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Native plant nursery

Friday, November 07, 2014

I'm a volunteer with the West Branch of Sni-A-Bar Creek Consortium, a watershed group that I live within. For the past 2 years, I and a couple of other people in the group have been trying to get a native plant nursery started, with just a little support from the overall group. We did get the local Boy Scout troop to build and fill 10 raised beds on some land owned by our lake association. But the seed order we request, though approved, never seemed to get ordered.

Two other women and I spent this fall collecting seeds from native plants in our neighborhood and in our own gardens. After hours of cleaning seeds, yesterday we planted the beds, so the seeds could get the cold moist environment over the winter that they need to germinate.

This feels like a major accomplishment on our part and we are looking forward to next spring when we see the seedlings peeking from the ground!

We are very proud of ourselves for actually really getting our nursery going!

  
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TERRACOTTAGE 12/3/2014 10:30PM

    I just somehow found your Blog and really glad that I did. Planting native seeds is so important. They have been bullied out in so many areas by non-native plants by well-meaning people. Bravo... emoticon emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 11/26/2014 9:31AM

    Thanks for your support! I'm really hoping Mother Nature cooperates so that the plants grow well next spring and that we can begin to set some of them out next fall in areas where they will help.


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HANNAHV 11/26/2014 9:22AM

    Well done! Good luck nursing those seeds to seedling stage. Hope they will grow like "weeds" emoticon

Indigenous should be so much easier once you get the soil sorted, should be hardier too.

Happy gardening! emoticon

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MADAMES 11/18/2014 6:53PM

    Wonderful!! What an accomplishment!



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WINE4GIRL 11/18/2014 12:20PM

    That is huge! Way to go on moving ahead with your project!
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WALKZWDOGZ 11/7/2014 10:13PM

    Sounds like wonderful fun! I wish more people would realize the versatility of Native plants. emoticon

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Beware of the Groundhog!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This happened to a neighbor and her dog just a couple of days ago. She took her dog to a park near us that has a prairie area with paths cut through it for walking. While walking, her dog suddenly lunged forward and she lost hold of the leash, it chased and caught a groundhog which had been by the edge of the trail. As my neighbor ran toward her dog she yelled at it to "DROP IT!". The dog dropped it but before my neighbor could pull her dog back the groundhog lunged at it and got hold of the dog in the upper chest. My neighbor had to grab the groundhog and pull it off of her dog. She then threw the groundhog into the tall prairie area, got her dog away from the area and checked it out.

Both the dog and my neighbor are fine, but the dog has a couple of small wounds in its chest.

  
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SHARJOPAUL 10/30/2014 11:00PM

    The dog has had her rabbi's shot
But thinks for the reminder


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DJ4HEALTH 10/30/2014 9:04PM

    Wow and please watch it for rabies too. Even though it is not showing on the animal they still can carry the bacteria too.


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COOP9002 10/30/2014 11:11AM

    Oh my.

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NUTRON3 10/30/2014 8:32AM

    WOW

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Grape Salad

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wonderful salad! Almost a dessert!
4 lbs grapes (a combination of red & green ones make it pretty.)
8 oz. fat free cream cheese
8 oz fat free Greek yogurt
1 Tbls honey (to taste)
dash of vanilla extract
1 cup pecans ground
1 cup brown sugar

Wash grapes and remove from stems.
Combine cream cheese, yogurt honey and vanilla in a large bowel, stir until smooth. Mix in grapes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Combine pecans and brown sugar. Sprinkle over the grape mixture just before serving.

  
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IMEMINE1 8/9/2013 4:57PM

    Sounds delish. emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 5/5/2013 11:58AM

    Your recipe sounds wonderful and I think I'll use it soon. I came by to visit your page because you commented on my blog.
I am impressed with all your gardening and leading of gardening teams emoticon
Karen

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KATHRYNLP 4/9/2013 10:20AM

    Time for another kind of salad... soon you'll have fresh veggies! emoticon

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BLITZEN40 2/19/2013 9:55AM

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MSGRANNYMAE 1/6/2013 7:02PM

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FISHINGLADY66 12/4/2012 9:18AM

    emoticon Sounds delicious, I'll have to try this for a Christmas dish. emoticon

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 4:25PM

    My MIL makes a version with I swear double the sweetener in it, and while everyone else raves how delish it is, i find it too sickeningly sweet, prefer to let the grapes natural flavor take front and center :)

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 7:53AM

    Oh yummy!!

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BRAVELUTE 10/21/2012 6:22PM

    Hey, I've made this 5 times. The first time with brown sugar and cream cheese. The rest without either. At first i rebelled at having to remove all the grapes from the stems, but now I even slice the grapes in half. However, I do add cinnamon and nutmeg. Everyone has loved both recipes.

If I'm making it just for me, as opposed for a company dish or a covered dish, I leave out the pecans and have them on the side if I'm not using them somewhere else that day. I even eat this salad for breakfast. I'd think it would taste good with a little ginger grated into it, but haven't tried that.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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AZIMAT 9/17/2012 8:27AM

    We have a friend at church who brings something like this all the time. Everybody loves it. and it does seem to be a toss up as to whether it should be on the dessert table or the salad table!

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SENATOR9 9/15/2012 8:58AM

    Sounds real good Thanks

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SHARJOPAUL 9/15/2012 7:05AM

    The 1 cup of brown sugar in the topping sounds like a lot but mixed with the pecans, then sprinkled over the whole salad it isn't that bad. You can use a little less if you like things less sweet but it does off set the tartness of the yogurt.

Comment edited on: 9/15/2012 7:24:32 AM

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MOTLEM 9/15/2012 3:23AM

    Yummo big time!! emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 9/14/2012 10:25PM

    Thanks for this recipe!! I'm going to take it to a Relay for Life covered dish picnic tomorrow. I'll have to get up early to go get the grapes, but I have everything else. We always have cards with the Recipe name and ingredients. I'm going to call it Sharjopaul's Grape Salad. I bet they'll love it and it will be good for them.

Oh. . . what do you think about 1/2 cup brown sugar? Seems like a lot, but I can't picture 4 pounds of grapes either. emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 9/14/2012 9:58PM

    WoW.. now this is going to be part of our Sundays' dinner. Thanks for sharing ... emoticon emoticon

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MINISANDY 9/14/2012 4:55PM

    Sounds delicious. emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/14/2012 4:45PM

    Does sound yummy!

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MADAMES 9/14/2012 4:33PM

    Sounds yummy! We all love grapes; we'll have to give this a try.

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Sarcasm/Put Downs

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday, I was out enjoying the beautiful afternoon on the lake in my kayak. As I was heading back toward my cove, a couple in a BIG FANCY boat are coming out of a cove. They slowed down even more when they saw me. At first I thought o how nice they are slowing down so they don't hit me with their wake. Then they both called out in a very sarcastic manner "Nice Boat!" After a moment and a deep breath, I simply replied " its a lot more fun than the gym." At that point they took off rather quickly.
Maybe I am a little on the nasty side, but I love it when someone tries to put me down and it obviously doesn't work.
I paddled on home enjoying the rest of my "workout" emoticon

  
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PATRICE_E 6/20/2013 7:05PM

    Good on ya! When people say things like that I'm usually so baffled about why they need to be unkind that I can't think of a healthy response. Yours was excellent! Truthful, not spiteful, and clearly got them tongue-tied. :) May have even made one of them consider the joys of kayaking! emoticon

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MILLIFRED 4/21/2013 8:44PM

    That was a great response and I don't see anything objectionable about it.

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MRSGOAT9699 3/17/2013 3:17PM

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PARACLETETOO 11/23/2012 12:13PM

    Hey HEY That's the WAY











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SUMITH2008 11/5/2012 11:51AM

    Jerks! Hope they got the hint..

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LIVINGFREE19 10/3/2012 1:22PM

    Awesome comeback!

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AZIMAT 9/17/2012 8:33AM

    When someone puts other people down, it shows how insecure they are in their own skin. Otherwise, why would it momentarily make them feel better, more than or superior? They're worthy of pity, even in their big boat. How do they know you weren't paddling away from your own yacht? They don't.

Your answer was perfect. "Resist not evil."

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SENATOR9 9/12/2012 9:03AM

    Nice and cool.No need to bring the blood pressure up emoticon

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MOTLEM 9/12/2012 12:33AM

    I get reeeeeelly, reeeeeeelly, pee-ed off with people like that and, worse than you I'm afraid, I am usually mammoth caustic back at them.

Your retort was almost 'polite' but it DID work. Good for you! I probably would've said p*ss off before I ram you; or something similar. emoticon

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LOWFATFOODIE 9/11/2012 7:06PM

    I really don't understand some people, but happy to know there's other people like you that don't let 'them' get to you. Inconceivable was a good word...

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SHOAPIE 9/11/2012 5:49PM

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WALKZWDOGZ 9/11/2012 5:25PM

    My goodness. They're so much shallower than the water!

Wonder if they'd like to compare BMI & cholesterol readings & THEN laugh? emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 9/11/2012 3:42PM

    It's inconceivable the lengths some people will go to, just to be rude. Some how this makes them feel superior, I guess... however; you came way out on top with your calm and controlled retort. I really applaud you... and yes, kayaking is a lot better than a gym workout. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 9/11/2012 2:50PM

    We have a big boat & I would rather kayak. They were just being rude. You go girl & keep enjoying your kayaking & yes it is so much more fun than the gym.

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Doing what we all know we are supposed to do.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Saw neighbors Sunday, who are weekenders here at the lake, they commented on my weight loss and asked what I was doing. As I told them about my "diet" and exercise, I realized that I am just doing what we have all been told we should be doing since we were young. Guess I should have heeded that advise all along, but at least it is working now!

  
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IDLETYME 7/27/2012 9:57AM

    Losing weight is special - but when other people comment - that's REALLY special!! I proud for you! emoticon emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 7/27/2012 6:24AM

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Huge compliment! Nice!

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QUILTINGB52 7/27/2012 2:45AM

    Any weight-loss is more meaningful when others begin to notice!!!
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/27/2012 2:22AM

    That was nice of them to comment on your weight loss. emoticon I hear you about the heeding!

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DMF2012 7/26/2012 9:09AM

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KATHRYNLP 7/25/2012 10:01AM

    Nothing feels as good as someone saying.. "Hey, have you lost weight?" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 7/25/2012 4:45AM

    The older I get, the more that seems to apply to about any area of my life! If I'd actually started then..... etc...

Hey, at least we finally caught on! emoticon emoticon

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MOTLEM 7/25/2012 12:05AM

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MADAMES 7/24/2012 4:40PM

    Good for you! An occasional compliment is nice to hear too!

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SENATOR9 7/24/2012 1:50PM

    emoticonand have fun doing it

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/24/2012 12:27PM

    That's awesome!

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JACKIE542 7/24/2012 12:17PM

    Good for you. Never too late if a lesson is learned. emoticon

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