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The Winter that Won't Go Away
Posted on Mar 16, 2018 2:18 PM

Snow. And more snow. Snow ... Snow ... Snow. I HATE SNOW! Grrrrr!!!!
I feel like I'm up to my eyeballs in the white stuff. I like snow in the Winter, but this year it's worse than any I can remember living up here in the Poconos. And I've been here for 17 years!

We have gotten over 40 inches of snow in the last 2 1/2 weeks. It's not the light and fluffy kind. Oh, no. It's heavy, wet, and seemingly unending. There's another strong probability that another Nor'easter is heading this way again sometime next week. Hubby & I are supposed to leave Wed. the 21st in the a.m. for sunny Florida to see the the kids, and grandkids. Should be interesting since the new SNOW is due to arrive Tuesday into Wednesday. We shall see ....

Since I haven't been able to to see the soil for a LONG time, I've been making due with just taking care of my houseplants and prepping milk/water containers for some Spring sowing when we get back from vacation. Sort of like Winter Sowing ... but planting cold hardy seeds in April works just as well as if I had truly winter sowed seeds in January. In April, germination will be quicker and I should have decent sized seedlings to plant out in early June.

I don't do much indoor seed starting, but I do sow Morning glories & moonflower seeds inside to get a jump start since they don't bloom until late in the summer season. I just hope that we don't have a very cool and wet summer like we did last year. Last summer my MG and MF didn't do very well due to the lack of sun and needed heat. Oh, well, just have to hope for the best.

I am doing something this upcoming summer season I have NEVER done before. I am going to use some ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS! I went to AC Moore and bought Morning Glory vines on sale to cover 2 white trellises that are in the front of my house. I have no trouble growing real, living MG vines, but the last few years the deer have gotten to them just as they were about to start flowering. I have quite a few of my gardens fenced off to keep the deer away, but these 2 trellises are completely exposed and too difficult to try and fence. I wonder if some kind of GARDENING POLICE are going to show up at my front door and fine me for doing the unthinkable! LOL

Anyway, here's a few pics of the AWFUL WHITE STUFF!!!

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What's happening in my Pocono August Garden 2017
Posted on Aug 4, 2017 6:47 PM

Things are growing. Been a cooler, wetter summer than normal. Just gonna post some pics ....
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Morning Glories going up the trellises

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Got Hollyhocks for the first time

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front of the house

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loving the scent of tall garden Phlox

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had a visitor today

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Hail storms in late June!
Posted on Jun 29, 2017 1:54 PM

Had 2 TStorms with hail blow through our area yesterday. Damage mostly to my potted plants. Oh, well ... planted more seeds. Hope for a late summer/Fall bloom. Or I just might break down and buy some cheapo annuals. It's just pots of annuals that were damaged anyway. Except for my mini roses, and they did fine.
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24 inches of snow March 14, 2017 - Holy Moly!!!
Posted on Mar 14, 2017 7:08 PM

Two feet of snow in less than 24 hours. It started around 10 pm last night and we still have snow showers tonite. Cleared off front and back decks and dug small paths from house to street ... and from the side of the driveway to where we throw bird seed and corn out for our critters. Very cold for the next few days with wind chills below zero for the next few nights. BRRR ....

Our regular snowplow guy is in Florida on vacation. How dare he! lol -- He does have someone to take care of his customers while he's gone, but we haven't had this much snow at one time in many years. So any plowing would take twice as long. The substitute plow guy won't be here til sometime tomorrow. Not that it really matters. We couldn't have gotten out of our development if we tried. Our street was plowed twice today - once about 11am and then again around 8. With the wind still howling, snow drifts have piled up all over the roads again. Things are supposed to settle down quite a bit tomorrow.

And Spring arrives in 6 days? NOT FUNNY MOTHER NATURE ....

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure ...
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70 degrees on February 24, 2017 - Amazing! But wonderful! And a TRULY wonderful day for Me!
Posted on Feb 24, 2017 7:24 PM

70 degrees today in the mountains of northeast PA. Not normal, but wonderful. Next week? Rain, snow showers, wintry mix. That's NORMAL.

Today was a very good day. I AM OFFICIALLY FINISHED with my cancer treatment. Started in August 2016 and ended today with my last radiation treatment (boost). Six months of my life that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I have to say though, I fought hard every step of the way.

I feel pretty good. My hair is growing back. EVERYWHERE. I have stayed about the same weight all the way through. I still tire easily, so I rest as often as I need to.

On the negative side, My fingernails are a mess from the Chemo. My right hand thumbnail lifted, but I kept cutting it back to keep it short. It finally came off, but halfway down is brand new, healthy nail growth. I have 2 more nails doing the exact same thing, but am I taking care of them the same way. Thankfully, my toenails are fine and look healthy.

The radiation treaments (34) burned my skin quite a bit during the last 2 weeks, but I have prescription creams I use 3-4 times a day to take care of it. I'll continue using them for the next month or so. In March I have follow-up appointments with my medical oncologist and my surgical oncologist. Beginning of April I go back to see my radiation oncologist. Then my next go round with them will probably be in August/September. From there on I think visits will be yearly.

I can't wait til May/June to get back into the garden again, but I will be scaling down my efforts this coming season. I don't plan on adding any new landscape plants. I did mostly pots last summer, and I intend to do about the same amount this year. I do usually start morning glories & moonflowers from seed indoors and plan on doing it again this year, but I will definitely buy starter plants (flowers) this year to just pop into most of my pots. Nature will have to take care of the rest for the most part. Watering might be problem for me, but hubby told me he would do it for me. Sweet man. The pic below is of my hubby & me at The Crystal Cabin Ice Festival in Hamlin, PA. it's really fun. Ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, and history about how ice was harvested here many years ago. It runs every February.

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