I have taken the liberty of starting this thread, it's so nice to see old friends dropping by for a chat! I love to keep up with everyone and hear about what is going on in their world. Hopefully we will make some new friends too...
So very happy to hear that you are home safely Katie, and that the brace is making a difference. Don't go and overdo now just because you are getting some relief! My hat is off to you making that long trip up the Baja all the way to California and back on your own. Any trouble or hold ups at the border this time?
Christi - have you got most of your MIL's stuff sorted out? Did you sell her house? It will be a relief for you not to have to make that long trip to see to things...is she still as honery as ever, or has she accepted the fact that she can't run that big place on her own?
Nice to hear your news Pepper - Spring is just around the corner and you will be able to get outside into your garden. What are you planning on growing this year?
We had a very noisy thunderstorm two nights ago and although there was a lot of thunder and lightning flashing out at sea we only had a sprinkle of rain from it - I believe Oahu really got drenched and a waterspout was spotted. We don't get thunderstorms very often here.
Right now my Mother is going crazy because the Monkey Pod tree is dropping all of it's seed pods all over the driveway. Mom hates this tree for 6 weeks every year because she has elected herself the picker-uper of the pods - especially before we run over them in the cars and they stick to the ground like glue. They drop down right behind her back, and if we don't get them picked up every single one germinates 5 or 6 trees in a flash! One of the most prolific trees I have ever come across except maybe the the Kiave, which is a type of mesquite I think.
We have just seen in the paper that my area is going to be the test area for a green waste pick up. Thank goodness because, even though it is only going to pick up every other week, it will be fewer trips to the green waste facility at the dump. We produce such a huge amout of trimmings, etc - far too much for my compost pit to cope with. Of course it's not going to start until after the Monkey Pod tree has given up all of it's gifts!
I came through to Mexico at Otey Mesa and had no problems. I was pulled over but let go quickkly. I took my time coming home as I was tired. Very uneventful trip - my favorite kind. I am now recuperating. I have a slight cold and need to rest up - the trip is tiring. However, my foot is so much better that is was worth it. I'm still having a little trouble sleeping with the cast on my foot -= and five dogs - but I' getting used to it.
My fifth dog, Scout, belongs to my friends Jon and Sharon who are both in the States now. They adopted Scout from me several years ago and she still remembers me and is getting along OK with my four. A little jealosy but no blood - just a few growls and snaps.
I just got my T R Hovey papaya potted up. Got it and three low chill blueberries from Logees. Still have to do the blueberries but they are looking fine in their current pats.
Tony washed a LOT of the plastic containers I use for seed starting yesterday. I brought bck lots of seeds.
My schotia tree is finishing its blooming. So many birds flock to it that it's like I'm living in an aviary. Once or twice a week we have to catch a bird that has flown into the house and can't find its way out.
We are still doing what seems like endless clean-up and finishing of the house. My favorite word is "permanent" as we gradually find homes for things. Sorting out stuff to send to Tony's wife and her family.
Seems as though we are all extra busy. Yes, we actually got a contract on the house about 2 months ago. Buyer came to us. Surprise of all. We expected 4-5 years to sell it. Mike's mother had put the house into a trust back in the day when they had a business and lots of liability. It is taking forever to sort it out. Seems she made some changes AFTER her husband died in 2000...on her own...without a lawyer. Not allowed. We had to hire a trust lawyer. Still don't know what that is going to cost. Only 1 out of a 100 will even touch a trust. We think every week that this will be the one when we close. Still have one more truck load of "stuff" to move from the house. We had a sale there with little luck. Gave away as much as we could. Have brought several loads here so we may have another sale. If it were me, I would give it all to charity. I don't have any say...just the assignment to do it.
Beautiful day here and I have discovered two more brugs that have "come back". The two I loved the most, I put in pots and in the greenhouse. Every single thing in the gh froze with two continuous days of 16 degrees. Heaters could not keep up. The ones I left in the ground disappeared but are now coming up from the roots. Can't win. Have some 9 plumies potted and they are stunted because they really need to be in the ground. May try planting out a couple and then dig them in the fall. I know without a doubt that they would not survive 16 degrees. Two are about to bloom now.
Thank you for the chat thread, Jen. Can ya'll think of others we have missed that we might want to invite? I can think of two or three.
What a wonderful idea to start this Coconut wireless chat thread. Mahalo, Jen.
Gail and I are doing very well. I have been gardening and keeping busy. My house has become Adenium Obesum central. It started innocently enough, as these stories always start. I was visiting houses for a foreign client when I came across this abandonned adenium obesum sitting in a broken down plastic pot. It hadn't seen any care since the Kennedy administration. I offered $10 for it and the owner agreed. When I opened my wallet, I only had $6 on me. No matter, they wanted to get rid of it, so $6 sealed the deal. When I got home, I showed Gail and she had a fit because she would have been ashamed to put it in a green bag and drag it to the curb on trash pick-up day. It quickly became one of her favorite plants. Then, I managed to buy an adenium obesum that belonged to one of our dearly departed gardening friends (Giancarlo, aka Armando). We were then up to 2 desert roses. On my birthday, a friend of mind told me about this house that the county was going to buldoze over because it had become an unsafe structure and home to a small army of squatters. A sign on the lawn said to walk around and dig up anything we wanted. And that is how I became the proud owner of 2 more full-grown adenium obesum specimens. I have managed to start 2 from seeds and I bought one from a store. So, I now have 7 of those caudiciforms. They are highly addictive. Here is a picture of one of the rescued plants, along with a blue ceramic pot that was laying there, used as a garbage can.
I love your rescued desert roses!! I have one that I got from Wally World on clearance last year. Hasn't bloomed since winter but now that it's warming up I'm gonna find a bigger pot for it and let it spread it's roots some more. It has dark pink blooms on it. Not too happy right now with me cause it's cold at night and really nice during the day so it's outside. lol. It needs to develop thicker skin if it's gonna live with me. lol
I've been working the greenhouse at work now that spring is here. We've had a warm up the last couple days and have just about been wiped out. Luckily more plants coming tomorrow.
My own veggie garden will have 12 tomatoes- Beefmaster and Mr.Stripey, 6 bell peppers, 1 cucumber, 1 or 2 yellow squash and if I have room for more stuff I'll figure something out. lol. I'm also doing herbs in a pot but gotta wait til we get my nephew for a day and have him help me plant them. This way he can pick the leaves and eat them all he wants. lol. Got licorice basil, lemon basil, sweet basil, sage, and peppermint. Oh and purple basil. I might be missing one or two but that's most of them. He's 3 and is curious as can be. So curious that if I am weeding a bed he tramples right thru all my plants to see what I'm doing and to help. LOL. I jus sigh and hope my plants are hardy enough they can handle it. lol.
Christi, did you have to mention plumeria? LOL. I've been trying to think of ways to convince a cousin who is stationed down in Hawaii to bring one back for me next time he's on leave. Legally of course. lol. It's been my plant dream all winter. I'm trying to think of a spring one now. lol
Thanks for the new thread Jen!! It's great talking to everyone over here again.
Haven't downloaded the pictures yet and don't really know how to get them posted since I bought this imac. However, this afternoon my neighbor discovered a swarm of honey bees working their way around a limb in her magnolia tree. Checked the internet for a beekeeper and a young man came out to collect them. Another experience of holy ground. He brought a rubbermaid tote and his protective gear with a ladder. Scooped them into the tote. Looked for the queen (she is larger than the others) put her in a clear water bottle. Punched holes in it and her pheromones called the worker bees and the drones into the tote with her. Made a big neighborhood experience. Three years ago we had Monarch butterflies by the thousands spend the night in our combined yards. Then we had not one, but two, Luna moths. These things are not common and seldom seen. God has blessed us once again. Yay!!! Love your blooms, Pu'ole.
Great to hear everyone's news - how busy you all are!
Lovely Adenium Sylvain - I think that having 7 now qualifies as a collection! I have one myself, but it is not doing too well due to the fact that a huge Brug has grown out of control and has now put it into full shade, I must try to remember to dig it up and give it a spot with full sun, goodness knows I have plenty of hot, dry spots around the place. I love the Lotus, what a nice Easter day surprise. Say Hello to Gail from us, glad to hear that she is keeping well.
Wow Pepper, that is going to be a very nice veggie / herb garden - especially with all the help you are getting from your nephew. I have given up on growing tomato here because they get under constant attack from white fly and powdery mildew. We do have some wild tomato that come up all over the garden, planted by the birds no doubt, which are very small but very sweet and they don't seem to be hit by anything at all. You mention that you want a Plumeria - they sell cuttings at all the tourist stores around here which have been already inspected by the Ag dept, and are ready to send through the mail. They are only about 8" or so, but it would be easy enough for me to mail you a couple if you want - LMK.
Princess K, thank goodness those were not Africanized bees - when I lived in Arizona it was a constant worry every time you saw a hive!
It sure would be nice to go to a RU - wish sometimes I didn't live 3000 miles out to sea! One day I shall just arrive on your doorstep! Please ask the others that you have in mind to join us, I haven't "seen" RJ around for quite a while perhaps he his over at the other site, I know that Carol (Aloha Hoya) doesn't come to Daves anymore.
Katie, hope that foot keeps improving - it sounds as if you and Tony are going to be very busy with all the seeds you bought in CA. Glad to hear that the Cherimoya are doing so well for you - they are so delicious! My tree is in the process of dropping old leaves and growing new ones at the same time - it's very weird how all our trees do that here.
Of to help Mom pick up Monkey Pod seeds before it gets too hot in the driveway - also got to sweep the road as the darned tree spreads so very wide the street gets covered too, and we don't have any road cleaners in my neighborhood. Grumble, grumble!
I'm here guys...Katie found me.
Hi LouC! I'm assuming that was Mike's Moms house? I couldn't imagine you selling your house.
Just got back from Colorado Springs- My brothers 50th birthday...was nice a couple of days then it got pretty cold, even saw snow flakes.
Been slowing down on the gardening, can't seem to keep up anymore- After the last couple years of freezes I have down sized the plants "on hand" just don't have the room in green house or the garden. The tree fern still lives and is about as tall as I am now.
Am still trying to transfer to an airport before our office moves to Chicago- Most of the airplanes now are now painted United. A few of us are considering getting a "crash" pad in Chicago and commuting every couple of weeks..dunno what will happen.
Hi Jenn, Pepper, Sylvain!
I looked into picking up some property next to Carols on the Big Island. Would love to, but...ya know..$$, and the job thing.
Hi Rj!! Hope you are able to transfer to another airport in time. I have a feeling you would have a hard time adjusting to the frigid winters of Chicago. lol. Especially with the lake effect winds.
Was hoping to work in the garden tomorrow but it rained all day today and it's a muddy mess out there. Too muddy for me to try and do anything. So just taking my grandma plant shopping instead. Be a nice change for her and she can get some plants for her gardens.
Randy, Mike asked about you just this evening. He has missed you as well as I have. Big heartache, the morning glory tree just couldn't take the 16 degrees we had for 48 hours. Even killed the cutting I had saved just in case. One of my favorites.
Your brother's 50th birthday. June 9th we will be married 50 years... much to everyone's surprise.
Christie, we must rendez-vous in June, My Birthday is June 7th my Continental anniversary is June 9th! I just got this retirement present from Brian today.
Left to right my friends Steve, Phillip and Brian...oh yes..the present are those airline seats!
Nice to catch up on all your news RJ, and I sure hope that you find a transfer before having to make that big move to Chicago. Even having a crash pad and going home every couple of weeks would be difficult, I imagine. I hope you can find a way to move to the Big Island, it is always tough to live in the more remote parts of Hawaii - I myself would love to live in Hana (the windward side of our Island) but no jobs, and living "off the grid" would be too difficult for us unless we were super wealthy, like so many of the well known personalities who have homes there. Even the tourist industry (which is the mainstay of jobs) is mostly centered around the leeward sides with the beaches and the sunny weather...perhaps after retirement?
PK, can't wait to hear the good news...
Woke up to light but constant rain here this morning - not at all usual for us, these types of showers are called "God's Blessings" here which I think is rather nice. The garden really perks up and looks so fresh and green after some rain - I have noticed that bananas seem to ripen up quickly after we get "Blessings". I wonder if it has something to do with the ozone?
We are starting to pick quite a lot of figs and the papaya are going nuts. We always have papaya but they are more than we can keep up with in the spring. The birds help us out a lot, especially the white eyes that hollow them out - from the ground level the fruit looks perfect but after it's picked you find that there are no guts left at all! The Mango trees are starting to ripen one by one - it's not going to be a heavy bearing year this year, but more than enough for us and anybody else who crosses our path. I am not quite sure why anyone would want 6 old Mango trees in their garden, but that is what the previous owner planted.
Off to take Mom If this shopping this morning and run a few errands around town. If this drizzle keeps up it looks as if it will be a good day to work on my quilt...
I have a second pomegranate blooming. It is the one that is on the side of the arroyo where it gets very hot during the summer. If I get enough of these maybe the hummingbirds will leave one or two fruits for me. They love the and ate all of last year's crop.
I have been potting up cherimoyas and arhats. Both are sprouting now that the weather is warming up.
I've been drinking lots of hot lemonade. Slept well last night and feel much better this morning though I'm still very low energy. I can hear Jenn and her mom both saying "Don't overdo." Ok, I'm resting.
Almost no foot pain and the cold is almost gone. I know the energy will be back soon - just not today. The good news is that I'm not depressed, just very tired. Worrying about my foot and whether I was going to need surgery or just be lame forever really took a toll. I'm glad to be recovering and to know that I will soon be going up and down the steps in the arroyo.
The schotia tree is almost finished blooming but we still have lots of birds. I've never noticed before how cheery it is to have so many around. I brought a big bag of food from Wal-Mart to encourage them to stick around. It was funny coming through to Mexico as I explained what bags were for plants, what for birds and what for dogs. They let me through with no hassle.
The mango across the street seems to have a regular crop on it; nothing close to the bumper crop we experienced last year. The trouble here is to keep the groundskeepers from knocking down the unripe mangos. They eat them green with loads of salt. My neighbor Doreen makes it her business to protect the tree whenever the groundskeepers are on duty. They fear her. She guards that tree as if it were one of her children. We have quite a few mango trees on the property, so the groundskeepers pick their green mangos from the other trees and we get to eat all the fresh ripe mangos we can handle. I have this recipe for a mango cobbler that makes your toes curl upwards.
I took advantage of a super nice day and took my grandma shopping for plants and spent a ton of money. LOL. Came home and planted several of them and just enjoyed the nice weather before the rain hits again tonight. Got lots more to plant but I'll get there. I put a serious dent in them today!! lol
Well, I thought I had mastered uploading pictures to DG on this imac. not. Have had this almost 2 1/2 years and cannot master iphoto. I can upload entire albums to FaceBook but not just one photo at a time. Printed out instructions from plantladylin and still could not get it work. Guess you all have to friend me on Facebook so I can show you our flower garden and the extended deck and patio area. Recently built a Tiki Bar on the property line to share with neighbor that has the koi pond. Even put a thatch roof on it. Dave, we would start the visit with whatever libation anyone wanted. I make a mean virgin Mary (bloody Mary with no alcohol). Mike gave his pull-behind smoker to our son as it is just too much for us anymore. If you are not familiar with The Big Green Egg, check it out on the internet. We bought him the largest size and he is happier with it than any cooker he has ever had. Best part is it doesn't get hot on the outside and presents no fire danger on this wooden deck. Uses about a 10th the amount of fuel to cook and gets up 750 degrees. I wanted to show you a picture but...
Happy Mother's Day to everyone. If you are not a mother, you have one and it is a day of thankfulness for all.
Princess Kilikina (just love being a princess again)
Hi Dave, how is everything going in your neck of the woods? I'm with you - what's for dinner Christi?! Lovely picture of the turtle, and nice to hear from you.
Glad to see that you are feeling better Katie, that arroyo will wait for a few more days - it's a huge job you have taken on, but it's going to be ideal when you finally get it done, and I think it's going to look rather beautiful too. Is a garden ever done - mine isn't! I keep having to tweek things and move stuff around because they have grown much larger here than I ever imagined they could. Those pom's are a perfect choice and should thrive for you, so nice when something gives food as well as eye candy.
Hey, how about sharing that recipe that is going to curl my toes Sylvain? I imagine that you could use peaches instead for those of you that have access to them instead of mango. I had to laugh about Doreen the keeper of the mango fruit! Many of the folks around here only eat green mango too, I believe it's a favorite of the Phillippino people and they really don't thank you for a ripe fruit!
Jeanne, glad you have found us. I hope your Mom (and you) are doing better now. How nice to have your sister there and make those wonderful miniatures together. Your doll houses are incredible! Do share some pics.
Nice hanging pots you created Pepper, I bet you and Grandma had a lovely day browsing through the nurseries. Just how many plants did you come home with?
I had a disturbed night last night due to a cane toad serenading. He /she kept it up all night long and got progressively louder as he / she couldn't get another toad to come to the pond I guess. Anyway at 3 am I went out armed with a net and a flash light, but missed him / her every time. I finally trapped it under the net at 4.45 am. Ah! peace and quiet for a whole 15 minutes before the calling started again. That little bugger was sitting right on top of the net! A quick flick of the wrist and I managed to dump him into a bucket and slammed the lid down fast. Success! He / she will be relocated this morning into a swampy area - it will take him / her weeks to walk back to my house with any luck! I know, I know, toad are good for the garden - but I really draw a line at Cane toads. By the way, anyone know if it's the males or the females that croak for a mate? Always like to know the enemy!
Off to the beach for a short time early this morning to meet up with a gang of friends that just gather to "talk story" on the weekends. It's always fun, and they are such a diverse bunch of people that it is always interesting to talk to them.
Hey, Jen. Saw a teaser on some channel last night (I never know, other than it is usually HGTV,History, Green or something of that nature) that there is to be a special Sunday night on cane toads. How they have taken over areas and are killing native creatures. They are menace wherever they are. Next time, kill it with no qualms. One less OBL Toad.
Those hanging pots I cheated on. I bought them that way at work. LOL!! I will be making up plenty of regular containers for the deck though. I have flowers galore waiting to be planted into containers right now and I'm not done buying yet. LOL. I also have 2 cardboard trays loaded with plants in my truck and they won't come out till sometime tomorrow when I can sneak them out. LOL.
I'm planting for hummers and butterflies. Some lantana, verbena, petunias, sweet potato vines-for my cats to play hide and seek under, cabrilochia aka mini petunias, elephant ears, and I know I'm missing a couple. For the ground I'm mostly doing perennials and throwing down zinna seeds and annual aster seeds. My nephew will help with that. I'm trying to turn him into a gardener even though he's only 3. Never to early to start!!
A glorious Mother's Day to all you moms out there!
Yesterday was a great day for me. I was up bright and early. It was coffee on the deck at 6:15 with some of my daily readings. I was behind on my reading, but now I'm all caught up. It feels good.
I then headed to my friend Ginger's house. She was having a garage sale and I offered to lend a hand. A lot of her customers only spoke Créole and French. So, I was the international host for the event. In the process, I relieved Ginger of 3 large terracotta pots and at least a dozen medium terracotta pots. Symbiosis is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
Then, I headed to a pet shop specializing in reptiles. We were having difficulties with our pet ball python, Lucy. You see, Lucy has been raised in the lap of luxury with all the amenities and privileges of royalty. That snake has a huge living enclosure with a heated hide-out, a large water dish, a slate tile patio, a jungle gym, an infrared heat lamp and all the food she needs. Add to that Gail and I doting upon her every day and you get a good pet snake. She is absolutely gorgeous. She spends hours wrapped around my neck or draped on my shoulders in the evenings. Lately, she has found a new thing. She puts her head on my nose and just sits there, apparently enjoying herself. I include a picture of Lucy when she was just a wee little hatchling. She has grown quite a bit since then. I'll take a fresh picture soon and post it here.
Oh, I know snakes are not on everybody's list of good pets, but such is life. You are welcome to go EEEWWW. I was like that 2 1/2 years ago. Had I known what I know now, I would have kept a snake a long time ago. Live and learn certainly applies here. We are positively gaga over that ball python. A week ago, Lucy was getting ready to shed her old skin. I replaced her shaved aspen substrate by a special bark substrate that can be kept moist without rotting. You don't want your snake to breathe mold. It's not good for us and the same rule applies to animals. The moist bark did its job and Lucy enjoyed an easier, very successful shedding process.
But there was a problem. We noticed that Lucy only slept on her unheated slate patio under her infrared lamp, instead of taking refuge in her deluxe heated appartment. We came to the conclusion that she didn't like slithering and sleeping on the rough bark. Who knew snakes could be finicky? So, first order of business was to acquire a new bag of aspen shavings. When I came home, I removed the bark and laid out a new bed of aspen shavings. Two minutes later, she went into her heated hide-out. We now have a happy snake again. She has trained us very well, hasn't she? You have got to love Lucy.
Today is going to be a much more relaxed day. I have to plant a new acalypha. I may do it today, or leave it until tomorrow. I will dig up that mango cobbler recipe and publish it here later on; maybe today.
Oh dearest Pu'ole. A snack lover I am not. If I even see a little grass snake in my garden I am out of here. They are all deadly to me as I would die of heart failure should one actually touch me.
I'm glad for you and Gail that Lucy brings you both so much pleasure. I'm more of a dog person myself. This past week I have pulled up the half acre of poppies and saved seed heads. Many I cut off where they stood and let them fall and then pulled out the stalks. I have been moving towards mostly Texas natives (much easier and more successful DUH) as I lost so many plants the last two winters. I observed that Mother Nature does not store seed. The drop of blow with the wind and with no preparation, regenerate the following spring. I find seed grown plants to be much healthier and longer lasting. Right now the blooms are gorgeous but I know that in about 2 weeks we will be hoovering near 100 for at least 3 months. Just as hard as the 16 degree days we had last winter. Finally closed the windows last night and turned on the AC. I hate when that becomes necessary but the 90+ we are having makes it difficult to sleep.
I'm going to concentrate, once again, to learn how to upload pictures from iphoto. So frustrated over this problem. If you are on Facebook, please "friend" me as I can easily put up and album with no problem.
RJ, I dug up the root of the Morning Glory Tree yesterday hoping to find life...not to be. Of all the plants that I have lost to the weather, I miss this one the most.
Dave, Mike cooked Country Style Pork Ribs last night along with his signature homemade potato salad. Had corn on the cob and sliced tomatoes from our vines. We are testing different menus for our get-together. Oh, how I wish it could be so. Cannot describe the feeling I had when I met Jen and I can easily pull it up from my memory. And then there was the fantastic visit with RJ at his home and better yet, when he came here for a long weekend. The miracle of the internet has changed my life. I love each of you.
Took the speakers outside to the deck and we play Bro IZ almost constantly. Did you know his recordings are #1 in Germany and France right now. Amazing.
Had a few family members over for dinner and just had a relaxing day. My dad did have to go out and send my neighbor back into their yard because she kept riding her motorbike into our yard again. Wasn't tearing up the yard but we don't want her to get hurt over here and there are several slick spots. Not long after he told her no she parked the bike for the day. lol
The one you brought to me was huge and gorgeous. It died to the ground two years in a row but this last winter got it. The Mexican hydrangea has spread EVERYWHERE. Don't really mind as it blooms and blooms and blooms. Just like a four o'clock, it needs no care whatever.
Finished work for the week - now to catch up on all of your news...
Pu'ole, I just gotta see a picture of Lucy perched on your nose! That is one well loved snake, her home sounds more comfortable than mine! She obviously brings you and Gail much enjoyment and more than a few laughs with her unusual antics. ^_^
Pepper, the garden sounds as if it going to be as pretty as a picture. I just bought Mom a Cabrilochia for Mothers Day - do you know if you can take cuttings from it?
PK, you simply got to get with the program so that we can see your photo's on Daves! Nothing is quite as pretty as a patch of poppies. I have a Morning Glory Tree - sort of a pinky lavender color - do you want a cutting? I have to go to the airport at the end of the week to have plants inspected to send to Pepper and I can get MGT cuttings done for you at the same time...LMK.
Dave, do you know my Mom?
We have had a few cloudy days here, not at all usual for us at this time of the year, but no rain. The garden is enjoying the respite from the unrelenting sun but it hurts me to have to put on the electricity for the solar water heater - we are so used to having piping hot water all the time that 115 degree water seems just too cool. LOL.
I have to spend a few hours this morning cutting up and dehydrating bananas. I hate the job, but the kids really enjoy them. We currently have two bunches ripe (Frank estimates them at 30lbs each) and it looks as if there are more to come very soon so I better get cracking as the darned things ripen over night.
Katie, I hope your foot is still on the mend and that you are settled back in at home. How long is Scout going to be your house guest? For those of you that don't know, Katie has rescued all of her dogs from the dump area in her town(wasn't it, Katie?) as pups. She really is an angel and gives those unwanted pups the most comfortable and happy life you could imagine, including cooking chicken for them and giving them lots and lots of love. Way to go Katie!
Oh Jennie, I would be ever so grateful for the cutting. This time it will go into a very large pot to stay. Not taking any more chances with the kind of winters we have been experiencing. Strange, but I have 7 or 8 brugs reappearing and they are all yellow. All of the pink or pinkish froze. I have one plumie that is about to bloom. Will be its first time and I have had the stalk for 4 years. Have no idea what color it will be and don't care. Just as long as it blooms I am happy.
Haven't gotten much done planting wise this week yet. Started to on Sunday before family arrived but when I got down to the shed and opened the door, there was a huge spider there, legs and all bigger than my palm. He wasn't budging and I don't like spiders. He won. lol. Then a little bit later I was coming off the deck to do something and looked to my left and there was a snake. My first thought was someone rolled out the hose but the hose was on my right. l started screaming to my parents to grab a camera because this was no black snake and he was big!! At least 3 feet, maybe 4 feet long. So needless to say I haven't gotten any of my containers started thanks to bugs and reptiles deciding to sun themselves where we don't want them. lol
Oh my word, Amanda! I am deathly afraid of a snake of any size. What are loosely called "grass snakes" could be a baby python as far as I am concerned. They are ALL DEADLY. I will have a heart attack if confronted with one. Be careful, sweetheart.
Oh I am. lol. He was very calm with all the commotion going on. Just sitting there sunbathing it seemed like. I don't mind the snakes being in my yard as long as I don't see them. Give me a lizard any day. Actually saw one of them too on Sunday. My nephew spent all day looking for it. lol
I'm with you Christi, lizards are OK...snakes not so much.
Sounds like everyone had a great Mother's Day! My youngest granddaughter brought me two beautiful orange and white amaryllis. I'll have to get their picture.
I have managed to get some rest. Mom has another Dr's appt tomorrow. They may fit her with a portable heart monitor for 24 hrs. She does not have good circulation to the brain due to narrowing arteries / veins and is starting to have some confusion. She is still rather weak, shaky, and dizzy from her fall and mini stroke. We don't like leaving her alone. It is good that my sister is there with her for now.
My banana trees are making a comeback. These are all new sprouts. All of the 60 big ones bit the dust. They just turned to mush. So no bananas this year, again. It's OK, the foliage is so pretty!
The plumerias are leafing out. Even my babies from seed. A couple have forked. I think they are due to bloom next year. There is over ten of them! Daylilies are in bloom also.
My hut is still on DS's todo list...can't wait to see your pictures Christi!
Being a snake owner, I know that my snake is a gentle, very tame, sweet and well brought-up baby. That is how she was brought up. Wild snakes,although they are not necessarily out to get you, have to be given a wide berth and a fair bit of respect. But if a snake came near me outside, my long-handled shovel will be used in unconventional ways, I tell you what.
I saw a TV documentary on python hunters in the Everglades a few months ago. For the record, pythons are not venomous. They are constrictors. I had to laugh at how inept those guys were. What a bunch of certified wusses posing as big-time wilderness adventurers!
They walk the fields in a narrow formation, in groups of 6 or more. They wear no protective gear, carry no weapons and they're as skittish as squirrels. So, they walk the fields and one spots a python. It's an 8-foot specimen sunning itself. He yells "python" and everyone converges on him. I still can't figure out why they need to all be together like that. I guess there is security in numbers.
The guy bends down and picks it off the ground as if he had dropped a salami at the grocery store. That is all the action there is to it: bend down, pick it up, show it to the camera. The snake does what comes naturally and coils around the guy's arm for support. It also wrapped its neck around the guy's neck. It wasn't an attempt at strangling or biting. He was just looking for support. You could tell this was a good baby. I would have adopted it on the spot.
They then carry the allegedly evil snake to a holding cage on the back on their truck. No chase, no attack, no wrestling with an enraged reptile, nothing. It was as boring as watching paint drying. They don't tell you what fate awaits the snake, but no good can come of all this. I know they are an introduced species that does untold and virtually unchecked damage to the Everglades echosystem. I just have a propension to take the snake's side because nobody else seems to root for it.
In other news,,, I have 2 adenium obesum (desert rose) that I started from seeds. In February, my cruising buddy said: Let's repor those. I agreed, seeing no arm in it. We only had one terracota pot, so we repotted one, leaving the other alone. We then forgot to buy terracota pots and left the other one undisturbed. The repotted one lost all its leaves. I now have a caudex at ground level with an 18-inch bald main stem sticking straight up and 2 quasi-microscopic newly-formed leaves at the top. Those things are so temperamental. The other one will stay in its pot until it manages to grow enough roots to crack it. Adeniums are known to do that. Ah,the heartbreaks of gardening. But the plant is not dead; it just looks mighty poorly. I'll give it a good shot of orchid bloom booster today. It will perk right up. I include a picture of adenium blooms.
I think mine could use a boost too. It's also tempermental. I figured it was tired of being inside so I stuck it outside where it looks like it's deciding whether to live or die. And I thought my cats were tempermental. Sheesh! lol. I still like it though.
Pepper, I wouldn't worry about your adenium dying. They are the plant world's drama queens extraordinaire. You brought it outside and that is a good thing. I would recommend acclimating it slowly to being outside by placing it in a dappled shade area at first and slowly moving it to full sun conditions. Those things require full sun. And they are borderline gross feeders. I just know it will perk up soon.
We saw a recipe for rum & coke BBQ ribs on the Today show a couple days ago. It looked easy enough to make. I tried it. Don't even bother! They couldn't serve that to prison inmates for fear a riot would start. Bland, can't taste the rum, can't taste the coke, a waste of time and resources. I just thought I'd warn y'all. We love ribs, but we have yet to find a recipe that will become our standard house recipe. Does anyone have a good reliable recipe? I am open to suggestions.
I can't wait for this drought to be over. There must be some brush fires nearby because for the last 2 days, we have had this smoke odor outside, almost full-time. I am sitting outside with my snake and my morning coffee. The snake doesn't like the smoke odor. I guess instinct tells her that smoke is bad news. Anyhow, my baby just can't seem to relax as she sits draped like a lei on my shoulders. She's got her tail wrapped around my left hand and she's holding tighter than usual. Poor thing, I'll bring her back inside now, where she'll fee secure again.
Princess, I will gladly try his recipe. I have been known to cook a slight bit. Some things just escape me completely. For example, for about 20 years, I couldn't come up with a decent recipe for baked beans if my life had depended upon it. Then, I found an old cookbook with a baked beans recipe in it. I tried. It worked and that recipe is now part of my recipe arsenal. I hope it works for me.
There many things in bloom here today.
First, let me share this plumeria trio with you. On Jeremy's advice, I planted in a very large pot and they've been doing well ever since.
I need to transplant it to a different pot before I move it. The bottom of this one concave and it doesn' t balance well. New pot then I'll move it after it has a chance to get used to the little bit of extra room.
One of my newly done up containers. Lantana, mini petunias, a coleus and a dormant elephant ear in the middle. Since I didn't separate my ee's over the winter so that I knew what was what I have no idea what it will look like when it comes up. Will be a nice suprise. lol
If there were a topic set for this thread, I would seriously off-topic. However, such is not the case. I won't take much of your time.
I usually think I look good while wearing a hat. Cowboy hats, baseball caps, dew rags, feudoras, party hats... you name it, I'll wear it.
Now, there is this famous hat going on the auction block soon. I'm having trouble deciding if I should bid or not. Gail tells me it wouldn't suit me. I think it's the color, somehow. Please check out the picture and let me know how you feel about it. Warning: this is not for the faint-hearted.
Po'ule, it's just you, darling! Much better than on Princess Bea - don't bid a lot for it though will you, it will take a special event to carry it off - anything special coming up? You crack me up! The orchid, ginger and plumeria look very nice - it must smell gorgeous in your garden!
Katie, glad you had a good night's rest despite the boot and five dogs! I am still hoping you will get a camera and post some pictures so we can see all the work you are doing around your place - it must be looking good down in the arroyo after all the hard labor that has gone into it...good luck with the tangerines, it looks as if it is going to be a poor year for me with the citrus.
It looks as if that pot you planted is going to be very pretty, Pepper, especially if the ee comes up. I checked the "for sale" plumeria and they were only as big as your middle finger so I cut some off my trees - they are on there way to you. Sorry for the delay, but I had to go over to the airport to get them inspected before mailing. I hope you enjoy them.
Christi, package is on the way to you too - a couple of surprises included! Looking forward to seeing Mike's prize winning rib recipe - give him my love.
Hope all of you are safe from the awful flooding that is going right now - the weather channel is becoming a horror to watch and we feel so lucky to be here - at least for this week in time...
I don't know how I will ever pay you back for all your inconvenience, Jen. wish there were something in my garden that I could send but they are so picky about plants going into Hawaii, with good reason.
I have many Texas natives that are invasive right here in my yard. I can imagine what they would do in the rich soil of Maui. You will die. I am once again petting a small pot of bougainvillea and for the first time, for me, it is re-blooming. Will never forget that magnificent fence. We are waiting to open the doors for another sale of the belongings from Mike's mother. We had one sale at the house on the lake and had lots left. Have carted it here and going to make one more attempt. She has no antiques or collectibles. She lived near a kitchen discount store and in the seventies must have gone wild over Corning Ware. We have 3 complete sets and all the accessories. I got several pieces at my wedding showers 50 years ago and they are very difficult to use. Burns everything you put in it. When you try to scrub it, it makes marks. Good idea that didn't work out so well. About time to open for business. Later, everyone.
Corning Ware is great in microwaves and the Visions pieces are vey collectable now.
I have seeds to plant and cleaning/organizing in my outdoor plant room.
tony is here and we are both enjoying that the critical neighbors are gone for the summer. I really like both of them, especially Dana, but they are both very critical and it's depressing. Reminds me of most of my family.
My foot is much better. Don't know if I'll be well enough to go see Amma who will be in LA on June 10.
My friends Sharon and Jon, Scout's owners, have broken up. Sharon is working in Malibu and can't have a dog there. She thinks Jon is in Canada, no idea when he'll return. He only talked to Tony about leaving Scout here. Scout is doing fine; she is very serious while all the others are still playful but she has always been this way. She follows me around some, like the others, and helps to remind me why I like dogs so much. I missed saying goodbye to Dana and Tom's dog Amioga who is a good friend (to their jealousy as she doesn't normally like "others")
I checked out the beach yesterday. There is only a little seaweed. Don't know if it's too early or too late for the big piles.
Rain and a cool front ! We can hear the sigh of relief. Busy busy, working overtime on some of my vacation and off to Colorado for my Nephews graduation. I think I might get a hold of Sharie and husband for a visit in Denver.
Oh gosh, Randy. Didn't used to be able to see the greenhouse for the foliage. Hope that doesn't mean that it is all gone, just maybe hasn't come up yet. Because of the cool spring, I have lots of things that are just now pushing through the soil.
The sale was just so-so today. The price of gas has deeply cut into the budget of we garage sale people. Had more than one looking for children's clothing. Buying just the basic of life. Not enough income for ANYTHING frivolous.
Just reading about the opening of flood gates all along the Mississippi River. So sad. Have any of you ever heard of so many natural disasters in your life? I haven't and will be 70 years old in October. Born just before Pearl Harbor and instead of getting better...things are much worse. I personally am safe and have a wonderful environment but so distressed for others.
Going to meet our son tomorrow for a Texas Ranger baseball game. He lives some 275 miles from us and we don't see him often. He is bringing some customers to the game and invited us to join him. Cautioned his daddy to tell me that he is 45 years old and I should not treat him like a child in front of the customers. What do you think? I may be nice, maybe not...I can be a scoundrel at times.
We finally got the big downpour we all prayed to get. It was a violent thunderstorm but no damage. Florida produces such unbelievable storms with thunder that sounds like a whip snapping and lightning that run horizontally in the sky. Maybe I have had a shielded youth, but I always saw lightling as striking vertically. Anyhow, the spectacle from under the carport was worth seeing and the rain felt so good. It was as if I could hear the plants go AAAHHH!
Power did go off, as it so often does here in storms. I sometimes wonder if those wires are real electrical wires, or licorice strips strung between the posts. We do run out of power very often. The surge protector on the computer earns its money, I tell you.
In such circumstances, I have 2 candelabras always ready. One of them is a 5-candle "silver" classical contraption like Liberace used to have on his piano. The other one is a menorah, given to me by a dear Jewish friend of ours years ago. I have a good thought for Rhina every time I light it. Those were two of the prized possessions I couldn't bear to leave behind when we moved to Florida. These 2 devices produce an appreciable amount of light when all the candles are burning.
But, having suffered a fire when we first got married, I am weary of candles and they do dirty the ceilings. We have 2 battery-operated lanterns and at least a half-dozen LED flashlights in our hurricane supplies. I just have to swing by Costco and buy 3 OR 4 12-packs of D batteries in preparation for the hurricane season. So many things to do...
We, too, have had storms this week and this is our tornado season. The weather is so unpredictable. We are now having lows in the 50's and highs around 70. Not normal for this time of year. The garage sale wasn't so good yesterday. Still have most of MIL's kitchen items and I certainly don't need anymore of my own. Mostly Corning Ware and Corel, and some silver plate serving pieces. All from the seventies. No demand for cooking supplies from the younger crowd. They eat out or bring in prepared entrees. Whole different world.
Thanks to Sylvain, I have been lurking here for about a week. My, oh, my, I know you all. Long time no see to many of you.
as Sylvain said, we had quite a storm yesterday. No damage, but all the babies are singing this am. Have been cutting down on my garden space for it's just getting too much, but enjoying fully what there is.
Thanks, I think so too. It took me quite a few weekends to haul out the dead stuff, and two big trash days to get rid of it all. I wish I had a wood chipper.
Hey Pepper...I finally did put that large cattle drinking trough in my green house, and it does the trick in keeping it humid. I put mosquito fish in there too. In the summer it serves as a water back up in these dry times here.
I have got to get myself some of those mosquito fish (gambusia). Nobody seems to have them here. Also, I know killifish would work, but I might as look for a reincarnation of The Great Pumpkin. It's frustrating when you know about stuff but can't find somewhere to buy it.
How right you are, Pepper. The people are always the best show of all. If everyone that was walking around the stadium had come inside...there would have been waaaay tooo many. Pandemonium. Saw some things I could hardly believe. Even the zoo isn't that good. hahahaha
Just catching up on all the news after some extra days at work this week...off now until Sunday, thank goodness!
Happy, so nice to "see" you here! I am glad Sylvain invited you over - He always makes me laugh imagining him with his Liberace candelabra in a lightening storm!
RJ, the garden looks so nice even though you have "cut back" on the plants! Nice to hear that the tree fern continues to prosper.
PK, nice that you had a good outing with your son and family. Are you still going to do garage sales with what's left of MIL's stuff? It must be very exhausing. I have started to weed out some of my extra kitchen things as I will probably never have a family of 8 to cater for again, and I have been taking the dishes and things to a consignment store and I am rather pleased to have made quite a bit of cash on them. The more ordinary things go to the Kidney Foundation which is one of the only charities that do a monthly pick up here on Maui. Sad to see some of the things go in a way.
I haven't had much time to look around the garden this week but the starfruit tree is blooming again - I guess we will have fruit in a month or so. Four crops a year from that beast, hundreds in each cropping. A friend just told me about a hedge made from Starfruit trees in my neighborhood - of course I had to check it out and it was very pretty with the nice fine foliage that the starfruit has.
I can smell the coffee tree blooms coming in the window this morning, such a lovely scent. Coffee does not do very well for me in my area but we do have three in the garden, although we do not harvest the berries to make the coffee.
This morning I have to deal with a pile of Mango that Frank picked yesterday. There is just so much we can eat, freeze and give away (everyone else's trees are producing too) so I am planning on dehydrating them so that I can send a box to the grandkids on the mainland. Such a messy job and orange fingers afterward are a given.
I just found out that I am going to need to have cateract surgery at the end of June - that can't possibly be me, cataracts are for "old people" LOL! I think it's about time I started acting my age, not my shoe size! Everyone tells me that it's not bad but I am still very leary of anything to do with my eyes. The plus is that I will have perfect sight, at least in one eye. My daughter Laurie is planning on coming out for moral support - she said she was just looking for an excuse!
My big plans for the day include rewiring my watering system that has quit working since we were tented. The valves are working okay, the timer is registrating, so that just leaves the wiring - maybe the connections were broken when they chucked that heavy tarp on top of them - wish me luck, I hate working with electricity!
I am a retired OR Nurse and did a lot of eye surgical procedures. One surgeon in particular will not operate with out me in her room on Tuesdays. Cataract surgery is much improved and takes 15-20 minutes procedure time. You will be discharged 30-45 minutes after surgery. What lens are they implanting?. Good luck to you. Belle
Guess who got a package yesterday? All looks well and is currently soaking up a little water before being planted. I can close my eyes and visualize your garden and just where each cutting originated. We had yet another sale. This time at our house and the turn out was dismal. Spent yesterday re-packing everything and took a good deal of it to the thrift store. There is one in our community that is run by young people who are mentally challenged. It is a very happy place. Mike has one more pickup truck load still at his mother's house. Mostly very large items that have been spoken for that we will deliver elsewhere. The buyer is stalling and we are at a loss as to why. Mike and his mother are extremely anxious. I have adopted an attitude of "all in good time".
We have a substantial escrow from him that won't be returned so I am just waiting.
Here is my newest addition to my collection of adenium obesum (desert rose). It's called Santa Claus. It features a red double flower with white markings. I like it. Gail loves it.
Adenium obesums are very addictive, for some reason. What started out as a rescued plant has turned into a full ménagerie of those caudiciforms. When I got home with the first rescued one, Gail said in a tone of voice that left no room for interpretation: "You paid $6 for THAT!!!???". I had no choice but to hang my head in shame and mumble "Yes". She thought I was going soft in the membrane. Now, they're very dear to her heart, too. It's so nice to grow old and soft in the membrane together.
Beautiful adenium, Sylvian. I have one that I got at Walmart tha's been blooming for about a month. I also have some little plants I started from seed. I've had a hard time getting Tony to underwater them. I showed him some that have shriveled up from too much water and I think he's got it. Not a big deal as he is so much help in so many ways.
We got the van filled with old tires today. We also have a couple of trail loads of palm logs from earlier in the week. And a big pile of soil from when neighbor Tom had our shared road/driveway backhoed. Tony and I are are like a couple of kids with lots of stuff to play with. We are having some of our best weather now and I'm much more mobile now that my foot is better so we're having a good time.
Flame trees are in full bloom in town. Starting to bloom where I am Lots of plumarias blooming.
We had twelve hawks circling the arroyo west of us today. There are two nests on telephone poles. All the songbirds stay near my house cause I have so many trees and bushes which protect them. They are hard on some of my little plants but I like waking up to their cheerful singing. I protect what I can with old fan covers. I got a big bag of sunflower seeds to plant. Have to see if any survive to grow.
Katie, don't know about your area but sunflowers of every description spring up all over the place. Especially where there is any building and the soil has been disturbed. I have had them as volunteers as the birds drop them from the feeders. Got to be a problem with 7 feeders going year around so now we "cook" the seed to keep it from germinating. Most bird seed is not particularly compatible with my flower garden.
Got pots and soil yesterday for the cuttings I got from Jen. Going get them going today so I can sit them out in the rain. YAY!!! RAIN!
Thanks for your reassurance Bellieg, I am not sure which lens they are implanting except they will be mono-something. The Dr said that the ones that have tri focal? have given some people problems and he thinks the mono's are a better choice? I had my eyes measured yesterday and had an EKG done. Found out that I have had a heart attack in the past - unbelievable - can't possibly be me!
Lovely desert rose Pu'oke - I can see why they are addictive.
Happy to hear you were getting some rain yesterday PK, I thought that maybe you were in that band of severe weather that was going up the middle of the country again. Did you catch any of it Pepper?
Well, I rewired the watering system and it works like a dream - thank goodness! It took me a couple of hours as I kept cutting off the wires instead of just stripping them, buying a stripping tool would have probably helped but I didn't have one about my person at the time so I used scissors and found out it takes a very gentle touch! You can't go at it like a bull in a china shop. I am very pleased to have that done.
Off to the beach for a short time this morning to talk story with friends - always enjoyable!
It's going to be another pretty day - here is a pic of early yesterday morning from the Dr's parking lot...
I had two catarac surgeries about seven or eight years ago with no complications. I use reading glasses from the 99cent store. No problems driving or gardening. They gave me a plastic card that says what the lens is but it's outside in my purse.
Tony and I took down a section of tire wall and are laying out tires in accordance with what I envisioned yesterday. It is looking very good. We are both delighted that after five or six years of a little work here and a little there and never being real happy with the results that things are coming together in a big way.
Wish my body was more able to keep up with my ideas but I'm grateful when I can help even a little for a couple of hours. I'm getting lots of seeds started so's to have plants for the arroyo. Lots of them will have to wait until fall as our hot weather will be here in a month or less.
Spent the day watering as our 30 percent chance of rain dried up. Did some trimming in the front garden as it is already getting shaggy. We need rain. I think we should build pipelines around the country like they do for oil, so we can pipe in the water from the flooding places!.
I have been pretty busy today. We babysitted my nephew today, who's 3 and a major handful and went to a benefit breakfast for a local officer who had been shot in the line of duty I think it was 2 years ago now. He sustained alot of damage and recently had to have the leg that had been shot amputated. Medical bills are major so the area is pitching in to help him. My nephew even got to meet him and got to learn that he didn't have to be afraid of him and his leg. Super nice guy and I am glad we went and helped contribute.
Then we had a grad party for a friend this afternoon so spent a few hours there this afternoon. My nephew found some pudldles and promptly got dirty, wet and stinky!! LOL. We had a good time though. Now just sitting here watching local weather people talk about multiple funnel clouds and tornadoes in Kansas ans Missouri though well north of me.
I thought I'd peek in here while my morning pot of elixir of life (coffee) is brewing. It should be done soon. I'll have my habitual very large pot to your health in a few minutes. My first thought this morning is that I had survived the end of the world. I also thought that I had expected to be the end of the world to a bit more chaotic. I never even realized it was going on. Maybe I should check the news before I jump to conclusions. I'm quite sure the rest of the planet is still there.
Randy, those poison arrow vines are delightful. I have got to look them up. That would be an interesting addition to my vine trellis where a passiflora foetida is currently trying to take over our little house. It would be fun to plant them together and see who wins; not to mention that the blooms are very interesting.
I purchased a very handsome alocasia and a newly hybridized philodendron directly from the hybridizer in Homestead on Wednesday. I had been to his place a couple times, but he was never there. On those previous visits, they couldn't sell anything in his absence because a lot of that stuff had just come back from the tissue culture lab. They just didn't know what could be sold to the public. It helped to speak to the Grand Poobah. We got along very well. I like people who get a twinkle in their eyes when they speaks about aroids. I love aroids. Well, I love anything that readily grows large leaves without having to water it with Holy Water from the Pope's private koi pond.
Coffee is ready. Have a great day, everyone.
Pu'ole, a.k.a. Sylvain.
Been dealing with tornadoes around here. The front appears to have moved east some now so I should be in the clear but we had a funnel cloud just north of me and it eventually became a small tornado about an hour later. Still under a tornado watch but for the most part in the clear. Had a hail storm at one point too. Got a bit of damage to the truck but with some touchup paint I can take care of it.
There's some fruit news here. I have one little fig on one of the two fig trees that I've had for five or six years. I've given away rooted cuttings which have produced but this is the first for me. There is also a papaya turning yellow on the tree which I gave neighbor Dana. Since she and her husband Tom are back in Washington for the summer and Tony is taking care of their place we will get to share it.
Tony just called and he has to take his son Antonio to the clinic in Santa Rosalia tomorrow for a problem with his foot. I did odds and ends today and will probably do more of the same tomorrow. I am enjoying our spring-tinto-summer weather, especially in another month or so we will be in survival mode with heat and humidity.
I have a bunch of little arhat plants and I'm researching where they might grow best. Not a lot of information out there.
Scout the visiting dog is now part of the family. Jon may come back someday but we're not holding our breath. Scout like to bark at night with Amber and Jenny. I'm glad they're bonding but wish they'd be quieter about it. I usually put out three containers of food for them That's enough that everyone can eat without fighting. It is funny to see them go from one bowl to another just to see if some are better than others. Like they sniff bones before taking them - like wine connessours.
I've been dealing with pain and I have news: pain sucks. It adds to both depression and tiredness. I can work a few hours a day now - I think - but my mind is fuzzy and I have to be very careful. My house doesn't look like much - as neighbors Dana and Tom would be quick to tell you - but, as Tony and I would tell you we have made huge improvements and we're delighted with things here. The house is liveable. There is a lot of shade (which we have worked for and whhich Dana envies). Lots of fenced areas for the dogs to play. Nice since I can't walk them.
I could spend my time dusting or enjoying. I mostly choose enjoying.
I've had to take more pain killers than usual today but they are finally working. I should be able to sleep.
Lots of little plants coming up and lots more seeds to plant - later.
Tony has gone to take his father to the local clinic. He has to take Antonio to Santa Rosalila for another x-ray of his foot.
Our weather is beginning to warm up a bit but it's still very nice. We are getting what we can done on the arroyo while it is still cool enough to work down there. It is on the west side of the property and really heats up in the summer. One thing we are doing is maximizing what shade there is and putting in more heat and drouth tolerant trees to eventually get more shade.
Tony got some 1/4 inch wire in Santa Rosalia - about $9 per yeard. Yikes.
I'm doing laundry. Tony did the dishes before he left to take his father to the clinic. The man knows how to soften me up.
I am enjoying our beautiful weather.
P.S. Scout the visiting dog seems right at home now.
Hey pepper, I think you and I both live in tornado alley. My son lives in Tulsa (when he is not traveling for his company) and he is in Wichita, KA this week. Last week he was in Joplin and the hotel he was in is no more. He has many friends in Joplin. communication there is still sketchy so he doesn't know who was involved or not. Last night looked like we were truly gonna get it. Two funnel clouds to the west and east of us. Thank goodness they didn't touch down. Today is bright and beautiful. We are blessed. RJ, you definitely don't the kind of storms that have been through here. Observation here: have always been told that lightening would activate the nitrogen...two nights in a row we have had severe thunder storms...I think the grass grew two inches in that time. The other plants are greeeeen. We didn't get that much rain, just high winds and lightening.
We had alot of funnel clouds and tornadoes in our area today. Around 10 am or so they issued a tornado watch and not 2 minutes later tornado warnings. From then on til about 3pm it was a very active and very scary situation with absoutely no one safe around here. I spent an hour in the basement waiting out the storms. I would think the warnings would be allowed to expire and a new cell would pop up and be rotatiing. Tornadoes did touch down in Louisburg, KS and Sedalia, MO. Sedalia suffered quite a bit of damage to the south side of town.
Amanda, my son is in Wichita today and he said he stayed in a customers storm shelter for a couple of hours. I know he would have been big brave Marcus if his customer hadn't insisted. I pray you and your family are safe. This year has been a big baddy for natural disasters. Only thing man has absolutely no control...weather. One way Our God has of reminding us He is omnipotent.
Ground/soil in Texas is so unstable a basement is prohibitive. In the olden days everyone build a cellar. Rarely see such these days but the danger is still very real. I might have to check into such.
Have lived through some 5 tornadoes in my life. None of them were very much fun. Thankfully, I was never hit head on but the peripheral damage was substanstial. I have GREAT RESPECT for what most people call "Mother Nature". In my mind, it is the Rath of God.
We were hit by a hurrican two days after I moved into this "hous" - which at that time was some cement block walls, no windows no roofs. I temporary roof over my bed blew off and I finally slept a little in my RV which also leaked. My crazy neighbor Charles was out on the roof of his shed in the worst of it, trying to nail down roof panels.
It was quite a mess. However, the little house where I had been living up to two days earlier was completely under water. I got dengue fver, was in bed for a week and thatnked God that I had gotten out of the other house.
The house where I live now is well above the flood plain and the worst hurricane we've ever had, about three years ago, barely rouched me. Others lost everything.
One thing that happened during that hurricane was that I was on my way home from Ca., knowing that the hurrican was slowly headed our way, when the hurrican speeded up. It's the one that hit Mulege the hardest ever and I got held up when the road went out. I spent several days under a portoco about 60 miles north of Mulege. I had several books and a lot of boxes of crayons for Christmas so I read a lot and handed out boxes of crayons to all the children. I remember especially that many of the children who had siblings were happy that the each got their own box of crayons and didn't have to share.
Meanwhile, the road from the town of Mulege east to where I live was washed out. The part of the story that most surprises people is that Tony, my friend who works for me, stayed at my house. until I got back. several days. He and his wife have a large extended family and he ended up with 28 people in their two-bedroom house. He stayed to my house mostly to be sure my dogs were OK. When people are surprised at that (think of New Orleans plicemen who desserted when Katrina hit) I say it's a measure of our relationship. When I did get home the twenty-five pounds of brown rice and ham that I'd brought back with me immediately went to Tony's family. Whcih is also my family.
We have been spared since but we take nothing for granted.
My schotia tree lost a lot of its top leaves and this year is the first time that the whole tree has leaves. I didn't lose any of my trees, nor was there damage to my house.
Enough of memory lane. Tony is taking his son Antonio to Santa Rosalia for x-rays so he won't be here today. He put in a long day yesterda, moving soil in the arroyo. Our plan is now clear so we can work without stopping to think or maybe change things. It's kind of fun to have some mindless work to do.
I've told you this before, Katie, but once again...YOU ARE ONE STRONG WOMAN.
RJ, petunias? They are beautiful but not your usual kind of choice.
Been deadheading the annuals/perennials and trying to decide which ones to pull up. I have other things pushing through the ground and the larkspur are overshadowing much of it. Finished cutting the seed heads of the poppies I had already pulled up. The stalks are on the curb today.
Mike is gone to his mother's at the assisted living facility. Yesterday the title company e-mailed me all the papers with a cover letter with instructions. I marked each page as to what it is and marked where she is to sign. They have a person there who is a notary and only 4 pages must be witnessed. He called and said he had another appointment at 10, come now. Kind of glad I didn't have to go. One less stressful encounter.
I am so very happy to hear that the tornados missed you both - I have been watching the TV while at work, and it's just horrific. I don't ever remember such an active year in all the years that I have lived in this country.
Sylvain, was it you that paid over $31,000 for Princess Bea's hat?
PK, so glad to read that your MIL's house is almost settled, it's been a long road to get to this point. Did you manage to get rid of the things that were left over?
Katie, I'm with PK - you really are a strong lady!
My boss is finally back at work today so I am off until Sunday - YEA! I am having a light put in over the dining table and I came home last evening to a real mess. The ceiling has a whole chunk taken out in order to run the electricity, furniture all piled into one corner, etc, etc. I guess you have to break some eggs to make an omelette, but I will be glad when everything is back to normal! They are also replacing the wood on all five of the windows that are up near the ceiling that have termite damage, at least this new wood is treated lumber instead of the untreated that the house was built with in the seventies, so we should be good to go when it's all done.
The figs are starting to ripen a few at a time. The birds are having a field day, especially the little white eyes who seem to love them. One of them sat two inches from Franks hand and scolded him as he was picking yesterday morning. It really was quite funny.
We are starting to get our summer weather here now, although the temps only stay in the eighties the sun is very strong. Mom and I work from 7 until 9.30 in the morning and after that it's too hot to be anywhere but the deep shade. We are winning the war with the Monkey Pod tree, the new leaves have come out overnight and the mess is getting less and less everyday. Mom is happy - it's almost over for another year!
Not to sure what I am going to do in the garden this morning, I haven't had a chance to even walk around to pick my battle, but I do have some small trees that have to get their feet in the ground so that will be my first job. I also need to clean out the pond filters - man! I hate that job!
I have a bevy of question here. I know someone will be able to answer them.
I have somehow become known in our development as a good place to bring unwanted or distressed plants. Yesterday, someone dropped off an autralian fern tree (cyathea cooperii). It's about 14 inches high with 2 fronds. It was dug up using a teaspoon, or a 2X4... I can't be quite sure. It was then unceremoniously thrown into a cracked plastic pot and left here.
On with the questions: I don't have any space in my garden for such a thing, but I do like the way they look. I can, however, house it in a very large terracota pot. Would it do well in there? What kind of light should I aim for? I can provide everything from full sun to full shade. What about watering, fertilizing and such?
Oh, and I am getting 2 more buds on my lotus plants. I can't wait! And I'll avail myself of my bragging rights and post pictures of the blooms.
Sylvain, RJ has had an Australian Fern for several years growing in the middle of his pond. I would suggest you check with him because he has become an expert on this matter, as he is on all things gardening. I would think you should be flattered to be the recipient of some distressed plants. It is obvious to your neighbors that you have the midas touch. Actually, I have found that the green thumb is at the end of a lot of elbow grease.
I bought an Austrailian Fern at Home Depot 3-4 years ago. Had to give it away as any contact would give me a rash like poison ivy. Don't think that is true for most people.
I managed about an hour-and-a-half in the arroyo today. Tony made it a little longer and we got part of a PERMANENT path done and lot of soil moved. It's so funny. To look at it, it's big mounds of oil and rock, a bunch of dead aplm laogs and a lot of old tire, most just kind of tossed together. But I look at it and see how beautiful it's going to be.there are several magenta bouganvillas which bloom almost constantly. As we get the PERMANENT (I love that word) paths done I have lots of aloes and other succulents which can go in between the tires.
With Tony's help I'm putting together my first tipsy pot (See the Trash to Treasure forum if you don't know what this is, or Google it). I cut the rebar and got the base done, then found I don't have enough strength in my arms to pound the rebar into the soil. Tony to the rescue. I've started stacking the pots. I have little portulaca and marigolds I can plant in them.
This is getting to be fun. We have spent so much of our time and effort on the bones - the fruit trees, windows, roofs, floors, brownbagging some walls, building up the soil, and collecting materials that doing some flowers is a real treat. I've no regrets on how we set our priorities - I llike to think of Tonys' grandchildren (as yet unborn) living here and enjoying the fruits (literally) of our labor. And we are demonstrating some profound improvements that can be done with very little money.
I have several little cherimoya trees which will go in when they're a bit bigger. I also have six or seven of some kind of coral tree. I collected the seeds from a tree in Chula Vista and now have enough to use for the top of the tire terrace.
Today I was remembering something that Ruth Stout wrote in one of her gardening books. She had a young man helping her in the garden but he didn't like the work and she let him go because she didn't want to eat food grown by a person who did not enjoy gardening. While neighbors like Dana and Tom look down their noses at what we're doing I think of all the joy that has gone into our work. To each his own, I guess.
Work is over for another week - Yea! The Island is quieter now, most of the winter visitors are gone and the summer visitors are not here until school on the mainland lets out - it is nice to have the roads to ourselves again! We have few visitors checking in, so I have been spending my time working on my quilt while waiting for them to arrive - I am lucky that my Manager doesn't mind what I am up to!
I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Weekend, I saw lots of local families having Luau's along the beaches and in the beach parks on my way to work - it looked like a lot of fun and the smell of roasting pig wafted over all day - gosh it made me hungry!
The construction work at home will be continuing today - nothing quite like construction dust! Too bad as I have some friends coming over this afternoon and everything will be in total disarray - oh well, we can at least sit out on the lanai and visit.
We have had my FIL (who is 95) in hospital for a few days after he collapsed, had a blood pressure of 40/20, and was unresponsive. After every test known to man, they still don't know what was wrong with him, but it's been quite a worry. He is back in the assisted care home again and seems to be fine...
I hope you have all those documents signed now PK, and everything is good to go with your MIL's home.
Nice to hear that you have your PERMANENT paths in Katie, I have to look up tipsy pots - they sound like fun.
My plans for today (besides doing the usual laundry, etc) include taking a large rug down to the lower patio and hosing it off. The constuction guys managed to get stuff all over it even though it was rolled up out of the way. I just hope that I don't ruin it - at least the sun is strong enough to dry it quickly, I hope! Not really exciting stuff is it? LOL!
I haven't got a clue about what is going on in the garden as I haven't even set foot in it for days. It's always a surprise to see how much changes in a few days...From my window I can see that an orchid tree is full of bloom, and it looks very pretty.
Our weather has been a little cooler than usual adn we are enjoying it. Tony and I (more Tony than I to tell the truth) have been able to continue work in the arroyo. I've not had to turn on the air conditioning yet.
Lots of plants are growing well. They like the weather, too. Lots of plumarias blooming. The schotia is making seeds while the flame tree starts to bloom. A lucky accident of planting.
My house sounds like an aviary. The schotia tree in bloom has so much nectar that all the birds came to ffeast in it. Many of them are sticking around and they are a talky bunch. Every couple of days one of them flies n the house.
There are lots of hummingbirds around, too. There is one that is an irridescent green that is just beautiful.
Scout the visiting dog who may be permanent is exhibiting some jealousy of my other dogs. She is used to being the only dog in the home. At most, she's only had to deal with one other dog, so having four others share the space and the people seems to be hard at times.
It's 11:00 am and I'm worn out. I have a couple of errands to do in town if I can stay awake.
Tony and I are doing an area of the arroyo where we have to get it right or risk having to re-do it. However, once we get it laid out a lot of the rest of the work will fall in place. At least for that area. I think it might turn out to be a good area for the dragonfruit.
The Hawaiians are better at the C. Cooperi than I. They are picky (except in Hawaii) and like undercover light- They grow under the canopy. I've seen folks grow them here in pots and they've gotten to be about 4 feet high. Mine is at the edge of a pond, they don't like being over watered, or under watered. A bit of water down the throat so that the hairs get wet as I understand that is part of their root system. Mine is a C. Australis and is much hardier than the Cooperi.
Thank you, RJ. Mine is in dappled shade and it gets water every other day when I do the rounds and douse every potted plant well. I haven't had it long, but it is not showing any signs of stress. I am anxiously awaiting the first frond.
The lotus should bloom again any day now and I will be posting pictures. Aren't bragging rights awesome? People will show you pictures of their kids and grandkids. To each his own. This is a big thing for me. I have wanted a blooming lotus since I started gardening in Montreal: not the best climate to grow lotus, even in the middle of summer.
I planted a pineapple crown last night and a critter of the night made off with it. Silly raccoons! It probably wants to grow its own pineapples.
In other news, one of the mice I keep on hand to feed my ball python (Lucy) had babies in the middle of the night. That's all I need: a menagerie of baby mice. But they are pinkies and awful cute. Mice, left to their own device will reproduce. I wouldn't mind if mice didn't stink so badly. Oy, how they stink! The things we do for out pets. But Lucy is worth it.
Oh, BTW... with apologies to our beloved LooC: I didn't pick the snake's name. That unfortunate animal was abandonned here 2 years ago, lock stock and barrell. We started caring for her and raising her. Now, she's our darling baby. Lucy was rescued twice: once from a horrid pet shop that didn't know how to care for her, and a second time by Gail and I, who took care of her after her owner wasn't in a position to care for her. Now, if anyone so much as looks at Lucy in a cross way, Gail goes after that person with her cane and walker. She's not fast but she's persistent. No good can come of that, I assure you. Be afraid of Gail, be very afraid. It's always the quiet ones that you have to watch for. You have all been warned.
Today Tony picked two papayas from a tree that I gave neighbors Dana and Tom over a year ago. The green papayas sat all winter doing nothing. As it has warmed up they began turning yellow. Tony took one and I took one which I just ate (sorry, no pictures) and it was very good. The Hawiian type which are not usually grown around here. I think if they are planted in my most southern location with some protection from winter cold I may be able to grow more. I am encouraged.
Getting ready to leave for Ca. Maybe tomorrow but I had a bit of a stomach bug today so we'll wee. Amma will be in L for almost a week, starting the 10th and I do want to see her even though it is increasingly a mob scene.
Today our weather really warmed up which may be why my stomach rebelled. Tony got the van cleaned up inside and out and I don't have much packing to do so we'll see how things are tomorrow.
Thank you. If am to be totally honest, they were not allll happy. But we loved each other from the start (18 and 19) so we kept on keepin' on. Worth every minute. Sure surprised a lot people some of whom are no longer married to the original mate.
A belated happy anniversary to Christi and Mike. 50 years... how wonderful. I was playing in the sandbox without a care in the world 50 years ago and my mom didn't worry that the neighborhood cats might have used it as a litter box. We did not live in an overly sanitized world back then. When we found a cat's poo in the sand, it was definitely a non-event. We used our little plastic shovels to fling it in the bushes and went on with our lives.
In Canada, if you request it, you can get a congratulatory letter signed by the Prime Minister for your 50th anniversary. You can also petition the Governer General's office to receive a similar letter from Her Majesty the Queen. Gail and I got a letter from the Prime Minister on our 25th anniversary because one of our friends was connected with the PM's office.
We are expecting mid-90s today. We may get some rain. Lately, we have not. I think it's been 6 or 7 weeks since we last saw a decent rain. The grass is yellow, which does nothing to rekindle my interest in grass. Simply put, I hate grass. There, I admitted it and it felt good. But the darned stuff still perk right up when it starts raining again: evil, resource-wasting plant!
Has anybody ever eaten a Rolinia? We went to Mana Foods last weekend where they have all sorts of local fruits that we have never heard of before, and bought one to try. It was delicious! It looked rather like a cherimoya, but tasted just like sweet lemon pie filling. I have 6 of the seeds in pots to see if I can raise my own little trees, although I am not sure if I will be able to grow them happily in my warm, dry area. If anyone comes across this fruit you should give them a try.
I have had a very busy week - workmen and sawdust all over the place as we are having the termite riddled beams replaced in all the rooms. Even if only one beam has been attacked they all have to match in the same room - and wouldn't you know one in every room was eaten away - LOL! To try to save money I have been doing the priming and painting myself. Luckily I have no trouble with heights, but it's still a long way down from the top of a 12 foot ladder! It's taken me the whole week to just get four beams and a window done.
No time to go to the beach this morning because I have to make up the beds and get ready for my daughter Laurie and my grandson Dustin who will be arriving tomorrow while I am at work. We are so looking forward to having them. Frank will have his buddies to go and play with in the ocean - they both are much more competent swimmers than I am. The kayak is dusted off and stands ready and waiting...
I hope everyone is well and surviving the heat that seems to have settled in across much of the mainland.
Love the beams!! I've never heard of Rolinia. Will have to look it up. Sounds interesting. lol
It has been cool this week til today. Today it feels like it's in the 90s though it's only in the mid to high 80s. Have had storms the last 2 nights and have another round coming in tonight. I'm happy with the rain. I don't have to water!! LOL
Heart of the Jungle elephant ear finally popped!! I also bought Kona Coffee ee yesterday. lol. It's hiding in my truck right now til I can plant it somewhere. I'm supposed to be on a buying freeze. I have done good though!! This is the first one in a couple weeks!! LOL
I must confess to having never heard of Rolinia. It sounds delicious. It's mango season here. The large tree across the street is filled with them and I find some in a plastic bag sitting on my outdoor table every day. Doreen puts them there. At first, we go on a mango frenzy. Now, the mangos arrive faster than we can eat them. So, I remove the flesh, discard seed and skin and freeze the flesh for later use. They are so good. For Northerners like us, it is such a genuine treat to eat warm ripe mangos right off the tree.
The weather office keeps on predicting rain but we only get a few clouds here and there. This is the worst drought I have seen since moving here 6 years ago. I even went out at night a few days ago to dance naked in the full moon, but no dice. I'll have to resort to some other way to shock Mother Nature to send us some rain.
We gopt a bit of rain and lots of thunder, but not enough moisture to get us out of this drought.
Drought is so depressing. I am not one to fawn at the sight of a well-manucured lawn, but brown lawns truly get me down. At least the golf courses are also under the watering ban. They had always been exempt from watering restrictions before. Let's face it: when the water is gone, it will gone for everybody, so it's only fitting that golf courses be forced to cut down on their consumption. Oh, how I long for the return of the rainy season.
our golf courses are brown.
We pretty much haven't had rain since October (rained in my neighborhood twice)- Lake Houston is 5 feet below normal.
We do have the most chance of rain this week that we've had since last year...so..fingers crossed.
My question for the day is...If we are in such dire straights with water, why are we sill building and building more condos, etc????? DERN, I have been here for 28 years, I get first dibs on the water!!!!!!!!
Oh Nancy, Nancy, dearest Nancy... The Storm Thong is safely kept in the utility room, in a safe box with digital combination. I dare not pull it out and wear to dance under the full moon on account of the havoc it can wreak on the weather systems worldwide. We have been without a Big H... since I got here 6 hears ago, so why tempt the fates?
But I haven't forgotten about it. Desperate times call for desparate measures and who knows what lies ahead. I am concerned, however, that it is now a bit too big for me. No problem. I have a sewing machine and I can make it fit again. It's one thing to dance under the full moon in a purple spandex thong, but having it drop down around your knees during the performance is definitely a fashion faux pas.
Oh Pepper - what a pretty planter that has turned out to be! LOL on the coffee hiding in the truck! What an unbelievable number of storms are hitting your part of the mainland, I check out everyone's area of the country every morning on the TV...some need no more rain while others (like Sylvain) can't wait to get outside and wear a purple spandex thong even though it could be quite a show if that elastic isn't tightened!
We are really enjoying having the kids here even though it's quite like bedlam with the construction still going on at the same time.
Laurie and Dustin (they will kill me for posting this!)
Sylvain! You are a hoot. How I would love to hear your stories with your French accent.
Jen, becareful on those tall ladders. Friend of my son's fell 14 feet and crushed both feet. He has had numerous operations and the prognosis is not good.
Thinking Missouri doesn't need anymore water for awhile.
Last two nights we have had blessed thunderstorms. What a difference it makes. City water just doesn't cut it no matter how much you use.
Currently, we are being overrun with Argentine Ants. Internet says there is no viable treatment. They don't sting but they do bite me and I have large whelps from allergic reaction. Other thing we are watching is the giant cicada killer wasp. must be 2 inches long. Mounds all over the backyard.
I think that is what has been getting the Swallowtail cats.
Going to work at rearranging my sewing room today. Boy, what a mess.
Mornin' PK! Good luck with that sewing room, every now and then I make an attempt at organizing my sewing stuff but the trouble is that I have too much fabric and odds and ends! This is what I have been doing for the last couple of years - yes, you did read that right - a couple! Not sure I will ever be finished! This is when I had it spread out on the floor to baste the quilt, backing and batting together...It's turning out to be quite a beast to handle!
Yes, I am home saffe and sort of sound. Couldn't sleep my first night back but got about twqelve hours last night in my air-conditioned bedroom. I'm still hacking from my cold but feel pretty good.
Lots of new growth while I was gone. Two flowers on one of my dragonfruit plants which is very exciting. Lost most of my little arhat plants but reminded Tony, who felt quite guilty, that these things happen. We have about twelve small cherimoya trees and lots of little goldenfruit plants. The latter is one I have big hopes for here. It's one of the newly touted superfoods and sounds like it is well-suited for our climate - and poor soil.
Two out of three of my Logees blueberries are putting out new growth, the third might be dead. I've got five purple cup and saucer vines doing well; they should be perrennial here.
Brought two big bags of bird seed. I love hearing the birds around the house. Some sunflowers are blooming now and I have lots more seeds.
Tony's wife Fely is thrilled with the stainless steel cookware I brought back for her and the shoes for Antonio, who just had foot surgery, are a perfect fit. I love having a family that appreciates me.
Time with Amma was wonderful. She has hugged millions of people and she asked, through her translater, where I'm living now and why she doesn't see me as often as she used to. I about swooned but managed to tell her that I'm living in Mexico now so I don't see her as often as I used; however, I assurred her, I am "always with my Amma."
After Amma, I had to have a tooth pulled. My first and maybe only extraction of an adult tooth. The dentist told me everything else looks good and complimented me on how well I've taken care of my teeth. Hoping the rest will last as long as I do.
While with Amma a new friend told me of a powder she was using on some bites she had. I got some (at Amma's bookstore) and it is healing up the sores on my arms!! They can be very painful and get really nasty when I'm playing in the dirt so I'm really happy about that.
Took my time coming home due to cold and dental work. It's so good to know that Tony is here taking care of things while I'm gone so I don't have to worry.
Today is in the mid 80's and the humidity is creeping up. The plants love it while we people hunker down for another long, hot, but beautiful summer.
Oh Jen. That takes my breathe away. I took lessons many,many years ago and pieced one sampler quilt. It takes a mathematical genuis to do the pattern you have selected. Will you hand quilt it? My mother always had two or three quilts going in different stages at one time. When she pased she had one in the frame and another ready for a frame. There must be enough pieces cut for 10 more very large quilts. My thimble finger was cut when I was a toddler and it is deformed. Makes it very difficult to do the beautiful rocking motion required to do those tiny stitches. I have all of her quilting supplies and have guilt for not keeping them in use. When do you have time to sleep?
Pk, parts of Missouri could still use rain but those around the Missouri River basin and here in my area for the most part are good on rain. But it's all soaking in so really no complaints. Except I can't weed my veggie bed and I have weird weeds in there. lol. I have a plant that looks like sedum but not sure that it is. Can't get rid of it!! Might have to cardboard the garden this winter. I haven't done it yet because I always get a few potatoes and onions that survive winter and start growing in the spring. I want those volunteers!! lol
Sylvain,. ROTFL over you!!
Your daughter and grandson are gorgeous!! And super happy looking.
Katie, my blueberries are ripening now. I have 2 in pots, one which needs to go in a bigger pot. But a big spider that is bigger than my palm owns the old chicken house where I store my stuff. He can have it!! lol. I'm not messing with him.
Aw shucks! I would rather machine quilt the Beast in order to get it done faster as I am sick of the sight of it! I don't think all that fabric will fit under the sewing machine head though...we'll see. It doesn't take any great math skills I can assure you, otherwise I have been lost before I even started!
Lol on that huge spider Pepper, I would give it a wide berth too!
Good to have you back home Katie - isn't it amazing how much a garden changes in just a week or two?
Fighting for computer time with the kids here! Yesterday morning was spent paddle boarding. It's great fun, but very tiring as you have to use every muscle you have to keep your balance and not get dunked.
OMG, OMG, OMG! That picture is a quilt? I hadn't clicked on it before I read other posts that came after it. It is magnificient. My grandmothers both quilted and Gail's great-aunt was a quilter, too. What a beauty! What size is it? I have to print a picture of it for Gail. She'll flip. Congratulations on that.
Cleaning out the book shelves today and it takes forever because I have to do a quick run through of every single one. Rediscovered a treasure..."Hawai'i's Floral Spendor...from Jen with the various plants marked that are growing in her garden of paradise. Pictures just can't do it justice. So glad I found it. The last two years have been unusually difficult in my life and I am just now getting back to "normal". Need a definition for that. Another common phrase these days seems to be ...dysfunctional...show me what ...functional...is. hahahaha Not trying to get too deep. Just one of those things that I ponder ever now and again.
The weatherman predicts scattered showers and thunderstorms here today. I say: not to scattered, if you please. Like Oliver Twist, there I am standing with an empty water bucket, asking "More, Please. I want more".
Cleaning out book shelves. I remember when we left Montreal and we loaded a trailer full of books that had been housed in our house's smallest room. It had euphemistically been called "the library". It had no shelves. Books were piled floor to ceiling, wall to wall. We gave all that to a newly opened assisted living facility. They supplied the trailer and the workers to collect all that. Gail and I now own electronic readers. No more books all over the house! As the nepharious Martha would say: It's a good thing.
Princess, I wish I could make your day. I'm sending you positive vibes. And here is a cattleya orchid that bloomed outside yesterday.
Wow, Kate. That must be quite a story. Have never attempted an orchid. I already kill too many plants with love.
Sylvain, I, too have a nook. Of course, it is first generation and they keep upgrading and upgrading. All I wanted to do was read and so I am still very satisfied with my purchase. I love going to a website, perusing the book shelves, click a link and instantly the book is in my hands. Magic. I was horrified at the dust bunnies that surrounded my books on the shelves. Many of them still have connections that I don't want to break so I trudge on with all my "stuff" around me.
Next area is the "sewing room". In it's former life it was our daughter's bedroom. We purchased pre-made counter tops from Home Depot and installed them on two walls. Ikea cabinets with glass doors cover a third wall. The closet doors have been gone for years and there are plastic drawers in the little cases stacked all along the wall. The fourth wall is under a high window and covered with a cutting table. In the mid to late 80's I had a partner and we designed and made wearable art. Have a computer sewing machine that also embroiders, two sergers and a good old fashioned White machine. My mother was a quilter for eons and I inherited all of her sewing knick knacks and quilting tools. Have a collection of over 250 vintage pin cushions. They remind me of all the ladies before me that just HAD TO create. Lots and lots of vintage linens as well as about 100 crochet hot pads. I am always amazed at the beauty and craftmanship that went into these little works of art.
I've been busy trying to keep up with weeds in this heat we are dealing with now. Temps have been in the 90s with high humidity so it's hard to keep weeds under control. I am finally getting there though!! lol
The caretaker was kidnapped and murdered by two local druggies who thought they could get some money from him. He ended up dead and they ended up in jail. The new caretaker was no more honest than the old one so I moved shortly thereafter.
I have never gotten back into orchids but I've gotten a kitchen culture kit for tissue culture and lots of people are using those for orchids.
I used to buy orchids in Oakland. I haven't seen any here but I think they would do well.
Our hot and humid weather has arrived and I'm doing well to get up and dressed, let alone get much work done. I try to manage to help Tony at least a little. We are tweeking the path in the little back yard and planning where we will put the seedling papayas when the weather cools off. Which will probably be in October.
Goodness, Kate. Did you see that they are warning American citizens to stay away from the border towns this weekend. Expecting an extreme drug war. There is an article in The Dallas Morning News today concerning prestigious private schools from Mexico moving their campuses into the states because of the violence. I hope you are far enough in the boonies to be out of danger. Hot here as well. 100 yesterday and 101 today.
I had my cataract surgery done last Wednesday and have lived to tell about it! Ended up with a shiner and scarlet eyeball from broken blood vessels so I am quite colorful, but I am starting to see well - heck, in a few days time I should be able to see into the future!
PK, your sewing room sounds like a dream room for anyone who is into sewing, I wish it were mine! I have always been fasinated by those embroidery machines and I have been known to stand for ages and watch the demo's in the stores running all by themselves. Lucky you!
Sylvain must have altered his purple thong because I see that Florida has finally got some much needed rain, Well done!
Such hot weather across the country, I don't know how you are all surviving day after day. My brother who lives in WI had a tornado touch down 3/4 mile from his farm and although he had no damage to his cows or property (except for a couple of very large trees down), all his bales of hay blew away - some as far as 1/4 mile. He spent Sunday with the tractor picking them all up and bringing them back into the fields. They are expecting more severe storms in his area today...
Dustin has gone home and Laurie leaves today. We will miss having them around. Frank has been so happy to have his swimming buddies who can keep up with him in the ocean rather than me, as I am not a very strong or fast swimmer and I don't like to be too far away from the shore line!
We picked our largest ever (so far) bunch of bananas yesterday - Frank judged them to weigh about 70 lbs. That's a lot of bananas! We are going to take some of them down to work today for the visitors to help themselves when they check in, and also some to the fire station as they always enjoy a lot of the excess we produce in the garden. There are certainly times when there is too much of a good thing!
Posting a picture of Dustin and his Great Grandmother (my Mom) I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th.
I am half-way down the Baja penninsula wich puts me 600 miles south of the border. The border towns or big cities seem a world away from where I am. We do have occasional drug problems, as mentioned above, but there are few places in the world where some of these don't exist.
Glad your surgery went well, Jenn. I've had two cataract surgeries and both went well, too.
I've had a couple days of a stomach bug so my "work" has been limited mostly to telling Tony what a good job he is doing. There are places prepared now for me to plant some of my aloes when my stomach stops hurting. I think I'm still recovering form my trip to Ca.
Scout the visiting dog now seems to be a member of the family. We haven't heard from Jon who is rumored to be in Canada. Scout seemed a little sad at first but now she's interacting some with the other dogs and taking her turn to cuddle with me. I thought she might miss the Old Roy dogfood she used to get so I brought some from Walmart but she seems to prefer home-cooked chicken and rice.
My outdoor tub is full so I'll have a soak after Tony leaves.
It is beautiful and quiet here. If the temperature would just drop back to 80 it would be perfect.
Jen, glad that your eye procedure is now behind you. My mother had the same and after she was healed she couldn't believe how vivid the colors were. I understand that cataracts make things just a bit foggy. Great picture of a beautiful lady and a handsome young man.
My FIL passed gently away last night, in his sleep. He was found by his nurse when they did the 2 hourly check. We consider it a happy release as he was in the final stages of Alzheimer's, and not really unexpected as he was 95 years old. My brother in law is flying in from Florida on Sunday and we will make the final arrangements after he arrives. Very busy early this morning calling all the grandchildren and great grandchildren to let them know. It's always sad to loose a parent even if that parent was not the same person anymore.
We laid my FIL to rest yesterday in the Veterans Cemetery with full color guard to escort him. It was a beautiful, moving ceremony especially when they played Taps...we have most of the final "tidying up" things finished now, which is a big relief. Most of his clothes, furniture, walker and wheelchair found good homes among the other residents of the retirement home which he would have liked. Now back to business of getting on with life...
I hope everyone is having some relief from the awful heat on the mainland, I don't remember such high temps for so long a time before now. Are all your gardens holding up, any water restrictions?
We are still picking mangos, and the figs, starfruit, papaya and avocado trees are loaded - more than enough for both us and the birds and lots to share with friends.
I am having an outdoor shower made today - a very handy thing to have when you live close to the beach and want to keep the sand out of the house. We do have showers at some of the beaches, but not at the hidden ones we typically go to. Now to train Frank to use it!
My FIL is at the DFW National Cemetery and we have been to several ceremonies for others. It is indeed a beautiful and moving experience. No relief in sight for our high temperatures. Paper says it was the hottest June on record and July is moving right along for another record. We are averaging 103 everyday. Keeping our little pond and birdbath full of water for the wildlife. Birds have ceased to be territorial and are sharing with all. I think an outdoor shower would be great. Wouldn't work very well here though.
Jenny, thanks for keeping us up on the burial and all those wonderful fruit-bearing trees that are producing and producing. An outside shower, you say. I have that, if you're not too picky on the term shower. The neighbors have grown accustomed to seeing me garden in my knee-length boxer shorts. When the heat gets to me, I just set the nose's nozzle on shower and rinse right off on the spot, making sure the run-off water ends up in the beds. We have water restrictions here, but they don't apply to hand-held hoses and nozzles. Sprinklers are only authorized to water for 3 hours, 1 day/week. It's been raining almost every day lately, so the landscape is not as parched as it was. We're glad for that.
No water restrictions here. We are still dealing with flooding on the Missouri River so we have no worries about that. It's still very hot here. Temps are usually in the high 90s, sometimes in the low 100s. Heat indexes are usually around 110-115. Very hot and very humid also.
Garden here appear to be holding up. I run the soaker hose every night for an hour or so unless it rains alot then I skip that day and the next. My maters are getting pretty big though they are still green. Picking cucumbers and yellow squash several times a week. Plants are holding up well. One of the plumies you sent me is starting to take off in this heat and looks like it will unfurl it's first set of leaves here pretty quick. The other one isn't so far along yet mainly due to some big plants shading it some. I need to get updated pics of them. Other plants are holding up well despite lack of watering. That speaks well for the plants!! lol
VooDoo Doll tropical hibicus getting ready to open.
Well, got the water bill today. Only goes to July 5th. $366.88. All over our area the trees in the wild are dying. Can't afford to loose any more trees. Won't live long enough to replace them. RJ, we are not even sitting on our beautiful deck and using the Tiki Bar...waaay toooo hoooot.
My brother is getting married tonight so we are getting ready for that. We have to make tea and put out signs so are working on that. Last night we made fans for everybody but they don't know about it yet. It's a suprise for them. Good thing is we will be in shade!! lol
Those fans came in handy!! It was still hot despite the breeze. Wedding was great and everyone had fun. Same goes for the reception. It was a long night and we didn't get home til around 1am but it was worth it.