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ImageSkiekitty
Jan 1, 2014 11:00 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Larry - What zone are you in? Almonds grow there? Maybe I can grow almonds here? I love almonds... I know they're a pit fruit, not a nut. But I love almonds and wasn't sure if they'd grow here.
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ImageDaylilyOma2
Jan 2, 2014 12:25 AM CST
Name: DaylilyOma2
OH
Be a good day maker! Smile!
Happy New Year!
We had a very wonderful start to our New Year. Our daughter and husband came to visit and ate supper with us. Then we played the game Aggravation. We played it many times with my Opa and Oma. It was a fun thing to do at their house. We wanted to remember them today by playing "their" game. All four of us had fun.
And I actually won the first game. As Sharon mentioned in one of her earlier posts, it is all about making memories and we made them today. It was a great start to our 2014.

Thanks, Linda. Wishing you the best for this new year.

Larry, we had snow here, too but it did not amount to a whole lot. I guess we are to receive more tomorrow.
It looks pretty if you can stay inside.
Our tree is still decorated and since we were so late getting it up (Christmas day), it will be with us a few more days, maybe longer. It depends on when our daughter can come and help put things away. She is very good at that and likes to help out.

Sharon, so happy you had a safe trip.

Oma
ImageLarryR
Jan 2, 2014 1:29 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Toni, our garden is right on the border of zones 5a/b. Here's the tree: http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/apricot-trees/...

Also wanted to wish you the best when you start your diet regimen. When Wilma and I were in our 50s and starting to gain weight during the winters, we started a diet plan that has worked well for us. We tend to gain at least 10 pounds over winter. To prevent those pounds from accumulating winter after winter, we diet from March through the end of April. We've always been able to lose the weight we gained during the winter. The gardening season begins in earnest in May, so we get plenty of exercise through September and usually into October. During that time we eat whatever we want (but mostly healthy stuff) and don't gain weight.
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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 2, 2014 4:53 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks for posting that link Larry. I was just going to ask you which cultivar it was. Looks like it has some lovely fruit. Wonder if I can grow it down here. Apricots I can handle. Love peaches, but can't them, the outside fuzz makes me crazy touching. if I want a peach have to get somebody to peel it for me or buy frozen ones. They look yummy. Wish the seeds would come true, would beg ya for a couple than. Hilarious!



ImageLarryR
Jan 2, 2014 11:51 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
You're welcome, Star. I tip my hat to you.

Speaking of fuzzy fruit, I have a friend who eats kiwis unpeeled. Peaches I can handle, but my gag reflex is at the ready, just thinking about eating a kiwi peel and all.
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ImageSharon
Jan 2, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
roughage, yuck.

Peach fuzz doesn't bother me either, but not a kiwi. When I want a kiwi snack, I just slice it in two and scoop the inside out with a spoon. Not pretty, I guess, but so good. I love kiwis.

Been thinking about the nutritional value of the almond. Amazing little thing. Beautiful little blooming tree too.

I'm sitting here waiting for the DirecTV guys to come. I called after we got the HD TV last week, told them I needed a new receiver to accommodate it, and I thought they'd mail it.

But oh no!! Since I'm such a valued customer since '95, they are bringing it and will install it along with a new dish on top of my slightly snow covered roof today, No charge. Amazing. But I worry about the slightly snow covered roof. Hardly any snow at all, but it's still cloudy so I don't know what this day has in mind as far as weather is concerned. Anyway, I'm waiting on the TV guys. Me, who never watches TV. I don't think high definition will do a thing for the music channels that I listen to.

Star, that's so funny about fuzzy peach skins. My neighbor friend brought me a bottle of lotion in a paper sack the other day. Said she had ordered the lotion but couldn't stand to touch the bottle it came in. It does have a strange feel to it, sort of almost sticky. I took it out of the bag and sort of handed it back to her and said, 'Are you sure?' thinking maybe we could put the lotion into another bottle.

She jerked away and said 'Can't touch that!'

Funny how we react to touch.
Imagevic
Jan 2, 2014 12:33 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
We have high def tv's but still use the basic receiver. We'll switch over someday. It is about 10 bucks more a month I think. dd has high def receiver and it is unbelievable. Definitely a wow factor as far as feeling you're right there "in" the picture.

Spitting rain here and cold and getting colder as the week goes on.
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Imageirisarian
Jan 2, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
About 4" of snow here & still falling. Street plows are out. It is the light fluffy stuff instead of heavy & wet. Will watch if mail goes up the other side of the street as John swung the mailbox in to keep it out of the way of the plows. Red bellied woodpeckers (the pair) came to dine. We set up the suet feeder for woodpeckers so glad to see them. It has a tailboard underneath to help them balance.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 2, 2014 1:19 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Awwwwwwwwww Larry, did ya have to say that about eating the Kiwi skin, just as I took a big gulp of coffee. Throat locked up and sputtering coffee all over keyboard. Hilarious! I pick them up, eat the same as you Sharon or I peel and slice if I want to make look pretty on fruit tray.

I may have to see about getting me a couple of them trees. Wonder what the cold chill requirements are for them. Didn't see that when I was looking at site. Peaches do grow down here, but they do best a few hundred miles north of me as they get snow and cold.

Can't stand to touch velvet material either. Nothing prettier than royal deep purple velvet to look at either. The touch of velvet and peaches reminds me of fingernails scraping on a blackboard. (shiver...shiver.. just thinking about it)

Still raining here. Went out and scattered sunflower seeds out for my birds. Oh the Cardinals. never had so many in my yard before at one time. Then, some tiny birds I don't know have about 30 of them come everyday to eat, plus my woodpeckers.

Wish I could hang stuff from trees for the birds, but trees are way to tall to reach lower branches. My poor birdies have to eat off the ground. They don't seem to mind. They just glad there is food. My one woodpecker loves oyster crackers. I'm sure it not very healthy for them, but they do enjoy it. Don't give them to many though, mainly let them eat the bugs.

The pine trees are loaded with pine bark beetles down here and they have plenty of natural food.
ImageSharon
Jan 2, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I think, Star, the trees that are productive almond bearers grow best in California, probably the northern part because they need the hot/cold season for best productivity. At least that's where the most almonds are sold from in the US. I'm sure if the seasons are just right, they'll grow well in many other places. Larry might know better than I. Not sure you get cold enough there where you are.

And while you're here, it's so good to have you back online again, Ella. Missed you.
ImageSkiekitty
Jan 2, 2014 1:31 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Larry - Thank you for the link, but I'm not gonna be ordering from them. They have really horrible ratings on DG's Garden Watchdog. I'll just have to see if I can find that variety locally or something.

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/comments.php?compid=189&...

Was planning on going to the gym last night, but ended up walking in a blizzard at the dogpark instead. That was enough exercise with my cold! We got about 1/3 of the way (about 1/3 a mile as the entire circuit is 1 mile around) before turning back.. and, of course, was walking RIGHT into the wind/snow. I was frozen by the time we got to the gate and drove in a mild whiteout over to Petco to pickup catfood. Got home, putzed around.. you know how it goes. However, this morning I *did* go to the gym (had to force myself.. but that's always the hard part, getting started..). Spent 1/2 hour on the elliptical, burned, in theory, 406 calories. So I can almost eat a cookie! Yay! Going back tonight & walking for like 1/2 hour on the treadmill. I figure that if I work at it, splitting it like that with morning & evening stints, I should be in good shape. Just mad at myself for gaining all that weight right back. I can say that I was emotionally stressed with my work, my coworker dying, my cat dying, blahblahblah, but that's all excuses and I don't live by excuses. I live by results and, well, I did it to myself, so I have to pay the consequences and lose it all again. And this time, KEEP it off. That means not eating tons of chocolate cake just because something horrible happens in my life. If something horrible happens that is out of my control, then deal with it & move on! Maybe I'll just become an alcoholic? Be more expensive, but not as bad on the waistline. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Or a methhead! Yea! I can be a methhead! wonder where I could get that stuff at...

Charlie - Saw that Mayor Ford is running for re-election? I guess that proves that insanity & stupidity aren't just American traits... of course, it depends on if he actually gets reelected, too. http://news.yahoo.com/photos/toronto-mayor-rob-ford-admits-t...

The pictures I uploaded of the interior wall of the Reunion Tower in Dallas? I took video of it too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edit2QGfvPQ

Took pictures yesterday of my Christmas lights finally. Which is good because I'm tearing it down tomorrow before yet another storm blows through.

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Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
My new Etsy shop - handmade jewelry by ME!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OjodelGato
Buy some of my photos! http://www.catsonkeyboards.com
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ImageSharon
Jan 2, 2014 1:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Your streetlight looks like the 'Star brightly shining', Toni.

Thanks for the pictures!

So glad you went to the gym!!! Told you I would be nagging you about it.

Lucy, you stay safe and warm up there. Never heard of a tailboard for birds. I learn the best stuff right here!
ImageJB
Jan 2, 2014 2:00 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Just a quick Happy New Year to you all. What a lovely thread this is. Sharon, you are the best. Bless you. I hope you all stay safe and well during the storm we are about to get. What a way to start 2014.

Here is something to warm your hearts. My camellia is still blooming. Her name is April Blush. She helps me think Spring.


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ImageSharon
Jan 2, 2014 2:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Jacquie!!! How beautiful is that bloom! Wow, just what I needed on this gray and white day. Happy New Year right back to you and you, my dear, stay inside and enjoy that wonderful camellia. And come back and join us on this thread whenever you need good company. This group is THE BEST EVER!!

My DirecTV guy is still here, thank you very much DTV for sending one tiny little guy to do a days worth of work for 3 men. Changing out the dish on the roof in 30* with snow can't be very exciting. Then crawling beneath the house in the mud and muck certainly is not icing on the cake. But he's slowly plodding his way through. I sure hope he finishes before sunset, and doesn't freeze to a scarecrow up on my roof.
Imagevic
Jan 2, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Our birds are eating like crazy too Ella.

Toni - LOVE all the bright lights Hurray!

Jacquie - what a lovely bloom on a dreary day - thank you!

God bless those service people huh?
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ImageJB
Jan 2, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
I love Direct TV and my SIL decided we were going to save money and try DISH....not much difference except now I have all the Horse Racing Channels and have to learn all the numbers over. A royal pain. Also the audio is not as clear as on Direct TV. I would miss the races but I would love to go back to Direct TV. They always send really great repairmen when needed. Which was not many times.

Thanks for the warm welcome. I need it just now.
ImageSharon
Jan 2, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Seems like I've had DTV forever and have never had a problem. I just feel terrible for this little guy out in the cold today. He's been here for 2 hours, don't you know he's frozen? I keep hearing him though, so I guess he's alive.

Jacquie, we would love to have you join us anytime. I'm telling you, we talk about everything under the sun and really have a good time. Lots of garden related talk, but some not very garden related chat as well. Just hop right in, it is really truly a great group. Group hug
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 2, 2014 2:54 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
JB... Beautiful looking Camellia. Have to drool here a bit. Sticking tongue out Sorry Sharon for getting the thread wet. Here's a tissue to mop it up. ~~~~ Hilarious!

No TV here other than the basic local channels. Too expensive and I always so busy and don't get things done now I should. If I had cable I would be watching the Nature and Science, Music and Global programs of other countries all day and night.

As long as I have my DWTS, American Idol and X Factor I am happy. Get the Nature program on PBS along with historical and global stories so I good to go. Used to watch old movies on Fox 54. but now it the Living Network. Now I gain about 5 pounds everyday watching all the cooking shows.

I just don't know how some of them folks do it. Some of them ingredients so expensive if you can even get a hold of them. Nice to look at though and dream of them meals. Smiling
ImageJB
Jan 2, 2014 3:11 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Ella, I love the Food Network. Over the holidays when there was nothing but Charlie Brown on the local stations I moved to the Food Network and watched Rachel Ray and that other man with their teams of chefs. That was fun. I am amazed how they make such nice looking dishes out of the worst combinations of foods.

The last DWTS was good. I think Derek is the greatest. He is so cute and my God he can dance. In my younger days I loved dancing. Now I am old and chubby (notice I did not say fat, which I think I am but I hate the word). I am too short to weigh what I weigh and I can not seem to loose weight because my metabolism has slowed down. I eat healthy but do not get enough exercise since my ankle accident last summer. Good excuse not to exercise at the time, but now, there is no excuse except I hate to exercise. I love my pizza and wine. Bad me. Enough of this. Time to move on and be productive. It is almost 5 o'clock somewhere. The snow is to start soon. Crying
ImageSkiekitty
Jan 2, 2014 3:13 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
I don't have many birds at my feeders right now.. I have dark eyed juncos, chickadees, doves for the most part. I'm seriously contemplating ripping out my 30+ year old lilac and replacing it with some kind of evergreen so I can give the birds more shelter in the winter. That lilac doesn't bloom that much unless we get like 3-4 ft of snow in the winter and it's so incredibly leggy. I have lots of lilacs in the back yard, so it's not like I'm just pulling something out for the hell of it. I just want to give the birdies some shelter in the winter and I don't have any other room in the front yard to put in another evergreen w/o ripping out some roses, which is NOT happening. I may plant another evergreen in the back yard in the dog yard, but will have to make sure that Waffles can't dig it up. If I do that, I'll have to find a pinon, a Colorado Blue Spruce, or a Concolor fir tree (one of the few firs that'll grow in CO). I don't want a pine if I can avoid it.. I want something bushy. I have 2 pines already.

Jacquie - Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! for that beautiful bloom! Every single time the snow melts here, we get another dusting of powder, so we just keep going from blah to white to blah to white to blah! Your camellia is definitely a beautiful sight for sore & tired eyes! Wish I could grow indoor plants.. 1) I forget to water them & 2) my cats would eat them. *Blush* *Blush*
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
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Buy some of my photos! http://www.catsonkeyboards.com
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