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GF, glad you took shelter in a hotel during the storm. Sounds like you needed some pampering for a day at least. Will you be glad to get home?
Terri, glad you got to stock back up at the grocery store. My dh often does the same thing---like why did you put in that movie if you are going to take a nap? I actually did not take a nap yesterday---have been doing that a lot lately but I think mine is more from boredom when not busy cleaning or finding something interesting to do.
Chris, did you take a nap?
I did go thru magazines yesterday and got them bagged up for recycling. Dh was told he is cleaning his hoarding area around his chair today. Will be cleaning in there starting today. First thing will be washing the curtains and getting them back up before the sun starts pouring in during the afternoon.

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Glad you are taking care of yourself with a hotel room , be safe. Hopefully you kept the crown as it can be put back on. You'll have to tell us the store about the sod roofs.
A good day to take a nap "watching" tv!



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I'm glad you're getting in out of the storm, Barb! It sounds like you're having a marvelous time, in spite of the black flies and weather; however, it's a terrible time to lose a crown on your molar!

Today was a nice, slow day for us. We kept 4 grands last night and their parents picked them up this morning on their way to church. We followed them soon after, went to church, then lunch with the family and grocery shopping. Now we're home and have everything put away and Steve is napping in his chair while he "watches" a movie.

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Need to get to bed. Have a MOTEL FOR THE NIGHT AS IT IS POURING RAIN AND quite miserable out. Came back from Newfoundland. Lost a crown on a molar on my chewing side. That along with the black flies and mosquitoes were a message that it's time to leave. Caught the ferry this morning. It was pea soup fcr some of the 5 1/2 hr crossing. Mystery of the Fort and grass is solved. Edited photos while on the ferry. Found this one:


Am now in Nova Scotia. From there it will be Prince Edward Is, then hop over to New Brunswick and heading home. (10 days time?)

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Those are the toughest weeds to get rid of. We have been fighting a battle with stuff in the back alleyway for years. But we are keeping it at bay. But the wire grass up front is such a nuisance, coming up in my beds up there---I don't think we put down landscape fabric up there---maybe one day we will dig it all up and put it down but even that won't stop it all the time.
Terri, hope you got that early bed time.
I think I will watch what I shred the next time so that I can add it to the compost pile. I did shred some paperwork yesterday but it had a few cards in it so it all went into a bag for the trash. But I have lots of paperwork left to shred so It shouldn't be too hard---just the slick stuff will have to be separated and done at another time if I am going to add it to the compost pile.
Too hot here to do anything outside here.

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i put most everything organic. just this year these particular weeds start small and send out runners and they are tall about 12 so they chock everything I hate them and they already had set seeds so I didn't want them in my pile. so I just have been dumping everything across the street. I would like to know what kind of weed it is I might just visit my local nursery and ask.



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Two loads of laundry and a load in the dishwasher today, and that might be about all I accomplish. I'm tired and will be keeping 4 grands over night. I'm thinking that it will be an early bedtime for all.

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Chris, I don't put anything in my compost pile that has weeds in it---and we have a mulching lawn mower so just leave the stuff on the lawn. Sounds like you got a lot done before the rain. I could use the rain and sorry you are getting so much.
Terri, more progress from the sounds of it.
Finished up the dining room yesterday. Think today will just be the little hallway between the two bedrooms and maybe sort a few things in the living room---too much moving to be done in the living room and my back was sore from moving the dining room table too many times yesterday.

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I cleaned out around the pond yesterday and removed all the dead chaff from the Red Hot Poker plants and cut the spent flower stems. More like poles than stems, but the area looks better for it. Steve got in and cut out some blackberries that have encroached too. No more burning--lots of wind, but no rain, so very unsafe conditions.

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i got about 1/2 of the other side done yesterday before I had to get ready for an event last night , so happy about that and it rained as I was leaving and it is raining AGAIN! I have never seen anything in recent memory. I usually put everything in the compost bins but it was to much plus a lot of the weeds were setting seeds and I did not want to infect the bins so I just dumped them all in an empty tree filled field across the road



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Wish I was close enough to take them, my son could use them in his big bed that if pretty empty. Glad you got that much done before the rain. We need some rain here.
Hope to finish the dining room today---going to take the indoor/outdoor carpet outside and hose it off and leave it to dry---shouldn't take it long as hot as it is outside.

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got 1/2 the garden done, pulled a whole wheelbarrow full of extra sedum and phlox from the garden, any takers?!?! I just turned the corner of the 2nd half of the garden and heard thunder..... so I dumped the wheelbarrow and got all my tools together to put back in shed, made it back to the house and the sky opened up AGAIN!! i sear this is the wettest summer in history!

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Can't make more time---LOL---but glad you had some rain so it was safe to get rid of that pile.
Fridge was cleaned--and no science projects in there---LOL Lined it with some colorful Pioneer Woman fridge liner---so colorful inside now. And that roll is not cluttering up my counter top any more.
Tackling the dining room now---maybe 2 days for that since I have been invited to tea this afternoon.

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We got some rain today out at the ranch, so I got the chance to start a burn pile and get RID of a lot of old boards, tree pruning, and BlackBerry canes! I could've gotten a lot more done with more time --and more rain.

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Chris, send it my way.
Terri, you deserved and needed that day of rest.
I did pick more grape tomatoes and a cucumber yesterday. Should have another squash by the weekend ready to harvest.
Still working on the kitchen---need to tackle that fridge!

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Well I did manage about 5 hours in the garden before the Heavans decided to open up and give me more rain!!! I am so done with the rain!!!



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Today was a rest day and I really needed it.

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that is all very interesting, watched a short video on Youtube about it. enjoy your adventure



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Thanks for that info---maybe the grass roof is to protect it from fire bombs--or for troops to rest on to fire down on attackers? Wow, that is quite the number of miles---glad you can get an oil change and things checked out. That is quite the ferry ride---hope the weather is good for your crossing.
Heading to Ocean City for an appointment today for Dh, then we will go to the boardwalk for some Thrasher's Fries and some Fisher's popcorn.

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It's grass but I don't know how it was built. It isa in a STAR SHAPE -REALLY REALLY BIG. oOPS HIT YTHE CAPS KEYBY MISTAKE.
Yes, I drove over the bridge both ways although not intentionally. Also walked 1/2 way then turned back which = all the way, lol.
In North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Catching the ferry to Newfoundland tomorrow morning. It's a 7 hr ride. made an appt for Wed to have my van serviced and oil change. Driven nearly 8000 km so far = 5,000mi

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The Québec Citadel has looked down from atop Cape Diamond for close to two centuries. Built by the British army to ward off an attack that ultimately never came, the fortress is typical of 17th century French fortifications and is known as the Gibraltar of the Americas. Today the Citadel is a working military base and home to the Royal 22nd Regiment, the only French-speaking regiment in the Canadian army.

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The Citadel is the biggest of its kind in North America. Since 1831 it has stood atop Cape Diamond as a refuge of last resort for Québec City’s garrison, lest the city ever be taken by enemy forces. Its location and sheer size earned it the nickname “The Gibraltar of the Americas.”

The fort is made up of a star-shaped stone wall with four bastions. It surrounds a handful of buildings (barracks, hangars, armoury, powder magazine) designed to provide self-sufficiency in the event of a siege,. A hospital was even added in 1840. Two of its buildings date to the French regime: the Cap-aux-Diamants Redoubt, built in 1693, and the powder magazine, built in 1750.

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Just wondered if that was built into a hill, which would explain that roof. But imagine that provides excellent insulation for the inside.
Terri, glad she put her foot down---sounds like they really didn't want to deal with all that stuff. Bet that place was just a dumping ground for them anyhow.
Chris, hope you can get out to your gardens this week. We could have used some of your rain. We need to water this week. One reason is transplanted strawberry plants need water every day this week to establish good roots and to survive the heat expected this week.
Right now I have the front door open---probably for the last time until the end of August or September. it has been just a perfect weekend here---I would love a repeat every weekend---LOL

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Progress has been made on the inside too. Sarah told the former occupants (who were SUPPOSED to be OUT of the barnhouse by the 3rd week in May, but have dragged their feet) that they had to have EVERYTHING they wanted out of the barn and out of the surrounding area on their last trip out to the ranch. She said, "Get everything you want today because I'm moving in and can't deal with it anymore. Anything left here after today will be hauled off." He just said, "okay" and did it. Adam has already taken a big 6-horse trailer of trash to the dump and has a 2nd one filled already. There will be more as we clear areas that are overgrown and find things that have been buried. It's an adventure, for sure!

Did you cross the covered bridge, Barb? I'm curious about the structure with the sod roof too. It looks like some kind of guard station to me. I'm sure you enjoyed the quilt show--I know I would've!

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love the pictures! is that Sod on top of what looks like some kind of wall? reason? the way my mind works! LOL

glad you are able to get more work done around your property, must be very satisfying.

The garden is still a mess rained most of the week on and off, supposed to be nice this week so fingers crossed!



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Barb, wonderful pictures. What a nice place to stop at for the night. I would have wanted to stay an extra day just there.
Terri, you have accomplished so much there already---but know it is just the tip of the iceberg there---LOL I know you are missing having a garden again this year---seems like every other year for you on that. Hopefully next summer will have you settled in one place long enough to grow your own veggies again.
It was absolutely lovely here yesterday---we transplanted as many of the strawberry plants as we could to the new bed---wish someone was close enough to take what is left. Dh put fencing all around the new bed---he even made doors all around the whole thing so that we can get to all sides and the ends of this new bed next summer. Then we put netting over the top to keep the birds from messing with our strawberries. I even planted 3 plants that were in pots into the ground and spent time out on the back deck. Today will be almost as nice but a bit warmer---but the morning has started out lovely and I have the front door open and enjoying the cool air coming in and refreshing the house before the heat wave that is coming later this week. Hoping we get some rain otherwise we will have to water---we watered the transplants yesterday and went ahead and watered our veggie beds, too---only had rain one day this week but were supposed to get more but it didn't happen. With the heat wave coming we will probably need to water everything to keep things going.

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The veggies sound wonderful!
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Boys at the piano in Calrton Place south of Ottawa, Ont, first Bethoven, then Harry Potter, then a rap. They were thrilled when I gave them a dollar for they efforts. they were asking $.25 They were a lot of fun. It was a beautiful little town.


A wonderful spot overnight in a Village Relais along the channel between Quebec city and Trois Rivieres along the St Lawrence seaway.


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Hartland, NB
Quilt Show at the library next to the Longest Covered Bridge in the World (verified it on Wikipedia)




Yesterday I visited a Heritage Arcadian Village called King's Landing. Pictures not yet uploaded from my camera to my Netbook.

Loving the gardenand grandkids updates.

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I'm so jealous of your garden veggies, Cathy. That's how it was for us last year, remember?

Barb, keep the pictures and updates coming as you can. We are enjoying them!

Chris, how's your garden coming?

We worked out at the ranch today. I ran the weedeater with the blade on it to cut blackberry canes, the boys helped DS2 bring hay bales in from the field and Steve and DS1 were working on the electrical system to try to sort out some bugs. A good, productive day.

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Lovey time with GD yesterday. Took her to see Toy Story 4 yesterday. Good movie for kids but I enjoyed it, too. I wonder if the Gabby Gaby doll will be a big seller this year. I still have my Chatty Cathy doll.
Picked more cucumbers yesterday and some grape tomatoes---my gd enjoyed eating them with her dinner last night. Another squash is ready to be picked either today or tomorrow. That will go nicely with all the leftovers in the fridge that I plan on using for dinner tonight.
Dh is cooking bacon right now---so going to have a BL sandwich--no tomatoes ready yet but do have some lettuce to enjoy with the bacon.

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you have made great time GF! When I had to travel for my job I went off the major highways myself. Saw more things and had more fun, thanks for the Pics!



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GF, the best place to view the Falls is on the Canadian side anyhow. And a lot nicer on that side, too. Glad you are enjoying and got help planning a more scenic ride than the major highways. Thanks for the update.
Still cleaning here---found a few more things to toss yesterday and one dish to donate.

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Hi all, a quick note to let you know I'm still on the road, lol. I made my reservation for the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland fro Tue Jun 25th.
I visited Niagara Falls (Cdn side), meandered through the Niagara Peninsula to Ottawa avoiding all the freeways. That was a along circuitous route since every road leads into the freeways. Managed to get myself out of Ottawa in the confusion of freeways and into Quebec. A lucky turnoff by me, I found my way to an information Ctr with a wonderful woman that mapped out a route for me along the scenic route to Quebec City. I loved Quebec City!!! It reminded me of Europe and cities in South America. Now I'm in New Brunswick exploring the countryside and small towns. Only time for one photos. I updated my profile with the other.



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The food cupboards always take the longest as there is a lot in them and I check all the expiration dates---threw away a whole trash can of stuff yesterday---but those are the worse ones to clean out---especially as that wall also has 6 drawers to empty out and clean and organize, too. Found a couple of dh's tools in my drawer---grrrrrr---so made him take them back to where they belong---I have a hammer and a pair of pliers in there for my use---all other tools are his!
Picked my first squash yesterday and made squash fritters for our main meal of the day. Sliced up a fresh cucumber for Dh as well. Then he found another one later on so that will be sliced up for him today. He likes them in vinegar. Few more grape tomatoes were harvested too. I need to get some salad greens to go with them.
Eye doctor appointment today---know I will get eye drops this time---YUCK! So I might be totally worthless this afternoon and evening with my eyesight.

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I am usually planting everything memorial day weekend , when i was working I took that week off to get everything done.... it has been non stop raining with a dry day or 2 now and then. the grass also needed to be kept up with as it was growing like a weed! So the
canna's will still bloom just wont have them as long.

I do dig them up each fall as it gets below 0 a lot here in Northern Illinois. I don't
always get every piece out and it is always interesting to me that there are some still firm when I go to put them back.

I can appreciate the work cleaning a kitchen as I just finished the gutting and putting everything back together!



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Chris, I just planted my canna last week ---glad to know it was not too late. do you dig yours up each fall?
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I finally got in my garden today swapped out the new hose real for the old one that was broken. Planted my canna's and just general cleaning up I need a week of dry weather to really do some damage!! Have to mow the grass supposed to rain the rest of the week



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We're still in the canyon with all the boys. They didn't want to go home yet, so I asked their parents and got the okay to stay a few more days.

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School is officially over for me. Packed up a lot, tossed a lot, and glad to be done.

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Chris, remind them that you are retired. But glad you could help.

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In the car with dh and six grandsons for a few hours. The kids are having fun with their cousins but we've had to get on them already to settle down. Can't have distractions while driving.

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i have been on the phone this morning with colleagues from the job I retired from, they are having issues and I was the chief steward and they are still calling me for advice! To funny!!
I made some calls and hopefully they will work things out.
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Good ways to make a rainy day work for you! Will the dentist put your crown back on for you?

I'm up early, as usual before a trip. My mind wouldn't allow me to sleep any longer. I'm making my lists so that I don't forget to take things to the canyon this time. I've been wanting to take more jam to share with Steve's family and have forgotten 3 times. I've got the dishwasher running and need to iron a couple of outfits to take. We'll only be gone for 4 days so I don't need to pack much.

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Hi, need the plug for my netbook to edit photos and write notes, emails, Sparkpeople!

It was pouring rain overnight and all day. So took care of maintenance items. Found a dentist to check my tooth. My prosthodontist wanted it protected. The location of the dentist worked perfectly. VitalAire was nearby so I had my the charging of the battery checked. there is something wrong with the 12v car charger. Then a laundromat was just down the street too so I got my laundry done. While there I started talking to the other fellow doing laundry and he told me about a casino shuttle to Niagara Falls.Just cheked it out but can't find the information. Then a few other errands and now I'm at the library using the internet and have power for my netbook.

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Not abandoned Chris, just neglected. We're going in with our 2nd son and family on an old ranch (homesteaded in about 1850). There are two houses on the property, one being the original homestead cabin (built in 1854, but since added onto) which we will occupy in time. The place is in desperate need of TLC right now and this is the time of year that I always love being outside and digging in the dirt.

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Terri that sound like a lot of work! was this an abandoned property or something, Sorry not up to speed on what is going on with this.

I ran some errands yesterday got some things done mostly an eventless day!



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Chris, your shrimp dish sounds scrumptious! Just my style--see what needs to be used, saute', add onions and garlic... voila--dinner!

Too bad McD's didn't have a plug for you phone charger, Barb. I'll bet the Falls are magnificent, as are the cities. Do you speak French?

We worked at the ranch again yesterday and cleaned up around the pool area. There were wild blackberries growing up through the deck in places, some rotten decking, old, abandoned pool supplies and toys and furniture. We sorted out the good from the junk, trimmed trees and flowers, removed decking ran the weed eater and hauled off all the pruning. The trash will go to the dump on the next trip and the wood will go on a burn pile soon.

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GF, you will enjoy the Falls, hope you also find time to visit the Gorge there, too. I found that very interesting. We stayed across from it when we went many years ago.
Just 2 more days to work.

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Quick checkin while using McD's wifi - nno plugs unfortunately. Cathy, thanks f or the sod house info,. I'm off to see Niagara Falls tomorrow then will head to Ottawa and Quebec city.

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I made the shrimp with onions lots of garlic and some asparagus that needed to be cooked. used olive oil and sauteed everything then made a bit of a white sauce served over noodles was very good. finished putting away the laundry. Today it is raining and I'm paying some bills and working on that endless pile on the table.



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Yes, but mostly tossing paper copies. She constantly changes what she wants to teach and the kids' levels change every year. Sorted lots of stuff today so progress was made.

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I didn't do much today cleaned up the kitchen condensed all the lotions into one bottle trying to figure out what to have for dinner, thinking shrimp ... but what to do with it



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Are they giving you leeway to toss things, Cathy? Some teachers hold onto resources and books for FAR too long and resist purging.

I finished my flannel shirt. I knew it would get hot as soon as I finally got it started and it did. I needed to shorten the legs on my new bib overalls and I still had the peach-colored thread on the machine for my flannel shirt. So I just went ahead and finished it before changing the thread to dark blue.

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Chris, I am the same way. I am more of a social historian, learning how and why they lived and why things changed.
Just 3 half days of the kids but I have to work normal hours. We are busy sorting, tossing and organizing the room.

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historical thing fascinate me! I love seeing and understanding the things that people did to survive and live without electricity or running water..... everyone have a good week



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Glad to see you checking in, Barb.

Woo hoo to your last week, Cathy.

We're going out to the ranch to plant my raspberries today.

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Chris, the sod roots are so tough and deep when they were cut that they just remain together. Also remember that those areas where they built them did not get a lot of rainfall---but when it rained there were often mice, snakes, and other critters that fell out of the ceiling onto their belongings---LOL It was not a very clean way to live but it at least provided them someplace to live until they could afford to buy lumber and build---and that was often several years as most had no money to start with.
GF, glad you found free WiFi and hope you find it more often---you need to remind yourself to always plug in whenever you stop somewhere like that.
Rainy and cool yesterday---loved that I didn't have to water anything after planting yesterday---except right after I planted of course.
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that is interesting, i'm surprised the rains have not just dissolved it. I had a crown fall off and they were able to reattach it no problem



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Just found an open wifi when I stopped to take a photo of a lighthouse.
Chris, it is a sod house. that is what the settlers lived in when they first populated the praires. I remember reading stories of the experiences when I was a kid. There were few trees on the that area of the prairies but the sod was deep so they dug it up and used it to build. It provided insulation in the summer and the bitter cold ofwinter. Forgot to plug in at McDonald's this mornign so batter y is low again. Chris the tooth is there but looks like a craggy mtn.

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glad you were able to get your planting done.

Barb your journey is eventful, glad you got your cord, hope you saved the tooth it can be put back on.

curious what is the little house that looks like it is made of mud? what is is used for does any one "live" there. the rest of the pictures are cool to look at thanks for sharing



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Barb, looks like a delightful trip so far but sorry about the pitfalls with the cord and now the crown---hope no tooth problem on this trip. When we stopped at the Little Brown Church in the Dell---from the song---we stumbled across the Bradford museum-----my mom was a Bradford--but not sure if we are related---probably if we traced it way back we are from the same beginnings---it was just by chance I discovered it.
Didn't go with the zuchinni, decided to do the sweet potatoes and mini pumpkin plants. Dh is not fond of trying new things to eat---grrrrrr----but he will eat the sweet potatoes and I will take the pumpkins into school for the kids to paint if I have success.
The weather was amazing yesterday---perfect for gardening---I pulled weeds in the front beds, cleared out the pea plants and weeds and got some fresh soil mixed into that bed before I got the plants and got them in the ground. We bought a new trellis to help support the tomato plants and got that up. Then I got the bulbs and seeds I had and put some in a large pot and some in the ground to see what happens with them. And I wasn't even sore from all I did yesterday---woohoo!

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I love zucchini and those are great ideas. I shred it in sandwiches instead of lettuce.
Here's my latest travel update and a few photos. I only write one in Notepad and post it in email and here. Too limited amount of time.
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For those who don't know my destination, it is Newfoundland. Don't know how far I'll get and I don't have a route planned.

I had some delays as when I was in Weyburn I discovered I was missing a cord for my CPAP machine. Didn't want to go so long without it and especially after paying $500 for the battery pack. So after a few wild goose chases and some extremely helpful people at Vital Aire in Regina & my own office in Penticton, the cord was sent by Purolator to Vitalaire office in Winnipeg where I would pick it up on Thur.

I headed out of town to the free camping site at the Visitor Ctr & truck stop in the small town of Wolseley. A young woman told me about the swinging bridge and a few other items significant to the area so I checked them out the next morning. It seemed like an idyllic small town. Then it was on to Russell MB to see what I could find out about my maternal Grandfather who has the same last name and arrived there when he was 5 yo. They have a free campground so I grabbed my spot before heading to the Library. Not much was know about the Museum or who was in charge now but through helpful people at the library, lots of calls back and forth, I met up with 2 women who are getting ti going again. I saw a couple of photos that I seemed familiar which was exciting and they were excited to get more information as most of what they have have no names attached.

The next morning, after some fixing of my curtains while I had power to use the glue gun, I started on the long drive to Winnipeg to pick up my package. Success! It was there. I was so happy and relieved. Then on to the Museum of Human Rights. It was almost closing and I got stuck in the area of The Forks, all new to me, so after photos from several angle I headed out of town. I came across a lovely area by St Boniface Hospital, parked and went walking around. A great decompression after the long drive to Winnipeg and late afternoon traffic. I've since found out that Wed evenings it's free so I'll hit it on my way back with better planning.

Just enjoying the travel the last couple of days. I lost a crown so that's a bit of a problem but no pain so far. I've driven 3700 km so far and I'm only a little more than half way. Today I saw a moose cross the highway in front of me. I crossed the Artic Watershed. Stopped several times both days at lovely rest stops beside lakes. there are a lot of lakes in Ontario!
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I'd plant some zucchini and make zoodles! We also like yellow summer squash.

We're going back over to Redding today for a BBQ at an old friend's house. She used to live here in town and we've raised our kids together--been through lots of the good and bad things of life--and we don't get together very often. Her sister and mother are up from So. Cal. so she thought it would be fun to get together like we used to. She also invited my mom to come over, so we'll stay at Mom's tonight and come home tomorrow. Might attend church at our former pastor's church too. It will be a nice weekend of reconnecting.

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Glad you are home and got stuff taken care of at the canyon.
I have already pulled weeds this morning and about ready to pull up the pea plants---they did not produce well---might have been the weather as it got warm awfully quick here this spring and i think they like it cooler. Then I have to decide what to plant in there---maybe some mini pumpkin plants I saw at Walmart last night---then I could take them into the class for them to paint next fall---but we will probably go to Lowe's to see what they have before we decide for sure---maybe zuchini? Definitely not eggplant!!LOL!

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I had a nice long post and lost it --grrr!

I'm back home from my trip to the canyon. Got the yard mowed, watered and fertilized. We'll be back down there next weekend and might get some of that nasty star thistle pulled out with the help of Steve and some grandsons. We won't be there long, but it won't take long.

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Chris, how old is your dryer? Always breaks down when least convenient, too.
Terri, hope you get to see everyone and that grass is not a mile high---LOL
Got the shots in my hips---I can get up and down so much easier now, but now they are sore from the shots because I waited too long---boy, did they hurt when he injected them, too. But I expected that. I even found it easier to come up the steps into the house yesterday.

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Oh no, Chris! I hope it isn't an expensive fix.

I'm heading to the canyon today to mow the yard and just check on things. I'll visit my dad and aunt while there and maybe see some other relatives.

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Chris, hope it dries out for you quickly.
GF, hope you can charge it back up soon.
Terri, how neat that there is a waterfall there---I envy you that. You should definitely make some kind of seating area out there where you can sit and enjoy the sound and beauty of that. I am sure the rose will appreciate whatever you did as they like and do better after stuff is clipped back so don't worry too much about it.
We had lovely weather yesterday. Went to my Master Gardener meeting at our leader's home---she has multiple gardens and we toured and enjoyed seeing and learning about those plants. It was breezy enough to keep bugs away and I could have used a jacket while wandering.
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I've been able to spend some serious time at the cabin, working in the yard and on the grounds. Steve and some grandsons cleaned around the little pond and cut bushes back so we could see the waterfall. I moved some irises and planted a few tomatoes in the yard yesterday. Today, I finished pruning a climbing rose and I'm not sure I did it right. It looks like a bad haircut, but I also deadheaded the spent blooms and left the buds, so we should have another batch of flowers in a few days. Things have been left to go wild for a few years now, so it was a lot of pruning!

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I don't have much power on my netbook so I'm sending one general msg vis email or here. I am reading your posts bue can't respond individually.
Good luck to all with cleaning, packing, moving gardening and more!

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Rain again!!! I am so tired of the rain!!! Laundry day and general house cleaning. My garden is so weed filled and the rain is not helping and it needs at least 2 days with no rain for me to get into it or I'll just compress the mud



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Wow, quite the adventure already.
Chris, glad that part of gardening is done. Hope the Bush survives.
Terri, lots of progress for you at the new place.

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Thanks for the check-in, Barb! Nice photos. Sorry you missed time with your sister, but you had to make up time. Have fun!

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cool pictures! glad you are having fun, just stay safe



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Hi all, I'm here!
Am now in Saskatoon with staying with my friend from Weaving who moved here a few years ago. (That was the day before yesterday).
I was 27 hours late leaving. Instead of staying overnight at my sister's place, I slept in the van at a
Revelstoke rest area/park (Red Roof). Awake at 5am and then was on the road again at 6am after gassing up and buying coffee.


I arrived at her place before noon.
After a visit with her and helping her with some computer stuff, I drove north for 2 hrs to my nephew's and wife's place.
The next morning we were off to Saskatoon but had to make a detour through Calgary to pick up my very important pillows.
Rosetown, near Saskatoon


After dropping off Colleen, I headed to a weaving friend's place. She was a wonderful hostess and we had a great visit!
This morning, after several delays I headed for Weyburn, Sk.
Reststop half way


I arrived a little later than planned, found a site at the Riverside
Campground and an now waiting for the office to open, to either pay or have to go to the overflow area. In the meantime I have free wifi access, lol.
Tomorrow, after visiting the tourist information centre, Silver Museum and a couple of other things, I'll head to Estevan.
The travelling has been good. It's been very hot and I've gone through a couple of rainstorms today. Right now I'm hearing thunder.
The parts of SK parallel to Saskatoon and north are not so flat but this southern area is the description you hear of of wide open plains going on forever.
Just south of the Davidson Reststop.


Got to go get my site! - updt I did.

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That's good news on the garden, Chris. I'm glad you got some veggies in the ground and that your thorny bush is still alive, since you like it. Sorry about your back--it's my legs that get to me.

Ds&Dil1 and family wanted to help at the ranch yesterday as it would be the last day they'd have to give for a while, so we went back out too. Sarah (DIL2) had been going to work at the rental house, but couldn't pass up the extra help, so changed plans and worked at the ranch instead. DIL1 scrubbed walls and all the surfaces with a strong solution and removed the last of the owners' belongings to a covered carport for them to pick up. (They're planning to make more trips this week to get the last of their belongings) Sarah got some painting done, the men worked on some horse fences and picked up trash around the grounds and the grandsons and I ripped the carpet out of the upstairs, as it is not salvageable. I used the shop vac from floor to ceiling and got the top layer of dirt and debris off, and now she can start getting it ready for the kids.

Still lots and lots of work to do, but tons of progress has been made and its beginning to show it.

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Well I got all my veggies in the ground and that part of the garden cleaned up good, got the strawberries netted and the raspberry bush cleaned up, AND the bush with all the needles trimmed down. looks like spring frost killed most of it. the center was still growing so I left it instead of trying to take it out. We shall see. slept good again last night, my back was giving me fits though. Got to work the part time gig this morning. so you all have a good day



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Chris, wish my body would let me sleep like that once in a while. It will probably take me all summer go sleep past 6 and then as I get used to that, it will be time to go back to work and get up early again. But I am a morning person so I really don't mind too much as long as I wake up before the alarm goes off.
Terri, hope things go well with the transition and that she gets stuff cleaned and painted --esp. in the kitchen so she can cook real meals ----I know the kitchen would be my first place to work on if I was doing it.
Found a white day lily open yesterday---much more petite than the other but so pretty.

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Chris, when you sleep like that, you know your body needed the rest! You might feel a little sluggish when you wake up, but don't feel bad. Listen to your body and give it a break.

I'm preaching that to myself right now, because we have so much going on around here. The kids are officially on the ranch that we will eventually share with them (once we sell our log house), but they are nowhere near settled. They'll be living in their camp trailer until they get the house cleaned and painted. Meanwhile, we are finishing up some details that we'd never gotten around to on the log house so that we can get it on the market AND taking care of the mowing at our other house (6 hrs from here) to keep it fire safe.

I did find a home for my veggie seedlings and got many of them planted at our friend's house last week. We'll do the rest on Wednesday if we can. Her dh is plowing up more space for us today. It will be a huge garden, but we'll put it on automatic watering and possibly timers. Then it will just be weeding and dealing with the harvest when the time comes--which will be plenty!

I hope your space is dry enough to put in your garden soon, Chris.

Barb must be underway on her trip. It sure sounds like an adventure. I hope she'll be able to post once in a while.

Yay to only 2 more weeks of school, Cathy!

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that is a lot! to much for me to think about! LOL

I am wiped from work yesterday got up at 6 to use the washroom stayed up for a bit, went back to bed and woke up at 11 !!! haven't done that in some time! getting myself together and will try to get veggies planted today



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She really is too busy to do that right now. She is in the process of getting her house ready to go on the market plus going to the canyon to take care of the other house every couple of weeks and has not reception there. Plus they are going to move onto new land and has to get that cabin ready to be occupied. Yesterday she was helping her son and DIL do the final move onto the new property with all their animals and a camping trailer to live in until they get the house cleaned and ready for them to live in.
I made a fairy garden out of a broken terracotta pot yesterday. Still have lots to use on other scenes---need to figure out where I want to make some more scenes at and get to work on them this summer.

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I keep asking if she wants to be a leader.... I'm open to having some help. This is a pretty easy group. I'm a leader of a few teams, I am very low maintenance.... i have a life besides Spark ! LOL



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Usually Terri---LOL---guess you remembered it's a new month----sometimes it is tough when you are busy.
Just 2 more weeks of school for me---then I will start my Spring cleaning. Gardens are doing well here.

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ok Ladies not sure who always askes for me to make it a Sticky..... here we go!



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