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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 15, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8694406

Let's celebrate Craigs new job with a new thread.
Congratulations!
ginlyn
Harford County, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2011
2:39 PM

Post #8694425

I'm very happy for you ! You certainly deserve some good news and I'll bet you sleep better tonight.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
3:02 PM

Post #8694472

Thanks all!

It will still be a help desk position but for company that does digital video production. The mom of a kid friend works there and she's been there quite awhile. Not exactly sure what she does.

His daily drive will go from 86 miles a day down to about 40 miles a day. Since he'll still be second shift, he should miss most of the traffic. He can pretty much take back roads all the way there. We won't find out his regular schedule until he's there two weeks.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8694479

Half the money spent for gas. :)
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8694516

Yee Haw!!!!! Great News! Have a Bud for me and celebrate! Lou
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8694525

Wow! Good goin'! Where is this job located, Chele?

Went to see Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, part 2. I was a little lost as I hadn't seen Part 1, but DS caught me up on the plot. We went to the 3D showing, which I found more annoying than cool. However, they gave us Harry Potter style 3D glasses, which was amusing.

Off to weed, water, & mulch again.
Pat
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8694530

Wish I had a Bud! LOL

He'll be working in Wilmington.

I've not done hardly anything in 2 days. I don't feel good. :(
Esther_z6
South Point, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8694619

We are so happy for you, this has to be way better than Kroger. I couldn't believe they could treat good employees like they did. Looks like things are starting to look up.

Now take it easy and remember you are not superwoman. Your health is also important.

Not done praying yet,
Esther
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8694736

Thank you Esther. Hopefully it's just a summer cold. I feel achy and have a cough and a bit of a fever or feel clammy if I take something. I felt fine yesterday aside from the tickly cough. I haven't felt right since the night the electric went out. Probably something new blooming outside and I didn't notice. Maybe it's just allergies.

The Kroger job served it's purpose. I'm not sure they wanted to hire him for it anyway but couldn't pass him up. All they kept saying is that he was overqualified and would be bored. He was. But he was still a/the top performer without even stressing over it. Their policy is way too strict. No way we could have afforded a plumber, taxi and tow truck on what they paid, yet no allowance for emergencies. At least he has 4 new tires now...even if the timing was awful.

The new job, being closer should be better in a lot of ways. Hopefully he can hold on to it.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8694858

Great news Chele. Evidently prayers said over this situation and sensible people who did the interview opened the door for him. Congrats. I will forego the beer, someone else can drink it for me, but will toast with my iced tea.

Had a very busy day. Got mulch put down in the front bed, then went to the church and helped DH finish the landscaping he was doing there, then came home and weeded my little shade garden, and around the swimming pool. Wasn't too hot out, but I came in about 1:00 and had a sandwich, and I was wiped out for the afternoon.

Chele, sorry that you are not feeling well. I have not been up to par for a few days either. Seems I am just so tiried, and every time I sit down, I fall asleep. So, you pray for me, and I will pray for you!

Pat, I don't do those kind of movies. Started reading the first book that came out, and it is one of the few that I put down without finishing. Just not my cup of tea.

Herman, my Hals Pink doesn't seem to be going to bloom this year. Probably a little transplant shock, although I don't think I have had any transplanted that late failed to bloom.

Chele probably don't have to say it, but sleep well tonight. You guys need a celebration.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 15, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8694932

Most of my ambition is in my mind. The body doesn't want to cooperate. I sit to rest for 10 minutes and wake up a half hour later. Have to break out the shovel and hoe to clean up this dump. #3 DD is coming Wed nite to drive me to GD's wedding In Elgin on Sat. She will spend Thu here and we will drive out on Fri, back Sun or Mon.
One cat likes to sleep in the yew hedge on hot days.

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8694949

I have pineapple soda. LOL

The prayers have to have helped! Little by little it has gotten better. I wasn't sure three years ago that we'd ever climb out of this hole. Right now I'm happy if we can just hang on to the edge and not fall back in.

I've been very tired too. Maybe it's the weather or the allergies hitting both of us! Now that it's cool again, I'm sleeping well. But for whatever reason, I just haven't been real motivated the last couple of days. I need to do a few things that I just can't do right now and that is pretty frustrating.

It's been a rough 5 days, that is for sure. Maybe tomorrow I can wake up and feel relieved and get back to it!

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 15, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8694950

The other cat likes to watch the BR window to see when I get up. She has a bad hind leg from being hit crossing the road,

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8694955

That is funny Herman!

I was talking to a friend of mine about Miscanthus. I was telling her how it commonly dies out in the center (like your Ex's.). She tells me how theirs has been there a few years and they never had that problem. Then they notice that one of their cats is missing quite a bit of every day and then they finally realize why and where. Seems their Miscanthus did die out in the center and that is where the cat liked to nap. hahaha
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8694961

Crazy cats!
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8694998

Thank God he got the job, wonderful news.. Hope you are feeling better. Still praying.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2011
7:36 PM

Post #8695020

Thank you. It is very much appreciated.

I'm going to bed early and hope I wake up on the happy, good mood, productive side of the bed tomorrow! The alternative is jumping out the window into a shrub...LOL

Night!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 15, 2011
8:36 PM

Post #8695113

Speaking of cats, the cat that spent the winter in our house, had 4 cute little kittens yesterday. She crawled into her little cube thing on the back porch & made it a nursery.

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8695590

That is too cute Bernie!

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2011
2:58 PM

Post #8696269

well I'm thrilled to hear there are still jobs in ohio. will continue to pray for you both to continue on the road to success.

DH tried for 2 years to get employment and I for 1 year, nothing... I guess our ages were hurting us. Now I'm employed down here in my home state and it sure is wonderful to be working again.

Take care of youself.

Jan
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8696316

Thank you Jan.

The first time around, hubby went 31 months without a job. He was let go from his job in April of 2008 and it was November of 2010 before he went back to work. He did finally get a part time job at the local dollar store at the end of that period but it certainly wasn't enough to live on. He still works there one day a week. Being that he has a college education and professional work experience, he pretty much gets passed over for anything not requiring the same as they say he's over qualified. It's really been a mess!

I'm glad that you are back home and so much happier there. :)
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
6:46 PM

Post #8696610

Been away from home all day, so nothing to report except I am tired. I am in class one day a month for 5 months, but have homework and assignments to be completed and sent online. This will probably mean that I will have work to do on that every day of the week. I thought the meeting 5 days for this course was too good to be true, and it is!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8696625

What are you going to be when you grow up??
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8696634

Maybe I will decide after I finish school!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8696696

LOL Good luck!
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2011
8:13 PM

Post #8696737

Bonnie, what did I miss? What are you taking classes for?
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8697610

I'm tired and shouldn't be! I don't mind heat but does it have to be so muggy?

Spent a few hours at the ER last night. Kristenne said her back hurt so bad that she couldn't lay down and get comfortable. And she had pain coming and going at the top of her stomach. Three hours later we knew little more than we did when we arrived. Judging by the pain, we thought it might be a kidney infection. Urine, blood and x-rays came back clear. They thought it might be her pancreas and ruled that out. They gave her Mylanta with Lidocaine to see if it was indigestion, then a Vicodin for the pain in her back, then 2 Nexium on the way out the door. You know want anything bad to be wrong but getting no answer is frustrating! They said it might be her gall bladder or something else, that just isn't bad enough to show up yet. Geesh.

Guess I need to figure out what I'm going to get into today. I'm sure it's going to involve a hose and a swimming pool. LOL
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8697644

Chele, so sorry that Christine is in so much pain. Is it better today? Hope you get some answers if it continues.

While we were in church had a hard rain, but on the way home could tell that there was less and less moisture, so yep, when we got home, looked like just some sprinkles. Not what we needed but guess I need to be grateful for that.

Chele and Melissa, I signed up for a course in the Lay Academy of Church Excellence. Thought it was a five hour course, but it turns out, we only meet 5 times, but there are daily assignmnets which have to be completed and turned in on a weekly basis, most online. The times we meet are exams on the material we have covered so far. yesterday's session was just an outline and introduction to the course. This enables me to hold a lay minister certification, and a position in the church as an apprentice minister. Guess I need to read closer to descriptions of the courses!

DH says I do enough preaching right now without a certificate that enables me to!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2011
10:17 AM

Post #8697708

You go Bonnie! I'm proud of you. Nothing wrong with that!

Kristenne said she feels a little bit better but she only made it from the bed to the couch. She usually does a lot around here. Maybe she's just on strike. LOL In the least, due to the Vicodin, she probably got a good night of sleep!
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8697979

Way to go ,Bonnie! That's great. It will keep you busy and out of trouble for awhile, anyway.LOL

Chelle, I sure hope Kristeene is better. How scary! Keep an eye on her for awhile. The pain meds may be masking something more. It could be something that never happens again.

The weather is supposed to be yucky all week. It's hot and humid today, but for tomorrow and until Friday , the weather channel says we'll be in a heat emergency state. Great. I guess I'll read a lot this week and let the deadheading and weeding really get behind. Enjoy the day everyone. Lou
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8698549

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I have no intention of preaching. However I do lead the Bible studies, and feel that this will help me to better understand things more in depth.

Lou, the weather forecast here sounds about like yours. Although we are not in a heat emergency, yet. Seems looking at the weather map it is mostly the northern states. Bernie may be having the heat emergency too this week.

Chele, sounds like the pain meds have made Christine a little woozy and she is more relaxed. It could have been something that will not rear it's ugly head ever again. However, something like that is certainly scary for you and especially for her.

Just got word that DH's nephew and his son were struck by lightening, during a thunderstorm near here. No other details but that the local hospital transferred the son to children's in Louisville and his father (DH's nephew) to another hospital. Seems the little boy is the worst off. So keep them in your prayers.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2011
9:13 PM

Post #8698705

Bonnie, we'll certainly keep your nephews in thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8699316

Any news Bonnie?

Craig just went for his drug test and to fill out a ream of paperwork. LOL He found out that he will get paid weekly, which is good! The first week, he only works 4 days and will get paid the 5th. He also found out that they charge for the drug test, background check and his badge which comes out of the first check. Grrr. The good news is that he has a job and if we can get through the next two weeks, it should be smooth sailing.

Kristenne still doesn't feel good. She was up at 4 but didn't need to be up until 6. She was supposed to babysit today but the Mom called and said the Dad is home today as he wounded himself acting like a teenager. hahaha So Kristenne get the day off, probably a good thing. She said both her belly and back hurt this morning and by 9:30, it was just her upper stomach. She went back to bed. I'll probably have to take her to the doctor but don't want to wake her up to see how bad she feels. sigh. I'm starting to wonder if she has a gall stone or something. I'm thinking an actual gall bladder problem would have shown up in the x-ray? May have to see if they can do an ultrasound to figure out what is going on. She's thin so they should be able to see something I'd think.

Not sure what I'm doing today. Craig is on the way home. I'm afraid to go get dirty until I see what Kristenne wants to do. Carly has basketball from noon-2:30 but Craig will be home the rest of the day.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2011
9:39 AM

Post #8699511

so sorry to hear about the lightening events, will add them to prayer list. Keep us posted.


it is too bad they don't reimburse him after his 90 days on the drug and background checks, have him ask if they do after the 90.

Jan
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8699704

If they hire him after the 90 days, we'll call it even. LOL
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8700042

It's soooooo hot! Haven't accomplished a thing! Floated in the pool and played with the kids then knocked Nolan out for a nap.

Water heater is down. Craig has been trying to drain it all afternoon. Battery died in the laptop, leaving 8 of us fighting for my computer. Oh yay.

Guess I'm going to have to figure out what I can do without dying or get back in the pool. LOL

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 18, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8700259

Hot here too, 93 with 86 humidity, making heat index 117. No wind.
Hiding in the house all afternoon.
Tomorrow looks the same. If it's this hot tomorrow, we are not going to market.
No pool here.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8700432

Well the pool is up, filled and circulating but no filter yet. We don't run the air so we don't have other options. I did get the kids to run around earlier and clean up so they could swim. LOL

If I were you and it is that hot, I'd stay in the house too! Get yourself one of those Easy Set pools. They are quick, easy and quite nice! We had one for years. You can get one small enough to just sit in, all the way up to way huge!
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8700718

Well, got a call from DH's sister today and go the real scoop on the lightening event. The child was released from the hospital today, and seems to be doing well. The father got the brunt of the strike. He has both ear drums bursted, and the tip of one finger completely missing up to the first joint. Dr's surmise that is where the lightening exited his body. Has burns all over his body, and is so stiff and sore that he is barely able to get on his feet. The good news is that other than the finger and ear drums, no other permanent damage. They are having a specialist see him tomorrow and determine if there is anything that can be done for the ears/hearing. She said they are already talking Cochlear implant, so will not know about that for a few days. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.

I had errands to do this morning, and I didn't get home until almost noon. By then it was so hot decided that I didn't need to be out in the heat. DH brought in a 2 gallon bucket of green beans and I prepared them, and cooked some for supper, and have the rest to deal with tomorrow. I have been so cranky today, that I haven't even liked myself. So unusual for me, but I think the heat is getting to me, plus not sleeping well for the past few nights.

Chele, gallbladder problems do not necessarily show up on a regular xray. Usually a dye is needed to highlight it, and since they didn't suggest that, I am thinking they are not leaning in that direction. A CT scan would definitely show stones, but it may be a case where it is not well defined stones, but sort of a "slush" and if that is the case, it will resolve itself, but not without some discomfort.

Chele we are having electricity issues to the pump in our pool. DH hit the buried electrical wire this spring when he was tilling up the yard so that he could sow grass seed, and it has been an iffy connection all spring, and the wires finally burnt into. DH is such a procrastinator that I am thinking it will be awhile before it is fixed. Part of my mood today, among other things. Things needing doing around here, and he acts like we don't have a dime to make repairs. We aren't rich, but you can't let needed repairs go without it compounding the matter. Grrr.

Seems like I need to ask for t & p's for me and my mood!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
7:56 PM

Post #8700810

Bonnie, it's a miracle that either of them is alive. It's hard to say they were fortunate as they were hit by lightning but they are lucky to be alive to tell about it. I hope the father is okay and getting good medical care.

We are seriously leaning toward gall stones. I've had to ride her butt to eat and drink all day. She said it makes her feel sick. I told her to avoid greasy stuff and stick to more bland stuff and that seems to be sitting okay. She's a little freaked out by the hospital bit but I told her they use a sonogram or dye test to check that and not to panic. Her back does not seem to bother her now but her stomach still hurts. We'll see how she's doing tomorrow. I think I've scared her a bit with the dehydration bit. It's too hot NOT to drink!!

Tell hubby not to mess with electric especially when it goes to a water source. You've already got the money invested in the pool. No sense to lose it over $100 worth of electric! Was that the same accident that took out the electric to the greenhouse/shed?

I'll keep you in thoughts and prayers for a good mood. :) We're going to have to deal with the heat I think. It's only July. bleck.

A few of the kids and I just took a quick swim and ended it when the lightning was flashing. grrr.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
8:53 PM

Post #8700912

Chele, use me as a bad example to Christine. Not drinking is what put me in the hospital last year, and ultimately kidney failure. Yep, sometimes drinking and especially eating doesn't appeal, but do drink, so as not to compound problems.

I had one bad gall bladder attack several years ago which gave me about a week of misery, and then the symptoms disappeared and I haven't had another. Thank God for that. It could be a stone stuck in the duct, and it will probably unlodge and the pain be gone.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8701470

Normally Kristenne drinks a ton of water. Sometimes I worry she drinks too much! She's just been blah. She does not seem to be in a lot of pain but she's not back to herself. She was asking if she'd be allowed to run early in the morning but she didn't say THIS morning. LOL

Craig had his gall bladder taken out a few years ago. They gave him the 'stones'. That in itself is comical. His were like grains of sand. Hard to imagine something so small could cause such problems.

My SIL had hers taken out about 8 years ago. She sat down and ate dinner then was in horrible pain and went to the hospital. Apparently she had jaundice and her family didn't even notice! She had stones in her bile duct. They tried all kinds of stuff to get them out. The decided to do surgery, made the three small cuts then ended up having to give her the 4" cut and take it out the old fashioned way.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 19, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8701500

I was hoping for alittle rain last night. Be careful what you wish for, got 2.5 inches. I woke this AM to find fully half of my 250' lot under water and basement flooded. Water higher than after snow melt. { Thin green twig on right side of pic} The water table was about 18" so it has some room to absorb, but the clay will keep that from happening quickly Last time that happened I lost the pilot on the water heater. Hope to have hot water for DD on Thur.
Herman

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salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 19, 2011
8:06 AM

Post #8701508

another look previous hi water mark is right of mound of clematis

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2011
10:28 AM

Post #8701746

Wow Herman! So sorry you got pounded!

I woke up to rain hitting me in the face and had to close one window. I see a few puddles outside but haven't been out. I'm a slug.

I played a computer game with one of the girls 7 year old friends for about an hour so she could have more stuff on her game. Does that count as productive? LOL

Got my suit on, contacts are next. Then I will move...
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 19, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8702548

Mis-read the rain gauge, was 5 plus inches came down in about 3 hours. Water is going down, slowly. A groundhog took up residence in the garage. Got a sunflower and 2 small broccoli plants. 22 loaded and waiting. Basement has about 7" no hot water until that goes down. Got in the last shower before going for hair cut. Told DD to bring lots of deoderent when she comes.
Got in 2 naps this afternoon. aside from the haircut, not much accomplished. Too humid. Fans feel good
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8702591

Herman, sorry that you almost floated away. I would almost buy some rain from you. It has rained all around us, and we haven't had more than 20 drops in the last 2 days.

It was an inside day for me today, as it was so blasted hot outside. Did some laundry, some bill paying and bookkeeping, chopped and froze some green peppers, and then cooked supper. Doesn't seem the forecast is much better for tomorrow.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 19, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8702732

we got 5 total today. didn't do anything for the heat though.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 20, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8703238

I got up before breakfast to greet Mr GH. It finally showed at 8. The water has receded to just above snow-melt stage, The soil is still super saturated, though. Heat has returned with a vengeance. Humidity 70 and falling Time for a nap.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8703303

So did you get the groundhog?? We've seen several out in the fields and on the roads. Strangely, there are people here that kill them and set them on fence posts and guard rails. Weirdest thing I've ever seen!

Take care of yourself! They say today and tomorrow are going to be rough then we'll settle back into the 80s.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 20, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8703546

Supposed to give the rest a hint of what might happen to them ?
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8703562

LOL I guess that might be it. But it's a little shocking to be driving down the road and see dead animals mounted on fences and guard rails. Apparently it's a fun hobby here.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 20, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8703979

Waiting for the vultures. Ground hogs are not bad eating. They eat only choicest greenery. At my stage in life I' not inclined to skin one. Just talked to my sister. She just shot a squirrel with her 20 gauge. She likes to harvest her own hickory nuts. BTW she turned 90 last March.
Humidity is down to 55 temp 88 basement down to 3". Life is livable, but a low of 75 tonight??? Time for a nap.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8704241

The only thing worse than a flooded basement is no basement and a tornado warning.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8704342

Been there done that...for the last 6 years. LOL Man, I miss having a basement. Mine didn't flood. Wouldn't have done it much good since only half the house was underground. It would have ran right out the garage doors. hahaha
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 20, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8704377

The basement didn't get wet when we bought in '92, but things have changed. Many new homes in the area, more roofs, more drives and more streets. The city put in storm drains that lead back to the river. Only when the river rises to the level of the outflow, it changes to an inflow. Kinda defeats the purpose of a storm DRAIN. Swept and mopped the floors. Time for a nap.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8707419

We finally broke down and decided to turn on the for a couple of days to see if we could get some stuff done inside. It says it doesn't want to work. Ugh.

I haven't been around. I haven't been out of the pool much. LOL Got some stuff done today but man that air is heavy and hot!

Hope you all are taking care of yourselves.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2011
7:29 PM

Post #8707448

I made a batch of sweet pickles and a batch of dill pickles today. I am tired, so am turning in a little early. My eyelids keep trying to close on me.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 21, 2011
9:40 PM

Post #8707701

TOOOOO hot. Spent the day shopping w/DD and catching up on things along with preparing for trip tomorrow, In the garden lost cherry tomato the broccoli, 2 peppers and some beans due to the flooding. Other tomatoes started to wilt at the top. I cut the wilting off. Hope that will save the plants, but lot of root rot down there
Heat index is about 95 now. Temps wont drop below 80 tonight.. At least I'll be able to shower and have AC for the next 3 nights. Have a good weekend----Herman
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2011
11:37 PM

Post #8707796

Travel safely Herman!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
6:49 AM

Post #8708214

Be safe Herman! Maybe by the time you come home, all the water will have receded, the ground will have dried and the plants will be better for it. Maybe!! Have a great weekend!

Hopefully I'm going to mow and till a strip today where I can plants some shrubs.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
5:03 PM

Post #8709383

I think Bernie cursed me with his title! LOL

Craig worked on the AC today, found out it had no electric going to it then found 2 dead fuses. He went to buy 2.

In the meantime, I went out, moved the mower to take the wagon off and realized the back right tire lost air like instantly! So Craig comes home just in time to see me filling the tire and about to sit down and cry or blow a gasket. We get it up on a log and I got the soapy water. We found the hole right away and plugged that.

Then he goes over and puts the new fuses in, after making sure the moving parts move and lubing them anyway. Puts the new fuses in, turns on the AC and blows the new fuses. Ugh.

So we still don't have AC, the pool water is about 95 degrees, my pool filter is a knee high, struggling to get through to next week and hoping not to die from the heat.

I did go over and mow the strip and till it so I can put some shrubs in the ground. I told the kids to put Nolan's wings on and get him a drink so we could swim. For whatever reason they brought him back over and he burned his belly on the tiller. He's okay but he got a good burn. It's not ER bad but it's a nice burn. He just got up from his nap and he's ready to swim.

Guess we'll eat dinner, take another swim and go to bed.

Hope everyone else is fairing better!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 22, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8709496

If suffocating is fairing better, then that's me.
I don't know how hot it is, but no wind & a very hot sun.
We worked all day getting veggies ready. 8 workers until noon. 3 after noon. Then they disappeared 1 at a time.
I made a trip to buy a generator. We got our big trailer ready. New tires on that. We need to have the eggs in a refrigerator, so that's why the generator. 2 refrigerators hold 96 dozen eggs.
My son is doing up the gladiolus & I need to pick & price tomatoes yet.
It's fun with all the stuff to sell, but lots of work.
Bernie
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8709626

Well, I guess everybody is suffering with this heat. Yesterday the actual temp was 98, but with the humidity was 117. I didn't even bother to try to hear about it today. What does a few degrees do? Had it been 96 it wouldn't have been much cooler than yesterday.

I didn't even venture out today. DH watered very early this morning, and I knew that I didn't have anything that was critical to do today. I did laundry and then DS called and wanted me to fry fish for supper tonight. So made my cole slaw and chopped onions for the hushpuppies, and made some apple dumplings, this morning, so that I didn't have to use the oven in the heat of the day.

Chele, Aw poor Nolan. Even if it wasn't ER burn, I know that they hurt. Is he enjoying the pool? Sounds like another round of woes for you. Why can't things just settle down for you all and stay that way?

Mr. B has been very uncomfortable with the fleas this year. I gave him a bath after supper and put some more flea spray on him. He is still in pouting mood, so guess about bed time, he will come out from under the bed and go out for his last call. DH brought his little dog in to give him a bath, and somehow DH disappeared and I ended up giving her a bath. But heard him on the phone with one of his friends awhile ago, and HE gave the bath to hear him tell it. What is up with that?

Since we haven't heard from Janet in a week or so, hope that she is moving and is just too busy to stop by.

Pat, how are you faring in this heat.

Jan, you doing all right?

Sounded like Herman was going to be away for the weekend, maybe by the time he gets back all the rain residue will be gone.

Off to bed. I am thinking about going to an auction tomorrow morning. We will see how hot it is, or they say it is going to be. Nothing I really need, but some glassware that looks very interesting.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8709643

Bonnie, I hear you on the fleas! They are awful this year. I've heard a lot of people complaining about them. I guess we are going to have to bomb the house again as soon as we can get bombs. We only have carpet in the LR and my BR and the dogs aren't usually allowed in my room but they do sneak in when they can to lay in front of the fan. But we still have fleas everywhere. The poor dogs are panting and going through a lot of water. Now the cat has some large abscess or cyst or something on her back. It just sprung up overnight and it's jiggly like it is liquid filled. I ask myself the same question about things calming down, nearly every day and just keep tolerating another day.

If you go tomorrow, have fun. If you are lucky, they'll have air conditioning. LOL
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8709656

No AC, it is an outside estate auction. I am thinking that by having it outside, it may bring rain!

Oh, the abcess on the cat sounds bad. Does anybody there have the nerve to lance it? Sounds like if it is liquid filled, maybe getting it open would help it start to heal. Then if there is anybody around that has that purple horse medicine, that will heal anything.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 22, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8709820

We made to IL. Had a wonderful shower in IN that cooled things off. Humidity is high but temp is bearable. Forgot about the time change and got to the airport an hour early to meet DD#1 from RI. Got to the church in time to watch the rehearsal. Then rehearsal dinner at grooms parents DDs #1 & 3 are in a hotel and I am at DD#4's house. They are getting BIL from OHare, giving me time to catch up. Laptop is great.
Chele, don't you have aloe for those burns that happen all too often? A little juice from a leaf calms the hurt so quickly. Thanks for your wishes--Herman

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
8:37 PM

Post #8709860

No worries on the abscess. It just leaked all over. Twice. OMG! Gross! We got hot cloths and applied some pressure to remove the rest then cleaned the openings. Not sure what got her or who. There are definitely two holes. Did I mention gross? Thankfully no one came out of the openings. LOL

Sorry the sale is outside Bonnie! We are waiting on a storm now.

Glad to hear you made it okay Herman. I do have aloe gel. :) I haven't had an aloe plant for awhile. :( Thankfully, we've only ever really needed it for sunburns.

Headed to bed.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8709884

Chele, I was just reading along & abt to write-- I bet that abscess will open up on its own--- when I read your last post. Yucky, but at least it worked itself open. Might have been thorns, or a bite, or barbed wire.
When Josh was in 3rd grade, he burned himself fairly badly. He was burning the trash outside & slipped & fell into the fire, so he had burns on his hands & one knee. Friend Neil was over at the time so he drove us to the ER while i held a big pot with cold water so J. could keep his hands in it. When we got to the ER, the staff kept trying to get me out of the room. I finally figured out that they wanted to talk to J alone, to ask if I'd shoved him into the fire. He was delighted to tell them abt his trash burning activities, so no police were involved (whch would have been quite interesting since one of my parishioners was the CHildren's Services contact at the time). He got ointment & stuff but healed very quickly. Oh, to be young & have a functional immune system again!

Bonnie, I've been staying inside most of the time. I did have to put in a few plants I'd gotten on sale, and both times I was just drenched by the time I got back into the house.

I'm getting called back "on duty" for a few Sundays, at St. Barnabas in Montgomery. The rector's mother in law is dying, in Florida, & he needs to be there. I've got to find my vestments! I sure hope the air conditioning in church is working, because a tight collar plus two layers of vestments is pretty warm anytime.

Everybody stay as cool as possible,
Pat
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2011
5:32 AM

Post #8710294

Pat, go naked under the robe! Nobody will know except you! That will give the service a little umph, and a twinkle in your eye because of your secret!

Chele glad the abcess took care of itself. Yuk, what we endure for our furkids.

Happy wedding activities Herman.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8710586

Oh my Pat! That would have been scary. I had three witnesses. LOL My kids haven't been to doctors or hospitals enough to set off any alarms, thank goodness. You'd think with 7 of them, I'd be there often. Most of their wounds and accidents are self inflicted. Kristenne is the worst but she's also the most helpful around the house. She's been twice for stitches in the last year or so. First she hit her head on a cabinet door then the knife in the dishwater. Several years ago, it was the four wheeler roll over. When she was 2, she rolled out of bed and broke her wrist! Morganne has been once, Carly twice and Jazzi once. I figure that is pretty good considering Morganne will be 18 next month. LOL

I think it's great that you've been called into service but so sorry for the reason. For your sake, I do hope the church is nice and cool! I can't imagine have to wear all of that. I'm sure it is quite warm! Bonnie! Seriously! hahahaha

Hopefully whatever happened to the cat won't reoccur or reinfect. I told Kristenne (it's her cat) that we will have to keep those wounds clean. A massive amount of pus came out and it was nasty! The mass was about the size of a softball but not really round. It was kind of hanging off the side of her spine. Thankfully it erupted in the kitchen on cleanable surfaces! I've never had to deal with anything like that and hope not to again! I'm sure the cat would like to skip a rerun too. It's such fun to try to hold a cat down...
ginlyn
Harford County, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 24, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8711968

Michelle, when I saw this, I thought of you.

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
... Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
~ UnknownSee More


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defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8711992

How apt a poem, for all of us. It is easier to quit than continue on a hard road.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8712057

Thank you very much for the poem. I think Bonnie is right. Everyone can find some words of wisdom in there. :)

I haven't quit. I've threatened to a lot. Along with all of the lows, there have been some highs. It could always be worse. Heck, we've already been through worse. LOL Once Craig starts getting paid regular again, we will be okay. It's just stressful right now. The timing on the job switch could have been better but there is never a "good" time to go jobless. I'm just thankful he landed a new job right away. I'm hoping that once he gets a regular schedule again, that I can find a job or possibly a child or 2 to babysit so Nolan won't be home alone.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8712105

Cuz Gin...thanks for the poem...it is good for all of us at some time or another.

Chelle...you are one of the strongest people I know! (except when it comes to driving across bridges) LOL Jo
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8712111

OH, you had to show up just to get that little dig in, didn't ya? ROTF Love ya!

I've actually gotten a lot better. When we moved out here, I'd barely go an hour from home. Due to everything being so far away, especially the kid's games, I no longer have a choice! I think it was a couple of years ago, we were all in the car on our way to a game most probably and Craig made a comment about how much I had changed in that aspect. Not only do I drive a lot further, I can actually find the location I was trying to get to. hahahaha When I grow up, I still want a GPS! It's not usually getting *to* a location that bothers me so much as I'm excited to go but the thought of the drive back home still freaks me out a bit. I actually wanted to visit a few people this summer but due to finances, couldn't. I'm hoping next summer will be better or maybe a weekend not so far away.
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8712137

Ahemmm!!! A 'few people' are still waiting...smilesssss!
Shhhhhhhh...just teasin you!!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8712156

I know. I know! I wanted to get up to see you and over to see Esther and go help Pat and some day I'd like to sneak attack Lou too. LOL I'll get there eventually. I was hoping to make the rounds between softball and soccer.
floweringchild
Jamestown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8712248

Hi Everybody,
I have just caught up on reading this thread after finishing the other part. I haven't been on for a week or more. My nephew was killed in a car accident. He was 38..the youngest of the nieces and nephews. It was very difficult for all of us, especially my sister.
He was soon to be married. His fiance and her 10-year-old boy came to the funeral home. The little boy just cried and cried. Such a tragedy! Now I am constantly worrying about my children on the roads. And my grandchildren. I don't think I could bear it.

Chele, I am so happy that Craig has a new and GOOD job. Things are looking up for you! I like that poem above.

This heat has made me sluggish also. Weeds are taking over in my daylily gardens. I don't care. I am not able to get out there and pull them. And where do you find someone who will do it! I still need to get rid of lots and lots of daylilies. My knee is never going to get better so that I can take care of them. I only want a few near the house that I can tend to.

This heat has to stop at some point. I couldn't live without the AC. When I was younger we never had AC, but I think as I have gotten older it is harder to handle the heat.

We need rain badly too. I am going outside to do a rain dance...NOT.

Judy
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8712273

Judy, I'm very sorry to hear about your nephew. Sure makes everything else seem petty and minor. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Like I tell all my friends..I sure wish you lived closer. I'd be happy to help.
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8712373

Chelle, no sneek attack needed. Your welcome anytime. I'm not saying we'll be home, but if we are, we'll have a great time. My best friend lost two daughters and when ever I start to complain, my little angel on my shoulder says, " Buck up, noone died"! It keeps me pretty upbeat. I was complaining about my grandchildren living so far away, and my friend Charlene says" Lou, at least you have grandchildren, my girls are here to give me any."I took that to heart and won't complain about my Texas grandchildren anymore. The heat way is still with us, and no rain. I see some clouds on the radar that are heading in our general direction, I sure hope we get a good shower.

Stay cool as possible everyone. Lou
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8712713

I hate to ad my woes to ya'lls, but I was shocked this morning when my Pastor announced the death of a good friends husband...then I hear that Friend, Brenda is in the hospital...I went straight there after church and she was still being treated in the ER...

Seems a young guy rang their door bell about 3 AM...shoved the door open and stuck a large knife in Kenney, killing him instantly...he then proceeded to sexually abuse my dear friend. He aked her to call a girl friend (her's)"that had bigger boobs than she did"...she called her neighbor, using a wrong name so the neighbor knew something was wrong and called the police...He was apprehended!!

Please pray for Brenda Jo
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8712714

I hate to ad my woes to ya'lls, but I was shocked this morning when my Pastor announced the death of a good friends husband...then I hear that Friend, Brenda is in the hospital...I went straight there after church and she was still being treated in the ER...

Seems a young guy rang their door bell about 3 AM...shoved the door open and stuck a large knife in Kenney, killing him instantly...he then proceeded to sexually abuse my dear friend. He aked her to call a girl friend (her's)"that had bigger boobs than she did"...she called her neighbor, using a wrong name so the neighbor knew something was wrong and called the police...He was apprehended!!

Please pray for Brenda Jo

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 24, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8712871

Good grief, so many wacko's running loose!
Hope your friend is better fast.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
6:11 PM

Post #8713152

Lou, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I cannot imagine losing a child, let alone 2 children. :( Were they her only 2 children? She won't get grand kids at all?

It was warm here today but not unbearable. I woke up either really late or really early and there was quite a light show but I don't think we got any water with it. It's been cloudy and overcast all day and we had lots of rumbling and a bit of rain twice-once when I was trying to grill dinner. Geeze.

Jo, That is really horrifying and scary to hear about your friend. She's lucky to be alive. She may have a hard time coming to terms with that after losing her spouse. Way too many sick creeps in the world these days. A local friend's Grandmother also opened the door to a strange man very late at night. He was asking for water. It didn't occur to her until much later, that she put herself in a really dangerous position. Sending thoughts and prayers for her recovery.

There has been a lot of crazy stuff on the news lately. Makes one sick and sad to see/read it. I think if we went back to the eye for an eye system, we'd get rid of a lot of this ridiculous behavior. Seeing how many people raise their kids that they are always correct, more important than anyone else and should always get their way, I worry about the future. Mommy and Daddy won't always be around to dole it out. Then how and where will they get it?
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
6:44 PM

Post #8713189

Good evening, such sad news here all around.

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. That is so tragic and it seemed he had everything to look forward to. This reminds me to rejoice in each day, because we never know when we will be called home to our Lord. ((hugs))

Jo, I am so sorry for your friend, and the death of her DH. Suck sickos in this world, and the things they do have no reason. Give her my best, and I will keep her in my t & p's.

Chele, you have come a long way. Of course I haven't known you to know about your fear of driving. You have hidden it very well. As you say, with you in the country now, you don't have much choice. I am sure that your girls realize what sacrifices that you and Craig have made for them, and they will come to appreciate your strength in the future. I am sure it is hard right now for them to see it, because being teens, it is important for them not to be different.

Pat, well I am waiting to hear if you shed your clothes and preached nakked today! Hehe, I have thought about it all day. You know I just kid, but what a mental image, and you could pull it off, and dupe your congregation.

Marcie, and Lou, I know that chele will make a special effort, if not this year, then next to visit your lovely gardens.

Judy, I think we both started too late with the daylilies. All of mine need digging and dividing, and I am positive that I will not be able to do it with my back. I told DH to just take his tractor and plow this fall and plow them up, and I will salvage enough to have in special beds closer to the house. I will hang a sign on my driveway, daylilies for sale, and it will be cheap. May just have a "you dig" daylily sale! That would be one way to do it.

Janet, still waiting to hear from you. Darn it, you take 30 seconds and check in here!

~~~~to Bernie and Herman.
shadowgarden
Philo, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
8:22 PM

Post #8713334

Hi Guys,

Just wanted to let you know I am artist of the month for Sept in Zanesville Appalachian Art Project, will have opening from 5 to 8 PM on Sept 2. If anybody's close and wants to stop by you are welcome. Will be mostly glass and oil paintings about trees. ZAAP Gallery, 625 Main Street, Zanesville. Dmail me if you want further info. Thanks.

Rebecca
floweringchild
Jamestown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
8:24 PM

Post #8713336

Jo, that is so horrible. What is this world coming to!! My 88 year-old mother lives alone and opens her door to anyone. We have warned her about this. Hoping your friend recovers soon.

Bonnie, you are right. I wish I had started in daylilies as a younger person. I love them, but just can't keep up any more. We live in the country where 2-3 cars travel per day. So a sign would do no good. I am selling them on DG and Lily Auction. I want to keep certain favorites and I will continue to hybridize.

Chele, I wish you lived closer also..lol..I would love to see your sensational seven!!
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8713347

Rebecca what great news to be "artist of the month". What a feather in your cap. Sorry I am too far away to "drop in", but will be thinking of you on your special day. Hope the show nets you some new customers, and some money. You do beautiful work.

Judy, I will probably not be able to sell on the lily auction, but may try the classifieds here. If we chose the method of DH plowing them up, then I will probably lose the name tags. I do have maps, and may be able to identify some like that. Otherwise, I will just probably advertise as "mixed-named, but lost tags" and sell them cheap. All of mine are named and I have some nice ones.

Your knees and my back is gonna cost us lost revenue. I would rather for someone to have them and enjoy them than to just let them sit knowing that the more crowded they get the fewer blooms I will have.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2011
10:14 PM

Post #8713454

Good Heavens! There's more news on our thread than on any TV!
First, Rebecca, congratulations on the well-deserved spotlight. Hope you get a good & appreciative crowd.

With regard to all the violence and craziness, it's hard to tell if it's always been this bad, or if it's just bigger weapons & more reporting that makes it seem more widespread. Certainly the grief in Norway makes it clear what one deranged man, given the access to explosives and ammunition can do. And one nut with a knife can cause the death of Kenney and the horrible trauma for Brenda Jo. And Judy, my heart goes out to you, your sister and her whole family--- and the family-to-be that died along with your nephew. I sure hope they all get the support and healing that they need.

One of the main readings today at church was from Romans abt how when things get so bad that you don't know what to pray for "the Spirit of God intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words."
So I just have to let the Spirit sigh with, and for us.

I was worried abt Norway because there's a lady at church whose daughter and grandchildren live there. Her family had no involvment, but it's a big death toll for such a small country.

And Bonnie, I decided not to go commando under my robes-- mainly because we all change in the same big room and I didn't want to permanently scar some poor acolyte's psyche! But I sweated like crazy & couldn't get to the kleenex in my pocket because of all my extra layers. Maybe if I did it every Sunday I'd get back into the habit--so to speak, LOL.

Still no rain here. I thought we might get lucky late this afternoon: the wind blew like crazy! Maybe Monday.

Gotta get some sleep. TTFN,
Pat



Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 25, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8713707

Good morning to all. Soo very sorry to hear all the bad news here!
My prayers go out to all of you. It certainly makes me stop and think about how lucky I am!
Rebecca...congrats to you!! Wish I was close enough to come and see you!
We had a pretty good shower yesterday...several times! May have gotten a little more overnight. I am hoping the showers end...even though we could use the rain...so I can get outside and work today!
The temps are lower...a good thing...but so far the humidity is still pretty high here...so the air will stay on ..at least for today!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

July 25, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8713887

The killer was 17! Going to be tried as an adult. Jo
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8714108

They need to lock 'em up and have the same thing done to them that they did.

Rebecca, that is wonderful news! I'm sorry I won't get up there to see you and your works of art. One of these days we'll have to work out a trade so I can own one!

Pat, it's good to see you! I'm glad you decided not to "flash" the other members of the church. LOL

It's good to see everyone!

Let me go check my daylily facebook page and see if Janet posted any updates there.
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 25, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8714575

Rebecca, congratulations!!! Could you take pics and post them for all of us to see your exhibits? I would love to see them, but don't think I can talk DH into it. LOL He does "owe me one" because I attended two investment seminars with him today in Louisville. Come to think of it, maybe this would be a good time to ask him. LOL

Chele, my friend that lost her two girls has a son, who married a girl who says her career is more important than children and doesn't plan on having any. We keep hoping God has other plans for them. I was always told that people plan and God laughs. So , hopefully, Our Loud will have a good laugh and bless them with children. Her son is 32 now , so we also hope He hurries. LOL

On the good news page, THERE WILL BE FOOTBALL THIS YEAR AND INDY WILL HAVE A SUPERBOWL!!!!!
Now, if someone in Washington would tell congress to stop acting like children and do the job they were elected to do, (vote according to the will of their electorate) maybe we will get a reasonable budget deal.

It got real dark last evening and we heard thunder and thought forsure we would get some rain. But, alas, we didn't get any at all. Maybe next time, is all we can hope for. We continue to water the gardens, and the weeds continue to do well.

Pat I like the passage about the sigh. It really can express things not said and not understood.

Have a great my DG friends.

Lou
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

July 25, 2011
4:12 PM

Post #8714795

Sorry Bonnie, (hanging my head in shame) I'm here for a few seconds. Too much to do. Too little time. Dug potatoes, picked tomatoes and pulled the last of the beets Friday. Strained my back, got too tired. Did market Saturday, froze tomatoes and made kraut on Sunday. Cooked and peeled the beets on Sunday. Need to get them and some squash pickles in the vinegar before they go bad. Stove died last week. Got behind on the baking and with the weather so darned hot had to throw out some of the baked goods this weekend so we're behind on the baking. Can't get on the internet at work anymore so we can't check in on our breaks. Got to go bake. Bonnie, we need a lunch break.

Chele, thanks for knocking on my head!

Janet
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8715207

Janet, thanks for checking in. I guess I could have picked up the phone and called, but I know how busy you are after you get in from your paid job! Yes we do need a lunch break and catch up. I called the Dr today to see if they would schedule an epidural for me, as my back has really been hurting. I have canned green beans, made pickles and some pickle relish. My tomatoes are coming on so slow that I have been picking them and putting them in gallon bags and putting them in the freezer until I get enouch to make anything out of them. When I hear from the Dr and get that epidural scheduled, then I will call and we will set up a lunch date. Just as sure as I say so and so date, they will call and that will be the date they give me for the shot. You know how that goes.

Lou, doggone it, you could have stopped by and visited me! Well, it would have been out of your way but not too much. I don't know what you would have seen in my garden other than a few scraggly flowers, and lots of weeds. The hot dry weather doesn't seem to affect their growth at all.

Pat, if you had been closer, I would have come to the service, and been winking and trying to see if you wore nothing under those robes. Looks like they would dispense wearing them when it is this hot. Bet it is hard to concentrate when all you can think about is being roasted.

Bernie, how is the market going? I would love to have a big beautiful bouquet of those glads. I guess nobody around here puts them out, as I have only seen a few driving down the roads. I guess it is the digging in the fall. I have found as I get older and having more aches and pains, I am avoiding the things that are really work intensive. Give me perennials that come back, and I am a happy camper.

Marcy, what is going on with you? Sounds like lots of people are hurting for rain. We have only had 2/10 of an inch in about 6 weeks. So so dry. DH is watering our garden corn, as it is tasseled and should have corn by the weekend. Hope all is well with you all.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 26, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8716012

We arrived back in Barberton at 7:30 last night. A quick assessment showed that the cherry tomato I thought was drowned has been given a new life. The broccoli lost its leaves, but will come back, but signs of another GH. Had just over an inch of rain so pots looked good. Eggplant ready to pick. Poor choice to grow. None of the neighbors like it. Guess it's not on WV menus. Herman

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defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8716040

Welcome back Herman, and I am glad you found the garden looking good. I love egg plant, and always make egg plant parmesan when DGD is here, as it is one of her favorites too.

Off to do some watering, as we STILL have no rain in sight.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8716115

Beautiful photo Herman! Glad you are home safe and sound.

Nothing exciting going on here. No storms. No rain. Not much of anything. We have been getting a reasonable amount of zucchini. haha

Soccer officially started last night. Thankfully the 3 kids that are playing, have practice the same nights. One team may have to split into two due to late additions. Sigh. I do hope they keep practice the same nights.

Craig starts his new job today. Thank goodness. It's looking like he wasn't going to qualify for unemployment at all and if he did, it looked like it was only going to pay $184 a week. Today they are worried about that $80 a week he made from the dollar store. Geesh. They were supposed to replace the groceries we lost in the electric outage and I'm still waiting on that. He has to work this week and next before he gets his regular schedule. I'm back to living in annoying limbo but at least he has a job!

I'm going to get dressed and attempt to get something done. I have to see if I can get the weedeater to work. Craig had to replace the gas line and bubble so hopefully that will work if I prime the $#_#)*# out of it. Then I can finish mulching until the mower runs out of gas. Other than that, I need to finish tilling the strip where I want to move the small trees. I haven't checked the weather to see how hot it is. I'm afraid to! At least I'm not dripping wet while I'm sitting still.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8716674

Bonnie,
The theory is that if the choir & the people that are serving at the altar are in vestments, that the congregation won't be distracted by their individual dress. But then 2 things interfere with that logical idea: history & human nature. Episcopalians are big into our history. The historic vestments for daily office (morning prayer, evening prayer, etc) are cassock (the black robe underneath) and surplice (the white angel wings type thing that goes over the cassock). It used to be that you'd add a stole of the appropriate color for communion & that was that. Then around the time of Vatican II, the historians decided that we should wear the more ancient alb (White colored cassock) with stole for communion, plus chasuble (liturgical poncho) for those who are high-church. So it got pretty confusing & distracting just to see what new vestments people had bought to "dress appropriately" for church.

The above paragraph is probably why people get disgusted with church. What does that have to do with feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, visiting the imprisoned & comforting the poor? Nothin! Plus most of the vestments have their origin in Roman & Byzantine government uniforms. You can tell a US post office employee by their uniform color & logo. You could tell a Roman government employee by their stole-- and how they wore it. I love beautiful vestments, don't get me wrong, but I try & remember that they're supposed to hide my individuality, not highlight it!

Here ends the sermon & history lesson.
Pat
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8716841

This is why we love you most Pat (or I do anyway!). You are able to see things from more than one view. :)
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8717201

Just had a very nice visit with Melissa. I was drowning today and down in the dumps. She showed up with a life preserver...and groceries. We were all very happy to see her. Don't know how I'll ever repay everyone.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8717211


Thanks Pat for the explanation of the vestments. I have been a methodist all my life, and the pastors only wear robes for special occasions, or at least our little church's pastor does. I think in the mega churches they may wear the robes. Never knew the history behind that. I can understand it, and can agree with it to some extent. I know you did not mean the explanation as a debate, so will not burden you with my personal view. I think the main thing in any church that it be a Bible believing church, and believe in the basic tenants of Christianity, all the other views are just that views of a particular denomination. I don't believe that heaven is separated into sections reserved for Methodists, Baptists, Catholics or Episcopalians, etc. We will all be together, and the beliefs of the various churches will not matter, we are all and will be God's children. Nuff said!

I had a pretty easy day, did 3 loads of laundry, watered some, especially some new plants planted this spring, and cleaned and vacuumed the pool. The big filter needs cleaning, and I need DH's brute strength to help with that. So may get that done before the weekend. DGD called last night and she is coming back on Thursday, and staying until about time for school to start. I think she said it started August 15th. Schools in neighboring counties, one is starting the 2nd, and one the 8th. So that really gave them about 6 weeks of summer vacation.

Chele, so glad to hear the girls practices are all on the same days. Are they very far apart? At least you will know which days requires you to run them hither and yon.

Marcy, good to see you. How have you been? Are your gardens looking as good as they usually do? Mine looked good while all the daylilies were in bloom, now the blooms are pretty sparse. Our grass (DH's project for early spring remember) is all drying up. By it being the first summer for it, I am wondering if it will come back. I haven't said that to DH, as I am sure it would send him into some kind of fit. He has been watering the veggie garden, and he said that if he started watering the grass, we would just have to buy the water company!

Grocery/errand day tomorrow, sure hope the temps are not as hot as last week on grocery day.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8717213

Chele things done for you don't need repaying. I am sure if you asked anybody, they would just say pay it forward. One day you will be in a position to help someone else, and I know your big heart will not let needs go unmet. (hugs) to you. Need an update on what Craig thought of the job. There is bound to be good news around somewhere if you just look hard enough.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 26, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8717406

sorry I've been MIA, but did have a great visit with Chele today, though not long enough. I needed to try to leave to get home before it got too dark, because I just don't see as well driving... but I had to get new glasses, and I paid the extra for the anti-glare, and they really helped coming home tonight.

Pat, I laughed at the thought of you going nekkid under your robes... and the discussion reminded me of a joke my dad used to tell. I'm a Quaker, so I don't know anything about the robes or vestments... we're just plain in everything. LOL

The joke:

A man died and went to heaven, St. Peter met him at the gate, and told him he would bring him in and take him on a tour.

He marveled at all of the beautiful sights, and as they walked, St. Peter would point to a door and say "There are the Methodists, and over here behind this door are the Catholics..."

They walked a little further, he pointed to a door and said "There are the Quakers, where you will be placed after the tour, and across the way here are the Presbyterians, the Episcopalians and United Brethren--every once in a while they all get together for potlucks and such."

And so it went, they walked and St. Peter pointed to different doors for the different denominations. As they walked the man asked lots of questions which St. Peter answered for him. Shortly, St. Peter put his finger to his lips and whispered, "Okay, I need you to be really quiet as we walk through this next section, save your questions until I tell you it is okay to ask them. Do you understand?" The man nodded, and they tiptoed through the next section.

When they were through, St. Peter exhaled loudly and said, "It's okay to talk now. Do you have any questions?"

The man nodded, "Why did we have to be so quiet in that last section?"

St. Peter smiled and pointed back to the door they had just passed... "Well, behind that door are the _____________'s, and they think they are the only ones here."

Fill in the blank with the denomination you choose... we had a denomination in the town I came from who believed that they were the only denomination going to heaven... and that's the one my dad always used when he told the joke. :)
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8717425

Too funny Melissa. Glad to hear that there are still decent jokes that can be told in mixed company.

I didn't know you were Quaker. That is interesting to know. Next time I see you in person, may have some questions for you. Or if you had rather not be interrogated, just say so.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2011
11:35 PM

Post #8717776

I love that joke! And Bonnie, I'm sure hoping that everyone is in one big place-- I'd sure get bored if it was just Episcopalians!
Melissa, I read a book by a very conservative Quaker, & he told a story of a man who came through Ohio in the 19th century saying he was God. A lot of people in the town of Leatherwood believed him, so he became known as the Leatherwood God. Eventually he turned out not to be God (I know, big surprise!). But while others were branding him as a heathen, monster, conman, etc, the Quakers used the expression "He has gone beyond his gift." I love that: it tells you precisely what they thought without adding any condemnation. It renders a description rather than a judgment.

Back to gardening. Chele, those tomatoes you sent are growing like gangbusters! Thanks so much. Here it's almost August & we're still looking for a market or stand that has heirlooms, or a least tomatoes grown in real dirt. They all taste like they've been grown hydroponically. DS makes a wonderful pasta with fresh tomatoes & basil, & I'm ready to eat.
It's still miserable working weather outside. I feel like I can't even sit down without a shower or bath. It's just gross. At least I got a couple flowers for inside: some dark pink calla lilies that decided to bloom. I also found some new starts of meadow rue, which I love, but my other two stands of it are pretty tattered this year, as the birds have been using them as a landing strip and a waiting room for the bird feeders. Oh-- I also have a Black and Blue salvia that has come back for the third year in a row. Hummingbirds love it & I love the look of it, so I'm pleased that this annual has decided to stay for awhile.
Pat



defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2011
6:00 AM

Post #8718045

Pat, love that quote, and I may adopt it, sometimes it is hard to find something to say without being judgemental. That fits the bill.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

July 27, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8718071

WOW! Only 59 degrees this AM. going to 85 with little wind. Have to work in the basement. Drain the water heater. Drain valve clogged. No hot water, so best time bfore relighting it. Yesterday I pulled the potatoes. I had planted on top of the ground and covered with the rakings from the flower gardens. The spuds were on top of the ground covered with earthworm castings. Double harvest. Planted some beans. Now If I can keep the critters out. Another GH lobotomy performed today. That should help. Still a lot of standing water in the back. Just not receding. Only time will help. Patience! Herman
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 27, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8718267

Sure Bonnie, I don't mind it... the area I'm from has a lot of Quakers, so it's not that unusual... but outside of that area, it's odd to find a Quaker, and folks often have questions--they often confuse us with Amish... I think the way the Quaker Oats Man looks has a lot to do with that. Did you know Johns Hopkins was founded by Quakers? I think what I'm most proud of in our heritage, is that Women were permitted to be "preachers" long before women were accepted as equal in regular society... the ladies who were behind the Women's suffrage movement--were mostly Quaker women. :)

I like that quote too, Pat. I've heard of Leatherwood before, so it's likely my dad had the book you are talking about...

It's starting to heat up outside... I need to run up to the grocery, I'm wanting Stroganoff for dinner, so I need to go up and grab some sirloins and mushrooms. :)
shadowgarden
Philo, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8718515

Thanks for your encouragement. I am working madly on the last few pieces for the show. When it is finished I will post some pictures.

Rebecca
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2011
2:54 PM

Post #8719251

Rebecca, I am just hating it that I cannot come. It is just too far for me to drive by myself, and getting the DH to say that he will drive and come along is like pulling hen's teeth. My back would be screaming after driving that far.
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8720766

Hi everyone.
Guess..I too.. have been MIA. It must be the heat!
I've been trying to work in my gardens in the early morning...and at dusk...and even then...I don't get much done!
Nothing looks good anyway!
I don't like to see the hostas after they bloom...so like to get those cut off as soon as they start looking bad. Also the heat has been destroying the leaves on them too.
Seems all I get done is deadhead and maybe pull a few weeds.
My daughter will be coming in next week sometime. Her daughter...my gdaughter...is having a baby today...being induced.
Nothing like ggkids to make you feel old...lol! Oh wait...I AM old!!!
Very interesting on the vestments Pat. Also like the quote!
Hi to everyone! Hope you all are keeping reasonably cool in this heat!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8720861

Just popping in to say hi.

SSDD

It's hot again. Ugh. Got a bit done yesterday.
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 28, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8720914

Marcy, I'm like you and try to get some deadheading and weeding done early, but sure does get hot fast. It;s so dry that we have been watering the gardens early each day and today the squirrels decided to play in the sprinkler. LOL.. Lou

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8720977

Must be some hot squirrels. LOL
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8721128

Yeah Lou...you know its hot when the animals and insects start playing in the water!!!!! Cute pic!
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

July 29, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8723883

We've got a huge fan in the stock barn for the slaughter steer to try to keep some of the heat stress down. There's three young calves in the field outside the barn. They've figured out how to slip through the gate racks and the three of them flop down right in front of the fan. Don't tell me these animals aren't smart! They're in front of the fan, I'm out in the field pulling sweet corn and picking tomatoes and beans. Go figure.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8724099

sweet corn, tomatoes and beans, my 3 favorites that I could eat everyday all year long... never get enough of them, and since we had to move to OH from my husbands home in KY and now to FL we haven't had a good tomato since leaving KY...

Jan
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8724177

Jan, don't know about the others here, but the excessive heat is not making for a good tomato crop. They are almost cooking in the garden before they ripen. I have corn that will be ready sometime next week, so getting geared up to freeze plenty of that.

Janet, what smart cows! Now if I knew there was a fan somewhere that I could get to, I certainly wouldn't let a few gate slats keep me from it either. Have you all had any rain over your way? We got about 10 drops about 6:00 tonight. Big shower.

Marcy, I hope it is a long time before I have ggkids.

Lou, love the picture of the squirrel in the water spray! I think all animals are really feeling this heat. We have 4 horses out in the pasture. We leave the barn doors open so they can get in there, but I have been noticing for several mornings that very early, they head to the woods, and seem to stay there all day. So maybe they know things that I don't.

Chele, how is the pool? Ours feels like warm bathwater. It is refreshing though. Day before yesterday I topped ours off, as it had really evaporated, and I got in after that thinking it would be much cooler, well it was but by a few degrees.

I finished up the pepper relish this morning, did some laundry and then took the rest of the day off. I guess all the work I have done this week finally caught up with me.

DH and I are heading out to Louisville tomorrow morning. They have a JCPenney outlet there, and I get the ads in the mail, and there is a big sale on tennis shoes. If that man has a downfall, it is buying shoes!

Herman, had to smile when you said it was 59 at your place one morning this week. I thought you were in Ohio, but sounds more like Alaska!
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

July 30, 2011
2:13 AM

Post #8724705

No rain. Not even the 6 drops. The garden at Finchville surely needs it. The pumpkins and other vines were suffering yesterday. I guess on Monday we'll start stringing soaker hoses. I have beans and cucumbers blooming that would like a major drink of water. Tomatoes could stand some too.

Off to markets and then we'll shuck corn. Not sure what to do first when I get home. Later...
floweringchild
Jamestown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8727523

We did not plant a garden this year. I do have tomato plants in huge pots near my patio where I can water them often. No ripe ones yet. We have always raised a big garden, but this year we are buying from the farmers' market. This way I buy just what I need and don't feel the rush to can or freeze it.

That squirrel is awesome.

I was digging some daylilies for an order and the temp was 97 with heat index 104. I bought a little gauge so my DH would know when the heat index gets too high to play golf. He says he has enough sense to know. But I say that's what people laying on the ground with a heat stroke thought too...lol..

Wish I had a pool. I would put a shade over it and stay there...lol..
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8728099

Judy, I may take your advice and put an awning over my pool. The water temp is just like warm bathwater. However, it does provide some relaxation, as you don't have to listen to the phone, or talk on it if you don't want to!

Just back from my family reunion, and it was outside, but we had shade and a good breeze, although a tad warm one. Anyway, it wasn't bad, and enjoyed visiting with all the ones that I seldom see.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2011
9:34 PM

Post #8728787

Bonnie, we bought a waterfall aerator for our pool, and in one day it dropped the temp down 8 degrees. It really does make a difference... it's downright chilly when you're standing under it. WELL worth the 20 bucks.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2011
6:04 AM

Post #8729211

Thanks Melissa, I will look into that. (When I have time, and can get out of the kitchen long enough to shop)
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8729918

Well, I was assisted at church yesterday, but this time I wore my alb, which was much easier to manage than the other get-up. Margaret, my genealogy friend at church, and I may make a brief road trip to Portsmouth & Hillsboro next week sometime. Yahoo! I'll have to recruit someone to water & pick tomatoes while I'm gone. I've watered so much I feel like I'm ready to join the fire department.
Despite the fact that I'm so hot-blooded in vestments, I can't remember ever swimming in an outside pool that was too warm. Oh, the thought of floating around on a raft with the water tickling my feet sounds so blissful!
Trying to do some housecleaning today. Everybody try & keep cool.
Pat
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8730121

Pat come on down, I will supply the float, and make sure that you are not disturbed for how ever long you want to float and enjoy.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 2, 2011
8:56 PM

Post #8733411

It sounds awfully good, Bonnie. I just need the miracle of an increased driving capability!

I need to go over to the bug forum & see if anyone else has been having bee trouble. I have bees the size of hummingbirds!

Pat
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 3, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8735490

Pat, could they be Sphinx Moth? They are right in between. size wise. If they aren't around flowers, may be cicada killers. Harmless but scary. Has lovely half inch of soft rain last night. Hope the cold front gets down into your area. Herman
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2011
7:42 PM

Post #8735579

I'll have to look those up, Herman. We sure have enough cicadas to attract a killer!
We got almost half an inch of rain this AM, but it came with lots of wind and lightning. Still, everything looked so refreshed, so much better than any watering results of my own. God does good work.
Pat
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

August 4, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8735954

No rain yesterday, boo hoo. We need some on the garden. Been canning the last of the beets and trying to get corn in the freezer. Went down to look at the market salsa supply and am out of mild and medium. Guess they just forgot to tell me when they loaded the last case on the truck. Also got a lady that's been waiting three weeks for a batch of super mild salsa. She uses it in her chili and meat loaf. Thank goodness youngest has been taking charge of the garden, picking and planting or I'd have an awful lot of rotten tomatoes laying in the patch.

Got to run. Getting late for work.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
2:45 PM

Post #8737017

Herman, we have a winner: it's the cicada killer wasp for sure. Nice to know they aren't aggressive, since they're the size of a WWI bomber. I've seen morelife in the garden in the last 24 hours (since we got the rain) than I have all summer. Hummingbirds fighting to get at the salvia & lantana, 3 different types & sizes of bees, a forestload of birds trying out the new suet black... very lively.
Off to make fried corn, biscuits, & tomatoes for dinner.
Pat
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 4, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8737403

B. CICADA KILLERS CRUISING OHIO LAWNS AND LANDSCAPES. Cicada killer wasps (Sphecius speciosus) are now making low-level flights over sand volleyball courts, lawns, and bare areas in southwest Ohio landscapes. These giant wasps are considered beneficial since they are the nemesis of ANNUAL DOG-DAY CICADAS (Tibicen spp.). Indeed, an abrupt halt in the staccato "singing" of a cicada, often punctuated by a high-pitched screech, usually means a cicada killer has committed an insecticidal act. It is no accident that the arrival of the wasps coincides with the arrival of the dog-day cicadas.



These are the largest wasps found in Ohio, measuring 1.125-1.625" in length. The wasps have black bodies that are marked with yellow to white patches on the first three abdominal (rear part) segments. The head, thorax and legs are rusty-red and the wings russet-yellow. As with all hymenoptera (wasps, bees, etc.), only the females possess stingers (ovipositors); however, they are not aggressive.



The females spend their time digging and provisioning burrows with paralyzed cicada-prey. The males spend their time establishing and defending territories that encompass females. They will aggressively buzz any transgressor who dares to enter their territory; including people. The females prefer to dig their brood burrows in sandy, bare, well-drained soil that is exposed to full sunlight. Although the wasps are considered solitary, they all practice the same nesting behavior. Thus, it is not unusual for there to be numerous burrows, and wasps, in relatively small areas. The males are notoriously territorial and will chase after other males as well as picnickers, golfers, volleyball enthusiasts, and gardeners. Fortunately, it's all a ruse since the males lack stingers.



Cultural practices that promote a thick growth of turfgrass usually eliminate a cicada killer infestation in a lawn in one or two seasons. Landscape infestations may be reduced by mulching or by adding plants to shade the soil. Since this is a beneficial insect, there are no insecticide recommendations specific to controlling these wasps.

copied from BGYL. I've never seen one, but remember reading this. Lots of info here. Nade mac and beef with fresh peppers. Good enough to break a sweat just eating it. Herman












defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8737450

Herman, thanks for that explanation. I haven't seen any here, but if I do, I will know immediately what they are. Are the females marked differently, so they can be distinguished?

I had stuffed sweet peppers for supper, and used my homemade roasted tomato sauce. They were yummy.

I made pepper relish today, got some beans ready to can tomorrow, and DS and his SO are coming tomorrow to make a batch of roasted tomato sauce. I have 2 buckets of tomatoes here, and was dreading having to do anything with them. Now I don't have to.

Janet are you up for lunch next week? we need to catch up. Dmail me and let me know.

I did 2 loads of laundry today, and while they were drying, and I was resting, sort of caught up with my school work. It would be better if I had time to do it every day, but as it is, I just do it as I am able. I have all of next week, to study, and the following week to do the online stuff, then test on the 20th. Learning lots and am glad that I did sign up, although working around the garden canning and freezing is sort of hard.

I will have corn ready to freeze on Saturday. So you will know where to find me then! I am the short person in front of the stove, sweating buckets!!

Chele, honey where are you? Running to soccer and ball practices and games? School starts when?

Melissa when does your school start? Are you ready to go back, or has the summer been too short?

DGD went to Holiday World with a friend today, and she is not back yet. I wasn't expecting her early, but hope it is not midnight when she gets in.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 4, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8737522

The females will have an ovipositor. Not sure, but it should be quite prominent. All I know it what I copied. This weeks edition had an article on Assassin Bugs. Now those are meanies. Still listed as beneficial, though.
Herman
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8737538

The summer has been too short Bonnie! We go back the 18th, the kids go back the 22nd. A few of us met for lunch today, and we all agreed that the summer is just too short, especially when it's too hot to do anything! I've been making jam the last few days. I picked up some South Carolina peaches since the deer ate mine, and decided while I was at it to get Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and cherries out of the freezer and use them. (not at the same time) LOL this evening I did a mixed fruit jam, and strawberry jam is cooling. We've sampled the Peach, Plum and Peach Melba, and it all passed with flying colors.

defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
7:42 PM

Post #8737646

Melissa, DGD starts on the 15th. A local school which has a year round calendar started the 1st. Just seems such a short time for them to be out of school, as it was the first part of June before they got out.

The jam making sounds good. A friend brought me some peaches by last week, and we ate a bunch just plain, then I made a really good peach cobbler.

Did you ever have the recipe for the Apple Pie Jam? I need to get some apples this fall and make another batch of that. I think that is DH's favorite. As he says, if it has apples and suger in it, then he likes it!

We all ought to get together and trade things that we have made/canned from our gardens. I think that would be fun.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2011
8:18 PM

Post #8737734

That would be fun Bonnie. I love home canned stuff so much. I've never done the Apple Pie Jam. I'm sure we'd like it, we've yet to meet a jam we didn't like. LOL I don't eat much of it, I can't. But hubby and sons eat it like crazy, and my family is always asking if I have any. ;) My brother who passed was my biggest "jam fan" I just took him cases at a time... he loved it that much.

Kentucky always starts earlier than we do... I think they have a bit longer school year, and they have no calamity days like we do. Speaking of, I need to get a hold of one of my friends before school starts we've tried to get together for lunch several times this summer, and something always came up. She taught Spanish at our school for a few years, but couldn't score high enough on her praxis to meet Ohio's requirements to get permanent licensure. she kept missing it by 2 or 3 points. But, her score was high enough for Kentucky's requirements, so she got a KY license and was going to try to find a job in NKY for a few years, then convert the KY license to an Ohio license.

She's a good teacher, her problem was she is Hispanic, and Spanish is her first language... so doing timed tests in English was a struggle for her. Heck, lots of people who are native English speakers have a difficult time with the tests. LOL
floweringchild
Jamestown, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8737799

Where do you all get all your energy??? I have just about given up on canning, although I really need to make some pepper relish. I love it, but so much trouble. I used to mamke ketchup, pickles, relish, etc. But not much any more..lol.. We got our first ripe tomato today. Seems like it took forever!

School started here today, Aug 4. I retired at the end of May. I thought today would be a difficult day for me, but it wasn't. I will substitute some, so I will be in the schools, just without all the work..lol..A lot of people think teachers get 3 months off, but now it is 2 months and some of that time is spent at the school in meetings, etc. I never had a 6-hour day like some people think...so much paper work. Since I taught math, I had tons of papers to grade all the time. I won't miss that part of it...lol..I did love teaching and the kids. There's nothing else like it.

The heat has been horrible..no rain since I don't know when. Gotta do a rain dance tomorrow, I guess...lol.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
8:48 PM

Post #8737804

Judy, happy retirement. You will love it, it is the best "job" I have ever had!
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8737826

Judy, I didn't know you taught. :) I laugh at people when they tell me how lucky I am to have the hours I do... though, I have to admit, I've not worked much this summer... and I didn't take a class. First time in a long time I really have just putzed around this summer. I think that's why I'm hurrying to get this jam done, when school starts, there will be no time for jam making, that's for sure!
floweringchild
Jamestown, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
9:17 PM

Post #8737843

Bonnie, I have worked since I was 14 years old. The only time I wasn't on a job was when I was on maternity leave. So I am used to getting up early, having a schedule for myself, and meeting deadlines, etc. Now I am afraid I might just lay around too much...lol..I want to sub about 8 days a month and on days I want. If I get bored, I can always volunteer at my school.

Melissa, Most of the time I was at school at 7 a.m. or before and left there by 6 p.m. or later. I fuond that if I brought papers home, I would not get to them. So I'd rather stay at school and do it plus call parents from school...using school phone number. I never did like for parents to call me at home. I didn't have my grade book at home and could not remember grades for 150 kids. I retired because of health issues or I wouldn't have retired. My pension is a lot less than my regular pay...gotta do some subbing...lol..
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2011
11:25 PM

Post #8737958

One of our teachers, our Chemistry teacher is about to start his 47th year... he's retired twice but gets bored and comes back. LOL I'm usually there about 6:30 and leave about 5:30, but I've stayed lots of times past 10 and have the janitors running me out. There just isn't enough time to get everything done during the day, during the day you're teaching, but you grade, plan, conference, committee meetings, IEP meetings etc, etc, etc. but... even my worst day at school is better than my best day before I got my teaching degree. :)
floweringchild
Jamestown, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2011
4:18 AM

Post #8738129

47 years...wow!!
I agree with your last sentence.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 5, 2011
7:45 AM

Post #8738373

I want to make hot pepper jam this year. Does anyone know a source of low-sugar pectin? Haven't made it in years. Hope I can find my recipe. I had it on my word processor disc. Haven't used that either.
Herman
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8738506

Herman, haven't seen it this year, but last year, Sure Jell had a sugar free pectin on the shleves of Walmart. This late in the season (canning season) they might not have it, but bet you could find it on the internet.

Judy, when I retired the first few weeks, I was working myself to death, because I had been used to having just a certain amount of time to do things around the house. One day, I said to myself, retirement is not supposed to be like this. I came up with this idea. The night before I would mentally make a list of things that needed to be done, and I would start on the list the next morning, only working until about noon. As I got caught up with things at home, if laundry was the only thing on my list for the day, when the laundry was done, I had the rest of the day to do what I wanted to do.

DH retired 9 months after I did, and he began to expect me to cook three meals a day. Told him no way, I was used to cooking at night, and would continue that schedule, or he could tell me which meal he wanted and we would go with that. But I WAS NOT cooking three meals a day. So we usually have toast or cereal for breakfast, I keep lunch meat in the fridge and that is what we eat at noon, then I cook at night. Seems to be working for us.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2011
6:30 PM

Post #8739303

About the cicada killer wasp & whther the females look different from the males: It might just be me, but I think anyone, on seeing one of these nearby, will be running for cover screaming obscenities or prayers for a speedy deliverance. It's like expecting company to arrive in a car, and having them arrive by freight train instead. If I see it again, I will try & trap it so I can take a picture & measure the darn thing. But they are MASSIVE.
Pat
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 6, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8740877

I used Pamona low-methoxyl pectin before. I bought it from the yuppie grocery stores. Using less sugar makes the jam taste like the fruit used. Amazing!
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2011
7:53 PM

Post #8743359

Anyone heard from Badseed. I hope all is going well with the family, job, etc...

Debbie
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 7, 2011
8:15 PM

Post #8743401

Not me, and I too just thought today that since she hasn't been around here that things may just be crazy with the girls starting back to school.

Melissa, have you heard from her?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 7, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8743424

She was on another thread today.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8744032

I'm okay. Thanks for asking.

I'm just trying to get stuff ready for the girls to go back to school, doctor appointments, sports, etc.

Craig's job is going fine. After 3 days, the put him 'out on the floor' with a training buddy. On the first or second day, she told him she wouldn't have him long. By the end of the week, he was taking calls. Today he's on his own. Hopefully that means he will get his pay increase soon. His schedule was an hour different for last week and this week, don't know if that is his regular schedule or not.

The yard is a wreck as the weed whacker has been dead. Craig got that fixed Saturday but I haven't gotten to it. The weeds are out of control. This is the first time since we've moved here that I haven't gotten all the grass mowed and it's August!

I think Kristenne might stay with Melissa during the week so she can go to the school where Melissa teaches. That has me on an emotional roller coaster. Of course I don't want her to not be here but I don't want her to be miserable either. And Melissa has been really awesome and generous and I was floored when she offered to have Kristenne stay there. Selfishly, I'm also sad because she helps me the most and she's pretty much the only one that just jumps in and helps without me asking.

I've been trying to get the kids into the dentist forever and they all keep telling me they aren't taking any patients on my insurance or they won't have appointments for 2 months so they tell me to call back. grrr.

So, I'm really just trying to get everything taken care of and hanging in there until our schedule gets straightened out and I can get into some sort of routine.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 8, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8744286

Only you could handle this schedule. Keep up the hard work & we can change the title of this thread.
See you in September by the way.
Bernie
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 8, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8744448

School started here today..and I won't have my DGS, Andrew around to give me a helping hand with things...he will be a Junior!! Where does time go?

What are Morganne's plans for this year? Jo
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8744608

Thanks Bernie.

Jo, Morganne is on her second year of vocational school. She is certified in First Aid, CPR and CNA and still has to take her STNA. She is enrolling for school for her senior year but only has to take an English 12 question. I think she is just going to school so she can play volleyball for her senior year then she may graduate early and work while she figures out what college she wants to go to. She can work as a medical aid, in a nursing home or do home care. The only thing holding her back is not having a car and the availability to drive. :(
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 8, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8744683

Good for her!! I would opt for private home care...my best friend , Sami, is a CNA and she worked in a nursing home for a short while...she couldn't take it as they never gave her time to give her patients the time and care they deserved. She is doing private duty now and is very good at it. Jo
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8744860

She would have done that over the summer but many of the patients either don't drive or don't have cars. Most wanted you to be able to drive to appointments and errands so she could not apply. She enjoyed her time in the nursing home. All of us enjoy being around older people, especially since we don't have any. :(
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 8, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8745303

Am I not OLD ENOUGH for ya'll?? Pushing 77 as hard as I can. Jo
Sashagirl
Davenport, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8745334

Jo
You are so cute and funny!!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8745406

Push it on up to Ohio and park it here and I'll let you know. LOL
Sashagirl
Davenport, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8745458

LOL!
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 8, 2011
8:02 PM

Post #8745651

Something you youngsters have to look forward to, I start therapy tomorrow to try to loosen my lower spine. The Dr told me I would get arthritis after I cracked my sacrum and coccix 24 years ago.. He was right.
Finally getting some cherry tomatoes after getting a late start because of supersaturated soil. Spent the afternoon weeding.
that's good for the back. One good thing, weed seeds can only germinate once. Bad thing, there are so many more.
Herman
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8745665

I put up corn today, and while DH helped me I still am very tired. I had 40 quart bags, but only filled them about half way. Cannot find pint bags anywhere.

Herman, hope the exercises help with the back. I have back problems, and some days it bothers me more than other days. I haven't forgotten about sending the naked ladies to you. The foliage has been gone a good while, and they should start blooming soon. We are so dry that digging right now would be a problem anyway.

Chele, bet you meet yourself coming and going trying to get everything ready for the girls to start school. It will all come together, and you and Nolan can enjoy quiet days while they are in school.
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

August 9, 2011
2:16 AM

Post #8745947

Bonnie, have you not gotten any rain at all? We got some more yesterday. Not as much as Frankfort but the puddles were full when I got home yesterday afternoon.

Off to the hospital today. Dad's been in the hospital for about a week and a half for the second time and is going in surgery this morning. I'm going down to sit with Mom while he's in surgery. They're going to take the infected part of the colon out. Unfortunately they aren't going to do it laproscopically so he's going to really be sore. Prayers are welcome.

Janet
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 9, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8746316

Janet, yesterday's rain total at our house was 1/10 of an inch. Pathetic, but better than nothing. Lots of thunder and lightening, but all bluster and very little rain. It is looking cloudy today, so hoping for another chance at rain today.

Prayers for your DF. That is tough having to go through surgery again so soon. Hope all turns out well.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 9, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8746407

Half hour in 92 degree water-even my wrinkles have wrinkles. I can't complain about the weather here. Another half inch of rain last night. 67 at 8AM only 72 on my back porch now. Highs have been in mid 80s, but humidity has been high. Have to get gas for the mower and put it to work after I rest a bit
Herman
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 11, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8751154

Where is everyone> I send you some cool weather from up North here and you don't even thank me. LOL I understand you must be too tired from catching up with the work you couldn't do in the heat. It has been nice.
Therapy this AM, lunch w/DD from IL Just started to do some work when she called saying car wouldn't start. Battery corroded , wouldn't take a charge. Took 2 jumps together to start it. Took her to get a new one and she left for her big sis's house, another 350 miles. All 4 DD's having weekend with #1DD in RI. I got home after 7, too tired to cook, and I didn't do anything. Nite all.
Herman
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 11, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8751205

I am here, and thanks for the cooler weather. I opened doors and windows today for the first time since early spring. Sure feels good.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8752351

I'm checking in after my crazy trip with DF Margaret so we could shake our family trees a bit. Went to Portsmouth first. Beautiful courthouse with very helpful staff. The floodwall murals are really amazing. I was thinking it would be 3 or 4 panels, but they go on for a mile at least! And the new bridge is gorgeous. Makes me wonder why anyone is still using the Brent-Spence bridge with chunks falling down from the top level to the cars on the bottom.
Then to the cemetery to try and find some graves. We ran out of time & daylight, then had trouble finding a motel because it was county fair week. Ooops.
FInally found one, & spent the next morning at the cemetery. They've had tons of vandalism at the cemetery, which is so sad. We finally found most of the graves with the help of a Sandy, a cemetery employee who went the extra mile to help us.
Then went to Pike county where we closed out the courthouse after finding just a few deeds. I need to go back there for about a week. We ate dinner at the Emmitt House, an old canal hotel that now has a restaurant and bar. The food was great, prices low, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I also stopped in a store across the street that sells mountain dulcimers (mostly) with some hammer dulcimers, too, plus all sorts of other stringed instruments.
Then to the library, then to drive across county & spent the night in Hillsboro.
Hillsboro was disappointing in terms of the genealogy, because they have "old" papers (before 1908), stashed in a small room in the courthouse, & the clerk was either not really familiar with where things were, or didn't have the time for genealogists. The records are self-serve-- IF you can find them-- and it ended up being a huge waste of time. I found only one will, which did prove that the person I thought I was looking for was NOT my ancestor. But we did stop at a couple graveyards, & went to the Amish/ Mennonite market near Bainbridge and got lots of goodies. And we did not stop at Chele's because I had gotten too tired to do anything but try and stay in one piece until I could get home. That does mean, of course, that I'll have to go back so I can see Chele & kids, & go back to the courthouse & dig some more.
We did have great weather & enjoyed riding around the country.
Pat
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8752495

Pat, sounds like a good trip overall. It is a shame that some counties have not taken the pains to preserve the old records. If not taken care of soon, they will be crumbles shortly. So sorry the lead you thought you had didn't pan out. That happens a lot when searching, as years ago there were so many same named people, ie Joseph, John Charles. The women's names were a bit more creative in certain places. I always get a kick out of looking a cemetery records, and the wierd names that you come across. Almost makes me glad the person died, and is not perpetrating that name on any other people!

My printer died last night, so this morning bright and early had a shopping trip to purchase another one. Since my old one was an Epson, and I had gotten good service out of it, I purchased another. Hope it lasts as long as the one it replaces.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8752885

Bonnie,
I forgot to mention that, when looking for a death record, I found another very creative spelling for a cause of death. It was in the late 1890's, and the cause of death was called "sceptic infection." Now I know they were going after "Septic infection," but isn't it much better to wonder what a skeptic infection might look like?
Pat
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8752913

Hehe, Pat, very inventive deaths indeed. Like consumption, which in all probablility was pneumonia, and dropsey, which was probably congestive heart failure. A skeptical death, maybe that meant they were not sure, if it was a death or not.

My DM used to tell a story about a local funeral director years ago, when no embalming was done, who tried to bury the same person 3 times. Seems the test to make sure a person was dead was to hold a mirror to the mouth, and if it hazed over, the person was alive. Now that would be an uncertain proposition. Wouldn't have wanted to be the person with the mirror. She tells of a "wake" where people sat up all night with the corpse and the family, and one time the corpse sat up. Seems the man had died sitting in a chair, and restraints were not put on him, and sometime during the night he sat up in the position he was found in. Now talking about a room clearer! I read somewhere that they used to tie a string to the finger of the person buried, and attach it to bells outside the grave. In case they had made a mistake and buried a live person, that would alert someone to dig them up. Would hate to have had that job too. Imagine a very black night in the cemetery and hearing the bells! Do you think I could write Halloween stories? hehe.

Chele are the girls in school already, or beginning this next week?
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 12, 2011
7:38 PM

Post #8752949

There is a story here in Tombstone about a man that was in jail for killing a popular citizen from over in the town of Bisbee...they were afraid that the court was going to let him go free so one night a bunch of friends of the deceased came and got him and hung him...the doctor signed his death certificate "as a new thing called emphasyema (sp)...which causes strangulation in the patient"!! The vigilanties went free. Jo
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 13, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8754106

Fig tree update. If only the frost holds off until Oct;

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8755590

I figured I better check in before someone sends out a search party.

School starts on Tuesday. I'm not ready. :( The kids are almost ready. We still have a lot to do today and tomorrow...

Yesterday was Carly's 14th Birthday. It was canceled due to lack of participation, communication and an overload of unhelpful kids with bad attitudes and some other things. Today we are having a do over.

We are headed out in a bit to pick up Carly's present, pick up her dinner and exchange a couple of things and hopefully get Morganne some scrubs. Morganne doesn't start school until Thursday. She's going back for her second year in Health Tech but only needs one class so she may end up schooling online once she passes her STNA as she wants to play volleyball her senior year then get a job. She only has four classes schedule and the only one she has to take is English 12.

Kristenne is still planning to go to Melissa's school.

Things here have been a little crazy with lots of ups and downs. Craig's job is going well. They are thrilled with him. He should be getting a new special project soon. He's been there 3 weeks now. Last week they told him that NO ONE does as much work in their second week as he did. Hopefully they are planning to hire him on full time and hopefully it doesn't take the full 3-4 months. I'm ready for some stability!

On a bad note, I realized if we don't have a/c, we don't have heat since it is a heat pump system. I'm going to have to have someone check that out. I think one of our refrigerators is about to die too. Grrr. It keeps freezing up, won't defrost and I'm worried it's not keeping things cold enough. And now, my shower wall is going soft too. Oh joy! We have not used the hall bath since last year because of the same thing. When the house was built, drywall in the shower was acceptable. It's always something.

I don't hear the water running so it must be my turn for the shower!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 14, 2011
10:57 AM

Post #8755899

I wish I could spare a couple weeks. I would remodel those showers for you.
Glad to hear Craig is doing good on the new job. That will make things better after things get to be routine. Can't imagine trying to get everyone ready for school, plus all the routine maintenance on one salary.
I might have some ideas to share with you when I stop by.
Bernie
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8756467

I can do the work as I've done it before, just need to wait for the funds for cement board, tile, grout, mastic, etc. The bathrooms really should be gutted. The floors are apparently ceramic then some nut put linoleum on top of paneling and laid that on top. Good grief. I'm thinking wood trim in front of the tub is a really bad idea. It's the type you get as toe kick for laminate floors and the wood looking paper stuff is peeling. Probably shouldn't have snails in your bathroom...

We'll get there. Like my Papa always said, "All it takes is hard work and money!."

Just got in from school shopping. Gotta get dinner done and see what's next. Still have not packed back packs, done hair cuts and highlights and all that other fun stuff. Thank goodness I don't have to pay for all of that...
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8756663

Chele, good to see you. I know that you will be better once everybody is in school, and you can settle down to a routine for you and Nolan. Whew, just made me tired reading what all you have got done.

We had a horrible storm blow through here last night about 6:00, blew over trees, electric lines down, and we have been without power from about 6:30 till about 2:00 this afternoon. Had enough of the silent dark treatment. Forgot how quiet it is without anything going on. You could hear the frogs and crickets outside, even with the windows closed. They didn't stay closed too long as without the AC it soon got too warm in here.

Friday afternoon, had to go to Frankfort and buy a new printer, as my old one died. Went to Petco while in Frankfort, and bought collars for the 5 puppies. Saturday went out and went into the kennel to put the collars on, not even thinking about 3 month old dogs who have never even seen a collar. They put up a good fight. I am scratched all over, and they had dug a hole half way to China, and I stepped backwards, and fell into that hole, spraining my ankle, and skinned my leg all up on the shin. So I hobbled around all yesterday afternoon and last night, and today it is much better. I think you could put me in a padded room, and I could hurt myself there!

Since the weather cooler, hope that I can get out and get some garden work done this week. Need to dig some daylilies, and the rain we had with that storm should let me do it right well.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
9:34 PM

Post #8756871

Well, we've had a rough weekend here.Saturday morning about 4 or 5 AM, my big sister's dog died in my car on the way to the 24 hour vet. SHe'd been puny for a day, & then she went straight downhill. Then my younger sister took her 15 year old dog, a shepherd-lab mix, in to her vet and they agreed to put her dog to sleep, as she'd been gradually declining & was having a hard time moving around & falling a lot.
Our house is so quiet without the barky dog, I hardly know what to do.
Does anyone have a dog that's on rimadyl? We have some leftover.
I boo-hooed big time at the vet's office, then we got a bit gigglestruck as they came to talk about "aftercare," a term which I had only previously thought of in relation to humans. We decided to bury her here at the house, so they brought her out in a cardboard coffin. That made us giggle a little more, as my mother had given strict instructions before her death that she wanted the least expensive coffin, period. So she ended up in a cardboard coffin covered with some flock-like fabric. One of Josh's friends, who was also a pallbearer, was terrificly impressed with this coffin, for reasons I still don't understand. The dog's coffin was at least as nice as Mom's, & possibly sturdier.
Pat
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

August 15, 2011
5:47 AM

Post #8757166

Checking in for a few minutes. Markets were good this weekend. Terribly busy. I hired a person to help me in Louisville. Unfortunately she can't seem to get the concept that $2 a pound means that you take the weight and double it for the price. Beggars can't be choosers I guess.

Got a crate of tomatoes scalded and skinned yesterday, a batch of salsa made, 21 pints of beets and 7 pints of squash pickles. Got another batch of salsa in the fridge ready to go plus got a crate of cucumbers sliced and salted ready for pickles. Hopefully the kids will get the other crate cut and salted today.

Dad's still in intensive care. A little bit better but it's going to be a while. They've done dialysis 2 times now.

Janet
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8757304

Janet, good to hear from you. I need to give you a call tonight, something has come up, and we are going to have to postpone lunch. Talk to you tonight. Sorry about your DD, sure hope that he improves, so that he will be able to come home.

Pat sorry about the dog passing. That is terribly hard. Sweet hugs to you both. Had to giggle about the casket.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8761148

Well, Carly, Lillie, Jazzi and Maddie started school yesterday. Morganne starts tomorrow and Kristenne starts Monday. I'd love to say thing settled down. LOL I was so tired yesterday that I napped with Nolan for a little bit. Thankfully the only thing I had to do last night was go to the Athletic meeting.

Tonight Carly and Morganne have volleyball then Carly, Jazzi and Maddie have soccer. Thursday, Kristenne has open house at her school. Friday, they are having Meet the Teams night at school. I had to drop off hot dogs and pop last night and take dessert on Friday. Soccer games start Saturday. Life would be so much easier if the old two could drive but ten we still wouldn't have enough cars. I need the winning lottery numbers!!

Things are still moving along for Craig. He should finally get his first full paycheck this week! His first one was for 32 hours and they took the fees for his badge, drug test and background check out of the second. Geesh. It will be nice to see a check for the full 40 hours. LOL We finally got the water bill for the leak. Ouch. Yesterday they shut off the cell phones until I make a payment. Oh the joys!! At this point, all I can do is laugh.

Other than that, everyone is doing okay. I think we all have colds or sinus issues from the cooler weather and whatever weed is in full bloom right now. My field is a sea of purple and yellow. I'm headed outside to water and transplant baby trees. Hope everyone is doing okay.

Sending thoughts and prayers for your family Janet.

Pat, I'm so sorry to hear about the pets. :( I told the kids about your post and they kind of giggled about your finding humor in the cardboard casket but we all feel bad that you lost 2 members of your pet family.

It's been awful quiet on the Ohio forum but I guess everyone has bailed for the newest cyber ship. I try to check in everywhere my friends are and at least read so I know how everyone is. It's getting harder and harder to keep up! I guess I'm on facebook the most?
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8762067

Good evening. It has been a very busy day here. Grocery/errands this morning, then home for a bit, then visitation for DBIL and then Bible Study. Oh, between the visitation and Bible study, supper (thank God for leftovers) and I had to make a dessert to take to church. I spent about an hour and a half walking the woods looking for a lost puppy. Yeah, again. I just can't help but worry about this one. She was my favorite of this litter, and just a little precious bundle of beagle and jack russell. She was the runt of the litter, and had the sweetest little face. At 6 months she was about 10 inches at the shoulder, and was destined to be a little go getter. I am having trouble sleeping knowing she is out in the woods. This is the second night she has been gone. See how attached I get to the animals around here. Still holding out hope that she will find her way home. The older dogs took her hunting, and she lost her way. The rest came home, but she didn't.

Chele, sounds like your school year has started out with a bang. I don't really see how you do it, or even know where you are supposed to be on a certain day. Wish I had lottery winnings that I could send you, as I certainly would give you a share.

Tomorrow is the funeral for the DBIL, and I am hoping after that the rest of the week is slower paced. I have plenty here to do.

Chele, no matter how many cyber space other places there are, or will be, I like it here the best. So here I will stay.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 17, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8762105

Even if the weather is good, I'm getting lazy. Not yesterday. washed sheets, had therapy, donated blood and cut a bit of lawn that shows from the road.. But today I just cut a little brush, napped twice and cut half of the back lawn.
I have a question for the daylily experts. Mum flowers are triggered by day length. Are DL the same or something else? I had some that were smothered by vines for a few years. I gave them some light, but they didn't bloom. Guess I'll have to wait for next year. I bought them in '93 and they have always bloomed.

defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8762114

Herman, I don't think length of day has anything to do with the growth of daylilies. If they have been in the same place since 93, they may need digging and dividing. Seems the blooms are not as prolific and are smaller the more crowded they get.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2011
8:43 PM

Post #8762246

Bonnie, I'm sorry to hear about your Brother In Law. I scrolled back up and didn't see what happened to him. Of course my eyes are crossed and I'm really tired.

Herman, have they been divided since you've had them? If they were buried in weedy vines, are they thin or pale colored or normal looking? They may not have gotten enough sunlight and they may bloom late. It's also possible the roots are/were crowded out and they aren't getting enough nutrients. If you nuked the weeds, they should recover just fine.

I'm off to bed. Tomorrow, if I'm lucky, I get to do it again. hahahaha
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

August 18, 2011
4:13 AM

Post #8762450

Bonnie, was this the BIL that was so sick a while back?

Dad's still in ICU but he's sounding stronger. He had some pudding and juice yesterday. He said it make him swell up but I think the stomach has just been so long without food it has to get used to eating again. I did manage to get a half a snort and a fourth of a smile out of him yesterday so I think he's feeling some better. Now it's just laying in the bed makes his hips hurt so.

Need to get some vinegar and sugar on some pickles before I go to work. Better get a move on. Y'all have a good day!
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2011
6:53 AM

Post #8762776

No a different one. This one had leukemia, and got a really bad infection which overwhelmed his system. Leaves a wife who is paralized on the left side of her body. He was her caregiver. Don't know what the son will decide is best for her. Really sad.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 23, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8773848

Bonnie, that is a really sad situation. Her heart has to be broken and I'm sure she is scared and worried too. It would be hard to give up your life partner. :(

I just wanted to pop my head in for a few. It's been a crazy couple of weeks. All of the kids are in school now, as of yesterday. Kristenne, who turned 16 on Sunday is going to school where Melissa teaches and staying with her through the week. She's been calling me after school and telling me about her day. I cried a good long cry Sunday night and again Monday morning before I went to drop her off. She's not that far away but too far to drive it every day until our finances shape up a bit. Carly and Lillie were going to transfer too and I was going to figure out a way to make it work but Carly couldn't get on the volleyball and soccer team right now so we decided to wait until between sports and hope we can find a way to move closer.

Morganne is in her senior year of Health Technology but may leave school in a couple of months and do her last class online or do post secondary so she can go ahead and get some colleges out of the way.

Only Carly, Lillie and Jazzi are playing soccer this fall. Carly is playing volleyball at the same time.

Craig is still working at the same place and waiting for his pay increase to kick in so we can hopefully start putting some money aside and get on our feet again.

Nolan managed to potty train himself in the course of two weeks. He pretty much gave up nursing on his own too. Lots of times he fell asleep sitting with one of the girls and eventually I told him the milk went bye bye. Every day he tells me he wants to see if it's "back". LOL He's such a riot. I just tell him it's gone. I joke about eating his and he tells me his are bye bye too. He's growing up way too fast and he's so darned smart! He keeps us all on our toes!

So far, everyone is doing well and I do the best I can to get everyone everywhere on time and do what I'm supposed to do. The house is a wreck, the yard is a wreck and I'm kind of looking forward to fall. I'm ready for it to cool off and hopefully I'll feel like busting through this house. I leaned over the other day and slid in the tub and hit the wall in my shower and when I did, a section of it caved in. Oh joy. It's got a section of shower curtain over it for now...Surely it will get better before too long. Guess I'll go do the dishes and herd the kids to bed.

Hope you all are doing well!
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 23, 2011
7:53 PM

Post #8773908

Chele, you seem to be doing well, just putting one foot in front of the other. I know that it was sad seeing Kristenne go, but if it is for better opportunities, then you can't really be sad for her. That's what us moms do. Give them a good foundation (and you seem to have done that) and then push them out of the nest like mother birds. Learning independence is a good thing.

So funny about Nolin potty training himself. That is what my DM used to tell me about my DS. When he gets tired of wearing wet/dirty pants, he will do something about it! He did. So funny about nursing. I think that is probably harder to give up. My DS had a pacifier, and he carried it around with him until he was 3 years old. Thought he would never give that up.

Just wanted to say Melissa, I am not on facebook but ocassionally. Don't get your feelings hurt if I don't answer you back right away. I got an email today, so will go take care of about a month's worth of messages soon.

I got an invitation to a fund raiser from somebody on facebook that I barely know. Come to find out it is a fund raiser to pay for funeral expenses. Now, I have never heard of anything like that before. Medical expenses, or for uninsured hospital bills, but never for funeral expenses.

Pat, what are you up to now that the weather has finally cooled off? Or have you like so many I know just given up on the gardens, and flowers? I have given up on my annuals as they were looking so bad anyway, and just concentrating on keeping my perennials alive so they will come back next year.

~~~~~~~ to everybody else, I didn't mention by name. Need to do a few other things before heading to bed.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 23, 2011
8:38 PM

Post #8773990

I know I'm doing what feels right for Kristenne right now. I'm not sad for her but I am sad for us. It's too early to be thinking about putting anyone out of the nest. Morganne turns 18 next week and is still a senior in high school. Kristenne just turned 16 two days ago. I really hadn't planned or thought about anyone leaving until it was time for college and that is still a year off. It's too early for my to be apart. Hopefully we will find a way to keep her at home soon or for us to move closer to the school.

My gardens are full of weeds again. I busted buns at the beginning of the season then got busy and it got hot and with the issues with tools and gas and everything else, I've just sort of lost interest. It was much easier when I had the pool to cool off in! That is for sure!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 24, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8774257

Hey, just like the "good ole days". When my mother wanted to go to high school, she had to find somewhere to live. People rented out bedrooms to the kids. She had to pay rent, then help with the housework & take care of the landlords kids. The way she tells it, it must have been a nightmare. Thank goodness Kristenne can stay with a friend.
See you soon,
Bernie
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 24, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8775320

Bonnie,
It's still hot here! I'm waiting for a cool down--- but not so cool that I don't have time to get a few more tomatoes. I'm busy this week with doctor appointments. Tomorrow I see the audiologist & I may finally spring for hearing aids. If I wait until next year, our health insurance goes down $1000 per ear, so I should go ahead & accept that I need to put out the money for them now.
Other than that, I'm transcribing Civil War pension applications and early land deeds (thrilling, I know!). I also found an application for someone who served in the French & Indian Wars & wanted, 60 years later, to get his promised land claim. That is wild.
How's your church course going?
Pat
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 24, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8775375

It is going good. We met last Saturday for tests over the online assignments and should have grades by the end of the week. I found out that I will be required to prepare and deliver a 5 minute subject on scripture determined by a draw. The proposed scriptures are one from Judges, 2 from Psalms,and one from Matthew. I am sure praying for the one from Matthew. Then before December 10, to submit 5 sermons to be graded, but not actually given. Final grades on this semester will be out by December 31. I am enjoying it just for what I am learning.

Your transcribing civil war records sounds like something I would enjoy. I used to work in the Department of State in Frankfort which had a division that was the place where all old land grants were stored. The state embarked on a massive undertaking, having all the books restored and rebound. They are beautiful now, but I loved to sit and read from them. It took a certain amount of practice to get the hang of reading the beautiful old script.

Well, I have declared that I am through canning for this year. Sunday I canned 14 quarts of green beans, and then on Monday made another 6 quarts of roasted tomato sauce. If you all run out of food this winter, just pan handle enough cash to get to my house, I certainly have enough canned/frozed stuff that we can eat well.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 24, 2011
7:44 PM

Post #8775435

Pat, after the pup chewed one of my$3000/pr aids I bought one mail order for $450. Sent a copy of hearing test so they could customize it. Works, maybe not quite as good but I can hear a chick-a-dee. Strange watching the little beak move and no sound...Herman
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2011
9:15 PM

Post #8777281

Well, I put my order in for the hearing aids. I've gotten a little worse in both ears. I tried one that will be similar to the one I'm ordering, but I had to ask the audiologist to turn the volume down, LOL. It was, like, BAM. I ordered one that has a volume control I can adjust, and different "programs" dependng on the setting. One for church, where sounds bounce around, one if you want to hear behind you (for the car), one for noisy restaurants, etc. It will be interesting!
I also got something called Miracell (sp?) eardrops, which cured my itchy ears in abt 3 seconds!

Pat
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 26, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8777746

I MUST get some of those drops!! Thanks for the info. Jo
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8783553

Ooooh! I had my first home grown CHerokee Purple tomato. So yummmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy! Next year I'm going to have one "safe" tomato, & the rest will be heirloom varieties. Possibly thousands of them.
Pat
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8783969

Pat, that is my all time favorite tomato. Hands down. The only down side of it is, it doesn't have any shelf life. You pick it, you better eat it or use it that day.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2011
9:35 PM

Post #8784292

Thanks, Bonnie. The one that I had was actually a little mushy because I hadn't noticed it before. You can believe I'm looking for more of them now!

Have you gotten the Scripture for your 5 minute sermon yet? One of my professors, a Methodist, said that the average Methodist sermon is 2 jokes, 3 points, and a deathbed tale. That's probably true for just abt any protestant church.
IMHO, a sermon preached by you has to reflect who you are. My preaching prof said that when we graduated, some kind soul would give us at least one hefty volume of collected sermons. "They are useful," he said, "But only for propping the door open."
The best thing abt preaching is that you really find out what you do or don't believe. When you stuggle with a Scripture, you'll never think of it in the same way again.
Pat
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8784778

LOLO Pat, I copied that and sent it to my Pastor...(Methodist)..Thanks for the chuckle. Jo
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8784952

Pat, should have the scripture this week sometime. They are choosing from 2 Psalms, Matthew, and a text from Judges. Sure hope I get Matthew!
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2011
11:08 AM

Post #8785125

Ooh, let me know, Bonnie, so I can shower you with unnecessary advice LOL.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8785371

I will Pat, and I will probably have questions about all of them.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2011
7:55 PM

Post #8785987

Just had to tell you all this. DH finished digging his sweet potatoes tonight, and had 10 5 gallon buckets full. If you have any new ways of using them, please let me know. I think when we emerge next spring, we will both have orange complexions from eating them all winter.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8786678

Split them...put butter on them...smack some of the Brown Sugar mixed with Splenda on top and microwave...maybe add a wee bit of cinnamon. Jo
salix_man
Barberton, OH

August 31, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8787622

Slice them 1/4" thick Line a baking sheet w/foil. Coat the slices w/oil. sprinkle w/garlic salt and onion powder. Bake @425 for 15 minutes, flip and bake for 10 more minutes. Enjoy!
I like brown sugar, butter and nutmeg on nuked sweets.
Herman
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8787633

Herman...a man after my old heart!!

My daughter in law makes the very best Sweet Potato Biscuits!! Jo
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 31, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8787745

Jo, never heard of sweet potato biscuits, but bet they would be good.

Herman, sounds like a sort of fry with the onion salt and garlic powder. I have had sweet potato fries, and thought they were very good.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8788276

They are delish! Especially with Strawberry Preserves!! Jo
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8788680

Harvested fresh from today's email----

Las Vegas Churches accept gambling chips?

THIS MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO THOSE OF YOU NOT LIVING IN LAS VEGAS , BUT THERE ARE MORE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAN CASINOS.

NOT SURPRISINGLY, SOME WORSHIPERS AT SUNDAY SERVICES WILL GIVE CASINO CHIPS RATHER THAN CASH WHEN THE BASKET IS PASSED.

SINCE THEY GET CHIPS FROM MANY DIFFERENT CASINOS, THE CHURCHES HAVE DEVISED A METHOD TO COLLECT THE OFFERINGS.

THE CHURCHES SEND ALL THEIR COLLECTED CHIPS TO A NEARBY FRANCISCAN MONASTERY FOR SORTING AND THEN THE CHIPS ARE TAKEN TO THE CASINOS OF ORIGIN AND CASHED IN.

THIS IS DONE BY THE CHIP MONKS.

YOU DIDN'T EVEN SEE IT COMING DID YOU?

Pat
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8788799

Good one!!~! Being Catholic, and knowing how they love Bingo, I didn't doubt it for a second. LOL I am old enough though to remember that in the fifties, people would take fresh picked fruits and veggies to the rectory for their tithe and the meat market, regularly brought freshly butchered meats to the rectory as the meat market customers had a standing order for 10% to be taken to the priests.The priests always had a kindly housekeeper and the hobos that rode the rails all knew where to go for a meal when the trains came thru our little town.

We got a well needed shower this morning. It has been really dry and pleasant weather for the last couple of weeks. Then, by noon it was in the low 90's and very humid again. Oh Well!~ At least the gardens got watered.

Lou
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8789322

Wish we could get a shower. WL's are saying best chance we have of rain is on Sunday, then listen to this, the temps will fall to the high 70's in the day and the 50's at night. You all know what that means. It was so hot here today, that I didn't go out and stay, just in and out to do very necessary things. I had planned to weed, but by the time I got the morning essential jobs done, it was about 10: and already steamy outside.

Not much sense of weeding, as everything is on the wane. Things looking very ragged.

Pat, you got me!! Cute one.

Any body have any exciting plans for the weekend? Haven't heard anything mentioned here, so guess it will be a stay at home, dull boring day.
Esther_z6
South Point, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8789372

Bonnie, about sweet potato - did you know the shoots/leaves are edible? I was on the web looking for a recipe and found that they help drop cholesterol numbers, and are also high in lutein which is protective against age-related macular degeneration. You can cook them like spinach and some people put them raw in smoothies?

Pat, enjoy your posts. I remember you every time I see jewel weed. (You wanted some once) They are specially prolific in one of our plantings near the creek - they are now shoulder high, a solid blooming mass and hidden underneath it there are: an old strawberry bed, roses, peonies, deutzias, daylily, milkweed, 2 grape plants, phlox, etc. And I thought I had pulled out every single one about a month or more ago ( and not revisited since).
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8789384

Esther I didn't know that. Well, we have bunches of vines and leaves out there. May have to give that a try. I would opt for cooking, so that they would taste more like greens. If I do, I will let you know how it was.

Are you all planning on going to the Ky RU this year? I was planning on going, although hadn't made any reservations, but got a summons for jury duty, grand jury no less for a whole month, starting Sept 15-Oct 15. So unless I get excused, guess I will be visiting the courthouse every day.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8789427

Bonnie...Tell the Judge that you have a problem sitting too long...true? OR that you have to pee a lot! Jo
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8789454

Might work, but better still if someone I know is on the docket. That is possible as this is a small county.
Esther_z6
South Point, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
8:47 PM

Post #8789584

Bonnie, I was still undecided about the KYRU, but it was sort of planned that we would go there and then to MO to visit Bob's brother. Dave just called and suggested it might not be a good idea to do it so soon. They had black mold, razed their house and are not yet finished building the new one. As they are now living on an RV on the property, a visit could turn into a nightmare. So maybe in October, Bob will be retired by then.

KYRU is not too far off, and we could still go, but I have not wanted to commit.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8789606

Doesn't sound like optimum conditions for visiting. October should still be nice in that area.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8790326

This year is shaping up, weatherwise, a lot like last year: snowy winter, wet spring, & then drought, drought, drought. I could use a little rain over our way, Lou.

Esther, this year I found a packet of yellow jewelweed seeds. They're in the fridge waiting for fall sowing. They're such fun, wierd little plants. Mine were growing in a pretty shady, dry area when I moved here. I'm going to try them in several different spots when I sow them.

Very quiet here, too Bonnie. How are the figs coming, Herman?

Chele seems to be missing in action again. Anyone heard from her lately?
Pat
salix_man
Barberton, OH

September 2, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8790607

I have had 4 figs from one of the potted fig plants. One is changing color on the other potted fig. They get an earlier start because if there is a danger of frost--- back in the basement. This heat should help-- the figs, not me
Herman
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8790766

Pat, I just read that jewelweed likes moist areas. As I recall your back yard meets that requirement, so maybe you can just sow the whole yard in it, and enjoy that instead of grass!

Nope, haven't heard from Chele. Maybe getting all the things settled after school started. Bet she feels abandoned, since all will be gone except Nolan.

Herman, will you have many figs that ripen? What do you do with them? I found a recipe for fig jam while going through an old cookbook, bet it would be good.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8790796

I LOVE fig jam!! Jo
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8790817

Jo, can you grow figs where you are?
salix_man
Barberton, OH

September 2, 2011
7:59 PM

Post #8790906

I did make fig jam one year but I usually don't have enough ripen at once and they don't keep well. I do have the potential for a good crop this year. I gave my son who lives North of Orlando a start 2 years ago and he has 6 figs this year. Don't know the zone there. Shouldn't be any trouble in 8A One of the pots. Dragons in back.

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defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2011
6:02 AM

Post #8791242

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA. Hope it is a great day, everybody remembers the date, and you have a gorgeous day.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8791441

Idon't know if fig grow here or not...when I lived in FL a friend had fig trees.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MELISSA!! JO
salix_man
Barberton, OH

September 3, 2011
9:36 AM

Post #8791489

Jo. Heat would not be a problem with enough moisture. Temps below 20 would require protection. Think Meditaranian climate. Herman
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2011
10:50 AM

Post #8791561

I'm in a funk. I figured people are tired of hearing about it.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8791573

Chele, honey...your funk is our funk...shoot...Jo
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8791649


Just more of the typical. Everything is falling apart. Craig is working 6 days a week so we can run in place. I sit home all day and run all night. Can't afford to go to the games after doing practices 5 days a week. Trying to find a job.

Kristenne is still going to the other school, staying with Melissa. Kristenne loves that school and is planning on playing soccer again next year. We are trying to figure a way to get a house there so the rest of the kids can transfer. I can't afford to drive them 5 days a week. Lots of houses for less than $80,000 but we need to get rid of this one but it's not in any condition to sell. I need out of here and I need my family together.

See, just more of the same. Aren't you glad you asked? LOL

Carly scored the first 13 points at her first volleyball match and the first 10 at yesterday's match. I didn't get to see that one or the away. They lost the two games in the middle. Imagine how she'd do if she actually liked the people on her team!

Gonna go pick up the yard. I can do that without tools OR money. Thankfully we have garbage bags...
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8792037

Oh, Chele, honey, I am so sorry that things are still not looking much much better. Craig working though is surely the best part of that story. I know that you all have really been through it, and it is only natural that you focus on that. But, we do have to stop and count our blessings. You have health, which cannot have a price put on it, the kids are getting an education, there is food on the table, at least one car to take Craig to work. A loving Father who watches over you. Although poor in money, you are rich in blessings. Wish there was something I could do, but know I care and have been keeping you in my t & p's.

Pat, I got an envelope in the mail today, and I am sure that it is my scripture, but I have not opened it yet. I need to enjoy these next couple of days, and then buckle down and getrdun!
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8795294

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO (Roadrunner) Just saw it, and because of my delay, you may celebrate again tomrrow.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8795333

OK, Bonnie, I'm waiting for the text!

DS, his wife, her grandmother, and their friend came over for a cookout today. We cooked out but ate in, as it went from too warm to too cold & windy to eat out. My sister the school teacher has her kids doing a "family flag" project for the classroom, so we all got in a picture to put on the flag. Should be interesting to see the end product, LOL. Should be a good illustration of "friends are the family you make for yourself."
Hope everyone had a good holiday!
Pat
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8795345

Thanks, Bonnie...My DD took me to see THE HELP...good movie...then the rest of her family took me to The Texas Roadhouse...UMMMMM Best steak...EVER!! Jo
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

September 9, 2011
6:00 AM

Post #8800337

Well, the rain must have put everyone to sleep.

Early this week Dad was finally able to stand for 30 seconds. He said it hurt so bad he almost cried. Yesterday he'd gotten up to a minute. He's so irritated that it's going so slow. He wants outta there. Of course all the nurses and aides love him to death. 82 and still mentally sharp is somewhat of an anomality at a nursing home.

My turnips and kale are up and growing but so are the weeds. I broadcast them in the patch and there's easily as many weeds as there are turnips. A freeze will take care of that in a month or so. Right now the flea beetles are having a field day.

I'm so frustrated I could physically hurt my DH. He keeps telling me how hard he's working and the summer has gone by and I've seen nothing done on getting my septic hooked up at the other house, the furnace hooked up or the porch poured. I just don't understand. The feeling that he doesn't want to move out of the hovel that we're in just keeps growing.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2011
7:15 AM

Post #8800447

Janet, just hire someone to do the work, and move without him, if he is so attached to the present house!

DH sowed his turnips about 3 weeks ago, and they are up. Don't know what kind of crop he will have but at least there is green where he sowed them.

Pat, I delayed opening the envelope that I knew contained the scripture till Tuesday, knowing that things would be settling down after the holiday, and a pleasant surprise. They added another scripture, as there are about 30 candidates and I guess they wanted to hear a variety of different sermons, not all on the same texts. I am assigned 1 Thess. 5: 1-11, so I think I can do that. However, if you have any thoughts on it, please feel free to add your comments.

We are preparing for a fish fry at church tonight, so need to get my rear in gear.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8801016

Bonnie, That's a great Scripture! Go forth and preach!

We're getting ready to go to a cousin's wedding tomorrow. I'm trying to sew the ties back on a relatively new dress. I was exempted from Home Ec in junior high, because I couldn't see either the stove or the sewing machine in my back brace. No gym class, either, so there were some advantages, LOL. But I can't sew for anything! I do have a backup outfit if necessary. So much of my wardrobe is black or grey because that's what looks appropriate for church, but it's not necessarily the right thing for a wedding. Now I have to go find some decent shoes. I'm just not fit for public viewing!
Pat
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 10, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8802841

Today, the engine block in the mower blew. Yay.

Does anyone grow Buddliea "Pink Delight"?
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 10, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8802878

No, Chele, don't have any butterfly bushes at all. Can't seem to get them to come back. I have killed about 5 over the years, so I have committed enough plantacide, so I gave up.

Cheer up, frost will be here soon, borrow a neighbor's goats, pretend you are in a jungle, say you are living green, going au natural. Just another bump in the road.

If I will the lottery, I am giving you a million dollars, honest, I really am. So you better be rooting for me.

Pat, still haven't had time to sit down and pull any thoughts together. Hope you got your sewing done, and was presentable for public viewing!!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 11, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8803325

The road is paved with bumps. At the alarming rate and expense of the things breaking, I'm lucky to get out of bed, take a shower and fake a smile...

I'll keep hoping for you to win the lottery!

Craig hasn't gotten any hours at the dollar store in two weekends. Yesterday the manager, by default, was pretty nasty when she asked him what days he was available the next two weeks. Good thing he's getting some over time at his real job! They told him he wouldn't actually get the raise he was promised until they hire him on and that won't be until December probably. Dishonesty/misrepresentation really ticks me off.
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 11, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8804078

Yes, Bonnie, I got my sewing done--- barely. I had to do it abt three times until I got it minimally acceptable. I was so proud of my cousin: she looked fabulous, her parents & grandparents were glowing, and we all had a great time. Even the food & the cake were great. I don't know where the cake came from but it was raspberry vanilla & just yummy. The groom served 2 tours in Iraq & is now out of the service & going to go back to school. I saw a younger cousin that I hadn't seen in forever & she's working in the educational/ non-profit part of the Newport Aquarium. So she & younger sis were busy planning a visit to the aquarium for younger sis's kindergarten class.
BTW, the bridesmaids dresses were all the same, and just offerred further proof to my belief that , unless you're a nun, one dress type doesn't look good on different women!
Pat
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8804120

Defoecat, I've been reading about you preparing a sermon, and then today on TV all the services and remembrances of 9/11 all were very heart stirring and I remembered the sermon our great Monsignour Sweeney gave the Sunday following the attack. He preached that we were not people of darkness and we could never let them win. He ended with Thess:5:11 and faced the congregation and posed the question to each of us "What can you do today to raise each other up?"

Dave and I talked about how both of us remembered the sermon and how we remember so many of his sermons from 20 to 25 years ago even. His sermons were never longer than 5 minutes. He made a clear and understandable point and always ended with posing a question to the congregation. He never once refered to an answer to his previous questions until the last sermon he delivered before he entered the nursing home. In that sermon, he said that he guessed we had figured out that the weekly answers were either Love, Peace, Forgiveness, or Understanding. His last question was " Did you realize that love, peace, understanding ,and forgiveness are just words to describe Jesus?"

I know you do well with your assignment . Lou
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 11, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8804193

Lou, that is so touching. He must have been a great man. Yes, in looking around church this morning, I saw the children and knew that they had no idea what 9/11 was all about. It is true that in their lives, we have no idea of what they will face. It is scary to me to think about. I don't see how folks who are not believers get through a day even. I am so thankful that I have taught my DGD the importance of attending church, and the power of prayer. She called me on Friday night to ask that I put one of her friends on the prayer list. Needless to say, at 15, I am so proud of the young adult she has become.

Pat, glad that you got the repairs done so that you were presentable. The cake sounds yummy, most wedding cakes are the same, white with white icing, it is refreshing to hear that someone decided to do something different. I need to plan another trip to the Acquarium. It has been a few years, and I know that they have made many improvements in that time. You are so right about the brides maids dresses. Yikes, some of them that I have seen are so horrible that I hope that the owners take them home and destroy them immediately, so that no other people will have to endure the pain of seeing them!!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8805468

Anybody up for some good news for a change??
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8805532

Sure am!!!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 12, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8805547

Some news from MN. Our trip[ plans have changed & we won't be out your way.
Going to Branson, MO after the Round Up.
I'll explain why later.
Now we need the good news!
Bernie
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8805587

I still hope you get out this way some other time! I love meeting DG members. Have a good trip. Lou
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8805684

Share the good news...we're ready :)
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
4:49 PM

Post #8805701

Sorry! *Somebody* had to feed the kids in between volleyball runs. LOL

Craig got offered a full time, permanent job where he is now! They told him they usually wait another month or so before hiring someone on but said he's really impressed them. It doesn't officially start until October 9th but it's security at last!

I also found a cheap house we want, less than 3 miles from the school district we want to move to. Just have to figure out how to get us in it. The rest of the kids will be switching there in late October/early November and I sure don't want to drive that every day.
salix_man
Barberton, OH

September 12, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8805725

Good news is always welcome. Congrats!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8805743

It's sure been a long 3.5 years and a long time in coming!

I hope nothing's wrong Bernie. Sorry to hear you won't be stopping by.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 12, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8805756

Nothing bad, only good.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8805808

Yippee Chele, now that is good news. Sure hope that you can manage all of that before winter. Wouldn't that be the cat's meow?
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
6:39 PM

Post #8805876

It's time to move on. Glad something is finally working in our favor. :)
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8805900

I told you it would. But I understand when you are standing at the bottom of the pit looking up, it is hard to imagine that anyone will be throwing anything but crap in the hole! I am still working on the lottery for us though!
Esther_z6
South Point, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8805964

Congratulations to Craig and all of you. You certainly deserve this, and it is about time it happened.
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2011
7:46 PM

Post #8806005

Congrats!!! So very happy for your family.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8806408

LOL Bonnie! We're still going to be in the hole for awhile but at least someone finally gave us a rock to stand on! It's definitely a step in the right direction! It's still only slightly more than half of what he was making. Fortunately it is a "real" job and not a contract job after October 9th. The company is growing so hopefully this will work out well for all involved. He said they actually thank him for staying over instead of having a fit if you stay 10 minutes too long.
Marcy_1
New Madison, OH
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8806443

Yayyyy Chele n Craig!!! I am soooooooo happy for you all!!!!!!
Huggggggggggggs!!!!!!!!
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8806527

I'm happy for you and hope this is just the beginning of good things for you and your family. We need some new pics of Nolan. I bet he's really growing. I love his infectuous grin. Lou
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
7:50 AM

Post #8806577

Unfortunately I haven't had the camera out much but the kids make up for it. LOL

Carly took this one last week. She and Nolan were mugging while she took pics. Yeah, they look nothing alike! Ha!

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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8806647

Great pic! It accents their big blue eyes. Good looking kids! Lou
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8806657

l Love thepicture...I'll bet Carly is a heartbreaker! Jo
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
9:04 AM

Post #8806671

Thanks! Bought Nolan that 3 piece outfit when we were school shopping. I think it was $5. The kid is outgrowing clothes and shoes quicker than we can buy them. Most people think he's 3-4 years old. LOL

Carly has really come into her own but thankfully loves sports more than boys. I think most boys are afraid of her. She's both too smart and too mature for her age and could most probably kick all their butts in sports. A 17 year old has recently taken interest in her and had better think twice. He actually waves at me. Brave boy. Or stupid... She is actually starting to favor Kristenne a lot.

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8806966

When my youngest DD was dating this guy he used to come by and "visit" me...I would say "HI, Eddie Haskell"...He said..."lots of people call me that". Remember Him?? LOL
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8807001

Unfortunately, I do!!
goshsmom
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8807090

Oh, yeah, LOL!
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8807424

Well, I personally think that Craig sure has his work cut out for him. All of the girls are pretty. Some will be as they are maturing. But look at their mom she's a looker too.

Carley sure is pretty and it is no wonder that a 17 year old would be interested. Tell her to keep her head about her, and continue with the sports, they last, boys are fickle, they will fade away when somebody just a little bit prettier comes along.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 15, 2011
6:46 PM

Post #8810270

Herman, sent the naked ladies to you today. Guess what, I found a cougar in there!
salix_man
Barberton, OH

September 17, 2011
9:43 AM

Post #8812212

Bonnie, the ladies have arrived. Surely too young to be cougars for me. Thank you!
Iris started the journey yesterday.
Herman
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 17, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8812455

Just got home from the ER and Kroger. Carly stepped in a hole at her soccer game and got a bad sprain/strain in her right ankle. Stopped for meds and came home. Of course all she cares about is missing the last 2-3 weeks of volleyball and soccer...She scored before she got hurt. LOL She was going in for her second. We have to see an Ortho about physical therapy next week.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8813227

Ric posted a link for a get together at Joyce's. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1219615/
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 19, 2011
7:31 AM

Post #8814669

I'm killing this/these threads. Please do not start another continuation.

Please use the regular daily thread. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1213047/

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