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My Neighbor Joe's 50th Birthday Party - To Be Cont....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Joe is a musician and many of his musician friends came along with their varied musical instruments for a Birthday jam session! The street in front of our houses were packed with vehicles.

Note the guy on the left playing a slab of wood like a bongo! Is this a real instrument?

Note: I started having severe problems adding more pics! emoticon emoticon

I'm frustrated and sweaty and will try to finish this blog another day. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/24/2011 5:28AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Sorry you had problems loading the pictures.

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DR1939 7/23/2011 8:46AM

    Sounds like fun. My husband's former administrative assistant and a very good friend is a jazz pianist. We always loved any event he planned.

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SUNNYWBL 7/22/2011 4:25PM

    What a drag for me! emoticon

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Please Name the Mystery Flower!

Friday, July 22, 2011

About 3 or 4 years ago, I purchased some non-hardy (in Minnesota) flower bulbs. Over time I have lost whatever info came with this one.

This is the mystery flower just starting to open. It is in the same large pot which also contains a brugmansia, an angel trumpet flower.

Here, the flowers are in full bloom, and also it shows some of its large leaves.

the flower petals are about 1/4 inch wide, white to very pale pink, and have a wonderful scent.
The entire plant, leaf tip to leaf tip is about 3-4 foot wide.

I'd really love to know this mystery plant's name, can you help?

PS. The brown stems belong to the angel trumpet plant, which has a lovely 6 " apricot flower!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/24/2011 5:26AM

    Don't you love that you can always get an answer here to just about anything? Great question! Fun to see the answers from others.

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GRANDMA624 7/23/2011 8:16AM

  I have no idea what it could be, but I'm lucky to know what a rose is!! emoticon

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_LINDA 7/23/2011 12:46AM

    Beautiful flowers!! Haven't seen anything like your mystery flower!

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YJNANA 7/22/2011 8:02PM

    very unusual, I like it :)

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SUZMAXIMUS3 7/22/2011 4:33PM

    Call it the White Hot Fireworks flower.:) emoticon

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ESHTEMOA 7/22/2011 4:06PM

    Beautiful flowers Sunny!

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BOOKWERME 7/22/2011 3:45PM

    Yea! Glad we got it.

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SUNNYWBL 7/22/2011 3:33PM

    BOOKWERME sent me to the right place!

"Crinum asiaticum is a large plant. The dark leaves can be 3 foot long and extend upwards from the central stem. A single bulb can easily reach 5 foot tall, which the flowers being held even higher. In time the plants make large clumps of enormous bulbs. The bulb itself is unusual because there is not much to it. From the basal plate the stout leaves make a pseudostem that can reach a foot or more above ground, but this pseudostem is not a bulb."

"Crinum flowers have strong, sweet fragrances; some C. jagus-type plants have a vanilla fragrance.

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BOOKWERME 7/22/2011 3:17PM

    Well, did some hunting. Don't know if I actually found it or not, but visit
numspecies.html and scroll down to see the pics. There are several that are very similar to your plant.

edit: Look at this one:

and this one:

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BOOKWERME 7/22/2011 3:00PM

    It looks to me like it could be a bromeliad, but I can't find a photo of such a bloom. checked also among the orchids...but again, nothing yet. Now am will keep looking.

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DIDMIS 7/22/2011 2:58PM

    I don't know what it is but it sure is beautiful Sunny

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Getting Stronger

Sunday, July 03, 2011

This is the season many folks are making resolutions, which might include exercising more. I thought I would let you, my friends, in on a little secret I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You might wish to adopt this regimen.

Three days a week works well. I started by standing with a 5lb potato sack in each hand, extending my arms sstraightout to my sides and holding them out there as long as I can.

After a few weeks, I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound potato sacks - and finslly got to where I could lift a 100-pound sack in each hand and hold my arms straight out for more than a full minute.

Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but you might not want to continue at this level.

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DIDMIS 7/22/2011 2:59PM

    That is just the kind of exercise program I need. I thought WOW Sunny is strong. emoticon

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ESHTEMOA 7/15/2011 1:34PM

    Sunny!!! You got me too so very funny!
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VIAFREE 7/8/2011 9:03AM

    Im glad I stopped to read this, I am laughing so hard!
What a great story.
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NOEL_76 7/7/2011 2:22AM

    woah... that's a lot of potatoes! I love your background picture.. is that your garden? Very beautiful..

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    Very funny! Cute!!!

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_LINDA 7/4/2011 4:12PM

    emoticon An oldie but a goodie!
Have a Happy 4th!!

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MONTY68 7/4/2011 11:52AM

    Sunny ,
You are amazing. I love your exercise program and considering starting it my self.

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DR1939 7/3/2011 10:48PM

    Ha! Very funny.

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RASCALSMOMMA 7/3/2011 10:13PM

    emoticon OK you got me!! Yah had me going there!! emoticon emoticon

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About the Lotteria

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I am sorry that the purpose of these photos is not clear yet. This is the first time I have scanned and uploaded photos to a blog.

I got this game in Mexico during a visit in 2004. It was a Copper Canyon Tour with Overseas Adventure Travel. The leader was teaching us a bit of Spanish vocabulary in preparation for a home visit and dinner so that we could communicate with our hosts. To practice, we each had a different playing card ( see #5 above). The leader then would pronounce one of the words ( see back of brown card for list) and each of us would try to see if that word was on out card. If so, we would then place a bingo type marker on the word on our card. It wasn't too easy because the written word didn't sound ( to us ) like the word as printed on the card.

I mentioned this game on my private group, Change is Good, to see if some of oour Texan members would be able to use it. Then John, one of our fearless leaders, started asking questions about the game.

I hope this explanation is sufficient and the Loteria game can find a new home and players. emoticon

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MONTY68 6/16/2011 3:23PM

    Hi Sunny
It does sound like a good way in learning a language. Thanks for sharing the game.

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_LINDA 6/15/2011 2:34PM

    That is really interesting! It is a great way to learn a language! Visuals are always so helpful!!

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NARROWPATH2011 6/15/2011 2:24PM

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing with us Sunny. emoticon

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MOM4407 6/15/2011 11:13AM

    I have several of the games. We play this game at school all the time. The festivals and the carnivals it is a fun game and for those of you who do not know Spanish it is a fun way to learn.

Sunny I think you did emoticon scanning the pictures.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/15/2011 11:11AM

    emoticonfun way to learn a language. I have a french bingo game.

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DIDMIS 6/15/2011 4:04AM

    Sunny I have seen the game played even in ur nursing homes here in south Texas as most of the residents were Spanish speaking.
No,, I don't want the game. Mom was a bingo player and we played just for fun when I was a kid. If mom played at a fair or something though she won a prize every time.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/15/2011 12:34AM

    Hugs to you sweetie but i guess i dont get the word picture! lol sorry.. Laurie

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GWCANNON 6/15/2011 12:29AM

    interesting emoticon emoticon

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Trivia Winners for April

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Grand Prize winner is Monty with 98% emoticonWay to go! emoticon

Running alone in second is Marcy with 95% - Great job Marcy!! emoticon

Tied in third place are me and MOM4407 with 92% emoticon

Very close in 4th place is Irene with 91%

Every one at or above 90% won a Monthly Trivia Award from SparkPeople !

Audry finished at 80%, a very respectable finish! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 5/4/2011 9:53PM

    Audrey - it's called depression drugs!!! JK not!!!!

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MONTY68 5/4/2011 7:45PM

Thank you Sunny for posting the results and congratulations to all that played in April.


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AUDREYFAE 5/4/2011 5:55PM


Thanks for finding a way to make my score sound not so bad, amongst all you stellar trivia brains. I am having fun answering the questions, not sure why, but it does keep me happy and signing into Spark.

(MARCY must have been taking drugs in April, or come off of them, what a score! change. I'm just kidding MARCY, I'm impressed!!!)

I'm glad to be a part of the Trivia Challenge,

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MNNSAIDE 5/3/2011 8:18PM

    Great Blog Sunny!!!!!

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DR1939 5/3/2011 6:02PM

    emoticon to all.

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