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.
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!
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.
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!
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'.
Surprise, surprise the setting up the keyboard was just a matter or turning it on!!!
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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