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This Week

I now have a better understanding of how Columbus crossed the ocean in 1492. 
Yesterday a pleasing wind of 18 to 22 mph seemed to offer pleasant working 
conditions until I discovered what that little old breeze could do to a piece 
of plastic measuring 48 feet by 100 feet. Roy and I were covering what I call 
growing house number one. As the wind caught the plastic I could imagine how 
the sails would whip on a ship. My first thought was that the noise in a 
storm would soon cause deafness. My second thought was I would not want to 
endure such an experience. Even after tying the material down in several 
places the wind continued to pick it up, slam it down and of course always 
move it from the position which I wanted it to be. We soon learned to work 
between the stronger gusts. This experience has caused me to decided that it 
may be necessary to stray from my interest in genes and transfer to 
aerodynamics. There are four more houses to cover. Covering houses is one of 
my least favorite things that has to be done each year. Seems such a lot of 
work to put it on now and then take it off in a few months but at least my 
skills are improving and the required time is much less than the first year 
we tried. Since today's temperature was in the seventies I may get even more 
practice. By 9 AM the doors had to be opened to allow the wind to move the 
heat outside. 

Now Joe I really like your idea of putting hosta leaves on a daylilie. After 
all the daylilie foliage was never anything to brag about anyway. That must 
mean you could not lose. HA 

Joe and Jim thanks for the instructions. Now if you can provide me with the 
needed information of which hosta has the temperature resistant genes, etc., 
I will begin to plan my program for 2000 otherwise I think you have taught me 
enough that I can decide to just continue my blundering ways. Why take the 
fun out of going into the garden and looking around to decide which plant has 
characteristics that will complement another? One day a friend came by as I 
was spreading pollen. He asked my sister what I was doing. Her reply was that 
she had been watching for days and had decided that one of my personalities 
was that of a giant bumblebee. She had no idea what the object was but she 
could depend on finding me conducting the same operation each day. By leaving 
the science to you that understand it I can continue to dream of what each 
cross will produce five year later.

Our Chattanooga Regional Hosta Society met today for the annual Christmas 
Party. Its hard to believe the quality of food supplied by that group. Their 
pleasure is shown by the effort made to bring the most attractive and best 
tasting foods. For example just one effort was that today we had a cake 
topped with a hosta plant made from white candy which had been delicately 
colored. Shortly after our society organization one member suggested that 
being a good cook should be a prerequisite to becoming a member. Sometimes I 
think she must be screening the group.

The X files are continuing to intrigue me so I had to pot a few more. There 
are now several lemon colored ones that have a patten leather finish. Some of 
the red petioles are already disappearing but others are hanging in there and 
developing blotches. So some of the X files have the measles.

The PC was in the shop for two days this week. It has what they call a 
locking problem which it seem they can't fix. I had forgotten just how much 
work I could get done before the days of AHS Robin. I think it may be 
necessary to budget my time as I don't want to become the wife that received 
Email from her husband telling her how the children were growing and that 
since he had sent the last email to her he had had a promotion. He finished 
by saying he would write again in three months as usual. I have one problem 
with this Roy doesn't write Email.
Happy Holidays,
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