Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Point of Stillness

From inspired gardener & commentor Gelfling 545:

I took this photo at 6 am Monday when I looked out to see if the rain had started. This old boy had run out of the house the night before and this is where I found him, meditating on the transcendent…and fish.


What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

BJ jackal readership capture — Happy note for everyone touched by the news that Adam Serwer’s cat Butters had gone missing:

Funny how you can get emotional about a companion animal you’ve never met and almost certainly never will meet…

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    Aleta says:

    cris wrote this in another thread. The article is touching. (I think Skippy’s misfortune may have saved the lives of the kittens; all the barn cats are now kept in the house at night.)

    Amazed again by how strong cats can be. They think Skippy was picked up by an owl and then dropped from height but somehow made it home, wounded and broken, 10 days later. We’re a tough and loyal bunch here in Nova Scotia.
    (Disclaimer: I don’t know these people. It’s a great and touching story, the gofundme is up to you.)

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    Slate has an article by a former Kosinski law clerk seriously questioning whether Kavanaugh never received any of his mentor’s p’rn emails. The author is Heidi Bond, who now writes romance novels as Courtney Milan– She suggests a relatively simple way to determine if he received any.

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    Aleta says:

    @Ladyraxterinok: Thanks for this. The vote is in 4 days isn’t it?
    The article you mentioned is convincing:
    So another lie….

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    Aleta says:

    @raven: Those are beautiful!

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    raven says:

    @Aleta: Yea, if the boss lady hadn’t gotten a couple of wasp stings it would have been a perfect day!

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    NotMax says:

    Somehow suspect Dolt 45 won’t be nitwittering about this.

    Texas authorities charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station and found help.

    Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was charged with four counts of murder as well as aggravated assault and unlawful restraint, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said in a tweet. Source

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    JPL says:

    @raven: They really are lovely.

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    JPL says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning!

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    rikyrah says:

    Saw that yesterday 😠😠😠
    Those poor women

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    opiejeanne says:

    @NotMax: Four murders in two weeks? That’s a really short period of time which makes me suspect that there are more out there. .

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    opiejeanne says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

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    rikyrah says:

    skeptical brotha 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    if 3000 dead in Puerto Rico is okay, then that means Benghazi was bullshit. if Russian collusion, money laundering, and cyber attacks are okay, then none of the manufactured “scandals” of the Obama era were legit. it’s really about White racism and the lust for power.

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    rikyrah says:

    Yep. He has been accelerating to this point 😠😠

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    NotMax says:

    Would be laughable if it weren’t so desperately pathetic.

    ‘Gina is Great’: Trump endorses book declaring him possibly the ‘most sound-minded’ president ever
    Her book, ranked no. 436,949 in Amazon’s bestsellers rank as of early Friday, refers to her as “America’s favourite psychological expert.”…
    “The writing is turgid, which is amazing for a book written at the 6th grade level,” wrote one reviewer, who claimed to be a psychologist. “It is a not a thought piece; it is a political screed. And the ‘psychological analysis?’ I could not stop laughing. It would earn an F in an Intro Psych course.” Source

    Same a-hole, different day. Pulled out this tidbit of fantasist desperation buried in a WaPo story.

    Still, administration officials said, Trump has been easily distracted this week by cable news commentary about his mismanagement of Maria, as well as about revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear.” The president also is fixated on polls, an adviser said, telling aides this week that a CNN poll that showed his approval rating falling below 40 percent must have been of only Massachusetts residents. Source

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    TS (the original) says:

    @raven: A work of art – and love – they look just wonderful

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    raven says:

    @TS (the original): Yea, we don’t have kids and they have a special bond.

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    NotMax says:


    Be-yoo-tee-ful. If Dorothy Lamour were still around, they’d make a killer sarong for her.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @rikyrah: What I will never recover from is the attacks on individuals – that a president* deliberately selects an individual and attacks him/her for no reason other than he doesn’t like their politics or their actions or the color of their skin. It proves he has the brain of a pimple.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Yes. He sounds like a serial murderer rather than a spree killer. I would search places he had access to in his Border Patrol job.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    A Hollywood-style “sarong”, or a real, much better-looking sarung?

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Why not both?

    But no reason to wax religious about it.

    After all, two sarongs do not make a rite.


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    Lapassionara says:

    @raven: Lovely.

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    Spanky says:

    @NotMax: ‘at’s a-right.

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    Raven says:

    @NotMax: She was tickled at all the comments!

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    Ken says:

    After all, two sarongs do not make a rite.

    ‘at’s a-right.

    Are these movie quotes? If so, I’ll guess the first one is from a Hope/Crosby/Lamour Road to X, and the second has to be Chico Marx?

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @NotMax: SWTG if that rotting dill plant is saying that kind of scheisse, even Charlie Baker in the statehouse won’t get us federal help for Lawrence etc. & we better cross our fingers until that orange is out of office bc we aren’t getting any dang advantage by having a gop’er governor like some silly people I know think.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: Very nice indeed. I don’t dare let the wife see them.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @raven: Lovely artwork.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @NotMax: But 3 lefts do.

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    Ken says:

    @Tenar Arha: Well, I see from Wikipedia that at least Trump won the 2016 primaries in both Carolinas, so at least he won’t go nuts because they didn’t vote for him. Whether he’ll decide they’ve not been showing enough loyalty since is another matter – getting hit by a hurricane might make him look bad…

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    satby says:

    @raven: gorgeous! Would love to know how they made them!

    @rikyrah: Good morning 😊!

    @ Gelfling, what a great picture!

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    satby says:

    @Amir Khalid: I brought a beautiful I’ll sarung back from Cambodia when I was there. Wish I has some event I could wear it to.

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    Immanentize says:

    @NotMax: 🔥🔥🔥
    Tres fuegos

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    satby says:

    @satby: silk, not I’ll.
    Someday in a golden future my Kindle will stop sabotaging my writing AND I will have edit to fix my own mistakes.

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    Immanentize says:

    @satby: I’m with you, Satby — so beautiful. How are they made, @raven: ? I know I could use my Google finger, but I want to hear how those ones were made….

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    Immanentize says:

    @Amir Khalid: @satby: Last weekend I heard a lovely Moth Story about an American learning how to wrap a sarung around her dying mother. Six yards of fabric! Like an original kilt.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Badass Jackal says:


    Beautiful, Raven! Just stunning.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Today, in “Things I didn’t know”:

    New Bern, which has a population of about 30,000, was once the capital of the state’s colonial government . It’s also the birthplace of Pepsi — invented at a pharmacy in the city in 1898.

    @satby: You don’t need an event to be beautiful. You do it every day.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    A wandering cats home safely post! 😊
    Today is dividing the Siberian irises day and I’d best get to it before it gets too hot.

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    NeenerNeener says:

    @Aleta: Hmmm, maybe that’s what happened to the dead cat in my flower bed yesterday. My neighborhood is full of owls and hawks, but surprisingly few rabbits this year. The cat may have been on the losing end of a tussle with a raptor.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Gelfling 545: I love your “Cat by Pond” pic. Looking at his own reflection with clouds above and fish below?

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: 😳 (blushing) thanks!

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    JPL says:

    @NeenerNeener: My son’s 6 pound Maltese is visiting for a few days, and I am having to watch her carefully. Owls and hawks are predators to small animals.

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    Immanentize says:

    @NeenerNeener: Did you manage removal? I was going to tell you that I have one of those plastic grabber hands 3 feet long or so that I bought very cheap in a pair from harbor freight tools. You know, the ones with a pistol grip and a robot pincher at the end? I use it to pick up the dead birds, voles and rabbits that my cat leaves for me around the yard.

    And the second one I have in the basement in the laundry room for things stuck in the back of the washer.

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    Spanky says:

    @Immanentize: In my experience, cats are totally unimpressed by reflections. Fish, on the other hand ….

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    debbie says:


    Lovely. I’ve got a cousin who’s suddenly got the creative bug and I think I found her next project.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: I come by it honest, my old man was an inveterate flirt.

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    Immanentize says:

    Well, the whole wheat blueberry pancakes and homade pork breakfast sausage aren’t going to make themselves!

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    debbie says:


    I heard this on the news earlier this morning. WTF?

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: 😆

    @Immanentize: yummy! Wish I lived close enough to crash breakfast!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Author of How to Murder Your Husband charged with murdering husband

    In November 2011 Crampton Brophy, the author of a series of novels about “wrong” love affairs, wrote a blogpost titled How to Murder Your Husband.

    Its introduction read: “As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure. After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail. And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my color.”

    The Multnomah county district attorney, Rod Underhill, announced on Friday that a grand jury had returned the indictment against Crampton Brophy.

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    debbie says:


    This page seems to be pretty thorough.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Spanky: It’s definitely the fish. Fortunately the pond is deep enough to protect them.

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    satby says:

    All these productive people getting up and going on a Sunday morning. I remain planted in my chair with my coffee and feeling lazy.

    In actual gardening news, I have ordered what are likely to be the last of the shrubs and bulbs I intend to put in here. From this autumn on, it should be a matter of maintaining and possibly propagating from what I’ve already planted. So the last shrub I ordered is here and will arrive for planting this week.
    And for people who love spring bulbs, I always order from Colorblends because they have the best bulbs at the best prices. These are the ones I ordered this year, here and here. Also some more of the blue squill for naturalizing. Highly recommend this place for bulbs.

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    satby says:

    @debbie: thank you! Added to my list of projects to try.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: Funny story (that I don’t think I’ve told before) about the old man.

    He (time he was late 50s, early 60s) and my mother were at the Chicago Symphony with my cousin Brunch and his wife Carol. They were walking across the vestibule when this very attractive young lady they had never met before walks up to him and says, “Well aren’t you just the cutest thing!”, takes his face in her hands and plants a big ol’ kiss on his lips, then turns and walks away. After picking his jaw up off the floor, Brunch began to stutter and Carol finally asked for him, “What was that???” The old man just grinned and my mother only shrugged as if to say, “Happens all the time.”

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: that’s a great story! Your mom was a good sport too.

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    Immanentize says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be how my late fifties are going.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: Fortunately, she was not a jealous woman and her husband was a gourmet who knew there were no better meals to be had.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Or mine, either.

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    debbie says:


    I was standing with a couple a bit younger than your parents at the time, and the husband, in the middle of a sentence, totally lost his train of thought when a very beautiful woman walked by. His wife lacked your mother’s understanding.

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    NeenerNeener says:

    @Immanentize: Yes, I actually found someone to come out on a Saturday and get it for a reasonable-to-me fee. Which reminds me, he recommended letting the remaining maggots die for the rest of yesterday and then raking up the mulch to cover them over today.

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    JPL says:

    @raven: I hope your bride enjoys some rain today. All we are having is heavy drizzle, although yesterday we did have a heavier band of rain come through.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immanentize: Not long ago I needed a CT scan. Sitting in the waiting room this young lady comes to get me and I get that look from her. She takes me back to the machine and leaves the room. When she returns another young lady is with her. This one looks at me, snorts, and leaves.

    I went from all the way up there to thru the basement floor in 3 minutes flat.

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    @OzarkHillbilly: That’s a little too on the nose.

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    chopper says:

    since the rainy season is starting, not much in the garden except cleanup. still have about 500 sq feet of bamboo to dig up and toss before the next stage of garden plans can start.

    also had a roof leak, so everything else had to be put on hold.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: Absolutely gorgeous!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: I forgot to ask if we can get a closer photo of the one on the left. Oh, edit function, where are you?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: I have told the story of walking down the street in Spain with my wife when an absolutely astounding, can’t take your eyes off, young woman came by on the opposite side of the street. I walked right into a street sign post , WHAMMO!!!, staggered back 3 or 4 feet and then recovered. My wife just gave me a “you dumbass” look and snickered.

    Years ago on a Mexico trip with a couple friends, 1 female M, 1 male K. We’re walking along a town square talking when a “can’t take your eyes off” Mexican beauty is espied at the same time by K and I and we are quite suddenly at a complete loss for words and in danger of stepping on our jaws. M looks up and sees the young lady, looks at me, then K, than me, than K, and after the raven haired beauty with the flashing black eyes turns into a shop says something along the lines of “You guys…..”

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    satby says:

    @Immanentize: @Amir Khalid: @OzarkHillbilly: after about 50 or so the middle age metabolism, sedentary job, and gravity kicked in. And I became invisible to the opposite sex. It happens to all of us sooner or later. After the drama and trauma of the ,umm, reproductive years it’s been liberating. And deflating at the same time. If only I could have both my more peaceful state and my former size 5 self! Not to be, alas.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Fake science or Chinese hoax?

    Scientists have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    and my former size 5 self! Not to be, alas.

    I keep telling my wife how beautiful she is to me but sometimes she is still a little too self critical.

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    Spanky says:

    @debbie: We may be married, but we ain’t dead!


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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: Wow, that shrub is showy!

    I plan to order 3 of these today. Hoping they are as gorgeous as they appear to be in the photo!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Spanky: As a friend of the family priest once said, “I may be on a diet but I can still look at the menu.”

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: I am also ordering from ColorBlends again last this year. It’s the only place I buy bulbs now.

    I am buying one repeat from last year because I was so pleased with them! Windflowers. I sent some photos of mine from this spring to Anne Laurie for the garden chat, but I either got them in too late or she never got my message.

    Sometimes I forget how important it is to acknowledge receipt of things. This is a nice reminder for me to make an effort to do that.

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    scav says:

    Feeling highly smug and relieved that I put in some long days for at least a week getting things planted (aka the Great Plant Migration) as now it’s chucking it down and I can indulge in coffee with everybody being watered in. I was looking a little ridiculously OCD for a while.

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    debbie says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: @Spanky:

    You guys… LOL.

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    Immanentize says:

    @satby: Those windflowers are lovely but:

    Not suitable for cold climates.

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    Immanentize says:

    Garden ask -+ can you successfully plant roses in the fall? Or are they spring time plantings?

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    raven says:

    @WaterGirl: Sorry, they are gone north~

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    AM in NC says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I worked at the UNC School of Pharmacy in the late 90s-early 2000s and learned about Caleb Bradham, the inventor of “Brad’s Drink” (what Pepsi was originally called). Having lived in the south most of my life, I had always thought of Coke as the southern soft drink and Pepsi as a poor yankee substitute. Live and learn.

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    satby says:

    @WaterGirl: gorgeous! You may be testing my resolve with those, now I want one. Not sure where I could put it though.
    @Immanentize: Windflowers was Watergirl 😉. And yes, early to mid fall is a fine time to plant roses. Mulch them well for their first year, and I always cover my roses with those Styrofoam rose cone things after the first hard frost. If we go into a warmer spell of Indian Summer I just uncover them again until it passes. They need the frost to signal it’s time to go dormant. Once there’s frost every night, undercover they stay until spring.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Immanentize: We get cold in Illinois, but we are zone 5 so they still work. I forget where you live?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: They are apparently, just 1-3 feet. I’m sure you can find a spot for them. :-)

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    Immanentize says:

    @WaterGirl: near Boston. Zone 6! Good

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    satby says:

    @scav: well done you! After I get a lot of gardening done ahead of a rain, I like to sit out on my porch and enjoy all the effortless to me watering going on. Plus, I just like rain.

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    Immanentize says:

    Why is the Immp watching a YouTube about making jet fuel from gum weed?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Immanentize: They were my happy surprise last spring. They were truly stunning when they came up in the spring, and they lasted a remarkably long time.

    Every single person who came to my house during that period wanted to know what they were and where to get them. As a thank you, I am buying 100 windflower bulbs for each person who helped me out when my ankle was broken.

    They are very small bulbs and you don’t dig separate holes for each of them, so it’s not painful to get them in the ground.

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    satby says:

    And I just got confirmation that Dervish Casper Tunch 1rst and Henry are cleared to move to the kitten foster residence later this afternoon. They will probably get their neuter surgery in the next couple of weeks and then be up for adoption. So far Becky is keeping the full name 😆, though I doubt it will make it to Petfinder in its current form.
    They’re celebrating right now with a can of kitty salmon pate…

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    laura says:

    Temps in Sacramento have dropped from the too high 90’s to the mid 70’s this week. I’ll be weeding the raised bed and sewing marigolds for the November 2nd Dia de los Muertos party. Then I’m off to order the station wagon of bicycles to start upping my game of aging fit.
    Spouse and I went to see his oldest, favoritism of bands – Hot Tuna last week. It was a geezer show in every sense, and watching the crowd, it was painful watching people struggle to get up the stairs to the balcony. It’s going to take a lot of effort to keep rolling and keep the lymph flowing.

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    satby says:

    @Immanentize: keep a close eye out for any mods to the family chariot.

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    rikyrah says:

    Just curious😄
    But, just ask the practical application of that video😋

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    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    Re: Butters. AWWW DA BABY!

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    chris says:

    @Immanentize: Windflowers do quite well here in sou’west Nova Scotia and survive even the -20 cold snaps.

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    tybee says:

    @Immanentize: why?
    The plant is being explored as a potential source of biofuel due to its high content of mono- and di-terpenes which can be converted to a fuel analogous to kerosene or jet fuel.[12] The plant’s adaptation to arid climates makes it an attractive option as its cultivation in desert areas would not compete with traditional food crops.

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    debbie says:

    On a brief walk to the store, I was thrilled to see a Monarch butterfly, the first I’ve seen here in a couple years. That soon disappeared when I turned into the store’s bread aisle and came upon pumpkin spice English muffins. WTF?

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    I’m back indoors rehydrating after completing an arduous garden task that I’ve put off for years. By the time I got outside it was already too hot to divide the irises without stressing them too much for successful transplant so I tackled THE ROSE. Many years back, in 2000to be precise, I planted a white climbing rose in memory of my father. A few years ago it died back to the root, which was a graft, and has since been a spindly, thorny, disease prone, sparce blooming redish mess. I’ve been meaning to get it out for some time but today was the day. It’s out, the branches are bagged and I have more room to access the pond for maintenance without getting slashed and bloody and to plant a more fitting tribute. Being as it’s over 80 here today, my first stop was ice water. The next is the shower.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: Oh, well! Truly inspiring. So lovely.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @debbie: I like pumpkin spice, but english muffins, that’s a bridge too far!

    Did none of the people at these places have ears to hear the old phrase “All things in moderation, and moderation in all things”?

    Okay, so I don’t follow that with everything, either, but when I do break out, it’s for something a lot more fun than pumpkin spice!

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    What are the odds? I knew there was a tiny, unknown company back in NoVA that is disrupting a $200 billion industry, but it turns out there is also one doing the same thing here in Las Vegas. Huh. Makes you think. Thanks for the heads-up, Taboola!

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    On my FB feed just now: “You can’t tell me what to do. You’re not my dog!”
    True words. I’m so bossed by this little creature.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Maybe this is a good thread to share an idea I have related to Christmas. Some of you may know that nearly my entire extended family helped put Trump in office, and while I am normally forgiving to a fault, in this case I’m still pretty cranky about it.

    With Christmas coming, I am thinking about gifts and if I am going to give gifts to my family, which I am, I at least want to feel good about it. So I was thinking of putting together a list of books that BJ folks have published and artists that have interesting stuff to sell. Kind of like a BJ shopping list for Christmas and other occasions; definitely more permanent than the artists in our midst threads.

    Let me know in the comments if you like the idea, and if there’s any interest I will set up an email address so you guys can send me the info on your book or goods for inclusion in the list.

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    p.a. says:

    @debbie: Other issues overshadow the threat from BigPumpkin, but the threat is real. “First they came for the ale, and I did nothing…”

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    p.a. says:

    @WaterGirl: Nice cards with A donation has been made in your name to BLM/NARAL/PP/Clinton Foundation etc…

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:


    Cool! I really like those.

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    JPL says:

    @WaterGirl: Why not Hope never Dies an Obama, Biden mystery? I’m still cranky!
    Your idea is probably better though.

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    debbie says:


    Yeah, but yuck!

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    JPL says:

    @p.a.: lol That tops my suggestion!

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    gene108 says:

    @AM in NC:

    When I was in NC, in the 80’s, Pepsi had an ad push of “The Taste Born in the Carolinas”.


    When I was in grad school, six years ago, we had a class trip to Europe. We went to Budapest. In our free time, me and a classmate went to a mineral bath.

    I got glasses, when I was 7. I am pretty well near sighted.

    A couple comes into the bath pool we are in. The woman is a blur. But the blur still looks like the most statuesque form I have ever seen.

    I turn to my classmate and ask her, if the woman is as drop dead gorgeous as my limited vision implies, and she says yes.

    Moral of the story: If you are going to a mineral bath in Budapest, get corrective eye surgery before you go.

    That blur will haunt me for the rest of my life.

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    scav says:

    Wandered off for some necessary coffee, so rather lost track of which windflowers these were. The bulby ones, not the anenome, correct? Or wait, they are Anemone blanda, just not the big fall-blooming Japanese anenome I’m used to. Always important to learn about spring blooming options — another fan of siberian squill here.

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    Ruviana says:

    @satby: Lol, that invisible thing happened to me when I was about 35!

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    NotMax says:


    Freshly cobbled up by – well, modesty forbids.

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    realbtl says:

    @WaterGirl: I thought a lump of coal was traditional.

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    Sherparick says:

    @Ladyraxterinok: @rikyrah: Yes. And also one of the Prime Directives of Village Media: IOKIYAR.

    That the fix is in Dallas referenced the Bonham murder by Amber Guyger is discussed at Dan Abrams’ web site:

    In about a year we can look forward to Amber’s appearances on Fox and going around and making speaking engagements to police about being the real victim when shooting an unarmed Black man.

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    Kathleen says:

    @NotMax: Seems like the whole country is a season of Criminal Minds on steroids.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @p.a.: That doesn’t work in my family. Plus, I want to support the interesting people here at BJ.

    Plus, I can’t be the only one here who sees a book or something and thinks, boy, I’d like to get that at some point, but doesn’t write it all down. Can I?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @JPL: That’s definitely on my personal list, but I am waiting for it to be in iBooks.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @realbtl: There’s always a hearty fuck you, as well.

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    Kathleen says:

    @NotMax: You’ve been on fire these past 3 threads! (Goes back to lurking)

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    Kathleen says:

    @raven: Those are exquisite.

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    Kathleen says:


    things stuck in the back of the washer.

    Have you considered writing Stephen King fan fic? “Things Stuck In the Back of the Washer” has possibilities. Just sayin’.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @realbtl: Beat me to it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @gene108: HA!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: @WaterGirl: Add this to your list as well:

    To Obama With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas – review
    The story of Barack Obama’s courteous correspondence with ordinary Americans is a reminder of the statesmanship the country now lacks

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    Fair Economist says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Semi-fake reporting because it’s been known for some time that microparticulates can travel around in the body.

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    J R in WV says:



    @WaterGirl: Nice cards with A donation has been made in your name to BLM/NARAL/PP/Clinton Foundation etc…

    This! A great idea for people you want to put in the place you think they belong in. Slightly edited, like this “Donations in your name have been made to Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union!”

    Wife and I joined the ACLU and the SPLC the week after the Nov 2016 election, just to join the millions of others making that point, that we weren’t going to be passive sufferers. They are both doing freedom’s work against Trumpette for all of us.

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    CaseyL says:

    I love seeing this gorgeous gardens! And envy the people who create and tend them. I kill nearly everything I plant, and gave up on the idea of having a garden of my own, so it’s delightful that our resident gardening jackals share theirs. Thank you, all!

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    satby says:

    @realbtl: LOL! I’ve been looking for a mild to make lump of coal charcoal soap. I suspect it will go over big during the holiday season.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Kathleen: when my kids were little and watching the Garfield cartoon, I was much impressed with the quality of the writing. Relevant to this discussion was The Creature That Lived In The Refrigerator Behind The Mayonnaise, Next To The Ketchup And To The Left Of The Cole Slaw.

    Given that the comic was always dreadful, it’s kind of surprising how fun the cartoon was. And it starred the immortal voice of Lorenzo Music (Carlton the Doorman for some of us).

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    satby says:

    Gahhh! Mold to make lump of coal soap….

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    NotMax says:

    Been niggling at the back of the head what the post pic reminded me of. Finally clicked. Remember the White Rock logo?

    While poking around in order to find an image to link to, came across this bit of corporate trivia:

    White Rock freely acknowledges the slimming of their icon:

    “Over the years, depictions of Psyche have changed slightly. The 1947 model was estimated to be 2 inches taller but 15 pounds lighter than the original model. The 1975 model added another 2 inches but dropped 7 pounds and now stands at 5 foot 8 inches with a weight of 118 pounds.”

    Okay, so let’s do the math:

    Today’s model: 5’8″, 118 pounds (BMI: 17.9=underweight)

    1947 model: 5’6″, 125 pounds (BMI: 20.2=normal weight)

    1892 model: 5’4″, 140 pounds (BMI: 24=still normal weight)

    Avg. woman: 5’4″, 140 pounds (hey! wait a sec!)


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    WaterGirl says:

    @J R in WV:

    This! A great idea for people you want to put in the place you think they belong in. Slightly edited, like this “Donations in your name have been made to Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union!”

    You guys are funny. Maybe you missed the part where I’m still trying to maintain a relationship with my family, even though I am angry with them, and, in some cases, disgusted.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Added, thanks.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: That is a great idea. I gave my nephew a box of rocks once. Candy, of course, that was made in the shape of differently colored rocks.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @WaterGirl: I would have edited if I could. That gift was to my nephew, who was my favorite person in the whole world, so there was no worry about how that would be received.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: I love that title! Now I wished I had watched Garfield cartoons.

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    NotMax says:



    Use a madeleine mold pan and stick the flat side of two of ’em together. Not quite the irregularity of a lump of coal, but still textured.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Gelfling 545: I should have posted this earlier, but I do really love that little pond in your garden. It reminds me of wandering around a garden as a child and coming upon a place like this.
    Had to squint a bit to see the kitty, thought that was a statue.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @satby: Just wait until you walk into a coffee shop full of old codgers, maybe one or two old women with them, and all the men sit up straight and start smoothing back their hair and not so subtly leering at you.

    That started happening to me about when I turned 60, and I know I’m no prize, just Fresh Meat to these idiots. I’m not at all tempted, and think, “Not a chance in hell, even if I’m celibate the rest of my life.” Then I look at my husband and think how nice he still looks and how nice a person he is.

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    Ruckus says:

    Let me know what you need. I am after all a trained mold maker. Fiberglass, metal, sand….

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