Friday, September 30, 2005

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Story of a Tree

Sunny and 39 degrees outside.

Last night I was watching the weather channel before I went to bed and they said it was going to get down to 38. So I had to go dig out my robe and slippers in the dark (I didn't want to disturb HB) go outside and drag all the house plants into the house. I didn't grab the big Ficus tree because #1 it was dark,#2 it was heavy and #3 I just don't know if I want to continue fighting the scale that has infested it for 4 years. Of course once I decided to maybe give up, it started looking better than it had in years. Stupid tree.

My HB bought me that tree for my birthday the first year we lived here:) 4 years ago it started dropping leaves and whole branches just shriveled up and died. 2 years ago I cut out 2/3 of the branches because they were so damaged. I don't know if it's bug pee or what, but it leaves a sticky residue on the leaves and surrounding areas. Last winter some of my other plants became infected but they were easier to control because they aren't as big.

So far I've used dish soap, rubbing alcohol, Sevin, Eight, and some horticultural oil Hulub recommended. today I sprayed it with the last of the Eight and after that has a chance to work I'm going to wash off every leaf and branch on that tree. Then I'm going to repot it. Finally I'll spray it again with the oil and cross my fingers.

If this doesn't work I'm going to have to give up and maybe someone will adopt it. It would be very hard for me to kill it on purpose.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Whats Up!

Sunny and warm. Not quite sweater weather yet.

Until the mums bloom I have no flowers to look at. A petunia here and there, the Rose of Sharon and the rose moss are about it. So if Austin lets me I'm just going to concentrate on clean up and redoing a couple of beds. If I can find some dirt.

Sunday we had Michaels first barbecue. At his party he had 2 grandmas, 3 grandpas, 3 great grandmas, 1 great grandpa, 4 uncles, 1 aunt and 1 cousin, his mommy and daddy and lots of friends and family that love him:) He is one month old now and filling out nicely. Pretty soon he will be ready to start his baby blog. His dad is hesitating on the blog idea but his mom is all for it.

The veggie garden has a few giant green tomatoes and a couple of yellow squash here and there. I picked the last good cantaloupe today I might get one more but it looks little. And the watermelon is still growing. Austin went up there today and tried to play with it. Had to distract him with a squash and a little green tomato.

With summer coming to an end it's getting harder to post about gardening. Oldroses inspired me to look and see what I can do with Master Gardeners. Unfortunately the only classes are at least 2 counties away and gas is just too expensive. I did just buy a new book Llewellyn's 2006 Herbal Almanac. Last night I read about how to invite fairies into your garden. I could sure use their help;)

Right now I'm typing with two babies on my lap and one is getting out of control. So I guess I'm done now. (As Austin screams his head off in the background.) TTFN...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

What's New?

Sunny and hot!

A few weeks ago we discovered a watermelon in the garden. Not to be creepy or anything but I wouldn't be surprised if grandma didn't have something to do with it. So my watermelon plant is producing a fruit and I am satisfied with my sad little vegetable garden. Every thing I planted produced at least 1 thing.

The tomatoes are producing more than I can eat right now. My Beefsteak must be an hierloom yellow beefsteak or something. They are as big as beefsteak but they don't turn red. The Early Girl didn't come early but they sure taste good. And my favorite tomato that I planted this year is (drumroll please)German Johnson. (All my guys here at home are German so we had fun with the jokes this summer.) It is so juicy and yummy I will plant it again next year.

Most of my yard is looking kind of dead with a flower here or there. I've been trimming hedges and fighting a monster grape vine. The stalk was as big as my wrist it went over to the neighbors and grew so I didn't notice it until I found the stalk in the middle of the hedge. It filled up three yard bags and my arm muscles still hurt.

I planted some glads late in the season and didn't really expect anything but they are starting to bloom now. Which is nice because the only thing I have left to bloom is my mum's and it looks like the Hibiscus is going to give me another round of blooms soon. I just planted a Lysimachia ciliata (Firecracker Loostrife) it looks happy for now we shall see next year.

I haven't really been busy outside because I've been busy inside. JR and family have been moved into grandma's room minus most of the dolls. I left the special dolls in there along with some other girly things it's good for him to get in touch with his inner woman. Plus it's fun to hear his friends laughing when they come visit. He just got a job yesterday that doesn't interfere with his school. And JM will start working again in October so they should be doing pretty good by spring.

Right now I'm getting ready for the family reunion/Iowa&Iowa State game. GO HAWKS! All I have to do is wait for this last picture to download. I wonder how much I can write in the time it takes for that picture to load? Probably a lot. Average time is 5 minutes but sometimes it takes longer.

Since I have a cold I'm just taking watermelon, sliced tomatoes and green bean casserole. They wanted beef and noodles and I usually make a pie but I'm too tired. Well I have run out of things to write and the picture is still loading. Maybe it will be done when I get back:)TTFN...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

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September! My favorite month of the year. I love the weather, the smells, the kids going to school, my birthday. And next year thanks to all you gardening bloggers,I should have more than a few flowers to enjoy:)

This weekend I'm hoping to get a bed dug out and new dirt put in. For some reason all my Iris rotted and the dirt smells bad. I am also switching things around in the house and getting stuff ready to go to the DAV with grandma's wheelchair. Is it normal to dream that someone is still alive?

So now that the end of summer is near I wonder what I will post this winter. Pictures of flowers to remind us of summer? Gardening stories? Lot's of snow pictures? Baby news?(of course). One thing I'm looking forward to is checking out those blogs from the other side of the world where it's spring right now.

I've had this computer for over two years now. But it wasn't until I started blogging that I really learned any thing. Confession time. I didn't know how to copy and paste until a few months ago. And it took me a while to figure out how to add things to the template. But it seems I learn something new every week just from blogging. Who would of thought. Maybe someday I'll learn to punctuate my sentences better:) Sorry mom.

Starting this weekend we have lot's of parties planned for the rest of the month. 1 wedding today. A birthday and an anniversary party tomorrow. A family reunion next week. My birthday dinners. A baby party for Michael. And a Pampered Chef party at the end of the month. Whew! Well I best get started I have lot's to do. TTFN