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Muscadines and Curlews

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I took the dogs for a 2 1/3 mile walk this morning, and they were still frisky when we got home. But we started at 7:30 and finished up at 8:15. I still worked up a little sweat.

The muscadine grapes are still growing like gangbusters, while the other four have slowed, some nearly stopped, and one is fading away - down to one leaf now, and that one doesn't look too good. Here is a picture of the southern muscadine:

The next picture shows it cropped from another shot to show how it has a grip on the wire (two tendrils each wrapped around three times, and is starting to grip the rope again. It has other tendrils around the rope lower down, but they're hard to see because of the leaves.

Also, this morning there were two curlews on the front lawn, and I tried to get a picture of them. For the first picture I had the flash turned on, (the default mode) which didn't help much. the second one I turned the flash off.

Just as I was about to put the camera away, a bunch more curlews came in like the vandals descending on rome. I see groups of four or five when I'm out walking, but I have never seen this many in a single flock.

There was no way to get them all, and they looked small, so here is a cropped view.

There was a snowy egret on the front lawn one day, but it left before I could take a picture. We have a lot of cattle egrets, which are smaller - about the size of the curlews, and several kinds of fancy birds, some of which are not native. I remember now, someone told me that the cattle egrets are from Europe.

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BRAVEONE92 4/27/2011 12:06AM

    I love muscadine preserves. I lived in Georgia for 1.5 years and
ate them for the first time. My DH is from Georgia. He
also loves the preserves. We tried a lot of different places
to find some, but had no luck. How do you use your

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MS.ELENI 4/26/2011 10:51PM

    love the pictures. emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 4/26/2011 9:36PM

    Wow cool photos! Love seeing what your up to Rextine! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/26/2011 9:08PM

    How cool of the curlews to show up to decorate (and fertilize) your lawn. Much better than plastic pink flamingos.

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    Very cool. Nice pics! I had never heard of muscadine grapes until last year. Someone brought some to work and asked me if I wanted to try one. Of course, it was good.

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Clean (but lumpy) Teeth

Monday, April 25, 2011

I walked down to my dentist today to get my teeth cleaned, and Nancy, the dental hygienist, convinced me to have the fluoride treatment. It turned out to be nothing like I expected - the white varnish makes a yucky mess on your teeth, and you can't eat anything hot or hard or acid, or drink any alcohol, for at least four to six hours. The varnish is on my gums too, and I have to wait until tonight to brush my teeth.

Then I walked the dogs to the Post Office to mail a card to one grandson, which was a two mile trip for them. They were panting before we went too far, and I was worried. We didn't start until 11:00, but Ralphy didn't lie down in the shade and they both made it home. It's getting warm enough that I'm going to have to walk them early in the morning from now on to keep from carrying Ralphy part of the way home.

We had a record cold December this year, and the last month the temperatures have been 7 and 8 degrees above normal. It's getting to be like summer, and the sun is north of east when it rises and sets now.

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MS.ELENI 4/25/2011 5:07PM

    It has been so hot lately. Bill has been waiting til just before dark to take Roxie out. Some people don't realize that dogs can get heat stroke. I wonder if the hot pavement bothers them.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

I cut the grass today, starting at 8:00 and finishing at 10:05. According to my pedometer I only walked 3.10 miles, but I spend a fair amount of time digging out sandburrs that I had miss last week. Afterward I had a shower, shaved, put on clean clothes, and did my laundry. Now I'm goofing off.

PS - I got an extra 25 points today, so I finished up with 146 for the day.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/24/2011 11:26PM

    I guess you've got "job security" as long as you're willing to keep digging up the sand burrs. Hardly sounded like a goof-off day to me.

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MS.ELENI 4/24/2011 10:36PM

    Glad you took some time to just goof off. emoticon

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    It's a never end battle with those sandburrs, huh?

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Nice Weather

Saturday, April 23, 2011

This is a wonderful time of year here, and I love getting out in the morning. I don't have to get up too early because the sun doesn't come up until after seven, and it's cool enough that I don't come home dripping sweat over everything. Three or four days ago I came across a Mallard drake who watched me until I was about five feet away before he flew across 19th street and landed in a creek downstream from me.

I get along fine with the walking sticks now because I have learned to watch out for any Spanish moss that has dripped from the old live oaks. I makes the poles slip if they land on it. The big oaks with Spanish moss hanging down look nice, but they're a hazard if you try to push on the moss drippings. Some of the older streets look like they have tunnels under the trees, and people don't pay to demoss the trees.

Yesterday and today I took the dogs for a walk and quit for the day. Today it was a little over two miles, and the temperature was just 70 degrees when we got back. You can't ask for better weather than that, and we only saw one runner on our walk. I love Saturdays and Sundays. I know runners peak out at 55, but 65 is fine with me.

Even the 90 grass plugs I planted all look happy and seem to be thriving.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/23/2011 4:30PM

    Wish we could get our days up to 70. I've been off work all week long, and it has been rainy, cold, windy, and even snowy. This weather is not conducive to getting any yardwork done.

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Odds and Ends

Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is one of the BW's Gardenia bushes - in a pot on the side patio. I remembered to take it today. I also sprayed all of them, as well as the trees, grape vines, bushes, and hedges. I also took a couple of pictures of the Muscadine vines, which are doing very well so far.

They are both up above the first wire now, and have wrapped tendrils around the wire.

Then there was the picture of the seed stalks in the St. Augustine grass.

I noticed that some of the St. Augustine plugs I bought had seed stalks too - which surprised me because you don't buy seed for the stuff - you get sod or plugs. You can buy centipede grass seed, and Bermuda grass seed, and Bahia grass seed, but not St. Augustine grass.

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MS.ELENI 4/22/2011 7:26PM

    I love gardenia's.Mine is full of buds. Sure has been hot hasn't it.

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REDSHOES2011 4/22/2011 12:16AM

    I love your flowers, I am in the process of getting my garden into shape.. I have a huge problem with moss here in denmark.. It makes moving the lawn almost impossible..


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MRDPOLING 4/22/2011 12:02AM

    with all the rain here, I have been watching the grass out back. End of last summer it pretty much was destroyed by the men taking down the neighbors tree but already it is coming back and I expect within the next month or so I won't even be able to tell there was a problem out there!

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