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Mid-South Gardening: AUGUST! Autumn is surely not far behind! (We hope)

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9239829

Well, nobody else has started an August thread, so I will do it.
We came from here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1269428/#new


Things seem to be quiet right now on the Mid-South forum so this is a good time for a new thread.

Please join us here with your comments and photos.

It is a delightfully cooler day with currently 68F here in the Ozark mountains heading for a high in the mid-80's. I'm enjoying it while it lasts!

I'll start off with this photo I took with my Iphone this morning: Mist over the mountains: (this is the view I wake up to each day--although some days without the mist)

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slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 13, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9239954

Looks like beautiful scenery all around you there, does Al like to get up early too?
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2012
12:09 PM

Post #9240182

Hi everybody and glad we have a new thread. About time and thanks Marilyn!

Will post more later when I have time.
Elaine

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 13, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #9240227

Busy today too! Just marking the thread so I don't lose it.
gen2026
Camden, AR

August 14, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #9241081

Charlotte, sounds like you had an amazing trip! I know that ya'll made some wonderful memories! I have only been to Yellow Stone one time - and only for part of a day...so I am sure there is LOTS we didn't see. I would love to take the kids back to yellowstone and also around to the Redwoods and back thru the Grand Canyon. Not a short trip to say the least! But, although I have seen all those things the kids were either so small they don't remember or they haven't seen them... don't see that happening anytime soon though.

I ended up having to have the tooth pulled on Friday by an oral surgeon. It was NOT a good experience and it was so infected that it has really taken a toll on me! I am still dragging!! I went to work yesterday because i HAD to do payroll and I worked til 12:30 when Kyle had to come get me. Today, I feel a little better but not great so I am staying home. I have a million things I need to help the kids get done before they leave ...so I work a while on something then crash for a while and maybe we will make some progress.

About to make them pancakes and wake them up... that is their favorite breakfast and the last time they will have it together anyway before they head off to fall semester. Kyle has to move in Thurs night because he is helping with WOW (Welcome to Ouachita's World) - Jessi moves in Saturday morning although we plan to go over on Friday evening and clean good and put down the carpet that her room mate got for the room. The roommate is in Africa on a mission trip and won't be there for move in day - so we got the carpet last spring from the girls she got it from and have it in our garage. Hope to get the carpet down, room clean, and the loft up on Friday evening. THen Saturday morning we will go back with all her "stuff" and get her room organized. We are not supposed to move in anything friday night except the loft and carpet... I can't believe that by the end of the week the house will be empty!!!!

Marilyn, sounds like you have been busy! And I am guilty of keeping cardboard too... been hoarding it to go under the mulch in my foundation planting that I am working on! I knew it would take a lot of it for that large an area... if I ever get a chance to finish it!!! I used to keep a lot of water jugs or milk cartons too for starting seeds but I have finally thrown most of them away. :(

I hope everyone has a great day! Leigh said it was 66 here this morning, but it is heating up fast outside...

Genna

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 14, 2012
12:53 PM

Post #9241429

Yes, I use cardboard too, I save all boxes, cereal, Mac and cheese, any boxes that don't have wax on them, like from the frozen food case. I use them under mulch also, but wanted to say, be sure you have watered the area VERY WELL, before putting any cardboard down for mulch, or papers. If you don't the paper or cardboard will absorb what water is in the ground, after you get it down water it well again.

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2012
2:00 PM

Post #9241503

Used some of my cardboard stash yesterday. I was painting several pieces of furniture and opened up several of the priority mail boxes like you would mail a book in to set the furniture on. (I keep a supply of all sizes priority mail boxes also)! Newspaper tends to stick to the furniture at the feet and it also flies around when there is a breeze.

I have containers outside to catch rain water. I then transfer it into gallon milk jugs. I also cut the tops off just above the handle to make a type of pitcher. I also use them to mix my plant food and Bayer Systematic up in. Then for winter sowing I cut them part ways through. Can't have too many milk jugs as they eventually develop a leak. I have about 6 at my vegetable garden.

When I was painting yesterday I used some glaze I bought over 15 years ago. Save all my paint too! When you do the kind of stuff I do you never know when you might need some kind of paint. Would get very expensive to run out and buy new stuff every time I needed to paint something or to touch up something.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 14, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9241743

Here are some pictures of the two new babies and Hardin
Hardin was 2 in Feb, Justin was born April 3rd and Eli June 7
Hardin was playing with IZZY, the lizard, it is a real lizard

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9241790

Genna I hope you are feeling better from that tooth. You aren't gonna know what to do with yourself with all the kids gone!!!

Oh my, Sandra you are working on a football team there. They are all so handsome, that is except Izzy!!! I bet it's hard to keep your hands off them!!!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2012
10:00 PM

Post #9241947

Sandra you do have quite a group of handsome young guys!! You know I'm partial to boys!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9242108

Beautiful grandsons, Sandra!

Charlotte, I think, generally speaking, that mothers get along better with their boys and dads get along better with their daughters. At least, that is what I have observed over the years with parents and their children.

OK, ya'll win. Go ahead and save your cardboard! LOL I'll send mine to the recycling center. :D Speaking of which, we have made TWO trips to the local recycling center (15 miles away but still "local") but most of it was metal and plastic. Our carport is now ALMOST clear enough so that we can get both our vehicles in under the roof. (It is a double carport.) We are making progress and this is a HUGE step for Al, who can't seem to let go of anything, even scrap metal. LOL He even admitted that not only does it look a lot better on the carport but it felt good to get it cleaned up! :o)

Yesterday was delightfully cool--it was in the 70's for a high! Wonderful! We rewarded ourselves after cleaning the carport with a ride in the boat around the lake after an early supper. Refreshing! Laddy went along, too. He is becoming quite the "seafaring" doggie or should I say "Lake-faring". LOL



Sarah_Claire
Little Rock, AR

August 15, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9242455

Genna, I graduated from Ouachita! It's a great school.

I love the cardboard trick. I used it in my side yard. Working at a hospital, I can get LOTS of boxes anytime I want them. If anybody needs some, let me know! I like newspaper for more delicate plants. My coworker drinks diet green tea all day, so she has several gallon jugs each week to give away. They are thicker than milk jugs and I think a little easier to carry water in. Monday LR got almost 2 in. of rain! Couldn't believe it.

Can't wait to see everybody next month.

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 15, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9242962

Here are a few pictures from my Utah trip. Horse/mule back riding down into Bryce Canyon, repelling at Water Canyon and hiking down the Narrows in Zion.

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slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 16, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9243250

Charlotte, I know you enjoyed the trip, but it sure looks nothing like a vacation to me, where is the 5 star hotel and the swimming pool????? LOL. really beautiful country there, looks like you can see for miles on that horse.

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9243295

I got a work out that for sure Sandra! We rode all the way to the bottom of the canyon and then back up. It was absolutely spectacular!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9243338

I bet you lost 20 or more pounds on that trip, Charlotte! Looks like fun!!

Things have been topsy-turvy the last few weeks. I am going to have to start working another day...I am just too busy! The doctors are going to give me my own assistant, so I don't have to stand for 10 hours straight...we shall see how this goes. Now I will be working Mon-Wed. Anyway, sorry I have not been around to read all of the thread. I love you all and think of you often!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9246048

charlotte, your vacation, sounds right up my alley!! I think I would love to do all those things . I haven't been horseback riding since we sold all our horses 7 or 8 years ago.

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9246068

I did enjoy all the things we did. I hadn't been on a horse in 15 or 16 years. We were at Big Cedar Lodge with another couple and we all decided to go horse back riding. We rode straight down onto the canyon floor and then back up again. We were on some very narrow trails but it didn't take me long to get over being nervous about that. We had horses when I was small. One of my best friends in grade school lived out from town and had a horse. I would ride behind her and we would ride all over with her Collie dog following us. Fond memories of those days.

Jeff really enjoyed the ATV riding. He had a dirt bike when he was around 12. We lived on a street that came to a dead end at a big open field. It was just a big field with tall weeds. The kids called it "the weeds". That's where he rode his dirt bike. He wouldn't think of letting his kids have a bike!! LOL But he got to relive his dirt bike days with the ATV! We went through a course that had you jumping over some logs, doing a 6 foot straight drop offs, curves that put you on your side, going up steep hills and then finally driving all over huge sand dunes. He was impressed with my ATV driving skills! LOL

It was definitely an outdoor vacation with lots of strenuous activity. I was pleased that I was able to keep up with everyone and do all the things they had planned. I may be old but I'm still healthy and fit and don't feel old! I'm going to keep up my walking this time!!
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9246094

Great pictures, Charlotte. Brings back good memories of the last time we were there. I do hope you go back, although I understand doing something 'once and done'. We spend a lot of time in one spot and then if we like it we go back. But we hike different trails and do a lot of day hikes so it takes us a while to do that. We probably spent 5 days in Zion and about 3-4 days in Bryce and we've been to each twice. The first time we were in Bryce it was cooler and it snowed so it was too wet to ride horses so we did that the second time. The second time we visited Zion we also went to the Northern entrance for a day. We spent a week at Moab. I could have hiked for a week in Arches alone, and Canyonlands is huge. Some of the trails like the Fiery Furnace you aren't allowed to hike unless they are led by a ranger or you are very experienced and are registered because you can get lost. The trails are not well marked, so I can well understand why that is so. Yellowstone and the Tetons are a whole different story. We could spent a month there and never get tired of it or run out of things to do.

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2012
8:03 PM

Post #9246124

Elaine, teenage boys get bored easily!! They need a lot of different activity. That's why Kristi planed so many different and varied things to do. Just hiking would not be exciting enough for them! We would have never found our way up Water Canyon without a guide. It was like the Fiery Furnace you mentioned. Just a path and sometimes you couldn't even see the path.

When we hiked up the Narrows, coming back the boys discovered they could lay down and use their water proof back packs as a floating device. So they floated back making occasional stops to climb up some hill or climb through some crevice they saw!! More energy than you can imagine!!

The day we rode horses at Bryce it rained really hard about an hour before we left on the ride and rained very lightly for about the first hour of the ride. So the path was wet and muddy in spots. It was thundering occasionally so they kept telling us to keep our horses tight to the one in front. So it was an adventurous ride!

After they dropped me off they went on up to the Tetons and Yellowstone. They travel somewhere every summer but seldom go to the same place twice. Kristi found two really great houses. The one in Zion was about 8 miles from Springdale. It had been very recently built and had 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths (3,000 sq ft house). The one in Bryce was about 30 miles from Bryce but can't remember the name of the community. It was a 3 level "cabin". Also had 4 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths. Big front porch that overlooked a beautiful view, covered deck and a fire pit. Enough kitchen equipment to cook anything you wanted and all the latest equipment (even a warming oven). We just used the fridge! The deer would come right up to the cabin in the morning.

I wished you Happy Birthday on facebook but want to say Happy Birthday again!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 19, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9246887

I have to show off the ducklings, Jack and Jill...and hubby ;o) The second one is Jack checking out the camera, so I just snapped a photo while he was seeing if it was edible.

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 19, 2012
4:11 PM

Post #9246910

Kim they are SO cute!!!!! What a good duck mother you are! And Jeff's looks like he a good dad!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9246954

Kim they are so cute!!! I can only imagine what the two of them can get into. What have they been up to?
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
5:01 AM

Post #9247275

Kim, those are good pics, it's good that you and Jeff love doing this together.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #9247351

I agree with Kathy Ann and the others. Cute photos!

Our moonflower bush has over 50 buds on it! This is the third time it has bloomed since the first part of July--by "Bloom" I don't mean just 3 blooms but 3 series of a LOT of blooms. Five of the buds bloomed out last night and will last through mid-morning before fading. The bees love them! We should have even more blooms tonight. I have cut off all of the seed pods because I don't want a kajillion of these plants coming up everywhere LOL but I am enjoying the two plants I do have. The smaller plant has one flower blooming this morning.

Our grape tomato plants have over 70 little tomatoes on them. They have a very sweet taste. We usually eat them as we pick them LOL So far I have made it to the house with only 3 or four of the little tomatoes. :D
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #9247352

Kim, Jack and Jill are adorable!! And such great pictures too!

Charlotte, thanks so much for the birthday wishes. Had a busy day Saturday. Watched my daughter compete in her first triathlon! She did great - finished 144th out of about 500 which I thought was awesome. She thought she could have done better in the swim and she is not a runner, but they do that last and of course she was pretty tired after swimming and biking but her coach ran with her part of the way to encourage her, which I thought was wonderful. She had the shoulder surgery back in the early summer which kept her out of training for 3 weeks, so I thought that was pretty good. Then I worked in the garden a little bit since I had been out of town all week and DH took us all out to dinner in one of my favorite restaurants.

I know what you mean about keeping the boys (any teens really) busy and occupied with different activities. Good plan there. The houses sound wonderful too, especially for a family. We've always just gone on our own so far but would love to take our grands one day when they can do some of this stuff with us. We have rented houses in the north Georgia and Carolina mountains when we go white water rafting and it is a great way to go and spend time together. So peaceful.

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9248082

Elaine your daughter did great!!!! Know you are proud of her!!

Houses are the way to go. They are about the same as what they would have to pay for motel rooms as with 5 of them (and 6 with me) and the kids now teenagers they have to get at least two rooms. With a house they have space to go to but a central place where all the family can gather together.

Marilyn I have a Sun Hybrid cherry type tomato. I sure hope I can find another one next year. Probably should try to save some seed. But it is the best cherry tomato I've ever had. It doesn't turn red but a yellow orange color. Very tasty - very good flavor. That one plant has produced I couldn't begin to tell you how many tomatoes (far more than my other cherry tomatoes). I have roasted them and they stay firm rather than quickly falling apart like the other varieties do.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 21, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9249581

I have been pretty quiet lately, been busy around here, Cayla and Eli moved here with us, her boyfriend has been showing his true colors for several months now, she was trying to make it work since they have Eli, but he is just a self centered jerk, and it has gotten 10 times worse since Eli arrived.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9249589

I love you Sandra and so does God!!! He is watching out for Cayla & Eli and that may very well be without her boyfriend!!! Then again, this time a part may make him wake-up and realize what he is loosing!!!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 21, 2012
9:39 PM

Post #9249628

I echo what Jeri said!! Things happen for a reason, although we don't always understand why. Babies are a wonderful gift but things are not always just about you after you become a parent. Seems he may not understand that just yet. Hugs to you and Cayla!!!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 22, 2012
6:02 AM

Post #9249777

Sandra, Hugs to you, Jerry, Cayla and Eli! I echo what the others have said.

Charlotte, our grape tomato plants were given to us by our neighbor who started them from seed. We have four of the plants and they are really producing right now after just doing so-so earlier. I don't know what variety they are but we are calling them grape tomatoes because they are smaller than cherry tomatoes. They have a sweet taste. :)

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9249789

I have four of the ones similar to your grape tomato that were also started from seed. They produce good but nothing like my Sun Hybrid one. My one Sun hybrid plant out produces all 4 of the other ones. I also like the taste of the Sun one better. It is just one plant that I bought. I have it staked but it has sprawled all over everywhere and has produced hundred's of tomatoes. It has slowed down right now but is blooming and getting ready to set another round of tomatoes. I've had a couple of trays of them on my counter all summer long. More than I could possibly eat - even more than Justin the tomato eating champion could eat. Have made soup out of them and used in salsa, frozen, etc.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 22, 2012
6:15 AM

Post #9249790

Thanks girls, I hope this is the end of their relationship, Cayla seems so much happier now that she is not having to deal with his bad behavior. She told me yesterday ahe was waiting for the sad to come and so far, it just is not there !
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #9249956

Sandra, I feel for you all. It's usually sad when a relationship ends, but in this case if Cayla isn't sad and you and Jerry aren't sad, then it's probably going to work out for the best. If she's happier, then 'nuff said. I know you'll all make it work and little Eli will thrive! The jerk will have his regrets down the line most likely. Who knows. But it's always best to look ahead, not behind.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 22, 2012
11:02 AM

Post #9250079

Onward and upward ! I agree!
gen2026
Camden, AR

August 22, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9250331

Hello all! Trying to catch up on the thread and see what everyone has been up to!! Got Kyle moved into college last THursday and they still do not know what was wrong with him. He is still on his antibiotic and has had some pain but not nearly as bad... but he says he still feels "burpy" after a meal so I am thinking it is probably gall bladder and the antibiotic has helped to calm it down some for the moment. He goes back to the dr on Friday for a follow up. Moved Jessica in on Saturday. Actually I made a trip to OBU on Thursday night (for Kyle), Friday night to put the carpet and lofts in Jessica's room, Saturday morning to move in her stuff and for the parent meeting etc, Sunday morning to make a run to walmart to exchange her fridge that wasn't working and get some more stuff of the list and to meet her roommate's family. Her roommate didn't arrive until Sunday afternoon. She brought both parents, three siblings and an aunt with her for move in - so when we got there you might say the tiny room was a little crowded!! Not sure how we would have managed if we had all tried to do move in at once!! I even came back thru Arkadelphia on Monday after Leigh's surgery to drop off a shoe rack I picked up for her at Target.

Leigh had his shoulder surgery Monday and the doctor said he thought it went very well. Had two torn rotator cuff muscles, and a tear in the bicep tendon...also removed a couple of small bone spurs so once he heals some, he should feel a lot better than he has in a long time. He talked to his co-worker and boss this morning and he is getting a new supervisor...we will have to wait and see how that goes! We had thought his boss who is in HS, was going to pick up the Camden territory and we thought there was a SMALL chance they might station him out of Camden which would save us a LOT of money each year. Instead, his boss picked up Conway and some other areas and they gave a supervisor out of PB the Magnolia office that Leigh works out of. Not sure how this will affect us, but I guess there is very little we can do about it. He had a great boss, and I really hate that he has to work with a new one! But the guy is 69 and may be about to retire... if so, there is a chance they could give the entire area to guy who has been Leigh's boss, or a chance that IF they fill the position that Leigh might could get it...

Loved the pictures from your trip Charlotte. It does look like ya'll had a lot of fun! Kim, your new babies are adorable. I know you are enjoying them for sure! Such cute photos!

Sandra, I would say I am sorry about Cayla and her boyfriend but it sounds like you all might be better off without him. MAYBE he will mature a little once she moves out and realize what he is missing out on! Either way, I know they will be in good hands living with you and that you will enjoy spoiling that baby even more! :) He is such a cutie!!

Elaine, wow - sounds like your daughter did great! Kyle is considering trying to do a triathlon. He doesn't have a lot of swimming experience ...he worked as a lifeguard and can swim but not swim team experience. He is a sprinter by nature, but is considering trying to practice up on his swimming and attempting a triathlon. He has recently gotten into biking and he REALLY loves it! He says he wants to ride in the olympics! :) Not sure he will get that far, but if he enjoys it - it is ok with me!

Jeri, how is Ashley doing? Did they ever figure out what was going on with her?? I guess she has started or is getting ready to start school again...is she going to be a junior this year??

Marilyn, they have HUGE moonflower plants near the one of the dorms at OBU... they are probably 6' across. I didn't realize they got so big! I bet they are spectacular when they are blooming. I have never seen them in the evenings...

Hope everyone is doing well. NIce to have a chance to get on here and catch up on all my friends!

Genna

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 22, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9250530

Genna, have you had a chance to stop long enough to be lonesome for the kids? Give your hubs best wishes on his shoulder recovery.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 22, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9250571

I ditto what Sandra said, Genna. You have really been busy lately but then it seems you are always busy doing something with or for your kids. :o) The moonflowers are lovely. They usually open in the evening just before dark and continue blooming until around noon the following day. They close up sooner if the temps are really hot.

Sandra, I'm glad Cayla is feeling okay about leaving Brandon. It does sound as if she will be better off without him.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 22, 2012
6:22 PM

Post #9250577

Yes, it does seem that way. This is the third time she has left, but has never moved everything out like she did this time. She said he texted her today being sweet, I told her not to let it get to her that she knew it would only last a day or two and then he would be back to screaming at her.

Amanda got Eli a big stroller at a yard sale Sat, it is very nice. I pushed him in the yard in it today, the trees seem to fascinate him !

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9250595

Jake moved back to college this week also. Kristi is going to miss him. He has gotten to be quite the cook and has been cooking dinner 2 or 3 times a week. Don't know if he had time this summer but when he was in high school he did all the family grocery shopping. Kristi would just give him a list. All the kids have jobs they have to do at home and that became his job after he got his driver's license.

Genna enjoy your time! Our job as parents is to raise our kids and provide a good background for them to enter the world on their own. You've done that! Now sit back and watch them become their own person. Time for you to pursue some of those interest you have but haven't had time for.

As we know Sandra people don't change (knowledge that comes with experience)! Seems that's probably just his personality and like you said can act sweet long enough to try and win her back but then when he thinks he doesn't have to be sweet any longer - back to his old self!! Think it takes a while to figure out someones true personality.

All babies and kids seem to love the outside! It will be good for both of you when it gets a little cooler and can take him out side more.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 23, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9250976

Genna, if Kyle really is interested in a tri, tell him to join up with a group training session. That's what my daughter did and she got some great training and buddies to train with. They really helped train for the specific events like swimming. The swim is first and they teach how to 'save' your legs for the bike and run. She signed up with 'Fleet Feet', a running store that runs the clinics for a small fee. They also have group bike rides and runs once a week. She had a friend who was a swimmer who also helped her train in the beginning that really helped her. She loved the biking the most but swimming ended up a close second. She and some girlfriends are going to Florida in a few weeks to do one there too. Their goal is to do 3 each year to stay in training and then do some 5k runs and maybe train for a 10k to keep up their running.
gen2026
Camden, AR

August 23, 2012
2:00 PM

Post #9251444

Thanks everyone! I have a long list of stuff I want to accomplish, but needless to say with Leigh's surgery, I haven't gotten very far on it. Seems like there is always something vying for our time! But, hopefully I will get a few things done. I need to TOTALLY redo that bed that I fought so hard to get cleaned out this spring! I put down new mulch, etc and it looks like it hasn't been weeded in years! I don't know how I will ever keep it up! :( The bermuda and nut grass are back with a vengence!!

Elaine, how does he find such a group? I know he is serious about it, and he just ordered a new bike offline that is supposed to be in this Friday. Not sure how much free time he will have, but he loves to stay competitive in sports.

I am headed home to try to help Leigh get his first shower, and if we survive that, we are headed back to Arkadelphia to have supper with the kids and take some things they need to them. Maybe I can remember to look for those moonflowers - they should be open by the time we get there!!

Genna

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9251626

Genna don't know about Arkadelphia but here you just ask around (people you know that participate in sports) and there are all kinds of groups that meet. Is there a bike store in town? Like Elaine mentioned - a local running shoe store? Other kids at school. I bet Kyle can figure it out.

Sarah and I just joined a group of ladies that hike two Saturdays a month Oct - May. I have a friend that bikes with a group. Lots of running groups here.

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OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 23, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9251768

Genna, yes, tell him to look for a running store, like Charlotte suggested, or look for a local running club. Huntsville has the Huntsville Track Club so I'm sure there is one in the local area or at the college or somewhere close by. If there is an indoor pool where he can practice, that would also be a good place to inquire. Usually there are some team entries too, in the triathlons, so if he's not ready to swim yet, he could do the bike part and link up with a couple of other guys with one doing the swim and another doing the run. Some of the team entries take the 'best' of the 3 for the final score. This is the time of year when the tri's start up so tell him to get going! By the way, I know what you mean about keeping up with the weeds! This summer weather has been good for the weeds. And last year! Don't remind me! I had a good patch going that I had to wait until fall came to get cleaned up.

Charlotte, your Jake sounds like my youngest brother! He is quite the chef now when he has time and he would cook like that when he was home in high school and home from college. I think my mother really missed him when he would go back. He's now in his 50's and man, he's the bomb when it comes to cooking! He definitely could hold his own with some of the better known chefs.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 24, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9252152

Happy Birthday, Charlotte, have some fun today !
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #9252228

Have a very Happy Birthday today, Charlotte!!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2012
6:37 PM

Post #9252698

Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

Just had to show you what I harvested today! I'm so excited about the sweet potatoes. I didn't think they would be ready for several more weeks. When I watered tonight I caught something orangy looking and thought maybe it was a carrot. When I checked I discovered all these sweet potatoes had worked there way to the surface and the tops were exposed! Should be lots more in there somewhere! Getting ready to pickle the jalapeno.

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huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

August 26, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9254424

Ms Charlotte hope you had a great BD and your veggies look yummy..I love fresh sweet potatoes..A gentleman from our church brought me some they were fantastic.. I really have to spend some time raising a veggie garden next year..I grew a few squash and watermellons(love these) this year but the rest was flower gardens i tended to.I think next year I will incorporate my veggies in with my garden instead of keeping it seperate..That way I can kill 2 birds with one stone...Well im off the nursing home to see my Granny. Hope you all have a great day and may God bless you all. Trish
gen2026
Camden, AR

August 30, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9259470

Trish, hope you are feeling better and that the leg is mending nicely!! Those veggies sure look nice! I can't keep up with the beds I have. I had wanted to add some raised veggies beds next year but I am not sure at this point. My flower beds look like they havent been touched in years and I had the big one super clean back in May!!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2012
4:28 PM

Post #9259729

The rain hit here about 1. Been raining every since. I was in Hancock's around 4:30 and the transformer across the street blew up 3 times. Big balls of fire shot up and the power kept going off. Our power at home went off a little while ago and is still off. The wind doesn't seem that bad so not sure what the problem is!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9259782

Stay safe!!!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 31, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9260251

The rain from Isaac didn't hit here until the wee hours of this morning. When I checked the rain gauge a little bit ago, there was .65 inch of rain in it. It is currently misting but we are supposed to get more rain and heavier rain later today. It is welcome as we are still behind on rainfall up here. It's just too bad that Isaac has caused destruction and death along the Gulf coast. :(


Charlotte, those veggies look great! Enjoy!

Trish: sure hope you are "on the mend". That was a nasty episode with your leg!

Sure hope all our Mid-South friends who were in Isaac's path are safe!

I've been enlarging our front flower bed (the one in the middle of the front yard--not the one up against the house). There is a commercial mushroom place here and Al is going to go get a load of the mushroom mulch. I hope to have the new bed ready for the plants I am getting at the RU.
Here is a photo of the new area. Al is going to cut down the mimosa tree later this fall. It is huge but it makes a big mess and we have like a "kajillion" baby mimosa trees coming up everywhere. It was somewhat foggy the morning I took this photo.

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cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9260317

Still raining here. Still no power. Been out for 11 hours. Iw. My fish are struggling, I've been going out and stirring the water every now and then. Doesn't seem that bad but we live in an area with lots of large trees. I checked Entergy's web site and lots of customers without power in my zip code and those surrounding me. Off to find coffee somewhere!

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 31, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9260319

We will do our best to fill it up for you Marilyn!

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

August 31, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9260320

Cross posted, Charlotte, maybe they will get you some power back soon

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9260397

I have been thinking about getting solar power panels and generate my own electric. I would save a fortune. You don't have to do a monthly check of it like on the whole house generators that I looked at. They seem to be more trouble than they are worth. With the solar panels it saves the energy to batteries and that covers times that the sun is not shining. Now I just have to talk Jim into it. LOL!!!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #9260548

That solar power deal is sounding better all the time !!! Got another automated call from entergy and it seems a tree has fallen down in our area causing extensive damage and they have had to send for reinforcements. Estimating our power to be back on by 8 pm to ight!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 31, 2012
3:18 PM

Post #9260811

Charlotte posted a little earlier on FB that she has power again. Thank goodness for that!

Thanks, Sandra. I know my DG friends can always be depended upon for lots of things, including plants!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9260923

Yes they finally got my power back on. However everyone across the street from me all the way down to the end of the cul de sac is still without power. They are not happy! The problem is the result of a sick tree that should have been taken down long ago. It was in the yard of the one neighbor that has little to do with us. The tree broke off at the ground and fell onto his metal storage building and on to the fence of his next door neighbor barely missing her house. It snapped the wiring to her meter and also took out the main line in the easement behind the houses. They had to reseat the pole as it was about to fall and rehook all the wiring! Somehow they were able to flip some switch and get power to us on my side of the street. It was an act of nature but the neighbors feel it was something that might could have been avoided if he had the tree removed some time ago. Seems it's been basically dead for a number of years and one big limb had already fallen and done some damage.

Haven't had anything I thought worth sharing in a while but here is my yellow shrimp plant. For some reason it seems to thrive in almost total shade.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2012
7:36 PM

Post #9261061

I'm glad that you got your electric back. It always seems that the few that don't tend the maintenance of their property always seems to cost other people plenty!!!!

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2012
7:57 PM

Post #9261083

It took 9 utility trucks and 1 tree service truck to get power back to us. All but one of the utility trucks were from Michigan. My across the street neighbors didn't get their power back on until about 9 tonight. The top of the tree that fell is now on top of his neighbors fence (damaged it) and hanging over into her yard. He has not apologized for the mess or offered to help her clean it up or anything!! Just acting like he knows nothing about it! Strange people - not friendly!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 1, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9261297

Charlotte there was a lot of that going on after Gustav here. People were afraid that you would hold them responsible for what their tree damaged, then the governor announced that each person was responsible for their own damage. At Evergreen, my big park, my neighbor's tree fell on one of my mobile homes, I cleaned up the mess and paid for all repairs. Don't you know that same tree dropped another limb on the same mobile home. I again paid for the damages, I asked him to trim his tree to where it did not fall again on my property but he has not. GRRR!!!! I can't touch it. Does that sound right?

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

September 1, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9261323

Jeri some people are just not responsible! Just reminded me that when I was out walking a few weeks ago I noticed a tree that was totally dead and was leaning. I noticed a couple of people out visiting by the street just a few houses down and stopped and pointed out the dead tree. Turned out one of the ladies lived in the house next door to the tree and the way the tree was learning it was going to end up on her house if it fell. They were actually discussing the problem. Seems they had repeatedly asked the person to do something about the dead tree to no avail. They were going to report it to the city and see if they would make them do something about it. Don't know the outcome.

marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

September 1, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9261407

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