we are all thinking gardening, trying to get ahead of the game even though it's only early April, let's stop and smell the roses..ohhhh that's why we are working so hard, need to get those gardens in shape so WE CAN smell the roses
hi gals ! i'm second !!!
hope everyone had a wonderful week-end..the weather sure turned for us..temps in the minus and overnite snow. expecting cool temps till mid week then should go up again.
tomatos are growing like mad..don't fit under the lights anymore. started potting them up,
can't do many at a time, lots of pain mid back right now. have heard lyrica may help.
saw your post carol, thank you for the wonderful offer, hubby told me last night he's working on a box in the shop. feels he should do something.
i've read all of the experiences with lilacs, it'll sure help with me choosing one.
another thought is a dwarf on a standard stem. have to check that out too.
OK I'm third.
Susan, Bamfield is a research station on the west side of Vancouver Island , quite out of the way. We flew to Comox then bused for 4.5 hrs , through the Cathedreal (sp) Forest for a quick stop, before we arrived. Everything was uphill. Where ever we walked was UP of course there were downs too. 37 Grade 9 girls ,2 teachers and 3 Moms were there. AMAZING place.
Will be putting my started plants out to the G house on Wednesday. I can't believe it's almost here I don't want to say the S word incase I jinx it.
Grandson's BDay dinner was great .. I didn't have to cook, and the restaurant was more than happy to serve the cake I had brought.
Physio today and tomorrow, don't know how much longer I'm going to keep going .. it helps the hip somewhat, and I feel I have a bit better range of motion .. but it seems to have plateaued.
My cousin was there today as well .. another nurse .. it's her shoulder she's having problem with ..
Beautiful sunny days here, but sadly brisk NW winds make the temps quite cool ..
Off to have the Income Taxes done tomorrow .. hate to pay the $$, but, I also hate making myself crazy trying to do it myself !!
Missed the move over.
Had a nice weekend. a neighbor came over on Sat to walk a dog and went along with another - just around the block for me but I have picked up a bit more on other days - just take one dog each time, the others get a bit ticked when they have to stay home! Fortunately they are all seniors and none of them walk fast. Sunday dinner at a neighbors- he does all the cooking and loves to experiment. I could not enjoy the grain salad he made although all others did but I was able to eat a reasonable amount of ham, scalloped potatoes and veggies and a bit of angel food cake with lemon filling and strawberries for dessert. I do love scalloped potatoes - was thinking of making some but not sure if would be able to eat, now I know, Discovered recently also hamburger is good and pork sausages! So that is a new part of the diet!
Last chemo of 5th cycle yesterday, one cycle to go and next week is free. Garden show this weekend - I may have overextended myself, working two hours each at two booths( Peony and Lougheed House) on Sat and a 2 1/2 hour shift at membership booth on Sunday - I can sit at all jobs so that is a plus. Have to get down to LH to pick up my costume as I need to wear it on Sat. And if I get tired looking they will send me home! I do enjoy this show because one gets to talk to lot of people especially in the membership booth.
I took my camera to hospital with me yesterday and asked somebody to take a pic and the battery was dead! It does not seem to hold a charge for long, maybe it is time for a new ( and expensive) one.
Supposed to have rain for a few days, hope it stops before Tuesday, a friend is coming over to help and we will work on the beds facing south, have loads of bulbs coming up and a lot of the little ones in flower. Several of the peonies on the south side of the house are up a few inches.
I have 3 tomatoes in the back porch brought to me, all cherry type, two unfortunately indeterminant so will be big and very leggy already, planted about the bottom 10 inches in deep pots and hope they will do OK, the porch faces east so lots of light but not really sufficient to keep these bushy when they did not start that way Got all the plugs under lights in the basement. Yesterday Cdn Tire had nice small pots of geraniums for $1.49 so I bought a dozen and put them under the lights too. Unfortunately I cannot put the tomatoes there as they are already too high.
Looking for ward to my "week off". Have to start getting back into old habits like walking the dogs every morning!
morning all, cold earlier in the day but warming up..tomorrow is suppose to be the best of the week. Have a dr's appt at 9:15 a.m. and should be back by 10:30 which leaves most of the day to play in the gardens.
Oooh, wonder if geraniums are on sale at our Canadian Tire..want to see if they have shrubs so will take a run at lunch. Often they have canvas tops for gazebo and am hoping one will fit mine, sun sure takes a toll on rotting canvas. It is either a new top or new gazebo.. you have such luck with pre-starting your plants..it's a knack for sure.
Carol, meals are always so much more when someone else does the cooking.
Think Toronto is having a big gardening show, would love to go but hate the 2 hr. drive each way and I think I'd be wanting everything I see. Just purchased a metal art piece..3 canada geese on a balancing arm set on a 10' -12' pole..it's weighed with a rock and at the slightest of breeze it looks as though the geese are flying. Was told the fabricator will have it done by the 18th or so, looking forward to it, just have to see where around the pond it shall go.
Do you have rechargeable batteries in your camera? I find it much less expensive since I put $$ into a charger and rechargeable batteries.
Betty love the geese! Always seem to see things like that at the gdn show that I like but either too expensive or I don't think I have a suitable place. Have always wanted a pair of herons but don't have a pond so don';t think they would fit!
My camera has a special battery and charger. Would actually be easier if it used regular batteries!
Betty check out this site: http://waterworksgardenart.com/ I have coveted one of this guyys fountains for years, he is usually at the garden show but it seems the ones I like best are well out of my price range! On the other hand ...maybe this is the year- I will know this weekend.
Raining here - for the next couple of days apparently we sure do need the moisture.
Vi Ann Beautiful Grand babies and kid's! You must enjoy them so!
Marilynn isn't it better when someone else cooks.
Carol nice to hear you are getting out. Bulbs up in Calagry? Nothing here yet except my P... crocus that have just started to send up their fuzzy beginings. Carol if the tomatoes get way too leggy just support them best that you can and plant them on their sides , even coil them arount in a pot if you can. they will be fine. I have just started mine and they are all indeterminate. I am so going to find a fern leaf Paoney(sp?) this year. IT's going to be my treat to me.
Betty , very cool geese!
Ann this is what they look like today- the pots are 12 inches, the plants almost 18 and the root is almost at the bottom of the pot!Now the soil has settled I can probably add another couple of inches.
ok - started out as rain this am, now it's snowing... looks like we may have more than we thought. Gee - 16 yesterday, and snow today LOL I'm glad now that I didn't clear my flower garden - I have "ground cover" in the old vegetation lol
Wow Carol - your tomato plants already have flowers on them!! Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!
Luz Milagros is a wonderful name for the baby - Miracle Light :-)
Holy whaaa look at those tomatoe plants..talk about a green thumb!
Susan much the same here but in reverse, plant life don't know what to make of it.
Alberta Ann, treats to self are the best kind of treat..you seem to get exactly what you want. Lol. Panay ?? Fernleaf? Thought for a moment you meant peony..I'll have to check what your pressie to yourself look like
Yes anxious to get geese..every year I buy one or two pieces of metal art, hit me limit already, bought a gate a month ago so I could incorporate my stained glass blue heron, waiting for better weather to figure out how and where to display..can see purchasing some tall grasses..any ideas?
Those tomatoes were given to me 2 weeks ago - I am not responsible ! They were started from seed in somebodys basement under lights!
Betty yes ann meant Fernleaf Peony - it is a type of species peony - here is a pic of mine which is quite old. They are rather slow growing and tend to be quite expensive for a very small plant. I got mine from an elderly aunts yard almost 20 years ago. It blooms early and the foliage is quite different - very 'ferny' which accounts for the common name.
Not sure what you mean by heritage plant? If you mean how long has it been around then yes. This from a peony website: It is native to the Caucasus(sp?) Mountains in Russia I think.
"Paeonia tenuifolia is so remarkable that it has long been known to gardeners. In 1759 it was one of the peony species identified by Linnaeus (24/126), but it must have been known in German gardens as early as 1594 (6/64). Also Mrs. Frank states that P. tenuifolia was raised at the beginning of the 16th century by a nursery in London for commercial purposes (6/21). For the English speaking world Alice Harding reports the introduction of P. tenuifolia in 1765 to England (9/12) and to America in 1806. (9/26)."
Absolutely gorgeous Carol...have to check the nursery..last year was my first year at this location that my peony bloomed..your fern peony is breathtaking..love the mirror! Can you tell me what the blue flowers are?
Susan, sometimes it goes that way!
Bed is calling..have an early morning appt with my doctor..co incidence that my insurance company called this afternoon to say id been denied life insurance, seems the blood tests taken show I either have or have the starting of diabetes...imagine! Didnt my doctor just say that the 28 viles of blood taken erlier ths year showed I'm healthy..anyway, will fast just incase he thinks further testing is required and sends me for more goodies to be taken.
Have been Peony fan 'on and off' .. ON, because I love their scent, and, OFF because i never seem to be able to get ALL the ants off a boquet before I bring it in the house!!
Only have one now, a pretty light pink one, but, I must say that Fern leaved one sure looks delicate!!
Status quo here on weather, sunny and cool (COLD) .. rain predicted sometime later today.
I am off to TWO book launches this evening .. 365 days in a year and on ONE day I have two book launches .. odd !!
Taking Lorna for blood work this morning .. best get at it ..
I would add to the soil as it will root around the stem however I also would remove the lower leaves that will go in the added soil. These types of tomatoes are very forgiving and once they get outside they will settle and be healthy. they do look good! Support them if they need help or get floppy. Are you able to pick them up? If so perhaps you can set them out on your front step on good days. Don't forget to pet them, it encourages stronger growth. They like stroking but not from another Tomatoe.
your lovely Peony is the reason I like them. I found that the ferny leaf caught me. And they are expensive and are a small rooted 1 gallon pot will be 65.00 and up. That is why I call it a treat and present to me.
Betty , those nasty Insurance people! I too can't get good life insurance by myself but now that I'm in a group they have no choice!! They have to take me. Ha !!
It's raining and cool here to. Only going to be 8 or so on the weekend. Have the heat mats on for the G house and will plug in the heater. Only going to be that way for the weekend and then back up next week.
well Betty - now that your Dr is confirming you Don't have sugar diabetes, I'm sure your insurance company is red-faced!!
So happy to hear you Do Not have it. Now, to find out why you're in pain, and have all those headaches... they Did rule out that insect bite on your forehead, right?
Thanks Ann- I expect I can move them if we get some nice days although the back step only has sun in the morning. And I will definitely be topping up the soil - I think I can get almost another 2 inches in the pots.
One of our foster moms is an accountant and did my taxes for me! First time I have not done them the old fashioned way. And since I had a lot of medical expenses this year it was worth declaring them and because of that I dont owe very much.
Most of yesterdays very wet snow has disappeared but there may be more on the way, in any case not very warm the next while. Was hoping to get into the garden to start clean up next week but looks like that will be cancelled- either snow or rain coming.
Made scalloped potatoes and a hamburger with mushrooms and onions for supper- didn't taste too bad!
Morning all, feel badly telling you all that it's a sunshine day here in my neighborhood when you are dealing with cold temps and snow..I'll enjoy playing in the garden for all of us ok?
Yesterday afternoon I went in the town and went all over looking for shrubs and a few perennials, not much out yet, guess I'm rushing things.
Don't you love it when you have a gazebo up and the sun has done a number on the top and you can't replace it? What a waste, more metal in wastelands because of it. Took a good look at those new umbrella's 10x10' almost tempted to have the boys take down gazebo and buy one providing they can assure me tarp portion can be replaced.
You must be feeling a bit better Carol to have cooked such a yummy meal. Just hate cooking for one..always a relief to have taxes done..not looking forward to it.
Headaches Susan due to high blood pressure and also muscle spasms in shoulder and neck..did bring copies of doctor report on all my testing to insurance company, doubt they will change their point of view, oh well.
Omg AlbertaAnn, don't think I ever saw a peony for that much money, no wonder it's a treat when purchased..I'm still tempted to have the boys get me a silk lilac for mothers day..maybe I'll put the fern peony on my list as well...gee, only have 2 sons, just think of the garden I could have if I had 12. Lol. Plants/shrubs and more plants.
Time to wash floors, have cereal and decide how I will spend my day
Betty I could find you peonies for over $200.00! Most of the peonies for sale here the spring are that kind of price but they are big plants, the fern leaf for that price will be very small. Speaking of fernleaf I see mine is popping up very nicely.
I recall visiting a garden some years ago where the lady had a number of metal panels growing vines along her back fence - they were the side panels from gazebos - when the top had to be replaced she bought a new one and reused the metal panels
Omg hard to believe that someone would pay that king of $$$ for a plant..wow..I'm going to be more alert and keep an eye out for one when at the nurseries...anxious now to find one.
Did the same about 5 years ago..had my brother weld 4 corners..he kept a finished panel and I kept one, a few years ago bought a large metal butterfly and hung it..actually at the corner of back bedroom deck, looks nice. This one though has round poles and not much metal work, will see what I could design though..I'll post photo and maybe you will have ideas.
Not out in the gardens, didn't take long for sun to go in, wind to come up and it's cold..still in my nighty..played a bit with stained glass piece and other than that have done nothing! Should look around and pick a project otherwise I will feel as though I've wasted a day.
Biting my tongue here .. argggggggggggg .. had a colleague a few years back who was moving from her home into a condo .. she wanted to GIFT her perennials .. several of which were WELL established PEONIES .. I passed !!!
Live and learn.
Cool and overcast here .. son and family are due to visit this afternoon ..dear GD had her naval pierced .. REALLY biting my tongue on that turn of events .. she's 13, saved her money to have it done .. kids LoL
YEOWZA Betty .. is that gorgeous or WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May I ask the price ?
I am going to see if any of our local greenhouses have any .. I'll just call ..
Re Brooklyn and her belly button .. I'm a ZIPPER mouth Gramma :-) Her choice, and SHE ultimately has to live with it ... she's never mentioned a tat .. my son (her Dad) has 4 from his time in the service .. that was 20 years ago and he is now wishing he hadn't done it .. so .. he can impart that knowledge to her.
When my treasured GD appeared with facial piercings I mentioned that I'd pay $100.oo if they were removed.It worked.Now I'm making the same off to her brother to have a haircut.He graduates from University and I hate to think of that hair his his grad pictures.He has been on the Deans' list every year but sure doesn't look it.
Amazing what we grandmothers do. Lol
Being on the Deans list is no easy feat, how proud you must be, long hair and all.
What has your weather been like?
Sun was out early this morning, didn't take long before it turned bitter cold, now that the day is at an end it's 64 degrees..calling for thunderstorms so guess no working in the garden tomorrow either.
Thats a good price Betty but even if 3/4 years old I bet not very big.
Enjoyed my day at the garden show.Changed clothes half way thru from regular to my LH costume and wore my wig. Got lots of compliments. Saw lots of old friends and aquaintances that of course have not seen all winter.Came home and had a nap and the dogs woke me up apparently clamoring to be fed so I finally got up because I could not see a clock and it was only 430 - I dont feed them till after 5PM! I was a bit ticked!
It was raining/snowing lightly most of the day but that is really good weather for this show - what else can you do if you can't work in the garden? Go to the show!
Tomorrow I work in the membership booth in the afternoon which is in a different building and get a chance to wander around all the displays and see if I can find something to buy. I saw people with some interesting 'stuff' today.
Mornimg, very misty here this mornimg, every once in awhile I think I see a ray of sunshine so it must be trying to come out despite the weatherman saying 90% rain all day,
So carol, your comment is telling me it will take years to produce flowers from a large healthy plant? Here I was thinking 3/4 year old plant would be huge. Lol
Glad you enjoyed the day and got to visit with friends..ohhh exhibits/booths you can buy from, here is hoping you come home with something extra special for you...
I get to pick up my Canada Geese trio Thursday if the fabricator got it
done by the date he expected to have it finished..keep looking around the gardens to see where it shall go..best I make a reminder to purchase a bag of cement..
Well, gab with you later, if I continue to sit that will be the end of my energy and I'll do nothing!
Wow .. some bad weather States side for sure .. multiple tornadoes through numerous States .. we are hearing that we should expect increased wind gusts later today .. right now it's dull and dreary out there and it seems as though the rain is imminent .. but .. who knows.
The 'Gramma stuff' is a tough cookie to swallow or crumble' I find .. you hope that your kids are able to parent effectively, and, that if you need to throw in your 2 cents worth of wisdom, that it is done properly and no feathers are ruffled in the process .. the belly button piercing is still bothering me .. but, in the scheme of the things I guess it's menial. Brooklyn is a caring and loving child and I feel she'll make the right decisions as her life unfolds ..
This 'Fern Leaf peony search' is really quite something .. am thinking of calling today or visiting 3 Greenhouses tomorrow to see what they have .. kind of reluctant to plant one this early in the season.
My pic is in todays paper from the book signing on Friday evening, will scan it and post it later ..
Guess we'll have to take the day as it comes today .. the kids will be coming back again today .. may get them to help with some clean up of the large bows felled yesterday ..
Shew !! I haven't scanned something to file for a long time, am surprised my 'wee bean' actually remembered the steps to follow.
Anywho .. here's the pic .. Michael called to say he thinks I look like PAULA DEENS .. again .. kind of an 'inside joke' with some folks here in TBay .. it's all in the hair LoL
Oohhh "M"' lovely photo, such a pretty lady, yes you. Lol
Now I now a celebrity!
Must go put on the news and see where the storms have hit..
So many worse things kids can do..we have to remember we all had a trend we followed...mine wasn't too bad, I dressed in black slacks and Ben Casey blouse for nearly a year...I was so hung up n him. Lol and drove my grandparents mad for playing 'he has the whole world in his hands' at high volume..back then don't think there were too many things that would have shocked anyone..ah maybe smoking but I never was interested in that.
Should go look to see if I got an email answer Re fern peony.
Betty ask the grower how big the plants are and how soon she would expect flower. If they are a good size they should flower following year. Even herbacious roots may not flower for a couple of years if they are not very big.
hi ladies, been a rough couple of weeks...mom passed on the 10th. in and out of the hosp. but then developed pneumonia, passed 2 days later.
read up on the posts, all about the fern-leaf peony, i know most nurseies charge' an arm and a leg' for them. probably best to see if anyone can find you a piece.
weather here has cooled, had the tomatos out yesterday for awhile, but will have to keep them in till it warms up a bit.
take care all
Popping in again to say "Hi". I don't come here often, but did renew my sub awhile ago. So nice to see another Manitoban. My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother, Lindy. Or is it Linda?
All this talk about the fernleaf peony, I just had to come and mention that Lindenberg's used to always have them in their catalogue for a reasonable price. Susan, 35 is not an unreasonable price. I have seen them much higher. Marilynne and Lind if you are close enough to come over, I could give you a small one or piece of one. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to garden much again, so better some of my treasures thrive in someone elses gardens, than to smother here in the weeds.
Carol, I am so sorry for what you are going through. Chemo is bad enough the first time around, but a repeat performance? You are way tough, lady.
I'm sure there are others that I have a special greeting for, but will just have to leave it a general hello allround for now. Hope you are having a great weekend. Birds are singing outside my open window, so nice.
Oh Lindy, my condolenscence on the death of your mom..oneumonia must have been working its deadly deed for quite some time...how old was shemifmyou don't mind my asking? Do you have siblings and do you all live in the same area?
Difficult time for you and your family.sending prayers and sift hugs!
Keep checking emails re fern but again no response..
omygoodness Lindy - sorry to hear about your mom's passing. It happened awfully quickly too... Consistently laying down will cause fluid build-up in the lungs, and therefore pneumonia, I guess...
Come talk here anytime, and we're "here for you".
Hey Echoes!! Good to see you - will have to give you a call! It sure was great to see you in Dec when I went to see my family!!!! We'll have to do a "repeat"
Lindy Very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing! You will surely miss her.
Brenda, good to hear from you again. Welcome back
"M" you DO look like PD. Nice looking family sitting on Lorna's toy.
I will be hunting for a fernleaf P this year. I do see them around but they are pricey so will have to be in the right/wrong frame of mind.
Carol did you get almost a foot of snow this weekend? Mom was saying that's what they got out in Springbank.
echoes nice to see your post, and you are right about lindenberg seeds. in this years catalouge there are double fern leaf peonies [the double are very rare] for 39.99. i have purchased from them before, great service, but they're not on line.. but you can call for a free catalouge, brandon manitoba, 204-727-0575.
thanks all for the kind words, mom just turned 86, and had been failing for some time.
she had cancer, and diabetes, although thankfully no pain at all. it's been a tough few weeks, but thankfully spring is here, and i'm keeping busy !
take care all !
'morning, forgot to add..lindenberg has free shipping over 40.$ or for a fee xpress shipping. reasonable prices.
the weather is cool right now -7 but high of 3 today. sunny though.
need to get the tomatos out on the deck in the little zip-up greenhouse, or they're going to start stretching ! they look good so far, can't wait for the first tomato sandwich !
mmmmmmmmmmmm tomato sandwiches...
Growing up in Winnipeg my dad had a prolific tomato patch and we always had boxes of tomatoes at the end of the season - fried tomatoes on toast... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm my favouite.
Can you believe I live in a province where it's difficult to grow tomatoes????? Not impossible, just... difficult...
Mar, you know if you get to Wpg again, you are expected to make a visit. Just hope it won't be in winter and under better circumstances this time. How is Lorna doing?
I am still waiting for surgery. On the "short list" I suppose, but you know how the beaurocracy works. Waiting must whittle the list down some. I am passing my promised 6-8 weeks (said the surgeon) this week, with no date yet.
Lindy, my fernleaf peonies are doubles. I tried to get a single a few years ago, but the one I got in trade had no root to speak of and didn't take. I think you see more doubles than singles. If you bring me a tomato sandwich, I may have a perennial or two that you would like.
Alberta Ann, my son and his family are in the process of moving to Stony Plain from northern BC. I may just get to Edmonton for a visit this summer. A much shorter trip for us, but still too far away to have grandkids.
I get first choice of tomatoes, love mine when I can make a sandwhich with one that is just starting to ripen..mouth watering here.
Brenda, sorry to hear that you've such a long wait for surgery, think every province is hurting in that department...such long waits from the time you see a specialist to time of surgery.
Called 2 nurseries, they don't order in and not sure they will have the fern peony..now the Garden Gallery says their shipment of plants/shrubs/trees comes in 2 weeks and there may be one but cannot confirm.
Hey Brenda - guess you must be out in your garden enjoying the beautiful weather?!?!
Tried to call you. Will try again later
Sorry about the wait for surgery - how frustrating is that?!?! Sending hugs your way...
brenda, if i have a year like last year, i will bring you a sampler of every variety i have.
betty, give lindenberg a call, maybe they can help you out. or hang on a bit, maybe one of us can find you a piece...i'll ask around. the season is still early!
it's 11:00, warmed up enough to get the tomatos out...great !!!!
have a happy day, all you lovely canadian gardening ladies !
Hey Brenda if you get out this way give me a call. Happy to have you over. Carol was the last one to come by and then it was Inanda (Giny) before that. I know that Viann has waved on the way over but not too many folks make a point of coming up to Edmonton.
I do think I will call the Lindenberg folks a call.
Forgot to reply to Brenda re Lorna .. good memory, but, SHORT !!
Lorna is also playing the waiting game .. has a bad right knee (her only one) and has an appt for an MRI in JUNE .. until then .. deal with it .. kinda difficult when you have but ONE leg to stand on.
I sure hope your wait is almost over .. can imagine you're nervous .. I have YET to make an appt to have a wisdom tooth out .. the 2 teeth I had out in January about did me in !! All because of MENOPAUSE I'm told ... lovely ...
Still haven't called the nurseries here re the Fern leaved Peony .. I guess the snow today has sorta dampened my spirits re planting ..
Liver is done and bagged, 2 very happy dogs in the house ...
Wow, it's 79F here with gusts between 90-100kl, looked at weather for tomorrow and it's 39F
explain that??? Not good news for Lorna, you would think they would have more compation and because of risk of cancer they would rush her in..poor care system!
So we are all on the lookout for Fern Peony's..see what some garden angel started..lol
Lindsay D'Aoust (http://www.paeonia.com/index.htm) was selling double fern leaf roots last year for $45.00 Of course she might not have any this year but I will keep an eye out for the new cata logue. If she still is selling it this year it would be a g ood buy because she generally has huge roots. They are dug and shipped in fall. Incidentally the proper name is you are looking at on line sellers( the best source IMO) is Peony tenuifolia.
Yikes, stopped into my nursery up the road, said likely he could order one in $120.00..attendant showed me a peony, yellow in bloom for $79.99 kept inside..said there were some out back with 1 bed..good for up to zone 2. Very hardy
Did end up coming home with a phlox..$24.99 called sherbet cocktail
Yes a few iron pieces did but I got sort of tired and left early and just did not bother to go back and look again! Truthfully I don't need anything new! Although if the fountain guy had been there it might have been different!
I really like phlox, have been buying for past few years, one of my anchor plants in the front garden. Peonies, phlox,iris and lilies plus bits and pieces of other things of course but those are the main ones.
I have several different gentians, both blue and white. But my neighbor Marie has the best and biggest one!
Don't know why mine won't get like this they both face east although maybe the ants nest underneath had something to do with it!
I am in 3a .. and Carol, you are as well .. I wonder if the Gentian would grow here ?
Am wondering if it's the plant used in Gentian Violet .. used to use that as a med for Thrush Mouth back in the day .. may still do so ..
The pic is just flippin gorgeous !!
Sunny and cool here today .. but .. the snow has STOPPED .. but 39F .. OMG !!!!! WOuld imagine the air conditioners will be running full tilt !!!
morning, that blue is wonderful !!!! i always find blues, whites and soft pinks so soothing.
hubby likes orange flowers lol...took me awhile to plant hot colors, so i compromise and
plant the hots in the full-sun front yard. and leave the cool colors for the patio.
weathers cool...not too bad, maybe rain later. put the matos out on the deck, hoping the cool temps slow them down a bit.
carol, i've never grown phlox, i thought they go mildewy, is there one you'd recommend to try ? is there a white ? i'm thinking of a white flower bed beside the patio.
and if anyone can think of a good white please, let me know !!!
Lindy Phlox paniculata David is a well known white. I couldn't tell you what the rest are - I have a lot!
And there are different types and heights from creeping types to the old fashioned type which are very tall.
Yep .. I drive it and am a bit more adventurous on it than Lorna as we had a quad when Murray was in his teens .. loved that thing .. I find Lorna is a bit reluctant to 'push the envelope' on the Mule, but, rightly so .. she has to watch what she's doing. Gord always makes sure she carries a cell phone with her, or, one of us is with her if she goes way out back to dump bows/debris ..
ANOTHER windy day here .. and snow mixed with rain at the moment .. am thinking it may be a stay at home day .. no one is up yet cept me .. I was up at 6:30am .. had 2 furry little bodies just busting at their seams to get outside as one of their BIG beach balls had hit the fence and they thought a MONSTER was lurking out there LoL
will be dropping into the nursery tomorrow night for a couple of shrubs..owner said he thought he had another new color..called 'peppermint' so will pick one one..I'm excited to see this year what my new phlox 'icecream sherbet' will look like
Our rescue email site was hacked into yesterday and when I opened up on Tuesday I could not get into site - had to change password - discovered a message had been sent out in my name to all the some 200 contact list saying I was in Scotland and had been robbed of everything please send money, dont phone, phone stolen too( I dont carry a cell phone!) please send $$ so I can get home.!!!!! This is a really old scam - I have had it many times from a variety of locations. Of course anybody on that list who knows me knows I was certainly not in Scotland! However it turned out all the contact list and some 5000 emails had also disappeared! So I could not send out a blast email to warn. Between some on my personal email and posting on websites where I had contacts I did manage to contact a fair number of people, also many people emailed back to check and some even phoned me! Spent most of the day on the computer or the phone! Have emailed yahoo to ask they say they may be able to restore the emails if it is within 48 hours so worth a try. Hope that includes the contact list but dont know - rebuilding a contact list is a real bummer!
A message was also put on our Facebook page - I told the person who is the admin she could post it was a scam but people could still send me the $$! LOL!
Fortunately we only have two dogs at the moment and one is not yet posted for adoption, the other we are in the adoption process and these documents are in my personal list of documents or the adoptions coordinator so the most important things are not lost! Many of those lost emails are probably not very important but I do find myself going back from time to time looking for a name or contact information.
The pic is Orange Perfection- rather hard to find, I have a couple, hope they survived our snowless winter.
that's a bummer Carol..can't believe that some people actually fall for these scams! Hope they can get your contact list back, that would be terrible if they couldn't. I never back up my files, good lesson, guess I should!
ohhh love the Orange Perfection, will be on the lookout for it. There is also a deep blue, bought one, didn't survive..would like to replace this year
carol..sorry to hear of your troubles, and at a rescue yet !! as my hubby says 'should be shot and p'd on' !!!!
nice pics of the phlox...great colors too, i'll have to check them out.
strange hearing the weather around the country... we had cool temps and rain last night but this morning the sun is out and its warming. got tired of tripping over the trays of tomatos, so i put them out. sun feels warm so should be ok. these plants sure aren't beeing 'babied' !
started seeding petunias...my hands were too shaky for those teeny seeds, try again today
Carol - terrible about the scam!!
Fella I worked with said he got one of those emails, and the person it was "from" was a boarder in the same house LOL Needless to say, he Knew the person wasn't in Holland!!
Sure hope Yahoo can give you all your data back! 5000 emails and 2000 contacts is not something to "sneeze" at.
Maybe for future, back the data up? I know you can export your contact list from Yahoo.
Yes really I have been careless not to back up the contacts! Would not bother with the emails as really probably 90% of them or more dont matter - mostly enquiries about dogs and if somebody has actually sent in an application it isforrwarded elsewhere and stored in my personal documents - all specific dog information is printed and in the dogs files so the most important stuff is actually either on paper or in my own document files.
But I must admit I rarely ever back up my own stuff!
Went to Garden Gallery, biggest garden center this side of Toronto..just getting stock in..doubtful they will bring in fern peony, tried for the phlox 'pepermint twist and orange perfection, no go..did see carpet roses thought $29.99 ..actually went to look for frogs seeing I am in a swap but none were really catching my eye AND those that did were so heavy the shipping would be too much. It did provide for a nice lunch though.
Still in Vancouver but we fly back this afternoon. Will have more grandkids pics when I GET BACK (oops). I tried to read all above, but there's too much there; so I'm starting over. Woke up to rain this morning, but the sun has just come out. Of course. my sunglasses are packed in my suitcase (inside a sock inside a sturdy shoe) and not accessible.
Well packed for sure Viola..looking forward to seeing photos..nice seeing all the children growing/hearing of their antics. Sun is out here but still quite cool..hoping the wind has died down so I can at least put an hour of garden work in.
No mosquitos here yet and no one has bugged me enough to use that excuse but I will remember it.
Carol, Nasty hackers! That is the lovely blue. Alpines are always hardy for us too and I'm hoping my small patch will be a bigger showing this year. They tend to flower a bit later too if I remember correctly.
Temps are hovering around 0 these days so I have the heater on in the G house at night and cover my starts so they don't get a big shock. Still have some more tender ones in the house. One begonia is flowering and so i don't want to set it back any by getting it cold. Even with these cooler temps I am going to have to transplant the 2 inches to bigger pots this weekend as the roots are all coming out the bottom and I don't want them root bound this early. I think I will go the the 3.5 inch pots next. Boy I sure like the heat mats as they really encourage root growth.
Viann , those G babies sure kept you busy this week...youve been very quiet. Looking forward to some photo's.
Scammers ... just unreal how they can feel justified and even HAPPY (cocky) about what they've done, as though they are a 'cut above' all us other computer users .. makes me so angry.
AND, i do not back up anything either sad to say :-(
I had a totally blah day .. I baked a cake, watched a movie, and made supper .. never went outside the door !! So much heavy rain , felt bad for the dogs ..
Will make up for this lazy day tomorrow ..
Omg, I don't believe this and wouldn't if someone told me this but last night after work I put vine seeds in wet paper towels, put into ziplock bags and they already have long sprouts..how could that be???
Called Cypress vine..actually went back in posts because surely it must have been last week but nope
Package said fast growing but that is a bit much! Wonder if my wetting the paper towel in hot water might have helped. Seeds were $4.99 a pkg so perhaps better quality..that room gets sunshine all day long and quite hot..add all things together and you get sprouts in a day...should look at my seed packets and try another one..maybe the 20 cent pkgs I got in buffalo.
In extreme pain tonight, bathed, took painkillers and going to bed..not going to go in tomorrow or Friday..
I find that is the best method for starting all the seeds that I have that are big enough to see. I hope you enjoy the Cypress vine I too grew them a couple of years ago and would be interested in hearing what you think of them.
Take care of that pain Betty ! I hope that sleep will give you a break from that nasty stuff.
Took Abby to the vet today- not my regular vet clinic but a new clinic started earlier this year by my favorite vet - she had never been seen at the other clinic. She confirmed my impression that Abby had early cataracts. But the big thing of course is her teeth. Abby was surrendered to the rescue 2 years ago and I adopted her - she had already had many teeth pulled and they were pretty bad. However recently I notice she is having a harder time eating dry kibble so I have been soaking with broth. Teeth are really really bad and vet would like to pull most of them as she thinks she will feel much better and I have to agree. Abby is 15 years old. We did blood work today- if there are any signs of kidney or liver disease she will not do it - anaesthetic too risky.
She has a lot of arthitis in her back legs too which are somewhat deformed but we dont know why - vet thinks there must have been an injury years ago although the previous owner denied it to me when we took her in.
The pic was taken last October
Carol as always, she is such a sweet dog. She looks so alert and her coat looks lovely, you are doing a bang up job looking after her. Do Bailey and she still look like dopple gangers, except for the ears?
I've always had a soft spot for Shelties they have the most loving look and if I could do dog hair I would certainly be a home for one or two of them. As it is I am enjoying my Cleo and her non alergenic self.
Just had a panic with Cleo as I thought I had found a cavity when I was cleaning her teeth on the weekend. I have dental tools and regularly scrape off the tarter. I booked a visit to my vet on Tuesday getting there with a back brace on as I had put my back out on the Saturday. Didn't they come out get Cleo and I, help us in, then it had been a false alarm and it was my eyesight that was wrong and it was just the way some tarter had lined up on one tooth!. Vet fixed it and gave me a hug then the girls took Cleo back out to my car. Vet only charged me 22.00, said she had not had a dog in that was so good to work on their teeth and most of them had to be sedated so she was very generous with her time. I had visions of a $1,000. vet bill! What a lovely surprise.
Yes Ann they still look like twins - the lst pic was taken July 2010 not long after Abby came to live with us -( and near the time we last came to Edmonton) The 2nd was taken in Feb 2011- don't have a more recent one.
Carol they are gorgeous!
Only the ears tell them apart and a few little bits here and there.
Are the trips to Edmonton on the backburner this year? Do the girls up here still get together?
Was this one of your girls who won their group at Westminister this year? I think it was an Alberta Sheltie wasn't it?
I think Shelties are the most delicate, loveable looking dogs - just love 'em!
Abby & Bailey look quite at peace with each other.
Tell me, Carol - are Shelties happier when there is more than one in the house, or are they normally loners/proprietory furries?
Ann the dog/breeder who won sheltie BOB at Westminster was the daughter of Fancy's breeder- Mystic is the kennel name.
No trips to Edmonton planned but you never know!
Susan I don't know about shelties, depends on the personality as far as most breeds are concerned I think. Bailey was fine as the only dog, he was 5 yrs when Fancy arrived ( same age) it took a long time to get used to each other but they got along well and often wrestled together. I have had other dogs in the house but since Fancy died I have never seen Bailey play with another dog.
But most people who think they should get a 2nd dog so the lst dog has company are probably wrong - when I am not home my dogs sleep and have done so even when they were much younger!
I also think that just getting another dog so the mourning one has company is wrong...
and furries Do mourn. My "Baby" (cat) mourned her mother for 2 years. Baby was born to us when we had her mother "Smokey". Baby was 2 years old when we had to make the tough decision re: Smokey. Baby looked for Smokey all the time, and actually started licking her tummy clean of fur - obsessive behaviour after her mother was gone... It took a lot of care & love for her to get over her mom's passing.
Morning all..great day to stay home, sunshine city it is.
Carol, you can see how well cared for the shelties are. I'm sure their way of thanks is their great companionship. Looking at your furries has me putting my head down in shame, will give Sailor girl a bath and good brushing today. She is just so heavy to lift?
Alberta Ann, I'm with you, just shutter when nearing a vets office. Glad you came out with dollars still in your pocket.
I've probably a day of work left on my stained glass piece for cousin Linda (Christmas gift) so just might do a bit here and there, would be nice to see it finished..another 2 or 3 window panels and all my scraps likely will be used up..soon sewing/ stained glass and decorative painting will all be set aside for gardening and not returned to until fall.
Should have gone to walmart for muffins Susan, got sidetracked and didn't make them!
Sooo I'll have one of yours!
Stayed home and did accomplish a bit..after hanging my head in shame yesterday managed to get Sailor into the tub, she frets so but once she's being bathed she relaxes and enjoys.
Worked and finished the stained glass piece..bit too modern and bright for me but Linda will love it!
Then made a circular glob with dragonfly to set as main focus in another piece I will start..sister wants one, asked her for the size but didn't get it so while I wait I'll make another..always someone who wants to give it a home! Lol
Cathy came over for a few hours, she comes to let the furries out and was surprised to see me home. I had bought her fleece as a gift for watching the furries when last I went to Buffalo..thought she might like to make her mom a fleece blanket for mothers day, Lordy it didn't take more than 1 1/2 hrs. She was thrilled with the outcome!
How is your day going
Think I'll put my head down for a bit..kitty just put her head on my lap so think she also wants to snooze
The muffins are those Large one - Buttertart, Cinnamon Coffee Cake, and Double Chocolate - $5.00 nine total... not bad, eh? Sorry, but the Double Chocolate are all gone, and just one left of each of the other 2
Still sneezing, and blowing nose - keep using Neti Pot and that helps... lots of drugs, and coffee, tea, and home made potato soup... good for what ails ya!
Cathy must be so proud of her accomplishment! It looks great
I Could Not get rid of my headache (head cold, ya know...) even though I'd taken some tylenol... until Bob suggested rubbing Muscle Mist on my temples... worked like a charm. Now, if only I can stop my sneezing...aaaaaaaaaachOOO
and watery eyes... just no energy - do anything, and it wears me out - even walking from living room to computer room. Bob's playing an RP game and he has to close it in order to search out what to do next, so he has me research stuff on my computer (I'm a faster typist...) so I generally stay at my computer so I don't have to move much...
Still, I'm handquilting a lap quilt for Leland, and it gives me time to view "The Good Witch's Garden" - movie's on right now...
Abby's blood work is all normal so will start antibiotics this evening and she goes on Monday - will probably pull most if not all of her teeth. Guess I better go get some canned food for her.
Also putting her on Metacam hoping it will help with the arthritis in her back legs.
Lovely day today - I worked in the garden for several short periods. Went and voted this afternoon- a neighbor was going to the advance poll and called to ask if I wanted to come so that is done.
Also broke down and called Telus re call display - until now I just wait until the answering maching kicjks in and then pick up if it is somebody I want to talk too. The rep apparently changed my account to something different that he said would be cheaper and long distance ( which I rarely use) would be 5cents a minute.Might be cheapoer also to change my TV from Shaw to Telus but I will have to go check my bills ( everything is on the computer and it was not on when I talked to telus) and she if I want to bother changing. I hate changing things like that even if it does save some money!
Carol Metacam is a wonder drug for dogs, Our Tramp was on it and it made the difference of being able to do a small set of stairs or no stairs at all. I felt so much better as she was able to get up and laydown much more quickly and more often. Look out though as her stool was looser and I know that your girl has a long coat.
We have just combined our phone with our Cable. We will save about 20.00 per month. Plus all our canada calls are not long distance if they are to another Shaw customer. Some other plus's but at any rate I was anoyed with Telus so we switched.
Supposed to get warm here this weekend too. Looking forward to repotting a pile of 2inch to 4 inch this weekend. They need the root room.
Happy weekend all
geeze, Ann - we have our phone, internet & TV bundled with Shaw and we don't pay for LD to Canada OR US - flat fee of $45 gets us all LD free.
In Winnipeg Telus mall booths were always empty - Telus did not have a good rep in Manitoba...
Might have to shave up Abby's bum and back legs if that happens! We keep Sassys real short after she had diarrhea last summer and it was hard to control- had to wash her bum 1-2 times a day which she did not appreciate!
Carol , I was remembering that so I thought to give you heads up on it. Maybe it was only our Tramp or old age but ... it was a nice tool to give that girl a nice summer. She was fairly blind and couldn't hear anything but the fridge door. We had her for 17 of her 18 years. We also claimed she was a cross between a coyote and a weasel , a stray that my husband brought in. Very cool dog that was amazingly loyal and kind and could escape from just about anything or anywhere, we should have called her Houdini.
We have sun shining after a dark cloudy afternoon, things are looking up for the weekend with temps and I do believe I will be in the G house all day tomorrow. Put my back out last weekend and slowly have been getting better this week only to be a dummy by enjoying the heated back things and burned my back. Hubby noticed this am that I have blisters down on my lower back. Same pattern as the darn back things. OOOOPPPPS. The blisters don't hurt nearly as much as my back did. I sure have some empathy for those of you who have this on a regular basis.
At any rate transplanting the little plants will not hurt my back. So all is good.
Off to putz around the yard to see if anything is up.
Another nice day although windy and apparently it is heading for 20C or higher by the weekend.
Got out into the garden again for a little bit today. Almost all my Hepaticas are blooming and a lot of little bulbs, Peonies are slowly starting to show. Bought a couple of metal lattices today to set up in the bed by the back gate for the sweet peas. Grass is starting to green up - looks like it will be pretty bad this year, Bailey pees on one side, Abby and Sassy on the other and Sassy does a 'walking' pee so speads it over a large area!
Rained during the night, sky is dark , likely drizzly all day but things seems greener. Would so love to get outside and put in a few hours gardening! I so love vines, have climbing gates here and there but no luck with mornimg glorious or sweet peas..I envy your gardens...
Ooohhh blisters? To bad we all didn't have sense when it comes to out health..seems we fight the pain and take on more than we should.
Hoping you all have a sunshine day and get to play in your gardens
yes, working on Leland's lap quilt - 5 long rows, and 5 short - am on #3 of the long rows. It's a nice quiet thing to do when I need to sit quietly and "do nothing" so I don't go into coughing fits. Next, I'll do Laura's lap quilt.
Once they're done, I'll bind them off.
AlbAnn .. I, for one, have also been a vicitim to a heating pad that was too hot .. lower back for me .. scalded it pretty good too .. ya's think it'd be a 'live and learn' type of thing, but, sadly, I've done it twice .. the heat is just so soothing .. ..
Went out to work around the yard .. but ended up coming in as the wind is pretty brisk .. hung my clothes on the line, BOY were my fingers cold !!!
Susan .. I sure hope your cold leaves you soon .. good thing you have hand crafts to keep you busy .. not sure re me and the ice cream .. all I seem to want to do for AT LEAST 3 days after I have an extraction is SLEEP, sad to say .. the whole procedure just knocks the wind out of my sails.
Hope you get to Barrie Betty, and, enjoy the upcoming week :-)
I see the 'flower of the day' on Daves today is Gentian .. going to have to read up on it :-)
Including a pic of Piper and Smokey .. they do so love the fire and their beds ^_^
This morning, because of a paper article I dropped by a fair trade fair. A group called Minkha sells hand knitsweaters made by ladies in Bolivia from Alpaca and Cotton wool. I wanted something multicolor in a cardigan that I could wear with pretty much everything. Would have preferred no collar but can't always have everything you want can you!
website is www.minkhasweaters.com - there is a catalogue on the site.
Carol - that sweater looks so cool! Are you one of those people that don't look good in a collar? My neighbour is like that, whereas I look better IN a collar (maybe it's because, like my mom, I will tend to have a "chicken neck" when I'm older? lol)
Prayers going out to Brenda , you will keep us updated "M"??? If you get to speak with her before the operation let her know she is in our thoughts..
They have come such a long way with heart surgery..may the Lord watch over the surgeon's hands..
Are any of you getting this winter weather..five drops of rain, wind is up but they say the storm will roll through this region later this evening...praytell, what will the flowers/shrubs think..will it damage this years growth do you think?
Home today, if it doesn't snow I'll run a few hours when my shift is over at 4:30..get supplies out just incase I can't get out tomorrow, other than that trying to finish the stained glass panel I'm doing for my sister..no urgency it's for Christmas. Lol
Yikes on the SNOW/rain/sleet... in Ontario!
Today it's supposed to get to 26c here... it's already 20c...
Bob got a call re: resume he sent on Friday - Elite International Foods. They called him in for an interview tomorrow at 9am. They need someone to drive a 5 ton cube van 2 days a week, and be Warehouse Supervisor the other 3 days. Bob's driven a 1 ton, and also personal school buses and U-Haul trucks... so maybe that would qualify him for the 5 ton truck?!?! His driver's licence allows him to drive them - we'll see.about the interview and what transpires.
"thread" - you mean "throat"...?!
Are you coming down with a cold, Betty!?
I'll join you in a hot chocolate. Usually have one late at night, but I've been out clearing up my front berm, so need something hot to drink (it's hot outside now! 20c, and promises to be 26c before end of day!)
It's supposed to get cooler tomorrow, with rain on Thursday high of 12c and rain on Friday, with a high of 6c!!
Friday's our Movie Night - hope people come, regardless!
btw - I'm having Ovaltine, not hot chocolate - just seemed more appealing somehow...
Abby was dropped off at the vet at 8 this morning. The vet called about 11AM to say she was finished and Abby was awake and she did not remove all the teeth - left her something to chew with. I will pick her up in an hur or so.
A gardening friend came over this morning and helped me clean up a couple of the flower beds and get the potting soil in all the pots on the patio. She will come back next week and a couple of others have volunteered also. I have some pansies I can plant right now!
New neighbors (renting) next door - -seems like a nice young couple - we are having an interesting time- they have a young French bulldog named Fara and an older English bulldog named Bronx! When they come out in the yard Fara runs over to the fence and starts barking and one of mine of course has to go to my side of the fence and join in.( there are gaps between the boards) We are working on not letting them learn this behaviour but it is slow going. I usually check to see if their dogs are out before mine are or sometimes I just put mine in the house when they come out. Farah will get tired of running the fence if she does not get any reaction. Sassy is good with 'NO' but of course Bailey cannot hear me so I have to go pull him away.
I spoke to Brenda, and her surgery is tomorrow afternoon. She will be staying in the hospital approx 1 week.
Her DH will be posting periodically to Facebook, so guess who will be going onto her facebook? (me, natch!!)
She says he won't be posting right away, but he will do so, periodically...
Good that you're planting now, Carol - it's supposed to rain by Thursday (isolated rain tomorrow?!?)
By now you likely have Abby home - Is she groggy from the anesthetic (sp)?
At one point, weren't you going to learn "doggy sign language" for Bailey? I remember a friend in Winnipeg had the same issue with her hearing-loss dog, and sign-language was fine, as long as she was looking at my friend... lol
I'd never heard of a French bulldog... will have to google to see what the difference in looks are...
Bags are packed, just a few more little things to take care of tonight. All ready for the "Big Vacation". I hear they bring you food and drinks, and rub your back. You can just sit back and relax. Sounds like a week at a resort, right?
Thanks for all of your good wishes and prayers. I really appreciate them.
Brenda - yes, hope they treat you well! Bring your laptop, write a famous short story, write your Thank You speech to Yale and Harvard for their honouring you with a dinner... oh, I could go on and on about the relaxing things you can do!
Well, enjoy your time rehabing, and know we'll be thinking of you as you have your surgery, and recovering...
I'll check FB for your DH's updates..
btw - do they bring you Mojitos (you Did say drinks)?
Know that I will be saying prayers for you tomorrow afternoon and afterwards during your recovery - the Greatest Surgeon of All will be watching over your earthly surgeons.
You will also be in my thought and prayers..guess it could be seen as a vacation of sorts, once fully recovered you'll enjoy all the things you've put off due to lack of energy..you'll be doing the happy dance before long..
Rest well tonight..we will all be waiting for updates!
Susan Bailey knows - and has always known - lots of hand signals - but they dont work if the dog is not looking at you! LOL! We manage!
Abby was a bit wobbly when I picked her up - 8 teeth out so she still has some. She got out of the car and peed for what seemed like about 5 minutes! ! She ate a small supper and has slept most of the rest of the time. She will be fine.
Next week I will take foster Sassy in and see what the vet thinks. Previous vets have not wanted to give her an anaesthetic because of the tumor on her chest. But she has lived so much longer than anticipated that probably we will do the dental anyway - if she does not survive it will not be a big surprise, if she gets thru it OK we may consider putting her up for adoption as a special needs dog.
To cancer clinic tomorrow to see doc. Start of last chemo cycle on Wed!
Yes Carol - I know, from my friend in Winnipeg with her deaf dog, that she used to get so frustrated when she wasn't looking and couldn't see the hand signals lol
They say that furries won't "go" until they're home and safe, so I guess Abby "held" it until then... must have been a Great Relief lol
Hopefully they will agree to do dental work on Sassy - I'm sure she'll feel better for it!
Well, last of the chemo cycles, eh? How long is a cycle again? 3/4 weeks?
Wow, LAST one. Good job on forging through these weeks and weeks of treatment! Now the end of that is in sight.
All of us feel better when our mouths don't hurt so I'm sure that would be the same for our pets.
Susan , yes please, on keeping us in the loop from Brenda's facebook. I do know that when my Dad had bypass surgery years ago he felt so much better after the initial "get better" from the operation that he couldn't believe how awful he had been feeling before.
We had a great day today, not the 24 that was promised but a much happier temp for the G house. Have about 400 plants growing on and seeded about another 80 tonight. So will hope we don't have any snow in the forcast.
The above link will allow you to send Brenda an email to the hospital ... her name is Brenda Magill .. you do NOT need the room #, the volunteers at Saint Boniface will take the email to her, or her hubby.
Most likrly she'll be in ICU for a couple of days .. all I can say is I feel bad fretting over a dental extraction while Brenda and Carol are facing their health issues .. time to BUCK UP ^_^
Betty - how did you get this nasty cold? Lots of hot ginger tea... do you like hot toddys?
Lets hope it warms up - sure that's where you got chilled... the weather change.
If you were already feeling "low" then the chill would make worse what you were getting anyway.
What's the temp there now? Keep warm!
will have to go back now and read exactly what I signed up for...no just regular neocitrin...ooops expiration date over by 4 months..oh well, still better than nothing..I'll pick up a box when next in town.
lol you signed up for the Lap Quilt Round Robin. You signed up in another DG room.
Think you'd best rest your head, Betty - as you've gotten this nasty chill/cold, I'm sure you're having a time of it today, so take it easy and rest. I won't let you forget, and we have time for you to make your center before sending it on.
it's a 15 1/2" x 24 1/2" unfinished block...whatever you want for a center.
Y'know... couldn't sleep last night (this morning) until 4:30... couldn't stop thinking about her, and all she has to go through... first her eyes (she had surgery on them, and as she says "I think it was a success!"), now her heart...
Trust me Susan .. Brenda has not only a BIG heart, but, a truly KIND heart .. she went out her way to take me under her wing (and her hubbys as well) when Lorna ended up in Wpg hospital and I was there with nothing to do but sit in the Health Sciences for a month ..
Anyone like that deserves flawless surgery with recovery that is a breeze ^_^
When I met Brenda in Winnipeg, in December 2011 (we went to school together in Winnipeg, but she was 2 years ahead of me, I didn't know her but apparently she knew me...even Years later), I could just hug her... she's really a sweet, gentle lady, and even when she was facing surgery this time, took time to assist me with some advice - just the sort of person she is, to take someone under her wing, ... she's a gem!
I've known her online at DG for years now, but last Dec was the first time we got to meet "in person".
I would do anything in my power to make her comfortable...
I have family in Winnipeg, and was thinking - 'what can I have them do for her, from me'. I've been "putting my thinking cap on" about this.
Update on Brenda
All is wonderful..surgery 12:00 to 4:30.. Changed assending aorta .. Changed valve. .. Wake up.. Maybe 5:30.. Breathing tube out at 8:30.. Talking conversations since then. Nurses are more than happy with smooth linear progression with no hiccups at all. She thanks all of you guys for the prayers, and is convinced that is what made the big difference.. And thanks from me too..
The above was posted by Echoes (Brenda's hubby) .. all is well .. :-)
I have discovered that Call Display is not much good if you can't read it without your glasses - which are of course never anywhere near the phone unless I am sitting at the computer where my spare glasses usually live!
Our long term foster Teddy went to a new home yesterday. We have had him since October and he was so shy we just wanted to work with him - have a terrific foster home for shy dogs - he was made available for adoption in March. After we approved the adoption had an issue with transportation- adopters on a rural property near Grand Prairie - 'horse' folks, busy getting horses ready for show etc. GP is a long drive from Airdrie where Teddy was living.
Then - adopters discovered a friend was flying with another friend from Calgary up north somewhere - small private jet no less - and would take Teddy and stop at GP with him. I have not seen the pic yet but apparently he rode up sitting in friends lap with a set of earphones on so the noise did not scare him! Not many dogs get to travel like that!
Teddy is a bi-black sheltie, big beautiful fellow!
ahhh, am sure he'll adapt in no time, sounds as though the adoptive family have mega grounds for him to roam..must been hard letting Teddy go..maybe you should find an adoptive family if it means flying about the country!
I sure hope so - our biggest concern in fact that he is not a dog who can be allowed to roam he is still pretty shy and if he was ever loose off leash at the moment he would probably disappear! But they have a big dog run and understand he needs to be kept leashed until he will reliably come when called - it will take time,.
Thank you, Marilyn, for news on Brenda!! This is terrific!! ahhhhh Connor's breathing easier now that Brenda is recovering :-)
Sorry I didn't post earlier - I slept in until 10:00... yikes, must have needed the sleep!
Betty - do you take cough syrup with codeine? It helps me... Available behind the counter, and they check you SIN# so there's no "drug abuse" lol like you Would, eh? lol
Carol - did you see about "Noah" the rescue dog from north of Calgary, with chemical burns on his neck and back? They're doing wonderfully well with him - surgery for the terrible infection - apparently had happened over 3 weeks ago.. and he's only 1 year old. People had called in to report that he was wandering the woods. They've placed him with a foster home, changing bandages every 2 days, then expect to get him adopted.
Wish I could come eat at your house "M"' mouth just a watering..don't feel like going out at 4:30 but must..Sailor for grooming, stained glass studio then I just might take a ride into town to see if I can pick up Chinese or Kentucky fried, not into cooking this week!
our neighbours gave us a Tuesday Sun newspaper - I found the story on there. - says it's on Twitter - @SunDaveDormer.
I never go on Twitter, so don't know what I just typed, means...
The article is called "Beat-up rescue pup in recovery" I couldn't find it on Google...
Pic from Chemo day yesterday. DIdnt bother to take my lap duvet , but the 'warm' blankets are only good for a few minutes and then just heavy - duvet next week! You cant seen the IV because it is inserted on the underside of my right arm.We dont use the top of my hand since it is still in recovery mode from an IV infiltration 2 months ago.
Had a problem yesterday when they changed the drip rate from slow to fast after 15 minutes and had a bad burning sensation at the site, nurse ended up doubling the saline rate more than the chemo rate to dilute it more as it entered and then it was OK. She said some people have that problem every time but it was quite a surprise to me as it was the first time
Look as though they try and make you comfy Carol..you look so relaxed! Not good about the burning sensation..perhaps if you mention it on your next visit they might watch for it.
How are you feeling this morning?
Took Sailor to. New groomer last night, he seemed to think he was the dog whisperer..lol. I went in with Sailor as she is nervous of men , went to help him lift her, he all but screamed, leave her leave her, I must put all my energy in her healing..o k
was great with Sailor, taking her back end of May, going for her not me! He did encourage me to think of the food he makes which would be much better for her...yikes it would cost next months salary to afford the food..but did buy chicken jerkey for Sailor, $20 for treats..
He has a rescue program, has 12 dogs he is getting healthy before moving on and boards..had 22 there last night..beatiful run for them..
Betty you can be sure I will mention it every time now. I actually know the IV sites we have used for the past 3-4 chemos and we dont use the top of my hand because of an IV infiltration 2 months ago and hand still healing so it makes it harder for the nurses to find a site. And of course we can't use my left arm because of the lymphedema.
Taking Sassy to the groomer this afternoon - I always disappear because she is much better with them ( there is a good garden centre about 10 minutes drive away so you know where I will be going!)- she actually wont let me groom her- gets very snappy and I cannot risk her biting me. Her undercoat is quite matted - should have had her groomed a couple of months ago but that was when I was sick and not paying attention. Anyway the girls say she is always pretty good with them and since there are several people somebody can hold her head if necessary. This is a g roomer who grooms our foster dogs at no charge.Tomorrow to the vet to see what we can do about her stinky mouth.
Cold out today, no gardening, supposed to rain for a few days, ground is very dry so we really need the moisture expecially the farmers in eastern Alberta.
Sailor is so docile, it would not be a problem but did not want her to fret, next time I will drive up the road to the Stained glass studio and spend a few hours. Just a concession away is the lili farm but seeing as the lily bug has been in our region past few years no sense stopping there to ohh and ahhh at what I can't have. Told me Sailor is likely 10 or 11 and a lot of years left..we will see!
Going out already, aren't you concerned about catching all these bad germs ?
Betty I have never stopped going out and I have never worn a mask(athough I keepsome in the car) - even at the dog show and the garden show. Probably picked up a cold at the dog show beginning of March but other than that no problems. Just kept my fingers crossed. I do however have signs on my doors.
Good for you, to get signs on your door. Saves you having to explain every time you go to the door (by which time you're already exposed to the 'germs'). I suppose this means you don't get a lot of door-to-door salespeople or politicians lol
I imagine that burning sensation was pretty 'uncomfortable' to say the least!
btw - our neighbour has a dog grooming van that comes to his place to groom his pooch (he's able to drive but it's more difficult as he has crutches all the time, and to carry the dog and open doors at the same time?!?! well, just not going to happen). They will come to any house if you call - can't remember the name of the company ..."puppy" something... an obvious "grooming" name though...
Susan I have had a mobile groomer since Bailey was 2 years old - 13 years no( Didnt have a car at the time) ! Once in a while I take the dogs to her but usually she comes to the house, sets up in the back porch ( her dream is to be able to afford an actual grooming van) I make an appt. she shows up and with 2 dogs she is usually here for some time and I often go shopping or somewhere out of sight! She does a great job too. I had a couple of mobile groomers before her and I would never have had them back as they simply did not know how to properly groom a sheltie!
I saw her DH post that she's off all machines, except pacemaker and IV and is on the floor she will stay on, for the next week. He had posted that she'd "eaten my cookie" yesterday at noon... I'd missed him saying that when he posted it on FB... oooooopsie lol
.M. those are more like bed spreads than flannel blankets but whichever they don't stay warm very long. Which is why I normally take my lap down duvet which has fleece on one side!
Cold and rainy here - disappointing not to be able to get into the garden but it is very dry so we do really need the moisture. My potato order arrived today but it will be a while before I can plant them as the ground in the bed is not warm enough. Need to dig it loose and cover with plastic for a bit - might help.
you need a warm and cozy quilt, Carol...
Do you ever quilt?
S'funny to see my berm - 1/2 of it Never gets any moisture (unless it's from underground when it's rained) cuz it always looks so dry under the overhang from my mobile. Even driving rain doesn't seem to get under there. So funny when we've had 'flood-like' rains and still...dry as a bone!! I really need to water it after a rain lol
I have a quilt Susan the one I received from Victorias Quiilts but it is more single bed size.so it is at home on the sofa for naps. My duvet is just right. No I dont quilt - my Mom was a great quilter.
I had Sassy to the groomer today - they were running quite late and so I drove out to a nearby nursery just past the edge of town and of course found some plants to buy, not much because I really dont know yet what I need. I did get some small packs of coleus which I can put under the lights and use in some shallow planters I put on the back steps. A couple of interesting grasses for the patio pots and two p hlox - Orange Sensation ( I already have one but it is hard to find and I want one for another bed) and Blue Paradise which looks like a lovely lilac mauve shade.No Peppermint Twist. A bit too early to plant them but I might be able to get them under the lights for a couple of weeks.
I have so many phlox now I better carry a list with me! Same with veggie seed!
Love coleus - there are so many varieties and colours!
I was out for a few minutes today (to the truck, into a building, out of a building to the truck, then home) but it was too dreary and raining that I didn't want to go out much. I can deal with snow better than rain. I love the rain for watering the gardens, but Not to be out in it.
I like "interesting grasses". I'd gotten some Pony Grass from Joanne (south) and I'm going to look for some again this year. There are some purple grasses that are really striking, too...
I have to start thinking about roto-tilling my friend's yard (our veggie garden, that is) sometime in May. Hard to believe it's already close-to-May!!
yup, will happen. It also reminds me I have to get a b-day pressie off to my Mom - May 2nd! I know Just the book to send her, so will get it tomorrow, and send it off - Love Wins by Rob Bell. She's quite the reader, and doesn't get to Church often anymore, so she'll like it, I'm sure.
I've made 2 quilts for her, so she wouldn't look for anymore from me, I know. She'll be 93!
Carol I noticed too that you had on your new sweater. Was it warm? I belive you said it was Alpaca wool.
Groomers , oh boy do I miss the lady that did my Cleo for years. She became ill 2 years ago and passed away. She had a wonderful way with animals and did a super job. I think she is part of the reason my dog is so good for any groomer now.
Good news about Brenda!
Snow this am but it's melting now.
Able to keep Ghouse at 52 degrees last night so I am not worried about the weather at all.
cold and windy today so I decided to make a trip to Sunnyside nursery for a few things! They had bags of bulbs on 50% off so I picked up some lilies ( 1-3/bag) some seeds, some pot feet ( which is what I really wanted) and a tray of Calibrachoa(Million bells) - cheaper by 10 pots so I bought 20. Already have a lot under lights in the basement - have about 6-8 dfifferent colors, mixing them all up in some big pots that go round a birdbath on the back patio.
They dont have many perennials in yet but guess what I found another phlox - Watermelon Punch!
Carol, bought Blue Paradise this aft. $11.98 for quite a size..no orange but several peppermint twist, 1/2 the price of the other nursery..will have to keep that nursery in mind..maybe the hard to find are hard to find
yes, as Marilyn said on FB - these are HUMP days for her when she's gotten a fever, getting a few aches and pains re: walking/sleeping/eating for the first times after surgery, then it's all "uphill" from there.
Everyone - Brenda may go home Tomorrow! Apparently IF her fever goes down, and the "shakes" stops, she'll be released.
My daughter was going to visit her tomorrow afternoon, but Connor said "no, we'll be leaving the hospital before she could come" so he's obviously thinking she'll be released.
I certainly Hope so, cuz she's been walking around and feeling pretty good (other than the fever, naturally, and that's to be expected Connor said).
Brenda even posted on her FB account - she said "Thanks, for all the prayers and well wishes. I really appreciate them."
Fingers crossed Brenda can go home .. Lorna's only positive recollection re the 'hospital cuisine at St B' was the date squares, and they only arrived 3 times in the 2 weeks she was there, but, you could purchase them in the cafeteria LoL
Be nice if she can be discharged, guess it's a wait and see proposition.
ANOTHER heavy frost morning .. lawsie am tired of them .. you can sure tell how hearty Iris and DayLilies are though ! The bunches of them I have are hanging on ..
Going to hang sheets on the line .. know they'll dry as we do have the ever constant wind, and, brilliant SUNSHINE :-)