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Re: weather conditions


I knew they weren't native. Thanks for the historical background.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 30, 2006, at 6:07 PM, pdickson wrote:

> Cyndi,
> Funny that you mentioned tumbleweeds.  My sister in law and brother  
> are in Armenia for 2 years and she is writing her journal via e- 
> mails to everyone back home.  I found the following excerpt  
> interesting about tumbleweeds.  I took out the name of the man she  
> is referring to since this can be seen by so many.... but I thought  
> you might find it interesting.
> Tricia
>
> " I referred, jokingly, to Texas tumbleweeds in a parking lot at  
> one of the museums we visited.  A good friend and one whose  
> knowledge knows no bounds shared with me the source of the plant  
> which we thought was as native to Texas as the armadillo.  He  
> shared with me that my Texas tumbleweeds are actually descendents  
> of Russian thistles.  Evidently, Ukrainian Mennonite immigrant  
> farmers brought the weed seed interspersed in flax seed when they  
> came to the US in 1873.  By 1900 the weed had spread from North  
> Dakota, California, Oklahoma, and Arizona.   The weed seeds were  
> spread in commercial seed, in cattle cars, and of course by the  
> winds.  He says, "The Navajos around Snowflake, Arizona where I was  
> teaching in the late 1950's, dried it and ground it into a powder  
> to give to people who have the flu.  In the '30's and 40's they  
> gave it to people who got smallpox, until smallpox was wiped  
> out."   Maybe it will be the source of a cure for Bird Flu.  Being  
> the master teacher that he is, I can already imagine his kind  
> response to this journal edition informing me that armadillo's  
> aren't native to Texas either.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/ 
> SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:23 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] weather conditions
>
>
>> Oh brrrrrrr. Hope your hubby gets home unfrozen!
>> It's been pretty cold for these parts too. We had our first really  
>> good
>> frost last weekend and then it let 'er rip. It was 17 degrees Tuesday
>> night and 15 degrees last night, with 30 mph winds. No rain, although
>> we've had about 2 feet of falling leaves.
>> Tell you what, one good thing about creeping suburbanization here is
>> that there are fewer tumbleweeds. Used to be you'd drive home on a  
>> windy
>> day, dodging 20 or so of the rolling monsters on the road, and then
>> fight your way through them piled around the house.
>>
>> Cyndi
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>> Behalf Of pdickson
>> Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 3:00 PM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: [CHAT] weather conditions
>>
>> We have had one of the worst days I can remember in a long long time.
>> It is like a blizzard.... blowing snow and sooo cold.  I think the  
>> wind
>> chill is around 5-8 degrees.
>> My husband just called and told me that he was stuck in a ditch.   
>> He and
>> a guy that works with him were trying to help another guy out of the
>> ditch and all 3 of their trucks ended up stuck.  They had another  
>> friend
>> that they could call that brought a huge 4 wheel drive tractor to  
>> pull
>> all of them out.  This is headed to Chicago so I don't know how  
>> many of
>> you that will affect... but get ready.  It is suppose to stop here in
>> the next few hours.
>> Tricia
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 4:39 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Home again jiggety jig
>>
>>
>>> yeah, here too.  sleeted all afternoon.  i had to dump a pitcher of
>> water
>>> on
>>> my car door to get it open to leave work.  yippee.
>>>
>>> On 11/29/06, Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> We'll probably have the same fun driving to work on Friday. <YECCH>
>> I
>>>> don't
>>>> mind snow so much, but nobody can drive on ice.
>>>> zem
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
>>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 7:41 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Home again jiggety jig
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> > Well you left just in time... weather is turning fast here.  Been
>>>> raining
>>>> > all
>>>> > day, and tomorrow night we are expecting something- either a
>> dusting or
>>>> a
>>>> > foot
>>>> > of snow.... either way isn't good as all this wet is going to
>> freeze-
>>>> > should
>>>> > be a wonderful Friday morning drive to work.. NOT!
>>>> >
>>>> > Donna
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > ----- Original
>>>> > Message ----
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > I am so glad to be home. Very happy to hear that everyone had a
>>>> > good holiday.
>>>> > Ours was nice. We fried a 20lb turkey and had one small Ziploc
>>>> > bag left. Also
>>>> > had the cornbread dressing and all the fixings. This was at my
>>>> > Dad and
>>>> > Stepmom's house. Got to go for a short motorcycle ride. The  
>>>> weather
>>>> > was
>>>> > fabulous and extremely unusual for this time of year. But wow  
>>>> am I
>> glad
>>>> to
>>>> > be
>>>> > home.
>>>> > A
>>>> > Andrea Hodges
>>>> > Beaufort, SC
>>>> >
>>>> >
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>>>
>>> -- 
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>>> Kemp TX
>>> zone 8A
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