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ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 12:16 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Time for a new thread and with it let's think Spring! In the meantime let the cold winds blow and let the snow fly in all directions, we'll stay right here all nice and warm in our Blue Garden.

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ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 12:35 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Nap, remind me tomorrow to get a better picture of my gifts from you. It's too dark tonight but I think they would be much prettier with my garnet wall as background and maybe placed on a red cloth with a few folds in it. It would be a much more interesting puzzle that way.

Do you think the cardinal above would be a good puzzle for Zany too? Maybe for next winter. I never think of images for puzzles, mostly because I can't work the puzzles on this computer, I guess. It doesn't accept some of the programs I've tried so I just have to do without. All the puzzles that come to me with the Jacquie whatever her name is greetings I can work, or any other puzzle program, but whatever Zany uses has never been compatible with an iMac.

My loss.
ImageLarryR
Feb 13, 2016 1:30 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Nap, it seems to me that Buffalo usually gets gobs of snow. Has there been less snow in your area so far this year? I keep wondering if the Ebenezer folks had to deal with huge amounts every winter.

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This is Palmer. We're scheduled to see him Sunday afternoon. Right no the problem is the weather. We're supposed to get 2-4 inches by Sunday noon. We have several photos showing his complete body, but I can't find them at the moment.

And here is dear Brique. His absolute favorite toy is a blue bone-shaped toy that squeaks. It finally developed a hole, so Wilma had to do some patching. You can actually see the apprehension in Brique's face. He was sooo happy to get his bone back when Wilma was done.

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That candy looks scrumptious, Sharon. Makes we want to try some. That first dove photo is lovely. Looks almost like a painting.
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ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 1:53 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I love Brique. I keep forgetting the heart his face forms, the color brown looks like a heart, his brows forming the curves of the top of it. And his expressive eyes. You've had such a crazy life since you got him, we haven't seen many pictures of him. Does he miss Laila? I'm sure he does in his own way. It will be interesting how he plays his role of top dog with Palmer or with any new dog you get. And you will get a new dog. I just hope the transition is easy for you and especially for Wilma.

Brique has always reminded me of Sunshine, it's the expressive eyes, I think.

Best wishes to you with Palmer. Somehow I don't feel warm and cuddly with him, but of course that's only a half of a dog picture and I can't see his eyes. And it's nearly 2 a.m. That could make a difference. How old is Brique? I can't remember.

The candy is good, but I'll reserve judgement about the sponge part. It sort of reminds me of eating chalk.
As if.
No.
I never ate chalk but I've sniffed enough of it during all the school years. It wasn't till the last 6 or 8 years that we had white boards and dry markers. Actually I much preferred chalk.

I should be sleepy by now, Sunshine has been in bed for hours it seems.

See you all tomorrow!
Imagevic
Feb 13, 2016 5:35 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

Thank you for the new thread Sharon and the beautiful photo - I was Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing that you could have gone to Walmart had it not been so late - that would really a long time. I agree with Nap, your photo looks like a commercial and that candy looks absolutely scrumptious.

Nap, your painting is just lovely and I love how you put it right where you see it while on the computer.

Lucy, I hope your knees feel better and the number for your sugar was a good one. Group hug

Larry - Palmer is a doll and I can see the loyalty he will have for his owner. Brique is a sweetheart and boy howdy is he watching his toy Lovey dubby Bless his dear sweet heart. I hope Palmer is a good fit for all of you and he gets there before all the snow falls.

We are in a deep freeze through Monday with ice pellets coming on Monday. It's windy and bitterly cold BUT not as cold as they originally predicted.

I see dd in PA is -2 this morning and Andi is north of her so hope her heat is working well. Our OH dd is very cold and snowy.

Stay warm and safe!

Group hug Group hug

Imagenap
Feb 13, 2016 6:47 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Well, that cardinal photo of yours will most certainly make a great jigsaw puzzle. Odd coincidence, as soon as I saw it here, before I read the post, I enlarged it and saved it to make my own puzzle, not for Zany. So yes, this will be perfect for her cubit. Anytime. Doesn't have to be winter. But please go to her monthly images forum (Click!) and put it in any month you want.

About the sponge candy, maybe the trip to KY was not the best idea. The inside part is not supposed to be hard. It's soft and kind of crisp at the same time until it gets in your mouth and turns sort of melty. Try another piece. Are they all like that? We can buy it in the bulk section here, and now and then you do find a hard one. No one likes it like that. I don't know what causes it but it's annoying to bite into it and have it be hard as a rock. Are they all like that?

Oh, I just Googled it. It's baking soda that makes it bubbly, and it's moisture that turns it hard.

Larry, what a sweet little face on Palmer. I hope it works out. Palmer needs some love. I hope Brick accepts him/her. (Did you tell us? Boy or girl?)

Yes, you're right, Larry. We do have a reputation in Buffalo for snow. It probably goes back to The Blizzard of '77. (Click!) I have vivid memories of that one. We always did have snowy winters, but that year the eyes of the whole country were on us and our reputation was born. I do feel like the yearly snowfall average has maybe dropped some, but living on the Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario) we do inevitably get some heavy storms. I remember many bad ones since '77

South of the city, like from Buffalo all the way down to PA (along the Lake Erie shore) is where the bulk of it lands. That's ski country. I grew up in East Aurora, a southern suburb of Buffalo, where every year brought deep snowfalls. And we spent practically our whole married life in Depew, which is near the airport and in a different snow belt area and received a lot of snow. So now, living in the northern part of Buffalo, we usually get a lot less than what I was used to. Like moving to Florida. Hilarious!

More info than you asked for, eh?
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ImageMaryE
Feb 13, 2016 7:26 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Good morning. It's calm (for now), starry, 34 degrees. More and more bare land is showing all the time with the slow meltdown and no new snow for about the past 10 days. If this keeps on, the county road will be dusty in just a couple more days! It's amazing how quickly it can go from mud to dust. We must have had a sliver of moon when I got up about an hour ago because I could see the eastern horizon. Now it appears that the clock is turning backward, or maybe it's the world that is turning backward? Lights are visible in the valley, so I am guessing there isn't any fog. I might be able to tell if I were to go out in my robe and slippers.

Sharon, thanks for the new thread with the bright Cardinal to greet us. I wish we had Cardinals here. I hope that Arctic blast doesn't get as cold or for as long as the weather forecasters think it will. They usually overstate everything and then we can be relieved when it doesn't happen. And maybe love them?

Larry, I hope the weather cooperates so that Palmer can come to your house on Sunday to check out a new place, dog, people, and cat. He looks like he might be a terrier mix and a bit smaller than other dogs you have had. Smaller may be better suited to Wilma's smaller size. I'm remembering how she hurt her knees recently when Brique gave the leash a sudden jerk. Somehow I had missed the fact that you and Wilma have a cat until I read it yesterday. Brique certainly does look concerned about what Wilma might be doing to his bone! Dogs say so much with their eyes.
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Imagebillyporter
Feb 13, 2016 7:35 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Sharon,
We usually just let it happen. Especially in the winter. In the summer we might plan of going hiking at Wild Cat Den or go to Maquokata caves. The boys really like to do that. We haven't taken the twins much yet. I'd like to start by taking them to Kalona. It's always fun to see the horse drawn buggies. They are also going to open up the cheese house again since improvements have brought it up to code. As soon as you walk into a hallway off the main door you can watch them make the cheese curds they sell. Warm, salty and squeaky!
If you walk around in stocking feet long enough, the floors seem a little cleaner :o)

Lucy,
I stock up on Kleenex in the fall. When colds hit it takes my supply down since there are at least four places in the house we are always blowing our nose.

Sharon,
I have hung clothes that got a little stiff on the line and I never understood bringing in frozen clothes. Was it because there was no where else to hang everything? Then where did the frozen clothes go when brought in?
Pretty dogwood!!
Yum!

Nap,
They are ADORABLE!!

Arlene,
Do the coffee grounds really keep the ants out? I see your answer below :o)
Oh gee. Do you have a bad problem with fire ants?
I read about blue poppies so I knew better than to waste my money on plants. They need exact growing conditions and are very touchy, like some orchids. That was when I decided to fill the garden with blue plants. Blue is very hard to find...

Mary,
That's quite the distance to drive, but you had a good time and now you're back.

Lucy,
They use ''wicked'' on the Harry Potter movies. I always love to hear them say it.
Once, many many years ago, I had a yellow billed cuckoo. Even the little woodpeckers and chickadees haven't been here much more than a few times and I have a sueat feeder out.

Moon,
Outer space fascinates and terriefies me. It never ends. I love that they can explore it the way they have. I used to Google noises and there is one whistling noise that made my hair stand on end and just seemed to go right thru me! They need to bottle that sound.

Larry,
That is wonderful!!
There are so many dogs that need a home. Any would be lucky to have you and Wilma as family. What a wonderful place to bring them to you. It just makes sense.

Elena,
The blue poppies can't take warm weather. I doubt they grow anywhere but in the high altitudes where it's cold.

Nap,
The twins had their Valentine party on the 10th. I'm so sorry your little guy's school had to cancel. They will have the party later won't they?
How wonderful to pass out treats anyway and yes, they still sell them :o)

Oh Sharon,
My heart is breaking for your sad little dog even tho she made it out of there :o)
HUGS for the bent little lady who always looks vibrant later.

Lucy,
It might help to take pictures thru the window. Much easier to count the birds.

AWESOME Dr appt Sharon!!

Oh Nap,
Your heart is as big as the universe!

Sharon,
Moon is right. Where do you have to go in such a hurry anyway?
Before Charlie retired I stayed on my feet all day doing inside and outside work. If he had to work so should I. No TV and bon bons for me unless I baked them myself.
The year before he retired I stopped and did what I wanted. I really stopped to smell the roses. When he was home for good I felt I had my ''me'' time.

Nap,
I am just laughing over the elephant!!

HUG HUG HUG for Sunshine!! Such a sweet sensitive friend.

Mary,
You should suggest to people who can't use a huge onion that they are great sliced thin and fried. I've been making side meals from mine that I grew last year before I lose them to rot. They really kept well in the house this year. We had fried onions often when I was a kid. They contain sulfer so it's like taking medicine.
I'm a little younger, but I remember some of the memory lane. We also have a very old phone book that has the old numbers in it. Charlie has gone thru and marked everyone who has died. There aren't many left to cross off. My Dad and his brother, a couple they ran around with when first married and a couple women are the last of the oldest in town.
You are right. When you try to fight a corporation it's near impossible. The Ag business across the street has three owners. There is safety in numbers.

Nap,
That is a beautiful picture!! I can see why you love it! I'm drawn right into the petals.

Sharon.
You also have an absolute boxful of treasures!
I would say starlings. The grey sounds like a catbird.
Thanks for the new thread! GORGEOUS cardinal!! I think Zany would love the him!

Larry,
What a sweet guy. I hope to see all three before you chose.
Brique is priceless waiting for the mending to be done. I love him!

One more cold day and supposedly snow the next few days. Right. Still it gives me a great excuse to make today my ''me'' day instead of tomorrow.

Hang in there, spring is coming for all of us. Some of us just have to wait a bit longer.
Carly was born darker than Callun. The boys are paler like their Mom, but all tan without burning. Catbird cozying up to a manikin.

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Imagebillyporter
Feb 13, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
~ to Mary

Our gravel roads kicked up clouds of dust on the way to Sara's the other day.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imagevic
Feb 13, 2016 8:43 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Sweet sweet photo's Sally Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Nap - We had a blizzard in January of 1978 - oh the stories I could tell you from that Crying Crying

Gussie and I hiked the mountain in the cold this morning - Invigorating - whew....
Imagenap
Feb 13, 2016 9:24 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Babies! They are sooooooooo cute!!

Vic '78 was bad here too, but not like '77. Where were you living in '78?
Imagevic
Feb 13, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Ohio
Imagevic
Feb 13, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1978

http://www.ohio.com/news/the-blizzard-of-1978-ohio-residents...

http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/ddn_archive/2011/03/...

ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 9:54 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Good cold sunshiny morning to you!! Thank you so much to the northerners for all the cold air but you can have it back, I am so done with it. And the wind, the cold cold wind, thank you Susan 9kitty, it's blowing right from you to me. I have been up since 7:30, which means I had 5 glorious hours of sleep before Sunshine decided to use me as a pillow. When she does that she not so gently lays her upper body across my chest at an angle so that her chin finds itself on my far shoulder which means her cold damp nose is near my own chin. It works every time, wide awake at 7:30 with a cold wet nose checking out my neck. I should be used to it by now but it wakes me with a jolt every time.

Oh yes, I did sound like I didn't like Palmer, not true, but I do like to see doggy eyes before I claim them as my own. Plus with Larry's most recent year long mournful doggy events, I'm almost afraid to let Palmer into my heart this soon. But every time you talk about adopting a dog, I think of those months in Sunshine's life before she adopted me. I am so crazy about this dog. I know if ever I went into cardiac arrest here while alone at home, Sunshine would be even better than the paddles, she would kiss me back to life. One time back in the early 70s, another dog adopted me and except for being a more grayish color, he looked so much like Palmer. His name was Scruffy while I had him. Anyway, I do hope Palmer is a good fit for you, Wilma, Robin and Brique. Spell check wants to tun that into Brice, three times now and every time it fights back with Brice. Drives me nuts.

Vic, bundle up and stay warm when you climb that mountain, little girl. Don't forget how close to the surface our bones really are

Worried about Andi and Winston too.

Kay's son and family are visiting her from Louisville this weekend. He came out to walk his big black lab wearing only shorts this morning. I'm not sure who he's trying to impress but it is warmer here than in Louisville. His dog was ready to go back inside very quickly but he lingered and did stretches and yawns for awhile.

Yep, Nap, the moisture must be the culprit because every piece I ate was Bricque hard. I couldn't resist that word play. Big Yellow Grin

Ya know, Sally, I've never had cheese curds. Never. Do they taste anything like buttermilk?
Now I'm going to think of elephants all day. Striped ones, like the recent cat I painted. Multi-stiped elephants.

Now try to get that outta your mind, Nap. Multi striped elephants in reds and oranges with a touch or two of purple and yellow. "Nother painting!!

Cute cute cute baby twin pictures, Sally.

Y'all have a great big morning! Grab hold of the warm wherever you find it.

Susan 101, missing you!!


ImageMaryE
Feb 13, 2016 10:37 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, you've gotta paint the elephant!

It looks like a nice day here. Not with a completely clear sky, just enough clouds around the edges to make it interesting. Wind is from the north, not strong, certainly chilly. I'm glad not to have to be out in it although I will go with Rick to the neighbor's place to see the progress of the project he has been doing, and have a cup of tea with my 6 miles away neighbor. There are 5 inhabited houses and a lot of cows between us. Neighbors despite the miles.
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Imageirisarian
Feb 13, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Sally--the babies are very cute. How old are they? It was fun seeing the cardinal & the cat bird on the bird bath.

Sharon-the birds do look like they are not happy, but I still think 'starling'. We once had a flock of grackles move in for the day, if the starlings showed up I would take the feeders down.

I am really fine, arthritis slows down especially left hip as well as knees. can't do too much about it. We watched the birds for about a half hour this morning. John can stand to do so, I have to sit. I found my better pair of smaller field glasses. I hope the site opens for me to 'continue' today.

Imagenap
Feb 13, 2016 11:05 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Yum, cheese curds! No, they don't taste like buttermilk, and yes they do squeak in your mouth when you chew them. Sally, I never heard of fried cheese curds. Have you? I'll bet I'd love them!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_curd

I absolutely did picture a striped elephant in my mind. Stop it!
ImageLarryR
Feb 13, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Sharon, Brique already knew something was wrong with Laila before she passed. He would sniff her and then come to me for comfort. I'm sure he does miss her, but on the other hand, he has twice as many plates and bowls to lick! Big Yellow Grin Thanks for pointing out the heart on his face. I had no idea. I continue to marvel at your powers of observation and your ability to keep the result in your active memory.

Nap, Palmer is a boy. It will be interesting to see if Brique will accept another male in his territory. I didn't realize that snowfall varied that much in Buffalo and the surrounding area.

Mary, you're right about Palmer. He's a terrier mix and weighs about 22 pounds. And Wilma chose him because of his smaller size for precisely the reason you mention.

Sally, great photos! I love the one of you with all four. BTW, I wonder if the catbird thought the cardinal next to him was real. Smiling

That was some storm, Vic!

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ImageMoonhowl
Feb 13, 2016 12:58 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
a snowy egret looking for a careless goldfish or frog

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ImageMuddymitts
Feb 13, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Beautiful bird, that egret!

Nancy -- I love-love-love cheese curds. Used to be you could only get them when in Wisconsin. Illinois has dairy farms, but for some reason no one ever made curds, to my knowledge. I love both the cheddar curds and the swiss curds. Yum. I've never had them fried either. I'm sure I'd love them as well. I dearly love fried mozzarelli sticks!

Larry -- I must have missed something -- did you already decide to adopt Palmer? I thought you would be interviewing candidates tomorrow............??

I'm visualizing a striped elefunk too. Big Grin With it's trunk up, of course!!

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