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   Carmen posted on Coffee Klatch  Don't know if I mentioned it but we moved to SW Tennessee from Northern IL in January after selling our house and land there. We were tired of the winters and VERY TIRED of the unbelievable property taxes we were paying. We are in our 70's and retired. So we packed up our two Labs, 5 outdoor cats in separate dog carriers in our camper and headed south. What an experience (especially traveling and moving with outdoor cats! ) We are pretty much settled-in now and the 5 cats are just now starting to go outdoors and wander the woods on our property. The move freaked them out much more than us or the dogs.

We are working to make this property "ours" including re-doing the kitchen, replacing toilets with high rise ones and making good use of the home warranty that came with the house. It had been sitting empty for over a year and we needed a new furnace, hot water heater, elect. and plumbing work. Made good use of that warranty! The air conditioner is ancient and we are hoping it will go out before the year-long warranty ends.

There is a Amish settlement very near us and we are getting to know some of the families. Husband built us a state-of-the-art chicken chalet and we have babies that are now 2 weeks old and living in the camper in a large dog crate. Excitment, Excitment for these two oldsters in retirement.
April 25 at 14:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Now this is exciting news!! Living that close to the Amish is great for they have vast knowledge of self sufficiency. And baby chicks are wonderful, what kind??
April 25 at 16:46 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Carmen,
I'm excited for you. I think you made a wonderful choice. Better area by far, prettier countryside and I think you'll soon feel that way about the Tennesseans too. Upgrade on all counts. Bonus points every April 15.
April 25 at 20:40 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Carmen, you need to 'talk' to Gabula, a L-dot that is in your new area, the most amazing yard, she left Pa and now works at a nursery for wonderful plants and gardens. I don't want to post her email here, but you can reach me through the mother site and I can forward.
April 26 at 04:22 EST .

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   Carmen  The chicks we got are: 5 black Australorps, 5 Barred Rock and 2 unknown brown pullets. We are hoping to end up with 5 hens and one roo. We will take the rest to the Amish to process once they are of laying age. Yumm.
April 26 at 09:13 EST .

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   Carmen  I'm trying to post a pic of the great chicken chalet my husband built but am having no luck. Help?
April 26 at 09:27 EST .

   Carmen  Escaped Commieny - how do I contact you through the mother site --- I am pretty much computer illiterate.
April 26 at 10:43 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Crafts  Just discovered Create TV on public TV. We are having our kitchen remodeled and we are cooking and eating in the camper. So, I started turning on the TV while making lunch and discovered Create TV or Lots of good ideas on there. I am not normally a daytime TV watcher but just might start taping some episodes that look interesting.
April 25 at 13:55 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Household Hints  Storing those evil plastic grocery bags: I'm even thinking of hoarding them for when they become illegal everywhere. I use them for all sorts of things ---- cleaning the litter box, picking up dog poo, wrapping paint brushes, trays and rollers in them to store in the fridge (for latex paints/freezer for oil based stains ). Then, of course they are useful to line small waste cans.

So - to store them, I use empty Kleenex boxes. You can get about 50 bags in one of those. For storage in the pantry, I use a quart sized wide- mouth canning jar. You can stuff an unbelievable number in those and they tend to be more attractive sitting on a shelf than a Kleenex box. It is handy to have the storage boxes/jars in various areas for convenient use.
April 25 at 13:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I use the empty tissue box idea too,but I also like the qt jar trick.
April 25 at 16:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  In about 1990, my BIL had the brilliant idea of canvas grocery bags, with 4 stored in a canvas holder. We, of course, bought some from him, but the idea of reusable/washable grocery bags just didn't catch on then. Not only do we still have and use the bags, we have the holders. I've hung them from our hall-closet door, and stuff the plastic bags inside them. The canvass grocery bags are in the trunk of my car, for when I grocery shop.
May 14 at 18:39 EST .

   Carmen posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Hot Spot time again. Every year about this time our lab, Boomer gets hot spots on his bod. Some years it is better than others, but nothing seems to take care of the problem. If anybody experiences this and has suggestions, I would appreciate it. I have a feeling it is 'creek related' since when it starts getting warm, he goes swimming daily. No way to keep him from doing this and impossible to bathe him after every adventure. (He weighs 95# and HATES baths. )
May 16 at 10:31 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Pet Peeves  I absolutely HATE laugh tracks on sit-coms. It is so nice when you can sit back and watch a funny series without someone suggesting you should laugh.
April 24 at 10:46 EST .

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   Carmen  They even add laugh tracks on shows that are filmed before a live audience. What's up with that????
April 24 at 10:48 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  As bad as the winter was, I didn't see any winter kill except for some brown tips on the Juniper bushes. For the first time, my mums have all come back. The lack of damage was due to the multiple feet of snow laying on everything for 5 months. Great mulch!
April 13 at 13:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We had one fairly big snow but it was dry and most of it blew off elsewhere with the high winds. We just had bitter cold and high winds that really did damage. One Rosemary plant has one stem that looks alive and the figs have suffered major damage, how much we cannot tell as yet. The Bay Laurel may have one section that is still living but it is mostly dead, brown and crumbly leaves. Over 20 years we have enjoyed that plant, it is sad.
April 13 at 18:33 EST .

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   Yottyhere  My banana trees are sending up shoots and I was positive they were killed. One rosemary survived and 2 that were sheltered from the winds off the lake did not. Can't figure that one out...I am giving all the plants some extra time because it appears we aren't quite finished with 30 degree temps. It was almost 80 degrees Sunday and Tues night its going back into 30 boohiss boo
April 14 at 11:46 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  There are sprouts in almost all of my milk jugs (35 ) that I planted in December and left outside to be covered in snow. (Called 'Winter Sowing' ) I did this before we decided to put the house on the market but since it could take forever to sell, I will probably be glad for all the free perennials to plant in a couple of months.

I started sweet and hot peppers indoors in Feb. and just last week got my tomatoes started. For the tomatoes, I use 16 oz. clear beer cups with drainage holes poked in the bottoms. I put a couple of inches of soil in each, plant the seeds and cover with plastic until they germinate. As they grow, I back fill to create a fantastic root system. This system keeps the plants from getting too leggy since the only light is my south-facing windows. It is cool to see the root system in the clear cups.
April 12 at 09:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Carmen, our pepper and tomato plants are 10 " tall and waiting to go out. Right now they are being hardened off, next week we will have 3 nights in a row of 45F temps.After that I am hoping to place them in the garden. We have many of them planted in 3" peat pots and the roots are starting to come out of the sides.We always plant tomatoes as deeply as possible to get a better root system established. Remember to add Epsom salt to the hole when you place your peppers in your garden. We use it for all Nightshade plants.
April 12 at 12:31 EST .

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   Carmen  It will be mid-June before I can plant anything outside. Sigh.
April 13 at 12:57 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Just finishing our 6 months of winter here in 'tax us until we drop' Illinois. Hopefully we have seen our last winter in this place. Our house and recreational acreage is on the market - we want to live in TN (I think. ) Yesterday was my first full day of being outdoors and it was wonderful! I used Round Up on a hosta bed that I planted last summer. It wasn't mulched so was full of weeds and grass. The hostas haven't poked through yet, so Round Up seemed a good choice. I used to garden totally organically but have since decided that it is MY garden and if I can make life easier with a few limited chemicals, so be it.
April 12 at 09:44 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Comments Suggestions  Is it possible to alert us as to when there is a response to a subject we have posted on? I know this is done through email for other forums. It would be nice because sometimes I post on a subject that is months old and it probably is never seen. If the OP knew someone responded it would be nice.
March 30 at 16:33 EST .

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   Bettijo  Yes, please.
June 25 at 07:01 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Well, here in NW IL we woke up to a covering of snow AGAIN. This is the winter that doesn't want to end. I got my sweet peppers planted and all are up and growing. I haven't decided whether or not to start tomatoes this year. Our house/acreage is on the market and once it sells we want to move to TN where property taxes are much lower and winter is shorter.
March 25 at 10:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It has been snowing like crazy,big giant flakes at first, now small flakes. The neighbors yard is covered in snow, our yard is still bare mostly. Windy and cold. The chickens gathered themselves up and went into their houses...they do not like snow.

Our plants are lovely, under their lights waiting for the day when it is warm enough to set them out.
March 25 at 18:01 EST .

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   Surfhut  Hang in there! Very early spring is here in OKC. Crocus, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are blooming. So are Forsythia bushes. Just today I noticed the Bradford Pears are starting to bloom. Expect to see the Redbud Trees start blooming any day now.

I can start working the soil in my one teeny little plot and in all my pots this weekend but won't start setting out early plants like lettuce and pansies until next weekend.

Spring is on the way to you, too!
March 25 at 19:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  In the early part of the snow storm yesterday, it was like being inside of a snow globe. The flakes were so big and they were pouring down, I hated to admit it was quite beautiful. It did not amount to much, part of our place has about an inch, other parts of the yard are bare. Now the wind is howling 25mph with forecast to increase around 10am to 40mph. Great, I will have to put lead weights on the little Silkies legs!!
March 26 at 07:53 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Okay that made me laugh out loud thinking of you tying little bricks with satin ribbons on the Silkies little feet hahaha
March 26 at 15:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Absolutely, satin ribbons!! Pink for the girls and black for the boys. I love my Silkie girls, they are so cute and sweet. The wind is up to 40mph gusts now and I worry about my girls.
March 26 at 17:52 EST .

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   StarFire  We had snow yesterday here in North Central Tennessee. Last night was 21. Tonight it's expected to freeze again. This just sucks.
March 26 at 18:19 EST .

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   Yottyhere  The wind gusted so hard here yesterday afternoon (all afternoon! ) it knocked my enormous arbor over and as I was pointing that out to Buzzard who had taken Toby to the vets....we saw the wind had ripped the part of the dock that is on the hinges loose on one side and moved the floating dock around by the diving board. The bad thing is Buzzards pontoon boat was tied off to the floating dock....
Next thing I saw scrambling with ropes was Buzzard on a dead run to the water....he got the boat going and pulled it into the next cove to one of our neighbors it was fine. And then came back and double tied the floating dock to the pier so it wouldn't break loose again and float off.
Those floatation devices under our dock are very expensive since they have to be environmentally safe per our wonderful government and I would hate to have them tumble over the dam 2 coves over from us. The wind was brutal and COLD...
I am sick to death of cold weather...
March 26 at 19:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am with you all on this never-ending winter. Our local radio station has posted on their website that this was the last gasp of winter and Intellicast predicts no more cold temps. I am not sure I can take that to the bank. We do need to get potatoes planted, the farmers here are 2 weeks behind in planting due to so much rain. Our ground has been wet for ages. Today we have to pot some tomato seedlings. It is getting crowded in here!!We have room for 3 trays of 72 seedlings, but the next potting of those plants will require 3" pots and a lot more shelf space with lighting.
March 27 at 08:33 EST .

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