Hi all....Noreen, in Houston......haven't been active much on the garden
chat for some years. I'm having trouble with the new format, used to know
people's email addy's so could figure out who was who, but now, if posters don't
sign or say who they are, I have no clue....so I have a hard time keeping up
Still in Houston, still active in the different plant societies,
although am not as active in a few that I used to be more active in.
Finally finished the International judging school, with specialty in
Bromeliads, Succulents, and artistic design. Lost so many plants and half
my house with hurricane Ike, then the subsequent super hard freezes that
followed, that I had a dickens of a time even getting the number of plants
required to be a judge back. Things were a bit tough with the job situation
at that time too. Had thoughts of it being a perfect time to get
out of plants, but being an addicted, fanatical plant lover, there was
absolutely no way. haha Went through a couple floods from then
through this year, worst being during Memorial day weekend 2015....but we
all (plants, animals and humans) survived that too. Seems every time
there is a really rough period, there are some wonderful things that come from
it.....especially with dear friends. Things could be much worse, and I'm
grateful nothing has been worse. My mom is still alive and doing well,
thank goodness, she turned 89 the 26th of Dec.
Many of you are animal people as well as plant......when I first met many
of you, I had 7 dogs, and 7 cats. I can't believe I'm back to 7 cats
again, and 7 dogs, 3 added this year alone.....all rescues, and one a foster,
while his folks are in Saudi (no dogs allowed). Also, a friend talked me
into taking in a parrot from the National Parrot Rescue and Preservation, which
resulted in a few more, in the past 5 years or so. Still have my
ponds with turtles, frogs, fish etc. although I lost all my gold fish and the
butterfly Koi with Ike.....23 days of no electricity and high heat doesn't do
well for filtration and aeration. Haven't replaced the fish, but do
still have the native mosquito fish, Gambusia. Have, in the past
decade, taken in quite a few native land turtles that were unable to be released
by the Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise rescue group. So it's a jungle and
zoo at my house and garden, with all free roaming, but I would not want it any
other way. :-)
I've been really thrilled to keep in touch with quite a few of you,
especially Pam, Jesse, Chris, Jim, and a few others on Facebook......I
really miss being in touch with many of you, who are not on (or not as active
on Facebook), that I've come to know through the years before when this was
still the American Hort. Society group. I often think of many of
you, the friendships formed, etc. Thanks
Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year!! So good to hear from many
of you, great idea for the check in!!!
In a message dated 12/31/2015 7:40:09 A.M. Central Standard Time,
I have been thinking about Pam…. I hope you are ok after all the
storms. Garland got hit so hard!
I thought it would be good on this last day of the year if
everyone could check in and let us all know how you are doing.
I am in Gainesville, Ga. We moved here to be closer to
our daughter and 2 of our granddaughters. We are renting a VRBO on Lake
Lanier, beautiful place to live but we can’t stay after June. It gets to
expensive! Any advice on where we should go next? My husband just
has to live near an airport so he can fly out every week. Atlanta has
been great but traffic to the airport is more than he wants again. We
have been thinking around Bastrop, Texas and he could fly out of Austin.
Any advice on that one? We have lived in Houston and was great
being near my sister and brother but the traffic to the airports was hard on
Don. I would love your advice, there are so many great places to
Happy New Year!!!