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Finally got my brakes fixed yesterday. My dad threatened to poke a hole in the tires several times out of frustration but I wouldn't let him. lol. I happen to like my mud terrain tires. But that's fixed, now we have to find parts to fix my hubs. Apparently one of my hubs was bad so we have to replace it. But we are missing a part so I currently don't have 4 wheel drive. I sincerely hope we get it fixed before winter hits cause my truck can't handle ice and snow very well in 2 wheel drive. A lesson I learned the hard way. lol
It rained here for the first time in 7 months, I'm so excited ! I've been able to get some plants in my slope after laying a soaker hose down.. so much easier to dig. I really need to get some mulch down - with the rain I'm going to have a million weed seeds sprout :(
It can start snowing this month if it gets cold enough. It has before. So it's from this month to April at the latest though usually the snow ends in March. We have had winters though where we didn't get anything til January. Just depends on the weather patterns. lol
Oh, more bad news for my truck. I had my fenders redone last year to keep the rust at bay and my dad just told me that I have to take it back and have it redone. It's bubbling up already. Now I just have to get a job so I can get it done.
It was 52* in Kremmling today. That's up in the mountains, about halfway between Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs. Had a lite dusting of snow on the passes (around 11000' plus). Cold weather in the coming forcast, with a high of 69* tomorrow, with a low of 35*.
Yeah, it's the wheel wells. Had them fixed last year and it was supposed to last several years. Oh well. I'll get to it before year is up...I hope.
Sometime this week we are supposed to have a couple days with highs in the 40s. I need to start getting all my tropicals ready to bring in soon. The only non hardy plant not coming in is my star jasmine. I am gonna bury it in leaves and make it become hardy. lol. I don't want to dig it up. As it is I have a succelent basket, spurge, coleus, blue hibiscus, blue potato bush, cannas, ee's, caladiums and a few others to bring in. I need a greenhouse. LOL.
Ugh, my post didn't go thru. Gotta get this computer ironed out.
I keep the plants outside during the season but in winter they have to come out. Some of them are new this year since I won't be getting new plants from work. I need to keep cuttings for next year. But they will be scattered about a 800 sq ft house with 3 people living in it. lol. Plus alot of stuff.
The bulbs that need dark and cool will disappear in a back corner of the beasment. The succelent basket will be dismantled cause it's a wire basket lined in peat. Some of the plants are hardy and some aren't. Hardy ones are going in a pot that will stay outside for the winter. The hib will come inside where it's warm and so will my coleus, spurge and tropical passion vine. The coleus and spurge will share a pot. The hib will share with the vine if I can convince it to live after moving it. So that will eliminate pots there. The hard part is keeping them alive. And not getting dirt everywhere. lol
Red, if you're getting that desperate that you're considering grass, go buy some seeds...chamomile, forget-me -nots, mints...you can walk on them (when established)..but you really don't have to mow
you need some cannas or something? lol,, that dirt looked pretty rough, but my gosh Red, you could be raking rocks outta there forever...some more xeric plants would look good in there (agaves, salvias) even if it's just temporary, and the more you dig, the easier it will eventually get.
I have manged to plant some plants - mostly xeric. ... the only reason I'm thinking about a small area of grass is so we don't track so much dirt in, but you're right there are other better options. thanks Trop, I knew you'd talk me out of it.
Digging out their is much more satisfying than stripping the darn floor (I put a bad quality sealer on it, now i need to remove and redo with a penetrating sealer- ugh I hate it!) I'd hire Pepper to help me scrape it off if she was closer.
Xeric plants are the best for now. Plant lots of them then slowly add tropicals and all the others. As for something to walk on try creeping thyme. Trop's suggestions would work too. Or I could send you a succelent groundcover that you can't kill. lol.
Thought about it but it requires too many skills I don't have. Plus I haven't mowed or don'e anything like that in several years. I would have to relearn that at home and we are getting into winter so it's too late for this year.
Of course winter is coming.. my cannas are actually starting to look good and growing GREEN for the first time this year.. not crispy brown! I have new shoots coming up out of the ground! Don't have the heart to tell them they are a little late.
LOL. Alot of my plants are perking up too despite the mild frosts and cool weather. Even my peppers are extremely happy. My tomatoes bit the dust a long time ago. lol. Only plant I couldn't leave outside was my Blue Hibiscus. It doesn't like cold weather. lol.
My cannas are still going strong. Still blooming and all that. lol
Hey guys! My cannas are dug up and put away for winter. Everything that isn't meant to overwinter, is dead. Had a couple of nights in the 20's. Been off for a bit due to getting my butt kicked at a new job. Easy work but long days. Concrete (construction) had taken a big dump, and I went to school to get my class A drivers license. Well, after almost being completely broke, got a job delivering gas and diesel to the mountain areas. So long as people continue to use gas, and the oil rigs need diesel, I'll have job security. Also finding guys dumb enough to drive over Loveland Pass in the winter!!! Pic's of the route sometime in the near future. It is beautiful!
Well I'm glad you have a new job with security... this recession makes anxious . Wow you are cold, I was just saying yesterday how cold it was in Oregon for Halloween and usually raining of course. I always made James take the kids round. It's like spring here, 80's/48 ... I'm going to get the last things in the ground some various bulbs, Japanese maples to get the roots going.
My brother and his fam were here these past 2 weekends (they visited Disneyland during the week) we had fun, and a little too much wine. :D
Been busy here. Still no job but am still looking.
Been getting potted plants winterized for the house and am trying to figure out where to put my succelent basket cause it's all peat moss in a wire basket. Now am just pretty much waiting for a heavy freeze to knock the leaves off my cannas so I can bring them in.
mmmm candy - Trop, I found some of those dark chocolate bars this year at Safeway... I think it's a mix with Mr. GoodBar, Special dark and a couple of others. I'm keeping it sealed until Halloween, too dangerous!
I was going to organize the garage this morning, but found a ginormous icky stripey- butted bug dead in my garage and now I'm totally freaked out and itchy. I'm being a total girl.
we get those sprickets hopping out of everything..I don't know what they're called, like half spider, half cricket. I was eyeing an oakleaf hydrangea for cuttings then suddenly noticed a long green snake curled up in the top of it...I know they're harmless but he scared me..lol
it's the reese's cups that go fast here, and snickers...
Snickers smarties and candy corn. Still like to bite off the different color sections of the candy corn like I did when I was a kid. A millenium ago, there was a rich widower that gave away full size three muskateers. A very popular stop, to say the least.
Paul, if I ever get down to visit my cousin in Vero Beach, I'll swing by for some of those lobster rolls!
I am glad we don't have snakes here... rattlers at the edge of town and in the country.. that is generally it.. haven't seen a snake in over 25 years.
I don't get trick or treaters at my house.. they don't come down my street. The come to my mothers house by the truck load.. she buys the 'fun size' candys... saw a thing on line of what not to buy.. fun size was listed.. no one wants fun size.. well , whoever wrote that was not doing the buyig! $13 for a package of candy! ... she will go through at least 2 of those and finally have to close the door .. what do they expect.. want you to go broke feeding the entire city!? I chip in a cannister of glow bracelets to help when we run out of candy every year. This year I am copping out on her.. our hockey team has its opening home game that night.. they are 4-1-0 so far .. not missing that game.. sorry mom.. she was disappointed yesterday when I told her... using her season ticket to go too! .. unless I can track down a free ticket from one of our other friends with season tickets who is not going.. that is usually how I go through the season.. just can't afford $530 for the tickets.
I wish that was all it cost to watch the Avalanche. That will get you about 6 seats in the upper deck, and maybe a beer or two. I paid $78 for game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup. I think its $89 for the same, regular season seats. Getting carried away here, it's a sore spot. Have fun, Tammie. Hope your team kicks butt, literally and figuratively!! Oh yeah, those candy bars were given out in the mid 70s, and the guy was rich, so... And, we could even eat home made popcorn balls without worrying about visits to the emergency room.
I remember those days.. we had a house that gave out the jumbo bars of hersheys... loved to go there.. mom had a fit when she found out I went there because it was quite a long way from where we lived...
Our hockey team is a minor leaguue team CHL so not as expensive but I get just as hoarse yelling at the games and have just as much fun.. but here you see the guys at the store and can talk to them and they are friendly too. Decent tickets are only $24 if you need to buy them.
Been busy here. Still no job though I am looking. The economy is pretty bad so I know it will probably be awhile.
I really haven't been doing too much but what time has been flying and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Yikes!! But then that means I can hit some stores and get things super cheap. Whoo hoo!! LOL
I asked the Dr last week to clear me to return to work.. now I need to find a new job... really don't want to look. Funds are running low so guess I have to. Hopefully the pain will not return when I start back to working full time. That is the real test. Little things around the house are nothing compared to the real thing. I have cannas blooming today. Dodged the cold this past weekend and the blooms managed to survive. It has been such a terrible summer I have had very few blooms.
Tammie, that stinks (put cleanly) about your job and back! I finally found a job about a month ago, driving gas and diesel into and across the mountains, just in time for winter. I wish you luck in your job hunt. And miss pepper, you too. I wish you luck. Now get off your butt, you young whipper-snapper, and get to work! LOL
LOL. Trust me, I miss working. As soon as the weather clears and I have time I am gonna go to the barn and hang out. If I ge lucky I can muck out some stalls. That's the kind of work I enjoy. LOL. Come home stinking so much that people around me pass out. LOLOL
I have only done 2 co-ops cause I used to get free plants from work but the ones I have been in have been great! Just pick carefully and if it looks well run then go for it. I just did the Summer Hills seed one and it ran very smooth.
I have run 3 co ops and participated in several with great success.. lost out on one co op but we knew it was a gamble from the beginning. I loved the co ops. Just got my neem oil th other day from that co op.. it was a great buy!
We have our first real freeze coming tonight. Bye bye canna blooms!
Dave's have changed their mind, what with so many people up in arms. I've done several co-ops and have always had great results, and for cheap, too.
First measurable snow in Denver, though it has been snowing in the mountains regularly enough. I get to drive up their 5 days a week. Was going to Rifle, delivering diesel for the gas fields. Going through Keystone, Copper Mountain and Vail. Lately have been going to Craig(NW corner of state), doing the same thing, but going through Winter Park and Steamboat. Beautiful countryside. Tonight is suppose to be in the teens. Oh joy!!!
Just wanted to say "Happy Thanksgiving" to everyone here... who's cooking a big bird? and Trop are you going to have a tofurkey? ... have you ever tried one? My veggie husband wants me to cook one next year. ...the sides are what make it for me anyway.
I managed to crawl off the couch long enough to meet my parents at Furrs cafeteria to eat some turkey.. then back to bed... been sick since sunday night. Saw the dr friday. got some antibiotics and am actually starting to feel a little better.. may be human by monday at this rate but am sooo tired!
Hope everyone had a much better Thanksgiving than I did!
My Thanksgiving was noisy. I had a cousin challenging me to make him laugh, then throwing things at me. Another cousin was running around and another one was complaining cause my aunt and I both smacked him and told him to stay out of the Deviled Eggs or there wasn't gonna be any left for dinner. He said that was the whole point. LOL. It was all fun and a nice distraction.
...you guys can joke all you want but you have no idea the trouble I had to go through to get a veggie turkey for Thanksgiving...hard to find those things around here, I had to hunt it down and kill it with my bare hands...lol...
can't believe my nephew and my grandma really liked the tofurkey
hope y'all had a nice holiday, I had a blast, got to see lots of old friends, go to parties and went bowling last night for the first time in forever...still feel like I have a few pounds to work off
I didn't but the 19 degrees the other night sure ensured all my cannas did! Burrr... just brown stalks now... I still had some blooming! Darn it... guess that is the end of them till spring. time to cut them down and mulch. Temps back into the 50's and 60's during the day... no worries about the ground freezing... all snows went south of me. Not even any rain here. We really need that. The city stocked a local pond with trout for fishing.. all died within hours because of a yellow algae bloom... it only grows in water that is too brackish or mineral content is too high... happens when we don't get enough rain. Guess no one though about testing the water first.
My cannas are mulched just with their leaves and the stalks on top of that. The ones next to the house got leaves too since those aren't out in the open. Luckily I brought some cannas in so I don't have to worry about not having any next year if these don't make it.
my cannas are done for the year too - but the roses are still blooming. Got the plumerias in the garage.
Is everyone ready for Christmas? I baked all day yesterday, the kids had sooo many cookies they didn't hardly touch their lunch or dinner, I'll try to get something healthier in their bellies today.
the dogs in the yard behind us keep digging under our fence and running into our yard - I keep chasing them back under, then try to block the hole. However, it is their new "fun game" - I can't catch the neighbors home to get them to block their side. little rascals!
OK, been gone for a while:
First Trop, a tofuturkey?!?!? YUK!!!
Second: I stayed in Frisco for nearly a month waiting for a ship. Interesting stay, great bar next to the hotel, small, dark and persons of questionable morals. :-) Live there, HE double toothpicks no! LOL
Third: Paul, grow old- yes, die- not yet! I still have to visit you for lobster rolls!!
Fourth: Tammis and Pep, how goes the job hunting? Hope you are working, because I want presents for christmas. ;-)
Fifth: My garden has been done for nearly a month now. Sunday, we had a record low of -18* (last was -17* in 1906), and Monday was a record high-low, I think 13*. Had a warming trend of mid 30s today. Had an 18 hour day yesterday driving across this cold and snow battered state, so spent my day in and out of coma today. Have miracously recouped, so am posting here.
Sixth: Red, holy poo! That looks great. Can't wait to see it grow and fill in. About the dogs- you could put some of that border trim along the base of fence, then dig in some larger rocks (15"+) as a back border. Or, dig a trend about 6-8" deep and fill with concrete. Help keep the mutts, and grass or weeds from neighbors yard coming into yours. Finished off, it will look good exposed, or cover with mulch!
Well, time to go fill an empty belly, and no, it won't be anything tofu, more likely ordered pizza! Yummy! LOL
As they used to say in even the old movies, even 'White Christmas', Happy Holidays. Paul
No job yet. I'm still looking and applying where possible.
Cold here too. Temps been going into single digits and we have snow and ice on the ground with more ice on the way Thurs. Luckily my 4WD was fixed yesterday. Mainly cause the heater core went out in my dad's truck and he about froze to death in it. My heater works too well sometimes. LOL
Paul, you send me your addy before Christmas and you might get something. LOL
Paul it was great to hear from you - the weather sounds terribly brutal. I have been blocking the doggies with large bricks, and extra edgers I had laying around, so far so good- I haven't seen any "evidence" that they've had another run through the yard.
Good luck with the job searches, someone will be smart enough to snap up you two hard workers.
oh that looks cold Pepper! Potatoes already ? what kind did you plant ?
I need to start getting some raised beds together for veggies...my dh promised to help (he doesn't really do any garden stuff, so I'm happy for the help)
I was in bed before midnight - but my husband took the girls in the backyard and kicked soccer balls onto the roof to celebrate the new year ??!!!### until someone hit a window. strange way to celebrate if you ask me.
Spent the day painting the kitchen and tv room yesterday.
I spent New Years on the couch.. the FLU.. the real thing.. never want that again. Went to the store today... first time out in 10 days.. going to take me a while to get my strength back. At least I was able to watch others on TV having fun ringing in the new year.
sorry you were down and out Tammy & Pep ... must be a bad year, I had the flu right before xmas, and felt terrible for days - should've got the flu shot. Altho I did lose 6 lbs. - not really worth it to feel so cr*ppy for so long.
supposed to be mid 60's and sunny this weekend, I may go out and build and arbor for some grapes!
Same here on temps. Except not 80, more like 60. lol. Today it's in the 40s but in 2 days we will be lucky to reach 8 degrees for a high. I have a feeling that some of my cannas that I decided to overwinter outside are probably gonna be toast. lol.