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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 3, 2011 10:19 PM CST
It's forecast to freeze tonight for the first freeze of the season. Hoping it doesn't get that low...hate to lose any blooms.
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: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 4, 2011 5:29 AM CST

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It's 36 here now. I thumbed my nose at the weatherman and didn't move my plumerias in yesterday. I'll be doing that today for sure.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 4, 2011 8:41 AM CST
Ha! Didn't freeze after all here! I did bring my purslane in...trying to keep it blooming for a little while.
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: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 10, 2011 10:45 PM CST
Supposed to get to 32° tonight! Who knows...can we avoid the freeze again?
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: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 11, 2011 8:10 AM CST

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It's cold here, but not cold here! It's in the low 30s in Austin and surrounds, but in our backyard it was 48 early this morning. Not sure why that is, but I'm grateful since I didn't get all the plumerias put away. Found a few more that were out behind the pond. The brugmansias are putting on a show after battling heat, drought and spider mites all summer.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 11, 2011 9:46 AM CST
30.4° earlier. Brrr! Not much place to hide from the cold when you live up on a hill.
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: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 11, 2011 10:49 AM CST

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We live up on a hill too!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 16, 2011 10:07 AM CST

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Okay winter, bring it on! I'm ready for ya!

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 16, 2011 11:29 AM CST
NO! Don't say that yet...I've got blooms...and I'm not ready to give them up! I'm moving the brush out of the yard today that I had piled up after pruning the live oak back...and other things, too! Oh, today I saw a late hummingbird. BTW, that looks very good, Sandi, good work!
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
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 16, 2011 3:38 PM CST

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Thanks Linda. I'm enjoying flowers too. The brugmansias are enjoying the cooler temps and blooming like it's spring. I wanted to save the blooms and buds on one of them when the front blew thru yesterday. I hauled the pot onto the patio. Last night we walked out the door into the greenhouse and the fragrance was just wonderful. I can't leave it on the patio tho. I'm afraid it'll have spider mites and then all my plants might get them.
No hummers here. No birds either. We had to turn off our fountain because of the water restrictions. The stone is so porous, even tho I fill the top bowls of the fountain with the hose, it doesn't last very long.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 6, 2011 3:19 PM CST
The freeze last night wasn't so bad, only 31.1° here. Refrigerator weather during the day. Tonight it'll get worse, however, 27° is what the forecast says.
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: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 6, 2011 4:32 PM CST

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Yes, I've been out most of the day moving pots. I usually don't really mind the cold, but today has been the exception. I keep coming in to get warm. Don't want DH out, because he usually gets sick for Xmas. I thought I was all done, but I keep finding more plants I had forgotten about.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 7, 2011 8:24 AM CST

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In the 20s this morning. Everything on the patio that's covered by hoop is fine. We left a small electric heater on. The big hoop house has two heaters in it. Haven't been out to check on it yet. Frost on the cars. I guess it really is winter now!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 7, 2011 8:48 AM CST
25.7° sometime early in a.m. Brr! Put the hummer feeder back out as soon as I dared. Leather coat weather, so soon!
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: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 10, 2011 4:10 PM CST

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Walked out to get the paper yesterday morning and the fog was so thick I couldn't see down our street. It lasted until around 10:30. Seemed early in the season for the fog to start. Today it's just dreary and cold with a good chance for rain. The leaves on the trees have finally turned red and gold! Guess the freeze the other day nudged them along. Fall color came in December.
We still haven't done any decorating outside. Maybe it'll be warmer tomorrow.
Stay warm!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 10, 2011 4:20 PM CST
We've been having drizzle (and sometimes rain) for quite a while today. I'm doubting that warmer part...but less likely to rain or drizzle tomorrow..
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: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 10, 2011 4:48 PM CST

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No rain for us tomorrow, says weather guy.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 11, 2011 7:28 AM CST

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Bubbles said:No rain for us tomorrow, says weather guy.


My slippers and the newspaper are covered in "no rain" this morning.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 11, 2011 1:33 PM CST
Yeah, cloudy, cold, but no rain. We had 1/2 inch by this morning. Hurray! I remember winters like this, with the drizzle here and there, maybe a little rain.
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: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 14, 2011 3:08 PM CST

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We just left to run a few errands. Got as far as the mall, and could see the black clouds rolling behind us. Bought one gift and decided we'd rather be home. It's the perfect calm before the storm. Not a leaf moving. More rain on the way, then colder. I'm trying to put up Christmas garland on the courtyard wall before it starts raining. Came in to check messages.

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