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ILLINOIS State Fair

Friday, August 22, 2014

I go down to the Fair during GOP DAY. Always get to meet the candidates and I am pretty active in politics. Don't want to get into political discussions, just the back ground on why I go to the Fair.

So, there is always interesting things to see and eat at the fair. I always give myself "permission" to eat one "strange" thing each year.

One year I had chocolate covered fried bacon, and before you go euwww .... it was rather good like a salty choc covered pretzel.

Another year I tried deep fried BUTTER on a stick! I saw it and oh GOD! Was rather skeptical, the vender said it was very good. NOT discounting the calories and cholesterol, I thought why not! Not like I was going to make a habit of it! So a WHOLE stick dripped in pound cake batter and deep fried! About the size of a corn dog. Well I was rather afraid that the butter would drip all over me so I leaned forward and took a bit......no butter leaked out! I had all absorbed into the pound cake, AND it was GOOD! Like eating a chewy warm brownie.




This year nothing appealed to me ..... they did have deep fried Snickers Bars and I almost went for it but the person I was with did not want to share, she wanted to "waste' her calories on a corn dog..... so I did not get it. I would have only wanted a bite or 2.

They had fried alligator on a stick... no thanks

Then I came across these and just had to take a picture because no one would believe me!


That's right Cricket Pizza!

Or this
Euww Mealworms!

and I saved the best for last!!


Needless to say I DID NOT TRY these!! just plain gross..... but it is protein and there are people that do eat these things..... just not me! emoticon

And as a bonus here is a short video of the butter cow.... it is housed in a freezer room and each year they are different.... kinda cool!

www.sj-r.com/article/20140807/News/1
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Enjoy your State fairs they are fun places to go to and learn new things.

  
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52BINCE 9/7/2014 11:30AM

    based of this blog it appears you had an Andrew zimmern weekend! you know the bizzare foods guy? It is always a day brightner to read your blogs n know we all have quirky times too!!!!!

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CASEYSAUER 9/5/2014 7:03AM

    I did not make it to my state fair but yours sounds like fun! By the way, fried alligator is VERY good!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:55AM

    How fun! Glad you had a good time even though you didn't get to try anything new this year! emoticon

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SAL1512 8/27/2014 12:22AM

    Glad to hear that you had fun!
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BA5454 8/26/2014 7:40AM

    I had fried coke one time--it was pretty sweet. Not quite sure how they made it, lol. Great blog and the butter cow reminds me of my husband's state fair (Iowa)--they have one there each year.

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KPETSCHE 8/25/2014 2:48PM

    Wooh! Sounds interesting - I'm not sure that I'd be up to trying any of the wacky food but it makes for an unusual walk through the midway! I didn't realize how much went in to making those butter cow sculptures - WOW.

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KALEWINE 8/24/2014 11:21PM

    Wow! That is some crazy food! And unhealthy too!

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KIM22211 8/24/2014 2:13PM

    wow. I dont think I could have tried it, but the snickers does sound to die for!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/24/2014 5:15AM

    I like alligator (cooked myself, never tried a fast food truck version) and I have eaten crickets & ant eggs before when I was in Mexico. Not sure I'd care to try the mealworm pizza voluntarily, although I could be persuaded with the right incentive!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/23/2014 3:09PM

    Bugs are gross!

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HOLLYM48 8/23/2014 8:57AM

    The state fair is here in MN right now and I am not sure if we will make it this year or not. I am not really into fair food either and the number of people all in that area is amazing. You barely can walk through some areas. The pizza's looked gross. I would not eat it if they paid me I am afraid. I will find protein another way. The deep fried butter sounds really interesting. Good job for resisting the deep fried snickers bar, I just can't get into many of those things on a stick. I did try the alligator last year because my girls were raving about it but I found it really greasy and frankly not that good.
Thanks for sharing your day with us!

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PAMBWS 8/23/2014 8:54AM

    Here, in Ontario, we have the Canadian National Exhibition - CNE - & every year it features some new, strange, deep fried food. there is an entire building dedicated to food...called, aptly enough, the "Food Building". And then there is all the food on the grounds & this year, the food trucks.

I have tried alligator in Florida! Yummy! Cooked Cajun style. Blackened alligator...absolutely delicious.

I seldom attend the fair any more, but all the news outlets here feature articles about the food! Those pizzas...well, I guess I will stick to my bbq'd turkey for tonight...I don't think I can 'do' pizza right now...the visuals are needing 'eye bleach'.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/23/2014 8:37AM

    emoticon to ALL of those pizzas! I guess I will stick to our once a year order pizza delivery and not try any new fandangal buggie pizzas! (Did you see peeps buying them?) ......... And I am too afraid of alligators EVEn dead on a stick or whatever. I don't want them around me or IN me ....... But great pics. and glad you have a sense of adventure to try new things ......... emoticon
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COASTAL6 8/22/2014 10:40PM

    I love the butter cow, it's amazing. I would love to be an artist like this!

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ONESPOTLEFT 8/22/2014 7:42PM

    can not imagine eating that pizza


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COOP9002 8/22/2014 2:35PM

    Sounds interesting, but i prefer my pizza without those kind of toppings.

thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 1:52PM

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BIGPAWSUP 8/22/2014 1:47PM

    Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing but I'll pass on the pizza too.

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LEXIE63 8/22/2014 12:52PM

    OMG. I'm pretty experimental with my food, but those pizzas, *shudders*
That is some fair! We get nothing like that over here. Just village shows and agricultural shows, which sometimes combine to make a bigger show. The food highlight would be the beer tent and the homemade jams. :-) No creepy crawlys in those! LOL

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# 2 on Spark leader boards Sarcastic Unlimited!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I was doing some figuring this morning.

About being 2nd place on the category leader board for Humor

So the first place team has 2709 members, our team has 1185.

They have racked up 131,913 points this month so far, at an average 49 points per member.

Our team has racked up 82,259 this month so far, at an average of 69 points per member.

ALL time points is 14,004,307 for the other team, which works out to about 5,178 points per person since team birth of appox 8-27-09

ALL time points for our team in SECOND place is 12,571,929 which works out to appox 10,609 points per person since team birth of approx 2-8-12

POINT of all this is, OUR TEAM ROCKS! We have less members than they do, but our participation is higher, so we spread the Spark AND Sarcasm more, and we BEAT them in overall member participation HANDS DOWN! So they might be in first place ..... but we are the real STARS of our style of humor!

SO take a bow all of my fellow Sarcastic's on Sarcastic Unlimited!

I want to thank all my fellow team mates for being such fun loving people who look for humor in all of life's daily pursuits! WE are all not afraid to poke fun at ourselves and everyone else we share our little orbit with.

Now go and find something to share and make us laugh!

  
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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:19PM

    I'm a numbers guy, and I love that you put it to the metal. We don't need no dark sarcasm either cuz WE ROCK in the light of the day (or night). YEAH!

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WINE4GIRL 8/18/2014 4:34PM

    Wow! Y'all are posting some pretty impressive numbers!
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BONNIEMARGAY 8/18/2014 2:06PM

    Good for you!

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PAMBWS 8/18/2014 9:59AM

    emoticon emoticon We rock!

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LEXIE63 8/17/2014 2:31PM

    Well, of course we are number 1 really. Member numbers mean nothing, compared to member participation, and not having to only use 'twee' humour makes all the difference. People can be themselves on the Sarcastics team, and I love that!
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2BDYNAMIC 8/17/2014 2:20PM

    Good point and figuring! .......... Number of team members will always have the 'apparent' advantage in ratings ........... But when you break it down............. who really is #1! ............. emoticon Yeah!! emoticon ....... (I will try to find s'thing funny but am avoiding the public today in need of rest, but rest assure ............. there should be something come Monday!! ......... Oh yeah! lol

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 2:19PM

    All sarcasm aside . . . awesome!

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MY Little Pond

Friday, August 08, 2014

As promised here are a few pictures of my rebuilt pond.
It is rather like putting a jig saw puzzle together as you can see. So I had to put them all around build up an then fit them together.


I have white and gold spotted gold fish in the pond, there have been little green frogs know to come visit also. They are cute. One year a frog moved in just before I put the heater in and he froze solid...... :(( nothing I could do to save him.

All day long the birds are visiting to either drink from it or take a bath in it. The very top has a bolder that cracked in half that has a depression on one side so it sits with the round side into the top of the spillway and the flat side facing out and the birds can stand on it and have running water to bath in. I can sit there all day and just watch. The sound of running water is very soothing to listen to.



Each winter I try and save 3 or 4 of the water hyacinths, I bring them inside and put them in a sunny window and I get through about February and they die. I think I'm using chlorinated tap water to replenish and that is killing them. This winter I'm going to go outside and bring in some pond water to replenish.

In the winter I cover it with netting to keep the leaves and the geese out of the water, put the water lilies all in the bottom with the fish and put a feeder trough heater in so that the water never freezes solid. I bring the filter and the little spillway in for the winter.

This has given me much relaxation and joy over all the years I've had it.

Thanks for stopping by

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:58AM

    What a delightful place to sit in the shade looking at the birds! Thank you for telling us about it. I would so love to have a garden and a pond!

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GINIEMIE 8/18/2014 8:19AM

    It is beautiful! I'm amazed at your handiwork. I wish I had that talent. I've wanted a water feature in my yard too, but I'm not building handy. I make a decent handi-person's assistant but there are too many tools that I don't/haven't ever used.
My BIL built one in OH at their house, and I told him I needed him to help me build one-that was eight years ago. Oh well, I'll just come and look at your pictures.
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WINE4GIRL 8/12/2014 8:31PM

    It looks and sounds lovely! Let your tap water sit for 24 hours to declorinate it. Hubs suggests leaving the hyacinth in to over winter and it should come back. Won't hurt to try!

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MISSMUFFETT101 8/12/2014 6:45PM

    Love this! It's beautiful!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/10/2014 6:53PM

    I was ..... I sat between weeding and grass cutting.....

the little emoticon is back! He is so cute!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/10/2014 5:54PM

    Me again ........... Want to come sit there, sip ice tea and relax ...... (Are you there today?)

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/10/2014 2:49PM

    Looks so inviting. I know it must bring you hours of peace.

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/10/2014 1:57PM

    That turned out real nice. Wish I had one. I can see why it is relaxing!

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52BINCE 8/10/2014 11:17AM

    Creative is what I see in this blog! running water is always soothing especially when nature is surrounding it! I enjoyed this blog!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/9/2014 4:10PM

    Chris, beautiful! You yard looks like a paradise! (running water makes me want to pee)

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/9/2014 1:49PM

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

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SAL1512 8/9/2014 11:34AM

    Enjoy your pond.
We have always wanted one but various reasons prevented us from doing it.
Someday, we will be settled in somewhere where we know we are going to stay. Now we know we need to downsize.
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ONESPOTLEFT 8/9/2014 9:00AM

    I spend many hours sitting at our pond too....some frogs do freeze when they hibernate

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LEXIE63 8/9/2014 7:58AM

    Lovely! You can come and build a pond for me any time. :-)

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PAMBWS 8/9/2014 7:31AM

    Beautiful, Chris. I love a pond & the sound of the running water is relaxing.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/9/2014 6:08AM

    It looks - and sounds - wonderful and relaxing! I would love to put in a small pond someday.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/9/2014 5:56AM

    Wow! That looks beautiful and very serene! That must have been a lot of work but well worth it seems. I too love the sound of running water. Thanks for sharing!

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EHLIFESSHORT 8/8/2014 10:38PM

    looks great

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2BDYNAMIC 8/8/2014 10:24PM

    It looks fabulous! Great work ......... and I too love the sound of running water. emoticon ....... Glad you shared.

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stupid bulbs!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ok .. My blog yesterday talked about the "STUPID BULBS" I have all over one side of my garden.

They are called Star of Bethlehem.... well I wish they would go back to Bethlehem! LOL

So I am going to show you what I am up against!
Pretty white flowers.... that look like grass in the Spring then wither away to nothing..... they multiply like ants!

this is how they look when they are EVERYWHERE in my garden! GRRR



This is how tiny they are.


this is just one of the pesky buggers!


SOOO that is why I made the sifter...... every time I dig a hole THEY are there!
This is what I pulled out this past spring while the ground was very soft and I pulled like crazy! This filled a LARGE wheelbarrow to over flowing


The vase is about 14 inches tall to add some scale to it. If you want to actually buy these little evil devils they are about 1.00 A PIECE !

So now you know the reason for my sifter!

  
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WINE4GIRL 8/12/2014 8:39PM

    What did you do with them? Donate them if you still have some or next year. Schools, senior centers and master gardener groups would love them!

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GARDENGIRL2013 8/8/2014 9:28PM

    I have that problem with Blue Bells. I wish the things I really love would multiply like that!

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CASEYSAUER 7/29/2014 9:21AM

    THAT'S what they are called! I never knew. Thank you! I have a few of those but they do not seem to be spreading (which I am grateful for). We have had the same 5 plants since we moved into our house 14 years ago. I am excited to tell DH what they name of these flowers are called. Good luck with the invasion!

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SAL1512 7/28/2014 6:46PM

    Sounds like they belong in the ugly railroad easement in our neighborhood! They might crowd out some of those ugly weeds!
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FANGFACEKITTY 7/25/2014 12:28AM

    If I pulled out all of the weeds in my "lawn".. I would have no lawn! Which would not necessarily be a bad thing, but it's not my lawn and I'm not quite ready to invest in landscaping the yard for the owner. So I mow it until it looks like lawn lol.

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MAVERICKDR 7/23/2014 7:48PM

    I hope you root out every last one of them. Reminds me of some of my experience with lilies of the valley, yucca, and morning glories. Not bulbs per se but a pain to eradicate.

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PAMBWS 7/23/2014 7:18PM

    Sounds about like what I used to go through with Lily of the Valley. Beautiful while it lasts, but takes over everything.

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/23/2014 2:32PM

    Too bad you can't sell them!

Wonder if you could put a bunch in extra pots and give them as gifts when they are flowering.

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2BDYNAMIC 7/23/2014 7:53AM

    Wow!!! emoticon What a pain in the Ar$$ .......... Nasty! I see why and how you burned a zillion calories and great job on the sifter ...... Buh bye bulbs!!! ........ Back to dust you go .......... or 'Get behind me Satan!" ....... emoticon

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LEXIE63 7/23/2014 4:02AM

    I can see why you find them so frustrating. I am fighting a similar losing battle - with giant bindweed. Runners everywhere I dig, and it is the very devil to get through. Currently it's invading the compost heap and my new raised beds. What a pain!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/23/2014 3:55AM

    Yikes! They are really invasive like a weed. Good luck in getting rid of so many of them.

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TUDAFD 7/23/2014 12:44AM

    Wow. I'm happy I'm not fighting that along with grass, creeping charlie, and thistles even if it is prettier and looks to be easier to pull than grass or thistles. Thanks for the warning.

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MCFITZ2 7/22/2014 10:41PM

    Be glad to take some of them in trade for creeping charlie which is aggressive, invasive and doesn't even have pretty flowers. emoticon

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MILLISMA 7/22/2014 10:21PM

    Yes, these are frustrating little buggers. I can't seem to get rid of them either!!! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/22/2014 9:48PM

    Wow - invasive little buggers. Best of luck.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2014 9:27PM

    OH wow. I've never seen these before What a pain! Maybe a local nursery can help you out with some tips???

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My Garden.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This has been a bad year for my garden.... With all the rain and then very hot and humid. It was unbearable to be outside.

I took off Friday as I did not need to work my part time job.... and the weather cooperated!

I feel very good about all the work I did! I am sore, but I burned LOTS of calories.

I even made my sifter for those stupid bulbs I have all over my garden

It is 1/4 hardware mesh with a corner of it crisscrossed for small bulbs... it worked very well yesterday. It took me about 2 hours of cutting, mostly the cloth was a pain to cut.

I still have a few things left to do but, now it is just maintenance.

Thanks for stopping by!

  
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WINE4GIRL 8/12/2014 8:36PM

    Nicely done! I need to make one for herbs. The style, not to sift anything.

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MISSMUFFETT101 8/12/2014 6:47PM

    What is the sifter for? Can you explain? :-)

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SAL1512 7/22/2014 8:50PM

    My squash has holes in it from the hail, but it does not seem to bother it. I already have buds and soon blossoms. It is ahead of the garden I had two years ago. Last year I did not plant a garden because of our son's family adding another little girl. We went to Florida much earlier for that event and I knew I would not be home to harvest my garden.
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IMAVISION 7/22/2014 6:58PM

    It was a hard fifteen minute hail that did our gardens damage. emoticon

I hope your garden (as well as ours) springs back beautifully.



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2BDYNAMIC 7/22/2014 5:51PM

    Yes, your handiwork is quite impressive ........ Hope that weather gets nicer and more compatible as I know how much you love your garden .............. emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICKDR 7/22/2014 2:51PM

    I am impressed with your handiwork. Happy for your garden, too.
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/22/2014 1:26PM

    Wonderful!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/22/2014 12:52PM

    Wow, cool idea! Necessity's the mother of invention

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PAMBWS 7/22/2014 8:52AM

    Wow...how industrious you are!

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SEAGLASS1215 7/22/2014 4:57AM

    My garden is doing well, probably because I don't touch it (I can kill a cactus by looking at it) and I let my husband do all the work! We've had two nice zucchinis so far and the tomatoes are starting to turn orange. Not sure what one does with a sifter for bulbs but it looks like you did a great job making it!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/21/2014 9:56PM

    Great job on the sifter. Good luck finishing up the rest of what you need to do. You should take some pics of your garden for us.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 9:11PM

    My tomatoes bit the dust. Blighted. This is the 3rd year. Think I need to re-assess and just buy locally grown and forget growing m own.

HUGS

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