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post #21 of 1618
Who wants a cake party?
post #22 of 1618
Kieran is already a ghost. Without even eye holes. He likes to stay home and answer the door. But we may also hit CM2 in the afternoon that day.

So the rest of the birthday story was that we go to dinner at a fancy place, plying him with stories of goat cheese on toast... only he has a picture in his mind and it does not match, he keeps syaing 'this can't be my food'... but then he did try it did eat it did like it! and pizza too! then he ran out into ab usy street on the wayhom e
post #23 of 1618
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The best time to move a rose to make sure it will survive is in the late fall or early spring. Have the new holes ready, water the rose well the day before, then cut the bush down by a half. Dig out as much as you can of the roots near the top, don't be concerned if you can't get the long tap roots then trim any ragged roots ends off. Place a thick six inch mulch all around the base as roses love cool roots and also the new feeder roots won't dry out. Because transplanting will have damaged the feeder roots you will now have to water, water, water as they won't be strong enough to supply any nutrients for at least a month. Even if the canes sag and the new leaves droop, just keep watering as the rose bush may not perk up for a couple of months. Don't give it any fertilizer until half way through the summer as you want new roots to grow not top growth that the frail roots can't support yet. It may also not make any new growth until next spring. If you have to move it when it is growing, then cut ALL the leaves off the bush to put it into a period of dormancy. Roses are capable of putting out three sets of leaves before it effects their vigour. Then follow the above instructions.
I've heard that late fall roses that have been moved actually do better than spring ones because they have all winter to get established in the ground before they are expected to flower. Just VERY important to REALLY make sure you wrap those ones in inclement weather, because they are a little more vulnerable than their already established friends that might be planted around them from an earlier time.

Kind of the same reason you don't want to prune them back until it's good and cold, because they will try to flower again, which can be hard on them. I usually just let the last ones go for a while. That way I also get some lovely, ripe, rose hips, which are so, so, so good for you, especially when cold and flu season hits.

I would love a rose bush! We have several varieties here already, and they are my (other) babies.

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Hi all! Eleanor is always changing her mind about costumes. I think she just wants to dress up. But she will probably either be a lion or a T Rex. I think we will go to the Waldorf school for the Halloween fair, and trick or treat on our block. We are going to do reverse trick or treating this year. Then we will swap out the candy she got for a cool basket from the Halloween fairy. (picking up that idea from Leah)
I LOVE that idea. Thank you for the reminder!

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ok, come late fall we will be there with shovel in hand
Dani, we do the Candy Fairy.
usually its a swap out for a groovy girl, or accessories, etc. but i like Leahs idea of new toothbrushes, etc.
we might make one with some fruit leathers, a new toothbrush and paste, a coloring book, etc, instead of a groovy girl. she has way too many already.
Lily has one groovy girl. She got her when Ruby was born, and Todd named her Sapphire as a joke. It totally stuck, too! I should take her to pick out another one, and name her Emerald or something.

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October! And hubby and I BOTH forgot it was our anniversary today! Actually, it just hadn't occured to us that it was October.

Obviously back from our trip. It went well, except Chase either is allergic to New Mexico in autumn, or he picked up that mild cold that was going around. All snotty and snorgly for most of the trip. Luckily he did fine on the flight home except for the landing. He had fun with Grandma and Grandpa, was a busy little guy most of the time, and my soon-to-be sister-in-law treated me to a spa treatment and a MIL-free morning. We are looking forward to going back with a little more independence (and time) for BIL's wedding in July.

This morning was crazy though. We sold DH's car Friday night, so it was our first work day with one car. And there was no food in the house. Took DH to work, stopped at Starbuck's for breakfast, then took Chase to the dentist, stopped on the way home to pick up the dog from the doggie hotel, unpacked, unloaded the dishes and started some laundry. Whew!

Anyone (Beth!) have a good recipe for tomato sauce to freeze? Looks like my roma-type tomatoes are finally ripening...all at once!
Sounds like a whirlwind few days. I had that stupid cold that has been going around for a few days. Finally better today. Going to start riding twice a day tomorrow. : Please... weather. Just a couple more days. Please... :

Happy anniversary!!!

And, if you have to do it in a pinch and don't have time to make sauce, you can always just wash and freeze them whole beforehand. Or, you can cook them down and freeze them that way as well, then make sauce later on.

I'm going to make some plain sauce to freeze tonight, because I can't afford wine right now. (Drove more than I wanted to this week. Ugh. Stupid cold.) Oh well, at least I'm better now.
post #24 of 1618
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October! And hubby and I BOTH forgot it was our anniversary today! Actually, it just hadn't occured to us that it was October.
welcome home and happy lover day! You and your hub are really sweet together and such a great couple

I wrote a little tid bit about the current financial climate and how turn your fears around...
post #25 of 1618
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Happy October all! September was a looong month for me, i'm glad to see it go.

Is anyone interested in rose bushes? we just moved into our new house and there are probably twenty different rose bushes we would like to part with. they're just not our thing. i'll post an ad on craigslist at some point, but thought i'd offer here first. lemme know.
My step dad is all into roses. I could ask him if he wants any. And yea.. I would say late fall when they go dormate would be the best time. Gotta get Elizabeth to Girl scouts.
post #26 of 1618
Hedy, we have so many i have been toying with the idea of asking Addy to find new homes for some of them. so if she says yes, do you think you have room in your home for one or two?
we rename most of ours, but i have long since forgotten the names of all of them.
DH cant say no to Addy, and they have them at NewSeasons over here. hence Addy hanging with nana when we go there now. cause we just dont have it in finances to spend 12 bucks each shopping trip on dolls she only plays with occasionally.

what can i do for this freaking headache? vicodin and my special medicine have only just barely touched the pain, and when they wear off its back full force, sometimes worse. i cant afford to see a chiro at all.
aggg! nothing is working. anyone up for some at home trepanning?
post #27 of 1618
Can I use coconut oil instead of butter to make peanut butter cookies (I don't have butter). It calls for 1/2 cup butter. Will it be gross?
post #28 of 1618
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what can i do for this freaking headache? vicodin and my special medicine have only just barely touched the pain, and when they wear off its back full force, sometimes worse. i cant afford to see a chiro at all.
aggg! nothing is working. anyone up for some at home trepanning?
It's a long drive, but the acupuncture clinic down the street from me does sliding scale treatments based on income, as low as $15 a treatment. I haven't been in yet but it seems like a cool place!
post #29 of 1618
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welcome home and happy lover day! You and your hub are really sweet together and such a great couple
Aww, shucks Thanks, Savvy.

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That way I also get some lovely, ripe, rose hips, which are so, so, so good for you, especially when cold and flu season hits.
How do you use rose hips?? 'Cause I think I'm gonna have a bunch I haven't pruned my roses all summer.
post #30 of 1618
Just fyi, I made an executive decison and decided to use the coconut oil but make "butter" cookies instead of peanut butter cookies because I couldn't wrap my mind around the tastes of peanut butter and coconut together. Also Sophia wanted to roll out the dough and use the christmas cookie cutters. I don't know how the final product will be as the dough has to chill in the fridge for an hour before we roll but the cookie dough was YUM! So moist and buttery tasting. (Maybe we should just eat that!)
post #31 of 1618
Happy October everyone!
post #32 of 1618
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Can I use coconut oil instead of butter to make peanut butter cookies (I don't have butter). It calls for 1/2 cup butter. Will it be gross?
I have used it for chocolate chip cookies and DH loves it. I think they were a bit too sweet. I don't know how it would work in peanut butter cookies. However I always use shortening in cookies.

And Ugg.. The train has been JUST late enough all week that DH has missed his 6.00pm bus from Gresham to Sandy all week.. Now he is getting home at 7 rather than 6:30. When the kids get ready for bed at 8 this is a big deal. :
post #33 of 1618
Tina that sucks.
Laura, thanks for that info, unfortunately now that we have the van we try not to do long drives. plus, i dont drive and dh gets home at 6. 8 tonight : plus on paper it looks like we have alot of $, but after all bills are paid, gas is bought, and the bare minimum of food is bought we are flat broke and border on overdraft every month. so even $15 would set us int the red.
Pauline, i have used CO in many cooke recipes to replace butter or shortening, including peanut butter, its YUMMY!!!!

the two pups (Brownie Addys dog who is 5 mo now, and Rags, my dads dog who is a year old this month) are running around chasing and barking at eachother acting like lil idiot dogs. they love eachother so much but does it have to occur during Niamhs nap everyday? and does it have to set Annie, the ancient rotting dog off into a barking fit every time they skid through the room?!
grrrrr.
this doesnt bode well for my head.
post #34 of 1618
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I have used it for chocolate chip cookies and DH loves it. I think they were a bit too sweet. I don't know how it would work in peanut butter cookies. However I always use shortening in cookies.

And Ugg.. The train has been JUST late enough all week that DH has missed his 6.00pm bus from Gresham to Sandy all week.. Now he is getting home at 7 rather than 6:30. When the kids get ready for bed at 8 this is a big deal. :
Yeah, I think butter is slightly salty even when it's unsalted, and coconut oil is slightly sweet without any help, so that would make sense.

I would think though, that the peanut butter cookies would be a little like a chick-o-stick (peanut butter coconutty goodness!) OK, I don't eat those anymore, but I LOVED them when I was a kid.

Are you doing slice and bake, Pauline? Coconut oil melts a little more readily than butter, so I would suggest it if you are making cookies with it, so it can solidify in the fridge again.
post #35 of 1618
Oh, ick. Another good reason to give candy to the candy fairy. Ick. Seriously. Ick.

Wow. I've been the Debbie Downer around here lately, haven't I? First the news about the bailout, and now this... Sorry, ladies.
post #36 of 1618
I missed your news about the bailout.. however the senate just passed it. I am not sure how I feel about that.
post #37 of 1618
what about the house? I should go look it up. Ay yay yay...
post #38 of 1618
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what about the house? I should go look it up. Ay yay yay...
The house hasn't re-voted on it. I don't know when they are going to.
post #39 of 1618
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Originally Posted by Hedy B. View Post
Oh, ick. Another good reason to give candy to the candy fairy. Ick. Seriously. Ick.

Wow. I've been the Debbie Downer around here lately, haven't I? First the news about the bailout, and now this... Sorry, ladies.
OMG, I used to buy that candy! I was very fond of it! Dood. I thought you were going to post about the Cadbury's. (Dunno if any of that was sold in the US.)

I think being Debby Downer is a pretty understandable response to current events. I don't even want to listen to/read/watch the news. Pfeh.
post #40 of 1618
Just stopping in saying hi. We lost our internet over the weekend, so I haven't been around. I'll catch up, then write more later.
Oh...Lucky has an appt with Kathryn Baker on Monday morning. :
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