Well as everyone knows this has been a crazy weather season. People used to snow not getting much, some getting too much and the same with rain. Some with freezing weather and some with not enough of that either.
We did not get more than two inches of snow. We really need some rain and will hopefully get some. Was supposed to rain yesterday and did not. We have well water and if we when it gets low we start getting some grit in our taps. Need to change filter outside more often when that happens. So far we are good with that.
Our regular season for our plants that come up every year is usually late April. Well, my hosta's are full, our dogwoods are in bloom with the wild ones down the mountian also popping out. If we get a freeze the hosta's are done for however the dog woods will survive.
The radishes I planted two weeks ago are coming up already. The scallions are showing no sign of growth. I start these from seeds. My hubby's potato plants he put in are not doing anything but it takes them a while anyway, although we have volunteers coming from last years plantings. He is waiting to put in cherry tomato, regular tomato, squash and green bell peppers. I want to try some silver queen corn this year also.
With the weather being near 80 for over a week it can be scary as the last time this happened we had a hard freeze in late April. That hard freeze took out a lot of plants and I am not looking forward to replacing 73 hosta plants should they get hit. Even my angel trumpet plant is ready to pop. It can be moved inside if that happens. If you know what Kudzu is there are people here who are now using it for feed for their animals. Some even cook it and eat it themselves. I am not interested, thank you. There are also wild ramps that grow here and from what I have been told about them I am not interested in them either.
This has been the strangest year and it will be interesting to see what survives. If you plant a food garden I hope you fair well. For those of you who do not plant some of your own veggies, you are missing all the great benefits of planting it, nurturing it, watching it thrive and finally picking it and having the best you can get and the pride of doing it yourself. So for me I will continue to pray for no hard freeze. Too much to lose but then some would love to see colder weather for a while longer. It is beautiful here today and hoping it stays that way.
After you are done with your ourtside work I hope you take some time and visit my store at http://ola.com/store/chateycathey as I now have it in order, some new items listed and all pictures are where they are supposed.
Well, while I was puttering away in the house, the Decorah eagles were busy hatching their eggs!! Two have successfully hatched with one that they are still lovingly waiting on. You can watch the video and check it out! It is awesome!!
Last year, thousands of people watched as these two eagles successfully hatched three eggs. They are naming them in an unlikely fashion D1, D2 and so on. D12 and D13 are the latest. The Raptor Resource Project has been filming eagles like this for five years now, according to Bob Anderson.
Anderson is proud of another eagle project, D1. D1 was from the Decorah Eagles brrod last year. She has been fitted with a solar powered satellite tracking device which allows us to track her. The bird was in northern Wisconsin, the Boundary Waters, and then returned to Decorah December 29th, 2011. Anderson said “As of last night D1 was south of Spillville, Iowa on the Turkey River.”
Once the site comes up, I will add it to the post so that you can track D1 on her journey!!
It is such a wonderful adventure watching these beautiful birds!! Enjoy!!
And, if you get bored and want to do some shopping, check out our store at Korn Kountry Treasures!! And check out the other stores at OLA.com, too!! Great sellers!!
This sale runs for 12 hours on Tuesdays Times are as follows: 5:30am to 5:30pm (HST - Hawaii Time) 7:30am to 7:30pm (AKDT - Alaska Daylight Time) 8:30 AM to 8;30 PM (OLA time, PDT - Pacific Daylight Time) 9:30am to 9:30pm (MDT - Mountain Daylight Time) 10:30am to 10:30pm (CDT - Central Daylight Time) 11:30am to 11:30pm (EDT - Eastern Daylight Time)
Each seller joins the sale and posts their weekly specials for the game. Buyers can then take advantage of these specials by shopping each store that is listed.
Once a buyer makes a purchase, they post the item they bought and from whom. The buyer with the most purchases wins the game and a nice prize donated from either Yogibear66 or another seller from OLA.
It is very easy and fun!
Sellers receive traffic for their listings and buyers cash in on some great deals!
If you are thinking about signing up to be a member of OLA, now would be a great time!
I am bedding4me and I try to sign up each week..although my life gets pretty hectic sometimes! I sell just about everything under the sun..and the moon too! Feel free to stop by my store!
So..why not give the game and OLA a try?
If you are a seller, there are no listing fees, no final value fees and no craziness like the "darkside" LOL
If you are looking for great deals, feel free to join! Read all about OLA here!
Tell a friend too! I have made some very wonderful friends here on OLA and I am so very proud to call OLA my family!
A friend sent this to me on Facebook, and I found it FASCINATING!
"As a unique art for producing artistic pieces entirely composed of sugar, sugar painting is very different from normal painting. First, since the hot liquid sugar could freeze solid if it cools, the painter has to produce his/her work very quickly. Second, the painter has to follow some orders of strokes and draw a continuous line into a picture of an animal or other pattern. To get familiar with the whole process, the painter has to do some practice of normal painting in the first place.
These impressionist-style paintings fall into two main categories: plane painting and solid painting. It is comparatively easier to do the former. When producing the latter, the painter needs more knowledge and techniques of sugar painting. For example, to produce a flower basket, he/she has to do a round sugar pancake first, and then make a smaller sugar circle on the pancake. Due to the difference of the two parts in temperature, it is easy to pull up the whole smaller and resilient sugar circle with some tool and form a solid basket. Later on, the artist adds a lifting beam and flowers to the basket, making a vivid flower basket.
According to some academic studies, sugar painting originated from the Ming Dynasty when sugar animals and figures were made in molds as part of a sacrifice in religious rituals. In the Qing Dynasty, sugar painting gained more popularity. The production techniques were upgraded and the patterns became more various, most of which were auspicious such as fish, loong and monkey. Afterward, the folk artists in Sichuan developed this art by incorporating techniques of Chinese shadow puppet and Chinese paper cutting. The molds were also replaced with a small bronze spoon. As time passed by, the contemporary form of sugar painting has gradually evolved.
Although the number of sugar painters has decreased, due to its unique charm, a certain number of artists are making sustained efforts to preserve it by offering classes, holding relevant activities such as sugar painting contests and applying for the National Non-material Cultural Heritage.
Nowadays, this art is garnering support again, from both the general public and the government. It has already been listed as Provincial Non-Material Culture Heritage by the Sichuan Government. Moreover, the sugar painting artists have gained increasing recognition."
And, speaking of impressive, check out all the "sweet" deals at Onlineauction.com you'll find!
If you are new here and see something you'd
like to buy, sign up with OLA, bid or buy your item, then come back here and use the
comment feature on the "Terrific Tuesday Sale" post to add your OLA ID and the
auction # of the item you bid on or purchased. That's all there is to it! At the
end of the game, we will add up the bids/buys for all who participate. The
person with the most entries wins a prize!
I let the word slip out that I love to knit and that everything I make and sell would be donated to the Love Your Pet Expo Sanctuary For Special Needs Animals. Since then, the yarn donations have been pouring in and I can't turn away even the tiniest scrap (I think I heard my family whispering about an intervention). Bags of yarn now fill the bedroom and every inch of extra storage space in our temporary living quarters (we really need to find a house SOON!)
In order to keep from being buried alive in bags of yarn, I am knitting all-purpose thick-knit mats as fast as I can. Thick-knitting is a technique I developed just for this situation. I can use just about any kind of yarn scraps to make super-thick cushiony mats for sit-upons, rugs, cat beds, etc. It's fun and easy and would use up a normal knitter's "stash" in no time. For me, it has become an act of self-defense. THIS YARN HAS TO GO!
In the interest of self-preservation, I'm offering $10 off any thick-knit mat in my store, INCLUDING SPECIAL ORDERS! TODAY ONLY!
These mats are available in my OLA store and so is the ebook for instructions to make your own.
Thick-knitting uses large needles and 3-4 strands of yarn. This allows me to combine yarns in a variety of ways to create interesting patterns and effects. Each mat is unique.
Here is just a tiny sample of the yarn I have available.
It's on 24 hours a day, and has different views.. on land and underwater. Fascinating to watch these critters go about their daily business! I wish more zoos, refuges, etc had these..I'd love to watch all different kind of animals - all day. I find this very relaxing and soothing... I hope you do too! And, take a little break once in a while to check out some fun items at Onlineauction.com!
Every Spring, we have a "seasonal" frog pond in one of the pastures. It's straight out the back door of my house, about 75 feet away. It starts with a couple of tentative croaks about mid-February, and increases every night until there are so many frogs croaking so loud that I can't even hear the TV!
The YouTube video is an example of the sound these particular froggies make (not my video, but the same type of frogs..) Since it has rained so much lately, the drain between pastures has clogged, and now I have 2 huge ponds... the second one QUICKLY filled up with frogs, making it twice as ...musical. I love the little green frogs, (not because of the noise..) but because they're kinda cute, and they attract 2 pairs of ducks that seem to like tadpoles, a raccoon family who seems to favor frogs as well, and even a Blue Heron that pops in once in a while and spears himself a snack.
After reading the post by Korn I just had to share this also. It is an email I got and was saving it for the right time and now seems like it.
How Old is grandma? Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.
One evening a grandsonwas talking to his grandmotherabout current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what shethought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, andjust things in general..
The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: 'television
'penicillin 'polioshots 'frozenfoods 'Xerox 'contactlenses 'Frisbees and 'thepill
There were no: 'creditcards 'laser beams or 'ball-pointpens
Man had notinvented: 'pantyhose 'air conditioners 'dishwashers 'clothes dryers
'and the clotheswere hung out to dryin the fresh air and ' man hadn't yetwalked on the moon Your Grandfather and I got married first,.. .... ... And then lived together.. Every family had a fatherand a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every manolder than me, "Sir".
And after I turned 25, I still calledpolicemen and every man witha title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights,computer-dating, dual careers,daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the TenCommandments, good judgment,and common sense.
We were taught to know thedifference between right and wrongand to stand up and take responsibilityfor our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; livingin this country was a bigger privilege...
We thought fast food was what peopleate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationshipmeant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were those who closed frontdoors as the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the familyspent together in the eveningsand weekends-not purchasingcondominiums. We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny,and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowinghis brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan 'on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to howyou did on your school exam....
Pizza Hut, McDonald's,and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where youcould actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar,and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you couldspend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letterand 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ....But who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon. In my day: ' "grass"was mowed, ' "coke" was a cold drink, ' "pot" was something yourmother cooked in and ' "rock music" wasyour grandmother's lullaby. ' "Aids" werehelpers in the Principal's office, ' "chip" meanta piece of wood, ' "hardware"was found in a hardware store and "software" wasn't even a word. And we were the last generation toactually believe that a lady neededa husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us "old andconfused" and say there is a generation gap. How old doyou think I am?
I bet you have this old ladyin mind....you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary ifyou think about it and prettysad at the same time.
Are youready ?????
This woman would be only 59 years old. GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINKABOUT.......
PASS THIS ONTO THE OLD ONES,
THE YOUNG ONES WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.
When you feel like it after reading this please stop by my store chateycathey and see if I have any oldies but goodies. I know I do.
Okay, so I KNOW that a lot of you have noticed that the products that you buy are no longer the favorites you've depended on. So, what do you do about it?
Well, the other day, I bought some new Scotch Brite Scrub Sponges and was totally shocked! I have bought Scotch Brite for years! And I love them . . . . . or did. They lasted a good long time. I'd buy them in packages of 6 or 9 to save money. Yes, they were more expensive but they were well worth it. Well, no more!!
I had a couple of the old ones still left (I'd put them in another cupboard and forgot about them) so I compared the old stock to the new stock. Both are never used sponges. The left is the old stock, the right is the new stock. Do you see the difference? The old stock had a much better quality sponge. It didn't fall apart easily like the new kind do. It was like it had an extra step to make the surface more cloth like. Side by side, you can see the difference, too!
One of the main complaints is the scrubber side is less user friendly. It is harsh, not soft like the old stock. It is hard to hold and feels like there is almost a board glued to the sponge rather than a pliable scrubber. Corners are pokey and rough. You can definitely see the difference in the pictures. The left side even LOOKS softer and more pliable.
From the top side you can really see the difference in the sponge. The right has bigger holes (and let me tell you falls apart much easier).
So, I got on the internet and found a site where I could leave a review. I gave the new stock one star out of five and told them why. I also contacted the company and told them how unhappy I was with their "NEW" product!! I've had enough!! For $5.86 for a package of six sponges, plus sales tax, this was not a good buy!! I could have done better with the cheapies!!
So, no more am I going to be quiet and take it anymore!! In this day and age with the internet, digital cameras and the like, I can easily let these companies know what I think!!
To their credit, they are sending me a package with a return label and a replacement product. I just hope they aren't more of the same!!! I'll let you know!!
So, come on and join me!! If you have a problem with a company, let them know!!
By the way, have you ever read the laundry soap box for instructions and really LOOKED at the scoop they gave you in the box?????????????
Now, if you like GREAT customer service, come on over and visit me in my store!! We'd love to have you stop in!!! Thank you!!
If you are new here and see something you'd like to buy, sign up with OLA, bid or buy your item, then come back here and use the comment feature on the "Terrific Tuesday Sale" post to add your OLA ID and the auction # of the item you bid on or purchased. That's all there is to it! At the end of the game, we will add up the bids/buys for all who participate. The person with the most entries wins a prize!
Remember watching Fractured Fairy Tales as a kid? These are fractured but are real efforts at doing research by sixth graders and then writing about their efforts. I thoroughly enjoyed every one and decided these sixth graders needed a few more years of composition.
1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere. 2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
3. Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. 4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth. 5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
6. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java. 7. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus." 8. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw. 9. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah." 10. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. Sir Fransis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot clipper.
11. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet is an example of a heroic couple. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet. 12. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote "Donkey Hote." The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote "Paradise Lost." Then his wife died and he wrote "Paradise Regained."
13. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead. 14. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
15. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian and half English. He was very large. 16. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this. 17. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.