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June 9, 2013
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I will have to find a closer source for lilly pads, Cheryl. I can't figure a good way to get one home without it wilting or getting all beat up, OR the back of the car wet. The last was a condition mentioned by my DH. hug 

 

If I get it figured out, I will give it a go. I think the lilly pads would work very well. And my DH said he would help, and, pour me a pedestal. Kinda makes up for the mandate about not getting the cargo area wet, dontcha think?

June 13, 2013
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How about a heavy duty plastic bag filled with water, tied securely and placed in a plastic tote.  Or are your lilly pads bigger than that?  Would love to see one!

 

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June 13, 2013
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That might work. Thanks, judydee! I saw all sizes of lilly pads. The ones I want are huge.  Maybe 25 inches across.I tried to pull a big one up from its stem/tether, and almost capsized the canoe. Oops! DH wasn't too amused. We were paddling in the midst of gators. Never did get the big one loose. wink I don't know why he was bothered by the gators, we only saw little ones that day. 2 to 3 footers. DH says, where there are little ones, there are big ones. No worries, they are well fed. The lake has lots of fish and turtles and other gator delicacies. They don't want to chew on old folk like us.

 

June 13, 2013
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The lilly pads, judydee.IMGP4491.JPGImage Enlarger

June 13, 2013
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These lilly pads are prettier, but they are split. So they would not be as easy to use for a bird bath. These were found on B A Steinhagen Lake in East Texas. The previous lilly pads were on Lake Raven in Huntsville State Park Huntsville TX.IMGP3040-2.JPGImage Enlarger

June 13, 2013
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Those are beautiful and should make great birdbaths.  I have also seen a similar one used for as a table top--the concrete one, not the actual lilypad.  I may have to look around here for one--there used to be alot in an apartment complex pond over near my old house.  Unfortunately it is now in the "bad" part of town.  Definitely a daytime trip.

June 13, 2013
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I've been considering making a bowl shaped leaf shape, with another bowl of bucket underneath, and a copper pipe leading down to it attached to a fountain pump.  Where I would put it, I'd have to dig a semi level spot into the side of a hill to make it level etc.  I think a burbling water 'dish' would attract birds a lot even though I live very near a river and two ponds...  I've heard that birds are attracted to the sound of water.

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June 14, 2013
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BEG: Yes, yes, it's true. We increased our feeder traffic 5-fold when we added the bubbling /trickling water feature...We live less than 2 blocks from a very large water feature (geese, ducks, gulls, terns) in a super large urban park, so it's not like they'd have to fly a great distance...

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June 17, 2013
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happy-flowerWe were sitting on the porch a little while ago when we spied something down back that was as white as snow climbing up a tree, it was a white squirrel --pure white, I had heard about them, but have never seen one until now, how beautiful.

 Last week we removed 2 of the large water features we had in our yard, they were attracting raccoons up to the house, not a good thing, we have had them for 10 years, and I decided this Spring I didnt want the care they required in the Fall and Spring, when you live against all sorts of unwanted critters find their way to food and water, most of which I dont mind, but not raccoons.no

      

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June 25, 2013
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Hey Jo

sorry to hear you had to remove the water features, but I wouldn't want the racoons either.

Less of the evils :)

Steven turned up an area in the front yard for me and I got it all planted.  We put a tet-a-tet under the tree right there and it's so nice to enjoy the garden in the shade.

No porch here, that would be so nice :)

Been busy working on afghans, made one for a wedding gift and now I"m making a memory afghan, I have 3 of the 6 squares made.  I need to get it finished within the next two weeks so that it can be given to them before they head home way up north.

Hugs Cheryl

June 28, 2013
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Hi Cheryl,

 Yes I sort of hated to remove them, but in a way, it is a relief, keeping them clean and preparing them for the winter was becoming a chore, I have plans for the area were the ponds were. There are hundreds of rocks, some as large as a half bushel basket, and most of them are very pretty rocks, some granite and flint. I am planing a small rock wall, covering the ground with pea gravel and flat stones to extend to an existing patio. I have purchased some roses that were on sale to plant against the rock wall and have a nice bench that will go there for seating, it will be a nice change and no up keep.

      It sounds as though you are really keeping busy getting you new home together, it seems like it is never ending, I am always changing or adding to something.

          Have fun in your new home, that's what it is all about.

                            Jo

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July 9, 2013
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We have a nest of baby birds in our bird feeder again. They are so cute. Theay are right on our patio so we can watch them when we are sitting out there.

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July 9, 2013
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How great you can watch them grow :)

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Throwing out a reminder to all to check the "Recipe Request" section over at Farm Bell Recipes occasionally.  Bonny posted one that sounds VERY interesting.  (OK - I would really, really like to see the recipe she requested!)

Thanks!

 

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August 9, 2013
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Today was back to school for my kiddos so it has been a busy couple of days getting everything they need to head back to school.

The person who upsets you the most is your best teacher, because they bring you face to face with who you are.

August 11, 2013
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Hope everything is OK with Suzanne, haven't seen a post since Thurs...

Out having a great time I hope!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

August 14, 2013
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I'm re-posting my comment from the rules section here, because I want to make sure that the max number of people see it.  I hate sounding harsh, and we aren't really all that huge on rules around here, it's a pretty friendly place, but there have been a few things lately which are a bit upsetting.  I guess that's the price for having a larger group!  Thanks you guys!  It's really just a few folks, and I don't want to upset the whole flock~   chicken chicken chicken
There have recently been several people who have posted commercial ads within their posts sometimes with links very thinly disguised in the text, all of which is against the rules in the 'forum rules and standards' thread.  As it says, if you are a retailer you may purchase an ad at the link given, the costs are quite reasonable! 
 
If you are a crafter and have an etsy shop or other such source for your home made items (which many of us love by the way!) there is a section to post your etsy info as well.  Suzanne certainly understands that! 
 

I have removed a few of the commercial links while leaving the posts for now, but I'm sorry to have to say that if I must, I will be removing the membership of the folks who abuse the forum this way. 

We are a friendly group who love to share home-made, hand-made, farm-related, home-cooked, and family ideas, items, crafts, hints, skills and stories.  I know our long time members understand this, and maybe that idea isn't clear to the many new members we've gotten recently. 

This IS your notice, thank you for your understanding.

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August 19, 2013
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Thanks for the reminder BEG.

I have a ?/comment or two about new design tweeks:

Title type registration is all over the place in Safari. 

 {I know I'm a Mackie/Minority okay of too obscure to fix}

Below the Donate button in right column, font cut short, makes column heading look like: Forum Bugg

Comment listing in side column looks great streamlined (with member name first then comment) . . . will there be a way to track which topic the comment relates to?

NNTR

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Thank you Bonita!  There was a very recent update to the forum by Word Press which provides the platform for the forum and Suzanne's blogs so that may need some tweeking.  Updates are always such a mixed blessing!  I know that things look different to people using IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and as much as people love their macs, I think the priority is now on Firefox and Chrome, with Safari being lower, but not as low as IE which is no longer supported in any way other than absolutely the bare minimum.  All that is out of our control, though certain forum tweaks can help.

That column on the right side is supposed to say "Forum Buzz"  laugh  I agree that the font makes it look a little funny, and I don't know if it's always been that way or the update converted one font to another.  In my past life, my experience with updates has made me confident that there is nothing that cannot be modified with one line of the wrong code!  I suppose we should be happy that it didn't get changed to the Greek alphabet!

 

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August 19, 2013
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I have to say, I don't like the "I love your comments" update! Can't tell what post the comment refers to. Liked the old one much better...can we go back to it? Please?

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