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ImageSharon
Dec 31, 2014 11:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Happy Happy New Year! Let's welcome the new year in with a brand new thread!

And let's hope the new year brings with it great health and safety for us and our loved ones (- including our pets -) and Peace on Earth for all.

We came from here:

http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/80373/

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ImageSkiekitty
Jan 1, 2015 12:04 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
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hahah!! Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug
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ImageLarryR
Jan 1, 2015 12:31 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL!!!

Jill, so sorry about your New Year's plans being derailed and being sick to boot. Bummer.

In the past, Wilma and I have traditionally gone to a nice restaurant and then danced the night away to celebrate the new year. Not this time. Robin and I are still recovering and Wilma hardly slept last night, so the three of us watched a great movie with a happy ending (The Prince and Me). It ended about three minutes before midnight, so we got to count it down and wish each other a Happy New Year. We caught the ball dropping in New York on the computer, and Wilma and I danced to the music they were playing. So we had a quiet family celebration instead of a raucous one. Actually, it was quite nice for a change. Big Grin

Nice photos, Lance. Good news about your father.
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ImageSharon
Jan 1, 2015 12:37 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So glad you had a nice quiet evening, Larry. Not sure about that dancin' though. Maybe you'll all be well tomorrow!
ImageLarryR
Jan 1, 2015 12:38 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Still no snow or ice here, Toni. I have a feeling that we're getting spoiled by the mild weather so far. We may be in for a rude awakening this month. But the days are getting longer and it's only a little over two months til spring. I think I can handle that. Smiling
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ImageLarryR
Jan 1, 2015 12:39 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Crossed, Sharon. If not tomorrow, then surely soon.
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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dragonfly53
Jan 1, 2015 12:44 AM CST
Name: Terri Carrozza
South Boston, VA Zone 7A
Sincere wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year, everyone!!
Terri Carrozza, LCB
Southside VA Master Gardener
ImageSharon
Jan 1, 2015 1:10 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Terri, we've missed you! Happy New Year!
Imagevic
Jan 1, 2015 4:16 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Sharon, yes, I had a muff. It was white with a black feather type fur on it. I have fleece lined mittens for when I walk the mountain.

Lance - awww on the doggies. Lovey dubby So glad you're dad is doing better Thumbs up

Jill - I'm so sorry your flu has returned and your party had to be cancelled Crying Group hug

Cold this morning at 24.

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ImageMaryE
Jan 1, 2015 8:53 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Happy New Year! The owls are hooting, our thermometer says -4, no wind, and still very dark. We went to bed right after it was midnight on the east coast, but I did see a couple of fireworks being set off in the valley below us a few minutes after 9 local time. Somebody might have been fooling their kids into an early bedtime Smiling

Jill, I hope you are better by next weekend and able to enjoy the party with the kids.

Larry, you, Wilma and Robin made the best of a bad situation and were able to enjoy the evening anyhow. I hope you are feeling better today. You've certainly had a December to remember, but for the wrong reasons. We are still celebrating Christmas this morning, listening to a Christmas Brass CD with music from 5 bands. The new music machine is giving us a lot of happy sounds! I usually buy the CD's at the Salvation Army thrift store for about $3 each, and then if I don't like them, I donate them back to be sold to somebody else. It's very affordable music. We can't get many radio stations, and the music they usually play is not what we want to hear.

The barn owl has left us, but we hope will return with a mate to use the relocated nest box. Yesterday I saw our pair of great horned owls roosting in the tree where the nest hole is, so hopefully they are thinking.... although it is a bit early, even for owls. I wasn't even thinking about looking for them yesterday, was on my way to do something and happened to see a dark shape in the branches. Took another quick look and spotted the mate just a couple of feet from the first one. They are so well camouflaged, just the color of the old tree bark. The barn owls are the color of straw or dry grass. I had a hard time spotting the visiting one against the haystack as the outsides of the bales are yellowish brown.

Seed catalogues have been arrivingwith all of their bright pictures, but some hit the pile of recyclables as soon as they arrive. I'm sure most experienced gardeners have found companies that don't sell exactly what is pictured. We learn from experience. Several of those companies use identical pictures and descriptions, and are owned by the same parent company. When June bearing strawberries produce from spring until frost, and others arrive dead, and are replaced with other dead plants... well, you get the picture.

Yesterday I remembered that I never did dig up the two artichoke plants I started last spring. If we don't have a hard winter, they might surprise me. The November blast might have already killed them. I should start some more right away, grow them for 6 weeks and then let them have what is left of our winter, maybe in the refrigerator in case the gardener forgets to rescue them from the outside world's unpredictability. Supposedly it fools the plant into production a season earlier than if it was grown straight through from planting the seed. Have any of you done this?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
Jan 1, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 brings health and happiness to all.

I did not stay up. In fact, I didn't even hear the neighbor's fireworks going off. It is so cold and windy here. It was hard driving back from my mother's it was so windy.

SunnyBorders
Jan 1, 2015 11:24 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Happy 2015 to All.

Left sorting garden pictures on the computer for ten minutes to see events in Times Square and the ball drop on TV.
Carol had gone to bed at her usual time.
Loved visiting Manhattan, but was very surprised how small Times Square really is.
That's the other part of it looking so crowded.
Tim's coming for flying trip up today for movie and diner out.

So many young folk in Times Square.
Youth = cold endurance + optimism.

Like Mary, I'm looking forward to gardening again.
Just have to wait a bit.

Thanks, Jill.
ImageLarryR
Jan 1, 2015 1:47 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Mary, I've overwintered one artichoke plant. It bloomed (If you can call it that, only two blossoms) the second year. Wilma and I got a bite or two. Don't know offhand whether artichokes are biennial. In any event it didn't stick around for a third year.

I like your formula, Charlie! When I'm in Iowa City (University of Iowa) I invariably see students out and about in shorts and flip flops in the middle of winter.
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/
Imageirisarian
Jan 1, 2015 3:43 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I woke up early 7 couldn't get back to sleep. As a result I fell asleep late morning sitting up on the couch & missed quite a few floats in the rose parade. Nice batch of Freisian horses for the Valley Hunt Club which started the tradition.
Afterwards I tuned into Wisconsin playing auburn which the Badgers won.

Tree is now down but light & ornaments are not put away. John puts them away as I can't reach the top shelf of the linen closet.
ImageSkiekitty
Jan 1, 2015 4:49 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Snowing again.

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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
Imagemcash70
Jan 1, 2015 5:48 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
I just finished taking the tree down, what a job, thank goodness that's all done with for another year. Just have to get things put away, it will be so good to have my living room back to normal. Hurray! I hurt my back when I bent over to move a container, very annoying, it was even heavy, I guess it was the way I bent. Sad
ImageElena
Jan 1, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I have been taking down stuff all over the house but haven't tackled the tree yet. Hubby had cataract surgery this week and he doesn't feel like taking things to the attic so I am not in a hurry to get everything done. I will just put things in the spare room and continue putting them in their boxes. A lot of dust accumulated around the items around the house and I am having allergy problems because of it. I will wear a mask from now on if I can remember to do so. My senior brain sometimes forgets such things.
Imagemcash70
Jan 1, 2015 9:06 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Elena, I have asthma, so today I decided it was in my best interest to wear a dust mask while taking down the tree, like you I usually forget or don't like to wear it, but it really did help, no serious coughing so far. Hurray! Thumbs up
ImageSharon
Jan 1, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Took all the decorations down, boxed them up and put them away, undecorated the tree, boxed the ornaments up and put them away, then I stopped. Couldn't do another thing and the tree is still standing. The tree that has a patched, fake, but glorious top since I lost the original top of it.

I forgot to look for the top, it's been a month and I forgot that there was a patched up fake top on it. Three feet of phony green stuff. But it worked. And nobody noticed, just said what a beautiful tree it was. So now that it's still standing in the middle of the living room, I dunno. I'll figure it out tomorrow.

Not as cold today, got up to 39, a real heat wave. But dreary, just gray and dreary.

Anybody else southern enough to have blackeyed peas and fried cabbage and unsweet cornbread for New Years Day dinner? Well of course not. Actually I didn't either but I did make black bean cakes and squashed up 2 blackeyed peas in with the black beans so that counts. And I didn't have cabbage so I roasted broccoli and cauliflower and onions and mushrooms in olive oil and herbs and garlic and cheated and fried cornbread. So good. Couldn't taste a single black eyed pea.

Happy New Year.
ImageElena
Jan 1, 2015 10:19 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
We skipped the usual dinner also. I was too tired from all the mess I have been doing so we just ate whatever we felt we could fix the fastest. We will have the New Year's Day typical meal probably sometime next week or the next. There will be another cataract surgery coming up next week so that probably won't be our week to do the New Year's meal but we will get it done eventually.

Albert's TV gave up the ghost several nights ago. My granddaughter and her husband shopped for us today and got a good deal on a new one for us. Tonight we got the new 40" TV out of the box and installed it in hubby's room. He does most of his TV watching there while lying in the bed. He is not one for watching sitting up even though we have two nice comfortable Lazy Boy chairs in the computer room to watch a large TV there. Daughter and son-in-law gave us a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse and hooked everything up so we could watch computer movies. So far I am the only one doing that but we have only had it hooked up for a couple of weeks. Time will tell if he will ever watch anything there. I have gone online and gotten the links for bunches of movies that he will like. I have them in Word docs and only need to open them and look around till I find one he thinks he might like. He is really picky and it is hard to find DVDs that he doesn't already have. Online there are so many of the types he loves, so I hope he will finally decide to let me set up some of them for him. Time will tell............

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