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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 5, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8674021

And here we are on this sunny hot muggy day..best we not complain because it won't be long...well you know what's a coming!

Came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1185810/

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 5, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8674204

I'm first????

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 5, 2011
2:49 PM

Post #8674312

That you are..just cooking supper, Ann is coming over..imagine I've cooked 3 days in a row, what is the world coming to

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 5, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8674507

omygoodness Betty - cooking? lol just teasing!
Well, I'm glad I have a/c, cuz my thermostat says it's 35c/95F!! No wonder my rhubarb is wilting! Me too, cuz I've been out on the deck, putting up my new patio set - metal trim! I wore my gardening gloves to put the table upright!
Earlier in the day, when I'd had enough sun, I came in to have some lemonade and fell asleep. Think I had a touch of heat stroke... yikes it's hot! And it's cooled down somewhat, so I wonder what it was earlier?!?!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 5, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8674557

Thanks for the move Betty :-)
Gonna have to start calling you 'BETTY CROCKER' LoL

Susan .. warm (hot) here as well .. into the 90s .. BUT .. am finding A/C is bothering my arthritic shoulders :-(
Well .. so be it .. I sure am not shutting it off, will turn it up a tad though.

Betty .. Carol was in the process of lisiting her home when Elvis had his accident .. she's out looking for another house .. I think she'd do better in a condo myself.

Gord's BDay tomorrow, out for Chinese Food and have a cake ordered ... YAY .. I do NOT have to cook !!!

Watched an incredible flick a couple of days ago "My Sister's Keeper' (Cameron Diaz) .. wonderful movie.

Off to walk the Poocheroos :-)


~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 5, 2011
5:38 PM

Post #8674652

hmmmmmmm will have to check out "My Sister's Keeper" as a movie!
~M~ you could always take something for arthritis?!
Happy B-Day, Gord!! yummy on the Chinese food! I love it!!
Does Carol live alone? If so, that may be another reason for her to get a condo, I suppose. I'm still a fan of a house - would get one if I could! I want the space for gardening!

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8674946

Thanks for the new thread. I'm afraid I unwatched the other because it was so long.

Been really hot here the last few days. We now have the DGTwins for a few days while they are in a camp and their parents are enjoying Bluesfest. Unfortunately for their parents, we couldn't take them for much of next week as we have a conference in Montreal from Sunday through Thursday. We will take them for a couple of days when we return though.

Will be a full house on Friday as we also have German friends who are arriving for the conference. The kids will go home on Saturday and we'll take the train to Montreal on Sunday - don't really need a car there and my new car (actually a whole year old already) is at risk for theft in Montreal. It's a port city and nice cars sometimes just get scooped up off the street and are in a container before anyone can find them.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 5, 2011
9:06 PM

Post #8675066

what kind of car do you drive, Ann? In Winnipeg (the city with the highest car theft rate in Canada) I believe you got a cut-rate on your insurance if you have one of the more "steal-able" cars and put in an anti-theft device.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2011
4:14 AM

Post #8675368

I have a 2011 Audi A4 - was a year old on July 2. If we go to Montreal for the day we take DH's VW Golf.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 6, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8676060

Imagine that, being on the hot list for possible theft...your week sounds exciting, especially the part about spending time with the twins...how are your gardens? Did you see Royalty in Ottawa July 1st?

Girls, please feel free to start new thread if you see it getting long...

Susan, as you can see, even your call and well wishes didn't bring about a 'bingo' for Ann and I???nope, no riding lawnmower this week, guess I'd best save my pennies..

"M" loved 'My sister's keeper' great movie!!! As for Carol, is there a good market for house resale where you are?? Prime time here, see signs go up and within a short period of time I see 'sold' Wish Gord a Happy Birthday..had Suzanne not ordered in pizza today think I might have gone to the restaurant down the street and have same..much to pick from on their luncheon buffet..drink and meal $10.16 can't go wrong..

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 6, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8676293

WHEW .. another 31C+ day .. just back from a run about the city picking up odds n ends.

Betty .. Carol is asking (what I consider) far to much for her place. She wants $500,000. !! Now granted the house does have an indoor pool, but, not many people want that as the equipment needed to care for it is rather overwhelming .. I tend to think her realtor may tell her to drop the price to perhaps $350,000. and settle for any offers in the low 300's. Not really a sellers market here for BIG properties.
Take care all

~M~

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8676435

Betty - we saw royalty on July 1 on TV. No way did I want to get involved with the mobs of people. We DID see lots of security people in Tim's on Thursday at 9 am after aquafit. Guy ahead of me in line was RCMP in an ill fitting black suit with shirt, tie ID badge, lapel pin and ear wire. I asked if we was involved that day, he responded "Is it that obvious?" Duh!

The car is one I like but is fancier than necessary. We had to take all the sports options in order to get adjustable lumbar support in the seats. Did I show you a pic last year when it was new? This was within an hour of when I drove it home July 2, 2010.

I should say that when my handbell choir went to Hamilton in May, my 2 back seat passengers said it was the most comfortable back seat ride they had had.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 6, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8676489

She's a beauty ViolaAnn, can see why someone might want to borrow it..lol
Paul (BIL/Boss) has one..we went to the city a few weeks ago, his has all the bells and whistles as well and it was sooo comfy..

Can imagine the security Ottawa must have had..you sure can pin point the RCMP, seem to have a walk all their own.

"M" how will she feel about lowering it that much, do you think she'll decide to stay when all is considered?

Think my mom and sister were addicted to watching that trial..needless to say after listening to the entire case, hearing same info as the jury they just could not believe the outcome.

Had to go to Garden Gallery at lunch to pick up bio pucks for the pond, promised myself I would walk in, buy the pucks, walk out and NO LOOKING around! Wouldn't you know, the pond supplies are in the back right where they are unloading the shrubs...

An astilbe, have all the colors except this one, just had to come home..in bloom and it's the prettiest maroon/red...with taxes over $20. Should be able to divide come spring..

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 6, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8676492

My pink and white ones are doing great...purple not so great..
They say they want shade or partial shade but this one is in full sun and doing great

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 6, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8676568

Beautiful flowers, Betty! Betty - I don't know how Any gardener can go into a Garden Centre and Not pick up some posies - my goodness girl, that would be unnatural!!! LOL
Just home and cooling down from yard work at Marlene's - using a pitchfork to dig up a weed bed with shrubs that are not doing well, but are choked with weeds. Got 2/3 of it dug up, but it's 32C now, and climbing, so not going to chance heat stroke (think I may have gotten a bit anyway...)
I'm heading out in a bit to take some poly-fill to someone at the church - they're reno'ing the cry room and need to patch some holes. I used Kilz on one wall this morning - badly stained.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8676837

I did this morning. The handbells gave me a gift certificate to a very nice garden centre here in Ottawa. Trouble is, it's not remotely close to where I live. Nor is it a place where I would buy hostas because of virus issues - I don't know about where they get their stock. But, since it was around the corner from where my grandson's Lego camp is, I stopped by after I drove him to camp.

I guess I'll keep it until early next season. I'll use it for something then, but this year I've pretty well bought all the annuals I want and the garden ornaments were either too pricey or not something I'd want. (This nursery also tends to be expensive. I saw some of the same plants I find at Loblaws there for quite a bit more $$$).

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 6, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8676843

BDAY is done .. happy group out for Chinese Food, then home for cake and coffee.

Betty, the Astillbe is awesome and something I have NO luck with at all !!!

Attaching a pic .. can't believe another BDay has passed .. criminee .. means I HAVE one coming up in a few months .. OH .. OH .. no, I don;t .. I have decided NO MORE BDAYS .. I am a BDay free zone LOL

~M~

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 6, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8676863

You might have done well Susan to have dug the shrubs up, worked the garden, raked and worked again then replant..sounds like quite an undertaking to me.

Amazing Ann how some nurseries like our Garden Gallery can sell garden art/shrubs,plants at a reasonable price and other want triple the price..you are one smart lady to keep the gift certificate until there is something you really want.

I stopped on my way home at the nursery just south of Elmvale on my way home, my friend Ann's birthday is Saturday and because she might be away I thought I'd pick her up something..she has been looking for a lilac shrub, garden gallery didn't have much left but this nursery had a new type, not the boo erring continuous bloom but an entirely different one, even leaves are different..about 4 feet high, quite a width, never has suckers and blooms about a month later than regular lilac...can't for the life of me can I remember the name...then there were butterflies flying around several of the plants only to find out they were solar and you insert in planter and they virtually hover and move around the plant, couldn't believe they were not real...sooo bought one for Cathy's dad as he comes over from time to time to offer suggestions when I'm undertaking projects I know nothing about! He was thrilled..then one had to come home with me..too adorable, might have to pick up another!

Looking at the clock and am amazed to see how late it is.. Stopped off to deliver both items and chatted, now it's bedtime..enjoy your evening

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 6, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8676867

Glad hubby enjoyed his birthday dinner..sure beats cooking!
Pass us a piece of cake won't you?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 6, 2011
5:22 PM

Post #8676894

Betty - the shrubs had been there for more than 10 years... and not being cared for, they're pretty overgrown with weeds, and only about 2ft tall! Two of them are those small willow-types (not sure of the name) with more dead wood than living branches. The root bed was all clogged. That's what happens with some of these bushes that are multiple stems from the ground up.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 6, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8676927

Susan, was she too ill to care for her gardens

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 6, 2011
9:42 PM

Post #8677407

Betty - Marlene & her mom are not able to care for the gardens. Wilma's 83, and Marlene has had nerve damage in her arms, so cannot even pick up a watering can with water.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 7, 2011
2:52 AM

Post #8677590

Then you are indeed a blessing to them!!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 7, 2011
8:43 AM

Post #8678052

well, in return for my work on their yard & gardens, they've given me space for my veggie garden! They would like to share the proceeds, but not the onions! They're highly allergic to onions, so I planted them at the very back of the garden (it's rectangular on the short side, so would have to walk the longest direction to reach onions lol) so they don't go near them :-) We all benefit!
I'm making 2 huge bowls of potato salad for our Stampede Lunch this Sunday, so it looks like I'll be able to use the multiplier green onions from my garden - they're sure growing fast!! And the potatoes are growing quickly too! I predict in a month or so that we'll have baby potatoes- yummmmmmmm!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 7, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8678129

Mouth watering Susan, think it's a good exchange, meets the needs of all!

Overcast here today but doubt it shall rain..lordy, coming in to work this morning talk about fog...

Saying that our weather this weekend will be much the same as last weekend so am thrilled about that..I've some garden cleaning to do..

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 7, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8678649

It's a symbiotic relationship with a friend, Betty :-)
Our temp right now is 38c/100F - and it's not even the hot part of the day yet - wait 2 more hours LOL
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 7, 2011
1:55 PM

Post #8678681

You must be holding your thermometer in the direct sun Susan!


Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 7, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8678734

Lol yes it's hot here as well, just got home and Cathy who comes and does my grass on Thursday's had all the drapes closed..air has been on so enjoyable inside but am off to work in the gardens..why is is that everyone picks the hottest days to get things done?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 7, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8678738

Actually yes, Carol, it is.
and I was working in the direct sun for 3 hours yesterday, so thought it was appropriate.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 7, 2011
2:26 PM

Post #8678741

Betty - it's those days that we have no rain, so that's when the gardens Need watering...

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 7, 2011
4:32 PM

Post #8678967

Unnerving sitting here waiting for the storm to 'happen' .. watches and warnings abound for thunder and lightning and heavy rain .. but .. nothing so far.
Getting spoiled not having have ferry watering cans about the property ..

Susan .. sounds as though you are in 'gardening heaven' .. sweet deal you have worked out with Wilma and Marlene.
Will you attend any of the Stampede events .. maybe spot Kate and/or William ^_^

Our potato plants have BUGS, curiously, of the 3 types planted only ONE type has the bugs .. the powder we used to use to dust the plants is unavailable now .. have a friend who still may have some ..

Shoulder update .. "OW OW OW" .. sums it up ...

Have a nice evening all
~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 7, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8679188

"M" sorry to hear that your shoulder is still giving you mega trouble..are the meds not helping at all? How is Lorna doing, haven't heard you mention how she's adapting..

Calling for nice weekend but did say you were sending your bad weather our way.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 7, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8679192

Susan, you'll have to take photo of the new veggie garden!

Carol, how are you dealing with the heat? Was it only months ago we were complaining of the snow?
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 7, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8679219

Well as long as you are not out in the sun for long periods it is fine - official temp is about 25 degrees C. I have lots of shade in my back yard and the ground floor of the house stays cool. Upstairs is another matter and it does get warm and stuffy at night.

And I now have a car with air conditioning which I have used the past couple of days - nice!

Although I don't like it really hot I do tend to chill easily since I had chemo so I don't mind this.

I went out and bought some new summer clothes today - should have been doing it 2 months ago - selection now not so good. Got a pair of pants ( which need shortening!) a skirt - orange! - and a couple of light tops. I have two linen skirts I really like, got them a couple of years ago but they are too big now will take them to the dressmaker to see if she can alter them. Also 2 dresses I bought about same time, took one in already and the other next week. I am having her make me a new summer skirt to wear at LH. I do have a 'summer' skirt but the fabric is rather heavy and I have opted to pay for this one myself, otherwise it would be ages before I could get a new one! Fabrics are 50% off at the moment. Will look for a couple of patterns for pants and skirts and just get them made as it is hard to find what I want.

This is the fabric for the LH skirt.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 8, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8680326

Love the sheen to it Carol..will make a lovely skirt!

I find I'm much like you, hate shopping in the stores for clothing, everything is soooo modern, not fitting for a short heavier set lady (myself of course)..wanted a good pair of jeans, heck, they don't make them in the same manner, more hipsters than anything else so might just have to put up with same old clothing until the styles change.

I have a/c on since last week, makes it easier for to sleep but many evenings while watching t.v. I have to have a blankie..

Calling for a gorgeous weekend..had a day/evening trip planned but fell through as my SIL who I was actually doing it for cannot go..bought a 5 drawer cupboard this morning for back bedroom, paid for it, came to bring it to me and it was in a flat box..told me directions were easy (bet she never tried to put one together)...should have asked for $$$ back..I'll try and if I can't figure it out I'll put it all back in a box for them...do want it though..lol

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 8, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8680379

hi all - stopped in for a minute from delivering newsletters - 200 of them!! I've done about 75...
then I need to do the church washrooms (2).
Tomorrow I have 2 LARGE potato salads to make for the Stampede Lunch...
I'm not going to anything officially Stampede but will go to community events like our church's Stampede Lunch, etc. Anyway - need to get back to delivering the rest of the newsletters...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 8, 2011
11:08 AM

Post #8680405

Shaking my head here Susan, you just never stop do you!!!!

Amazing what you can accomplish..will you participate in the Stampede events?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 8, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8680466

yup - I'm serving hot dogs LOL
I'm like you - have never learned to say "No" LOL

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 8, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8680512

Nice material for a skirt Carol .. looks as though it'd 'flow' well ..

OMG Betty .. are we talking an IKEA nightmare cupboard here ? My sincerest best wishes .. my firm and pat motto since the last fiasco here 'NEVER AGAIN' .. Lorna sees things like that as a challenge, I see them as one of life's MAJOR toothaches LoL
She has made a wadrobe (the 200lb one that fell on my toe and broke it a few year back) .. no matter how hard we have tried, the front doors are out of alignment ..
The micro wave stand she put together went well, but, 2 weeks later, the utensil drawer was not aligned right .. still isn't.

Lorna just spent 2 hours trimming the property from her riding mower .. she feels she is about half done .. god bless her love of property maintenance. Gord picked 3 baskets of strawberries today at a local farm, so far i have a pie made under SEVERE protest from my shoulders when I rolled out the dough !! Tomorrow I'll likely make some freezer jam.

HOT hear again .. no storm last night .. and.. temps are expected to fall to 12C from 29C tomorrow .. THAT ought to be interesting !!

Off to finally have my shower ...

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 8, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8681085

"M" I left the box in the car, thought I'd start first thing tomorrow morning when my brain is half working!!

Me thinks you are trying to do too much and it's not getting time to heal.

Sounds like Lorna is enjoying her yard work and sure is a great help to you..perhaps you should have just eaten berries and not rolling dough for pies and jam. That being said, my mouth is watering just thinking of a homemade slice of pie topped with a scoop of ice cream.

Stopped at the quarry to get more slate for the pond then into a nursery, wanted to purchase for a swap one of those solar generated units that has a butterfly on it that hovers over a plant..finally got home and mom had been visiting an uncle and then dropped in..guess Cathy was here to let Sailor out so offered mom a pop and chatted until I got in..yikes, mothers...will we ever be adults to them?

As soon as I arrived she went on and on about how much energy and $$$ it took to make then in her second breath. It was when could I come do one for her..then she saw the big bird I bought last weekend and went on about the cost..then I took the dresser box out of the car, said it was a dresser and she wanted to know how much, why did I need it,why wasn't I saving?? Etc. Etc.

Got to tell you I was hitting my lips...I don't ask for $$$. From her (like the 43 year old grandson that lives with her) I pay cash for what I buy, my bills are paid so why in the world each time she sees me buy something does she need to give me a sermon about spending!

Moms ??

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 9, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8682158

Has been pouring here since about 11am .. feel bad as this is the weekend for the "Thunder Bay Blues Festival'
http://www.tbayblues.ca/
Hopefully this will clear out for them .. it's an OUTSIDE venue by the lake shore.

Betty .. my Mom always 'raised' an eyebrow when I spent $$ frivolously .. at least what SHE thought as frivolous LoL
And, I am the same way with Murray (my son) altho, I have toned down a lot.
So .. are you busy reading concise and confusing instructions ?

Laundry day, house work day too .. mostly resting my shoulders .. furnace is on .. A/C was on yesterday .. go figger ?

TTFN

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 9, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8682193

Omg "M" took everything out of the box, different parts went from a to k so I made little tags so I'd know all supplies were included, each put under their respective alphabet..got instructions out..no instructions for the English language but for every language but English!!

Placed the sides as the picture said, piece of cake because it says entire project will take 90 minutes...got the drawer metal slides and 'j' pieces, 1/2 slider that is suppose to come apart doesn't so must be a trick to it?? Ok I want a dresser but not this badly...after 1/2 hr. Everything is in the box ready for return..nope, not sitting without instructions trying to figure out this project...surely there is somewhere you can find a little dresser that is put together!! I know, you told me as much lol

Sorry to hear it's raining..I got all inside/outside work done this morning and with all my weekend projects done I'm at a loss..want to get up and do something but here I sit...gorgeous outside so should go work some of the gardens! Make myself useful!!

I so loved "M" Beall street when I was in Memphis..favorite think listening to the blues, even bought a cd..

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 9, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8683052

Today was my day to make potato salad - 20 lbs of potatoes to cook, and 1 1/2 doz eggs lol
Took it to the church for the Stampede Lunch tomorrow (in the fridge there).
Then I washed down the washrooms preparatory to the Lunch, too.
Now it's time to get some home time for a few, then it's back to making posters for the decorating of the church hall.

Hope everyone's having a great weekend!
oh - Will & Kate were here on Friday, for the opening of the Stampede Parade friday am.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 9, 2011
11:01 PM

Post #8683128

Betty .. I feel your angst re putting together the cabinet .. I think the days of 'ready made' are fading, unless you are dealing with a larger 'furniture type of business', in which case .. you are actually PAYING dearly for a unit already assembled, but, to me anyway, it's worth it !!
My level of frustration comes far too quickly these days.

That's a lotta tatters Susan .. did you make the salads with 'mashed' or 'cubed' potatoes .. either way they are bound to be good.
Have seen lots of footgae of kat and Will and the Stampede .. they both look wonderful in Stetsons!

Rained ALL day Saturday and today is to be humid with fog, maybe rain .. I got my usual 2 hours of sleep and will now just sit up and rest .. Lilly is tucked in tight beside me here on the Love Seat, sound asleep
Have to venture into the city early to go to the butchers, I was to have taken steaks out of the freezer last evening but, because of the bear sightings over the last 2 days, I decided not to meander out to the freezer in the garage.

TTFN

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 10, 2011
12:45 AM

Post #8683170

s'funny you should ask, ~M~...
I always cook the taters cubed, but today my DH cut them while I peeled... he cut them 1" thick, but then they were 3" long. Anyway, after they were cooked, he mashed them. I don't - usually they're so well cooked that when I stir they break up, and they're already 1" cubes... I just don't mash 'em on purpose LOL Anyway, they got mashed siiiiiiiiiiigh. BUT I didn't put the celery in - just celery salt (to please him). He said his mother always put celery in, but I'm not his mother I keep telling him LOL

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 10, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8683251

Terrible 'M" that you can't get more than a few hours rest at a time, you must be exhausted. Are they hunting the bear? Sure is close, I'd not be going outside for sure,

We've had the best of weather here this weekend, imagine your rain is heading our way..

Didn't realize until I started searching how much furniture really comes in boxes ready for assemble..if that's the way of the future then at least make instructions one can understand!

At a loss this weekend, was going to Sable Beach, that got cancelled, then had day planned yesterday, that changed..house is clean, gardens in good shape and here I sit trying to decide what I can do to keep myself busy! Just sitting is not for me. Lol

Susan, were you anywhere near Will and Kate? I put celery in my potato salad..I boil my potato's until they are almost cooked,let cool then dice

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 10, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8683292

My Mom did the mashed potato salad thing .. and it was good .. she did use celery, green onion and some radish finely cut .. no egg though.
When I started making it, I decided to cube the potatoes and add hard boiled egg ..
To each his own, and, truth be told .. potato salad is ALWAYS a hit no matter how it's made. One of the local hospitals I worked in had a chef who made 'Hot German Potato Salad' .. now THAT was worth working the 4-12 shift for LoL

I have to admit Betty .. I do get tired .. and I have had to lay down a few times and make a deposit into my sleep bank !!
I could pay ANOTHER visit to a walk in clinic, but, have decided to just wait for my own doc and the Aug appt.

Supposedly have someone coming to look at my car today. I have become jaded as so many times I have waited and so many times I have been let down by 'NO shows'.
If it doesn't go this week I will have to decide whether to keep it or, to trade it in at the dealership.

Tea is brewing .. TTYL

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 10, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8683478

I've had German potato salad and loved it..

I put green onions, radish, celery and top it with paprika..you are right about regardless what is in it it's yummy. You've both convinced me to make a potato salad today!! Best I do it before the heat of the day...

Went out and got the gardens watered, will try to clean up front gardens here and there..front deck linoleum must have been put away damp, bit of mold look to it..dropped a gallon od naves, let it soak 5 minutes and it didn't eat through the varathane, pleased about. That because I had painted it to match the chair cushions..

Came in for a coffee and a knife..although just sand under the back patio slabs it is amazing just how many weeds work through the crevices, shouldn't take long to get that cleaned up.

"M" sure hope your vehicle sells today..whT is maddening is their calls to.come then no shows.

After my experience with the dresser yesterday I looked at craigslist and there was one, had a mirror and was white, posted several days ago, had no response so imagine it was sold..looked nice and for $120.00 and great thing about it is I wouldn't have to put it together...

Glad you are able to sleep a few hours here and there..is your doctor on holidays? No fill in?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 10, 2011
10:28 PM

Post #8685177

My potato salad - cut the potatoes into cubes, THEN cook. Cube hard boiled eggs, and add with sliced radishes and chopped green onions.
Add salt, pepper, paprika, and celery salt - stir vigorously. Add Hellman's Mayonaise, and still vigorously enough that some of the cooked potatoes break up (less breakage than mashing, so you see the cubes, but also have some crushed). Add yellow mustard and stir.
All the seasoning is "taste".

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
4:16 AM

Post #8685314

Morning all, weather is heavy this morning, hoping it means a day of rain seeing as hot weather is called for all week...

Hard to get used to starting at 8:30 ratherbthan nine, might have to go back do do regular schedule.

Susan, much the same ingredients..you must be tired!!

See that it's time to leave, chat later
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 11, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8685647

Rained all evening and night, hope it dries out enough to get the grass cut today!

Having a regular abdominal CT this morning so nothing to eat since last evening - supposed to drink 2-4 cups of water before. Get there at 1030 and have drink another litre or so of something special ( thank goodness no taste) over next 2 hours and then scan. Contrast too so IV in hand!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 11, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8685723

Yes, I'm tired - was a long day yesterday, the basement flooded when someone put paper towel down the toilet and it backed up the sewer. The City had to come by to clear it, and in the meantime we had no washrooms!

Carol - I hope your app't is over quickly so you can get back to regular eating. I realize it's a "regular" app't, so you're used to this, however, I hope the results continue to be good for you.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8685778

OMG, think the getting ready for tests are worse than the actual tests and/or diagnosis.. Hard when they make these test so late in the day and you are fasting...bet your tummy is growling.

Not raining here, very hot, might get a late afternoon shower and am hoping we do, everything so dry! Here I'm asking for rain and your saying enough is enough!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 11, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8685926

Jeepers Susan .. what a horrid thing to have happen!!! Sometimes you have to wonder at people ..

Carol .. hope 'that stuff' is tasteless .. was given 'tasteless' stuff once and it tasted like chlorine .. bleah .. guess I'd be way OK now as I have no sense of taste anymore .. I do miss it every so often .. specially when I have to fib when someone asks me how something tastes !!

It is H O T here .. I work a bit in the gardens, then come in and cool off .. no use to sit outside as it's 90+ with no breeze at all .. rain would be nice, but, none forecasted. All said and done .. no snow to shovel LoL

Best get back at it

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 11, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8685935

yes, Betty - it sure doesn't look good when we have No Washrooms during one of the biggest events we have at the church. We wanted to show off our new washrooms, but ended up denying access while we used the wet vac!

Bob's off to an interview this am - hope he gets the job, at a decent wage!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8686009

Sending prayers and as an extra 'good luck' as well..sure hope he gets it..might turn out better for him...Lord has a plan you know!
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 11, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8686025

Carol, sorry I didn't catch you before you went as the special liquid they offer comes either chilled or room temp. With the big volume you have to drink it's best to have the room temp one cause you don't get chilled waiting for the scan. Bye now it's too late and you will be home soon so ...

Rain Rain go away. We have so much water it's standing everywhere! We had 60 mls in just over 24 hrs and the mosquitos are everywhere. You stir em up by just being there. I have just bought the Off Lantern as suggested by V Ann and it did help somewhat so will continue to use it.
Anyone looking for inexpensive composite type of pots ...London Drugs had them 50% off when I was in there on Saturday. It actually made them reasonable.

I am babying some Hosta's I started from seed that was gifted by V Ann and one is showing streaking . They are all small still but are growing and almost all came back after a Lonnnnnnng W____r. I didn't want to say it out loud.
Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8686053

lol don't blame you for not saying it, just last night I was thinking that shortly the 25th will be here and it will be all downhill from there, got a flyer from USA promoting xmas decorations..how do you like that!!!

Didn't know that about liquids taken at room temps..see, learn a lot.

Wow that must be difficult trying to grow hosta from seed..got to tell you hosta's have taken over the gardens, with the weather we had started in May it must have been prime..giant size, problem is they've shaded all my pretties and now they shall not bloom!

I'd love to send you my weather for a few days of rain!!! want to trade!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 11, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8686095

Well, Bob got to see the desk where he would sit, but they have other interviewees, and won't tell him until next week if he has the job. btw - they asked if he'd mind working "overtime" of 10 - 15 minutes... he lauged and said 2-3 hours is overtime LOL

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8686215

Praying he gets it Susan, you both deserve to have something good happen! Now why do they show people where they would work and get their hopes up, why not go through the process and if selected then show them?? can't figure that one out..is it in the same field ?

Ann, thanks for the rain...didn't take long to get here..now for your sun to arrive, look out the window perhaps you can go sunbathe..lol

Not sure if I mentioned I bought a dresser, no english version directions to put together, photo instructions useless...well I just returned to box to the new store JYSK and played the little old lady and I now have the floor model dresser in my car...beats the aggravation I would have had putting the pieces together..now if it will fit??? should have measured first right?
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 11, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8686303

Well that is over with for awhile! Ate about 10pm last night then just water although I cheated and had about half a cup of unsweetened coffee when I got upIn the two hours before the test have to drink a total of about 2 litres -no taste thank goodness, getting up to pee every 10 minutes! Then more fluids IV with the contrast so still peeing after the test! Stopped at the Safeway ( to pee!) and got myself 2 hot chicken ldrumsticks, nice crispy crust and 4 giant do nuts- two apple fritters a honey dip and a jam filled. Have already eaten the chicken and two of the donuts! If I had not put them in the trunk I would probably have eaten them all on the way home!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 11, 2011
1:22 PM

Post #8686333

LOL Carol - there goes your diet!! (not that you need one, f'sure!) Sounds like something I would do - fast, then "pig out" LOL
When do you get the results?

Betty - Bob asked where he would be working - they didn't volunteer to show him the area. My Bob, as always, jumps the gun and thinks he has the job, cuz he's a good guy. He IS, but that doesn't mean anyone else knows that...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
2:45 PM

Post #8686543

Well let's hope this time Bob is right and they see he's just the one for the job?

Talk about humid...

Carol, did you eat all your goodies? Was the test just precautionary?

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 11, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8686622

Hi from Montreal. Here with a conference and there are a lot of ladies I know. Spent much of today trapsing around Old Montreal.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 11, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8686639

Ann, how wonderful you get to visit Montreal..am sure you've done the tourist many times over and get to tramp only the best of the best..been years since I've been..loved 'caves DES moines'. Likely no longer there...

Helps when you meet old friends...will you take in nightlife?

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 12, 2011
4:38 AM

Post #8687537

Always so much to catch up on :-)

Carol .. glad the scan is now over, the bladder side effect is sever a nice on to deal with.
I tend to agree with you re having put the 'goodies' in the trunk .. safer there than within easy reach LoL

Susan .. positive thoughts re your DH job interview .. gotta be stressful

ViAnn .. enjoy Montreal .. do hope you were able to enjoy some of the elegant patios or, as Betty says, some of the 'nightlife'.

AlbertaAnn .. feel bad re the mosquitoes, NOTHING can ruin time outside like them !!!

Another stellar day on the rise here today .. maybe get a bit more weeding done ..

Take care all

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 12, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8687621

Morning, another scorcher for sure..not record breaking but close to it..this morning it was heavy sky but then as I left, sunshine came out..coming home last night I couldn't believe it, from the a/c in the car and extreme heat outside all the windows were fogged up and I could see a thing.

Ann you sent but 20 raindrops, want to try again..need rain!

Wow, those mosquito's, guess because of rain and humidity are as big as a hummer, well perhaps not that big but sure are numerous and love my blood! Shouldn't water in the late afternoon, should give the ground time to cool but if I wait I'm covered in them..

"M" don't you overdo..does Lorna like weeding?

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 12, 2011
12:49 PM

Post #8688455

Paint me green and call me Gumby !!! I had thought this morning that we were headed for high temps and lotsa sun .. well .. the sun deked outta here about 8am, and if has remained cloudy and cool (22C) ... nice after the last few days .. got a bit more gardening done ...
Lorna is a weeder .. just finds it a bit more difficult now with her prosthetic limb, says she can't 'feel' if she is stepping on something she shouldn't be, so .. everyone helps out .. it gets done .. how perfect would a world WITHOUT weeds be !!! :-)

Haircut lined up for tomorrow, we're going back to swimming at one of the large city pools (at least that's the plan) .. we enjoyed it before, but then Lorna got caught up with being fitted for her prosthesis and we stopped going .. I think perhaps it might help my shoulders .. I definitely will try the whirlpool !!!

Off to get supper on the go ..

~M~

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 12, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8688702

Lol, I remember watching Gumby, must have been when my kids were little..was a hot one..don't you love the days you expect it to rain any minute and it doesn't..not waiting, will go water everything before skitters come out.

Didn't think of the not feeling what is underground, could be dangerous!

Bet a hot tub would do you the world of good!!

Carol, how are you feeling today?

ViolaAnn, when is your Montreal trip over? Bet you've had a wonderful time..wo dered how all your hosta's are doing, this year mine are about triple their size...must have been all the May rain

Better go out and water
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 12, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8688993

Betty I did eat all the goodies within about 2 hours of getting home! Sugar deprivation! If there had been any candy in the house I would have eaten that too.

The test is just a precautionary - I gather the oncologist will order tests like this on a fairly regular basis so if anything new comes up he will see it fairly quickly. I have another Thyroid ultrasound in August.

Feeling fine today - did go to bed early last evening! Had acupuncture this morning,( for the hip issue) 2nd session.
Had a relatively pain free day, don't know if that is co-incidental or the effect of the acupuncture. Hope the latter. Go again next week. $70/treatment but if it works it is worth it!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 12, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8689037

Can you tell how well I'm doing with tv bingo, sitting here playing on DG!

Glad the tests were precautionary!

I'll say like you, if you are pain free then the $70 is well spent..makes for an expensive month if you have to go monthly!

You should hide a box of candy just for those times you need extra sugar..

Went to the new office this morning, lordy, just downstairs where I take the elevator to the 2 nd floor is an old time country candy store, just what I need!! Looked in their store but forced myself to leave with nothing
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 12, 2011
5:49 PM

Post #8689050

Betty I am going every week at the moment!

No way can I hide a box of candy - if there is candy in the house it is eaten - quickly - no self control there!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 12, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8689059

Same here..won't even buy sweets..but have to tell you I'm not eating a whole lot to account for the weight I've put on..thought with all the gardening and outside projects I would get done this summer than I'd shed a few pounds but not!

Didn't win at bingo...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 12, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8689196

lol Carol - you're just like me - can't hide candy/chocolates from me! Now baked goods... that's another matter - I'll leave 'em for Bob. I'm a "cookie monster" when it comes to chocolate, or macadamia nut with white chocolate chips... yummmmmmmmmy!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 12, 2011
9:33 PM

Post #8689458

My downfall is BREAD .. couldn't thank you for sweets or chocolate, but sourdough bread .. LOOK OUT ...!!!

Took a couple of pics of the veg garden .. I can take NO credit for it at all .. it is totally Gord's thing and he does it well.
He has, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, beans, cabbage, peas, squash, lettuce onion etc ..

Looks like another night sitinng upright and sleeping :-(

~M~

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MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 12, 2011
9:35 PM

Post #8689460

In this one you can see the 'FLEECE Plant' far left .. and Elephant Ear Rhubarb, lower left ..

~M~

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annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 13, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8690386

What a super veggie garden! Please pass on my accolades.
Well all aren't cravings something!!
We have certain cookies that don't last and the red licorice won't either.

Still overcast here and still lots of mosquitos.
Started to pick slugs on hosta's, they are very tiny but they are there. It's a hard job cause the Mosquitos chase you like crazy and it's hard to grab the little monkeys. Oh well anything for my little guys.
Alberta Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 13, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8690483

I will pass on your 'ATTA BOY' Ann ..

Re the slugs .. just read today that is you place cucumber peelings in an aluminum pie plat, and place the plate near the Hosta, the slugs go away .. something to do with a chemical reaction between the aluminum and the cucumber.

Stellar day .. 23C and MEGA sun .. got a haircut and love the style ^_^ A first for me !!!

Off to make supper

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 13, 2011
2:11 PM

Post #8690488

Amazing Grace, sung by 4 tenors:
http://www.clarrissegill.com/videoclips/amazing_grace.php

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 14, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8692449

On the train back to Ottawa - very civilized. More about our trip later as the laptop on my lap is getting uncomfortable. But the hi-speed on the train is a lot faster than what we had in the hotel which was so slow that it kept timing out.

Ann

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 14, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8692476

glad you have hi-speed, Ann - now, to high speed it back home lol

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 15, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8694433

TGIF all .. hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ..

I am SO torn re my car .. the dealership is promising me a really good deal on a trade in (no $$ spoken of yet), and, I do have a possible private buyer ...
Soooooooooooooo .. do I do a 'seamless trade in' with Toyota, or, do I put in all the leg and paperwork required with a private sale. Hate feeling this 'clued out'.

Only 17C here today, and overcast .. tomorrow (a cousins wedding OUTDOORS) temps in the high 30s with thunder storms .. ought to be interesting .. luckily they have an indoor venue they can revert to should things get too crazy ..

TTFN

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 15, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8694476

Worked from home today and did I work...got all the appliances washed,all out of date jars,boxes.tins thrown out..I'm now old mother Hubbard, kitchen is bare!! Floors and dusting on top floor done..not sure I like working from home..went into town, wanted new head board, no one had what I wanted..shoe store for Sanford, both didn't have them so home I came with allowance in my pockets.

With all th physical work I did this week think a hot bath and couch will hit the spot..

My youngest, Jeff and Julie left for the annual kayak trip this morning, perfect day to leave..while driving into midland horn was just a beeping at me, I was ready to say something when I realized it was Greg and family on their way to the movies..bought new escalade and I don't recognize the vehicle...everyone busy on a Friday night and here I'm almost ready for bed! I must be old..

ViolaAnn would you recommend the traveling by train..think one leaves from front street in Toronto to Montreal..imagine train having Internet hookup..

"m". Hard to know what to do about the car..aren't some dealerships known to give a good deal on trade in but up the price of the vehicle as not to have a loss..either way you get a new vehicle..exciting!

With the weather of late you couldn't possibly take a chance on not having tents..will be a scorcher...

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8694787

Betty - train was faster than driving to Ottawa. We were in downtown Montreal at 4:50 and in Ottawa at the station by 6:45. Best I've been able to do by car is my house (east end Ottawa) to the Université de Montréal (on the north side of the mountain) in 2 hours flat and I don't often make it that fast. No check-in hassles like travelling by air - I had a couple pairs of very sharp needlework scissors with me. Price is reasonable too and it was comfortable. They serve meals and beverages although we brought some Sushi from the station with us.

Between Ottawa and Toronto, I have taken bus and it's faster than the train, but doesn't get as far downtown. Likely no Internet on the bus.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 15, 2011
6:38 PM

Post #8694852

M- personally I would let somebody else do the paperwork and send the private buyer to the dealership!

Spent a bit of time this morning with an ex neighbor who bought an old but nice bungalow in one of the older neighborhoods- wanted to know what was growing in his yard, other than a lot of weeds!

New dog in today, got an email about the dog late last evening and it took a bit of scrambling but all worked out well and she was picked up this morning and in her foster home by mid afternoon. A nice 18 month old , a bit shy but foster mom says a lovely girl. It was urgent because the dog was about an hour north of here and if we could not get her before this evening family would have to take her with them to Edmonton and I preferred to keep her down here- thought at one point I would have to drive up and get her myself .

Owner died in the spring, caretaker ( a son who is a bit developmentally delayed) moving to a trailer park, silly rules about dog heights, nothing over 15 inches!I hate these rules - some of the biggest dogs I know are also the sweetest and most gentle creatures! And I have met many little dogs who are pretty nasty - owners fault of course but height is no guarantee of temperament.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2011
7:34 PM

Post #8695015

I've been editing my pics taken at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Rather than repost them - you'll find them over on Coffee. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1196730/#new The Hosta or Shade Garden ones I'll get to tomorrow.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 15, 2011
10:06 PM

Post #8695211

Carol - he wouldn't be moving to Midfield Park would he? I thought it was 18" height for dogs... and yes, some nasty little dogs. btw - we have the height restriction, but there are some very large dogs here that were "grandfathered in" before they enforced the rules! There's always a way around it...
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 16, 2011
6:42 AM

Post #8695473

I dont know Susan.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 16, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8695519

Morning all, just passing through, it's a gorgeous day out there, one could almost say perfect!! I want to take a run into town, saw 2 headboards yesterday, interested in either but wanted to do height measuring before buying.

ViolaAnn, I'm going to do some research on train to Montreal, have some holidays coming and a friend Dannie lives there so might go spend a weekend later in the year. There is a reunion just outside of Chicago I am trying to get to in August so can't be before then!

Thanks for the link, going to view when I get back from town ..

"M" what did you decide, picking up a new vehicle today?

Carol, that's some quick moving on your part! Amazing about the restrictions for dogs.bet her son was distraught at having to let his mom's dog go..terrible!

Years ago I was purchasing a tombstone for Roger and bought quite a tall one, 7', had it shipped in from Italy, stone had concave area with cross set inside..when it was being delivered to cemetery lo and behold I was told of height restriction, drats and more drats..had to have it cut down by 2 ft..who would have thought of checking that, certainly not me!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 16, 2011
7:18 AM

Post #8695528

At one time you could have had anything you wanted in a cemetary, but then it got to where they wanted conformity. I suppose it's right that some don't feel they "love less" (I used to work for Memorial Gardens, and it was almost a competition within the families to prove their love for their departed ones...and they couldn't all afford the best, plus some salespeople are rather unscrupulous) and it's amazing what happens in a family during this time of high stress.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 16, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8695636

Monday is 'car day' .. I have a meeting set up for 10am .. the dealership is falling over themselves as I complained (and rightly) re the poor service I rec'd on my initial and subsequent visit in March .. I straight out told them I was not being taken seriously and was VERY disappointed .. so .. they are promising me the MOON at this point in time, but, as I said, we'll see.

Carol .. my 2 Terriers are YAPPY .. not all the time, but, if they are out in their compound and a loud vehicle passes by etc .. you can assured of a 5-10 minute 'serenade' .. I usually go out and clap .. that stops them, so, I think the height restriction is kind of unfair .. any Sheltie I have know has been NON yappy !!!

What a sad tail re the grave stone Betty .. Lorna worked for the "Memorial Gardens' business Susan, most of their stones are plaques laid on top of the ground .. called Bronzes, they have just started to allow a few Granite upright stones.
The cemetery my parents are buried in has some FABULOUS Memorial stones, one in particular almost looks like a Lladro sculpture .. 2 angels in the air clasping hands .. I should get a pic ..

Was in town early this morning (8am) 2 movies to return .. came around a corner and the OPP were flagging me down .. a vehicle had hit (and killed) a calf moose .. car was in the ditch .. calf on the shoulder of the road .. no human injuries .. thankfully.
Came home the same way 40 min later .. all the tow trucks and ditched vehicles gone, but, the remains of the poor moose were left cast onto the shoulder of the road .. would have thought someone might have pushed it into the ditch .. kind of upsetting to look at !!

Time to do laundry ... OH .. one of the movies we watched last night was called 'Company Men' .. Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, .. a very good movie .. lots to learn !!!
The other was 'Kill the Irishman" .. violent and lots of vulgar language ..

OK .. off I go ...

~M~
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 16, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8695713

If I lived in a trailer park I think the yappiness of so many little dogs would bug me a lot more than big dogs!

I have a yappy sheltie- Abby whom I adopted last year is pretty bad, if she was young I would have her debarked. She has no idea what she is barking at either - hard to teach a 14 year old dog not to bark! At least with Bailey before he was deaf I knew exactly what he was barking at. Fancy also was quite a barker but had been debarked when young so it did not bother anybody. Sassy barks a fair bit but is easy to stop. Abby just gets put in the house which really ticks her off if I am still out in the yard. If I go out to work in the front yard everybody is fine but if I am standing out there talking to somebody Bailey lets loose!

Another nice day today weather wise and nothing on the agenda so far! Better rest up for next week I work at LH regular shift tomorrow, 2 special tours on Tues and Thurs and all day Sat at Ride Thru Time- their all day summer event. Hope Sat is not too hot - it was brutal last year for those of us in costume! We shift back and forth from inside to outside which helps.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 16, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8695739

Actually, Carol - the big dogs that get loose are worse - and it's always true that the owners are the ones who are responsible for a dog's behaviour, small or large.
There's one family that lets their small children take out large dogs (GS and Lab) and the dogs literally run away with them, so if they see someone walking you can be sure they're trying to run the person down!
Hadn't thought of debarking for years, so forgot it was an option! Interesting...

Hope to go camping on the 22nd. We got our passports in the mail yesterday, so can visit Montana - maybe this time?
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 16, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8696201

Here's our new girl Annie.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 16, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8696496

Awww, I would love to have her...she's gorgeous!

So hoping tomorrow brings rain!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 16, 2011
9:59 PM

Post #8696941

She looks like a happy girl!!

Here's hoping for rain for you, Betty!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 17, 2011
4:13 AM

Post #8697124

A day late, but the wishes remain the same .. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ViolaAnn ...

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 17, 2011
4:19 AM

Post #8697136

Carol .. Annie looks 'picture perfect' .. I doubt it'll take long before she has a 'forever home'.

It was HORRIFYING here yesterday .. 39C with the humidex !!! Actually could not breathe effectively as the air felt thick.
The wedding went well .. didn't stay long.
Promise of rain today .. if none arrives I am on my way to Canadian Tire to purchase a couple of sprinklers to handle the gardens.

Enjoy your day everyone :-)

~M~

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8697796

Thanks, Marilynne. Had a fairly quiet day - we have grand-twins here. But we met their parents for an early dinner before they went to Bluesfest and then I went to a concert of the Music and Beyond Festival that I wanted to hear. Have missed the rest of that festival as we either had the kids or were in Montreal..

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 17, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8697841

Afternoon girls..yikes it's a hot one and no sign of rain for the next week.."m" did much the same, went and got another sprinkler and new garden hose..was up extra early and got everything watered but you'd never know it!!

It's like living in a ghost town, even in town there was barely a person ot shopping..home depot is closing their garden center at months end if they survive that long..I did manage to purchase 4 wreigelia's yesterday and another 2 today that look quite healthy dor $5.00. My thoughts are to keep them in the shade, leave them in their pots and plant when weather is cooler and we have rain... Perennials at HD are all but dead, most should be thrown away!

Sat on back porch last few hours with Sailor, did the rug in living room so thought if I sat out shed sit out but too hot for her..I went and deadheaded some flowers, gee whiz, worked for about 3 hrs. Taking seed out od pods, no wonder buying seed is so expensive.


violaAnn it's be hot if it's an outdoor event..

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 17, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8697995

Marking this on my calendar .. it is 43C with the humidex here !!!
When you walk out the backdoor from the AC into the heat, well, it's like walking into a wet sheet .. breathing is difficult .. am SO glad I don't have asthma or COPD.
Take the dogs out every hour or so .. soon as I see they have done their deal, back in we come ..
I did manage to get some watering done .. never did go to Can Tire .. just way too hot.

Gosh I hate complaining, seems the WINTER months are reserved for that .. right now I wouldn't mind a flake or 12 LoL

Sandwiches for supper .. if that ..

Keep cool all

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 17, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8698055

Much the same here "M", 10 minutes outside in the gardens and back in to wipe the sweat and have a sit down, lordy I've even purposefully ran through the sprinkler to cool down..don't know why I don't find some energy and go to Greg's for a swim

Thinking of Jeff and Julie kayaking for a few weeks on the Rideau Canal, must be hot for them

Bought Chinese yesterday for supper, was too lazy to eat it, think I might warm some up tonight..
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 17, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8698647

Hi All
VAnn Have a super BDay, I'm sure with your twin blessings in your home it will be a great day.

Wish I could send you some rain but we finally had warm day, I think it hit 29 or so.

Don't know if you will be able to access this but here is a link for buy one get one free at HDepot.
http://click.email.homedepot.ca/?qs=af5a937f68b1e51cb95ac626ca85b879e13df205926916d80a9f5e1a0983

I don't get their Hosta's but my HD has some Jack Frost Brunnera and some cool Huchera's so I may just go and get some.
I hope it works for you!
Alberta Ann

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 17, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8698709

YIKES that's hot, Marilyn!!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 18, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8699065

Yikes, did I miss your birthday VAnn..ahh my apologies, must start watching the sidebar more..today would have been hubby's 68th..I'll go put flowers on his grave..not a good way to celebrate but it's a way of showing he's NOT forgotten!

I thought of you this morning when the news came on to say that Ottawa got hit by a terrible storm...at the concert a few were hurt..know you were talking about going, sure hope you were not there but safely at home.

Alberta Ann, over the weekend I picked up 6 (or was it 8) went back several times..bought shrubs for great discount but got to tell you 98% of their fowers/hangers should have been put in he garbage or a sign saying 'free to a good home'..why do you not buy their hostas?

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8699327

Betty, thanks. The birthdays are posted really late in the morning now on DG which doesn't help.

The concert where the stage collapsed was Bluesfest which I don't generally attend, but DD and DSIL were there. The concert I went to was on Saturday, my birthday, and was inside a church. We had DGTwins at the end of last week and end of this week after we got back from Montreal so their parents could indulge themselves at Bluesfest. We decided we'd take them home to their own beds last night and wait till parents got home which they did somewhat earlier than planned because everything else was cancelled.

As we approached the west end of the city, the power was out affecting major traffic lights. We figured it would be out at DD's house as it was a block away, but on their street there was power. When we headed home around 10, power was still off along the way and some areas of Ottawa were still w/o power today. We saw one tree down across power lines on the way there. Probably there were many more.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 18, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8699877

Betty I believe that there is concern with the Hosta Virus X problem at the supplier for HD. I have a couple from before knowing about the virus and I am suspicious of them and will be ordering a test kit so I can be certain.
I have been very happy with the Huchera, brunnera and some sedums though so there is still opportunity to use the coupon,

We had a major wind at 530 am today and then a quick storm that had left us by 8 am. These big winds are very dangerous and you really need to be undercover when they hit.
Alberta Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 18, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8699914

It's so hot out there, wouldn't you know today is the first day in our new office in Koslov Centre and no a/c...could hardly breath..not nice because the reason we found alternate accommodations was because of the heat in summer, and cold in the winter.

Called maintenance and they have a/c repairman..he thinks that the heat section of the unit was stuck on..let's hope by the time he leaves we'll be nice and cool..boss BIL (Paul) said it was probably because I was having hot flashes..kidding of course because he left early, reason 'too hot'!!!

AlbertaAnn and ViolaAnn, you have such great knowledge concerning hosta's..I have a large pond, put in a secondary pond that will look like 1 waterfall falling into the other..in order to do the changes I need to move hosta's..nice and healthy ones...must I wait until spring or could I do it in the fall and at such time can I divide???

ViolaAnn, glad that you and yours are safe and that you've hydro..

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 18, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8699978

Happy Belated Birthday, Ann!! Hope you had a super terrific day!!!

Hostas - I planted 3, 3 years ago, and only one came back this year. Too dry I suppose...

Went to hilltop to see fireworks last night, so we didn't get to see the "low ones" but the high ones were awesome. Wish they didn't have so much time between bursts, cuz we thought they were doing the "windup" and then there were bigger ones almost 5 minutes later, which meant we were about 20 blocks away when we heard the last Booms of the big finish. Ah well, we'll have to find a better spot, bring mosquito repellant and chairs LOL They we could stay a little longer!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 18, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8700001

Betty, I surely do hope the AC gets repaired .. I have left the house 3 times today and will not do so again unless there is a drastic drop in the temps. And, today .. we have the extra added aroma of forest fire smoke .. none near us, but, the smokey air moves about.

Susan, were the fireworks for the Stampede ?

Read about the Ottawa Bluesfest stage crash .. scary video .. one thing about weather, it can change in a nano second !!

TTFN

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 18, 2011
1:51 PM

Post #8700012

yes, Stampede fireworks - last night.
Weren't too great, cuz we were on a hilltop far away, so didn't get to see the ground level ones, and thought they were done in a flourish, but 5 min later there was the big finish we missed...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 18, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8700224

Already comfy on the couch, wicked out there, should go out and get something accomplished but won't!

A/c repairman came, believes he's fixed the problem..heat system on and jammed..disconnected it so tomorrow will tell!

Susan, don't you feel just like a kid watching fireworks..if the Mosquitos are kin to those in my neck of the woods I can imagine you need a blood transfusion..they sure are out for blood!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 18, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8700341

I stepped off the grass to pavement to avoid some of the mosquitos, but They Followed Me!
not as nasty as those in Manitoba, but then it's not usually as wet as it has been this year, either.
Glad the A/C guy came by - you needed some relief!
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 18, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8700719

Betty thank you kindly for your accolades on the Hosta's but I must admit that I fly by the seat of my pants and with help from V Ann as she has been very kind with sharing her seeds and her knowledge.

We could use some air conditioning here too as the heat has just shot up. We are still getting the rain too. And the mossies are the size of horses!

Alberta Ann

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8701420

ABAnn - you're doing just fine with the hostas. We all have to start somewhere and we learn by experience as well as by sharing here and on other sites.

Am going to get out into the garden today as it will be mid-20s and not too humid. By Thursday they are calling for 37 BEFORE adding the humidex. Will be a good day to find some AC in a mall. We're trying not to use much AC in the daytime as we are on Smart Hydro billing - more expensive at peak hours. We keep it set around 27 (but may boost it a bit higher on Thursday) and at 7 pm start turning it down to 23 at which point we find we can sleep.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 19, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8701846

Shoosh .. am fed up to the teeth and beyond with the heat and humidity ..I feel I am true to my Smart Meter insofar as laundry and dishwasher, but, am willing to pay the penalty for the AC. We are again in the high to mid 30s and we now have smoke!! Hazy lazy days of summer ?

I went out and hooked up the soaker hose in the veg garden .. Gord is on a fishing tournie in Wisconsin (where the temps are even HIGHER) so .. I get to get my feet dirty for a couple of weeks, have been avoiding it, but, it HAS to be done .. the tomatoes are lookin mighty droopy.

Lorna has been out on the rider cutting our lawns for close to 3 hours .. she sure is tenacious, I'd have lasted a half hour and 15 minutes of that would have been complaining LoL

My Hosta seem to thrive on neglect .. must get at them today if I can .. not pushing ..

Off to switch soaker hoses

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 19, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8701881

ah yes - hot and humid - will try to keep this in mind this winter during the blizzards lol
We're unpacking out storage shed of all the camping gear so we can head out on Friday am. All the empty boxes in the shed (we were holding onto them should we move) have been broken up and sent to recyling. Stuff in the porch now moved out to make room for the camping gear and then we'll put "porch stuff" into the shed... do si do and round we go LOL When we're ready to go, the camping gear will go in the truck. Thehe porch will be EMPTY for the 1st time since Bob lost his job and brought the "stored stuff" from work back home!!!!!!
We have 2 camp fridges and two coolers that we need to air out. We were lucky enough to get a whole whack of freezer packs they were giving away at the lab last year, so we've got them in the freezer now.
Perhaps we'll head down to Montana during our "tripping" and I've called our camping buddies so see if they will meet us for a few days duing our week. That would be nice :-)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 19, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8702373

Guess we are all having the same kind of weather, crazy, yet hotter days to come! Best enjoy because you know what is coming..

Think I'm spending more time inside because if weather than I do in the winter..Lorna had best watch she doesn't get heat stroke.

Cannot believe how quickly grass is growing, must be due to humidity.
Have my grass cut Thursday's but will call and say 'no' to this week...much too hot to attempt it.

ViolaAnn, my youngest is traveling by kayak in your neck of the woods, he blogs some of his travels..quite impressed with the Rideau


http://2011summertrip.blogspot.com/

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 19, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8702434

Betty .. Jeff and Julie seem to be having a good time ... feel bad she has a shoulder that 'acts up' .. the thoughts of me paddling anything right now makes me ill as my shoulders are so incredibly painful.
Anyway .. nice blog :-)

Susan .. do hope your camping trip to Montana is wonderful. It's a beautiful State .. BIG sky country :-)

Lorna LOVES the heat and humidity .. thrives on it .. I went outside a grand total of 5 times today to muck about with the soaker hoses, and I felt I would faint !! Plus .. the smoke (which never bothers me) is now making my eyes burn a bit .. can't imagine what those firefighters go through !!!
We have rec'd over 300 evacuees and 1000 more are expected who will be shared with other communities ..

RAIN is promised tonight .. but .. my computer says ... NOPE .. so .. we'll see who's wrong!

Off to finish my tea

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 19, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8702669

We've reserved a campsite in Pincher Creek, Alberta, but may take a day trip to Montana's Glacier National Park. Not sure if we will, as most of the towns are 5-6 hours drive away, and we're not moving our campsite from Alberta, nor can we afford to stay in a hotel overnight...

We've been invited to come stay at a friend's overnight (they're 2 hours from Pincher Creek, and we met them first while camping there, last year - we've been to their home a couple of times).

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 20, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8703767

Life Lesson ... Water the garden, and, the next day you will have a DELUGE accompanied by thunder and lightning !!
We started to get stormy weather around 7am, and, it's still on tap ..
Garden is HAPPY HAPPY :-)

Humidity has broken .. BUT .. 19 new forest fire starts up north :-(

Susan .. whatever your plans include, enjoy yourself !!

TTFN

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 20, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8703797

Afternoon, heard from my Jeff last night, enjoying the Rideau..today is a day of rest for them..and yes, Julie's arm is giving her the dickens so sure "M" you can sympathize

Send that rain on to us..noticed travelling through town the Municipal sign is lit, 'fire and water ban'
I went out this morning and watered all the hanging plants and planters..could do that 3 times a day..the one in the large frame, direct sun is all but cooked, the one in the back arbor 1/2 sun 1/2 shade is the same...been giving them a drink of Miracle Grow at least once a week (perhaps too often and it's killing them..)

But things like hostas and not sure the name of this one, are doing well

Susan you enjoy your time off camping and keeping busy helping everyone out..

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 20, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8703820

woo hoo... 122F in Toronto on Thursday? Hope all you Ontario ladies keep cool however it is you do it!! (thinking - kiddie wading pools are going on sale really quickly?!?!?!)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 20, 2011
12:29 PM

Post #8704101

My poor pretties are so thirsty and here we've a water band..might have to get up in the middle of the night and give them a drink..

That's HOT Susan.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8704168

I 'spect that's the Humidex. Still feels bloody hot.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 20, 2011
1:08 PM

Post #8704192

Sure is...with Jeff travelling your neck of the woods Ann I'm hoping you have a light breeze and a bit cooler than I..following his blog, enjoying him telling me about all those locks on the Rideau..guess a few towns would be familiar to you..

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 20, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8704254

Betty .. Jeff (and Julies) blog is a nice read .. interesting that's for sure .. glad they are having a 'day off', and, oh my YES I empathize to the MAX with Julie and her shoulder. Course, I'm a few years older than her and I think that arthritis is playing havoc with my rotator cuffs.

Lorna's parents told us about the expected temps for Thursday .. they will not be leaving King City and have their grocery shopping done .. even with the humidex that is SIZZZZZZZZZZZLING temps .. and I feel bad for the flower and plants as well as humans and animals .. this rain we were doused with today .. 0.2" ... was heaven sent for sure .. and we are expecting more later today .. thunder is rumbling in the distance ..

Tomorrow is my 'date' with Toyota .. will see what they have to offer me .. as i said, I am going for a 'seamless' transfer from my 2009 to a 2011 .. Gord always comments on my 'Polly Annaism' .. but .. as I age, I get less worried about making comments about fairness and transparency !!

I have to tell ya .. these shoulders have me down for the count .. the pain is 24/7 with no relief .. Aug.8 can't get here fast enough ..

Off to find the heating pad

Stay cool and safe

~M~

This message was edited Jul 20, 2011 4:37 PM
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 20, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8704267

Had a big although brief storm yesterday afternoon just as the guys arrived to prune my trees - one was actually up on the roof when the thunder and lightening started, he came down pretty quick! That passed off relatively soon and they got the willow trimmed and took down my sick chokecherry. But about 630 a 2nd storm came thru and that one was a dilly! No hail around my house but I guess some areas were hit pretty bad, lots of water, some of the roads and underpasses were flooded.

Well things sure cooled off!

Earlier in the day I was at LH doing a tour with a group of ladies from Saudi apparently here with husbands attending an oil conferance. Nice group.glad I got home before the storm hit or I would have been waiting it out. Another tour tomorrow.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 20, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8704390

Glad you are reading their blog, I find it interesting but then I'm his mom. Lol. On the side bar is his previous 2 years vacation kayaking..think it's a more relaxing trip this year...
Don't know why he doesn't ask his mom to join them??

Be nice 'M' for you to get that appt. And see what further can be done...must be overwhelming to wake up every day in pain.

Ohhh news bulletin, woman and family went down to waterfront and a tree fell on the mom, seems those trying to rock tree off of her might have done more damage...sure are breaking weather records

Got my hydro bill today, another icon telling me I've a credit again and am a Smarty..am sure I won't be next month because regardless the cost not doing without a/c

Glad Lorna's parents are staying in..news media saying for construction workers and other outdoor workers being told to stay home...for those in a/c, dress lightly

Carol, bet your LH uniform even though made of summer fabric must be hot..interesting , getting to meet and talk to so many who are seeking knowledge of something you love to talk about. Fulfilling I bet.

Lordy so many have drowned this past week in this region..will have to remind my boys to be cautious even though the are great swimmers!
agedgardener
Fredericton N B
Canada
(Zone 4a)

July 20, 2011
4:53 PM

Post #8704547

Betty is that Crocasmia im you picture.What is the secret to get bloom?JOY

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 20, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8704563

It is Joy, no trick, dug a hole and planted it near the pond, 3rd year..mostly sand..after seeing it open today and knowing an area nursery has some on sale, my thoughts is to purchase another 1 or 2...so need more red perennials

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 20, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8704628

Those Crocasmia are gorgeous! I found one called "Lady McKenzie" (so okay, they don't spell it correctly... it's still beautiful!) I'm going to have to get some for my garden!!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 20, 2011
9:59 PM

Post #8705208

Very pretty plant .. almost reminds me of a Maltese Cross with the colouring.

HUGE thunder boomer went through here a bit back .. lost power and Piper was just beside himself !! Looks like Toyota will again be a no go if we are to have another storm .. can't leave the dogs, but, can't take them either !!

Betty .. I was going to write on Jeff's blog today .. the pics of he and Julie in the hammock are priceless LoL

TTFN

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 21, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8706476

I felt bad I had to cancel my meeting at the Toyota dealership, and, as the weather had calmed down, off I went.
Saturday morning I pic up my new 2011 Rav4 ... kind of an exciting day, trying to take it all in right now ..

The storm here last night blew the roof off our "International Airport" .. 18 vehicles were damaged .. what a mess ..
It was bad enough out this way, but talk about town is that the area around the airport suffered what is referred to as a 'down draft'/blow down .. I can't remember the name .. the power was out to 8,000 homes ..
We were sitting here thinking the TV would drown out the KABOOMS when our power went out !! Not for long though, and Piper and Lilly and Smokey got lots of extra lovin :-)
Today .. 32C with the humidex .. and a nice breeze, albeit a warmish one ..

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 21, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8706580

Lucky you "M", you'll have to take that beauty for a ride, let's say 'Victoria Harbour' little hop/skip/jump...indeed it is an exciting day for you.

Went out for lunch and before doing so looked at my ipad weather icon..warning out there, but I believe just for extreme heat...says it's 93 feeling like 115...wow..there was no air..not a lot of people at this mall but at Georgian mall you can't find a parking place...guess more to do for kids and parents and old ones alike need cool temps.

Glad you are ok but omg..not good for the airport is it.

Looking at the clock, almost time to leave so will chat after..

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 21, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8706637

oh wow - you didn't mention it, so I suppose no one was hurt, Marilyn?

For the 2nd day in a row we lost our phone, internet and TV - bundled with Shaw. They had to do some emergency service and "re-build our network" They'd held off because they understood the park was closing, but then we had a total failure they said, so had to do the work anyway. And the park isn't closing anytime soon! Yesterday we lost service for 4 hours, and today for 2 hours. Kinda hard to receive info on jobs and interviews...
Glad we're back on again...

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 22, 2011
1:11 AM

Post #8707857

Luckily no one was injured. That in itself is amazing as there was a fair amount of pedestrian traffic for flights departing at 9pm (storm occured at about 8:15pm)
18 vehicles sustained major damage though.

Glad you have your bundle back !!

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 22, 2011
2:52 AM

Post #8707938

Morning everyone,

Just got in from watering all the gardens, my pretties needed it in order to survive another day...I on the other hand am not thrilled with the mosquito bites!!

Up early and at it, going to Peterborough for the nice, about 2 1/2 hour drive each way so will like leave at 6:30am

Was just thinking, inside housework all done so easy going this weekend, weekend, only have Saturday then it's a full day/evening at Collinwood Elvis festival am am looking forward to going.

Read through Jeff/Julie's blog and they are doing better than I expected in this heat..nice to see them enjoying.

How are you all managing, thinking snow a good alternative to this..

Susan, glad you are back up and running, don't you just feel lost without Internet?

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 22, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8708107

Betty .. our meteorologists, and PSEUDO meteorologists, are telling us that the heat wave will break tomorrow .. now .. since their track record on reliablity is kind of tarnished, I'm going to 'believe it, when I see it (feel if)'
The Toyota dealership I am dealing with is undergoing renos at present, and, as a result .. they have NO air conditioning!! Thought I was going to keel over yesterday, luckily I had worn a light sundress, so I wasn;t too bad.
Back there this morning to tie up the loose ends, have tons of questions as well. Funny how you lay in bed and think up all these questions after the fact.

Hope everyone enjoys the day .. stay safe, and be happy ^_^

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 22, 2011
3:43 PM

Post #8709249

Was READING about the bombings and shootings in Oslo Norway .. horrifying .. 9/11 revisited for them.
I clicked a link to a local television station in Oslo .. DUH .. not even thinking the hosts would be speaking Norwegian !
However, the footage spoke for itself .. and .. I have heard the words 'Islamic Jihad' used in reference to the episodes ..
How long can these unjustices continue ?

On another note .. TBay is going to have an overnight temp of 11C .. YAHOO .. I have the dogs enclosure to cut ..
It'll have to wait til after 1030 as that's when I pick up my new vehicle .. wooo hooo ~~~

Take care all

~M~
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 22, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8709296

Not a very nice day here and a noisy thunder storm rolled thru this afternoon and rain for a while.Supposed to be a nice weekend- sure hope so as we have 'Ride Thru Time' at LH our annual summer 'event.

I went out to a couple of local nurseries this morning, looking for an Amur Cherry to replace the Schubert Chokecherry I had removed this week. They are available but pretty big, would have to pay to have it delivered so maybe will wait until spring when the stock comes in and is smaller.I would like to be able to transport and plant myself ( with a little volunteer help probably)

Anyway at the first place, roaming around, I came on their discount area and saw some lovely iron hanging container, 3 sizes, they were 50% off so I bought 2 of the midsize. The chains are rather long for any place I would hang in my yard so will have to get them shortened. But even hanging empty they are lovely - I like the rusty iron effect!

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Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 22, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8709349

Evening all, spent the day in Peterborough, lovely town, been decades since I visited and didn't remember it being so big...took back roads home, Friday afternoon traffic heavy on main routes so a leisurely ride home was nice..

Got to say driving through towns and farmland made me want to cry..grass is comp,eatery burnt and farmers fields show devastation, either burnt as well or stu Ted..we'llpay heavily at the stores for fresh veggies.. Did pick up3 dozen corn, some for me, Cathy and her family and Greg/Melanie..cooking some up now, I love cold corn so although I'm on my own there will be plenty for snacks.

"m" by now you are riding pretty in that new vehicle you bought..snazzy! Didn't watch the news today so will go listen to the news or do I want to??

Carol,love the planters, you know that my gardens have lots of rusted metal art, if you can't get the chains shortened please send them my way! Such a good price for trees right now though, pity you don't have so done who could pick it up and plant it for you.

Will take a ride to Home Depot tomorrow, last weekend for their garden center, will see what goodies they have left.

Hot here again, although a water ban I watered the planters..no rain in sight till mid week...going to the Elvis gospel breakfast in Collingwood Sunday morning..it's under a tent so all will be well but the afternoon events are outdoors and no shade..if we make it till evening it's inside arena so heat might not be a problem unless no air! If it's too hot can always leave.

Poor Sailor is not liking this weather nor are the kitties but got to say those Mosquitos are getting as large as humming birds!
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 22, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8709460

Betty they have more!

That size was $25 sale price.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 23, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8710248

Was up a few times last night, and each time i checked the CNN webpage, the death toll in Oslo had risen.

Well .. our 'change of weather' was predicted right on the money .. just had Piper out and I could have worn a light jacket .. cloudy as well, and, smokey. For us it will be a welcome change, and chores put off because of the heat will now get done.

Betty, enjoy your Elvis day :-)

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 23, 2011
5:11 AM

Post #8710271

Morning all, just out in the gardens and although hot don't feel the stifling heat and humidity but then it was only 6:30am, still time to heat up to unbearable temps..

"M" I've decided just to do all day Sunday and not drive to Collingwood today but morning is young yet..feeling on the lazy side! Ohh you'll soon be out picking up your new wheels...exciting!

Carol, next weekend is Kempenfest and I'll be there before the sunrises as there is a gentleman who does metal art and is quite reasonable! Have about 3 of his pieces, especially love the big sunflower with the bee on it sooo will look what he has in the basket department

Better decide what I'll get into this morning otherwise it will be over and I'll not have a thing done.

Enjoy your day everyone!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 23, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8711208

Have just a couple of pics .. really do like the new SUV .. tons of room .. AND .. Westie approved :-)

#1 Lorna and I at the dealership this morning picking up the Rav.

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MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 23, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8711209

The Rav .. haven't named it yet LoL

~M~

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MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 23, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8711211

TONS of room !!!!

~M~

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MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 23, 2011
4:41 PM

Post #8711215

This years Hibiscus .. buy it in April, put it out in July and wait for the heat to do its job :-)
Beauty !!!

~M~

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Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 23, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8711297

She's a beauty " m"' does have a lot of room. Hibiscus must love heat and humidity.


Must be a day for new cars..Ann dropped in and showed me the new one she picked up yesterday I believe.

Tired tonight, Elvis festival is a full day tomorrow, leaving at 7am so off to get some rest!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 24, 2011
2:08 AM

Post #8711903

Enjoy the festival Betty. Hope it isn't too warm.
It's actually 'chilly' here this morning .. 13C !!

Mowed the dog enclosure yesterday ... had left it for 5 days due to the extreme heat .. well .. not only did I have to mow, but also rake and bag !! Never again ..

Enjoy your Sunday !!

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 24, 2011
3:31 AM

Post #8711917

Morning all, although it's much cooler and feels like rain they are not calling for it until tomorrow and then several days of rain/thunderstorms!

"M" usually Cathy comes and cuts mine, called her Wednesday and asked her not to, thought leaving it long would stop it from burning, drats hope I don't have to rake and bag..if Ann finds the day too long and we come home later this afternoon I'll cut mine..is getting long

Talked to jeff yesterday, because of the delay at all the locks they will not make it to Ottawa, have to start back this morning..I offered to pick up his car in Kingston, drive to Ottawa, pick them io, have them drive me back to Kingston to pick up my vehicle...he says no because he feels it's just too much for me..emailed this morning, hope he takes me up on it!!

Enjoy your day!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 24, 2011
10:58 PM

Post #8713467

So Betty, how'd things go vis a vis Elvis and Jeff ?
That was nice of you to offer to do that for them.

Was able to spend another nice day OUTSIDE .. mid 70s F .. a perfect summers day.
The dogs, and cat, are in heaven being able to stay outside for more than 15 minutes, and it's sure nice to have all the windows opened !!

Of course, we took the "Westie Wagon' on another short jaunt .. really am so liking all the space ..
Have read about a quarter of the Owners Manual .. I see there are some 'higher end models' that are keyless .. push button start etc .. kinda glad I haven't got one of those, looks a bit tricky.

The DayLilies have POPPED .. including a pic, and, wondering when the best time of year is to divide them, and Purple Iris ? Must see if there is a forum on Daves with some info .. the DayLilies have doubled in number and need transplanting badly.

Have been asleep since 10pm .. up now and likely will stay up and sleep sitting up ... bummmer !!

Ciao

~M~

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fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 25, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8713756

M there are daylily and iris forums! I understand Iris are best split about 6 weeks after they finish flowering. Same with daylilies I guess although I think you could split them almost anytime! They are pretty hardy.

Ride Thru Time at LH on Sat went off nicely - it was cool in the morning and apparently rained a bit ( I was inside so did not notice) and pleasant in the afternoon. Pretty steady stream of people going thru the house. This year somebody came to their senses and provided armed chairs for the interpreters ( Last year I took in my stool!) We don't do tours, just are stationed thru out the house to answer questions.

Yesterday was a very nice day, not too hot. I dug up the perennials from around the area where I had the Shubert Chokecherry removed. They were large but not hard to dig although I have paid for it the rest of the day and last night with a lot of hip pain. Well I have acupuncture this morning so that should take care of it.

I was also on my knees clearing out the wood chips that were spread over the whole area, I want to use them again. Now I can get the Stump Grinder fellow in and clear that whole corner and then put the perennials back. Not sure if I will get the new tree in this year or wait until spring. Today I have to deal with the pile of debris!

And since I was on a roll I removed about 2/3 of the Honeysuckle vine over the gate arch- it was starting to look pretty tatty! It will grow back. But that leaves the whole side looking very open which it has not been for almost 20 years so it is rather strange and exposed!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 25, 2011
10:08 AM

Post #8714219

Morning, or is it afternoon, yikes morning sure passed quickly..

Had a wonderful time at the Elvis Festival, must have, left 7am and didn't get back until near midnight, almost 17 hrs...lol

Ooooh wish you had all been with me, talk about a crowd going wild when Chilean Miner #12 - Pena came out and sang Elvis son...omg..still have shivers...

Loved the Gospel Breakfast I think the most..Ann and I were about the 10th person to enter the facility so had a seat right in front..lordy some of those Elvis's have been around since Elvis and great voices, but, sure did enjoy looking at those young ones..lol

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Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 25, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8714236

Chilean miner

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Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 25, 2011
10:36 AM

Post #8714260

"M" Jeff and Julie however much I said I'd love to do it, get to see some backroads did not take me up on it, so guess I've a free long weekend coming up, except for, Kempenfest on Barrie Bay, but that usually takes Saturday morning, don't like doing it when there are thousands in attendance..know which vendors that have what I want or think I want..lol

with Suzanne on holidays and Paul tentatively leaving on his Thursday I might transfer the calls to my home Wednesday, that way I get get some corners cleaned that normally I don't get to but once a year..don't panic, usually just my laundry room and under the stairwell which is a catchall..have one junk drawer, why do we have junkdrawers??? half of what is in it can be thrown out so it would be an excellent opportunity to do so...in a swap, had 12 christmas block to do by August, mailed out all but 5 so I could work on that as well.

Carol, sounds as though you are pleased with all the work you've had done and work you've done..know what you mean by being so open, had a tree which was about 20' tall that fell a few years ago which was hiding half the neighbors yard and bang..there I was seeing all..managed to plant several more trees, helping a bit but takes quite a few years. Do you not have a young neighbor with strong back who could help with riding yourself of the debris?? sounds like a heavy job you shouldn't undertake.

How many people Carol on most days would go through for the walk tour??? The area you are responsible to answer questions is concerning??

"M" got to hate those nights you can't sleep..is it due to the pain?
Beautiful daylillies..all my lillies I planted over the past few years have been eaten, drats, don't know what kills that new breed of lilly bug..sure are hungry suckers.

Rained heavily on my way home from Collingwood last night, this morning a bit of rain, I think it's a sunshine day, not as hot as last week but now being in the mall and no windows except side offices I'm not sure what it's doing.

Be nice come winer time, I'll not be worrying about the blizzard out there because I won't see what is happening..imagine, my talking about blizzards..

when I look at my gardens and almost finished blooming I know what's coming...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 25, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8714742

Drats jeff just posted the following..what he saw today...


julie and I just witnessed attempted suicide, guy drove off bridge we had just gone over, wouldn't get out as car sinking, people jumped in and heroic young guy from lock busted window with 2x4 and literally dragged out as last swoosh of water went in, very intense and very close call

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cybercrone
Toronto,, ON
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2011
3:59 PM

Post #8714771

Well, Betty, hope you are coping all right with the sight you saw. It turned out OK, so that better anyway.

Woo-hoo! Got my first raspberries and blackberries off the vines on the weekend, and my first tomatoes (2) today. I have no idea what kind they are, tiny, yellow and light-bulb-shaped. They're tasty little gems though, quite fleshy.

I'd had a whole raft of partly used packets of heirloom tomatoes and didn't know what was good, so just started a few of several kinds and planted out the best of what came up.

Keep well all . . .
~m
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 25, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8714823

Betty things like that I prefer to do myself; however when I get the new tree I will be asking a couple of guys to come dig the hole! The garden really needs a clean up but I think I will call for my garden helper to at least do the front yard.

Normally at Lougheed House one of the Historical Interpreters ( our official title!) is on duty and we tour whoever wants thru the whole house. Sometimes it is 1 person, sometimes a large group although we try not to have moret han 10, gets a bit crowded. We dont have specific tour times as we never really know how many tours there might be, sometimes none, sometimes 2-3. I only do a 3 hour shift which is enough for 2 tours.

When we have events like last weekend where the house is open and free and there is a constant flow of people we are stationed in several of the main rooms- usually 2 of us on each floor - and we just answer questions or offer information if people look like they need it!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 25, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8714831

Omg. Forgot to say it was Jeff, not I who saw it..they were on their kayak when this happened

Be back to respond, must run to town

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MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 25, 2011
11:14 PM

Post #8715643

Poor Jeff and Julie .. must have been a real shock for them to witness something like that.

Betty, the Elvis wanna bes are handsome ^_^
We have a fellow from Thunder Bay who is quite good at it .. Dylan James ... I've never seen him do his act.

The Black Bear was back today .. i had pulled up the driveway, just ready to open the door when he peeked out from behind a shed at the back. I beeped on the horn, and he literally FLEW away ... had lots of yard work to accomplish yesterday, so, was armed with my cellphone and never went out towards the back forty.

WEEDING .. altho easier than shoveling snow .. I tend to dislike it .. I am NOT a spider fan !! The tomatoes are simply awesome this year .. no edible ones as of yet though .. cucumbers are getting there as are the peas, carrots and beets.
Have yet to find any BC cherries ..

Looks as though I'm up for a bit .. shoulders don't want to sleep like the rest of me does !!!

Have a terrific Tuesday

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 25, 2011
11:49 PM

Post #8715656

I'm up also. To keep you company "m".. Was almost asleep when Jeff called last night about his unsettling day and have been up down since..just read their daily blog, maybe now I'll doze off!

Maybe before someone gets hurt they should try and capture the bear, not good that you can't feel safe in your own backyard!

Got local corn on my way home last night, wasn't tasty..lots of yellow beans and cucumbers rare..almost bought cherries but the did not look fresh..

Best I try and grab some rest!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 26, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8716979

Not much happening here .. weather is beautiful .. some of that 'heat and humidity' stuff lined up for the holiday weekend.

Son and granddaughter were out for a visit .. Brooklyn will be 13 on the 29th .. I was a GOOD Gramma/Mom and held my tongue with regards to her choice of clothing ... call me a 'fuddy duddy but I do NOT think a young girl should be wearing what we used to call 'HOT PANTS' along with a bare midriff .. 'least said, easiest mended' ..
While they were here the bear wandered out .. took one look at the dogs in their compound (barking) and bugged off at a great rate !! Wish he would STAY gone !!

Hope everyone is enjoying the days of summer ^_^

~M~
agedgardener
Fredericton N B
Canada
(Zone 4a)

July 26, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8717131

bout a week ago I was deadheading some roses in hopes of getting more flowers.The ungrateful things attacked my leg.I bled like a stuffed pig all over the leg of my good yellow pants.I finally got it stopped and applied Polysporin and then some band-aids. All seemed to be OK. Then it started...To make a long story.my ankle and foot are swollen and sore. My doctor is on holidays until August 15 so a trip to the after hours clinic tonight !! No ER for me after my last rather extended visit.Meantime I'm sitting in my lazyboy with my foot elevated and being waited on by my grand daughter.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 26, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8717203

"M" think you have a full time pet..the bear would not attack the dogs would they? Lordy, you are to be congratulated on keeping your thoughts to yourself on gd's attire, doubt I could do the same! See some of the girls around here and I think to myself how some might get wrong idea...we must be getting old.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 26, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8717225

Joy, are you back from the doctors..hopefully he's given you strong antibiotics! Are you easily infected? Guess the thorns dug deep

Cybercrone, I've seen those tomatoes, not sure of the name, are they sweet and seedless..not the burp less are they. Nothing more yummy than eating freak picked veggies and fruit! Your gardens have done well in this heat wave?

Mouth watering just thinking of the fruit you are munching on

Actually cool in the house..imagine thinking about finding a sweater..back on a warming trend tomorrow!

Off to read jeff/Julie's blog if they've posted then off to bed



fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 26, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8717227

Miserable day here, rained most of the morning a bit sunny early afternoon then another thunderstorm passed thru and another just a little w hile ago. Thunder does not bother Bailey ( deaf) or Abby ( maybe 1/2 deaf) unless it is directly obverhead but Sassy gets quite upset so I held her on my lap for a while.

I took Bailey to the vet this morning. He has what I can only - grossly - call ' a snotty nose'!!!
Mainly when he sneezes so I have to carry kleenex with me, like having a baby with a cold who does not know how to blow! Any way wondered if it was a sinus infection ( he was doing same thing this spring when his canine tooth was so badly infected) So he is on a good antibiotic for 15 days and then we will see.

So I thought Sassy had maybe lost a bit of weight and took her in just to weigh and turns out she has lost over 7 lbs since mid April. Not good since she was not overweight so I have to presume this is part of her cancer. I guess I will keep checking her weight every month.

Hope it does not rain tomorrow. The stump grinder guy is coming to deal with the stump and sucker roots of the Schubert Chokecherry we removed last week.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8718247

Carol .. Calgary has sure had some crummy weather this summer .. guess all you can do is hope for an 'Indian Summer' that is gorgeous and warm.
Sad re Sassy .. at least she isn't in pain ?

Cloudy here today .. and cool .. have 2 baskets of strawberries to deal with .. I think perhaps either a coffe cake or a pie should make a dent in them.

I would imagine Susan is still off camping ... wonder if they got to rise horses this year ?

Betty .. seems the bear is a bit afraid of the dogs .. and .. from what I have heard from other folks, the 2 species do not get along .. I would never let the dogs OUT to test that theory though !! I'm happy he bolts away when they start barking ..

Joy .. take care of that foot !! Dang thorns anyway ..

Off to read some recipes

~M~
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8718413

Marilyn: Karelian Bear Dogs:
The Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) is a Finnish or Karelian breed of dog. In its home country, it is regarded as a national treasure. They will hunt any kind of animal. Bear and moose tests are conducted in Sweden and Finland to determine an individual's ability as a bear dog and weighs heavily in the dog’s breeding potential. This dog will put a bear to flight or attack it with great pugnacity and will sacrifice its own life for its master. Its quick reflexes and fearless nature have also made it very popular for hunting other aggressive game, such as the wild boar. It was the breed's ability to hunt and offer protection against a bear that earned the breed its name.

( from Wikipedia)

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8718527

Gord had a hunting buddy who had a KBD .. 'Jake' made them succcessful Moose hunters several times .. we had a Norwegian Elkhound. I preferred the Elkhound over the KBD .. they both have curly tails, but the Elkhound was a bit more handsome .. Gustav was a treasured pet .. still miss him.

So .. one strawberry coffee cake made .. and hopefully later this afternoon a strawberry rhubarb pie .. I saved 3 cups of rhubarb from the Elephant Ear plant.
Then the ages old dilemma will ensue .. 'WHERE do I put all this baking' .. doubtless I'll be sharing it ..

Going for a short walk around the property .. WITH the dogs LoL

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 27, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8718598

Afternoon all, been a busy morning for me, but here I is..you won't believe this, actually thinking of going downstairs to Zellers in the mall here and get a light sweater..blooming cold in this new office..lol

Last night was the 1st time in weeks that I turned the a/c off, got into bed and the fan above my bed was giving off such a breeze that I got up and turned it off so the temps were much more enjoyable..we only got rain early morning the rest of the day was sunshine...was sunny when I came in this morning, hard to tell when your office window is looking inside a mall..everything looks sunny, rays coming in from the rood but have no idea what's happening in the real world.

Breakfast television is calling for an almost perfect long weekend..wonderful..going to spend time in the gardens..not sure why as it won't be many weeks before fall sets in.

Are you all eating your tomatoes/cucumbers yet??? even the garden centers don't seem to have quantities..perhaps after the 2 nights of rain it won't be long they will..

looking at the clock..40 minutes left before I get to eat..wonder what I can have just to take the edge off my hunger.

You know, I was so excited about my little travel trailer, got everything I needed and haven't gone anywhere, not even for a night..what a waste..hmmm maybe it means I'll take it south at Christmas time..

Carol, poor Sassy, is it a fast growing cancer? That's a lot of weight to lose in such a short time.
AHHH my Sailor girl sure gets upset when there is a storm, pitiful, no way of calming her down..one year she headed out, we found her miles/miles away from home, just running..don't let her out anymore!

Pass the strawberry cake "M" mouth watering here, having had lunch and I'm hungry!

Never heard of that breed of dog..agree with you "M", keep them and yourself inside..better be safe than sorry! What has Lorna been up to?

Joy, are you feeling any better this morning..

Susan must be having a good time, she and Bob sure did need a break..hope when she gets home she'll tell us they both got call for new jobs. wouldn't that be something!

Went to read Jeff/Julie's Kayak 2011 journal, Julie posted, had a bad day yesterday but nothing from Jeff..wonder if I should be worrying.

What do you all have planned for this long weekend...Kempenfest on the Bay in Barrie has about 400 vendors..always purchase metal garden art from one of the men..that's early Saturday, should be back around 1:00..think I just want to relax..now by relax that doesn't mean I'll just sit..
want to do a back deck floor cloth on the underside of linoleum..thought I might pick one up on my way home tonight, get it sealed so I can base coat and have fun designing one this weekend..that my kind of 'rest' lol

annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8718754

Joy ditto on the " are you back from the Doctors"?
"M" you are making my mouth water and encouraging me to look for pie!!
Sounds like you easterners will have some more comfortable temps for the weekend.

My sister was attacked last week by two " Bear Hunting breed" dogs as she walked down the road by her friends house in Montana. Making a long story short these dogs had been rescued and have slowly become more aggresive. She didn't get taken to the ground because a two ladies in a small car came at the frackus honking their horn. She has puncture wounds to her thigh and brusing from the bites. She said she had met these dogs previously and they had been happy tail waggers. Even the owner yelling didn't get them off the attack. They have been taken to a rehab facility for evaluation. It scared her big time and she said she was gratefull it was her and not the 84 yr old lady who walks past that home every day and that a car had come by.
It seems to be nice again here and the sun is nice to see. Another 20 ml's yesterday of liquid -----.
Only had to water in the G house and a few pots under trees this year.

Tomatoes have started to ripen and have had a few SunGolds to pop in my mouth but not a big yield yet.
Weekend should be very casual.
Alberta Ann

Alberta Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 27, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8718968

OMG, what a fright..something that even the owner could made them listen.. 84 year old likely would not have survived, she'd have a heart attach for sure!!! Thank goodness for the car horns..did she go to the hospital to be checked for rabbies, do they even make you go anymore..

Talk about mouth watering, salibating here, what I wouldn' give for an almost green tomatoe sandwhich.

You sure are getting your share of rain.

Let's hope no rain where Susan is..guess she'll be home by the weekend?
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
1:25 PM

Post #8719053

I took Bailey to the pet store today and got him a coat- it is fleece lined.

He is not impressed!

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annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
2:22 PM

Post #8719171

Betty, these guys had valid rabis shots as they were rescues and all vet stuff was up to date. She went to a nursing station?? and the wounds were flushed? They didn't want to stitch as puncture's need to drain. Anyway a week later when I saw them they looked angry but not infected. She is watching them closely.
Yes rain and more rain here.
Carol I can just imagine his discusted look to you. I remember when I tried booties on Cleo and she was very funny she picked her feet up like she was in a circus. He will get used to it and maybe even like it when it is wet or cold outside.
Alberta Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8719462

What a scare for your poor sister Ann .. punctures can be nasty simply because of the depth of the bite .. am hoping she keeps a close watch on the wounds .. good to know the dogs were up to date re shots.
I guess you can never second guess an animal when you are on or near their turf .. some breeds are very posessive of their property.

According to our 'wanna be TV meteorologist', Thunder Bay is headed back into the depths of a warm and humid front that will sit above us STATIONARY for a few DAYS !! AKkkkkkkkkk .. now, this may not all pan out .. we'll see.

Dogs and coats .. Lilly >> not a problem, pop it on and off we go, but, Piper .. grrrrrr .. catch me if you can, and, if you do .. you are gonna have your hands real FULL !!!! Have yet to get a jacket on him LoL

Off to watch the continuation of a movie we were watching last evening, 'The Green River Murders' .. nobody famous in it .. acting is so so .. but it's a good story.

Take care all

~M~
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 27, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8719549

M I've never had to put either coats or booties on my shelties since they are double coated breeds and even in the coldest Calgary winters they are fine - I have seen them lying out on the snow on sunny -20 days!Not so much now they are older!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 28, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8720515

Neither Lilly nor Piper wear them in their enclosure in the winter, they're far too taken with rolling in snow. That said, if it gets frigid Ms Lilly will let us slip a jacket on her. piper is pretty much his 'own man' .. MY BODY, MY DECISION LoL.

Brilliant sun and encroaching humidity this morning .. have to go to town to do a few things. Lorna's parents 60th wedding anniversary was July 21st .. we arranged for congratulatory messages from the Premier, the Prime Minister, the Governor General and the Queen. All arrived in plenty of time, except the Queens, which arrived here yesterday. I must say it is beautiful ... will scan it before I pass it along (via UPS).

Hope everyone enjoys their day ^_^
I see there were some brutal storms around London ON

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 28, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8720593

Morning all,
A rain day but who is complaining, softly falling and the gardens are saying 'thank you', storms perhaps later this evening and then a sunshine long weekend to follow..my thoughts is to work from home tomorrow so 4 days off..gardens need tending, Barrie Kempenfest Waterfront celebration with about 400 vendors going on so I will be attending early Saturday morning before the crowds come out..then I must have a project or two just to keep me busy!

Never had a coat for any of my pooches either, Sailor loves to roll in the snow, prior to that had a St. Bernard and a Akita. Bailey looks pretty spiffy in that new coat.

Now that I'm in the new office, my windows facing down into the mall I get to watch shoppers and look at shops..omg, I can't look to the front left..pet store, the kitties are just too adorable..yikes, almost wanted to take home a loppy eared rabbit.. sooo it's a must that I close my eyes as I pass by..of course the store has the entire front window set up as a play room and the kitties are jumping/rolling and with head bent when you watch they are saying..pick me/pick me..not good

What do you all have planned for the weekend, is it a long weekend for all?

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 28, 2011
10:39 AM

Post #8721041

Hokey Doodle, I do believe everyone in our fair city was 'out and about' today getting ready for the long weekend ..
Thunder Bay is hosting the (I think NATIONAL) HOG rally HOG= Harley Owners Group, as a result there are hundreds of motorcycles flitting about the city roadways .. a conservative guess has been an expectation of 3,000 bikers .. most of whom are over 50/60 years old and they just happen to like riding Harleys :-)
Lots of events planned re that venue.

The Italian community is holding their yearly 'Festa Italiana' .. food, drink, cultural events etc .. always a crush of folk there.

Not sure if we are doing anything but keeping cool .. temp today is already 35C.

Betty .. I would find being able to look down into a Mall to be way too distracting .. I am an AVID people watcher .. I can imagine it'll be so nice at Xmas though :-)
I also would think the kitty population in the house would increase as well LoL

Neighbours down the road who run a large Silviculture operation (they grow the trees that get planted in the forest) have family visiting from the Netherlands, so I know we'll be going to say hi .. wonderful people .. and am hoping some 'Oliebollen'(sp) has been made .. kind of like a donut .. yummy !!!

Off to play a couple of games of cards

TTFN

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 28, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8721390

Dang me .. scanning documents is NOT my forte .. turn out WAY to big .. so .. I took a pic of the congratulatory letter from the Queen to Lorna's folks .. I am sure you may have seen someone else with one if they have celebrated a 60th (Diamond) anniversary. I'm surprised more people aren't aware of what is out there in so far as letters and documents celebrating milestone BDays, anniversaries etc.
Anyway .. here's the pic of the letter .. I think it is a wonderful pic of the Queen ^_^

~M~

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fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 28, 2011
2:02 PM

Post #8721407

Long weekends dont mean much to me anymore other than remembering that other people do have them and might be away!

Working at LH tomorrow and not much else planned.

Have been helping an ex neighbor do some planting in his new/old house, took over some shade plants t his morning and we got them in the ground and discussed what he could do with the old peonies and daylilies and what he could grow on the chain link fence which totally surrounds the back yard. He want to plant things that dont require a lot of care - I am still trying to persuade him not to put lily of the valley in one corner of the shady front bed. The other is full of goutweed which is fine as it cannot escape and looks nice. I took over some pulmonaria, Fleece flower for the back of this shady bed because it will spread nicely and lamium and creeping jenny for the front of the bed.

Next week my monthly visit to the cancer clinic.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 28, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8721585

Carol, bet you are not looking forward to that visit! The fleece flower, does it grow tall and white wide?

"M" that is probably one of the nicest plants I've seen of the Queen! Were you not considering coming here for their 60th..should do now that you have new wheels!
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 28, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8721714

Betty:http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/3083

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 28, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8721831

Couldn't open it Carol, mine is about 4' high and almost same wide..do the also call it goatsbeard?
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 28, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8721923

No goatsbeard( Aruncus) is very large

The Polygonum is a shady ground cover, about 10-12 inches high with spikes of pink flowers., spreads easily by root.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 29, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8722480

Morning all, torrential down pour with thunder/lightning..my plan for the day, working from home was to work in the gardens, long extension cord lol but no can do..poor Sailor girlmis jus frantic..once I settle her down it will be a trip to Home Depot for linoleum, I can work on a linoleum floor cloth for back deck!

Going to check the plant, sounds lovely..

What do you have planned for today?

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 29, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8722607

Poor Sailor .. hope she is more settles now .. I now know what 'Storm Jitters' are because of Piper .. not nice ..

RAIN!! Need it here bouts, but, not a chance .. very high temps for the next few days.

I meet with one of the nursing profs from our University today. I have been asked to mentor 2 students once again this year .. my last 2 have graduated and are working, one locally and one in Kingston.
I'm still not 100% sure I want to do this again .. it's a 'catch 22' .. some days are so fullfilling .. the student all of a sudden 'sees the light' and is over whatever stumbling block was keeping them back .. 60% of the time it has been establishing an IV line .. their first couple of tries have been tough patients, and they become afarid to do it .. as I said, after a couple of good starts, they are off to the races.
Gonna have to have a BIG THINK on this.

My Fleece plants THRIVE on neglect LoL .. they really are a wonderful addition in an area where growing may be a bit difficult.

Off n running

~M~

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

July 30, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8724849

Whoa .. another scorcher here .. but .. LOW humidity.

Saturday = laundry day now, so, I best get at it.

Enjoy your weekend ^_^

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

August 1, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8729102

Morning all, as usual much to do on a long weekend, although it's wonderful for all those out and about to have sunshine but the humidity is too much.

Saturday I was at Kempenfest on the Bay, thousands of people, luckily I got there, walked and bought what I wanted and quickly got out of there..too hot to brave the crowds..can't understand why people insist in this heat/humidity to bring their dogs..poor things!

I managed to buy 3 more pieces of garden art..big flows, one opening, a daisy and the other a bud..of course I like the rusted look, by next spring they will be as I wants the...that being said they were shinny as can be, just these two days of humidity and my watering them has already stated the resting process.

They had a lovely metal chandelier for use with does, had to have that for my secret garden..few pieces for swaps I'm in and I was happy to leave with my treasures.

Early Friday morning I was at home depot to purchase a 6' x8' linoleum so I could paint for back deck floormat..pused 4 of the large tables in craft room together so I can paint it..although I've the dehumidifier on it's still humid and the painting process is taking forever, paint just won't dry

I worked a bit in the gardens but got to tell you much too humid to be out there for any amount of time. Kyle was over yesterday afternoon, cleaned my car like a pro, one would almost think I had it detailed...he sure is special to this grandma, so took him out for supper and a movie.

As it sit here this morning and look out at front gardens I'd love to get out and clean spent flowers but know I'll not do it..more painting I guess..

Have to pack a bag, off to Chicago Thursday!

Hope you've all had an enjoyable long weekend doing something that brought a smile or two

Better get a move on or I'll never get off this couch..just soooo comfy

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 1, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8730279

we're baaaack!! Lovely weather! Thoroughly enjoyed our time camping and will post pictures...

have to go unpack, so will be on later.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

August 1, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8730534

Welcome back Susan .. good to hear you had a great time ^_^

Betty .. your metal pieces sound wonderful .. can imagine the humidity is going to speed along their rusting process.

We are in ANOTHER heat wave here .. much needed rain might arrive tonight .. but I am not getting my hopes up that's for sure.

Has been a busy weekend, tomorrow back to running about .

Take care all

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 1, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8730716

Thank you, Marilyn :-)
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 1, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8730838

Pretty quiet weekend with nice weather. On Friday ex-neighbor and I went out tree shopping and I came home with an 10 foot Amur Cherry.( He has a truck so that is why I co-opted him for the trip!) He g ot a rose and a couple of Virginia Creepers.
Worked at LH on Saturday, busy day and having a bad day with my hip so did not enjoy that but Sunday and today were almost pain free. am beginning to think it is the drug I am taking that is causing this. Will discuss with oncoolgist tomorrow- a regular checkup.
Did nothing much on Sunday, today Brent( ex neighbor) came over and dug the hole to plant the tree. I could not have done that myself! Now I have to replant the perennials I took out when the old tree was removed.
Also met and got paperwork done for a senior sheltie we are accepting for an emergency fostering - owner has left an abusive situation so ASR is looking after the dog until she gets settled. A nice old fellow- 13 years!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

August 3, 2011
4:58 AM

Post #8733751

Hope your physicians visit was a good one Carol, and, that your hip has stopped giving you grief.
Also fingers crossed that the new Sheltie rescue is able to get back to his owner when things get set straight.

We had 1.5" of rain yesterday..what a blessing for the parched gardens ... things have again 'come alive'.
Dug a hill of potatoes on Saturday, and the potatoes were wonderful. Peas are filling out and should be ready maybe today or tomorrow for a first picking.

Other than that we are all keeping busy with 'summer stuff' :-)

Take care

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

August 3, 2011
5:39 AM

Post #8733805

Morning all, lovely light rain most of the night, humid, thank goodness for a/c and de-humidifier..it's that kind of day where the sky is heavy and dark and you know that it will be. Rain off and on all day...like you say, gardens sure are enjoying it..means to watering for me!

Decided to work from home today, not sure you can call it work I'm here taking calls regardless.Paul is on 2 weeks holidays, Suzanne taking a few days as Paul interrupted her holidays several times last week sooo very quiet!

Besides, I leave for Chicago tomorrow afternoon for 4 days..one of the dg members I gab with is having a reunion so decided to go..this will be my 3rd year in a row I'll have visited her ..next year my place!!!

Must go out into the gardens and see how my metal art is doing..been working on a floormat for back deck, got the last coats of finish on it, would love to set it out but too damp, rather let it cure one more day.

Carol, how did you make out at the doctors? Was he able to provide you with answers? I also am hoping things will somehow come together and the sheltie can go home.

"M" Wish I could have a feed of your fresh veggies..perhaps nect year I'll find a little corner somewhere and do one...yikes, torrential downpour going on here
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 3, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8733929

Doc agrees problem may be caused by meds as it is a known side-effect, curious that it is only affecting one leg though. Anyway changing my meds to Tamoxifen for 3 months to see what happens. I was on Tamoxifen for 5 years after breast surgery so it is 3 years from time it was discontinued to reoccurence of the cancer last Dec. We will see! Life carries on!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 3, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8734058

Carol - yes,life goes on, but I hope things improve for you soon.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

August 3, 2011
9:38 AM

Post #8734216

Sure hoping meds out, been raining heavily these past few hours, tempting to close my eyes and have a rest except I'm working from home and might not hear the telephone ring!

Feel guilty from working from home when others are in the office

Phone working

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 3, 2011
9:46 AM

Post #8734232

Glad phone's working, Betty - and it's nice to work from home, isn't it? :-)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

August 3, 2011
10:28 AM

Post #8734285

Only doing so every few days but yes to still be in jammies on a rainy day. Lol

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 3, 2011
11:15 AM

Post #8734379

lol

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 3, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8734413

Here's the link to the pictures I took, sightseeing in Montana and South Western Alberta:
http://photobucket.com/SusansCampingTrip
I didn't include any campsite pics, but I still have some from last year I posted then...

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

August 3, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8734549

Susan .. the pics are super :-)
Brought back memories or our road trip through that area in the early 90s. That glacier is really something to stand and look at, and feel the 'chill'.

Glad you had a good trip ..

Duck in and out here because of the heat .. Lorna is just back from cutting the property next door .. seems the fellow Carol THOUGHT could do it simply can't .. Lorna has a lot of clean up and repair work to do .. 4 hours today and probably 4 to trim it out tomorrow. Am thinking the realtor told Carol she had best make things look inviting instead of horrifying!

~M~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 3, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8734581

[quote="MarilynneS"]Susan .. the pics are super :-)
Brought back memories or our road trip through that area in the early 90s. That glacier is really something to stand and look at, and feel the 'chill'.

Am thinking the realtor told Carol she had best make things look inviting instead of horrifying!
~M~[/quote]
I would like to "do" it again! Going on the "Going To The Sun road" was awesome, and because it was so high up, I can see where they got the name for the road!

As for "inviting instead of horrifying" LOL sounds good to me!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

August 4, 2011
10:08 AM

Post #8736528

Moved us over...

Almost feel fall in the air today even though it's nice and sunny (bit too humid) but the leaves are turning ever so slightly, at one point I stopped my car on the way to work and there were a few yellow leaves..yuk..lol

here we go..

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