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Re: So much to do etc

Exactly Jim.  LOL.

james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
  Yeah... catching guineas is like herding cats. Only worse.

On May 9, 2006, at 2:15 PM, Jesse Bell wrote:

> WOW...do you work outside the home too? And I thought I was 
> busy....I'm flat out TIRED after reading all of that! LOL.
> Since you are a country girl, you'll appreciate this. My neighbors way
> back behind us had some guineas...and they would run around the creek
> area between our two farms. Well, the other day he saw my husband and
> said, "My damn guineas are all over at your place...I don't have ONE of
> them left!" He didn't have any females. We do. It's spring....and his
> guineas are looking for love in all the RIGHT places! My husband just
> laughed and said, "Yep...I think our guinea population doubled over the
> last week....come on over and get 'em!" Ya gotta know...there is no way
> in hell to catch 15-20 guineas...no way man. They do what they wanna 
> do.
> Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
> Good weather and gardening, what more can you ask?
> I meant to take pictures of the gardens this weekend but once again 
> didn't
> get to it. It'll be in full bloom for a little while yet so there's 
> still
> plenty of time.
> I did most of my activity in the vegetable garden, figured I would get 
> on
> top of the weeds there while they are still small. So the onions, the
> lettuce, and the peas are all weeded and mulched. We are feeding our 
> ewes
> oat hay instead of alfalfa to help dry up their milk, and they waste 
> so much
> of it there's plenty of mulching material. The tomatoes look pretty 
> nice,
> the soybeans and the corn are up, but the green beans I planted didn't
> sprout. Could be old seed...or maybe the ravens ate them all...I 
> figured I'd
> replant and see if it works. It's very late to be doing that, green 
> beans
> don't set real well in the kind of heat we get in the summer, but what 
> the
> heck - I don't need many. And I direct seeded some eggplant and okra, 
> pretty
> old packets though, we'll see what happens there too. Peppers are 
> hardening
> off and will go in probably next weekend. One thing about cutting back 
> this
> year is I didn't buy new seed, so I'm getting rid of all those old 
> packets I
> was going to use "someday". Silly to keep old seed but I am a pack 
> rat, no
> denying it. Now I can plant them with a clear conscience and I've even
> tossed those I know I won't use.
> We have gophers and ground squirrels galore. It's incredible, there 
> can't be
> 10 sq ft anywhere without a gopher hole in it. My husband has about 10
> gopher traps set all over the place and as soon as he catches one and 
> moves
> the trap to the next place, a new hole sprouts where he just was. And 
> ground
> squirrels, we have not seen them in years but last night we saw two
> scampering in the vegetable garden. They do a lot of damage to my 
> irrigation
> system, plants, and they dig big burrows. I hear they steal eggs from
> chickens too, but I've never seen that. Anyway we are trapping for 
> them too.
> Sheesh!
> We bought a new ram lamb the other day, the girls need a boyfriend for 
> next
> fall. Lots of pushing and shoving when you introduce a new member to 
> the
> flock. Sometime during the night somebody busted through the gate into 
> the
> veg garden. My husband shouted for me that morning and my heart just 
> sank,
> but it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. They had walked on
> everything but didn't eat much so there was surprisingly little damage
> considering. Talk about lucky.
> Out front the roses are blooming, not yet fully loaded but soon. The 
> dutch
> iris and bearded iris look great. The hardy geraniums are the best 
> I've ever
> seen them - maybe they really liked the wet/cool weather we had since
> February? I've got to get after the vinca though, it will smother 
> them. I've
> moved a bunch of daylilies, I don't even know what colors they are so 
> that
> will bear watching. The dry garden looks very nice indeed although I 
> still
> have bare spots. It's harder now to plant in there, new natives want a
> season of almost regular water while the established ones will hate 
> that.
> Going out there with a watering can is not real practical but it may 
> be what
> I have to do. I have already lost a few of the new salvias to gophers, 
> grrr,
> it's what I get for not taking the time to make the cages.
> But all in all, it's pretty good. Going to be about 90 today. Wish I 
> were
> outside...
> Cyndi
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