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April 24, 2013
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mamajhk
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The sun is shining today after a day of rain and cold weather.  In fact all kinds of records were broken.  We even had some snow (not enough to measure) last night, a record in of itself for the latest snowfall of the year here is Wichita, Kansas.  Warmer temperatures ahead.  Maybe we will have spring after all.

April 24, 2013
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We had snow last night!bug-eyed It was almost gone this morning but... really!

April 25, 2013
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We woke up to a light frost this morning, snd it looks like the cold weather will be with us for a few days again.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

April 27, 2013
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happy-flowerhappy-flowerhappy-flower

 One more beautiful day here today, temps about 70 degrees, we worked outside yesterday all day spraying and planting some knockout roses that we had been growing in huge pots for the last 3 years, and decided to put them into the flower beds. We will have to get the tractors out today and mow before the rain sets in for the next 4 day, if not I will have to borrow a few of Suzanne's goats.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

April 27, 2013
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Spring has finally sprung here in Maine. It has been sunny and in the 60's for the past couple days and the weatherman says more of the same next week.

Time to get outside! We've been raking the lawn and cleaning out the flower gardens. Planted onions yesterday, and moved a chive plant. (I love to finally say "planted", it's been a long winter!) I love to go out and see what's come up from last year in my perennial gardens. Have a big chipmunk hole right in the middle of one. I saw him go down the hole with an acorn in his mouth.

I LOVE spring! sun

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

April 27, 2013
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With all the rain, spring snow, and subsequent flooding, let's remember our chicken sista's who may be busy sandbagging or evacuating. Remember, Mommafox was one of thousands pushed out of their homes during the last spate of flooding.

Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

April 28, 2013
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bonita said
With all the rain, spring snow, and subsequent flooding, let's remember our chicken sista's who may be busy sandbagging or evacuating. Remember, Mommafox was one of thousands pushed out of their homes during the last spate of flooding.

 

Well Said Bonita, to often we forget when it isnt happening in our back yard, I hope Mommafox and the others affected are safe. It is cold and raining here today, I have been through a very bad flood as a child and you cant even imagine what it is like until you have been through one.

 

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

May 8, 2013
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It. is. raining and has been all day since early morning; this is a gentle, soaking rain which is sorely needed. Colorado, as well as so many other states in this part of the country are in a drought and waters are getting very low. It is supposed to rain the rest of the week and if it stays like this there should be no problem with flooding at our level. However the Waldo Canyon burn scar from last year is under severe flood watch.

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May 10, 2013
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happy-flowerhappy-flowerhappy-flower

 We had some good storms last night, about 1/2 an inch of rain, we are forecast to have frost this week end, hard to believe, I keep wanting to put out our garden and plant some flower seeds.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

May 10, 2013
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Joell said
happy-flowerhappy-flowerhappy-flower

 We had some good storms last night, about 1/2 an inch of rain, we are forecast to have frost this week end, hard to believe, I keep wanting to put out our garden and plant some flower seeds.

Yeah, we are getting your storms today. Just had a doozy come through. We received 1.3 inches in less than an hour. It got so dark I could not see to walk through the house without turning on lights. lots of lightening and thunder. More rain on the radar to come. I do believe I will get my water wings and my canoe ready. May need it if the storm sewers back up. At least I won't have to water this week! clover

 

May 11, 2013
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It is had to believe that earlier this week we had the AC on, and today the furnace is running, we are forecast to have have frost Sunday and Monday night.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

May 12, 2013
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yep, frost here too! May 12th! But, 80's this coming Tues and Wed.

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May 12, 2013
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bonita said
yep, frost here too! May 12th! But, 80's this coming Tues and Wed.

 

  I looked out of the window this morning at daylight and the roofs were white and the ground was covered with frost, we are supposed to get another tonight, I sure hope this is the end of it. We are supposed to have a cooler than usual summer this year, that won't be all bad----if we ever have summer.

 

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

May 13, 2013
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Everyone who wants to go to the beach for the day, listen up. My Mother's Day gift is a trip to the beach (Gulf of Mexico, Matagorda TX). We are just doing a day trip, but we will be leaving early and coming home late. Y'all are invited. Bring your picnic baskets and sunscreen. You will need both. 85 degrees and mostly sunny are forecast. What fun if we all could go play for the day in the sand. The water is still chilly, but doable for brief swims. Sea shells, sea beans, good fishing. Going during the week so not too many other people. Who is in?

May 13, 2013
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Sounds like fun.  Have a good time and don't forget the sunscreen.  For those of us land locked people just what are sea beans?

May 13, 2013
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Sea beans are actually seeds that have very hard outer shells that fall from their respective plants (usually on another continent or from another country) into a creek, the creek floats the seed to the river, the river floats the seeds to the ocean, and the ocean currents swirl the seeds around the world until the seeds wash up on shore and we find them. Lots of interesting stories and history about various sea beans or perhaps more correctly Drift Seeds. Sea Beans is a common or nick name given by us Sea Beaners. (I know, awful name but finding and identifying these seeds is very addictive). A good source of info and pictures of some of the more common sea beans such as sea hearts, hamburger beans, and Mary's bean are found at seabean.com

 

The Mary's bean is quite rare. I have found maybe 10 in all my years of looking. They are dark brown to black about the size of a quarter, and have a cross impressed on one side. The cross is from the hilum in the seed pod that holds it in place as it matures. History has it that it is passed from mother to daughter to ease child birth pain. The hamburger bean looks just like a hamburger on a bun. Surfers and Hawaiians would drill them and wear them as an amulet to keep water monsters away. Sea hearts look like puffed hearts made of mahogany. They polish beautifully. The seed of a monkey vine. Supposedly the largest seed pod.  I wish I had some pics, but you can see them on seabean.com under the identification heading.

 

Sorry, I probably gave you way more info than you wanted. That is what happens when I get started on sea beans. I have made some simple jewelry from them as well. And I always carry a Mary's bean for luck in my purse.

May 13, 2013
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I have never heard of this before! Are they found just on tropical/southern beaches in the US? Or might they be found on northern beaches too (Maine,  NH, etc).

 

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

May 13, 2013
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The majority are found in and around the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic side of Florida for the USA, however, the ocean currents can and will take a seed dropped off in Costa Rica and twirl it around for years until it lands in Nova Scotia, or Japan or some other coastal area. Most of the seeds that have the hard shells that can float long enough are from the South America area. So it stands to reason the Gulf area finds most. But the Sargasso weeds catch a lot of the seeds, and when the sargasso comes in, so do the seeds. I find the best times are after a busy hurricane season in the Gulf. A lot of sargasso is pushed on shore bringing lots of seeds.

 

My daughter used to bring home shells and such from trips to the beach. Occasionally something live would be missed and end up in the sack. And of course that would be the sack that was forgotten in the back corner of the truck. Until it started smelling. Thats the nice thing about sea beans. No smelly sea shells and no worries about inadvertantly killing a sea creature.

 

May 13, 2013
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If you haven't read enough about sea beans, here is a link to Wayne's Word. A very rich and informative site. This specifically talks about the sea heart and the ocean currents. It has some reference to other sea beans and links to more information.              http://waynesword.palomar.edu/plmay97.htm

http://www.seabean.com

May 18, 2013
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It is 90 degrees and sunny. Feels like 95 degrees. I have been repotting some of my houseplants. I had a couple of big bags of potting soil that had a bunch of soil gnats in them. I had to "sterilize" the soil first. It is nice to be outside for a little while and then step back into the cool. I empathize with the yard crews and maintenance people I see outside. They don't always have the opportunity to find a cool place for a respite from the heat.

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