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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6931610

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1021987/

Adina – beautiful pic of your garden!
Mau – Have fun at your daughters! Looking forward to pics when you return!

84.2 °F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 56%
Dew Point: 66 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 8.8 mph
Pressure: 30.06 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 87 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 6 out of 16
Clouds: Few 4400 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Areas of fog late in the night. Low 76. South winds 5 mph.

Talk about the cat days of Summer!

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
10:07 PM

Post #6931624

Yes, it seems you're right! LOL

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2009
10:16 PM

Post #6931664

they are sooo funny!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 10, 2009
10:18 PM

Post #6931673

Looks like they are both wanting a good belly rub!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
10:18 PM

Post #6931676

Monty got his. LOL
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2009
10:53 PM

Post #6931844

Mr. Wester got his too!

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:25 AM

Post #6932456

LOL! Sharon! You & Celia are way too funny!

Weather---2 muggy!, spotty showers, & the mosquitoes are terrible!

Work (1st day) went very well! :D Those people are so laid back...it will take some getting used to... :D (my official title is...Research & Development Animal Lab Tech)--OK, so I get to play w/ fish & I have my own computer in my own cubical. :)

Kelli, Love those shots! It looks as if someone went riding thru where the water used to be, tho. But I really like the wild heliotrope! Very dainty looking.
Adina, I think that you have 2! green thumbs! ;) Gorgeous!
Sharon, E. Hookeri is simply out of this world! :D
Rann, Hope that things improve and soon...
Ric, Sounds as if you had a great time pond walking! :D

Well, off to bed..

Joey

(Garrett having fun)

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #6932470

LOL! Dead Cat Month!

Kelli Thanks for the photos!
It's amazing all that still blooming out there.

Adina your Yard is lovely!
So much maturity for a young garden.
Good Work!!

That moth is a Cecropia.
Fairly common in the east and the biggest silkworm moth in the USA.
We raised them all the time as kids.
The cats are fearsome looking

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/189434979_20c0e9dff4.jpg

But quite harmless.
We'd find them or the cocoons all over place in late summer.
Put them in jars and keep them in the frige.
In the Spring bring them out and release these giants as they emerged.

Thanks for the comments on the yard.
I have a few yard art shots ready.

Today we started a new project.
I 'was' going to do more shingling on the addition but got roped into the pond remodel.
Hot and Humid!
The digging wasn't bad but man were we wringing wet w/ sweat.
We moved three cubic yards of dirt from about 11 AM to 3:30.
2/3 of that was that clay!
This was the hardest part of the digging.
3' deep and 6' wide. Now we'll taper up to the existing 18" deep part.
Eventually it will be 12' long...

Here's where we started.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6932497

Here's where we dug.
After removing this monster of course.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6932547

Here's where we ended the day.
It's 38" to the top of the cinder blocks.
The rubber liner will go over them forming the pond edge.

Minutes after this shot a T-Storm came in.
Close lightning and some of the loudest and longest rolling thunder I've heard in a while.
Lasted about 2 hours and dropped the temps by 15 degrees.
The hole now has 8" of water in it... lol!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #6932556

Was more humid than hot today. Storms rolled thru last night and again between 3 and 5pm. KC had some funnel clouds and areas south of here got wind and tons of lightning. I got some rain and thunder and the occasional lightning.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2009
1:48 AM

Post #6932596

I have raining, windy and lightning hit around before 5 pm then later on will be more raining and lightning... Oh I just hate thunder noise scare Rusty for sure!

marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #6932658

Joey: Garrett is brave! At least he appears to be well padded and is wearing a helmet!

another project, Ric! will you and Robyn ever be finished? Oh, wait--a good gardener is never finished, right? At least the rain is helping to fill the pond--LOL

Thunderstorms have been moving through here off and on since 2 p.m. One just went over--apparently more are on the way. The temperature has dropped by several degrees.

Have a good evening, everyone!
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #6933102

Well if the rain had waited till AFTER the liner was in... lol!

This is the last physically hard project.
After this a shed and GH will be built but that's just carpentry work.
The foundations are already done.

Ric

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2009
11:54 AM

Post #6933773

OK I'm way behind again! lol I started writing this post yesterday but didn't get to finish it ... then when I posted it this morning we're on a new thread! lol I'll post it again over here :

It stopped raining :-) At least for now. Partly sunny yesterday ... or mostly cloudy depending how you look at it ... pretty warm and fairly calm. I'd guess high 50's. Sunny this morning :-) There is a bank of clouds to the south, hope they're moving away ... should be around 60°F today. Just a light breeze blowing.

We've been trying to get rid of a yellow jacket nest in the garden for a few weeks now. The entrance was in a bank of soil. I tried to spray some bugspray into the opening a few times, but next morning the traffic continued in and out ... Finally we decided to light up the entrance and dig out the nest ... the first night we dug about 20 cm (8") into the bank without finding a thing ... couldn't find the opening either so we decided to wait until morning to see if there'd be any traffic still. There was. So the following night we lit another fire at the new opening and dug further until we finally found the nest ... about 50-60 cm (20-24") into the bank. Lit up the nest and thought that was the end of it. But noooooooooo ... yesterday morning there were still a number of wasps swarming around the burnt remains of the nest. Sheeesh! I really needed to get rid of them since I need to dig up the area where the nest was ... so I offered the survivors some grenadine in syrup served in a trap ... which they could not resist ;-) lol Last night when I went outside to clean out the rest of the nest, there was one lone wasp still there, the others were in the trap. So I think I finally managed to get rid of the whole thing! :-) Without a single sting! :-) Still can't believe how far into the bank the nest was.

Here's a photo of the dugout ... the nest was where the root is sticking out.

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #6934793

79.6 °F and back to 90ş for the high.
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 25%
Dew Point: 41 °F
Wind: 2.0 mph from the ESE
Wind Gust: 12.0 mph
Pressure: 30.14 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 79 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 7 out of 16
Clouds: Few 13000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft

Off to buy something for the GH.

Lining up and scolding me because I'm not fast enough filling the feeder.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6935572

raining

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #6935619

Dyson! There you are! We're having rain, too. Just north of here there has been a 'gully washer'! High water every where!

BBL.
Joey

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 11, 2009
9:07 PM

Post #6935676

[quote]Do you think there is an aquifer below that creek?[/quote]
I don't know exactly what is going on. There are springs, some of which smell like sulfur, but the next canyon over also has a creek with at least one spring but some years that creek goes dry. I would guess that "my" creek (Las Virgenes) has a larger watershed than the other (Cheeseboro). Las Virgenes doesn't have running water the whole length all year, but it will always have wet spots, like in that photo. Maybe there is a difference in the underlying rock. Maybe Las Virgenes has more springs. I have no idea. If I really think about it, it seems like kind of strange place. When I lived out that way, I used to sneak back there from time to time. It was private property back then and not open to the public, but no one lived there so I didn't think I would be bothering anyone. I knew where to avoid so that the security guard wouldn't see me. My life of crime. ;-) I could talk about that place for a long time, but I'll spare you.


Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 12:51 PM PDT on August 11, 2009
85 °F
Clear
Humidity: 41%
Dew Point: 59 °F
Wind: 5 mph Variable
Pressure: 29.99 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 84 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 12 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)

a couple more pictures from Saturday
Yellow star thistle is an invasive weed and prettier in a macro than in real life.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 11, 2009
9:08 PM

Post #6935682

I don't know what keeps California fuchsia alive in the summer

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 11, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #6935704

western tiger swallowtail

Here is a short video DH made of the butterfly. I didn't know he was filming. The clicking noise is my camera. I am talking to the butterfly and saying something like, "You have to expect this when you live in Hollywoodland." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRenDO12Pd0

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 12, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6936820

Rann: so glad you didn't get stung by the yellowjackets--those things hurt! Ask me how I know--LOL
Celia: you have a demanding "audience"!
Joey: that looks scary!
beautiful western tiger swallowtail, Kelli! and the wildflowers, too.

no rain today--lots of big white fluffy clouds in the sky and plenty of sunshine--got up to 90 today

I'm heading home tomorrow but will stop by my MIL's house on the way to visit with her for a little while, then on home. It's been a good trip--today we went to Branson, MO and Springfield, MO--went shopping then came back to Harrison and got a pedicure and manicure--yesterday I had a massage. Feel very spoiled and pampered. Back to reality tomorrow--LOL
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 12, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #6937089

You can tell that's a CA tiger swallowtail by the sunglasses. ;-)

Mau glad you had a good time!

Rann you guys are VERY lucky you got rid of that.
That was a really bad accident waiting to happen.

Well we got the hole ready for the pond liner.
It's about 3 times the size of the old one.
We sweated off about 2 gallons a piece.

Ric

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2009
3:29 AM

Post #6937105

Ick, ick, ick!!! Is that clay? I don't know how you dig through that, if it is.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 12, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #6937109

The deck has about 3 cubic yards of wet clay and muck on it.
But we did cover it w/ a tarp so it should be OK.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 12, 2009
3:42 AM

Post #6937150

Celia many times it's a two person dig.
First person digs the clay and shovels it out.
Second person WHACKS the shovel w/ a hammer it get it loose.
Seriously!
It's really more cutting than digging.

I had my laser level out and it was too sunny to see.
So I got out the Red Glasses...
Here's what the camera saw...

Ric

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2009
3:44 AM

Post #6937157

LOL I imagine the hard work involved and I reach for the Sam Addams.

Cool pic!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #6937202

Ric, your soil looks like ours, just wetter. It also looks like the soil in my parents' yard. DH used a pick when he put in our pond.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2009
12:14 PM

Post #6937778

66.4 °F with 94ş for the high.
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 26%
Dew Point: 30 °F
Wind: 1.0 mph from the ESE
Wind Gust: 6.0 mph
Pressure: 29.99 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 14000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 12, 2009
1:15 PM

Post #6937918

Ric: it's a red, red, red, red world! LOL and a mucky one, too!
Celia: some of our clouds yesterday looked like that--very pretty!

I'm heading back to Cabot today--should be plenty of sunshine and heat all the way!

Here's a portion of what we saw on the way back to Harrison yesterday from Springfield--you are looking at a part of the Ozark Mountains here.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2009
8:08 PM

Post #6939303

Very nice, Marilyn

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 12:51 PM PDT on August 12, 2009
86 °F
Clear
Humidity: 38%
Dew Point: 58 °F
Wind: 7 mph from the ESE
Pressure: 29.95 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 85 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 12 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)

We went for a short walk today. We had never been to this place before but it isn't very far from where we live. It is a very steep walk up to the top. Here you can see where the houses have the grass and weeds mowed to about 100 feet away from the house, as is the recommended practice for fire safety. They also have fire-resistant roofs and may have sprinklers on the roof (I couldn't tell for sure).

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2009
8:10 PM

Post #6939313

The top of this hill is the most desolate place I've seen outside of the CA desert. There is plenty of evidence that kids come up here to drink and smoke, which is kind of scary.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2009
1:02 AM

Post #6940369

Yep that looks pretty close to tinder dry... NOT a good mixture w/ partying.
Amazing how almost losing a county to fire gets people to obey the fire/brush rules...lol!

We saw a design show a while back w/ a flatroof house w/ a 12" deep pond on the white roof.
It recirculated into a pool in the backyard, both heating the pool and cooling the roof.
Cement walls and glass walls w/ insulated metal shutters... it was basically burn proof.

The Ozarkie's!
Cool shot Mau!

Celia that's some wild clouds!

Hot and dry here for a change.
Thought we were going to get a pop-up for a few minutes.
Above normal high temps w/ below normal lows.
Makes for nice sleeping but the tomatoes just are not ripening.

We gave the ground a day to dry out, it's still a bit soupy down there, and us a day to recoop...
Got the liner and filter today.
I got a price from our usual place and started looking on-line.
Found a much cheaper price, 9 cents a square foot, for a better grade liner, Firestone Pond Liner.
9 cents may not sound like much but at 300 square feet that's 27 bucks.
And free shipping.
BUT I found out they were shipping from 1000 yards away from where we used to work.
It would be here Friday... we picked it up around noon. lol!
Also got the filter there for about 1/4 off the usual internet prices.
Stuck it in the pool we have the plants and goldfish in temporarily...
the 125 gallons were crystal clear in about 2 hours.
The company is BestNest.com and they carry a lot more than just pond stuff.

We should be up and running by Friday!

Ric



kiska

(Zone 3b)

August 13, 2009
1:17 AM

Post #6940438

63* mostly cloudy; some wind.
ric/your pond project is great; I can not imagine working in that kind of heat~
Dyson~very short, descriptive post:)
Music2Keep~go Garrett go~ cool pic.
kelli~as always, loved the hike from the cool comfort of home:) Didn't break the law, either:)
marsue~pampering is good~~~
rann~good luck in ridding the area of the hornets/wasps. Bet they loved the drink and will be gone now.
kwanjin~love the pretty mare's tail clouds.
We've been gone for a nice overnight at a beautiful lake/lodge. Perfect weather/food and scenery.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

August 13, 2009
1:19 AM

Post #6940442

Great, ric. Good deal and ready to use very soon, now.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
1:47 AM

Post #6940552

Hot and humid here.

Caught a little something from my brother's GF who then passed it on to my mom and me. Mostly runny nose and being able to breathe. Lasts a few days and is gone. Gotta take the nasty but very effective NyQuil tonite to beat it. lol
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6940842

That's quite the 'Pond' you've got going there too Kiska!

Living here in the MIdwest you grow up adapting pretty well.
When I was a kid our usual winter temps were mid teens/20's for highs.
Single digits for lows.
(During the winter of 1980 we did hit -30 once and -25 for 3 nights.)
Summer routinely upper 80's/mid 90's.

Down here it's rare to hit single digits anymore, even mid teens were an event.
This Summer we might have hit 90 twice.
We'll be at 60° by morning...
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #6940999

Hi, everyone! I've been busily organizing homeschool stuff and haven't been posting much. My parents are on their way down here again - yayy! They got a late start (from southeastern Ohio), so they're staying in a motel just south of Cincinnati tonight... I told them to wave at you as they went by, Ric. Did you see them? LOL

They are not coming down at Christmas time this year as they normally do (we'll be missing them in December!), so they're making a short trip now instead. The December trip are always nice because they get a long winter break and can stay down here for 2 or 3 weeks. But Dad has trouble driving in the dark these days, and the winter nights come awfully early (although not nearly as early as it does for Kiska and Rann!)... it makes driving such a long distance really hard.

Tomorrow the bunnies and I will be cleaning the house and getting things ready. Mom and Dad will get here sometime Friday afternoon. Today I organized the dining room, which we use as a homeschool room. My sister-in-law gave us a bunch of her old homeschool books, and they've been lying on every horizontal surface in there waiting for me to sort through them. It took a while to get through it all and rearrange shelves to put stuff away! The rest of the house will be just the usual clean up, and will be much more fun than usual since we are looking forward to our company coming. :-)

It's been hot and humid with occasional rains in the afternoons - perfectly normal August weather. We're still in a drought because of how dry the spring/early summer was, but at least I'm not having to water every day. There are a couple of tropical waves in the Atlantic that we're keeping our eyes on, but so far it's been a very slow year for tropical storms - which is a blessing! There have been no tropical storms or hurricanes at all in the Atlantic, and only 2 tropical depressions.

Our bird bath died last month - the neighbor cats kept jumping on it to try to catch birds (grrrrrr...), and the last time they tipped it over it hit a flagstone and cracked. :-( We're thinking about putting a pond in that spot instead. We haven't decided what kind yet, but I love looking at your pond tour photos, Ric! They give me lots of things to drool over... :-)

OK, back to the homeschool stuff for a bit before going to bed... I'll try to check in more often. I love all of your photos, even though I haven't commented on any of them!!!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6942474

Marylyn, we missed you!!! Sad about the birdbath and no company for Xmas but glad they're coming to see you now. Nice haul on the supplies.

Kiska, so easy to see why people fall in love with Alaska. Nothing looks like it. Beautiful!

Kelli, EEEK!!! Silly people are everywhere. Our mts. look the same and they still shoot fireworks/party/light campfires in the wrong places. Grrr...

Mau, so green. I love it!

83.6 °F with 97ş for the high. We hit 97ş yesterday so today we may hit 100ş.
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 25%
Dew Point: 44 °F
Wind: 3.0 mph from the SE
Wind Gust: 12.0 mph
Pressure: 29.90 in (Steady)
Heat Index: 81 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 4 out of 16
Clouds: Few 14000 ft
Scattered Clouds 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6942547

Good afternoon !

It's mostly cloudy, with a few warm, sunny spells inbetween ... VERY nice for August! :-) Around 56°F ... feels much warmer when the sun's out :-)

Thanks for the well-wishes on my battle with the yellow jackets! :-) I'm winning! lol The grenadine in syrup is totally irresitible to wasps, so the trap is crammed with them now ... hardly any left around the nest area. If you ever need to catch wasps, grenadine is a sure thing. I first put just syrup in the trap since we were out of the grenadine syrup ... caught two in a week ... after I added the grenadine the trap filled up in a few minutes.

We went on a day trip yesterday to a place in the south called Ţjórsárdalur. It was kind of a waterfall- sightseeing trip ... the river Fossá (waterfall river) has quite a few of them. I think we saw them all! lol The weather in town was cloudy but where we were it was sunny and about 65°F :-) We had a great time.

Before we started the waterfall tour we stopped by a replica of a farmhouse from around 1100. Since houses made of rock and turf don't last for centuries, there are no originals left ;-) Here's the outside. The small building on the right is a church.

Rann

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6942584

Inside: The cooking was done in pots like the one dangling from the roof - the fire was in the middle of the living area, with seats on either side ... The layout of these houses changed with time, in more recent times there was a separate kitchen, but people lived in houses built from turf, with packed soil floors until late 19th century - early 20th century. Imagine that.

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

August 13, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6943176

Rann, neat house! Many of ours in the countryside were build the same way. So scary about the wasps! I didn't know they can make a nest inside the ground...grrrrrr! Glad you got rid of them.
Ric, what a HUGE project! You've turned your whole garden upside down this summer! But the result will be amazing, I'm sure! Poor Robyn, in all that dirt! Have mercy, let the woman breath for a while this summer!LOL
Kiska, wow, that pond is so beautiful! Great picture!
Celia and Sharon, Monty and Mr. Wester are too cute!
Celia, you have so many birds there lately!
Joey, wow, nice shot of Garret! Weren't you afraid for him? I know I'd be!
Mau, have a great time on your visit! The view of the Ozark Mt and the roads is awesome!
Marylyn, you must be thrilled to have Mom and Dad with you soon! Good for the bunnies to help with cleaning!
Kelli, great pics and video! I found the Same Swallowtail here in my garden. He was resting on a hanging geranium flower .
Adina

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

August 13, 2009
8:20 PM

Post #6943192

We have 2 new puppies on our street! They came from nowhere and out next door neighbor takes care of them. They have a small one too and they are all playing together. They are both boys!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #6943802

Hot but not humid. Still too hot for me right now but it's supposed to cool down next week.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
1:35 AM

Post #6944085

Celia looks like a sneak attack by that Hummer!

Rann what neat place.
GREAT woodwork!
Sod Houses were very common here in the US in the Plains States during the 1800's.
Many Homesteaders were of Northern European origin and brought the tradition w/ them.
No trees... too wet for adobe ... so sod works well.
Now Rammed Earth house are making a comeback.

Great Butterfly shot Adina! Cute Pups!

We started the day well.
Robyn started getting rid of the clay by raising the bricks in the Brickroom.
The whole thing is a bit wonkie and needed leveling badly.
Rains turned it into a giant brick bowl.
She's about 1/3 done and maybe 1/5 of the dirt is gone...
Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #6944168

I finished the deep end of the pond.
Leveled up the cinder blocks and packed them w/ clay.
Squared off the sides. Removed rocks and roots (which can pierce the lining) and stomped the bottom.

We had to stop about 2 PM to go to a viewing up in Dayton.
A neighbor from Robyn's childhood died Monday and we drove up to pay our respects.

We left at 3 PM for what's usually about an hour drive.
2 construction detours and an hour and a half later we made it up there.
Then on the way home we hit a rushhour gridlock worthy of CA.
NO reason for the backup. Just stupid drivers trying too hard.
So an hour and 45 minutes... errrrr!

Here's where I left off.
Tomorrow we should get the pond edges done and hopefully the underlayment in.
Maybe the liner?
Bad news is we have to move one of the bamboos we just potted.
Too close to the pond.
That's a 7' level there.

Ric

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2009
5:56 AM

Post #6944752

Great! Now I want a pond, too.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
1:08 PM

Post #6945336

Good afternoon - or morning depending on where you are!

It's sunny, light breeze and around 56-58°F I'd guess. This is the best summer ever I think ... or close to it :-)

DH just left for London ... he's there on business until Tuesday ... but since they're there they're catching the U2 concert tomorrow night ... I am sooooooo jealous! lol

Back to the trip ... interesting that the sod houses were so common in other countries as well.

Ric - your pond is going to be GREAT! I want to re-do mine to make it deeper now that the girls have passed the toddler age ... one day maybe. I think I'll have a pretty hard time convincing my DH on that one though! lol He's not very keen on hard labor .. ;-)

Mau - loved the shot of the mountains I forgot the name of! lol

And Hi! to everyone else I'm forgetting. Loved all the photos :-)

This is the ruins of a farm (Stöng) the replicated house was modeled after. It was uncovered in the 1960's and the roof built to preserve it. The area was populated until around 1100 when the volcano Hekla erupted.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #6945352

Inside. After visiting the other one we finally figured out the floor-plan and what the different "rooms" were.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #6945364

Mt. Hekla is Iceland's most active volcano. She's ready to erupt once again ...

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #6945863

Rann, you live in a beautiful country. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Most of us would never know how wonderful this world is if people like you didn't share. Is that your DH in that last pic?

76.7 °F with 90ş for the high. mid-70şs for the weekend. Rain, hopefully, for today or tomorrow.
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 36%
Dew Point: 48 °F
Wind: 4.0 mph from the SSE
Wind Gust: 17.0 mph
Pressure: 29.85 in (Rising)
Heat Index: 78 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds: Few 13000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6946134

Thanks Celia :-) Yes that's DH along with the girls. Love you hummingbird photos! :-)

From the ruins of Stöng there is a short hike to one of nature's pearls, called Gjáin. The river Fossá (waterfall river) runs through there in numerous waterfalls.

Here's the biggest one, Gjáfoss.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
5:09 PM

Post #6946150

Ric: you and Robyn are gluttons for hard work--but your efforts will be well worth it once the pond is done. and I am echoing Celia: "I want a pond, too!"
Celia: great hummer shot!
Kelli: your hiking shots are always great--too bad about the "party people", though!
Some folks have absolutely no common sense.
Adina: gorgeous butterfly! Cute pups--glad somebody is taking care of them. When we lived in a semi-rural area (before we moved to Cabot), people thought our place was a good place to drop off unwanted dogs. We had several of them come up to our house. We kept a couple of them and found homes for the others, thankfully.
Rann: thanks for the "tour"--those are some good photos and it is interesting to see the inside of the houses. Here in the U.S., settlers in the Mid-West used sod to build houses, too. Here is a link about sod houses and there are other links to more info on this webpage, too, for any of you who are interested:
http://www.jameslnelson.com/The%20Sod%20House.htm
Kiska: loved that photo--so serene looking. I could lie down on that bench and just take in the beautiful scenery for a long time. :o))


It's hot and humid here but not as hot as it could--lots of sunshine but "only" 82şF currently--heading for a high of 88şF. Thank God for air conditioning! I had a couple of visitors yesterday afternoon: My DGS and DGD--the youngest two of my grandchildren.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6946155

We cross-posted, Rann: That's a beautiful shot of the waterfall!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
6:07 PM

Post #6946315

Thanks for the link Marylyn! :-) Very interesting :-)

Close up of Gjáfoss

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #6946338

As far as I know, this one doesn't have a name. We called it "Moss Falls" (Mosafoss)

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6946341

I can see why. I like the slide on the left.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
6:27 PM

Post #6946380

Yeah it's pretty cool :-) So is this ...

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
6:56 PM

Post #6946441

Wow--what a neat rock formation!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #6946531

A better view of the stone arch

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6946552

From Gjáin we drove upstream about 30-40 min (very bumpy ride) to see two other waterfalls in the same river, Fossá.

Háifoss and Granni (Tall falls and it's neighbour ;-)) They're both off photo in the thumbnail ... lol

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #6946565

Here's Háifoss

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
8:00 PM

Post #6946578

And it's neighbor Granni:

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 14, 2009
8:02 PM

Post #6946583

Looks like your journey was more interesting than a concert in London. LOL!
Beautiful scenery.
Hot & windy here today. Getting things picked & ready for tomorrow's market. Just finished pickles. 4 people picked for 2˝ hrs. It took me 1˝ to get them all washed, sorted & bagged. I have 1 order for 2 bushel of little ones. The rest I put in 1/6th bushel bags. I have 19 of those. Also 16 bags of 4" to 5" cukes for chunk or bread & butter. Then a big tub of over sized ones. We had 18, 5 gallon pails to start with.
Next is to wash slicer cukes. Have 7 pails of them.

Picker man is back, I better go.
Bernie
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2009
8:27 PM

Post #6946653

And last but not least: Back downstream close to where we started, Hjálparfoss, the last waterfall before Fossá runs into the larger river Ţjórsá (one of the big south-flowing rivers)

Thanks Bernie ... yeah, who needs to see U2 in concert anyway ... maybe next time ... Sounds like you're getting a really good crop!

Have a good night!

Rann

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #6946697

Good luck at the market tomorrow Bernie--hope you sell lots of veggies!

Great photos of the different falls, Rann! Do those falls freeze in the winter? Does your word "Granni" sound like our nickname for grandmother--that is, "Granny"? The girls are cute as ever!

Still lots of sunshine and we are up to 87şF currently.

I've shown y'all this barn before but I can't help myself--have to take a photo of it almost every time I go to visit my daughter.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
8:46 PM

Post #6946707

In the photo above it looks like it is time to mow the hayfield.

Speaking of hayfields, here is one I passed on the way home from Harrison on Wednesday.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #6946714

. . .and how would you like to live in this "little" farm house--definitely not a sod house! LOL

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2009
9:13 PM

Post #6946829

That'd be great, Mau, if someone else cleaned it! LOL
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2009
9:40 PM

Post #6946936

Hot and no breeze. Maters loving the heat though and so are the turtles and coons. A coon snacked on a mater of mine the other day. I see him near my maters again he's gonna wish he never stepped foot in my yard!! LOL

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 14, 2009
9:45 PM

Post #6946952

My brother has a huge house like that. We were there at Christmas, probably 30 of us. Could of held 3X as many easy. But it didn't feel like a home, more like a meeting hall!

We are close to the end of our getting ready. I have to pick tomatoes & the rest of them will pick Gladiolus. We will be done after dark!
We need the trailer, van & pickup to get it all there tomorrow.
Bernie
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 14, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6947117

Bernie, I'm glad I don't have your brother's heating bill.

Rann, how neat that you live relatively close to things like that. How long would it take you to drive to the most distant place in Iceland that you can drive to? I picture Iceland as being about the same size as Los Angeles County, but that probably isn't correct.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on August 14, 2009
84 °F
Clear
Humidity: 35%
Dew Point: 54 °F
Wind: 9 mph from the SSE
Pressure: 29.90 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 83 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 9 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)

Marilyn, your "little" farmhouse reminds me of this, though this is probably close to 200 years older.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2009
3:36 AM

Post #6948162

Rann that is a gorgeous series of pictures!
Is there any hot spring activity there around the falls?
Would that be considered a Viking longhouse?

Good Luck tomorrow Bernie!

Kell what is that place?
Looks like a dormitory added to an old farm house.

Well at 3 PM today we started filling.
By 4:30...

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2009
3:46 AM

Post #6948182

We still have to 'pretty' it up but it's basically done.
Now the rocking and waterfall building starts.
That's her gig.
It's about 50% bigger than Robyn thought it would be.
Getting rid of the excess dirt will be the next chore.

The pond has to dechlorinate overnight at least overnight.
Tomorow I'll start adding more plants to build up the benificial bacteria.
The fish can start going back in mid next week.

After the falls are done, excess rubber cut and edge rocks are in place we'll be adding about more water.
Should be about 4" from the top.
The far end depth will be about 33".
Well deep enough for the fish to overwinter.

Ric

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
3:54 AM

Post #6948212

Now is this a fish pond or a swimming hole ?

If you want a working vacation in beautiful MN, I can put you to work on my pond. I started taking the old one apart one day months ago. Never got back to it. Guaranteed no clay to dig in here. Nice black loam. It does get a little sticky, but not bad. I hauled a lot of sand by the old pond so that will be real easy digging.

It's 10:50 PM. I have the trailer loaded. Pickles are in the pickup. Pails of Gladiolus are going in the pickup too. In the morning, all the things in the walk-in cooler will go into the van.

MN Vikings traveled to Indianapolis for pre season game tonight. Vikings won for all it's worth!

Weather is looking good for tomorrow. Although hot & humid.

Bernie

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
3:57 AM

Post #6948216

I think it looks better with the "mermaid" in there.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6948264

Ric, that place is called Friendship Hill. The stone part is the oldest part and there were at least two additions, but it is all house. http://www.nps.gov/frhi/index.htm
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2009
10:48 AM

Post #6948652

Good morning!

Another sunny day in the works :-) Light breeze and temp. about the same as yesterday, could get to 60°F.

The girls and I are going on a family reunion out of town today ... my father's family is getting together. We haven't met for a long time so it should be fun.

Ric - thanks! :-) No hot springs activity in that area. But it's all covered in vermiculite and other volcanic stuff from Mt. Hekla ... The pond is looking great :-)

Kelli - interesting question ... I don't have the answer. I'd guess about 10-11 hours maybe. I think the furthest point out east would be about 775 km (480 miles) ... how long it takes to get there depends on the roads. I think you could drive full circle around the country on highway one in 24 hours without stops (it's about 1400 km (870 miles) ... not something I'd be interested in doing though ;-) lol Would be a terrible waste of gasoline too since there are so many places to see on the way ... I'd take at least a week. The area of Iceland is 103,000 sq. km (39,768 sq miles) , the coastline about 4,970 km (3,088 miles) ... so it's not that small ;-)

Mau - beautiful scenery :-) Nice house too, but like Celia I wouldn't want to have to clean it on my own! lol

Hildur Eva and I admiring "Mossy Falls" ...

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
1:05 PM

Post #6948878

Good Morning! What busy peeps you all have been! The new job has kept me busy! And what a funny thing...Ric you are building a pond..Bernie, you, Kelli, & Rann have one & I am working With them! :D We develop algae treatments for ponds & aquariums. This week has really been so interesting! Kelli..you wouldn't believe the Koi (& other fish) that we have here! There are 8 outside ponds (2 for 'show'). We test sump pumps, heaters & new tanks & other products! Yea..I'm used to messing w/ trout, but this aquarium thing is growing on me! ;)
Mau, Garrett scares me every time he does that! But he has so much fun!
Kelli, Great pics, as usual! I'd really like to see your place...but since I can't I'll just see it thru your pics! :D Thanks! :D
Rann, Those water falls! Wow! Great Shots! LOL! I used to think that Iceland was a cold, dark & desolate place! Not So! :D And the old house is very interesting...life was hard back then.
Ric! LOL! & Robyn thinks you have a new hot tub! ;) Seriously, It's looking great! I may have to try one...since I can get those things at a big discount, now. But I have dirt that looks just like yours...That's very hard, back breaking work digging that stuff!
Sharon...What are ya doing?
Kiska, Love the view..I'm like Mau & could sit there & soak in all of that Nature! ;) Gorgeous!
Dyson! Where are you? The WV state fair is this week...starts today. I think Darius is going. ;)
Well, Gotta get busy. We're going to the fair this evening. The weather is gonna be great...supposed to be sunny all week end!
Have a Great Weekend All!
Joey

Rose of Sharon buds

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2009
1:33 PM

Post #6948945

Joey what a cool shot and a cool job!
Do they have a website?

Kelli I was reading a while back.
Iceland is just about the size of the State of KY.
Population smaller than Cincy inside the city limits.
1/2 the population of Greater Cincinnati.

Bernie, LOL!
I agree!

Beautiful weekend in the works.
Upper 80's, Sunny and Calm.
Rann we're doing a Reunion tomorrow.
Toady it's get new tires. Cook some food and relax.

Ric

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6949326

Ric, thanks. :)

a link to the co's web site
http://www.unitedpetgroup.com/contents/aquatics.html

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
8:10 PM

Post #6950115

Well, back from market. The money sack is full, Yippee!
They say we had most vendors ever & I know it had to be one of the best crowds ever.

Nap time.
Bernie

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
8:16 PM

Post #6950136

Forgot I took pictures this morning before we were open.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
8:18 PM

Post #6950140

Looking the length of the stand.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #6950142

Nice red tomatoes, all gone at 11 AM.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 15, 2009
8:20 PM

Post #6950144

A couple small Kohlrabi.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6950224

Not too hot but is humid and raining out. I was outside working in the yard and got at least 3 skeeter bites. Supposed to be nice all week with rain everyday til Thursday.

As soon as my battery is charged I have some pics of a few butterflies at the festival today.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6950449

Kelli: I remember seeing the picture of that "house" when you posted it some time ago. I wouldn't want to clean that one, either! Of course, if I had a house that big I could probably afford to hire someone else to clean it---LOL!
Ric: I thought that was supposed to be a koi pond--not a pool for Robyn-LOL--but she deserves a "swim" after all her hard work (and you do, too.)
Bernie: hooray for full money bags! Those tomatoes look yummy! I love fresh tomatoes! i have a great recipe for salsa if anyone wants it. Let me know and I will dmail it to you.
Joey: I have an automatic dog watering bowl with pond scum in it--you need to come on down here and help me figure out how to get rid of that yucky stuff! (I don't let the dog drink from it, by the way.) Pretty Rose of Sharon
Rann: pretty daughter, pretty mother :o))
Pepper: looking forward to seeing those pics of the butterflies

speaking of "Sharons" yes, Sharon, where are you? and all the rest of our AWOL folk?

Hot (in the low 90's) and humid and abundant sunshine today

a photo from my beach vacation in March

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2009
10:28 PM

Post #6950520

Iceland is 10 times the size of Los Angeles County. I was a little off. ;-) Los Angeles County has about 30 times as many people. :-(

Marilyn, that Friendship Hill house is mostly empty, so cleaning it wouldn't be too awful. At my house, it seems like more time is spent moving things around than actually cleaning. If I didn't have to put away and move stuff, cleaning would be a breeze, it seems.


Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on August 15, 2009
81 °F
Clear
Humidity: 47%
Dew Point: 59 °F
Wind: 13 mph from the SE
Pressure: 29.88 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 81 °F
Visibility: 9.0 miles
UV: 9 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)

We went to the cactus and succulent show and sale at the Arboretum today. There were more people there (actually, more cars in the parking lot) than I have ever seen at the cactus show, but there were fewer sellers and it seemed to us that their prices were higher than last year.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #6951192

Had a great time at the family reunion today :-) The weather was perfect, sunny and warm, but a bit breezy ... pretty cold this evening when we were starting back home. It was 1 1/2 hour drive. Met cousins I haven't seen in years, good food .. perfect day :-)

LOL Kelli - yeah we have lots of space ;-) Too bad most of it's the barren interior that's not of much use to anyone ... well except the tourists maybe ;-) Of course the reason for our awful road system is all that space and such few people ...

Bernie - your stand looks so great! Love those gladiolus! And the tomatos! Yum! :-)

Joey - your new job sounds just perfect! :-) So happy for you!

Have a good night ... having a beer and watching U2 on DVD ...not quite the same as seeing them live, but I wouldn't have wanted to miss the family reunion for anything ...

Rann
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 16, 2009
2:47 AM

Post #6951521

Sounds like a cool place to work Joey.
I've been working w/ aquariums for alomost 50 years and use of have used many of these products.
Top Notch stuff!

Bernie from presentation to quality of produce that's one nice looking stand!
No wonder your pockets are full.
Kudos!

Rann I hope our Reunion goes as well tomorrow.
Sounds like you had a good time.
Our drive will be about the same too.

Pepper I get bit 3 times just opening the door to get the mail! lol!

77° Dewpoint: 72° Wind: Calm
Humidity: 85% Pressure: 30.13 in Hg
MUGGY!
But supposed to drop a bit to the mid 60's.

Watered the gardens today and then went and got new tires.
Robyn worked on the Brickroom floor raising.
About 2/3 of the pond dirt/clay is gone now.

Mau recognize these?

Ric

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #6952915

It started out sunny this morning, but clouded up this afternoon. Light breeze and around 60°F

Ric - hope you have a good time today!

It's starting to get dark really early ... around 10:30 pm! Can't say I like it ... at least I didn't enjoy driving home in the dark last night ... (sigh). It's all downhill from here. Still thankful it's still pretty warm. Only a week until the schools start back. I'm sooooo not ready! lol

Have a good day!

Rann
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2009
4:29 PM

Post #6953097

I’ve been lurking all week. So now I am going to try to catch up LOL!

Joey – The mosquito’s are terrible here too. The city has been spraying. I can only imagine how bad they would be if they hadn’t. Great pic of Garrett!
Ric – The pond is looking good!
Rusty – I’m glad you finally got some rain! Just stay safe from the lightening.
Kelli – LOL at the video…very cute! I talk to my butterflies and hummers all the time.
Mau – Sounds like you had a good time. Nothing wrong with being spoiled LOL! Beautiful pic of the Ozarks.
Kelli – It’s really dry there. Most kids think they (or what they are doing) are invincible…nothing could ever happen…
Kiska – That’s a beautiful picture of the lake!
Marylyn – That’s sad your parents won’t be able to make it for the Christmas visit. Will you head there instead? At least they are able to make it now. I hope you have a wonderful visit!
Celia – Pretty sky and bird pics!
Rann- Neat pictures of the house! The girls are getting so tall! Glad you got rid of the wasps.
Adina – Pretty butterfly and the dogs are too cute!
Rann- Aww you missed the U2 concert…I hope he took pics for you! Mt. Hekla is brewing? That doesn’t sound good. Are there any cities close to it? Beautiful pictures!
Celia- Another cute hummer!
Bernie – Yummmm – love cukes and pickles LOL!
Mau – I love barns! Great pictures and I’m with Celia “as long as someone else cleans it”!
Ric – Yay it’s finished! Robyn looks cute and “cool” swimming in it!
Rann- I didn’t realize how large Iceland is either. That’s a great picture of you and Hildur Eva. You should frame it!
Joey – I love the Rose of “Me” buds LOL! Sounds like you love the new job. I’m glad it’s working out so well. I’ll check out the link in a little bit.
Bernie – WoooHooo! I like a full money sack LOL! The market looks great!
Mau – Beautiful beach!
Rann- The family reunion sounds like fun. I enjoy being able to catch up with family.

Whew! It's been hot and humid this past week. We've had our daily thunderstorms, which is normal for the this time of year. I was finally able to mow the lawn this morning. It's been so damp the grass would not cooperate. Everyone's lawn was overgrown LOL! Peanut is offically healed from being spayed and ID chipped. She went to a play dated yesterday at her BFF's Lulu Belle. I'll post a pic if I can figure out how to get the pics from the phone to the computer.

Another picture of Sylvester on his back. His head is behind the pot. I didn't want to wake him up by opening the door...he's such a doofus!

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:46 PM

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89°F under sunny skies this afternoon. We finally have some hot summer weather here! My tomatos are even starting to ripen.

Bernie...The produce at your stand looks absolutely top notch! With quality products like that It's no wonder you are doing so well.

Adina...Looking great! Every time I see photos of your new house I think of how wonderful it must be for you after living in that high-rise for so many years.

Ric...I bought one of those preformed ponds (a very large one) at a yard sale last year but haven't done anything with it yet. If you EVER get done there you can come show me how to install it. :)

Joey...Congrats on the new job!

Kelli...Looks like you've switched from "Kelli" green to "Kelli" brown out there. I see on the news that fire season has arrived also. Hopefully it won't be as bad as in recent years.

Rann...Love the waterfall photos. Looks like a great vacation to me. The kids will always remember it too.

I recently went on a little camping trip at Clear Creek State Park. It's east of here near the Allegheny National Forest. Due to the cool summer we seem to be even greener than usual this year. Here's an early morning photo of a campsite (not mine) in the park campground.


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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:47 PM

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Here's one of our site and our little pop-up camper. This part of the state is covered with glacial erratics.



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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:50 PM

Post #6953825

In the nearby state forest was a spot called Bear Town Rocks.



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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:52 PM

Post #6953838

I'm not sure if these are erratics or the product of erosion. The strata runs in many directions.



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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:54 PM

Post #6953843

It's a favorite place for climbers.



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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:57 PM

Post #6953853

Most of the infrastructure of the park was built in the mid-30's by the CCC. These small cabins line the bank of a small stream. There are much larger ones with large covered porches and elaborate stonework but I didn't get a photo of those.



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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6953855

I love autumn but I'm not quite ready for it yet!


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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2009
8:59 PM

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And finally...my yard is still blooming!


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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2009
12:57 AM

Post #6954618

e_b the yard looks gorgeous!

The park looks like it's in the Pacific NW. Amazing!

My Father was in the CCC.
His group blasted and formed John Bryan State Park here in OH.
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/magazinehome/magazine/sprsum03/spotlight/tabid/375/Default.aspx
It was basically boot camp for him.
He went straight into the Army from the CCC.

Doing a preform pond is fairly easy.
Turn the pond upside down on the spot you want it located.
Trace around the outside edge making a pattern.
Flour works well.
Remove pond.
Remove all dirt that's in the pond... lol!
It's a little more complicated but not much.
http://www.practical-water-gardens.com/pyjamas/article005.htm

The Reunion was nice.
Hot and Humid but deep in the woods not too bad.
New grandnieces and grand cousins snoozed.
The kids had fun catching crawdads and chasing fish in the small creek.
Adults sat and schmoozed.
We talked a little Genealogy, cars, football, gardening, etc and ate WAY too much...lol!
We got home around 6.

It was in the low 90's down here and MUGGY!
Currently 84° (Heat Index 88°) at almost 9 PM.
Rann sunset here is 8:32 sunrise 6:53

Ric
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6954751

EB - great photos ! Those are some really cool rock formations :-) And your garden! WOW! I have a Rudbeckia and Echinacea with buds on them ... I'm hoping they'll manage to flower before fall ... they're cutting it a bit close, I think! lol

Ric - sounds like you had a great time at your reunion :-) It's 20 years since the entire family got together, it was my grandfather's 80th birthday. It was about time we'd meet up again! Sure hope it's not another 20 until we meet again! And yet we all live in the Reykjavík area ... except my uncle who lives in Germany. I also have cousins in Denmark that unfortunately didn't make it ... maybe next time.

Sunset here was at 9:37 and sunset at 5:26 ... won't be long until you'll have longer days than us ;-) So not ready for the dark yet ... although it has a kind of a calming effect. We do tend to get a bit manic with all the daylight in June, I have to admit ... still I like it better than the dark. It's more of an adjustment... ;-)

Kind of missing DH right now ... very much looking forward to Tuesday!

Have a good night!

Rann
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2009
2:35 AM

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Rained all morning. More accurately POURED!! Thunder and lightning also and lightning probably messed up the phones again at PG today. Not the first time nor the last. lol. We had alot of people come by today despite the rain. Rain finally started letting up around 11am with just scattered downpours. About noon it fully stopped. I think we have rain in the area now cause I heard thunder a few hours ago but missed the weather report since my dad refused to turn to the news so I would know what was happening. lol

Pics downloaded but not sized yet. Might be a couple days but I will have them ready soon.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 17, 2009
2:43 AM

Post #6955043

E_B, my dad would say that your rocks are glacial.

Halfway dark now - not super-duper hot today

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 6:51 PM PDT on August 16, 2009
77 °F
Clear
Humidity: 42%
Dew Point: 52 °F
Wind: 6 mph from the ESE
Pressure: 29.84 in (Steady)
Visibility: 7.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 17, 2009
2:44 AM

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Wave petunias

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2009
3:21 AM

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I was going to say that Texas Ranger looks like a giant sage.
Then found out it's also called Texas Sage.
Neat!
Very nice Cactus too!

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 17, 2009
3:26 AM

Post #6955183

Except it isn't a sage. It's in the snapdragon family
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2009
3:35 AM

Post #6955203

That I would never have guessed.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

August 17, 2009
3:37 AM

Post #6955205

If you saw the flowers up close, you would see. They are kind of like snapdragon or penstemon flowers.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2009
11:07 AM

Post #6955688

Good morning!

Mostly cloudy this morning and a bit breezy, sun shines through once in a while though. 56°F The weather's changing, supposed to start raining tomorrow. Summer's winding down.

Ric - who's the pretty, furry face?

Have a good day!

Rann
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 17, 2009
11:16 AM

Post #6955702

we've moved here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1028113/
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2009
1:03 PM

Post #6955957

Not really sure what her name is.
They jokingly called her Killer.
I was calling her Squirrel.
Rather well behaved amd we got along pretty well.
I am definitely not a lapdog fan but she was a keeper.

72° Dewpoint: 70°
Wind: Calm
Humidity: 93%
Pressure: 30.16 in Hg
Going to be a Steam Bath today.
High around 92°

The schools around here are starting today thru next week.
It always heats up about now.
The Mom's love it as the pools aren't crowded... lol!
We never started till after Labor Day.

Today will be Rock and Water Day.
We'll start laying the Pond rock and piping the water features.

Ric

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