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Spider, Crows, and Mice

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I LOVE animals with the exception of a few, like spiders, snakes, and possums. My father, son, and husband have helped me to see the value in such species at least. Possums are scavengers and clean up a lot of nasty stuff. Snakes eat tons of outdoor rodents. Spiders help with bug control. Every animal is important in the food chain. They all have value but I'm never going to love these guys or cozy up to them.

One summer there was a black widow spider living in our outdoor fan. I told my hubby to get rid of it but he decided to use it as an excuse to "help" me become more familiar with spiders. Thanks a lot, Bozo!! I admit that the spider had a very nice web but there was some leftover bug remnants in the web that had been sucked dry. Kind of gruesome. While we were watching, as if on cue, a huge caterpillar fell out of the tree and ended up crawling up into the fan and into the web. The spider, ever diligent, rushed over and spun his web around it's victim just like Spiderman in the movies. Whip, whip, whip. It was amazing. Also extremely frightening. My husband admired the spider. I felt sorry for the bug. Maybe you thought I might have some major revelation about the sanctity of life and a poor spider trying to eke out a living. Charlotte's Web, you know................... Nah, I still wanted the spider killed but hubby had developed feelings for the spider and could not bring himself to do it. So she stayed until one day when I noticed Mrs.Spider had a large sack of baby spiders on her back and I did her in. LOL. I am not having thousand of poisonous spiders living in my fan!!

I feed the wildlife around here. All kinds of wild life, even crows. Many people don't like crows because they have horrible cranky sounding voices and they aren't very attractive as far as birds go. But they are also one of the smartest birds and they will eat anything. My son and I don't like egg yolks so every day I feed them to the crows. The local crow group sees me coming down the path and they sound the trumpet. You can hear them screaming, "The egg yolk lady is coming!!" LOL. Actually they are smarter than that and probably say, "It's the spider killer. We will hide and steal her eggs!" They wait patiently in the trees, clicking, waiting for me for me to put the yolks in the same spot. As I get closer they become very quiet. "Shhh!! Let's not mess this up!!". LOL. They seem to really like those eggs.

Speaking of rodents, today I think my computer mouse died. I had a spare so I was not concerned. I like to be prepared for all contingencies. I went to the box the new mouse was in and started to look for it.The huge box split apart and the contents traveled over the floor for several miles. Grrr. I started squawking like an old crow. "Dangit!! I just want my egg yolks!!!! I mean mouse!!" A simple task ended up taking me an hour as I had to find some boxes to put the stuff in and then decided to go through the stuff while I was at it. I got distracted by the goodies in the box so I'm still not done. LOL.

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SLCB1023 3/7/2010 6:45PM

    My DH catches any spider he finds and tosses them outside. Me, I just squish them. emoticon

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KAPERK1 3/6/2010 1:36PM

    Possums. I just hope I'm not on a "possum trot". I saw one walking through my neighbor's yard.
I still don't want to read "Charlotte's Web".
I have cafe curtains in a back room and can see a huge old spreading oak tree. The view takes up two large windows. The tree has been full of crows lately.
I'm sad that a tree in the front yard didn't make it and will have to be cut down.
It houses my two bird feeders, a hanging birdbath, and a couple of wrought iron hangers that the birds perch on and await their turn at the feeders.
Everything is placed so that I have a perfect view of it.
What can I put there for the birds once I have the tree cut down?
Shepherds hooks are too short.Can I preserve a tree branche for a season and nail it to something?
It'll take several years for a new tree to get to the right elevation.

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DOTSLADY 3/6/2010 12:52AM

    We had a "pet Charlotte" (non poisonous but imposingly large w/a leg span the size of my palm) in VA and enjoyed her all summer long. I think she froze in the fall. Her web was incredible and we enjoyed her company. That was the same summer Ginger, my mouse catcher, also caught and brought me a baby (sweet) emoticon ... with an eyeball hanging out. ew. poor baby. Also the summer we had a 'rabid?' racoon that wouldn't leave the yard in the DAY. Not a good sign. He eventually drunkardly wandered off and into traffic down the road. Someone did him a vehicular favor. We have friends who recently moved to Australia. Poisonous killer spiders abound. She wants to come home yesterday she's so paranoid.

Possums are freaky. We had a family denning in our yard the other summer. Ginger, my rodent lover, found a baby. I was so glad Dh was home for once; he came out and lifted it by its tail cause he thought it was dead. It parachuted its body, eyes bugging and screeched loudly, which totally startled everyone nearby. Dh punched its lights out as a reaction. It was sorta funny. Sorta. (Deja vu - hope that isn't a repeat story).

You young crow you --- are you hoarding stuff in that box? See, saving stuff comes in handy, huh?

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WISEWIFE 3/4/2010 9:12PM

    Love it!
I'm into most mammals, but some need to be outside. I don't like bugs of any kind, but only kill spiders if I come across them. Any bug that comes into my home however is dead meat when I catch them. Not in my house guys. As for crows, they are so smart! I actually watched one when we were in Arizona drop rocks into a flower vase to get the water high enough for him to get a drink. Wild animal, but oh so smart.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/4/2010 8:38PM

    I don't like snakes and spiders either. Seems like spiders can be really dangerous and its hard to know which ones are horrible. Snakes I just hate cuz they kill cute defenseless animals. My dad has snakes that eat worms lol We had a boa growing up and my dad used to have to kill stuff for her. Nope I will never own a snake. I have heard crows are really smart. My brother knew someone who had a pet crow that would go down a slide lol

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ROTTLADY 3/4/2010 8:35PM

    As a ranch girl I can put up with most things. I really hate mice, they are so destructive. It is fun do go through the old stuff, hopefully they are good memories.

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MICK999 3/4/2010 6:24PM

    LOL you really have a way with words! Thanks for the giggle!!!

I don't mind spiders, crows or possums. For me it is mice. ick

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SPARKNMOM 3/4/2010 1:38PM

    I'm not much of an animal lover, but so enjoy your stories!

I'm off work today and tomorrow, as my youngest is in the hospital - dehydration from lots of vomiting. Anyway...I have a male sub and thought of your son :) I've been gone more than usual this year - how would he feel about commuting to Ohio to sub LOL!!

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KALISWALKER 3/4/2010 1:27PM

    We have a very large raven population, referred to as The Air Force. Last week a piece of fatty pork was found in our yard and could only have been dropped by the birds. I would agree with you about the spiders. Yikes!

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    Very nice writing lol! I like squirrels & chippies, but that's it as far as rodents go! My daughter-in-law has a rat that she rescued as little more than a newborn, yes a rat.... It's white and brown, I think, and a rat tail.... ugh. It's in an aquarium up in their room, but occasionally she sees fit to take it out for her amusement. At one point, my son thought I would see the light & like the creature. He brought it downstairs.... which I didn't notice until he sat beside me and out of the corner of my eye I saw something white move. Yes, gave me a heart attack. emoticon I will admit that as it washed its face, it was amusing. Then the creature thought to walk over onto my leg..... emoticon ahhhhhhhhhh emoticon argh .. rat feet .. fat tail ... ewwww emoticon no, I don't like the rat. Daily, I pray that it escapes and the cats find it. lol


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SUZYMOBILE 3/4/2010 12:37PM

    By the way, I have a reputation in our small office for being the spider lady. Both of my coworkers over the years have been deathly afraid of spiders, so it became my job to ease any stray spiders out the front door. I won't kill them, because I try to respect most forms of life (except hornets and other painful creatures, on which I WILL waste entire cans of bug spray), but pick them up on a piece of paper and shoo them gently out the door. emoticon

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CHERRY666 3/4/2010 11:44AM

    Hey, oppossums are adorable! (Okay, maybe I'm in the minority here. =P ) There are actually people that have them as pets. Apparently they're very sweet and docile.

"The local crow group sees me coming down the path and they sound the trumpet. You can hear them screaming, "The egg yolk lady is coming!!" "

LOL! How do you feed them to the crows? Just collect the yolks in a container and dump them or . . . ??

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FTLSWEETIE 3/4/2010 9:39AM

    You crack me up. I am also afraid of spiders but tend to leave them alone as long as they leave me alone. I very rarely see them in the house. Now, the little geckos are another story. I feel so bad for them if they get in because of my cats. Aladdin like to play with them until he accidentally catches one in the belly with one of his claws. Anytime I see one, I scoop it up and take it outside, but sometimes I'm too late. Thanks for the laughs this morning:-) Hugs!

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BIZENMO 3/4/2010 9:37AM

    I'm with you. I like animals, but bugs I can do without, especially spiders! Ugh! In Idaho we have Hobo Spiders along with the Brown Recluse and Black Widows! All three are harmful. It's a daily ritual for me to check my clothes and shoes BEFORE I put them on, even here in MO. I even check my bed before I jump in as I've found spiders between the blankets and the sheets! Icky poo! Who wants either a very painful bite or to have your skin slough off from a bite?? No thanks! I also had the bug guy come regularly to spray. When I finally go get my stuff from my home in Idaho, I will have to be sure to do a lot of checking before reaching since it's been there for a couple of years now! Hobo's are like the Brown Recluse in their bite; they just seem to be a little more aggressive, i.e. will come at you vs. moving away. Luckily they aren't so big that you can't step on them....unlike the "water bugs" you find down in Texas. OMG! Those nasty things look like a huge roach (and in my mind that's what they are!) and about the size of a big date (no I'm not talking about the two-legged kind! LOL!). Stepping on one of those, to me, would be like trying to squash a mouse!!! I don't think so....not to mention if you miss. The ugly thing could crawl up your leg....let's not even go there!!!! LOL!!

Before I forget, Max can give you the most innocent of looks, but if he doesn't come off the couch to greet me when I come into the house, I know something's up. It's simply a matter of looking around to see what the problem is! LOL!! Usually it's the cat dishes on the floor or he's gotten into the garbage. You might have the impression that I don't feed him enough, but that's far from the truth! ha! He's got dry, he eats what we eat, including fruit!, and he gets dog treats! Why he thinks he needs more, is beyond me! I've nicknamed him "The Goat!" LOL! Have a great day!


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GERPAT 3/4/2010 9:18AM

    Your crows reminded me of the movie The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock! The silence before the attack!!LOL11 Best not to be "yolk free" around them!!


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ROWAN532 3/4/2010 9:16AM

    great blog..........your too funny......................... emoticon

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MARIADALE 3/4/2010 7:53AM

    That distraction happens to me a lot when i go though boxes that have been in storage. It is like discovering buried treasure.

I detest spiders...they are never allowed to live in my presence.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/4/2010 7:29AM

    Some scientists I heard about on NPR specialized in crows and discovered that they can recognize human FACES! This one scientist, whose job was to seize and tag crows, got all sorts of crow complaints every time they saw him. They really didn't care for him at all.

OMG, look out for the day when the spiders hit the fan!


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SUNNY332 3/4/2010 6:30AM

    We have had problems with those Asian Beatles that someone brought to this country thinking it was a good idea. Well, it is not and they are of no use to us and seem to get worse every year. I am so done with them. I called Reliable and they could not "guarantee" their treatment would help. That was very discouraging. I love most animals with the exception of the ones you named plus these vermin.

Take care and have a Terrific Thursday. I am off to work today.

Hugs, Sunny

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SHERYLDS 3/4/2010 4:17AM

    What is it with guys and insects ???
Most seem to be fixated on the crawly things as if they're fans of 'The Fly' or 'Spiderman'. Or do they just enjoy creeping out their women. As for crows, they remind me of street gangs in the sky.

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WRITERGIRLMEL 3/3/2010 11:25PM

    Your "rodent" reminds me of a t-shirt my husband found and not-so-subtly hinted he would like to have for Father's Day/his birthday/random generosity on my part. It has a mouse sitting beside a computer mouse, and the mouse is saying "Imposter!"

As for crows, they don't bother me. Ravens, on the other hand, creep me out. Those suckers will stalk you. And I would have killed the spider long before my husband had a chance to develop feelings for it. I have no mercy. They may live as long as they stay out of sight and out of my living space. Otherwise, they must die. (And I don't even have to use an entire can of bug spray to do it anymore.)

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LLTS01 3/3/2010 10:04PM

    I love that you compare your computer mouse to a rodent. You are just too funny.

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Sparking Along

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

It was another chilly, gloomy day at 35 degrees so I decided to go to town and do my errands. Just the usual stuff - post office, newspaper office, water company, bank, Lowes, Aldis, Krogers, Wal-Mart, meat market.

I took some peanut butter stuffed celery with me to eat in the car. I ate it and was still starved but managed to resist the call of the fast food sirens. I tried to ignore each fast food joint I passed by. I briefly would look at the marquees but would not "entertain" the menu like I normally do. I dismissed them quickly and told myself I would eat when I got home and I did.

I got home in time to put everything away, eat a brief snack, and start supper. On days like this I keep it simple - grilled tenderloin, spinach salad, and strawberries.

I bought the spark book today. I hope to gain some insight into my struggles. So many others have benefited from it. Maybe I will as well.

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DOTSLADY 3/6/2010 12:40AM

    I went to buy the Spark after seeing it at Sam's. Next visit they were all gone :(. Look forward to your reviews.

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ITSNAE 3/4/2010 8:45AM

    Great job ignoring the Fast Food!!!

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BIZENMO 3/3/2010 8:19PM

    Sounds like you did good, Girl! I find it interesting that I really don't have much urge to go to fast food joints any more. We go out to eat at sit down restaurants, but the fast food places are just too "costly" from a caloric standpoint. We do go to Burger King on a monthly basis to support the school. They receive 5% of the proceeds from 5-8pm. We have to do our part since my sister is a teacher's aide with the LD kids. When I go I get the chicken nuggets and a side salad. I looked the stuff up and it seems as if that's the lowest calorie meat item. It's either that or the Whopper, Jr. The problem with that is I don't want to waste my calories on the bread! LOL!!

Thanks for the goodie! Your note made me chuckle. We came home tonight to find the cat dishes on the floor again! The dog is in trouble....LOL!!!

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BETTYAHE 3/3/2010 6:21PM

    Yay for you Morticia resisting all the fast food junk! I am finding it less tempting since I have lost this weight. I just think do I really want to spend all my calories and fat nutrients on that small amount of greasy food?

I enjoyed reading the book as it brought together all four cornerstones which I never had time to think about before. It is very motivating reading. As far as menus and food choices I felt it was lacking somewhat.

Hugs, Betty emoticon

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ROTTLADY 3/3/2010 5:50PM

    Please let me know if the spark book is helpful. Want to buy it when I get in to town and have a few dollars not committed elsewhere.
Congratulations on impulse control. Those fast food places do call to us when we are running errands and get hungry.I try not to carry cash so I can't stop.For one item my ATM card just isn't cool to use.

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CANDICANE32 3/3/2010 5:07PM

    i am beginning to hate fast food. but sometimes it calls me. i'm glad you were able to resist. dinner sounds great. i love beef.

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KALISWALKER 3/3/2010 4:58PM

    I hadn't considered buy The Spark, but maybe I will. Please let me know what you think. You are so good at resisting temptation! You won't believe it, I am so far north and have warmer weather.

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    Good for you! I bought the book with kind of a negative attitude, I admit, but it was a great refresher and motivator.

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ROWAN532 3/3/2010 12:40PM

    if anyone could keep those demons at bay, it would be you........

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MARIADALE 3/3/2010 11:55AM

    Let me know if the book is worth a read.

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KATJAMN 3/3/2010 11:44AM

    Good for you!!! Benton has way tooo many fast foods on my way home.. I look drool and keep driving.. LOL

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CARRIEDD 3/3/2010 11:39AM

    Great Job on making healthy eating choices! Sometimes it just seems so easy to just pick up those fast food choices and they smell so good and call your name! But you pushed through it! The book has helped me see a lot of what I need to do and how I was doing things one way and how this way is so much easier and better!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 3/3/2010 11:04AM

  Morticia, When you get a chance, please tell me some more about your spinach salad. What kind of dressing do you use? My hubby loves spinach and I am trying to find some recipes that I can use it in. Thanks a lot!

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DIVARTISTA 3/3/2010 10:56AM

    Well done, you! Talk about focused! Yummm, I love strawberries.
I found that the book helped me to make some needed adjustments in my thinking.
Enjoy the rest of your day!

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WISEWIFE 3/3/2010 10:34AM

    You go girl! Good job!
I'm not going to get the book, but hope it's an inspiration to you.

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SUNNY332 3/3/2010 8:20AM

    You did great resisting the fast food sirens. I made a decision to stay away from them this year and so far, so good and I think it is helping me.

Loved the menu! Did you grill your tenderloin on a charcoal grill?

I love spinach salad and especially with strawberries or mandrian oranges with it. When I used mandrian oranges, I usually put some almonds on top of it too.

Spring is on the way, my friend, and it won't be long until we are harvesting some fresh veggies. We have decided to have the salad garden this year and
some melons, small watermelons and cantaloupe. We are downsizing some as I did not get to do too much fishing last year and I definitely want to do some this

Take care and have a Wonderful Wednesday.


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MICK999 3/3/2010 8:11AM

    Great job!!!! Your menu sounds really yummy. I do occasionally do fast food but ask them to low carb my burgers. Works pretty well:) emoticon

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    Go you!

I bought the book for the same reasons you did. I was struggling through a plateau and could not figure out what was wrong. I'm still not sure, but reading the book has helped me re-focus, revisit some points that weren't as clear to me just starting out, and re-iterate to myself that as long as I'm making the right choices, the progress WILL follow. I hope it helps you too!

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SUZYMOBILE 3/3/2010 7:13AM

    I found the book really motivational. Even went back and highlighted or tabbed different passages. It's very similar to the site, so you might be able to skip large chunks of it, but I think you'll enjoy it if you can get past the relentlessly rah-rah tone sometimes!

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SHERYLDS 3/3/2010 7:00AM

    We must be in sync. I had the same experience on my errand round. But the thought of splurging on 'fast food' made absolute zero sense to me.

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ASTORRES1 3/3/2010 5:14AM

    You did great!!!
I could not tell you the last time I did fast food...but I do miss MickeyD's french


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JANC319 3/3/2010 12:06AM

  Great job on passing up the fast food!
I love celery & peanut butter with a few raisins on top - when I was a kid, we called it "bumps on a log" ... but even without a cutesie name, it's still good.

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JUNEBUG1944 3/2/2010 11:54PM

    You are soooooooooooooooooo good!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/2/2010 11:33PM

    Peanut butter in celery - yummy. I have not had that in some time and I think you have just given me my idea for my evening snack.

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GRAMMYFIT 3/2/2010 11:15PM

    I really liked the book! So far I am just about done with it and it has helped me!

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GERPAT 3/2/2010 11:12PM

    I have the book too but I found it pretty repetitive of what is already on the website, which isn't really a bad thing it reinforces the website so the info is generalized in other formats, and that does help the info's close by for easy reference. emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 3/2/2010 10:38PM

    I'm majorly fighting the munchy monster as of late - not so fond of it. I have the book, but am finishing up another before I delve into that one. :) Soon....

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WINNIEATWELL2 3/2/2010 10:23PM

    You did great resisting the fast food places..And you made it home to eat a healthy meal!! emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 3/2/2010 10:22PM

    It's a great book! I know what you mean about the hungry part! I was that today! I ate higher calorie but I worked out as well so I'll eat less tomorrow. Good job on your day! emoticon

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Giddy Up

Monday, March 01, 2010

Today it was dark, gloomy, and colder than yesterday at 39 degrees but I had a lot to get done so that was okay. It's not like I can beat the weather into submission anyway, though I would try if it would work. LOL.

The schools here were closed for Casimir Pulaski Day. I know what you are thinking............ Who in the heck is Casimir Pulaski? Most of the people in Illinois wonder the same thing. LOL. Casimir was a war hero in Poland who was accused of plotting against the King and was banished. He contacted Benjamin Franklin and requested to join forces with the Americans fighting the British in the Revolutionary War. Franklin hired Casimir who became a general and was given his own legion by George Washington. Casimir chiefly trained soldiers for the cavalry. Giddy- up!! So there!! You have had your history lesson for the day. Now you can go to bed feeling fruitful and accomplished. LOL.

I had a lot of odds and ends to catch up on today and it was nice that Old Casimir gave my son the day off so he could be home to help. We did 2 loads of laundry, finished cleaning the bathroom, and vacuumed. It seemed to take forever.

I'm going to have to seriously knuckle under this Month. I have to go back to the doctor soon and I have accomplished very little in the last year. I'm either going to have to lose weight the natural way or have an organ removed, possibly my liver as it weighs more. I've become fond of my liver and hate to part with it. So it's time to pony up. Giddy up, again. LOL.

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BETTYAHE 3/3/2010 6:24PM

    Thanks for the history lesson!

You are such a hoot! I love reading your blogs!

Hugs, Betty emoticon

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ROTTLADY 3/2/2010 9:43PM

    What a question for Jeopardy.Trivia at its best.Thanks for the information

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/2/2010 9:12PM

    I remember getting the day off as a kid. Any day off is a good day! Everyday this week it gets warmer and warmer, yay!

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DIVARTISTA 3/2/2010 8:57PM

    Hey, cool blog! My girlfriend is from Poland; I'm gonna ask her if she knows who he is. Another day off for the kiddies, huh? Well, Ticia, hope your upcoming visit with the doc goes well and that you decide to keep your vital organs, lol. Have a good one!

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LADYIRIS313 3/2/2010 5:15PM

    (smile) Thanks for the lesson .. and no I had no idea who good old Casamir was. I bet we will win some trivia game with that little nugget!

Stay warm!

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LLTS01 3/2/2010 4:45PM

    emoticon So your son did not get to enjoy the celebration of Casimir. Are you tracking and logging your food . Would hate to see you go to extremes. And now you are planting thoughts in my head about what body part I could live without. Sigh!

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GERPAT 3/2/2010 3:34PM

    Ah, the old physical exam! I have an appointment in 3 weeks for that very thing, so I'm trying to lose 30 pounds!! LOL!! I know ain't going to happen, just kidding. He's new to me since my old doctor is retiring. I met him yesterday he seems nice, but thankfully I don't spend much time in a doctors office. emoticon

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KATJAMN 3/2/2010 11:55AM

    Awww.. don't give up your liver.. we like that!!!

I didn't know all that about good ol Casmir, sure hope they are teaching about him in the schools since they get the day off in observance of him.. LOL

Come on now, buckle down and we can get this done. I don't have to go back to doc til June, but it will be here before I know it.. Let's do this.. .we are strong!!!

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WISEWIFE 3/2/2010 10:29AM

    LOL Tish you are a hoot!
Have a wonderful day.

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SUNNY332 3/2/2010 8:26AM

    Is that a local holiday and was that area settled by Polish immigrants? Just wondering as I don't think the kids in Quincy got the day off. I do like history so loved the lesson.

When is your doctor's appointment and hope you don't mind me asking, but what is going on with your liver? I will be thinking positive thoughts that the report is better than you think it will be.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting about my Miss Macki. She would love it if you lived close enough to go on one of our walks in the woods. She takes off on her own but circles back frequently to check on me.

Take care and have a Terrific Tuesday. I am already happy - the Sun is shining here this morning. I have guest rooms to get ready. Our DIL's GM passed away yesterday so they (Son,DIL, Family) will be here on Wednesday or Thursday.


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CODEMAULER 3/2/2010 8:18AM

    A day off is great and the history lesson makes it even better!

The doctor's scales always lie, FYI. Not that losing weight isn't a good goal, just that your mileage may vary, LOL!

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JANC319 3/2/2010 7:56AM

  Thanks for the history lesson. I had no idea.

I hate going to my doctor. He doesn't even weigh me anymore - just asks me my weight, and shakes his head. I'd sure love to just once walk in and have him say "hey! You've lost weight!" One time, when I HAD lost 5 pounds, he didn't believe me so I got on his scale, and of course it didn't register (because I weigh at 5 am, and it was now after 2 pm.). Neither of us said a word. I have a few more months before I have to go back - maybe I should make that my "gold ring" to reach for.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/2/2010 7:21AM

    Keep lifting bags of feed like you've been doing, and you could lose that uterus--not that it weighs much.

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CANDICANE32 3/2/2010 5:40AM

    Thanks for the history lesson. I kinda think you need your liver. so do you think you can live without an arm or a leg. you might show more weight loss by getting rid of some bone and muscle?!?!?! emoticon

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    Thanks for the history lesson! When you said have an organ removed you had me going there for a minute, until I kept reading I thought you meant stomach (weight loss surgery).

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/1/2010 11:16PM

    I agree with you as I sit here eating sf candy. ; )

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MARIADALE 3/1/2010 11:05PM

    you and me both

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SPARKNMOM 3/1/2010 10:59PM

    Hoping you can hold on to your liver LOL!! I live near a tiny blip on the map called Pulaski. I attend the only church in that blip! We were "warm" here today at 41 - LOVED it!!

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DOTSLADY 3/1/2010 10:58PM

    emoticonI've grown fond of your liver. Don't do IT! lol

Thanks for the history lesson. I can now play Jeopardy with confidence. :P

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A Nice Sunday

Sunday, February 28, 2010

We slept in and after eating brunch my husband and I headed outdoors for a hike followed by some gardening. We had a another beautiful day and the temp actually got up to the average for this time of year so we were outside most of the day. I was shocked that more people were not outside enjoying the weather. Lots of dogs, squirrels, and birds were.

We shoveled the dirt out of both raised annual castle ring beds and put the dirt on the compost piles. The beds were full of roots so it was difficult. We put the round pavers in the center of one of the beds. We are thinking of turning these 2 beds into perennial beds. I have to do some research.

We then planted some romaine and Black Seeded Simpson lettuce in one of the veggie raised beds. Our Brussels sprouts transplants are up in the green house!!

I came in and my son and I cleaned the 6 pet cages and fixed supper at the same time. I was tired and left the cage door open to one of the cages but Porkie is such a good baby he did not get out. He was looking around though like he thought his "mom" might be losing it and she was. LOL.

Wheeler's light is really cool and now hubby is planning on making her a granite mausoleum. He'll probably just throw me down the cistern when I bite the big one or feed me to the crows. LOL.

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MARIADALE 3/1/2010 9:52PM

    I am sure he will at least get you a light

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BIZENMO 3/1/2010 5:38PM

    Sorry for the loss of your friend (pet)! It's so hard cuz they become part of your family, almost like a kid.

Glad you have been having nice weather. It's overcast here today, but I'm thinking it's supposed to be nice the next couple of days! March is coming in like a lamb I guess. Let's hope we don't get a lot of snow at the end of it! LOL!!

Sounds like you have been a busy gardener! I need to get busy and buy some seeds and put up some pots.

Gotta go. Time for dinner!

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DESERT_BIRD 3/1/2010 4:03PM

    I tried growing Romaine last year...I think the rabbits really enjoyed it! A granite mausoleum...Wheeler is missed!

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WISEWIFE 3/1/2010 3:32PM

    Sounds like a good day, as usual I'm tired reading it!

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KAPERK1 3/1/2010 1:55PM

    Do you watch "New Tricks" on BBC America?
Just about my favorite show. One of the detectives has a nice area in
his backyard where his wives ashes are buried.
A few flat rectangles of marble about two feet long
in a simple pattern on the grass lawn with a bench and
a few candles.
Maybe a flat rectangle of marble or other stone for Wheeler?

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JAZZID 3/1/2010 1:19PM

    ... Sounds like you had a great day... I am with MICK999 what are in the 6 pet cages... and who is Porkie?...

You got a lot done... emoticon ~ Dee ~

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CANDICANE32 3/1/2010 12:41PM

    You are so funny! Sounds like you have a lovely but busy day.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/1/2010 12:03PM

    Sounds like a great day. Becky and I were vegetables yesterday after a huge busy weekend for both of us.

What is Wheeler's light?

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GERPAT 3/1/2010 11:08AM

    Oh happy day the weatherman says sunny all week!!!

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RACHELTEEHEE 3/1/2010 10:19AM

    Now THAT sounds like a great Sunday!! Glad you had such a good one!

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CODEMAULER 3/1/2010 9:46AM

    The crows never would have had a better meal, LOL!

Glad you had a chance to enjoy the weather AND the weekend!!

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JANC319 3/1/2010 8:23AM

  I've been researching Square Foot gardening for both flowers & veggies, but it will have to wait until I retire. I always have good intentions, but no time.

I laughed when you said that your DH will probably throw you down the cistern when you go... I told mine to sweep me out the back door and plant a tree!

A wet day here today, but so far, it is rain - no snow or ice in sight! emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/1/2010 8:09AM

    What a terrific day. Our raised asparagus bed is still covered in snow.

It warmed up nicely yesterday but still need some more sunshine

Take care and have a Marvelous Monday.


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SUNNY89 3/1/2010 8:07AM

    I wish I had the ability to start my seeds this early. I don't have a green house and my windows are just facing the wrong way. I do the best I can with what I have. Glad to hear you had such a productive day.

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MICK999 3/1/2010 7:12AM

    So what is in the 6 pet cages?

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GRAMMYFIT 3/1/2010 7:05AM

    Would love to have a garden to grow things. :) I never knew you could plant lettuce so early?

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/1/2010 3:47AM


Thanks for the laugh.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/1/2010 12:40AM

    Sounds like you guys got a lot done today! Spring is coming, yay!

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GOANNA2 3/1/2010 12:19AM

    Sounds like a great day. It sounds like a wonderful day.

We have had continuous rain which is great news but had to stay inside.

I manged to do the 3 miles on the walk your belly flat DVD and boy, die I
work up a sweat. Felt really good though and i am off to do it again now.

Take care and God bless

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ROTTLADY 2/28/2010 11:44PM

    Busy day.Getting a jump start on spring I see.

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09ISMINEDN 2/28/2010 10:45PM

    You are funny in that ending sentence, you silly girl, we'll have none of that, their are special arrangements for ones like YOU!!! I bet your one tired one this evening after the busy day you've had but a very productive one I might add. I am still looking at bunches of snow here, and gardening here is hard to invision. Perhaps in a few short months, but believe me I am more than ready for all the fun.
God Bless and thank you always for sharing. Debbie

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LLTS01 2/28/2010 10:32PM

    Wow yo uare starting for spring already. Now I feel behind. I ordered mulch- does that count?


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SPARKNMOM 2/28/2010 10:18PM

    I grew some Black Seeded Simpson last year :)

Your Sunday sounded very nice - mine was too!! Woohoo!!

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KAKE138 2/28/2010 10:10PM

    Ahhhh, I can't wait to be able to do some gardening again... in about 2 months I guess.


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It's Coming!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was out and it was in the lower 40's. I heard birds singing............serious songs. LOL. YEAH!!

My son was called to work again Friday. I had planned for him to go to town with me because I needed another strong back (weak mind - lol ). I wanted him to help me pick up some gardening supplies. We could have used his Ranger pick-up truck. I needed the supplies so I decided to go it alone anyway. I'm not a fan of driving the FX4 but can do it when I have to. So I took off in it and went to the post office first and then visited my hubby on his lunch hour. I went to the bank and gas station followed by a local gardening store called Anchor. It's a fantastic store and has the neatest gardening stuff but it's expensive and I usually try to find what I need at other places and use this as a last resort. I needed 3 - 16 inch concrete pavers to put in the middle of one of my annual rings. I then went to Tractor Supply and bought 2 - 40 pound bags of sunflower seeds, 10 suet cakes, and a 10 pound bag of finch seeds. By then it had became apparent how much easier it is to hoist this stuff up into my sons truck as opposed to the FX4. My next trip was to Wal-Mart to get more bananas - my son and husband are a couple of monkeys and eat 14 bananas a week!! I also bought one of those brass solar lights for Wheeler's grave. Then it was off to KMart to purchase some plant food. And finally to Lowe's to get a 40 pound bag of lime and 8 - 2 cubic feet bags of soggy, half-frozen potting soil. At least I had some help at Lowe's. I drove home and left it all in the truck. Pfftttttttt!! I had enough of that for the day!! No need to have my uterus fall out which at my age is a possibility. I fixed supper and then hubby and I went for a hike - like I needed more exercise!!!! I must be insane.

Today my hubby got me up early so I made breakfast. It was sunny but windy and cooler. We had a lot we needed to get done outside as..............are you ready?........................signs of spring are here!!!! Yes, really!!!! The shrubs are all getting buds and my hardy amaryllis, daffodils, crocus, iris, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, and herbs are all coming up. A beautiful red headed woodpecker showed up at our feeder and has been draining it all day. It is time to fertilize the perennials so hubby and I fertilized the flowers I mentioned plus the herbs, lilies, bearded iris, asparagus, hosta bed, barberry bush, holly, burning bush, snow ball bush, yews, pines, hydrangeas, periwinkles, spirea, wiegela, flowering almond, coral bells, cranesbills, bleeding hearts, astilbe, mums, gladiolas, peonies, euonymus, lilacs, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, apple trees, peach trees, pear trees, etc. We forgot the wild flower bed which has lots of sweet woodruff, spiderwort, Solomon seal, and purple trilliums. I weeded the 5 raised veggie beds as weeds are coming back. We then limed the veggie garden. We worked in the green house planting more seeds- cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and watered the plants that were in there already. I need to clean up the screen room soon as I will be spending more time out there.

We put Wheeler's light on her grave. Hubby really liked it and I was surprised. He really loved our little Wheeler and called her his Bitty Baby. He said that the light reminded him of JFK's eternal light on his grave. LOL. I don't know that I would compare our dead pet chinchilla to a respected slain president of the USA but my hubby really did love her and took such good care of her when she was sick and dying. Men can be so strangely sentimental sometimes. Now if we could just train them to stop belching, farting, and scratching so much.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/1/2010 9:38PM

    I'd say that you got your ST that day! How many pounds did you lift???

Your hubby and son eat a banana a day, each. That makes me a monkey, too, ook, ook!

I love the sounds of spring arriving at your cabin in the woods!

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KAPERK1 3/1/2010 1:42PM

    March 1st, shut the door on February weather.
I wish I had a snowball bush and a sweet shrub.
I think I need to start taking care of what I have now first.
I bring little Hellebore flowers in, but have to steal
my neighbor's red and white camellias since mine didn't fare well
after multiple cold snaps.
( I steal them sparingly, she says take more).

So sweet about Wheeler's grave.


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CHATERJOY 2/28/2010 8:50PM

    You have been busy!!!! Spring is coming! emoticon

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MARIADALE 2/28/2010 8:18PM

    I think it was wonderful that you marked Wheelers grave. We really do love our pets!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 2/28/2010 7:29PM

    We had 61 degrees and sunshine today. Very nice day for February. We'll head to the coast tomorrow unless there are tsunami warnings again. We stayed home because clam season was open this weekend. That makes camping spots scarce. We will be back in April.

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GERPAT 2/28/2010 5:13PM

    Everything here is under at least 6 inches of snow....ugg!It is recommended that we never plant here in my area until after Victoria Day, which is on May 24th. Trees and shrubs are ok but not flowers or veggies in case of frost. It will probably be another month before I can get to my beds. I have quite a few of the plants that you mention along with clematis, boxwood, red dogwood, rhododendrons, different ivy's and creepers, Lenten roses, Jacobs ladder, Japanese maples, river birch, chicken and hens, lavender, purplecones. It's work but I enjoy it. This year I need to split a lot of my bearded irises and hostas so I'm planting them at the cottage, we'll see how they do. emoticon

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MICK999 2/28/2010 4:24PM

    Sound like a nice day!!!! emoticon

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SHELLPRO 2/28/2010 2:19PM

    emoticon Same weather here today, and pretty much the same morning as yours- only me and the Hounds up puttering around and got in some early Yoga too. Men, when you figure out how to train them? Let me know? We could make Millions with the book! emoticon

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    I know its Sunday, just concerned if you are ok or not after that busy two days you are so very lucky, I miss living where there are so many plants and things.

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FTLSWEETIE 2/28/2010 1:58PM

    I'm exhausted again just reading about everything you do! I, as others, have laughed hard at the falling uterus. I'm so glad spring is coming around for you. The garden sounds beautiful and I wish I had a back yard to be able to do just a fraction of what you do. I'm glad you found the perfect solar light for Wheeler's grave. I miss hearing about her daily antics but not as much as I know you and your hubby miss her.

Hope you have another productive day...or maybe some rest is in order? Nah, I know you won't do that! LOL


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SUNNY332 2/28/2010 8:34AM

    All, in all, a very productive day. Send that warmer weather up here. My treadmill sits on the south side of the sun room and on the south side of the house is the only area of ground where the snow is starting to melt. That is where my Macki Girl was most of the day yesterday. She is so smart!

I am so ready for spring. Take care and have a good day.

Hugs, Sunny

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ROWAN532 2/28/2010 5:07AM

    i always tell my youngest that is why i had him, to work for

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EFFINGERSLADY 2/28/2010 2:28AM

    Hahaha....I love your blog. You are so funny.
I love hearing about your spot in the woods. I hope to have that someday. I would love to have my own little garden, but I have A LOT to learn. I have a horrible time keeping plants alive.
Have a great weekend.


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SLIMMINJENN 2/28/2010 2:21AM

    Can you come help me with my flowers? My flowers beds are not nearly that wait to see new pics of the flowers..

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KALISWALKER 2/28/2010 12:46AM

    This is so funny and sad, but it is how we live our lives. I can understand your hubby affection and sentiment for a departed pet. They are a part of our life and love, and the love goes on and on. You are fortunate to have such a loving man in your life!

Your blog is a breath of spring. Mine is far of in the futur.

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KATJAMN 2/28/2010 12:42AM

    Man am i glad i don' t have a uterus.. one less worry in the world. lol
You are too funny!
Sounds like you have a beautiful garden. i have no green thumb.... I have been known to kill plastic plants.. haha

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MONYEE 2/28/2010 12:35AM

    OK...I've just snorted water out my nose laughing at your 'falling uterus' comment. Geez, Louise, woman!!

Your garden sounds AMAZING! I'm so jealous. I've got a California 'pocket backyard' so not as much variety. I hoping to put in an edible garden some day. I do enjoy growing herbs to add flavor to my meals!

Your DH sounds like a sweetie. I hope he helped you empty out the FX4...

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JUNEBUG1944 2/28/2010 12:20AM

    You should have some very large muscles hoisting all that seed and stuff into your truck!

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LLTS01 2/28/2010 12:02AM

    I can't wait for spring to roll around so I can see the pictures of all of your plants and veggies. I have no idea what I will be trying on my deck this year but remember, you need to give this city girl pointers.

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DOTSLADY 2/27/2010 11:17PM

    Ha. All the shopping and errands and your general busy productive self, I'd have to call you the WANDERING UTERUS! LOL. So I look that up - Dh used to tell me I had one (OF COURSE, this was pre-gf), told me the history, so I had to laugh when I looked it up just now, and send you pics of women with 'hysteria': . Tell me, is that how you looked when you saw your garden, heard the birds sing? emoticon

I sure could use your botanical sense at my house. I'm jealous.

Wish SP had a monkey emoticon! Bananas. They're part of my life again and I'm enjoying it. Re: Wheeler, the light is sweet, and so is Dh.

"strong back (weak mind)" - LOL.

Spring is about the same here, Dh cleaned the bird house in the back. One year I had an unexpected nest in a bucket on the back porch. I thought it was leaf debris from the winter and almost cleaned it out and got attacked by mama bird. lol

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GEORGIA_KAY 2/27/2010 11:10PM

    I've said it before...but it's worth repeating....You write some of the funniest, most interesting blogs I've ever read.

We're still in the death grip of Old Man Winter here. 4 inches of snow yesterday, 6 today, more on the way tonight and another big Nor'Easter coming next week. *sigh*

I'm glad you're getting some Spring!!

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BEFIT014 2/27/2010 11:00PM

    What an image 'no need to have my uterus fall out'! emoticon

Sounds like a busy day! And I have noticed a few of my flowers peeking their little heads out, too. Time to start turning that soil, I guess. Probably tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

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GRAMMYFIT 2/27/2010 10:57PM

    I notice spring is on the way too! Yeay!!

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SPARKNMOM 2/27/2010 10:48PM

    Ooooh!!! I'm so excited about spring!!

I love that you put a light on Wheeler's grave. How sweet! And oh how I agree w/ your man comment LOL!!

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ART4TAB 2/27/2010 10:28PM

    oh i do miss my garden at my old house!!!!!

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NIELSENSLADY 2/27/2010 10:26PM

    You are one busy lady!

Spring time! So excited!

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