Good question! Altho, I'm good with 60 degrees this month! We DO need cold and Winter and dormant plants and all but warm is just so NICE! I'm all about good weather, so bring the armadillos and the palm trees! But, here is a year ago today and the Harry Truman home in Independence, MO. Dangit, this weather is probably just a fluke!
Through 10am: Low clouds, fog and poor visibilities will continue throughout the period.
Areas of freezing fog early. Partly cloudy. Winds light and variable.
I never tuck my shirts in :o)
Smile, I sang that myself as I read it.
I thought you could Google what they eat and put a potted plant in with him. If they eat greens, LOL! I seriously don't know.
I use the brush attachment on the Dyson vacuum. It really sucks out the dust that blowing doesn't get.
Very good news about your finger!
Smiling. I don't mind keeping my pioolw company either :o)
Thanks for the thread Pepper.
Yes, we are going to be dry this winter. It doesn't even seem like we have had a winter at all yet. It worries me about the plants too.
NO armadillos! You get them, a few years later I get them. I don't want them, LOL!!
It's amazing how much better I feel today. I hit the fruit, water and fruit juices hard. Sickness comes from a body off the PH balance. I apparently needed to eat acid to turn alkaline.
Hi all, been missing for awhile, work has been really long, ending the old year, starting the new year, and doing all the normal stuff, plus working on the new software, so long long days, sort of feel like a vampire, no sun in the morning, no sun coming home at night, just the moon shining. Glad the plane missed it or I wouldn't have any light at all...rofl.
No work on the pergola, the best weather has been thru the week, the few nice days on the weekend have been so windy I can't wrestle a board up there without being blown off the ladder. Settin out in the middle of farm ground means no wind breaks!
Just have a sec but wanted to catch up and say hi.
The movie sounds hilarious! They've been re-running zombie movies lately for some reason.
We all get busy and we all make it back :o)
Grin! I'm glad it didn't destroy your chance at light either. Those are grueling hours! No light. I hope you get out of that situation soon!
Another grin. We've been windy this year too. Iowa doesn't have too many breaks for the wind either and I live on the NW edge of town. The wind comes across the corn field pretty good!
Yes Crit, glad to hear your finger is getting better. If the whole finger is numb or a big part of it, I think I'd attach it to another finger with a sock or something to help protect it from unknowingly getting in hot or cold or getting injured. The side of my big toe just recently got all the feeling back, it was about 18 months before it got back to normal, whatever it was, happened to my dang toe in June of 2010.
Haha billyp! They say Armadillos are on the march and eventually they could be everywhere up to southern New England. They had it and other animals on Good Morning America the other day.
They did say they aren't good for gardeners gardens because they like to dig. Billyp, how do you check ph balance?, I might need to check mine.
How about my pot of Fall Mums, they are in bloom, kinda!
I like a good zombie movie myself. I liked Zombieland, I didn't like it that Bill Murphy got killed in that movie though.
Glad to see you, happ! Tell them to stop working you so much! Yeah, don't risk falling off a ladder. I once saw a neighbor fall off a ladder and break his leg, he says "call an ambulance, I think I just broke my freaking leg"!
When we went to Wisconsin, to The House On The Rock 2 years ago, on the way, we saw all the cornfields in Iowa, it's like they're architectural in design almost, a big curved row of corn then grass then corn again, for miles, it was awe-inspiring even, and so green looking! Missouri seems so boring compared to other states! And Wisconsin with all the cows, hills and barns, it was nice too.
Hello all ... just popping in since I haven't been around for a while.
Our lovely "spring weather" has now given way to winter and we are going to be back in the 40's for a high for the next week. I have some daffodils I dug up a couple months ago that I need to get back into the ground. I kept putting it off for other things, and here it is cold again. I would 'think about it' then 'forget about it'. UGH! lol
Dontchajustluvit????? We can upload up to five images on one post!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPPPPEEEEE!
Wow, 5 images I'm gonna have to do that just to see what it looks like, that'll be much appreciated, that is nice. Making multiple pics for one upload can get tiresome, I'm gonna upload 2 regular old photos.
I owe an apology to the other missourians here, geographically, Mo. doesn't seem as pretty as some other states, I've lived here 15 sixteenths of my life. I was born and raised in the county that I'm in right now, Jackson County, Mo.
Lots of sunshine. High around 30F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
We are still in spring weather too, also going cold this week. I don't care. One whole week of February is GONE! It actually misted yesterday and we've had fog every morning over the past week. Weird!
And hopefully I can get good pictures of the Grandkids today. With two, I take the camera and hardly have time to use it. Plus, all the pictures look the same, LOL!!
Will, Sometimes you need to drive in another direction and find a different area to sight see in. South of us has different vegetation as does the west. It's only 20 miles away in either direction. Leave Nichols and head east and it's blow sand. That's what my Dad grew melons on as a kid.
Ah, the fabled Pepsi can :o)
It's DD day!
Yesterday I made no bake cookies. Since they reduced the fat content in the ''Imperial, Parkay, Blue Bonnet, etc. baking butters, the cookies ARENT the same.
I also found the rest of the Hershey Kisses in the cupboard and made Peanut Blossoms. Is it just me or has the milk chocolates all gone rank? I ate the little tips that fell off and all I tasted was a wang with no sweetness. They weren't white and I had them sealed since Christmas baking. I just don't like Hershey anymore. I actually had to eat a Dove to get the wang out of my mouth :o)
I've noticed that all milk chocolate tastes weird anymore. I've had to resort to dark chocolate though I make sure I get the sweet versions, not the ones with 70% or more cocoa content!! lol. Those are extremely bitter!!
Will, Missouri isn't the prettiest state but she sure is the most unique. We have everything except the desert and a tropical rainforest here. Even have swamps in the bootheel which I hope one of these days to visit. The Ozarks are always fun to visit too. Especially when you avoid the tourist traps and check out other spots. Just gotta quit thinking pretty and think unique. Pretty to me is Montana, Washington and Oregon. Kentucky too now that I think about it. lol
I was always a chocolate fanatic, even when I was a kid. Every birthday cake was chocolate with chocolate frosting. I too have switched to Doves dark chocolate.
I love Missouri for the boondocks. The area my Granddad grew up in is still wild and uninhabited. You get to a place where you have to walk to where the homestead is. We have the deed which designates the land by trees and rocks, LOL! It's somwehere around Steeleville.
I'm a timber girl so deadfall and swamps are beautiful to me :o)
I spent all day at DD's and had a great day with the twins. They are used to me now and their Mom can go outside without them wondering where she went. They are 8 months now and at that ''scared of strangers'' age. They hadn't seen their other Grandma for a couple weeks and almost cried when she talked to them. That's why I go every Wednesday and spend the day. Then see them Friday when we pick up the boys.
I moved to Missouri for a while after my divorce. I was looking at houses in the country in October and the leaves were changing. I found the perfect house with perfect views of all the colors! I was only 3 miles from the White River and would ride my horses down there. I was also right by the Mark Twain National Forest which was beautiful to drive through when I went to West Plains.
Yes, they are adorable babies. 1800grandma, that's funny! I am dead wrong about Missouri, it is very interesting. I was just trying to be funny and I ended up being more worried about insulting my friends.
I've pretty much been all over Missouri, this is a real nice state. I would love to go to Hannibal, Johnson Shut-Ins (and Elephant Rocks) and Mingo State Park yet.
Steelville, MO. used to be the population center of the United States, I've driven thru Steelville, neat city - http://www.steelville.com/ . I agree, Missouri is unique alright, it's not pronounced "misery" or "missourah" (much anymore), it is Mi-zer-ee!
Oh, no-bake cookies are real good! My Grandma used to make them, for some reason she called them Macaroons. We get them now store-bought, they are good, but there is no comparison to the ones made at home. They are just the right amount of coconut (I think) and chocolate!
It's time for the Metropolitan Flower, Lawn and Garden show at the American Royal this weekend! You can even save a dollar off admission by showing your Price Chopper Shopper card at the ticket counter.
Ewww.. they're talking about very cold air moving in! Well, I guess no very early Spring here dangit, the sprouting flowers and stuff are just going to have to sit there!
I inserted a photo of the Daffodils thinking about coming up already!
West Plains is a neat city, there is so much around that city, the Mark Twain National Forest, Grand Gulf State Park, Mammoth Springs State Park, (which actually, is just across the border in AR., but still nice), I've been to them all. We still have the book West Plains As I Knew It in the ahem.. bathroom. I was reading more of it earlier, that city has such a neat history. I was reading about the history of the "Grand Gulf" today, there, very interesting. We can't bring ourselves to move some stuff since my friend's Mom passed, the mini-fridge in her room still has her stuff in it. Did you know the mascot for the West Plains high school is The Zizzers?! Hehe.. look at the road sign in one of the pics in West Plains I took! I think they got the mascot name from that highway! My roommate's (and friend's) Mom was from West Plains.
Crit, thanks! Wow, you did find the perfect place!
Will, you are never insulting! If you can't joke around, then we don't have a sense of humor :o)
Laughing. I call it Miz'ouri, said pretty much as one word.
No coconut in this batch, but I do love coconut in them!
I'll bet it is hard on your friend to just forget her Mom. In time she will be ready to clean it out.
Wow, that was some video!
Daffodils now? Oh boy!
Will, don't worry about insulting us. I agree with Bp. Gotta joke around or go staid!! LOL
Yep, daffys are coming up!! Mine are just barely poking out of the ground. Some people my mom works with say they have tulips coming up too but that I find hard to believe.
Will, I will be at the Garden Show on Sunday. I went last year too. Learned a BIG lesson last year!! Take a cart or wagon to carry everything and start on the garden side first so if you are too tired to see the rest it's no big deal. lol. I had my hands full last year carrying everything that I bought. This year I bought a grocery cart to carry everything for me.
I'm hoping to hold on to my vow to not buy anymore house plants. I want another orchid but don't have a good spot for one right now. Plus I'm dealing with aphids and trying to keep them under control til spring comes and I can throw everything outside and let mother nature kill them for me. lol. I will be buying alot of bulbs though. That's a given. lol
Thanks you guys! Sometimes, I think stuff can be taken as an insult when I don't even mean it to be! Like I tell my friend here sometimes, "your supposed to know what I mean, not what I say!"!
Hehe.. them Daffodils are gonna have to fold up and wait because they say it's going down to around 1 tonite, maybe that's just wind-chill but still around ten degrees I think.
If it does snow Sunday maybe it'll be a little warmer, but we should have a decent snow at least once this Winter!
Anybody ever grown a Pineapple plant from a store bought Pineapple? I think I'll try it, I have the top drying out. I found some instructions on doing it on the web, so hope I get at least one. A friend of mine gets whole pineapples all the time, I may try more. They only get around 6 - 8 feet tall at maturity, so may be able to keep it in the living room in a big pot. Here's what I'm trying to follow to grow the plant - http://rickswoodshopcreations.com/Pineapple/pineapple.htm
The HGTV stars are really going to the Metropolitan Flower, Lawn and Garden show. And that home remodeling show that's going on at the same time there, it has 3 stars the other show has 1 star I think.
Good idea, Pepper! I never am, but it's nice to be prepared. I wish I had a vow on not buying many houseplants! I went crazy on houseplants this Winter! They were just so pretty and cheap!
A lot of them are little but they'll be big soon.
Shortleaf - I have recently started a pineapple top using those directions. Well, I'm still in step 3 - it took a lot longer than 3 weeks before I saw any root action, but now I'm about ready to go to step 4. But I rooted in clear glass, not the dark container they suggest.
Cool Cybrczch, I'm not alone! I'm gonna try it this time with what I have, I didn't get to her in time and my friend was cutting it up and she just sliced it regularly straight across the top, not like they say to do it, but I'm gonna try it anyway, maybe it'll root. I'll try a clear glass too then, I can think of some clear glasses that we have. I bet it'd be a lot easier to see if it's rooting in a clear glass too.
On second thought, too much may have been cut off, it sounds like you need an inch or so of the stalk, and she sliced it straight across the top about a half inch from the bottom leaves, I'll try it anyway!
But, I may need to try another one, on this one I think she was just trying to get the most edible parts from the pineapple. I'll look at this one and see if there's any of their "root primordia" left.
This other friend is hooked on eating pineapples so I shouldn't have a problem getting them. I mean she'll make a trip to the grocery store just to get a pineapple, well, on sale!
It's kinda difficult to grasp their instructions and photos but I think it's sinking in a little more after I read it about 20 times..lol
I'd love to get an edible pineapple out of it, how neat would that be?! It says they'll be smaller, but that's okay if they taste decent!
The uncut pineapple taste alot better than the pineapple in a can.
If you do not cut it straight across, how do you cut it? My husbands aunt has one growing at her house. She said it was really easy. I haven't tried it yet.
We are going to be in the 30's with nights in the teens M, Tu, Wed, then the next 4 days range from 50-56 with temps near freezing. UGH. Talk about confusing the plants! I have jonquils, tulips and Easter lillies coming up. Poor babies, hope they survive.
I think I worded that wrong, Crit : ). My guess is you still cut it straight across, but instead of cutting it a half inch below the leaves, it should get cut an inch and a half below the leaves to get what they called the "root primordias", which must be the little brown spot looking things in their photos - http://rickswoodshopcreations.com/images/Pineapple/Many_Roots.jpg . It seems like it would be a gamble on if you have them after it's cut. I think that's how I'm gonna cut it anyway, and then cut out some of the fleshy part that's left after that cut to get a couple more edible bites of the pineapple. I think the plan is to get those "root primordias" that are in the upper part of the core or stalk. Maybe I'm reading it wrong myself, I am a total noobie at trying it. I don't to make it harder than it really is! I just got to succeed! I have a reputation to uphold!
Anybody ever seen a Coleus overwinter so nice as this one? Fortunately for it, it was directly under a shoplite all Winter with grow bulbs in it. I thought I read that around 6 inches under a grow bulb is equal to roughly half the lumens of direct sunlight in the Summer, not bad for the ones underneath it! A friend has 2 cuttings left of it in her window and they each are very leggy, pale green and skinny and they each only have one leaf left! Mine will have a good start come Spring when I set it out for all to see! I learned something about Coleus cuttings, they can't be small cuttings! I only have that one and I did have about 15 smaller cuttings and they all died, but that one. To show how close the Coleus is to the shoplite, you can see it next to the Wandering Jew cutting, (2 cuttings in that basket and they're both also doing well). In that photo of just the Coleus, it is in a plastic pot that is in the silver pot that I wantto repot it to, but the dang repotting soil outside is froze up, and the lizard is looking on like he's going to eat the Coleus! Happ, if you'd still like one you can have that basket if you like.
I'll have alot of cuttings of that Wandering Jew, I'm gonna give the mother plant a haircut soon and get a ton more cuttings. You sure you don't want many more, happ? Anybody? Wandering Jew cuttings can be tiny, in that basket is a real tiny one, but even it has leaves, (the little one over on the left side of that basket, in the light photo). Wandering Jew cuttings really like to be rooted in water, then they are always full, in soil they just like to be watered every day or all the time, which isn't a problem for me, oddly enuff I enjoy watering!
Wow, thanks Pepper, Whitney Houston, that is sad. I turned on cnn, they are talking about an overdose sounds like. It must be hard to be filthy rich, all the temptation and excess, still sad though, she was a good singer. Sure, I'll post pics if i get a pineapple plant to root. Try to have some shopping restraint at the Garden Show, Pepper, maybe you can post pics of your haul from there!
Where is that 1800Grandma?!
I bet it comes out what happened to her in the coming days and weeks. She coulda just taken too many prescription pills and flushed the rest when she felt woozy, coulda been suicide.
Wow, a suicide, she had so many fans, I can't imagine that she'd let them down like that, but she accomplished everything, she was so talented. I don't know what killed her, I'm just thinking out loud. I hope it wasn't drugs myself, also that can't be good for a legacy. They said she battled drugs and alcohol all her life, that doesn't mean that's what happened now tho, she coulda been sober, stuff just happens I'm sure. Makes you kinda think, "geez, what if I died, nobody hardly would know it!", I mean my family and friends would know, but it wouldn't be in the news or anything. I can just see it, "unemployed man dies in small suburb East of Kansas City"! Not! I don't plan on dying, but I guess you never know. Rich or poor, a life is a life, poor Whitney. Maybe she felt bad because this part of her life was so much different than 20 or 25 years ago.
Here's that Coleus, all repotted up! I brought in my bucket of soil that I use for repotting into the garage yesterday and the top 2 inches or so was thawed out today, that was enuff for the Coleus. It's called 'Watermelon', I went outside to the freezer and got the label from it's post last year.
I wonder what Pepper got at the Garden Show?!
Any takers on the striped Wandering Jew cuttings? I can mail a cutting in a regular envelope and I got plenty of stamps!
I got several boxes of tulips and daffodils for 5 dollars a box. 1 box goes for my boss who wanted some bulbs from there and the rest will either go in my yard or most likely to my grandma since she said she would take them. They all came from the Grass Pad. I got a few pics from there but there wasn't much to look at this year. Very boring and not as many vendors either. Next month there is another show at Bartle Hall we might go too and there will be more there.
Pepper I went to it on Saturday, some of the most beautiful orchids I have ever seen, but short of that it just keeps getting smaller and smaller and more expensive. 7.00 to park, was it 9.00 without the coupon. 16.00 to have people sell me things! I have to get a lot of good bargins to make up that amount of money, and the grasspad was the only place selling anything I was interested in. I did buy some daffs, and a few other bulbs, but dang I could of paid full price and shippings and been ahead. I always carry a pepsi in my purse cause I am not paying those prices for that. I hear Wichita has a great show, someday I will try to make it just for the heck of it.
Fun fun fun coming in today, course it was just me and all the pickup trucks at 5am. It was slick up north, and alot more snow on the 169 than I thought we were suppose to have. I thought I heard something about freezing rain this afternoon. Really quiet at work for some reason...odd.
I want wandering jew..but I will stop by this spring if that will work for you.
Sure happ, that'll work, see ya then. By Spring, a Wandering Jew cutting should be on it's way to being real pretty. The only show I've been to was the one Pepper is talking about next month at Bartle Hall I think, I was at it in 2003. I remember all the stuff for sale, man, you could go broke at those shows! Okay prices to very good prices and something for sale is at every turn! It's like Mr. Wizz from Seinfeld is asking you if you want to buy an overpriced hotdog, then a swimsuit model wants you to buy a hottub for 5 thousand dollars (with the water swirling and everything)!
Yeah, not nice weather, I was outside at 5:30 this morning shoveling snow and cleaning off my friend's car windows. All the nice displays of landscaping and stuff does give you ideas how to do your own yard though.
I have a few old photos from my Garden Show experience years ago -
I got the tulips and daffodils for 5 bucks for a full box that they were displayed in. I bought 3 boxes. You can't buy nice bulbs in big amounts like that for that price. That's the best part of going on Sunday. They mark stuff down so they don't have to haul it back home.
Crit, is the hairy one, purple? My biggest WJ is solid purple, this photo is from 2010, it was out of control then! It's easy to grow from cuttings too. I heard that Wandering Jews of all different kinds are used as ground covers further South.
Yes, it is neat. I was trying to see a closeup of the house, they said it took a direct hit, it musta been repaired by the volunteers. They said on the news that all the volunteers saved Joplin millions in cleanup and rebuilding. Maybe that house will be in a museum someday.
Amazing to see what all happened to Joplin and then to see what all is happening in Joplin.
I found a piece of wj at the farmers market one year and from that one piece just kept cutting and cutting til I had a beautiful plant. Went on a trip at the end of Sept and we had one of those freak frost and I had called DH and he got the plants but I forgot about my wj on the west side of the house so it was toast when I got home.
No rain no snow up here. I have daffs and tulips a good inch above the ground, very strange winter. I am so afraid when it should start turning warm it will turn cold. Hopefully today I can go out and do some clean up. Things are looking pretty dirty and raggy and everything keeps getting blown all over everywhere.
What gets me is my roses are putting on leaves already. That is crazy!! My daffs are poking up too but they are always early. Tulips haven't started yet. A couple more weeks and I should start seeing leaves.
I keep meaning to take advantage of this weather and get stuff planted and pruned but I can't find my pruners which are shot anyways, and I keep forgetting to replace them. lol. Bulbs need to be planted but I'm fighting a cold so they will just have to wait.
Yeah, good too see the building there even if it needs work yet. It should make a good museum someday, I'd go see it.
There's a yellow crocus already in bloom! Maybe the yellow ones aren't right! The purple ones aren't up yet!
The Daffodils are dreamers too! I moved the ladder that was on top of them, you can see it in the earlier photo up there.
I need to find a way to keep cats from pulling up and eating on my wandering Jew cuttings.
Get well soon, Pepper!
I have Easter Lily, jonquils and tulips up. Nothing up enough to bloom though. Hope they don't get frozen out. Going to be in the high 50's and 60's this week, except for Friday, it's 49. 72*!!!!! tomorrow. I'm going horseback riding!!! Sure do hope my body cooperates with me. Can't do it today, hands are hurting too bad.
Wow Crit that is some nice weather. I don't want any of it tho, cause things are a growing way too fast at my house right now. Not good, cause I am afraid we will hit the deep freeze but then again we might not.
I am sooo sleepy right now, don't know what is up with that and I have class tonight so I need to wake up NOW!
I'm one of the lucky ones. My bulbs are taking their sweet time coming up. The daffodils that are by the house are up about an inch or two but the ones down by the road haven't come up except for a few that are just barely peeking. I need to go check and see if I planted an easter lily last year. I'm hoping I did so I can dig it up and bring it by the house. lol
Crit, I'm jealous!! I want to go riding soooo bad!! LOL
I too am afraid we are going to have our 'winter snap' in April. I always get the itch to start setting my plants outside in April because the weather is so pretty ... but have to hold my self back. I don't put anything out, unless I can bring it back in easily, until after May 1st. Then I feel pretty safe.
I have a swap going for St. Patricks Day if anyone is interested, pop on over! If you have never done a swap, you should try it. It's fun!
I hope I get to go riding today. My hands are really hurting and that makes it difficult to saddle up my horse. I've used the prescription cream on them and taken some Arthritis over the counter med, in addition to my usual meds. Hope they feel better this afternoon. Would hate to waste this beautiful day! I can't even work in the gardens when my hands (really it is my thumb joints, but affects the whole hand) are hurting like this.
I have been cleaning house. Especially dusting. I'm having oyster soup and pizza for the family this weekend, so things need to be a little shinier than they were, LOL! Today is also grocery day and I need lot's of vegetables. I am so looking forward to the garden this year and plan on freezing a lot of spinach. I've been drinking my tomato juice and we ate the last jar of green beans.
DD has been blending the canned pears for the babies, who are 8 months now and getting more teeth :o) I was there yesterday all day.
Well, got to keep catching up. Have a wonderful day everyone!
I did the grocery thing today too. UGH! I just hate grocery shopping with a passion!!!!! Then the worst part is the check-out. I hadn't been for several weeks and we were low on everything. It really isn't that high for as long as it has been, but it sure is a chunk when you pay it all at once. I was even being careful! It's only the 2 of us, but DH does like to snack so has to have cookies, Nutty Buddies and turkey and cheese for roll ups.
I'm beat. Got everything put away and supper ready. DH should be home any minute now.
Grinning. I at least have DH to help me. Trouble is, he likes snacks too, and I'm filling running around filling the cart with vegetables :o)
Snow showers tapering to some flurries this afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
I can't wait to get the plant stand in the house to sow. I have the four foot light that sits on the floor too, that I start with. I need to get the seeds out and start counting back for sowing dates.
We have a wet heavy snow right now. I looked out about 1:00 am and saw we already had a light ground cover. Yesterday, it did rain all day. I sure hope that broke our dry spell. It all soaked in too!
Then, awake at 3:00 am, heard the neighbor's cat meowing around looking for the lady that's also been around. At 3:35 I heard the power go out twice. I got up and flipped on the coffee pot in case it went out for a while. Usually the third time is the killer. No more problems and coffee tastes good :o) (Both of the neighbor's cats are inside enjoying a warm house :o)
I had some snow at my house. Only froze on the cars, lucky me, windy and cold and out scraping...yuck. Looks warm outside the sun is a shining, but think it isn't that warm. Had a long week and I am really tired. Looking forward to this weekend, maybe I will get something accomplished for a change...rofl.
I heard Joplin was getting newer and better warning sirens in hopes people will heed the warning. I am guessing for quite a while the folks in Joplin will run for cover if they go off, I know here everyone is much more aware and we weren't in a tornado.
We weren't in a tornado but we did have that storm system that kept forming them then popping them back up I think it was about a month later. The whole area was huddled in basements and other safe places. I remember that like it was yesterday.
Going to a walk in clinic tomorrow. I still can't get rid of this sore throat and cough so gonna go find out what's going on.
I'm up late doing a little housework myself, no, I didn't just get out of the bar..lol, haha, I rarely drink. Just a note to self, don't let a bottle of Mrs. Butterworths fall on the floor from 5 feet up when the lid is broke! I didn't look right away to see what fell, about 5 minutes afterward I looked and there was about a foot diameter of maple syrup all over the floor! I found a new use for my hands, scooping up syrup! You have to hold them together real tight so as little as possible escapes before you can unload syrup into the trashcan! I spent about 30 minutes cleaning that mess up! Oh, the life of the idle, well, just the idle!
Welcome back billyp! I bought a pack of Sugar-Snap Peas and 2 packs of tomato seeds to start tomorrow or someday soon myself. Ironically, I saw that your twin pineapples were on the way about the same time as the Joplin disaster.
I sure am glad to hear Joplin is getting all the new sirens and the upgrades for the residents there. They are making better sirens now, but they still kinda help more the people outside, unfortunately, if the windows are closed. Some of the new sirens here don't have to rotate like the old ones and they talk real loud and say danger is coming. They need to make a subwoofer-like emergency siren like they are putting in cop cars to clear traffic. They say there's no way you could miss a police car rumbling down the road then, it will rattle your car!
Ack, happ, keep the snow! I used to think we needed snow but now it's just too close to Spring! I'd like the flowers to continue blooming and the buds on stuff to keep coming out to make leaves!
Oh, a walk-in clinic. I haven't been to a minute clinic since my Swine Flu scare when I walked in Walgreens with a dust mask on and announced to everybody "don't be alarmed, I might have h1n1".
Twice in recent years I just have had a cough that wouldn't go away for like 3 months each time, it was just unexplained. One was the "Swine Flu", the nurse practitioner lady at Walgreens said it was Bronchitis. - http://www.medicinenet.com/bronchitis/article.htm
I remember that storm too, it was only 3 days after the tornado in Joplin. I Googled it, it was May 22nd, the bad storm here was May 25th. I remember standing in the screen-door with my camera looking for a tornado and listening for sirens in case I had to try to get the elderly, bedridden lady to the basement. That's rainwater rushing on my rear tire! Scroll down in May's forum to May 21st - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1177366/
The Daffodils are drooped over and it just rained, I think they're under the eaves. I'm gonna have to hook the hose up and do some watering I guess!
I have only ridden horses a couple times. I remember the last time I was canoeing on the Current River and there was a horseback riding thing there, I remember ignoring the sign that said "guys are not recommended to wear shorts", that should not be done! I don't know which is worse, wearing swimming trunks horseback riding or wearing cowboy boots on the lake's beach like a friend did years ago! We threw him in the lake then we had to find a ride home!
Sure Crit, I'll check out your swap but I doubt anybody would want to swap anything of mine right now. I don't have much of any real desire to anybody, I kinda mostly only have stuff that is small, common and cheap, but mark my words, someday I'll have something!
I'm a better grocery eater than grocery shopper but there is nothing worse than filling up your basket with groceries and then realizing you forgot the grocery bags in the car!
For some reason (I blame this cough thing going on) I made a post for here and posted it in the border thread. Go figure. lol. I'm copying and pasting here.
Well, I have lost the one shade bed I had going thanks to a tree that has been dying. My dad and brother cut it down today so this spring I will have to transplant hostas and hellebores down to the old chicken coop til I get another tree planted to provide shade. The coop is being developed into a flower bed but I want more natives in there if I can do it. I might try to get Empress Wu hosta though and stick her down there!! Just for kicks. lol.
Now I will be shopping tonight online for a small tree that I can use as shade. Maybe if I can get a decent sized Japanese Maple at a good price. Or a weeping tree of some kind. Gotta be small for final size though!! Will take ideas!! I'll take a pic of the spot tomorrow too. That will help.
My 2 sisters, niece and I went to SquawCreek National Wildlife Refuge in NW Missouri today and it was spectacular! Trumpeter Swans are alive too and doing very well in the park.
North America's largest waterfowl is a beautiful bird, they are in the first photo. The Swan Society should be proud! - http://www.swansociety.org/
The rest of the photos are of the Snow Geese, about 99% of them are Snow Geese, the rest are a few thousand Canada Geese and a few thousand SpeckleBelly Geese - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_White-fronted_Goose . An aerial survey done yesterday says there is a total of 1.025 million geese migrating there for a little while before they head North.
All the white is Snow Geese.
The Bald Eagle population (58) here is doing good, in the 2:09 Youtube video you can see them making a lot of the geese launch off the water in staggering numbers, you can faintly tell the eagles from the geese at that distance. The eagles are even larger than the geese, they are darker than the geese. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzFsyp4zEIs&feature=youtu.be I'm sure the geese feel safe in those numbers with the eagles all around, but I bet the geese is a smorgasbord for the eagles. The wildlife you don't see every day was everywhere here too, Muskrats, Mallard Ducks, Water Chickens (aka Griebs), Eagles, Hawks, Gulls, Deer, Herons and Otters. I'm just an amateur wildlife enthusiast, I'm sure there is much more, for example all different kinds of birds are everywhere.
I wanted to get a closeup of a Bald Eagle, but they don't get close, all you see up close of them is BIG juvenile Bald Eagles, they are pretty drab in color, but they do like to eat geese!
You hardly ever see a mature Bald Eagle closer than about a half mile (in flight), at least I didn't. Here is a Youtube video of the Swans, with my 9 y.o. niece in the background saying "quack". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIKe_oc5eEI&feature=youtu.be lol! You can hear the real birds going "quack", but they are fainter.
Pepper, I have a bundle of Dogwoods coming from the state nursery, if you want one, you can have one.
Here's the spot where the tree came down. It was a maple tree. I loved how it leaned over a bit but now I need a smaller tree. Thinking Japanese Maple, Dogwood or something that doesn't get above 15 feet and has a nice spread for shade.
Great! A notice from them just came here last week, they are getting ready to ship the hardy seedlings soon. If you do end up getting 'Bloodgood' I'd be sure to ask how it's grown, grafted or seed grown. I remember I couldn't believe all the seed grown 'Bloodgoods' at nurseries for sale. It certainly wouldn't be a fake 'Bloodgood' at Walmart or Home Depot, you can see the graft union at those stores and I've asked. A seed grown 'Bloodgood' is only red a small part of the year, the real one is red all year. That Maple tree was a biggun, I bet it shaded a lot of ground.
Here is the best shots of some eagles that I got, I think they are Bald Eagles, (my eye is pretty untrained). That one of it way up in the sky was just that, real zoomed in, but the white head is pretty apparent. The one of one flying over that peninsula is flying over many carcasses of everything and I suspect eagles, shame on them! LOL! I'm sure that's the cycle of life for them, they ARE at the top of the food chain. Is that a big nest or what, a Bald Eagle nest I believe. And one of an eagle just sitting in a tree, it didn't budge when we went by!
Have you ever seen this many geese in the sky? And they were about to land on the water where we were going as fast as we could.
Your welcome, I'll try to get one of the bigger ones for you Pepper. I have a bundle of 25 coming, there's not much way I could plant them all. I am going to call them tomorrow, they are real friendly, I've called them before to bother them. It's long distance but we have an internet phone so it's free. I need to find out what the dealio is tho, I dug up the order form thing that came in the mail the other day, it says "due date Feb. 18th", yet it is postmarked Feb. 22nd. Not sure what's going on there but I am on the case! I'm sure it'll get sraightened out, they know I'll put in a call! Just kidding, their nice there. It isn't like their sold out, I looked, Dogwood and Hazelnut are still in stock, I'll just order them again if I have to. My friend here wants a Dogwood to plant. Their seedlings grow fast, here is two Shumard Oak seedlings that I dumpster dove for in back of the then regional Missouri Conservation office in Blue Springs, MO. nearly 8 years ago, they are planted in my grandparents' backyard. In the first photo, you can barely see where the ground is disturbed where I just planted them. In the second photo, you can see where the left one is around 20 feet tall! The other one is taller than it appears, in Fall 2010, now, their even bigger but I can't find the photos. Their Dogwoods should grow as fast or faster.
Partly to mostly cloudy and windy. Winds WSW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
I'm catching up.
I catch up and get behind :o) My life is changing with the less time I have for myself in a week now.
We are have the geese too. I haven't seen this many ''swarm'' since the 80's.
I love your leaning tree too.
Dumpster diving for trees cracks me up, but I'd be headfirst in the dumpster with you, LOL!
They're beautiful trees!
I've finally got the house cleaned up. Incentive was the oyster soup dinner I had here for DD and family, and my Dad. I've been hanging laundry out and it comes in mostly dry. It's hung pretty early :o)
We had rain yesterday, not a lot, but added to the inch we got the other day, gives me hope for a wetter spring. We really had no snow cover all winter. I hope it got cold enough long enough for the peonies and lilacs to bloom.
We took the jeep out on the gravel roads and they were soft and soupy. They need to put down rock, and a lot of it!
Well, spending the day at DD's today so got to keep moving.
Tornadoes in Branson, Buffalo and Lebanon, MO last night. Branson has major damage to the strip or I-76. Harveyville, KS and Hutchison, KS also got hit and I heard about a town in Illinois that got hit too. 16 tornadoes in 5 states. Spring has arrived!!!
That IS a bunch of geese isn't it?! I am or was a dumpster diver, I haven't done the dumpster diving in a while! I remember taking a photo of the dumpster back in the day!
It's pretty goofy but here it is!
Being the victim of a tornado would really stink. Yes, Spring is close, they say nearly 70° tomorrow.
Definitely in like a lamb here! March comes in like one and I hope it goes out like one! Altho, I'm not setting out my houseplants for a while, a long while! All it takes is one cool night of 29° or so and WHAM, that's all she wrote! I think they said it got up to 73° today however. I was in t-shirt when I was on the side of the highway getting landscaping rocks (fallen) this afternoon!
From what they say, 70's are going to be a somewhat regular thing around here this coming week, altho, that could still change I guess.
Yeah, I think I'd need stairs to get up and into a dumpster now, my stuff isn't what it used to be! Altho, a dumpster full of good stuff is kinda motivating, I bet you could do it, billyp!
You know, the secret to good dumpster diving is pulling your car close so you can step on the bumper or the car if you need to!
Thanks for the invite, Crit. Maybe I'll let a houseplant's starts get of good size for a swap someday. Yesterday I cut off the "babies" off my big, glorious, Spider Plant and I'm gonna try to make 3 new Spider Plants. I Googled how to do it, so hope it turns out to be the right way, if not, Picket Fence Nursery in Iowa has some explaining to do! They had a couple of good how-to videos on how to do it. I also potted up 5 more Wandering Jews from 15 or 20 cuttings. Wandering Jews aren't picky, I expect some nice plants from those in a few weeks. Back to the Spider Plant that I am starting from cuttings, I realized something very important this time, there is a little cluster of roots on the babies that you want to bury in soil, I didn't realize that until now. Ironically, Picket Fence Nursery also had a good how-to video on Wandering Jews just like mine.
It's just awful that the tornados go thru town. I watched the Illinois Mayor talk yesterday and he felt for his community. It must be a fairly small town so that people get to know each other. it's sad.
Will, I'm not tempted to bring any plants out yet either.
Depends. One of my many mottos is 'if there's a will, there's a way" :o) I can see a car bumper would be a better leg up.
Spider plants are sooo easy to root in water!
It's Friday and we get the boys. Busy busy. Yesterday it was nice, but not balmy. I picked up the sticks that fell out of the trees and looked at my flower beds, imagining what I'll do first :o).