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RE: Gosh I miss you guys

Bonnie: Thanks for the encouraging words. What we ended up doing with
the gardens is to begin the process of enlarging them...by stripping
sod. I can't salvage what I want until I have a place to move them, so
we've created a number of "holding beds"...best I could think of in the
short term until I can get to do more extensive work out there. I'm
hoping for some time to free up here once the annual church picnic is
out of the way and now that I've got my year's religion education
curriculum done...

It has been a really depressing couple of weeks here...my husband lost
his job when his boss fired him in a drug induced temper tantrum (his
boss has developed a crack cocaine habit so it didn't look like the
business would be around much longer anyway as he's funneling all of the
money into his habit) and I've had some health issues (bad mammogram and
bad PAP smear in the same week)...things I have no control over so we're
just getting through. 2nd mammogram done today seems okay; we'll recheck
again in 6 months. Looks like I have the joy of an endometrial biopsy in
my near future...lovely. Aah...enough complaining...got too much other
stuff to get done to worry about stuff I can't control.

Anyway...thanks for the advice about the brown paper sacks.  I'm definitely going to do that.  Got to get back to work here...

Hills, IA  zone 5

Work for the Lord:  the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this world!

 --- On Fri 09/01, Bonnie & Bill Morgan < wmorgan972@ameritech.net > wrote:
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan [mailto: wmorgan972@ameritech.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 08:42:11 -0400
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gosh I miss you guys

Melody, we miss you too, but I understand your needs and priorities.
You<br>cannot do it ALL. <br><br>Congratulations on your upcoming
graduation! What an accomplishment with<br>all you already have on your
plate!!! And yes, we all need one-on=one time<br>with our kids. My
youngest is 30 and I still want some time alone with each<br>girl every
now and then and so does DH. Of course, at their ages, it's
much<br>harder to get that time with Rayna working full time and going
to school<br>full time and Tzeitel working full time and taking care of
4 children and a<br>spouse. <br><br>As for your garden question, last
year with trying to get mother situated in<br>the nursing home, I wanted
to get the butterfly garden (which was already a<br>weedy mess) cleaned
out. It didn't happen because of many circumstances.<br>This spring the
whole bed was totally out of control. There is no way to<br>really
rescue it now other than dig it out, salvage what I can and
start<br>over, I'm

afraid. If you can get the weeds out this fall, lay brown
paper<br>grocery bags over the soil (leaving holes where plants are
growing of<br>course) and cover it with a layer of mulch, you won't have
that much work<br>next spring. It worked with another garden area that I
was able to get to<br>last fall. It has been relatively easy to manage
this year while the<br>butterfly garden is just depressing. Even the
butterflies seem to like the<br>North side driveway border garden
better.<br><br>Blessings,<br>Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)<br><br>
<br><br>-----Original Message-----<br>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf<br>Of Melody <br>Sent:
Friday, September 01, 2006 7:03 AM<br>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: [CHAT] Gosh I miss you guys<br><br>Dang
but I wish I had more time...to spend here with you guys. I really
miss<br>all of you and your advice, your support, your friendships.
Can't believe<br>how fast my time is going by. Next week I

graduate from my first<br>2 years in the lay ministry program and the
following week I start the next<br>portion of training...the Parish Life
Administrator certification.<br>My kids started back to school two weeks
ago. Meghan is now in high school,<br>9th grade. Mark is in junior high,
7th grade. And Morgan is now in 5th<br>grade...since Mark and Meg ride
the school bus now to and from school,<br>Morgan gets to have Dad to
herself for an hour in the mornings and Mom to<br>herself for an hour in
the afternoons...something she hasn't had since<br>before she started
kindergarten! She is over the moon! So am I to tell the<br>truth...I
like having some time with at least one of my kids
alone...<br><br><br>okay, so I do really have a question for you
all...my gardens are such a<br>mess...weeds everywhere and totally
overgrown...do I just give up and let it<br>finish out it's year without
trying to straighten it around or do I try and<br>eek out some time to
do some serious

serious work...we're talking several<br>days of it...what are the risks
vs. benefits of doing one over the other?<br>Help!!! It's gotten to the
point that even just walking through the gardens<br>brings me little
enjoyment because I just haven't been able to take care of<br>them this
year like I should have...it's pathetic...<br><br><br>Melody<br>Hills,
IA zone 5<br><br>Work for the Lord: the pay isn't much but the
retirement is out of
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