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07-04-2020 06:12 AM
ECIN Good morning everybody - I wonder if Mel got up with the sun and rushed to the window ? still LOL

SD- looks great ! nice job ! It may have been from your helper's advice ! She's looking good !

Hot here ! from 90 to 95 threw next weekend + over the top Humidity = Oh Joy !

Kadin loves the hot about as much as we do ! Runs out for business and right back in - then runs to the A?C duct and stands over it - LOL

TN - your flowers look great - I have seen Lilies around here get up to 15 to 20 feet tall

Have a great 4th !
07-04-2020 12:34 AM
dobebug Pretty spectacular lighting effects. Actually your whole summer project out front has turned out VERY well. Good word play on Eva too--"This boot is made for walking...."

You rock SpocksDad
07-04-2020 12:28 AM
dobebug
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Ahh, "The Bulwer Lyntton Fiction Contest (where www means Welcome Wretched Writers) "

I don't think I could even begin to compete. Here are the 2019 winners:

Winner:
"Space Fleet Commander Brad Brad sat in silence, surrounded by a slowly dissipating cloud of smoke, maintaining the same forlorn frown that had been fixed upon his face since he’d accidentally destroyed the phenomenon known as time, thirteen inches ago."
Maxwell Archer


Grand Panjandrum's Special Award:
"Emile Zola wandered the dank and soggy streets of a gloomy Parisian night, the injustice of the Dreyfus affair weighing on him like a thousand baguettes, dreaming of some massage or therapy to relieve the tension and pain in his aching shoulders and back, and then suddenly he thought of his Italian friends and their newly invented warm water bath with air jets and he rapturously exclaimed that oft misquoted declaration — "Jacuzzi!""
Robert R Moore


You have to admit that I have a long way to go. But maybe if I continue to practice by posting here, next year would be a possibility. Anyway, I've missed the June 30th cutoff date for this year.
LOL! Not even with my best run on sentences can I match any of the winners quotations. I seriously doubt that I know enough adverbs and adjectives.

Thank you for remembering the actual name of the Contest.

dobebug
07-03-2020 11:09 PM
spocksdad
Landscape Lighting Frontyard Completed

Been working on overhaul of front landscape lighting to supplement the block project. Finished today after 3-days of solid work. Replaced many floods with bollard walkway lights, etc. All lights are LED, low voltage (12VAC). Since these pics, reduced wattage on right gate flood to reduce glare. Sky was nice with a huge moon out tonight.

Next have to o/h backyard pool lights, but not this weekend due to 100F both Sat and Sunday. Have a computer to build for a friend's MIL.


Front Landscape Lighting Completed!




Front Walkway Steps




Drive Walkway

(Look close behind small island is Raccoon trap)




Bonus Pic
- Eva helping Daddy out in front of house:

Eva - "This Boot is Made for Walking"




Good rest tonight after lots of bending over in hot weather...
07-03-2020 11:07 PM
melbrod I love, love, love thunderstorms.

But then, I like almost any kind of weather. Except sunny blue skies...that gets boring.
07-03-2020 11:02 PM
StrykersPerson Nice little drizzle of rain and light show going on here.

Love it!

I've never been scared of thunderstorms. Has anyone else not been scared of thunder storms?

Can you tell I am bored on a Friday night?

07-03-2020 10:59 PM
ECIN
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That was sorta the point, I thought.
Mel - Well , I'm still shaken my head about the post just above yours here - LOL I think she must have slept threw the contest - But even SP picked up on the bs - you did very well !
07-03-2020 10:18 PM
melbrod That was sorta the point, I thought.
07-03-2020 09:44 PM
StrykersPerson
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Well, I got up with the sun this morning. I rushed to the window and threw my shutters wide open, breathed in the soft cool morning air, admired the fresh greens of the young tree leaves rustling in the breeze and the sunlight sparkling in the dew, and burst into song!



How's that??
I call BS.
07-03-2020 09:42 PM
StrykersPerson Elvin Bishop | Fooled Around and Fell in Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev8SibkJhNg

Good dancing song if only Mister could dance.

Oops?

I said that out loud?

07-03-2020 06:53 PM
melbrod Ahh, "The Bulwer Lyntton Fiction Contest (where www means Welcome Wretched Writers) "

I don't think I could even begin to compete. Here are the 2019 winners:

Winner:
"Space Fleet Commander Brad Brad sat in silence, surrounded by a slowly dissipating cloud of smoke, maintaining the same forlorn frown that had been fixed upon his face since he’d accidentally destroyed the phenomenon known as time, thirteen inches ago."
Maxwell Archer


Grand Panjandrum's Special Award:
"Emile Zola wandered the dank and soggy streets of a gloomy Parisian night, the injustice of the Dreyfus affair weighing on him like a thousand baguettes, dreaming of some massage or therapy to relieve the tension and pain in his aching shoulders and back, and then suddenly he thought of his Italian friends and their newly invented warm water bath with air jets and he rapturously exclaimed that oft misquoted declaration — "Jacuzzi!""
Robert R Moore


You have to admit that I have a long way to go. But maybe if I continue to practice by posting here, next year would be a possibility. Anyway, I've missed the June 30th cutoff date for this year.
07-03-2020 06:13 PM
dobebug
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Well, I got up with the sun this morning. I rushed to the window and threw my shutters wide open, breathed in the soft cool morning air, admired the fresh greens of the young tree leaves rustling in the breeze and the sunlight sparkling in the dew, and burst into song!



How's that??
Mel? Have you been practicing for that contest (now I can't think of it's name)--but they have it every year--it's named after the writer whose books usually led off with a description something like this" It was a dark and interminable nightfall with pouring rain, thunder, lightening and huge branches falling to the sodden ground and she awoke trembling with the nose of distruction and chaos all around.

ABTLH
07-03-2020 06:06 PM
dobebug
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I'm not sure I've ever really seen pink lilies before?? I must have, but I can't remember when; all I think of when I think "lily" is Easter lily. But you can really see why day lilies are called lilies, when you compare them to these. The flowers do look very similar.

Incidentally, does anyone else have trouble spelling "lilies"? I never know if it is one "l' or two, and in typescript, the l's and i's run together so it looks wrong no matter what.

The missus' flowers look lovely. She has a way with plants, I think.
TN. I have (seen them that tall-0-in my front flower bed which is full of iris, daffodils, crocosmia, day lilies and several other types of 'real' lilies--a couple of miscellaneous small lilies (orange, taxi cab yellow and red) and some Oriental lilies (which is what I suspect your neighbors are). This year has been kind of a dud for the oriental lilies--which are usually at least six feet tall. I started out with one plant (from a bag, which I forgot to plant when I should have, that contained three root masses) Only one survived and while it did bloom that first year it was only one plant and it up up only one stem that painfully grew a total of three buds which turned out to be incredibly fragrant and quite beautiful--creamy white with a shaded pink throat. That was about 5 years ago and every year they have come back in greater numbers and have spread to a sizable patch--except for this year and judging by this particular lily and some of the other things that I grow which have specific bloom times I think that something about our weather through the winter took it's toll.

The daffodils and the tall beaded iris were the only things that bloomed on their normal schedule and were their normal size.

That's not really true--the day lilies started blooming on schedule and all of them from the giant bright yellow ones down to the small Stella del Oro's (they are butter yellow) and everything in between are doing what they usually do.

But my hosta's with two exceptions (and those are the ones that generally are the last to send up bloom stalks and have not done so yet.)

Everything else from medium to huge have been about a whole month earlier to send up blooms--and are now in full flower--at about the time they normally are just barely producing bloom stalks.

The big Oriental lily is about half the size it normal attains and has only 6 bloom stalks total for all of the total plants--much smaller than usual and much earlier than usual and far fewer buds per stalk.

The fuchsias on the other hand are blooming their heads off--lavishly is the only really descriptive term--and that was even with our couple of days of high temperatures which will usually put a delay in bud setting for fuchsias.

It's been really weird around here--including the geraniums that decided to survive the winter and are now starting to bloom. I also have violas (which I love because they are indestructible) are all over the place--they self seed like mad things (including in the cracks in the cement in the driveway).

And as a finale' for the weird things happening in my garden--chrysanthemums which grow and set buds and flower according to what type they are and the length of daylight hours have not only set buds (normally they do this in late August and start blooming in September and continue into October.) but are blooming now--or at least the biggest, oldest one is.

Mel--I have a whole lot of problems spelling lily to say nothing of lillies where those i's and ll run together. Glad to hear I'm not the only one.

And lilies come in a huge variety of colors, sizes and even to some degree in shapes (and they are not at all related to day lilies--which also come in an equally huge variety of color, combination of colors and sizes but not in what the flowers look like).

Ah, the cloud cover finally is thinning and going away--I'll take a nap to celebrate.

ABTLH
07-03-2020 05:13 PM
melbrod I'm not sure I've ever really seen pink lilies before?? I must have, but I can't remember when; all I think of when I think "lily" is Easter lily. But you can really see why day lilies are called lilies, when you compare them to these. The flowers do look very similar.

Incidentally, does anyone else have trouble spelling "lilies"? I never know if it is one "l' or two, and in typescript, the l's and i's run together so it looks wrong no matter what.

The missus' flowers look lovely. She has a way with plants, I think.
07-03-2020 04:08 PM
TNfisher Some backyard fireworks....

Have you ever seen lilies this big? These are in our neighbor's yard, and they're about 8 feet tall. Beautiful beautiful plants!




Yesterday they brought us some of their giant yellow lilies, which Mrs. TN now has in a vase on our deck


And I know I posted some of these before, the container competition Mrs. TN and I are having and which she's winning, hands down. I already threw in the towel. Here's hers, freshly planted the 25th of May.


And here it is yesterday
07-03-2020 03:42 PM
melbrod I figured you had one of the bumperstickers on the back of your rig that says "If you LIKE my driving, call 1-800-FARMERS for a good time."
07-03-2020 03:35 PM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by TNfisher View Post
I should have said, one particular post that made me laugh out loud, which led into what I wrote at the end of mine

And yeah, unless she has to go potty, Mocha tends to hang out with us, wherever we are. She's always been that way, loves to be near her humans.



Thanks, Denny



Nice one, Ken! Did they ask for your phone number?

No TN , they didn't have to - First thing I gave them my business card
07-03-2020 03:33 PM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Well, I got up with the sun this morning. I rushed to the window and threw my shutters wide open, breathed in the soft cool morning air, admired the fresh greens of the young tree leaves rustling in the breeze and the sunlight sparkling in the dew, and burst into song!



How's that??

I think we have a winner - the , got up with the sun ? and rushed to the widow ? == Priceless !
07-03-2020 03:15 PM
melbrod
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Originally Posted by LadyDi View Post
So who’s next for the BS challenge?
Well, I got up with the sun this morning. I rushed to the window and threw my shutters wide open, breathed in the soft cool morning air, admired the fresh greens of the young tree leaves rustling in the breeze and the sunlight sparkling in the dew, and burst into song!



How's that??
07-03-2020 12:31 PM
LadyDi Hoss has no issues with loud sounds to date.
Guess he is used to city gun fire!
07-03-2020 11:38 AM
modm
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Originally Posted by MeadowCat View Post
It's NOT too late to take preventative action for noise sensitivity!

This is one of the BEST posts ever on how to handle noise sensitivity in dogs. There's a what to do now if it's happening soon, and how to make it better in the future. Highly, highly recommend: https://illis.se/en/eliminating-fire...8spZhz89ZIsXNs
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Originally Posted by StrykersPerson View Post
Yep! Hard to get the dogs out to do their business with all the fireworks going off around here.

I went over to my brother's house yesterday evening and as soon as the sun went down the fireworks began and his Pit, Leah, wanted nothing to do with outside anymore.

I sure hope the people around my house know what they are doing. I would hate to have to go through more trauma losing my house because of fireworks. We could use some rain, like right now!

Plus, I need something to mow!
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Modm,

One of my Dobes who had no trouble passing the noise part of the WAE got more and more noise sensitive as he got older. I was close to an old dirt race track (long since gone now) and they had fireworks after every weekend racing and my poor dog was a mess over the noise.

I finally learned to take his bed and put it in my bedroom closet (that bedroom was at least on the other side of the house from the track and it cut the noise down somewhat) I did that before it got dark--shut all the curtains, turned on the television for some white noise and he and his bed lived comfortably on my shoes until it was all over.

ABTLH

Thanks for the information! Was a good article MeadowCat!

Ha yeah - under the desk or on the leather sofa is Mila's current safe places....but the closet sounds like a good place to try.

Will have some sort of white noise in the background. While I was outside working in the yard (painting the foundation) and my wife went to the store we had a Jazz channel on Youtube playing while Mila was inside
07-03-2020 10:47 AM
StrykersPerson
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Originally Posted by ECIN View Post
On a farm , there is always some to do , or needs to be done . Yesterday I mowed the road sides , I try and keep them looking like our yard , it looks so good , short cut road sides right up tp the corn or beans - Damn people always throwing beer bottles out in them along with everything else - Hit a tire one time - Killed the motor on the tractor before I could get the bush hog raised up ! So when I see a car coming I stop and let it go by before mowing again - I have seen stuff fly out from the bush hog 50 feet or more , out into the field or shooting it across the road .

I seen this car coming and stopped - They were driving slow - So I could see them pretty well - they were 2 younger gals - really , they looked like SD's JD Gal - !! I stopped mowing again ! and they slowed down and stopped in front of the tractor - I thought - What now ? they got out of there car and I shut off the mow and tractor - I figured they must be lost and needed directions - I was wrong - LOL They said they were tried of sitting around there house and decided to take a drive - They work at a Fitness gym as instructors and have not been to work for ever because of the c-19 . They wanted to know how I stayed so fit ? They were amazed at my straight up and down build - perfect tan to boot - then they asked my age . I told them and they both said at the same time -- NO WAY ! and said I was kidding them ! I said sadly enough - that was my age . No way was there reply again ! I asked what made them think I would be kidding them ? They said that they have many at the gym half my age that is not even close to my looks and build ! Asked if I had any fitness advise for them to pass along to there students at class ? Told them I just get up early , work hard and the key was lots of curls ! 12 oz. curls to be exact , LMAO

Damn virus ! They asked if they could get a few pictures with me up real close and I had to tell them that was not a good idea that I practice the social distance guild lines ! They said when this is over that they would be back for them pictures ! I told them I would be looking forward to that day

So TN and 6-7 -- that's my entry for your BS contest ! : grin2:
I have so many naughty things to say.

Got to be on my best behavior though.

07-03-2020 10:43 AM
StrykersPerson
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That was cruel TN--posting the picture of the yummy looking brisket when I'm still stuck with eating no-chew stuff because of the missing molar and the hole it left must be protected. I sure looked good though--made me drool.

Denny, can't you just plug the computer in somewhere else. Or is that receptical the only one that handles internet? Mmmmm or is that the place you have to be to get reception.

LaDi--cracked me up, your description of Hoss zipping by where treats were hidden and having to go back and redo the scent areas. And yes, that was a really nice run-on sentence--and you all know I'm the past master of those so my opinion is actually worth something.

Let's see--what else is going on--not much at the moment--the loaner, Joey has a new behavior that will eventually drive me insane--because I won't hold toys and bones and stuff for him to chew on--he first worked out a system of balancing a couple of his favorite chew toys on one of the legs of the spider the chair at the desk has--and after I checked about a million times to make sure it wasn't the spider itself that he was chewing on he has revamped that system to include one of my feet in the holding position--he paws at me until I move my foot and then I find he has me pinned between a leg of the spider, his two big feet and the toy. Yesterday he took my slipper off to make this work better.

This dog is entirely too clever for his own good. Now to add to that list of things that Ken is collecting, that you say to new puppies, he can add my most recent two: "Let go of my slipper..." and "Stop pawing at my foot--I'm not helping you hold that wishbone no matter what you do..."

It's late enough I can go mow the danged lawns again--better than mowing ditches. We do appreciate your endeavors to keep the farm and field looking it's best though, Ken.

Happy 4th of July you all--be safe--don't blow any fingers off with fire crackers and no big parties and wash yer hands, this danged COVID-19 isn't through with us yet...

ABTLH
It's so redneck around here that I am afraid to plug or unplug anything around here!



How am I supposed to remember where all the cords are supposed to go?

07-03-2020 10:40 AM
StrykersPerson
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Still thinking .......but meanwhile I wanted everybody to know that Scott has completed weed wacking and has proclaimed it is now BEER THIRTY!
Werx fer me!

Before he gets too far into "beer thirty" will he take me on a motorcycle ride?
07-03-2020 10:35 AM
dobebug That was cruel TN--posting the picture of the yummy looking brisket when I'm still stuck with eating no-chew stuff because of the missing molar and the hole it left must be protected. I sure looked good though--made me drool.

Denny, can't you just plug the computer in somewhere else. Or is that receptical the only one that handles internet? Mmmmm or is that the place you have to be to get reception.

LaDi--cracked me up, your description of Hoss zipping by where treats were hidden and having to go back and redo the scent areas. And yes, that was a really nice run-on sentence--and you all know I'm the past master of those so my opinion is actually worth something.

Let's see--what else is going on--not much at the moment--the loaner, Joey has a new behavior that will eventually drive me insane--because I won't hold toys and bones and stuff for him to chew on--he first worked out a system of balancing a couple of his favorite chew toys on one of the legs of the spider the chair at the desk has--and after I checked about a million times to make sure it wasn't the spider itself that he was chewing on he has revamped that system to include one of my feet in the holding position--he paws at me until I move my foot and then I find he has me pinned between a leg of the spider, his two big feet and the toy. Yesterday he took my slipper off to make this work better.

This dog is entirely too clever for his own good. Now to add to that list of things that Ken is collecting, that you say to new puppies, he can add my most recent two: "Let go of my slipper..." and "Stop pawing at my foot--I'm not helping you hold that wishbone no matter what you do..."

It's late enough I can go mow the danged lawns again--better than mowing ditches. We do appreciate your endeavors to keep the farm and field looking it's best though, Ken.

Happy 4th of July you all--be safe--don't blow any fingers off with fire crackers and no big parties and wash yer hands, this danged COVID-19 isn't through with us yet...

ABTLH
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