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Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2007
3:20 PM

Post #4100784

Where did everybody go ? Missing you all...

Jenny
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

October 19, 2007
4:00 PM

Post #4100932

H Jenny

I'm here

I've been out working on the hill. Watching to see if the little gourd I moved here the other day is going to make it. So far it's hanging in.

Katiebear
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2007
4:10 PM

Post #4100968

Aloha KatieB !

Do you have plenty of rainfall or do you have to hand water the baby gourd ? Your work on the hill leaves me awestruck ! It's going to be beautiful - such dedication, my hat's off to you...

When you live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific and no-one else is posting you begin to think that something might have happened to the rest of the world that you know nothing about yet...
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

October 19, 2007
4:19 PM

Post #4101000

Hi Mom,

We don't get much rain here, so Ii'm handwatering but I can take water from my outdoor bathtub and pour it over the fence on the gourd so iti's no big deal. Ii've learned hard that I have to make it easy cause I tend to space out and forget anything that's not right under my nose.

I have several hoses for now and have soaker hoses to intall when the tires are in place.

I have to take my time because it tends to be one step forward and two back. I have visions of multiple tires filled with rock sliding down the hill - and me along with them! I love the feel when they are settled and level. And it's easier to redo early on than several levels down the road. So there's a lot of time spent doing it right - not just getting it done. When Hurrican John went by - two years ago,m I think , we didn't get the hurricane but we got 28" of rain in about 12 hours. I'm landscaping with that kind of possibility in mind.

I sometimes get the same feeling that the rest of the world has gone off somepllace without. Then I chaeck CNN and I know I'm OK.

katiebear
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2007
4:23 PM

Post #4101014

I've been wondering the same thing. since I am not an islander (yet) I don't have much to contribute about the tropicals so I am the kibitzer (?)

This is my favorite forum and everyone seems to be laying low for some reason.

It was in the 50's here this morning so I am getting really anxious about getting all my tropicals inside.

Chrissy?Shari?Sylvain?John?Carol? I'm leaving someone out, I know I am and just wish everybody would get with it.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2007
4:36 PM

Post #4101063

KatieB - we need pics of your hill !

Christi, glad to see you have your "ears" on ! This is my favorite forum too ! I think Shari said she was very busy with a wedding and a few other projects...
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2007
4:47 PM

Post #4101098

Yes, that's right. She will be coming to the states in about 3 weeks and the wedding is the weekend she gets back to Kwaj so she's cooking up a storm.

I'm praying that John's hand/arm is healing and he is able to get back in the water. Think his gills may be dried out by now and that probably hurts.

It is almost noon, Friday here and I get very confused with who is sleeping and who is awake. About the time I am winding down others are just getting up. Between 6-10pm my time I notice a lot of posting from the islands.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2007
5:15 PM

Post #4101201

Currently 7.15 am my time...having my last cup of tea before heading out to work, I guess you are 5 hours ahead of me Christi...

Just potted up 5 baby Brugs cuttings this morning, they had been sitting in water for so long I thought they may start to rot...have been meaning to do this all week but time just ran away from me ! You might wonder at the sense of some people who have already showered and are dressed for work choosing to pot up...I acually managed to stay clean!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #4101226

Lot's to do in the garden. Later
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 19, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #4101239

Awake here...just! Buried with 'stuff' to do before my trip. HiAg. folks found FireAnts around my greenhouse so I am busy putting out bait and poison!!!! Man...they are tiny little buggers!!! I have never been bitten...surprised me that they were found!

Shari...Your little cuttings stolen from WalMart parking lot of the Carisa are rooting!!!! You will have a nice box of stuff to take back!!!

Cheeries to all!!! We are having rain at the moment...who knows what will happen in the next 10 minutes!!!

Aloha,
Carol


Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 19, 2007
9:44 PM

Post #4101988

Hi everyone! Our island computer connection has been pretty much down for over two days now. Can't get on, can't stay on when I do manage to get on. So, never feel like I am ignoring anyone...just pooter problems.

Been swamped busy anyway...last night gave a talk on the Micronesian Handicraft Shop at an island newcomers welcome party. Met a super interesting lady - former Secretary of Internal Affairs for the RMI. She was just visiting, but I could have talked with her for hours!

Got some wedding cooking, some writing, some ordering...oh...and life stuff! to do, hope all of you are doing great. Carol - have a great trip! and watch out for those ants!

Got Jenny, Braveheart and Candy all potted up...hopefully they don't get too much rain !

Right now I have to go spread some dirt around! When they got done laying out the part of the patio that got mangled from the pipe problems, the had torn up all the grass we had around that part of the yard, and it was just sand. So they brought me some dirt to spread around to plant some grass seed in...but just dumped the pile of dirt right in front of the patio...blocking access in or out! Back later when I get that sorted out!

Yokwe!
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2007
5:33 AM

Post #4103379

Fire ants - oh Carol! I heard that they had got to the islands...how on earth did you identify them, there are so many ants here, I don't know one from another (unless I was bitten and then it might go through my thick head that I had a problem!)

Hope your trip is wonderful, take good care...

Shari, you're just busy, busy, busy! Time is getting close now... Can't believe it's almost November!

Aloha!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 20, 2007
5:40 AM

Post #4103389

Jenny...much to my chagrin it was Hawaiian Ag who came out with peanutbutton on little sticks and baited the little monsters!!! They are MUCH MUCH smaller than any other ant in the place...really tiny!!! And peanutbutter attactsthem within 15 mins. I got the poison called AMBRO and rebaited...not a one within 24 hours. Hope I have seen the last...will rebait when I get back. Many folks have them...they must have come in on a plant buy...

Whoa...if it isn't one thing it's your mother!!!

Carol
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2007
5:47 AM

Post #4103395

LOL!
Hope you are rid of the little beasts, I will remember the tip about PB, did they put poison into the PB? Sorry, its just me wondering if the little devils just got stuck or was the bait taken back to the nest - inquiring minds want to know...

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 20, 2007
7:09 AM

Post #4103438

Years ago we had terrible trouble here in Australia with Argentine ants... very tiny ants that nothing could stop!...they seemed to prefer things like meat and peanut butter to anything else.Best of luck with the little rogues...I remember talcum powder deterred them...but looks messy.
You were asking where everyone has gone...I think it is a very busy time of the year no matter what part of the World you are in ...speaking for myself we have fire problems...when the hot winds howl and there are fires around you must stay alert for burning embers...I will be posting some pics soon as the fires stop they almost took the old churches up the road (everyone jumped in to stop them) ...we must keep vigil.So a big hello from me...from a warm and smoky down under ...back soon I hope!
Have a good one every one!
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2007
3:26 PM

Post #4104169

Good to hear from you, Chrissy - but so sorry to hear of the fires, very frightening. So glad the old church was saved it would have been a terrible shame for that to have gone up.
Looking forward to some more of your pics and chat.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2007
3:30 PM

Post #4104181

Texas and the south has been plagued with fire ants for years. They kill newborn livestock and have destroyed many native frogs and such. The ones we have are VERY LARGE and red. They make mounds12"-18" high. Just read in our paper recently that they have as many as 15 queens to a mound and that is why they are so difficult to eradicate. Every female has the ability to become a queen if the mound is threatened. There is a smaller black ant that I have been personally battling. I have whelps all over my feet and arms where they got me earlier this week. Itches like the dickens and leaves a purple spot when it finally heals.. Going to the BugFiles to see if I can find the ones we have.

LouC

This message was edited Oct 20, 2007 10:32 AM
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2007
4:00 PM

Post #4104253

http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~gilbert/research/fireants/faqans.html

The BugFiles didn't go into much detail. I hope you can access the above link.

Texas University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech are working jointly to find a solution. They will get into the house, under the house, in the air conditioner. Lots of times when people here have a malfunction with the condenser...fire ants have set up housekeeping. Sure hope this is not what you are dealing with, Carol. They came in with plant stock from Argentina and Brazil.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2007
4:09 PM

Post #4104277

I have read horror stories about the fire ants in the south, it make me sick to think about newborn animals being killed by them. I understand they are on the march too. When we lived in Arizona we had hoped that the desert would stop their spread but last I heard it hasn't fazed them a bit. We had also thought (hoped) that killer bees would not make it across the desert, but they also made it quite safely through and nests had been found in the greater Phoenix area.

The world seems to have changed so much since I was a kid and it almost makes you cry for some of the things that have been lost and will never be the same again...On the other hand, who would think we could all be talking to each other all over the world from a key board! I guess we have to take the good with the bad - Golly! Just realized I am starting to sound like my Grandmother - I think my age is showing!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2007
4:39 PM

Post #4104353

Worse, I look like my grandmother.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 20, 2007
8:06 PM

Post #4104799

Ha ha ha ha noooooo ladies please our grandmothers were little old ladies sitting in a corner knitting!

We have just been told that it is we older folk that are taking over the computer thing with a vengence...65% of the computer users in Australia are we "mature" ones learning the joys of companionship never afforded to our nanns and pops.Now that is a good thing!

We have some nasty ants too ...we have the fireants in QLD...gov is trying very hard to stop the spread.We have the big Bull Ants...very nasty big red aggressive ones with huge nests.
Really the most annoying ones are the ones that make their homes in garden pots...often killing the plants because their roots are exposed...these are the same ones that make life a misery if you can't stop them invading your home. I use boiling water if I am desperate...pouring it down the nests...I feel guilty doing that but sometimes you have to.You have green heads? they are a fairly large ant that has a nasty bite that leaves a big stinging itchy lump
they are black with a green head...luckily for us they don't seem to like living in red clay...but where ever I lived in sandy areas they are a menace
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2007
8:26 PM

Post #4104854

I never feel guilty about pouring boiling water down an ant mound. In fact I stand there and cackle with glee.

Things are busy here. Should slow down next month but right now pretty busy. Last night was Spooktacular, and event where we dress up as characters from fairy tales and entertain kids and their parents,grandparents. It is going on tonight too and I will be there for it.

Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 20, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #4104946

Pepper - the Denver Botanical Gardens always did something similar, and I loved taking my Grandkids to it...so much fun and plants too! Our island is getting all geared up for Halloween...there are ice cream socials planned and costume parties and of course houses all decorated up...we all sponsor a family with kids to come over from the outer islands for trick or treating. Its fun. We sit outside our houses with "cauldrons" and buckets of treats and watch the parade of costumed little ones. Trade jokes and stories across the street - some parents dress up too and the kids love that. On the 28th we are having the big Costume Party for Adults...that is always fun. Because we are so remote, people get very creative with their costumes. Last year a guy came as a shower!

Ants - the bane of my existense! I just get one batch under control, and a different species shows up! Ugh!!

I don't knit - I crochet - and I don't sit in the corner! and except for Pepper and a few others, I think we all pretty much qualify for the "mature" designation...so let's give a big whoop for joy that we have this marvelous tool to let us all be friends~!

Okay Chrissy - a one and a two and a...♫Why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends...The color of your skin don't matter to me...As long as we can live in harmony
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2007
9:02 PM

Post #4104951

Shari, I will post a pic of me in my costume from last night when I get a copy of it. I didn't get a pic with my camera. Forgot. lol
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2007
9:11 PM

Post #4104987

Hard for me to say about my grandmother. She left us at 69 and could run circles around all of us. She was before the multiple heart operations that seem so routine now. I'm still pretty busy myself it but everywhere I go that same old lady is right in step. Any window reflection or mirror, there she is. She is getting greyer and fluffier all the time.
Shari, I don't knit, but I crochet up a storm.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 20, 2007
11:37 PM

Post #4105380

Gee we don't do the Halloween thing much...some people have a party but it really is no big thing here...a shame really as I love spooky stuff!
Well I took a couple of snaps this morning of the churches...they were fairly safe but people stood between the fires and the churches...looks like it was controlled pretty quickly but they watched all night because just one ember is all it takes!

Thumbnail by chrissy100
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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 20, 2007
11:45 PM

Post #4105410

And LouC there is something beautiful at every age of our lives...look at a beautiful young sapling...look at an old tree with it's furrows and gnarls...how beautiful are they? ...when I look into an"older' face I see their story written in the lines and furrows and I find humbleness in seeing this long life crammed with the joys and sorrows all written there.Wisdom brings lines.We earn them every one.:)
here is another shot

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LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #4105475

Thank you, Chrissy. I needed that at this very moment. God is blessing me a longer life and I enjoy it more everyday. May He continue to bless you.

Will pray that the fires are over.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 21, 2007
1:25 AM

Post #4105734

Personally, I'd much rather read the furrows and knarls on someone else's face than the one in the mirror. Oh well, given the alternative, I'm happy where I'm at.

So glad to hear that the church's are safe.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 21, 2007
1:40 AM

Post #4105779

Just think Shari some never grow old enough to have furrows and lines...:)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

October 21, 2007
1:40 AM

Post #4105782

Prayers for the safety of you and all of yours, Chrissy. We're having dry breezy weather right now, so always on the lookout, too. Just the sniff of smoke makes you shiver, doesn't it?

Oh, those Argentine ants! We've got them here, too. In fact, I think I read somewhere recently that they've just about replaced our native ants, which were no big deal. We had to break down and hire a service to spray regularly because there is just no controlling them (also black widow spiders). The house was under constant invasion. Luckily we found someone who does what is necessary and no more. We still have our beneficial insects, ladybugs, butterflies, etc., so I think he is doing a good job.

k

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 21, 2007
1:44 AM

Post #4105792

Good on you k ...just as well the bugs haven't figured out that they have us outnumbered ...boy... would we be in deep doo doo!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4105827

Some tv show had a special on ants. There are more ants than all other species on the earth combined. Scarey.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 21, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #4105890

That is what I mean...they could rule the world if they figured it out!...it is just gone midday Sunday here 21st Oct...and a hot 105 f...what time is it there?
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2007
2:16 AM

Post #4105920

Here in North Central Texas it is 9:16 PM and 70 degrees on Saturday night 10/20/2007

This message was edited Oct 20, 2007 9:17 PM
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

October 21, 2007
2:46 AM

Post #4106010

We need a time stamp! It's 7:42pm here in SoCalif. Birdies just went to bed and we're watching some telly. DH was in Minnesota this week so he's catching up. Tomorrow is his birthday, so it's a lazy day. I'll fix him a leg of lamb for lunch, but that's easy. He took next week off, too and is building a veranda on our house, so will be in his element and happy as can be.

Cheers all.

k

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 21, 2007
4:13 AM

Post #4106221

Oooh a verandah huh I love them got them front and back! better give him a fantastic roast lamb ...lots of places for plants...and chairs!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 21, 2007
7:20 AM

Post #4106449

My ideal house is one big verandah...roof/floor/screens all around...

Whoa,
Carol

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 21, 2007
7:44 AM

Post #4106464

Beautiful ...in your climate...a wonderful way to live !
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2007
1:56 PM

Post #4106864

Let the termites have their way Carol - you would soon have your perfect house!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

October 21, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #4107337

It will be a partial veranda on one end of the house only, very basic. He put a screened room on the back of the house - we call it the 'no fly zone.' Had the cement floor done, but he did the rest. Great job, too. He calls it 2x4 engineering. lol The front will just be big enough for a couple of chairs or a bench so we can sit and look at the view (which unfortunately will change when they widen the highway). On winter mornings it will be great for coffee, and in the afternoons it's all in shade, which will be nice in the summer.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2007
6:52 PM

Post #4107554

Know absolutely nothing about astronomy but guess my stars must be lined up. Mitch (Texas forum) lives 5-6 miles called yesterday and said he is probably going to sell his home in the spring and this would be a good time to break down his flower garden. WooooWheeee. A whole pickup load. Of course, being the botanist that I am not I don't know what half of it is or where to put it so he is coming over shortly to help out with that.
He had a water garden with no fish and there are a lot of plants that will go into my little pond. Cannot believe my good fortune. We just had trees removed and my yard has gone from heavy shade to all sun. All of these new plants are for full sun. Can you believe it?
Gotta go...can't let him come to help and I'm in here sitting down.

LouC

This is the same Mitch that wrote todays article. Actually has written several.

This message was edited Oct 21, 2007 1:54 PM

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 21, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #4107654

That is wonderful LouC everyone getting lots of lovely freebies!
have fun!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 21, 2007
9:58 PM

Post #4108127

Christi darlin - you have fun with those new plants, and get the low down on where Mitch is moving to ...yadda yadda yadda. He may not share the info with all of us, not realizing that we are interested. Be sure to say Howdy for me!

K - be careful with the spiders and such like. I was just telling Christi that my brother in San Diego is in the hospital with MRSA after getting a spider bite! He's okay now, but nearly lost his hand! Be careful - please!

Carol - your BaliHoya is already so beautiful, how could it possibly get better???
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

October 21, 2007
10:24 PM

Post #4108198

Shari, thanks for your concern. I'm so glad your brother is doing better. I asked my doc last week about that because I was bitten by something when we helped our friends with their grape harvest and it's just clearing after what, nearly a month? I have an autoimmune disease and take drugs that suppress the immune system, so I was a little concerned. She said that shouldn't be a problem, but that I might have an allergy to the insect bites and also they sometimes leave a bit of themselves behind that can cause infection. YUK!

So, as usual, the best advice is wash, wash, wash, rub-a-dub-dub, everyone! She did tell me to call my internist if it happens again, though.

Christi, way to go! Good luck with all new stuff. It was meant to be. :-)
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2007
12:47 AM

Post #4108625

oooooowweeee I'm tired. Mitch didn't get to come today and I tried to get all the plants pruned, cleaned and repotted or planted. Lots of water or bog plants. Had to borrow the neighbors books so I can try to ID. I don't have room and she has the San Antonio Riverwalk. Mitch said he didn't care if I shared with her. He's a doll. Young enough to be my grandson. Oh dear, oh dear. Where did the time go???

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

October 22, 2007
9:02 AM

Post #4109572

Just popping in tonight to say that those fires in Southern California are not looking too good ...hope everyone will be ok...watched a show last night on Texas and they said every Texan gets bitten by the fire ant!
it was awful.Do they run around in Winter too or you have some respite then?...we have a spider who's toxins eat your flesh away after the bite...looking like a terrible shark attack!
Let's hope everyone will be ok.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

October 22, 2007
1:44 PM

Post #4110095

Hi everybody,

I talked to a friend in LA yesterday and he said the fires in Malibu are really bad. It's blowing up a storm where I am but so far that's all. It sound awful but mostly it will mean a lot of cleanup when it stops.

I got two bad ant bites last week - one on each foot. They itched and were quite painful (they were a day apart so I had all the symproms twice) then it was like a 24 hour flu nug.

Both my arms have nasty sores which I've had for ages. I think they are infected spider bites. I've been to Kaiser half a dozen times and gotten no help. I'm doctoring myself with powdered sulfer which seems to be gradually healing them. We also have fire ants and they bite!!! Nasy little things.

Good thing I have a great view.

katiebear
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2007
2:30 PM

Post #4110250

No respite from the fire ants, it is a year round threat. The spider you are describing is here too...we call it a brown recluse, there is another called the black widow that can do lots of damage.

Several years ago I worked for a tv personality. I went to Hollywood with him to film a pilot. We were there about a month. My first week was in the home of his agent and she lived in Malibu. Never seen such luxury anywhere. However, the actual land base is terrible. Only thing there is a view of the ocean. The side of the hill goes almost straight up. They carve out a small ledge for the house (the back of this house was in the side of the hill...no openings). This lady called it a cruiseship because it was one room long.
Two levels, swimming pool everything you could ever desire including a full time housekeeper, cook, and gardener. The small area of lot around the house was like a japanese garden on one side and a lush jungle on the other. Outside the fence they kept it cleared for a couple of hundred feet for a fire break. The native tree is mesquite...really, really ugly everywhere there is not a home. This house was originally built for Sly Stalone and one of his wives. One morning on the way into LA, this is some 40 miles out) her husband drove me down Pacific Hiway. There were miles and miles of black from previous fires. Next there would be a mile or so of what looked like a garbage dump...that would be the entire contents of a house that had slidden down the mountain side in a mud slide.
When you see pictures of Malibu the photographer has done a very tight closeup of a given area so you don't see the actual mess. While I was there they had a water main break. Seems this happens very often. A truck with bottled water came to Pepperdine (which we were just down the hill from) for the residents to get drinking water. They dipped water from the swimming pool to flush the toilet. This was so often that the bucket stayed in the bathroom all the time. The majority of the residents have enourmous generators...sort of like their own electric plant because the power is out all the time too. The canyons between Malibu and LA were every other one black from fires.

This is more my idea of hell than heaven.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2007
3:43 PM

Post #4110463

Kaperc, your new lanai sounds wonderful, especially the shade in summer. How very clever of your husband to be able to do that kind of stuff - Frank has no talent with that sort of thing - mind you, if he did I would have him working all the time (I am the one with the big ideas!))


Katiebear, gosh the spider bites sound terrible, I hope Christi isn't right that they are brown recluse bites (does kinda sound like it), we had them in Arizona and they are bad news. I get some sort of spider bite here, usually if I have been crawling into the banana patch, which does the same sort of thing on a much, much smaller scale. We have found that putting rubbing alcohol on them works. I would have thought Kaiser would know what has bitten you if they are local...glad to hear your home remedy is working for you...

Shari, hope your brother is on the mend, how very frightening! I guess you have all heard of the flesh eating bacteria that has been going round? Last year my grandsons high school closed all the gym showers down because a couple of kids had it on their feet. I believe it took strong antibiotics and a lot of time to get them better. A guy at work had a horrible infection that wouldn't respond to the usual drugs and he had to get a shunt put in and go daily to the hospital for antibiotics directly into the blood stream.

Christi - wow! From your description of the Malibu area, I am glad I can't afford to live there! What were you doing for the TV personality? More important, who was it???

Aloha!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2007
3:48 PM

Post #4110482

Anthony Mark Hankins was his name at that time. That was a copyright name and when the business broke up he had to get another name. Now he is known as Antthony. hahahah

He is one of the designer/personalities on Home Shopping Network. I'm told he is still there but I don't ever watch it or look for him. Almost 5 years of a very different lifestyle.
Guess I have had an adventure or two.

What are you up to today, Jenny? It is raining here so guess I will get out the trusty Dyson and get with it.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2007
4:09 PM

Post #4110563

Darn, I have never watched the HSN so I don't know him! Guess you have had an adventure or two!

Well, it's 6am for me, and I am on my second cup of tea! Frank is still asleep and Braveheart crawled up on the bed with him as soon as I got up, Candy is asleep on her bed, so all is quiet in our neighborhood! This is my favorite time of day, the moon is still shining on the ocean and in about half an hour the sun will be getting up, its so pretty up here from my grandchildrens bedroom to watch the sun rise.Today I am planning on the ever present weeding for a couple of hours and I have to clean out the fish ponds filters, one of them is running kind of slow... After that, it's dropping my FIL off to Kalama Heights for the daily activities and taking my Mom to the grocery store. Grocery shopping takes us for ever because Mom only has a tiny bit of vision in one eye, but we stick to one store and she has learnt the layout so although it is very slow, it is something that she can manage with a little help.

This afternoon I will have a date with the dyson too...It's a lost cause in this house with the dogs and the afternoon trades bringing all the lava dust in, I can get it looking respectable for about two minutes flat!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2007
4:31 PM

Post #4110645

With the leaves now falling they stick to the coats of the dogs and the bottoms of feet and come right in the house. Since they cut the tree with a chain saw there is a very big variety of sawdust that is still blowing off the roof...and coming into the house everytime the door is opened. With two grandsons living here and their friends coming and going this weekend...pretty much a mess.

Dust is impossible. I can clean one room and go to the next and the first room is covered by the time I get back. I look and say, gee, we are breathing all that stuff. Another thing I have just learned to live with and don't get excited about "clean" anymore. Used to be obsessive/compulsive about it. One day decided that the person who died with all the dishes washed and put away, all the laundry done and put away, all the beds clean at one time, the car washed, the yard mowed, an infinitum...NEEDED TO GET A LIFE. Working on having more of a life now. Even if it were possible, and it's not, everything would be to do all over again less than three days after I am gone. Need to focus on things a little more lasting than that.

Aloha,

Kilikina

good day to listen to bruddah "waz".
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 22, 2007
4:59 PM

Post #4110757

Hey Kilikina...I hear you about dust!!! Around here we call it Pele's Hair...it has little particles of volcanic ash in it...great on your lungs!!! Luckily, we don't get the Kona winds too often that bring the Vog - make my sinuses all yucky!!!

Even in the middle of the ocean on our boat there was dust!!! Actually...dead skin from our own bodies!!! Makes you want to jump off and swim to shore!!!

Aloha
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2007
5:00 PM

Post #4110765

LOL! In my heart of hearts, I really want to be that person who dies with the dishes done. It will never happen! I am still trying to remodel the house from hell, and somedays it feels like I am drowning - I have come to the understanding that you have to break some eggs to eventually make the omelet!
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2007
5:19 PM

Post #4110829

We rarely get the vog either, but man! I hate it! Kicks in my asthma. Worst thing we get is the burning of the cane, luckily it doesn't come our way, but friends who live in Ma'alea harbor area get their lanais covered in "Hawaiian snow".

Carol - any idea what Lilylove's plant is? She posted under Tropical crepe myrtle...

For those who don't know (I had to look it up) Christi signed her name in Hawaiian ...I am going to have to look mine up - probably very long and unpronounceable!

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 22, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #4110841

Aloha, Mom. What is this about dying with dishes done? I am apalled. It is my experience that dishes are never done. You can do a whole sinkload of dishes right after a meal only to find a dirty glass that doesn't go in the dishwasher sitting there at your computer station. Well, I'm not washing a single glass. It sits on the counter by the counter until the next meal where the same silliness is repeated. There's always something. This condo will never be featured in Architectural Digest anyway.

I always say Fort Lauderdale is among the dirtiest places we ever lived. It's a shame because it is very pretty and subtropical and all: We have palm trees, banana trees, birds of paradise and bougainvillea but the dust that gets in here, you wouldn't believe!

Vanity and male pattern baldness caused me to shave off my hair years ago and keep it shaved but my wife has a very full head of read hair. She "sheds" quite a bit. I swear, if you swept here, you'd think we have a golden retriver living with us. Then there's this black stuff that falls from the sky (airplanes and the eastern seaboard's dirtiest oil-fired electrical plant). No matter, we still love it here. We just have to clean a bit more, that's all.

I'm glad I found this thread. I hadn't heard about quite a few of you for a long while. Although I never met anyone personally, Dave's Garden is the kind of community where you know of someone without really knowing them directly. I just started a 7th Underwater Gardens thread. Maybe you want to check it out:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/782950/

Take care, all.
Sylvain.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #4110878

LOL, Sylvain!, a retriever! Hope she doesn't read that! Maybe a beautiful Irish setter with that red hair! My granddaughter is a red head too, but now dyes it blonde because of all the attention she gets about her natural color - such a shame, but when you are sixteen I guess it's important to be like everyone else!

Have already checked out the new thread, thanks for starting us up again...I enjoy our community too...
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #4111137

Oh wow. Mike has the same natural style as Sylvain and the same solution. I have really bad, baby fine hair that is almost totally pewter grey. I have been cutting it myself for about 5 years...must be every two weeks. Right now it is pretty long. #8 or #7 of a Wahl's barber sheers. Hold on. That is long. For two years it was #2 or #3. Oddly enough I got a lot of positive comments. Especially from the ladies who would always say "I wish I had the nerve." Or "My husband won't let me cut my hair". Mike would be lucky if he control anything I do. Very unexpectedly got positive feed back from the male population as well. And do I care who likes it and who doesn't. Have always marched to my OWN DRUMMER. I'm a very prim and proper lady with an attitude.

Love you guys alot.
Aloha Kakou
Kilikina

PS Jenny, All the phrases on this site are what should be used for a Hawaiian Wedding.
Hope I haven't told you some goofy things. Http://www.alohafriendsluau.com/words.html

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 22, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #4111824

I shave my hair down to nothing with a 3-blade razor about 2 times a week. If I leave it longer than that, it gets difficult to shave. The secrets: Use a good quality shave cream such as the Headshave cream. The other secret is using a fresh blade. A blunt blade will cut you: paradoxical.

Gail has known about the retriever/setter situation. When she was younger, her haid had more of a rusty copperish colour and I said people would think we had an irish setter. Now that she aged like we all do, her hair is lightening. It is now more coppery than brown. She is a natural redhead who has never put so much as a perm in her hair. She gets compliments from the hairdressers each time she visits them.

I have tried to find the hawai'ian transation for "polar bear". That's my nickname in real life, in my e-mail, on Dave's. When I worked for the canadian government, they sent me in the sub-polar regions to train their employees in unemployment insurance rules and regulations. I made 2 trips in the dead of winter when the temperature would manage to go up to -40 Farenheit at mid-day and -45/-48 during the night. I don't mind the coldand the howling wind that blows from every direction 24/7. I was dressed accordingly. I had a great time.

On my second visit there, an elder came and sat at my table during lunch in the main building's food court one day. Elders don't usually approach foreigners. They usually don't even think of them as belonging to The People. He told me he been observing me. He checked around and People who had gotten to know me approved of me. He also informed me that should the tribe ever feel like adopting someone, I could be part of the polar bear clan. I was honoured. I told him I wasn't surprised because somehow deep inside of me, I always knew I was a polar bear. He told me that I was wise and left. It seems there are no words in hawai'ian to describe a polar bear: what a lucky, blessed people to have managed to ignore polar realities and bears all this time.

Sylvain.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 22, 2007
10:32 PM

Post #4111962

Sylvain...No bears here so no word for them!!! And the concept of polar probably never occured to the ancients. Your story is wonderful!

My name in Hawaiian is Kalola...
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 22, 2007
11:02 PM

Post #4112072

Man o man...I'm gone overnight and you guys start talking about dishwashers (Ha, ha, ha...oh, that gave me a tummy ache from laughter) and Hawaiian polar bears? I think the closest the islands came to that would be Iz in a white coat! Have I tuned in to the Sci-Fi chanel instead of my friendly DG tropickids? dishwashers and hawaiian polar bears...next I spose you'll be telling me that some folks have an air filter that sucks the dust out of the air before it even lands on all those little "collectibles"...you know - the things we put on tables and shelves that "collect" dust...my Dyson works great on pet hair, and such...but the rollers sure have to be cleaned a lot...everything from the carpet just winds around and around...hmmmmm - I need to move to Eureka!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 23, 2007
12:17 AM

Post #4112396

Dishwashers? Wow! Anyone ever have the circuit board on their shorted out due to cockroaches? Now...THAT's the tropics!!!!

V
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #4112534

All this time I thought you guys lived in Paradise. No such thing. Huh? We all have our own things to contend with. Tonights local news was warning us about the fireants again.
Lots of rain today and they come to the surface. Can kill a small animal and make an adult like me very sick.
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 23, 2007
12:57 AM

Post #4112601

Yes, our dishwasher went out and they cleaned it really well, and then it worked again for several more years. I was never so embarrassed...it was several years ago and we lived in a very old house. After it was cleaned out it worked for a very long time.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 23, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #4112703

Did my nails the other week for the first time in a year, and between dishwashing, gardening and spraying with the deet stuff, the polish lasted precisely one day! What a waste of time! Ahhh yes, paradise! Don't you believe it Christi - everywhere on this Earth has good and bad points...the trick is to try real hard to get "good tunnel vision". DD is in the dumps right now, seeing everything bleak and dreary...trying to cheer her up...shouldn't take too long.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2007
1:38 AM

Post #4112791

She's worried about her mom and very best friend being gone from her for awhile. Tell her how much you are loved by others and how lucky she is. You'll be back soon.

LouC
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2007
1:55 AM

Post #4112867

I need a dishwasher. I hate washing dishes by hand. The only time I enjoy it is when I have the house to myself and can make the windows rattle because of our sound system. lol. I don't do it for long, just long enough to do an evil laugh.

Amanaka
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #4112875

Hey, Pep. Is that your Hawaiian name?

Kilikina
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 23, 2007
5:43 AM

Post #4113503

Great polar bear story, and what a tremendous compliment from The People...

Fancy cockroaches shortening the dishwasher! My MIL did have one of her light switches go because of cockroaches. They were behind the switch plate happily eating the wiring! She was utterly mortified, I tried to cheer her up by saying that they were only eating wiring because she had such a clean house they couldn't find anything else to eat!

The Hawaiian language is so complex - there are only thirteen letters to the alphabet so where you put stress on a word gives it a different meaning, I rather think you have to be born to it to fully understand...

Kinipela Kukana (my name in Hawaiian - I hope)

ALOHA!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2007
11:08 AM

Post #4113717

Yep, my name in Hawaiian.

Amanaka
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2007
2:26 PM

Post #4114282

Man am I ever in Heaven. Last night I just googled "Hawaiian Language". One website which I have bookmarked had a personal story about IZ. He was truly a great person. His heart and love matched his girth. But, on this same site were the words to the songs that I listen to everyday. In Hawaiian and translated into English. Sylvain is credited with introducting him to me although he didn't know it. Early this summer he mentioned IZ, I went to iTunes and was instantly in love. I already loved the islands and tropical plants and the fantasy of life there. His music gives substance to my dreams and an appreciation for a people that has been diluted for generations. I can see how this great young man in such a sweet simple way mobilized the People to appreciate who and where they are.

Aloha

Kilikina

You should hear my flat Texas monotone pronounce that, or maybe it is better you don't. lol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 23, 2007
8:57 PM

Post #4115620

I agree with Jenny Sylvain, you were paid a wonderful complement.

Israel certainly had an amazing gift that people will continue to enjoy for generations to come. I think he was the epitome of "Aloha" , and his rendition of Hawai'i is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 23, 2007
9:20 PM

Post #4115703

Anyone ever heard Kealihi Reichel (not sure of the spelling of the last name). He is not as romantic as IZ...but beautiful music as well...and a great voice!!!

Hopefully getting some rain today...5 days no rain and things start feeling ominous!!!!

Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 23, 2007
9:41 PM

Post #4115768

Carol, when do you go on your trip?
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 24, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #4116939

Manana, Sheri...and I can't wait!!!!!

Perhaps my finger nails will grow out and get a bit cleaner...and the scabs on my legs where I have scratched too hard at the mosquitos will heal before I come back and start all over!!!!

HAHAHA -

Thanks for asking! Can't wait to see you end of the month!!!!

(Just thinking about having morning tea and brekkie with cloth napkins...heaven!!!)

;>)))
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 24, 2007
2:54 AM

Post #4116967

Have a wonderful, wonderful time...hug your friend tight, and come back rejuvenated and relaxed.

See you on the flip side!

Yokwe Yuk

S
Robert_C
Lynn Haven, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 29, 2007
4:15 PM

Post #4135659

Hello,
My wife and I are going to Oahu in May and we are hoping to be able to locate many plumeria to photograph and are also hoping tobe able to go to some of the farms where we can see and buy assorted Plumeria, Helconia's and other tropicals.As we recently moved to Florida and need to do alot of landscaping we decided that our love of Hawaii and its beautiful plants and gardens would be the thing to do here.If anyone could please give soma advice of where to go please let me know as I am not able to locate information on the best locations to go to photograph and places to go to buy plants to bring home.We are also considering visiting the big island for a day or two.
Thanks,
Robert
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 29, 2007
4:31 PM

Post #4135715

Aloha Robert, glad you stopped by. I don't know much about the farms on Oahu, but the Big Island has many flower and plant farms - I am sure Carol will know the info when she gets back from NZ.

All plants for export need to have a export tag on them, ie inspected my the Dept of Ag. I think it may be easier to go to one of the sites and have them mailed to you - you can't leave any of the islands with any fruit or plant in your suitcase.

If I may sugest a site to you, check out "Mauiplumeriagardens. com". This young family have some wonderful plumerias, and will ship to the mainland I believe. They are located here on Maui, and as a matter of fact they are part of Carols family! Their selection of plumerias is great and they are nice healthy plants...

Jenny
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 29, 2007
9:34 PM

Post #4136711

Another suggestion would be to check Garden Watchdog for places that ship tropicals. I agree with Jenny, don't try to take them with you, they will just be confiscated and you will lose your investment. But for pictures...try this...scroll down and several will be listed.

http://davesgarden.com/products/go/advanced.php?zip_distance=25&zip=Enter zipcode or location&state=hi&country=XX&type=publicgardens&search_text=&sorter=company_name&submit=Search

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