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ImageSharon
Sep 10, 2015 12:08 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
While we're waiting for Fall to spread its beauty all over us, let's start a brand new thread. We have another week or two to wait before it's official but already our weather is feeling a little different and trees are beginning to rustle in the breeze and for me, well, my Goldenrod is blooming. It's even spread its beauty down into a lower flower bed this year. I love Goldenrod, It might be the most beautiful of all native wildflowers to me. I am always happy when it picks my gardens to live in. My little old ladies always told me that when the Goldenrod bloomed in 6 weeks we'd have our first frost. Of course that was in the mountains and I'm not sure it holds true for here in the flatlands.

They also brewed a delicious Goldenrod tea from the leaves and the blooms; they said it was good for what ailed me and with the teaspoon of honey that went into it, it could very well cure any ailments. Natural remedies. The little golden blooms made the tea the prettiest yellow color, same color as the honey, too. We could all benefit from going back to natural remedies. I hope you have Goldenrod where you live, if it grows naturally then you might find those little wild purply blue asters growing nearby. They often grow hand in hand, complementing each other with their large clusters of tiny flowers. Of course you might also find ragweed growing nearby as well. It also follows Goldenrod wherever it goes. And if it does grow nearby, be careful, it can cause wretched sneezes. Then you'll have to add a little apple cider vinegar to your tea and honey. The AC vinegar helps stop coughing and sneezing. See, I'm just full of all kinds of wildflower wisdom tonight. Might be boring but it's all true. Smiling

MaryE, thank you for sharing your Lombardy Poplars in all their Fall Finery! What a beautiful Fall Scene, lucky you to have them coloring your world.

We came from here: http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/82066/
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Imagevic
Sep 10, 2015 1:32 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

Lovely photo from Mary and Toni, I loved your autumn photo's as well Thumbs up

Can't WAIT to see those photo's Larry!

Feeling so much better this morning. I'm up early but went to bed very early too - all slathered with Vicks and a warm towel - didn't have any flannel which is what mom used too. Off to gargle and drink the ACV Sharon - thank you so much for all your help!

Oma - GREAT news on your eyes Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 10, 2015 2:16 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Hi, Vic .. didn't realize this thread was so new & you were sick .. a cold? A good ol' Vicks trick I use .. also for stuffed sinus .. is to rub a little Vicks on the sole of your feet before bed & wear woolly sox (not too tight) to bed over your feet.
While asleep, the vapours will rise with your body heat & clear your sinus/head etc & you avoid having Vicks all over your chest & that 'gunky feeling'. It also warms your feet, which helps with sleep.
I used to use this with my kids, as I used to get more Vicks on me than on them, with all the giggling & wriggling, trying to get it on their chests! :)
''Lend Your Ears to the Sounds of Nature''
Imagevic
Sep 10, 2015 2:20 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Great tip Dianne and we were talking about that on the other thread yesterday. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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ImageMuddymitts
Sep 10, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Mary -- thanks for the solution. You have such a wonderfully practical mind -- wish mine worked like that!!! Whistling
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImageMaryE
Sep 10, 2015 7:11 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Good morning. So far I have stars and a moon, a soft breeze, and almost 50 degrees. I can hear the soft who-who-who of an owl talking to it's mate, or anybody who will listen, like me. I think I mentioned that the great horned owls appeared to be checking out the barn owl nest box a few weeks ago. I don't know if they decided to use it, and won't know until about January. The forecast says 90 today, or something in that neighborhood. Like yesterday. Leaves haven't started to change color here yet, except on the Virginia Creeper that hides a good section of my rail fence. I noticed a few red leaves yesterday when I was hanging the laundry on the line. Fall will be here soon, however. I'm in no hurry for it.

We had goat shiskabobs for dinner last night. Domestic goat is very mild, lean and just perfect cooked on the grill with alder smoke and a bit of barbeque sauce. I put green bell pepper chunks and onion wedges on the skewers, wished for cherry tomatoes and forgot that I had mushrooms. We enjoyed them anyway. There is another package of goat kabobs in the freezer. Lamb, too. That reminds me, I need to be making some inquiries about a lamb for the freezer.
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ImageLarryR
Sep 10, 2015 7:52 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
No time to read posts right now, but here is the promised photo:

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Marci Schwartz, artist
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Imagevic
Sep 10, 2015 9:14 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Mary, I've never eaten goat but from your description it sounds delicious!

Oh Larry - SWEET Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 10, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
this is so me.

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So very tired of people not getting back to me. When I know something is broken and I've been trying to get it fixed for *3 freaking weeks!!!* and no one will get back to me, then all of the sudden they're yelling at me because I didn't approve of something.. yea, well, I'm not going to approve of something when I know it's not right & it's broken and I have proof that I contacted you 3 weeks ago to get this fixed and you completely ignored me!!! WTF!!!

Not a good way to start my day. Seriously.

Oma - That's WONDERFUL news on your eyes! Yay!! I know that my mom was very happy after she got both of her eyes done.. she claims that she can see 25/20, but she had a heck of a time seeing my 17.3" laptop monitor. Huh. If her vision was corrected so much, then why can't she see something that big? Dunno, weird. But I'm glad that your appt went well!

Dianne - Those were probably a mixture of birch & oaks & maples. Wild trees in waaaaaaaaaaaaay upstate New York, like on the Canadian border upstate New York. 1000 Island region. If you look at a map of New York, follow Lake Ontario (one of the Great Lakes of North America), which will be the one furthest east, to you see it pour out into the St. Lawrence River. BIG river. BIG BIG BIG. I don't have a video of that river here on this computer at work, but it's the 2nd largest river in North America I believe and there truly IS over 1000 Islands in it. Some are just tiny rocks sticking out of the water, some are big enough to have a city on. Most are not, though. I lived in that area for 3 year (1998-2001) and that's where I got inoculated to the cold. So, to me, 32degs F (0 C) isn't cold. It has to be single digits to be cold and subzero F to be really cold. Otherwise, light jacket weather for the most part. LOLLL. There'd be days there when the high for the day would be around -20F (approx. -30C), not including windchill, which I personally did see -40F (-40C) a few times. But where I lived we didn't have the winds, we had the snows. And I mean SNOWS. My first winter up there, it started to snow Dec 24th & it didn't stop snowing until Jan 17th. It snowed every day between 8-20 inches (20-50cm). Got pretty depressing after a while of never seeing the sun. But now I'm in CO and we don't have half as bad as weather.

Mary - I've tried goat only once and it was nasty. It was an old old old billy goat (approx 8 years old from what the butcher said) and not even the coyotes were willing to eat the meat. But I'm always willing to try it again. I should go to a halal grocery here & get some just to try it.

Larry - That's a beautiful art piece from that artist! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Some of my sumacs are starting to change colors.. my silver maple is starting to drop leaves.. I guess that's about it. The asters are getting ready to open, the bees are dwindling in numbers pretty heavily, but thankfully also the skeeters are mostly gone! YAY! about that!!

Got Dr's appt today for joint & swelling problems (every night my ankles look like basketballs and my joints are hurting bad), got mammogram (my 2nd one .. yay.. Glare ) for tomorrow, then see a dietician tomorrow afternoon later to see about getting bariatrics scheduled & stuff. Leaning mostly towards the new balloon that was finally FDA approved, but they don't have it here in my area yet. And insurance probably won't cover it (a 100% non-surgical method they won't cover, but chopping up the human body, sure, no problems!).

Forgot to mention I got in my new floor yesterday, so Sunday going to start ripping out carpeting & prepping the downstairs so I can install it. It's gonna look so nice!!
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ImageSharon
Sep 10, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Just totally beautiful, Larry! Absolutely perfect even to the garlic(?) hanging above. What a treasure. She's excellent with painting portraits, she captures the inner beauty, not just the outer. The personalities. Artists often see what's inside, you know. *Blush*

So glad you're feeling better, Vic. I tossed that goldenrod tea thing in the intro post just for you. Sure can't hurt!

It's a nice day after all those clouds and the 6 drizzly drops of rain yesterday. Cleared the air and we might be getting the lower edge of the cold front, not sure. But it's probably in the upper 70s right now so really nice and NO humidity. I wish I could get out there and clean and chop and dig and get it all looking beautiful again like I could always do just a few years ago. But no, I do well to make my way back upon the deck once I get out there.

Some craziness is driving my lower back nuts and none of the exercises are fixing it. Hate when this happens. Sunshine hates it too because her walks are very short ones. Hope y'all are enjoying your day.

Larry, again, love the painting.

ImageSharon
Sep 10, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
OK Gang, pack your bags, grab your toothbrush, we're all moving to Australia.

This is the most beautiful, calming and gorgeous 'mood' video I think I've seen in a very long time. Dianne made it and added it to our Blue Blooms thread but just in case you don't all get there, here's the link to about 9 minutes of peace and calm and beautiful blues!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPu2R_ogIfs

Oh, turn your sound on, don't forget.
Imagevic
Sep 10, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I second what Sharon said on that video - just so beautiful. I don't think you could get me on a plane that long though Crying

Toni - what kind of flooring are you putting down?
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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 10, 2015 12:53 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Vic - I'm going with a different color of the Allure TrafficMaster that I have in the main part of the house. It's called Alpine Elm. Should look something like this:

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/f4/f402c...

but, of course, not as tasteful. The walls in the den are a soft purple with black trim and the hallway, right now, is lemon peel yellow w/butterflies, but I'm changing that this week to a soft powdery blue with butterflies (but real butterflies rather than "wallies").
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
Imagevic
Sep 10, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Love the color of the floor Toni - love your new avatar too Thumbs up
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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 10, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
My new avatar was of the jellyfish tank @ the Dallas World Aquarium.

http://www.dwazoo.com/
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Had a heck of a time getting pictures of them. My camera does NOT like taking pictures in low light & using a flash would have ruined the effect. Did get a good picture of one of the birds in the facility, though. Dunno what it was, though.. :(

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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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Imageirisarian
Sep 10, 2015 2:20 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Toni You are listed as joining irises. which thread? I have not seen you.

It is 66° instead of 90 something (I repeat_) therefore you can see how much I enjoy it.
Imagevic
Sep 10, 2015 2:24 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Beautiful but ouch if they sting you, huh Toni...

You are very cool Lucy... Thumbs up
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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 10, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Lucy - Haven't been active there in a few years. Joined that group when I was getting into irises, but too much like work with names & stuff. I just don't hang out there much any more 'cuz I'm not a fanatic about stuff.

actually, haven't been a fanatic about anything really as of late.
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
ImageMaryE
Sep 10, 2015 5:29 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
You're likely to saw "Awwww' when you watch this. And look what they named the lamb. Cute. It just proves that we've never seen it all.
https://video-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xfl1/v/t42.1790-2/1...
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Sep 10, 2015 6:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I could see the video but it had no sound for me, Mary, so I don't know the name of the lamb. Cute and sweet, though.

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