April Holidays 2014

By: palmettobug53 , 9:50 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

April, 2014 Bizarre and Unique Holidays


National Humor Month
International Guitar Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
Lawn and Garden Month
National Poetry Month
National Pecan Month
National Welding Month
Records and Information Management Month
Stress Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Weekly Celebrations:

Week 1 Library Week
Week 1 Read a Road Map Week.
Week 2 Garden Week
Week 3 Organize Your Files Week
Week 3 Medical Labs Week
Week 4 Administrative Assistants Week
Week 4 National Karaoke Week

April, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

7 Caramel Popcorn Day
7 No Housework Day
7 World Health Day
8 All is Ours Day
8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
9 Name Yourself Day
9 Winston Churchill Day
10 Golfer's Day
10 National Siblings Day
11 Eight Track Tape Day
11 Barbershop Quartet Day
11 National Submarine Day
12 Big Wind Day
12 Russian Cosmonaut Day
13 Scrabble Day
14 Ex Spouse Day
14 International Moment of Laughter Day
14 Look up at the Sky Day
14 National Pecan Day
14 Reach as High as You Can Day
15 Rubber Eraser Day
15 Titanic Remembrance Day
16 National Eggs Benedict Day
16 National Librarian Day
16 National Stress Awareness Day
17 Blah, Blah, Blah Day
17 National Cheeseball Day
17 National High Five Day third Thursday
17 Pet Owners Independence Day
18 International Juggler's Day (Could also apply to multi tasking office workers)
18 Newspaper Columnists Day
19 National Garlic Day
20 Easter Date (varies)
20 Look Alike Day
20 Volunteer Recognition Day
21 Dyngus Day - always the Monday after Easter
21 Kindergarten Day
21 Patriot's Day - third Monday of the month
22 Girl Scout Leader Day
22 National Jelly Bean Day
23 Executive Admin's Day (Secretary's Day) - date varies, Also called Administrative Professional's Day
23 Lover's Day
23 National Zucchini Bread Day
23 Take a Chance Day
23 World Laboratory Day
24 Pig in a Blanket Day
24 Take Your Daughter to Work 4th Thursday
25 East meets West Day
25 World Penguin Day
26 Hug an Australian Day
26 National Pretzel Day
26 Richter Scale Day
27 Babe Ruth Day
27 National Prime Rib Day
27 Tell a Story Day
28 International Astronomy Day
28 Great Poetry Reading Day
28 Kiss Your Mate Day
29 Greenery Day
29 National Shrimp Scampi Day
30 Hairstyle Appreciation Day
30 National Honesty Day

To look ahead: Holiday list.

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158. WunderAlertBot
1:55 AM GMT on May 05, 2014
palmettobug53 has created a new entry.
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157. clearlakemike
4:28 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
OMG...your radar is clear!! Is it broken?
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156. Proserpina
1:02 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Good morning Bug, how are you? You going on a trip? From your meal preparations it sounds like a picnic is in your near future. I will read down in a minute to find out where you are going. Safe trip to wherever your are going and back.
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155. palmettobug53
12:16 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Good morning.

I've got my eggs stuffed, mac salad tranferred to another container, my clothes laid out, etc. I've got about an hour before I need to do is shower, dress and load the truck.

Hi, Wab. I'm still a bit stiff but not as sore this morning. I hope you're not feeling too bad after your sojourn in the yard yesterday.

I know you've got back issues but, even so, neither of us can get out and do the yard work as easily as we used to, can we?

I haven't seen any hummers either. We've never had many. I saw one at my feeder last year only a few times.

The cold this winter killed back my neighbor's big bottlebrush plant, which had been a fair draw for them the past few summers. Part of it is totally dead and what's left is just now starting to put out a few bits of greenery.

Off to visit a little bit, before I have to shut down.
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154. whitewabit
1:22 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Bug .. think I will have your soreness and stiffness as we worked in the yard most of the day .. cleaning out flower beds and planted at few annuals we had picked up for early color ..

haven't seen any humming birds .. lest not yet .. feeders been up a week ..
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153. palmettobug53
1:12 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Oh, BTW. I may not have time in the morning to check in. We'll be leaving around 10:30 to drive to Lone Star.

I have my macaroni salad made. It filled a huge bowl; way too much to take to the dinner tomorrow. It's a good thing Hubby loves it. I'll put about half of it into a container to take with us in the morning.

I am also making deviled eggs. I've got the filling mixed up and put in the icebox overnight, so that the flavors will meld. I'll stuff the eggs in the morning.

I'm also taking tea. And some containers so that my aunt and I can trade leftovers to bring home. I think she's making ham biscuits and a casserole of some kind. She wasn't sure about the casserole.

We should be back before 6:00. Maybe earlier, if we don't end up gathering at someone's house after the dinner. We have a family meeting at 12:30, with dinner at 1:00.
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152. palmettobug53
1:05 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Briar, that nest is situated perfectly for viewing. I can't see into the nest; it's higher than head height. But I can watch the comings and goings from my front stoop or anywhere in the yard, really. I have my binos handy!

I will have to water that grass. It looks like sunny with temps in the mid-80's for at least the next week. Overnight lows look to be mid-60's, so if I give that grass a good watering between 6:00 and 7:00, it should be good.

I am very stiff and sore today, I have to admit. Ibuprofen is my friend.

BUT I now have the picture in my head of exactly how I want to finish up the rest of those flagstones. They've been incorrectly placed for years. They need to be where we actually walk, not at a perfect right angle to the front steps. They also need to be placed where they'll no longer impede water from flowing away from the foundation of the house when it rains heavily.

Last year, I redid some of them but I've never been quite happy with the results. I've also planted a gardenia in front of the living room window last fall. As it grows, it will overhang where the walk currently is.

I hope I didn't clog the drain with mud! I was so filthy, I felt like Hubby needed to pick me up by one earlobe, carry me through the house and drop me in the tub! Or strip me off outside and hose me off, before allowing me into the house! lol
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151. BriarCraft
10:02 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
That mockingbird nest is an exciting discovery. Is it located such that you can watch the goings on without disturbing momma bird?

So you're a grass thief now? From your description, that sounds like the kind of creeping grass that likes to invade my flowerbeds. When I pull up the invading mats of grass, very little of it actually has roots, but I imagine if you water it frequently, it might take hold. Then again, with all the rain I've been hearing about back east, watering is the last thing you'd want to do.

I have to say you've got more energy and ambition than me, with all you have accomplished lately. Don't wear yourself out. Or clog the bathtub drain with too much mud!
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150. palmettobug53
1:57 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Ok, now to reply....

Briar - Happy May Day to you, even if it's now May 3rd. That's a lovely bouquet of flowers.

Hi, Huri! It's just macaroni salad with some ham bits thrown in. No, no celery seed. I used diced celery. Along with diced sweet onion, diced, deseeded and drained tomatoes (Romas are best), deseeded and diced cukes, Hellman's or Duke's, a dash of parsley and, of course, elbows. No boiled/chopped eggs. Got to go to the store and get everything.

Linda, it's the same thing with me. There's certan things I fix only in summer or in winter. I might eat them but I won't fix them. My oven doesn't get much use in warm weather, so roasts and such are out. I'll crank it up for the occasional ham.

Sandi, I think it's on a case by case basis. How your desk looks and whether or not you have classes/training scheduled. My classes don't start until next week. I doubt seriously that anyone will manage to get a week's vacation after start up July 1st. They're still letting us take Memorial Day and July 4th.

I still have one load of clothes to do. As I mentioned to Huri, I haven't got the ingredients for the salad. I was too pooped to go grocery shopping yesterday after I finished up in the yard.

I'm going to have to buy some lemonade or tea. Hubby threw my empty gallon milk jug in the recyling bin. I told him not to do that but he forgot. I need a secure container for liquids.

I think we'll probably have enough, so I may not fix anything else. I feel a bit of a piker, though. It's kind of standard procedure to bring two dishes.

I just discovered this morning that the mockingbirds have built a nest in our crepe myrtle in the front yard. That explains why I saw one divebombing a squirrel over there yesterday. I snunk over and removed the thistle feeder and a hanging basket. I don't want to disturb them by watering the plant or refilling the feeder.
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149. palmettobug53
1:36 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Happy Saturday!

I had every intention of hanging out on the blogs for a bit yesterday morning. After reading the paper, I grabbed another cup of coffee and turned my computer on. I checked my Gmail. downloaded the IE security patch, visited Bayou Woman's blog, then wandered over to WU. Checked the weather.

I also had laundry going. The weather was a bit iffy, so I only washed 3 loads. If it rained, I didn't want to have more than I could easily hang inside, if I had to snatch it back in.

After hanging the last load, instead of getting back on the computer, I decided to steal some grass from my neighbor's yard to resod some bare patched in our yard. Yes, you heard me right. I am now a grass thief.

I realized that instead of sprigging in small pieces, I could take huge mats of grass that was overgrowing their concrete drive. It would improve their drainage and give me the grass I needed. All I had to do was cut along the edge of the drive, take the shovel and lift up the mats of grass.

I had just put the last piece down in my yard, when the wife drove up, got out of her van, looked at her drive and pointed. I hollered, "I stole your grass!" She said, "YAY!"

Sometimes it's good to have neighbors who do no yard work.

Then, I eyeballed the front walk again. We've been having drainage problems along the front of the house during heavy rains. There was not enough space between the flagstones and the front steps and it was impeding flow. So..... I started heaving them about and resetting them. I only managed six. Two in front of the steps, then four leading off towards the drive. These were not ones I shifted last year; those were the much, much smaller ones at the far end.

All told, I spent hours out there, with shovel and clippers moving grass. Then with the shovel and crowbar (and bricks for swivels underneath one stone which was too large to be picked up) shifting resetting flagstones.

I was so filthy, it took me over 30 minutes in the tub to scrub the dirt off. Had to shower after that, as the tub water looked like the Mississippi after a roiling rain.

Once dressed, I told Hubby I needed a cold brew, so we headed to the American Legion. Got home around 7:30, watched a little TV then headed to bed.

I'll admit I'm a bit stiff this morning. I need to buy stock in ibuprofen!
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148. sandiquiz
8:37 AM GMT on May 03, 2014
Knock Knock... Happy Saturday to you. I hope the food "fixing" (love that word) goes well:)
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147. sandiquiz
4:04 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Hi there Bug
I have been so busy all this week, but things have eased off a little, so I have had time to catch up with your news. I thought the office were not allowing any more time off until the new system launch?

Hope the laundry is done, and the food prepared, ready for a wonderful family gathering on Sunday. :-)
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146. Thoughtsteader
3:53 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
I've been thinking about you all week, but every time I think about you, I'm nowhere near a computer. Hope you're enjoying your day off. I've had another week of pretty-nearly perfect working weather, and beat another deadline. Yes, I'm happy.

That ham macaroni salad sounds good. We're moving toward the cold salad season, and I'm ready for it. Funny, how I won't eat pot roast in summer, or pasta salad in winter. I can't believe it's time for your family dinner again. Time flies, for sure.

Have a good afternoon. I'm going to put some varnish on a pair of name boards, and head back out to the docks.
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145. hurigo
12:29 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Good Mid-Morning Bug,
Mmmmmm, mac and ham salad. I haven't had that in ages. I bet yours is delicious. Do you put loads of celery seed in it?
Enjoy your day off.
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144. BriarCraft
8:33 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Happy May Day!

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143. palmettobug53
4:47 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
White Rabbbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

I really meant to put up a fresh entry last night but got sucked into an old Bette Davis movie on TV. "The Letter" based on a Somerset Maugham story.

Wab, Cal: FUNGUS GNATS! THAT'S IT! I could not remember what the heck those things were called yesterday.

People in the office were either not treating properly or didn't do anything at all and lied about it. After several months, management just said: No more live plants. Period. We're not even allowed cut flowers. If they're delivered to work, you must take them home that day.

GG - That's us at work. You have to have IT add any/all new applications, programs, browsers, etc. Allowing a gazillion employees to download anything they want? Our system would crash from bugs, viruses and lord knows what all else.

Jeff, IE is the only browser we have. We were told if we had IE8 we could get online. If we had IE 9 or higher, no. I don't think I know of anyone that has anything other than IE8. When they upgrade, it's campus wide. Someone, somewhere must have higher versions or IT wouldn't have sent out a mass email telling all employees about the issue and banning internet use for personal reasons.

I have asked for tomorrow off. I've about got my desk cleared. We're heading out of town Sunday for my family dinner, so we'll be gone most of the day. Having tomorrow off will give me more time to get the laundry and household chores done before Sunday. Not to mention getting the ingredients and fixing a dish or two.

I will not cook the day of the dinner. I know me; we'd be halfway there and I'd be wondering, "Did I turn the oven off or not?" I don't need the stress!

I'm fixing macaroni/ham salad and tea and something else. Haven't decided what.
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142. whitewabit
4:29 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Quoting 139. calpoppy:

Hi Bug! A quick note about those gnats in the houseplants before you change over to May. They are fungus gnats and there is a product you can get from Gardens alive that will kill them also, sticky whitefly traps are useful also. They come from soil products that aren't sterilized well, plus you can get them from buying plants at drugstores and such. So not just over watering.

I got them in a sack of topsoil I bought a few years ago .. took forever to kill them off .. They need to be treated every few days for a month to get rid of all the eggs they lay .. and sometimes they don't lay eggs just in the soil but other surfaces too ...

when I get a new house plant I always spray it and leave on the porch for a couple of weeks to make sure I don't infect all my indoor plants ..

orchids are really bad for having them in the bark growing medium ..
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141. GardenGrrl
4:20 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Hi Happy White Rabbits!

We also have IE at work. I figure it is their problem if I can't change the browser to Chrome of Firefox due to permissions and they haven't done anything. I never use any site where I enter my password at work anyways. It is legal for them to get your password and read your e-mail if you do it at work.

At home here I switched to Chrome, ran a fresh virus scan and will spend the evening changing all my passwords one more time. When the Heart bleed came out and my AOL account was hacked I changed ALL my passwords and security questions.

So then they come out with don't use IE for a browser. Ugh password change one more time.
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140. BrowardJeff
2:05 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Quoting 135. palmettobug53:

Anyhoo, I got told under the table that as long as our IE is version 8, it was ok to get online.

My understanding..and I haven't done the full research, but I do pay attention to this stuff a bit..is that there is no safe version of IE. Still, if you're being told you can use it, go ahead. You're probably ok as long as you stick to known, well controlled web sites.

Happy May!
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139. calpoppy
1:49 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Hi Bug! A quick note about those gnats in the houseplants before you change over to May. They are fungus gnats and there is a product you can get from Gardens alive that will kill them also, sticky whitefly traps are useful also. They come from soil products that aren't sterilized well, plus you can get them from buying plants at drugstores and such. So not just over watering.
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138. Ylee
1:42 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
White rabbits x 3, bug! Hope you have a good May!
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137. whitewabit
6:27 AM GMT on May 01, 2014
WhiteWabits time 3

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136. sandiquiz
5:14 PM GMT on April 30, 2014
Made it through April, so we are already a thrid of the way through 2014! Watchout going home -looks like Pros had more than her fair share of rain, her strream has burst it banks all over her garden:(

This system has been awful - rain, thunder, tornadoes, and many lives lost:( Take care:)
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135. palmettobug53
4:00 PM GMT on April 30, 2014
I won't lie about my hairstyle today!

Ylee, that stuff is tracking northeast/east now.

Wab, it's as dark as the inside of a cow outside at the moment. Coming to work was no problem but going home might be. I'll just have to wait and see.

Jeff, I agree; I love the local fauna but I hate when they get into my yard and destroy my flora.

I need to get on here tonight and put up a new thread for May.

I didn't think I was going to get here today at lunch. We got told late yesterday NOT to use IE except for work related functions, due to the big security issue going on. IE is the only browser I have. I could request that IT put Firefox on my desktop but I suspect they'll only do it if certain network programs work better on it, than on IE. Not because you want to surf the net at lunch.

Anyhoo, I got told under the table that as long as our IE is version 8, it was ok to get online. They're just not telling that to the hoi polloi.

Now, off to check some weather sites!

I have Chrome at home. Not sure what version of IE I have. I'll have to check.
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134. BrowardJeff
10:20 PM GMT on April 29, 2014
There are at least four that I see in my yard. The spray is supposed to work "rain or shine." So far so good, but I haven't been home yet today.

I really love nature, and like the wildlife. I just don't want them to eat my garden! Is that too much to ask? :)

We've been talking about planting some stuff in the office, in an indoor planter. I don't know if it will ever happen, though.
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133. whitewabit
6:44 PM GMT on April 29, 2014
Bug .. Careful out your way this afternoon and evening !! looks like severe weather may come a knocking ..

An ear and eye to the sky .. be safe !!!
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132. Ylee
5:26 PM GMT on April 29, 2014
Hi, bug! I'll pass on the shrimp scampi too, green, or otherwise! :' ) Looks like most of the heavier stuff is headed south of you, although you may get strafed by a some of it!

Hope you have a good lunch!
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131. palmettobug53
4:33 PM GMT on April 29, 2014
It's Greenery Day! I'll let the seafood fans celebrate Shrimp Scampi Day.

I sure wish I had some greenery at work. They banned live plants from the office. There was some kind of tiny fly or gnat infestation due to overwatering. Harmless things but annoying. We never could convince everyone that they did NOT bite nor could we ever get everyone to effectively eradicate them. Thus, the ban.

Jeff, does that spray have to be reapplied after rain? How many iguanas are around your neighborhood? I'd be inclined to start doing some catch and release.

That's what I did to get my local squirrel population under control. I don't have the same number of them but the ones that are left are just as destructive.

Hi, Pros. That's a lovely tulip. One of the few things I've never tried growing. Those or iris.

Hi, Rob.. Yeah, I've got my weather eye out. I think we're going to get rain but most of the energy from those storms will probably peter out by the time they get here. Hope so, anyway.
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1:00 PM GMT on April 29, 2014
Mornin BUG, the Bay of Fundy has signs of spring, however the weather conditions do not reflect the season change. High northerly winds and low temps not making for any desire to get the yard prepared for planting. I do the "yes Dear" parts of the gardening, and avoid as much as that as I can.

Appears your part of the world is at least on the edge of severe weather and have been for the past few days, one day comments on how quiet the severe weather has been to all hell breaking loose, with los of life, with no let up for days. We have nothing to compare, our severe weather is wind, cold, etc., in most cases not life threatening.

Have a good one.

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129. Proserpina
12:30 AM GMT on April 29, 2014
So glad that our buddies and their families are ok in those areas that received bad weather yesterday and today. Here we are again, dealing to tornadoes and whatever else mother nature throws our way.

I am leaving a Spring flower for you Bug and for those who may need a pretty flower to brighten their day.
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128. BrowardJeff
12:09 AM GMT on April 29, 2014
Glad everyone is fine so far!
No iguana sightings today. I hope the spray I bought actually works.

Hope tomorrow is smooth, easy, and relaxing. For everyone.
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127. palmettobug53
11:04 PM GMT on April 28, 2014
A brief check in to check on a few folks in the line of fire. So far, so good. Unlike so many other places last night.

Gams' Papa Joe and family in Arkansas all came through last night OK. Wab, Weatherwise and Astro are fine. Nasty weather but they're fine.

Will check in tomorrow. Thank heavens I'll have a full lunch hour instead of that brief break. I had indigestion all afternoon, from trying to wolf down my lunch.
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126. palmettobug53
4:29 PM GMT on April 28, 2014
Quick post. I had a therapy session this a.m., which means only 30 minutes for lunch. I forgot and brought stuff that had to be microwaved and had to fight the lunchtime crowd for the use of one of two microwaves in the breakroom.

I have less than 15 minutes of online time and I want to check the news. I was watching TWC last night. Awful outbreak in Arkansas. Did ya'll see the vehicles along the interstate? God.

Hi, GG, Jeff, Sandi and Pros.
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125. sandiquiz
11:12 AM GMT on April 28, 2014
Quoting 124. GardenGrrl:

Poetry Day
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
It's also Astronomy Day
And Kiss Your Mate too.

Hi and bye, Bug - hope Monday is kind to you :-)
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124. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on April 28, 2014
Poetry Day
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
It's also Astronomy Day
And Kiss Your Mate too.
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123. BrowardJeff
3:09 AM GMT on April 28, 2014
It took two days to finish everything, but the gardening is done, give or take some iguana damage.
We completely redid the 11x5 and the 20x2 areas..scooped out a ton of old sand and put down new garden soil. Planted two basils, a lemon balm, and a jalapeno. Then mulched the area. In the front we planted a few ornamentals, including a yellow shrimp. We remulched the while front area, too.

I went to a better garden supply place today to get more edible stuff for the back yard. I picked up a few chamomile plants, some French sorel, naturtium, and chives. But before I got them in the ground, I noticed that an iguana had come by and munched on the new herbs. Sigh. I went to Home Depot and picked up some Iguana spray. Apparently it's a harmless spray that just leaves a scent that keeps them away. I hope it works! I bought another basil and planted it, as a test.

In the front, I added two charmed wine plants in my hanging pots, and two Miss June plants - one red, one pink - in pots by the front door .

And just to round it all out, I picked up a bromelaid for my kitchen. I don't know if it'll survive, because it probably wants more light than it will get there. But it'll make me smile when I walk into the kitchen in the morning.

With a little luck, I'm ready for the summer season. I have a few spots I can put more edibles in - I'd like to grow some zucchini for the summer, for instance. But I need to start that from seed - I haven't found any plants in any of the nurseries.

Sadly, tomorrow is Monday, and we all (mostly) need to go back to reality.
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122. Proserpina
12:02 AM GMT on April 28, 2014

27 Babe Ruth Day
27 National Prime Rib Day
27 Tell a Story Day

I can appreciate the three 'celebrations' day. Tomorrow I can easily do one one of the 'suggestions', I can kiss my mate. Oh wait, no way! He is so darn sick that I do not want to be in the same room as him, nevermind kiss him! Poor guy, he is coughing up a storm. I have already started the nagging about calling the doctor early tomorrow morning. Unfortunately tomorrow is also the day when I have an ultrasound scheduled, and the furnace person is coming to tell us what the problem is. We are ready to accept the verdict of needing a totally new furnace system. The one we have is the original one, the house was built in 1979.

I hope that you have a good day at work tomorrow.
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121. palmettobug53
10:44 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
CRTL and plus/minus works better on IE than it does on Chrome. I can control it better. In Chrome, one hit on plus and all my sidebars drop the bottom.

I wonder if playing with the settings for visually impaired will help some folks here? You can find it by hitting the start button, then go to Control Panel. On Vista, it's called 'Ease of Access.'

Or by adjusting the brightness, for those that find the white too glaring.

Well, time for me to log off for the night. Supper is ready, then I need to get my lunch and clothes planned for work tomorrow. 'Call the Midwife' comes on at 8:00, so I'm running out of time!

I'll check in tomorrow during lunch.

Hope everyone has a good evening!
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120. palmettobug53
10:23 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Hi, Linda.

Yeah, I know about CTRL and scroll or plus/minus. When I get the font bigger, the sidebars drop to the bottom of the page.

What I really need to do is pull out my computer glasses for NUNUWU on Chrome. DUH... They're basically super-duper magnified prescription bifocal reading glasses.

I'll probably hang on to NUWU at home for a while (like you're doing with Classic), while they continue to fix and tweak and polish up NUNUWU.

I have no choice but to use NUWU or Classic at work. Lord knows what old version of IE they're running. We're always a version or two or three behind the latest one.

I also have a second set of super-duper computer glasses at work. I can't do anything on my work computer without them. They're the latest pair I have. The older pair is what I have here at the house.
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119. Thoughtsteader
10:11 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Bug, I just saw your comment about font size. Have you tried using Ctrl and +? You can hit control and then + as many times as you need, without changing the page format. At least that works for me in Firefox and IE. Then, if you want to go back down, you can do Ctrl and -.
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118. palmettobug53
9:07 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Mike, your plant should have some pups coming up around the base. Mine had dozens upon dozens, over the years. If it does, you can transplant them.

I pulled quite a few pups up and gave them away. Others, I pulled up and put on the curb for the trash. I was sick of them, by then!

Sandi, I gave it a try and it does enlarge the fonts. It flips the sidebar to the bottom of the page, though, and I really don't like that.

I might continue to use NUWU most of the time until they work more of the bugs and glitches out of NUNUWU.

I'll flip over to Chrome periodically and see what's changed.
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117. sandiquiz
8:01 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Knock Knock! If you are still around, there is a solve for your size issue in my blog, if you are still using Chrome:)
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116. clearlakemike
5:19 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Bug, our blooming century plant finally collapsed and is filled with seed pods. I have been collecting the pods and distributing around the property. Hopefully, some of them will sprout into new plants. Leaving the stalk to dry out as it isn't in the way of anything. I remembered your warning about not touching it with bare hands, etc. Otherwise, I might have gone right in and tried to saw it off and remove it right away. Hate to see the plant wither and die. Not sure what I am going to eventually replace it with. Probably another century plant if I can get some to germinate and then transplant.
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115. palmettobug53
4:33 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Hi, Cal.

I wish we could do our major trimming up in the winter. Most of the shrubs/vines we have that need trimming have to be done right after they bloom. And they all bloom early. If we wait too long, we'll cut off new growth, which is what the blooms are on. I have cut my azaleas back in mid or late summer, once or twice. They did bloom the following spring but not well.

We can't really do the back fence until we see how much stuff is starting to come up after the winter die off. Tamped down, really. We've been trimming and spraying that back fence for 30 years. Greenbriars, poison ivy, Virginia creeper, some kind of grassy, bamboo-y looking stuff, wild grape, etc. I wouldn't mind the grape if it would bear fruit but it won't. There's some honeysuckle back there, which I do like, but it gets all mixed up with the other stuff. It's hard to get rid of the junk and keep the honeysuckle.
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114. calpoppy
4:03 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Sounds like you are doing a lot of 'yardening'! I have had my tomatoes in the ground for about 3 weeks now, already have flowers on some of the plants. I start them from seed in February. We do most all our trimming in the winter, but there always seems to be some to do in the spring. Not that we are overgrown, but some trees need to be limbed up so we can walk under them.

Aqua has one very lucky cat, I saw the pics on Skye's blog.
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113. palmettobug53
1:28 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Good morning and happy Sunday.

I see Sandi has reminded us that it is Tell A Story Day with a wonderful rabbit tale!

Is that a snippet from your book or something just for today?

BTW, how is that book coming along? I haven't heard much about it in quite a while.

It is also Babe Ruth Day and Prime Rib Day.

We have another sunny and warm day on tap here. I may do some repotting, after finishing up the week's laundry. I think I'll let Hubby work on the overgrowth on the fence lines. It's the one type of trimming/pruning that doesn't require any particular finesse.

I've just put out mealworms for the birds. One of my mockers was doing a toe-tap, wondering why his snack was late!

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112. sandiquiz
1:08 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
It's Tell a story day... so here is a bit of a story.....

Mrs Rabbit looked out of her kitchen window and watched Ronnie and Rosa as they played leapfrog in the small front garden. It was the Easter holiday and the children were getting bored. They all loved the little village school and couldn't wait for the new term to begin again.

"My turn now!" shouted an exited Rosa, jumping up and down.

As the younger of the two rabbit children, Rosa felt she didn't get her fair turn at the games they played. She was always the one to hide her eyes and count to a hundred when they played 'hide and seek'; the one who held the other end of the rope tied to the clothes post while Ronnie jumped over it when they practised 'high jump' for the school sports’ day and the one who played the stone while Ronnie played the frog and 'leapt' over her.

"Just one more turn, please, Rosa, let me have just one more go." pleaded Ronnie.

Rosa sat down on the edge of the grass, her little arms folded, her face stern and her mind made up. She was determined she wasn't going to get up from the grass until he said she could have her turn.

But before they had time to continue the argument, they heard Mrs Rabbit open the kitchen window.

“It is time for supper,” she called. “Be quick!”
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111. palmettobug53
5:38 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Finally. The second, and last, azalea has been given a crew cut. The last of the branches and detrius have been carried or bagged and hauled to the curb. The birdbath has been scrubbed out and refilled, feeders filled, the front stoop and steps hosed off and one flower bed watered in well. The shasta daisies and one gerbera daisy were beginning to look like wilted lettuce.

I still need to trim the Carolina jasmine on the fence and all along the back fence needs cutting and/or sprayed with Roundup. (There's a bit of poison ivy back there - ACK)

Aqua's Kizzy was grabbed by a bald eagle. She's fine but has some nasty puncture wounds and scratches. There's a picture of her on Skye's blog. Poor baby but she's a darned lucky kitty.
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110. palmettobug53
1:56 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Goodness, Jeff! You've got quite the day planned.

It's a good thing you have a gardening friend that can come help.

Hubby leaves the pruning/trimming to me, as he is totally clueless. He hauls the trimmings to the curb but it's best that I do the actual cutting.

My azaleas are the Formosa type. If left to themselves, they'll reach 20-25 feet high and just as wide.

The one I cut back yesterday was encroaching on the parking pad and about to engulf my bird feeder post.

I wish I could put out a veggie and herb garden. I've learned that the local squirrels will just destroy anything I put outside. Not just veggies; they'll dig up my potted plants, like petunias and whatnot.

I doubt that even Gus would be able to keep the numbers down enough to allow me to grow my 'maters again.

Let me know how the BBQ turns out! Sounds yummy.
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109. BrowardJeff
1:44 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
I'm sipping some coffee right now, then getting out into the garden myself. I have a friend coming over in about two minutes to help. I have two planting areas that are about 11x5.. Not too big, but enough that I can put a handful of herbs and some veggies down. I dug through them last weekend, and this weekend we're going to put down new top soil, plant stuff, and mulch. In the front I have a bigger area that's mostly ornamentals - I had three plants there that were badly overgrown, and too woody at the bottom to really cut back. So I pulled them out, and we'll plant something new there. Then mulch that whole area too.

I could get it all done myself, but it would take so much longer..and this friend lives in an apartment but likes to garden.

After that, we're going to do a little grilling. My sister brought me a bottle of BBQ sauce from one of her work trips to Austin. So we're going to throw some chicken on the grill and check it out.

Hope everyone has a good weekend, and speaks clearly and understandably to their tablets! :)
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108. palmettobug53
1:29 PM GMT on April 26, 2014

GG, I about spewed coffee all over my laptop when I got to your second post!

There was an acquaintance of my husband who was showing me how he could speak to his phone and have it do an internet search. Sorta. It really wasn't recognizing what he was saying very well. He was saying "Bayou Woman" and it was coming up with something like "Buy new woman."

I spent quite a bit of time yesterday outside working in the yard. Hubby was mowing. I was hand trimming some areas I prefer he not weed eat. He's about girdled all my trees and shrubs.

Then I spent quite a bit of time taking one of my azaleas down to a reasonable size. It is by the parking pad. Hubby could barely get between it and his car. It had not been cut back in several years and was HUGE. By the time I did that, I was filthy dirty, sweaty and ache-y, so called it a day. Hobbled inside, took some ibuprofen, got cleaned up and had a late lunch. Started on the laundry and got three loads done. Went to bed early.

I need to get out there today and get azalea outside my kitchen window cut back. Thank heavens I only have two of them.

My forsythia has some dead wood in it that needs to be cut out. I've waited until it was all greened up so that telling the dead wood would be easier to spot. It's been greened up for quite a while now, so I'd best get to it. I want all my shrubbery done before the heat and humidity of summer kicks in.

There's one less squirrel in the neighborhood. Gus has done it again. Left me a little present on the front mat around 7:30 last night. I almost stepped on it. Ick.

He's snagged a few birds, mostly sparrows, which we have a gazillion of. This is the second squirrel he's brought me. There was a big old rat one night last year. He also caught and killed a flying squirrel one night a few months ago. That really upset me. I've never seen one around here and Gus had to go and kill it.

Well, time for another cup of coffee and a little blog hopping. I do need to get the rest of the shrubbery done today. I won't have time next weekend. Our annual family dinner is Sunday. My usual household chores will all have to be done Saturday, as well as preparing something to take to the dinner.

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