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Yep it's the same and it's a real mongrel!! If it pops up in my garden beds the only thing I can do is carefully paint a small bit with some weedkiller. I hate using the stuff but if I'm careful it only kills the grass. If it's in what we laughingly call "the lawn" it stays there, I can't get rid of it totally so I just mow it!!

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I just bet you can't wait for Spring to "spring" into action over there, we're in the second month of Autumn over here in Australia, not really looking forward to Winter even though it's not as brutal as the US Winter.

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Is creeping couch couch grass?
In the areas I've lived it's called crab grass. This stuff is wicked and so hard to get rid of. During the winter it just lies dormant instead of dying. (as I'd like for it to do) lol

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I was thinking I have a pet Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and he can dig up weeds like you wouldn't believe, if I had a few of those they'd dig that rotten grass out in now time. emoticon

I think I'll just have to wear it in the lawn and keep pulling it out around the trees, it's just too hard to get rid of all over the yard. If it was normal grass that sets seeds the black plastic would work great, but it has rhizomes under the ground and it sprouts all along the rhizomes, if you leave even a little bit in the ground off it goes again.

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You could also try laying black plastic over the spot for a few weeks.


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I tell you it's a ghastly weed to have in the garden. I'd love to cover it with something that would kill it, but it's like oxalis, it seems to have underground roots/bulbs that are really hard to kill. Even the dreaded weed killer, used sparingly still has trouble getting rid of it. It attaches itself to the ground every inch or so and when you pull it out, you take only a part of it. Our over 117F temperatures over Summer didn't even knock it

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I've never had to deal with creeping couch, but have you tried cardboard?


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I had to google creeping couch to see what you were talking about. We have weeds like that here too. They are VERY frustrating!! The best I seem to be able to do with die hard weeds like that is to keep the top growth from spreading, by good old fashioned hand pulling. I know they spread through their root system, but through the course of the Summer, the soil here gets hard and often dry. If I can hoe, I do, but sometimes I can't.

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That's what I usually do on my "no dig" gardens but I've got a problem with creeping couch and that stuff can find it's way through layers and layers of paper etc, it even gets through weed mat, very frustrating.

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We always mulch our garden plants with about 3 layers of newspaper and then put some DEAD grass clippings on top of that. It keeps weeds from coming up around the plant, helps lock moisture in, and totally tillable at the end of the year. Plus it's cheap! Since we have tons of old newspapers and plenty of grass clippings. emoticon

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Hi Echeveria, welcome to the team. I too love succulents, Aoneums being my favourites with Echeveria running a close second. I just bet you can't wait to get gardening when you move into your house.

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i'm new to this team, and as my username suggests, i love succulents. I live in an apartment full of plants and cant wait to move into an actual house...oh the plans I have... LOL

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Can we post pictures of our gardens on the team Stream?


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Jules, that is a great idea, I am going to pick up some mulch this weekend.
I have some radishes peaking up, I think that will be my first harvest


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I don't know if you can get it in the US but I use Sugar Cane Mulch as a cover on my veggie and flower gardens. It's very soft and it mulches down after a season. Failing that there is pea straw or alfalfa hay that also eventually mulches down and with the latter will add a good amount of Nitrogen to the soil as well.

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Thank you for your suggestions everyone!
And welcome to my fellow newbie.
It is hot enough I should be looking for some shade for my garden I think. I hope I did not start to many kinds of seeds, I was not sure what would work well
What could I use on top of my soil to keep it cooler and moisture in? any suggestions?

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Hi Jolene and Welcome !!!
You sure sound like one busy Gal !!!!
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Hi Jolene, welcome to the team.

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Hello, I'm Jolene and I just began my SparkJourney today, though I actually registered to the website over a year ago. Since then I've bought a house, moved, sold a house, and begun remodeling/landscaping our new home. I spent today, the first day of spring, beginning my outdoor garden. We now have a potato tower and a small bed planted with spinach and lettuce. I'm looking forward to tackling it all, weight loss included, one project at a time.


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Hi Diane and Welcome tot he team !!!
We are still in the throws of winter tho it's the First Day of Spring today !!!
I have relatives in AZ. that garden. They picked a shady part of the yard for lettuce, radishes and tender type of plants.
As for their tomatoes, they built an arbor to partly shade their plants so they don't get scorched.

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Hi Diane and Kim, welcome to the team. Sorry I've been a little off colour the past few days and haven't done much Sparking.

We are coming to the end of the first month of Autumn here in Australia, still picking most of the veggies in the garden, haven't figured out what I'm going to plant for Winter, I've got some Turnips, Kohl Rabi, Parsnips, Beetroot and Carrots starting off at the moment, I love going outside to pick veggies and fruit for the family

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Hi, I am Diane, new to the team and to outside gardening, going to try to grow veggies this year. I live in Phx, so we are have almost too warm weather right now.
Have some radishes popping up, but I am reading they do not do good when it gets too hot. Would like to try peppers and tomatos. I have some Jelly BeanTomato plants started in peat pots, just trying to figure out where to put them. Am thinking I will need a cage or trellis for them.


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Hi Kim and Welcome to our team !!!
Sounds like a big project this summer...Sorry you lost your screened in porch.
But now you can make it your own....
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Hi, I am Kim and I live in Missouri. I have a house and slowly but surely my hubs and I are making our yard pretty. I hope to get a lot done this summer with the back patio as last winter we lost our covered screen porch from the snow! This is our main focus I hope this year

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OMG !!!! I could (and have) get lost in that site.
I Love It !!!!!

Hi Chris and Arlo...So Glad to have you with us !!!
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When I find a pattern that I like and plan on using a bunch, I trace it on muslin, mark all of the markings and put fusible web on it. Then I have the pattern forever.
I do this a lot with craft patterns.

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Hi Chris, good to see you here

Arloguthrie (I think I'm waiting for a chorus of Alice's Restaurant) if you have the patterns you can make them from any material you want. If you want a simple pattern try this link

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And yes you can iron pattern or any paper.

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I'm Chris and I live in the frozen tundra of northern Illinois USA .... we have had over 50 inches of snow so far about 20 more than we normally get. Just trying to stay warm right now my whole yard is under frozen snow. I envy you all in warmer climates that are out in your gardens.



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Hi I just joined this group, I am trying to be more organized this year. I labeled my spice rack and have cleaned out some drawers...I was thinking of trying this... thenonconsumeradvocate.com/wp-content/uplo
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Also am going to try sewing again. I have fabric and patterns for flannel pj bottoms...thought i would start simple. I would like to use the pattern for a sml and a xl...does anyone have suggestions, I have a large supple of interface material and was thinking of using those as pattern pieces. How do I flatten out the pattern paper? can i iron it?

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I think the old has character and usually it is better made and of man made material than those of today plus usually made in the USA...and we need to support our own economy if we are to get out of this hole the US is in.

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Hi and welcome to the team.

I wouldn't blame you for crying after someone denuded the block of trees. I've noticed a lot of house movers these days don't bother recycling things like bricks etc. I remember years ago when a house was being demolished, or moved, everything was saved for the secondhand market. Now everything has to be new for some reason, such a shame when there is so many pre-loved items just waiting to be used.

The good thing about gardening is it moves as quick as you want it too.

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Great fun reading through all these posts!
I have lived in North Georgia, about 50 miles north of Atlanta for over 40 years.

My DH and I found our house when I was going to my doctor for regular appointments prior to the birth of our second child. This house was for sale, but the land was not - it was a house to be moved. It was built in the 50s, had solid hardwood construction, including the floors. We bought it for a song, it was cut in two pieces and moved 35 miles north to our 20 acres, and the fun began. We hired out a block foundation under it, then lowered it down, and my DH used a front end loader to hold up the kitchen part of the house while workers reattached it to the main house. While I cleaned from top to bottom, painted and wallpapered, my husband worked on the outside, building decks and a carport. For several months I was climbing through a window to get inside the house. The electrician, a friend of ours, begged my DH to make the deck a priority as he was afraid I would go into labor. We moved in on September 1, and our daughter was born on September 27.

When my DH had a friend who had a bulldozer grade the driveway and house site, I asked him to have as many trees as possible left, and then made the mistake of not being on site while the actual grading was being done. I cried when I saw that over 2 acres were totally cleared. So over the next ten years, I asked for plants and trees for birthday and anniversary presents, and had my DH dig holes to plant them in. (He never once complained!) Now, over 30 years later, we have actually had to remove about five trees for one reason or another. I have replaced large expanses of grass with perennial gardens, raised beds for vegetables, blueberry bushes and planted hundreds of daffodils. Gardening is one of my passions, and now that I am retired, I am eagerly awaiting spring!

Ten years after we moved in, we added on a master bedroom/bath addition. I am about to begin a total gut and remodel of the bathroom. It's fun to contemplate the finished space, but choosing materials and finishes can be overwhelming! We won't be DIYing this space. My DH said is has reached the age where it's time to start hiring these big jobs out! Removing the wallpaper in the breakfast area and painting, however, is one job I can handle, so that is on my list to do soon.

One of my favorite projects was building a patio using bricks that were part of the foundation of the house before it was moved. The same daughter who was born shortly after moving in was in college at the time, and living here, so she joined in to do the work. We had to clean old mortar off the bricks before laying them down. I can remember many afternoons after my work and her classes, hearing the "ping" of hammer hitting the mortar.

I am so attached to this house/gardens/land! I look out at the massive sawtooth oak and remember when it was a much smaller tree and my son and his friend, as 8 year olds, hiding in the top branches, the crown swaying under their weight and scaring me to death! I see our oldest daughter riding her pony everywhere, and her friend nearly being decapitated when the pony ran her under the clothesline. I envision projects that still need to be done - removing an old storage building and putting in more raised beds. So while my DH and I are certainly older and slower, we will still find DIY projects to keep us going!

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Good for you, sometimes you just have to start.

I was looking of some older pictures of my side garden and looking at it now it looks like everything has overgrown, I really need to get in there and clear it out.

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I bought an older home a little over a year ago. It had been neglected and I have been working on it since I moved in. I was worried about attempting some repairs but I finally jumped in and just did it.

I want to refinish my basement and that is my next project. It has a lot of promise and I feel it will be worth the effort. I have never refinished a basement so I will take any advise anyone would like to give me.





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I'll have to see this in bits Dusty, it goes for over 90 minutes. But I do love watching plants in slow mo growing, it's reminding me of my gardens at the moment, veggies growing all over the place.

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Watch the video www.backtoedenfilm.com/

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You might want to read my blog about why we celebrate St Nicks Day

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I have to say, I've never heard of St Nicks Day!!

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Happy St. Nick's Day!

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I know what you mean Patti, I leave my door open for a few hours after each wash as it can get musty in their. Occasionally I use an enzyme laundry liquid, it makes a big difference to smells.

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I had the typical American size front loader, so no capacity problems!

Now I have a typical French size "top" loader which actually acts like a front loader I think...but is small capacity. I can wash my sheets but comforters have to go to the laundromat.

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Hi Dusty and All...
I opted to go back to the top loader because I couldn't stand the smell in the front loader.
The front loaders do not drain ALL of the water from the machine, so you get a musty smell...not only in the machine, but on your cloths...Nothing worse than getting out of a nice bubble bath and dry off only to get that awful smell coming from your wet towel.
The front loaders have to be cleaned regularly (monthly or sooner) with Afresh (a cleaning tablet) or something similar. I've tried baking soda and vinegar but it didn't work as well. You, also, have to take a towel and wipe out the tub and wipe the gaskets around the door everytime you finish the laundry. Plus drain the water from a hose on the front of the machine.
I'm there to do laundry, NOT clean my machine ed nausium !!!!
The top loader uses more water but that's a Good Thing !!!
Cloths come out clean and Fresh !!!
BUT...I'll let you know how much I like it after a bit.
The Kenmore Elite one that I got is HUGE !!! (so was my front loader) So I can still do blankets etc.
The cons..(so far). I'm only 5' 3" tall and I have to get on my tippy toes to get socks etc. from the bottom of the tub...I can live with that.
Hope this helps but, this is my experience.
I'm sure there are those who love their front loader.
I just don't !

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I went from a large top loader to a relatively small front loader. While the front loader uses way less water I still miss the capacity of the top loader, I could stick duvets, curtains and other large stuff in it.

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Yes, I'm curious too, people usually go in the opposite direction. I waited years to get my front loader...then moved a year later and had to leave it behind (different electrical system here in France). At least it will be there when I return to the US in a few years.

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I have always had a top loader....why are you going back to a top loader vs a front loader? Please share thanks Dusty

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I just bought a top load washing machine and will be listing my front loader on Craigs list...

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It is snowing...4 " expected and cold weather from Canada expected after it...the snow is here to stay

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And over here we're sweltering in Summer heat, I have to worry about the gardens drying out.

Replaced the footvalve on the water pump yesterday so hopefully now the water pump is going perfectly

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well everyone we are way behind in preparing for Christmas. now we will have to hustle to get everything done but for today there is finish the laundry, wrapping the trunks of my trees as colder weather is coming in as we speak and , bringing in my clay pots so they don't crack in the cold weather. once i find our Christmas mugs and my advent wreath we will be lighting my advent wreath and sipping on hot spiced cider. Christmas music will be in the air and I have to prepare a ged of my Fitzpatrick line today. tomorrow fasting labs & Dr appointment before the gym.


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Good luck Dusty. Craigslist is a bit tricky and people are really looking for bargains. My fingers are crossed for you. We've had good luck there too. -Holly

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Hmmm well to update you...nope I have been doing it myself...my daughter is coming up on Saturday and will be giving me a hand for a little bit though, next week I hope to get a lot of things offered on Craigslist

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Dusty, it sounds like you have everything plus the orchestra at your place!!!

Sounds like a lot of cleaning work, I'm hoping you are getting a hand with all of this!!

Let us know how things are going when you get the chance

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Today we are officially a one car family. That should help us in the savings department.
TODAY WE WERE AT THE GYM IN THE MORNING AND AT NOON WE SOLD DH CAR,AND HAD TO VISIT MOTOR VEHICLE TO LET THEM KNOW THE CAR IS NO LONGER UNDER OUR PROTECTION. SO NOW WE ARE A ONE CAR FAMILY...I SAY FAMILY AS CUDDLES COMES WITH US AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

AFTER VISITING MV WE DROPPED OFF MULTIPLE CANS OF PAINT & STAIN TO OUR HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE WHO WILL DONATE IT TO WHOMEVER WANTS IT...HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAS GONE THERE AND COLLECTED PAINT IN THE PAST.


AND THEN ONTO OUR DAUGHTER TO GIVE HER CRAFT PAINTS TO TAKE TO CHURCH THIS EVENING FOR THE KIDS TO USE FOR THEIR CARS WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR GRAND PRIX...SIMILAR TO THE BOY SCOUTS PINEWOOD DERBY.

ON THE WAY HOME WE STOPPED AT OUR MECHANIC TO SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE ON MY CAR ON MONDAY.

NOW PICTURE THIS...A BASEMENT FULL OF CHILDREN'S KEEPSAKES...BARBIE DOLLS, DOLL HOUSES (YES PLURAL) GAMES, MY LITTLE PONIES, CARE BEARS, ETC PLUS WHEELCHAIR, CRUTCHES, ART SUPPLIES & PAINTINGS, AND SO ON AND SO ON!

I AM MOVING DH CLOCK PARAPHERNALIA TO A LARGER AREA AS I CLAIM THE CARPETED ROOM FOR THE GIRL CAVE AKA FLOOR EXERCISE AREA, I AM ALSO ESTABLISHING A DESIGNATED AREA FOR PLANTS UNDER GROW LIGHTS AND MOVING THE GRANDCHILDREN'S PLAY AREA.

I AM RE-ARRANGING THE EXERCISE ROOM...CURRENTLY WE HAVE EVERYTHING EXCEPT A SWIMMING POOL!
WE WANT TO PUT TWO OR MORE CLOSETS IN TO "HOUSE" MY DAUGHTER'S KEEPSAKES...NEXT YEAR HOPEFULLY SHE WILL HAVE A HOME OF HER OWN AND THE STRINGED BASS, PIANO, COFFEE TABLE, CHEST OF DRAWERS & OTHER ITEMS CAN BE SENT TO THEIR NEW HOME.

NOW I AM FIXING DINNER, I HAVE AN EARLY DR APT TOMORROW AFTER WHICH WE WILL GET TO THE GYM AND THEN HOME TO GET SOME OUTDOOR GARDEN/ YARD WORK DONE.

NEXT WEEK I HAVE TO FOCUS ON GUEST ROOM, BAKING AHEAD, CLEANING, ETC. SO THIS DERVISH HAS TO KEEP GOING. ....I SHALL REST....AFTER ST NICK'S DAY...I THINK...DR WANTS ME TO SEE A DIETICIAN AND A SERIES OF CLASSES YET THAT HAVEN'T BEEN SCHEDULED BEFORE I SEE HER ON THE 1ST OF DECEMBER.

SO DEAR FRIENDS IF I AM NOT ON YOU CAN IMAGINE WHERE I AM...PROBABLY IN THE BASEMENT...GRANDSON CALLS IT THE CAVE OF WONDERS!!!! OR SCRUBBING AWAY SOMEWHERE IN OUR HOME...TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS

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Hi and welcome.

All of the animals I had have grown old and passed on, probably just as well as I don't have the energy to look after them lately.

That being said I've increased my veggie gardens exponentially and I'm not sure where I get the energy for that.

I don't envy your start to menopause, I'm nearing the end of it and I'm still having the occasional hot flash. Definitely wouldn't want to go through it all again.

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Hi and thank you for all the sweet welcomes. I live in a ranch style house that's constantly in need of repairs and keeps me busy. I have a 40 acre farm but i use only 5 acres the rest is for hay and trees. I have a square foot garden that gets bigger each year and i love to can the harvest. Have plans on getting chickens next spring and do away with the composting pile.
I have 1 cow due to have a calf any day. Im a mother of three adults and grandma to 4 soon to be 5 A wife the to most wonderful husband who puts up with my whims. As for my weight im not to concerned with loosing i just don't want to gain more and with menopause starting i see changes happening i don't care for so i am constantly adjusting my calorie intake Other than that life is great.


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We're renting a fiberglass insulation blowing machine Thursday (looks a lot like R2 D2). We plan to insulate parts of the attic, third floor bath, second floor porch and wherever else we can stick it. Our house is about a 100 years old and leaks like a sieve. Hope this keeps these New England winters more at bay. My best to all renovating etc... The older my diver's license tells me I am the harder these projects get. -Holly

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I am always in the midst of some type of project. I pulled out my bedroom carpet a couple of weeks ago as there are beautiful wood floors underneath. I need to finish pulling staples/nails and then finish it off. I also tore out my bedroom closet. The room did not have a closet originally, so this closet was built out into the room at some point. It's gone now. I have a sizeable laundry room off of my bedroom so I hung shelves and bars and racks in there and it's a big ol' walk in closet/laundry room now. It's glorious. Much more to do as the drywall needs to be fixed behind the old closet, floors refinished, and walls painted. I'm a single parent and not handy in the fixit sense so all of this work is done by my dad and brothers who are awesome and so helpful, but of course have limited time. So projects take patience!



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Hello! I've been away, and now I have created an new (similar) name and made a new page so that I can start fresh on this weight loss journey. And I've always got a home project going on. I was not working steady for awhile ( not by choice) so everything was at a stand still. But I'm getting back on my feet and starting to finish up some old projects

Over the next few weeks I'm going to use up wood scraps, hardware and old paint to make a few replacement birdhouses as I have some that are falling apart.

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Thanks for the welcome. - Must confess I did take a few minutes off to catch up on the old news.
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Hi Holly, welcome to the team.

Oh no the "find the old newspapers under the floor" I know the last time I did that I was sitting reading for hours.



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I am new to this group. My husband and I bought a 1916 English colonial home nearly 29 years ago and we have fallen in and out of live with it a number of times. Now we are updating
by adding pot lights in various areas, redoing two baths with new vent lights and adding insulation for the cold Northeast winters. The funny part is, it all began with a porch floor repair which opened up access to a number of other areas where we found newspapers from 1937 and it all snowballed from there. We excel at demo but the putting it all together makes me want to move to an undisclosed location.

Meanwhile, I am doing FoodTracker and trying to dump another 30+ pounds while eating healthy. Doing okay but see no light at the end of the tunnel. My best to all trying to juggle such mayhem. -Holly

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You're eating salad and I'm having soups and casseroles!!!

I have so much to do but I just can't as I've pulled something in my elbow. Don't ask me what it is, all I know is it hurts like the Dickins.

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very very hot here! i am going to be spending most of today indoors. so far today did more work on another part of the veggie garden fence. hoeing & weeding today and finishing the laundry! crows have invaded and only one bluebird & cardinal could be heard above the racket!

i am going to make a tuna salad today with avocado instead of mayo or salad dressing and sun-dried tomatoes. last night we had another new salad…chicken breast with greek yogurt, nuts, grapes & berries on a bed of baby leaf lettuce. definitely a repeat.
plants blooming zucchini, tomatoes, pumpkins, monarda aka beebalm, roses, hydrangea, , lilies, clematis, and liatris aka blazing star is starting.


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Thanks for the welcome!!

I've been ordering swatches from fabric.com and I think I've picked out the fabric. I wanted something neutral because I like to switch my bedspread/comforter on occasion. I'll take some pics when I am done!

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garden fence post are up and stapling the fencing material on...between the thunderstorms and intense heat..mosquitoes. etc

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Hi and welcome

We all start out not being good at one thing or another and by the time we're finished we're accomplished know it alls!!

Have you a plan for the upholstered headboard or are you still looking?

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Hello All! My husband and I bought our almost cookie cutter house about 10 years ago. In the last 4 or 5 I have really become quite the DIY and gardening fan! I am not a great veggie gardener...yet. I am getting better at gardening in general and have planted and changed my entire back yard in the last few years (its small) I've also restrained all of the golden oak cabinets in my house to a deep dark color. And refinished many pieces of furniture.

I'm always working on something. Right now my most current plan is to make myself an upholstered headboard. :)

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Good old McGyver, he made us all into clever bums ....... as long as we have duct tape and chocolate there is nothing to stop us!!

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Got the window a/c in without a hitch...used duct tape to McGyver it in with a good seal and it's working like a charm. Sure have needed it. Got the call yesterday the guy is coming to remove the trees on Wed so will have a busy day again today getting all the perennials dug up and moved so I can take out 2 sections of fence hopefully tonight. Sad part is that my day lilies are all just starting to bloom and the asiatic too. But they will come back next year and there are others all over the yard. Saw the cutest thing in an HGTV e-mail about cutting out a circle in the grass and making a "fairy ring". Think that might be a great idea for some of the plants that have to come out of this bed. Hoping it doesn't get too hot today. Had rain in the night again so it's cool and I need to get after it!
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Hi Amy, welcome to the team.

I understand the need for more storage, I have a 1970's built house and there is never enough storage.

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Hello everyone, I just moved in to this house in April. Since it was so late, I only got in a small garden. The biggest project coming up is to build a bedframe with plenty of storage in it...not much storage in the house, so time for a little creativity! Otherwise, painting, shelving, and trying to keep the garden alive through a Texas summer. :) Looking forward to this team and getting healthier together!



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Hi Kim, I'm sure if you put what you are looking for out there on the boards, someone will certainly help you.

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so much to do! I live in a Single Family house. My husband, my daughter and myself! Our "big" project right now is replacing the screen room that was attached in back but we lost it due to a terrible snow storm! Looking for options that are affordable because insurance companies do not pay what the real cost to replace is!

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Hi Linda, welcome to the team.

Boy what a story to tell, so much work to do. Let us know how you go. emoticon

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i am Linda from Montana...in fact about 40 miles to the Canadian border. My house is a duplex that I bought in 1996 and it was built in the 20's. My mom lives on the other (larger) side and I have to go thru her back door entrance to get into the basement where there is storage and the laundry room. I would love to be able to move the laundry upstairs. The windows are old. My project for the next couple of daze is to get my window a/c installed before it gets really hot. Problem is that I have to work with a hammer to pound the window open enough to get the a/c in. I got my mother's in a month ago...had windows replaced on her side about 8 years ago. I am going to contact a number I found at the grocery store bulletin board and see if he could take two windows that I have in my kitchen facing onto an enclosed back porch and never used and painted shut...and replace the two bad windows in my living room. I have old lath and plaster walls and would like to tear that out and insulate the outside walls with foam and put up nice drywall. We shall see. Seems like a project that should take 20 minutes turns into a week long project just because of old wiring and uneven surfaces. We've had a tremendous amount of rain and my basement floor has alkali damage and the basement smells musty. I've got fans blowing down there and going to fill out the paperwork for FEMA...don't think they will help with it, but all they can tell me is no! I have to take out a section of back fence in the next couple of weeks so the tarzan tree guy can get his big truck in to take out 5 large old trees. That seems so sad to me but they are past their prime and about half dead. Just need to come out for safety reasons and they lose branches and limbs in the wind. Two years ago on Halloween I was on my knees working to get some lily bulbs planted and all of a sudden a hundred year old cottonwood tree fell to the ground. It wasn't 18 inches from me. Fortunately it was pretty rotted near the top and when the top of it hit a big tree limb from one of the big trees right by the garage it just shattered. Otherwise it would have taken out the garage...and I use THAT term very loosely!! It fell directly on the RR tie that is the step up to my garden space...so now it's like a huge log wall. I was picking up pieces of that tree off the garage roof and in the alley for months. Seems like there is always something to do around here. Hoping to get some repainting done this summer. Have a few places where the prep wasn't up to snuff and the paint is peeling and some others that should have had a third coat. And I had a new front door installed on my mom's side last year and it needs to be painted and hopefully get a screen door installed. But it's warm in the winter--had to get a new boiler about 5 years ago and it's paid for so it's kind of my security blanket. I have been busy helping friends move...one moved to a condo to downsize and another moved back to an apt here in MT from Oregon. The condo owner was appalled at the amount of rent the apt dweller was going to have to pay. I think about selling and moving to the town they live in....115 miles south and about 60,000 more people so much better shopping and everything...but I know that housing would be more expensive and if I had to rent that would be a nightmare. Finding a place I could keep my beloved dogs and have a garden to putter in...not yet. So I plod along with all my homely duties and since this conversation with my friends have been feeling really blessed to be a homeowner!

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420 minutes....tilling, raking and putting veggi garden in...and tomorrow I move the day lily garden to a sunnier location...then back to fighting brambles.

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that is good to know...thank you for sharing

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We have what we call March Flies here and they are the size of a small dive bomber with stingers to match, an old Aussie trick is to take out a blue bucket when you are working outside and leave it away from you. You'd be surprised at the amount of insects that congregate around that bucket.

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Choose Colors Wisely

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Bees can’t see the same spectrum of colors as we do. For example, yellow flowers appear blue to bees. And bees seem particularly attracted to blue flowers (and the yellow flowers that appear blue to them). So they’re a good bet. Of course, bees do go to other colors of flowers, but just as hummingbirds really like red flowers, bees really like yellow and blue flowers.

Don't wear bright colored clothing while gardening, especially bold floral patterned clothing. For obvious reasons,, these clothing colors and patterns attract bees. Wear clothing in neutral earth tones when gardening like browns, greens and grays. Most gardening gloves for women are made with bright colored floral patterned fabric, while the gardening gloves look nice, they attract bees. emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. Hummingbirds love all colors but the reason they are attracted to red is because the bees aren't attracted to that color!

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I did not know that stinging insects were attracted to blue. Good to know!

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I am trying something...just started a day ago so we shall see...as soon as I come inside my shirts aka tops get put into a basin of sudsy water for an hour or so and then dried...then I put them down the clothes shute to the laundry room. By "lifting" the stains they look like I have saved the tops. I think I need more sweat shirts to early garden in. Oh BTW did you know that stinging insects are attracted to the color blue...my favorite color so now I have to really plan what I wear outside. I plan on getting at least 2 hours in the gardens today before the rain returns this afternoon so have to run for now emoticon

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