. Let me know how you make out with the thyroid testing.

T what great photographs of the Elk. I cant imagine waking up in the morning and finding a herd of anything in my yard. LOL

Eden, Ive been waking up at 4:00AM every morning myself but it is because Luke (you remember the cover cat?) has decided that 4 is a good time to go outside in the morning. Five mornings in a row now hes come in the bedroom and meowed his head off. Ive got to get up, put him out of the room, close and latch the door then I cant get back to sleep. Jeesh This morning Rahjii was curled up with me sleeping and when Luke did his morning thing Rahjii leapt out of bed and chased him out of the room. I LOL at the antics of the kitties and then I still couldnt get back to sleep.

Martie, that is a WONDERFUL story. It is amazing how we can touch the lives of others with our gardens.

Wendy, did you get your gardens all cleaned out this weekend?

Jane, I hope you are on the mend and feeling better.

Mary, Im lifting all my dahlias today so if there is anything you want please drop me a line and Ill zip it off to you.

OK, time to get myself to the gym.

Have a great day everyone.
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Good morning all!

I've been reading everyone's doings and am in awe of the elk, the entertaining, the building, the gardening, and the house selling! Not to mention the clutter cleanup, cooking and truly adorable children.

Thanks, again, for your thoughts about the Kelly story. Turns out my former-DH and DS, at her 18th birthday party, talked to her about hooking up with me. When she decided she wanted to renew contact, these two guys ran interference for her with her mom. There are no hard feelings from any angle, which makes it even better. Second order? Alpine strawberry seeds.

Everyone have a great day!!!!

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Ei- Im so sorry to hear about your father from your mention of him here he sounded a most special person and Im sorry for your loss.

Martie that is wonderful to know that you made such an impression on your niece by marriage that she as an adult sought you out how wonderful and touching.

Okay Cynthia I had to laugh re the comments on Virginia v. Maryland living I imagine we could get booted off here getting into a geo-political commentary I cant believe you dont think you have traffic problems in Maryland, however, -- gee, wonder what those cars in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, I-270, etc. are? Having a car swap or something? Seriously, Mary, there are definitely pros and cons to each area No. Virginia cannot be beat for its fantastic public school system (& relatively cheap public colleges) & I think Cynthia would agree with me that unfortunately that cannot be said of D.C. public schools. There are areas in both states that are "iffy" with more problems than others. There is bound to be "sticker shock" for your relatives transferring here but Im sure if they look in both areas theyll find whichever is most comfortable feeling for them in terms of housing, schools, and transportation systems,etc., whatever else is important to their family life quality. The good news is that the Metrorail system is really good expensive but good (again in comparison to other city systems). There are bound to be sacrifices of some sort (i.e., not much land but good school system) but overall this is a very vibrant, strong economic area with a lot of cultural and fantastic public infrastructures (i.e., libraries, fire and police departments, etc.). Tell them to take their time because there is certainly a lot to choose from.

T- what wonderful shots of the elk (nope, we dont see those in the Virginia suburbs here deer yes, but not elk at least not yet).!

Taryn that is such wonderful news well all cross our fingers for you that the offer comes and is good and goes through.

We had absolutely fantastic weather here both days sunny and 70s not a rain drop in sight I managed to get most of the bulbs planted and mulched and am a hurting puppy today. Vitamin I (ibuprophen) is a must today.

Hope everyone has a peaceful Monday.
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DH was up at 6am today to prepare for a drive to a Pittsburg conference with other guys from the university. At least he got a ride with a neighbour so that I have the car this week.

First thing after he was out the door, I left a message with my tree man about the fallen tree that needs cutting up. Then I began mulching leaves with the mower, it began rattling, and a part flew far across the yard. Oh great! So I phoned to have it picked up and analized. Last time it was over $700 and I still haven'r repaid DH entirely. I can't believe it. Last week I dropped the phone in the dog's water bowl, this week the mower. I hate to guess what next week will bring.

Potted up a few rooted coleus stems this morning too and stuck them under lights in the basement. Sue, I'm wondering about your salvia leucantha. I see so many gorgeous photos of it but never have found it here. I wonder if it is an annual for me. Does it survive your winters? I'm going to keep searching.

Mary, in terms of living in DC, I'd certainly check out the school angle first thing. I know things have changed since the 60s when I taught there, but schools within DC were not adequate at all then. Anyone with a choice lived in the places Cynthia mentioned. You couldn't even vote if you lived in DC. I hope that has changed!

9am. Time to start some work without destroying anything.

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I predict that everyone will have enchanting futures and live happily ever after. Be 'seeing' you later. EP


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Morning all,

Yeona, funny thing about big dogs is that if they smell meat, they gobble it up. Wow, your hair is below your waist! I didnt picture you with long hair.

Deanne, thats the pits that Doug has to go away and for so long also.
Rick also has an extremely cluttered desk and he cant keep track of anything and is always asking me where is this or that. That drives me crazy.

Wishes to all for a fantastic day
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We have officially been inoculated against the flu ! I drove us to the health dept. ,in our county seat town ( Jasper) , this morning and told them we came to be shot . ;o)
In about 5 minutes it was all over !
Then I went to the revenue office and renewed my driver's license for another 4 years . The picture on this one is even homelier than the last one .....:o(
The views of the wooded hills was gorgeous . The fall colors are at their peak . It made for a very enjoyable trip .

Too many things to comment on , but in answer to Eden' questions ...... I am not doing too well without an oven . I did heat it to the required temp with the top burner ,and cooked a pan of pre-cooked hot wings for our pot luck yesterday . I felt like they weren't as nicely done as with the entire oven working . Perhaps if I had put the pan closer to the top burner ? I am cooking our biscuits in the toaster oven . I have to cover them with a foil for the first half of the cooking , to prevent them from getting too browned , and I don't like the texture as well .
I believe I started my original bladdernut from seeds , but that was too many years ago to remember . ( I may have dug a young sprout from the woods .) They do reseed a little too much .

LOL EP , if only that were true ! I am afraid I am too realistic to even dream that !

Marian


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I'm back indoors after weeding 1 1/2 rows of the vegetable garden. 3 more to go.

Deanne, my DH goes to Amsterdam quite often. I have never been. Perhaps you can do better than me? I think you should join him and cancel the thanksgiving hoopla at your house. Well, just an idea. Actually I'd rather do that trip in warmer weather, but with your camera and the wonderful buildings to photograph, I think you'd have a ball.

OK, now for a bit of painting. It is fun to do odd jobs and not have to keep to a schedule!

'bug (who spelled 'analyze' wrong in her other post today.)


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When mom went up to the attic for pendaflex folders I went too because that sounded yummy.

She still has messy piles up there and it was interesting to poke around. I think I smelled sushi mice. Problem is the stairs are too steep, and I was afraid I was going to fall down.

Oh, what's this, cookie?

More Cookie?

Oh no, the stupid cat thing can do this and I can't?

Oh no again, the stupid foster can do this and I can't?

It's ok, I really like it up here in the attic.

It's very uh, cozy. Love, Katie


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When cold enough, hungry enough, and lonely enough they can do anything... trouble is, Cynthia... can you wait that long? :) It never crossed my mind before, but for all their worldly sophistication Greyhounds probably DON'T know about stairs and it must be pretty daunting for them... I know every puppy we've had has looked long and hard a staircase before attempting it. How long did it take her? Rex goes up the stairs in 3 bounds, and can go down in 3, too, but ONLY if he's really excited about getting there.

The wind has arrived from the mid-west! YOWZA, gusts to 50mph predicted for today. There were serious white caps on the briney and on the river.

I just sanded the chimney. What a thoroughly odious chore that is! I have a few places that need a little more attention and then I have to add some silicone caulk up by the transition to moulding and down where the drywall transitions to tile. Then I can prime. Then I can give it two coats of base color. Then I can glaze and drag. And then I can give it a protective top coat I figure another week of fussin' around and it should at least be painted and we can hook up the stove again. It's gettin' on to time!

Work is really boring these days. I finished a "curtain job" for motel; the clear roll down curtains that keep out wind and rain... a lot of handling (they're biggish), but basically "from the neck down" and not very creative. I'm in definite need of something creative these days (I actually miss HGTV)!

Grant has discovered that the Velociraptors are breeding, in spite of Wu's declaration that they're all female and therefore CAN'T breed. What's he overlooked, though, was the insertion of amphibian DNA in the fragmented strands of dinosaur DNA he was able to extract from the insect fossils embedded in amber... . The storm has knocked out the electricity and with nightvision goggles, the kid, Tim, has seen the mature T.Rex HOLDING the top of the electric fence. Nedry has filched the embryos, but lost on his way to the pier, he made the mistake of getting out of the Jeep. He's met a poisoned and grisly end... and no else is fully up to speed on how to start the computers he shut down to cover his tracks... . The full horror of recreating that which we know NOTHING about, but presume we can control, is just starting.

A great read! Spencer and I have been enjoying it immensely; I now refer to him as my "Feliciraptor"... Has anyone read the "Girl with the Pearl Earring"? love Vermeer, is the book worth reading?

Well, I have to hunt up some heavy duty lighting so I may "mud" the areas requiring attention. Can't wait!


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I am delighted to announce that the Attorney General's Office in New York has commenced an investigation against the Surrogate's Court in Buffalo. Apparently we are not the only ones that have been given the run-around. The allegation is that they are deliberately refusing legitimate petitions for probate to try to funnel additional cases to the new Public Administrator (appointed by none other than our esteemed Surrogate judge!)

The little riding mower was picked up by a huge truck and taken for servicing. It looked so sad and small on the monster vehicle!


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Marie , your riding lawn mower on the big truck sounded like mine a couple of years ago . Nolon was shocked that it set us back about $250 !? In fact he made such a snide remark about the cost , (in connection with my hitting an obstacle last year ), that I decided I would either use the push mower , or hire the job done if it ever needs repairs again !


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I would be thrilled if it cost us $250. I fear it will be way more. As for snide remarks, I am a duck and they drip off my back! DH believes anything over $1 means we are being cheated. He has no idea what things cost. He lives in his ivory tower. I have to laugh when he guesses the cost of things. :-) To be fair, he is the one who plans best for our retirement years.


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Did someone say my name?

~da


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Many did Da! I want to see your Halloween costume this year! Have you been crocheting - among other things?


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Hurray da's here. I've seen your name here so many times without a reply. I'm so glad you have time to pop in now. I was wanting to see you. I miss your input. I'd love to revisit your miniatures and your costume for Halloween too. Been missing you.

Yup the hair's very unfashionably long on my roundness. I hate going under the scissors though even though it tangles no matter what I do at the back. Even braids don't work.

Cynthia lovely to see Katie even with some minor stair fears.

Now awaiting news from others. Bruce, Blackie, dare I say Saucy... and anyone else having a Idylling moment. Come sit a spell and share.

Yeona


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Tuesday morning.... here's hoping poor Katie is not still stuck in the attic? perhaps her desire for her nice warm bed overcame her desire for sushi mice?

Fantastic news for you, Marie -- we will hope justice will prevail after all for you (& not take eternal time to determine the graft, etc., going on in w/ that judge!).

Yes, da - pls. show us the Halloween costume of this year!

--Cindy


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