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Imagewcgypsy
Apr 12, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Dove, I'm 63 now and I insist on being 'cool' til the day I die...okay, so maybe it's a different kinda 'cool' now....a bit frayed around the edges....
Calsurf73
Apr 12, 2010 10:41 AM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
The raccoons first go for the water in my small funky fountain. Every morning it's bone dry. Then they eat the foliage on my Calendula's...it must be the herbal scent that attracts them. Next, they ate the buds on my alstromerias.
These must be vegetarians, as they also ate all the herbs in my neighbors window box.

The people on the other side of the fence found 3 of them in their kitchen eating the cat food...at 3:00 a.m. !!! They've since closed off the cat door.

Yes, they're cute, but ....
Imagewcgypsy
Apr 12, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
If I'd get coonies in my kitchen, I'd put in a cat door...here I'd only end up with coyotes in my house.
Calsurf73
Apr 12, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
I'll stick with the raccoons. lol
Imagewcgypsy
Apr 12, 2010 8:33 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yeah, you should know when you're well off. I'm stuck down here with the coyotes and the occasional rattler....and, come to think of it, I don't believe you have gophers either.
Calsurf73
Apr 13, 2010 8:56 AM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
No, I've never had to deal with gophers, knock on wood...
Imagewcgypsy
Apr 13, 2010 10:06 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
See? Now you have all of these reasons to be thankful...isn't your day much brighter?
Dove, the question is...would you ever choose to stay in Ohio permanently? I'm assuming not, but trying to keep an open mind about where we'd like to live.....I didn't mind the winters in Iowa, but the summers were horrendously bad. Still, if my best friend there were still living, I'd probably go back for that reason alone. Sometimes things besides the weather can influence us.
ImageDove
Apr 13, 2010 2:35 PM CST
Name: Dove Cochrane
Valley Center, CA (San Diego)
I wanted to pop in and respond and also let you know Matt and I are leaving for DC in the morning and won't return until Monday (He's receiving an award and since it's Cherry Blossom season so we are making a short holiday out of it)

Sherry,
Nay,nay I would not choose to stay in Ohio! Although I can think of many many things I will miss once we leave, it's spring now and everyday I feel little pings of regret, still it's not our forever place... it was just a 3 year adventure.

If I could afford what I want in California (some where between 50 and 100 acres, a pond and zoning to allow 5 houses) I would be there in a heartbeat. Matt is retiring from the Military he didn't win the lottery *S* Washington State is an option as is Kentucky and Tennessee.

Mike,
we use deer off (or dear away) and it does work on most critters, rabbit, coons and the like... smells like rotten eggs when you 1st spray it, then the smell goes away, at least to human noses. It lasts about 2 or 3 months even though the rain. You only need to spray it where the raccoons hang out. I'm pretty sure they will hightail it outta there.

Talk to you all soon,
Cheers
Dove
Imagezuzu
Apr 13, 2010 2:51 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Congratulations to Matt. I've been in DC this time of year. It's the ideal time to go.
Imagewcgypsy
Apr 13, 2010 3:51 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Washington is still one of our options also. We built a house on Whidbey 20 years ago and I loved everything up there...I did suffer some depression from the gloom, but would go back armed with a 'light tube'.....not so sure about the South.
Hurray for Matt...on both counts, getting out and the award.
KathleenC
Apr 13, 2010 4:06 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
I have a cousin on Whidbey who is selling a house. :-)
http://search.windermerewhidbey.com/36617
Image1AnjL
Apr 13, 2010 5:31 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
WOW! Kathleen that place is beautiful! and cheap compared to our area... I wonder if I can sell both of our Ca homes real quick! Hilarious!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageCalif_Sue
Apr 13, 2010 5:42 PM CST

Cubits.org Site Admin

Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
That kills me! Lots of property, nice updated house, all at an affordable price! I just love this weather here though so have to settle for a lot less of the land.
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Imagewcgypsy
Apr 13, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Coupeville is a beautiful area...the only problem is the noise from the navy jets doing 'touch and go's at the airstrip there........
KathleenC
Apr 13, 2010 10:33 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
I know they love it there - I think they're moving to be closer to the grandkids.
ImageDove
Apr 14, 2010 3:34 PM CST
Name: Dove Cochrane
Valley Center, CA (San Diego)
A note while on the road:
Matt just got a call from our congressman's office in DC and they got us in for a tour of the White House gardens. I am so stoked!

I'll take pictures if they will let me.

Dove who it someplace in Maryland enjoying the Redbuds in bloom
Imagezuzu
Apr 14, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Wow! I hope they let you take pictures. That's very exciting. Let us know how the rose garden's arranged. I'm curious to know whether they have a separate section for the roses named after first ladies. (I wonder if they separate the Republican first ladies from the Democrats.)
Calsurf73
Apr 14, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
If someone can crash a White House party and get away with it, Dove should have no problem snapping a few pictures !
Congrats to Matt !

I'm off to research Deer Away or a reasonable facsimile.
Thanks for the tip, Dove.
LindaCA
Apr 19, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Name: Linda
Concord,CA
HI, I'm Linda from SF east bay. Hot dry summers wet cool winters. Zone 9.
I am so glad I found this forum. Looking forward to getting my garden going this year. Beautiful weekend and now its suppost to rain again this week. As much as we need the rain I'm sure looking forward to sunshine.
I see lots of names from DG so I know there is alot of nice people here and know I'll be welcome.
ImageCalif_Sue
Apr 19, 2010 11:48 AM CST

Cubits.org Site Admin

Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Glad you can join us Linda!!

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