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   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  Picked up a copy of "The United States of Leland", anyone else see this film?? And what did you think of it??
April 28 at 08:39 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bird, I looked it up after reading your comment. Kevin Spacey is in it and Ryan Gosling. I'm not familiar with the film, but with those two, it has to be worth our time. What did you think?
April 28 at 09:39 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  I have a mountain of paperwork to take to Hagar's appt tomorrow. Medical records from all of the doctors. I have read through some of it. Even a colour picture of the tumor, nasty bugger it is. Saw PCP yesterday, just a follow up and to tell him to expect to hear from the surgeon. Surgeon wants to chat with him and the prostate cancer doc and probably the gastro doc too. Tomorrow will be another busy day with an appt w/ neuro doc here and then a trip across the bay to the surgeon. Not looking forward to that. Today I am bone tired, from rushing around all day.
April 28 at 08:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hope all went well & ended on a more positive note.
April 29 at 20:39 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  Found a nice plaque at the flea market today:

April 25 at 17:07 EST .

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   Safetydude  "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others".

The Wizard of Oz.
April 26 at 00:23 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  "Tis better to have loved and lost than to do 40 pounds of laundry a week".
April 26 at 16:46 EST .

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   Safetydude  "Learn From The Past, Live For Today, Look For Tomorrow,
Take A Nap This Afternoon".

April 26 at 22:28 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  I have to say that today we bought a copy of "The King's Speech". Great film. I had heard it was good, I was sure Hagar would like it, we both loved it. No quiz, just wanted to say the film is great and if you haven't seen it, treat yourself.
April 25 at 17:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Excellent movie, well acted, glad you got to enjoy it.
April 25 at 17:36 EST .

   StormCnter  I loved it too, Bird. I have the DVD on my movie shelf.
April 25 at 18:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Wednesday is the day we go to the surgeon for the colon cancer. The local rural health clinic gave us 2 passes for the bridge tunnel for Wednesday($13 each way ). That helps alot. They can offer up to 2 round trip passes per week. I will ask Hagar's doctor if the or the hospital can help also.
April 20 at 20:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  You'll be in our thoughts - good luck.
April 21 at 19:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  As luck would have it the doctor did not get the records til we were done in his office and that was after they had called here(local doctor ) twice. We called to the local doc on Monday to remind them to fax the records-okay we will. Needless to say the surgeon was pizzed off. I am disgusted and let the local office know. Two different hospitals. Another appt next Wednesday. Risky operation because of Hagar's previous ops-appedicitis, triple A, and hernia repair. He is exhausted and I am stressed.
April 22 at 19:11 EST .

   MeiDei  Consider yourself hugged ... glad you made it OK through the BayBridgeTunnel.
April 22 at 20:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  Will keep you in my prayers.
April 22 at 21:07 EST .

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   StarFire  I'm so sorry to hear about this. I had several colon surgeries in `99. The first was with a doctor who (like your first doc ) was not "comfortable" doing the rest of the surgeries. I went to a colon rectal surgery specialist I knew in Dallas. Having a competent, confident doctor is a big part of the treatment.

Also, remember to make some time to take care of yourself. I'll be praying for a good outcome for both of you.
April 26 at 22:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks every one. StarFire it is good to see you posting, gift us with a bit more of your time.
April 28 at 08:32 EST .

   StarFire  Anything I would have posted lately would have been a pretty sorry "gift". I had a bad case of frustration with politics, the economy and bad weather. A few days of sunny, cool weather has helped immensely.
May 1 at 15:31 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Since I am the only one willing to talk about my garden, here goes.
The young man on the tractor came on Sat. afternoon and spent 2.5 hrs tilling the spot, he went over it several times to the instructions of Hagar. Hagar wanted to throw the kid off the tractor and do it himself. The young man did a beautiful job, he even stopped once to ask if I needed help with moving the ducks pen. Since I wasn't sure what I was going to do, I thanked him and said I could manage. It's a really big area now. Our friend that did the first part of the garden called Sunday morning and said she was coming over to work on the garden, Hagar told her to come on. She walked her tiller to the edge of the garden, looked up and said"You got someone else to do it!!" I told her we needed her to get the spots the tractor could not get to and that we just couldn't see her struggle with that large of an area since it would have taken her several days of 3 hour stretches. She was actually relieved. She did the parts we needed done, took maybe 20 minutes. We enjoyed talking to her and her partner, sent them home with chicken eggs, duck eggs, and 3 seedlings for their garden. They are going to share some ghost pepper seeds with us, I am excited! We have 27 asparagus plants up, we got 2.25 inches of rain last night. Beans are up. The only thing I did today was pot up about 75 seedlings( all peppers, both sweet and hot ). Biker Billy jalapeno seeds are starting to pop up. I still have a BUNCH of seedlings to pot. Bought about 1000 3" pots from our friend, he said he doesn't need so many anymore. Now I am in search of 1 gal pots for potting up berry bushes, we have blk raspberry and thornless blackberry that need to be potted up and moved.
April 20 at 20:15 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I'm not talking about gardening because I'm now not doing any. We had a KILLER hailstorm this weekend. It lasted about an hour.And it totally destroyed, I mean totally,every little seedling (and some not so little ) that I had. I was hoping to find a few I could trim a bit, but everything was destroyed completely. I now know how farmers must feel to see everything destroyed by freak weather happenings. At least my gardening is by choice and not necessity. Now I have to go out this weekend and see if there are still any nurseries with tomato, pepper plants and the like. It's a bit late here ,I may be out of luck.
April 22 at 16:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  So sorry for your loss of plants FS, it can happen at any time during the season and it is awful. I hate to hear of it. We have a small storm blowing through and I made sure I got plants under cover. We have not set anything out in the garden as yet.
April 22 at 19:20 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Birdie, you amaze me. Your energy (during stressful times ) and dedication to gardening is an inspiration. We don't have the ground, equipment or help available to have a decent garden. With our physical condition we are experimenting with a hay bale garden. It's off to a slow start. That is alright since the temps are still fairly cool and very wet here in north AL. We are still in the first steps of conditioning the bales. Tomatoes, squash will be our crop when ready. We love the black krim tomatoes and hope some plants will be available. Have any of you had success/failure/experience with hay bale gardening?
April 23 at 12:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  Well, I've been working like a dog lately. Finally finished. But, going on vacation Saturday the 25th. I will start gardening when I come back the first week of May. So glad we have more daylight!
April 23 at 21:10 EST .

   BirdsNest  Balo with the weather today, 45F and windy, you may just be on target for planting your garden in May. Last Saturday and Wednesday we watched people buy tomatoes, peppers, eggplant plants for setting out. Sorry folks, the ground is too cool yet for those, at least around here. We have the van filled with flats of seedlings in various heights. They come out during the day and go in the van at night. We have 8 flats in the house and 3 flats with seeds just starting to come up. Plus the 2 trays we use for starting seeds-I spent a couple of hours yesterday potting basil, peppers,& French Thyme. I still have many more to do, I hope it gets warm enough outside to get them done. I am on my 3rd bag of potting mix in one week. So far no sign of life on the fig trees. I am heartbroken. We drove by the nursery in Va Beach that has nice fig trees.Did not stop. There is no room in the budget for buying fig trees.There are plenty of other things that are high on my list to acquire like black plastic and soaker hoses.
April 24 at 08:05 EST .

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   StarFire  What garden? We are still container gardening (mostly squash & tomatoes ). My daughter's container lemons and oranges have set some fruit. I'm glad all that hauling them in and out with the freezes paid off.

My asparagus amazingly survived and we have harvested some. The cherries and blueberries were in full bloom when we had another freeze and snow. Not one berry set. Last week we had another hard frost. This winter froze back the blackberries, but it's just saving me from making some pruning decisions.

I'd blame it all on N. Tennessee weather, but my cousins all across Texas have had hail this week. This winter has been hard all across the country.
April 26 at 22:07 EST .

   BirdsNest  I am taking plants in at night and out during the day. I have over 700 plants to put in the garden and some to sell. I will have lots of one pepper to sell, did not realize there were so many of those(! ). Our friend brought by some Ghost pepper seeds. They are pricey to buy, she left me all she had, she is too busy working 3 jobs to start seedlings. I will plant them and give her some to grow. She also gifted us gourd seeds, several different types, Hagar wanted to choke her, says we don't have the space for them all. We shall see. Right now I have some of the gourd seeds on damp paper towels to see if they are viable. When they sprout, I will put them in peat pots. For all squash plants and cukes it is best to either seed directly into the garden soil or plant in peat pots, then put the entire pot in the garden soil so as not to disturb the root system.
April 28 at 08:25 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We had a really good day Saturday. Went to the tracks, sold a few things, talked with EVERYBODY! and Hagar walked around a bit. We left there at noon, had an errand to do, came home and then went right back out to get some plastic mesh for the chicken pen. Our lookout spotted some in a dumpster and told us to get it, and we did. Then we dug up 17 blueberry shoots and potted them. Had a nice dinner, watched a movie and went to bed around 11:30. Neither of us could get to sleep right away so we talked and giggled like 2 kids for over an hour. Finally I told Hagar to shut up and go to sleep. It was funny. But it was a great day.

Today I potted up some basil seedlings. Started working on taking the cross fence down on the west side of the garden. The farmer that works our back 2 acres is sending a kid on a tractor with a tiller to break up the west side that has grown up into grass and was used for the last 2 years as a run for the chickens. I have a lot of work to do to get it ready for him for Saturday.

I finished the chicken pen today, got the mesh up so the chickens can't get out. Looks lousy but I don't care, all I want is for it to keep them inside.

Removed the straw from the asparagus row, found one little asparagus shoot coming up, hope there will be more.

Tired now, it was another busy day.

I did get 3 rows of beans planted before the rain on Friday night. That was a lot of work but glad to get them done.

Anyone else planting??? Would love to read about anyone's progress.
April 12 at 20:54 EST .

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   Gerty  Planning on planting garlic this year. Sick of paying almost $1 a head!
April 13 at 18:20 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Most people plant garlic in the Fall, before the end of Oct. We were at a workshop yesterday(composting ) and the last part of the day we were at a nearby farm where they actually put together a large pile of compost while we watched. The chicken manure pile had a bit of fragrance to it. And the rotting piles of sweet potatoes smelled, well-sweet.
The farmer had just planted an experimental bed of garlic...there was lots of it. I have a few plants that wintered over and they are nice and big, plus I planted 2 heads that sprouted. If you are lucky enough to be able to get local garlic, save some out to plant for the following season. Much of the garlic sold in stores is from China or Mexico, watch for USA grown for eating and planting. Garlic scapes are delicious, but I need more instruction to be able to use them properly.
April 17 at 06:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have a busy day planned today, still have about half of a large area to clear of weed stalks for tomorrow. The farmer is sending over a kid on a tractor with tiller to break up the ground for us. We are adding a big chunk to the garden this year, still have many seeds to plant to get ready. Hagar has a project to do, hope he feels up to doing it. Tomorrow we go to the tracks for flea marketing, weather will be lovely early so we have to get there early.Like 6 am, lucky for us it is about a mile away.
April 17 at 06:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Weather all over the place!! Cool one day, hot the next. Lots of foggy mornings and days of periodic rain. Welcome Spring.

Our friend has not been back to till the garden, so I will have to do by hand the section she has already tilled. Just a matter of raking the area and planting the seeds. Checked on the asparagus row we planted last Fall, nothing yet.

I had to put the big chickens in "detention". Chicken tractors. They have had the run of the place since we brought them here and the other day I was putting down plastic on the small garden plot, I was shoveling out a trench to put the plastic end into, they were filling up the trench before I got done. I managed to forge ahead and get those 3 rows done, but they had to be confined before I plant beans. I have half of their pen covered with black mesh, given to us by a friend, but there was not enough to get the whole pen done. It's a big area. The mesh is what the clam farmers use, heavyweight and this was a 1/4" mesh, really nice. They toss it when they are done with it, and our friend grabbed it for us. I gotta call in a favor, the chickens are mad at me for their new digs.

Spent 2 hrs. repotting seedlings to bigger pots. Tomatoes(3 kinds ), marjoram,peppers(hot lemon ),eggplant, French Thyme. 144 pots in all. French Thyme has hairlike stems, thought I would lose my eyesight. I did them first.

Peas,Chard,Escarole,broccoli raab, onions, garlic-all up in the raised beds. We have 2 raised beds that need new framework. I have one ready to plant-carrots.

Did I mention that I got one huegelkulture bed done? Except for the framework, that is. I really like that, it uses an amazing amount of sticks and twigs and rotting tree limbs.

Want to get something else accomplished today, the weather will be nice and no doctor visits for Hagar til the BIG ONE on the 22nd. Several chores on the list, let's see what I manage to do.
April 10 at 07:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Raked the bean rows and am ready to plant, hooray!!!!!!!!!

If I have time, I will plant carrots.
April 10 at 13:37 EST .

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   Alice  You inspire me. I should get out there before Oven Season gets rolling.
April 14 at 11:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Next week Hagar has a colonoscopy scheduled, locally. No 45 minute drive to MD. The doctors we have had are really nice at this hospital, the nurses for the most part are top notch. Except for the PICC line nurse, Hagar still wants to smack her. From that point I am hoping we can get situated with better health for him, he is in such pain from his back, our EMT friend says it is the prostate cancer. We are just hoping it isn't anything more sinister.
March 26 at 20:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you for the update, I had been wondering. My son has a PICC line in for the next 5 weeks with an IV drip. It's not pleasant having it put in - managing the tube, etc. is another thing but a minor inconvenience. My prayers are with you both.
March 27 at 22:13 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Prayers from Florida. The colonoscopy itself is painless, you are asleep, it is the day before prep that is a yuck. Get Popsicles and a good book for the throne room. No Red, but blue, green, yellow OK. I told them I get headaches not eating so they scheduled me at 6 am and let me double the drinking junk dose. DH had his done a year ago Oct. but he reads in that little room all the time anyway. My Point Don't Worry. Plus as I mentioned we went through the prostate cancer business too. He opted to just have it removed, my buddy John spent a year on radiation and some sort of (gold ) pellets and he is fine.
March 28 at 10:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks for the prayers, Mei. Prayers back atcha for what you and your son are going through. Stressful.

EC, thanks for the tips, I do have chicken broth ready and boxes of jello, gingerale, and will get some popsicles this weekend. Tuesday will be a stay-at-home day.
March 28 at 16:02 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  They said Clear liquids, so check on the chicken broth. And any Jello must NOT be red, it messes up the scan. Stick with lemon, lime type stuff. I know ! the Big guys hate that stuff, but it's only one day. At least the Popsicles make you feel like you are chewing something. I went through the whole bag !
March 28 at 18:45 EST .

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   Bettijo  I may have mentioned this here before. Forgive me; age forgetfulness. I had colon cancer surgery in 2000. For the next five years I had a colonoscopy every year; then every other year for five years; then every 3rd year for five years....I gave up and quit. I figured if the cancer had not returned in 14 years, I was pretty safe. Besides, at my age, (paraphrasing Hillary ) what difference, at this point, does it make!
March 28 at 19:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Colonoscopy done, 1 polyp removed and discovery of a tumor. Surgery may be scheduled. Doctor was busy all day in surgery so we will wait to see what he decides next. Blood work done, waiting for them to look it over. Not a very good day.
April 1 at 20:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, in a long, complicated story, a friend of mine had a tumor found in her colon. She told us what kind of cancer it was. We looked it up and discovered she wouldn't live a year! Her husband, in his typical manner was not worried, and didn't know what the doctor had said. It turns out, that type of cancer has two variants, one is very fast acting. Her kind is very slow acting. Even though they took out more than enough of her colon, they said had they left it, she wouldn't have lived long enough for it to grow (and she was only 50 ).
I guess the thing is, until you talk to the Doctor, and get treatment options, relax and breathe. You will need it, no matter what.
April 3 at 19:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Our dear friend stopped by this morning after working a 24 hr EMT shift and brought her tiller to work up the garden. She got half done before we made her stop, go home and get some sleep. It is always great to see her, she is so funny and she absolutely adores Hagar. They get along great, he was teasing her about her "straight" lines in the garden. She did a nice job and her tiller is so tame even I could use it. Hagar's tiller is a mule and no way can I deal with it. She tilled the row for the asparagus in the Fall and used our tiller, she hated it.

I managed to get onions in the ground today. Yesterday and the day before I got raised beds planted with peas. I still have seeds left, maybe if I can get one more bed dug and soil sifted I can plant them. Have chard and beets to plant, radishes. Got some seeds started indoors.

As for the garden I will decide where the tomatoes and peppers will go and get those rows prepared with plastic. I pulled up the plastic from last Spring and it was easy to get up, the ground is lovely underneath, nice and fine. We plan to start with 3 rows of beans, flat,round and french style. Not yet though. Also one row of okra. Lots of other things but I cannot remember them all.
March 26 at 20:14 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Your post is making me feel extremely tired
March 26 at 21:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The gardening stuff is a stress reliever for me, it is nice to have some grueling physical work to do. today the wind is screaming and it feels like 26F, so nothing outside today. The seeds are up so we transferred the setup to lights, they have all straightened up. I just spritzed them, some of the rows were dry on top.

Humana forgot to take out for health insurance so Hagar's SS was $259 shy this month-no plastic or soaker hoses or other seeds this month. Oh well.
March 28 at 16:06 EST .

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