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RE: Everyone must be....

They didn't even need our signature. The fake checks didn't even have
our names on them, just the bank name (misspelled, btw) and the real
account number. Thankfully the bank is crediting our account for the
fake ones. And we're waiting for the other shoe to drop...but I hope
this will be the end of it. We have a PO box too, got it years ago for
convenience when we moved, and we'll be sending pretty much everything
there now.
It's awful how many places are getting hit with drought. I may do what
you're doing, just see what will live with the reduced water and go from
there. I am giving thought to cutting back the veggie garden next year
too. That hurts more to think about than the front yard - now I know
what really matters to me.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Bonnie Holmes
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 9:44 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Everyone must be....

My husband found some outgoing bills of one of our neighbors in the
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
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
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
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
our rain fall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year rather
in one season.  September did bring us some rain but not enough to help
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
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
> Saturday morning husband sat down to do bills and discovered that
> last month someone had stolen our outgoing mail, with paid bills in
> 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
> to make the police report. Did you know (I didn't) that they don't
> 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
> wind, sun, temps in the high 70s. Beautiful. Sunday I went hiking for
> 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
> 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
> blooming now and we were surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunny
> (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
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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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