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You can have ours..we have too much right now..flooding..ugh.. but after that..now its sunny and lovely out!! woohoo..I'm off for a walk!

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We have an air mattress I am to old to sleep on the ground too LOL We can be pack and on the go in no time at all same with the set up we have it down to a science.It always helps to have a great travel buddy.
We can get to places that you can not get to with a travel trailer .We camped out on Point Sublime and Tuweep in the Grand Canyon OMG it was so worth it.
I hope I never have to totally give up my tent.

EVERYONE PLEASE SEND RAIN

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Morning!

My parents kept upgrading each year..maybe finding someone else's that was a bit better than theirs,trading trading trading..now they live in AZ in a cracker box park model and stay sitting..ha!! I thing that would be nice to be able to travel ..but no I 'm not up for camping I don't think..my son wants to this weekend and I told him we would need a good bed for the old momma! he knew that..his birthday is in two days..we may have to find some more gas money to go visit him and take him out for lunch as my other son has to work in the evening..

OH..I loved my beading class last night..loads of fun..and its very very hard work doing the peyote stitch with teeny tiny seed beads..

Ooops..doing the rain dance again today..ugh..I want to walk..but its not one of those days with lightening!!

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Ahhhhhh.... I remember those tent days! Too old to lay on the ground anymore... I can't get back up! All that packing and unpacking... and forgetting stuff... geez! I like the pull trailer or the RV... self contained and always ready! Wish the thing still ran. Became a money pit after a couple of years... fridge went out, pipe froze and broke, someone broke the shower head... heater doesn't work... the list goes on but when the brakes went out and the line itself is over 200.00 I gave up and parked it. We use it for storage and my young son and his friends use it as a clubhouse! We'll get a new one in a year or so when we retire with slide-outs and automatic levelers!

I'll let you know when we're going to CO!

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That is part of the reason we are going to Fl as well.My parents live there and we try to get back every couple of years to see them,
I wish we could get them out here but they do not want to leave.
We are lucky becaise all of our kids are older.

We met the nicest people in Marble Co our jeep broke down in the middle of No Where .On a shelf road :0 LMAO This nice man helpped us move it to the side and took us down the mtn he hooiked us up with a mechanic that put us up in house took us for part and fixed our jeep.GREAT GUY..Gotta love people that have fun breaking down LOL
We just pack our tent and head out.I feel so blessed to have found this man later in life that finally enjoys life the same way I do.
I love the Mts as much as the ocean.
You are right it is odd the way we move around,Guess we need to go where we can eat.Jersey is to crowded and to much of a struggle for me.Florida was not right either.This place has a good feel to it and DH has a great job that counts.People here are loners like us so it is hard to make friends.And if you do they move away .
Let me know when you are going to be in Co ya never know we might meet you there we are twisted
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Yes, I am a Nature Girl and miss the mountains so very much. Hubby was telling me the other day of all the places & friends he wants to visit this summer and I said NOPE! We ARE going HOME! I haven't seen my parents in 4 years because we never have money left over after doing stuff with the kids and their agenda's but this is mom & dad's year and and I WILL be sitting on top of a mountain sometime soon!

When I hermatized and moved to the mountains in 1985 or so I was Never lonely, altho alone. I take joy in all things nature... the trees, animals & birds, water, sky... I can sit for hours just bringing everything inside. I have tried to re-create my special place in my gardens... it helps but it isn't the same. Funny how we move around the country AWAY from things that we love and give us peace!

I LOVE camping! Been doing it all my life and I hope my kids remember all I've done with them. Like a dumba$$ I bought the neighbor's 32' RV 10 yrs. ago and a girlfriend and I decided to take a road trip to Colorado with my 2 boys, a kid friend and her 2. Damn thing broke down 6 times in 800 miles... 2 women & 5 kids throwing frisbees in the middle of the hiway median waiting for road rescue! The last time was 150 miles from my parents and the mechanic at the little coop in the middle of BF Nowhere Eastern Colorado said I needed a whole new engine for 1500.00 and a week layover! My bro said to just drive it slow & he'd come meet us... I was gonna just leave it on the side of the road! He looked at it when we got there and for 5.00 put a new thermostat in and it ran like a charm even pulling my jeep on a trailer up 4000 feet! Everybody is looking for a quick buck and don't care who they rip off to get it which is one reason I'm sick of the rat-race and just wanna go home.... to my mountains... and I want you guys to come too!

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I LOVE ROAD TRIPS LOL

My girl friend and I used to go on them all the time when we were younger .We would leave the kids with their dad's and take a week.Hot Springs,Maine,Canada,anyplace we could dig for crystals OH MY ...We would also take the kids out camping.They thought we were crazy but now realize they did a lot of things other kids never did.They dumped us before we did our East coast light house tour LMAO.Man we had a blast.She leads spititual womens tours now and I hit the road with hubby.

I guess I am pretty comfy being me Gwen.It is an aquired taste.Most people find me too honest.I have tattoos and piercings and I walk my talk.I am independent and don't need anyone.I believe a women can do anything a man can do .I love nature and love to be out in the full force of it.I love the Ocean and miss it so much .I can't wait to be back in Fl YIPPIE

I can tell by your pic you are like that too.Nature girl.You have created your own forest haven.
I also start things I do not finish .Who has time.I work crafty things in the winter and outdoor things in the warmer weather.
Speaking of which better stop blabbing and go out there now.I have finished bagging the lava rock .Now I have to start to tacle the grey gravel :( it stinks to take all this apart
TTYL HUGS

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DID YOU SAY ......ROAD TRIP.. emoticon LETS DO IT!!

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Oh mannnnnnnnn.... I want to meet you guys in person so bad! Can I come too Kylie? LOL

Arlene... you on the beach... WOW! You look awesome! Haven't done that in many years. How's the rock packing going? You just look so comfortable in your skin... are you? I used to be... lost it when I started driving truck with a friend turned jerk and have never gotten it back. I'm just in exist mode now and really don't know what my purpose is anymore now that my kids don't need me anymore.

Crafts do not inspire me. I was a cubscout den mom for nearly 10 years and I always came up with these cool things to do with the boys and they all thought I was nuts. I never finish what I start now and get these 'ideas' and never follow thru.

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Oh that would be a nice last stop before Phoenix! I do have a niece in Tucson but she's loonie tunes..so I don't think I'd stop there with only a couple hours to go..well maybe a pit stop..but then she'd beg a ride to see her mother and then she never leaves! Ha!! I usually fly..but it might be cheaper to drive? Ok gotta go trim the burning bush!! woohoo

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LOL I love my kids..I love them better when they are not in my space.I do not mind helping them out but on a real temporary basis LOL I am old and selfish and stubborn..Hope he finds his way to good health soon.

OH and BTW Kylie you did lose that weight on your own.ANd it will be up to you to keep up with it or it will creep back up on you.We had a girl coming into the clinic she had surgery.It was amazing to watch her transform.ANd it was hard work.She still has to work out and everything.She is saving up now for anther surgery to remove extra skin,they are making her wait a certain length of time before they do that to be sure she is maintaining.SOO you did do the work.
Your work is beautiful.I bet in no time at all you will be in those classes.
I always like to drive places too.I hate to rely on others.Where in AZ are you going? Tucson is about 6 hours from us I think .
Okay my cookies are baked I need to toss myself into gardening mode.I am hoping to finish my lava rock bagging project today YIPPIE
TTYL


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OH..he got drunk and broke his ankle really bad about three months ago. The local factory hired him and he worked for one day with his 'boot' then said he was a liability and could come back after he could wear steel toed shoes/boots..so on the 29th we go ..but I'm sure they'll say he needs therapy..so he'll be riding the 'special' bus to and from..with gas prices I'm not driving into town unless we need groceries! Then hopefully he will get out of the bar..he is working there for now again..cooking. He also DOESN'T want to live alone..he's 33..give me a break!! But with him paying some of the bills I'll have more money to buy beads and afford my trip to AZ..Driving would be fun..I could actually do things while I was there..like go to see my parents without having to wait on my sister and go to bead shows in Tucson! OOOOH. I'd love that! So it's a win for him and a soso for me..

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Ok Kylie... I can ask because we're friends and friends do this... why do you say that your son is broken? I'm just nosey like that! LOL

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Thank you and thank you again! The wire wrapping is one of my favorites, but it seems that no one wants to buy them..they are so much cooler in person! And I tell you what..not so hard..but hard on my hands..I have to wear goop on my fingers with band aids to bed so they heal. I have one more to list and I probably won't do them any more because of the time and the cost..copper is at an all time high and silver isn't cheap either! I would like to take a class on how to hammer and shape to do my own designs with wire..someday. And I want to learn how to make lampwork beads! My son Matt has a friend that makes them, he works for a welding company and he gives her good deals on her oxygen so she leaves some beads and he gives them to me. I think they are the beginning of a new batch of something she sells online so they aren't perfect..sometimes I can do something with them and sometimes they sit. I wish with the deals he does give her that I could get better beads..hmmm

Oh you did read that I didn't lose all this weight by myself. I started a bit higher than my ticker says, I don't even know just how high. I had to lose 30lbs before surgery and I got stuck for a year..then started SP and lost 12lbs. Now I'm stuck again. I know why..just can't get rid of the why!! My son..he's broken, 33 and lazy when it comes to taking care of the house or his cat..I pray that we either move him out or move into a HUGE house..where I can get away from him! I miss being alone and it being quiet..see even sleeping he snores..ha!!

Thanks again!! Oh and when I come I'll teach you how to wire wrap..hows that?

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Morning Kylie :)
I was just at your page.2 things First CONGRATS on your amazing weight lose you look like a new person.You must be so pround and so pleased.((((KYLIE)))) and I think the jewelry yo umake is beautiful.You do wrapping I have no wrapping abilities at all LOL I stink.It is hard to do.I also like the beads you use.
Keep up the great work
HAve a wonderful day
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Oh ya..I love it..and I need it with J in my house. I really thought that kids WANTED to get away from their parents..I know he's broken..so I'll put up with it..for a while..long enough to get enough money for more beads and a ticket to Arizona for the winter!

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Right now I am just making things on that stretchy stuff.It is easy and fun.I have made earring and and fetish necklaces and all sorts of things I just do it.I do not know fancy names for things.LOL I used to make and sell jewelry way back when to support my rock hounding adventures.
I think it is relaxing :)

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I think that would be awesome..I bet YOU would teach me something. I'm just a novice! I think I'm getting better,but have no eye of my own. I look at someone else's and make it my own..but its still their design! I'm going to take a beading class this week and learn how to do a peyote stitch..I think ??? And thats good because I found a bracelet I'd like to make. So what kinds of beading do you do?

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I would figure it out LOL That would be real nice.I will look forward to it :)
We can make it an extended visit and you can teach me some new beading tricks.I love to learn new things


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Oh but if you did that..where would you put the feeders? Maybe I'll stop by on my way to Az to visit my friend sometime..It would be nice to see friend on my trip! Someday..???

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Kylie I always have room for a friend :)
The place is small about 1350 But the yard ROCKS and I am more into that .It is just the two of us and our critters so we do not nee a lot of space.I keep scaling back One day I want to live in a travel trailer with no roots LOL
HUGS and Thanks for the luck :)

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Oh..I yell all the time..I just do whatever I was doing on another thread or site. Mostly having caps on when I list jewelry..but my hand gets tired because?? I'm lazy!!

Oh..well I hope the deal goes through really soon! I will help you carry a rock or two..do you have room in the new house for me? Just checking emoticon

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Loan guy says we should have the final word in 72 hours so I should know Wed when the closing will be or be not LOL SIGH So much stresssss Thank godness I have the gardens to take apart I could be baking (my other favorite pass time YIKES)I can often be found in the kitchen .Today I will be making white pizza with eggplant .DH chose that over eggplant parm .
This is going to be the third major move I have made.I am getting good at undoing and redoing things.I tote rocks every place I go.I have some from NY,NJ,Ark.Fl And this place is a meca for rock hounds Gonna need a big truck LMAO
I can not type without looking either.

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Kylie... she's gonna be "homeless" soon, dontcha know?????

Have you found a new place yet, Arlene? i CAN'T IMAGINE YOU HAVING TO PACK ALL THOSE ROCKS AND TO DESTROY YOUR GARDEN AND HAVE TO REBUILD THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE IS SAD.

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I"m jealous..you all get to see really cool birds..can I come live with you???? emoticon

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I love TV's they are so cool .Can you imagine how icky everything would be if they did not clean up the road kill and stuff. Eww I like the ravens too.
I had a pair of Osprey that nested inmy yard in Fl.They are cool.
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Oh I think that we have some of those by the river. You know whats weird are the sea gulls in the middle of IOWA..now what up with that?

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Hahaha, Kylie! It's not prehistoric at all..... just a giant blue heron who thought he'd have my fish for his dinner! lol

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We have turkey buzzards here too..they are icky looking! I'll have to look that bird up..sounds prehistoric..ahhh emoticon

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The largest bird I've seen in my yard is the pterodactyl that visited my pond for a week last year... he had about a 6' wingspan and scared the crap out of me!

There's a quarry right down the hill from us and buzzards are constantly circling it. About hit one one day in the street by my house... he was happily munching on some road kill and would not get out of my way! Now... THAT's a scary looking bird monster!

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You gals that talk about the snow and cold reminds me of my life in Idaho. I was born there and lived until '94. Sorry but I don't miss the cold and the South has way more birds and plant growth than Idaho. All I ever saw there was brown birds, black birds and sage brush...oh and pine tree's too...lol.
Still haven't caught the Momma flying so I could get better pics. She must go real early in the mornings since she has lad her eggs. But will keep tryin'
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Oh we had a hawk in town this winter..it tried to eat my little birds! At least we thought it was a hawk..maybe a falcon?

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We have eagles that nest not far from here but I have never attended the Eagle Watching Days which they hold at the Nature Center. Way too cold for ME to go sit and stare for hours thru binoculars! There's a little hawk that hangs around here and gets chased by little birds... We have lots of cardinals, blue jays, doves and robins right now. And there's a pair of grackles making a nest in the rafters of my carport, like they do twice a year. Their babies are sooooo noisy!

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I'm sure we don't have them in Iowa..ha! I have Eagles in the winter and we have to drive to the river to see them and I swear its always when its -30 degrees! This year it was hit and miss as the back roads were covered in ice..so no pictures this year. I saw a crane in the field the other day..not even near the river..strange..maybe he was headed that way..

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emoticon We have Osprey here in our area and I once caught minnows for a hurt one we found by our pond.He finally recouped and flew away but he was down on the ground eating our minnows for quite some time.They are so regal looking!

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Oh well, maybe mine will still come. Others across town have them..my feeders were down for a while due to too many squirrels..ugh.. maybe I chased them off. I did move some of mine too.. Last night I saw a pair of cardinals one on each feeder..that was cool! They are all sweet and sound so pretty.

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Kylie, I hadn't had any goldfinches either until today I hung their feeder on a different corner of the house and darn if I didn't surprise a pair chowing upside down when I walked around a corner too fast. Duh! They just didn't like where it was hung! They are so sweet.

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Thanks for the Osprey nest picture and the info on Ospreys. I grew up near the Jersey shore and we would see them quite frequently there. Here in NC I only see them at the lake. I like their mask!

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It was my pleasure .. I love learning new birds and how they live..and will be delighted if you can get a picture!!

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I'm sorry guys, I knew the bird was setting in it's nest and could see the head. I didn't think of the fact you all wouldn't be able to see it. So I am going out this evening, that is when she will go feeding and try to get a better pic. Thx for the info on the bird, Kyliemc8, I didn't think of doing that ether. My head must be in the clouds or up in that old tree with Miss Osprey...lol. Maybe I can get more later....p.s. love this team!!!

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It is a cool looking bird! I would love to see them nesting near my house..I'm lucky to get much more than sparrows and my love, cardinals and I still haven't seen any gold finches.. emoticon

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Wow... what a beautiful bird! How lucky you are to have one living so close for you to enjoy, Blsdmimi!

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Thanks for the info Kylie! Very informative! I'm going to do a search right now and see what one looks like. Have a great day!

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I'm new to the Birds & Blooms team and I had no idea what an Osprey was! So for those of you out there that don't either I looked up a little info. The birds are beautiful! How lucky you are to have on nesting near you!

Conservation Status

Osprey numbers declined drastically in 1950-1970s, from pesticide poisoning and eggshell thinning. After the ban on DDT, populations increased rapidly. Still listed as endangered or threatened in some states, especially in inland states where populations were small or extirpated after the pesticide years.
Other Names

Balbuzard pêcheur (French)
Gavilán pescador (Spanish)
Cool Facts

* The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.

* Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one. The older chick dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, little aggression is seen amongst the chicks, but if food is limited, the younger chicks often starve.

* The Osprey is a fish-eating specialist, with live fish accounting for about 99% of its diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible.

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I could only see their nest but I enjoyed looking at your page! I love watching birds.... they do the craziest things but I hate blue herons.... that pterodactyl likes to eat breakfast in my pond! Grrrrr

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I went to look..where are they?

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I took some pic's of the Osprey that are nesting in one of our tree's. They come back every early spring and we just love to watch them. When they first come, one will set in the nest while the mate does all the gathering of new nesting materials. I like to think that it is the male doing all the work while the female sets and nags. The one that sets just talks all the time as the other is gone. He will come back with spanish moss and branches. Maybe she doesn't like his choose in decor...lol. You can see the pic. on my page. They are now at the setting on the eggs stage. Hope to get some pic's when the babies try to learn to fly...we'll see!

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