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Old 10-06-2019, 07:52 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Ive seen those plants here and there and they
do look pretty, but , like you, im not much of an
indoor plant keeper either. Just dont have enough
light inside or windowsills to put them on.

However, they are pretty as you can see in the
link I shared with you guys.

https://www.indiamart.com/proddetail...855372962.html


So glad to hear your visit was nice and that you
guys were able to spend some quality time together.

Thank you sharing with us about her New Orleans
style courtyard and that sugar kettle fountain. Is that
those large black kettle?

https://www.thepondoutlet.com/sugar-kettle-bowls

When I move here, Charlie and his late wife had
a large and small kettle, one sitting inside at an angle
to mimic a water fall along with waterlilies and
some gold fish I believe.

The pump eventually went out and the pond went
dormant. Sooooo, when I came aboard, I cleared
everything out because I wasn't interested in gardens
or anything else out there. All I wanted to do was
ride the roads with Charlie on his Harley Sportster.

And so we did, until I became interested in growing
a few flowers and thus took off to where I now have
my own garden of paradise incorporating
those 2 kettles filled with garden soil and Elephant
Ears that are large too. With those pots, I have also
added a number of pond liners I found at Lowes for
20 bucks each and have filled each with either bulbs
or Canna lilies to contain them or lilies, or flowers
I dont want to take over other gardens.

And they are a lot less than those kettle pots and
serve the same purpose.

There's always something new to learn about
gardening and all the different varieties of plants,
flowers, bulbs, seeds.....just an endless hobby to
stay connected to Mother earth and sky.

And.....to keep the cost down too.
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That looks like the same kettle Sharon. I remember seeing one at Oak Alley and maybe another plantation home on the river road down there.

I haven’t accomplished anything today except gym time. When the sun is a bit lower I plan to rake a bit more of the fallen pine straw.
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Those kettles are pretty popular and have been
around along time. It's just finding one and then
the cost is pretty up there. So, I'm grateful that
Charlie and his wife had several over the yrs and
now I can use them as planters filled with pretty
flowers.

I was just about to write that I haven't done anything
in the yard either today or maybe just a little bit. A little
bit as in moving some planter pots under our tree to stay
cool while away.

Then went out later to water and while doing that I
spotted the coon again this afternoon like as if he
has no place to live. He was in the back of the yard
then when he saw me he scampered up the fence
then up the huge crepe myrtle tree in the neighbors
yard, but over laps into our yard to produce good
shade for half the back yard.

Anyway.....the poor little darling must not have a
home right now since I closed off the shed and is
just hiding maybe in the neighbors yrd or up in
the trees.

He must be still staying in the yard and probably
swimming in the pool to stay cool. I'll be glad when
it get cold or he gets older and leaves. Just dont want
any little ones living in the yard.

Anyway....that is all for the gardening duty.

Been weeding thru my clothes and taking
what I cant wear anymore to goodwill. It has
been a job needing to be done for awhile now.

So, I feel a little lighter in the house now....lol
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Got my broom out this afternoon sweeping,
which is the old fashion way of gathering leaves
slowly falling from the trees around us.

Yeah, I could hook up the electric blower, which
I did use in the garage briefly, and drag the chord
around the yard, but decided I'm not ready just
yet to do that. Will wait a little while longer in
the season when I'm thinking there wont be many
more leaves to fall cause the trees will be almost
bare.

Got a few drops of rain, but still no saturating rain
that id really like to have to give me a reprieve from
hosing down everything thru out the day.

Anyway.....not much more happening as we look
forward to our little get a way. It's amazing how
when ever we take a trip, even when I was little,
I had to have the house immaculate, then when
married with my little family back in the day,
I always did some good cleaning before we left too.

That's what we are doing now. lol

Husband was doing some wood work, a new
hobby he wanted to do last Winter. Well it was
all done at the kitchen table, cause we dont use
it to eat on....well....let me take a little of that back,
husband eats at the table.

Me, I always like eating on a tv tray and now its
just a plate on my lap. Really really simple and
easy. No mess to clean up.

Anyway.....he got to the table and cleaned up
everything including vacuuming. Yay..!!!!

Now it looks nice.

Me, ive been going thru my closets to weed out
clothes I cant wear any longer. Too big or out of
style. or im too old to wear that style….lol Well...
i'm still young in my mind and I do have all my
pretty tattoos that are colorful and I.....lol need
to grow up....lol Not....never.....

Okay, that's about all we have been doing. Still
need to trim husband hair and pack in a few days
after I figure out what I will wear.

Trying to keep it simple cause this is a short getaway.
Dont need to pack like we are gonna be gone for months.

Dont need to bring the kitchen sink... right???? lol
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No rain here either Sharon. But there’s been a turn of the weathervane by the welcomed breeze from the north! Yay!!!! Looks like we’re getting into the six to eight weeks that are my favorite in this part of the world.

A bit more straw raking and watering. That’s the name of the game for now!

When do y’all leave for your road trip Sharon?
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Okay, i'm up early early this morning. 3am. Yep.

Grabbed my cup of freshly brewed Community Coffee
home grown, then took a brisk walk to the mailbox with
my hand written note to the Post Master or Mailman to
stop and resume mail while away. Been doing this ritual since
I was little. A learned tradition carried on into my adult
hood and still today.

Who does that anymore????? lol

Anyway.....drank my first cup before walking out back
to hang my bird suet for the day. Took a stroll around
the yard making sure all looks okay since we have a coon
who like to stir up trouble every now and then.

Then....I spotted a little froggy in the pool. Nooooo....
Ive got to save his little life, so, after not being able to
reach him from the side, I used a long cleaning pool
pole and ….He's OUT...!!!!! Yay..!!!!

Boy, those little acts of kindness do fill me with lots
of joy inside my heart. Make me a little more grateful
to be the keep of my gardens in sobriety.

Let's see Mark….We are planning to embark on our
trip this Saturday morning going thru Dallas before
reaching Oklahoma City. Then from there to Loveland,
30 minutes outside Estes Park on Sunday. A few days
enjoying the Rocky Mts, before heading home.

Just a short trip, getting out of town for little while
with different exciting scenery to reenergize us. If
we dont shake things up a bit, then life can get stagnant
in retirement. And we dont want that for sure.

Have a nice sober blessed day to all our SR gardeners
out there across the world.
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It's nice to walk outside around 5am with no humidity
slapping ya in the face. Fall is here with milder tempts
and out of the 90's. Yay....

Hung my suet feeder and did a walk about the back
gardens with my handy red milwalki flashight checking
on a particular flower that kept me awake last night
wondering what it was.

Anyway.....there was a coon sighting right before my
eyes just a few feet away. Just sitting on the black ground
cover we have all over the back yard to cut out mowing
the lawn. anyway.....with the flashlight on this little scoundril,
rascal, he was just preaning himself before heading out
the yard via the fence.

adios amigos....lol

Sooooo, i finally went to check out these beautiful
golden yellow flowers towering high in a pot with
the white vinyl fence as it's back drop. Yep, they are
just like the red Spider Lily but in this pretty golden
yellow color. Gorgeous.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Breck-s-...8383/310344996

I dont remember when I got these bulbs, but they
were planted in Spring I guess and just recently poped
up and bloomed to a tall pretty yellow spider lily.

Must be 6 or 8 tall blooms sitting pretty in a pot.

I'm gonna have to make a not to grab me more
of these bulbs when i see them at Home Depot
or Lowes.
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Nice surprise with the golden spider lily. I’m glad that the temps have dropped a bit so your garden will be just fine while you’re away on that great road trip. And wow, just around the corner it is!

I think it’ll be interesting to see the changing landscape unfold as y’all go from the Deep South, through plains, and then the mighty Rockies looming at your destination. A change of scenery for sure!
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I remember when you were preparing for your
road trips and how excited we were for you and
your little family. Of course we were planning to
drive all the way up there in the beautiful state
of Montana taking in Yellowstone and coming
home thru Denver to see the Rockies.

However, unfortunate situations occurred derailing
our trip. Scrapping it and just accepting that what all
happened just happened. It was out of our control.

Anyway.....the wind blew back on course allowing
us to reschedule our trip, but cutting it short and
driving to the Rockies for a few days for a quick
get away without putting us in financial distress.

Sooooo….as of now..... we are pumped as time draws
nearer to our getaway. yay....!!!!!

Gotta run for a few cans of Tuna and a worm suet
for my Wrens.

Be back in a few.....
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Boy, do we have lots to do yet.....lol

Before we reached the grocery store this morning,
all we had on the list was oatmeal cookies, apples
and tuna to take with us on the trip.

When we got there and began our daily walk about
the store and began to think of some other healthy snacks
I used to eat awhile back. Lots of veggies and fruits I
would make my smoothies and juices with like celery,
cucumbers, carrots and others.

Then a light bulb went off and I decided to get a
stalk of celery that I can cut up into smalls and put
in a ziplock bags for the ice chest. I will also cut up
slices of fresh cool cucumbers too. Then I saw fresh
strawberries and put them in the basket to add to
my healthy snacks. Yay.....

Stepped outside to water a little and fill my bird baths
with fresh water for the birdies. There is a chance of
rain for the next few days which Im looking forward to
for my gardens. Other than that, everything is in good
Hands.

Still dont know what clothes to pack. I have websites
for Oklahoma, Loveland and Estes Park with a 10 day
forecast to follow and help determine how to dress for
each stop. from what I see, it will be cold each morning
but the days will be nice Fallish temperatures mild and
pleasant.
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That trips close now Sharon.

Layers for sure are the name of the game where you’re going. Of course being a guy is maybe a bit easier. My comfy gray sweat shirt to pull on as needed and a hooded water repellent wind breaker to put on top of that if need be on those hikes.....or more recently on a rainy day in Zurich.

The forecast sounds great! Only a couple more days and then off you go. Fun stuff.

May get out to a garden center this weekend to see what’s out now. Due to the seemingly endless heat and travels it’s been a good while since I’ve been interested. Mums and crotons are generally the stars of the show about now.
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I agree with the layering of clothes Mark.

Today is Thursday so it's crunch time....lol

I spent the week weeding out clothes I dont need
anymore, so now I can see clearly my options as to
what I want to wear.

If we were on the motorcycle, we would wear jeans
and leather, jackets, gloves, several layers if necessary.
Oh, and boots.

Now that we are riding in the car, we can dress more
comfortable and freeing.

You ought to see all the Mums at the stores. There
is an explosion of them everywhere. Yep, it that time
of the year that Mums take over the garden centers.

How are your Moon Flowers right now? Mine are blooming
like crazy and are beautiful, large, white and fragrant.

Can't wait to get to Colorado and check out their garden
centers and see something interesting to bring home to
my own garden. Maybe a pretty pot or bird feeder. Anything
to say Colorado in my garden.... lol

Weekend is drawing near for you too with a few
days reprieve from work at the office. Right?

Any kind of projects in store for you this Fall? Do
you guys decorate for Christmas with outside lights
and ornaments?
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From what I remember passing through, Loveland should be big enough to have a garden center or two.

Moon flower is doing well. Here is from last evening, and wow those blooms smell so fresh and good.



With cooler nights finally here we should soon get that fantastic autumnal flush of sweet olive blooms. My favorite garden scent for sure.

No particular lawn and garden projects on my agenda at present. Just straw raking and placement as I feel like it in the evenings.

We don’t do a whole lot in the way of outside decorations for Christmas. A wreath on the mailbox/lamppost and lighted garland around the front door. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I am most fond of the autumn decorations.
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Whew.....it's a warm one outside as we wait for
some much needed rain for our gardens and hoping
for some cooler tempts to follow.

Finally decided on the right piece of luggage to
use for my clothes. From a big one with wheels
to a medium duffle bag. lol See, we have taken
our trips to Sturgis on the motorcycle in the heat
of August and have gone to Daytona on the bike
too in October. And to the Grand Canyon in Sept
on the bike as well.

All trips with different motorcycle clothing because
we are riding in all types of weather elements. Sun,
heat, wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow, driving rain. thunder,
freezing tempts....we have experienced it all.

Now, we are riding in the car, but we will be experiencing
different tempts in each state as expected when cold fronts
travel and move across the states. So we will start off warm
here in Baton Rouge 73/56 degrees heading to Oklahoma
where tempts will high of 56 and low of 36.

We leave there and head to Loveland, Colorado where it
will be 69/36 warming nicely come Monday. Then the nights
will be cold and Fallish cool during the the next few days.

By then we will be on our way home where warmer weather
awaits us.

So deciding on what to wear is questionable. However,
I think we've got it. lol Husband has his jeans and Harley
shirts and jacket and flannel. Me, ive got my long dresses
and a sweater and Harley jacket for warmth along with
a red plaid flannel long sleeve shirt for the room. Gloves
if needed.

I'll have my laptop in a separate carry bag and
our "bathroom bag" with personal toiletries. Got
to be prepared for emergencies if they arise. Like
an emergency kit if we get a bobo or splinter....lol

Another thing moms always pack when they take
family trips with a bunch of kids. Someone will
always get sick....

Got everything pretty much packed and car washed
to start off clean. Still want to get my celery sticks cut
and bagged along with some sliced cucumber too. I can
get to that tomorrow while we anxiously await for our
departure towards Rocky Mt. High territory.
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Oh cool Mark.....your Moon flowers look like
mine. Big, bright white and yes....very fragrant.

They do look lovely.

Fall colors are a favorite here too. Back in the
day, I decorated for each and all holidays, esp.
for the kids. Right now, we enjoy seeing others
decorate their homes and the decorations that
are stocked high at the stores.

I also spend time in my yard when it's cooler and
cold laying down pavers or bags of rocks. Jobs that
I try to avoid during the heat of the Summer months.

Anyway.....

I hope we see lots of Fall colors in the trees and
flowers when there so that I can write back to you
guys about it.
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Hey Mark.....

I saw this commercial this morning and thought
about you and Fall/Autumn being your favorite
time of the year.

Sounds like a a good idea for a backyard garden
Fall party....

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/oaKL/walmart...e-fall-savings
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Getting in some garden work today. Yep....Got to
keep up with maintenance or my garden of paradise
wont survive and continue to give me many lovely
gift in the way of beautiful blooms, lots of vibrant
colors all the way from my green bushes to my Fall
plants before Winter sets in.

Early this morning I had my feather ruffles a bit when
while watering around 5am, I spotted something unusual
sitting on top of one of my Camellia bushes. I investigated
closely, yet cautiously because I didnt know if it was some
sort of critter from outter space or a bloom or even fungus.

Soooooo, I found something to knock it off the bush to
the ground to check it out with my flashlight....Hmmmm....
Then, it dawned on me that it was a piece of shell fish. Claw
from a lobster maybe. WTFrick…..lol What is this doing on
my bush. Hmmmm.....sooooo, emmediately I thought.....those
dang new neighbors because he has a boat and probably
went fishing and brought home some shell fish for the freezer.

Who knows…. it still ticked me off that this piece of
shell was on my pretty Camellia bush. I have a long
flower bed the length of their driveway and our white
vinyl fence. I also have 4 large Holly trees I groomed
to from bushes so they would look like trees for
privacy on that side of the pool.

This house has had numerous people to live in that
house and Charlie has told me stories of them before
I moved in. Since ive been here, these people that are
new are the 3rd family.

One family Charlie experienced back when were Chinese
and he said they were funny, funny in the way cars would
drive in and out of the drive way all hours of the day and
late at night where the man would be yelling Chinese all
the time. Their drive way runs right along our bedroom
window.....so sad....

That's why I had Charlie install an A/C window unit
for me to drown our the new neighbors who choose
to cut grass when I go to bed early and the chainsaw
till 8pm.

Anyway.....I know im not suppose to do this, but I did.
I threw the piece of [email protected] in the yard. I know....that is
definitely not what would Jesus do. And I played with
right and wrong while I was out watering until I couldn't
throw it over the fence back at them fast enough.

I told Charlie and he tried to explain to me that it
could have been a cat or coon that dropped it and
landed in the bushes. Maybe, but I doubt it.

Anyway.....I have no idea why I let neighbors get to
me and ruffle my feathers like they do. I guess I try
too treat others the way id want to be treated. And
that included property. I wouldnt normally throw
trash in other folks yard because that is not right
nor how I was raised.

Anyway.....I work hard in my little garden minding
my business and dont bother others and I just get
sick when something as small as a piece of lobster
shell land in our yard or animals that pee or poo
in our yard.....

It's time for a Road Trip...!!!!!!
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Ha yes! Today it feels like autumn . A harvest gathering would be a fun time. I even had to pull out the fleece for this morning's patio coffee time. How I enjoy that!

Well today's the day right...... Y'all are on the road for Oklahoma City? I hope you're able to check in at some point and share your thoughts. And of course, wishing you two a safe journey .
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Hey hey hey my SR Gardener friends....

We made it safe to Oklahoma City....the Sooner State....
that's about all I know of it and their color is red, I think....lol

Whew....what a day....

So glad we didnt ride the Harley, because we know our
booties would be some sore right now....lol

Let me see if I can capture some important things
that stood out to me today on our long drive here.

Louisiana.....there is absolutely nothing to see while
driving in the dark. Nada thing. It wasn't until we
got further north and daylight began to appear, then
we entered the CITY of TEXAS....I say city, and not
country, because Dallas, as pretty as it is, it aint country.

Dallas is confusing as all get up. I mean if you didnt
live there and have never experienced Texas, Houston,
like I did for 10 yrs, youd be "cornfused"...lol

Anyway....its soooo concrete everything. Meaning,
where are the trees???? Where is the open land...
fields of corn or whatever youd like to grow. definitely
not farming area....

Then...we get into Oklahoma and it's beautiful
land. Country. Wide open plains with horses,
cows and more horses, steers. Cowboy country.

I think Blake Shelton is an Okie for Oklahoma.

I'll tell you one thing....I tried to fit into Texas, and
didnt like it. So when I returned to Louisiana, I knew
I was finally home.

Texas....you have to live in a fast pace world there.

There is no way one can ride slow on the roads
in Texas, because if you so, you will be run over...lol

Okay....enough of Texas...lol Im just happy I dont
live there anymore....

Soooo we saw these huge turbines....windmills....that
were soooo cool and tall and white. Many of them twirling
in the wind to produce electricity im guess. Anyway....that
was neat. Then, we made it to our hotel. Somewhat tired
but excited to drive closer to the mts. tomorrow.

I'm hoping everyone is well today and I wanted
you guys to know how much I missed you.

Will sleep and get up early to ride with more to
share tomorrow when we reach our destination.
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