RE: Happy Vernal Equinox!
Cyndi: What is the paperback swap and how does it work? URL? Thanks so much.
Well, the storm we were supposed to get that was going to bring snow
missed us completely...not even any rain! Good for us but not so good
for north and east of us...I guess Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois are
a mess...hundreds of flights cancelled or delayed at O'Hare...
I wonder how often Good Friday and the Vernal Equinox coincide? Cannot
be that often. One of our parishioners was born on Easter Sunday...and
had to wait 80 years before her birthday fell on another Easter Sunday.
My kids find it fascinating that Easter is dated based on the Vernal
Blessings in Christ's mercy,
Work for the Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this world!
--- On Fri 03/21, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT < email@example.com > wrote:
From: Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 13:43:02 -0700
Subject: [CHAT] Happy Vernal Equinox!
I know I am late by a day but hey, it's spring! I was thinking of
all<br>the things I need to do, a constant occupation for me. Even
knowing that<br>I won't get to most of them I still like to think I
will. Some day.<br>We waited until last weekend to pull out the poor
rhododendron. I<br>figured it was hopeless but I left it anyway in case
of miracles. I<br>don't know why one short week of no water killed it
off - it was in<br>October, not really that hot - but nonetheless it
died. Husband kept<br>saying it could not have been the watering but eh,
it was happy before<br>we shut off the water and indubitably dead the
next week. Now I need<br>something to put in that northwest corner. I am
considering moving my<br>Japanese maple, which is struggling in the
teahouse garden. It isn't<br>very big so should be simple to do, and it
will get more shade and wind<br>protection there.<br>I broached the
subject of hiring gardeners to help me clean up the front<br>and you'd
have thought I
hit husband with a cattle prod. However, if<br>he's not willing for us
to spend money on it then by golly he's going to<br>help me. Some chores
don't require much critical thought, like trimming<br>the junipers and
pyracantha, so we'll see how it goes. And he is capable<br>of pulling
out grass from the dry garden, I will have to emphasize that<br>NOTHING
other than grass gets pulled, but if I repeat the rules ten or<br>twelve
times he'll be okay.<br>In the greenhouse I have peppers and tomatoes
sprouted, didn't get as<br>good germination from the peppers as I'd like
but they are quite slow<br>normally. I did the saltpeter trick on the
chiles and they did okay<br>except for the habaneros, none of them are
up and it's been two weeks.<br>We'll see. All but two of the twelve
mesquite pots have sprouts. I<br>should have made a control set too,
seeds that I did not scarify at all,<br>to see what would happen. I
decided I will transplant the mesquites<br>into 5-gallon containers
and put them in the veggie garden where they<br>can grow and be
regularly watered this year (and not eaten by rabbits or<br>gophers),
and hopefully next year I'll put them into the ground.<br>If the weather
is good I will not get much gardening done this weekend,<br>we have two
days of riding planned. If it's too windy to ride I can weed<br>and
start deadheading daffodils. Sure wish I had more free time,
but<br>that's the way it is now, I have to garden smarter I
suppose.<br>Speaking of free time I joined the Paperback Swap online,
much fun. I<br>started listing about 20 books and before I was done I
had orders for<br>five of them. Now I can get five more books! I don't
know when I'll get<br>to read them, but that's not the point.
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