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ImageSharon
Nov 8, 2013 11:14 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Time for the holiday season, time for a new page in the chapters of our lives. With well over 1000 posts in our last thread, it's probably time. We came from here:

http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/76521/

So join us as we decorate our homes, visit various and sundry places, hug our pets, grumble about politics, watch the snows blanket our trees, count our blessings and try to stay warm through our gardenless winter.

Happy Holidays Y'all!

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ImageSkiekitty
Nov 9, 2013 12:06 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
What's a Tiger Toe? And I've found that, even if you *do* get multiple toys that are identical, they'll STILL fight over one & ignore the other toy.
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ImageSharon
Nov 9, 2013 1:01 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Tiger Toe. I thought I'd told you all about Tiger Toe.

Remember the stuffed tiger that I got for Sunshine; think it was around the first of October. Well it lasted 2 or 3 weeks then she shredded it and it was mangled and in about 16 pieces. Those pieces were gnarled and nasty so I threw all of them away except the 4 legs. Then she started pulling the stuffing out of the legs, one by one till there was only one whole leg left. She wouldn't touch it and would walk around it and when I checked it, I found it was the leg that had a little sound button in it and it made a little noise like a roar. Very low, I could hardly hear it and had never noticed it when it was a whole tiger.

So being a naughty and very aggravating Diva Dog Mom, I started pushing the button and tossing the tiger leg toward Sunshine. She'd run, hide, then come out and touch it, bat it around, but if it roared she ran from it. Of course by then I had tossed the other three legs, so this one that was left was named Tiger Toe.

So time went by and she realized she could carry it by the top and it wouldn't roar, so that's what she'd do, carry it then sling it as far as she could. Sometimes it landed just right and roared. So at night when she wanted to play I'd tell her to find Tiger Toe -- another word she now knows well. She'd find it but wouldn't let me have it so we'd have a mock battle every night. She keeps Tiger Toe away from me until she accidentally makes it roar, then she runs and it's mine. So I make it roar. I wait till she's dozing then I'll push the button and toss it right on top of her. She leaps, runs, then turns around to grab it and toss it away from me. It's a game and when she knows we're going to play she'll go away from me and pretend to nap, till I toss Tiger Toe at her then she runs like running from the gates of hades.

So that's the Tiger Toe story. She's afraid for Daisy to get it because she knows Daisy might push that button. Of course Daisy is unfazed by such nonsense and even if she could push the button she wouldn't, too undignified, but Sunshine, bless her little unsmart heart, doesn't know that. So that's the game. Every. Single. Night. Tiger. Toe.
Imagevic
Nov 9, 2013 3:44 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

I DO remember the Tiger Toe story Lovey dubby

Larry - those photo's are fabulous!

29 degrees this morning - brrrrrrrr

I was up most of the night with hip and leg pain - hmmmm, wonder what that was all about Sad Oh well, there's always a nap, huh?

Thank you for the new thread Sharon!

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Imageblue23rose
Nov 9, 2013 4:59 AM CST
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, IN
I bet that was a nice exhibit, Larry. Thanks for the pictures. I can still remember that my husband and I were driving down the highway on our way home from a movie when we heard the horrible news about Princess Diana.

The Tiger Toe story is so cute, Sharon. What a fun game!

Vic, that tequila lime chicken sounds wonderful. I kept the recipe, but am not sure when we will grill next. It's not something we do a lot of after the weather gets cold.

I don't remember using the reflectors, but those blue ones are pretty. Just remember the big, multicolored lights.

Toni, you just go right ahead and shoot for a house like the one in the picture! More power to you Thumbs up I have only put a few lights around outside in past years and they are just plain old clear. May not even do that this year.

DH is getting very antsy. He has at least fifty (hundred??) Christmas movies recorded and we have to watch at least one a night. One of my favorites is "The Christmas List" with Mimi Rogers. Since he retired a few years ago, he has been putting up the decorations. I just have to help putting everything away.

Temperature is 41 here. Saw frost on all the cars belonging to the night shift at work yesterday when I pulled in to work. Oh my, cold weather is really here Thumbs down

Vickie
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ImageSkiekitty
Nov 9, 2013 9:46 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Absolutely beautiful morning this morning.. bright, sunny, 42degs, gonna go in the low 60s.. going to the zoo today! Yay! I need a fun day, I really do. Was up & down all night last night, every 2 hours on the dot. got to bed at 11, up at 1, 3, 5, then 7. Bleh!! May take something tonight to get a full night's sleep.

But zoo is gonna be fun!! All the leaves are probably gone, so won't be able to get pix of those. But I'm taking my camera and I never know what kind of shots I'll get. Probably all crappy. LOLLL*
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ImageSharon
Nov 9, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It was 55* this morning when I took Sunshine out, going to be up in the 60s this weekend. It really never got cold last night, I know that since Diva Dog decided she needed to potty at 1 a.m. So today is a weed eating day.

Sorry about all the aches and pains - maybe you can blame it on the weather. Toni, you're still in a very stressful week. The zoo will help.

If I can get my potting area and deck all cleaned off today, I might just add the blaze of glory lights to one of the ficus trees. Not that I'll turn them on yet, but it won't be long!

It's a golden day, the sun is bouncing off the rust color of the bald cypress and the orange of something across the street and the red maple in front. The golden maples are still a sort of lime green. They've forgotten it's already November.

My weed eater and I are on our way out the door -- y'all have a happy day.
Imageirisarian
Nov 9, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
No garden work or raking leaves today. It is 42° & that should be our high.
SunnyBorders
Nov 9, 2013 12:27 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
I love multicoloured lights too (blinking or not).
I always garden for colour (lots of colour).

Those bubble lights in the 50s did have poisonous methyl chloride in them,
but makes sense that the fire danger risk, from flames, was much greater.

Larry, great Lady Di exhibit pictures.
I'm not a monarchist and not big on "celebrityism?", but Lady Di was certainly an interesting phenomenon.
I think she was better at using the press than Charles, who obviously wasn't perfect either.

Vickie mentioned the fatal crash in Paris.
News came late at night/early in morning: hard to believe at first.
Would have been fascinating to see how the Lady Di-Palace thing would have worked out, without her death.
Don't believe the Palace-conspiracy thing at all.

To me, the nicest thing about Di was that she was, despite all the problems, a good and kind mother.

Must have missed it: loved the Tiger Toe tale.
Talk about mothers, Sharon needs to teach Sunshine and Daisy to share!

Cold here too (and damp and windy).
Still have bulb planting to do in our own garden.
Not the best weather and activity for ones joints.
ImageLarryR
Nov 9, 2013 12:38 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Really, realy quiet at our house today. Could it be because Wilma has laryngitis? Nah. Big Grin Waaay warmer here today than predicted. 58 degrees and climbing.

More photos:

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Interior of manor where Diana grew up

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Diana's toys, photo albums, and school uniform

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Diana's passport as a child

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Wedding dress; note how it's yellowed with age

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Yellow doesn't show in this photo from behind; note the reflection in the glass case to the right. A guard is stationed near the dress when the museum is open.

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Don't know what happened with this photo. I was snapping some shots from a video that was playing. It almost looks as if Diana's ghost is overlooking the proceedings.
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ImageLarryR
Nov 9, 2013 12:40 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
More photos later...
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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ImageSharon
Nov 9, 2013 1:20 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
That's all so chillingly beautiful, Larry. Does the Princess Di exhibit travel? Do you know it's itinerary if it does? And that last photo, well, maybe she is watching over all of it. It's particularly haunting and beautiful too.

Got my potting shed all in order. Still more weed eating to do.
Groan.
Imagevic
Nov 9, 2013 2:03 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Really enjoying the photo's Larry - thank you so much!
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Imageirisarian
Nov 9, 2013 3:36 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Her death was upsetting, especially as she was just a couple months younger than our oldest daughter.
ImageLarryR
Nov 9, 2013 3:52 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks, all, about the photos.

Sharon, after the exhibition leaves Davenport it will open in Cincinnati on February 14, 2014 and close August 17. That will be its last stop. After that the entire exhibition will be turned over to Diana's sons. No one knows at this point whether these items will ever be exhibited again. It's only a 4.5 hour trip to Cinci. I bet you could find some friends to go with you. It's well worth the trip.

4 hours 22 mins
299.6 mi
From: Calvert City, KY To: Cincinnati, OH
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Clothing etc.:

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Wilma: "This is as close as I'll ever get to a Versace outfit!"

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The skirt is all lace.

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Note how the colors for these outfits have faded. The original color is in the photo in the background.

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Shortly before the tragic accident

My photo card was full at this point, so I couldn't photograph displays having to do with Diana's death. It was a very moving section of the exhibition. Hard to leave it with dry eyes. Elton John's "Goodbye, England's Rose" (to the tune of "Candle in the Wind") played in the background.
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Imageblue23rose
Nov 9, 2013 3:59 PM CST
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, IN
Great photos, Larry! I feel like I've been to the exhibit myself Smiling

Those dresses are so lovely!

I agree with Charlie, I think Diana was a wonderful mother. It is a shame her sons had to grow up without her. She was an amazing person.
Vickie
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SunnyBorders
Nov 9, 2013 4:38 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks, Larry.
Extremely interesting.

The circumstances leading up to, and of, Lady Di's death seem so incongruous (at least to me who was British, until I left).
I think Charles was smart to push his mother to formally recognize Di's death (viz. flag at half-mast at the Palace).
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Nov 9, 2013 4:58 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
I tip my hat to you. Larry, thanks for sharing those great photos of the Diana exhibit with us. Thumbs up
ImageSharon
Nov 9, 2013 5:08 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I taught in Louisville and went to school in Lexington and Cincy was our 'runaway to' place, Larry, so I'm pretty familiar with Cincinnati. Thanks for the info, I'll try and go during the spring, I will no doubt cry my way through the exhibit though, it is so beautiful and it is all so sad. And since I usually go through Louisville and Lexington on my way to the mountains to visit my brother, it would be a simple trip for me.

The images are just very very haunting, I think because to most of us it was such a devastating death . . . she was very beautiful and had made a positive impression with her life.

Thank you again.
Imagevic
Nov 9, 2013 5:29 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Lovely Larry thank you so much!

and didn't Mother Theresa die something like a week or two after Princess Diana? I always correlate their deaths with my breast cancer. I was recovering from surgery when it happened and I remember lying on the sofa for days watching the news coverage Crying

It was so senseless and tragic, the way she died Crying
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