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Iris Pseudocorus

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Some years ago I planted a nursery pot of these because I liked the yellow color. It got maybe 3-4 blooms each year, but the foliage slowly spread a bit. I blamed the lack of blooms on the soil which is very sandy and usually dry there.

A few years ago I learned that the plant is considered invasive in wetlands. I wasn't concerned due to my dry soil. Last year I gave a shovel full of Virginia Bluebells to my next door neighbor, Elaine, along with a bit of the above Iris. I did warn her about the invasive bit. Both bloomed this spring! A successful transplant!

Last evening, I was prying up some rocks that had sunk below the dirt along a curved pathway. To my dismay, I saw a mass of reddish rhizomes along the back of the sunken rocks. It was the iris!

Today I spent four hours digging out the mass of rhizomes, helped by a jet of water from the hose to wash away the soil. They even had tunneled below a shiny mass of European Ginger and a light blue transcantia. I couldn't dissect them in place, I ended up taking the entire 12" x 18" mass of them out. At the other end of the iris, the rhizomes had tunneled under another 15" of a blooming dwarf hosta. That, too, had to be taken out entirely!

I will try to save some of the European Ginger, it is my only patch and has beautiful dark green glossy leaves. The batch under the hosta will be tossed, I have plenty of that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Lesson learned - this Iris Pseudocorus is invasive in ALL soils, regardless of moisture or lack thereof. I will have to tell my neighbor tomorrow and dig out her small bit! emoticon

  
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KARIDIAN1 6/26/2012 9:49PM

    Wow, who would have thought that it would happen in the sandy soil and Minnesota winters. Too bad it made all the extra work for you. Hopefully you got everything out before it went overboard.

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DIDMIS 6/26/2012 10:36AM

    Sunny you are a worker.

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DR1939 6/26/2012 9:22AM

    When I moved northward I found some things were invasive that were not considered so in the more southern areas.

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_LINDA 6/26/2012 9:19AM

    Very sorry you had all this trouble :(( Imagine, one tiny little plant could cause so much work :(( Good you caught the neighbor's before hers had the chance to spread.. I hope your Ginger survives, that sounds lovely.. I love coming to your page to see your garden background :) If you change or add things, how about an updated photo?
Hope you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day!

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LIS193 6/26/2012 7:55AM

    That's a lot of unexpected work!

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LATTELEE 6/26/2012 2:39AM

  Wow

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Update

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I got a ride on Wednesday.

Today, after five hours weeding in the back yard, my yard waste container is jammed to the max. I borrowed my neighbors, hers is only half full so they are both in my garage.

The car is running, one neighbor helped with a loong extension cord, another supplied the charger. It's all good. I'm off to give the car a run and treat myself to some low fat, no added sugar ice cream. emoticon

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/24/2012 9:22PM

    I envy you that you have yard waste containers where you live. They don't allow us to throw away yard waste here at all!

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ONUTHIN125 6/23/2012 5:46PM

    emoticon Sounds like you really have some nice neighbors! Spark On! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 6/22/2012 9:39PM

    Great to have your car going again. And a nice treat after all the weeding.

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DR1939 6/22/2012 5:55PM

    I have a couple of beds that need it. Feel free to come to Lynd! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/22/2012 1:43AM

    Wow! Well done with the weeding! Hope your back is not too sore!
That is great you have nice neighbours who will help out in a pinch!
You are doing great -I don't have low fat when I have ice cream :P

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MONTY68 6/22/2012 12:55AM

    You had a great day, it sure is nice to have neighbors that can help. Makes life easier.
Hope you enjoyed your ice cream

Monty

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DIDMIS 6/22/2012 12:27AM

    Glad things are going good for you Sunny. emoticon

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NELLIEC 6/22/2012 12:16AM

    It's a relief to get a car running again!!!

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GARBLEDEEGOOK 6/21/2012 11:29PM

  emoticon Wtg!

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Bad News, Good News, and More Bad News

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

When I went out my front door in the early afternoon today, I was amazed by the fact that my car trunk had been open all night. It was parked in the street in front of my house! I live on the busiest cross street to the main street - Highway 61. Even more amazing was the fact that the trunk contained a bottle of wine, a bottle of vodka, a mixed case of Modelo Mexican beer and a big bag of brown bark mulch and It was all still there ! The alcohol is about a 6 month supply for me (longer in the summer when it is often too hot to drink any alcohol.) emoticon

This evening I went out to the car to retrieve my wooden pizza paddle from the front seat. (long story). The battery was dead. I was too hot and tired from spending 4 hours in my backyard mowing, weeding and loading the debris into my yard waste container in 90*+ heat to give a care. emoticon

Tomorrow I am meeting some friends for lunch so -1. I need to charge the battery or 2. Call for a ride. I will see what tomorrow brings. emoticon

  
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_LINDA 6/22/2012 1:45AM

    You were certainly lucky your liquor wasn't stolen -that is downright amazing! I couldn't imagine weeding in that kind of heat -you are awesome!!

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YJNANA 6/20/2012 7:41PM

    Wow Sunny, you were Lucky :)
I guess had it been missing I would have thought someone, somehow, had gotten in my truck.


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LJCANNON 6/20/2012 10:56AM

    emoticonHope you get the Battery fixed without too much trouble!!
Stay Cool!!

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DR1939 6/20/2012 10:09AM

    The only two beers that I like are the Czech Budvar and Negro Modelo. You've good taste!

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ANASONIC 6/20/2012 7:46AM

    Hope today is a better one! Stay cool!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2012 7:24AM

    So sorry for the dead battery... bummer! Hope the new day is better!

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The pounds have added up quickly, Yikes! Why?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Recently (these past 4 weeks or more),I have been bringing bad snack choices home (KNOWINGLY!)and scarfing them down quickly. Not only that but I didn't even want to remedy the situation. I was puzzling as to why, as it had been YEARS since I did this the last time.

Thanks to my Spark friend, -LINDA and her most recent blog, I had an epiphany!

1. It is winter and I have SAD.
2. This winter is weird and I slacked off on my walking.
3. My mental health professional retired in December and I feel adrift. She has kept me on a reasonably even mental keel for at least the last 10 years...... Bingo!!!

Now that I realize what the root cause is, I can start to fix it and the 7 pounds I managed to add.
Yesterday I walked and used my mini-trampoline for a total of 10641 steps and 88 aerobic minutes. I will be making a similar effort in the days ahead!


  
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SUNNYWBL 3/3/2012 1:02AM

    Unfortunately, I was over optimistic in thinking I had things under control. I have not been exercising regularly as I have in previous winters, even when I needed hand warmers in my mittens, snow pants and yaks trax on my boots. This year as mild as it has been, I just haven't gotten out there very often.

I can't tell you how much more difficult this winter has been. I will just keep plugging until warm weather comes. It is supposed to go up to 50* on Tuesday and I WILL GO OUT THEN.

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GARBLEDEEGOOK 3/2/2012 9:57AM

  How are you doing? Have you been able to keep yourself on a leveled plan?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:22PM

    I hope you are keeping up the walking....it is such a power tool against depression.
Hugs,
Kay

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DOTSLADY 1/31/2012 6:41PM

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LA-LADY 1/21/2012 12:13PM

    Spark People are so great! You got your epiphany from a SP friend and then you shared it with us! Wonderful! I'm currently deepening my learning (through my work with ebt.org) that our brains DEMAND pleasure, and stress increases this need. You've identified some big stressers in your life! Food is such a powerful and quick way to bring us pleasure but we all know the downside. I'm practicing some techniques to bring my stress levels down: Several deep breaths, putting my "body in joy" (shoulders back, chin up, slight smile), warmly observe my state of being--without judgment. Practicing this technique has been powerful for me!
Thanks again for sharing your epiphany!

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DR1939 1/21/2012 10:26AM

    I've been hungry every day this week. And I've fed that hunger. As I result I've picked up 1/2 lb a day most days. DH has had the same hunger. I'm not sure what is going on, but I'm trying to figure out what might be going on with the meals I am preparing. They don't seem to be staying with us. Maybe it's just some weird alien rays! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/21/2012 1:23AM

    So glad you have turned it around! The dark, dreary days of winter are tough to take, and I will be looking into getting one of those sunlight replacing lamps everyone is raving about (maybe you should consider getting one too), as I am stuck in this dark, north facing apartment for days on end, especially in this weird winter where I couldn't get out due to the slippery walkways..
Keep up the great work!!!

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MONTY68 1/20/2012 11:07PM

    Sunny
Great blog, to have success, one needs to review what created a problem. You have done a great job in doing this and I am sure that you will release the 7 pounds.
Thanks for sharing

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYANNE1 1/20/2012 7:50PM

    Good for you! I'm glad you were able to take the time to try and figure things out.

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DIDMIS 1/20/2012 7:14PM

    emoticonfor you Sunny. emoticon
I find that when I get out of the house for most of the day I feel much better.
I did that today and yesterday with a vengeance. I feel better than if I had taken a nap for sure.


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GARBLEDEEGOOK 1/20/2012 5:45PM

  Glad you had an epiphany and that you're acting on it. Go girl!

I have a light I turn on in the winter, HappyLight(r) by Verilux. It's awesome for SAD or just short light days or when it's overcast for a few days.



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SUZYMOBILE 1/20/2012 5:44PM

    Sunny, I say it all the time to myself, but I do think it works. Awareness is all! And you are now aware and can change things!

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KARIDIAN1 1/20/2012 5:43PM

    Sunny- this winter has been crazy. I have not got my normal walks in either lately. Now the snow and colder weather won't help either.

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NELLIEC 1/20/2012 5:40PM

    It is good you have figured things out and are taking steps to correct your course!

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 1/20/2012 5:34PM

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Sunny Becomes Her Own Private Geek Squad!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In the past few months I've been having lots of problems with my computer locking and/or being very slow. I have a ten year old CPU running Windows XP. I ran a program (that I downloaded) that evaluated it's capacity to run Windows 7. It reported that there was not enough memory to run 7. Several years ago, I had upgraded the memory with new thingys in the CPU. I talked to a Geek Squad guy that said that adding more now would not be cost effective. He suggested adding a portable hard drive which would double my data storage. The portable HD just connects to the back of the CPU in a USB port. All of my backups are stored there now and soon I will move over all of my photos, too. This is also good in case my old computer dies, I won't loose everything. In this way, there is a lot more space in the CPU to run well.

I was still using Internet Explorer which was probably part of my problems also. When I was talking to Irene, she suggested that I switch to Mozilla Foxfire, which is a free download. What a wonderful difference that made. My computer doesn't lock up or run very slowly any more!

I also found a Dell thin screen monitor on clearance at Best Buy. It was very easy for me to switch it out. My original monitor was the tube type that weighed a ton, threw off plenty of heat, and took up very much more space. I returned it to be properly recycled, it cost $10, but I got a $10 Best Buy gift card in return.

As I mentioned on the Status Feed tonight, I connected my new wireless mouse. My old one had gotten very cranky in spite of taking it apart to clean. ( Before, just cleaning it would restore it to health.) I found a very good deal on the mouse and new wireless ergonomic keyboard at Sam's Club last month. They came as a set and are Logitech brand. I was afraid that the setup would be complicated so it took me about a month to get "a round tuit'. emoticon

Surprise, surprise the setting up the keyboard was just a matter or turning it on!!!
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Tomorrow I will follow the wires on the old mouse and keyboard back to the CPU and disconnect them both. Best Buy has set up containers in their lobby to recycle this stuff, too, and they are my Favorite Price, FREE!

The new keyboard has many new bells, whistles, buttons, etc. I will have to study the documentation to figure out how they work! But for now I am very pleased with the new setup,and I very much like the feel of the keyboard.

  
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RASCALSMOMMA 10/31/2011 7:25PM

    Gee and I had to BRING IN a geek from our congregation! HUGS

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AUDREYFAE 10/28/2011 3:39PM

    Hey Sunny-I don't understand anything about technology, but I'm very glad that you do and that you've gotten the computer you need :o) And by the way, the garden is gorgeous. Best Wishes, Audrey

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LJCANNON 10/26/2011 10:31AM

    emoticonWTG!! I am totally overwhelmed when I try to Change / Update anything on my Computer. It is so GOOD to have a Co-operative Computer!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/25/2011 8:33PM

    Sunny,

Great job on the upgrades. We use Mozilla also and like it alot. Glad you could get your system to run better.

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NDTEACHER1 10/25/2011 7:02PM

    I'm impressed!

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BOOKWERME 10/25/2011 11:27AM

    Thanks for the tip about recycling the old monitor. I have one I have managed to keep DH from taking to the dump..but he wants it GONE!

emoticon on all your technological achievements!

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RIVERWRITER 10/25/2011 10:33AM

    First, what a great garden photo on your sparkpage! Which house is yours? I recognize hosta and either bleeding hearts or columbine there, and it's a gorgeous intro to your blog.

Second, I'm following your example, and getting more techie myself! My girlfriend and I got my DirecTV and Tivo hooked up on her little TV the other night, but we had help from tech support. We might as well learn how this stuff works, hunh? I'm proud of ya!

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DIDMIS 10/25/2011 10:03AM

    Sunny, I am glad you changed to Mozilla Firefox. Chris suggested I do so and several in another team which we both belong to changed also. I have never been sorry.
Irene

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_LINDA 10/25/2011 9:55AM

    I noticed the difference switching to Mozilla on my old laptop too -it also runs Win XP, but my new laptop with Win 7 runs Explorer just fine. Computer prices have dropped so much over the years, you can get an awesome new one for not a bad price, instead of keeping the old one cranking, have you thought of just getting a new one? Now that you have the monitor, mouse, keyboard and HD, a simple tower by itself wouldn't blow the budget too much and these days give you awesome memory and speed. Its amazing how much more faster and powerful computers are becoming, quickly rendering even last year's models obsolete.
Enjoy your new features!

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DR1939 10/25/2011 8:31AM

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PENNI68 10/25/2011 8:28AM

    Check you out becoming your own personal "Techie"!!! Good for you, it's always fun to upgrade and even better when it is easy to figure out and things run, better, quicker, faster!!! LOL

Enjoy it all!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2011 7:42AM

    Congrats on getting a computer boost! Spark on!

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KAKIPOPUP 10/25/2011 4:27AM

    Ah, the miracles of technology.....

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