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ImageMaryE
Apr 1, 2016 2:31 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Carole, that's a complaint many people have. Those lawn guys aren't flower guys. Your big tree is beautiful. Is the small one something new?

Andi, I hope you get a really good phone with good service behind it. What ever happened to "the customer is always right"? Gone with the wind, perhaps. Dianthus do well here, usually surviving the winter. If any winter sewing is done here, the plants do it themselves.

This morning after I washed a couple of loads of laundry and got it hung on the clothesline, we went to town to take our cans and bottles for recycling, do banking, get stamps, get an ink cartridge for the printer, and pick up vitamins at the co-op. The bird guy was there. He's the one whose house got invaded by packrats while he and his family were away on a bird work trip, then he and his family were evacuated because of a forest fire, and when they came home a black bear had made himself at home in the house. All of that happened last year. Now he is going to Colorado to float down a river and count birds for the next 2 months. What a job! He's a very tall, thin guy who has the look of a wild man with his unkept hair and beard. Just one of our local characters! Every town needs a few characters.

Every couple of minutes I hear a happy bubble coming out of the fermenting crock. Nice. Things are busy in there!

I need to get to work on the flower beds. Pretty days without blasting wind are not to be wasted! The thermometer says 64. Nice!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
Apr 1, 2016 2:43 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, you had an eventful morning! The isn't-going-to-be editor did as well.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Apr 1, 2016 3:26 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I don't know why I skipped over your post and your gorgeous blooms, Carole. It was a freaky morning. I've been an editor for goodness' sakes, I don't know why I really need one but it comes with the publisher usually. I haven't found one that didn't provide an editor who has no creative word in her body. Or his.

Anyway. Your color matches mine Carole and so do your storms. I had a Sunshine avalanche a little while ago when she heard the roar of a lawnmower kick into gear. Not mine but they made a muddy mess while they roared through a neighbor's yard. Which happens to adjoin mine. Sunshine got over the noise so at least she does know the difference.

Poor Daisy has been neglected and I need to run get her some dry food. She likes hers mixed, a little can of Fancy Feast then beside it a handful of FF dry. Probably not the most healthy but it's what she loves and since she's spent 12 happy years in residence here, let her have what her little heart wants. She has not been outside since that ex neighbor guy had his gun pointed at her and I got between her and it. She raced me down through my back yard and she got here first just as Bob cleared the back door with phone in hand. Ha. He was calling the local police because the guy had a gun in our little block. Pointed at Daisy and me. That guy never appeared on this side of his house again and very shortly moved away. Took his gun games elsewhere too. And the police did pay him a visit that night.

Anyway. this day has been a bit of a battle. And then on Facebook when I was replying to a message I found that two of my former students (a married couple now) just had twins. Funniest thing, the young woman and her sister were my kids, the young man was my kid and the woman's mother was also my former student. Many years ago, I think the first year I moved here. I feel like a grandmother almost. Beautiful young family from lovely old families. I like when that happens. I hadn't even been paying attention to their lives so it was a nice surprise on this April Fool's Day.

Grocery calls. Meow meow.
ImageAndi
Apr 1, 2016 3:45 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Sharon wrote: The next person who comes along and tries to change Aunt Bett's or Ninna's vernacular and speech patterns, I'm gonna blast in a most colorful way. I did that with the first publisher some years ago when their editor wanted to make it into humanities/cultural text book form. That blast was exceptionally colorful. Bet she had never been blasted in SE KY mountain-speak before. I'm very good at what I do, particularly when words are involved. Don't ever let this semi Southern Appalachian drawl fool you. Those were my last words to the "wanna be but won't be" editor this morning. On the phone, by the way. Not written. Slow drawls carry slow venom, but venom nonetheless. Same poisonous results.


Haven't these people read Faulkner, Mark Twain, Kerouac?

People tend to underestimate southern people. The netflix show House of Cards with Kevin Spacey as a southern politician exemplifies that. I was tempted to post a link, but people can cmail me instead.

I feel that way when knitting editors (my fave I secretly nicknamed "the editrix" - a difficult woman, but good at her job, one of the best). Most are Jewish - most yarn and fabric companies have links to the NYC garment industry which is predominantly Jewish and sometimes called the Jewish mafia. Anyway, so many women have asked me "Andreasen, what kind of name is that/" meaning that is not a Jewish name. I reply "Norwegian." They say, oh....I guess they knit too. I reply that my grandmother used to knit and ski at the same time (True, she went via cross country style skis to wait in line daily for a kilo of potatoes to feed the family during the occupation of WWI. Her mother died of pneumonia and she was the eldest child.) White Lutheran girls can't complain about racism, but....if I turned that conversation backwards I would never sell a knitting design again in my life.

My friend, Ben, says I am seeing it wrong. On the phone, they think I am as sharp and quick as they are. I talk like an "educated New Yorker". I talk fast with northeast inclinations but no new yawk accent. He also says I "shop like a Jew." which is meant as a compliment for my frugality.

However, his Italian mother says I am like a "Norwegian Jew" which is not. It means that I am not Italian-American-Jersian like everyone she knows. I am not loud and flashy , but I could afford to be, so I must be cheap. Why would anyone be plain (or in my neighborhood classic) on purpose? Have you watched the movie Goodfellows ? The ladies sitting around the kitchen table are not exaggerated, I have met women like that. This woman asked her son if I celebrated Christmas. he replied she is Lutheran like most Norwegians. The mother asked if that was Christian. I guess she never heard of Martin Luther. As Ben also says, ignorance is a choice......

I get impatient also. That is why I would be a terrible teacher unless i taught the gifted classes. My mind goes faster than many people's. I have to get better at being patient and not appearing impatient.

The ever patient Winston even gets impatient with me lately. He gets worried when I am stressed - especially if I am too overwhelmed to cook dinner. Why on earth would someone yell at a piece of plastic when it is time to cook dinner. It must be a bad boy, but it isn't alive..... I tend to over-react to crisis lately. I feel like I am bombarded with one emergency after another. I don't get to breathe in between emergencies. I don't have the reserves of time, energy, cash, family that other people have to help deal with such crisis. I have to soldier on and keep going. I am getting stronger and have learned all sorts of skills, but I am also getting tired of the constant impossible situations. It is getting better. I will select a new phone, catch up with life and try to remember to enjoy the lovely spring.

Then I can post pictures of my garden and tell you about all the happy, wonderful things in my life!!

And you will scratch your heads and wonder what happened to me, did I get abducted by redneck space aliens or eat the wrong kind of mushrooms growing in the wild?
Imageirisarian
Apr 1, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I am Gram to all 6 grandchildren. My call. so I didn't get called Granny. John is Grandpa to 4 of them & Gramps to the other 2 as their other grandfather was called Grandpa & he was close enough to visit. MN & MA are farther away from each other.

We are really low tech as we have a landline. It means we get people trying to sell us stuff & political stuff. Just got a call from a newspaper guy from the Boston Herald (who I dislike) about the icky Republican establishment trying to sabotage 'Donald Trump. Me too, guy. He makes me want to upchuck.

Watched the pairs short program on the skating this afternoon. A friend who won't pay for cable is missing it except for tomorrow night a 9pm EDT. They are probably not broadcasting the rest as it interferes with other programs.

Back to phones--we have a cell phone that we carry away from home for emergencies & call for rides. don't remember how I felt last spring. ☺
Imageirisarian
Apr 1, 2016 3:52 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Missed your post Andi--people think midwesteners are rural. Not all of us. Both parents were from Omaha & probably never quite got used to 'Milwaukee talk' with its Germanisms. Although my dad could get it pretty well.
Imagevic
Apr 1, 2016 4:19 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Andi - I've had Samsung and now I have Apple. Both are excellent phones but I will now stay with Apple forever. Love them. I see where LG has a new phone out too. I hope you find one. I can't say enough how wonderful smart phones are.

Hasn't been much sun here today. We have a very cool week coming up. I will enjoy every second of it as I know the wicked heat and humidity of our summer will be here all too soon.

Yes Carole - loved your photo's. Very pretty. We are still very colorful here.

Sally - I know you're enjoying the "babies" that aren't babies anymore Crying
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
ImageAndi
Apr 1, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I want to get my phone from ATT or Consumer Cellular for better customer service - or at least less potential customer service problems. There isn't a good electronics store in the area - that I know about. My favorite electronics store is microcenter, a chain with the closest retail branch in Paterson, NJ. I am tempted by their selections, but concerned about potential returns/exchanges in the future. both ATT and Consumer Cellular offer trade in options for long term customers who upgrade their obsolete phones. I typically shop online and either mail order or ask a friend in NJ to pick my stuff up at the store for me. I would consider I picked a problem phone, lured by Black Friday deals. I'll try to pick a better one this time.

ATTs selection is limited - and expensive unless you can work something out with a sales rep..

Consumer cellular has limited android phones, but they have several iphones. They have the Apple iphone 5s, 6s and 6s plus. I like that they have options for upgrading the memory when you order. I want at least 16Gig. My former phone had 8 which was low. However, I could safely uninstall many of the original aps to gain room. That was next on the phone todo list when it stopped being a good listener. (Everyone said what, what, I can't hear you unless I screamed, yikes. I usually only have to scream at/for my neighbor Joe. He still hasn't replaced his faulty hearing aid, arghhh).

I hear fabulous things about Samsung phones, but consumer Cellular doesn't offer any. ATT's Samsung phones are much more expensive than the same models elsewhere. Consumer Cellulars top Android phones are the Motorola Moto G LTE and a brand I never heard of Huawei Ascend Mate 2 . They have less options for memory upgrades.

The Huawei is, you guessed it, a phablet, mate! The difference between a phone and a phablet is 0.6 inches according to Consumer Cellular.
https://www.consumercellular.com/Info/PhoneDetails/572
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2459352,00.asp

What model iphones have been good/bad in your experience. I had one of the original macs and got burned when they stopped supporting it after 2 years. computers are computers and phones are phones, but company philosophy remains similar...
ImageAndi
Apr 1, 2016 6:38 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks, vic. Your turbulent weather has arrived north. it is warm but alternating between sunny and thunderstorms. Of course it is humid, but what else is new. Weather here is typically frozen or humid.

I hope you are enjoying spring break with your family.

I had to help an irate Joe the neighbor with his computer. Sometimes the internet blips - and you call the cable company and they tell you everything is fine. Then you try not to scream. I may have more training on ethernet and fiberoptic network wiring than the customer service reps. There are interruptions in the line. If they installed a monitoring device (Did that, thanks to my friend the tech. Idiots on the phone don't know what I am talking about) they would see it. The computer also slows down on Friday nights and Saturdays when the weekenders are in town and everyone is watching pay per view or sports or whatever they are watching or doing to slow down the cable internet speed.

There aren't many isp alternatives in this area.

Sometimes Joe has too many windows open or forgets that he has firefox, chrome and edge I (hate edge) running at the same time. He is "too busy" to run the software that cleans the internet cache to speed up the computer. Setting the speed up software to run each time the computer reboots is "too slow." Trying to say anything to a stubborn, angry, hard of hearing person is a challenge.

The universe is teaching me patience.
ImageSharon
Apr 1, 2016 7:09 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Andi, in 2007 I got a new IMac computer and the next year or so I got whatever IPhone first came out. I can't remember the year but think it was in maybe 2008. I believe I took it to Alaska with me but had intermittent reception there and had to walk down the street between Ava's mountains to even just use the phone though the internet reception on it was somewhat better. With the new phone ATT had also at the time purchased my old cell service which was originally Cellular One. My two older cell phones were Nokia as I remember, very cheap and did nothing but go with me when I was on the road. Then I switched to the new iPhone. I've upgraded to I think this one is a 6s, not as big as Ashleys which is newer but I've had it for about a year or more.

The first IMac I had lasted till last May, I continually upgraded it for about 8 years. By last May it wouldn't hold another upgrade. It held a kazillion articles on it as well as pictures and book outlines and chapters, lots of visual work. I still haven't downloaded everything because I need to reorganize and decide what I can toss before adding more of it to this new one. I've just never had a problem with an iMac. Ever. I've never taken it in nor have I had a service call. At school when I was teaching we used Windows, but it was strictly school stuff, grades, attendance, yearly reports things like that. I managed that but we went through so many outages I ended up also keeping a written back up of nearly everything, after all we also were given grade books and attendance books so it was doubled effort by the order of our school system.

Carole, I meant to also mention to you that over the past year my yard crew (2 owners on the mowers plus one with a weedeater and one with a blower) totally destroyed my prized huge gold leaf hosta (forgot it's name) another hosta called Simply Sharon, a hydrangea, 5 ferns from the mountains and 6 named TB irises. I'm keeping a list and I'm deducting. I get a monthly bill and seems like every month I deduct. Their rule is that they do nothing within the outline of a flowerbed. If it is bricked or bordered by stone or by wood, it's outlined and they knew that from the beginning. This is their 4th year and only the last two years has this happened. They are so good otherwise I hate even telling them but I don't want to lose anything else. They've mowed only once this year so maybe it won't happen again. I refuse to be at their mercy but good mowers are so hard to find around here.
Imageirisarian
Apr 1, 2016 7:29 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Our irises have grass paths between them (about 3 ft wide) & I would hate it if any plants were bothered.
Imagenap
Apr 1, 2016 7:41 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Vic, no chocolate at the camp. Too hot. I can probably find some when we go to the city, which will be once a week or so. I admit to being just a tad worried about the heat. 98 every day. 70-75 every night. My doctor said, just make sure you stay hydrated. I know, I know. I can get bottled water, but at 98 degrees and no refrigeration, it will be hot, right? Probably. Sigh...

Thanks for praying me a safe trip, Sally and Vic. I know the Lord is watching over us and will keep us safe. That's one thing I'm NOT worried about. And your prayers are comforting.

I do so appreciate all these lovely Spring photos you all are showing us. They are witness to God's excellent plan.
ImageAndi
Apr 1, 2016 8:14 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am deciding between the iPhone 6s and the phablet aka phat phone. I was content with the Android aspect of the returned phone. The phablet is less than half the price of the iPhone. Either can have additional memory beyond 16G (returned phone light in memory with 8G). I am still researching and thinking. Phablets are less common than iPhones.

Winston and I had hamburgers. He is so happy that I cleared off the top of the stove and cooked some food. If he could have opened the fridge and freezer, he would have started his own DIY raw food diet this week. Kibble for breakfast and dinner is not his thing - even with cheese on top!

The blonde tornado was spewing more debris than usual this week. I can consider the sketches, swatches and works in progress around my desk as "creative compost" but the kitchen is a mess. Yuck. I got the dishwasher going, but need to run a second load. Yikes, one would think I had lots of company, but I made a mess all by myself - with a little help from Winston.

The yard is a mess also. The garage is beyond words. If I make progress every day, everything will be done eventually.
ImageSharon
Apr 1, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Andi, my only advice is that you often get what you pay for and be so careful buying new things that haven't yet proven their worth.

My other advice is who sees your kitchen anyway? Unless you run out of plates and then there's always a paper plate, in a pinch a paper towel will do. My kitchen is the last spot I clean and you've already heard about my 7 coffee cups. And a pan or two for baking for Sunshine. A skillet sometimes for stir fry. A pan for wild rice.

I hate it too, Lucy. But I have more of the same irises. Just not the same hostas. Or ferns. Or hydrangeas.

Nap. I would have to worry about the heat. I'm glad you don't have severe health issues, they almost keep me from traveling anywhere and I was so used to traveling alone. Things change, though and we have to change with them.

I wish for you a safe and enjoyable trip, Nap. Take lots of pictures.

ImageAndi
Apr 1, 2016 8:34 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
You are going to be really warm, nap. What an adventure. Buffalo winters and tropical summers ... what a contrast!

I have seen PUR and Brita brand water bottles with filters. I filter the drinking water at home with PUR filters. They remove 99.9% of the bacteria and many chemicals. Would that be useful in case you can't find bottled water or you drink more water than planned? I was thinking of it as an emergency item, not a replacement for bottled water.

I also put water and a few drops of mint in a spray bottle to cool off. Evaporation cools and the mint feels cool. One could use alcohol with wintergreen or a mixture of water and alcohol. Alcohol evaporates faster and cools better. I like mint soaps in the summer also. Pears blue soap (discovered it at the dollar store) or Dr. Bronners liquid soap are two nice minty ones.

The vitamin supplement EmergenC (or a generic copycat) helps me in the summer - I tend to get heat stroke/exhaustion. You will probably have lots of yummy fruit to eat which would naturally increase your electrolytes. Your doctor may have better suggestions.
ImageAndi
Apr 1, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I love the new garden art, Arlene! you always do interesting things.

I would like to see the phablet in person. It is getting good reviews from respectable reviewers, but I would like to see it. Maybe there is a local retailer like the radio shack by the grocery store.

I forgot to measure today. I am either going to use the railroad ties to border the front garden or against the garage. I'll do something else for the asparagus. I have a handful of Jersey Queen green asparagus crowns, a pack of purple asparagus crowns and some Martha Washington asparagus started from seed. None will be ready to eat this season, of course.

The asparagus need good drainage so it should be either in a raised bed or a slightly elevated section of the ground. I could locate the three different kinds of asparagus in different spots of the garden. I typically amend and fertilize as I plant.
ImageSharon
Apr 2, 2016 12:02 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Let's make a turn and go into a new Spring thread! Will that be OK with you?

Here's our new thread, a clean slate and we can color it with any color we want. Looking forward to lots of pictures of our new Spring Gardens! Let's fill it up with blooms along with our chatter. And even if we don't have pictures, we can chat about what we will have.

I'll lock this thread so nobody gets lost, just as I always do.

Here's our new thread: http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/83792/

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