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Re: Been gone too long!

Kitty: I've tried to give each of them a section of the garden that they
can call their own...Morgan especially seems to love gardening and her
area is somewhat more developed than the older two kid's spots. She
seems especially fond of daylilies and columbine. All of them have their
own rose bushes. The garden really is something we all can enjoy
together...for which I am profoundly grateful.

Hills, IA  zone 5

Work for the Lord:  the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this world!

 --- On Fri 12/02, kmrsy@netzero.net < kmrsy@netzero.net > wrote:
From: kmrsy@netzero.net [mailto: kmrsy@netzero.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2005 14:02:56 GMT
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Been gone too long!

Melody, I knew that your kids help out. I just thought maybe the garden
was "mom's thing" and they helped in other ways. <br><br>Kitty<br><br>--
&quot;Melody &quot; &lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt; wrote:<br>Kitty: My kids
and my husband all work in the garden in a thousand<br>different
ways...just they need lots of directioning so things don't
get<br>uprooted or destroyed by accident (you know, the &quot;Oh, I'm
sorry that<br>looked like a weed...&quot; thing). Each of the kids has
their own section of<br>the garden, too but as they are still learning,
guidance is necessary.<br>I'm thinking it was a combination of a bunch
of different things that<br>got us so behind...the weather here this
past year was very<br>strange...unbelievably warm when it shouldn't have
been, no rain for so<br>long that the ground dried up to the point you
couldn't even get a<br>shovel in it, and my work at the church has been
unusually demanding for<br>the past several months while I launched a

catecheteics program for<br>the kids and adults that required a total
restructuring process and<br>months of planning to pull off some major
events. Still several more<br>major events to design and coordinate into
next year, plus continually<br>revamping<br><br>the faith formation
programs is going to tax my time for a while yet, so<br>it is necessary
to figure out how to streamline the gardening and<br>housework for a
while...getting there, it's just taking time. Thanks for<br>the concern,
though.<br><br><br><br>Melody <br>Hills, IA zone 5<br><br>Work for the
Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this
world!<br><br> --- On Thu 12/01, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
Center &lt; 4042N15@nationalhearing.com &gt; wrote:<br>From: Chapel
Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center [mailto:
4042N15@nationalhearing.com]<br>To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Date: Thu, 1
Dec 2005 12:02:27 -0600<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Been gone too
long!<br><br>Glad to hear from you again

Melody.&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Can the kids help you with<br>your garden
next year? It's called reciprosity.&lt;br&gt;You help them in
an<br>endless number of ways, maybe there's something
they&lt;br&gt;could do to help<br>with spring cleanup in the yard. It
would be a good&lt;br&gt;life-lesson
for<br>them.&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Kitty&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;----- Original
Message ----- &lt;br&gt;From: &quot;Melody<br>&quot;
&lt;gardenchat@hort.net&gt;&lt;br&gt;Sent: Thursday,<br>December 01,
2005 12:16 AM&lt;br&gt;Subject: [CHAT] Been gone
too<br>long!&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; OMG...how the heck are
you guys? I have missed all of<br>you and have&lt;br&gt;&gt; enjoyed
skimming the list mail trying to keep up with<br>all the
going's&lt;br&gt;&gt; on...I probably missed some stuff but the nice
part<br>is knowing you all&lt;br&gt;&gt; are still here. I hope all of
you had a good<br>Thanksgiving...it was my&lt;br&gt;&gt; turn to work

year so the DH and kids<br>did most of the cooking while&lt;br&gt;&gt; I
slept. Have been enormously busy<br>with church and the classes I've
been&lt;br&gt;&gt; taking for ministry<br><br>formation and stewardship.
The kids are all sick&lt;br&gt;&gt; right now and my<br>mom had knee
surgery so home life is keeping me busy,&lt;br&gt;&gt; too. Work
at<br>the hospital is the SOSDD as it has been for all the
years&lt;br&gt;&gt; I've<br>worked here...had an upper level management
person who makes the&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>big bucks ask me recently how I
could stand working in a job I<br>hated&lt;br&gt;&gt; that much for so
long. I just looked at her and laughed...I<br>said it's&lt;br&gt;&gt;
called a paycheck and benefits. LOL! I guess when you<br>make in excess
of&lt;br&gt;&gt; 100 grand a year you live in a different plane
of<br>reality than the&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; rest of
us.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; My poor garden really<br>suffered this
year under the demands of 2 jobs

and&lt;br&gt;&gt; classes and<br>family commitments. Got so far behind I
eventually&lt;br&gt;&gt; surrendered<br>which I know will make for more
work in the late winter,&lt;br&gt;&gt; early<br>spring but something had
to give and this was it. I think we might&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>have done
okay until the sinkhole episode which just totally
ruined<br>a&lt;br&gt;&gt; good<br><br>portion of my favorite
garden...that and the lack of rain through&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>much of the
summer. Well, I can hope for a better year next
year,<br>can't&lt;br&gt;&gt; I? Now I have all winter to think about how
I can improve and<br>streamline&lt;br&gt;&gt; the process of working in
my gardens.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>Speaking of
winter, we're getting our first appreciable snow
storm<br>here&lt;br&gt;&gt; in this part of the state tonight. Started
snowing here about<br>9 p.m. and&lt;br&gt;&gt; by the time I left for
work at 10:20 p.m. it was pretty<br>nasty.&lt;br&gt;&gt; Interstate

traffic was moving at about 25 mph,
semi's<br>included...high&lt;br&gt;&gt; winds made for near white out at
times because of<br>all the flat fields.&lt;br&gt;&gt; Plows hadn't been
out yet so it was tough to<br>tell where to drive. Took&lt;br&gt;&gt; me
about 1/2 hour to drive 10 miles. Of<br>course, it is supposed to
stop&lt;br&gt;&gt; during the night and we're only<br>supposed to be
looking at 4 inches or&lt;br&gt;&gt; less, so the morning drive<br>ought
to be much better. Ceres...how did you&lt;br&gt;&gt; guys do with
this<br><br>storm?&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; And to
those west of here who got creamed by the<br>storm earlier
this&lt;br&gt;&gt; week...ugh! So sorry...I was praying for all
of<br>you. And to our friends&lt;br&gt;&gt; in OK...hope they get those
fires under<br>control soon...that looks nasty.&lt;br&gt;&gt;
Pam...always wishing for rain for<br>you my dear. Jim...people up
here&lt;br&gt;&gt; couldn't believe the Buddha's<br>hand...they were

fascinated by it. It was&lt;br&gt;&gt; too bitter for us to eat,<br>but
it ended up being a great show and tell&lt;br&gt;&gt; piece. Thanks. I
could<br>go on and on, with personal thoughts and messages&lt;br&gt;&gt;
for nearly<br>everyone on the list, but that would be unbearable for
all&lt;br&gt;&gt; the<br>rest. Suffice to say, I've been mostly paying
attention and praying&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>lots and lots for all of you.
Andrea...hope you are feeling better<br>with&lt;br&gt;&gt; the back.
God, I've missed you guys so much...it feels good to<br>be
back.&lt;br&gt;&gt; Here's hoping I can hang around more. Hugs to all
Melody&lt;br&gt;&gt; Hills, IA zone 5&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; Work
for<br>the<br><br>Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement is out
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