Diversions in the Season of Denial

Gastonia, NC(Zone 7b)

...or if they have ever read any in the first place!

reminds me I have to water all my housemate's plants, she is away and I put it on the calendar to do this. I don't do very well at all with most houseplants, in general and tend to only have one or two, but she does lots of houseplants which is very nice to have around!

I did something kind of fun last night which was poke around online for gifts for my sister...... she and I love each other dearly and have almost nothing in common! but she does send me a dear Christmas package each year so i try to honor that with her.

hahaha I sent her something from a site I found called uncommon goods.com I think. A book called Porn for Women which is basically pictures of burly guys doing housework, LOL! It looked like it would give her a laugh.

That, and a box of some old fashioned kind of Christmas candy, had them both delivered and, whew! Done!

I used to really enjoy the wrapping and gift note writing but I have lost my taste for all that busyness, to be honest.

Centennial, CO(Zone 5b)

One reason not to have plants in the house: dust allergies
People don't realize how much dust can accumulate on the leaves, and it can be a real problem with indoor air in the winter. I don't have any indoor plants for that reason.

I have LOTS of books, but I also wipe down all the bookshelves 2x a week to avoid buildup of dust there also.

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

An air cleaner is a good idea for the home. Especially in Winter in a well sealed house. We used to have an Austin Air brand cleaner. Super HEPA filtration. My spousal unit at the time was allergic to Spring pollen, and would sit near the cleaner after an outing. 15 minutes and her symptoms would abate. Then she could move about the house.

Santa Fe, NM

Thanks, Greenjay, for another good reason not to have houseplants! We've been trying to not keep so many books either but books and magazines are what we seem to have most of! As for spring pollen (juniper), I find it best to leave in the spring. I can never be gone quite long enough but even a week away helps. I wouldn't mind a good HEPA filter. Another thing is to take showers a lot. Kyla, I'm glad you are enjoying Christmas shopping! D.H. went to 5 bookstores yesterday to look for the romance novel that one of his sisters wanted. He finally found it! But, he Hates shopping on-line and wants to wrap everything himself. He re-uses paper. His out of town gifts usually get there sometime in January. I just shake my head.

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

Hmm Roybird, now that I think about it there weren't any books either. It didn't look like a house that people really live in, more like the display houses that subdivisions use to show their different models to potential customers.

DH figures they either don't cook much or they have the world's best housekeeping service because the kitchen was spotless. The only way our kitchen will ever look that clean is if we tear out and replace everything. And that will only last for a few days. I would like to redo the cabinets with flat doors so there aren't any places for the flour and crumbs and stray dishwater to stick.

Sorry you have such bad dust allergies Greenjay. I think our low humidity keeps dust mites from surviving in our house but it's also kind of hard on the sinuses and skin.

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

I've theorized that there is a subset of the population that keeps 2 houses, Katlian. They live in one and have guests over at the other. I've never been able to afford that so I just have to let people see my lived-in state and endure the humiliation.

Centennial, CO(Zone 5b)

We closed on our new house yesterday (see picture). We are moving this week, so BOTH (current and new) houses will be a terrible mess for a few days.

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Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

Congratulations! How exciting (and a big pain in the rear at the same time.) I hope your weather cooperates for moving.

Dave, I like houses that look lived in. They're much more interesting than aesthetically sterile ones.

Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

Congrats!

Santa Fe, NM

Greenjay, it is a nice-looking, big house. I can't wait to see what you do with the garden!

Centennial, CO(Zone 5b)

is essentially a blank slate as far as the landscaping. The house was completely redone inside, but in the process of putting in a new sewer line etc. the outside got torn up. They regraded and plopped in some turf & chips and called it a day.

I see that as a tremendous advantage, because I can completely remake the landscape without having to remove a lot of crap. Don't yet know what species the tree in front may be.

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

What a lovely new home, Greenjay! I too look forward to seeing what you do with the gardens!

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

I can't help with an ID for the tree but you might want to have an arborist look at it. The structure of the limbs looks rather weak and could pose a hazard to the house (hard to tell from the photo though).

How nice not to acquire a bunch of things that you just want to tear out. We looked at a house that had a yard full of junipers. Not just little ones either, there were giant, badly pruned hedges of it. I was NOT interested in tearing all of those ugly things out so I would have room for flowers.

Take lots of pictures so we can see your progress!

Centennial, CO(Zone 5b)

yes, the tree out front is probably coming out within a year or so.

One of the small trees I have already planned to remove has portions of an old chain link fence in the middle of the trunk from the soil up to about 5'. That will be a really fun one to cut down!

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Beaming in from Albequerque ^_^ Congrats on the new house greenjay! It will be SO exciting to work with a new place. Breathtaking drive from Las Vegas to here. I do believe NM should change their state motto to 'Land Of the Beautious Rocks' as I must have many, many that I have seen. Had a tour of Dave-who-is-Dave's which is REALLY coming in nicely and dinner with DwiD and Zerbeebee. Onwards today to roybird's ^_^

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

OH, what a hoot, Dahlia! Thanks for checking in. Sounds like this is a rockhounding trip.

Greenjay, now that's BIG news. Ohhh, you must be deep in the thralls of MOVING. Hang in there.

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

I just checked out the groovy new feature here on DG: the frost calculator. I entered my zip code, and it gave me four concise sentences. Below is the most remarkable:

"You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from July 29 through August 3."

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

LOL, Picante! Well, it's a good 5 days, anyway!

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

You better hope your tomatoes grow fast Picante!

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

Congratulations on the house greenjay. Looks like you got a corner lot.

Nice to have such a long season picante. Perhaps the frost calculator has a bug or two in it?

Enjoyed having dahlianut and her DH stop by and have dinner with Zerbeebee and I. Very nice people. They gave us REAL chocolate too!

Santa Fe, NM

Dahlia, Dahlia when will you be here? I am way too excited!

Gastonia, NC(Zone 7b)

Nice lookin house and yard indeed! and the blessing of a blank slate too........ I am confessing to a bit of envy here about the blank slate part.

DN and DwiD, that sounds so fun.......

I am enjoying allowing this house to accumulate some more "lived-in" type temporary decor, whilst housemate is away (she is a surfaces-must-be-cleared kinda gal..... ) which reminds me, oops, better water all those houseplants!

Dusting, gosh, I kind of like to let the dust build up until it has the potential to grow stuff in it...... You know, creating more topsoil?

no?

well there must be some purpose to it besides supporting the industry of all the dusting and wiping products, methinks.... Fortunately I don't seem to have allergies to it, that would truly be a pain.

Santa Fe, NM

What would Roybird say?

Santa Fe, NM

Funny bird would say what a tres fabby day!!!! Toured the old town and saw a beautious garden in its winter sleepyness. And found the PERFECT grass!

Santa Fe, NM

The grass is not un-loaded to the 'puter yet. Wassup? We are having a good time and the men -folks are doin' dishes!

Santa Fe, NM

Did I mention that we are sipping on refreshing beverages? ^_^ Also there are cookies ^_^ I am happy.

Santa Fe, NM

Me too! I have a split personality. Can you tell?

Santa Fe, NM

What a koinkidink. Me too!

Gastonia, NC(Zone 7b)

oh good I was afraid it was me......

having a swell time wish I was there?

Enjoy y'all! ;-)

Santa Fe, NM

Hi, Kyla! Wish you were here , too.

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

One would think Roybird was talkin' to herself in Dahliaspeak, but it's far worse than that, I can see.
PLEASE we wait with baited breath.... elaborate on the perfect grass, s'il te plaît, oiselet.
And what species of cookies.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Roybird's tres fabby ginger cookies which may accidently leave me with (tee hee). One momento while roybird uploads the perfect grass....

Santa Fe, NM

Accck! Picture of grass. Kind of crooked.

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Santa Fe, NM

I wasn't thinking too much of i.d. However this is what the seed heads are like.. We can get more pictures of these.

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Gastonia, NC(Zone 7b)

very pretty grass. Can I have the ginger cookie recipe? I have one to trade...... ;-)

Santa Fe, NM

Sure. Soon! Does anyone know the name of the grass we posted?

Gastonia, NC(Zone 7b)

um, it isn't Pampas grass, is it? I can't recall what those seed heads look like but the leafy parts kind of resemble Pampas grass..... but, you would know that one I s'pect. ;-)

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Noper Kyla not pampas grass. We have seen it quite abit in gardens on our walkabouts but it's not native for sure. ps DH and roybird's DH are quite amused and that my 'tourist' pics are all about the perfect grass, snorkel.

Centennial, CO(Zone 5a)

Here's your grass in the prairie garden at the DBG. It's some type of maiden grass (miscanthus).

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Santa Fe, NM

That's it. I wonder what kind of miscanthus. It is all over the place around here. Thanks, Lisabees. Dahlia was most taken by it! I'm sure a local nursery will be able to i.d. it.

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