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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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I like this! Happy Presidents' Day to all!

We're "enjoying" another snow emergency in Minneapolis. In other words, we're shoveling out from under another blanket and anticipating another shoveling out from the city snowplowing tomorrow. :shock:
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Postby BeachGrandma » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:48 am

Edy, I LOVE that painting!

My dear John bought us a new, gorgeous refrigerator, stove and dishwasher yesterday! When it was delivered, I was so pleased I was speechless. The ice maker even has an ice crusher and filter, too!

Now on to baking choc chip cookies. Charles is home sick today so is wanting me to bake.

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Postby BeachGrandma » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:33 pm


I'm so excited! I just sold another story to "Chicken Soup for the Soul" publishers ! This edition which is about things that happened to us in our homes will be for sale in May of this year. My story is about being stuck in an airless closet while a realtor showed our home to a prospective buyer. I hope readers will think it is funny. I love the check for $200 that arrives a month after publication. :-)
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby RiversidePeace » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:19 pm

BettyDee wrote:HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY!

Hope everyone is feeling better by now. So far, we have managed to escape illness this winter. Not looking forward to spring allergy season, but I think the fall ones are worse for me.

I've been working in the yard and have most of my flower beds cleaned out. I can't WAIT till time to plant them. I have a few perennials greening up now. Hope to see some blooms in three or four weeks. Anyone else love to garden?


Not sure what Presidents Day is and how that can be happy. :shock: LOL! But "have a good one" as we Aussies say.

:coolsign My garden is doing well considering the stinking hot summer but the last four days has produced some very good rainfalls. I think my tree-fern has doubled in size in that time. It now stands 3 foot tall which is quite good since we are not in a rainforest environment. The tree fern was just a sappling when I planted it in June 2013. Australian tree ferns can grow to 40 feet but it won't do that here and I'm training it to have a bend or two in the trunk so it doesn't grow over the access lane.

I'm surprised the flowers are still blooming too. These annuals are mostly carnations, dahlias and bell flowers (not tulips). The roses along the back of the house, although a little rain beaten today, are full of new buds…again.

My potted succulents and cactii have recently been moved to the back concreted veranda after we had an awning built over the back door area, steps and veranda. Just in time too. They would have been swamped.

Our home has had most of the renovation inside and out done and we're just waiting on our builder to remove the 2 old clatter-banging air-conditioners that go through to the outer walls, fill in the holes and repair a broken front awning before we can do the final exterier painting. I'll upload the photos after that. Meanwhile, I think there are still some pics on my website and Facebook pages.

I'm feeling much better after my recent bout of sinusitis and chest infection and I have an appointment to see a specialist in March to see what he can do about these repeated sinus problems.

Well, take care all.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby RiversidePeace » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:20 am

deejay wrote:I wish I had a garden, both vegetable and flower, but there's no real place for one where I live. One of my roomies has flowerboxes on the front porch, but nothing spectacular comes of them.


All our vegies are growing in planter boxes or tall pots. I have only an azalea, lavender, 2 hedge plants and a few other flowering plants in the ground. The rest are in pots although we do have 4 large roses growing against the back wall of the house.

Pots are great. You can move them anywhere anytime to vary the out look of the garden.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:23 am

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Not sure what Presidents Day is and how that can be happy. :shock: LOL! But "have a good one" as we Aussies say.



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I think we created President's Day so our United States Postal Department would have another reason to take another day off work. :lol:

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Postby deejay » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:38 pm

When I was a kid in school, in February we got Lincoln's birthday off on the 16th, and Washington's birthday off on the 22nd. If a holiday fell on a Saturday, we got the preceding Friday off; if it fell on a Sunday, we got the following Monday off. I think it was after I graduated from high school in 1974 that they combined Lincoln and Washington's birthdays for a single day off. So President's Day honors the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, but since other presidents have birthdays scattered about the year--I share mine with Herbert Hoover--it's easier than trying to list 40+ birthdays throughout the year and having them off. Washington was our first president, Lincoln the 16th; both men contributed significantly to our country's history.

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Postby Edy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:32 pm

Good history lesson, Deejay! I remember those separate Presidential holidays, too. But, I have no idea who the elite planners were, who had to change things. Memorial Day is no longer celebrated at the end of May, as it used to be, since somebody in his/her superior wisdom created all those three-day weekends regardless of the actual day to be observed.

I think they even wanted to include Veterans' Day, but somebody put a foot down on that idea, since it was a reminder of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the original Armistice Day at the end of WW1.

And, while we're at it, where did "daylight savings time" originate, anyway? Another superior planner controlling the marionettes behind the screen?
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Postby RiversidePeace » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:46 pm

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RiversidePeace wrote:
Not sure what Presidents Day is and how that can be happy. :shock: LOL! But "have a good one" as we Aussies say.

Chrissy


I think we created President's Day so our United States Postal Department would have another reason to take another day off work. :lol:

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Well it's nice to know that both our countries have dedicated postal workers. It's helpful to get that same service. We wouldn't want a conflict of interest in THAT department. Would we? Who knows where the overseas mail would end up and when.


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Postby BettyDee » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:00 pm

Congratulations on selling another story, Mariane. I'll be looking forward to reading it. I love the Chicken Soup books.

Chrissy, love hearing about your plants and garden. Makes me wish our spring would hurry up. Actually, it's probably already here, at least the little dab of it we will get. We usually go from pseudo-winter right into summer.

Don't know if I told my porch pals or not, but I am going to be a great grandmother for the first time in April. It's a boy, and we are anxiously awaiting his arrival. I'm not sure he is going to be spoiled enough, so I am taking over Spoil Duty to make sure he gets his fair share of being made rotten. :lol:
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Postby BeachGrandma » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:24 pm


Thanks, Betty.

I'm so happy about your great grandson on the horizon. Do they live close enough to you so you can see the little munchkin often? I keep wishing someone in my extended family would show up with a newborn baby. I love holding them and feeling their velvety soft skin.

I've been painting and my eyes are tired so I'm going to do nothing for a few days. I had a bone density test yesterday and no surprise, I have osteoporosis, so the doctor wants me to have some kind of infusion and then start some calcium remedy or something. I'll know more when I go in for my cortisone shots on Monday. I love those shots! They're such a help.

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Postby BeachGrandma » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:03 am


My favorite on this "Painting A Day" site is the "Egg." It's sensitively yet masterfully done. And so is the "Apple" done by another artist in this group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYZ-D_0SL6w -(egg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keZmB74MEO8 (apple)

If you have 4 or 5 minutes to spare watching these artists paint in fast speed, you'll enjoy it.
I love to paint but I am not an artist, not even by the most generous definition. I believe you are born with the insight it takes to paint well and those (like me) who love to paint but don't have natural talent find ourselves trying and trying but never really achieving the kind of art that sets artists apart from painters.

Our own Edy is a natural artist. I wish she could show us some of her paintings here on the porch. You'd be stunned at their beauty! ''

The apple painting on this site is also worth watching as the artist builds it painstakingly tiny bits at a time to flesh it out. Thank God for the beauty He gives us through the eyes of these God-gifted men and women!

If any of you have painted and can show us your art here on the porch, we'd LOVE to see it. Please don't be shy about it.

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Postby Edy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:08 pm

Thank you for sharing those links, BeachGrandma! I used to watch a variety of artists on PBS demonstrate how to make use of tools for various techniques in their paintings. It is fascinating to see how realistic use of light and shadow makes things pop off the canvas/page.

As for artists, I think it's all in the eye. There are classic artists, folk artists, decorative artists, abstract artists, and even toddler and elephant artists! So, don't believe that you aren't an artist, yourself, Mariane. You have huge amounts of creative genes in your DNA. :thumbs

I should see if I can find a link I saw on facebook for toddler art that I bet nobody can distinguish from abstract painting.
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Postby Edy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:14 pm

While I'm looking, here's some fun. Especially if anyone else has been following Downton Abbey on PBS. I don't know how our selections, many of which do not include one's top choice, define something about us, or even how it decides between male and female characters.

But see what you find.
http://www.zimbio.com/quiz/WLF_ky-a_03/ ... 3wcwEOIJow

This link might show the character the quiz identifies with me, but you'll find a button to "retake" the quiz for your own results.
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