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ImageDonkeyJay
May 12, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
The pup is going into the SO's office during the day; she's going to be a therapy dog of some sort, which is to say she's going to hang out in the massage office & snag pets. Hilarious!

I've got 12 tomato plants in & 4 more to go... ran outa wallo waters yesterday, but went into the big city & bought 12 more. Enough to get the cukes in. OMG... and there's peppers, too. I need more wallo waters already. They're expensive up front, but they sure last well. Also tried to buy some more seedling mix, but only the little bags were left. Ratz.

Broccoli & cabbage looking good. Peas & onions coming on, but it's cold these last couple of days, so everything not in wallo waters stops & waits for warmth again. {{sigh}}
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
porkpal
May 12, 2011 10:43 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I remember hefting the 100lb feed sacks! I'm just glad that 50lbs seems to be the new standard.
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
May 12, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I agree Hurray!
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageKathleen
May 13, 2011 5:00 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Rain on the way, but a hazy sun up right now. It's very warm all of the sudden, but going to cool down.

I'm 'grounded'. No gardening for at least a week, and taking it easy on everything else. I've totally stressed my rhomboid muscles between my spine and shoulder blades. Wrong time of year for this - I have gardening to do!!! Guess I'll just have to learn to let the girls do it. With supervision of course...
ImageDonkeyJay
May 13, 2011 7:43 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Angry Oh, I hate that. My lower back gets cranky from all the up & down in gardening, & it just makes me hard to get along with. Glare

I'm out putting in more tomatoes, etc. today. Working on agility equipment for the dogs.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageMaryE
May 13, 2011 6:17 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Jay, are they competing in agility contests, or will they?

We got the shade cloth on the greenhouse this morning before the wind came up! Plants in there are happier, and the vent system doesn't run as much. Watered and weeded this afternoon. I'm way behind already!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageAnnaZ
May 13, 2011 10:21 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
And here is our new little car...........Neil, you should be proud of us for getting a MiniCooper. Big Grin

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ImageAnnaZ
May 13, 2011 10:23 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
And I just love these barn-door access to the back. And also love the sun roof, which doesn't show up on the photos.Thumb of 2011-05-14/AnnaZ/7b8c28
ImageNEILMUIR1
May 14, 2011 3:39 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Annaz, it looks lovely and they are very popular in the UK! Is it the 4x4 one?
They are owned by BMW now and are no longer British. Over here the demand outstrips the supply, so they build a lot in Holland as well.
I like the colour of your one and they are supposed to be very reliable, plus good on petrol\gas!
Unfortunately we only have three car manufacturers left and they all do sports cars. They are tiny firms and cars like Noble and Morgans are rare to see.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageAnnaZ
May 14, 2011 3:59 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Neil, no, it isn't the Countryman, which is the 4x4. We got the Clubman. The Hardtop wasn't even in the running, as it was nigh onto impossible to get into the back seat. I do put stuff in the back, and I didn't want to have to be a contortionist to even get things in and out of there. Big Grin
ImageNEILMUIR1
May 14, 2011 4:21 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Annaz, sorry as there are so many over here. From the normal Mini Cooper which is a nice car to the RS Cooper which is the rather tuned up version and does 145 mph. Then there is the supercharged one as well, and the soft top. There is even an automatic one although that is not popular here, as our twisty country roads are not kind on automatics.
I have seen a lot of the 4x4 ones, and ones like yours.
We have lots of companies that tune them up for you and they all have different names as well.
On Fifth Gear which is one of our motoring programs they showed a new Mini that is a lot bigger, but that will not be out till next year!
They all have a good reputation and are lovingly called BMWINIS over here, due to BMW owning the company.
BMW also own Rolls Royce as well, so you are in good hands.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageDonkeyJay
May 14, 2011 7:19 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
No, they probably won't be competing in agility; there's really very little happening in organized dog stuff out here in NM. But it gives us something to do w/them & pits are great athletes who love agility. My older dog also has had double knee surgery, so too many big jumps are probably not a good idea. We're hoping the new pup will get Delta Society certified at some point, so that she can do nursing home visits, among other things. So she's learning about... getting baths. Which she thinks is a terrible idea! Hilarious!

Got the last of the 'maters in yesterday, all of the peppers, and the herbs. The temps dipped down to 28º this morning, so I'm very thankful again for those wallo waters. Hurray! Also got the cilantro, basil, & burnett in the ground, surrounded them w/water filled milk jugs & covered w/a blanket. Hope they survived the night!
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageKathyJo
May 14, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Name: Kathy Jo Brady
Fayette, Missouri
Well, I have been quickly trying to catch up on everyone's lives.. and farms..

Kathleen, I am sad about all your losses... My prayers are with you.

Neil, I watched the Royal Wedding with great interest.. I hope this wonderful young couple gets a bit of privacy to enjoy life.

My husband and I have been caught up in our middle daughter's sad divorce.. She has needed to get one for some time..but had tried desperately to keep her young family together.. We have spent weekends and my vacation helping with her move from a beautiful three story house to a small rental. We are now helping her financially until she gets her feet under her.

Hubby is off to the city to watch our Grandsons, so our daughter can have some down time. He has fresh garden lettuce and onions for each of our three daughter's families .. I have also had such beautiful spinach..

I cut the spinach and took to work yesterday.. I deveined it and put it out as an offering at lunch.. One of my usual mottos is: "I raise it, you cook it". So, I basically had to ask a couple of times for people to eat the spinach... one of the nurses finally said, If you have any more , I will fix it for everyone with olive oil, peppers, etc..

Last week all the crops were going in at a furious rate.. Just in time for a cold front to move through with rain.. We have soybeans and corn this year..

My iris have been lovely...

Had my first strawberry out of the garden yesterday.. yum..
ImageMaryE
May 14, 2011 11:55 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Kathy Jo, I'm so sorry to hear of your daughter's divorce and the upheaval it has caused in her little family, and for you and your DH. Thank God she has you to help her.

I think your cold front was here a few days ago. Spring is late here, but at last some grass is feeding the cattle and sheep. My neighbor's haystack is gone and he even had to buy a semi load of hay before there was enough grass.

Hubby hitched up the rototiller and went to a neighbor's. It was nice and sunny when he left, but the sky has been leaking, a couple of brief showers in the last half hour. Thankfully, the temperature is about 60. I am busy hauling manure to my garden. Some of the early seeds I planted are popping up, others are sure taking their time, or might never appear. Rain sent me inside for a cup of tea, and I no sooner than got it made and the shower was over. It's gonna be an in and out kind of day, good thing I started early.

I have about half a box of bruised apples (a co-op write off) that I brought home to slice up and put in the freezer. The horses will get the worst ones. There is a certain amount of spoilage with any produce department, and since I help out there on produce delivery day, I bring home a lot of usable vegies and fruit that only needs trimming. My neighbor's chickens benefit too as some of the tender salad mix seems to be only good for a few days.

Jay, that milk jug and blanket protection sounds like it would have been enough. I hope they made it. I need to locate my rolls of remay so I can set out a few more plants soon.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageKathleen
May 15, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Kathy Jo, sorry to hear about your daughter. That is hard. We've been through it twice with my brother, and it leaves you in a very strange position with former family members.

To all of you who really need the rain, I apologize, but there is really too much of good thing going on here. We had 4 lovely, dry days after weeks of rain, and are now into another rain cycle that they say will last all week. And just to add insult to injury, the temperatures are going down. Not freezing, but chilly and with the damp, miserable. The old farmers used to say, "cold rainy May, barn full of hay" - but enough all ready!
ImageDonkeyJay
May 16, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I've finally figured out how to get it all done....

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I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
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ImageMaryE
May 16, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Jay, that's funny! When you finish there you can come here. I haven't even seen my iron in a long time!

We woke up to snow covering the ground this morning! Arrrhhhh! It melted in a few hours, but still, what a rude way to begin a day when I wanted to be gardening in the warm sun! Weather forecast said it would be 50+ by mid afternoon. It's after 1:30 and only 40. More of the same tonight? Who knows, certainly not the weatherman.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageCajuninKy
May 16, 2011 3:01 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I hate that for you. I know how glad I was when we saw the last of the snow. It has been chilly, windy and overcast here today so I have not got a whole lot done. All the animals here at the house are fed except 2 dogs. Still have to go with DH and feed the other 7 horses. We sold 1 horse. She got a great home and they are really pleased with her. I knew they would be. She is a sweetheart. I expect they will have her dressed up in doll clothes before long. LOL Now 3 more to move and we will be happy.
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 16, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Still warm, dry & windy, except when the morning temps dip down to freezing... Rolling my eyes. But already the weeds are getting ahead of me...

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and I'm fixin' to go after the gophers...

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I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageCajuninKy
May 17, 2011 9:18 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have been warring with the chipmunks and they make a small target.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

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