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RE: Thanks

Sorry to hear about Katie.... sometime we have to do what is best, even when
it hurts.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Melody
> Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:11 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Thanks
> Thanks to all of you for the wonderful birthday wishes.
> Say! I guess we got some rain here today while I slept...kids said it
> poured for a bit. Can't tell...ground is still rock hard. I haven't been
> able to do much in the garden for a while now...we've had some darned
> hot weather here lately...high 90's with humidity nearing 100%. Pretty
> dangerous weather and it has been unremitting. Has felt like August
> since mid-June. Here where I live the weather guys say we are down
> almost 7 inches of rain so far and we are in an offical drought county
> as of this week. The corn, though tall like it should be, is not
> producing any ears and many farmers around here are cutting their fields
> for silage already...bad news economically for them.
> For me what all of this translates into is that the ground is so darned
> hard you can't even get a shovel into it, much less get the weeds pulled
> out. But despite that, my garden seems to be flourishing in some
> respects. The roses seem to have temporarily discontinued blooming, but
> that is okay...everything else seems to be doing well and I have lots of
> color and variety, especially with the coneflowers, daylilies, phlox,
> hibiscus, etc. that are blooming. As compared to many of the gardens
> I've seen, things look pretty good. I haven't done any watering so far,
> which is my usual practice as I like to encourage drought tolerance and
> deep roots in my plants. However, since it doesn't look much like we'll
> be getting any significant rain any time soon and we're heading into a
> 100 degree weekend, I thought tomorrow on my first day of my
> mini-vacation I would water everything really well. Of course, now that
> I'm going to start watering, it will mean I am committed to once a
> week watering for the duration but I think I can handle that.
> On a sadder note, we had to put our last remaining kitty to sleep today.
> Her name was Katie, she was 8 years old and for the past 2 years she has
> had a terrible seizure disorder. Despite her medication regimen, she
> started having seizures again on Monday and by today she was seizing
> almost nonstop. Her seizures had become so violent that she ripped out 5
> of her claws in the past 24 hrs. She had had enough and so had all of
> us...it was time. Thanks in advance for the many thoughts and prayers I
> am sure all of you will send...I'll probably not make it back on line
> for a few days since Thursday through Monday promise to be very busy,
> but I'll catch up with you then.
> Melody
> Hills, IA  zone 5
> Work for the Lord:  the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this
> world!
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