Snow!

By: GardenGrrl , 1:24 AM GMT on February 07, 2014

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We had snow in N. Texas today. The light powdery stuff. I didn't have to work. Spent the day throwing food in the yard and watching the birds eat.

Used up all of Syd's unsalted peanuts and made the bluejays deliriously happy. Hope Syd doesn't mind. He shared my cooked oatmeal over breakfast so he shouldn't squawk too much.

Apparently food is scarce because the yard has been full of birds all day.

Oh, btw Briar, you wanted to know how the HS50 does through windows, these were all shot through the window.

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65. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:22 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
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64. sandiquiz
1:44 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Anything planned for your LONG weekend?

Like your other half, I watched the Olympics this morning. I have been watching it intermittently, usually watching the curling, which is my favourite winter sport, as it reminds me of playing flat green bowls I played in Zambia! It was slightly warmer of course!

Well, this morning, our team won the Bronze medal, knocking Switzerland into fourth place and the men fight it out against Canada tomorrow for the gold.
That gives us 4 medals, the most we have won in the Winter Olympics for 90 years!!
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63. Ylee
11:23 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Do you have any spre good electricians down there? Most of the ones around here are idiots! :' )

Enjoy your "weekend"!
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62. sandiquiz
12:08 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Aren't you glad you are retired?

It is the best occupation I have ever had... just wish the job paid a little more!! lol
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61. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on February 19, 2014
Hooray it's my "Friday".

Hi Ylee, what do I do at work? I check the penguins. Gotta make sure they have enough ice.

Hi Sandi, dang that is awful someone felt that crazy depressed to jump like that. Glad C made it home okay although in spite of wine and good dinner he must be really tired going into work today. Aren't you glad you are retired?
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60. sandiquiz
10:19 AM GMT on February 19, 2014
Quoting 58. sandiquiz:

Oh, fiddle, as I was writing the above I received a text from him which said... "going to be late!" I can see I will be putting half of it in the oven and having my dinner soon.. I am getting hungry!

OK, yes, I had my dinner about 8pm, but poor C didn't get in until almost 11pm.

Some tormented soul had had enough of life and jumped off the platform in MK just as a non-stop train went through at 100mph. The station was closed for four hours, so no trains could get through, then only a limited service until the police had finished with the station. The backlog was horrendous, and MK is on a main line from London to Scotland!

He left London at 6:30 and was on the train for over four hours! That's why he pays a little extra and travels first class... at least he had a comfy seat, and several glasses of complimentary wine!
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59. Ylee
7:54 PM GMT on February 18, 2014
Hi, GG! We're finally thawing out, and the sun has come out! What am I doing? Work, ah, blogging!

Hope your week at the cave passes quickly!
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58. sandiquiz
5:38 PM GMT on February 18, 2014
BTW - that plated sized Yorkshire pudding dinner was C's, not mine... mine was not quite so big! And yes, it was delicious, even though I say so myself.

Tonight we are having a chicken, leek, mushroom and pasta bake. When the trains from London never arrive on time, I have to have something ready to pop in the oven when I know his train is nearly in the station!!

Oh, fiddle, as I was writing the above I received a text from him which said... "going to be late!" I can see I will be putting half of it in the oven and having my dinner soon.. I am getting hungry!
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57. GardenGrrl
11:07 AM GMT on February 18, 2014
Good Morning from the Metroplex. More nice weather expected although am trying very hard to catch some of that rain before it crosses the pond.

Hi Sandi, OH YUM! nom nom nom virtually imagining how good that is. Apparently saying nom nom is enough to call Roxie over lol.

Hi Calpoppy, that is some drought when the desert wildflowers are still hibernating. Tell your friend to check and see if there is a corgi rescue group in the area. Corgis can be a bit willful and people often give up during the first year of rambunctious puppyhood. That's how we got Roxie.
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56. calpoppy
12:47 AM GMT on February 18, 2014
Sandi I think we will all be over for dinner, LOL! looks great!

Hi GG! My friend that I hiked with just lost her old Corgi and is in search of a tri color corgi. Her last two were red/white. There in the parking lot of the hiking place was a tri colored corgi! She went walking very fast up to the man who had the dog to ask where did he get him. The man laughed, he said women never come up to him anymore just his dog, LOL!!!

She is going down to San Diego to look at a litter this coming weekend, wish her luck. I want to take pics of the little tyke when she finds the right one!

No wildflowers at Devil's Punch Bowl! Everything looked very stressed out. In the rainy season there is a waterfall and a creek, but this year there is some mud and some random puddles :(

Thanks for the info on Amazon!!!!!

TNT woof back :)
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55. sandiquiz
11:24 AM GMT on February 17, 2014
Hi GG, glad you having a heat wave! Even though yesterday was beautiful, it struggled to get up to 50!

Oh, just remembered that I took a photo of a plate sized Yorkshire pudding, filled with the roast dinner, for a competition over in Flickr.

Thought you might like to see.





Hi Patti - I am so glad my photo sent you off on a successful purchase!

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54. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on February 17, 2014
Good Morning! It is 61f at 4:30am. I believe we are having a heat wave.

Hi Linda, that is really something to see Dallas like that. I ran into a fellow once that said he used to pick cotton at what is now south Oakcliff. Guess Dallas really did have cowboys.

Hi Bug, yep got it at least presentable. The goofy cockatoo has powder based feathers so there is always a layer of white dust over everything. Just need a cobweb making machine and we could be the Adams family. Know what you mean about having a good book in the house.

Hi Patti, good to see you. It's funny how design makes all the difference on a bird feeder. I use those tubular feeders and cut the perches to slightly more than an inch. Any bigger and the rock pigeons can land and almost literally vacuum all the food out of the feeder.

Hi Calpoppy, I'm pretty sure you can do that with Amazon, just have to limit the number of pictures you take to under fifty I think. Of course have to re-pack it like new as well. A hike featuring desert wildflowers sounds great. Heck, just a hike sounds good. Roxie says Woof to T&T.
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53. calpoppy
9:53 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Hi GG! That would be nice to try before I buy! I am taking my time, this camera is still a little big. No hurry for me. Tomorrow a friend and I are hiking the Devil's Punchbowl. Should be some wildflowers over there!

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52. redagainPatti
4:45 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Ahh, came in here to wish somebody (GardenGrrl) a happy day and thanks for the note in my little old blog.... in the reading of older comments, I found this bird feeder to be what I needed... so dropped over to Amazon and ordered for my back yard.. YEAH!! I love it when little problems suddenly are taken care of.
Meanwhile I hope all in here are having a great weekend and will have an even better week ahead..
I will slip, slide on out of here to the old tune playing in one of the older comments.
... slip, sliding away to my next activity of Geocaching and a bit of a hike in the good weather we have today in the Deep South.....
May the weather over your heads be what you want or need... take care..
hugs to all and a special one to GardenGrrl.

Quoting 10. sandiquiz:
I have been out in the rain and wild wind this morning hanging out an old "globe" feeder I found in the back of the shed yesterday. (What we will do for our feathered friends.)

I left it soaking overnight in a weak solution of bleach to kill any bacteria, rinsed it well, then left it on a radiator to dry out. It is now filled with a mix of niger seed and black sunflower seeds. I found the sunflower seeds were blowing off the bird table!! lol

An internet image of what mine looks like - except mine is filled with black seeds! lol

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51. palmettobug53
4:21 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Happy Sunday, GG!

Didja get the house all ready for company?

I'd die, if anyone walked in mine right now. It's a disaster area. All the gloom of the recent nasty weather just makes me want to curl up in bed or my recliner and mindlessly watch TV. I've had a cold and was barely making it to work, never mind doing housework. Friday I stopped by the library on the way home; if there are unread books in the house, it's a foregone conclusion that nothing gets done.
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50. Thoughtsteader
1:42 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
Hi, GG ~ I thought you might be interested in this week's series from a fellow I follow. He posts a single historical photo every day, and this is Dallas week. Here's the first photo in the series. I subscribed by email, so the pic just shows up in my inbox and I don't even have to go over to the blog unless the photo interests me. He lives in West Texas, but posts stuff from all over the country. Very interesting!
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49. GardenGrrl
11:08 AM GMT on February 16, 2014
Good Morning, it's the long work week starting today. We are supposed to have nice weather.

Hi WTS, that is an awesome graphic of Phinny. Now Syd wants me to make one for him.

Hi Ylee, I think that man is under utilizing his high dollar drone. He needs to hang a model shark playing Jimmy Buffet music from the drone and fly that up and down the beach :)

Hi Shirly, thanks for the Valentine Bird. Blue jays are cool birds. I had some fledglings around this last summer. So cute.

Hi Sandi, am negotiating terms with Babette right now. You will have to pay the shipping fees though.

Hi Skyepony, or dear, are you referring to WU changes or battle robots? Then again, Pikachu sunshine graphics could be kind of fun.

Hi Briar, the cockatoo shuffle actually got Syds attention. He is getting a big head with all these valentine greetings.

Hi Calpoppy, the Panasonic DMC series are all pretty decent. The F2.8 up to 600mm really is something! Maybe you can go through some place that lets you try it for a month before you buy it.
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48. calpoppy
7:37 PM GMT on February 15, 2014
Neat story! Glad you are back at writing!!

I have been checking out point and shoots, found one that might compliment my DSLR. It is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. It has a zoom to 600mm and what makes it really intriguing is it is F2.8 all they way through to 600mm!!!!! But I need to look further and hold one in my hands before I commit. At least it would fit in my vest pocket! And the price is not bad at all!
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47. sandiquiz
5:48 PM GMT on February 15, 2014
Have Fun!!

See you when we see you :)

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46. GardenGrrl
5:43 PM GMT on February 15, 2014
Hi All, thanks for all the Valentine Wishes. Having impromptu company show up in a few minutes so might not get back to the blog much for the next few days. (Long work week).

Must go pick-up house really quick now.
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45. BriarCraft
10:32 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
I love it when you write short stories! It means that life is treating you well enough for your creative muse to demand an outlet. Plus you write fun stuff! (I have a copy of your 2010 Tomte Klaus story to keep Hunkzilla company.)


Here's a little Cupid Shuffle for Valentines Day. Maybe Syd will join in.


You laugh. It could happen...
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44. Skyepony (Mod)
6:36 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
Great story:) Happy Valentines!

Pokemon transformer got a laugh here with the pokemon change ups & make ups that have been happening around here lately.
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43. WatchinTheSky
5:31 PM GMT on February 14, 2014


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42. sandiquiz
11:25 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Oh, the story is great.. do you think when Babette has finished with him......?? lol
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41. WeatherWise
6:27 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Happy Valentines,!

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40. Ylee
3:58 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
I'm glad there aren't any bloggers here named Roger, lol!

Here's a vid of Sapphire Beach taken by a drone!

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39. WatchinTheSky
3:55 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Fun story, nicely done GG! Happy Valentine's Day to you, spouse, Roxie, Syd!
Hope Roxie is ok, she looks like she has a bit of the Bob Costa syndrome ;) (or was she just winking at TS?)
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38. GardenGrrl
3:26 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Here is a cute little love story for Valentines Day.
Okay, it is a bit PG-13 for adult situations.

Hunkzilla, by Gardengrrl

Eight short years ago Tina was laid off from her company. She dutifully filed for unemployment and came home to an e-mail from Monsters.com stating; Busy office seeks mortal admin assistant, must be honest, pure of heart and very discreet. Great pay, opportunities for advancement.

Her employer was none other than the famous Russian Witch Baba Yaga’s beautiful great granddaughter, Babette. Over the years Tina had encountered werewolves, banshees, ghouls and sprites. Once she actually snatched her boss from the very jaws of Hell which earned her a huge Solstice bonus. Tina loved her job and her co-workers were quite fond of their mortal helper.

Earlier in the week, Babette, CEO and founder of Monsters, called the office coven together. Clutching a Bell Jar with a gold hued cloth of spider silk draped over it, Babette was grinning like a proud parent while she launched into her speech; “Ladies, let’s do something really special for Tina’s birthday. She’s done so much for us over the years; she’s been our friend, our confidant, a person who has always done the right thing. Let’s give her the kind of reward most mortal women can only dream about.”

Peggy gasped, pointing a plump finger at the covered prize in Babette’s hands; “You mean you did it! You created a never ending supply of zero calorie Godiva Chocolates?”

“No, I have something even better.” Carefully setting the jar on her desk she dramatically waved her arms, the golden silk fluttered, taking flight accompanied by Babette singing out a grand, “Ta-Dahhhh!”

Inside the jar was a miniature Latin flavored Adonis of a man with chiseled pecs stacked above washboard abs gazing seductively at the gathered crowd of women. He tilted his head and gave his audience a tiny wink and approving smile. The witches responded with glee. Then clamored almost in unison, “I want one for my desk too!”

“Oh ladies, ladies, we can do better than that for Tina, he’s a homunculus, with enough magic we can grow him into a full sized man. She said she needs an assistant, why not expand this little cutie into a Hunkzilla for her?”

Agnes fielded that question. “Why not? How about that kind of magic will make us all look a few years older.”

It was true. When a witch performs powerful spells, the stress makes her a stronger witch, but the power being drawn in and out of her body makes her start looking old and hag like. Coven folk wisdom says; An ugly witch is very strong, a beautiful witch is very clever.”

Babette shifted tactics and explained, “That of course is true but we do get a little something out of this ourselves. Tina can’t exactly take Hunkzilla home and let her husband see him. Perhaps, (and grinning she waggled her perfect thin eyebrows as she spoke), if any of us ask real nice she might let us baby sit Mr. Perfect at night.”

“Or we could just make up an evening schedule amongst ourselves and put a memory charm on the gorgeous beast we’re brewing up”, Suggested Kira who specialized in concealment magic.

SOLD! Babette thought to herself.
It took a great deal of magic from the entire coven excepting Babette who excused herself from the spell. She said she was worried that because she created the homunculus there was a chance most of the magic could be drawn from her during the ceremony. The coven reluctantly agreed to let her sit out.

Monday morning found an excited group of giggling witches greeting Tina at the door and nearly carrying her inside the lunchroom now empty of tables save one which supported a very large red and gold sparkled burlesque cake. Tina grinned. With the girls this wound up no work would be done, but, it was going to be a fun morning.

Office birthdays were always done with flair and lots of magical confetti. Tina was expecting perhaps a satyr or faun to come leaping out followed by enchanted streamers, party fairies and the ubiquitous wine waterfall. The women all joined hands, circle dancing around the big cardboard cake singing a wild rendition of happy birthday while glitter and confetti rained from above.

At finish, Babette quickly said to Tina, “Wish for an office assistant.”
Good humouredly Tina said, “I wish for an office assistant.”

She was not expecting a man so stunningly sexy that she almost forgot to breathe when he popped the cake top amidst the hoots and cheers of her co-workers. He had a thick dark mane of hair that framed a handsome masculine face supported by a square sturdy jaw. His dark eyes actually smoldered as he gazed at Tina like she was the only woman who mattered in this room full of noisy people.

The man leapt from the cake with a warrior’s grace. Took two steps and stood before Tina bare chested, bare footed, with only a modest clothe barely covering his manhood.

Eyes never leaving hers he gave a deep bow, took her hand in his and spoke with a low smooth voice like honey and distant thunder, “Beautiful woman, I am yours to command.”

Tina flushed, her knees got weak. She was not prepared for this. The witches happily yelled, “Surprise!” This brought her back to the here and now. She was able to take her eyes from his and look around the room at 13 happy but slightly older looking faces. At this she was quite moved. Her friends had actually given some of their youth for her gift.

Letting go of the man/creatures hand she had to fan herself from the heat. The room was terribly warm and her eyes were tearing up from emotion.
“OH, thank you. Thank you all. You’re all so sweet. I can’t believe you did this for me.”

Babette magnanimously spoke for all of them, “Dear, dear Tina, you’ve done so much for us all these years, we just wanted to give you something really special. We call him Hunkzilla, but you go ahead and pick a name you like.”

Peggy quipped, “If he was mine I’d call him Yummy.”
This brought laughter and more suggestions that became increasingly pornographic.

Tina started laughing too but decided to end the fun before it spun out of control and gave him a nice safe name. “I will call him Roger.”

This brought a few groans but Hunkzilla once again bowed before Tina and said in his deep smooth voice, “My lady, you may call me Roger.” And he said it breathlessly rolling the R’s actually making the name Roger sound very cool and sexy.

A little responsible voice inside Tina’s head responded with, Oh no, I’m in trouble.

After a very rowdy morning and raucous lunch featuring the nearly naked and finely sculpted Roger hand feeding the witches dim sum they had conjured up from somewhere, Tina was left alone in her private office with undoubtedly the most sexy man/creature ever evoked from primal female desire.

This would have been fine if Tina was not happily married and very loyal to her husband. She sat down at her desk and tried to concentrate on processing her accounts.

Roger sensed the tension in his mistress so he approached her to relieve it. He stood behind her chair and slowly ran his large strong hands up her arms to her shoulders speaking in soft low tones, “You are so tense my lady, let me rub your stress away.”

He smelled faintly of leather with a hint of expensive aftershave. His hands of course were magic and not only did they feel amazing on her shoulders, the sensation travelled all the way down her spine and tingled through her thighs.

Tina looked at the gold band on her ring finger and wanted to bang her head on her desk. MUST. NOT. WISH. TO. BE. SINGLE. She told herself sternly.

Not even for a minute. In this office one had to be careful for what they wished for and she didn’t want anything bad to happen to her husband that would make her suddenly single.

Tina pushed back her chair and said, “Roger, you have to stop touching me.”

“But why? You give off such heat, it arouses you and brings pleasure.”

“Look Roger, I’m married. I have a husband.”

“Oh, is that the only problem. Call him, we can both gratify your desires.”

Tina started to stand while edging away from Roger saying, “You don’t understand my world. When a man and woman marry they only do arousal things with each other.”

The creature looked at her with sad wounded eyes. “I am not good enough for my lady.” Then shoulders slumped lowered his gaze to the floor.

His expression just melted her and she put a hand on his forearm saying, “Roger honey, your perfect, but not for me. My husband would be very sad if he knew I got pleasure from you.”

This made the creature give her a stunning smile as he declared, “Then we shall not tell him. There is a sign outside that say’s; “What happens in the office, stays in the office.”

He reached for her seeking a lovers embrace so she ducked and slid sideways with Roger pursuing. Somehow this reminded her of a cartoon with an amorous skunk named Pepe Le Pew. Suddenly Roger changed form and became Pepe Le Pew bad French accent and all chasing her around the desk.

“Omigod! You’re a shape shifter too?”

“Oui, Oui my darling, whatever ze fantasy, I will fulfill it.”

So she envisioned Porky Pig. Then Sponge Bob Square Pants. Roger changed into all the characters she could think of, each doing its best to seduce her.

Finally Tina’s fever broke from the laughter and she could think without the distraction of a nearly consuming desire to shed her clothes and have wild sex with an unnatural creature.

With that, she bolted from the room, Roger bouncing along in pursuit as Pepe Le Pew again which drew some strange looks as this was unusual even at their office.

Tina threw open her boss’s door saying, “Babette, I’m so sorry, I can’t have the sexiest creature on the planet hanging around my office and still be faithful to my wedding vows.”

Babette looked shocked covering her mouth with both hands. “OH my. Oh no. I’m so sorry dear. How terribly insensitive of us. Oh I’m so sorry I would never want to make you uncomfortable. Please forgive me for this.”

Letting out held breath, Tina said, “I’m so glad you aren’t offended, I know all of you went to a lot of trouble to make him for me. Can we re-gift him to someone else?”

“Well, he is made to serve only one person, and you seem to be in a hurry to shed him. How about if you gift him to me right now and I’ll figure out something.”

“Roger, I hereby gift you to Babette and you are to serve her however she wishes.” With that, Tina fled from her boss’s office back to her own.

Roger looked at Babette with his smoldering puppy dog eyes and asked, “Beautiful lady, will you allow me to serve you as is my nature?”

Babette waved a hand locking her office door and drew the shades. Then said, “Of course my love. When I had the coven create you I was counting on Tina to always do the right thing.”
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37. Thoughtsteader
1:03 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
I just got the weekly fishing report, and noticed something I've missed - or maybe I didn't miss it and I've only forgotten. In any event, I thought this was interesting, re: Lake Lewisville.

Water clear; 37–42 degrees; 7.89’ low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and small jigging spoons. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Boats, livewells, and bait buckets must be drained of all water before leaving the area.

Here's the link to the state site that's got all the rules and regs. It's not something I think you'd be dealing with on a daily basis or anything, but it's good to know. I suspect there probably are signs up around the lake, too.

Loved the Roxie Valentine. That dog just cracks me up.
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36. calpoppy
12:06 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day!!

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35. Proserpina
7:34 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
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Nice new blog! You are having fun with the new camera!
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34. GardenGrrl
6:05 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Hi Sandi, we may have some annoying ice, but I am daily being totally gobsmacked by what is happening in the UK. I don't remember anything like this.

Hi Ylee, I think you all have the slip sliding a bit worse than us this year. I like your new cams. Glad you kept the penguins but really like the beach cam.

Hi Briar, have I mentioned how impressed I am with the Flicker House? Although the Engrish thing had me rolling on the floor and inspired "artwork".

Hi Barb, good to know your birds are getting enough to eat. When the food I put out disappears in a few hours I really worry about my birds. Glad you have made it back to your home.

Hi Oz, generators are so expensive if you can get a good deal on one grab it up. Decent ones around here start at about $500+. That explains why so few people keep one around in case of emergency.

Hi Calpoppy, it has warmed up really nice here. After I finish comments I'm running to Home Depot to get flower seeds to randomly chuck in the back garden. I like a big patchwork of color! Mostly zinnias, marigolds and bachelor bottons. A few poppies. I start sowing every two weeks starting February with zinnias and marigolds in late March/April. By the end of summer it's usually just salvia gregii, the marigolds and zinnias still looking okay. Am hoping the one chocolate flower that I didn't mistake for a weed and pull comes back.

Hi WTS, I bet the Chinese don't know that their best export is instructional comedy. Bring on the Engrish!
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33. GardenGrrl
5:44 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
KOMEC Machine Pokemon (for Briar)




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32. Ylee
7:34 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
You should see some of the wacky stuff that shows up when I use Google Translate! A large number of cam sites I frequent are foreign, so I rely on google to tell me what the sites say. Or at least I think it says!
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31. WatchinTheSky
5:29 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
How could anyone not buy one after reading the features of that soldering station!! I kick myself on multiple occasions for losing the instructions that came with champagne decorker we got a few years ago. I'm sure it made sense in the original language, but the translation - laughs that good are hard to come by!
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30. calpoppy
12:00 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
49 degrees, you have had a bit of a warm up. It is way to warm here, 75 degrees today! 80 degrees in the big city where I had to go today. This winter really sucks!!
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29. ozgalah
10:07 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
Hi GG thanks for your comments at my blog very funny, I think our "bobby" was genuinely concerned but I hoped he would cope if necessary.
On your comments to Sandi about getting a generator, when we had power outages due to the fire risk my D (who works for a generator company) suggested we might need one then said "I wonder where you could get one from?" HaHa!!!!!Tie me kangaroo down would be a nightmare to have in your head all day!!!!
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28. barbamz
6:19 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
Birds at home at my large balcony (large family of sparrows which often is chillig between the pots during the day) or visiting it, GardenGrrl, are fat and lazy this year and won't eat as much as in former years, although I offer the usual. I think it's because of the very mild winter without any snow and few little frosts. Probably plenty of food still is available in nature.

And not to forget: your photos are just marvelous!
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27. BriarCraft
8:09 AM GMT on February 12, 2014
In my aimless wunderings of the interwebz, I runned across this and thought, "Hey, this is right up GardenGrrl's alley!" So here it is. I'm sure you have experience soldering and I know you drool over technical reading, so I'm sure you can understand this. Right?

Be careful! The handle is agile!!!
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26. BriarCraft
12:06 AM GMT on February 12, 2014
Yep, I did have to clear the greenhouse the other evening. Good thing, too, as the snow turned to rain a few hours later. By then it was too warm to be freezing rain, but it sure would have made that wet snow even heavier.

No slip slidin' at my place, thank goodness. The Safelite guy had no trouble getting here to replace the windshield that cracked while I was in town last Thursday. Apparently, even rock chips that have been "repaired" can still crawl across the glass when you have wet snow freezing onto said glass on one side while the defroster is cranked up on the other side.

At 35º around your place, I'll bet it's still all slip slidey. Takes awhile for ice to melt. Is it going to refreeze overnight? Sure hope not, cuz somehow that just makes it worse.

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25. Ylee
7:05 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
I posted this on bug's blog, too.... ;' )

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24. sandiquiz
11:33 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
Take it easy.. it will be the idiots who forget how to drive in these conditions who cause problems.

Hope it is not too bad, but good luck, anyway!

Thanks for the info on a rebar... we would call that a "reinforcing" rod:)
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23. GardenGrrl
11:12 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
Good Morning, woke up with that goofy song; "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" in my head for some reason.
Yesterday it was a light mist the entire day. This morning there is a glaze on everything elevated...like my steps.

The news people are already broadcasting multiple accidents from people spinning out on the bridges and over passes. This is a deceptive ice. The roads are fine. Everything elevated is slicker than goose snot. And why haven't the sanding trucks been out?

Okay, have to get ready for work and leave a bit early. Wish me luck.
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22. calpoppy
5:24 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
The birds sure look cute all puffed up!

Maybe if everyone on the east coast would stand up and blow toward the west the storms would reverse direction and we would get some rain ;) Pineapple express needs to drop a few hundred miles!!
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21. Ylee
4:25 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
33F and light drizzle does not sound good! Hope it doesn't get any colder!

My first day back to work! Can I say "ugh"?

Ugh! TIA! :' )
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20. GardenGrrl
11:01 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
Good Morning, it's another work week. 42f and foggy out this early am.

Hi Bug, you have some very grateful birds around you. The wrens and chickadees I think are the most fun to watch. They must really like the mealworms. We have a mocker here too that I keep trying to teach how to wolf whistle.

Hi Skyepony, the turkey and crane at the fence barking at each other has to be hilarious. Sounds like you have some serious guard turkeys. They must do a good job at pest control.

Hi Briar, oh that is such a pretty yet high maintenance kind of snow. Obviously you know this if you are talking about clearing it before it finishes.

Have a great day All.
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19. BriarCraft
1:34 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
Big goose-feather size snowflakes coming down like crazy. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to go out with flashlight and broom to clear the greenhouse roof.
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18. Skyepony (Mod)
1:25 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
The town had a quacker invasion. My turkeys would never put up with that in the yard.

Occasionally a male sandhill crane comes by really early in the morning to fight with my turkey tom Puff. They make such a racket & look so tough for their ladies but they are separated by wire so it looks really ridiculous.
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17. palmettobug53
1:00 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
Our yard was full of birds that 3 days we had the ice/snow mess going on.

I must have made a dozen runs a day to put water in the birdbath and try to break up the ice long enough for them to take a drink.

Made sure all the feeders were full. I made several meal worm runs each day, as well.

I had mostly doves, The Lone Mocker, a pair of Carolina wrens, some Carolina chickadees, house finches and my usual flock of sparrows.

Oddly enough, I didn't see much of the squirrels. There's 3 or 4 of them out there but I guess they were staying curled up someplace, trying to stay warm.
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16. GardenGrrl
12:18 AM GMT on February 09, 2014


Played with this a bit on picmonkey.
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15. GardenGrrl
11:38 PM GMT on February 08, 2014
Hi Hurigo, you are always welcome here. Was really tickled to have all the birds come around. Think I benefit almost as much as they do. Can't save the whole world but can make my little corner a good place.

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