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ImageSharon
Nov 5, 2014 10:30 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Wintertime and we'll soon be shivering, seems that we've hardly had a Fall.

Time to start a new thread while we wait for the holidays and bid our flowers good bye for their long winter sleep.

We came from here: http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/79947/

I'll close and lock that thread so nobody gets lost.

Let's all have a happy winter!!
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ImageSkiekitty
Nov 5, 2014 10:44 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
ooh what a beautiful Cardinal!! You know, I've never seen one in the flesh... I saw a flash of red one time up in NNY, but by the time I turned my head, it was gone. My mom saw them regularly, but I never did. We just have chickadees & other little birds.. even the blue jays are gone now. :( I love the blue jays, but I don't like how they're so territorial!
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
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ImageMaryE
Nov 5, 2014 10:58 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Wow! What a bright bird! He looks like he has his feathers puffed out for insulation! I wish we had them here. Our winter birds are mostly drab.

I took a good walk this morning, did some laundry and got it hung on the line in the sun and wind, and we went to town to shop. More walking there. Laundry got mostly dry, it will finish by itself in the laundry basket in the house. I've already turned it over and spread some things out that will be dry by morning. I'm not ready to use the folding racks yet. I see enough of those in the winter.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Nov 5, 2014 11:42 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I would not like to live without my cardinals in winter. We have some beautiful winter birds, including mourning doves and they hang out on my deck every winter. Of course I feed them in winter as well.

Look above the cardinal and you will see the icicles, it was so cold and I took the picture through the window.

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Image9kittymom
Nov 6, 2014 1:27 AM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
I love our Cardinals. They stay year round. I like all the birds. Even the crazy squirrels that raid the feeders. LOL
Imageirisarian
Nov 6, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I am not sure how far west cardinals are distributed. We have them nesting in the area & pick up seed under our tube feeder in the winter. Sometimes a female will balance on it, but not the boys. too heavy?
ImageAndi
Nov 6, 2014 11:11 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Toni, I started getting "migraine pattern" headaches after an auto accident. I had earaches that felt like a hot knife in my ear. I woke up vomiting, couldn't see - everything was black- The pain was so bad that I wanted to scream or throw myself out the window. I wasn't able to take anything for the pain because i couldn't stop vomiting. It was horrible. doctors, especially male doctors from certain 3rd world countries, don't take women with headaches seriously. It took a while to figure out the problem - my jaw. My jaw was dislocated and my teeth didn't line up. I finally found a dentist who specialized in tmj - jaw joint- issues. Be careful, lots of dentists claim to be tmj experts, but they aren't. The nerves to your head pass by the jaw and ear. If you also have ringing in your ears, if you grind your teeth at night or clench your teeth when stressed, or if you have had molar issues or other, that could be your problem. Getting my jaw and teeth realigned (long process with daytime and nightime appliances which I still wear) made a world of difference.
ImageAndi
Nov 6, 2014 11:35 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am reading the other thread and blabbing on this one at the same time. I missed everyone.

Larry, I look forward to reading you data about daylilies. I avoided any evergreen types after reading that they don't do well in cold weather. I am glad to read that some may be alright. I am most interested in reblooming daylilies.

I love pictures of the fancy multicolored hybrids, but my favorite daylilies are the solid or mostly solid ones. I think they blend well with other plants. I love to play with color combinations in the garden.

There are a couple of daylilies from the original owners of this house that survived 10+ years of neglect and grazing deer. My favorite is the little yellow one, maybe stella. It has been growing by a tree stump in the back yard. Some of its roots were on the surface of the ground, so I topdressed it with amended soil. It was the first thing to bloom in my new place . It even rebloomed in August. I love the little, healthy, cheerful plant, what a trooper!

Unlike many of my plants, most of my daylilies survived the move. One even bloomed. I had some from a group "box for postage" offer and a couple of others. I am amazed at the cost of some of the fancy varieties, but it makes sense as an investment if you are developing new fancy varieties or building a collection. I am happy with pretty flowers that survive the winter and bloom like crazy!

I bought a box of mixed surprise daylilies from bluegrassmom (she is on this and other sites). They didn't bloom, yet, but they started making leaves as soon as I planted them. I am looking forward to blooms next year. Since they tolerate being moved, I can play with color combinations later if I wish.

I moved a bunch of orange ditchlilies from my neighbor to my "wildlife corner" and a spot in my "tiger garden". They are perfect for spots in front of my house near the road. With luck, they will push out some of the stubborn weeds.
ImageAndi
Nov 6, 2014 11:42 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Funny about the hair, Sharon. I have super straight long blonde hair. My mother used to try to curl my hair for the first day of school and for school pictures. What torture - rollers, curling irons, dippity-do hair glue. The curls never lasted. The grew longer and longer until I was left with a straight, sticky mess of hair.

I am due for a cut/style, but otherwise, I am happy with my hair as is. I have a curling iron, but I haven't used it in years!
ImageSharon
Nov 6, 2014 11:52 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I love the cardinals too, especially in winter when their colors just pop, no matter the weather. In summer it's the gold finches whose colors pop. And bluejays and little bluebirds. But in winter it's the cardinals and they are many!

Susan, are you sending me your wind today? It's a fierce wind and it's swirling. The leaves are chattering as the wind whips them off their trees. Sunny but windy day.

Andi, you have the best of the best, the old and the new of daylilies. Bluegrassmom will send you some spiders - those with the long skinny often curling petals. They will be a nice contrast to the ditchlilies. You'll have to send us pictures when they bloom. I always enjoy getting the surprise boxes from her.

Y'all have a good afternoon, I need to make a Walmart run, bah humbug.

ImageSkiekitty
Nov 6, 2014 11:53 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Andi - That was something I had checked years & years ago when I was trying to figure out the migraine nonsense. But, now that I think about it, I've *always* had migraines. I remember really bad headaches as a child / teenager, but my parents wouldn't allow me to take any kind of medication, so I just learned to live with it. But they're getting worse and worse and actually affecting my life (nauseous/dizzy.. danger on the road moreso than normal), so that's why I'm trying to figure out who/what/where/when/why/how nonsense. But I realize that I haven't taken any magnesium supplement in a while, so I'm gonna go do that & see if that helps. Maybe psychosomatically it will. I know I have a psychosomatic allergy to strawberries.. it's amazing how much the brain can cause the body to go haywire.

And speaking of bodies not working right, I saw this article & thought it was hilarious.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/doctors-tell-man-hes...

A bus driver was shocked to be given the good news by officials after he was selected for a random health checkup
Good news: A male bus driver finds out he's pregnant during routine tests

A male Egyptian bus driver was shocked after doctors told him he was PREGNANT after undergoing a random health check-up.

The man had been randomly selected to provide a random urine sample along with other public bus drivers - as part of the country's routine drugs checks.

But instead of using his own, the bus driver submitted his wife's urine, reports the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website.

Unfortunately, his trick was foiled after it was revealed that his wife was actually two months pregnant.

Before breaking the news to the driver, it was reported by presenter Tamir Amin on political talk show Bottom Line, that officials asked the man to confirm the sample was his own.

When he agreed, they allegedly responded: "Congratulations you're pregnant."

"This story, despite being funny, has several lessons," said Mr Amin.

"First, that drugs have become available to many and have become common as cigarettes. This is a calamity."

From now on, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) will require a blood test as well as a urine sample, confirms a source at the PTA hospital.

It is hoped that this will prevent employees from attempting to fake their samples.
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I've been letting my hair grow out since I had it last hacked off in 2011. I trim my own ends regularly, along with my bangs, but haven't had a major slice off in over 3 years. It's grown about 16" since I had it last cut. I have very thick, wavy hair that refuses to do anything it doesn't want to do. I love Sharon's beautiful curls... I would love to have a headfull of bouncy jouncy like hers. Or even stick-straight hair! But, oh well. I picked up some of that spray haircolor and just trying to get the courage to do my hair blue like I want.. I may do that Sunday as it's a washout hair color.
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
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ImageSharon
Nov 6, 2014 11:58 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hair is hair and we might as well be happy with it. I now have mine in a cut that leaves it all the same length and I can sort of straighten it if I want to, but if I do it just looks like a big but smooth poof ball, helmet head, because it is so fine but so very thick, so it poofs more than a helmet. But that only lasts for a brief few minutes especially if there is just one drop of moisture in the air. That's all it takes for the haircano to erupt and all that time with the flat iron is wasted. It is what it is. Sad
ImageAndi
Nov 6, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Toni, I was tempted to write in a candidate, but I voted for the "least bad alternative".

Phone Polls are so annoying. I answered one during the summer because I am frustrated how biased the polls are. I see red when I hear anyone mentioning how "women voters" vote. It is insulting to assume that women vote for the most handsome candidate. How can a majority of the population be considered a special interest group anyway? After I answered one poll, they wouldn't leave me alone. Their autodialing machine even called early in the morning, late at night and hung up without leaving a message on my answering machine (I prefer my old machine to voicemail). I googled the number and found out it was a political poll, which are not required to obey the "do not call list". Thank goodness for caller id.

I learned to block calls, if anyone is interested. Most probably have been doing this for years. I type *60 then follow the directions. To block the last number called, I hit #01#. I have little pink post its on my computer monitor and my phone so I don't forget the "magic codes".

I agree with you on pot. I take vitamins and drink too much coffee. Growing up around people with various substance problems, I decided at an early age not to be an addict. I have never even smoked a cigarette. I had to take strong pain killers for a while after an auto accident. I don't understand how anyone would want to feel that way on purpose - slow, sleepy and constipated. Different people have different chemistries, perhaps I am missing the "fun gene". I am glad that American farmers have a profitable crop. Even with subsidies, many are having difficulty. If it became legal for individual growers to grow and sell pot I would consider planting a few plants to supplement my gardening budget. I would finally be able to afford a rototiller!

Additionally, I think government should legalize, control and tax pot and maybe other drugs the way they tax alcohol and cigarettes. Hopefully, some of the tax revenue will be used to help addicts who want to recover. As long as people aren't driving drunk/high or committing crimes to support their habits, I don't worry. We might even be able to shrink police/law enforcement departments and jail populations. Perhaps, addiction centers could focus on people who wish to quit instead of people plea bargaining to stay out of jail. I would rather have lower taxes than wealthy drug cartels.

Maybe I am naive. I am shocked when people my age or younger smoke. I grew up surrounded by surgeon general warnings. Besides, I am terribly allergic to cigarette smoke. Most people know at least one person who died of lung cancer or emphysema. I would do anything to avoid that kind of pain and suffering.
ImageAndi
Nov 6, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Back in the day, I used color mascara to give myself colored highlights. I didn't color my whole head, just some thin strands here and there. I could even match my outfits. I could be trendy when clubbing but normal otherwise.

The "wash out" color can permanently stain your hair, especially if you have light hair. I would try mascara or spray dye first. I wouldn't risk using the other stuff unless you are willing to cut it off or overdye it when it grows or washes out.

I go thru a lot of bother to be a bit blonder. I had platinum blond hair as a young child. It turned golden until my twenties. Then it turned blah blonde. I used luminizing washes, then highlights, then color.....I am tempted to artificially go natural. I could dye it to match the roots and maybe add a few highlights. I noticed a couple of grey roots - natural highlights. I wouldn't mind having beautiful snow white hair like my Norwegian grandmother. Mine may not be that color. She had ice blue eyes and cool coloring, I have green/blue eyes and warmer coloring.

At the same time, it isn't easy being older and single. I even started lying about my age on the rare occasions people are rude enough to ask about it and refuse to accept "over 21" as an answer. On my birthday, I said I was 10 years younger and people told me I looked great for my age. I think they were telling the truth....

I probably need a psychiatrist instead of a hairdresser...
ImageSharon
Nov 6, 2014 1:50 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Ha. I am graying rather like the skunk stripe, but it's so light nobody notices anyway, dark on the under layer in back. Nobody notices that either. Most who dare say anything already know I have tongue lashing at the ready. And besides, I enjoy the advantages that come with old age, mostly.
Imageirisarian
Nov 6, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises

Re hair. I was a 'strawberry blonde' when younger & the red hairs turned grey before the blonde ones. phooey.
Had a scare today as suddenly one of my hearing aides was missing. Searched on the floor as well as the car (we had been shopping for groceries) & found it caught in the space between my collared shirt & sweatshirt. I had worn a baseball cap because of rain. Remind me to be careful putting on one of those.
ImageSkiekitty
Nov 6, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
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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
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon
Imageirisarian
Nov 6, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Is that a real chicken breed?
ImageSkiekitty
Nov 6, 2014 3:41 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
irisarian wrote:Had a scare today as suddenly one of my hearing aides was missing. Searched on the floor as well as the car (we had been shopping for groceries) & found it caught in the space between my collared shirt & sweatshirt. I had worn a baseball cap because of rain. Remind me to be careful putting on one of those.


Ok, cute & r-tarded story here. Long time ago when I was kiddo, before my wisdom teeth came in, I had huge gaps in my teeth. When my wisdoms came in, the gaps were closed up & my teeth actually looked almost normal (a dentist once called my bitewings "alien teeth" and another dentist compared my teeth to horses' teeth 'cuz they're huge). ANYWAYS! I used to hold (and chew) my pencils in elementary school between my last incisor & in front of my canine teeth. They would fit perfectly. One time (in band camp) in 2nd grade, I was accusing my tablemates (we didn't have individual desks) of stealing my pencil. I looked EVERYWHERE for that stupid pencil. Could NOT find it. Finally, Ms. Jaquez (pronounced HAWK-ehz) pulled me to the side & told me where my pencil was. I'd been holding it in my mouth the entire time like a horse bit. And I felt SOOOOOOOO stupid.... (not to mention slobbery on the pencil...)

Lucy - I think it's just a really really beat up roo
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
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon
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ImageSkiekitty
Nov 6, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Hello? Everyone abandon me here? :(

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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
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon

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