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Idyll #510 November Nesting

Posted by triple_creek z5 (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 11, 11 at 15:16

It's about time for us to settle into our nests for the winter. Or Not, if we are still able to get out and about and enjoy winter walks with our furry friends. Or like Bug, leave for warmer climates.
I don't envy you try to figure out all that stuff to pack up Bug. I'm sure you don't want to forget the important stuff.

You are not alone with the snow. None here but Brenda and Marlene had there first snow too.

We did get our first hard frost.

Not much news here. Deer Season opens tomorrow so there goes my walks in the woods for awhile. Drats!

Thankful for all the veterans today! Norma


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We just found out today Phoebe will have some company for part of her stay here :-) FIL has finally consented to come for Christmas and will be here from Dec 15-Jan 6. Since MIL died in May, he's been very resistant to the idea of travel of any sort, so this is good news and the first sign that he's starting to resurface from the grief he's been deeply mired in.


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Woody, I hope she treats him in a lady-like fashion. If he hands out treats, she'll love him! She may have a new haircut by then.

Today was a busy one which began at 4am with the fire alarm batteries wearing out and causing loud beeping. DH can sleep through anything, not me. I had to go buy batteries later on.

After my treadmill time I cut back a thousand (OK maybe less) ligularias. Yesterday we worked in the vegetable garden too, where I cut back loads of clematis by half. I know, I'm supposed to wait until early spring, but they were so huge and tangled that it seemed wise.

DH adjusted a crooked trellis for me and carted leaves off to the swamp. I love mulching with them, but it seems to encourage voles, moles and mice to nest, so I'm avoiding that.

I finished bulb planting.(not many this year) I'm going to deal with ferns tomorrow and that's all time will allow - except for caging - which I hope gets done on Tuesday when sun is forecast.

I'm also working on a few lesson plans for Haiti classes.
This week I'll be very anxious with DGS's surgery and DSIL's custody case.

Tomorrow is Debbie Day! Hurray!
'bug
PS: Must be Christmas, look at the cactus!


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 14, 11 at 9:07

Haha, I was going to title this thread "November C**P"! We had some snow already also, and Nov. 11, as always here, was cold, wet and blustery.

I usually feel a little melancholy around now as each of my parents passed away in November, although twenty years apart. OTOH, TCS was born on Nov. 2 and turned ten years old this year.

Unfortunately, he had chest pain so we went to the clinic: pneumonia, no school for a week. He was thrilled; us, not so much *LOL*! He is back at school today but tonight is sedation dentistry for him, so he may be under the weather again tomorrow. We will see.

Oh Bug, I hope all goes well for DD's family, they have worked so hard. And you have been so very supportive too. And the Haiti adventure! Once in a lifetime for sure!


Your news is good, Woody: Nice to see progress on DH's father. I am sure he will enjoy his visit; and an extra pup always makes the sun shine a little brighter!! You amaze me!!

All garden work is done here now, and the basement is quite livable as well. Julie jobs for November are kitchen cabinets etc. One per day. By Christmas we will be so spiffy!

When we have free time on our hands, DH and I engage in the dangerous pastime of attending Real Estate Open Houses near us. Yesterday we were on the brink: The house was just so beautiful! But do we want to go back into a Century home? We had to sit with a glass of wine and discuss again all the reasons we left our lovely old house for a new one, and those reasons still make sense to us today. But still.... And there were NO gardens: Could I move a hundred perennials again? Hmmmmm.....

Be careful in those woods, Norma. I hate hunting season.

Cheers,

Julie


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Ah yes, hunting season. Yesterday a fellow came by to ask if he could kill the deer behind our barn. Well, I said no, but to be more honest with you, that isn't our property. I neglected to tell him that. ;) I thanked him for asking.

Looks like Wednesday will be the day of Skyler's surgery. He wanted it today. Sarah asked him if that was because he hadn't finished his homework! He said "Well, there IS that too". Getting smarter that boy!

Last night I spoke to both Ivy and Leo on the phone. You can imagine the conversation was a bit odd given that they are 2 and 1 years old, but Ivy said she was playing with blocks and building a train (I didn't understand a single word) and Leo, well let's just say he went on at length. He is standing by himself and pushes toys around to support himself walking. He also is quite able to defend himself from his bossy sister. Finally he has a few teeth, which puts him exactly at the same stage as Reed at this age.

This morning I cleaned up more leaves and the fern area. YAY!!! I also made up a lesson plan(Haiti) for a French vocabulary day involving parts of the body, singing, crafts and dance.

And now for a bit more packing.
Good luck with TCS at the dentist's Julie!
Enjoy your day without snow!
'bug


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Definitely no snow here, but so beautiful up the valley with the vineyards and trees turning. I wanted to stop to take photos multiple times on my way to the awfice this morning but I had meetings and could not tarry. Damn ! I decided that I will go out this weekend, maybe early Sunday morning while the colors are peaking .

Julie, before I lived in my current house, we lived in the house next door. This house is about 800 sq ft larger, and we were friends with the neighbors who we knew were a bit oc about cleanliness. The house was spotless , always spotless. Anyway the point of the story is , the couple we bought the house from were really into going to open houses. They liked to get decorating ideas, and--this being the good old days--gauge the worth of their own house compared to the others.

Good vibes to Skylar et al 'bug..

Off to bed.

Kathy in Napa


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Skyler's surgery is cancelled once more. They now say the 21st will be the day.
I'm still anxious though. That's why I'm posting so much I guess. Thanks for the kind words!
Book club helped. (good food too)
OH! And the books I made for Skyler and DS arrived, along with the 2011 edition of The Clematis Journal of the British Clematis Society, with a short article of mine. A treat I wasn't expecting.
'bug


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 15, 11 at 8:42

Well, first day back at school was fine; pretty decent report card too, "Needs Improvement" in Organization and Collaboration (am I surprised?) and an Outstanding in, of all things, Health. Fine in everything else.

The Happy Pill for the dentist helped, teeth are clean and polished but the flouride didn't get done. The meds kicked in about three hours after the appointment, although the doctors told us it would take only 45 minutes to take effect. So our evening was very very relaxed. Next time we'll know better.

Poor Skyler - IMO the waiting is the hardest thing, for everybody I am sure.

Still waiting for our book club selection to be available: Breaking Night by Liz Murray. Apparently somewhat like The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, which I haven't read either. Our club is held on Thursday afternoons once a month at the Library, and the "hosts" who are library employees bake the goodies and provide the tea and coffee as part of their duties. Sounds like a great part of the job to me!

We were still nattering on about the Saturday house yesterday; it still remains a no go but one can dream...

Kathy, this house was spotless when we moved in also; you would never know anyone had ever lived here. DD OTOH had to have her house professionally cleaned and fumigated when she bought it, and again this fall after her tenants left. Not everybody is a housekeeper.

And I am, so I had better head off. Happy Tuesday to you all!

Cheers,

Julie


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gb - having Skylar's surgery deferred again must be so stressful and frustrating!

Julie - I used to be an open house regular too :-) Such temptation....!

We just got back from the Dog Guides facility. We met with the volunteer coordinator to talk about volunteering there. They need to do the police check etc. but it looks like we will be working with a group of dogs that are being trained. They use volunteers to come in to groom and play with the dogs to socialize them and exercise them while they are kenneled during the 6-month training period. The next group starts at the end of the month I gather, so that's when we'd start volunteering. It sounds like a lot of fun!


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From DD:
Skyler got bumped AGAIN.... Don't they know that pre-surgery is the hardest part? The constant delaying just makes it harder!

We've gone from Nov 10, to Nov 14, to Nov 16, to Nov 21, and now we're told Nov 28!

As I said before, I'm not going to hold my breath.


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Geesh Bug, they must be wrung out from all the delays.

Woody the volunteering sounds like a good fit for you two. You are so good with dogs. I like that you stay involved and active. I think that is the secrete for all of us.

Bug Indy looks like (he , she, I forget?) is licking his lips in anticipation of the groceries in Leo's cart. LOL

Julie , How goes the waffleing? I don't drool over houses but show me some great barns and that is another matter.

I didn't accomplish much today besides laundry, my walk and picking up a couple of buckets of kindling for the fire when we need it. I decided if I was going to finish my book before it was due back at the library I better get on it. When I read at night I fall asleep to easily.

Waving to all.

Norma


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Whats up with the spam-a-thon ? Lots of resurrected threads this morning-but it's fun to read them. This morning T posted a pic of her elk on FB -I commented that it reminded me of the olden days here on the Idylls when T was planning her curvy beds. Babs remembered it too.

'bug, I'm astonished that the med folk keep toying with Skylars surgery date. How does one plan around school etc ?

Very long hours at the awfice this week, and we are all starting to feel a bit fried. Tomorrow a couple of us will go visit one of our locations in Sonoma County , it will take an hour to get there and it is a beautiful drive, especially in fall. I'm going to take my camera , but have plans to take some photos around the valley on Sat around sunrise -things are so golden here right now !

Ok, I need to do some clean up in the kitchen and pack my lunch for tomorrow..

Waves !

Kathy in Napa


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Norma - with the new horse in your life, you're much more active than me! (And I'm jealous of your horsy activities... :-)

gb - I've never heard of anyone having their surgery scheduled and cancelled so often! It certainly sounds like they are dealing with a disorganized doctor/hospital. That would certainly undermine ones confidence :-(


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Yes Woody, it does. For a hospital with a worldwide reputation, this is depressing, not only for Skyler, but for trying to arrange flights for people who will come to sit with him and care for him, getting leave from work, etc, and also simply to have confidence in the staff. This recent excuse that they do not have enough nurses makes one jittery about after care. Both parents have appealed the delays and hope that things will improve soon.

And on it goes....

Phoebe has had two sessions with the new groomer and is now scheduled for a shampoo & cut. The groomer is a horse person by background, but is very good with Phoebe. Let's hope this lasts!!!


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Well , the rains are starting here in Norcal, we have a storm coming in tonight and it will rain on and off for several days.I drove up the valley this morning a bit before sunrise and spent a couple hours driving around taking photos of the fall vineyards. I�ll post a few of them in the next day or two. I was hoping to go out Thanksgiving am but it will likely be raining. I should have raked leaves today , but so few are down at this point I may as well wait for another break in the weather.

Nothing else to report !

Kathy in Napa


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Freezing drizzle for a bit today, making things a bit slippery. It was also cold, cloudy and windy. This is probably the last Saturday in the garden though with Thanksgiving at our place next Saturday. Rick helped me finish up the garden clean up. The furniture and garden art are put away and most of the cutting back done. We also caged the more tasty shrubs and all the small trees. I get quite a bit of rabbit damage and now recently there must be a buck or more rutting against my small trees. The garden looks a bit like a botanical zoo with all the cages.

'bug, sorry to hear that Skylar's surgery has been postponed more than once. That really is unacceptable.

Julie, I hope that TCS is feeling better by now.

The TSC makes me think of the carrots I made for supper tonight. The were very yummy. I had some garden carrots left that I roasted in the oven with olive oil and garlic powder. The last 5 minutes you add a glaze of honey, balsamic vinegar and a little more olive oil.

Things have been hectic at work being shorthanded and then interviewing for that position along with trying to keep up with my normal work load. Yesterday one of the gals announced her pregnancy. Never a dull moment for sure.

We had Kenzie last weekend. She entertained herself with being a junior archeologist. Rick was painting the barn doors so she started digging there. She was thrilled with the discovery of 2 horseshoes along with lots of misc. metal items. She called it her lost and found pile.

If I don't get back before then, Happy Thanksgiving to the American Idylls. For all of you though I just want to express how thankful I am to have you all for friends.

Michelle


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So last night Skyler's family was called to say that today would be his surgery! They decided to take him tobogganing for his only opportunity this winter and then let him have a good sleep and tell him this morning.

So this is DD's message from this morning:
We managed to get Skyler to get a good night's sleep by not telling him about surgery yesterday, somehow giving him vitamin K to decrease his INR, waking him up at 6am for a big drink of juice, take another INR (2.2) which was way too high (was supposed to be under 1.5), called the blood clinic. They said to take him to emerge and they would deal with reversal there. Left at 6:45am with dad. I got the other two kids organized and was making plans for pick-up with friends when I received a phonecall (8am):surgery is cancelled for today. My GOD. This is the worst yet. Cancelled on 2hours notice, AFTER showing up to the hospital? Scheduled back on Nov 28th...


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Many errands today. As I passed by a large pond on the way to town, this is what I saw:

Yes, sadly I frightened them away...
Marie


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gb - that is getting unbelievable re Skylar's surgery!! Have they been given any explanation WHY? It rounds like time to take their protests to someone senior and/or public (newspaper? TV?...) There must be something seriously wrong with the administration of whatever medical facility they are dealing with!

We found out today that my Peripheral Nerve doctor died this week (just as the sciatic nerve in my left leg seems to be acting up!) My coordinating neurosurgeon is semi-retired. It's a bit disconcerting to out-live your doctors! It's looking like we need to start actively seeking out a new medical team before Dr. T. fully retires and we lose access to his wide network of contacts.

We will be dog-sitting Blue Thursday and Dexter for the weekend. Liam may be here for day-care on Wednesday. Misty will be happy about the Liam and Blue but less so about Dexter. Dexter is still to much of a rowdy youngster to suit her now. But the more contact Dexter has with Misty, the calmer he is with her, plus he's getting closer to the age when he'll calm down generally. A little canine chaos is good for us all :-)


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same excuses:
1) No beds in PICU
2) No nurses available

As DH says, it's like they are running a restaurant without knowing how many tables or servers they have. Who knows if the next time they have both a table and a server, they won't have a cook (even though his holidays have been scheduled since January)?


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Jeesh 'bug. What a burden this disorganized med mess is on your family. Hope it gets resolved soon. I imagine these kind of stories are what agitates the anti-gov health care peeps here stateside. Frankly, I don't think it matters whether health care is private or public, it's a problem either way---unless you are a professional athlete or upper tier income wise. I love it when the geese fly over my house..this happens often as I am close to river and under the flight path.

DS and I are 'at liberty' for Thanksgiving, so we will have roast chicken and mashed potatoes, a veg and desert. We will have a film festival day-he picks 2 and I pick two. I always enjoy movies with DS, he is the only other member of my family that enjoys similar films to what I do.

As promised, here are a few photos from my weekend drives.


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From 2011-11-20


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 22, 11 at 8:59

Bug!! Are you kidding me??? I cannot believe this (and I bet the rest of your family can't either). I have never heard of such serious stuff being tossed around so. And the poor kid - he must just be going bonkers. When DH was in dire need of hip surgery and had waited for ages, his GP finally said: enough, I will find someone who can do this immediately, anywhere within driving distance, Canada or U.S. and healthcare will pay. He had the surgery within the week. Is there not a Children's hospital near them? What about the feasibility of flying to Sick Kids in Toronto or CHEO in Ottawa? They must be just livid. Rant over.

Kathy and Bug, your photos are stunning! Really seem to show the differences between parts of North America at this time. We live near wetlands, rivers, and the Rideau Canal and we get many geese flying over also. Although they are a nuisance in some places (like golf courses, I am told) they always make my heart smile when they fly and honk over in the spring and the fall.

We are expecting our first freezing rain and cold sloppy stuff tonight and tomorrow. TCS really hopes the buses are cancelled so he can stay home. He was a little less hopeful when I explained that it would be a great opportunity to hone his math skills.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends. DD went to a Happy Not Thanksgiving dinner last week-end - any excuse for a party!

Good luck in the doctor search, Woody. Perhaps your current MD's will make recommendations? Fingers crossed.

Cheers,

Julie


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Kathy - you definitely live in a beautiful part of the world - great pictures!

gb - ditto what Julie said... are they checking out alternatives?


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No, they are not looking for alternatives...and I agree. This is THE specialist and he knows Skyler's complex history and is up to date on what is best. This is not about urgency, it is about fixing things properly with the best doctors around. But it is also about incredibly sloppy scheduling practices IMHO. Their protests have been registered...a couple of re-schedulings ago.
I don't feel it is a reason to shout anti-government health care at all. This is a child who would not have survived infancy were it not for our health care system. His family could never have afforded his procedures. The Canadian system costs less per person. With the US system, as I see it, huge companies benefit from their system and the bottom rung loses out. (I'm a US citizen by the way)

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I agree that frustrating medical situations (and I/we have experienced our share of them!) should not be seen as being caused by a government run heathcare system.
Poor management and incompetence happen in both public and private corporations - the last few years have provided lots of examples of incompetence in the private sector in a wide range of corporations! In 20+ years of dealing with my complex medical situation I have had multiple surgeries, hi-tech radiation treatments, semi-annual MRIs, endless doctors' appointments and on and on... The total cost to us has been probably less than $250! I often wonder what it would have cost in the US and where that would have left us financially - or medically. Yes, we pay a bit more in taxes but it's certainly worth it to have the system there when you need it. And when the public system screws up, it's subject to public scrutiny and change that is, through elected officials, accounable to taxpayers. That is not true in the private sector.

In either public or private health care, it is essential, in my experience, that the patient/family are actively involved in understanding the issues, making decisions, and keeping the medical folk on track and on their toes. It's sounds like Sarah and her DH are doing that; I just hope things start going their way soon!

(Sorry if that was a too political a statement. What I read about the US health system scares the dickens out of me!...)


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I feel like I'm always flying by the seat of my pants lately, but I wanted to pop in and let everyone know that it's Marian's birthday ;) Happy Birthday, Marian!

Saucy


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Fall has been beautiful here this year (much milder than usual and fantastic fall colors, especially reds...) I hope fall has been nice in your neck of the woods too and that you are both doing well.


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Hay! Nice to know you peak in here occasionally Marian! I hope things are going well and your dog is keeping you amused!


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Some of my fellow employees are sliding towards a five day weekend-I'm still on the fence ! I know I'm going to go in tomorrow , but not sure about Friday. It would be a great opportunity to sneak up the back stairs and get some work done; on the other hand the Ruth Bancroft garden is having a sale of cuttings, seed pods etc, and Friday morning might be a good day to attend. Decisions , decisions.

Re: health care. This is a horrible issue that I don't even like to think about. I've been blessed with good health , and would probably have several thousand dollars in the bank right now if I'd just paid the doc when I went over the last 20 years. I can count dr visits on two hands in that period, all of them except one for check-up stuff. I would be more than happy with a small premium and a high deductible. People like me should somehow offset those who actually need to use health care. My employer has gradually reduced their contribution during the recession, and people with families pay ridiculous amounts -mortgage payment amounts- to cover their families. I bet lots of them would be better off on pay as you go with just a catastrophic policy. I think my Canadian friends have a better situation . Americans want health care , but no one wants to pay for it, and no one wants the government to pay for it. We are fickle.

Enough of that !

Glad y�all liked my photos..I hope to have a chance to take more this weekend if the weather holds up. Rain looms.

All for me tonight..I don�t know if Marian has peeked in here or not ..I will let her know that her has some �cards here� I posted to her on FB.

Nitey night friends !


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Hi ! I did 'peek' in here yesterday ....early. Then I saw Kathy's post on Facebook that I have BD messages here now. Thank you Saucy...both here, and on Facebook, I love that picture. :-)
Thank you too, Woody(Susan). We are still 'hanging in there'. Our fall colors was not as nice as most, due to this year's weird weather. And the temp has been up and down so much. It is above average again now...and too wet. Very foggy the past 3 days, and starting out that way this morning again.
Hay ! Right back at you, Marie. Your pic is pretty too. :-)

Neither of us are all that well, but we are still going to the best of our abilities. Nolon still gets out whan the weather is nice, and spends time in the woods cutting firewood. He does more setting than cutting, but it is good that he is out.

We are not expecting anyone here for Thanksgiving, but I plan on cooking a turkey and all the trimmings. We like the leftovers, and will have plenty. :-)

Like Nolon, I do a lot of setting also, but here at the computer mostly.
We had a logging crew cutting a lot of our timber last week. That was interesting, and got both of us out more....watching. They did not get finished on our place, because of the rains. They left very deep ruts through the woods from the heavy skidder, but plan on fixing it before leaving the neighborhood. They have been cutting on all the cousin's land, and a next door neighbor's also.

All of our critters are fine...Trubby, Felix, and Rolex. Our yard has been free of raccoon, opossums, skunks, and armadillo since Rolex came. But not free of deer, rabbits ,and squirrels , but that is okay. It is deer hunting season now, and the deer have become more scarce.

It is good to be remembered here. I enjoy the Idyll friends that are on my Facebook page, and think of you all frequently.

Marian


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A quiet day here, enjoying a day off from the awfice and household chores too..though I did make peanut butter cookies today, and am roasting a small chicken right now for our very informal Thanksgiving meal. No black Friday nonsense for me either-if there is no rain in the morning I might venture out to take more fall photos, and then drop by the office for a couple hours. We are expecting a few dry days in a row too, so Saturday I might be able to get some garden clean-up done, notably the Dahlias which have been partially done in by the light frosts we have had so far, and look pretty awful-and they're in the front yard too. Next week I will work 6 days so I need to squeeze as much productivity out of this week as possible.

Marian, nice to see you drop by here ! Traffic is slow nowadays, and it is good to see our friends pop in once in a while.

All for tonight, sleep well friends.

Kathy in Napa


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Clearly, my sleep has been sound and long. I can't attribute it wholly to L Triptopfan, either. ;)

The Compound makes demands on its caretakers and sometimes "knucklin' down" and paying strict attention to more home-based realities is what's necessary. I love the internet, but for me it can be a horrible "time sink" and when catastrophic power failures aren't timely, it becomes necessary to "pull the plug" and refocus.

6.1 cords of firewood, a rejuvenated "leaf mold" pile, and more mundane choes than you'd likely care about are in the "talley" column.

We've added Arborvitae to the roadway screening an relocated the Nashiki willow to a position that will offer better screening from the road. I've lifted the two azaleas (languishing) and added a third to the planting. I've lifted/divided a re-blooming iris ("Immortality"), lifted and replanted Oriental lilies and Narcissus bulbs. All of this has occurred in the Fertile Crescent and while3 I worry that is it's too much like "Holiday Inn" I'm basically OK with the result.

Belated birthday wishes to several, but I surely hope Maid Marian will know my birthday wish for her is kind, and for continued vigor!

(don't have the pictures under control, but there are many. Don't hold your breath mes ami(e)s but I will try to share progress with you.)


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Chelone! Great to 'see' you... You've certainly been busy and productive - but that's what we expect from you :-)

Marian - I'm sorry to hear that you and Nolon are not feeling all that well. Approaching winter tends to have that effect :-) I hope you and Nolon continue to hang tough, staying cozy with the kitties and dog for the winter.

Kathy ooh - now I have a craving for peanut butter cookies!

Dexter arrived last night for the weekend. So far, he's not harassing Misty too much. He's maturing well, plus he's been here enough times now that she's less of a novelty for him. I noticed during morning walkies that he's a perfect match for the leaves put out on the roadsides for collection, so I took this picture:
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Happy Birthday Saucy !!

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Yeah, OK, happy birthday and all that jazz.

Screw the pictures! Count me among the first who've told you: "You are the ideal of the the 2011 Woman!".

You're the "real deal" and knowing you has never disappointed me. May you prosper long and share your lessons with the next crop. If you do the world will be a better place.


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It's been a very busy time...
We celebrated US Thanksgiving here with friends, enjoying a Korean meal made by me with an amazing pumpkin pie with whipped cream brought by them. Today we all went shopping in touristy St Jacobs where we bought me travel attire and our guests shopped for old architecture books.
Yesterday we went to an art exhibit which was fun, as well as to a newly opened cheese shop in town.
Phoebe did quite well at her new groomers and looks short-haired but neat.

This morning's exchange of email caught DS in very low spirits which is hard on me. I did my best and managed to lift those spirits a tiny bit when I told him that I finally received the pen pal cards he had mailed from California in October ! I translated all 38 and next need to photograph them for the future. Then get replies to them from the school across the road in time for transporting in my luggage.

Next came the phone call from DD venting about the struggles in her life. All I can do is listen there and tell her she is doing amazingly well with what appears on her plate. This is very wearing on Mama though...

DH is swamped as well, so he is off on the computer creating impressive missives on the environment....

This photo was taken of DS about a month ago and I received it a few days ago. It's a good one!

And this is one of the Haitian quilts I admire:

Then yesterday I was asked for permission to use this photo that I took back in 1966. DH-to-be is on the left, his buddy, now writing a book about his experiences with Biafran relief efforts, is on the right.

And now off I go to prepare leftovers for dinner.
Thinking of you all...truly!
'bug


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One more try for Saucy's birthday.


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Today's story...just sharing.

DS has been struggling with the administration of the school where he works in Haiti. One of the two founders of the school is terribly discouraged and yesterday was ready to leave, fed up with his son, who works in the capitol, not prioritizing education aspects in favor of volunteer/staff stability. His wife, back in New York, asked him to prove his devotion to the cause by spending a full year there, and he has been working terribly hard on physical improvements.

And so yesterday after some thought on my part, I wrote a short note saying how I felt things could change. This was quite brave on my part because DS has been quite critical of my comments of late, saying "you don't understand" type stuff frequently. Unusual for him, but things are tense there for sure!

Anyway, in return I got a very nice note saying he had translated my message to Salomon (who is barely literate) and that he thought my words quite helpful. I added this African proverb:

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.

And so he is now thinking of forming a committee to help restructure things, with DS's help.

DS said Salomon strongly agreed with my input, as "decisions will continue to be buried in favor of inaction if the prisoners continue to run the asylum, fearing all change in favor of protecting their salaries." At least he now has an idea to work with. You just never know whose spirits you can lift!

I am so glad to help this man that I've never met, yet he trusts me because of DS. We'll meet soon though! It is a tricky business....


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Just a quick late check-in here. Today DD and I went to Berkeley to see DS�s play, that pretty much sized up the day .Back to the awfice tomorrow. It was nice to have the long weekend , though I wish I�d done a few more useful projects. I�m trying to prioritize a few infrastructure issues here-and I think the plumbing stuff will come first.

Chelone, so glad to see you ! Sounds like a productive fall on the Compound ..Holiday Inn, lol. I am undertaking some major renovations here myself this fall-winter-spring. The hardest thing for me is trying to relate the designs of some of the fabu gardens I�ve seen over the past few years into my own little plot. We will see how things turn out this time.

�bug I follow your Haiti adventure with interest.

All for me tonight�

Kathy in Napa


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Skyler is in surgery for the next 5 hours or so...


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From DD:
We just spoke to the surgeon (Dr. I.R). Surgery is not yet finished. Skyler is being "warmed up" on the heart/lung machine.
Dr. R put in a 25mm On-X valve in the Mitral Valve location.
He replaced the Aortic Valve with a 23mm On-X valve as well. He said he could have repaired the aortic valve, but that he felt that it would only hold between 1-10 years. Going for the option of "no future re-surgery", he put in an On-X.
Lastly, and surprisingly, he found that Skyler's ascending Aorta was very thin and 5cm in diameter. He took it out and replaced it with a dacron graft.
He is happy with the way things went. We will have to watch out for the size of the Aorta in the future, though. ...

Skyler is now off the heart lung machine, and they are putting him back together. I forgot to say that those are "adult" sized valves.


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 28, 11 at 17:20

Wow! Skyler's surgery was the first thing I thought of this morning when I woke up. Sounds like a huge ordeal for him and for all. Thanks for the update Bug - I am so glad to hear that things are looking so positive!

cheers,

Julie


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Thinking of you, GB - and family!

Thank you so much all for my lovely birthday wishes ;) Tomorrow is Mary's birthday - just a head's up :) 9 months before November is February - those cold months produce lots of birthdays!

Time to get ready for tomorrow - I have to pack a salad and get all my cold weather gear ready before I go to bed :)

Soon I'm going to update you on the wall that I built in the basment and the workbench that goes with it! I'm so proud of myself ;)

Saucy


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Oh Mary, will you come take a peek tomorrow? That would be a treat!

Small student colouring a birthday flower for you!


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'bug, best wishes for Skylar and family. I hope that he will be ready for spring !

Must go find a 'card' for Mary, whether she pops in or not !

Kathy in Napa


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Happy Birthday Mary !!

From 2011-11-25

We miss you Mary !

Kathy in Napa


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Come back Mary....

gb - how's Skylar doing this morning? I hope all is well. It sounds like an extensive surgery!


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Skyler made it to the PICU at around 3:30pm, making the whole surgery around 7 hours approximately. They are going to keep him sedated and unconscious for about 24h - until Tuesday afternoon.

Throughout this afternoon and evening they have been dealing with various issues relating to bleeding and maintaining his blood pressure between 85 and 100 systolic. From 4:30-5:30 they decided to try to wean him from some of the drugs. It seems however that they either switched, or put him back on because he was waking up and moving around quite a bit and it was causing issues with blood pressure. By 5:30 he seemed to have settled down a bit.

His Mom has been doing some "healing energy" work with him until 7-8pm and then went home to get some rest. DH and I came home for some dinner and to help put the little ones to bed (some family friends took care of them for us today), and then DH went back to the hospital until about 1am. Tomorrow morning his Mom is planning to be at the hospital at around 7am, and DH will get in later in the morning. I will deal with the little ones, work on Skyler's quilt, and get in to be there for noonish. At least that's the plan.

As the surgeon said, the 12-24hr period is the critical time because that's the time where the heart swells the most post-surgery.


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Skyler is doing quite well now. He's breathing on his own and talking, somewhat incoherently. He has a fine nurse, male, named Archie. Perhaps tomorrow he'll have tubes removed and move out of intensive care and into another area. We can't tell yet, but likely he already feels better in many ways than before.
This is the same doctor who saved his life 10 years ago. He's quite amazing.


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great news 'bug..


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The best news! I hope Skylar is continuing his recovery.


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Noon today:
They are "in the process of" pulling his drainage tubes, and moving him out of the PICU to the pediatric cardiac ward. We are packing up our stuff to head over right away.

Skyler has also been eating a lot of ice chips and they are slowly getting him back to clear liquids and solids. Chicken soup sounds about right so we are going to bring some. If he eats it, fine. If he doesn't, I will!


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I haven't checked in here for a while. I am so happy to hear that Skylar is doing okay. I hope that continues and he is home soon.

Hi Chelone. I figured you were busy getting things done.

I believe I wished Saucy Happy Birthday on FB, but here is another.
Happy Birthday Saucy! and
Happy Birthday Mary! Would love to hear an update from you.

I have been consumed here with winter prep and setlling in with Joey. He is coming along but is not quite where I would like him to be yet. Could be that won't happen before spring, because of inclement weather. I'd rather have quality progression than quick. Aparrently he wasn't treated kindly with the bit before, so we are reschooling with a bitless bridle. Not sure I wanted all this extra work, but he has such a good personality otherwise, I think it will be worth it.

Woody is your FIL still with you?

Hi Julie and Kathy and anyone else checking in. Need to get my day started.

Norma


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Good to know that things are looking good for Skyler. Scary stuff, to be sure... bet there are several chewed fingernails in assorted homes. May things return to "normal" as quickly as possible. No family should have that sort of worry on their plate.

Beautiful cards, everyone. Just lovely.

Do you love your new mount, Norma? (wouldn't you like to pummel the ding-dong that roughed up his mouth?!)


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Spoke to Skyler on the phone last night. All he can say is "HI!" in a croaky voice, but it's the best sound ever!


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Skyler's been up a couple times, had his morphine taken out around 10am, eaten a little, drunk a bit, sprinted to find pizza, and slept a whole bunch. The nurses talked about sending him home tomorrow, but his parents are both hoping that he will be in for longer (Sunday).


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I bet he's exhausted. When Mum had her surgery a friend (a nurse) told me it takes a week for each hour of sedation for the body to fully rid itself to the sedatives used. I had no idea, and the anesthesiologist said nothing about that... or the hallucinations that regularly plague the frail elderly following major surgery! Skyler has been through nothing less than a marathon and you must be very proud of his courage in the face of it. What a brave kid.

Prowling through the depths of Compound photos I've gleaned these:
Spring/summer '08, no path and weeds abound
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And today, fall '11, showing the new line of the shrub boder:
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Spring/summer '08
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I don't have a readily available shot of what it looks like now; you're looking south toward Vegetable World, though.
Baby Arbovitaes (Dark American), I fretted I'd spaced them too far apart...
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And now... we have a very private sitting area along a very busy road:
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Original driveway entrance:
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A little better:
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Magnolia "Butterflies" is planted:
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The "bowling alley", the 6' path between the hedge and Vegetable World:
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I haven't stumbled on the shots of the Great Drainage Project that permitted success with the Fertile Crescent, but they'll turn up and usher in some smiles, no doubt. And thus concludes our tour. Too "Holiday Inn", or what?


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Wow! Chelone - looks great! Look how much that weeping tree grew in a couple of years.... The noble pooch looks king of all her surveys :-)


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NOT Holiday Inn! Just wonderful and thoughtfully executed! Terrific! I just love before, during and afters. I enjoy the textures and colours of course. Congratulations!

Today my friend Denis is helping with Haiti preparations, photos of penpal exchanges, translations, etc. Thank heavens, he's a great help.

Yesterday I collected letters from the two room schoolhouse across the road for taking to Haiti. I'm overwhelmed! The teachers, on short notice, put two days of effort into lessons for us. The responses were written thoughtfully and personally in perfect penmanship The teachers even agreed to having their photos taken...highly unusual. The letters are book worthy, opening up their thoughts and rural lives to their Haitian pals. I'm so touched....
Miss Martin teaches the youngest ones.

Here are models of different kinds of houses from around the world- made by the students.

Miss Bauman teaches grades 5-8. She has worked in Haiti a few years ago.

Here is her class's project on exploration. After each explorer is studied, they cut away the dark tissue paper to reveal the enlarged world discovered. This is an ongoing project begun in September.

Skyler continues to thrive, enjoying undivided attention from family and friends. I imagine it will be difficult later on to share time with others, but for now, WHO CARES! There is talk of return to school in 2 weeks, but he will not be allowed to wear his backpack or attend gym. (I have sent books to Ivy & Leo who need a bit of attention too these days!)

OK, off to the dump before beginning dinner and translation work...

Hello to ALL OF YOU, lurkers too!
'bug


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How super is that?! such a nice way to explore the world and learn your place at the very same time. It's all about fit, isn't it?

1.) I believe in penmanship. "Push, pulls, and ovals", baby! I was thrilled to receive a cartridge pen for Christmas... and different colored cartridges! So cool.
2.) I believe in phonics and basic arithmetic. Those are the most basic tools we must have in our personal "tool kit". ("A Rat In Tom's House May Eat Tom's Ice Cream")
3.) I believe in art and music. Creativity is a natural part of who we are and tapping into it punctuates our lives, adding depth and color, wit and fun.

I know you guys do, too. And I bet Miss Martin and Miss Bauman would smile and nod right along. How old are the misses, 'bug? They look awfully young... ;) , but being young means being fresh and full of great new ideas, too, doesn't it?

As I sift and sort I will share. It was fun organizing that and doing more of it will do me good.


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I know Miss Martin is 35 because she wrote about her life to the teachers in Haiti. (How very nice of her! I didn't ask!) I don't know Julie's age. Both teachers are amazing! They work in their classrooms until 6pm each night organizing work for their 4 simultaneous classes. Each child has the teacher's attention every minute of the day. Teachers play sports WITH them and build igloos etc too. I'm so impressed!


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Howdy Idylls! My only day off this week and I've made some progress here on the homefront. Most importantly, I turned the dining room into a 'spray booth' and using lots of blue tape and poly drop cloths , I succeeded in spray painting my worse for wear chandelier-though chandelier is a bit of a stretch in this case, lol. Next is the picture frames on the botanical prints .

Chelone, really first rate progress you have going on there my friend! And that damn dog makes a nice piece of garden art too. Applause !

'gb, so much happening in your world ! What a relief it must to be to have Skylar recuperating at such a brisk pace.

Must work tomorrow, to off for now �

Kathy in Napa


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Chelone, I think the best penmanship lessons will be these pen pal exchanges. Seeing the handwriting of these pals will amaze everyone!

The laptops which Adam programs help a great deal with arithmetic, and even make it fun with games, mazes etc. I'm very surprised what good practice this offers, especially with a good mentor, when awful to no teachers are around. Yet, I am bringing flashcards anyway, and the trick up my sleeve, a ball which you toss and the recipient must provide an answer (or the next verse or whatever). This really speeds things up!

I've packed my recorder and will do vocabulary with songs and crafts...if given a chance. I just can't be seen as the "blanc" who has all the answers.

DS is very excited to be asked to teach cartography next term at a college. That has been his hobby forever and he adores map making with GPS to help in all sorts of ways: maps of hospitals, banks, water wells, bus routes and more. He's eccentric, but so cool and hard working!

Sleep is calling my name. Tomorrow? Our Christmas party in the town of Guelph. So much to do.....

'bug


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Party was fun, then home to do more translation work. That is finally DONE and tomorrow I go to print and laminate the last of the educational materials. YEAH!

Packing progressed.

Then a phone call saying that Skyler is OUT of hospital. Mighty amazing....

Tomorrow DH collects school projects to grade and then needs to submit course grades.

Lots to do before having dinner with Woody on Thursday!!!

Happy Daze!
'bug

And now, bed again for this ole lady!


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Dexter arrived last night for an overnight stay. He'll be going home this afternoon and then Copper arrives for an overnight stay. Thursday Phoebe arrives. We had Blue on the weekend. Lately a few neighbours have stopped when they pass us walking some dog or other to say 'Another dog...?!' We are definitely the neighbourhood eccentrics I think :-)

gb - I'm sure Skylar - and everyone else - is very happy that he's home!


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Yay! That Skylar is well enough to be home! That's so good to read.

Bug your DS certainly favors his dad. I'm happy to hear that things are progressing for your trip.

Chelone,things at the compound are looking much improved. You are going to very happy with the end results of your hard work. Nice to see "Wrecks" there too.

I do like Joey very much. You couldn't ask for a better mannered horse to work around. He just needs to learn to slow down on the trails. The area he came from was much more open country and they must have really pushed him into his fast gait. That does'nt work so well on my wooded trails. I have been working with him to go up and down the hill from the barn and across the creek to the pasture by himself. He thought he should only be led and turned loose when he got there. The first three days I led him. The fourth day he went on his own but wouldn't return on his own. Two more days he would not cross the creek to come up on his own, and didn't want to cross the creek with me leading him either. I don't have a clue why not as he rode through the creek fine. Tonight I was prepared to lure him across on his own with a carrot, but when I called from the barn he came of his own accord. I was quite surprised and pleased.

Winter has arrived here. Colder than normal for this time of year. Still trying to walk most days. The cats want out but won't stay long. They keep asking for the door but when that cold air hits them they retreat. Rebel has been coming in to warm up often too.

LOL the spray booth in the dining room Kathy. Sounds like you are taking charge of some of those maintence chores. I have a few of those lurking too. How about an updated pictue of your grandson. He must be getting to be a boy and not a toddler by now?

Time to go poke the fire. Have a good evening. N


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Well, progress on the home front.
DH's grades are submitted and students have had their chance to talk about them.
Our cat sitter has come and everything has been explained.
Today is dentist day. Somehow we made this appointment almost a year ago for this crazy time!
Looking forward to dinner with Woody tomorrow! But all the work before that has me in a tizzy.

Last night we had a Skype visit with DD and the gang. What fun to watch Ivy dancing and describing her colored markers, naming each one. She did summersaults and all that show-off 2 year old stuff. Leo was his wiggly self and wouldn't show us his walking talents. It seems he only walks for Skyler!

So on the Skyler front, he's at his Mom's place for 2 weeks, then with his Dad for 2 weeks. They visited briefly on Monday and it seems his color is better than before surgery. Things are looking good.

We have had a beautiful snow, but now things are at the muddy stage...When walking Phoebe this morning, DH could still see tracks of various animals and their activity last night going to and from the stream and barn.

Happy holidays to one and all. I'll try to email from Haiti if the power supply is in order!
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gb and her DH just left and are on their way to the airport - with 800lb. of luggage she said! Checking in is going to be a lot of fun - NOT! Phoebe is currently lounging in the front hall, looking a bit sorry for herself :-)

Dogs were high on the agenda here today. This morning (from 10:30 - 1:00) we were at the Dog Guides facility for the volunteer orientation and training. We'll be working with the Hearing Ear and Special Skills dogs (for physically disabled people.) Most of what we do will be routine stuff e.g. grooming and providing social contact (a lot of cuddling and patting involved :- ) There are a lot of strict rules on handling the dogs so as not to inadvertently mess up their training! So, while there were dozens of adorable dogs that I was dying to cozy up to, I was afraid to touch them in case I did something wrong! Next Wednesday afternoon is our first real volunteer day so that's when we'll get to handle the dogs on our own. There's a very detailed manual that lays out the specifics of what to do with them/how to handle them in a variety of situations etc. So we need to thoroughly absorb that before Wednesday next week. We also have to stop by a police station and get a clearance certificate from them to show we are not dubious characters :-) It's all very detailed. But it's going to be a lot of fun.


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Bon Voyage to 'bug and DH ! I expect the trip will be exciting and exhausting..

Woody, you are so perfectly suited to your Special Skills dogs volunteer work.. how lucky they are to have you . I will gladly provide references affirming that you and Randy are not dubious, lol.

DS's run in 'Annie' closed on Sunday, and now he is in rehearsal for 'Gondoliers' (Gilbert and Sullivan) for a theater group in San Francisco. This show will take him through December , and he is currently 'at liberty' for Jan and Feb, though he has been offered an emcee part for a cabaret show in Jan. Only a one night gig , but good experience if he accepts it. After that he starts rehearsals for 'Zorba'.

I had the landscaper maintenance dudes over here after the office today to quote me on getting some mature shrubs removed..all of them beyond my upper body strength . Way cheaper than I expected, and I will remove what I can down to the stumps this weekend so that will likely lower the hourly rate a bit as well. They will also take care of some annoying irrigation issues-leaky hose bibs etc.

Norma, I love hearing about your progress with Joey, and I hope you will continue to share his successes. photos too ! And incidentally , I think it/s crappy that Albert bailed �I have a sentimental attachment to him since I had him on my fantasy team in his rookie year and a few years there after. If he was going to head to California at least he could have signed with my team ! Jeesh.

Ok, waves to all.. catch you later

Kathy in Napa


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This weekend bit the dust pretty quick. I�m trying to reassure myself that it was productive. I made spaghetti sauce, and cleared some pathways for the landscape dudes that will be taking out 5 shrubs this week. Leaky hose bibbs will be replaced as well. I filled both my 55 gal yard waste toters and 2 32 gal reserve trash cans too. Another month and it�ll be time to prune the roses.. though I have 5 less of them this year. There has been very little rain the last few weeks here, and if it stays dry I�ll plant my bulbs next weekend.

So where is everyone ?

Kathy in Napa


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 12, 11 at 8:45

Hi Kathy! I'm here! I'm here!

So here's the thing: every weekday morning I get up and wrestle TCS off to the bus. Then I do the newspaper, coffee (2,) crossword, Sudoku, and hit the laptop. I read the FB, the Idylles, e-mail, a coupla other forums, and then I hit the Spider Solitaire. I tell myself "just one", ha, I tell myself that with the glass of red too, but inevitably...

Just to let you know, I have realized that I suck at Solitaire.

So often the morning has been whiled away and I have not even contemplated my JulieJob for the day! So I think, well, I'll go do *******and then I'll reboot and post. You know where this is going.

So, Good Morning all! Congrats on getting your gardens tucked and your leaves raked, your baking done, your decorations up and your gifts bought!

I'll not be so neglectful, I promise! (and I know, you've heard this before *LOL*)

Cheers,

Julie


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Kathy - that sounds like a productive weekend to me!

Julie - that sort of morning routine that eats up time before you know it sounds very familiar :-)

Usually when Phoebe visits I take lots of pictures to post for gb. But, since she's not expecting to have access to her internet account, I haven't been taking any pictures of her 'baby' for her.... Phoebe's settled into our routines quickly and seems quite content.

Today's main task is to put together annual Christmas letters - with pictures - to send off to my late mother's best friend (who has been in a nursing home for the last few years) and to another friend in the wilds of northern Ontario (bears are her main garden pest!)


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A picture from walkies this morning:
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Phoebe was focused on Rambo, who she could see approaching. When Rambo arrived, they were all getting restless and wouldn't sit still for a picture! Rambo wanted his share of cookies; Dawn and Baxter (basset hound) wanted to keep walking; Misty and Phoebe wanted breakfast!


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I wonder how 'bug fares ? Shes likely warmer than the rest of us.. I put Port au Prince on my iphone weather app, it shows 82 degrees at 12:24 am , 70% humidity, and a low of 64..

Doggie day care at the Woody house ! How nice that Phoebe has a place to hang out .

Hi Julie ..my JJ's this week involve sending off gifts and rearranging the art in the dining room. I'm making progress.

Time to turn in, I will try to post again tomorrow.

Kathy in Napa


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 14, 11 at 10:49

Good Morning!

The pups look so content and well-behaved, Woody. You have the touch! You may recall that I had a bad neck injury about a year ago, and as a result I dropped Tucker out of doggie school. I have now reregistered him, and, to my delight, I was given a seven lesson credit for our last attempt. I didn't expect that. After I finish with Tucky I will take Ajax. They are both quite well behaved but get over excited when they see other dogs, so socialization is my main goal.

I send five cards every day now as part of my JJob. Today my last gift that requires mailing will be sent out. But best of all...

DH didn't know what to get me for Christmas. We have a pine table that we have used for 30+ years, every day, through kids, guests, homework, crafts, whatever, and it was showing its age. There's "patina" and there's "cruddy and beat up". DH thought the table had the former, me, the latter. So, for Christmas, DH bought himself a sander (!), sanded this table, and has applied five coats of finish to it. It looks absolutely amazing! And so today the patio table that we have been eating on for the last week or so will head back out to the wine deck, and the improved pine table will find its way bqck into the kitchen. In lots of time for Christmas. I am so lucky!!

I am almost done with the shopping, but haven't done the baking because the kitchen has been in an uproar with the table work going on. So I will be busy next week.

I feel like I am with Bug (LOL) as our temps are so high for this time of year. No snow, our ground is not yet frozen, and rain, rain, rain for the next few days. Interesting to note that here the feeling is that Christmas sales are down because it doesn't look like Christmas. Um, where has everybody been? People don't have as much disposable income anymore and prices sure haven't come down. Gee Whiz.

Off now, to try to improve my solitaire rating....

Cheers,

Julie


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Julie it is raining here too. I do like the warmer temps though. Good for you getting the dining table refinished.
I like spider solitare too and it is a good way for me to unwind if I need to.

The mud from all the rain is making it hard to do much with Joey. The silly boy has free acsess to his stall and prefers to stand out in the rain.

I was going to head into town but am trying to wait out the worst of the storm. Maybe I'll just give it up for the day and take a nap instead. Whatever I need can wait until tomorrow.

Good to see pics of the pups Woody. Wow 800 lbs of luggage sounds expensive. Can't wait to read all about Bug's adventures.

Kathy, it won't be long till you will be telling us about your spring garden. Actually I have stayed so busy this fall that I'm thinking winter won't seem so long this year. I hope I'm right, and I hope we have a more normal weather pattern next year.

Not a lot of Christmas prep here. I just don't get into decorating anymore. I did swap out the dead foliage in the hayracks on the barn to some pineboughs and a little decor.

Well it has cleared up a bit so I need to make my decision about going to town.

Looks like the Nov idyll needs to be rushed along or just switch to a Dec one.

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Raining here today too.

Julie - the table sounds like a lot of (high quality) work - picture...?

We had a very doggy afternoon. We just got back from our first real volunteer afternoon at the Dog Guides facility. What we do is basically reinforce the training while giving the dogs social time (i.e. lots of cuddling!) So, we take each dog to the 'relief' area (i.e. go to the bathroom...) - 'busy-busy' is the command for that... - then walk them back to a lounge (at heel; no pulling allowed...there are specific procedures for going through doors that depend on which side of the door the hinges are on!) to groom and play with them, which also gives opportunities to reinforce basic obedience ('sit'; 'down', 'off' if they jump up; 'OW!' if they try to lick your face or rub against you etc.) - while trying to remember to give the commands in ASL and sign 'good boy/girl' etc. We worked with 6 dogs - most are small poodles or small Labs or small Goldens. They have their own breeding facility, although dogs are sometimes donated by breeders as well. Definitely a fun place to volunteer!


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Interesting Woody. I will be waiting to hear more volunteer stories.

And no I didn't go to town. I went out and got Joey in the stall and dried him off.

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So where is the pic of the table Julie ??? tap tap tap...Got the Christmas tree today, it's in the house thanks to help from DS, who had no rehearsals tonight for change. No decorations yet ! Will make progress on that tomorrow.Boy, did I get caught short this year, I kept thinking I had more days til the hols than I really had ! I still have 2 more presents to buy, so I need to strategize that for crowd control purposes. At least I have the menu plan down, lol.

Norma, I'm going to do a post flurry so we can close this one out..

Kathy in Napa


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 15, 11 at 9:04

Yeah, I already feel as if I missed December...

You are ahead of me Kathy - our tree is still in the basement. It will come up this weekend tho...DH and DS are playing indoor golf on Saturday and TCS and I are going to eat shortbread and drink wine (well, I am anyway) and decorate. Shopping is done, cards are mostly done, menu...are you kidding me? I don't even know what's for supper tonight!

I will take a photo of the table today, before the "patina" starts to re-establish itself.

You are so good Norma...I bet Joey reallt loved his rubdown.

I don't really mind cold, I don't really mind wet, but cold AND wet? No Thanks. and that's what we have right now.

I am going to make gingerbread cookies today. I bake a variety of sizes of stars, stack them up from largest to smallest to look like evergreen trees, stick a star candle on top, and TCS decorates them. They make great gifts!

Off for the solitaire fix. Norma, do you play Spider Solitaire with two colours?

Woody, the volunteer things sounds so neat. That would be hard for me - I want to take in every animal I see. Which is why I have two Bostons instead of one....

Cheers!

Julie


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Julie I didn't know about spider solitare with two colors. Do you play on line? I use a version I have on my computer. I will have to check the settins or options.


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Good idea Kathy, I will help.


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Sneaking in from the awfice for some thread acceleration !My iphone tells me it's 82 and partly cloudy in Port au Prince..54 % humidity..not too bad ! We're finally getting a bit of rain, though I don't think it will be very measurable; it warmed things up though.

Julia nad Norma, your solitaire addictions are not as bad as the da*m farming action on FB !

I'm getting very close to painting my dining room red, which I've wanted to do ever since I saw photos here of Honeys' many moons ago. You can't accuse me of rushing into things !

Kathy in Napa


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FIL arrives this afternoon....

Go for it Kathy! Red is the classic color for a dining room.... Ours is a raspberry-red, which goes better with the blue-gray walls of the hallways and living room than a classic red would have. Randy just about choked when he saw the color in the paint can when it was opened! :-) (he's a paint-it-white sort of guy....) but he's come to like it. As usual, the camera distorts red tones a lot so the color in this picture isn't totally accurate, but you can see that the color is fairly dramatic. Go for a red; you won't regret it I'm sure.

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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 15, 11 at 12:02

So here she be:

and with a little decoration:


To keep the thread going I will add a couple more photos in another post!

I'm on a roll!

Cheers

Julie


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 15, 11 at 12:10

Here are "the boys" with their Christmas mat, right where they like it, in front of the fire:

Thinking of Woody and Chelone when I took that one;

I'd better stop....

Cheers,

Julie


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Your DH did a nice job on that table Julie! Cute beasties on a cute rug :-) Are your walls pale blue or pale green? It's hard to tell in the picture. The color looks to be about the same 'value' as our living room blue-gray walls - a very light-reflective/'transparent' color... very nice!


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ooo-ee Julie, that table looks terrific ! And I love the boys on thier Christmas mat too, lol

Woody, thanks for sharing your raspberry walls ..love the drama ! I think this will be a January project for me (along with the long awaited home office) since I will be posssibly doing some traveling in February , so I need to get while the getting is good...

Kathy in Napa


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Nice Job on the table. It looks great. Now send him over to do my oak one. My DH swears he will do it every winter. (Fifteen of them)

Can't let the dogs out number the cats. Here are Niki and Jasmine hoping I will share a morsel, and Niki when she hopped into the dryer after I folded clothes.
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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 15, 11 at 21:06

I have two pine benches that I have now told DH might be good January projects for him....he is not really annoyed, I think he is rather pleased.

My walls are pale green Woody. They are nice but after 6 years I am getting a little edgy about the colour. But painting something this large (living/dining area, hallway, laundry room) is kind of a gumption trap. I do have a bathroom to do...

Norma I don't play solitaire on line, it was already on my laptop. If you have an Options thing you can change it there. You can go up to four different suits I think. I am scoring at 11% with the two.....

The cats are cute - that photo in the dryer is so funny!

Kathy, DD wants to paint her whole house; She is going to paint one dining room wall a kind of red. She will start with some kind of pumpkin colour I think, then fade it out as she progresses through the house. DS is giving her an Orange card for Christmas, and we just bought about $100 worth of stuff so she can get started. She is getting a painted house for Christmas!!

Norma did you post a photo of Joey? or did I see that on FB?

TCS's school concert was tonight and it was terrific. I don't know when I have enjoyed a kids concert as much. He attends a Catholic school so the theme was the "true meaning of Christmas" but it was a light and funny program. Each class did a musical interlude during the play, and the teachers wrote the play and the music. Terrific.

Cheers,

Julie


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Oy, decorating the tree tonight, but it will be a 2 night job. The house is a shambles of boxes and cords, ladders and strings of defunct lights. Remind me never to start my decorating so late again !

Tomorrow is a full day.. the landscape dude is coming to do my shrub removals and hose bib repairs (yay !) I have my haircut after work , and right after that the company Christmas party. Not much will be accomplished on the decor front.

g'nite friends...

Kathy in Napa


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 16, 11 at 10:23

G'Morning! Sunny and cooler. Ground is not frozen, grass is green, one of my trees is budding. I expect to lose it. When the deep freeze arrives tomorrow it will kill all the buds and it is likely that the poor thing will not have anything to start with next Spring. Love the tree(Gingko) but hey! it goes and some new garden adventure will take its place.

Norma, go to "game" click "options" and you will see: one suit, 2,3,4. I think I will try 3 seeing as how I am already at 11% on 2 after 2500+ tries (literally!) *lol*

O.K. all, the shortbread is done, now for the gingerbread. Made dough yesterday so it's roll and bake today.

Tree is going up and I am ignoring the dust.

Cheers,

Julie


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Yee-ha, the landscape dudes only took a couple hours to complete the demolition and repair jobs around the Kathy garden.Totally worth the couple hundred bucks they charged me for stuff that would have taken me all winter to complete on my own. Substantial square footage has been opened up ! If the rain holds off for the weekend I might get my drumstick alliums planted...

Kathy in Napa


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Julie I checked the settings for spider Solitare and see I have won 15 out of 21 games for 71percent but that is only from when my computer crashed so not that impressive. I think I will give the two suit a try.

I like the kids concerts too.

Kathy I'm happy for you to have those tasks done. Now you can get on to the fun part.
I was going to paint my bedroom this year but have lost the drive to do it. Maybe after the first of the year I'll be driven to it out of boredom.

The sun has come out today. It is cold but I walked and spent time with Rebel and Joey.
I finished a book I downloaded from the library. I downloaded an adobe reader app that works great. I find the larger print makes reading easier, but I still get sleepy pretty quick. LOL

Woody how long is GB going to be gone?


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Marie will be back on the 28th - their flight arrives at 3:00a.m.! The friend who is looking after the cats may - or may not (weather permitting) - collect Phoebe sometime next week to take her home. If he doesn't come, Phoebe will stay here until Marie collcts her on their way home.

Kathy - it sounds like those garden dudes are handy folk!

The Christmas baking hasn't started here - next week... The first priority will be 4 or so batches of dog cookies for the Christmas doogie bags :-) The tree is also not up - maybe tomorrow....


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Twas the week before Christmas and the November Idyll lingers.

Come on ladies and wiggle those fingers.

Lol. Hi all I am so boring.


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Hi Norma !

A fuzzy but attractive photo posted tonight on FB of our Saucy and Deanne at Sues Christmas party,wonder if I can figure out a way to post it here ?

I am optimistic that my Christmas tree will in fact be decorated by the close of the weekend tomorrow.I put up the bubble lights this year,still working on those electrical connections!

Here is a link that might be useful: Party Ladies !


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Tree up and decorated... FIL seems happliy settled in for his 3 week stay.

On to Dec. Idyll....


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