Genna hopefully you get to go to the powderpuff game, if not and you're still on the computer, there are some nurseries along the way between Caddo Valley and Hot Springs on Hwy 7, I always stop and check out the goods when I take a drive. I think there's one in Bismark and two others on the way to Hot Springs, or at least there was last year.
Well, I came face to face with a copperhead this morning, so I promptly sent Jerry to town to get the flea and tick stuff we always put out. The last 2 summers we have used it and I did not see one snake, now one already. I made a picture with my cell phone and Jerry said yes, it was a copperhead.
He is mowing now and will put the stuff out tomorrow, after the rain moves through tonight.
It was short and fat--
Cindy, I got all my bulbs put out today !!! Hooray for me !!!
LOL, y'all. I suppose we could clone KA --do you think she would let us do that? ROFLOL
Sandra, you are going to have to call Debra and get some advice from her. She has "met" several snakes in her garden this spring. She even took out some of her flower beds to discourage the snakes. I don't think it worked. :o(( She lives in the "boonies" like you do and lots of trees surround her house.
We crossed, Kim. I was wondering if you and Kathy Ann had made it back from your nursery hopping tour. I am assuming you found the nursery in Conway without much trouble? It certainly looks like you made quite a haul: begonias, impatiens, coleus, is that a Gerbera Daisy (red)?
I am in for a Kathy Ann clone too, she could be so happy here with all that needs to be done around here !
The stuff we put out seems to work, we had just failed to get it broadcast this year. We have used it for 2 summers and not seen any.
Kim, I can just see all those beautiful plants on your patio this fall, they were so pretty last year. I wish I could have kept all those coleus you gave us alive.
Just make her skinnier and hotter LOL WE want a hot skinny little mama 4 foot l0 l/2 ROFL
I had a great time today, got a case of double vision at the end, but I made it home ok and it's gone now. Here's my haul. Love that huge begonia in there. got 3 or 4 new sedums I didn't have. That made me happy.
I also took alot of pics of the yard today, For bonnie, since she's not goin g to be able to come to my house in June. I'm going to post them on FB but will try to post them here too later on tonight.
Glad you made it home, KA...and feeling better! I don't think you bought as much as me! You need to put that sedum on the succulent forum and see what it is. That stinker should not have taken out the tag!!! Too bad we could not find those phlox in a smaller container. I will keep a look for them. I am going to Pittman's in 2 weeks so, send me the names and I will look there for ya.
Karen, you got a great buy! Which Lowe's? lol I may need to run by there ;o)
Hey thanks for the id on that one KA - I told Janie I thought it was a supertunia but I don't know much about those. I am super excited about that. I did see one of the new plants I had in the fall slide show at some garden center the other day. I think it was the yellow petunia.
Just as I went to post the picture of my $2 Presto Coreopsis we had a power outage - yucko but here we are again. These came from the Lowe's in Bryant. They seem to do a LOT of clearance stuff!
I lost you all! But here you are! I want one of those wife's too Terrye!!!!
That hollyhock is incredible Marilyn!!
It's a long story - too long to explain here - but my phone is literally falling apart. I ended up talking to a tech guy on the phone after it was connecting me to a Cricket number this morning that told me there was a problem with my account. I was dialing my home number when it did this and not only was it connecting me to cricket when I called my house, I don't have cricket service but Sprint!! Anyway the guy told me they would replace my phone at no charge (I don't have insurance - but I did have him look up when my contract expired). So I had to go over to McCain in N. Little Rock because the Sprint store in Little Rock does not have a service department. Then they kept telling me I was going to have to pay 119.00 - they finally hit the next button on the computer and found out that I was right!! The lady helping me was having a real attitude problem and when she discovered I was right she turned beet red including her arms!!!LOL I had my afternoon totally planned and this little problem totally changed all my plans. I was so frustrated with it all that when I got through with them I ended up going plant shopping!!! Now I have to go back over there Mon or Tues and pick up my new phone.
WE're getting ready for Amber's College Graduation this morning.
Here's what I got Charlotte yesterday wit h Kim
3 ornamental pepper plants going to do an arrangement with them
begonias several kinds sinbad and river nile is 2 of them
sedums novem, lynda windsor, mr postman, lemon ball and moonlight serenade
campanula dickson's gold
hydranga semme's beauty looks alot like the oakleaf alice, I hope their not one in the same.
scuttelarrias 3 colors, these things are cute, going to do a container with them too
echinacea hot papaya
new guinea impatients peach/pink colored and
pink annual verbena
and sweedish ivy all 3 of these are for a container too
I htink that's it,
kim gave me cuttings off all her coleus a nd some tomatoe plants and a hosta and some peacock fern.
You got some good stuff. I got a few things to put in containers too yesterday. I did buy heuchera crimson curls. I really liked the way it looks. I have some I need to dig up and move and I'm going to put them all together. I'm going to sweep the floor and then I'm headed outside.
Of course, I knew that, but had forgotten. I am glad she has a job of any kind, and will also be glad to report when Jerry gets one, he has one more day of school--he has to go Tues for one test and then he is done with his.
Hey Kim, is this the plant that you gave me a bunch of seeds for. you pop the seeds and they fly everywhere, I forget the name of the plant, you offered seed again. I was just wondering if I had broad casted the seed and didn't realize it, I thought these were zinnias, but they don't look like it.
KA, congrats to Amber. I know ya'll are very proud.
Sandra, I was spreading mulch in a couple of beds last week and I found 2 snake skins wrapped in shrubs. Now where are those dang snakes? One of the skins was around 3 or more feet long. I'm hoping it was 'Buddy' the black snake that hangs around.
Charlotte, you deserved a little plant therapy after going through that mess with the folks at the Spring store. I personally think the whole cell phone business is a racket. I can never figure out the double-speak they use and have sat down and tried to figure out all their plans and what you get charged for, etc and it's never clear. Makes me mad!!
One thing I did learn in the phone fiasco is to call the service department before you go into the store. If I had not called and talked to them before hand, I would have had to pay to have my phone fixed or either buy a new one. My phone is 3 years old and they act like it is ancient ! I think they make them to self destruct in about a year!!! My phone case is literally falling apart - it is cracked and has pulled apart on the sides - that why the antenna fell out! I've been with the same carrier for 12 years or more and I want to do some checking around when my contract expires. With the new phone I'll be able to do that as I only have about 10 months until my contract expires.
They are replacing my 3 year old phone for free! I asked him to look up when my contract expired. He could see that I was a long time customer that was obviously unhappy was probably why he waived the charge to fix or replace the phone.
I've sent a few dmails out this morning to folks, that's how I got Debra's attention about the garden party at my house, but some don't have their address listed and no way to send dmails. So i'm posting this link here
for Karen, and a few others if you've missed the thread, there's a Garden get together at my house on June 5th.
Definitely, when in Jackson, Dutch Gardens and Rita Randolph's are not to be missed! And the UT Research Station - they don't mind if you take cuttings as long as you do it on the backside of the plants. :-)
Well KA - I couldn't tell you what all I got at Rita's now. I did end up coming home with several new hydrangeas and some new euphorbias. I got one of Rita's giant euphorbias. We will see how long it lasts for me tho. Congrat on Amber's accomplishments and grad. I know you are very proud of her. Family picture is very cute of the 3 of you.
Sandra - I wanted to go to Dutch Gardens when we went to Rita's, but we couldn't have done all that and Homestead. Figured most everyone would not want to miss Homestead. But, I wasn't sure Dutch would have been worth it, until I went there this weekend - now I know we should go there BEFORE we go to Ritas. I spent wayyy too much money this weekend. Almost makes me sick to my stomach.
I am really telling myself... no more ears and forsure no more annuals !!!!!
Hey Carol - Hope you had a furry, happy Mother's day too. You are amazing with the work you are doing with your dogs !
and if he doesn't get his drivers license he'll be walking l2 miles both way s to school. I hope that's incentive enough for him to get with the program. it's time, I'm not able to cart him to school and back next fall. LOL
KA great idea! My dad's girlfriend should have done that with her son, she waited until he was 22 before she decided that it was a problem, at that point he refused to do any housework, yard work, get a job, learn to drive, take care of anything. In fact, it got so bad my dad asked him for help getting some empty boxes out of the attic, he refused saying it was too much work for his arms to handle. She ended up physically throwing him out, of course she rented him an apartment, and a year later he moved back home, but at least he works and drives now, and lost his attitude.
Congrats KA - two graduating at once - oh my! your household has certainly been busy! I know you have to be very very proud of them! Great idea with the chives.
Hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. We went to Johnny's brother and sister in law for a bbq for lunch and then I cooked dinner and the kids and grandkids came over in the evening. Great times at both!
Johnny and I went to a garage sale Saturday and I found a great bargain! Gardening and cooking books for $1.00! I got The Southern Living Garden Book, S.L. Garden Problem Solver, Perennial All-Stars, Identification, Selection and Use of Southern Plants, Rodale's Natural Landscaping and a 2005 Cooking Light Annual Recipes! Was happy to hand over that $6.00!
Terrye - so sorry you won't make it to Jeri's - we will miss you!!
Sorry, Genna. I thought I answered but...yes, I am going to Pittman's in Magnolia. Our state MG meeting is there this year and (I guess) we get to go in all of their GHs and to each location...I think there are 3 sites.
Kim in your nursery rounds, have you been to 4 Season in Gravel Ridge? I was talking to a lady this afternoon and she was telling me how great their plants are this year. Really healthy. She said they have about 7 greenhouses. I've been there but it has been 6 or 7 years ago. I just forget about it. I don't remember there being that many greenhouses the last time I was there.
Marilyn if you are coming from Little Rock you go through the stop lights in Gravel Ridge and outside Gravel Ridge you will see a sign on the left. You turn down that road and probably less than a half mile is a nursery on the right. I had totally forgotten about it until the lady was telling me about the wonderful plants she brought there this year. She said she got some knock out roses that are just really putting on a show. She said they have done so well she went back and bought her mother 2 for mother's day.
Check out how much more growth is in the old greenhouse area of these photos. it looks like it's got 5 years worth of growth there instead of just going on 2 years now. and the other pic is alot older part of the garden.
And look at all the space here in this area. there's no free space in that gh area at all. not a hole anywhere.
had a lady came by at almost dark last night and I shared some plants with her out of the garden here and she said wow, you have no weeds LOL I said she wasn't looking close enough or either that, she didn't know which were weeds or flowers lol
Ash, huh ? You maybe starting something KA. Your sewer lines aren't under that are they ? lol. Very impressive !!! I would be out there just sitting all day. Imagine all the hummers, butterflies, and bees, just waiting for more blooms to pop open. You probably attract them from all surrounding counties.
Yes to all questions about Four Seasons Nursery ;o) I was there yesterday! Betty, does have around 7 GH. There is a new nursery on the main hwy right next to her street. However, it has the usual plants...they have a landscaping business and I think are using it as a right-off. Anyway, if you are going towards the air base and pass that nursery, go back one street ;o) She used to have a little roadside stand on the lot of the old Twin City Drive-In, but when Khol's bought the land, Betty had to go. So many people wanted her plants, she decided to sell from her home...and has she grown! She usually starts having bargain tables around the first to middle of May and continues to mark down until gone. She also has dirt, mulch, windchimes, etc.
I am off to the big boats...Tunica. LOL Be back later...earlier if I run out of money ;o)
Kathy Ann that ash is probably very beneficial. I remember when Mt Saint Helens erupted in Washington state , I had relatives who lived there who said everyone was worried about the apple crop - it is a BIG industry there! Anyway, they had the best harvest ever the next crop and they attributed it to the ash!
My Dad used to take the ash from our fireplace (and later woodburning stove) and spread it in the garden.
It is beautiful--didn't you put compost on top of the area before you planted it ?
I remember some of the elders talking about a "new ground" patch. They always thought that they would get more harvest from a spot that had never been planted before.
I need to go check her out. Sounds like she has certainly grown since I was there. I remember it being behind her house, but only remember 1 maybe 2 greenhouses. I think I discovered her late in the season and don't remember a lot being there. But that was 5 or 6 or maybe more years ago. There is are used to be another nursery on a hwy between Cabot and I40. You would hit I40 somewhere close to Lonoke. (I'm not talking about the one that used to be close to Holland Bottom). I remember buying some stuff from her one year. I think we were out just riding around, when I discovered her. Do you all know what I'm talking about?
I like Four Seasons also. First time I went there I bought some crushed pecan(?) shells, was one of the best amendments for my clay soil I have every bought. I like BJ's at the Farmers Market at Protho. They mark their perennials down after Mothers Day. They are not "dirt" cheap, but the plants look good.
Charlotte, There was one on 89 for a few years, they are out of business this year . Also there was one that was nice and had all the bells and whistles but didnt stay in business very long-you got off on the first Cabot exit, and went through the light and continued for a mile or so and was on the right.
The one on 89 may be what I'm think about. It was right on the hwy and her house was next door if I'm not mistaken. I remember the nice one. They didn't last long. Fellowship Bible Church is there now.
KA it does look great. Hard to believe it has been 2 years. The ash must have something to do with it. Jim covered his beds in it over the winter and I just knew it would do more harm then good, but it hasn't.
Kim let me know ahead of time when you are going to be at Tunica and I will run some plants to you.
Looking great, Kathy Ann! I am eagerly anticipating being at your house in June to see everything "up close and personal". gotta go pack, I'm leaving about 7:30 a.m. to drive to Charlotte's. After we unload the plants from my car (mine and KA's) and load them into Charlotte's pick-up, we will be off to Cindy's! see you in the morning, Charlotte! P.S. My wonderful kids/grandkids went together and gave me $200.00 to help me with expenses on this trip to Jeri's RU this week-end! I was totally surprised--what a great gift!
Marilyn - that was such a sweet thing for your family to do for you. They must realize how much it means for you to go and to be able to enjoy it. Ya'll be careful and have lots of fun for us all that can't be there.
For all of your creative, artistic people... I have a thread here on MS asking for some landscaping ideas. I finally have some pics posted and would appreciate suggestions as I plant to bring a lot of things back from Forest Hills.
Sandra this is the other cat that has decided to live here. I took the other female to the pound. She was a very tame white calico so hopefully she will be adopted out. She was so mean to this cat, wouldn't let her eat. She would gorge herself of both bowls of food and jump on her. I couldn't stand that since this one was big pregnant and needs the food for her babies. I assume she is part Maine Coon. Her hair is long and her body is marked like a coons tale with golden stripes around her body. She has the light golden eyes. I guess we will be having pot luck kittens in the next couple of weeks. I have never owned a cat so this is a new adventure for me. She was very wild at first but has become pretty attached to me although she bit me today after forcing me to pet her. She will still hide if humans come around. I had seen her living in the cotton fields back in Feb.
Are you still thinking about keeping one of the babies? I figure if any of my kittens look like her we will find homes for them. The tom cat I have seen around here is a short haired white with brown spots. I don't know if he is the father or not .
She's a pretty cat! I had never had a cat until I had Lucy. She was a cat I got from the pound. My friends told me a cat would be easier to take care of since I was gone so much. That was back in 1989. Didn't want her to be lonesome, so I got another one from the pound and named her Sarabeth. Had to have them both put to sleep about 2 years ago. I really enjoyed them but don't think I want anymore. Two dogs are enough!
Oh no Sandra ! How old was Bobo? I am sooo sorry to hear that. You will certainly miss him being your buddy outside. Then you forsure need to keep one of those babies. I love them all - would be very hard for me to part with any of them.
I was trying to figure, but around 6 years I guess, we got him from a friend of Cayla's when she was in high school. He has always been good, didn't tear up stuff like a lot of dogs do when you first get them.
As of now, we have no takers on any of the kittens, so we might end up with all of them.
I am hoping to find good homes for them though, they are so cute.
Sandra, so sorry about Bobo! It's amazing how attached we can become to our fur babies. I don't know what I would do without Friday--he is so much company for me. Those kitties are certainly being well-fed by mama kitty! I wish I could take one of them, but I really don't want to have cat hair all over the house. Friday, being a Schnauzer, doesn't shed.
I understand Marilyn, I don't want cat hair all over the house either--but I have it--LOL
Yes, I will miss Bobo so much, especially when I am outside.
Faith left here begging Amanda to let her have one and of course the answer was no, I told her they would be a snack for the dogs if she took one home.
Amanda told me she would bring Alaska to me. I told her I did not want another dog right now. Alaska is her Akita--full blooded and spayed. If we start having skunk trouble again, I might take her. We will see, but right now, I just don't want another dog. I know Snowflake will miss him more than I do, they went running together every morning. I am wondering if she will come looking for him in the morning, she probably knew he was gone before we did, they were very big buddies.
You will probably end up with Snowflake. Everytime I was there he was at your house instead of home. My cat if I call her that, she just chose us, is an outside cat. I guess I would admit she lives here since I broke down and bought a brush and a couple toys for her today. She doesn't shed like that other shorthaired cat did. Every chair outside would have hair on it. This cat sits in the chairs too but no hair.
Sandra-I am so sorry about Bobo, I hate to hear that ...I know that it hurts a lot. I know he meant the world to you ...it was evident when we all came there a a couple of years ago for your daylily party.
I am so glad I got to "meet " him. Your kitties are pretty, I have a litter coming soon , too
My extremely young calico kitty , Jack is about to pop any day now. I will definately be giving some away , too .
AWW, Come on , everybody ...yall need some mouse and vole killing , snake deterrant, pretty kitties, too !!! LOL
Ozzie and I had a visitor in the garden this morning (Ozzie is my cat). She was standing right over it when it moved. I jumped about as high as she did! lol It coiled up and she sat there and guarded it for about 15 minutes.
Sandra I am so so sorry about Bobo. Big hugs coming at ya!
I'd take the 'red headed one' if I could have one, but I don't like male cats anyway. Tiga would have a fit and she's too old to deal with a kitten.
She says, "MOM!! Look what happened to the corn!!"
Cindy does that sweet little girl have tufts on the tops of her ears? Maine Coons can be any color, they're not necessarily Tabby and they don't always have rings around their tails. They do always have squared off noses with big cheeks, opaque shaped eyes, and tufts on the top of their ears, and the females are fairly large (9 to 12 pounds) and the males are huge (12 to 20 pounds.)
Cats are really easy to take care of, they just require food and water, but here's some help: http://www.petplace.com/cat-breeds/maine-coon.aspx?gclid=CM7n24Xd6KECFQlZiAodpETsIg
Terrye, Kit spotted a snake going across the front yard today from the window. She hit that "attack stance" and I looked to see and it was a snake going across the yard, by the time Jerry got out there it was gone, it wasn't a copperhead, was a black one looked like it might have had a yellow stripe.
That makes 3 snake sitings here already
That is odd. My cat is very leary of snakes around here. She won't get near them. There is a huge rat snake that lives out by Paul's garage, and he can always tell when it is out in the open by the way Minnie is acting. She'll kill just about anything, but stays clear of snakes.
Danny & i were in the garden last night, (flower garden that is) we watched a turtle lay her eggs out there, this morning I found 6 more holes out there where more eggs were laid or she was in the process LOL we'll see what we get walking around out there, wonder how long it takes for them to hatch
Sandra, I'm so sorry to hear about your Bobo. Sending hugs your way.
Snakes seem to be all over the place this spring. We have found 4 snake skins in various places in the back yard and saw one big black snake by the creek that someone had run over. I wish they had left it. Our 'Buddy' (the king snake) is still around I hope. They keep the bad guys away.
KA, that is cool about the turtle eggs. I saw a humongous turtle in the water in the creek today when I went jogging. Probably a snapper. His shell was the size of my turkey platter!!
For all of you who were at Charlotte's last fall and helped Janie and I with our little dilemma (remember that problem with the gift card we had - the boss' mother had died and we needed to do something with the gift card to a nursery the employees had purchased)? Well I just wanted to report that thanks to all of your help we finally got word last week that the Conway MG's had purchased and planted 30 butterfly weed plants in her honor on a knoll in their new butterfly garden. They have a new office in Conway and they happened to be putting in this butterfly garden behind it - butterfly weed was this lady's favorite flower so that will be such a great memorial to her. They will put up a plaque with her name in the fall when the garden is complete. We typed up a note to the boss to let him know what we had done and I think he was pleased. WHEW problem solved - so thanks ladies and if you get a chance to see this garden look for those butterfly weed in Mrs. Irby's name!
Sandra - so sorry to hear about Bobo... our dogs become part of our family and it sure hurts to lose them! Sending big hugs your way... my dogs and cats were always getting ran over when I was kid. I hated living by the highway! And my neighbor's didn't even have a fence and their dogs would follow their truck up and down the road and I don't think they ever had one get run over!!
The kittens are precious! Does the grey one have blue eyes like a siamese?
Sharon - on your calico... My Daddy used to say that ANY cat that has three colors or more is a female. Won't swear that he was right, but for YEARS I tried to find a male with three colors or more and never could!
I would like to have an outside cat to help keep the mice down around the shop and chicken house. Jessica's cat is an inside cat and wouldn't have a CLUE what to do with a mouse! My Great Pyrenees kills some mice...
Genna, all the kittens have blue eyes, they change as they get older, so I can't go by that. It looks like it is going to be a longer hair cat, but I am sure there is some Siamese in it somewhere. I will be glad to let you have all 4 of them if you want them !
They are all up for adoption
Leigh would probably kill me if I took one - much less four! We have one dog outside, three inside, plus a cat inside. It already sounds like a zoo at our house! But I am partial to siamese crosses... just love them!
Little kittens are just too cute!!! Irresistible! When my cat Sarabeth was a kitten she climbed the Christmas tree and was poking her head out of the branches!! So, so cute - but we had to tie the Christmas to the ceiling to keep it from falling over. Who would not want one of those cute things!
That's why I don't want anymore cats - I would end up with them inside. For almost 16 years I had 2 cats and a dog inside. It has been so nice not having cat hair all over everything and my maltese don't shed. They just act like dust mops and bring all the leaves, pine needles and trash from outside inside.
Cats are usually very good about not breaking things but I had one cat for a while (quite a story about her ending but too complicated to tell here) that could break more stuff. She totally wiped out a table top full of very good antique blue willow pieces! I didn't have the heart to throw it all away, so I put all the broken pieces in a bag and have kept it all these years. I was able to glue a few pieces back together. I'm going to make a mosiac bird bath one of these days. I do finally have the base I'm going to use - a small dish satellite receiver.
Forgot to tell you Christine the cat does not have the ear tufts on top of the ears. I'm sure she is a very mixed breed. Even pregnant she doesn't appear to be as big as when I saw her in Feb with her winter coat. I got in my car and drove down the road to see what was skulking across that bean field. I couldn't get near her then because she was so wild. I really think she is very young. I want to try to get her to the vet if I can. I don't won't to traumatize her. I have never picked her up before.
Cindy, she is so pretty--I would not take her anywhere in the car if she is still that wild, most cats hate being in cars. Is there something that you think she needs the vet for right now? If not, wait until she trusts you more--she might never trust you again if you take her right now.
I can't wait to see what her babies look like.
Give her a coke box with a towel in it now and she'll have her babies there probably. If not she will bring them there later. Put the box out of the way so she feels protected. Mine are so brazen now the coke boxes left after the RU were all spread out on a plastic table under the carport. When I went out the Monday after the RU each box had a cat in it. They were using them for beds. LOL!!! I threw them away before the part;y Sunday for Cameron but they really liked them for a week.
Yes, they want a dark place for the babies first few weeks. I finally got Kit to leave hers in a box, by using one of those with the flip lids and left half of it down to keep some of the light out. She moved them behind the love seat when they were a few days old and Jerry tried to get her in a box with them then, but she would have no part of it--got them right back out and took them back to the dark spot. I am sure there is a good reason for that, probably something to do with their eyes opening.
I have never been a cat lover but I am getting acquainted with this one pretty fast. She bit me again today. She is playing I think but doesn't really know how. I just fuss a little and walk away and ignore her. These are not nips they are deep bites. The wildness is calming down.
Spooky has taught me to wear gloves when pulling weeds when nothing else has. If I'm pulling the weeds bare handed he thinks I'm a mouse or something and attacks my hand and with my hand in his mouth he shakes it like trying to kill the mouse. I regret to inform PETA that cat hair did fly that day!!!!
My dogs seem to know when I'm in a hurry or if I'm trying to get ready to go out of town or something. They start grabbing my pants leg with their teeth and I'm running around the house with a dog attached to my pants.
Danny started a remodel job today and quickly had to come to a hault when he had all these little black spots all over his white tee shirt. he quickly realized he had gazillions of fleas all over him, you shoul d see that mans waist where his pants button, bites all around his waist. it's horrid. got the place sprayed, hopefully he won't get ate up tomorrow.
Whoa that is awful. Makes me itch just thinking about it. If he had on a white shirt I can understand. For some reason they will come to white. My niece had dogs in her house but wasn't sure she had fleas in the carpet since they didn't bite her. The Orkin man came out threw a white cotton cloth on her carpet and she said here they came to the cloth. I don't know why this is though.
I have it and it is great for talking to people out of state or in Canada, even. It is even better if you have a web cam. I talk to a young woman in Canada from time to time. I met her when I went up there to visit friends last June.
We had a real "toad strangler" of a thunderstorm this afternoon. We have had one of these every day for the last three days. They haven't lasted long, though, and then the sun comes out and makes everything really steamy! LOL At least I don't have to water the plants!
I think I had that toad strangler storm today also. came a huge down pour, not for long here either. but have had one quite often, I think we skipped one day but for about a week we had some rain daily. went walking tonight and I feel like I took a hot bath and didn't even get in the tub LOL
Same kind of weather here too! Like Marilyn said at least I didn't have to water! I had some brugs that I was getting ready to water! I've got to repot a lot of them. Roots are showing out the bottom and they are drying out really quick!
I have a web cam built into my laptop. Just have never looked into using skype.
I have some questions... I am looking to take Clara on one last, relatively short, trip before she heads home. I am desperate for some ideas. Originally, I had wanted to take her to Sea World so she could see a killer whale in person because she loves them... but I am not sure that time is going to allow for a trip that is 8 - 9 hrs one way. Then I considered Memphis to take her to the zoo because of the Pandas - which she also likes... but WHAT else does one do in Memphis besides Graceland because she doesn't seem to have a lot of interest in that. Kyle is wanting to visit Vanderbilt, and I considered a quick trip to Nashville, but that is a 7 hr drive so that doesn't help much, and with all the recent flooding and damage, I am not sure that now would be a good time to take someone there. Suggestions anyone? We have also considered Branson - but I am not sure if she really would want to go there. I also wondered about Eureka Springs - she hasn't been to the NW part of the state other than by interstate to Ft Smith on our way to Colorado...
We have also considered a trip to the Dallas/Ft Worth area because she has expressed an interest in "seeing the big D" because she has heard about it of course... but I don't really know that much about Dallas and what one should do there - but at least it is only about a 4.5 hr drive.
I would appreciate any and all suggestions! I have racked my brain and am sure I am missing something obvious!
In Eureka Springs there are several things you might do. Of course down town Eureka Springs is always fun to wonder through. The church in the woods (can't think of the name right now). There is also a private game preserve about 30 minutes or so away on the Missouri line. They have lots of very unusual animals and you can just drive your car through. Don't know if they do the Passion Play this time of year. One of the places with small cottages used to do a chuck wagon cookout. You might just contact the Chamber of Commerce to find out things to do.
I've been to Dallas a lot but don't know what you would do to entain her. Of course there is Six Flags. Lot of shopping. Fun places to eat. There is that place called Mid-evil Times. It's across from the Dallas market. It's more of a show than food. You eat everything with your hands. There is probably a large zoo.
There is a large zoo in Dallas - been there a few times over the years and it is very nice, but not sure that she is particularly interested in regular zoo animals...and other than shopping and eating I really wasn't sure what to do there either! :)
Maybe go to Mtn View and go to Blanchard Springs... not sure if she would like something like that or not, but that is definitely a unique Arkanas experience... and I have always loved Eureka ... guess I will eventually just have to ask her what her preferences are. We have discussed Memphis briefly and I have told her I don't think we will have time to make the trip to San Antonio... so guess we'll have to see what she is interested in.
Well in Dallas there are tons of things to do the Galleria Mall has an ice skating rink, then there is all the historic stuff from Kennedy's assassination and a botanical gardens (okay she might not care about that but you might like it), southfork ranch (you might want to pull out some old episodes of "Dallas" before you go there. We went to a drive-thru safari thing once and it was pretty neat.
I've never been to Dallas but there is an absolute ton of stuff to do there. Here's another link. If you google "Thinks to do in Dallas, TX" it comes up with several websites that have different things.
I don't know if she'd be interested, and you have to watch the day because they only have it once a month, but you could go to Canton, TX, it's a tad closer. Don't know if she'd even be interested, but it looks like a ton of fun to me LOL!
I've been to West Side Story. It's an interesting place to walk around. Lot's of boutique shops in an unusual setting. The thing with Dallas is everything is so spread out it takes a lot of time to get from one place to another. My son lived there for 6 or 7 years and every time we would go out to eat or shop it was an hour's drive. Of course they had places to eat that were closer but to go to the special places or their favorites it would take that long. It's a great place for the 20's and 30's crowd as there are a lot of great places to just hang out.
I've been to Canton and it is a fun place to go but don't see it as a place a teenager would enjoy. Miles and miles of flea market, crafts, "antiques", etc., etc. Can't begin to cover all of it in one day.
I have always wanted to go to Canton... no clue if she would enjoy it or not, but it is taking place this weekend instead of the next. We only have PART of Saturday for this weekend that everyone is home... but then next weekend if I take a day or two off, we can make a short trip somewhere...
LOL... Charlotte we cross posted ... but I am thinking that long 4th of July weekend might be a great time to visit Canton! :) Of course, Clara will be gone, but I think I could have a lot of fun there! Might ask my sister if she would like to go since her bday is the 4th of July... usually my niece hosts a party for my sister, but since she is in Australia now, that won't be happening this year.
I wouldn't suggest going to Canton this weekend then. You need to get there Fri. - no later than Sat. morning. By Sunday everything is winding down and a lot are sold out. It is a fun place that you would probably enjoy if you ever get a chance. I've been with one of my friends several times. The first time we went we were blown away. We were thinking we would just stroll around one afternoon. We had no idea how much territory it covered. We go down on Friday and spend the night and hit it first thing Sat. AM. It is also hard to get reservations near Canton on short notice. Every motel is packed.
There is a great place "smack dab" in the middle of downtown Dallas that is an aquarium and tropical rain forest. It has big tanks of all kinds of tropical fish and areas where there are tropical birds--if I remember correctly, they even have some monkeys but it is not a zoo, per se. It can be enjoyed even in the hot weather because it is inside. I haven't checked out those links above that others have posted but it is probably on the list of things to do in Dallas.
Memphis has a place called the Pink Palace which is a museum of sorts, I think, although I have never been there. It also has Beale Street which is fun just to walk around down there and little cafes where you can eat. Then there is the Rendezvous Restaurant down an alley a block or so from the Peabody Hotel. The Rendezvous is famous for their dry-rubbed barbecue ribs. I, personally, like a moist rib, but these are good and you can order all the "fixins" to go with them. If you go to the Memphis Zoo, you will need to allow all day--it is a big place! When my little DGS was four, we took him and his older sister there for a day. At the end of the day Zachary said, "I don't want to go back to the Memphis Zoo!" "Why, Zachary? Didn't you have a good time?" "Yes, but it made my feet hurt!" LOLOL
Have you ever thought about taking Clara to the Diamond Mine here in Arkansas? It shouldn't be that far from you and it would certainly be an experience she couldn't duplicate anywhere else!
Well, they made a trip to the diamond mine several months ago - all the exchange students that were interestsed in going went but she didn't want to go. ?? I wouldn't mind taking her for sure - but now that it is 90+ degrees is not the time to go in my opinion. When they went was in the fall and the weather was much better and we had had lots of rain and they say that is the best time to go. She just wasn't interested. ...
I am thinking Dallas, Eureka or Memphis, and I may let her chose since this is her last trip and the distance is approximately the same for each one. IF she doesn't chose Memphis, then I think we will hit Memphis on the way to Nashville. Kyle is really wanting to go to Vanderbilt for a visit, and possibly a one day football camp, so we could break the trip up and catch Memphis on the way thru...
Thanks everyone for your input. Clara's parents are coming to America next summer as well, so they can take in some more sights then!
Marilyn I think you are talking about the Rain Forest Cafe. I think there is more than one in Dallas. Also in Dallas (Plano) there are some bumper car like things you ride around in and play ball with a racket. (sort of like a LaCrosse net). I've done that several times and they are fun and seem to be sort of a "Dallas thing". I haven't seen them anywhere else. The company I worked for planned it as an outing. I used to go to Dallas at least 4 times a year. Did that from 1983 until about 2008. Son lived there, then I went to market, then I had a job that required me to go at least every quarter. When my son was in grade school, we took him to Six Flags at least a couple of times every year. But Dallas has just never been one of my favorite places to go. But don't listen to me, I think I just burned out on it.
I took my grandsons to Beale Street and to the Rendezvous They enjoyed both. Also took them to Mud Island (big museum) and Graceland. I had Pink Palace on my list but we didn't have enough time.
Have you taken her to the Arkansas Arts Center. It's downtown at 9th and I30. The Pharaoh Exhibit is going on now. It is a special traveling exhibit. There is also some great permanent art on exhibit and there is a really nice gift shop with nice art related stuff in it. Not the tourist type gift shop. Also a nice cafe to have lunch. http://pharaoh.arkarts.com/
My grandson really enjoys going to art museums and he reallly liked the Arkansas Art Center. He was expecting something much smaller (he thinks Little Rock is in the country). Also the Territorial Restoration in Little Rock is a nice place to go. It is educational and not touristy. Have you taken her to the Clinton Presidential Museum? Actually a good museum. The State Capitol?
No, haven't been to any of those! LOL ...did drive her and her parents by the capitol when they flew into LR on Dec 26.
Leigh, Jessica and I went to the Pharoah exhibit - we had originally planned for her to go, but she didn't want to... thought it would be boring..??? we tried to explain that it was an exhibit on loan but she didn't want to go. Haven't even thought about the Clinton museum...
I didn't notice any other art exhibits at the Art Center - I guess because of the way we flowed in and out of the pharoah exhibit we missed them... did take a brief visit into the gift shop.
I am exhausted - headed to bed - hope everyone has a great night! Oh, by the way, Kyle is at Boy's state and is running for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,... there were 7 candidates in his party but he is in a runoff election. Had hoped to get the results tonight but it might be tomorrow before they know. If he wins, then he still has to take on the other party in the "general" election. He is having a lot more fun than he thought he would... says if he wins, he gets to wear one of the real judges robes when they go to the capitol on Friday!
Yes Beale Street is one long street that is blocked off to vehicle traffic. Lots of clubs, places to eat, shops, music on the street. I took the twins to B B Kings for dinner. The music starts there at 6 pm. They are both in a jazz band and play that type music. They were fascinated but ready to leave when they finished their dinner. It was the first time they had seen a live group play in that type setting. They had only seen school performances, etc. They really enjoyed the shops because they all had a musical theme and again they are into jazz. Not a place you want to spend the day, but fun for a few hours.
I'm sure Memphis has a nice Art museum and I'm sure it is larger than the one in Little Rock. Should be able to find it with a google search.
Thanks Charlotte. She seemed to be intrigued by the Beale street info - and seemed interested in the blues music.
Kyle won his primary election and now will face the other party candidate in the general election today. He is excited and really getting into this ... he didn't think he would like it at all, but he is having fun! Just goes to show sometimes you need to try things you don't THINK you will like...
On another note, my great niece is 4 years old and just loves flowers. So my sister and my BIL went over to her house yesterday and planted her a flower bed. My sister said she was SO excited!! Now, if they will just LIVE!
Congratulations to Kyle!!
That reminds me of when my son was very small my MIL was not into flowers but she was excellent with kids. She would give my son dried beans and had a special place in the yard for him to plant the beans. Those beans would come up and at least become a plant. It fascinated him and certainly kept him entertained. He probably planted so many some were bound to come up!
I am not sure if they planted any seeds or just actual flowers - but I bet she would get a thrill out of waiting for them to come up and watching them grow. Although it might be a little late for seeds this year...
I have shared a tremendous amount of plants with my sister (thanks to ya'll who shared with me first!) who really just started planting flowers last Spring. Well, she had thousands of daffodils before that but that is the first time she had a flower bed! Always before that she would have daffodils in the spring and then LOTS of lantana and petunias - but nothing else. Now, she has a large flower bed that she has made and she obtained plants from lots of friends and me and purchased some and she is really enjoying it. So her granddaughter "helps" her with the flower bed everytime she visits... so now, Baylea, has her very own. Wish I had known that they were going to do this bed, I would have ordered some extra hardy hibiscus out of the coop to add to it.
I told my sister I would try to dig up some of those red and yellow marble 4:00s and some other things out of my bed that she could take to her the next time she goes. Thought she might get a kick out of the flowers only opening in the evening...although those red and yellow marbles are not very prompt at opening! LOL sometimes it is 6 or after before they open!!
I know they planted some zinnias and other things that won't be hardy - then some things that will be...
I was out looking at plants yesterday and realized I have lost my whirling butterflies that Marilyn brought to me at Jeri's... it looked rough from the trip but I thought it might over come, but it didn't make it. I also lost my pantyloom campula too... guess they didn't like the stress of the trip!
Cindy, my Miss Jesse DL is not looking too good either - all shriveling up but I am hoping the roots take hold and that it will come back!
Everything else seems to be fairing good... this extreme heat is sure not helping on trying to get things established!
LOL Charlotte, I can totally relate to the twins! I grew up playing in a school jazz band and some stax music and I absolutely love playing the music to this day, but it's hard for me to sit and listen to. I enjoy the stax band at Rum Boogies the most so far.
I am friends with someone who has a small band and they play in the center of the main block in a courtyard, on the same side of the street that Rum Boogies is, diagonally across the street from B.B.King
Well, Kyle lost his general election by about 60 votes! Said he thinks he would have won but someone stole all the shower curtains from one of the counties that was in his dorm with his county - and he said he thought that he lost all of their votes because of that - that county was just angry at the whole dorm since they didn't know who did it... oh well, he said he had a lot of fun participating and he thought he did good to make it into the final election and plus, he was thankful that he didn't get stomped... there were 600 boys voting, so he only lost by about 10% of the vote, he said some people only GOT 10% of the vote in some of the races so he "felt like he had ran a good campaign"... I couldn't help but chuckle! I hate he lost, but I told him the experience was the main thing and that him participating in the week has made it a lot more fun for him.
I have GOT to make a decision this weekend on WHERE we are going ! Have to decide room reservations, plans, etc... but I am sure having a HARD time coming up with a plan!
Oh Poo Genna, but he is right, he didn't lose by much which is really good! Write each place you want to go on a pieces of paper, mix them all up and choose one without looking. That's the only way I can make decisions sometimes.
If you decide to do the Clinton Library, be sure and go to the Heifer Village at Heifer International. It is right next to the Clinton Library. There is no admission fee. There are "stations" (for lack of a better word) where you can go and read about the different countries and what Heifer International is doing in those countries. They have "mock-ups" of farms, etc. in those countries. There is also a neat little cafe with good food in the building and a neat gift shop, too. I don't know if Clara is interested in learning about how to help folks in third world countries but if she is, this would be a good place to take her. If you go early enough, you could even take in the Farmers Market in the River Market area, although I think they are pretty much all done by 11 a.m. or noon.
If you have have time you can also go up to Perryville (out hwy 10) and visit the Heifer International Ranch. It is best to go in the morning as there are some places they will not let you go to in the afternoon as they conduct classes in the villages in the afternoon. It is set up like real villages. Teenagers and adullts come from all overthe US and stay and work in the villages. I took all three grandkids through last summer. For example in one village they had a hut with a dirt floor, no windows, etc. The kids that come to work will actually stay in the hut and eat whatever type food the natives would eat and cook it using the same type method. They have to carry their water to the hut. In other words they have duplicated the living conditions for several countries on the farm and they have the kids experience all the conditions. They have lots of different animals that we don't have on our farms. Other volunteers stay for as long as 6 months or a year and they have housing they live in. They also have lots of older adult volunteers that come and live for long periods of time. They work in the gift shop, give tours, maintain the flowers, etc.