Blue Garden chat forum: Blue Gardens Chat: Holidays'13

After 13 years online, Cubits.org is scheduled to be shut down. Please make sure you have the contact information for all your friends, and that you download whatever content you want from this site.

 
Page 4 of 59 • 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 59

Views: 40, Replies: 1,170 » Jump to the end
ImageLarryR
Nov 11, 2013 9:03 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
You're half right, Vickie. It's ivy. A very special ivy. Most everyone who's been on this forum for awhile knows the story behind it. I started it from a sprig in Wilma's wedding bouquet in 1962. Left it in Wilma's mom's hands when we moved away. We never ever thought that we'd come back to Iowa and the Amanas, but we did in 1977. We were amazed to see that the ivy was still growing vigorously. It doesn't get as invasive as it would in warmer zones, which is fine with us!
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.


Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/
Imageirisarian
Nov 11, 2013 10:19 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
We had Boston ivy on my childhood home. Drops its leaves so really not a problem. My Mom went a jr. college in MA & loved some of the eastern plants.
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2013 1:11 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'll look at this one more time in the morning and decide, but I think it's about as done as it will get.
And Baby, it's cold outside!!

Thumb of 2013-11-12/Sharon/2f0b69
Imagevic
Nov 12, 2013 3:22 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

I do love the ivy story Thumbs up

Sharon, it's so beautiful and I want to walk in those woods Lovey dubby
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
Imageblue23rose
Nov 12, 2013 5:38 AM CST
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, IN
That is a special ivy, growing over 50 years from a bouquet.

Sharon, I love the depth and colors in your painting.

It is 32 degrees out. I had to find my winter coat and scarf this morning.

Vickie
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
May all your weeds be wildflowers. Author Unknown
ImageMaryE
Nov 12, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Like a garden path, there is something compelling about the painting, something that makes me want to get right into it to see what is way back there.

Our overnight temperature was close to freezing. When I checked the thermometer on the porch at about 10pm, the reading was 36. Even more interesting was what I saw moving in the grass beside the porch. A long white line, moving this way and that, followed by a big poofy plume of tail, black with faint streaks of white. Unfazed by it's suddenly bright little patch of real estate, the skunk just kept sniffing, moving slowly, searching for worms, grubs, and other small morsels of food, never knowing he was being observed. I smiled and went to bed.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Imageirisarian
Nov 12, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
As long as you didn't get near your visitor. They are good digging for Jap. beetle grubs.

Sharon--your painting could go with a spooky story.
ImageLarryR
Nov 12, 2013 11:08 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Good work, Sharon. It actually does look like a photo negative. As I typed the last two words of the previous sentence, it occurred to me that the generations growing up now wouldn't even know what a photo negative is. Smiling

Mary, your skunk story reminded me of an incident on Dave's Garden way before ATP. One of the members—I think she was from California—was giving a real-time account about her encounter with a skunk that had wandered into her house. It was an absolute hoot, and the thread went viral.
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.


Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2013 12:11 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Different people are seeing different things in my painting. I like that. Me ... I'd like to wander through it, it holds no fears for me but it does remind me of the tree tunnel that you see sometimes in the woods or in a forest. But then you all know I have a passion for trees. It might be a good haven for little critters, like the skunks, a raccoon or two. Bats would have a hard time though.

Anyway . . . it is so cold. It's a gorgeous day, no snow, but last night about midnight it was spitting little ice balls. I know this because they were bouncing off Sunshine and me. I guess that was it for our predicted snow. And the wind is fierce. It's one of those days that looks prettier than it feels.

I am going to have to get out and buy a new vacuum. Makes me so mad that I can't fix this one.
ImageLance
Nov 12, 2013 12:27 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Wonderful painting, Sharon. Maybe an owl hiding in one of the branches? Just a thought as it looks somewhat like night under the trees. Black eyes surrounded by the lighter colors?
We had an opossum living in our house for 4 days. It was a juvenile, munching on a bunch of apples we had stored in a box. It would come out at night, eat, leave wonderful little messes, then hide in a pile or corner somewhere during the day. I was camping for most of the time, so I had little chance to catch it until I got back. A live trap with an apple proved successful. Not sure how it got in, though.
Potential for snow today and tonight, then quite cold for this area for a few days.
About time to pick up the family.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageMaryE
Nov 12, 2013 12:28 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I bought my last vacuum at a shop that sold new ones, but the man also repaired those he took in on trades. He is a paraplegic and I like to give him my business.

Sharon, I remember your amusing recount of the skunk in your garbage can. Smiling
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2013 12:40 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Lance. Most of the time to me a scene is just a scene, a landscape is just a landscape, and when I paint in a particular style I don't usually add little things, like little animals. Somehow I like just one mood at a time, one feeling at a time. I actually don't look at this one and think spooky or scary; I look at it like 'let's go walking' . . . It's the same with my flowers, when I paint the huge blooms -- one thing at a time. No crickets on the sepals. Smiling

I have this image in my mind for my son for Christmas. He has the big black lab that he rescued a couple of years ago. I'm going to paint a very close up of the lab's face in an all black background. Ha! I do love a challenge. The face will be bigger than life, like my flower paintings, a black lab in a black background. That's my next effort. I've noticed that most of my paintings wander off the canvas, leaving a lot to the imagination.

When my children were little, I painted little animals in trees and puppies playing with balls and kitties tumbling around, but that was then and I don't paint an entire story anymore, maybe. I just paint the opening chapter and you can finish the rest. And if you looked at the tree painting long enough, you'd probably see owl eyes staring back at you from a distance. Or skunks slithering around the grasses, or somebody walking behind the last tree. The eyes in your mind will see something and the story you see will unfold.
Imagevic
Nov 12, 2013 12:41 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I would love to wander through those trees too. No fear at all.

We got a Dyson Animal and I LOVE it, especially with two dogs. I hope it's my second and final vacuum. Hank came into the marriage 44 years ago with a Kirby. We had a central vac in OH.

Cloudy and windy here. 23 or 25 tonight - depending on which weather station you listen to.
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2013 12:42 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
The skunk in my garbage can. On the end of the broom handle.
Oh yeah! Happy skunk when I very gently dumped him back on the ground.
Not so happy when I tossed the trash bag in on top of him. Sad
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'm looking at the Dyson animal, Vic.

Gotta do something fast, it's been a week. Ugh.
I kept thinking I could fix it.
Not.
Imageirisarian
Nov 12, 2013 6:36 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
What is a 'Dyson animal'?
ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2013 9:19 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Dyson Animal Upright Vacuum, Lucy.

Been shopping tonight with my daughter, whew! Walked myself into a stupor, but had dinner and home now and she bought a vac for me for my birthday!!!! Woot woot. And no it isn't my birthday yet. And no it isn't the Dyson Animal, but it's a good one.

Tell you more later but I'm stuffed with Chinese at the moment.
ImageSharon
Nov 13, 2013 12:27 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So my daughter came today to take me shopping for my birthday, surprised me. We were gone for many hours it seemed and this is how it went:

My Birthday Shopping Day:

(purchases)

Ashley:
2 pairs khaki work pants for her
1 pair non skid work shoes for her
1 pair gray short boots, beautiful and dressy, for her
Make up stuff, for her
Hair stuff, for her

And for me:
1 Shark Navigator upright swivel animal and everything else vac

And for us:
Chinese food

Whew! Whatta day, but it was fun. And while she was doing all her shopping, I picked up cat food, dog food and more acrylic paint. Oh and a brush. And sat around and waited and waited and waited.

I'm so used to going straight in, get what I want, pay, leave, go home. I am so not a good shopping buddy for anybody. Honestly, unless it's plants or paints or books, I'm in there and out in a matter of minutes. But I was good today and very gracious and she said she only heard me sigh once and that was during the trying on of what looked to be about 8 pairs of khaki pants. Big Grin
Imagevic
Nov 13, 2013 4:00 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Whoo Hoo on the new vacuum - Hurray! Hurray!

Yum on the Chinese. Fortunately, my dd's are like me and hate to shop. In - out - Done!

Cold out there this morning - very cold brrrrr

Stay warm!
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
ImageMaryE
Nov 13, 2013 8:24 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Woohoo! Sharon has a new vacuum that will make life easier. Out with the old, in with the new!

Sharon and Vicki, I shop like you do. Go in, find what I want, pay, leave. I do enjoy a bit of people watching if we go to a mall, or just sitting in the car while Hubby runs in to buy something, but those all day marathons are not for me. I really got soured on shopping when I took my MIL who didn't have any other transportation, had to try on or look at everything, would buy, was never satisfied, so a few days later we went again, and she'd return that and buy something else. It seemed endless! I know that some people do love to shop, and that's great......... for them!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php

Page 4 of 59 • 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 59

« Back to the top
« Cubits.org homepage
« Blue Gardens cubit homepage
« Blue Garden chat forum

Only this cubit's owners and admins may reply to this thread.

Blue Gardens

Blue Blooms, Garden Decor, Color Combos, Garden Rooms, Secret Gardens and other ways to make our gardens unique.

» Home
» Forums

Cubit owner: Sharon