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Elder Sister

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  • Birthday 06/23/1920

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  • Cryptozoologist from the University of Phoenix
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    The Land of Cotton
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    hedgehogs, splendiferous barf cups, talented squirrels.

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  1. I'm so sorry. I'm grateful for the places and people who understand how important our animals are. They're family. I'm living with a new kitten who's 6 months old and a total goofball, and a very old dog who is going on 14 and has been my best friend for years. When he's gone it's going to be awful. And I still mourn the dogs who went before him. Hang in there. I bet he had a wonderful 5 years with you.
  2. I’m so sorry. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
  3. Will it be visible, always? Or will the planting cover it? If it's going to visible always, there are some expensive options if you don't want to build it yourself. I love some of what Gardener's Supply offers...they're not eyesores, and they're sturdy. I use their tomato cages that are made of steel rod, and I've used them for nearly 15 years. I still have all 12 cages and they work great. But if you're planting something like melons that is going to grow quickly and have lots of greenery, I'd do something cheaper. I ordered a bunch of seeds Tuesday and it made me so happy. I just love Sow True Seed out of North Carolina. Their stuff never fails to grow well.
  4. @george jar jar martin, thanks so much for the rec of Vincent Neil Emerson. I hadn't heard him before, and I'm loving his music. Listening right now, actually!! Here's one of my all time fave artists/songs -
  5. I cannot agree with this hard enough to suit me. It's so true. I got diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan. 2010. Prior to that, I had gone for my annual mammogram in Oct. 2009 and there was a spot on the scan, and I mentioned to the radiologist that it 'burned' there almost like a bee sting. He seemed incredibly dismissive, but maybe that's just hindsight. Basically said it was too much coffee, hormones, etc. He scheduled me for another mammogram the following year. I went home and continued to have symptoms in that breast to the point that 3 months later, I finally called my regular OBGYN and talked to her. She got me in the next day with a different radiologist. When she saw the spot, she went ahead and biopsied it, and it was malignant. She gave me her personal cell number in case I had questions - I wound up having to get a double mastectomy due to what they found in the left breast as well. We caught the cancer early stage, thank goodness. I'm not saying the first guy was bad at his job, or that he did anything wrong, but I am reiterating what MeanMM said - it's my body. If something isn't right, I need to push to get answers, and the care I need and deserve. I did so much research on my own during my surgery and treatment. I wound up with lymphedema in my right arm and side. And it's mainly up to me to treat it, although I do go to PT at times when it gets troublesome.
  6. Pre-Bebe, I was great with seedlings. I'll still do some on the front porch, because it's a Bebe-free zone, but it will have to be early summer stuff because the early spring seedlings will not make it on the back porch. She will destroy them. Right now, she's racing back and forth through the house and I have an interview with a prospective employee for our dept. in 10 min. And I'm supposed to pretend to be professional. If I shut the door, she will sit outside and wail like a banshee.
  7. I love The War on Drugs, along with Lord Huron. Both bands are constantly in rotation - great music! I adore Kurt Vile because a lot of his songs sound like he's making them up on the spot...like he's just free-thinking aloud or something.
  8. So, season 3 finished up on C&R - I learned way more than I ever needed to know about Jones, Tammy Wynette, all her husbands...it was a lot. But so, so good. This week I have been listening to Waxahatchee nonstop, along with Kurt Vile. And for some odd reason, a lot of Louvin Brothers and Buck Owens. I've got the "Dwight sings Buck" album, but haven't listened yet. I know it's going to be wonderful.
  9. I just haven't been bit by the gardening bug yet. I'm going to go Saturday and look at plants and seeds...I'm sure that will start it up. I'm trying to figure out how to plant seeds since I now have a kitten living in my sun room, which is where I normally have seedlings coming up. She's an absolute terror; I don't see that setup working out this year.
  10. What are you looking to do with it? I've used different things through the years, including chicken wire, but we usually use that for peas/green beans, etc. Gardener's Supply sells some environmentally friendly versions, but they're pricey. I usually just reuse the chicken wire every year. I'm cheap and it's not the prettiest in the world, but once the beans and peas take over, you can't see it.
  11. At one point, I had so many orchids - and multiple types. My favorites are the slipper orchids and the cattleyas. I have a big phalaenopsis on top of the refrigerator because darling (demon) cat kept knocking it over when it was on the kitchen table. So it's just as well that I'm not super into orchids right now.
  12. I'm going to make Mr. ES a chocolate layer cake for V'day. He'll get me something but no one ever buys me chocolates, which is what I always want. So I'll probably buy myself some. Yay, @HelenaExMachina! That's wonderful!
  13. Thank goodness, yes! I think it was either a parasite or what she had been eating in the wild. She's doing awesomely well. Thanks so much for asking - I'm kind of a clean freak and that particular aspect of cat ownership was driving me up the wall.
  14. There’s a podcast I adore that does a deep dive into 20th century country music; it’s called Cocaine & Rhinestones and it is amazing. This season is all about George Jones and as a consequence I’ve been listening to George as well as a ton of other artists during the same time period, particularly Billy Sherrill-era stuff. Somehow, in that mix, I’ve managed to add some Tina Turner (old school with Ike) as well as some Prince and Howling Wolf.
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