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Re: now train trip- was Sad cat news

Someone in Colorado is experimenting in using the pinebeetle wood.  He
timbers it before the tree rots and is turning it into molding, trim, etc. 
The wood has a blue color where the beetles have tunneled into the tree. 

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 10/15/2008 2:58:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] now train trip- was Sad cat news
> Well, we're back. Sandy seems like her old self.  The vet came the day we
> and gave her another injection - said she couldn't believe how much she
> improved. I'm so thankful, but think it must have been an error at the
> Anyway, we went and came back - two nights on the train each way.  I don't
> ever want to have to do that again.  We had the deluxe suites, but even
> there wasn't much room to move around.  Our meals were brought to us so
> that we didn't have to stagger up and down corridors.  The showers didn't
> really work that well, but we were able to clean ourselves.  The ride was 
> really
> rough part of the way, especially at night when the train went much faster
> than during the day.  The layovers in Chicago weren't bad - there is a
> nice waiting room for sleeper passengers.  They carried our baggage for us
> and gave us rides to the cars.  On the way back we were scheduled for a
> hour layover in Chicago, but the train was four hours late from Denver,
> when we got to Chicago they put us right on the train out- we were in the
> waiting room less than half an hour.  Didn't get any supper that night,
> that
> was not a big problem.  I'm just thankful to get home and find everything 
> right
> back here.
> Colorado was beautiful, as always.  They said the color was at its peak,
> it's true the aspens were lovely.  We had seen fall colors in the West
> and I always remembered aspens as being pure gold.  This year there was a
> lot of pinky-orange color such as I had never seen before.  My son who
> there said he had never noticed it before.  What would cause this?
> Soil conditions?
> We took a couple of great day-trips - up to Estes Park and across the
> On the West slope there is a great deal of damage from pine beetles -
> slopes of dead trees.  I assured my son that the forests will recover -
> seen
> such damage in Chincoteague and other places where regrowth was incredibly
> quick - but he is sure that the area is done for.  Of course he is
> from
> a real-estate viewpoint since they are considering buying a weekend place
> the mountains.  And of course Ma wouldn't know anything anyway.
> The grandchildren were fun, but after six days I was exhausted.  Two more
> on the train coming home didn't help.  Now I am beginning to catch up bit
> bit.  Nice to go, but good to be home.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 9/29/2008 7:52:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:
> How long of a layover in Chgo?  I am thinking you will be at union
station, so
> becareful!... Not the greatest part of town.  I would offer to come get
> but most likely I will either be working or tending to mother who had hip
> replacement last week.... but you never know!
> We did steam engine trains for a week all throughout Colorado.  It was the
> BEST way to see the countryside.  (I realize you are doing amtrack or
> Donna
> --- On Mon, 9/29/08, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Sad cat news
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Monday, September 29, 2008, 3:37 PM
> Thanks so much for all your support and prayers.  The issue is not yet
> resolved.  Today the vet was surprised at how much better Sandy seemed,
> so she recommended putting off a final decision.  The problem is that we
> are leaving on Thursday for ten days, and don't want to burden the persons
> who will be feeding the cats, and also don't want to leave Sandy untended
> if she is likely to go into a decline.  Today she seems like her old self,
> but
> the vet says that may end at any time.
> Some time ago there was a discussion here of train travel.  I didn't pay
> too
> much attention since I had no experience to share nor any plans for such
> travel. However, since we have given up our usual semiannual trips to
> Chincoteague, Chet has decided that we shoud visit our youngest son in
> Colorado.  Flying is such a hassle, and he is just not up to the long
> through airports, so he and #3 son decided we should go by train.  This is
> a major undertaking - involves a layover in Chicago and two nights on the
> train.  We have a reservation in one of the larger rooms, and they promise
> "red hat" service to handle our baggage, etc.  It would have been
> less
> expensive to fly.  Anyway, Chet is quite excited at the prospect.  I dread
> it,
> but have no choice.  I have laid in a stock of mysteries to keep me going.
> At least the visit should be fun.  We are promised that our youngest
> granddaughter will play in a soccer game - three-year-old soccer has to be
> the most absure idea I have heard of in a long time.  This three-year-old
> already competitive - dominates her six-year-old brother completely.
> It seems that the Logan girls are the jocks in the family.  My older 
> daughter, now out of college, has had a go at competitive swimming,
> all sorts of horsey sports including barrel racing, and crew at college. 
> boys, unfortunately, have not been outstanding in any positive way.
> All that doesn't make our cat problem any easier, but I am trying to take
> it
> day to day and see what happens.  Again, thanks for all your support
> Auralie
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