Texas Gardening forum: Merry Christmas

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 23, 2010 5:02 PM CST

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Waiting for my TX A&M SIL to see our "guests" are back again this year for Christmas Eve dinner....
They really are Santa's reindeer....not UT Longhorns...really...

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Dec 23, 2010 7:22 PM CST
I thought Santa used Longhorn when he got to Texas.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 23, 2010 10:27 PM CST

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Hmmm......I could be in trouble...
Name: Jeanne
Baytown, TX Zone 9a
Texasgal77
Dec 25, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Jeanne
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 25, 2010 8:00 PM CST

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Merry Christmas to you too Jeanne. Hope to meet you one day at one of the RUs
Sandi
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 25, 2010 11:12 PM CST

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A first time for everything...grandson has the honor of cracking the salt crust on the rib roast with a hammer Xmas Eve. I can imagine him telling his teacher that Bubbles told him it was okay use a hammer at the table...
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Dec 27, 2010 7:50 PM CST
so cute!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 28, 2010 1:46 PM CST

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Thanks!

Hope it's raining for everyone. We left the house and saw 3 accidents before we got a mile down the road. No rain, but heavy mist. Can't imagine what it would be like if we had snow!
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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Dec 29, 2010 8:03 AM CST
No snow, please! Raining right now and most welcome here. Hope everyone is having a safe holiday season....lookin' forward to the upcoming spring season!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 30, 2010 1:36 AM CST
We got rain also! 1 inch total and every drop was a joy to hear falling!
Well, I'm on a new computer. I just hate changing over to a new one and we sure didn't need to spend this much money...but the tech said some parts of my old CPU were pretty much "fried" and it couldn't be fixed. It's a good idea to get computers connected to those really good battery backup units sold for computers. They said power surges can cause that kind of damage over time and those will protect them. Happy New Year, everybody!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Jeanne
Baytown, TX Zone 9a
Texasgal77
Dec 30, 2010 10:53 PM CST
OOPS I meant to put this on the other thread! Sorry!

We got losts of rain.....only problem is part of my plants are enclosed on the patio out of the rain, so they still have to be watered. I was hoping that the windcurtains would keep them warm but my thermometer says NO. It is the same temp on the back patio as it is on the front.....so if we have another freeze I will have to cover them up or something.

I would like to have your recipe for your roast for my Mom. Please cmail it to me. Thanks! I would like to meet you too!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 31, 2010 11:06 AM CST

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Good morning! Great wind curtains! Looking at your patio gh, I think you'd be okay if you can keep the cold air from seeping in under the bottom of the enclosure. Cold air hugs the ground. Do you have some kind of barrier around the bottom edge...rolled blankets or sheets, a foot of plywood, etc.? Last year, I used foam core and it seemed to help. Trying it again this year. I have a patio gh also. I keep the tropicals there that I know won't be hardy. I also have a small oil radiator on the patio that has a thermostat. I think it was $34. at Lowe's or HD. I'm adding a strip of bubble wrap today that came around a gift! 'Not very pretty, but it does the job...
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 31, 2010 2:33 PM CST

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Glad you got a new computer, Linda! Are you having to learn it's new features? I got a lap top last Xmas and I still don't know what all it does....

Looks like we'll get another freeze possibly Sat. I'm as ready as I'll ever be.

I'm trying to get the Xmas decorations re-packed. Every year I swear I'll throw out, or donate, all the stuff we don't use anymore. And every year I put it all back in the attic until the next year. I just can't get motivated to cull thru old ribbon and balls and "stuff." Not cooking tonite. SIL is making gumbo. Whoo-hoo!

Hope the New Year brings happiness, good health, and prosperity to everyone.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Dec 31, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Wishing all my cubit buddies a Happy New Year. Group hug
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 31, 2010 8:13 PM CST
This new one is VERY difficult! Especially with Windows 7, which I hate! I knew I would hate the newer versions of Windows, which was why I stayed with the old Windows, instead of upgrading. DH always wants the new software on his PC, but I don't like them. In addition, all my "stuff" is still on the old computer, including all my favorites (urls). Eventually, DH will get around to getting some of my "stuff" transferred over, but for now, I'm pretty much just googling my way around the net!.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Jeanne
Baytown, TX Zone 9a
Texasgal77
Jan 1, 2011 12:18 AM CST
That's a great idea......I will try to find something to add to the bottom and to the top in the space where it hooks to the wire.

I can't afford to be replacing tropicals again this year that's for sure.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jan 1, 2011 1:31 PM CST

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Jeanne...HEB sells clear shower curtains for $.98 each. I bet you could cut one or two in long strips and keep the cold air out of the top. Can you attach anything to the roof of the patio?
Those wind curtains look expensive. I would have suggested hot gluing strips along the bottom of the curtain...until I opened the photo again. Those look too nice for hot glue! 'Anything to keep the wind out...

Linda...we have Vista and so far it's been fine. You know, you might just have to pout to get your DH to get your favs off the old computer.... They hate that stuff!
Name: Jeanne
Baytown, TX Zone 9a
Texasgal77
Jan 8, 2011 2:53 AM CST
The windcurtains were forty dollars each. I bought two sets.
I got plastic shower curtains from the dollar tree and clipped to the bottom of the lip on the roof. They hang down and fill in the gap at the top.

I ran twine down about two feet and hung the industrial strength shower curtains I had left over from last year. They hang below the windcurtain. So far it still isn't any warmer. I'll just throw sheets over everything. I'm too tired of messing with it. I'll water on Sat.
It's supposed to rain on Sunday. and then the cold comes in on Monday night.
Jeanne
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 8, 2011 11:16 AM CST
You can leave a couple light bulbs burning if you have connections out there...or Christmas lights in there...might help! They seem to be changing the forecast to slightly higher lows than they originally had, so that's encouraging.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Jeanne
Baytown, TX Zone 9a
Texasgal77
Jan 8, 2011 10:57 PM CST
Thanks! I think the curtains will cut down on the wind chill factor. Covering them with the sheets should add the extra layer of protection that they will need. It's only for three days. It will warm up some in the day unlike last year when we didn't get above freezing for five days. They should be OK.
Jeanne

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