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post #41 of 372
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Thanks for the tip Penelope. I think I will try looking through old paperwork for a contact number. I'm tired of the waiting and wondering.\
Steph, if you'd like, I can look up our own contact...(I think she's the sort of general manager over all regular contacts), and you can call her (I think it's a her), and pretend you got the wrong extension...but then you'll have someone on the line?

love, p
post #42 of 372
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Well, we are going to be IN the parade, does that count?

See you there, waving from the White 55 Chevy KLEBS truck!



We saw you today!

I'd also appreciate some clarification on the rules if possible. No news - ever? No current events? That just seems... strangely and extremely limiting.

ETA: This may be too current an "event" , but I made a pretty amazing salad with fresh spinach, buttercrunch, and salad bowl lettuces from my garden (WOO!) today! Added some gorgonzola, toasted walnuts, diced granny smith apple and raspberry vinagrette... YUM.

Can somebody tell me how to grow peas? I have 1 pea sprout out of at least 2 dozen seeds planted... where did I go wrong?
post #43 of 372
I'm so jealous of your growing abilities. I'm a miserable failure this year. I'm doing a bunch of container gardening from stuff I started from seeds. I have 12 starts of lettuce that have done nothing but grow long thin strings of lettuce, it's the most bizarre thing. Nothing that resembles a head. My tomatoes are ridiculous.. the only thing that is growing is my basil and I've got enough to make pesto for all of Wasilla. My stevia is growing pretty well, but still not enough to harvest.

I think I have a certifiable black thumb.
post #44 of 372
MMmmmm, Karen - rejoice in the basil! Pesto freezes well, so you should be set. My one basil start fried in the sun, and my seeds have yet to produce much of anything. A gardener friend told me her secret to good basil is shading on sunny days and keeping her seeds covered in plastic until they're well established...?

My (puny-really) garden's shining glory was definitely the spinach, I need to get more planted so that we can have another couple rounds.

I've got a couple of zukes doing well, the pumpkins look good so far, beets are humming along. My peas and beans are doing next to nothing, and my carrots look really sad for some reason. Dunno. My flowers are all looking gorgeous though...

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Pinoikoi, I'm so sorry for your loss.
post #45 of 372
ooo that's a tempting offer Penelope. I think I'll try and get in touch with this old contact person we had before but if I can't get anywhere with that I will probably take you up on that. Thanks!
post #46 of 372
Loving the gardening stories!

We're growing two types of lettuce, broccoli, peppermint, and one cucumber plant. I just started (outdoors) garlic chives, which sounded tooooo good when I saw the seed packet, and cilantro. I'm starting a new batch of lettuces, as well, so we'll have some more in a month when we've eaten all of the ones already growing.

Karen, I've tried to grow peas indoors, and every single time I got these leggy things with no pods...I started them too early. I've never heard of that happening to lettuce...in fact, you should be able to grow lettuce in about an inch of dirt, almost on a plate. Is it too hot? Lettuces scorch easily. : What kind of lettuce is it? (We're growing romaine, buttercrunch, and a new one called black seeded something or other).

Iris' iris bloomed yesterday! It is the most gorgeous thing ever! Purple outside and yellow inside, and such deep colors. She's sooooo proud.

My 6 teeny strawberry plants have flowers...yay! They're growing really well, I do hope we get strawberries this year.

Hopefully, we're heading camping this week. The neighbors are going to watch our gardens for us. I'm due for a trip to see my little bro in Anch, as well, so we're going to try to head to Seward to the aquarium and see the little sibling on the way there. SOOOO excited to take the newest kids to the Sea Life Center! :

love, penelope
post #47 of 372
Oh, and Karen, be careful with the basil. Seriously, someone needs to make a spoof movie called, "The Killer Basil That ate Wasilla." Remember the old "Killer Tomato" movie?

Basil will seriously take over your home. Package it up and pass it around! Everyone loves fresh basil. You could be like those zucchini growers who leave bags of zuchs on peoples' doorsteps in the middle of the night..."The basil lady has struck again!"

(Pay no attention to this woman with insomnia).

...On a completely different note...

Anyone else break into tears during the national anthem or the pledge?

We were close to the "Nenana" (the riverboat where they make the 4th of july speeches) and I was a watery, tears-streaming down my face mess. I saw one of the photographers taking pictures of me, and it sort of made me frustrated. My private feelings were there for anyone to see, but I always feel like I'm the only one who cries that hard. I seriously can get about three words of the national anthem out before the tears, and when I start the pledge, especially with all of my children around me with their hands on their hearts and faces tilted up toward the flag, I lose it. In a good way.

I think it has a lot to do with growing up in the military, and a lot more to do with getting older. I dunno. This year I planned ahead and had an actual hankie ready.

love, p
post #48 of 372
Okay, I'm awfully chatty for 3am...sorry!

I hope this isn't political, I just found it poignant. The speeches at the 4th of July event today in Fairbanks included the Brigadier General of Eielson AFB saying that two Alaskan families are getting the news that their sons aren't coming home...today.

The BG went on to say that 100 soldiers came back from Iraq last week, and another 5,000 are expected within (I think he said the next few months) but by that point I was crying again over what those parents were going through. May those young men rest in peace and their families find solace.

love, p
post #49 of 372
Here's my garden update: Lettuce is ready (some, I did it in batches), zucchini's are starting to blossom, yellow squash is starting to growing some vegs (one at least), strawberries are blossoming and starting to grow fruit, spinach is growing well and about half way to harvest, broccoli is growing the editable parts, carrots look sad but it's still early, peas I'm getting some pods but not on the ones I started from seed, the peas and beans started from seed are looking good but have some time. I soaked my peas and beans for 24 hours before planting.
post #50 of 372
P, let me know if you guys have time for a date a the park again when you guys come through (hopefully Em won't melt down like last time ) If not, I totally understand... when you are traveling, you just want to get there!

The lettuce I planted was butter lettuce and like I said, it's the strangest thing... it's like 6 or 7 inch long and about 1/2" wide strips of lettuce. I seriously have no idea what I did wrong. I'm tempted just to pull out my fudged starts and just throw some seeds in there and see what I get.
post #51 of 372
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Okay, I'm awfully chatty for 3am...sorry!

I hope this isn't political, I just found it poignant. The speeches at the 4th of July event today in Fairbanks included the Brigadier General of Eielson AFB saying that two Alaskan families are getting the news that their sons aren't coming home...today.

The BG went on to say that 100 soldiers came back from Iraq last week, and another 5,000 are expected within (I think he said the next few months) but by that point I was crying again over what those parents were going through. May those young men rest in peace and their families find solace.

love, p
oh dear. That is so sad. My DS's best friend's dad just left again for her 5th tour in 6 years. He is 2 years from retirement. We pray for the safety our troops daily.
post #52 of 372
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on the gardening front...
I am kinda frustrated with the way some of our things have grown. Of course I was probably incredibly lucky with our garden in Fairbanks in the summer of 2007. We brought in 5 loads of topsoil and built up mounds in rows. We grew all kinds of things and had a fantastic garden. I really thought I was the shiznitz! LOL

Then we moved to CA and i was just giddy about the possibility of growing in the warm CA sun. Well, needless to day we grow NOTHING! It was pitiful and I could not even get strawberries to grow.

Needless to say I was eager to get back to Alaska where my gardens were glorious!

So, fast forward to this year.
We (mostly DH) wanted to get involved with Hydroponics but we avoided the high cost by building the system ourselves. Actually the system itself is kickbutt and works perfect! We just never spent the $1000's on the lights so we are 99% sure that the reason our plants did not grow well was due to our lights. We started Tomatoes, Peppers, peas, beans, broccoli, dill inside.......Then in June we transplanted all those to dirt. The toms took off and the peppers are doing great! our Broccoli, which is 7 months old FINALLY is growing little heads! But the beans died and the peas died. The dill is wimpy and stunted.

I wonder if the dirt we got in Fairbanks was the wonder drug in our garden that year? It was so beautiful and black. Course the sun was helpful too!
post #53 of 372
Spruce, I cry during the anthem as well. I was in the military.
post #54 of 372
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An honest question to *georgia* (mod)....is it political discussion to talk about our property taxes and the possibility of sales taxes in certain areas? Are we outside the lines talking about political things like Denali Kid Care, medicaid, and so forth? Just wondering what is and is not political when it pertains to a specialised community. I do understand you're under pressure from the powers that be, but we'd like some better groundwork for our special circumstances. Not many people (in the USA, esp) live as rurally or under as severe or "different" circumstances as we do.

thanks.

love, penelope
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post #55 of 372
Sorry if TMI- warning..

Ok, ANOTHER ER doc just called me. He said "something" grew in my culture (urine sample)

He asked me if I was having "symptoms" (burning with urine, etc). I said, no, I just miscarried a baby, I have been feeling cramping.. I also told him that I could barely hear him..

He told me I would have to get a culture with a catheter at my doc's office tomorrow. (Um, NO. No one is MESSING with me right now. ) I asked him if he was calling to tell me that this is the reason I lost my baby, he said no and "CAN I FINISH!" (I already told him I couldn't hear him- how in the world would I know I had interrupted him?)

What a jerk. Seriously. Forward my results to my doc (listed on my intake form!) and leave me alone.

I have recurrent bladder infections- I have all my life. He was not giving me any "new" information.. totally not a valid reason to call my home at this point in time.. and he wasn't even the doc I saw in the ER- I have no idea who he is.. (I mean he gave me his name, but so?)
post #56 of 372
Pinoikoi, I'm so sorry you are having to endure all this. Please be kind to yourself, and get to your primary doctor so they can give you the treatment you deserve. ((hugs))
post #57 of 372
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Sorry if TMI- warning..

Ok, ANOTHER ER doc just called me. He said "something" grew in my culture (urine sample)

He asked me if I was having "symptoms" (burning with urine, etc). I said, no, I just miscarried a baby, I have been feeling cramping.. I also told him that I could barely hear him..

He told me I would have to get a culture with a catheter at my doc's office tomorrow. (Um, NO. No one is MESSING with me right now. ) I asked him if he was calling to tell me that this is the reason I lost my baby, he said no and "CAN I FINISH!" (I already told him I couldn't hear him- how in the world would I know I had interrupted him?)

What a jerk. Seriously. Forward my results to my doc (listed on my intake form!) and leave me alone.

I have recurrent bladder infections- I have all my life. He was not giving me any "new" information.. totally not a valid reason to call my home at this point in time.. and he wasn't even the doc I saw in the ER- I have no idea who he is.. (I mean he gave me his name, but so?)

I am so sorry you're going through all this. It sounds to me like this doctor is concerned, and maybe he didn't voice it well, or maybe you're so upset it's hard to give a sh*t what anyone is saying right now? (I know I was when my + turned into a period).

Do you normally have hearing issues, or was it a quiet phone, or could you be having medical problems that affect your hearing? I'm concerned about that part of your post.

I *completely* understand the "nobody is messing with me" thing. I do my own damned cervical checks, that's how serious I am about nobody messing with me! OTOH, if a cath and urine draw would help you figure *anything* out, maybe it would be worth it?

I hope you find the support you deserve. And please, ask for something like xanax to get you through any procedures you might choose to undertake...have your husband keep making those calls. Those medications are out there FOR A REASON. It infuriates me that people are left anxious, afraid, in pain, etc., when there are medications to help with those issues.

With a lot of love,

penelope
post #58 of 372
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P, let me know if you guys have time for a date a the park again when you guys come through (hopefully Em won't melt down like last time ) If not, I totally understand... when you are traveling, you just want to get there!

The lettuce I planted was butter lettuce and like I said, it's the strangest thing... it's like 6 or 7 inch long and about 1/2" wide strips of lettuce. I seriously have no idea what I did wrong. I'm tempted just to pull out my fudged starts and just throw some seeds in there and see what I get.
Absolutely on the play date! And I don't think Em melted, I think she was just being a kid. She is such a gloriously intelligent, beautiful, well-loved young lady!

On the lettuce. our butter lettuces have grown thin at times, too. Don't stress. You can still eat them, and the young leaves are very, very tasty.

My romaines have grown thinnish and tall, not fat and in a clump...I won't plant that particular strain of romaine again. My butter lettuces from last year sprouted (the seeds that didn't sprout last year), and they're beautiful!

My broccoli doesn't have any heads on it yet...I'm jealous of those of you who DO have broccoli heads. :

We're growing the small "pickling" cucumbers this year...if they grow. Next year I plan to buy a few loads of topsoil, but right now the soil we're growing in is 3 years old, and it's just tired.

My mint is *crazy* though! Sounds like time for a mint julep (whatever that is!).

love, p
post #59 of 372
Mojitos P!!!!!

Give me a call when you are going to be through and I'll clear our schedule to meet you guys for a while! I'd invite you guys over to the house for a meal along your trip... but not sure how you'd do with my house (having the dogs). They are all short hair (don't know if that's part of the issue) I just know that I'm a +5 on dogs and I do okay with daily sinus washes and them getting frequent baths. I can throw them outside, but there is still the dander possibility in the house. Or maybe if it's a nice day, we could BBQ or something (and stay on the deck) and at least make your stop a filling one for your trip Em has an enormous play set in the back yard that could entertain the kiddos.

At any rate... we'll figure something out! I look forward to seeing you all again!!!

I think I'm going to pull up the starts I have and maybe just throw out some red leaf seeds or something and see what happens. I'm bummed that my cilantro didn't do well either. I'm wondering if I just started them too soon in the house or something. The basil I started in my areogarden and it went nuts. I just suck as a gardener. I keep begging DH to build me a greenhouse. I remember I *just* got my awesome greenhouse in Fairbanks right when we got transferred. I never even got a chance to plant anything in it
post #60 of 372
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Do you normally have hearing issues, or was it a quiet phone, or could you be having medical problems that affect your hearing? I'm concerned about that part of your post.
It was his phone, because the first time I asked him to speak up, he did for about two words, and then he was quiet again.. I think he might have had a headset on that was too far from his mouth or something, because he COULD tweak it, but it was still inconsistent. Still, his raising his temper to me was totally out of line.

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OTOH, if a cath and urine draw would help you figure *anything* out, maybe it would be worth it?
I doubt my OB will request a cath.. I seriously have had hundreds perhaps thousands of bladder infections. Most of my pregnancies I am on antibiotics.. In 2003, I met with a kidney specialist (they do the kidneys and whole urinary tract), and had the ink test and there is no structural reason for it. The specialist told me that a certain percent of women have recurrent bladder infections, and of those another percent of them get them for purely "chemical" reasons, and that's what's wrong with me. At the time I was actually praying it was structural, because I would have been THRILLED to have a surgery just "fix" the problem for good, but no such luck.

Did I mention I HATE the "modern" medical community? The fact that I believe it is lead by overzealous jerks who believe they are G-d? I do. I have fired more doctors in my life than I have found ones that I end up happy with.. seriously it is a negative curve. And ultimately I don't see "women's health" making grand strides until more women demand change.. but the medical community (by and large) is too busy making bucks by soliciting me to buy products that "enlarge my member" than to give any serious thought to improving the lives of women.

But I will be quiet now. Obviously I am too ticked off (and emotional) to be coherent. :
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