SCOOTER4263   29,680
25,000-29,999 SparkPoints
SCOOTER4263's Recent Blog Entries

We wondered why the hanging basket wasn't doing well...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

... and now we know.

Little cranky-looking baby finches(?)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    what are their names?

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPPICHICK1 6/20/2010 10:36AM

    Aaaaawww! CUTE!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMA_GRIZZ 6/18/2010 11:49PM

    LOL just look at their itty bitty faces - aw! Sweet! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULA3420 6/18/2010 9:10PM

    HOW FUN!! Don't you just love watching nature give birth and then be witness to it's blossom. FUN Hoping you will give us updates emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCOOTER4263 6/18/2010 8:38PM

    Well, whoever they are, they're being fed by either house finches or purple finches (I can't quite tell the difference, but I'm guessing house finches.) The mama and the papa both bring food and keep watch. We have starling nests here and there, and I recognize starling adults - although I don't know, I just realized, if starlings put their eggs in other birds' nests. I guess we'll see soon enough - they're growing like the proverbial weeds!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANEVAYTALA 6/18/2010 6:35PM

    Looks like starlings actually. Cute!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLAME42 6/14/2010 10:21PM

    A robin made a nest in one of my hanging baskets this spring. It was so much fun to watch the babies (4) grow, interesting to see feeding time. Last week they all flew off from the nest, hope they all survived.
I replanted part of that basket & then put some artificial eggs in it to deter any more guests.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCOOTER4263 6/14/2010 6:50PM

    As far as I can tell, there are five. At first we thought three, but now that they're a day bigger, it looks like five. They are absolutely the cutest darned things I've ever seen!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERYLDS 6/14/2010 5:39PM

    cute ....

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 6/14/2010 3:58PM

    Really cool.

How many are there?.
Pat in Maine

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 6/13/2010 10:44PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAPRET 6/13/2010 10:35PM


Report Inappropriate Comment

NPR story on vegetables for breakfast (with recipes!)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I love National Public Radio. In my car, almost every button is programmed to one of the local NPR stations, and I can tell what time it is by whose program is on. I thought this was worth sharing (and the recipes look great!)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NORASPAT 5/27/2010 9:24PM

    Scooter I apologise for the confusion I caused . I went back to copy the NPR Link after responding to another person about her husband and daughter not getting along at the weekend and she said one of them would be Mad with the other,

Then i was referring to the daily newspapers. We do not have a good daily newspaper in our city.

I do apoplogise. Pat in Maine.

Comment edited on: 5/28/2010 12:40:47 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLORIDASUN 5/24/2010 9:04AM

    I too, love NPR...when we had the cabin I refused to let a t.v. desecrate the serenity of the we listened to NPR all the time...I learned some of the neatest stuff from that program...I'm going to start listening again! Thanks for the link...I'll check it out..and thanks for the reminder about good listening and good learning! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 5/23/2010 3:31PM

    I too am an NPR listener. I prefer to hear people talking about interesting topics to listening to music and advertisements.

I had noticed your owl and profile name before. We have asanctuary in Ellsworth and I like to go to see the animals they try to return to the wild after they recover from sickness or in jury. Some will remin there. They are taken to schools -kids love them.

Scooter, I am still hoping to buy another. I had one at 16 in England and rode it to school and all over the place. Just lately they are everywhere even in Maine.

And so are the moose we saw them but only the one perfect photo op this time. I think maybe the bird attracted me to your page so i could find the Link. Thanks for posting it Pat in Maine.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 5/23/2010 10:28AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPPICHICK1 5/23/2010 10:17AM

    Thanks! I'm going to check it out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUTRFNGRZ 5/23/2010 9:27AM

    Yum! What great recipes! Thanks for the link! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SNORRIS40 5/23/2010 8:28AM

    One way I get veggies in for breakfast is a glass of low sodium V8. Also chopped veggies in a small omelet.
Thanks for sharing the link.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAZZYJAS 5/23/2010 7:49AM

    Thanks for sharing -- I am going to read it now.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZZYYGGY 5/23/2010 7:48AM

    I love those stations too.

Report Inappropriate Comment

A time for reflection ... and gentle, positive change.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Warning: lengthy. But (I hope) worthwhile.

I was whining to a dear friend a few days ago about how I just couldn't seem to get my mind right, to get in gear for sparking or cleaning or planting or anydamnthinging. This (edited for family viewing) is what she had to say:

"You've pretty much checked off every item on the Stress List in the past few years. You went through the bankruptcy and the enormous stress that the financial mess caused that year. You had to go back to work and work your ass off just to keep the house and live at a very basic level of survival. ... Kids left home and we both know what a mother hen you are and how strongly you react to kid things. Your lack of reaction on that is symptom enough that you're shutting down. Your mother died and you not only had a ton of emotions to weather in regard to that beyond the standard grief fare, but you had to deal with the ... mess of that estate PLUS Joe G's bulls***. On top of all of that, you had to get used to the idea of being a widow and nursing him through terminal illness, then after you'd grieved him, [he] is getting well. Now you're wondering why you don't feel up to the monumental tasks of losing weight and power cleaning your house? Jesus, Mary and Joseph C. Phillips, it's a wonder you can still walk upright! ... "

A few months ago, that felt like "reasons" - now it feels like "justifications" and "rationalizations"

She went on to suggest that I perhaps ought to take a year off to heal, to relax, to gather my strength and wits, and while that has a certain appeal, I think what I'm craving isn't more-of-the-same, self-indulgent slacking OR 800 calorie per day, exercise til you drop, FlyLady action but gentle, positive change.

I took a walk an hour ago. I have 200 acres of varied terrain and conditions in beautiful Central New York. WHile walking, I remembered that when we moved here 12 years ago, the children were elementary age, the collie (now a geriatric 12 1/2) a pup. We covered every inch of the farm, fields and woods, turning over rocks, harassing the wildlife and generally enjoying every minute. In recent years, though, the only time I go out is to walk for exercise, and that only if I feel particularly guilty.

I couldn't remember the last time I'd walked for pleasure, written or drawn something that wasn't for publication, made something that wasn't for sale or commission, or grown something that wasn't sold ahead of time. I quit planting flowers in favor of vegetables and gourds (for sale, naturally.) I was raised with a certain hard-core Scottish practicality and frugality, but hell, even the Scots have fun sometimes! Something is most certainly amiss.

So here's the new plan: Water. Salad. Meditation. Sleep. Walking - slowly, and with an ill-behaved dog or two so I remember to look around. Cozies (a mystery genre.) Yoga. More sleep. Petting cats and sitting in the sun. Ignoring - politely - my husband when he's racheted up about something, instead of immediately locking on Phasers.

Because what's the point of all this healthiness if it isn't any fun? If your whole life is to work, and to work hard, both professionally and personally, then what's left at the end of the day?

Do you really live longer, or does it just *seem* longer?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HIPPICHICK1 5/22/2010 10:56PM

    Since we are relatively new friends I had no idea of how much you have been through recently. I agree with your friend. I too am amazed that you are standing upright.

I like your new plan. It sounds like exactly what you need.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Great blog. You really have been through it and are doing remarkably well. You have a good plan. One that I try to follow.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERYLDS 5/22/2010 4:38PM

    There are times I like the idea of life being one door closing and another one opening...but...My life feels more like a New York City Subway. The doors open and close; you only have so much time to get off at that opportunity; each stop has it's advantages and dangers; the conductor is making announcements but they're coming in garbled; and sometimes you end up on a local or express train, unexpectedly.

Yet one thing remains constant...taking care of your healthy should always be a priority, because without it, you are truly lost.

Comment edited on: 5/22/2010 4:39:08 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
A10TIVTRTL 5/22/2010 4:11PM

    Your place sounds like heaven. I'm glad you are again taking the time to enjoy it. Blessings.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRYFFINSONG 5/22/2010 4:02PM

    I love it. It sounds like you've broken through to a really good place about your health. I'm so sorry for all the crap you've been through, but glad that you've come to find the meaning again in the simple joys of living each day. Hugs to you, and best of luck in staying aware of what truly matters to you. You deserve it!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Cocoa shell mulch may be toxic to pets.

Friday, May 21, 2010

I usually toss alarmist email right in the ol' e-trash can, but as this came through the Master Gardeners' Office at Cornell, I thought it was worth reading and passing along. While the chance of killing your pet with cocoa shell mulch is probably quite slim, if it saves one pet it's worth reading. (And in my opinion, cocoa shell doesn't make a very good mulch anyway. I'd stick with double- or triple-ground hardwood.)


Even if you don't personally have a pet PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO SOMEONE WHO DOES.

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website,

"This product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats."

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."
*Snopes site gives the following information:
/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells li ke chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cocao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Thanks for the info. I knew chocolate was a problem for pets but didn't think of the mulch.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Getting Back Up on the Horse

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

For a professional grower (organic field crops, herbs and flowers) and gardener (design, installation and maintenance of perennial gardens, mostly) who is simultaneously renovating a 4500 sq. ft., 200 year old farmhouse, trying to get the gardens outside into decent shape, and taking care of a husband with health challenges, spring is a busy season.

Unreasonably, outrageously busy. Which is why I wasn't particularly surprised to discover that my clothing was a little looser despite a lack of planned meals and organized exercise routines. Heck, I'm even wearing a slightly smaller size. emoticon

I could use some good news along about now, so I thought I'd be brave and hop on the scale - if I'm smaller I have to weigh less, right?

emoticon Wrong.

In fact, I seem to have gained in the neighborhood of seven pounds (and a very chubby neighborhood that is.) emoticon

My first response was to lug the scale into other positions on the floor. If you've got an old house, you know that the floors - along with everything else - are uneven, and there is always the possibility that I'm just standing in a spot that tilts the scale in a heavier direction. emoticon Alas, it not only didn't get better, it threatened to get worse, so I stopped that maneuver.

Um...let's see...water retention? emoticon Nah, my fingers, which look like link sausages if I'm doing any serious retention, look perfectly fine.

Oh, I know! Muscle weighs more than fat! emoticon I've put on seven pounds of sheer muscle! Sure I have. *insert eye roll here* Way back in the day, when I was a real gym rat, I'd work for weeks to gain what was probably a few ounces of muscle.

So, it's time to face facts. I may have tightened up a little, but all in all I'm moving in the wrong direction. Time to put the GoWearFit armband back on (as soon as I find the strap - I took it off to charge it a week - or three - ago and now I can't find it. I just saw that thing, too....) It's time to take some time away from all these other tasks and plan healthy meals, get the diet thing back into gear. Make sure I get my 5000 step minimum in each day.

(I'm so horrified emoticon that I'm removing my weight tracker from public view - you'll know I've gotten my act together when it reappears.)

Plus, I have the oddest feeling that I'm waiting for something. Not waiting for whatever-it-is before I start getting my Spark back, just .... waiting. Like waiting for rain to stop before you put the dogs out, or waiting for the sanding to be done before you re-wash all the dishes and dust (again.) There's nothing coming up that Im aware of. One daughter is graduating from college and moving back home for a while, but if anything that should spur me to action, not cause me to march in place. Dunno. Guess we just have to see what happens. emoticon

Back to work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LUNADRAGON 5/23/2010 3:42PM

    You sound a lot like me. At least I think our scales must be long lost siblings! I have dealt with many health issues with my husband, returned to full time work, and much stress in the last 10 years, and put me on the back burner. Heck, I think I put me in the drawer. Now, I am working on me too. You are worth it. so am I. One step at a time, one day at a time.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I am busy as a bee as well. This time of year is terrible. Sorry about the weight gain. You will get it back off.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPPICHICK1 5/5/2010 11:01AM

    Wow. Sounds very crazy at your place. Have you considered that it might be stress weight? I hope that you have some success with your weight loss soon. Get some sleep, drink some water, eat some apples and everything will be right as rain.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRYFFINSONG 5/5/2010 10:58AM

    I hear you. It can be so frustrating to lose momentum, although hopefully the smaller clothing implies that good things are happening somewhere in there. Brava for getting back on the horse, and hopefully your waiting is nearly over, for whatever it is you're waiting on. Hugs and best of luck!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERYLDS 5/5/2010 10:50AM

    Well for someone who is a gardener ... why not just focus on cooking vegetables and enjoying the benefits of nature.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 Last Page