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By: GardenGrrl , 12:33 AM GMT on Μάιος 03, 2012

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When you ask different Bonsai enthusiasts what bonsai is you are likely to get many answers and philosophies.
Let's clear up one that had confused me for many years.
Bonsai translates as small potted plant. It is often confused with Banzai, the famed Japanese battle cry.

After seeing Banzai spelled Bonsai many times, I truly wondered why Japanese warriors yelled "small potted plant" on their way to death and glory. With this matter cleared up lets go on to the origins of bonsai.

Most enthusiasts will agree that this art started in China where it is called Penjing. This translates as "tray scenery". Chinese style tends to be more relaxed. The pottery can be brighter. Scenes such as mountain and water features can be added.

Japanese Bonsai relies on simplicity of form guided by many complex rules.

Whatever the rules or style, we can all appreciate how amazing a mature bonsai is. Here's the time to salute the folks that brought their prize bonsais to exhibit at the convention. After all, bringing a small but heavy tree growing in a 2 inch deep clay tray that is worth huge money from home to convention, what could possible go wrong? Thankfully they all made it.

Check out this black pine.



Here is a line of prize trees on exhibit. If you look to the far back there is a little girl in red that was dancing to the classical music they were playing.



This tree is a classic "Slanting" style. Notice a partial branch a third the way up. That is part of the rules for this style.



Here is a very nice semi-cascade bonsai. Notice the deep square pot.



This complicated tree uses a technique called "jin" where parts of the bark are deliberatly stripped away and the wood beneath is bleached to give it the appearance of being older than it is.



And here is my favorite part of the convention, the vendors area. These are bonsai azaleas.



Here are all the different tools for sale that are used to style bonsai.



Also available were lots of finished and unfinished bonsai for sale. I bought a few.



A few more bonsai Faq's. Bonsais are real trees carefully clipped and cultivated to be minitures of their wild selves. Most bonsais must be grown outdoors because they are real trees; oaks, elms, maples, junipers etc.
Only a very small number of bonsai trees can be grown indoors.
A bonsai hobbyist can expect to lose 50% of the trees they attempt to bonsai. (Learning that made me feel a whole lot better.)

Thanks for checking out the bonsais.

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120. sandiquiz
09:26 AM GMT on Ιούνιος 04, 2012


Some images from Jubilee Sunday. Two days down and two to go!

Happy Monday to you :)
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119. seflagamma
09:15 PM GMT on Ιούνιος 02, 2012
It is funny, us "12 hr shift workers" truly understand our wacky schedules..
it is hard for the 9-5 Mon - Fri folks to understand!


And you and I work the same schedule!
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118. seflagamma
09:14 PM GMT on Ιούνιος 02, 2012
Hello GG,

Are you working today also? I know I have not been around much lately.. have a hard time even getting to my blog as I can.

I have excuses! LOL... love the pictures of the Bonsai's!! I have never tried that...almost afraid to!

Hope all is well in your world.. I really need to find time to catchup with all my WU Friends!!!


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117. Ylee
10:25 AM GMT on Ιούνιος 02, 2012
Last day at the Batcave! Yay!

I'm about to finish my last night at the zoo! Double Yay! :)
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116. BriarCraft
10:50 PM GMT on Ιούνιος 01, 2012
One thing with pets of any sort, it's a serious commitment just like having children. True, they're not as expensive, but you come to love them and they become your babies.

I have admired, even envied bird people I've met over the years. I'd think, what fun! The antics and intelligence of cockatoos and parrots are really something. But I never got one. For the same reason I never had any children. I just didn't want my life to revolve so tightly around one being. And you signed up for a commitment that will last 2-3 times as long as a child, maybe more. That's really something.

I settled on cats because they're pretty independent and low maintenance. Turned out not to be quite as low maintenance as planned, especially as they get older. After our last vacation, when we came home to badly neglected kitties, I was determined to find a better way. Just a couple of days ago, I finally found what I think might be a good pet-sitting solution.

Turns out there's an organization called Pet Sitters International that trains and certifies pet sitters. They've been in business for quite a few years and I actually managed to find a certified pet sitter in my area who is also a licensed veterinary technician. We're not planning a trip right now, but with parents' ages and health what they are, I increasingly feel the need to be ready to head out on short notice. This gives me a little peace of mind about leaving my babies for more than a day or two. Maybe it will work for you, too.
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115. sp34n119w
09:49 PM GMT on Ιούνιος 01, 2012
I probably told you before about bird-sitting for a cockatoo much like Syd and an African Grey who was pure evil. So, even if I were close enough, I would not volunteer to watch your guy, lol. I do hope you find someone reliable and responsible.

There is a bird sanctuary in Santa Paula, the Steckel Park Aviary, but I've never been. In fact, I didn't know it was there, really, until the papers started talking about it shutting down. Looks now that it will be saved through volunteers and donations. Apparently, many folks have been visiting the place since childhood and want it saved for their own kids. Anyway, their birds are rescues - those whose one-time owners found out that birds are not really domesticated the way dogs and cats are. Well, birds are dinosaurs, related to T. Rex and velociraptors, so, what can we expect?

Hope you're having a good start to the week. At least bats are mammals ;)
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114. sandiquiz
07:44 AM GMT on Ιούνιος 01, 2012
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits - Wishing you a Very Happy June.



"I can't help but wonder how the World would be,
If like the butterfly and rose we lived in harmony."

Bernard Howe
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113. Ylee
06:54 AM GMT on Ιούνιος 01, 2012
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits, GG! Hope you have a great month!

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112. Proserpina
01:57 AM GMT on Ιούνιος 01, 2012
HAPPY MONTH OF JUNE

Happy  Month of  June


"The fountain murmuring of sleep,
A drowsy tune;
The flickering green of leaves that keep
The light of June;
Peace, through a slumbering afternoon,
The peace of June.

Arthur Symons
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111. GardenGrrl
10:06 AM GMT on Μάιος 31, 2012
Good Morning, we are having lots of pop-up thunder storms with all the theatrics of dazzeling lighting and booming thunder. Best part is so far the rain has been in the right amounts to soak in.

Sandi, that's funny. Will have to scour the coast for a young pirate that likes Syd as much as I do.

Hi Calpoppy, think I will take your advice and order from HighCountry for fall planting. The ones I got for early spring are alive but not thriving; dwarf lavender, perky sues, caliroe. The roses and salvia shrubs are super happy though. Also got an iceplant that is going wild :-) It's great when the plant likes the spot it's in.
There are a bunch of bird rescue places but they are so full of un-wanted birds I don't know how everyone gets enough attention. They make it super hard to adopt too. I would have taken a rescue bird some years ago if they would let loose of one that could be worked with. Then again, I think Syd would have ended up a rescue bird so I did get one.

Hey Ylee, yep. outta the gate and off to the batcave. Hope the zoo treats you well.
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110. Ylee
08:18 AM GMT on Μάιος 31, 2012
GG, I saw that line of storms steanroller through your area. Did you get much rain?

Hope the week at the batcave goes by quickly and smoothly!
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109. calpoppy
09:37 PM GMT on Μάιος 30, 2012
I think a while back you visited a wildlife sanctuary. They usually take in all kinds of exotics. Might be the place for Syd to go to. The one out here he takes all exotics including fish and reptiles.

How is your drought tolerant garden growing?
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108. sandiquiz
08:31 PM GMT on Μάιος 30, 2012
Do you happen to know a one legged pirate with a wide shoulder who could take him?



Hope the Bat-cave goes OK and roll on Sunday!
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107. GardenGrrl
03:11 PM GMT on Μάιος 30, 2012
Good Morning, I should do a blog on "Why Exotic Animals Do Not Make Good Pets".
When we were kids Mom brought home a wooley monkey. Cutest little thing you ever saw. Terrible pet. Monkeys belong with other monkeys.

While Syd most of the time is fun to have around, he is a LOT of WORK. The first four and a half years he was a sweet bird that could be cuddled and played with and we did not have to worry about losing an eye or needing stitches. Then came the hormonal madness of maturity. He doesn't get taken out to be played with near as much because it is always a risk for us. Grooming is a two person project; filing nails and beak, showering...yes birds need to bath on a regular basis.

He doesn't seem to mind less physical contact as long as he is in the main room with us to have conversation. Syd is a talker. Don't know half of what he says but he likes chatter back and forth. He enjoys taking things apart. He likes "toys" that can be disassembled.

Having a very intelligent animal like Syd...or Roxie requires paying close attention to their needs and providing for them All The Time.

Once again, Syd really is a low maintenance cockatoo. The broad feathered cockatoos like the one Skye wrote about, they need even more attention.

Bottomline; I think breeding and selling cockatoos for pets is a huge mistake. It is cruel to the birds. Very few people can provide the kind of attention they need over a 50 year or more lifespan of the birds.

I really do like Syd even though he is a lot of work. The problem is, if something happens to both of us who will take Syd? No one else wants to deal with him.
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106. Skyepony (Mod)
04:08 AM GMT on Μάιος 30, 2012
The guy at the feed store had to start bring his cockatoo to work so it would heal..

Good luck finding a sitter.
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105. Ylee
02:24 AM GMT on Μάιος 30, 2012
I dunno, do you know of anybody with a female sulphur crested cockatoo that needs breeding? That oughta keep Syd occupied! :)

Glad you got some rain; we got enough today to make us wash our vehicles tomorrow! :P
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104. GardenGrrl
10:22 PM GMT on Μάιος 29, 2012
Hi BC, yeah cockatoos particularly are prone to mental health issues with African Grey parrots running second.
Some 10-15 years ago I was researching parrot type birds because I wanted a pet that wouldn't die in 8 to 12 years like most dogs.

The bird magazines were touting sulpher crest cockatoos as being very psychologically hardy...They said they don't need as much attention as the broad feathered cockatoos. -

Side Bar; Broad feather cockatoos include Umbrella and Mollucans. These are sweet cuddly birds that quite often go crazy in captivity even if bred in captivity and hand raised. They will start to self mutilate by feather plucking and other self destructive behaviors.

So back to Syd. Yes, sulpher crested cockatoos don't need constant attention. They are clever, resiliant and play well by themselves if given lots of varied toys.
One thing they did not mention back then but some reviews do mention now is that once sexually mature the males can get really really agressive.

To keep him company while we are working he has some finches in a cage next to him. The TV has a timer to turn off and on. He has plush animal toys at the bottom of the cage he likes to beat up. We can call the answering machine and talk to him. For three or four days he should be fine. It's the long vaction where Mr. Boat anchor is going to cost $$$ if we can't find someone brave enough to watch him. So much for a long lived low maintenance pet.
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103. BriarCraft
09:05 PM GMT on Μάιος 29, 2012
I saw in Sandi's blog that you're going to be heading out soon. Vacation??? And no Syd-sitter. Bummer.

Mind you, I know less than nothing about cockatiels and parrots, but I have heard that they can literally go crazy if left alone for long. Of course, Syd's pretty crazy to begin with, so maybe that isn't an issue?
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102. GardenGrrl
03:15 PM GMT on Μάιος 29, 2012
Good Morning All, we had RAIN, glorious rain last night. Was not at all expected but very welcome 4/8ths of rain.

Hi Rob, all free time is like Christmas in July :-D

Hi BC, that is a waaay cool video. I'm going to have to practice some of those tricks.

Hi Ylee, if I can someday find a way to permanently bird proof a water source to the cockatoo, I may very well be able to find a perfect island for WUville.

Hi Prose, those are gorgeous azalea blooms. Like the subtle mix of color.
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101. Ylee
07:49 PM GMT on Μάιος 28, 2012
GG, have you ever thought of engineering a drink tube of heavier gauge steel, one that will stand up to Syd's beak?

Keep cool!
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100. Proserpina
03:28 PM GMT on Μάιος 28, 2012
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Good morning. Here is a photo of a flower on one of our azalea bush that is in bloom right now.

Have a wonderful time shopping, it is always patriotic to help the economy!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
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99. BriarCraft
10:36 PM GMT on Μάιος 26, 2012
...playing out in the wide open asphalt under the late noon sun with the forklift. (I love the forklift).

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98. Ylee
07:39 PM GMT on Μάιος 26, 2012
I'm in! Just make sure the island is away from potential tropical nastiness! I'm not afraid of the storms, mind you, just all the WUhoos everywhere arguing about if and where it's going to hit, and how strong the TC is going to be! :)

Hope the rest of your day goes by fast!
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97. RobDaHood
10:35 AM GMT on Μάιος 26, 2012
Well then, happy Friday (on Saturday)!
Sounds a bit like Christmas in July.

Yeah, a sad fact of life is that most people, when given authority, eventually abuse it.
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96. GardenGrrl
09:55 AM GMT on Μάιος 26, 2012
Good Morning, same weather. It's my Friday! Theres a corgi trying to get on my lap. Life is good.

Hi Sandi, sometime this week I'll get around to a new blog...maybe. Neighbors. That is a tricky one. Homeowners associations were formed to keep the messy or loud neighbor from bothering people. Then the HOA's often became monsters themselves. So hard to find the nice happy center when the extremes keep bobbing up and down clamoring for attention.

We all need to make our own island and call it WUville.
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95. sandiquiz
03:03 PM GMT on Μάιος 25, 2012
I love the alliteration of your title, it makes me smile every time I read it!
The guy next door must be having a party in his garden thsi weekend. He has had someone with a strimmer hacking his grass - I wouldn't deem it a lawn - for the last two hours. The constant droning of a 2-stroke petrol motor is beginning to drive me insane!

ARHHHH
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94. GardenGrrl
10:02 AM GMT on Μάιος 25, 2012
Good morning only two to go. It is hot77f at 04:50, humid and windy. My cheeks still have a touch of pink left from playing out in the wide open asphalt under the late noon sun with the forklift. (I love the forklift).

Hi Ylee, no one would be too surprised if I did that. Now if I could find a cape.... ;)












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93. Ylee
02:15 AM GMT on Μάιος 25, 2012
Remember, you have to hum the theme song loud enough for other people to hear you while you are out o a job! ;-)

Two down, two to go for you!
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92. GardenGrrl
10:06 AM GMT on Μάιος 24, 2012
Good Morning, the winds have kicked up bringing us some dry to go with our hot. The garden still looks good though.

Hi BC, oh to have Halle Berrys figure and a catwoman suit. That's my favorite story about the origins of Catwoman.

Hi Ylee, between the two of you I'm going to have that theme song running through my head. Da-da da-da da-da da-da BatGrrrl! Sock! POW! Boom! Meeee-ow Okay, I'm mixing characters but what fun.

Shore! That is waaaay cool. I have seen brown streaked cattle egret but never pink. Thanks :-D Hmmmm wonder if we could make Syd pink.

Hi Sandi, thought that was your style. (Did you know you have developed a style on your artwork?) The Garden Girl Fairy looks quite happy with here pretty rocks, pet dragonfly and portal mirror.
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91. sandiquiz
06:34 AM GMT on Μάιος 24, 2012
One day down......

I forgot to say - yes, it is one of my sketches:)

But I took a photo the other day of one of my garden ornaments, and it will, forever, be known as "The Garden Girl fairy"!

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90. shoreacres
02:40 AM GMT on Μάιος 24, 2012
GG, I've got a true marvel for you. Lookie what my friend Wendy, the Bayou Woman, provided in her blog today - photos of a PINK cattle egret!

I've been combing the archives, and they do pop up, but not very often, and some of the so-called "pink" birds only have a slight blush to them. This girl (guy?) is a marvel.

Wendy said there aren't any shrimp around to give them their pink color, like flamingos. I wondered if crawfish would do the same. But if the coloring came from the bird's diet, I'd think it would be more even. Anyway - it's a spectacular find.
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89. Ylee
02:32 AM GMT on Μάιος 24, 2012
More like Batgrrl, Briar! :)
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88. BriarCraft
09:24 PM GMT on Μάιος 23, 2012
Somehow, when you go off to the bat cave, I can't help thinking of you as Cat Woman, Guardian of Gotham, Bane of Bullies, Defender of the Downtrodden. It's a fun image anyway...
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87. GardenGrrl
10:05 AM GMT on Μάιος 23, 2012
Good Morning, it is off to the batcave. going to be hot today. At 04:56 it is 79f.

Hi LC, that is pretty much the seasons here in Texas as well. On the days off it may well be dark when we go walk come August. What's that saying; If you feel out of shape it means you aren't walking the dog enough.

Hi Calpoppy, calibrachoa was just introduced here a couple years ago. It has become my favorite summer annual. (Pansies being the cold weather fave) I don't know if humming birds get anything from it but they sure do like it.

Hi Ylee, yep first day back at the batcave. Time to pack a lunch and scoot out the door.
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86. Ylee
01:47 AM GMT on Μάιος 23, 2012
I'd go with the brushed nickel finish, too! Sounds nice!

Our original fridge lasted about six years, then replaced it beacause although it was still cooling, everything else was falling apart!

Is tomorrow your first day at the batcave? Have a good one!
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85. calpoppy
07:59 PM GMT on Μάιος 22, 2012
Hi GG! The kitchen will be finished before you know it. As long as everything is in working order it is not such a hassle.

Not much going on here. I actually made myself a hanging basket this year. Using calibrachoa as the main flowers. Sorta looks like this.



But not as full yet!! Since we will be home most of the summer I thought I would make the patio more inviting. We still have our sick dog with us and don't want to leave her to long.
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84. LowerCal
06:17 PM GMT on Μάιος 22, 2012
There are two seasons here in Woodland Hills.

1) Early Morning Dog Walking

2) Late Afternoon Dog Walking (approx. Dec-Feb)

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83. GardenGrrl
12:35 PM GMT on Μάιος 22, 2012
Good Morning All!
There is a lazy corgi sleeping by my feet. Guess she will have to go on a "forced march" while it's cool this morning to get some excercise. Roxi really does not like heat...then again neither do I.

Hi Briar, I have been estimating sometime in July for the kitchen to be finished considering how long it took to wall paper and paint. The weather was great, there were things to do, so indoor decorating went to the back burner.
Still have to pick some new trim for the kitchen window. It also needs a new curtain. Then the outlet covers; the white looks nice because the cabinents are white but we are thinking maybe brushed nickle to match the cabinent hardware, microwave and stove. Still have original cheap white fridge. Knock-on-wood the thing keeps running.
Then there are light fixtures...So, as soon as we do the finishing touches, there will be pictures.
Perhaps by next year we will have new carpet too lol.

Sandi! A Flower Faery! She is so cute :-D Is the Princess one of your story illustrations?

Hi Ylee, yeah I think I made the right career move. No idea what type of fixture except it needs to be simple and give off lots of light.
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82. Ylee
05:45 AM GMT on Μάιος 22, 2012
I don't blame you one bit, GG! I would have given up wrangling for herding, too! :)

Congrats on getting most of the kitchen done; any thoughts on new lighting fixtures?
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81. BriarCraft
10:22 PM GMT on Μάιος 21, 2012
Congrats on finishing the kitchen. I read on Sandi's blog that you de-cluttered, too. And you're inside, because it's too hot to play outside. So where's a picture of the kitchen? No excuses!
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80. sandiquiz
07:47 PM GMT on Μάιος 21, 2012
"Because I'm a Fairy Princess".

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79. GardenGrrl
07:04 PM GMT on Μάιος 21, 2012
Hi Briar, you were writing as I was writing. Ya know, once or twice I have ended minor disagreements or declarations with; "Because I'm a Fairy Princess".
So yes, the whole Fae thing could well be true. Must have some memory charm on me that prevents use of all those associated powers.
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78. GardenGrrl
06:58 PM GMT on Μάιος 21, 2012
Oh goodness, we have finally finished painting the kitchen. Only took about four hours yesterday (two coats)
Now we have to pick some new cover plates for the outlets and window trim. Should be done by July.

Time to catch up in WUville. It's hot out so playing in yard was out of the question after 9am.

Hi Sandi, when I finally come to tour England it will be all the garden centres. I can see the historical sites on the internet (lol).

Hi Ylee, glad the rest of the crane did not follow the bolt. Would of been a bit harder to dodge.
In regards to the class on laws and rules, it is to keep my journeymans license current.

Next question that always comes is "How did you become a plumber?" Well, one day while cleaning the bird cage I noticed an employment add that said, "We will pay you to learn a trade. Women and minorities encouraged to apply"

Just for grins I applied. So I traded my job as a traveling fish wrangler (set-up and maintain fancy aquariums for rich people and office buildings) for turd herding ;) Actually I did new construction on large commercial projects. Eventually moved into industrial maintenance and have not done "real" plumbing in years although I keep my license(s) current.

Hey Rob, they say the 40's are the new 20's. Guess that makes me pushing 30.

Hi Shore, isn't this a great time of year for fresh food? I'm so waiting for the good peaches. My new tree which is about four feet high now from mail order stick has a couple itty bitty peaches I'm letting it set.
The avatar thing was too funny not to share, but butt jokes are only good for short period.



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77. BriarCraft
06:47 PM GMT on Μάιος 21, 2012
Rob, you're saying she's not a kid in her 20s? Are you sure?

My theory is that she's one of the Fae. And time passes differently Underhill. She's probably over 300 years old, but still looks like she's in her 20s.
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76. RobDaHood
06:11 PM GMT on Μάιος 21, 2012
Happy Howdy day!
:o)
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75. shoreacres
02:05 AM GMT on Μάιος 20, 2012
I'm with you, GG. Sandi's "Garden Center" looks like a cross between Dillard's, The Nature Company and - well, you name it. I'd never have to go outside that store.

I didn't get here to comment about your new avatar, but you can bet I laughed. I'm glad to see things back to normal, though. I'm such a creature of habit, I can actually lose track of who I'm typing to if the avatars bounce around too much. Of course, I'm getting old and feeble-minded, so it's to be expected. ;)

I had a wonderful day at the farmers' market - strawberries (now at their end), green beans, yellow squash and cherry tomatos, all from the nice garden down the road. There's corn now, but it's from the valley. There was some chatter this morning about agricultural land down there being trashed by mysterious "somebodies". I couldn't quite understand the details - I presume it must be worse than a few kids taking out a corn patch or two. A friend who lives not all that far from the AZ border tells me many of the fires burning there now have been confirmed as arson. I'll not be going to Nuevo Laredo for shopping, that's for sure.

It looks like we're in for an extended dry spell now.It was hot this week in the afternoons - I'm not looking forward to what's coming. But, so far so good on the rain. Wish we could push a little more west, though.

Speaking of bunny butts, did you know that the Spanish word for bluebonnets is "el conejo"? Apparently the white tip on the top of the blossom reminded them of cottontails!
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74. RobDaHood
07:30 PM GMT on Μάιος 19, 2012
Quoting GardenGrrl:
Do miss the days when I was a kid in my twenties and thunderstorms meant; go out and play!

Well, you had me fooled. I thought you were still a kid in your 20s!
;o)

70. sandiquiz

Y'all keep it up. You're gonna cause me to purchase and torture a small tree yet!

Nice!
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73. Ylee
07:23 PM GMT on Μάιος 19, 2012
"Hope the monkeys are at least sedated at the zoo today."

ROTFLMBO! Pretty sedated today, being a Saturday and all! Only item of interest was an eight inch long, one inch diameter bolt fell 25 feet out of the crane I was operating on to the floor! I was okay, as it missed me by 20 feet! Don't worry, the crane is fixed now! :)

Hope your day goes by quickly; why the class on laws and ordinances? Maybe I'm being dense, or at least in need of a nap! :)
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72. sandiquiz
11:24 AM GMT on Μάιος 19, 2012
What other kinds of plants do they stock?

What do you want? lol
They stock everything from apple trees, though potatoes and petunias, to Zinnias !!

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71. GardenGrrl
11:12 AM GMT on Μάιος 19, 2012
Good Morning all, got to sleep a bit "late" have an all day continueing ed class to go to. Will be enthralled by the latest laws and ordnances. Entranced by reiterations.
Totally stoked.

Hi Rob, isn't it something that the first two rains after a dry spell we are doing the happy dance. Then the other much needed rains we have to convince ourselves it is not inconveniant it is needed. Do miss the days when I was a kid in my twenties and thunderstorms meant; go out and play!

Hi Ylee, Welcome Back to the place where everyone knows your name...WUville! Hope the monkeys are at least sedated at the zoo today.

Hi Sandi, Holy Cow, your garden centres are complete department stores! I would never have to go anywhere else. Those are some nice looking bonsai. Certainly would not see an exhibit like that at Home Depot. What other kinds of plants do they stock?
Anyhow, you garden centre pics got some WOWZ! over here.
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70. sandiquiz
02:36 PM GMT on Μάιος 17, 2012
Finally got a shot of the bonsai and also several photos to show you what else the garden centre stocks .... Oh, and all plants as well!!



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