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Sep 19, 2014 11:03 PM CST
Name: Sharon
The flowers in our gardens are upside down, closing in on themselves, feeling the last rays of summer's sun on their backs. We'll add another layer of mulch to their cover and wish them well during their long winter's sleep. And if by chance we have those plants that hold on to their leaves of green, we'll treat them a little kinder this year since it might be another long cold winter ahead.

Getting our gardens ready for winter is much like coming to the end of a favorite book, we are reluctant to let the characters go, they have become such good friends. But with the end of every good book, there will be another to follow. And so it is with our gardens.

So let's open this new chapter with the colors of Fall, it's that time again whether we are ready or not.

We came from right here:

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Sep 20, 2014 2:01 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
What a sweet photo Lovey dubby

Our dogwoods are started changing color last week.

Sharon, those photo's are so calm and peaceful. Beautiful too!

Charlie, glad the implant went well and hopefully with the gardening season winding down, the shoulder ache will go away too.

Lucy, so glad John continues to do well. Smiling at your rotary phone. Glad it still works Thumbs up

Elena, we still compost too.

Haven't checked the weather yet but Hank told me it's supposed to be a beautiful day. Two years ago today I was walking the floors in the waiting room while Hank was in surgery for his aneurysm.

Have a BLESSED day - all...

Group hug
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Sep 20, 2014 6:41 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
We still have two rotary phones and 3 phones that we can carry around the house plus a cell phone. I figure that we are fixed for callers if we have electricity or not.
Sep 20, 2014 10:35 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Charlie I forgot about your implants. I think I dreaded it right out of my mind, so sorry, but you sound good so you must have survived with no major problems.

It's absolutely gorgeous here but I found a maple leaf and its edges are turning reddish. I believe it's fall and it smells like fall too, you know? That dry scent almost like you could smell hickory smoke in the air if you were just in the right place. And the greens are turning a little golden, like the bald cypress. And there's a breeze, not a quiet one but a rustling one, restless dry leaves. That's why I pulled out the old picture of Ethan taken in all those leaves in my front yard. I think he might have been two that year, first time he'd ever played in a pile of leaves.

Y'all have a really good day. Andi, we haven't heard from you in a while.
Sep 20, 2014 2:20 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Cute picture of young Ethan in the leaves, Sharon.

Thanks Vic, Sharon.
Implants not bad at all.
The only painful thing about them could be their cost!

Very frustrating, Elena, re developers/builders and removing/moving top soil.
Here they remove it from large developments and then apparently sell it.
In installing gardens, I've had to dig out things like sharp cut bits of aluminum siding, around new houses, also those long steel strips they have around stacks of bricks
The developers aren't allowed to bury things like that on the properties, but they certainly don't go out their way to pick them up.
Sep 20, 2014 4:41 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Charlie, Hank was a builder and if he caught any of his guys back filling any kind of material around the foundation, they were let go. Anyone that does that should be ashamed of themselves.

Missing Mary today....Hope you're doing ok Lovey dubby

Lucy, Hope John's eye is doing good too!
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Sep 20, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Our house is close to 55 years old so the harm was done a long time ago. To make the terrain more even for the other houses, I think a lot of dirt was moved around. I can just imagine the things that have been found around some houses. No telling how many people have been cut by Lord only knows what that can work its way up through the soil. We have laughed many times about what folks would think if they started to dig up our yard. We have buried our grown children's and our smaller animals in many different places in our yard. The part they would have trouble figuring out is why we put them in plastic buckets with lids as coffins. I never wanted to have any of the local wildlife dig them up after we buried them. I think I would have had a heart attack if that had ever happened. Big Grin
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Sep 20, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Name: Sharon
This was farmland so most of the trees were in a single line across the back of our yards, like soldiers marching in a row. It took awhile to build up the soil where it had been leveled but the houses are not very close together so I never found much debris anywhere in this part of it.

I think Mary might have company this weekend, family checking in on her. I'm sure she's being well tended.

My yard is also a burial ground, Elena!
Sep 20, 2014 5:58 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Too funny! When I first read Elana's post I thought she was burying her children as well as her pets.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I also buried a cat here, in a plastic box for the same reason. He rests in my shade garden but I did put a marker with his tag.

Charlie, glad the implant went well. We regret my DH did't do them years ago. Now, at 80 we didn't think it was worth the money but watch him live to be 100!

I got a lot of plants in today and it was perfect weather, overcast and breezy most of the day. When I was done I did something I rarely do. I had a couple of beers! And now off to shower and call it a night."
Sep 20, 2014 8:48 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Thank you for asking, but John says things are getting less fuzzy with the stronger drops.
Sep 20, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Name: DaylilyOma2
Be a good day maker! Smile!
Thanks for the new thread, Sharon. And what a sweet picture Ethan. Just a quick stop before trying to go to bed. We have family coming in the first of the week so I have been busy but still not feeling well. I just keep trying to go none the less, ache, fatigue and all.It would greatly help if I could get a full night of restful sleep instead of just catnaps.
It was 80 or so today with lots of wind and tonight we had a t-storm. It was warm in here today but I did not turn on the AC. It has been quite chilly all week but I did not turn on the heat.
Have a restful Sunday. Group hug
Sep 20, 2014 9:51 PM CST
Name: Sharon
So glad John is making progress, Lucy. I hope it continues.

Oma, I know you'll enjoy your company, just don't let the stress get to you before they get here.
Sep 21, 2014 3:41 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Family arrived on Friday afternoon and by now are halfway back home. After they left I took a 2 hour nap in the recliner with the ice bag on my leg, pillow under my knees and all tucked in cozy. Daughter made enchiladas the first night and made an extra big batch of them, so we have the extras frozen 2 or 3 to a bag, enough for about 4 more meals. Last night she did the same with Swedish meatballs and gravy with quinoa which is tasty and higher in protein than rice. This morning she made a triple batch of whole wheat waffles with extra eggs, and we have enough of them frozen for 5 breakfasts. Granddaughter, nurse Kristy, helped me with a shower and other medical related things, did the accumulated laundry and even scooped the kitty box. The men stayed busy and out from underfoot with a project in the shop. I didn't get to go see it because of steps and sharp crushed rock between the house and the shop. My plan to do walking outside around the buildings doesn't look too practical after looking at the plastic wheels on the walker, and thinking about what the rocks will do to them. So, I'm housebound, although I can go out to sit on the front porch.

I'm getting around very well according to granddaughter nurse Kristy who works in a neurosurgical unit, seeing mostly head and spine post surgical patients, but some who also have a new hip as the result of an accident. Her patients go to the unit that specializes in post operative care of their most serious injury. Cars vs humans are a bad mix for the humans.

Lucy, I'm glad to read that John has better vision, a new outlook on life. True, even if it may be an overused phrase in your lives recently. Does he have any precautions for these first couple of weeks? Eye surgeries usually require drops of some kind every few hours.

Charlie, I hope your implants do well for you are are worth the investment. I've read a little about them and they really do sound like a great invention.

Ethan in the leaves! Sharon, that has to be one of your favorite photos! What a cute little guy he was. Still a cute little guy, just not so little anymore.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Sep 21, 2014 8:28 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
4 sets of drops a day. Sees Dr. again on Tues.
Sep 21, 2014 8:45 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Oh what a gorgeous day it has been, so beautiful I wanted to just grab hold of it and never let go. I watered and weeded and took pictures and did so much of nothing really, but it was an amazing day. A golden day, a once in a lifetime day. Just free and easy and with a breeze that carried with it the hint of music from a distance. The only sound was the rustling of the cottonwood leaves and maybe the red maple and the occasional hint of music.

It was a day to just 'be'. Just be still and look and listen, to not think or worry or work. Just one great big beautiful day. I think maybe I could stay in this day forever and ever and never want for another thing.

Goldenrod's blooming! And with ragweed right behind it! And goldenrod always gets the blame.
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Sep 22, 2014 3:12 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

We had one of those perfect days yesterday too Sharon and it looks like the upcoming week will have more Hurray!

Good to see you Mary and thank goodness for family, huh?

Lucy, hoping John's eyes are doing well and all goes well at the doctor tomorrow.

More leaves fall each day and I'm seeing color in them as well.
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Sep 22, 2014 4:40 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Pull the ragweed. Our goldenrod is scattered around so different plants bloom in sequence.
Sep 22, 2014 8:54 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Good Morning ... another pretty day, for you too, I hope.

Lucy, that ragweed would be gone if it were in my yard, but luckily it isn't. It's down in the field next to the parking lot at the grocery, I just grabbed a picture while I was there yesterday. But yes about the ragweed, in another week its seeds will be flying.

Coolish right now and for most of the week, I think. Times they are a'changin'.
Sep 22, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Busy, Busy, Busy. Like Sharon's, our weather has been stellar. A whole Septemberful of gorgeous days. And there's a weekful ahead of us. I've been spending as much time as possible outside during the day and trying to catch up on my indoor to-do list at night. Also still doing garden tours and village tours. Not much time on the computer.

I'm off to tackle a whole patch of pokeweed that seems to think it deserves a good bit of one of our garden beds that I've left on the back burner too long. While pokeweed is mildly poisonous, recent studies have shown that it has antiviral and anti tumor properties. I'll be watching with interest to learn future research results.
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.

Sep 22, 2014 2:28 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Shades of Aunt Bett and Poke Sallit Days, Larry. First article I ever wrote on DG about medicinal plants was on Poke Sallit and the Asphidity Bag . . . that article still runs there sometimes. I think Aunt Bett might have known a thing or two, she made a tonic from pokeweed and it carried us through from one year to the next keeping us strong and healthy. Only the young tender leaves of course, and only after it had been boiled awhile.

It's had several thousand views by now, interesting. I had to take a deep breath before even publishing it because it was such a different kind of article

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