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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I am really proud of how the garden looks so far and all of the plants we have grown. We get loads of compliments on the healthy look of them. We take care of them, try not to neglect them. I was counting on rain today so I would not have to water, but it never came so I had to water. A friend is picking me up at 9am to go to Va Beach to see Hagar. I am happy to be able to go. Another friend(the son we never had ) is going to come up on Sat. to see him then stay long enough so I can get over there and see him too. Other friends want to go on Sunday, so I guess I will have 3 days in a row making that trip. Hagar says they mentioned something about sending him home June 1.
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   BirdsNest posted on Faith  I am going to ask you all to send up prayers for Hagar. His surgery is Tuesday and he found out Friday that he is anemic. Do you think that could be the cause of his lack of energy for the past 8 months? They have done every blood test known to man and I cannot understand why that one was missed. I do not want to have to come back up here and tell you all that he did not survive surgery, so prayers are needed. So many folks here have added him to their prayer list we are humbled by the gesture. No such thing as too many prayers. Many thanks.
May 24 at 09:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  Never took you guys off my prayer list, in fact every post you write causes a prayer to go up. Are they addressing his anemia with supplements? If they are going ahead with surgery as planned then they have that considered; please don't worry, it's contagious. Let's turn this set-back into a come-back & be ready to rejoice.
May 24 at 11:51 EST .

   HopeandGlory  Continuing Prayers for Hagar and Birdie.
May 24 at 18:15 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Birdie, Hagar and you both are being prayed for here.
May 25 at 14:48 EST .

   Jerseytomato  Birdie, Praying for Hagar, and for you.
Yesterday at 20:31 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  We bought 6 baby ducks! Hagar really wanted these and they are all hens so they will add to our other egg laying ducks. They are very cute...Khaki Campbell. He also wanted some baby chicks but I had to say no on those. Having 2 separate enclosures for babies was too much. The ducks are messy enough.
May 21 at 18:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  What a smart move - got sticker shock yesterday with the price of eggs. May they produce enough for your needs with extras to share or sell!
May 22 at 11:29 EST .

   Gram77  My sister-in-law just purchased chicks. She says they will begin laying in July. She says when she lets them out every morning they scamper behind her everywhere she goes. They got into the horse barn (Tennessee Walkers ) the other day and it was the first the horses had seen them. She said the horses were literally pasted way up to the front of their stahls frozen with fright. I would have loved to see that.
May 22 at 13:19 EST .

   MeiDei  Being a city girl your duck purchase had me research Khaki Campbell - just finished reading all links from this site:
fascinating, love his attitude. Bird you have a gift!
May 22 at 19:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I was worried about being gone all day yesterday and leaving the baby ducks. I do not trust ANYONE to care for my animals. No one. I tried to think of every angle and came up with a good solution. They had heat if they needed it and water to play in and at a certain time the fresh water for drinking ran out but they had the water they splashed out of the fountain waterer to piddle in and stay hydrated and happy. Left here at 3:45am got home at 9:15pm. They were the first thing I checked when I stepped foot back on the property. They were fine but happy to see me and happier for fresh water to play in and drink and dry food. Ducks are funny, don't like wet food and love to splash water everywhere. And they have to be able to get in and out of any water container that is put before them. If they cannot get out they will drown. Anyway all is well on the homefront for the plants and animals, just missing one important ingredient-Hagar. He will be in hospital for a few days.
Wednesday at 09:53 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Prayer Warriors...Faith wall. You are needed.
May 18 at 21:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Been busy with the garden and keeping up with the gazillion plants we have potted for our use and for sale. I re-potted some of them because they were getting root bound, that took several hours. Our friend came today and tilled a big chunk of the garden for us. Now I can get the watermelon planted, okra,& more peppers. She brought me a burn barrel, so I placed it by the garden and I will use it to burn pine cones, limbs and nasty weeds. The ashes will go back into the garden. She alerted me to some volunteer potatoes coming up-I had seen them but chose to ignore them. Since she made such a big deal out of them I felt compelled to dig them up and planted them in a big tub, mixing some garden soil with Black Kow and compost. So those got planted. She did a great job and tomorrow I will start working out there. It was simply too hot this afternoon, I was already hot and sweaty from earlier. I had to water most of the garden(soaker hoses ) and re-water the potted plants. Anyway, I planted 5 Red Pear tomatoes, 6 Pear drops(yellow pear ) I think they are cherry sized, not sure. Also, got 6 Ghost Peppers planted, bunch of Corno di toro Rosso(marconi type ), Rosa Bianca eggplant, and Shooting Stars eggplant. Peas are blooming, Swiss Chard is ready to eat, beets are looking good and the carrots? Kind of spotty coming up, also got the Hull-less pumpkin planted. Tomorrow I will get the plastic down for the watermelon and set those plants out just before dark. If there is time I will get the other pepper row ready with plastic....we shall see.

Who else is spending time in the garden????????
May 18 at 21:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Hagar's surgery date is May 26. We have to be at the hospital at 5:30am, we live about 90 minutes from the hospital, guess I will stay up all night.
May 16 at 16:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have had oodles of folks volunteering to drive across the Bay with me to visit Hagar in the hospital, but once they all found out we have to be there at 5:30 am no one has spoken up. I did not figure anyone would want to do it, not a problem, Hagar can drive us over and I can drive back by myself. I am a big girl. That's really early to start the day out, we will leave here around 3:30am just to be on the safe side. They sometimes have delays in the tunnels during the night-that's when they do major maintenance work. That way we won't be late. They have some blood work to do that morning. Fingers crossed everything goes well and he gets back on the road to a healthier person. Right now he is tired, worried,& has no appetite. And I am a crazy woman.
May 18 at 21:53 EST .

   MeiDei  My prayers go with you.
May 19 at 00:16 EST .

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   NotaBene  Prayers for Hagar and for you BirdsNest. You both have been through a lot. Hope the surgery is successful. Please let us know. God bless.
May 25 at 11:36 EST .

   BirdsNest  He survived surgery, but the tumor had advanced more than they had anticipated. Breached the wall of the colon to the liver and even small intestines. 4 hr surgery plus a 4+ hr recovery, I finally got to see him sometime after 5pm. cannot go today, have so much garden work to do and I am emotionally wiped out. The garden work will help me to wash out the stress from my body. He will have to have chemo, but somewhere in the chat with the surgeon I heard the word "terminal" and I just stopped listening.
Wednesday at 10:00 EST .

   MeiDei  You did the smart thing Bird, you're a strong woman and we're here for you to keep hope alive; our prayers for Hagar & you continue.
Yesterday at 19:24 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Radishes-soon
Swiss Chard-ate some young leaves in with salad, along with broccoli raab, escarole and some young Chinese cabbage leaves.The romaine was store bought but the other greens were ours.
Beets-planted and just coming up
carrots-up and need weeding(ugh )
peas-beautiful but not yet blooming
onions and garlic-looking good(if I can keep the Guineas away from snacking on the tips )
Beans-3 kinds coming up after replanting(cool nights not good for germination ).
cucumbers-lots of different kinds, some bush, some climbers all on black plastic
zucchini & patty pan squash-set out plants on black plastic, now I need to plant some yellow squash for us
Gourds-lots of different ones plus Luffa, all near the fenceline-Hagar is not amused.
Watermelon-plants are up, their bed is not yet ready
Hull-less pumpkin-same as watermelon
tomatillos-plants have been potted til; they get big enough to set out
mexican sour gherkin-same as above
bell peppers-waiting to get bigger to set out
Corno di Toro Rosso sweet peppers- soon to be large enough to set out
hot peppers- getting bigger every day, waiting for me to get their bed ready
mini sweet peppers and lipstick peppers- same as all the other peppers
Red Pear tomatoes- some are ready to set out, the remainder are growing
herbs-oregano,lovage,basil,marjoram,garlic chives,chives,curly parsley,cilantro(out of 72 cells planted only half germinated )
ground cherries-cutest little plants ever, waiting for them to grow bigger to set them out.
cushaw squash-no seeds have germinated for me, may have to buy the squash from the same place as last year. bummer.
Lots to do and I am hoping to be able to work some garden time in tomorrow after we leave the sale. Local feed store is having their animal swap/sale and we can sell our plants there and the relishes because they are made here. Hope to have a good day, need to buy soaker hoses and plastic. And soil to re-pot.
It has been busy here, Hagar feels like heck, no energy and little appetite, so I am doing what I can to keep things going. Some days are better than others.
May 8 at 20:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Would love to hear from others....please share.
May 8 at 20:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  I think I am going to clean out my deck pots this weekend, if it doesn't rain. Then, next weekend will buy stuff and plant it! Way behind the 8-ball, but I usually don't start til Memorial Day.
May 8 at 22:04 EST .

   Balogreene  Bird, did I ever tell you, my college roommate sent me a letter and mentioned she had "walked the beans". She was a farm girl, I was a city girl. I said I knew about walking babies, and walking dogs, and walking hand-in-hand, how the heck did you "walk the beans"? She did inform me. Good luck to you both, and good-health to Hagar!
May 14 at 18:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Tomato plants set out in the garden...5 Red Pear, large pear shaped meaty tomatoes weighing from 8-18 oz each. I also planted the Mexican sour gherkins. Managed to get to WM today to buy some black plastic so I can continue to get rows ready. I have many pepper plants to get set in the ground. The hot peppers are being placed apart from all others and themselves so we can make sure the seed is pure for next year. Today we sold 15 Ghost peppers. The Scoville scale for them is from 855,00-1,041,427. Now we are growing these for sale as plants only and are keeping some so we can have our own seed next year. Seeds are very expensive. There are only 2 peppers that rank higher than the Ghost. Those we sold today were more of a conversation piece for the buyers. Sold numerous jalapenos and the only habaneros we had that were big enough. We have so many different peppers it isn't funny! It was an enjoyable day and we stayed over an hour later than usual.

Balo...walking the beans probably meant walking the rows and chopping weeds. Hagar had that job as a youngster.
May 16 at 16:21 EST .

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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 .

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   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 .

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   BirdsNest  Still waiting for a date for surgery. Hagar says he is fading....
May 8 at 20:49 EST .

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   Bettijo  I have Hagar on my prayer list. God bless!
May 9 at 07:46 EST .

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   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 .

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