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   Surfhut posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Hello Bird and all gardeners! I'm moving so didn't plant this year. Here in OKC, all gardens planted by family and friends have drowned with all the rain. Almost everyone has to start over. We are told the rain pattern is over, but predictions are for a rainy, coolish summer. Please wish us luck! Don't know how I will handle a summer without home-grown tomatoes!
Saturday at 10:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  I wish you green-thumb neighbors who will need to share. At the garden center near us, they did the real lazy planting - they cut a cross hatch [X] in several big bags of Miracle-Grow potting soil & planted a tomato plant in each - worked for them. : )
Saturday at 20:38 EST .

   BirdsNest  I am planting my hot peppers that way. I use compost mixed with soil from the field next door. That way I can segregate the hot peppers and get pure seed for saving for next year. I have an amazing selection of hot peppers. I use old feed bags bags because they will allow moisture to wick through the bottom, so no wet feet for roots. Underneath the bag of soil I put feed bags that I cut top and bottom off and then slit the length so it becomes one layer, flat. I make them act as landscape fabric and the bags of soil mixture sit on top so cutting grass around them is easier. Because we have it, I cut lengths of wire, shape them as use them as staples to hold the fabric down. I will have these bags in various places all around the yard for the hot peppers. Still have more to do but my time has been split between many other duties. Our friend in CT has been growing her garden for 3 yrs now using bags, she has been successful. This year she has 40 bags with just potatoes. I need for her to send a picture, she mostly talks to Hagar about this as he is the one who encouraged her to start.
Yesterday at 05:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bird, you made me wonder if the garden center split the bottom of the bags - good catch on that. I'd love to hear more about potato growing in bags, does she stand them on end rather than flat?
Yesterday at 10:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Stands them up. Potatoes need lots of vertical space. Put soil in bag to a depth of about 6", roll the bag down to make it easier to work with. Put in an "eye" or two. Cover with enough soil so you can't see the potato. When the green part has popped through the soil, let it get about 4" tall, then put more soil on top, leaving just a touch of green showing. Each time the plant gets to that 4" mark, cover til there is just a bit if green showing. As you add soil, you will be unrolling the bag. Once full let the plant grow like normal. I would recommend putting holes in the bottom of the bag unless you are using something like a plastic mesh burlap bag. And I would use landscape fabric under the bag for weed control. I use the plastic mesh/burlap bags that catfood and chicken feed come in. If you are using a plastic bag of sail or compost, poke holes in the bottom of the bag before planting so water can drain out.
Yesterday at 19:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have a Red Robin with 3 tiny cherry tomatoes forming on it. I think I will keep that one!! Cukes forming also zucchini. And string beans. I need more time in the garden to get everything in.
Yesterday at 20:11 EST .

   MeiDei  Thanks, just like growing in a barrel. Here it is June 1st and absolutely no bees - again.
13 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  No bumblebees either? We rarely see honeybees, but we do have bumblebees. They are the earliest of the pollinators to show up, they don't mind cool temperatures. They have done a good job of pollinating our blueberries. I have seen a few butterflies, not many. Our friend in CT talks about everyone in her neighborhood using Chemlawn. No bees. Maybe that could be your problem, Mei. If you need anything pollinated you will have to do it yourself.
9 hours ago .

   MeiDei  You made me think back a few years & pollinating by hand -
I planted some squash that travelled across the garden & wound itself up a pear tree - no fruit, but everyone wanted to know what kind of tree I had that produced such huge, lovely, orange flowers. Then there were the cukes that only formed round balls and tasted like watermelon ... too cold up here to plant watermelons so I don't know what pollinated them : )
7 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  Squash Bees (Peponapis ) are up early, as early as before sunrise to pollinate the squash blossom as they open. Squash blossoms have lg. pollen grains so the bee has sparse hairs with which to collect the pollen. Mating takes place inside the blossom and males shelter overnight in the blossoms.
Squash blossoms that are not pollinated can be batter fried and eaten. Their flowers are lovely.
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   Surfhut posted on Faith  Please keep my dear friend Karen in your prayers. The brain tumor removed a while back has returned. Another surgery 6/12. She is a rock-solid woman of faith, but knows the risks and is not looking forward to another surgery.

I've been praying for all on this wall in need of prayer, even though I have not made written responses. We have an awesome group of prayer warriors here.
Saturday at 10:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes, of course ... hoping for a cure soon, have read about great strides being made in that area; may God guide her doctors to see the research/trials & be inspired.
Saturday at 12:21 EST .

   BirdsNest  I still have it in me to pray for Karen, such an amazing woman.
Yesterday at 22:05 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Count on prayers from here.
Yesterday at 01:32 EST .

   Surfhut posted on Coffee Klatch  My Ldotter birthday list. Someone more responsible than I needs to be the keeper and birthday greeter ... I'm thinking MeiDei.

1/4 Ynaught
3/8 Hollyhock
3/31 MeiDei
4/29 Lucianne
5/8 Joshua Goldberg
5/19 Olhokie64
5/22 Iacta
8/9 Straitpath
9/14 Surfhut
10/25 Hagar
10/27 Phooey
12/12 Birdsnest

Come on, Connectors. What is your birthday?
May 16 at 11:00 EST .

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   Surfhut  Balogreene 5/18 added to the list. You and my late husband share the same birthday!
May 16 at 11:08 EST .

   Surfhut  10/29 HopeandGlory.
May 16 at 11:19 EST .

   Linder  7/27 Linder
May 16 at 13:29 EST .

   Balogreene  Surf, happy Birthday to your late husband. My first serious boyfriend, Bob, also shared my birthday of the 18th.
May 16 at 19:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  6/10 is Okiecat!
May 17 at 16:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  My birthday is June 11. I will be 81.
May 17 at 16:54 EST .

   Bebece  5/5/31 Sun City, Az
May 18 at 04:01 EST .

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   Gram77  4/5/32 in Bradenton, FL
May 18 at 06:15 EST .

   MeiDei  Thanks for the nomination Surf, I'm not sure I'll be able to live up to it - the rest of the year is iffy - waiting for prognosis. Will try but...
May 18 at 16:44 EST .

   BirdsNest  Mei...prognosis?? You have me worried.
May 18 at 21:59 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Blessings  My life has been off the charts stressful for a couple of months. A dear family member passed away. The father of a dear friend passed away. My job has been extremely stressful. I'm by nature a glass is half full person, but was teetering on becoming a glass is half empty person. It scared me. Then ... BOOM ... my little sister became a grandmother. Into this world, the lives of people I love the most, and my life came a gift from God. My glass is full. Thank you, Lord!
May 9 at 08:58 EST .

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   Balogreene  It gets so hard sometimes, Surf.

When I came back from Oklahoma, my boss (a retired Lt. Col, who tries not to notice women because it might be sexual harassment ) told me I looked so good, relaxed, happy, well-rested, and maybe I lost weight. I've lost close to 50 lbs in the last two years, but let him believe it was OK that did it : )

It just took some good time with family to finally bring me back to my senses. A new great-niece must be great. Have fun with the whole family!
May 21 at 22:10 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Bird! I can't talk about my garden because I don't have one. Not yet. Hope to get moved in a month and not miss planting season. You know I will do my level best to get at least some tomatoes and cukes and tons of herbs planted this year.
May 2 at 19:02 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Movies & Reviews  Storm's mention of tornado cellars reminded me of a movie that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm not good at hints, but here goes. What physical place will you make sure you get to under extreme physical and emotional distress?
March 26 at 20:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am not sure I understand the question but the movie "Twister" was one of my favorites. Philip Seymour Hoffman almost stole the movie.
March 26 at 20:03 EST .

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   Surfhut  Hi, Bird! Told you I'm not good at hints. This has nothing to do with bad weather.
March 26 at 20:14 EST .

   MeiDei  Glad you're OK Surf, hope your sister made it through also.
March 26 at 20:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  Surf, I'm guessing your movie is "Safe Haven". If so, your hint was perfect.
March 27 at 05:47 EST .

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   Surfhut  Panic Room.
March 27 at 20:48 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Movies & Reviews  Hi dear Movie friends. Tornado sirens just went off. It isn't heading right toward me (I have a safe room ). It is, heading straight toward my sister's house. She has a storm shelter. Please pray for everyone's safety here in OKC.
March 25 at 19:34 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up Surfie.
March 25 at 19:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  Done, Surf - thanks for the alert! Stay safe.
March 25 at 19:59 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thanks! I think all is clear. Storm will identify with this: It was hot, windy and humid all day, under clear skies. Suddenly, the wind comes to a full stop. The color of the sky turns pea green and you feel a whisp of a cool breeze. Then BOOM! There is havoc all over the city with wrecks and power outages and structure damage from the wind and hail. What strikes my funny bone every tornado season is how the TV news experts work themselves into such a frenzy. It's very helpful to have good information, but they really do get silly dramatic. Perhaps someone could write a movie about that!
March 25 at 20:07 EST .

   MeiDei  I take it your sister is also OK. My brother, in Florida, feels as you do about news coverage - in his case - hurricanes.
March 25 at 22:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  Surf, it is now morning, so I am late to this. I know how scary tornado warnings can be. I've lived through a gazillion and you're right about the weather people's hysterics each time. But, thank goodness for storm shelters. When I was a kid at the farm, we had a storm cellar. Nobody has those any more. I'm glad you and your family are safe, but I'm sorry your town was torn up. My prayers are late, but they're sincere.
March 26 at 06:29 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Coffee Klatch  Balogreene's post below reminded me of the first time Magdalene and I met in person. She and I became friends here on The Connection. Soon after moving from SoCal to OKC, we arranged to meet in person for lunch. My family freaked out that I would do something so "irresponsible" and "dangerous." What if it's a cyberstalker? An axe murderer? Where are you meeting? Should one of the men in the family follow to make sure you are safe? I've encouraged them to become Ldotters, to no avail. So, I refused to tell them when and where Mags and I were meeting. To recognize each other at the restaurant, Mags said she would be wearing a big floppy hat and I would be wearing a Berkeley t-shirt. Behold, I give you me and the axe-murderer.
   February 14 at 08:22 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Two wonderful L-Dotters!
February 14 at 09:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Love it! Give Mags our regards & prayers for continued blessings.
February 14 at 13:00 EST .

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   Phooey  However, Surfie is not foolish. She sleeps with a .38 S/W under her pillow.
Yes, love to Mags.
February 14 at 17:04 EST .

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   Magdalene  Thank you, it's been a while since I checked in so imagine my surprise to see my face string back at me! Of course, I don't look like that now, my hair is about 1/2" long now. Going through radiation at the moment, estimated finish day March 2.
February 15 at 01:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Surfie I remember that picture when you first posted it, so much joy emanating from it. Thanks for re-posting. Mags- It is great that you have posted to let us know about your situation so we can ramp up the prayers for you. There are a lot of good people here. People that you can rely on and feel comfortable with.
February 15 at 07:44 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Beauty just shines through...
February 15 at 07:52 EST .

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   Gerty  I remember it well! Good to see you both again!
February 15 at 19:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  So Mag, we might be able to meet after all. You just keep getting better!
February 23 at 22:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  A picture to share with the rest of us, please!
March 11 at 11:37 EST .

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   FL Homeschool Mom  Love that picture. Sure wish you ladies were in Florida.
March 15 at 23:01 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Faith  The power of the Holy Spirit, living and breathing in and among so many people who have never met in the physical world fills me with awe. And joy. And hope. Ldotters from New York, New England, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and who knows where else are here, praying for each other. Beautiful.
February 8 at 11:44 EST .

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   Phooey  Surfie, you unashamedly bear your soul for the world to see.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Surfie, someday you will hear these words:
"Well done, good and faithful servant!"
February 8 at 22:31 EST .

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   Surfhut posted on Movies & Reviews  Please, dear movie buff friends, read my post on the Faith wall and say a prayer for my best friend. I know you will pray for Karen because Ldotters pray for each other without explanation. Know this: Karen is a movie buff with a memory that astounds us all. She is only 60 but doesn't participate in places like this. If she could be coaxed into playing on this Movie Wall, she would blow everyone out of the water. That is probably an overstatement because I'm a bit emotional right now. Please, movie buffs, say a prayer for Karen Sue.
February 7 at 11:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm heading to the Faith wall right now, Surf, and there will be prayers. Maybe Karen will join us here sometime.
February 7 at 12:04 EST .

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