Marsue, last year it was poison ivy and sinus for me too. :o( I have Jacob Cline and I am amazed at the brilliant color it has!
Rusty, I hope you didn't get too hot when you mowed and I hope you feel beter right away! I haven't quit taking aspirin yet. You have a nice variety of Hostas!
Thank you Kelli! Those are beautiful Gaillardias. Like perfect mini suns.
I felt pretty good. DH did all the hard work and I cleaned and filled birdbaths. We watered just in case we get no rain and that's ok. We're under a severe thunderstorm watch and it could be coming down pretty heavy by 10:00 pm. I can't wait!
It's 85* and warm out. The house is still nicely cool.
Best friends? Nope, the sparrow is waiting to steal the worm if the robin finds one. I saw him do it the other day and he's been following the robin for a week.
Blanket flowers are so cheerful looking, Kelli! I have some red ones and also the Oranges & Lemons.
BP: if I was that robin, I would tell that sparrow to "scram!" LOL
It's hot here, too! Too hot to be outside except very early in the a.m. and later in the evening--like after 7 p.m. We haven't had any rain now in almost a week--with this heat, I am having to water my tippy pot plant stands on a daily basis and some of the other containers, too. Everything is drying out really fast. "They" have forecast just a 20% chance of scattered thundershowers so it isn't likely that we will get any rain. I may have to set up the sprinkler later.
65.5 °F with 72º for the hgih.
Dew Point: 54 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.93 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 5 out of 16
Clouds: Few 5500 ft
Scattered Clouds 12000 ft
Scattered Clouds 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Hi everyone! We are in Switzerland ! I found Andreea so tired and Nicholas don't wanting to sleep. He sneezed twice...finally I've figured out that his little feet were cold and I asked Andreea for a blanket to wrap him with it and we put a cap on his head too. I holded him and patted him on his little butt and finally he fell asleep until 4 a.m...almost 5 hours of sleep! Andreea and Ozgur were able to sleep too and everyone was happy in the morning.
The flight was good and the drive to DD's place too, almost an hour and a half drive. This place is fantastic! Palms all over and giant magnolias blooming. The whole town is placed between the mountains, on lake Lugano's shore.
Will post some pics of the place later. Now here's the baby and his mom, in their favorite position.
70° F with scattered strong thunderstorms expected through the night. Might have had a small tornado a couple miles west of here this afternoon. Lots of trees down or broken off along a path for a quarter mile or so. Lots of rain here! My 3 rain barrels are full!
Bernie...Glad that hailstorm missed you. That sure would have set you back!
Photo: Late spring gardens are bursting into bloom!
Adina: that is such a sweet picture of your DD and Nicholas!
Welcome back, EB! We've missed you! Beautiful garden!
Ric: hope you get your computer problems worked out.
You lucky folks with highs in the 70's! Our high was in the mid-90's. It is 82F on my back porch right now (at 8:58 p.m.)
Today was my DGS Zachary's 10th birthday. It is hard to believe he is that old. He is my youngest grandson--and a really sweet boy and smart, too! (spoken like a true grandma!--LOL) He is spending the night with me tonight and I will take him shopping tomorrow for his birthday. He had an "Iron Man" birthday cake.
Well so far so good.
My son's roommate/landlord is a computer repair specialist out in Des Moines.
He suggested a few things. One being the power supply. I'll get that checked out tomorrow.
If it's weak I can replace it easily so...
Still might get some more T-Storms here overnight.
Here's the final update on the Double Chair until we get some cushions.
Currently we haven't but I have many more we'll throw up around the place in other locations.
I'll put the Hot Tub stuff in one.
I can find them salvaged for about 20 bucks.
WAY cheaper than good quality garden mirrors.
Throw an extra trowel, gloves and bug spray in each one... you're good to go!
63* and foggy across the field. We're cloudy now, but no chance for rain till tomorrow. High in the upper 70's. Good mowing day!
Adina, I'll bet everyone was so very glad you were there so they could rest, but that's what Grandma's are for! I'm glad you made it safely. I can't imagine what Switzerland looks like. Mother and baby are beautiful! That is a picture to frame!
Early, glad the worst weather missed you too! I love foxglove and I can't get them to grow. Yours are beautiful! The whole yard is beautiful!
Kelli, that looks almost like my Siloam Tinker Toy daylily. I love those small ones. I split mine and each are at the opening of the arbor.
Pepper, I feel that smile!
Ric, hope you get the computer glitches dealt with. The chairs are so spectacular! I love everything about them! The umbrella ia a nice touch for those cloudy days. The shed is like coming home.Nive finishing touches!
Mau, it's hard watch the last one grow up. He has a pretty colorful cake :o)
Celia, I hear Darrel. I like lines and order. DH had to talk to get me to add curves. When you draw a house and yard to scale, curves are hard :o)
I hope the skeeters die out this week. I want to get out and enjoy the yard!
Sunny this morning.
Looking for rain & thunderstorms later tonight.
Planted some Coral Bells last evening. If I ever get this space done I will post a picture.
Amazing how everyone has such different tastes. I like natural in my gardens & having the house look like it did when it was built. Three additions so far & we are keeping the style of the original house.
Only 2 man-made things in my garden. A bird bath & the little angel from the RU.
Glad to see you are enjoying your new family member, Adina. Have a fun time on your trip.
Those basement blocks are concrete. I think they were made locally before the big block factories. They are 24" long & very heavy.
We added to the house last fall. No pictures until it's done. Might be next year!
Just back from planting eggplant. About 550 plants.
Sunny and somewhat hot again. Was only supposed to reach 81 but it reached 85.
Anyone want to come down here and help me weed? This is my veggie garden. LOL!!!! I'm hopelessly behind in weeding there. I only planted one row of maters, one of peppers, one of lettuce that is ready to be picked, skip an area then 2 rows of onions then 2 of potatoes. That is it. Oh and one strawberry plant behind me maters. LOL. Everything in there is from when I throw my compost in there.
68° and it just started raining after I took my tubs of iris to the garage. We will have partly cloudy skies, mid 80's, west wind 10 - 15 mph. A good day! The mosquitos have seemed to thinned out a lot. I credit some of with weeding so the wrens can get in there and the toads can hop freely. I have more toads this year than I've ever had before. I love 'em! We were sitting out on Dad's birthday, looked up and saw a bat fly over to our neighbors! In the early afternoon!
Bernie, the concrete blocks are in nice shape. I like the way they look! Oohhh, more home improvement! I'm glad you are able to get all your produce planted. I put in a few eggplant. We like them fried, and cubed into a casserole with hamburger and spagetti sauce.
Dyson, good to see you! Hope you get rain!
Pepper, pull all the big weeds first. Then it looks like you've accomplished something. Keep going till you can hoe the rest. Otherwise, I'd help. Laughing over the one strawberry! Weed around it first so you can find it!
Bernie, I love your house! It is so much fun to have an old one with character than a cookie-cutter. Remember the song "Little Boxes" (made of ticky-tacky)? It is a challenge sometimes to maintain the original flavor but have the modern conveniences. Our house was built originally in 1847.
Sunny. Nice & warm. High humidity.
1" of rain during the night!
Things are growing like crazy now. We picked first peas today. They will go over real good at market tomorrow.
I just finished pruning & tying Blackberries to the fence. They are already blooming.
Need to pick strawberries yet, then things are ready for tomorrow.
I was up early this morning. I drove my stepson's DD to meet the bus to take her to National Guard training for the weekend. Time for a nap!
Hi all! Sorry I can't post so much, but Andreea needs me to help her with cooking, laundry, baby sitting, driving,
shopping...but it's fun! Yesterday we went to buy some groceries from a store in Italy, about half an hour drive
from her place. We took the baby with us too, but he got hungry on the way home and his mom had to drive so we can
get home sooner...she was so worried although I was holding the baby and he wasn't crying anymore! Today we walked around the town and took lots of pics, then she went home and me and the boys drove to a shopping centre near Lugano...about 10 minutes drive , not far from her place, also in Switzerland. They are going from a country to
another everyday since they are living so close to the border. We went to a baby shop and bought some more summer clothes for Nicholas because it started to get very hot here, although we're surrounded by all these mountains. It was such fun! Yesterday I cooked some meatballs and a meatballs sour soup. We brought the sour stuff from Romania, they are making it like a powder now, so we got a few bags for her.Last night Nicholas had his first bath at home and his skin started to get cleaner, but it shows some white dead skin pieces and Andreea got worried again...of course, I reassured her it's only normal to get those things away of his skin. We also brought some wheat covers and camomille I picked up from our field for the baby's bath . She knew the nurses at th ehospital used those wheat covers too for the babies' bath, but she isn't convinced we need to use camomille too...I need some mommy power of advice stuff!LOL
Here are some pics of the town. It is built on terraces, inside the mountains surrounding the lake Lugano.
I'm way behind over here.
Strawberries and blackberries--my favorite fruits and then there are peaches and . . .Yum! Fruit salad!
Adina: Wow,wow! what a beautiful place where Andreea lives! By the way, is there an easier way to get inside the casino without walking up those steps! LOL
Pepper: lovely color on that daylily!
Hot here again today but we did enjoy one of those "pop-up" showers that Pepper was talking about.
70*and still a light rain, that started in the night. It was so quiet last night around midnight, you could have heard someone whisper. I just went from window to door, listening to nothing. No traffic either and we're only a few blocks from the highway.
Dyson, that's pretty sweet!
Adina, Andreea must be so relieved to have your help. She and Lonut look very happy! They live in a beautiful place, and what a view from their balcony! I'd have to think twice about walking all those steps to gamble, LOL! Your stay is going to be too short for all of you, but Nicholas is going to have wonderful first memories!
Pepper, Mambo is so pretty!
Marsue, pop-up showers are so nce! I hope you got enough to wet the ground.
Adina, your pictures of the scenery are gorgeous, as is your family. I am so glad that you can visit and make memories with your new grandson.
We had a little shower yesterday; just enough to add more humidity to the atmosphere. It will be muggy today, but we hope a bit cooler and drier tomorrow.
Adina, it looks very scenic there. It is interesting that they cross the border so often. Border crossing always seems like an epic event to me, but maybe that is because I have always lived pretty far from an international border.
Pepper, you have some really nice flowers in your yard.
It did not get as hot as what they were calling for, but it's still plenty hot enough.
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on June 05, 2010
Dew Point: 58 °F
Wind: 9 mph from the SSE
We had a round-up today for our Mid-South group at Kathy Ann's house--mainly folks from Central AR but a couple of ladies traveled from Mississippi to join us. We had a great time. You can see pics of the group at this link along with photos of Kathy Ann's gardens.
It was overcast which helped keep the temp down some but the humidity was pretty high. We managed to have a good time anyway and there were fans set up in the building where we did our plant trading. We went inside Kathy Ann's house for lunch and the door prizes so we were able to stay cool most of the time.
This is what I brought home--can't believe I did that to myself--I'll be kicking myself when I am out in the heat planting all those plants! LOL
60° and a bit coo this morning. The weather stick is down, so the north wind that blew in last night was not too drying. It looks like a beautiful day shaping up!
Kelli, that is one of the neatest flowers yet!
Marsue, that is one nice haul! Just eat your elephant one bite at a time :o) It will get done!
We had a nice time at the retirement party. Dark clouds to the north, and thunder, but the sprinkles we got barely dotted my glasses and felt good. They grilled steak, pork and brats. We had a lot of nice salads and fruits. I took a tiny spoonful of all to be able to taste everything. I don't think anything was catered in. It was a small party, but big on food!
BP, I think the best parties are "home-grown" rather than catered. One of the things I love about our herb club's monthly meetings are the potluck suppers we have before the meeting. We have some excellent and imaginative cooks in our group.
It stayed hot overnight-- only down to 75° this morning, but it is supposed to be a bit cooler (low 80s) for a couple of days before the heat and humidity return.
Sunfarm, the potluck sure would be something I'd look forward to. Some people really find neat things to cook. Blackberries? YUM!
Ric, I'm glad it wasn't bad weather for you. Seems our bad weather has been happening in June over the last few years. In July it almost always rains on the Fourth of July. Then we don't see rain for a while. We have just enough right now, but in a week it will be dry all over again. We were under a tornado watch till 11:00 pm last night. The weather alert didn't go off for anyone. I was glad for that. Have a good Garden Tour!
We drove south this morning and visited a tiny little cemetary where my Aunt, Uncle, her parents, and their daughter's husband is buried. Most of the stones were covered with grass from the mower. A whisk broom goes on the grocery list and it's going to stay in the jeep. We stop at cemetaries a lot.
It's a beautiful 76°, sunshine and a breeze. Coffee is almost gone and I need to go out and enjoy it!
Another nice rain yesterday. Someone is smiling down on us. This is amazing country. Old timers say there has never been crop failure here because of drought. Even in the 30's when drought was widespread across the plains.
Real good day at market. Sold everything we took along.
Today we went to DD house & did some siding. Rebuilt the trim around 2 windows. They look like new.
Thinking of going out for supper. Not sure where yet.
Sunfarm: yum on the berries!
Ric: I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!--and your garden tour.
Sure enough, Kelli, on the Mayan or Tiki rock!
BP: I wish it was a cool 70-something here! I need to get outside and plant a few plants but I'll wait about another hour. It will be cooler then.
We need some more rain--those pop-up showers we have had don't bring much at one time, but it is certainly better than nothing!
We had a brief shower early afternoon but it cleared immediately thereafter and has been gorgeous. An old friend who is a potter came to visit this afternoon. Several years ago she had said she would make us a stoneware sink fir our bathroom if we ever decided what we might want. This afternoon I decided. Don't know how long it will take, but having met folks who do concrete countertops the other night I am starting the wheels turning. They loved the countertops in my kitchen and will do one for our bathroom vanity for a good price. So long to the "cultured marble" that was a refugee from the 1980s!
I was going to make some comments earlier but we had a big storm blow through here. I will start fresh from here instead of trying to catch up.
We went to visit with Crystal and Aurora. While we visited, the camera was in the hotel room. I'm an idiot. I'm downloading pics now of our mini-vacation after the day with them and will share tomorrow.
60° and cool. Even the birds aren't as vocal. The weather radio alert went off about 4:00 am with flash flood reports. When I got up a half hour later, the stove clock was flashing. Our power blipped out for about 5 minutes. No idea why.
It will be a cool day, cloudy and a high in the mid 70's. Perfect mowing weather!
Ric, you must have really powered up your computer. I tried the link yesterday and now, and it doesn't load. Hmmm.
Kelli that is so cool!!! I love faces in rocks and old tree trunks!
Bernie, it's always nice to hear what the old timers have to say about things. Now it's up to us to remember and pass the info along. What a great market day! It makes all that hard work worth it!
Sunfarm, if anyone has the talent to have a concrete countertop, it would be you starting everyone off. Now, DD has heated concrete floors, but I want to know more about the counter!
Pepper, we all catch up eventually. Where do you find these deep lilies with the sooty peppering?? I love them!
Oh Celia, we've all forgotten the camera at some point. I can just imagine how good it felt to cuddle that little girl! Neat spiderwort!
Mau, if I could blow some of this weather your way I would. This is what June is supposed to be like here. It shouldn't get hot till a week into July.
This is a treasure I dug up while weeding. I actually identified it. Who had something like that, here, is beyond me. I pretty much know the people on the house abstracts and no one would have this.
BP, concrete for countertops is something for anyone updating a kitchen (or building a new one) to consider. It doesn't have to be gray-- the possibilities are endless. Here's a closeup of the countertop in my kitchen, done about 6 years ago. I designed the recipe for the concrete and a friend (now retired) built exactly what I wanted. Since she is retired, I had to find someone else to do the vanity top. They are excellent craftsmen (he is tilesetter) but they have limited technical knowledge about concrete, I can help them there. Despite what you might see on HGTV, this is not a DIY project for people with limited experience. To do it right takes craftsmanship and technical knowledge.
Here's another picture of the kitchen. I wanted something that looked like terazzo, in color to go with other things in the room. It seemed like everybody was going to granite, so I wanted something different and special to my interests. It is not indestructible (have to be careful about not spilling acidic foods) but is very durable and beautiful if used with care.
A builder here had an open house at a house they built trying to be "Green". He had a concrete countertop. A very old concrete driveway would have been nicer. It was horrid!
I've seen some at home shows since & it's hard to tell them from stone. Most say they are nearly the same price as granite. Personally I like Cambria quartz.
Your countertop is very nice!
Another beautiful day here. 70º & sun. Dew is glistening on the grass.
I was so sorry about all the bad weather in Ohio over the week-end and I feel badly for all the folks who lost loved ones and homes, businesses, etc. Having been through that during the Cabot tornado of 1976, I know exactly what they are feeling and how it really does look like somebody dropped a bomb.
Sunfarm: your countertop is beautiful. I have seen other concrete countertops on HGTV but none of them looked as pretty as yours.
Ric: It's a gnome hotel! LOL What a neat idea!
Rusty: I'm glad you are okay!
Hot again today--highs in the low to mid-90's all week with only a 20-30% chance of rain any day.
I did get some mowing done last night and a few things planted from the RU.
This is the door prize that I got at the RU. I sprayed it with clear sealer before I hung it on the fence.
Sunfarm, that's very very nice!! Is it glazed or just ground to a polished look? The acid foods is an interesting tip.
How cute is that tree! What a perfect thing to do.
Oh Rusty! How scary. I hope you have a safe place.
Ric, that was a sad story and terrible pictures of debris.
Celia, your sky looks Biblical!
Mau, an exellent prize! How smart of you to protect it before hanging it.
Well, I drank my coffee before I even finished catching up.
I picked four dishpans of spinach this morning and shared with three people. It's on it's last hurrah. Next will be pulling the plants and plucking.
80* and warmer than I expected. I was hoping for chilly weather to mow in.
This is the tiny cemetary. You know what was nice? All the old peony and daylily plants at the headstones. It looked so much better than the neatly manicured, ''better get your flowers or we'll trash them'' places.
Rusty ~ great picture...better not to have the funnel in your backyard, though..
Ric ~ Yes, the weather has been strange all over the country this year...
Bernie ~ You have the perfect weather right now
It is getting hot now, after all the cold weather and late snow in May even. My cool weather plants are still OK, but I don't know how much longer...I hope the peas and carrots will be OK. The beets and lettuce that are now under the potato foliage are very happy there, and so far the others in sun are OK, too.
No R/U's near me...so I guess I will just have the forums, though I may not be on them much now as there is a boatload of work to do now. All spring was wet, cold, rain and snow...so too cold and/or wet to do much and now the weeds are tremendous. Also I could not plant as well and plants are waiting in my small nursery area to be planted as well as some seedlings that need potting up.
I am beginning to think that I am spending more money on growing from seed than I would if just buying plants, but maybe that is just startup costs...with all the growing supplies and all...any thoughts on that for yourself?
It was near 80° here yesterday, and of course, hotter in the sun. Low of 65° last night, barometer 29.98, dewpoint 48.9°, humidity 46%, winds calm. Right now there are no clouds at all and they are predicting hotter temps for today.
Thanks for the lovely words, guys! We also had a storm last night here, in Switzerland. It rained a lot and the thunders and lightnings were too scary for baby Nicholas who wouldn't sleep at all, so I took him with me in the livingroom while his mom slept for about an hour.
The nurse came again this morning to see the baby, but she didn't weigh him, just came to check on him and Andreea's surgery scar. We went out for a walk , then drove to the grocery store to take some water, cheese, eggs, bread. Then we went home and I cooked a hen soup with homemade noodles and a rice with mushrooms, pepper, onion and tomatoes. I just finished washing the dishes and now I have some time to post.
Little Nicholas is sleeping now after he had his bath while the others are watching TV.
Ionut vacuumed and moped the floors this afternoon, while we were out with the baby. He hadn't finished yet when Andreea had to hurry back with the baby because he was crying...he sure is a hungry little man!LOL He already took some weight and started to have round cheeks. I discovered he has dimples in both cheeks, like his mom and his grandfather. He also has their nose and Cici's hair whirl. I have several pictures with him, but one is so cute, when he smiles. I took more pics of the town and Andreea said the town looks even more beautiful as seen through my pics!LOL Will post more for you too.
Here's Nicholas when his mom was washing him...he is so funny how he stands still and lifts up one foot or the other so she can wash him better!LOL
If you know what you are doing you don't need a "special mix;" just choose the right ingredients and the right proportions for the task. Even having a special mix is no guarantee if you don't have the ability to consolidate the mix without overvibrating it and causing segregation of the mortar and stone.
The countertop you saw sounds like a combination of problems, Bernie.
BTW, a popular idea for "going green" with concrete is adding recycled glass to the mix instead of stone. What people doing that don't realize is that the glass will react chemically with the alkalis in the cement and it may break down from that reaction.
My countertops were cast upside down against a melamine-lined form then wet polished with finer and finer grits until the desired effect was achieved. I use beeswax (food grade) to polish and seal about once a year. Acids can be things you don't think about like salad dressings and juice that could be a problem if spills are not wiped up promptly.
Fantastic day today--low humidity and mild temperatures. Didn't even make it to 80° and dewpoints were in the 50s.
I realized many people don't know the meaning of the spray paint you see after a disaster.
The orange spray paint you see are search marks.
When you enter or check a structure you make a slash.
When you leave another slash making an X.
A zero under the X no casulties.
You turn the slash into a V if there are victims.
The orange squares are 'safe to enter' little danger of collapse.
Square w/ slash enter w/ caution, needs bracing could collapse.
Square w/ X SIGNIFICANT RISK... Danger of collapse.
There are other ones denoting Natural Gas leak, time in/out, etc.
V dead and alive still in the structure, etc.
The one we always hated doing/seeing was the Flat V, we called it.
A V w/ a horizontal line beneath. That's a fatality.
We had to learn these, though they were slightly different then, when I worked the Xenia and Kettering tornadoes.
The good news is the dead toll has been lowered to 5.
Adina, He is so precious! When he is a teenager he may be embarrassed by the pictures on the Internet. You can tease him then.
Ric, thanks for all the symbol explanations. It is amazing how few people are killed or severely injured considering the power of the storms.
We are expecting another glorious day today but the rain will move in tonight and the hot temperatures will return for the rest of the week. I would go on another walk today, but got a blister on my heel from yesterday's excursion. I should have been smart enough to wear socks, but hadn't intended to go that far. Clouds are interesting this morning. I may save a picture for a screensaver.
Evelyn, you must be up in the mountains of CA. I need to look up your town on the map.
Adina: Nicholas is absolutely adorable--what fat little cheeks--and look at all that hair. He is a true Romanian with that beautiful dark hair! I still maintain that Romanians are a handsome people!
Ric: thanks for the explanation of the spray-painted marks on the different buildings. Of course if everything is flattened, like downtown Cabot was in 1976, there is no need for those marks! :o((
KY Sally: wish I had some of your cooler weather! Nice shot of the clouds.
Hot again today but overcast; not much chance of rain though. Guess I will have to run the sprinkler today--it is dry here.
Caladiums--there are a couple of coleus in there--you just can't see them.
67° and it's going to RAIN for a while. We are on the edge. I ran out and did a few outdoor chores since I just got up at 6:45 am, and it was softly raining. No mosquito found me. Amazing, because we had them yesterday afternoon. I did get the yard mowed and it looks nice. Not so many flowers blooming at the moment. Mostly yellow and bright pink blooms. There's some deep rumbly thunder. It sounds like a heavy rain is coming.
Evelyn, your peas and carrots should be fine. I think my beets are about ready to pull since I planted them fairly early. You are having the same spring we all had. I think once you have all the things you need, the seed and soil are the major cost. Give it a few years. It's wonderful to have things grow for pennies. Hope your deer don't come back for a garden meal.
Celia, that sign is so funny! Don't say they didn't warn you!
Adina, he is so sweet! I'll bet you didn't mind cuddling him and whispering Mamaie? (spelling) is here. Your hen soup sounds wonderful! I never thought of making myself some while I was sick. You are going to find it so hard to go home and they will find it hard to let you go. I'm glad you have plenty of time with them. I love the pictures! He is just adorable and cuddly. Give him a gentle hug for me and a kiss on the forehead!
Sunfarm, interesting about over vibrating the counter.
Ric, that is a lot to remember, but necessary.
Adina, the clouds would make a nice screensaver!
Marsue, beautiful colors on your Caladiums!
Dad just left and I need to figure out what we're having for dinner. It hasn;t rained hard, just steady with occasional rumbles of theunder. It's dim out :o)
I apologize for my next statement if anyone here has lost Loved Ones to tornadoes.
But it's amazing how many people are killed or severely injured due to stupidity or panic.
Panic I can see... it happens, it's scary and the Flee Instinct takes over.
One women in Xenia ran upstairs and had her baby sucked out of her arms.
But one of the people killed last weekend, Father of the Valedictorian no less, left the safety of his basement to go start his diesel generator.
Mau it sounds odd but actually the flattened cities like Cabot or Xenia are where the symbols are most needed. http://126.96.36.199/armem/henrichs/index.htm
In Xenia they started w/ the easy to search stuff.
Obvious victims, walking wounded, etc, then the hard part.
Every possible place a victim could be hidden.
As you walked up to a structure, if you could find it, you looked into the cars.
X 0 and off you went. This saved anyone else needing too.
Each piece of debris had to be lifted, checked, X'd...
One team did the charting of structures.
We were there for 48 straight hours then the National Guard took over.
I just happened to be taking some Nurses who were in my night class up.
As I was driving my work truck w/ construction equipment I got volunteered.
Learned on the fly.
Cool and clear here today!
No storms fora few days.
From one having been in a tornado, I can say that it's the scariest thing after raising kids. I think what people do is go where they think their "safe zone" is. I had people around me try to run for their cars. Others had to pull them back.
Thanks for the explanation, Ric, on the symbols. I never knew.
I want hen soup, now! It's past time for breakfast. Can I have some of those yummy pancakes, too?
64.2 °F with 76º for the high.
Dew Point: 46 °F
Wind Gust: 5.0 mph
Pressure: 30.06 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 1 out of 16
Clouds: Few 9000 ft
Scattered Clouds 17000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft
Darrell and I got new t-shirts while in Vernal this weekend.
You haven't seen the t-shirt I got yet. D-mail me or send me a regular e-mail and I 'll send the pic as I don't know who might be offended. I know no one on this thread will but someone lurking whom we don't know, might.
Male House Sparrow posturing. He was all on about something.
Celia: LOVE the t-shirt! LOL I can hardly wait to see yours--email it to me, please. Sparrows are cute little birds, even if they can be a nuisance sometimes.
I went outside about 8:45 a.m. to take Friday out and before I knew it, I was pulling weeds and then hooked up the sprinkler and decided I might as well get some more RU plants in the grounds and. . .well, you get the idea. By about 11 a.m. I had purified my body considerably (translate that to SWEAT) LOL, so I came inside and got cleaned up. I really need to mow with the riding mower later this afternoon but since I am all scrubbed up now, I will most likely wait until tomorrow. The grass isn't going anywhere LOL!
Does anybody know what this is--I found this while I was pulling weeds. I don't know if it is a weed or actually something I planted and forgot about. It has a very tiny pinkish bloom on it--kinda cute, actually. I put my finger beside the little bloom so you can get an idea of the size of the bloom.
Yep, that's what it is, all right! Kathy Ann ID'd it for me on the Mid-South forum, too. It's going to 'weed heaven' the next time I get out in the flower bed! Too bad because it does have a pretty bloom on it but I don't need it taking over my flower bed.
This is a Bombast poppy, which Kathy Ann gave me. I took this after I ran the sprinkler.
Hot and humid today with temps in the 90s and humidity close to 100% all day. Rain this morning and now its storming again. Tornadoes or at least funnel clouds have formed a few times south of here about an hour but so far we just have a normal storm here with flash floods going on.
Last night there was a 3 semi truck pile-up north of my job by a few minutes on I-70. A semi crossed the median, hit another semi, then another semi was coming and couldn't stop and pretty much landed on top of the other two. It happened around 5pm and didn't get fully cleaned up and reopened until after midnight. I'm trying to find the story on local news sites but so far coming up blank for some reason.
BP, I ordered my lilies from Faraway Flowers for that bed. Statement, Mambo and Demention. Demention is the darkest. I had also ordered Ebony but she didn't get them in so I lost out on that one. http://www.farawayflowers.com
Pepper, I seem to remember that name from another forum. I'm going to bookmark it. I'm tired of getting the same old catalogs with nothing new. That's half the reason I haven't ordered much the last couple of years.
Light rain here.
T-Storm slid thru overnight.
Temps went up by about 12° in it's wake.
Looks like we may have low 90's for the RU Saturday.
We had one that sat on our back entryway.
He would pick off birds leaving our neighbor's feeder...
There are two nesting pairs near us.
I notice the squirrel population is thinning down considerably ...
Bernie, I'm glad Market is going well. It's a testament to how good your produce looks and tastes. It's a new year. Maybe the town will be ready for it now. I was just blown away by their results. They did very well with what they had.
Rusty, baby hawk isn't shy is he?
Ric, we're looking at 90° temps this week too. Love the photo!
It's 78° and warming up. I still don't have a lot of energy. I think today is the last day for sinus. It just won't quit completely. I'm drowning it in orange juice.
As I get closing to hawk and it will fly away so I just leave hawk alone cause parent is around here in my own 2 trees... If you bother them parent hawk will attack you...
Last year, I stand and look at parent's nest and it will attack me and my dog, too! So, leave them alone that it more safe...
2 days ago, I am not kidding as baby hawk sit on my electric wire middle of my yard and walk close and stand still it never move then flew away that I found some baby snapping turtle just ate the head and 4 feets & tail left also shell and eater fish (piranha) that I saw what the world the eater fish around here (somewhere near by)...
baby hawk isn't shy is he? ~~~ I have no ideal what he or she doing...lol :)
Celia, no flood, no matter how shallow or deep is one big mess. I wouldn't mind a few starlings missing around here either.
We drove past Grafitti Barn on our cemetery trip. The farmer paints it once a year. Everyone is allowed to write on it. He's been doing it for a long long time and every one respects him enough to keep it clean.
bp there was a railroad trestle near our home in B'Creek that was used the same way.
Down the street now is a wall that used to be painted every Spring by the graduating class.
Good too dirty. It's over painted now...lol!
We need it!
This is really helping the RU transplants.
Just picked up the cooking supplies and odds and ends for the RU.
We won't start cooking until Friday.
There's electric there so we can warm up the hot stuff!
Ric, isn't that such a neat thing to let kids do. We saw a documentary on Hispanic kids that grafitti trains with spray paint. These kids had talent! They kept it clean, mainly expressing themselves thru pictures. It was really amazing!
I'm glad RU is going to go well for you despite the heat! If you see Taynors, give her a hug from me!
Wow, that is so cool! I followed her around when she didn't have a home, and when she finally got one, I lost track of her. I have her new house thread saved, but can't find time to read the whole thing. She's one of my favorite people!
61° and cool. There are a few clouds and it's a bit humid, but still nice.
Ric, you hit the nail on the head. I really do. Sue's full of life isn't she! I picked a few beets last night.
ROTFL, rain, don't rain. I'll put in for no rain.We're good!
Celia, those flood pictures are just depressing.
Pepper, Hot Lava looks like a great color!
Back to cemeteries. We were in ours and I lay where we are to have a stone. This is my tree. Lets hope it lasts another 50 years. I'm at the top of a steepish hill too. Yet, I'll be cremated and scattered to the wind.
59.9 °F with 72º for the high. It stopped raining a bit ago. Don't know how much we got but it rained for most of the night. I'm thinking it made the flooding worse.
Dew Point: 55 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.71 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 1 out of 16
Pollen: 6.30 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 3500 ft
Mostly Cloudy 8000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 10000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
BP, most of the flooding is going on a few miles from us and up in one of the canyon mouths. We are on a slight rise and are out of danger. And it's raining again. I used my zoom lens! LOL
This reminds me of 1983 when one of our main streets (State St.) was flooded and we had viaducts going over the road so people could get from one side of the valley to the other. People were fishing off them!
BP, There seem to be a lot more of the tiny ticks around this year. I have found a couple of them on myself, including one that had attached itself at my waistline. I am more used seeing the bigger dog ticks that are easier to find and remove. Ick (to all of them)!!
Pepper: Hot Lava is pretty!
BP, Ticks--ugh!--nasty creatures! So, you are having a headstone in a cemetery but you are being cremated and your ashes are going to be scattered? Pau was cremated but I still have his ashes. I had planned to scatter them but haven't done it yet. I want to get the family together and have a little ceremony before scattering them but getting everyone together at the same time is the problem.
Celia: nice photo of the hummer! Your hollyhocks are just getting started and mine are just finishing. I harvested seeds today if anybody wants any.
We just had a short rain shower about 2 hours ago. The weather guy said we could get as much as an inch of rain in an hour but it didn't rain long enough--just about 20 minutes. Still it was enough to help wet things down some.
It's really amazing how much time the do spend just sitting.
You just have a great eye usually to spot them.
Love the Hot Lava echie .
I've about given up on the new improved ones.
Never can get more than 2 years or so out of them.
Deer Ticks are rampant everywhere.
Course so are deer so go figure.
Haven't seen the little ones around here yet Sally.
I'll be keeping an eye out.
Standard Hiking gear here is socks over your cuffs.
Total Deet spraydown... or sandals and shorts, shirt tucked in, all hair up under a hat.
Try to stay off all deer trails and away from the bushes.
Inspection as soon as we finish walking.
Thanks, folks! I have fun watching them. I almost got knocked over by 2 of them the other day! LOL They were fighting over territory and way too fast for the camera to catch the battle. Buzzed by my several time.
A lovely day...sun, rain, sun, rain...75º.
Coneflower Tomato Soup getting ready for take off.
that's a lot of blooms on that Tomato Soup, Celia--should be gorgeous when all the blooms break forth--we'll definitely be expecting a photo! I noticed yesterday that my Tomato Soup has about 3 more blooms on it.
We had a fairly nice shower late yesterday afternoon--supposed to be more rain on the way this morning before everything moves out. Still hot, though.
Celia, I'm glad you up and out of danger! I love hollyhocks!
Sunfarn, bigger ICK from here! This is the first tiny one we've seen.
Pepper, about time you got a good day!
Mau, we have the plots bought, I think they were $100.00 per, but haven't done the headstone yet. We keep intending to. There are a lot of headstones already up, and both are still living. We are in a neighborhood of people we know :o) Heck, we know the whole cemetery of them, LOL! Wow, your hollyhocks are done? A small rain is a good rain.
Ric, someone else was just asking about the life of them. I'm with you. I pay for perennials and I don't want to lose it after a short amount of time. What happens? Do they revert or just die out?
My SIL has been checking her outdoor cats for a couple of years now. She sends the ticks off to be tested. So far none are carrying any diseases. My neighbor's sister was bit by one in Missouri, but didn't have the telltale bulls eye. She's ended up in a wheelchair, is exhausted, and has heart problems. Very worrysome. This cat is just in the weeds around here. We don't see many deer. I catch them running across the field to the north of us and that's just been over the last few years.
Celia, I love it when I happen to be standing still and one comes humming around a flower. I don't believe any has ever fought around me, LOL! That would be so cool! I can't wait to see what color tomato soup is!
It's 70° and muggy already. We're in for some hurting today! We got the Grandkids last night and it's going to be miserable (for ME) to play outside, LOL!
We have thirsty bees agaain this year. When there are 5, I run and get the camera. By the time I come back and there are just 2. I'd love to know where their hive is. I'm not seeing a lot yet. I'm also not seeing as many bumble bees yet either.
Ric, I probably should take more precautions against ticks, but we are under trees and beside bushes just walking to the car, going to the compost pile, or checking the rain gauge. Our cats stay indoors, so at least I have not seen any ticks on them but have seen fleas some summers (though not yet this year).
I asked an infectious disease specialist earlier this year about Lyme disease in our area, and he said it is rare. There is another tick-borne disease that mimics it (without the bullseye rash) that responds well to antibiotics. He said fever is the key to seeking medical attention for bites.
We had 3 downpours yesterday, one I got caught in driving home from work, the cloud was awesome, wish I could have gotten a pic! I hope my flowers and veggies survived, it got real heavy last night around midnight.
I try to stay clear of bugs, but the mosquitoes get me every time, and I can't stand wearing repellent, it feels sticky on my skin and I can't stand that.
Dave has to go to his cousin's baseball field tonight, I guess his cousin booked one guy who plays guitar. I can think of a billion things I'd rather do than sit outside in 85% humidity for 5 hours in a baseball park listening to one solo guitarist. That field is next to a slow moving creek and I know the mosquitoes and chiggers are bad bad bad out there. I think I'm going to opt out of this one. Of course this event goes all weekend, Saturday is supposed to be a high of 98* with a real feel of 105*, and Sunday is forecast to be the same. I told Dave last night I'm not going out there this weekend, I have better things to do in the A/C, there's no shade out at the ballpark. Plus my friend's 30th birthday party is either Saturday or Sunday, she hasn't decided yet lol!
We're getting hammered by fleas this year Sally.
Even w/ collars the animals are picking them up.
We've sprayed and vacuumed every other day in the house.
We may resort to bombing the upstairs, the only carpeted area.
Just heard today, I don't follow the news very closely, that near here two boys died in a flash flood Weds.
Aged 11 and 8 the got too close to a rain swollen creek.
The body of the 8 year old was found yesterday.
The creek is minutes from our DG Friend Mellisa's place...
As we speak the step-grand-nieces are raiding my strawberry patch, eating as fast as they pick.
78°, Sunny, Clear, Light breeze - perfect for raiding a strawberry patch.
Out of work for the day - the work week has been reduced to 32 hours because of "Lack of business", been looking for other employment, not much out there for electronics technicians, or anything else. Guess it would be a good time to try and design and build something that would sell.
In the mean time need to straighten up as my son and granddaughter from California will be here tomorrow.
Mmm...strawberry shortcake...Darrell and I had Strawberry Icebox pie the other day. Store bought strawberries, not home-grown. Mmm...
55.6 °F with 61º for the high. Rainy for the next few days.
Dew Point: 41 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.88 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 5 out of 16
Pollen: 5.80 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 4000 ft
Scattered Clouds 6000 ft
Scattered Clouds 9500 ft
Mostly Cloudy 13000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Yes Sunfarm! Happy Birthday!!! (I'm glad I was able to sneak past the boys for a few minutes and find out it was!)
Chrissy, I hope the rain isn't causing you problems! I would sure opt out! That sounds like a guy's day, LOL!
Ric, isn't it a dry year that has the fleas? We've certainly had our share of rain. The outdoor cat has fleas too. We even put some of the month long flea drops on the back of his neck. It's bad whan you have to resort to bombing. Has anyone tried spreading Diatomaceous Earth? I hate to hear of young children drowning. It's the worst thing that can happen.!
Dyson, isn't that the cutest thing? I hope you can find a solution to working, saying prayers for you. Family would be good at this time! Have a wonderful visit with them!!
Celia, I'm drooling and my eyes are rolling.
It's been a wonderful day. No rain, good breeze and a very tolerable 88* right now.
Happy birthday, Sunfarm! For your birthday, we'll all use the words concrete and cement correctly. ;-)
Ticks! Ughhh! Those of you who have been on this forum for a few years know all about ticks and me. I only encountered a couple this year. They always seem to be worse where there is sagebrush. I don't know if that is the preferred hangout for deer or not. Lyme disease is here but I don't know how often it actually turns up.
Pepper, I love the echinacea! I need to try some again. The last time I had some, they died because I took the drought tolerant thing too literally. Now if I just had more space. Lack of space - the final frontier.
Crissy, yeah, I'd pass on that one, too. Anything involving sitting out in the sun I would pass on. Walking around in the sun is fine, but I never could get into just sitting there and broiling.
Looks like fun times at Sally's house!
It's not supposed to be horridly hot this weekend.
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on June 11, 2010
Dew Point: 54 °F
Wind: 12 mph from the SSE
Kelli...Loving the Rocket City. Maybe we'll have to work out a trade.
I'm miles behind on this thread.
ric...the photo of the butterfly you posted a while back is outstanding!
My wife and I are meeting friends to do the Tour de Donut bike ride in mid-Sept.. It's in Greenville not too far north of you. Maybe I'll be able to stop by your place and get a tour.
Of course you are welcome here any time!
BTW I got my check today for that photo I asked you about.
Greenville is about 2 hours north.
Our back fence neighbor grew up there.
If you know Marcy_1 from here at DG she's minutes from Greenville.
Her Garden is spectacular!
Love the tweaked stained glass photo!
Kelli around here we call that Ludwigia peploides a Primrose Creeper.
That's one we need to add to our pond! Lovely!
Talked to Joyce today she found 3 new baby Koi in her pond this morning.
I told her there'd be 300 by September...LOL!
Car is packed and ready to go.
We we need to add the food but...
I woke about 4:00 am and kept hearing a dog bark. I got up to see who might be wandering around that early and realized it was too perfectly spaced, and was just a single bark. I went to the sideporch and looked up at the pole in the alley. A minute later, a large owl flew off. We also had lightning all around us. Just flashes, but it is now actually thundering. Nichols is having a town wide garage sale, so I hope it's over quickly for their sake. I give my things to Good Will and the Salvation Army, and don't bring new things home :o)
Kelli, LOL! (I've been correcting myself since day one, on using the right term!) I like Rocket City. I can imagine a blast off! Primrose a pretty yellow. Don't you love it when you've caught an insect in the pivture too?
Hi Early, it's hard to find time to do everything. I guess winter is for catching up :o) I love the idea of riding and eating donuts! I'm not sure I could ride that far, but it would be fun! Love the way you turn your photographs into paintings!
Pepper, love that daylily!
Half of the garden. The other side is the spinach patch with a few other things.
Thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday. Here's a picture of the rose I was given last night at the Relay for Life. Their theme was "More Birthdays" so it was appropriate for me to be there on mine.
I have [electronically] passed the rose along on the prayer thread.
Showers here today and for the next few days.
BP: little boys and water--always a fun combination!
Kelli: love the pond primrose and Rocket City!
EB: loved the stained glass watercolor look to that photo. You should have seen my hollyhocks this season--one of them was close to 7 feet tall. I have harvested seeds and will be sending some to Ric and anyone else that wants them. See what you started? LOL Thanks!
Pepper: nice photo of your first daylily.
BP: nice veggie garden! Love the "ornament"(can't think what it's called)--been wanting one of those, myself.
Ric: your humidity sounds like ours! Have a good RU! Great photo of the dragonfly--he looks like he is smiling!
Sunfarm: lovely rose!
Great shot, Celia! That camera of yours is amazing! (of course, it doesn't take the pictures by itself-LOL)
It is going to be dangerously hot today with heat index between 100 and 105. I was outside for a few minutes about 7 a.m. and it was already hot and humid. I won't be doing anything outside today unless I decide to mow the lawn this evening (using the riding mower, not the push mower).
This is for EB--I don't think he has had a chance to see this one.
Ric, I hope RU is a success for you! Fabulous!! Dragonfly!!
Sunfarm, such a pretty rose, and what better way to finish off your birthday?
Celia, now this is a different photo. I love how it all came together!
Marsue, when you figure out what it's called, let me know! I don't have the slightest idea. It's hollow with air vent and it's pretty. The top curves, so it's not a table. It's ceramic, so it's very breakable. Mom liked it too and I got it for her birthday many years ago. So white, so pretty!
Celia, I love anything resembling a bridge! Neat boardwalk!
Marsue, she is so cute! Everytime I go to our Hobby Lobby, they just have brown or dark objects. I barely found one thing to buy at Christmas last year. I was so disgusted. They used to have really neat things and always half off.
70* and it's been raining off and on all day. We already had an inch from early morning. There was so much lightning the air should really smell like ozone. Of course, the boys want to play outside.
We had a dragonfly too. He sat there long enough for both boys to get a good look. We saw his mouth and his eyes move. Pretty cool!
Well the RU was a great success.
AFTER the 2.5" of rain we had.
It rained till about noon. Then we got Hot and Humid. HI was 97°.
But hey RU's are always a blast.
Afterwords we went over to Joycet's to unwind.
Marcy says HI!
Winds are WHIPPING thru here as of about 15 minutes ago.
Gusts to 50 MPH!
Temp dropped 15° in 15 minutes.
74* and cloudy. We have another chance at rain today. Twice the weather radio went off early this morn for flash flood warnings. Yesterday we took the boys to my brother's for a small graduation party, but that's about all we did outside all day. Needless to say they were a bit owley at being told ''no'' for every outdoor thing they remembered they wanted to do :o) Good thing we have Pla-doh.
Ric, I haven't even had time to check our gauge, LOL! That's some wind!
These flew overhead the other day. Can you hear the silence?
Hi everyone! Thanks all for the nice words about baby Nicholas!
Mau, my DD appreciated so much what you said about him having a Romanian face! She is a bit pissed off about the resemblance of the baby with his dad!LOL
I'm cooking and have a few minutes...as you may have figured out, it's busy here for me, but I love every minute! Now only if I can get use to these roads!LOL Yesterday we went to buy more groceries from Italy and Andreea didn't come with us. Ionut was my copilot and , though he told me where I should get out of the highway, I missed it!LOL Then we had to turn back and get on that road again...ugh! We got back home OK, without any more incidents! Lucky we got more food , so we don't have to go there so soon!LOL
The baby grows very well and he started to turn when he lays on his belly. He loves when I talk to him and dance with him around the room...he just keeps his head up and watches everything!LOL
This is him with grandma dancing!
Storms this morning, cleared off for several hours, humidity shot thru the roof, sun came out, skies got dark out west again, storms came again late afternoon, then cleared and the humidity shot up for a bit before cooling winds came. LOL
We had a family reuion at my grandma's and it was pretty wet. This afternoon it was so wet we had a small creek running thru the backyard. We then started jumping and sliding in it.
A cousin sliding thru the mini creek. lol. We had a BLAST!! And by the time I got home I could smell myself. It wasn't a plesant smell. LOL!!!
70° and a bit of rain. We have had 1- 7/10'' over the last couple of days. Mosquitos are re-hatching and I really really really need to mow! It looks like we have a 90% chance of rain off and on all day with a high of 75°. It says just 85° by Friday with a chance of rain all week except Wednesday. The Mississippi River is at 70°.
Oh Adina, those pictures are just adorable! We are so lucky to have two beautiful new babies to enjoy! By the time you learn to get to town, you will be able to drive anywhere, LOL!
Bernie, I got a potato growing in the compost pile. It blossomed! I can't wait to see what it does. We picked peas too!
Marsue, love the boot planter! What a great color to show off the plants!
Pepper, I'll bet it felt great, sliding in the water! Did they make you ride home in the back of the truck? LOL!
Rusty, you might be in "The Ring Of Fire." We get that and see no rain. I think I'd rather have too much, than too little.
We took the Grandkids home yesterday afternoon in between the rains. I have the house picked up, dishes and laundry caught up and even dusted a little. It's good to have a quiet house again, LOL!
I am now caught up in both places! Ha! I remember baby pics, flowers and a comment on the Ring of Fire. Love them all!!!
54.1 °F with 74º for the high.
Dew Point: 46 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.03 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Pollen: 2.20 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 7000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 8500 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Isis decided the table was the place to sleep as we had no cushions on the furniture.
Pepper: looks like the slipping and sliding was a lot of fun! I'm assuming you are smelling better today! LOL
BP; you can definitely send some of your rain to me! ---and I will trade you my 95F for your 75F! LOL We grandparents are glad twice when the gk's come to visit---once when they arrive and again when they go home! ROFLOL Pretty larkspur!
Ric: you went plant shopping after the RU?---spoken like a true gardener! LOL
Rusty: I hope you got some of that rain you wanted. and you, too, Dyson.
Celia: I don't mean to be rude and don't tell Isis that I said so, but it looks like she could stand to lose a little weight? :o~
I went out early (6:15 a.m.) and got some weeding done as well as planted some more of the RU plants. At 8:30 a.m. I had to call it a day as far as that outside work was concerned--it was starting to get too hot. I still have a few plants to get into the ground but they can wait until tomorrow morning. Late this evening I will have to get back outside on the riding mower. The neighbors will be reporting me to the city fathers for "neglect of lawn" if I don't get the mowing done. LOL
Currently sunny and 90F on my back porch and it is 11:10 a.m.
The coneflowers and daylilies don't seem to mind the heat.
Darrell and I have already had "the talk" with Isis about her...uhmmmm...girth? She's on a better diet now and IS loosing! LOL We have had to isolate Cleo while she eats because Isis will gobble everything she leaves behind. So, when the poor little one comes back for more, there isn't any.
I watched Isis one day while they were eating canned food...Isis waited for Monty to walk away and went to his bowl and starting finishing his for him. Cleo walked away from hers and Isis made a beeline for that one! Sheesh! There was still food left in her own bowl! While she was finshing Cleo's food, Monty came back and ate ISis's! LOL Silly kitties.
I hear ya about the rain, have you all seen the news about Albert Pike Camp here in AR? OKC is flooded now too, they got 10" of rain this morning, downtown is really bad.
LOL Isis, what a big fat rotten cat!
Love the boots Mau! Those are way cute! The coneflowers and daylilies look good!
Pretty Larkspur, BP, I love purples and blues.
Well I didn't get to completely opt out of the event. Dave went by himself Friday evening, but I somehow got conned into going on Saturday evening. We mainly sat under the cover over the concession building, but we did a lot of walking around too. It was way humid and I was ready to go at 10pm, but since Dave was working the thing we didn't leave until 12:30am and I had to practically drag him away then, and he was just as miserable as I was just walking around and talking to whoever for 6 1/2 hours. I guess on Friday they had 20 vendors and not very many patrons. Saturday there were 3 vendors, 2 different bands, and about 23 paying patrons. The people putting the event on was charging $10.00pp and that's way way too much for a rinky dink outdoor shindig.
Pepper, that looks like fun. I can't imagine my dad letting us do that, though. We might rough up the grass. He wasn't totally obsessed with the lawn and regular play was all right, but he didn't want it to get any unnecessary abuse.
Crissy, that's a really neat daylily.
No rain here, of course
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 12:51 PM PDT on June 14, 2010
Dew Point: 57 °F
Wind: 7 mph from the SSE
These are pictures from Saturday from Devils Punchbowl. It is on the back side of the San Gabriel Mountains, where the desert and forest meet. It is an almost entirely different flora than we have down here.
Today was a niiiice day!! LOL. Cloudy and only in the high 70s or low 80s and cloudy.
We got hit with another storm overnight and got flooded in several areas. I had to take I-70 into work because the gravel road I take was flooded in at least 2 places, old 40 (the highway that 70 replaced, now outer road) got flooded at the bridge that was put in a few years ago and part of the road sank so it's closed til they fix that.
Tomorrow we are getting more rain and the softball game is cancelled. Wouldn't be suprised if we get more flooding. lol
I am beat today!! All that playing around wore me out. LOL. But I smell much better today!! LOL. Didn't have to ride in the back since I drove myself home. My dad went over there early and took my truck so I drove it home while he rode with my mom. The truck stinks though because I was too tired to carry my shoes last night and left them in the truck. LOL.
* AT 1012 PM EDT... RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS TO 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM PETERSBURG TO WATERLOO TO BIG BONE... MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.
It's just hitting downtown and we are 10 miles east so...
I love that different flora there Kelli.
So much more delicate in look than one would expect.
Thanks for the shots!!
Marsue, I'd gladly send rain if I could! Very pretty flowers! They really go well together!
Celia, Isis sound like my Petey. Can't stand to see leftovers and will stare at Zoe to see if Zoe will let him have the rest. That is so funny!!
Chrissy, I think Dave owes you one! oohhh, starburst! Is that the double Kwanso? I have the varigaated one. I think they are so pretty! Nice pictures!
Kelli, so much blooms in the mountains! My favorite is the Gunshot Clarkia. What a great name!
Pepper, ROTFL over the stinky shoes! Love Prairie Sun. Mine acts as a perennial and I'm glad!
Ric, so close to home and you got lucky.
Rusty, I love the color of your roses!
I mowed yesterday afternoon.I couldn't have waited another day. An hour later, we had tornado warnings for the town 7 miles south of us and the town farther south from them. It was moving east. They spotted funnels and thought one came down, but there was no damage. It was a tiny storm and slow moving. It took the tornado an hour to move from the first town it was sighted in till it slipped into Illinois.
Today it's 72° foggy and muggy. We have a 40% chance of rain. I need to dump the guage. I've lost track, but we've had over 2'' of rain in the last few days. That's not bad. It's why we keep soaking in. I really don't know how the ground is holding all the water.
Details for Tuesday, June 15 (Evening)
Evening: Scattered thunderstorms. A few may be severe. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
Looking like rain - I hope so so I do not have to water.
The visit from my son and granddaughter went well and I enjoyed it very much (though I spent most of the time frying squash). My son brought me some pictures that his mother sent for me. If you will allow, I will post some of them here.
First - Cayuga Lake, NY. Spring 1984
Yes, I was once that young!
Today was a perfect day. Cloudy and temps in the 70s. But I wasted it. I should have done a little bit of weeding but I needed a lazy day so just stayed insided and did a few things and just relaxed. Things have been a bit hectic lately. lol
It was so humid Sunday morning that my camera fogged up. This is what my pics were coming out like before the storms hit and took some of the humidity with them.
Well we're getting hit again.
Temps have dropped from 90° to 72° in about 20 minutes.
25MPH sustained winds and gusts big enough to blow all the papers off my desk... on the back side of the house!
LOTS more rain but little lightning this time.
90's all week. Mid 90's by the weekend.
We don't get this hot in August!
It was 90° here this afternoon w/ a Heat Index of 97°.
I thought Georgia was further south! lol!
An IDIOT built the house we are working on! We are installing new doors in the whole house. He built it without a level or square or tape measure. Some holes are framed so bad we are going to have to put a smaller door in so it will be plumb. My son is very upset!
Do it yourself doesn't always work!
Market was great yesterday. Sold out of new potatoes & baby carrots in short time. Radishes didn't last long either.
Second week of new market in our local town. Kind of hope it is a success.
Our FM just started. Saturdays only until August and then every Tues. and Sat until Oct. We're going Sat.
No comments, gotta run!
72.3 °F with 79º for the high.
Dew Point: 45 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.62 in (Steady)
Heat Index: 77 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 2.20 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 9000 ft
Scattered Clouds 12000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
Wow Ric! That's crazy news!! I've been keeping an eye on OKC floods since my mom lives in Newcastle, OK
LOL Pep, my camera does that every time I take it outside, love the way it makes everything look though. Nice lilies!!!
Wow Bernie!! That's excellent! I know how they throw houses together, I can take pics to show you the condition of our 3 year old house inside, it's insane.
Go Celia Go!!
It's hot, above 100* heat index every day for at least the next 10 days, good thing I'm going to Canada in 8 days. LOL DH Dave is hilarious, he wouldn't let me go to Baton Rouge to a Round Up, but he will let me go to Cincinnati to a DG reunion thing and back up to Canada for a couple of days. You men are weird!
89° Been threatening rain all day - but if it does not start soon I'll have to water.
Picked up a watermelon at the store for the kids - it was kinda high priced but they seemed to enjoy it. Also they have been back in the strawberry patch - it is picked clean - gonna half to increase the size of it next season.
Kelli: From the picture, I think you are right on that ID of Celia's plant or rather the plant in Celia's photo. I wonder who comes up with the names of some of those plants that you photograph? i.e. "rock buckwheat"?
That's a triple Kwanso, Crissy, according to Sandra over on the Mid-South thread. She says they multiply like bunnies so I hope you have them in a place where they won't take over other daylilies or other flowers. I have some and didn't know what they were so now this fall I am going to have to move all of them so they won't take over my daylily bed. I have a ditch where I can put them.
Bernie: too bad about your son's house. I know you will "make it right" per "Homes on Homes".
Dyson: watermelon and strawberries sound like a refreshing treat!
I've been eating my topsy turvy cherry tomatoes like they were strawberries or something. I just pick them and eat them right off the vine after washing them, of course. They have been very tasty but the skin is a little tough.
I FINALLY got the last of my RU plants in the ground today, except for one that is in a gallon bucket. I'm not sure what kind of daylily it is and I need to find out before I plant it. If it is another one of those Kwanso d/l's, it is going to be planted in the ditch out front. I'm trying to fill up that ditch with no id daylilies so eventually I won't have to mow it.
Crissy gave you our forecast for the coming week. Crissy, I may hop in the trunk of your car and go to Canada with you! LOL
Ric, ROTFL! Yet no one remembers that God doesn't cause destruction, LOL!
Celia, Pillow Talk is so pretty!
Dyson, that is a fish to be proud of! How great to be able to walk memory lane. I can see the visit was good for you! Love the lake too!
Pepper, we all have those spring fever days! I'm glad you kicked back! The foggy picture did turn out well!
Ric, your tropical plants still look cooling.
Kelli, I love little Rock Buckwheat! How cute is that! I see why some of it won't grow for me, like the wallflowers. Love em, but they die.
Celia, neat plant!
Bernie, seems like I haven't read much from you lately. I 'm sorry your son is going to have so much trouble. Good thing you are helping. I'll bet those went fast! Someone went home with the best meal they'll eat all week!
CELIA! Do you know how long I've been trying to photograph a lightning strike? That is fantastic! You are the camera master!
Chrissy, wow! A triple and it's very prety! The blooms are so big! I'll have to see what mine look like when they bloom, but I think they're only double.
Dyson, I could live off watermelon, hot wings and jalapeno poppers every day of my life! How nice to get it for the kids! Ya gotta be glad the kids are enjoying your hard work so much.
Marsue, aren't fushias the most beautiful color combination? I love them, but they are touchy for me.
We are looking at highs near 90 and lows near 70, all week. Chance of rain all week except Monday. Our family reunion is at the Catholic Hall Sunday. We are hoping to get to sit outside. Funny how few smoke now. 20 years ago we all did, and two more just quit. Isn't that great!
Did not have to water - after the watermelon fest - it thundered, lightninged and rained much more than I would have carried in the jugs. All while the sun was shining brightly, darkening now, and calm.
Currently starting to get hit with another storm. Very slow moving storm with winds in excess of 70 mph at times. Temps will be in the 90s for at least the next 7 days if not longer. We usually don't see this til late July into August!!
Hot Lava echies in the back, Prarie Sun rudibeckias in front. Moonbeam coreosptis on left, baptisa behind echies, sedums, glads, and moon carrot all in there too. lol
High winds today caused a little damage here. East stockade fence got knocked down, the peony 'Pillow Talk' had all the flowers broken off and Darrell called me from work and said one of the light poles there had blown down. After the train died down, the rains came.
BP: but don't you think it fitting that Jesus took the hit for Hooters, Hustler and the strip joint? Now isn't that just like Him?! :o)) ('nuff said)
Pepper: nice combo of flowers!
Celia: sorry about the wind damage! Glad you and Darrell weren't hurt!
Well it seems someone here is always getting it this month!
Good Luck Celia!
Our low may be near 60°!!!!
As long as we get cooler nights I'm not really concerned w/ the 90's temps.
Our house stays cool downstairs most of the time.
We draw in air from the shady sideyard.
It's blowing the upstairs heat out that's the problem.
Just finishing figuring a price for a lady on a small cabinet to go in her kitchen to fill in an empty space. She told me to go ahead, but I wanted a firm price & contract first.
We did some cabinets in her DD house about 5 years ago.
Then she called this evening & said she has another project for us.
66° and the grass is wet! Mowing begins it's cycle in the neighborhood. We all seem to mow the same day or a day apart. I'm due tomorrow. We'll have a high of 89° with light SE breezes. Chances of rain start tonight.
Pepper, I'm glad we rarely see that kind of wind. Hang on! Nice planting! Now, what is a moon carrot?
Celia, awww, I'm sorry your peony broke, but at least it's a beautiful bouquet. What's up with the winds? I'm glad Darrell wasn't blown off the road! Yeah, that's a stormy sky.
Bernie, are you ever amazed at all the people who need work done? They are lucky to have a master craftsman and his son around.
Speaking of, and Ric too, these were built in 2004, with treated wood. It's rotten already. Maybe we should have gone concrete :o)
I can see by the picture what is wrong. No place for air to circulate under the step. If they would have left spaces between the boards, it could dry out between rains.
Also, I would have used cedar instead of treated wood.
Sunny this morning.
Weather liars are cheering for severe storms in afternoon.
They should all be ______!
High of 89º.
Celia sorry about the Peony but they look lovely in the Vase!
I totally agree w/ Bernie on the step.
The problem here on this side of the Mississippi is that cedar, both red and white, is extremely expensive. Composite decking is actually cheaper and it's outrageous.
Pressure treat is great but you have to follow a few guidelines.
Airflow is key.
Plus we prime the bottom of the boards and if it doesn't show the decking frame.
Then every 2 years seal the wood again.
Cared for it will last decades.
I've spoken here many times of Building Values,
a nonprofit used materials retail store run by the March of Dimes.
Most of the cabinets, doors, medicine cabs and even the shoe store mirror and hospital chart wall desk have come from there.
They've upgraded their website, finally, and added a short video.
Patrick, the retail manager, in the video has become a friend of ours during the our many years of projects. http://www.buildingvalue-cincy.org/
No rain in our forecast for at least 6 days... but HOT HOT HOT!
At least during the day. Mild almost cool nights.
It did finally rain as the cloud was breaking up, I heard what sounded like wind in the trees up the road, it got a little closer, then I realized that wind would have already came and gone, it was a wall of rain! It ended up chasing me to the porch!
BP: Ha! I'm glad it made you giggle--I knew you would "get it"! :o)) Too bad about the rotten steps--sounds like Bernie and Ric had some good advice.
Ric: love that shot of your back garden--you don't have to worry about mowing grass back there, do you? LOL My friend, Charlotte, has a back yard that is completely full of plants, too--no mowing for her either, except a small front yard. Is that a heuchera in the lower left next to the boardwalk? What's the big leafed plant on the right?
Crissy; a great series of cloud photos! I am sooooo jealous--you got rain and I didn't!! :o(( Pretty pink flower--what is it? I would like nothing better than to go to Ohio and Canada with you but it isn't possible right now. Send us some of that cooler Canadian air--and some rain!
Celia: what kind of flowering bush is that in your photo--very pretty!
I spent almost 4 hours in the back flower beds this morning. That part of my yard is in shade until about 10 a.m. so even though it was hot and humid, the wind was blowing slightly and it wasn't all that unpleasant to be outside, if you don't mind pouring sweat. :o~ I've gotten to the point that I will just squirt myself with the hose, clothes and all, and that cools me off. LOL Nobody can see me anyway since I am in the back unless my neighbors come out into their back yard. They are used to the crazy lady next door who is a flower nut! LOL
I just thought I had planted all my RU plants yesterday but I found some iris which were stuck in a gallon plastic pot and I had to find a place for them. I enlarged my bed in the back, hoeing off the top layer of weeds and then I put in some garden soil which I had bought yesterday and put the iris in there. They will get sun from about 10 a.m. until the sun goes down so they should be fine in that spot. NOW I am finished with planting the RU plants!! :o))
Still hot, still humid, still no rain--at least where I live!
No rain here today, right now at 3:15pm the heat index is up to 107, supposed to be heat index of 112 today, and no relief in sight. Poo Marilyn that would be fun. The gals are all worried and giving me warnings that it's unusually hot up there, Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada is supposed to be 75* and Franklin, OH is supposed to be 85*, I told them I'm acclimated to this 110* heat and am going to freeze in 75*! LOL!!
Crissy--lucky you to be going into a "heat wave" of 75F! LOL The hibiscus is lovely. I don't have one this year.
Celia: that elderberry is lovely--I like the color of the leaves, too!
Pepper: I would be sticking my nose into that lily, too, to enjoy the fragrance!
Hot again today--heat index up into the triple digits.
67° and rain around 1:30 am. There was lightning off in the distance, and wind, but not bad and we mainly got rain. I don't see any of my chairs blown over. We got a tenth of an inch for all the bluster. Tonight, we can expect a severe T- storm and chairs and tables will be put away!
Yesterday I had DH drop the mower a notch and I mowed a day early. It isn't too short because we mow about 3'' in the summer. One year, we had green grass, but you could pick it up because there were no roots. We found no grubs and really have no thatch. We think it was so wet that year that the roots just rotted. I see that hapening this year, heavy dew every morning and rain almost every day. And, last night it rained :o)
Bernie and Ric, I can see that you are right about the steps! I never thought about air flow.
Ric, now that picture is perfect. I love the boardwalk and the plant folaige is a perfect compliment! It feels private without closing you in. Well done!
He didn't seem to mind me refilling the birdbath :o)
Chrissy. I could watch a time lapse of clouds anytime. I love to see how they build and melt away too! ROTFL over the rain chase! Save the camera first!! Those were great pictures! What a unique flower picture. How beautiful! Hibiscus or Malva?
Celia, that's a nice calm picture. Love the purple contrast against the wall of green! Black elderberry?
Marsue, you put in some quality garden time and we love flower nuts!! You will have so many new flowers to look forward to next spring. That's what I'm doing this year, waiting for the newcomers to bloom!
Chrissy, I wouldn't be suprised to see you put on a sweater at some point! LOL! Cold is cold and hot is hot. I don't believe acclimating is possible! It's a beautiful hibiscus!
Celia, beautiful elderberry!
Pepper, I love Mona Lisa. It should be heavenly! Don't coat your nose in pollen, LOL! They might call you a brown-noser at work :o)
Ric, I think the weather records these days are going to make the old predictions of patterns impossible. Now that's an interesting flower spike!
We are in for hot and humid now. Yesterday was pretty nice. It got warm, but not sweltering like they said. There was a good breeze and clouds occasionally.
Our bug problem this year is biting flies! They land and nip. Some are deer flies, but I'm not sure about the others. I slap and roll to kill if I can. Makes a pretty yucky unidentifiable picture, but gives great satisfaction!
Well, quite a evening for Minnesota. Super thunderstorms & tornadoes all over the state.
3 people killed, I think. Lots of widespread damage.
Now to put an end to the question, "Does a tree make a noise when it falls in the forest?"
After I got home last evening, I was carrying a box of groceries into the house. Storm was long gone from here. I heard this sound like a very close lightning strike. A tree in our grove went down! Must have started to break during the wind yesterday, & finally broke over. It had a very rotten spot where it broke.
We had about 1" of rain. Town MIL lives had big hail. Stripped lots of leaves of the trees. East of us near Mankato, 3" to 4" of rain & street flooding. Cars were stalled in streets. Some cars were blown off the roads in other places.
Towards northern MN, a town of 4400 people had 25% of the town destroyed. Over 100 houses badly damaged.
Extreme southern MN, tornado went through farmland & a tiny town. Lots of buildings destroyed. Hog barns, some homes, & lots of trees & power lines down.
Needless to say, market was cut short yesterday. ½ hour after we started, sirens were wailing! Still sold lots of things.
Saturday weather is supposed to be great, sun & 78º. It is kids day, so should be lots of traffic.
I'm glad you and yours are OK Bernie.
That was ONE TOUGH storm.
Death toll is now confirmed at 3.
I can just imagine trying to round up a thousand or more hogs...
I may need an ID on a Hibiscus we bought last year.
The 'Tag Thief' got us it appears... lol!
Thanks for the comments on the yard (and for ignoring the mess! lol).
We're totally redesigning many parts of it to solidify and isolate the 'Garden Rooms' .
Mau that's Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple' on the left.
Actually faced by another one across the Boardwalk but just barely visible lower right corner.
(We like the have the path appear to split clumps of plants)
The green plants to the right are two different Anemones.
I'll have to wait until they bloom for an ID.
The flower scape is Thalia dealbata.
It's a Marginal or Pond plant hardy to zone 6a.
That scape is slightly over my head and will throw seeds like a Canna.
Actually the leaves are somewhat Canna shaped but each one pop like a Bird of Paradise.
It's in the same Family as Prayer Plant and one of the few non-tropicals.
BP That's a Pink Swirl Luna Hibiscus. I live down in a big gully, I guess you'd call it, with trees all around so unless the clouds are almost directly on top of me I can't get good pics. I love watching them build up then dissipate.
Good Grief Bernie, I went to Weather.com and checked out some pics, that's horrible! I'm glad no one was under that tree when it decided to break, bummer though but it sounds like it has been coming for quite some time, unfortunately rot will keep on rotting.
That's a neat looking plant there, and I love the bamboo 'fencing' behind it. Nice!!
Look at the size of this Kopper King Hibiscus blossom!
I had to shut down at 12:30 pm. We had a leading edge, and squall line come in pretty fast from the west. I was prepared and already had chairs, tables and plants put away this morning. It was supposed to arrive this evening. It's all passed now and we didn't have dangerous wind or hail. It's waiting till it gets closer to the Mississippi and into Illinois. I took pictures, but they are still on the camera. I just got online to finish up. I'll have to find a nice one to post.
We also had a tractor trailor versus car collision on the highway heading out of town, and right across from the fire station. The car was on it's top and one injury. It hadn't started raining yet. Lucky person had first responders there immediatly since one works the beauty shop and the other the appliance store.
Bernie, so sad to hear of more deaths. These storms are sure packing a punch this year. I feel very lucky to have no more than we've had. Wow, that's incredible that you heard the tree go down! Market will most likely be a success after the chaos!
Celia, it's a success if yoy feel like living out there! Golden Showers is lovely!
Ric, you've added so many different interesting plants. It's not the same old same old!
Chrissy, I've debated on Kopper King. I love it! It must be trying to see over the hill, LOL! Oohhh, so red!!
Well, the storm cloud pictures are still on the camera, LOL!
Another reason for me to be jealous, Crissy--that Kopper King of yours! Kathy Ann gave me one last fall--it is about a foot tall so what gives? It gets plenty of water and is in a bed with lots of horse manure in it--go figure!! LOL
Mau I got this one last fall too, when I planted it I think in Sept. it quit growing and didn't do anything, this year it's just going insane, and straight up! What's weird is I read that both Luna's and Kopper King Hibiscus love being in low lying areas, basically the same growing conditions that Elephant Ears like. These are planted in full sun on the side of a hill so unless it pours they don't get a lot of water, and they're going nuts! I don't know, I didn't do anything extra when I planted them.
Hi everyone! It's been a wonderful day here after a few rainy days so we were out most of the day. Nicholas has colics and he cries often, so we're making turns in trying to make him sleep. He likes more the fennel tea now, so we're just giving him a bottle and he goes to sleep .
Here are 2 more albums with his pictures :
I can't see the pictures, either, Adina! :o(( I usually don't have any trouble seeing the web albums on Picasa. Do you think it is because we don't speak Romanian? LOL
Crissy; Okay, I am going to dig up both of the hardy hibiscus that KA gave me and put them in the clay bed where my Big Dipper EE's are and see what happens! Maybe they will like clay better than horse manure! LOL
Pepper: I sure wish you knew the name of that daylily--it is gorgeous!
It's really strange.
There's a very fine line of rain about 15 miles ahead of the main rain.
The wind picked up, well we're actually getting a breeze, and the temp dropped about 5° in the last few minutes.
Great photos, Adina! I especially like #83 and #103 in the second link--such precious pictures of mother and son. Andreea certainly lives in a beautiful town! Talk about living on the side of a mountain--wow! As beautiful as it is this time of year, I can only imagine what it is like in the winter time with snow everywhere!
Popping in late and will catch up later. We had rain around 7:30 pm and 9:20 pm. 13/10''. Enough! It actually smelled like sulfer after the early evening rain. I wonder how much nitrogen has been laid down over the last weeks of storms? I have a few of last night's storm pictures. It was purple in real life, but the camera didn't pick it up as well.
The leading edge. This storm came in from the north rather than the west.
Those clouds look really ominous! I had forgotten just how flat that part of Iowa is. We have a line of storms heading for us and we have to go to Lexington right after my 8AM weather obs to get my car where DH left it while his was in the shop during the day yesterday. We have been playing musical chairs with auto repairs and switching vehicles for the past couple of weeks.
We are in a bowl, with bluffs to the west and north. Long ago, we were elephant swamp, but I highly doubt we had any elephants.
Weather spotters here and around Muscatine and Washington were reporting a lot of rotation, but nothing came of it. The big winds split north and south of us. It's beautiful this morning. I have no sticks to pick up or leaves littering the yard.
Hope you get the vehicles all fixed for another year, or the next 3000 miles :o)
Adina something about Campione d'Italia kept ringing a bell but I couldn't place it.
Googling I remembered what.
It was in a book I'd read about the OSS (CIA).
They used it as their Italian base during WWII.
Couldn't believe how clean and obviously upscale it was till I read about the Tax Haven status.
That's the Beverly Hills of Europe. W/O TAXES!
More expensive than Tokyo. and that's saying something.
Mediterranean summers and winters sounds perfect!
Love the Tour Adina especially the Palms!
They are living in a Paradise!
What beautiful Family Shots and Videos also!
Andreea is getting back into shape fast!
Tell her all that hill walking is certainly paying off. ...!
Can't get over all the hair on the little guy!
He almost looks like he's wearing a toupee! lol
Great shots BP!
I'd be looking for the shelter!
Weather got weird here overnight.
The running gag is 'Don't like the Weather, wait 15 minutes!' well.
It was supposed to be mid/upper 90's, dry and humid today.
Well they got the humid right.
That little pop up storm we had come thru last night stayed and built strength.
At around 7AM it T-Stormed and the rains came thru in force.
It's been raining steadily since then. Heavy at times but no wind.
Looks worse to the north so we've postponed our Dayton trip till tomorrow.
Now they are saying high near 90°
So it appears we'll be doing some yard work today after this passes.
We moved out an old fridge, for the Junkers who didn't show, and moved the
Rubbermaid shed out of the Flamingo Garden.
Thanks for the plant comments.
Due to changed lighting conditions what was a total shade area is now Partial to Part sun
so we have more room to try new plants!
Adina, when the video popped on, I almost cried. I wanted to pick him up and cuddle him! You've given most of us something we'll never have, a trip to Switzerland. I love everything about it and it's so beautiful everywhere. I'm wondering what small towns around here could do to be more beautiful besides put up little banner flags. I'm so impressed all your pictures. Thank you, and your family for sharing your lives!
BP. I think you're storm is the one that walloped Chicago.
Just back from Market. Very good day. I have 2 bags of lettuce & 4 bunches of onions left!
Very nice weather & big crowd the whole morning. Radishes were gone by 9AM. I had a lot of them.
Lewisville has it's town celebration today. Parade at 5 PM. So will leave shortly for that.
This little guy was playing his guitar right along with the musicians.
Hi all! It's cloudy again and cold...brrr! I just went to buy some bread for breakfast and have some time until all are ready to eat. Nicholas has been crying a lot yesterday, but after the colic attack was gone he slept for 4 hours in a row! My DD is starting to wonder what she will do when we are gone...breaks my heart to think about it!
Ric, thanks for the information about the town, it's very interesting and they didn't know anything about it, except for the taxes!LOL But they knew the casino is bringing money to the town, that's why they pay no taxes here. I also heard something very interesting about the old casino which they crushed down a month ago...they said they found money hidden inside the walls, but they were old Italian money, so they weren't of any use anymore.
Mau, thank you, those are one of my favorites too! The views are really lovely when snowing, but they don't have so much snow, only on the mountains.
Celia, that one was a success, even if it's blurry. I have the camera always around and I get as many pics as I can, then I choose!LOL
Watch these, I have a rare one, you'll see what I mean!LOL