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Dec 21, 2017 11:01 AM CST
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Composter
Seed Starter Annuals Herbs Canning and food preservation Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
Winter starts today. Time for a new thread. If you want to look back at Autumn, you'll find it here - The thread "Support for a Healthy Lifestyle - Happy Autumn 2017" in Sandbox forum
Ann

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Dec 21, 2017 11:27 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
I'm here.........off to go attempt at vacuuming up all the "cats" on the floor out in the sunroom. Whistling
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Dec 21, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I went to the gym and exercised for an hour. This afternoon, grocery shopping. Thumbs down

Karen
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Dec 21, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Did my workout this morning too. Chest today.
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Dec 21, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
I guess it at last is officially winter has felt like winter here for a long time. Still, we need exercise in the winter probably more than in the summer months.

I did my exercise. Lily and I walked for 5 miles even though it was slightly chilly out. Bundled ourselves up and off we went. Took us 3 hours. Just got back inside and I am really beat from that long walk.
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Dec 21, 2017 3:08 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Thanks for the new thread Ann, enjoy your Vancouver visit with the family.

I did 90 minutes of exercise yesterday, today is laundry day, changed the bed so lots of exercise up and down stairs. Have felt it easier going up and down the stairs since I started my exercise, really makes a difference.
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Dec 21, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Composter
Seed Starter Annuals Herbs Canning and food preservation Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
We walked a good 4 km today down to the bank and Shoppers Drug Mart and then way up the drive for lunch . Back to a coffee shop for coffee and a shared sticky cinnamon bun, killing time while the cleaners at my daughter's house were late. Grandpa as headed off to school to meet the kids and let them slide a bit on the hill next to the school before coming home. I'm going to wrap a few gifts.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Dec 23, 2017 12:02 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Composter
Seed Starter Annuals Herbs Canning and food preservation Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
Walked way up the Drive today to have coffee with Ottawa friends who are also here. 1.7km each way. Then later, we had lunch with Vancouver friends. We walked back rather than driving with them because we were on a hunt for pearl onions which seem to be hard to find out here this year. Found them at a small market on the way back. Probably covered 5 km in total.

Also got more walking last night as we walked to and from the school for a seasonal sing-a-long.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Dec 23, 2017 5:57 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I don't think I'll be getting much exercise this week. With our son home we'll be sitting around eating and drinking most of the time. Sad We don't see him often because he lives so far away, so we try to enjoy him while he's here. Also, our gym is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We have a treadmill but it's in my son's old room. He'll be asleep a lot of the hours when I am awake, like now. It takes him days to readjust his sleeping patterns from Pacific to Eastern time zones. By the time he adjusts some, it's time for him to fly back home.

Not good weather for walking outside, either. It's raining and foggy and nasty with temps in the 30s. It's supposed to get much colder with a chance of a snow shower on Christmas eve.

I'll probably gain 5 lbs. this week!

Karen
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Dec 23, 2017 10:27 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Karen, don't worry about the exercise and a little weight gain while your son is visiting, just enjoy the time together. I am sure you will get back on track after Christmas.
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Dec 23, 2017 10:28 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That's pretty much the plan. Smiling

Karen
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Dec 23, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Composter
Seed Starter Annuals Herbs Canning and food preservation Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
Out to the park. Granddaughter was most interested in the very icy surface of the tennis courts. After her Dad arrived, we stopped standing around in the cold and walked down to the grocery store for a few items. It's cold here, but nice and sunny.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Dec 23, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Really cold here Ann, -8C, 18F, the snow is very crunchy underfoot.

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Dec 23, 2017 4:03 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
mcash70 said:Really cold here Ann, -8C, 18F, the snow is very crunchy underfoot.

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A beautiful picture but too cold!!
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Dec 23, 2017 4:47 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
I agree Rita, it is too cold. nodding
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Dec 24, 2017 12:11 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Composter
Seed Starter Annuals Herbs Canning and food preservation Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
mcash70 said:Really cold here Ann, -8C, 18F, the snow is very crunchy underfoot.

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That's cold? I don't consider it really cold until it gets below 0 F. But it WAS chilly walking around the VanDusen Gardens Festival of Light tonight with two kids.

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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Dec 24, 2017 6:15 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Beautiful photos Margaret and Ann.

I consider 18° F way too cold to be outside.

Karen
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Dec 24, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
kqcrna said:

I consider 18° F way too cold to be outside.

Karen


I agree Me too, way too cold!!
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Dec 24, 2017 9:55 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
If I can't wear my swimsuit outside, it's too cold. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
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Dec 24, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
AnnaZ said:If I can't wear my swimsuit outside, it's too cold. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing


Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

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