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Apr 14, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Name: Sharon
TIme for a new thread, it was a long cold winter and for most of us it is a long cold spring but little by little we are seeing blooms wherever we are!

Join us as we chat about anything and everything and share in the friendships that have formed already on this forum. It's a great group and you never know what the topic of the moment might be. With all the strange weather we've been having, it will be no surprise when you see it mentioned again and again. Seems as if weather is the determining factor for most of our activities.

We came from here:

My Redbud is blooming, oh YES it is!!!!
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Apr 14, 2014 8:02 PM CST
Name: Sharon
It's really a crummy redbud picture but it is a beautiful tree in bloom. It was raining most of the day and with humidity and raindrops it was so difficult to get a decent picture. I'll try again on the next clear day.

I have an article to finish tonight, not for gardening but for the boating magazine that i write for sometimes, so I'll wait till I finish it before I answer your posts and also Susan, if you don't mind, I'll describe the video to you then too. It's a great art technique and really a beautiful concept done by a young girl. Don't let me forget, I'll send it by Cmail.

If I don't get back tonight, y'all rest, have a great night and if you can see the lunar eclipse tonight, enjoy it for me too. I doubt very much that my skies will clear by midnight. It will be beautiful though, I know.

Sending hugs ...
Apr 14, 2014 8:29 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
...receiving hugs. Thanks, Sharon. Redbuds are lovely trees when in flower.

Forgot to mention earlier that we ended up with over 5" of rain. We had no flooding, so that shows you how dry we were. The subsoil moisture should be well-charged one more. Thumbs up
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Apr 14, 2014 9:24 PM CST
Name: DaylilyOma2
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What a beautiful tree, Sharon. No seeing the beautiful moon here tonight either. Rain, rain and more rain. Then snow. Yes, snow. They say this rain will turn to snow toward morning and we could get an inch or so of ground cover. At least we are not having thunder tonight. Last night it was almost a constant rumble. Not much sleep for me.
Thanks, Sharon, for the new thread. We will look forward to seeing another picture of your beautiful tree.
Hugs back to you.....good night
Apr 14, 2014 10:55 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Beautiful tree Sharon. Thumbs up
Apr 15, 2014 1:05 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Lunar eclipse at my house.
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Apr 15, 2014 1:35 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

Thank you for the new thread Sharon. The red bud is beautiful and your lunar eclipse photo is WOW!

It's 61 with a high of 60 and an overnight of 31 - how's that for temps. Sheesh...

Stay warm and dry everyone.

Arlene - Group hug I feel your tired. Bless you...
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Apr 15, 2014 4:12 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Good morning! Feeling refreshed and ready to go at it again!

Beautiful redbud tree, Sharon. On our drive home we saw lots of them and when we got further siuth, dogwoods. Nice lunar photo as well. David was us but it was too cloudy to see anything.

My peas at home have blossoms but the peas at the farm look really rough. They have experienced several bouts of this cold. The ones at home got covered. I planted more but the ground is so crusty they are having trouble breaking through. But at least we should have enough for a couple of meals. We are really enjoying the lettuce and asparagus!

The baby is really walking more than crawling now so my day is spent following him around. I love having the time with the grandchildren but I am tired when the day is done. Yesterday was the first time I actually did a few chores when I got home. David fixed dinner so that was nice.

I weeded my flower bed I made out front last year. Not a lot of weeds because I tried to mulch heavily, but I want to stay ahead of it. I lost a few plants, an ornamental grass and an agastache. I also finally got a few seedlings potted up. I have a 288 plug tray of basil I am hoping to get potted up tonight and tomorrow.

Right now it's 60 but tonight is supposed be 31 so I have to make sure my new plants from my trip are covered. They are all in crates so that will help to move them.

Mary, I am making your peanut butter oatmeal cookies today!

I hope Pups is recovering and the meds are helping the infection. Oma, I really hope you can get some sleep!

Larry, hard to believe you can get five inches of rain and it all soakes in. What a drastic change in temps for you as well.

I'm really hoping this is the last blast of cold for everyone!
Apr 15, 2014 8:27 AM CST
Name: Sharon
My one big rule around here is that we don't have to comment on everything that anybody talked about in a previous post. I'm just covering my behind now because I left your posts back in the last thread and don't want to have to bounce back and forth in order to comment about each of them. At least I remembered about Susan and the video.

And Jill's mom's birthday. That was a beautiful thing, Jill -- you are so fortunate to still have your mom and don't you know it made her so happy! Now that I don't, I wish I still had an older relative to visit and talk with. Seems as if I didn't do enough of that when they were living. Greta does those kinds of things with her family and there again, it would be sweet to have a large family and older people in it. If my brother and I have a gathering, I am the only 'older people' there. Bittersweet.

Oma, I hope this is a better day for you and that you got some good rest. Also gentle hugs to Pups while he's healing.

Beautiful, sunny and windy here, but looks are totally deceiving because I nearly froze taking about 10 steps across the deck to rescue the trash picker -upper from Sunshine's happy hug. I don't know what there was about him but she loved him the moment she saw him. The feeling seemed mutual because he talked with her like they were best friends. My dog has more friends than I do. Our city workers wear lime green vests when they are on their jobs, and I'm thinking that it's the vest she notices because no matter which one is here or in the street, her tail starts wagging and you'd think she was a helicopter ready for launch. She isn't like that with everybody, especially not the UPS or FedEx people. She wants them gone the minute she sees them. But they knock on my door and the city workers don't.

Arlene, you must be the hardest worker I know, and you must love every single thing about gardening and cooking and children. You are always so busy with one task or another and often, all of them at the same time. And it seems as if you are always so very happy. I smile through every post you make.

Slow down for a day, Vic, you and Larry -- I figure the weather will catch up with us soon enough. But I hope none of you had a hard freeze last night. Charlie and Margaret -- are y'all any warmer yet?

Toni, hope your leg is much better today. And about the great meal and the little girl, maybe she just didn't know your rules. How old was she? If her family had never taught her to eat everything she put on her plate, or the rule about wasting food, and if you didn't tell her your house rule, then she didn't know that it wasn't OK to leave the food and eat a cupcake. So maybe it wasn't the little girl's fault and she was embarrassed over something she didn't know about. Although I agree about eating what's on your plate, I can understand the little girl's tears and the grandmother's reaction, maybe the grandmother felt guilty for not teaching the child. Sorry that all happened when you had fixed so much food.

Again I am hungry for peanut butter cookies, Mary. You do manage to most always make me hungry.

Susan, the video and the artist -- Imagine a very large piece of shiny slick white smooth glass laying on a table in front of you. The glass is covered by a spray of what seemed to be dry dusty charcoal. Now imagine that you are using your fingers to paint. When you were small did you ever finger paint? Well, it was like that, except the paint wasn't wet, it was dry and dusty.

Now the glass is covered in black dust but just a light coating of it. She took her hands, using both of them she drew a scene that started in the distant background with what looked to be a building then the drawing came forward and became a path with a park bench where two people sat. She was drawing all the time and as one scene was finished another totally different scene appeared. Wherever her hands or fingers touched, the white background appeared and one drawing followed another. By the end of it, she had probably drawn 20 scenes or more in the dark dust, then sprayed more dust over the scene and created another one. Without looking at it again, I can't remember all the scenes but they were very emotional, and seemed to remind me of what I have read about the German concentration camps from WWII, or something related to a war scene. The young girl who was drawing was from the Ukraine, I think they said. Other people might have seen it in a different way, but that's the way it affected me the first time I saw it. Susan, let me know in a Cmail if you want to hear more about it and I'll be happy to watch it again so I can better describe each scene. Or maybe the rest of you would like to describe it from your viewpoint.

I sat up late last night working on the boating history article, and thought I had better take Sunshine outside to potty before going to bed. I had forgotten about the lunar eclipse till then but there it was right over my deck. Even Sunshine noticed it. I grabbed my camera and clicked fast because there were traces of fast moving clouds. I took about 6 photos pretty quickly; it was cold and Sunshine was done and wanted in, but this is the only photo that was very good. My fingers were too cold to fool very much with the camera so it is what it is. It's called the Blood Moon because it was supposed to have a reddish tint, but when I saw it there was merely a golden coppery tint on it. Beautiful, but so cold.

I hope your day is happy and warm, I have to get back to that boating article this morning.
Apr 15, 2014 8:52 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I just got all my blankets and sheets out that I use for plants. I have 8 HUGE pots already out and they have to come in but we're going to use all the rolling carts so it won't be that bad. The 27 degrees will be so cold after all the warm we've had. The plants will be in the garage and/or covered for the next two nights and then the warm up begins. My perennial garden is much too large to cover everything. *sigh*

The only thing I would add to Sharon's description of the video was there was music playing the entire time she was painting and she also lit a candle when she started and blew it out when she was done. She was extremely talented.

We're in the 60's right now and it's damp and dark.
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Apr 15, 2014 9:26 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Susan asked me to post a photo of her tomatoes for you. I'm so jealous of your maters Susan and your yard is beautiful!

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Apr 15, 2014 9:53 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Too cloudy here to see the eclipse last night. Did a little clearing of the weeds & moss out of the barrels this morning. Misty rain started before I could get to #4 & that has a lot of grass & my I. pumila seedling in it. Have asked John to add fertilizer. going to be misty all day & in the 40s the next 3 days.
Apr 15, 2014 10:01 AM CST
Vicki, I'm not sure what angle Danny took that photo at, but my yard is definitely not beautiful! He must be a talented photographer.

Thanks for posting for me, and for the compliments also!
Apr 15, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Here is my eclipse photo, taken a bit later than Sharon's:

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Oma, I hope you're able to get some good sleep soon. Can you take a sleep aid?

Great tomato shot, Susan. Wish mine were that far along.

Another comment on that talented artist that drew with both hands: The whole thing flowed effortlessly. She was constantly in motion and one scene just melted into another. She had absolute and total control of her medium.

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Apr 15, 2014 10:27 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Great tomatoes!!! Susan, you do have a beautiful place there.

You're right about the video, her constant motion, music and the impressive way the candle introduced it and then closed it. It was brilliantly done, all of it.
Apr 15, 2014 10:57 AM CST
Thanks ... Danny just managed to skip over Moses' part of the yard! Remember the yard is his. The pots are mine.
Big Grin
Apr 15, 2014 12:01 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Sharon - About the little girl.. she was 13years old. If she'd been 5 or 6, that'd been one thing. But a teenager? And I fault the parents/grandparents for not teaching about waste.

Wanted to stay up & watch the eclipse, but had a rough night last night. Emotionally I've been a disaster zone. Not really sure why, not really sure how to fix either. Just feel kinda giving up on everything. But there's always *something* that needs my attention, so I just keep pluggin' along. So talked w/DH last night and we agreed (well, not like he had much of a choice LOLL) that I was gonna go back to being part time at my job. After I got over the concept of being part time, I realized that I was able to accomplish a LOT in the mornings and right now, being full time, I feel like I waste so much time picking my nose at a job I hate. So that's what I told my boss I was going to do, come in later in the morning & just be part time rather than full time. Doesn't really matter as far as benefits because I don't get any (no vacation/sick leave, no 401K, etc). And I'm going to stay hourly so I don't get gyped with losing hours (with salaried, I'd regularly be giving the company hours as I'd get paid for 80 hours & would work 84-96 hours.. just the way the calendar falls). So, while I missed out on the bloodmoon (supposedly was VERY red here), was able to settle my brain a bit.

Just waiting patiently for tomorrow. Dr's appt for last set of bloodwork. When I went to urgent care on Saturday, the triage techs used one of those automated machines for my BP. Left arm recorded 168/102. Right arm recorded 172/96. I say bullhockey. I've never, in my entire life, had a BP over 145/95, and that was when I was practically passing out from kidney stones. I honestly think their machine was on the fritz. Haven't taken any supplements of any kind, so when I go in for the vampires, I'm gonna ask them to do a panel on vitamin deficiencies as well. And talk to them about bariatrics. Something. There's definitely gotta be something wrong for my situation and I want answers as to why. Someone who was working out at the gym 6x weekly & eating no more than 1200calories a day should not have gained 30lbs in 1 month. That tells me that there's something wrong, but what? And I know it's not pregnancy.. can't happen. Thinking either a tumor or an alien. Leaning more towards alien. Could be cool! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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Apr 15, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Toni - Group hug I'm so glad you're cutting back on the work hours so you don't feel so overwhelmed. Ack on the blood work and blood pressure. Praying it's all ok for you Group hug Group hug

Temps are dropping. I've got the guest room ready, did a load of laundry. Cleaned two other rooms . Made homemade noodles and a batch of cookies. Did some prep work for Saturday night - that's cooked and back in the freezer. Playing T-berry shuffle with the plants and my dear sweet husband said he would go into town and pick up supper. God BLESS him! He will help me with some of the big pots.

So glad the outside work got done. Finished 3 huge piles of mulch, weeded the small veggie garden and around the compost area. I little mowed and Hank big mowed and blowed.

Inch by inch.....
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Apr 15, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Good you cleared the pregnancy thing up cause you seem to have all the symptoms! LOL! Not really funny when you are on a roller coaster emotionally and when you HATE your job!!! Boy, I remember that when I was still working. Luckily I was getting myself set up to take a pay cut for less stress when i got laid off. I was among the first of several rounds of layoffs so the severance package was sweet and really, for me, it was the BEST thing that could have happened to me!

I hope going part time for you Toni will help. I know you said you like to buy but if you're happier, you won't even miss the buying part.

Sharon, I try to stay happy and look on the bright side because it takes so much energy to be down or angry. But really, I have my moments, just ask David! LOL! I do choose to be happy though! I used to worry a lot until someone told me how much energy was wasted worrying when it doesn't change anything.

We did make the peanut butter cookies (granddaughter and I). We snuck it in when the baby was napping. They are delicious!!!! And I used whole wheat flour too.

Anyone here use rooibos tea? My son got some and we tried it. We liked it and it's supposed to be good for you so we got some too. Caffeine free too. I'm trying anything natural I can in hopes of continued good health especially since i don't take particularly good care of myself otherwise.

I did not watch the video yet because when I read the post I was on my iPad and most times I cannot watch videos on it so I will have to go back to the other thread because I do want to watch it, especially now that it has been described.

Susan, what great looking tomatoes and a nice set up. I really like the Earth Boxes. We have several and I like to use them inside the greenhouse to get a head start on things like cucumbers and melons. Not this year though. Really behind my normal schedule this year but I refuse to stress over it. If it gets done, great. If not, there's always next year.

It's already getting cold here and very windy. Jen sent pictures this morning of snow on the ground in MI and my mother said they have had snow for 7 months!!!

Stay warm everyone!
Apr 15, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I believe Vic is the hard worker here! Well, lots of hard workers here!!! We keep good company.

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