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ImagePatti1957
Dec 24, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Chat thread... We came from here -- > #3 http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77310/

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Imagegreene
Dec 24, 2013 1:02 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Hello everyone, stopping in just to say a quick hello and to see how everyone is doing with this crazy weather.

Sorry I haven't been online much - my dog Jack has been feeling very poorly for several days.

He has a neck injury that acts up and he screams in pain and acts. But he's on 3 prescriptions, we used a hot compress and a warm blanket, lots of massage and hugs, extra special food and some Pedialyte because he's not been drinking any water.

Yesterday he have me a hug Group hug and Lovey dubby kiss - first time in the last 5 days. Sure was nice to see him happy again. I am going broke keeping the electric heaters on so he can be comfortable - he's been sleeping about 20 hours a day as he heals.

Hope everyone has a good holiday with friends and/or family. Stay warm and be safe if you are travelling.
Imagejoseph
Dec 24, 2013 1:04 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Star: I don't have a good working definition that allows me to distinguish a squash seed from a pumpkin seed... Therefore, I call them all squash seeds.

I eat a few squash seeds per day during this time of year so that I can test how dry they are. They are hard to peel though, so I don't eat many.

I know of a guy that boils the seeds and runs them through a Victorio food strainer. That allows him to capture the inside of the seed and discard the husk. There are naked seeded squash that don't have a hull. I am not currently working with them because they are pepo squash, and I have a bad attitude towards pepos.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageMistirose
Dec 24, 2013 1:09 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok thank you! that answers my question Joseph! you DO peel them! Hurray!
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 24, 2013 3:48 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks Joseph for the info. Oh..Oh... later we will have to find out why you don't like pepos.

Misti.... Now we know Thumbs up

Patti Thanks for the new thread, you must have been reading my mind. I was just thinking we needed one when I got to bottom of page and said Yes! Hurray!

WISHING EVERYBODY THE WARMEST AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. KNOW THAT EACH ONE OF YOU IS THOUGHT OF DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Group hug Lovey dubby
Imagejoseph
Dec 24, 2013 4:46 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
starlight1153 wrote:Thanks Joseph for the info. Oh..Oh... later we will have to find out why you don't like pepos.


You mean other than taste???

I still haven't been able to convince myself that I want to grow phenotypically diverse landraces of pepo squash. I like my crooknecks to be yellow crocknecks, I like my zucchini to be long and skinny, I like Lady Godiva to be naked.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 25, 2013 8:58 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!! Best wishes and thoughts to ya all on this day.

Joseph Sputtering up my coffee from laughing too much. Yep I agree on the squash and zucchini part anyways. I'll let ya handle the Lady Godiva part yourself. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Woke up to 18F sure a change from the 50's at night. It's a frosty world out there. I wondering how all my critters made out. One of my trees out front had 7 squirrel nests in it. Yesterday after storms and high winds there is only one left. They drive me crazy with their destruction, but still I enjoy watching them and they perform a service of crunching down all the nuts to shells which will be mulch later. Even with their fur, I know the little guys have to be shivering. I don't see them in the trees anywhere, so maybe they sleeping under all the leaves on the ground.

Hope everybody has a good day whether it is being spent home alone or with family and friends. Group hug
ImageMistirose
Dec 25, 2013 9:11 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok you had to mention squirrels lol so I will leave you with this and say Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ImageDanita
Dec 25, 2013 9:32 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Merry Christmas to Everyone! Big Grin

(Misti, adorable baby Palm Squirrel!)
ImageAndi
Dec 25, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Merry Christmas Piggies

Sending pugs and kisses from the mountains.
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Lilydaydreamer
Dec 25, 2013 10:08 AM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY
Wishing everyone the merriest christmas ever. Group hug
May you be blessed with family, friends, and germinating seeds this spring! Lovey dubby Hurray!

Joyfully,
Lisa
Love what you teach and teach what you love!
Imagechelle
Dec 25, 2013 11:11 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It's been a blessedly peaceful Christmas day here so far. Santa enjoyed his milk a cookies, the reindeer left only a smattering of grain crumbs in the yard, and those merry little elves did some great design work on our gifts this year. I'd imagine they must all need degrees in electronic design and engineering these days. I wonder if there's a special school at the North Pole for them? Big Grin

Me, I'm counting my blessings that we're safe and warm, and we've nowhere to go today other than across the yard to Grandma's house for Christmas dinner. Smiling

Blessed and peaceful Holidays to all!
Imageevelyninthegarden
Dec 25, 2013 12:10 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
chelle wrote:It's been a blessedly peaceful Christmas day here so far. Santa enjoyed his milk a cookies, the reindeer left only a smattering of grain crumbs in the yard, and those merry little elves did some great design work on our gifts this year. I'd imagine they must all need degrees in electronic design and engineering these days. I wonder if there's a special school at the North Pole for them? Big Grin Smiling

Blessed and peaceful Holidays to all!


Chelle ~ Your house was busier than mine. I am grateful for what we have. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! Lovey dubby
Imagegreene
Dec 25, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Merry Christmas to everyone; hope your day is a happy one.
I gotta go wrap a few more gifts!

ImageSorellina
Dec 25, 2013 1:37 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Merry Christmas, everyone! This year, we have really gotten down to the basics of what Christmas means. We are together, we have our health, our power has been restored so we have a warm, well-lighted house, and most of all, we have the warmth and light of the Christ child in our hearts.

Blessings to all of you! Group hug
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagechristine00
Dec 25, 2013 5:18 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
merry christmas everyone! had a nice day with family and my kids enjoyed visiting their young aunt again! Lovey dubby
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Dec 25, 2013 6:44 PM CST
Name: Sharon
near Detroit, MI
Hoping everyone has had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas.
I worked yesterday and was hoping to leave early to get home and help hubby and daughter get ready for the Christmas Eve gathering at our home. Sadly a fellow worker from Afternoon Shift lost her Dad, he had been in the hospital for a few days. I ended up staying overtime, but got home just before guests began to arrive. It was a fun but tiring day.
Today was quiet. We opened gifts, took the dog for a long walk, took a hot tub, watched 'A Christmas Carol'.
Back to work tomorrow.
Imagejoseph
Dec 25, 2013 7:04 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Star: Sorry about your keyboard. I had to leave suddenly and didn't finish my previous post.

There is a pepo squash called 'Lady Godiva'. It produces a crop called 'Naked Pumpkin Seeds" because they do not have a shell around the seed, just a thin membrane that blows away when the seeds dry. The naked seed trait is recessive, so any cross pollination makes the trait disappear. I suppose that a person could cross Lady Godiva with yellow crookneck and then reselect for a naked seeded yellow crookneck.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
Dec 25, 2013 11:49 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Joseph did your son find his lizard? Yikes, what a thing to have on the loose in the house! My cat goes into "stealth mode" when people stop by, but she comes out of hiding eventually.

It would be difficult to be motivated to grow a crop that you don't like to eat, especially when you select the next year's crop based on taste. You grow so many fabulous veggies already.
ImageDayjillymo
Dec 26, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Merry Christmas to ALL!

All the family came to our house Christmas Eve. It was a huge, noisy, happy party! Yesterday we rested and spruced up a bit. Today we're back at work and happy for the rest! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Next Tuesday all the grandkids (10 of them!) come to our house for New Year's Eve festivities. It's an overnight party, obviously, and we have a ball. The youngest are 8 years old this year, with the oldest one just turned 21. I hear they are all still coming this year, so it will be fun! As they age enough to be good help, it has become easier each year. I have several who can and will cook, or help younger ones, or de-select an inappropriate movie, or find lost gloves. Smiling I suspect we will have everyone awake at midnight for the first time this year. Hurray!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas celebration this year! If you don't celebrate Christmas, I do hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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