Still Laughing For Joy #7

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Am wishing a cold front for you Debra. Our temps have normalised.
Our county fair starts tomorrow. We are all planning to go. All of us want to ride the Ferris Wheel.

(Debra) Garland, TX

thanks youse all :-)

no ferris wheel fer me--i'se skeered a heights

Midland City, AL

Our fair isn't until the end of October when it's time for the peanut harvest and it is more comfortable to be outside. It has been in the high 90's, but drier and with a breeze. Typical for this time of year. Hope the midwest gets a weather break soon.
I was looking at a list of America's most fattening foods yesterday. The classic fair foods were well represented. Good thing the fair only comes once a year. The only "food group" better represented were those on the menus of fast food restaurants and, unfortunately, they're around all the time.
Sorry, Carrie, I must have thrown away the old herb magazine Kay mentioned. I did throw away lots and lots of magazines not too long ago. ~N~

SE/Gulf Coast Plains, AL(Zone 8b)

We were hurricane tracking this morning. Irene is now expected to hit New England. Prayers it brings nothing more serious than rain, Carrie.
Vickie, you might enjoy this. "A Glorious Dawn--Symphony of Science. (A tribute to Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. k*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc&feature=player_embedded


(Debra) Garland, TX

kay that is very very cool.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Everyone here is flipping out about hurricanes and earthquakes. Lots of people say they felt or saw the quake on Wed - I didn't - but it looks like it's going to storm for sure! I was looking at blooms I could send you guys - we still have lots of impatiens marigolds, monarda, phlox, the black-eyed Susan vine is very disappointing this year. 2-3 flowers so far that only last a day! Anyway if I get my butt in gear I can send you SOMETHING!

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Carrie, YOU JUST TAKE CARE OF CARRIE. I'll be watching the Weather chanel this weekend.
Do you know anyone with a HAM radio? They're good at getting messages out during disasters.
I need to water my flowers.
Am going to have to get on a real computer to see that site. But I'll do it.

Midland City, AL

Don't worry about sending us anything, Carrie. That's just an experiment. May would be a better time to send you bluejackets (Ohio spiderwort) for bedding use. After experimenting with those few, your husband can decide if it is something he would like to plant among the daylilies. I don't know how they behave there, but they are fairly aggressive here. I don't mind them because they are easy to pull out.. But, again, that's here. Our soil is loose and sandy. Experimenting to be sure will save him some work.
Do tell me how the pail holds up though. I want to make them so they can stand up to things for , at least, one garden season.. We've always got used paint buckets around. I would like to re-purpose them if I can. I painted fish and coral on this one, guys, so the fish I sent Carrie didn't stink. lol.
The purple leaved plant is Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Queen'. Johnny had his apple seeds, I have my purple wandering jew.
There was an article in Analog, Science Fiction and Fact about the New Madrid fault zone and how dangerous it actually is. There is only a 10% possibility of a major quake any time soon. Those are fairly good odds. The problem is there is so much human interstructure that can be damaged by even minor quakes. Dams and bridges would be my biggest concern. ~Nadi~

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Nadi, and there is real concern about the bridge between Memphis and Arkansas over the Mississippi river. It always has heavy traffic.
We've used paint buckets to keep odds and ends of nails and little bits of hardware in.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

No, Nadine, I meant PICTURES. Jim or one of you said I was responsible for flower pictures in August - I think I missed the whole month.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Thats ok Carrie, Anytime will do.I'm working on away to post pictures(not mine)but free to post.

Midland City, AL

I never have the camera at hand when photo worthy scenes present themselves. This morning Fenny was walking around checking the clumps of mondo grass for lizards. While she had her nose buried deep in a clump of grass a huge yellow and black butterfly landed on her back, right at the base of her tail. She just twisted around and watched it open and close its wings with this quizzical expression on her face until it flew away. The scene was priceless. But, I could only click the shutter in my brain to preserve it. (Jim)

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Thats the problem with pets. They do the cutest things when the camara is packed away.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Well, I have had an ADVENTURE! DH and I were scheduled to go to this 5-day conference in the Hudson Valley. Arrive Sunday (Irene Day) between 12 and 7pm, or something. I mean, people were coming from all over the WORLD to this conference in the Hudson Valley. Wouldn't you know it, Irene devastated the Hudson Valley! Sorry this is repetitive - copy and paste from a letter.

I'm ok now, at home with my computer and my own internet. We were scheduled to go to a 5 day conference in the Hudson Valley/Catskills area (foothills 90 min N of NYC) and they kept telling me WE ARE NOT CANCELLING and we were supposed to get there Sun aft or eve. It should have been a clue that we couldn't find a gas station with power to work the pump credit card thingie! Finally we found one, filled up the van and set off. Driving a van in windy conditions is like driving a sail!! DH drove through all this wind and rain on the Mass Pike -- which is well-graded and starts out pretty flat. After all this wind and rain, the sun came out and it was clear and beautiful and we thought "that wasn't so bad." But after about 20 min. it went back to stormy and windy, more marshy and swampy along the road. We looked at each other and said OMG I think we just drove through the EYE of the hurricane.

The Mass Pike goes uphill pretty much all the way to the NY border, then you go S 20 min and you're at this rugged, mountainous (for New England) Conference Center. Except THIS time, we went S 18 miles and were re-routed about 1K times and finally stayed in a Best Western 20 mi W of where we were supposed to be. We left around 3pm and got to the B. W. by midnight! There were trees down, roads under water, gullies turned into rivers, etc. In some places we were driving on one-lane pavement but there was water maybe 2 inches away from the pavement.

Some people with iphones had a new google app (?) that could tell them which roads were open and which were closed. We heard they closed parts of the Mass Pike shortly after we left it. We had NO clue; just drove down roads until we had to turn around.

Luckily DH camped in the area as a kid, unfortunately he was a kid and didn't memorize back routes and stuff. The nearer hotels -- there was like a Comfort Inn or something -- were packed with people, both with people who were forced off the NY Thruway and people who were evacuated! In fact our hotel was packed too; we made a reservation by cell phone from 6 hours earlier when we were turned away at all the places near our destination. All in all a harrowing experience, especially because we thought it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. And usually hurricane predictions for us are a little gusty wet wind, so we're not used to taking them seriously. Very glad to be home safe and sound. We were really stupid.

SE/Gulf Coast Plains, AL(Zone 8b)

....and you can forget about getting them to pose for pretty pictures. Vickie.
Sorry, Carrie, we cross-posted. Glad you are okay. That sounds spooky. If the Atlantic hurricane usually don't amount to much by the time they make it that far north, I bet no one was very prepared.
This is Amargia's "Blunder of the Week." Months ago, when we were creating the western boundary bed of the CanDo Garden, I said, "Jim are you sure this is a white canna, it feels like a 'Florence Vaughn. The canna and rose periwinkle will be in bloom at the same time. The orange in the canna and the pink of the periwinkle will seriously clash.
Jim replied, "It came from the bed with the white canna. How could it be a flame canna?" Good question.
Jim says it doesn't actually look too bad. It creates an edgy, tropical feel. That isn't the look we are going for in the CanDo Garden, however, so 'Florence' will have to be moved.
We are spending our Labor Day weekend lazing about at home. Nadi hurt her foot and wouldn't have enjoyed an outing. The beach will be crowded this weekend anyway. We will do the beach on a quiet day when we can bring the dogs. Fenny's never been to the beach. I think she would have a blast. k* .



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Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

I love orange and pink together, but that's just me. And if it's wrong for the Can-Do garden, then it's Wrong.

Midland City, AL

MK has to go by the science and tradition of color since she can't really discern color anymore. Traditionally, orange and pink are no-nos. I think you just have to be a little more careful pairing orange and pink. I don't think this combination looks bad. The pink is strong enough to hold its own. I like bright colors and a lot of contrast.
I remember reading about one hurricane that struck that far north. I don't remember its name, It stuck in my head because it hit the coast on Halloween night. (Trick or Treat!). Here the saying goes:
June, too soon. July, stand by. August, prepare, you must. September, remember! OCTOBER, ALL OVER.

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Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

But it's not October yet!

Midland City, AL

The “trick-o-treat” storm that hit New England in 91 never had a real name. Hurricane Grace helped to spawn it, but meteorologist thought the hurricane that developed within the storm would be such a short-lived phenomenon; they never bothered to give it a name. It was one of the few unnamed hurricanes since they started the naming system. I was still in NM when it hit. I remember it from the movie, “The Perfect Storm.” “Perfect” conditions and timing created that one. Hopefully, New England won’t have to face one like that again for a long, long time.
Kay claims chive flowers are good sprinkled in salads or topping potatoes. anyone ever try that. I’ve never eaten the flowers. (Jim)

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(Debra) Garland, TX

she's right. taste like the green parts

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Gee Carrie,Now you have something to tell your grandkids. How you survived the storm of 2011.Glad you were safe. We've run into that in ETEX when theres a hurricane near Houston, All the motels in Kilgore fill up. They also fill up when Dallas Cowboys blackout the game in Dallas.
I love the wild colors together if they're kinda blended in with other near colors.Like from one tone to another.I like pink and orange but i march to the beat of different drummers.
Got my TX DD situated. I got her a cell phone so she can call if she has problems.Its amazing what a determined mother can do to straighten a bad situation out.It's also amazing what one can do if they know there is someone to back them up.And why do somepeople think they have to bully someone weaker than themselves.Gr-r-r-r!!! My youngest grandson decided he had controll of their house. AND HE DID.He's supposed to move out in 30 days.He told them they could'nt see his son.(I need to add he never sees his son nor pays child support.) Now they are going to see that child again.I cannot understand anyone being totally under controll of someone else nor someone controlling someone else.I guess i controlled the situation. but i sure won't do anything except remove the son then they're on their own.
Forgive me for ranting but thanks for listening.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

I sure do, Vickie. But the Blizzard of '78 lasted for weeks -- I mean the effects of it.

Midland City, AL

Big bear hug,Vickie. There are times when you have to rant….or break something. Ranting is cheaper and less messy.
Another one headed in your general direction, Carrie. Aren’t you lucky? NOT!!! Virginia looks like the most likely place for landfall at this point, but you might want to track it. She’s been named Katia. We are getting the feeder bands off Lee. We are under a flood watch, but all I’m seeing so far is a much needed gentle rain. Is Lee going to do anything to improve the rain forecast for you later in the week, Debra? (Jim)

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

LOL !

Quoting:
Ranting is cheaper and less messy.


DH and I were just marveling at all the clearly dead trees that Irene left standing, around here at least. I think the woods in the Hudson Valley are pretty well "thinned" or "pruned" by now. Of course, that was at night, the driving around, and we didn't really stop to check what type of tree was toppling the most frequently. Around here my brainiac part would say Norway maples, but I really don't know. We drove home from visiting my Dad (and Brandeis) just now, and saw tall straight up and down trees that were completely dead standing in place.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Jim, Lee made things worse for Texas not better. Got wind and no rain my SIL said it seems like half of Texas is on fire.There is alot of fires around our folks but none directly threatened yet.Texas has had a long drought.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

BTW, Debra (and folks), our grandchildren (+ their parents) are moving to Dallas/Ft. Worth. DH now has a lonng range plan that he and I move out there when JetBlue opens a station there. DSS is already teaching in Saginaw TX. Yikes.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Oh Carrie!!!!! We'll be neighbors!!!
Guess I'll have to start edecating you on Texas.Know Debra will help.First thing you'll have to go snipe hunting. The #1 sport is FOOTBALL!!!! bE IT Dallas Cowboys or The Longhorns of UTEXAS. or the local highschool. Tho actually i was a Texas AGGIE fan. Had to be,there was an Aggie research center where we lived.Tho secretly i was an Arkansas razorback fan.
lesson 2 will come later.LOL

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Everything has to be big and in a 40 gallon hat. What the heck is a snipe? No baseball? Hmmm I can't think of a TX team. Remember the Alamo!

(Debra) Garland, TX

Oh my, forget football--our major league team made it to the World Series last year! Go Rangers! Lol. Have Houston Astros, too, if you are a National League fan.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Can't give the snipes away. You'll just have to go hunting them.LOL
You're right Debra,can't forget those Rangers.
Texas B-B-Q get togethers are biggies too. Spring roadside wildflowers are spectacular.friendly people,rolling hills,There are more pickups than cars.holidays of June teenth and Sinco de Mayo,and Quanza. Azalia and rose festivals,Fall brings German Oktober fests with polkas and good german cooking. Can't think of more at the moment.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Right, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. I guess I am more of a baseball fan than football.

SE/Gulf Coast Plains, AL(Zone 8b)

In this country, my father’s family based itself in the Houston/Galveston area. I lived there many years. I’m almost ashamed to say I never attended a sporting event at the Astrodome. Some concerts, but never a sporting event. It was the first multi-sport domed arena ever built. I can remember when it was hailed “The 8th wonder of the World.
No one in the general public is allowed inside now. The last I heard, Harris County was considering selling it to movie makers I would like to see it preserved for its historic significance if nothing else. Performers from Elvis to Metallica performed on Astrodome stages. Not to mention, the political and sporting events held there. What would Houston have done with all the refugees that poured in during Katrina, if they hadn’t had the Astrodome?
This was either one very calm or one very hungry bumble bee. Bumbles are less aggressive than honeybees, but the camera was inches from her. Nadi says bees will raise one of their middle legs when agitated and this little lady isn’t even doing that.

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Midland City, AL

Sagina...that's a suburb of Fort Worth, isn't it? Most people like Fort Worth. There’s something for every taste. You can put on your gown and heels to take in the Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Performance Hall or put on your hat and boots to visit The Stockyard, then finish up the night at a honky-tonk like Billy Bob’s Texas. (Jim)

(Debra) Garland, TX

Yup

SE/Gulf Coast Plains, AL(Zone 8b)

I’ve been told they revived Gilley’s Club somewhere in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Everyone who visited me in Houston in the early 80’s wanted to go to Gilley’s Club. Mostly because some of the scenes in the movie “Urban Cowboy” were filmed there. I’ve also heard that the original El Toro was taken to the new club in D/FW. Lol. I guess it wouldn’t be Gilley’s without the famous mechanical bull. k*

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

I remember Gilleys. Never went there but it sure was talked about.There was another bar in Kilgore TX that had short lived fame.Can't think of the name ,but i will.
Gee Kay, We were Texans at the same time.I was president of an Astronomy club and got an escorted tour of Johnson Space center.It was unforgetable for me.Got to go in controll central.Got some strange looks wondering who the heck i was.Would'nt they have been surprised to find out i was a nobody.
Family told me i was a very persistant nobody.LOL

Midland City, AL

When I think of Houston, what pops into my head is, "Houston, we have a problem." It was what Kids my age said when something went wrong. We stole it from the movie, "Apollo 13." ~N~

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

LOL!!

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

WE say that, not just kids!

I'm glad there won't just be white kids with blond hair, I'm assuming. In Utah the kids ALL look like they're related, which maybe they are! I want my grandchildren to know that the world is more interesting than just Shasta daisies!

Church is fine, but there are other churches besides Mormon ones! And there is no separation of church and state in Utah, excuse me for debating religion. Cub Scouts meets at the church, so to my 11 yo grandson, cub scouts was part of church. DH (=Grandpa) tried to say he was a cub scout when he was a little boy, but DGS knows we're not members of his church, so he didn't understand how Grandpa could be a cub scout without belonging to the same church. Argh!

Midland City, AL

Kay always has me invite the Mormon missionaries in.


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