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ImageAnnaZ
May 9, 2011 7:04 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
We went for a little ride too yesterday...........SU just LOVES driving that Mini around. LOL

I guess I will be returning some green children back to their "summer homes" today. I have a client with 2 huge brugmansia that I'm afraid if I keep much longer will break the tops off when I put them in the trailer. He told me last night "if they break, they break, they will grow back". Glad he's so easy to get along with, but I told him *I* would be upset if they broke off, as one of them is blooming again. Big Grin Will also return my friend's 7 large ferns too. Just a local delivery. SU asked "can you load all that yourself?" I told him I'd need help with 2. So, he will park the trailer up there while he does his feeding chores, and I'll load what I can and wait for him for the rest. Oh, wait..........HE has to help me load those 2 first, as I want them in the front of the trailer. LOL
ImageMaryE
May 9, 2011 7:57 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday we went out for brunch. They say that Mother's day is the busiest day of the year at restaurants. Many families were there with elderly grandmas, some no doubt were trying to make up for a year of neglect! We watched as a family of 8 was leaving their table, everybody got up and walked away leaving Grandma sitting there. She got up, put on her coat and shuffled after them. Nobody came back to help her or make her feel pampered.

Today is cold and windy, not a good gardening day, so it is a good day to get my hands into some bread dough. I make 2-4 loaves and freeze the extras. Also will make a big pot of spaghetti sauce which will be the base for several meals.

Last week I set out brocolli and cabbage plants into a row in the vegetable garden. I started them from seeds in the greenhouse and they were outgrowing their root space. It was a nice day, so..... More are coming, but are still small enough for their little pots. The seeds for other early spring types of vegetables like chard, some lettuce, beets, etc, are finally starting to show me little green spots. Onions are up about 3-4 inches. I've been hauling manure to the rest of the garden. My horses just keep making the stuff! Yes, it does come with weeds, that's the tradeoff with free fertilizer. Weeds make good compost! I use grass clippings for mulch, that brings a few weed seeds too. Well, it all keeps me busy and out of trouble.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageDonkeyJay
May 9, 2011 8:33 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yep, there's weeds in that free stuff, but as I have bindweed, any idea that I could actually have a weed-free garden is just pure delusion anyway! Hilarious!

I got 9 tomato plants in the ground yesterday before I ran out of wallo waters, & todays' supposed to be 25-35 MPH w/gusts to 50, so I'm calling it an indoor day--I need a day off!--and potting up some more tomatoes, cabbage & etc.

And baby sitting the new pup...
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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.
porkpal
May 9, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Cute!
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
May 10, 2011 6:32 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Haven't put anything out here yet, but I do have pansies and alyssum to put in the rock beds. I'm planning on getting some lettuce in what's supposed to be the kitchen garden, but I need to dig out some phlox and some columbine first. They are enthusiastic self seeders here. My biggest problem is getting down to the weeds. I still can't kneel on the new knees and my back is very unhappy with the bending. I let the girls do the heavy work, but I really like to weed, and I'm the one who knows what to weed out and what to leave. I have a kneeler that's also a sitter, so I guess I'll take that out and see if it helps.

The weather man said this morning that there might be a few scattered showers but that you wouldn't see them unless you were in the right place at the right time, so don't be there. A realist. LOL
ImageNEILMUIR1
May 10, 2011 6:53 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Kathleen, here is an Aquilegia I do like!
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageCajuninKy
May 10, 2011 8:45 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That pup is sure cute! Looks like River will be a good sitter.

I am going to finish filling my pots to put my tomatoes out tonight. Been in the 80s during the day so I have to wait for the sun to set before putting them out. I planted some calypso, red calypso and painted pony beans yesterday. The royal burgundys are about to bloom. I have some peas on the bushes. Onions and garlic are looking really good. Thinning the chinese cabbage. Weeding everything! Strawberries are really loaded this year. Corn is up about 3". Beets are up. Taters need more mulch. I transplanted a sikkim cuke, armenian cuke and a trombocinno squash into bags. Trying to plant all I can in my little space because with the crazy weather I know prices will go way up at the grocery.

PP, I got a pic but only through the window. Didn't want to be obvious about it. You really can't appreciate his "doo" in the pic. It looks like some of his friends or family would tell him it just isn't working for him. Look in the lower right corner of this pic.

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porkpal
May 10, 2011 9:26 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Is it, perhaps, on backwards?
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
May 10, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Sounds like your garden is really taking off, Cajun! Hurray!

I'm busy puppy sitting today, so no telling if anything much is going to get done. She & River are figuring out how to play tug together.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageNEILMUIR1
May 10, 2011 2:30 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
It has just been on the News about the mass glut of strawberries in England. Evidently the amazing weather we have had has made the crop super large and the strawberries juicy and sweet, but a month early! The supermarkets have to get strawberries abroad at this time of year, if there is anyone stupid enough to eat stuff that is not UK and not in season. We seem to have strawberries everywhere at very cheap prices indeed.
The farmers are complaining they are losing money on their crops, a lot of the foreign stuff has been sold off cheaply to the jam manufactures, but we still have too many.
Trouble is my mother and Sarah cannot eat them as they are allergic to them, and I prefer raspberries.
I could make jam but who wants it, or maybe strawberry wine!
The fruit looks fantastic and I have never seen it that cheap.
They use a lot for Wimbledon and Henley Regatta fortnights, with cream and Champagne of course, I have a feeling the strawberries may be over by then and they will have to buy them in at a vast expense. They charge you a vast expense for them at these events anyway!
Regards.
Neil.
ImageMaryE
May 10, 2011 2:32 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
A surplus of strawberries would make me very happy!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageDonkeyJay
May 10, 2011 3:09 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I agree
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageAnnaZ
May 10, 2011 9:26 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
I bought a 2 pound container of thos big California ones that are not the tastiest, but they were to mix in with the rhubarb for the pie. And they were VERY tasty mixed in with it. Yum. SU and I ate the whole 12 inch deep dish pie in 24 hours. Isn't that horrible? But, it is gone and we had our after-show goodie fix. Will probably make another one after our last show on the 21st.

Met with our dance gals that are helping us with our couples routine tonight. Got it pretty well down, just need to practice, practice, practice, to file down the rough edges. Big Grin
ImageNEILMUIR1
May 11, 2011 3:26 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I wonder what I can catch now?
Phoenix getting her summer coat and paying us a rare visit.
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageCajuninKy
May 11, 2011 9:17 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
She is such a beautiful cat. Everytime I see a dead rat I think of her. Hilarious! (because of the fiasco on that other cubit)

I'd sure love to have an overabundance of strawberries. I love them. They are really loaded here too this year. Just starting to get ripe.

AZ, are you a dancer? I must have missed that.

That wig was awful! It was very big. Like Delta Burke on Designing Women. It was all teased up and looked like a big old bird nest. Whoever sold him on that wig could sell ice to an eskimo. Bless his heart.

Jay, how is the puppy? You won't get much gardening done playing with the pup. But a mighty cute distraction.

My garden is coming along. I put out a straight neck squash. That's 5 squash now and I have a couple more to go. I also put out 15 tomato plants tonight. 10 are in containers and 5 are in the raised bed. I potted up some pepper plants and eggplants. Have to get a spot ready for them. Also have to dig some more compost for the bags for the melons. So much to do but I do feel like I have a real garden now. My beans are about to bloom too. And I pulled the grass away from my raspberries which are just starting to bloom.

We had a bad storm last night. It was worse on either side of us but we got lots of rain. Problem was, it knocked trees on the power lines on either side of us and we were without power from last night at 9pm until tonight at 9pm. They were saying it might be Saturday before we got power back because all the repair crews were down in Alabama helping after the tornados. So glad the skeleton crew did such a quick job.

I'm not long for bed. Going to town with DH in the morning. Have to get some props for my skit this weekend.
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ImageAnnaZ
May 11, 2011 9:23 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
No, I'm not a dancer. But the dance gals choreograph our posing routines for us for our bodybuilding competitions. Spouse and I are NOT creative........so this at least makes us look like we are not complete dweebs onstage. Big Grin
ImageCajuninKy
May 11, 2011 9:56 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
You are a body builder?!
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At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

porkpal
May 11, 2011 10:27 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I'm confused too...
Porkpal
ImageAnnaZ
May 12, 2011 5:17 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Yes.............Spousal Unit and I took up competitive bodybuilding when we were 54. It was part of our mid-life crisis. Big Grin You have to do a 1 minute posing routine to music at the evening show. SU and I are NOT creative in putting something like that together so that it actually looks like we know what we are doing, so we have the 2 gals that own a dance academy put something together for us. They have as much fun doing that as we do performing their routine.
ImageKathleen
May 12, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I was telling my eldest grandchild last night that I used to boost 100 pound bags of calf grain on my shoulder and carry them into the barn. I was buff. He was dubiously impressed. Now I can't even pick up the big terra cotta pot!

More power to you, Anna!

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