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Haighr and a few regulars should be here anytime! Right now Im cleaning up the place after the Christmas bash. Or is that the Halloween party? LOL! I still have pumpkins laying around here! The Holidays do seem to run together!
I usually will leave the Christmas tree up until New years day or a few days after and then take all the Christmas decor and store it then.
This year I did not go all out. Only had a very few decorations up.
Right now the weather is snow on the ground and suposed to get below zero ... minus 6 is what they are talking...
Now about the dress for the occasion, glitter or formal? I thought I could wear this again since I had it out for the trip. Now believe it or not this dress and the shoes are 30, yes 30 years old!!! I got so many compliments and one person even asked if it was a Versachi lol!
I guess it matches well with our buggy for the evening.
Now there Zany, hope I don't step in anything lol!!!
what a lovely portrait - still perfect after 30 years. I have a few pieces of clothing that old too...but my shoes have kind of fallen apart.
I vote for either glitter or formal - I love dressy occasions.
Hmmm, do you think I can add a nice glittery pin and earrings to my flannel nightgown for the occasion? I have some lovely wool trimmed slippers I can add some clip on shoe jewelry to to complete the ensemble. No one would mistake it for Versachi but it would be a truly original outfit. . . No? Then I'll vote for glitz, glamour and shine.
Haighr - lovely pic, so elegant...
you would look great in that carriage.
I have a dalmatian that could run along & be a coach dog.
We could leave our hand bags under his watchful eye.
As long as there is nothing edible in them.
He would burgle that in a flash.
Zany, you been fixin up that same flannel gown for years, isn't it time you went shoppin lol! Now go find yourself one of them there silky thangs, perhaps BB has one you could borrow and get out that boa (no not BB's snake) and then the glitz and glitter and you will be the cat's meow!
Thanks for the compliments, those are the same shoes as well, just been in a box in a suitcase for all these years, they actually have a little bit of the same dangly bead thangs on the shoe as on the shoulders of that dress.
Now dalfyre your pup would be a great watchdog for our evening out, I dont carry a bag so no worry from my end, but better warn BB and Zany cause they always got some sweet treats or taters and steak around!
Hope elle and the others get in here soon, do you think Steven is out getting a tux?
Hope Terri can find her way back here, she surely needs some cheering up and I think we can provide her with that if she would just drop by! Think I shall send the carriage by her london flat!
Now to go and find that better half of mine and see if he is getting dolled up yet!
Hey BB, I found your boa in the attic! Or was that Zany's???????? At any rate I figure it would look great on either of you. Hey elle, what do you plan on wearing to the celebration? Not that crazy zany zebra bra I hope lol!
Blossom, you keep that boa, it will look great on you. I just couldn't find a thing to wear to this party so Barbie doll loaned me a complete outfit and even let me borrow her body for the night! Isn't photoshop a wonderful thing?
The fireworks started with the mill whistle blasting 10 minutes ago and are still crackling outside. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Oh Zany you were gorgeous! Steve and I rang in the New Year - gunshots across the field and then to bed around 1am. Tasha, Mike and Aby coming today and will fix some shrimp toast and crab legs. Even made a peach pie for the occasion.
Hope you all had a great blast last night and warm quiet day today,
Candee and BB - those are indeed nifty shoes that you have, but these were the ones that I was actually looking for. Did not wear those shoes, but i did manage to dance in the new year. With the promise of English crepes and waffles for breakfast for anyone who was still dancing when the sun came up, it was hard to resist. My son actually got out of bed before I did today Lol.
Did you make enough shrimp toast and crab legs for the cafe crowd??? And a couple of extra peach pie? They sound delicious!
There is still plenty of shrimp toast, Steve out to the bakery getting more french bread this morning. We stayed up past midnight and watched our favorite marathon of the Twilight Zone. I met Rod Serling when I was little girl as he had a summer cottage next to my uncles on Cayuga Lake (hence the Cayuga Productions of the tv series). My uncle used to chaffeur him to and from the airport when he came to Ithaca/Interlaken NY. I actually took a photo of his underwear on the clothesline when I was about 10!
Tasha and family came yesterday so been playin with our little Abygail since their arrival. They went off visiting a friend this morn so thought I'd jump in and say hi.
Dianne, dancin for waffles sounds like a great tradition to keep up with! Nice that you got to sleep in as well. How was the band?
No band - just DJ music via the computer. The thing I like about Argentine tango is that you can dance that to all kinds of music - traditional tango music, hip hop, rock, pop, and there was even one selection from the opera 'La Bohemne"(?)
I really liked the Twilight Zone series - scary without the gore and blood.
Now those are some fancy dancin shoes Dianne. Would love to see you doing the Argentine tango, bet you are the tango fandango.
Yes BB, you are right about the photo and the MJ swimsuit. I have a write up for the swim suit but will wait to post until spring, please remind me, I'll be sure to post a link when I do so you can follow the fun or BID perhaps, bet you would look pretty fancy in it!
Tasha and family left this morn so been putting the few decorations away and watching even more football. Actually took the time to defrag the computer, should be a weekly thang, but turned into a yearly lol!
Ug, back to work tomorrow, am dreading that drive and it is just 15 degrees here, ouch!
Oh no nono no.. no MJ for me please! Now that guy is (er make that
was and still is) scarier than the Twilight Zone. Old Rod was really cool! I remember watching him in B&W! GGGAWD! Now thats putting some years on! HeQQ, even Alfred Hitchcock was a hoot! But MJ, OH NO.. hes to frightening for me!
Good ole AL and the flick, the BIRDS! I laughed so hard with that.
I remember the Birds - that was a neat movie. And, one of the neatest Halloween costumes I have seen was a takeoff on that movie - in costume with black birds attached all over. I am not looking forward to work tomorrow either. But. on Jan. 13th, I will be flying out to Maui for a week for my cousin's wedding. So, I am thinking warm weather awaits me to get me through the next 10 days.
Awww can I come! I like Maui! It was one of my fav islands when I was there! We had a motel on the shore and there were um not sure but either sharks or dolphins swimming there! Probably both, but it was one of those days they said dont go in the water.. so we dint! Got the nastiest sunburn ever. The sun is beastly and I actually got sunpoisoning and it was cloudy every day for the week we were there in April!
Careful in it my friend! And have lots of fun!
So ok, no tango, its the hula for you! You must bring soveniers back to the cafe ya hear!
Ohhhhhh, I wanna go, I wanna go, can you hear me whining??????? Been to Maui and sure could go back now and soak up some warmth!
Oh and yes souveniers - let's see what shall be ask for. Some nice warm lava rock, oh no don't want a spell on you. How bout some Silver Sword cactus from Haleakala or is that a no, no as well. Okay how bout you bring me some sunshine and a temp that is just above freezing, would like that about now!
Have a great visit, we'll be waiting for your return.
Them Hawiaans are funny about spells! THOU SHANT NOT TAKE THE LAVA ROCK!!! Im still wondering what the maid thought when we left it back in our motel room! LOL! But I think we can all wish for pineapples!
lol, you actually picked up the lava rock and left it in the room? Now that is funny. I am not superstitious, but I never moved a piece of it!
Just got a dmail from a gentleman who was looking at this thread and said that my Steve is a "dead ringer" for his Brother in Law. He doesn't have a scanner to post a copy of a photo but said the resemblance is uncanny. Would love to see it so hope he can borrow a camera and post a photo. I invited him to hang out at the cafe if he gets a chance so perhaps we shall have a visitor!
Well while you are gettin your Zzzzzzzzzzz BB, I will be trecking to work over the mts. in the snow tomorrow morn, less it is so much that Steve convinces me not to risk going, which doesn't take much coaxing lol!
How did Mother nature know to shake things off the shelf just as I put the broom and dustpan away? I had finished up cleaning the kitchen and was getting ready to take a break when we had a 6.5 quake and Ma Nature knocked a planter to the floor. Drat! More sweeping! Oh well, I didn't like that ugly pot anyway and the plant was in need of a good trim.
Dogs were barking all up and down the street and what did mine do? She lay there til it was over and then got up, stretched and wandered over to sniff me as if it was something I had done! I guess she thinks I am all powerful but her expression was more like 'is that all ya got?'
Zany thats funny! I mean not the earthquake but the dogs there and their reaction.
My pooches all have tried to try to crawl under things and hide in the deepest "den" they can find in the furniture in the house! When things get shakey. Its not as often as you, but occassionally we do have little tremors. Im east of the New Madrid fault. And mine have even reacted to quakes further out.
I just heard on the news that this one was actually felt over 400 miles away and that those in this area " are feeling anxious and nervous" Funny thing is most of us had pretty much forgotten it by the time the news came on but the damage in Ferndale was a bit worse with more glass breakage and small area power outages. Overall it was not that big a deal for us even this close to the epicenter. But then I may be a bit blase' after going through the Loma Prieta quake in 89 where the "small" aftershocks were as strong and stronger than this one. We were in San Jose for that one and it is the only quake that ever made me nervous...I still managed to sing
" I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
tumbling down, tumbling down..." but I was under my desk for it!
Glad all is well now Zany. We were sitting on a beach in Acapulco one year and the ground began to shake and what I remember best is all the birds inside the hotel, macaws and such just started screaming and all of those birds outside took to the skies. I guess you get used to it, but not sure I would. Sorry it happened just as you finished your chores and made you more mess!
Cold here as well BB and am getting tired of it already!
Hi elle, sorry to hear about your goats, but glad it is a little warmer for you and hope each day gets even better. Wow, that is impressive that your hens are a laying even in the bitter cold. BB sounds like you better go over there and raid elles hen house to make your next cake!
Cold here again but say it will warm each day and maybe be in the 40's by Friday.
Well anyway looks a tad warmer this morning, but I have only been out so far to walk the dog. Guess I best git going and tend the other critters before they come busting in the kitchen for something to eat!
Well the feed WAS in the bucket, she wants back out with the rest of the herd! and one of her a-hem naughty grandaughters chewed the wall last spring! We keep the hay on this side of the wall now and the GD was reaching through it from the other!
I think we all are wanting warm weather! Man, if this is just the beginning.. oh brother!
Hi everyone! It's good to be back, hows the cafe running?
I'm looking forward to it getting busy again in a couple months! We have almost no snow here and its been warmish...well...warm for january! I thought a snowdrop might come up but no signs. The only sign I found was loads of bunny droppings in the garden so my plan is now that the yard is fully fenced in (sans gate) I will put chicken wire(the tiny holed kind) all around the yard under the fences to keep the critters out! YAY!
I also noticed theres no new posts from Terri around...has anyone heard from her?
I hope shes doing ok :)
I'm going to go check out the winter flowers thread before I go get ready for bed,
Heres an Amarylis for the cafe! It should brighten things up a bit!
Winter sowing like mad. Even have some green sprouts already. 60 something for today and all the way up to 67 tomorrow but we'll be on the road to Louisana and the VA Hospital for test on the ole phart.
I wish we HAD some snow here...its just brown and cold. Eeew. I have a feeling were going to get all the snow next month that we haven't gotten all winter. But spring is only just over a month away! YAY! I haven't done any wintersowing yet, but I sowed my first indoor seeds a couple days ago, Solanum laciniatum. I grew them before but I'm hoping if I start them early enough I'll get flowers and fruits this time!
Is anyone else planning on growing any exotics to decorate the cafe?
I quite like your indoor plants blossom, I guess your dianthus must be doing well indoors? I wonder how they would do in my basement...theres lots of south light and its fairly cool so maybe they'd like it down here?
Heres the cyclamen, maybe I'll put it by the front window so it can be seen from the laneway.
Welcome back Steven, nice to see you - no snow there? We still have some on the ground here and wish it would soon go away.
BB you have some lovely blooms inside, all I have are sticks and a few leaves lol!
Nice cy Steven, looks good there.
Not sure what I can provide for the cafe, nothing in bloom and the stores cost a fortune for blooms here, so I shall enjoy what everyone else has.
Hoping as is everyone that Terri comes back and reclaims her cafe, guess we shall just have to wait till she is up to it.
Hope the phart is fine after the exam red lol! And where are those Maui photos Dianne?
Hi Candee! Nope, no snow here...I honestly wish there was because everythingis brown...if it's not 'dead' brown then its 'covered in dirt' brown. But in 2 months or so I should be seeing crocus so thats something to look forward to!
Blossom, you should bring your plants over to the cafe! And do you have any new pics of your dianthus?
Oh thats a nice one! I was thinking of lifting mine out of the garden and putting them in pots in the spring...they don't seem to fond of our soil here(clay) which is practicly moldable! Too bad some of them are turning brown :( only a little while longer and they could have gone out into your GPS! I'll come by your house later and pick up some snow for the backyard! And maybe build a snowman in front of the cafe!
They would have to last 2 to 3 more months to make it out to the GPS.. fingers crosed they might still do it!
Here SW, a cuppa to warm you. That was a lot of snow out there and that is one huge snowman! I like the way you put the garden tools in his hands and that straw hat off the old scare crow, ... adorable!
Well...maybe we should invite the mushroom then? Since Miss Bruggie's cousins passed on its been a bit quiet around here.
Is that last pic one of you inside dianthus Blossom?
I noticed this morning that my Bougainvilla is starting to grow again! So the days must be getting longer now because so far its mostly just sat there, it has a couple tiny blooms on it which are still growing but now all the shoots are starting to grow so in a couple months it should be covered in flowers! YAY!
Why yes that dianthus is! (those pix are all repeats of the ones in the fall, but I thought it would be nice to show them again! Since you asked! hehehe!) My last white ones just finished last week so I have no blooms of the dianthus fresh for now.
Yeppers! Daylights getting longer.. Just wished it was at the end of the day and not so early! LOL! Awww whom I kidding, I get up when the crow calls.
Well, sorry to have to run. Looks like the cafe is a bit on the empty side so I need to step out. Maybe we can sautee that blob with the funguy! Toss some onions in? Well anyway, maybe not. We would not want anuyone seeing too many colors!
It is native to NZ & the Maori name in one region for it translates to 'ghost dung' .
In another region it is 'star dung', yet another 'lightning dung'...
I am hoping it comes up again this autumn as it is so unusual.
apparently it has been seen in the UK, was accidentally imported with plants from here.
The same way that our seriously wicked carniverous worms got to the UK.
Those critters have caused real issues for farmers as they eat earth worms.
I never knew we had them until seeing a British documentary about imported pest plants & animals.
I think it is mother nature's revenge for the Brits sending us all their pests...
All those weird critters and microbial growths must have scared everyone away from the cafe. It has been a quiet week here. I finally got around to looking at some of my vacation shots and thought I'd share some with you all. This is the site of my cousin's wedding - all the arrangements were handled by the hotel's wedding coordinator.
Stunning setting for a wedding Dianne. I love the orchid bouquet but I think my favorite post is the table centerpiece with the rose buds in the shell with the pearl pins, reminds me of something Terri might put together.
You look mighty relaxed and content there on the beach! Wish I had been sitting beside you with a nice margarita or something.
Nice to see someone enjoying the fun in the sun and warmth, don't think it is BB at the moment what with more of that white stuff in the air!
I am a new member to the site and am starting a cut flower (mainly zinnia) business in Vermont.
I am looking for suggestions and seeds to grow out for spring, perhaps some might have suggestions ?
I have a greenhouse and will put up hoop houses in April to grow on. I would be very interested in members who would be willing to trade or otherwise help me get some perennial and zinnia seeds.
Hi therer John, nice to have you here. Zinnias are one of my absolute favs and I harvest all of mine, hopefully I'll have some to share. I love using zinnias in arrangements and they last such a long time not just in bloom but also in arrangements.