Still here..not much going on this time of year in Silverton. Rain,cold weather and an aweful looking garden at this time of year. Spring will come to life soon (I hope) and there will be beauty in the Willamette Valley again. Yippie!! Can't wait for my frog friends to return!
Ah spring, when a gardeners thoughts turn to buds and bugs. Winter is the worst time of year for us summer gardeners. I have some tiny little daffodil buds just starting to stick their heads above ground. And I have some brugmansia starts that have sprouted leaves and will be going outside in three or four months. Bring on the sunshine!
I've been away for quite a while, haven't checked in for ages. These days I'm mostly on FB-I miss the folks here, but enjoy being able to consolidate lots of my interests in one place. Plus, I needed to not even think about plants for awhile, but I'm starting to gear up for a better 2011 (I hope, anyway!).
I'm here, though kind of busy with work and family, so I don't currently have much in the way of gardening to share. I am glad you asked this question, since I have also been wondering about the well being of people I have not seen post in a while.
Yes I too was interested on where everyone is and I do know that winter is kind of slow. I have been here a long time and so many are gone that were daily posters. I have limited access when not at home so don't post either. Keep em coming! Welcome summerflower, mstish, and springflower.
I have not been around much, other than lurking. In October and November I was having a lot of chest pains. After the run around from my cardiologist who was not in the least concerned and outright lied about the results of some tests, then switching to a new doctor, I had angioplasty on Dec 3 for an artery that was 95% blocked. Recent tests have revealed the heart completely healed itself after the plasty so that is good news. I was on restricted activities until last week and of course did not do much at all during the time I wasn't feeling well with the chest pains and all.
Wow Gwen! What an adventure. Did you report that doctor?
I have been lazing around. My back spasmed-up, then couldn't go to the chiropractor because I had an ugly headcold. Laid-out for three days and now must clean up around here because kids are coming out tomorrow with dinner for twelve or so other family members. I get to sit in a corner and watch. LOL
DH is having weird memory losses that make things lively. Looking forward to the warm weather again. Don't like the icy weather.
Wow Gwen! Take him/her to a report to the licensing bureau so that DR has to answer or even if you can't prove anything the board of governors will have a heads up next report. There probably have been many.
Ah, yes, a warm welcome to you summerflower. When life calms down a bit I know many more will reappear. My daughter, Rarejem, is here tonight and we just finisned putting the christmas tree out with strings of popcorn and pinecones filled with a peanut butter suet. If the bear doesn't show up tonight the birds will have an unusually nice morning. Julie gives her greeting to all.
Hey guys, get into winter indoor plants, I currently have 2 Christmas cactus, 2 Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) and an orchid blooming, and it looks like I may get another off Pelargonium triste later. In between being Dad, Hubby, general repair man, and horticultural guy. I have started to post to Blogger: http://foolforexoticplants.blogspot.com/ . Not that its going to be a hot seller, but its where I post without having to worry if its the right forum, and I confess to my playing with new things.
And I forgot to mention Narcissus 'Paperwhite Ziva' that has stopped blooming, but I miss the perfumed house. All the Narcissus and Hippeastrums will be planted out when I can for better growth, recovery and blooming in the winter next year. I already have a space picked out. The Narcissus is said to not recover very well, but a plant is a plant, and I will see what happens when the time comes.
I have given up on house plants. I potted up some chives this fall for winter treats and it is only barely straggling along. The rest of my indoor tropicals are either dead or dying. Out with them all.
I do have one Christmas cactus that seems to survive my efforts and reliably blooms one week befgore Thansgiving. It was a gift when my mother-in-law passed away years ago, and all I can figure is she must be helping me out with that one.
I'm still here, just kissed 2010 goodbye with a 'good riddance' for good measure. I've spent almost 0 hours in the garden. I'm hoping spring will get my interest again. I miss everyone, just haven't had the energy. I have a huge seed box still organized from last year if anyone wants to come by and browse. I'm doing very few, if any, seeds this year.
Still here, and spending a lot of time wondering where all my "free" time to play on the puter has gone.
Gwen, what a frustrating experience! Glad you are feeling better!
Sofer, glad your GD is doing as well as possible... although we have not been on much, you and your family have been constantly in our thoughts and we have been sending good wishes your way.
Bonehead, I am glad to know that I am not the only one who can grow bunches outside but not so much inside!
I am enjoying a few days in sunny Sun City AZ... belated holidays spent with the inlaws. It is SO nice to be outside and DRY at the same time!!!!! Can't escape reality totally though, as I have awork related web conference in a half an hour... isn't technology grand?!?!?
Rarejem and PNWMTN built their cloners, so they will have better tips than I can give you. Call me and we can talk about using it though. I am having a difficult time today typing because I am having a shaking day and can't hit the correct keys, Dang.
I'm new! I garden on 2 acres. Pretty obsessed about it. Looking to meet local gardeners who share my passion. I've been out digging in the dirt (pulling out some grass that was inadvertently planted in my vegetable garden) for the past 1 month. I've started tons of perennial and annual flower seeds indoors also (see blog). Getting baby chicks next month (ordering 25, but only need 15---anyone want to go in on an order with me?). Adding tunnels to start some cool weather crops very soon. 2 units of compost to be delivered in a couple of weeks once I get that pesky grass dug up. Busy, but love being outside in my garden this time of year when the weather is cool. I love to plant, but hate to harvest unfortunately (loathe August heat--what's wrong with me?) ;-) I think January is a great time to pull weeds and amend garden beds.
Steve, are you back home now or still in Seattle? I'm so sorry to hear that Charlize is not doing well. I get the CaringBridge updates and today's post brought tears to my eyes. No little girl should have to go through this. I'm praying it can all be behind her soon.
Thanks for the welcome! My gardens are 2 years old, but most of the beds are formally landscaped (shrub, barkdust, tree barkdust shrub, barkdust, shrub). Trying to "Cottage Garden-ize" the whole thing, which will take years. Goal is to not see a morsel of barkdust someday. I've used Facebook to try and talk gardening...but I have realized that I have zero friends who garden. Looking forward to using Dave's Garden instead for the gardening stuff.
Kosk - you've come to the right place! I am a fairly new gardener, having begun a few years ago and then joined DG. I have gotten so much information and inspiration from the folks here, and made some nice friendships. I still consider myself a new and uninformed gardener, but I'm learning!
Still here never post here much, Am busy I have lupines and Delphienms up and going. I also have something that looks like petunias on the way up in mass they are a mystery to me I think they are to small to be Foxglove but I can't say I have ever seen foxglove so maybe who knows lol.
I just got home last night from Seattle. It was a week of battles with Charlize dealing with the lack of having choices at 2 and the frustrations of pain and proceedures. I worked hard to encourage her and helped my daughter to survive this week. I am exhausted and need to rest. Life can be soooooo tough and it takes a super human to deal with what my daughter is going through. Keep praying all.
Sofer I know well on continual pain but I am way older than your daughter. So sad she has to experience and endure this. It is equally sad that you have to endure this contiual barrage of stress and anxiety as well. Sorry hope a turnaround is in the making.Ernie
Welcome Kosk! I too am envious of the energy you have already expended in the garden this year! You will enjoy this forum... the people are great, and it is usually quite a bit more active when the outside world is more inviting!
I am here, now and then.
We spent 3 month in the Okanagan this winter.
Boy its good to be home.
I have a sore paw, maybe I stretched or tore some ligaments... its purple and yellow and black and swollen right now, but no broken bones, so thats good. So I am walking slowly.
I guess my spring will be slow starting!
This winter I finally opened up my Moms stamp collection she gave me 10 yrs. ago. Its really interesting me, and since thats all I can do right now, thats a good thing! I am waiting for a bunch of sleeves I have ordered to show up.
Well it is good to see all the faces of who is here. SummerK thought you died. Good to have you back. I think a lot of the more recent "bootings" are previous "booted" with new names. I would love to spend a winter in the Okanogan. That is why I live in Montana. LOL
Well I for one am never going to the Antarctic. Because last week I fell off the slippery dock in Petersburg AK and spent over 15 minutes in 39F water until I was hauled out. I had locked my arm and it froze to the boat cleat to keep my body out of the water so they could return me home. Fortunately someone heard my call and hauled me out. No ladders on the docks in AK and I had taken my boarding ladder off last month so I had no way to get back on the boat. I told my story on the radio and many fisherman thanked me for the story because many have lost men over board in the cold water. They appreciated me coming back to tell how I got out.
OH, that is just harrowing Sofer - and there should be some place for that to be a TV show, or show segment. My word!!! My father used to do boat repair in Kodiak. Sorry he is no longer with us, for I am certain he would have many comments about your experience. Equally, a cousin who has crossed the bridge had a fishing boat in Petersburg. Be safe, dear DG friend!
Can someone elaborate on this getting "booted" from Dave's Garden? I assumed that the no longer actives just hadn't paid their subscription fees. What does one have to do to get "booted"????? profanity? something worse?
Yes, that is correct PNWG. It was over on one of the other threads.
Just returned from Pullman and a liitle skiing at Schweitzer with my two son's. What a great ski area! Hard to keep up with 19 and 21 year boys.
Sofer so the year was 1975 Chignik Alaska. Some college boys were diving from the top of a Sealand van. Needless to say they did not linger but each did it several times untill the superintendent decreed every one out of Anchorage bay .
Sofer -thanks, I listened to the radio broadcast - kept waiting for your name as I "know" it - LOL.
Then I was also kicked in the cranium upon hearing of Glo DeBoer Wollen- the Petersburg harbormaster. She is the daughter of my late cousin who ran a fish boat out of Petersburg. It IS a small world!!!!!!!!
And I have a son who is headed for France, the UK, and anywhere else he can get. He leaves March 14 and has firm plans for March 15 through the end of April. After that, he's open to ideas. His return ticket is dated July 29. That's a lot of time to fill.
Fishing is a good profession for a young man. Petersburg doesn't do the bad stuff and usually need workers. I shall keep my ears open. Usually the boats are all ready to go in early June and have their crews. The "slime line" is a humbling job and always needs workers. Mostly green carders, low pay. Though the Canneries have pick up boats and hire young men to bring in the catch. Probably a good starter job. Very full of memories and lots of work. Oh yes and lots of seafood.
Welcome to the world of the living Linda. We have missed you. What do we want to talk about? I am getting spring fever with the snowy winter we have had not much hope for an early one here. Seed starting is going to begin here soon but our plants can't go out until end of march so going to set up the lights and racks to get motivated. Will do hybrid squmpinkns (I always get squash mixed with pumpkins hybrids) this year I used sweet small pumpkins and hope they taste good.
Goold luck with your seed starting. I love pie pumpkins, but a word of warning...I planted so many a few years ago that I now have enough baked pumpkin in the freezer to bake numerous pies, and that is after giving away so many people started to run in the other direction when they saw me coming. That's in addition to doing a fundraiser with them to buy supplies for my school garden.
Pixy, I'm so happy to hear your son is soon on the way to realizing his dream of travel in France. He is bound to have lots of adventures and come home to share stories and pictures with you.
I too went to Europe for the early part of my life and it was life changing. My first trip I had no experience with the Humanities I ran into. For example I saw a bunch of people lined up to go into a building so I went in. There was this big naked guy in marble and didn't know I was looking a Michelangelo's David! Next trip I finish a college course and truly enjoyed more than the beer Europe showed me. LOL
Well that's just awesome, Steve... thanks for that thought. LOL! Andrew will be volunteering at a couple of places and is looking for other places that could use someone like him.
First, two weeks helping out here: http://www.tyncoed-gites-pyrenees.com/
Then, three weeks at a yoga/meditation spiritual retreat where he will help build a straw bale building. I can't find the link just now.
He will then spend a couple of weeks with his French 'family', with whom he stayed during his high school trip.
I'm excited for him, but it's killing me.
Pixy, What a fantastic-sounding trip! Very cool about the straw bale bulding.
Haven't been around a lot again, glad to hear you're OK Steve! Any chance you've got "cat" in the family tree somewhere-you definitely seem to have at least nine lives, considering some of the scrapes you've gotten into.
Summerkid-Antarctica? Seriously? Wow. Would love to see a few pictures.
Countdown to liftoff. He leaves on Monday. I so wish he had destinations that were confirmed in England but I don't even know for sure when he will be there. I know he has to be out of France by June 12 since he has only 90 days there per the travel restrictions.
Steve, I think the little gites are owned by an English couple! We've been amazed at how many 'foreigners' own property in France. It's not just Johnny Depp and his ilk.
Pixy, I'm sure your son will have a wonderful time and come back with tons of great experiences to share. And, with the internet cafes everywhere, it will be easy for him to stay in touch. Hard to not worry though, I think moms are hard-wired for that...
Pix, I know your angst! A few years ago my son Ben went to Tanzania to teach, but had no idea where he would be staying. I was so worried! The day before he left the two of us went to Stinson Beach and he picked up a lot of sea glass. I kept that sea glass with me at all times until he returned - I figured that was some kind of good karma to keep him safe. Of course after 6 months he returned just fine, except for major mosquito bites and a fever that lasted for a few weeks. I was able to call him directly on his cell phone, so that was comforting. But if he didn't answer, I would panic! He did have a few close calls, once with a group of thugs that wanted his shoes, and once with an angry elephant. I didn't find out about those incidents until he returned, so I was spared more worry. It's difficult for us mothers!
Words of assurance from more experienced moms! I appreciate it very much. Portland, I always prefer to NOT know about encounters such as you describe until well after the fact. I'm not sure if I'm exactly worried about his safety. He's pretty confident in most ways, and he's a good judge of people for his tender years. It's more that I will miss him terribly. That's the worst part. He bought a Samsung Galaxy tablet computer to take with him, and we found an application through Oovoo that allows him to use it to do 'voice over internet', with the camera. It's just like Skype but will work with the android system. So he will be able to 'call' our computers anywhere he can pick up wireless internet, which is almost everywhere for the most part.
I'm having flashbacks to when my daughter went to France and arrived at CDG airport completely sleep deprived with no place to go because her 'host' family did not know she was arriving on that day and no one was there to meet her. I got a phonecall from a teary child, half a world away, alone with no place to go, and at 2:00am my time. I found myself pulling up the CDG airport map to help her find a place to rest until she could go to her 'home' away from home. She said there were no chairs in the airport. Dear God, it was horrible. I was exhausted and emotionally drained and so was she. I have spent a lot of time helping Andrew organize the first leg of his trip, just to protect myself from having to go through that again. I'm also going to make sure he is able to sleep on the airplane.
Cell phones have definitely made an improvement in young people's ability to call home for support in times of duress, as hard as that may be on the mothers of the world. In 1979, my mother was peacefully oblivious to the news that I had suffered a head injury and was in a hospital in Guatemala City for a week. I called home from a payphone at the airport in Chicago after I had recuperated enough to catch a flight back to the States. Of course I did not tell her for years about the "police" search of the hotel I was staying at to rest up after the hospital... in which I and the other residents were held in the lobby at gunpopint for several hours while they searched the rooms for someone named, Colombo.
Pix, Let's hear it for trip organization and foresight!
Sofer, have you any idea the trials you have put your dear mother through with all your near death experiences????
Yes, now that she lives with me it is hard on her. Most she didn't know about. One time I took a tram to the top of the meadow below the north face of the Eiger. After spending an hour having beers with some shepherds talking vet medicine (sign language I didn't speak German) I started hiking down the mountain 15Km to my camp at the bottom of the mountain. Only trouble was I didn't bring candy bars and got low blood sugar early in the hike. I became very low with lots of distance to go and a pig joined me and walked with me down the trail. I now was tripping on hypoglycemia, and I found it funny that the pig would not leave. As I decended I fell many times along the steep trail and remember getting to my tent and candy, I ate several and fell asleep. I woke up the next day in a haze and sure enough the pig had eaten the rest of my candy bars and waiting for me to wake. I then got a big meal and loaded with candy bars took the pig back up the mountain to the shepherds. They said something in Deutch and laughed, slapping me on the back. I spent the day watching the glaciers calve off the mountain before decending.
sofer, yet another near death experience involving beer. Hmmm! (Let me see if I can make that sound a little more 'motherly'.) HMMMMMM! w/hands on hips. 3
My son has plenty of adventures, with or without my 'letting' him, I want you to know. It's not his adventures I'm trying to avoid. It's my being dragged into them. He has 4 months, or until his money runs out or he is tired of traveling, to have all the 'adventuring' he can manage. Foresight and planning will not stop any of it, but the safety net it creates will allow me to sleep at night.
Holly, some things are better left unspoken for many years, if ever. My parents never did get to know many of the 'adventures' I had when traveling. Cops, men with guns, all kinds of grande times. Sometimes it's just better to leave those things in our own personal closets! :)
Pixy, I agree. Both my sons are around 30-ish and I still throw my hands up on occasion and tell them I'm just not yet ready to hear it all. Many years of dangerous living from both of them, some still to come.
I just had a flock of clowns fly in (evening grosbeak) - these guys always make me laugh.
I would love to have evening grosbeaks. They are so pretty, and I have seen them only a couple of times.
I don't know what I would do with more than one son. I know Judy had several. I don't know how she did it.
Well, he landed in France about an hour ago and has called home three times since then. (that's why I'm still up) Once to say he landed and was tagging along with a group of students who were on the plane, once to say he got through customs with no trouble , and once to say he is looking for the train station. Why? I have no idea. I swear, Soferdig, I did not twist his arm or tell him to call. I think he just wants to feel connected to home as he gets his feet on the ground there. This is a kid who used to wear hooded sweatshirts every single day, with the hood up, and hid under his desk at school. He's come a very, very long way since those days. He had a great flight, although the cookies I made got crushed. I'll just have to make them again when he gets home.
Thanks! He's safely tucked into his new digs and says the family is very nice. They will teach him to ski while he is there, which is wonderful for him. He has wanted to learn. There is a Canadian family staying at the guest house and the wife is a ski instructor. The husband does search and rescue on skis. I believe this qualifies them to teach my son how to ski! LOL! Tonight I will sleep well!
"Safe at new digs!" I like the sound of that. I am a firm believer that adventures are more fun when one has a home-away-from-home base to return to for respite now and then. Bon voyage to him!
My son also spent his early years in a hoodie sweatshirt (with hood up). One good thing about this is that he never lost his coat at school until he was in 4th grade and began to feel comfortable enough to take it off.
Ah being taught to ski by Search and rescue! Do you know that everyone I know in search and rescue in Montana spend most of their skiing in off terrain isolated slopes in the middle of nowhere. I am enjoying this memory of childhood.
God Bless Search and Rescue!!!! Your efforts mean so much to not only the person lost, but to the desperate family members. Crystal Mt. in WA state currently holds in its grasp the body and soul of a family member, Paul Melby. At this point, it is a matter of waiting for the spring thaw to bring Paul home.
Steve, don't scare Pixy like that! The reason they ski like that on their own is because you have to be a very, very good skier to be able to do ski patrol/search and rescue-you can't be a danger to the rescue mission... They won't be hotdogging it when they're teaching him-that's beyond irresponsible. One thing Search & Rescue folks aren't is irresponsible, at least while "on duty"--and instructing is sort of on duty- by instructing him well they will be preventing the need for a future rescue...
I'm quite sure he will be very, very well- coached in not skiing beyond his ability and how to be safe as well as (hopefully) reading the terrain and assessing riskiness. At the same time, I am sure he will get very competent instruction in how to ski and will have good skiers to watch to model his efforts on.
Wannadanc, so sorry to hear about your family member.
Wannadanc, that just makes me want to cry. I'm so sorry to hear it. My neighbor and his nephew were killed when they got lost in a blizzard on Mt. Rainier several years ago. It's just hard to bear that kind of thing.
Sue, he is just laughing behind his hand! Steve, you are such a hoot. Good thing I know you are just trying to push my "mother" buttons. I hope he does learn to ski. He's always wanted to learn and it's much better for someone with this level of experience to teach him. Considering that the last time he tried moving across the land on anything other than his own two feet he ended up with a badly broken jaw, I'm pretty sure his body remembers that accident and he'll be careful. Anyway, he'll learn if he has time and they have the inclination to teach him. We'll see how it turns out.
You will all laugh at this: the work he is doing for this family is going to be helping them build a terraced garden. It amused me very greatly when I received an email from him today with a photo of a cotoneaster, still in the pot. The text of the email was:
What type of plant is this? I know it is good for ground cover but what else should i know?
I cannot TELL you how hard I laughed when I read this email. Woo hoo!! This is the kid who never wanted to help in the garden. He was interested in my showing him in cool plants, but that's where his level of interested ended. I think he will be having to learn a lot about plants before this is over. Good thing I knew about this first plant.
By the way, the www.workaway.info site, which is where he and his hosts found each other, has loads of listings of people all over Europe and the U.K. who are looking for help with gardens, some of them historic gardens. Some of the places sound like it would be fun just to be there and have the opportunity to work in that kind of setting.
So sorry. I have heard so much about that on the news. I hope they find him soon so that you and your family will have closure.
I just got back from Stevens Pass and saw your post. I have 2 sons that ski and all 3 of my family (DH,2 boys)snowmobile on Mt. Baker. I'm on pins and needles until they arrive home.
Prayers your way.
Thank you all for your kind and caring comments! Paul was an advanced skilled skier, and used to be part of the ski patrol up at Crystal. He was very much known there, and knew the area. Consensus at this time is that he got trapped in tree well. Tough stuff, for sure.
Sorry to those who are concerned about Melissa but she is strong and yes a mother, but my mother made it through and she knows me better because of all the adventure she experienced with me. I know he will be coming home full of life experiences and the joy of self achievment. Pixy is proud and know her strong son.
I too enjoyed that link and when Karen and I get free of her work schedule we will be seeking something like that.
Wanna so sorry for your loss. I too fell into a tree well, only I was lucky.
Oh yes, Steve, I believe we understand each other for sure! So Andrew had a 'snowboarding' day with a professional instructor and all went well. He had a great time, of course. We are quite proud of how he has worked for this, saved money, then followed through. Following through is always half the battle.
Mike and i would love to take advantage of some of the 'workaway' opportunities. We just need to figure out a way to make our house payment while we're away. But, then, we're trying to figure that out to spend time on the boat, too. we're thinking of renting it out for short periods of time to people who come to the military bases for brief tours of duty. I guess there is a need for furnished houses for this purpose.
Pixie, I admire your adventurousness (is that a word?). I am somewhat of a hermit and don't have a strong desire to travel. My husband does. Hence, a bit of a conundrum, especially as we approach our retirement years. Hopefully we can find common ground.
Bonehead, I'm a bit of a hermit, too, and have very little desire to travel. I am happiest when just fixing up my house, my gardens, and spending time with my family, dogs, cats, and friends. My late husband always wanted to travel (mainly in the US by car) so I do have a bit of sadness that we didn't do that before he died. But he also understood my need for constancy. It can indeed be a bit of a problem when a couple's needs are so different.
Hi, all. Just back after a few months of life (and death) in the NICU and ready for some restoration of the soul here. Also found out that my subscription had expired so I just renewed and am happy to see so many familiar names again.