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RE: Everyone must be....

My husband found some outgoing bills of one of our neighbors in the bushes
during one of his many walks.  I encouraged the neighbor to report it,
which he did.  The Postal Inspector happened to be there and advised him to
always put his outgoing bill payments in one of the official blue postal
boxes or the outgoing in the Post Office to avoid ID theft.  When a thief
has your outgoing check, he has your account number, the bank routing
number and your signature...they don't need much to set up a fake.  So
sorry, I know this must have been a real pain.  Hope you weren't out too
much.  Many banks have a limit on your responsibility.

We are still in the middle of a terrible drought...worst one in 98 of the
last 100 years.  Even if we have a wet winter, the weather people are
saying that it will take 10 years to recover and get back to normal because
our rain fall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year rather than
in one season.  September did bring us some rain but not enough to help the
ground water...if you dig down three feet, you hit bone dry soil.  Right
now, the only thing that is helping is the TVA dam system...else, we would
all be out of water.  I'm letting most of my plants survive on their own
and hope they make it.  UGH.

> [Original Message]
> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 11/5/2007 10:45:12 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Everyone must be....
> Busy but alas, not gardening. I got one pot - one - into the greenhouse.
> Saturday morning husband sat down to do bills and discovered that early
> last month someone had stolen our outgoing mail, with paid bills in it,
> and was busy writing checks around town using our account. So we spent
> hours at the bank backtracking all that stuff and more hours online
> trying to make sure they hadn't gotten into anything else. I still need
> to make the police report. Did you know (I didn't) that they don't even
> need your checks? The ones that were cashed were complete fakes, they
> just put our account number on the bottom. And poor fakes at that,
> anyone who really looked at it would have seen the typos and weird
> lettering, but oh well. We are hoping they are small-time criminals
> since all the activity happened a few days after the theft and nothing
> in the last couple weeks. What a PITA.
> What gorgeous weather we are having! In the back of my mind is the
> little voice that says we need rain, but it's just so wonderful now...no
> wind, sun, temps in the high 70s. Beautiful. Sunday I went hiking for a
> couple hours and then we loaded up my horse and went out to where
> husband's horse is being trained and boarded. My sister met us there and
> we went for a trail ride. More dirt roads than trails, but we hadn't
> been out there before so at least we didn't get lost. The rabbitbrush is
> blooming now and we were surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunny yellow
> (don't get too close, it smells atrocious). Ah you can't imagine how
> pretty the day was.
> My sycamores are dropping leaves now, so I guess it's time to start
> raking. And my poor rhododendron looks awful. We had the water rationing
> last week so all the sprinklers were off. Only a week of not watering,
> and it wasn't seriously hot, but the poor plant looks really bad. I am
> now feeling irresponsible for keeping this cool woodland plant here in
> the desert, I've always been kind of smug about having one but now I
> wonder - given our water problems - if I should be keeping it. Well, if
> it doesn't recover now that we're watering again, problem solved.
> Everything else looks fine.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 9:59 AM
> To: Garden Chat
> Subject: [CHAT] Everyone must be....
> busy this weekend. Not much happening here. Kinda chilly when I got
> up--55 degrees--but that's relative, I guess. Started a bunch of
> cuttings of strawberry guava [Psidium cattleianum (aka P. littorale)]
> for a friend in India. Don't know if they'll root; apparently the
> cuttings can be somewhat stubborn. Interesting and odd thing about the
> plant: it's invasive in Hawaii's rainforest [where wild pigs spread the
> seeds] and in central Florida [where birds spread the seeds], but not
> here--and in fact, I can't get it to grow from seed for some reason.
> And my friend in India is batting zero-for-two trying to grow them from
> seeds also.
> If you've never seen this plant, it's a nice, large, multi-stem shrub
> with very nice stem color and contour--somewhat like crepe myrtle but
> without the peeling [and suckering]. The local library has several that
> have been trimmed up as small trees, and they're quite eye-catching.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Sunset Zone 25
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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