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Jan 26, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Name: Diana
Dayton, TX
That last little cold blast took out my well! No water is not fun. Glad we were able to thaw it out fairly quickly. Kind of freaky to get rain and then freeze here. Someone told me to wrap the well in Christmas lights - then plastic sheeting, then tarp.We are suppose to dip back down tomorrow night. The well will be well covered before dark. lol

Weather was in the 70's today here. Trying to get the potting shed ready to start tomatoes. With all the glass windows the inside of the shed was very warm.. Actually had to leave the door open to cool it off. Tomorrow I will go out and sterilize soil in the microwave, to use. And dream about the seeds that will be here soon. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Hubby was out clearing the garden area today, getting it ready to till. Found a mess of kale and some carrots still growing. .Stir fried kale with onions for dinner, I think.

Stay warm y'all!!
Jan 26, 2014 6:08 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
The cold weather must be difficult for the piggies in warmer climates who aren't used to it. Hope everyone is warm and safe with running water and power.

We had more snow today and will be getting yet more tomorrow. It is a relief to get snow instead of the winter mix of ice and snow we have gotten other years. At least the snow is remaining on the ground to protect the plants. We typically have rapid freeze thaw cycles which melt the snow cover and can be stressful to plants.

My power flicked off twice today for a couple of minutes at a time. There are snow covered trees overhanging the power lines. I have called the electric company about it a couple of times. I sent them and email and will call again Monday.
Jan 26, 2014 6:20 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yup I went out and noticed I only had a few carrots, a couple tiny spinach and Broccoli babies and that's all that has survived this roller coaster winter. Got all my potted plants watered with my aquarium water this afternoon. Also had to transplant my onion babies into a deeper pot. That's no easy feet lol Had more mending/sewing to get out of my sewing room for others, now I am free to sew up my own over the door pocket hanger for storing my seeds in. Next weekend will be cleaning out the garage and getting organized to start seeds as well.
Jan 27, 2014 2:20 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Brenda do you only collect US stamps, or also from the rest of the world?
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Jan 27, 2014 7:29 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
TxBaby.... Glad you have water again. Hope your well doesn't have any cracks in it. Being so far down in the ground you would think such a thing wouldn't happen.

Stir fried Kale with onions? Sound interesting. You just eat by itself or with with something else?

Andi... Oh ya it difficult. Most of our homes, or trailers, just don't have all the insulation that Northern folks do. Pipes are made of lighter weight materials so they crack and bust easily.

They saying on news that some areas haven't seen weather like this since the civil war. I believe it. I haven't seen it in the past 20 some years that for sure.

I have to go out later and try and find my drip under the trailer. It coming from one of the bathroom pipes. Probably the one that made ice crystals in the sink bowl.

The worst problem is a lot of power and utility companies don't want to work with folks on catching up the bills from this mess and are still shutting folks off. One woman with ill child on machines, they turned her off and she and raised heck with them, and told them if they didn't get back immediately and her child suffered from it that she was going to sue company and employees.

I feel even worse for the elderly. Most can barely pay for their meds and go without food to get them and there no way they can pay these bills all at once.

I always thought that there was gov la that said during extreme cold conditions that power companies couldn't shut folks off? Don't know where I heard that or when, but must have someplace that it popping in my mind.

Andi... Hope the power company does something for ya soon. Here they only work on lines 15' on either side of main lines and that it. From transformer to your home, forget it, that your problem.

Misti.. At least ya got something. Did ya do the two leaves for me, two leaves for you to share it with the family or sneaked it all for yourself? Hilarious! That sounds like an interesting way to store seeds.

I remember being a child and how stamp collecting was such a big thing. Do kids even do such a thing now days? Remember how we get pen pals from around the world and than show off the new ones we got. Was a big deal back then, that and collecting marbles. Now I think it pokeman and magic cards.

We're all under severe winter storm warnings here. Gonna get a couple of inches of snow, sleet and ice for the next couple of days. Ran to store early this morning soon as they opened for bread and bacon. Hilarious! Gotta have my morning toast and grease with my coffee. Won't be no driving on the roads for us. Weather like that is accident city happening as we don't have the salt or sand trucks done here. Don't need them normally.

I know some folsk just shaking their heads with us us down here having places all just down and towns for just a couple of inches. *Blush* For Southerners who haven't driven it, that like your foot and more for us.

Who has some pretties to show off? Don't matter if they flowers or veggies. bring em on and brighten some folks days up that still home bound trapped with the blues.

Patti... Hope they get your puter lines fixed today. Saw on news where one spot had 50mph winds and folks was being blown down to ground and tumbled out from them winds.

Jan 27, 2014 8:51 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
I think that electric service cannot be cut off if it is needed to heat your home. The exact rules vary from state to state, but since it's a public utility it has to comply with government regulation. Here is one link in plain English that explains most of it. The important thing is to keep in communication with the power company and show that you are making an effort to pay.
Jan 27, 2014 9:01 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Oh man oh man!!!!!!!!!!

If ya all haven't seen this and gonna post over on Companion Planting thread.

Here some real drool for ya all this morning. It over on ATP, but ya don't have to join to read.

Joannabanana... How beautiful. Just the thing to see this morning. Enjoyed it and you have given me some great ideas.
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Jan 27, 2014 10:14 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
LOL Star, they weren't even big enough to call them leaves. Left them out there. Will see if they take off in spring.
Jan 27, 2014 10:16 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
LOL, I meant BrendaVR, not ArleneB! My head's in the clouds these days. I blame the Polar Vortex. Yeah, that works. Just blame the lousy weather on everything! Rolling on the floor laughing
Grazie a tutti,
Jan 27, 2014 10:19 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Really cool coleus, Jonna. I especially like the one second from the left and the one on the far right. It's amazing the different leaf shapes that are possible!
Grazie a tutti,
Jan 27, 2014 12:09 PM CST
Name: Alana
I'm missing something, I think. I thought those photos were joannabananas? I miss a lot when I don't wear my glasses.

It was 60 yesterday, will be 5 by tonight. I have to remember to leave water dripping tonight, but a couple of weeks ago when this happened it was my sewer line (just underground) that literally exploded. I had to have a section replaced.
I could see it spewing into the air from my kitchen window. That was....interesting. Rolling on the floor laughing

Jan 27, 2014 12:21 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
You didn't miss anything Poison. They do belong to JoannaBanana.. She is a member cubits member of EG. Went back up and put the A in. It's from her name that I forget and call Jonna, Joanna sometimes. I been trying to do better about getting Jonna's name right. Now I forget the A in Joanna's. *Blush*

I miss stuff whether I have my glasses on or off. Hilarious! Thanks for catching that though.
Jan 27, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Not as bad as me not knowing who Ella was....I thought Starlight and Ella were two different people Rolling on the floor laughing
Jan 27, 2014 2:18 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b

Here is the thread in case ya forgot.


SEND ME IN A CMAIL, do not post on here. YOUR TOP 3 (THREE) CHOICES.






ILove Jesus

If I missed anybody let me know. Those folks that just joined along for the fun of reading, your welcome to vote too. Ok, let the voting begin.
Jan 27, 2014 7:03 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

OK. Here's what I have growing so far (that isn't covered by snow).

Potatoes and Jagodka tomatoes. I think that they were planted on the same day. I don't know what I'm going to do with the tomatoes. It's way too early to be growing tomatoes. I plan on letting the potatoes dry out and croak in about six weeks. Hoping for baby tubers to plant in the spring.
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Sweet peppers that I am attempting to overwinter. (And a potato from a tuber that survived all summer without care in a left over pot of dry soil in the basement. And a bean that I tried to kill by not watering it.)
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And lots of germination testing.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Jan 27, 2014 10:59 PM CST
Name: Diana
Dayton, TX
Ella, I heated a little olive oil and put a big yellow onion (chopped) and cooked it till it started to turn translucent. (I've used garlic instead of onion before, and that's good too..)Then I added as much torn kale to the pan as possible. Stirred till It wilts down some and stays very green. If I am feeling the weather (arthritis) I will add in some red pepper flakes. It's tasty and good for what ails ya. lol Served it up with baked Noob Taub squash (Thanks so much to whoever sent those in last years piggy swap!), and golden browned chicken croquettes. My mother-in-law (who's 91) said it tasted like a gourmet meal! She hates to cook, and rarely eats fresh from a garden veggies. lol

Joseph, I wish I had tomatoes that big already!! Yours are very healthy looking. It seems a shame not to be able to use them. :) I spent most of my time getting ready for the next winter blast today. We are expecting freezing rain, sleet and possibly snow tonight. So I didn't start any of my own tomato seeds today.. Hope I get some started before the weekend!
Jan 28, 2014 8:26 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Joseph... I'm wishing I did too. Doesn't seeing new sprouts make you get that warm tingly feeling inside. Hilarious! Lots of experiments sounds interesting.

Thanks sharing direction Txbaby. I am going to have to give that recipe a try. Course it would be easier if you just cooked that whole meal you described and sent me a plate. Hilarious!

Tiny sleet already starting to form here. In just a few hours it gonna be a mess here. Just heard on the news where the Southern states have broke 2,500 records for weather.

Piggies!!!!!!!!With the rain, sleet, ice balls and snow. I will probably be off line til it over sometime Thursday. I'll have more downed tree limbs and our power lines are gonna freeze and we'll probably lose power and don't want to blow a modem when it happens.

If anybody has any questions, holler at Patti for serious stuff. Normal stuff, their regular piggies here that should be able to answer questions and help. They good about that.

Boxes should be going out Friday. Airport will be closing once this mess hits. No salt trucks , no snow plows and no de-icers at airport other than one or two. So hopefully Thursday they should have back log of packages that been stacked and piled out of way and should make clear flying for ya all over the weekend and hopefully by Monday or Tuesday folks should be doing happy dance or groaning when they wonder where they gonna put all the seed. Hilarious! Putting this on oinking thread too.

Somebody remind me Thursday to get the stuff out of fridge and freezer. Once that happens more room for bacon. Hurray!

Jan 28, 2014 10:14 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Take care Ella! Looks bad out there. No precipitation here, just COLD!

That reminds me, need to go check on that baggy of corn...although it's only been six days.
FAITH over fear!

Jan 28, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Joseph, the Jagodka tomato is determinate in habit, so you can put them in containers for early salads. That's what I sometimes do with my short tomatoes. I alternate between Ditmarsher and Whippersnapper for super early pink cherries and I'll be starting them in about 2 weeks. I shoot for ripe cherries for fresh salads by Mother's Day growing them this way.
Grazie a tutti,
Jan 28, 2014 1:30 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
I just went to Lowe's to buy 2 bags of sand and 2 buckets with lids so I can sprinkle it for better traction walking down the steps with the dogs. Please everyone be safe and don't do anything dangerous with this bad weather we are expecting.

Starlight/Ella, thanks for the heads-up on the weather.
For the kale:
Start by cooking small pieces of bacon in the (cast iron) frying pan until they are 'just right'.
Than add the cut up onions to cook a while, add a smashed clove of garlic to cook just a little, then add the cut up kale (I like it cut into long strips like green spaghetti), put a lid on it and let it steam-cook itself a few minutes. Stir to distribute the lovely bacon grease, mmmmm, and serve with whatever. We had rice and sweet potatoes with ours. Delicious.

Next time I am in Alabama visiting my older daughter, I'll stop by and cook it for you if you make the biscuits!

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