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  • in reply to: Happy Birthday~ILUVCHICKODEES~6/29 #5437282 Report Abuse
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    Well that makes me feel a lot better. When you know who took good care of it then it is a good deal. Happy Birthday again!


    in reply to: Tuesday in the Midwest June 30 #5437115 Report Abuse
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    Good Luck Leroy, I hope everything goes smooth for you, and that hand is fixed in no time.

    Lair, I busted out laughing when I read your letter change on your list. You have a spook in your house?

    Marilyn, Take it easy getting the back going again. You don’t need a relapse. That had to be a nasty, hard hit to your back. Ouch is all I can say!

    Carol, I know about men not wanting to adjust their diets. I keep telling DH that we don’t need 3 huge meals every day. I try to keep them smaller, but that doesn’t always work. If he opens the fridge or cupboard to snack; I can’t control that.

    Caden, So I did read that right; you’ve been married almost 62 yrs.?

    I haven’t done much yet today. I had to order more checks. We also got a call about our credit card information being compromised. DH called the ph. number on the card back, not the one they left on the message. Yup, they are sending us new card, but what we have now can still be used until July 7. I charged on this card at Home Depot the other day when I got the Ryobi cultivator; we’re wondering if that’s what triggered it. They had their security compromised before, so apparently they haven’t gotten it fixed yet, or maybe it isn’t them and some other place has issues. The person DH talked to didn’t know what triggered it; she had no notes on what it was about. We don’t do much credit card charging other than at the gas station or Walmart.

    I have flowers blooming all over. The big bed is just starting to flower. I have phlox, coneflowers, pink and purple speedwell, butterfly weed, spiderwort, crimson feather poppies, pink astilbe, false sunflower?, campanula, lavender bellflowers, sweet william, red and yellow yarrow. I even have some that aren’t ready to bloom yet like my big bushy asters, there might even be a canterbury bell. I still don’t know where I’m going to plant that Magic Marvel Hibiscus. I’m scared to plant it in the ground for fear it will die. I did get it for free, but all the more reason to take good care of it.

    I only have maybe one coneflower open, so I’ll have to wait for a bit. I think this year I’m gonna take some of the flowers up to the ladies at the nursing home.


    in reply to: Happy Birthday~ILUVCHICKODEES~6/29 #5437013 Report Abuse
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    Nice looking ride. You’ll have to give us the details. I hope it runs as good as it looks. I don’t want to rain on your birthday parade. The words Impulse and ‘REALLY good deal’ both make me nervous.

    I know a lady that did that. Her DD tried to call her to tell her to stay away from the car because someone told her the transmission was bad. By the time she got ahold of her mom, it was too late; she had already bought it. Yup, the transmission went bad right off the bat, and it cost her a small fortune to get it fixed. She didn’t even have 500 miles on it. She was NOT a happy lady!


    in reply to: Happy Birthday~ILUVCHICKODEES~6/29 #5436897 Report Abuse
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    Happy Birthday! I hope it was special!


    in reply to: Monday in the Midwest June 29th #5436895 Report Abuse
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    Jan, are you sure you’re older than caden cause there was mention of nearly 62 yrs. of marriage.

    I spent the day digging more weeds. I still have a knot in my shoulder. I woke up with it, so I have no idea how I did that sleeping.

    We’ve had several storms roll through here tonight. Nothing severe so far.

    Maybe we should have a get together down the road. I have kids coming home this weekend, but maybe in a few weeks?

    We have from Iowa: Lair, Jan, bwatcher (Mary), Caden, Feedinthebirds (Evelyn), Tealbird (Alma), plantdoctor (Charlene), and Garden Helper (Larry), backhoewife (Janet). I probably did, but anyone missing that’s a regular poster from Iowa?


    in reply to: Well,I;m at it again #5436892 Report Abuse
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    I collected a handful of columbine, and then tossed it back across the flower bed. Next year should be interesting.


    in reply to: Watching, Glen Campbell "I'll be Me" #5436529 Report Abuse
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    I’m glad I saw this; I was able to watch it. It really was sad at the end of the show how confused, and out of control he was getting. You could see he was resorting to anger because of frustration. They most certainly put a face to the illness.

    The aphasia is the worst part. When the simple things become impossible to do because they can’t remember how to do them. The most mundane simple task like brush their teeth, or calling a comb a fork. It’s in there, they know it, but they just don’t have access to the memory anymore.

    It’s also heartbreaking for those trying to take care of them. They can’t express what they need, and sometimes they really don’t even know what it is they need. They just know they need/want something. I sometimes think if you use pictures, the person can sometimes point to a picture and convey what they can’t say, but eventually even that is lost.

    I thought his wife and family did an amazing job helping this program to be made, and sharing this journey for the world to see. They helped other families to realize, “No Mom, it’s not you, Dad does have a problem. We see that now.”


    in reply to: Sunday in the midwest June 28 #5436492 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I am home and I am WHIPPED! I got 3.5 hrs. of sleep last night. I had to get up early to make a fast salad for the reunion. We went to church and then came home, packed the cooler, stopped at Kwik Star for drinks, and took off for the reunion.

    Boy, it’s a good thing my sister forwarded the directions that my cousin Mike sent her, because I would have never found this place. DH said he was going to go to Dyersville; he lied. He went the snake trail down through Durango. Jan knows these roads. I hate going the back way down to Dubuque because it usually makes me car sick, but DH did a pretty good job today. He took the corners nice and easy, and didn’t toss me around to much. My dad always went this way when I was a kid. I can tell you where I chucked my cookies on several occasions, and where he had to pull over and let me out. I used to DREAD going to see my sisters and cousins.

    It wasn’t a huge turn out, but still a nice group, 24. The reunion next year will again be the last Sunday in June at the same cousin’s home. I think a 6 hour family reunion was enough time for everyone to get a chance to talk and hear about each others lives. It was 5:30 when we headed for home. When we left here this morning it was just starting to sprinkle again. We drove out of the rain, and it was a beautiful trip the rest of the way. It did rain a nice shower during the late afternoon while we all sat in the garage and talked, and then it quit. The sun came back out and it was nice again.

    Sorry Lair, I dozed off, and DH was already passed Farley when I woke up. I was awake at Epworth, and the next thing I know we’re already gone past Farley. How does this happen? (No corners to make me sick?!) I’m gonna get there, I swear!!! I did end up falling asleep again after that. I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised, this is a normal part of a car ride for me anymore. I always sleep at least an hour or 2 when we go down to Des Moines.  It’s gonna be an early night for me.

    Well, I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

     


    in reply to: Sunday in the midwest June 28 #5436325 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I’m up early because we have a family reunion in East Dubuque, Ill. today. I haven’t been to a reunion on this side of the family in quite a few years. My kids won’t be showing up, but oh well. This is my mom’s side of the family. This reunion used to be at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque. My Aunt Mildred from Farley used to take care of all of this, but since she passed away there aren’t any of the oldest generation left to host it. My cousin lives in his parent’s house, so he is hosting the event. His dad was one of the brothers, and his mom was my godmother. I haven’t seen any of these cousins in years. I don’t look for this to be very many people. My oldest sister sent me two reminders about this, so I’m figuring she’ll be there. I haven’t even seen this sister since the family farm split, and she’s on my side of the fence on owning dad’s farm. It’s raining here right now, so this will be interesting how the weather pans out by noon. I’ve got to get something made to take along and get to church by 8, so talk to ya later.

    Lair, We’re going right past Farley on the way down to Dubuque, but I won’t say I’m stopping as I have no idea what time this will get over, or if we will come back the same way we’re going down. I’ll take my phone along just in case. I make no promises on showing up on your doorstep. This is a ‘wing it’ kind of weekend. Who knows, if all the cousins show up it could be fun like the good old days.

    Oh, we did go to a rodeo in Edgewood last night. They had fireworks after the rodeo, so it was almost midnight before we got back home. We’ve never been to a rodeo in this town of just under 1,000. It was okay, but probably won’t go back again.


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    You can buy berry plants from any seed catalog. At this time of year, you’ll only get what’s picked over and left at places like Lowes or Home Depot. You might want to make sure you get quality plants. You might want to make sure that you buy plants that produce on old canes and new canes also. You get more berries that way, and won’t need as many plants.

    We had black raspberries as a kid. We used bread ties to tie them up to smooth wires. Depending on how big you want to go, your best bet is to make it so you can tie them up and also be able to put a bird net over them. I can guarantee you, you will fight the birds otherwise. Robins were the biggest offender. They can ruin more fruit. They take one bite and then the berry falls off and is wasted on the ground.

    We had 4 long rows of the berries (a net was not possible for this big a patch), but we were a big family. We had a big pole on both ends of each row with two wires strung from pole to pole. Each spring we would go out and cut all the dead canes out and tie the new canes up to the wire or wires. It just depended how long the cane was. Any new plants that came up outside the row would get dug up and moved into the line of the row. We could mow down through the rows with the push mower. When the canes are tied up like this it makes it much easier to find the berries and to pick them.

    If you don’t want a huge patch, plant them along a building. I did that here with the red raspberries. We kinda built a framed cage around the berries and hung the net. If a robin can sit on the net and eat berries they will, so you need to make it high and tight, so they can’t weigh it down by sitting on it. You’ll also have to make sure they can’t find a hole along the bottom to get inside. You will need to make it so you can get inside to pick. Robins are smart!

    I had to net my strawberry beds, and my berry patches. They will take one bite/slice out of a barely pink strawberry and ruin it. Berries they will pick at and then they fall to the ground where bugs will get into them.

    I hope a little of this info helps. A little research into plants and a way to protect them from the birds can yield you more with less work.


    in reply to: Saturday in the Midwest June 27 #5436061 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, Well, I didn’t get to use the new Ryobi cultivator yet. I spent so much time deadheading, and cutting down old columbine stalks that I didn’t get time to actually tackle weeds. They’ll wait for me, so no worry on my part.

    We went down to Prairie du Chein to Huckleberry’s for their Friday Night Buffet, and they had live music. It was dark back in the dance room, but all I had to do was hear the voice of the guy talking. I’ve know this guy and his band for at least 45 years. He from here in town. People follow this band’s old country music no matter where they go. They also play in parades while riding on a wagon. I saw one lady at a table up by the buffet that I took care of at the nursing home after a botched surgery. That group must have driven at least an hour to get there. Their music was always good, but they must have a new guy singing; he is NOT good. America’s Got Talent material he IS NOT! He was singing the song ELVIRA ( The Oak Ridge Boys); it took me half the song before I figured it out! (just shaking my head, they used to be so good!)

    We also stopped to play putt putt golf. The sun went behind the clouds, and it got a bit cool but not bad. I got a hole in one and Jerry got two; I lost, nothing new there.

    We’re going to a rodeo tonight I think. I haven’t been to one of those in a few years. Jerry was talking the car races at the Cresco Fair on Sunday night, so we’ll see how that pans out.

    Lair, I see we are all in agreement that you need to be careful. I hope you are healing with no problems.

    Sandy, You made me tired with all your work. I guess you go to work to rest like I used to.

    Snow, The cultivator is the same as what Lair got. I just haven’t had time to use it yet.

    Leroy, Did you get your petunias deadheaded? Have a good day at work.

    Marilyn, I must have missed something about your back. I’m good for awhile and then mess it up again. Hope you feel better soon. I’m glad you made it to your DGS’s event. I’m sure he was happy to see family again.

    Well, I need to scrounge up some breakfast, so be back much later.

     


    in reply to: deadheading petunias #5435914 Report Abuse
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    I deadhead my petunias, but guess what I discovered this morning, 3 pots of purple petunia that came from last years seeds. If I find that I missed some seed pods and they are brown and full of seeds, I just squeeze them until they crack open and then dump the seeds in the pot. I guess a few of them actually made it through the winter and grew. Amazing, ignorance is bliss apparently.


    in reply to: Who can answer this riddle? #5435836 Report Abuse
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    He ran out of wine.

    Most of the males in his congregation were in there.

     


    in reply to: Does anyone have a good recipe for Jelly? #5435797 Report Abuse
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    Three piece set includes a 18/8 stainless-steel chinois, a wooden pestle, and a chrome stand. These are great for straining sauces and soups or mashing fruits and vegetables.

    My mom had one of these and used it to cook down tomatoes for tomato juice. All the peels and seeds stayed inside and the juice and pulp were pushed through the holes.


    in reply to: Friday in the Midwest #5435632 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I went out and deadheaded a lot of flowers. Clipped all of the branches on the pink with green edge petunia back to 4″ in length. It hasn’t been doing too well, so I figured it can sprout new shoots and get bushy again. I think it was as big as it was going to get. I also discovered 3 pots of petunias coming up from seed from last year. I have something else coming up that looks like wild dill. I’ve seen it in my flower bed before and pulled it when I saw it, but I just let this stuff go as it’s growing in an ice cream bucket. Now to see what it is. I did spot two milk weeds, but I don’t want them in that particular bed, so I pulled them out. I’ve had a yellow lily growing in the big bed for several years, but this year it looks like it’s on steroids. All the flower stalks are about 3′ tall. They’ve usually been about 2′ or so. Maybe that maple tree being gone has helped.

    I have my toy put together and charged, but it’s a bit warm out there right now.

    Well, gotta go, be back in a little while.


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