Ewww, and speaking of fog, we were supposed to have "patchy fog" yesterday morning until 9:00 or 10:00 am, but it was socked in heavy all day and I could barely see the road from the house (it's about 50 yards). Everything is all coated with lace, so it would be pretty if the sun came out. Our high today is supposed to be 8, and they SAY some sunshine, but they said that yesterday, so who knows? Right now it's -5 and still dropping. I hate it, but it IS January, so I'd better just put on my Big Girl Panties and deal with it, eh?
Lannie--you bailed about the time I was back in Portland to stay--Waddles, which I knew from when I lived in Seattle (a very long time ago) and came to Portland for dog shows was such a shock to all of us Portland denizens that it made the local news from the time they announced they were going to close until it actually happened. And I lived on the backside of Delta park for years in a scruffy little development called Deltawood. One owner had four or five houses there (it was sold 4 times while I lived there in three different houses) and the last new owner priced the rent out of my range--and I moved to SE.
Everything around the northeast end has slowly filled up with developments and a lot of condo's.
I grew up in SE. First down by Woodstock and 70th(ish) then we moved up to Happy Valley (Mt. Scott) when I was about 6 years old, then my mom and dad decided to split and we moved back down to the flats. We lived in a rental house on 65th & Duke for a while, and it was a nice neighborhood then, but I've heard that in the intervening years since we left there, it became known as "Felony Flats" and the crime rate went through the roof. So sad... After that neighborhood, we moved out to 103rd and Holgate and that's where I finally left home (I was 16). I lived with my grandmother in North Portland for a couple of years, then got married and moved to the SW area. Beaverton and Tualatin mostly, then off to Redmond in Central Oregon in 1995, and then here to South Dakota in spring of 2004. My brother and sister say if I went back now (which I have NO desire to do!) I wouldn't recognize anything. I like it here, where everything stays the same. I don't like change, LOL!
I have a funny story about my first address (the first one I remember, anyway). My dad had a habit of making us learn our address and phone number, in case we ever got lost (my dad was smart). Anyway, I had just lost one of my front teeth, and it was almost Christmas. I was 4 or 5 I guess. So my dad calls from somewhere (work?) and says he's Santa Claus and he wants to make sure he has the right address to bring my Christmas presents. (He was always testing me...). So I said, "Thickthy-one-oh-nine Thouseasth Theventy-Third." Santa said, "What? I can't understand you." I repeated "Thickthy-one-oh-nine Thouseasth Theventy-Third." He couldn't resist teasing me a little bit more, saying he couldn't QUITE get the numbers I was trying to say, until I finally got so frustrated I started crying (I thought I wasn't going to get any presents!), when he finally relented. Fortunately, Santa found our house and I got my Breyer horse I'd been wishing for all year.
Holy cow, those kittens are all ears! I guess I've never seen a pic of that breed before. I would have had to name one of them Yoda. I know, I'm weird.
Hey, AJ, I have a plant question for you! Do you know anything about Diffenbachias? I have a couple that I've had since 1985 and I'm having trouble for some reason. It started out as a little $4.95 potted plant from K-Mart and when it got tall, I chopped it down and stuck the top in water until it rooted and potted it in another pot, and let the cut stem re-leaf and make a new plant. Basically that's been the story for the last 35 years, when they get too tall, chop them down, root in water and re-plant. But this time, my top, which has 4 or 5 small rootlets, is COMPLETELY limp and wilted. I put it in a pot with fresh, brand new potting soil, and it looks like hell. All the leaves are limp and hanging straight down. I also cut two sections of the stem and rooted them, and they're planted in the same pot (I'm looking for more density here). They look fine, but they don't have leaves yet. The potting soil is nice and moist, but I poured a cup or two of water in there around the base of the wilted top in case it wanted more water. No change, though. Oh, it's a big pot, 14" across and probably 18" or 20" deep. It took more than half of a large "Costco-sized" bag of potting soil to fill it.
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? Or what I can do to perk it up? I've never had one do this before. A little wilting, yes, from the shock, but this thing is looking dead
. It's still green, but looks lifeless.
Edit: I forgot to say, I have the stem tied to a stick to hold it upright, otherwise I'm sure it would be lying across the edge of the pot with the leaves on the floor.