New Years Resolutions?

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

My favorite weather 15 F and clear sunny skies after 10" of snow. Perfect for skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and canoeing down the ice clad rivers.

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

That is sublime, Sofer!

My favorite quote of the day goes to you, Dave: "Everyone dies, but not everyone lives."

And "The death rate has not changed. It's one per person".

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)


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IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling
This man lived and learned and most importantly left a legacy to improve the lives of all of us.

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

Thank you picante. Glad you liked it. I don't recall who originated the statement. It helps me keep perspective when when focusing on the problems out there. Can't take things too seriously.

I like the Kipling poem except for the last statement, Sofer. I've never liked the idea that what you are is dependent on what you do - its the other way around. Who and what you are determines what you do. What you do reveals your character. Irregardless of your character, our identities as men and women are intact. Some men and women are cowardly. Some are courageous.

Santa Fe, NM

I would say, "It depends." What some see as courageous others might not and so forth. I like philosophizing. I have to add that it takes courage to change your position if you find you are wrong. And that isn't much fun! Was just reading in this history of Burma about when a relative of Kublai Khan went down from China with a whole army of Mongol horseman to invade Burma. The King of Burma had ready his 200 war elephants and met the Mongols on the battle field. At first, the Mongols charged and retreated. But, they re-grouped and changed their tactics by shooting over their horses at the elephants. They aimed for the elephants and the elephants knew it and got upset, causing much mayhem. The Mongols closed in after awhile and won the country. What amazes me is that the Mongols were able to change course and go for a new plan and to communicate it to each other when in the midst of battle with 200 war elephants! I surely don't advocate shooting elephants, as you all must know. But, I have to say I admire the presence of mind that could operate so effectively under those circumstances. Kipling mentions that quality in the poem, at the beginning.

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

All men and women are cowardly. All men and women are courageous. Just about different things.

Santa Fe, NM

Here is a New Years Resolution I should have made sooner. Always bring a camera! Always! I am going back up to my friend's house on Saturday just to try to take pictures. Today I saw a very large Stellar's Jay, many pinon jays, a flock of about 20 redwing blackbirds, several flickers and a Very Big hawk, which we thought might be an eagle! All up at their house. Not to mention her wonderful sculptures and paintings. And no camera with me. I almost died. Will return but who knows what we'll have by Saturday. It is pretty cold and gray out. Sadly, the area is being ruined by a new subdivision in progress. So far only one house built but asphalt roads where there were none and dirt trails getting moved, etc. It is odd to see the paved development surrounded by dirt roads and pinon covered foothills. Not far from Sun and Moon Mt. and that area.

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

I wish cities would leave more open space in their midst, and not just grassified parks. I have always enjoyed them and so have various critters.

Littleton, CO(Zone 5a)

Sort of dug this one up out of the graveyard, but I didn't really feel like starting a new post just to pop in and say hi and the rest seemed off topic. I only managed to browse the 10months worth of threads I missed, but it sounds like everyone has been busy and I think there are some new people? At least there are some I don't recognize.

It's been pretty crazy for me. We went camping at Yellowstone last year with the boys and then drove to OR to see my family. We went to the beach and Mt Saint Helens while we were there. I started homeschool in the fall with the kids which has been a lot of fun and I broke my foot in October. The biggest problem though was the heart trouble I started having in June. I ignored that for a bit until it got bad enough I decided to go see a specialist about it. Thankfully it turned out to just be a really annoying arrhythmia which I've recently had a procedure to try and fix. That's going so so, I guess the recovery could be going better, but hopefully in time that will work itself out too.

I've been pretty depressed because of all the medical stuff, so I really didn't even want to get out and do any gardening. Well, I really didn't have the energy for it. But then you know what, all the pretty little flowers started coming up all over and slowly, I started coming out of that stupid sulkiness. I planted a few seeds, late, but I did. I've started cleaning things up in the yard that the dog and the winter had messed up. I'm starting to see things come up that some of you had given me last year and I had forgotten about over the winter. I think the very best part of it all though is this... The kids keep coming in and telling me about the new things coming up. They're so excited about it all it just makes me smile. And my son chose Daisy seeds for his piano prize a few weeks ago and insisted they be planted immediately. I'm so thankful for my children.

My resolution:
Live healthier and make the most of every day I have with my children.

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Hi kTalia, I do hope you heal well and quickly. That is an excellent resolution! We've lost some members and gained some new... the rocky mountain forum has sadly been very quiet lately. But a few of us are still here and very happy for spring and new things popping up in the gardens! Stay well!

Brenda

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

I haven't been on the computer as much as I used to be. Seems hard to find the time. I am going to a free Balance & Exercise class at Senior Center. Is helping my sense of balance. Starts at 10:00 am, for an hour. Every 4 or 5th month I also act as greeting hostess at door, 11:00 to 12:00, Then lunch, and since I am there anyway I play pinochle for a couple of hours. That is every Mon., Wed., and Thur. So that is 6 hours out of my day 3 days a week, and somehow there is too much else that needs to be done, keeps me busy .

It is finally spring. Was winter until a week ago!!!!!!! Now in the low 70s daytime and low 40s nighttime. Have lots of seedlings in the gh and my mini gh. Haven't planted my cucumber or melon seeds in the gh yet either. Now the soil is drying so time to begin irrigating.

Donna

Littleton, CO(Zone 5a)

Thanks Brenda. Slower forums, well at least maybe I'll be able to keep up then and even get a chance to explore some of the others more.

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

I too Donna am setting up irrigation. We have had 80s and broken all kinds of records. This has meant in the past that we will have fires starting soon. I have burned all of my grasses, trimmed all of my trees up to 8', removed small trees under big ones and helped my neighbor up wind do the same.

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Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Good job, Sofer. Stay safe!

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Hi Steve, it is winter/spring again here. 32 degrees this morning. Late yesterday afternoon I was transplanting the tomatoes I grew from seed. From 4" deep pots to what are called 1 gal., they are little more than 2 quart , but good for growing on to large enough, and warm enough soil outside to put into the garden. Got 25 potted. Left them sitting outside just east of the gh. Temp. yesterday reached 66 degrees here with lots of wind.

I heard the frost fans come on in pear orchard about 1 mile south of my house, about 2:00 am. Got up and looked at my thermometer, read 35,5 degrees, Went back to bed hoping the temp. wouldn't fall too much. all are okay.

Thats the Cascade Mtn. for you. Great variations in temps. Some of my trees and shrubs are still showing damage from the severe cold we had Oct 11 and 12 of 2009. The Okanogan river is higher than normal for this time of year but the predictors are showing most rivers to be below normal, between 60 and 70% of normal and the water content of high snow is way low, so doesn't look too good.

donna

Littleton, CO(Zone 5a)

Donna, I love pinochle, I could see how that might pull me away from a computer easy! It sounds like your tomatoes are huge already! I got a late start on mine this year, they're only about 3" right now. Since spring has been slow and cool, I'm sure it won't be too much of an issue.

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

You and I get similar temps. Though we were over 80 and my garden did yesterday what I saw up in Fairbanks 3 years ago. The aspen popped its leaves and opened in full almost leaf in one day. Kind of cool when you are out in the garden all day watching it.
Are you coming to the round up here in June Donna? It will be fun. You could take the Train from Wenachee, and I could pick you up. Kind of a nice ride.
This is our plan on having fun:
Yes I have an itinerary when you get here you can do what you want. We probably will have people going to the park on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. It will all depend on the sun. So plan on hiking, boating, visits to nurseries, shopping, art galleries, theater, art in the park,short trips to view points of the valley, Hay Ride one night will be scheduled according to weather, sitting by the fire and drinking wine eating, some men may want to fish, canoe, sail, go to cool pawn shops, old tool sheds, auctions, shoot skeet, play with pistols or rifles, etc. Anyone who wants a tour of the glacial history of the valley or the geology of the Rocky Mountains or a boat tour of Flathead Lake have me available to give you the details. A drive around Flathead Lake is a possibility with 3 nurseries if it rains. We have Conrad Mansion for a tour of a millionaires home with the old way of living, furniture of the 1800's, and a wonderful garden that was the style of the founder of Kalispell who brought the railroad to our great valley. We have horses to rent and ride for anyone who is interested. Dogs are welcome and we have a fenced in 3 acres with a 10' fence around it all. Bring your kennel if they are not sociable and we can tether or crate them when not with you. We have 2 large gardens that we will visit after I schedule the time with the garden. Probably early Saturday or Sunday for the morning people. Anyone who wants to ride their bike is welcome to bring it because we have miles of bike trails in our city. We have miles and miles and miles of roads right from our house up the mountains behind us for joggers, mountain bikers, or just to decompress from the big city in rural Montana. We have a wilderness like small area right behind our house for people to walk up the road and have a wonderful short hike to visit areas of glacial activity, get out by yourself and not get lost. I will have maps. My chickens will be couped so dogs have no temptation. What else do you want to know? Oh the weather in June is usually sunny around 55F to 70F. We often get rain during the day but it doesn't last long. Usually thunderstorm in middle late afternoon. I will list a number of hotels, motels, and B&Bs

Littleton, CO(Zone 5a)

Wow Soferdig, your place sounds like more fun than Disney Land! And it sounds like you're an A+ tour guide to boot. : )

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Quite a few of RM people are coming. So the welcome is out for all to visit where God lives. LOL

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Hi Steve. Wish I could come to your RU in June but don't think it is possible. My daughter from Virginia is coming out for my birthday (June) the Memorial Day weekend. They will be in this area for about 2 weeks.

Her Live-In fellow has an uncle in Bend Or. and they want to spend most of the time here in areas of OR. and want me to go with them. So if I spend 8 or 9 days away from home at that time of year I can't go again right away.

I have a goodly collection of plants for large pots, but am afraid of our weather. I can keep them protected from frost as long as not in large pots. I have a 14 X 8 foot covered passage way from my house into garage, enclosed on three sides. Open to morning sun on east side. Will stay about 10 degrees warmer than out in the open.

Donna

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Here is a picture of some of the tomatoes waiting to be transplanted to larger pots or just waiting. I donate a lot of tomato plants to my garden club plant sale , the first weekend of June . Actually sidewalk sale during parade and after, for annual rodeo.

Donna

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Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

This is the view of front door and Candied Weeping Apple , Malus, and to the right is the passage way to garage, and now store place for plants waiting to go to their permanent home in the garden or pots.

Donna

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Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Here is another view of north side of house.

Donna

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Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Donna, your home and garden are lovely! I love your purple door, I am threatening to paint our front door purple this spring as well! The Candied Weeping Apple is stunning!

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Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Nice Donna. I am assuming these are not now or you have really had good weather! Sorry you can't come to the RU.

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Steve I took the pictures just before I sent them. Our weather except for the one morning a couple of days ago, has been very nice for this time of year except for the pesky wind. The soil is pretty cool yet, so I'm not planting out in the garden. I haven't had to move the tomato plants or other tender things inside for more than a week, so that is good.

Donna

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Wow you are at least a whole zone above us. We are just getting leaf bud and perenials are just breaking through the ground.

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Littleton, CO(Zone 5a)

Very nice looking tomatoes Donna and I love your apple. It will look very nice there when it grows up some more.

Soferdig, I've always loved your garden! Very nice little center bed there. Weren't you building a waterfall and pool at one point? Maybe that was someone else and I'm just mixed up.

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Yes I have 3 different waterfalls. Just recently I was building a rock wall and stairwells to lower beds. Thank you for the compliment.

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Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Beautiful, Soferdig!

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Steve, I always enjoy seeing pictures of your yard and all your great rock creations. You have a great eye for creating beauty.

I just went out to take a picture of my 2 yr. old Weeping Cercis, Redbud. Pretty nice bloom for only being in place 2 years.

We got a shower in the night, I hope it rains all day. It is very dry here.

Donna

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Littleton, CO(Zone 5a)

Cute little flowering tree Donna. And a lovely cedar for a back drop and flowering tulips and dafs. Is that grass or some time of ground cover in the picture?

I don't thing that was the one I was thinking of Steve. (I assume from Donna's posts.) But I really like it alot! Is that picture recent? There is some much stuff growing already I assume it's from a past growing season. I assume it's for run off? Or do you actually pump water down it?

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Heck yes that was last summer. Right now there is only bulbs and perennials breaking through.
Donna we can't grow redbud here you must be a zone up from us. I have always wanted one since Michigan. Mine never made it in Seattle well the bloom, the tree did fine. We got a whole bunch of rain today and plan on getting it for the next 3 to 5 days. Yahooo!

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

I think my area is now considered zone6

Steve according to the tv weatherman, you are going to get strong winds with the possibility of snow. Good Luck. I think there is a large umbrella over me, there was lots of rain all around me yesterday and only a few drops here.

A really beautiful dbl rainbow late last eve. Couldn't get the whole thing in my camera. Here is the right half.

Donna

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