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4/20/11 2:30 A

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I am on the border of zones 6-7, so I go by the colder one to play it safe.

Yesterday I looked at Walmart for heating pads, had to ask where they were; the least expensive was $12.50. So I didn't buy one. My friend says they're about $5 at Goodwill, when they have one.

I am not into Goodwill like my friend is who goes there all the time and because she does it consistently and has a whole system down (kind of like my couponing), she finds wonderful things her house is full of that do NOT look like they came from Goodwill. It's great because anytime I'm looking for something specific, I put it on "her Goodwill list for me" and she loves finding them, and I pay her back. Which is neat because she gets the thrill of the hunt & find, and I get free shopping service that saves me money! She used to do animal rescue, will still rescue baby birds that fell out of a nest, etc. So she has two heating pads for rescue work, both came from Goodwill she told me, so I gave her the heads up I needed one for seedlings and she put it on the hunter's list for me, and meanwhile she is loaning me one of her two heating pads for seedlings.

I love Emerson's quote:

The earth laughs in flowers.

The red buds and the pink blossom trees that look like tissue crepe paper burst into bloom this week. Tulips are starting to come on.

Dogwoods are probably next up . . . I always thought this emoticon looked like a pink dogwood blossom . . .
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4/18/11 12:19 P

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I am in zone 5 also so our flowering trees are in full bloom as are the lilacs and quince bushes. The daisies are up and budding so if we do get snow, hope it won't damage them.

I just love spring the the Earth's yearly awakening. The circle of life continues.

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4/18/11 9:48 A

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Hi, I'm in Illinois zone 5 and we may get a little snow this week also. I have a few things blooming in my garden already... bleeding hearts, jonquil, hyacinths, pansy, and something with little purple flowers I don't recognize. Herbs are coming up too... parsley and oregano. I accidentally scared two baby bunnies out of their hole under a bush that I didn't even know were in there!
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4/17/11 7:54 P

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ok thanks thats what I kinda figured...there used to the minnesota weather our zone

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4/17/11 7:47 P

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Snow shouldn't hurt anything that has come up.
Plants seem to know when they can start growing.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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the last couple of days we have had snow in april I hope it dont do any damage to anything of mine. I had hen and chicks coming up and irises nothing blooming yet though..

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4/17/11 7:33 A

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More likely to have those inside days if you lived in the Midwest.

Take care and enjoy the emoticon and send some our way.

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4/16/11 7:56 P

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Thanks Sunny! You have a wonderful Sunday too!! On the subject of nice weather here, I do love it, but sometimes I wish it were crappy out so I can stay inside get chores done and do some cooking. I love to cook and I am always trying to find new recipes to try! :)

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4/16/11 7:30 P

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What a great day! Sounds like you got a lot of gardening done. We had cold rains so no garden work this weekend. It will be a week or so before we can plant.

Company this week so will be busy getting the house ready and do some shopping.

Take care and have a Blessed Sunday.

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Some of my plants are doing pretty good this year, but the weeds were and are horrible. We have had allot of rain this winter and the weeds love it! I spent two weekends just pulling stupid weeds. Finally I can start to plant. I have a drought tolerant garden in my front yard, so this week I planted provance lavender and yarrow, plus some zinnias and yellow cosmos. I need to mulch my front yard, but I think I am going to get a little fence to keep the mulch in place. I'm done working in the yard today, I trimmed back allot of plants today, to over grown, but I hate cutting them back because there blooming. I'll have to post pictures soon!!

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4/16/11 9:32 A

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Mr Weatherman says no planting in our area until the end of the month so DH and I decided to wait and it was a good thing as yesterday, we had a hail storm and now very cold rains and in our forecast for the next 4-5 days. We have lots of localized flooding - even the Mississippi is at flood stage so will have to keep a watch on that.

Take care and hope you get the book you are looking for.

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4/16/11 3:30 A

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I'm planting more seeds indoors. I'm going to Goodwill Saturday to see if I can get a heating pad for seedlings, and a book I'm looking for. I can't plant anything outside my door or near the sidewalk, but I'm planting in a few containers.

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4/14/11 11:22 A

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I bought everything for the vegetable garden/salad garden/sunflowergarden and completely forgot to look at bulbs.

Today, DH and I are planting the salad/kitchen garden. I have some new herbs to plant so off to here soon as DH lets me know the bed is ready to plant.

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4/11/11 12:54 P

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Sounds wonderful. I am headed to Lowes today so will look at the summer bulbls.

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So much fun and exciting when you see things growing!
You don't have to have a garden. Go buy some summer flowering bulbs like lillies and plant them by your house by the front door or the front sidewalk!! They will bloom this early summer!!!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I also have a Blog on Blogspot for my Short Stories.
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4/11/11 10:27 A

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Awwww, you're so lucky!! Someday I'll have a garden with things coming up in it.

Until then I enjoy hearing about yours!

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Spring is so wonderful. Even the weeds don't seem quite so bad when you finally see something growning after the long winter.

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I just went out and looked in my gardens I have stuff coming up all over the place..even weeds...time to pluck them out...I have irises coming and chives coming herb garden is looking good....I cant wait to post picks later in the season

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