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  • in reply to: Saturday's "What's for Supper?" Dec. 20,2014 #5325557 Report Abuse
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    Pork steak here….with beef rice-a-roni and carrots.  Lemon poppy seed cupcake with cool whip for dessert.  Charlene


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    in reply to: Christmas cactus blooms… fall off #5325535 Report Abuse
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    Are they near a heat register?  Christmas cactus actually prefer cooler temps(64º-68º….that is why they flourish in my cooler home.  Over watering or underwatering can also make them drop their buds.

    I just did a google and found this

     http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/111458069.html


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    in reply to: Some of my seedlings #5325501 Report Abuse
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    They look great Kathy.  Those blue flax seedlings are always so cute.  I need to start some of them and also wallflower.  The dang squirrels ate or broke off both my wallflower and my pasque last year.  Keep us posted on their progress.  I am guessing the Lavatera will be blooming in your GH before you get them outdoors…..lol.  It is always nice to have some blooms in the GH, though.  Charlene


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    in reply to: Good Morning in the VSR, Sat 12/20 #5325499 Report Abuse
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    Noreen…so good to see you here!  I figured that you had been reading since you knew about my surgery and I want to thank you for the beautiful get well card!

    I am sorry that you are having health issues…..prayers that they will soon be resolved.  Merry Christmas to you as well!  Please post when you are able.  Charlene


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    in reply to: What goes up must come down? #5325471 Report Abuse
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    We are $2.36….it has been below $3 here since before Thanksgiving.  Charlene


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    Everyone has such festive trees…and I love the outdoors pictures with snow…none here either, which is very unusual for us.  I also did not do as much Christmas decorating this year.  We did do some.

    This is how it should look outdoors this time of year.



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    in reply to: Normal #5325449 Report Abuse
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    I march to the beat of a different drum than most….lol.  Charlene


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    in reply to: To ALL my B&B Friends ~ Sandy k #5325409 Report Abuse
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    Merry Christmas to you as well, Sandy.  I am sorry that you have to work, but I’ve BTDT……I used to work in a hospital.  Happy New year, too.  Charlene


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    in reply to: Good Morning in the VSR, Sat 12/20 #5325408 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone!  It is 27º this morning and chances of snow later….keeping my fingers crossed that we get some.

    DS just left…he was here for coffee and visiting already this morning.  He told us that our schools are closed now for Christmas vacation….so they also get 17 days off.  DGD #2 and GDS #2 are taking advantage of it and getting in more working time….they like the extra money.

    Melissa….I am so glad that you have your dishwasher back….I am sure you really missed it.  My knees hurt just thinking about crawling around and cleaning the mortar from the cracks.  I’ve got a nice foam garden kneeler you can borrow…lol.

    Karen…I hope you can get your computer issues fixed.  I know you are getting excited about the kids coming in soon.  You will have a great time with them.

    Molly….glad you had a fun day shopping with DGD.  There are also over priced stores here that I refuse to shop at…..seems they are very proud of their goods, but I refuse to pay that sticker price.

    Leslie….my plants have been getting some rain water, but not because they have been outside in the rain.  I caught 20 gallons with the rain we had last week.  I need to water all of the houseplants and also in the GH today.

    Kathy….I think that Leroy has been working extra hours because of Christmas.  I think he has posted some in the Midwest.  I am sure that Ron is busy with Yolanda being home and needing extra care.  Gary often shows up on weekends.  Lair posts here some, but daily in Midwest.  Steve does the daily picture post.  I guess we all have our favorite places to post.  I am not sure what happened to Charlie.  Good luck shopping for your boards!

    I wasn’t here last night, so I’d better read the chit chat and see what’s happening with others.

    Have a great day everyone.  Charlene


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    Ili….I do believe that your seeds may be doomed….the oil is not good….hopefully someone else will be more encouraging.  I don’t keep any of my oils in the fridge, so I won’t have to worry about that happening.  Charlene


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    in reply to: Seed starting ? #5325197 Report Abuse
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    The temperature refers to the temp of the soil and not the air temperature….that varies from 5 to 15 degrees.  You need a soil thermometer to find out the exact temp of the soil.

    Swallowtail garden seed site usually has good information on seed starting, if they carry the seed you are inquiring about.  The candleabra is an amaranthus.  Pick the seed from the index on the left (this is annuals, but they also have perennial seed)  If you scroll way to the bottom of the seed options it gives planting instructions complete with temps and germination times.

    http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/annualsA-Z.html#gsc.tab=0


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    Linda….I saw the blue and white last year, but I already had my gardens and containers filled, so I didn’t get any.  I also recall the peppermint oil situation…..sometimes we have to learn things the hard way, don’t we?  I know I’ve made a few mistakes that I will never make again if I can help it.  Charlene


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    Kathy…germination was almost 100%…but it was down hill from there…lol.  The information I read said that the seedlings must be kept warm, but not too warm….moist, but not too wet and never allow them to dry out.  The info referred to them as “fussy” and said that a drooping seedling was a dead seedling…and they were so right!  Too dry and they died…too wet and they damped off….and my house was far cooler than the temps they liked.  I didn’t have time to babysit those seedlings.  From 25 seeds, I ended up with one plant that made it to blooming stage.   I recall paying $10 for 25 pelleted seeds.   That money would have bought me 12 plants locally.  Charlene


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    Steve….I grew that pretty vine here one year, but it didn’t come back the next year….not hardy for here.

    Gayle…your clematis are lovely.

    Tina…you shared seeds of those with me and I loved them.  I forgot about growing them last year, but I do have seed yet and will try to remember this year.

    Melissa….another great pic.  Do you still have some ground cover?  We have no snow at all and that is not good for my plants, as you know.

    I need to print off this pic since DS said he would try to make me one if he saw a pic.  We saw this while visiting JUlie this past summer at the Greenbay botanical garden.  I have the perfect spot for it.



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    in reply to: Friday DEC. 19th VSR #5324996 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone.  It is 22º here this morning.  No chance of snow today, but there is a chance this weekend.  I really do want a white Christmas, but yet I want to see some sun.  It doesn’t shine when it is snowing, so I guess I am just expecting too much….lol.

    Thanks to all of you for the good wishes.

    I slept like a baby last night….sorry to hear that many of you had sleepless nights…..those are frustrating.

    Stella…sorry to hear about your pyrex exploding in the microwave….what a mess to clean up.  We had a pyrex casserole explode in the oven once….and it was filled with Spanish rice.  It took forever to clean that up.  Glad you are using your new mixer.  I melt chocolate in the microwave, but stir it every 30 seconds.

    Melissa….enjoy those 17 days off!  I guess I have been on medical leave, but since I was released yesterday, I am now on vacation….lol.  Glad your kitchen project continues to move forward.

    Gayle…I will be going back to work after the 1st of the year, but I am going to be very selective on what I will do.  NO more heavy couches for sure….I also will not work the 60 hr work weeks that I usually do.  I will start at 30 and see how that goes.

    Donna…sorry to hear about your car expense….that is something no one needs this time of year.

    Tina….enjoy your time with your grand kids….yes, they grow up fast and then Grandma isn’t as popular…..lol.

    Marilyn…sorry to hear that your hubby is sick.  SE Minnesota has a severe outbreak of the flu right now.  Several schools closed yesterday and today because of it.

    Bette….I gave up making homemade candy years ago.  It does make a real mess, and DH wasn’t fond of most of it, so I ended up eating it.  I do still make lots of cookies….much easier all the way around.  Enjoy your day with Natalie.

    Kathy….glad that your drain is open enough to use.  We also battle tree roots in our sewer here….a mess and an expense.  It sounds like your bathroom project is close to being done.

    Molly….have a fun day shopping with DGD….I hope she likes to eat lunch.  Larry never gets hungry when we are shopping, so I have to beg to please get something to eat….lol.

    Sandy….sorry to hear that you have been sick….bad time of year for that.

    Leslie….enjoy your time off…..and have fun at the party tonight.

    Linda…I am guessing you are one of the youngest here…..other than Melissa who is just a kid in her early 40s…..lol.  Enjoy wrapping!

    Waving at everybody.  Charlene


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