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Imagevic
Jan 17, 2014 7:09 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Mary, how long will you be in therapy. It sound painful Crying

In the second photo, I see a heater that I haven't seen since I was child. What a memory it brought back to me Lovey dubby

It's so hard to move when you hurt Group hug Group hug
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Imagemcash70
Jan 17, 2014 8:53 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Mary, sorry to hear you have been in so much pain, I hope the therapy works for you. Group hug

Neat junk art. Thumbs up
SunnyBorders
Jan 17, 2014 8:56 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Sorry about your mobility/pain problem, Mary.

Interesting art, Larry, Mary.

Sharon, Ford is playing for the next mayoralty election.
The Toronto Council voted overwhelmingly in November to give Ford's non-statuatory powers to the Deputy Mayor.
So the Premier of Ontario just asked the Deputy Mayor to a meeting to discuss Toronto disaster aid for the ice-storm damage.
Ford asked to also go, but the Premier refused him.

Yesterday Ford said on a D.C. radio sport's program that the reason why the Premier asked the Deputy Mayor and not him is that the Premier and the Deputy Mayor are both Liberals,
while Ford is a Conservative.
He never mentioned that the Council had taken the responsibility away from him because of his outrageous (and illegal) behaviour.

Read about the 25 minute execution in Ohio and about Adam Lanza talking about the chimp that attacked, violence and mall shootings on a U.S. radio show.
I totally understand why people take "news breaks".



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ImageMaryE
Jan 17, 2014 11:20 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Vic, I think that little heater was called a milkhouse heater. I've had a couple of them through the years, and actually did use one in the milkhouse. They are great for warming the hands before starting to milk, or in the house to warm a small room such as a bathroom.

I don't know how long it will take to regain the mobility I have lost over the past 13 months. Right now getting over this pain hurdle and being able to do the prescribed exercises is enough. I'll have to ask if they can give me an estimate, and probably will be told it depends on how hard I work at it.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Imagege1836
Jan 18, 2014 5:42 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Mary: I am on your page with hip pain.
I dont want to start an "organ recital" here but had bursitis and arthritis for 10 years before I had both hips replaced.
Stay with the therapy as long as you can. There is nothing that should keep you from the garden.

I found Snowdrop yesterday. Just one bloom in a clump that has been growing for 5 years.
I dont have a pix of the one from yesterdat but here are some from past years.
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2011 blooms Feb.
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And Feb hellebores,how did I forget they bloomed so early.
Its almost here
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Here is my formula for "Spring is almost here"
January is almost done so it doesnt count.
Feb.is a short month ,hardly matters realy
March is when Robins return and spring bulbs are budded.
You could say spring is just around the corner.
Imagevic
Jan 18, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Amazing that you have blooms so early and they are all so beautiful. Thank you for posting them Thumbs up
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ImageSharon
Jan 18, 2014 9:27 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
OK, I'm seriously jealous, Jo.
Seriously. It's too cold for me to go out and check for snowdrops. Again. All these 60 degree days that drop to 25 in one single heart beat are driving my back and legs crazy. I don't think this anti - inflam thing has kicked in yesterday.

My daughter has some kind of flu/crud/strept thing and came home to be sick so yesterday I drove in the ice cold wind to Paducah to pick up a Z Pac and some orange juice for her. That was a cold drive and what with Sunshine's potty needs I was an icicle by bedtime. Thought I never would get warm.

Charlie I can read about your politics and chuckle much more easily than I can laugh about mine.

Reminds me Jo, I lost my hellebores to the drought 2 summers ago and didn't replace them. And guess what else, I thinned out my snowdrops and can't remember where I planted the extras. Told you somebody needs to take away my gardening hat.

Cute Mary, I remember that heater too and several other things. The puppy dog toaster is cute. I like the little critters. I sure hope your exercises are taking care of your aches and pains. Sometimes they help me, sometimes not so much.

JB the jasmine is one you sent me and I relocated it to a sunnier window and realized it also probably was not getting enough water so maybe now it's on the road to recovery. I haven't killed anything yet inside this house so maybe the move to a better place will perk it right up.

I am out of birdseed. They are sitting out there looking at me through the window. I could slice an orange or two and put them out, but they'd be frozen in no time. There is a squirrels' nest in the very top of the biggest branch of the cottonwood tree just out back and usually the squirrels are quiet when it's this cold but Sunshine saw one run up the trunk of the tree this morning and I swear she's sitting in the window with her head and neck stretched straight up, trying to see the nest in the top of that tree. She's going to have a stiff neck. Those squirrels are snug and warm and not about to move.
ImageMaryE
Jan 18, 2014 10:45 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Slept (? well, stayed in bed) a while longer this morning, but still was up before the sun. Another pretty day here, with 16 degrees just before daylight. A bald eagle is perched in one of our big, 100 year old cottonwoods. I really don't know how old the trees are, but can tell you that 3 people with arms outstretched could not reach around one. There are 6 along the property line fence, plus other younger trees that have sprouted along the irrigation ditch. The eagle is probably the same one we often see in the winter, although I have seen 3 there a few times. Last night I heard the owls talking again. Yesterday we could only spot one, after seeing them perched, snuggling on the same limb 2 days in a row.

Slow news day today. We turned on the morning news and they are doing a recap of the week. In half an hour there wasn't a single new story. They might have taped it yesterday, put it on auto pilot and left for the whole weekend.

Jo Ann, nice that you have some flowers coming up. It's useless for me to look for about another month or more. Plants are amazing!!! I hope the new hips put the pain out of your life. Our son had a hip replacement two years ago, and within a year he was doing everything he did before, comfortably. He is a building contractor, works hard physically, spends a lot of time on ladders and in awkward positions. He only has one employee to help him with the actual building. In addition he works as a crew member on a friend's commercial fishing boat. He started that a few years ago after his friend, who works alone, had a small stroke while on the boat, and later had a more serious one while driving his car. Son decided he shouldn't be out there alone, so now he goes with him which is much safer. Besides, they have a lot of fun together.

Today I plan to do more work in the greenhouse while Hubby watches football. Today's winners will play in the Superbowl in 2 weeks, and soon after that the Olympics start. We don't subscribe to a channel that will cover it all, and since it is in Russia, most of the live coverage would be in the middle of our nights anyway.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
SunnyBorders
Jan 18, 2014 11:48 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Shovelling some snow just about every day.
Still good because it means it's not that cold.
Nice and sunny, but icy under foot.

Jo Ann, love to see the garden blooms.
Thanks.
We wouldn't see the first hint of any snowdrops until mid March.
Our marker is St Patrick's Day (green beer and the first snowdrops).

Sorry about the squirrel, Sharon.
Tell Sunshine there's more important things to focus on.

Imagevic
Jan 18, 2014 11:51 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Sharon, sure hope your dd gets well soon and you don't catch whatever she has Crying

Mary - I'm so amazed at you folks that get to see eagles.

Charlie - Be careful on that ice underneath the snow.

Very brisk wind out there that turns your face red right away but lots of sunshine and blue skies.
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ImageLarryR
Jan 18, 2014 12:40 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Sorry, Sharon, I was going to mention the artist and forgot. His name is John Piccoli. He and his wife, Sonia, live on the family property at Barraport in the Boort area near Bendigo in Victoria, Australia. And here is something you can relate to. He had polio as a child. Not quite as fortunate as you, though. He has spent his entire life since age 6 in a wheelchair. So how does he manage to create such huge sculptures? Block and tackle. He lies on the floor and simply shifts the piece around, so that whatever area he's working on is always right in front of him. Pretty inspiring!

Mary, loved the kitty's electric meter tummy! Wish you all the best with your hip. I had a frozen shoulder many years ago with lots of adhesions. I could have had surgery, but chose physical therapy. There were days when I wondered if I shouldn't have chosen surgery, the pain was so bad. To this day I still do an exercise in the shower (very warm water helps) which allows me to detect if I'm losing any range of motion. So far, so good.

JB and Sharon, I've had a star jasmine in a hanging pot of almost a decade now. It's totally pot bound but continues to bloom and grow to the point where I have to trim it back. I leave it outside in the fall until it's been exposed to several nights of frost. Then I take it to the basement (60 degrees) where it goes semi-dormant. It breaks dormancy in early March and starts producing buds. When the first ones are ready to open, I hang it back outside. It blooms all through spring and summer. Somewhere I have a photo of it blooming. I'll see if I can find it.

Jo Ann, little surprises, like those snowdrops, is one of the compelling reasons to garden.
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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Imageirisarian
Jan 18, 2014 12:41 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I looked out the dining room window with hope, but saw no snowdrops is that bed. Just as well as it is snowing & sticking here. something about being near the coast.
ImageLarryR
Jan 18, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
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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/
SunnyBorders
Jan 18, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Very attractive, Larry.
Love the red brick too.
ImageSharon
Jan 18, 2014 1:04 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So pretty, Larry. I am a rotten Jasmine grower. I'm going to change its pot soon as it gets finished with pouting.

Thanks about that amazing artist, Larry! Beautiful work.

Lucy, same thing I tell you every day, STAY INSIDE!!
ImageJB
Jan 18, 2014 1:04 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Larry, that is wonderful. Don't you love Jasmine and how once they are mature you just can not kill them unless you never water them.
I have two Maid of Orleans in pots that they should be moved but if I move them they will grow more and I can not have that. I had to get rid of their mother because she just became so big I had her planted in a muck bucket with holes in the bottom. She was my first one and I had her for many years. These two are my stock plants now but the demand for them has gone south. Many of my Asian and Indian customers all have what they need just now and I guess they are reproducing their own. I find the demand for them changes each year. Some years I can not keep enough in stock, but last year I had so many I did not cut until late and then I only cut Stars.

Sharon, I forgot I sent you a star. I would think it needs a new location if that is the case. The babies in the greenhouse are about four inches tall and they are blooming. I have only been watering every two or three days in this cold weather and it gets really cold in there when our temp goes down below 20, but they all survived the last deep freeze and today they were blooming.

Mary, you ask about my birds, I have only 4 left from the 12 I came here with. When I was breeding medium and small parrots I had over 100 birds...I also bred canaries and lovebirds, conures and senecals. I would breed, hatch and handfeed all of them and I loved every moment. Even when I was lacking sleep to the point I could barely function. I kept a few when I sold the business and moved to my new home and those are the ones I still have. Gunny is a Double Yellow Headed Amazon...Tweeter is a Sun Conure..Sage is a green pied lovebird and Ruffy is a Pacific Parrotlet. All are over 10 years old but they have life spans of many years. Especially the parrots. Gunny is 23 and I handfed him. Many people do not realize how long their commitment is when they decide to purchase a parrot. I was very selective who I sold to and I had customers from all over the Eastern States. I would not ship so that limited my area to sell. If someone wanted one of my birds I wanted to meet them and I wanted the bird to meet them before they took them home. See what happens when you ask me about my birds. I could go on and on forever. They were my passion for many years, but it is so much work for one person I do not recommend it to anyone unless they have other help. Which is how I managed to do it. i did very little of anything else. There is no time when you feed babies every hour or hour and a half when they are first pulled from their eggs. (happens when the parents will not sit on the eggs and you must incubate them). OK, I will stop now. Thanks for asking.
Imagevic
Jan 18, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
WOW Larry - that is beautiful Thumbs up
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Imagevic
Jan 18, 2014 1:08 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Interesting about your birds Jacquie - our dd and sil have an African Grey. Her name is Maggie and she will outlive us all. Our 15 year old grand daughter has agreed to take her when none of us are here to take care of her.
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ImageSharon
Jan 18, 2014 1:09 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
JB, I love to hear about your birds, that's all new to me since I know nothing about them, except those that visit my yard. Show us pictures, tell us more, you will revive all of us, get us out of the winter doldrums if you share with us your bird words!!
ImageSharon
Jan 18, 2014 1:10 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Here I am, looking around, trying to give everybody a thumbs up.
Duh.

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