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By: calpoppy , 6:25 PM GMT on March 13, 2012

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The berries of the juniper



Mistletoe



A dead juniper with the stems of mistletoe still attached

We go on mistletoe patrol several times a year to get rid of the parasitic plant off of our native California Junipers ( Juniperus Californica). We have close to 100 of these beautiful evergreens on our 5 acres so it takes a little time to get to each one. Our cabin is located in the Joshua-Juniper woodland with the Juniper being the dominant shrub of the region.



Mistletoe attached to juniper, notice the lighter green color. Sometimes the mistletoe is a dark green and hard to spot amongst the juniper foliage.

How wonderful they are to have in the desert! Evergreen, reddish exfoliating bark, no watering needed, beautiful blue berries and they are dense so they provide a nice screen from neighbors if we had any close by! What more of a plant could you ask. Deer will browse them and so will wild horses, burros and our huge jack rabbits. Coyotes and birds will eat the berries.



Our daily coyote :))



California juniper mistletoe (Phoradendron Juniperinum) inhabits these junipers. And in my area the mistletoe is everywhere. Do they kill the junipers, no not really but they take a lot of nourishment away from the plant particularly when there is a drought . We can tell the difference between the junipers we have cleaned from a few years ago to the ones out in the desert still full of mistletoe.

One of the birds that come to feast on mistletoe berries is the Phainopepla, a beautiful almost all black bird (has white on his wings when he flies). Since we have been cleaning up the mistletoe we have seen a decrease of this bird on our property. But there is plenty of mistletoe berries elsewhere for them.



We also have had infestations of the leaffooted plant bug that come and scarify the berries. There are so many of them you can hear their mouth parts on the berries! It is actually noisy. But luckily they come and go within two weeks, but there are thousands of them.



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113. sp34n119w
6:22 PM GMT on May 07, 2012
I like the old blog! It has pretty pictures and good comments :)

But, where's the knitting lesson update? How did it go? I know - you're all outdoorsy now and have no time for knitting ;)
It's just occurred to me that I had thought you already knew how to knit ... yet, I've been following along with your anticipation of learning ... that's weird. Brain spasm, I guess, LOL

Have fun playing in the dirt :)
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112. Ylee
6:07 AM GMT on May 07, 2012
Hi, Cal! Work is good, yes? :) At least I have the advantage of doing this from work!

You can absolutely count on the sled dog puppy cam being on the blog this year when Denali NP brings it online! :)
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111. calpoppy
10:44 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
I'm baaaack!!

I did fall off the map for a little while. Busy start to the garden season!!!!! I am tired :((

Not much to report except working.

Hi Ylee, so glad the osprey cam is back, I wonder will you put the sled dog pups back when it is time? Please, Please :)))

Hi Briar! Thanks for your comment on the coyote pics. He is so pretty! He looks like he uses eye liner, LOL! The tulip fields look so beautiful!! Just like being in Holland! LOL, on the precipitation!!!

Hi GG!! love the bonsai!! Always have, they are works of patience lots and lots of it!!!! Don't think I have that much.

New blog coming up on my days off, don't know what it will be but it WILL be a new blog :)))
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110. BriarCraft
8:59 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Which way did she go, George? Which way did she go?

I see there's a recent batch of new coyote pics, including an AC. Great series, Poppy.

Hmmmm. I wonder if the coyotes got her....
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109. Ylee
4:38 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Hi, cal! Just checking to see if you've fallen off the map or not! :)

Have a good day!
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108. GardenGrrl
10:06 AM GMT on May 04, 2012
Good Morning,
congrats on a great (and fun) presentation. Gots to go to work now bye.
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107. BriarCraft
10:59 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Not sure where you came up with those underwater doggie's but they're way cute.

Great that your seminar was such a success. With that kind of turn-out and audience "precipitation", it has to feel that your efforts were worthwhile. So, does audience precipitation mean they laughed until they cried or ???
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106. Ylee
8:42 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Glad the seminar was a success, cal! The thing to do would be hired by a company to tour the US to give gardening tips and promote whatever product they had to sell! Nah, I wouldn't want to do that, either, lol!

Hope you're having a good day!
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105. calpoppy
8:40 PM GMT on April 29, 2012
Catch up time!!!

Hi MissNadia! Not much to say about the shooting. No info coming out of Kodiak.

Hi SP! Knitting tomorrow, got my needles and practice yarn, I am ready. :))

No rain for us, except some sprinkles. A dud of a storm!
Glad you had fun at the book fair. I never heard of it before. But anywhere there are lots of books I would want to go.

Hi ycd!! Tempers flare when men who have been doing the job one way for years have to change. But to kill two people is just way to extreme for my way of thinking. Sounds like you have witnessed similar situations. I am glad the outcome was better then this one in Kodiak!

Hi Ylee!! I just wing the talks, and ask for plenty of audience participation!

Thanks on the congrats! What a fun yote to photo! He was more concerned about other yotes then me.

Hi WTS! Your seedlings look great! Maybe you will have to plant your neighborhood or the Wild Animal Park with some of them.

Love the weasel pic!!!!

My talk went well, close to ninety people there!!! I was shocked,so was the county people putting it on. I can't seem to get my voice real loud so that was a problem for one women. I do ask at the beginning of my talks for people not to be shy and please raise your hands to ask questions during my talk. This gets people talking with each other, telling gardening stories and also includes lots of laughter at funny situations. I can also take a break from talking, LOL!
It went over two hours, and the county served a great lunch and they had lots of giveaways for all the people who attended. It is funny when I mispronounced participation ( I said precipitation, LOL) I had at least 30 people shout out PARTICIPATION! Way funny!!! You can't get away with anything with that many people!

I need a new blog, it may or may not happen this week. But I am personally getting tired of scrolling down to get to comments, you probably are getting tired of it too!

Dogs are both still here, snoring away. Amazing on Dre. My cactus garden is awesome this year. Maybe I will do another cactus blog, or did I do one already?

I am starting to ramble, and my stomach is starting to rumble, bad combo! Talk with you all later!
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104. WatchinTheSky
10:03 PM GMT on April 28, 2012
Chilopsis linearis update:

Now I just have to figure out where to put 12 to 15 of these!
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103. MissNadia
11:17 PM GMT on April 25, 2012
The feds have given up on looking for the Dodge pick up. They are now looking for a blue 2001 Honda CRV. How many can there be on Kodiak
Island ???
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102. Ylee
7:59 PM GMT on April 25, 2012
Hi, cal! have you done any preparation for the seminar yet? Do you NEED to do any prep? :) I'm figuring that you already have most of the info down that you can recite it at will!

Love the coyote pics! Congratulations on the AC! I like the yawning photo, lol!
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101. ycd0108
12:50 AM GMT on April 25, 2012
calpoppy: Thanks for your hello on my blog. Your subject here is a bit too close to home so I put off commenting. I worked in isolated camps and saw the dysfunction grow there. Limited amount of various personnel and no females.
Things go a bit sideways.
Nobody was hurt in any way (except feelings) but one day I was in flying the camp with the chopper pilot and he said: "How are things going?"
I said: "Fine."
He said: " I don't mean with you - when I take the Party Chief and Brent out and drop them off together I wonder what I would do if only one of them showed up at the pickup point."
At some point I quit contributing to the:
"You want to know what the a$$hole said today?" dialogue.
That Chief was lucky to get out alive.
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100. sp34n119w
9:05 PM GMT on April 24, 2012
I'm excited for you and your knitting adventure! You know, with that yarn, a simple garter stitch scarf will be beautiful. Don't worry!

Awwwwww, Brody :)

Those dogs just look silly, LOL

I told you the story from Alaska would get interesting! Well, it seems interesting, so far, as the info trickles out.

I guess you can expect some pretty good rain, huh? No snow, though. Sure looks good there right now! Much nicer than here, lol
Friday might be a good desert roadtrip day. Still cool from the storm but not wet. Hmmm ....
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99. GardenGrrl
10:42 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
LOLOLOLDogs :-D
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98. MissNadia
9:20 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
Quoting calpoppy:
On the Kodiak shooting here is a picture of the two deceased men and the possible suspect. The suspect is the man with the white beard the deceased are the two men to the left of the him.


The FBI is now searching for two vehicles..a 2002 white dodge RAM and a blue 2001 Honda CRV.

It is time to call The Mentalist !!
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97. calpoppy
8:05 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
On the Kodiak shooting here is a picture of the two deceased men and the possible suspect. The suspect is the man with the white beard the deceased are the two men to the left of the him.

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96. calpoppy
7:17 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
Hi Karen! Sorry about your weather, but you do get to live by the beach!!!! How nice is that. I would gladly give you my 90 degrees for your 63 degrees. My lilac just went into full bloom and this heat is going to make that bloom short lived. Luckily we have a respite coming!

Hi Shore! I see in your blog you have been working a lot!

Thanks for the link on the Prickly Poppies. We have them out here but not in such abundance as to the picture on your link. My Matilja poppy has now 4 new plants that have come up. Three came up last year and a new one this year. It may take over that whole area, I hope it does.

Here is a fun pic of the day. A photographer decided to have fun with dogs in a pool. A little underwater photography made some great shots. Enjoy!



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95. shoreacres
10:00 PM GMT on April 22, 2012
I'm so far behind on my blog reading - the last time I glanced at your blog was a couple of days after the Kodiak shooting. I've not heard a thing about it for a while - need to go look and see what's up.

Congrats on the seminar, too. Things like that are really fun - I know you'll have a good time, and the folks will learn a lot.

I came by especially to bring you this link. I'm told that these are blooming now only a couple of hours away - is that reason for a roadie? It would be, were it not for work. Ah, well.

Anyway, here are our white poppies. Aren't they beautiful? I've never quite gotten over the photos you posted of yours a while back.
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94. SBKaren
7:33 PM GMT on April 22, 2012
Ninety degrees? Seriously? We're sitting under a marine layer that has us at 63º and 82% humidity! It always happens like this. When they predict record high temps inland, we know we're going to get socked in. I'd like just a teensy bit of sunshine....please?

It's my whiny season beginning! We've had a marine layer all week. Sometimes the sun peeks out, sometimes it doesn't, and you don't have to go very far to find sunshine. Problem is, I want to stay home!

Pageant is over, recovery is in full swing, just a couple more things to attend too, and we'll start for next year! LOL
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93. calpoppy
7:32 PM GMT on April 22, 2012
Here is a cute pic of Brody!

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92. calpoppy
7:27 PM GMT on April 22, 2012
Hi SP! I start my first knitting lesson a week from this Monday! Though I have already been told I can't do the design that I wanted :(. That's okay if I get it to look like a scarf and not fall apart I'll be happy!

Hi Miss Nadia! The FBI has searched a house on the island of a co-worker of the two men shot. The man in question is a civilian.

Thanks Karen!! They bring a smile to my face also. They have planted themselves around my pond at work and in other places and they are in full bloom now. So cheery!

Hi GG! It was nice of SP! I always need new ideas!!! I do dish out a lot of dirt during the season.

During the season I talk garden non stop. At the gym, at the grocery store, and of course at work and after work at consulting jobs and design consults. Everyone has questions!! At the end of the day I am talked out!!!!

You must have had so much fun with those butterflies. We don't get many here, just some Lady butterflies and occasionally Monarchs in August.

Hi Briar! Maybe in my younger years it would have been fun to do something like that, now I think it is nice to just do a talk every once in awhile. I have even cut back on my design jobs. Getting home after eight each night was very wearing!!! Plus all the phone calls, it caused to many headaches! I like it much better now, I do a lot of consulting but only a few design jobs a year. Right now I am doing a design on a front yard ( I did their backyard last year). I really like the people but they each have different ideas so I have to be the moderator. The jobs all work out, and it is so nice to go back and see the finished work!

I never design my gardens!!! I just start with an idea then go with it. It evolves and finally becomes a garden.

Can you tell that work is on my mind!!

I did work on my garden this morning. Mr. P dug up my main veggie garden and I planted the tomatoes I had started from seed. I planted Shady Lady, Sweet 100 cherry and WTS's favorite tomato Sungold cherries. Plus an heirloom Aunt Gerties Gold tomato. I also planted butternut and acorn squash, more strawberries (this time Tristan) and a Poblano pepper that I did not start from seed.

No new blog this week, hopefully next. I need to take more pictures for it.
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91. BriarCraft
11:22 PM GMT on April 20, 2012
Now that you've got your speaking wardrobe squared away, have you got a friend with a video camera? You could be the next YouTube star with your garden talks. I subscribe to the gardening videos produced by GrowOrganic and find many of them to be helpful. You could be the next YouTube Garden Guru. There are lots of folks who would appreciate knowing more about drought tolerant plantings and water-smart gardening.Just thinking... ;-) I know. I shouldn't do that.
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90. GardenGrrl
10:18 AM GMT on April 19, 2012
Hi, it was sooo kind of SP to supply you with a link for your speaking wardrobe ;)

Be sure to accessorize with a Dr Who scarf.

Anyhow, congrats on another speaking gig. Maybe you could start doing a local cable show or net page. then again, coming up with new material on how to dish dirt could get kind of old and you would have to compost some ideas to get new growth.
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89. SBKaren
3:07 AM GMT on April 19, 2012
Just wanted to share how the poppies are doing. They bring such a smile to my face!

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88. MissNadia
12:31 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Here we are on day 6 after a double murder on a Coast Guard base. The FBI has a suspect, but no pictures on TV or in the papers. Zimmerman's pic was all over the news next day.
Feds are telling the people not to worry...something stinks !
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87. sp34n119w
11:27 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
I suppose the go-to explanations, in the absence of knowledge, are always "jealousy" or "drugs". Neither is good but both imply that the rest of the community is safe, at least.

Ylee's funny! I will not be held responsible for the consequences if you wear that out in public!!!! LOL

Maybe your scarf will be done and you can extoll the virtues of local products and native plants :) Of course, it'll probably be 100 degrees, unless it's in the mountains again.

I think it's way cool that you are in demand as a speaker. An hour and a half is a lot of time to fill but your subject is vast. Really sounds like fun!

I'm totally envious of your wool, you know ;)
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86. calpoppy
10:00 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Hi MissNadia! The word on the base is maybe a love triangle with the other man caught in the crossfire.

Hi Ylee! The plants were all good! Though I only have one remaining nectarine on my tree. All the wind and other frosts have taken care of most all the fruit.

I do need something to wear for that seminar.......
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85. Ylee
6:55 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Hi, cal! I would imagine the snow has melted now, but I bet it was nice to look at! Did any critters or plants suffer?

Maybe you can one of those thingys sp mentioned at the seminar? ;-)

Prayers to the folks in Kodiak; hope they find the gunman soon, so at least the folks up there(and you, too!) can relax a bit!
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84. MissNadia
11:33 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Quoting calpoppy:
No real information on the Kodiak shooting. The people on the island are upset and worried. Some have bought weapons for themselves and their wives. These things don't happen in Kodiak and they are tired of being told not to worry. If anyone hears anything on it please feel free to post it! Thanks!!!


For what it's worth and that isn't much, I think it may have been a mob hit. One of the dead may have been undercover or an informant. The other was just in the wrong place. It just doesn't look like the work of an amateur.
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83. calpoppy
11:09 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
No real information on the Kodiak shooting. The people on the island are upset and worried. Some have bought weapons for themselves and their wives. These things don't happen in Kodiak and they are tired of being told not to worry. If anyone hears anything on it please feel free to post it! Thanks!!!
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82. calpoppy
7:53 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
That is hilarious, SP!!!!!!! I wonder if people would point and laugh at me if I wore one of those. I think they would.

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81. sp34n119w
5:56 AM GMT on April 16, 2012
Ideal use for those old afghans ...
don't miss the other two colors.
[sorry - brain bleach not included with this comment ;)]
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80. calpoppy
9:00 PM GMT on April 15, 2012
Trying to catch up with the blog. :)

Hi WTS! Sounds like you had a fun weather event! Our power did go out for about 40 minutes in the middle of the night. Quite the sight to see the wall of snow come down from the canyon right to us. Lots of wind too!

Hi Karen! Glad you got out and about. Had some snow on the second storm. I guess it is back to work for you tomorrow. I hope you got lots done on your house on your spring break!

Hi SP! I believe the merino wool is washable. But I will find out for sure. I really liked the natural undyed wool. I have decided that I will try knitting. Especially since I have a willing teacher! If it is any where near decent I will post the pictures! But it may be awhile :)

Hi Ylee! It was a shock to hear about the shooting on the radio. The unknown is always hard. I feel like a mother hen, always wanting her chicks to be by her side so I know they are safe. We did get some snow here and in the mountains, it is very pretty right now.

Hi GG! Thanks for the hugs :)))) I sure hope the effects of the chemo will disappear for you soon. Some warm sunshine and days out playing in the garden should help with some of it!!!! I have known many women who had a hard time of it after a hard fight with cancer. Exercise would be great too, lots of walking with Roxie!

Hi Rob!!! So nice of you to come over to my blog!! So far everything is fine up there with my kids! Went to your blog yesterday and had a great laugh!! I love firefighting Island style!!!

Hi Miss Nadia!!! Thanks so much for the updates on the Kodiak situation!! It is very much appreciated! I talked with my son and they still don't have the shooter. I don't know what it means for the island folk not to worry about the situation, that is crazy! Was it a robbery gone bad or just someone targeting military personnel? I do not believe there is gang activity on the island, though there are some young men who would strip a car in no time. With the FBI involved there will be little info available.

The last couple of days have been cold and windy, rain and snow. Today it is beautiful. We even had breakfast out on the new patio table Mr. P built. Ahh spring in the high desert.

I will be giving another gardening seminar in a couple of weeks. Looks like I will have to fill 1 1/2 hours! The other person couldn't make it. This will be on veggie gardening and drought tolerant plantings. Should be fun. They will be serving lunch and giving away plants. This is a county function so I am going up in the world of giving seminars :)))

For all you So Cal people enjoy this week it looks amazing!

Though I did see a long range forecast that has rain in the last week of April, how weird is that.

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79. MissNadia
11:58 AM GMT on April 15, 2012
Perhaps I missed something, but here it is Sunday morning and there has been a double murderer loose in Kodiak for two days and law enforcement people are telling residents not to worry !!!!!

Something very strange is going on on the island..... gang activity maybe ????
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78. RobDaHood
8:28 PM GMT on April 14, 2012
I didn't post anything after reading #70, but went and looked for news. Nadia has found better info than I was able to get at the time.

Very sad, and my heart goes out to the families of these service men.

Glad that you and yours are safe.
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77. calpoppy
8:08 PM GMT on April 14, 2012
Just a quick comment now. We had .60 of rain and a pretty dusting of snow. I took just a couple of pics b4 work I will post them tomorrow. Wind chill this morning was 24!!

Thanks all for your concern about the shooting in Kodiak!!!!!!
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76. GardenGrrl
10:16 AM GMT on April 14, 2012
Hugs to you and yours. Prayers for those who served.
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75. WatchinTheSky
3:19 AM GMT on April 14, 2012
Exciting weather for the afternoon, lightning - thunder very close and by 8 Friday night - .71" not bad for the middle of April! Is your power still on?
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74. MissNadia
12:05 AM GMT on April 14, 2012
A Friday statement from the Coast Guard says Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, an electronics technician, and Richard Belisle, a civilian employee and retired Coast Guard chief petty officer, were the two men found dead at their posts between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday by another Coast Guard member.
FBI is calling it a double murder... no arrests ,yet.
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73. BriarCraft
9:27 PM GMT on April 13, 2012
Sounds like you've been busy in your garden. Those worm castings (AKA worm poop) should be a really great addition, as good as or better than finished compost.

The merino yarn sounds interesting, but I'm not clear on whether you bought some or are just thinking about it. IMO, you could use a nice, soft scarf on next winter. And I don't think one can forget how to crochet -- muscle memory is permanent memory, just like riding a bike.

Glad #70 turned out okay for you and yours, although your blood pressure must have soared for awhile.
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72. WatchinTheSky
6:40 PM GMT on April 13, 2012
Yikes! Glad family is safe, sad for victims and their families.
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71. Ylee
3:55 AM GMT on April 13, 2012
Good grief, cal! Was the shooter the Coastie, or the civilian? It's such a horible thing, but I'm glad the shooter didn't try to take it out on anyone else! You had to be freaking out, and I can see why!

Are you getting snow in the mountains? If so, I bet it's pretty!

Have a good night; I hope you'll be able to sleep!
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70. calpoppy
3:25 AM GMT on April 13, 2012
There were two people shot at the communications station at the Kodiak air station today. One was a coastie the other a civilian. At this time we dont know whether it was a murder suicide or a random shooting. Needless to say I was pretty upset when I heard about it on the radio at work. My son was safely flying over Seward and my dil was having lunch with friends. What a relief!!!!!!!!!

All is good with my family, but please put the two people who died in your thoughts!!!!
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69. sp34n119w
9:53 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Did you get rain? I got rain! It really came down for awhile last night – very nice.

On Sunday I went to Beaumont and had a lovely view while driving along Cherry Valley Rd. There was a lot of green grass, flowering fruit trees, and critters – horses, miniature horses, sheep and, yes, goats! The goats had kids :) I think there are llamas (they may be Alpacas) along that road, too, but don't remember seeing them this time.
Very little snow on the mountain tops, which felt odd. Well, it was over 80 degrees there that day.

I think you'll have no problem remembering how to crochet (it's like riding a bike!) and doing so with wool from a sheep you've met will be so cool :)
Hey, do you happen to know if all Merino wool is washable? Or is it treated somehow to make it so?

Oh, and thanks for the squeaky toy(s) ;)
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68. SBKaren
5:34 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Hi Karen! Have fun at the Getty! You know I have never been to any of the places I suggested!!! I guess maybe I want to go to them. LOL!

Ended up not going to the Getty - I kept my eye on the traffic and it wasn't cooperating very well. My daughter, the commuter, said that Tuesday and Thursday are the worst days, that's why they carpool on those days.

So we ended up riding our bike to our local Japanese Gardens, and then taking the dog to a park for a picnic.

We certainly had quite a downpour last night. Did you get snow? It's pretty today, but a tad on the chilly side. It's making it easy to make my split pea soup from my leftover ham from Easter!
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67. WatchinTheSky
11:00 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
Side benefit to the rain, the bees go away for a few days! Very nice photo of Mr. Anna's, brilliant gorget feathers.
I was taken by surprise by the ceanothus bloom on the way up to Julian. Good timing.
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66. calpoppy
8:37 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
Hi Ylee! That may be a good idea! A little payback ya know!! LOL!

Hi Karen! Have fun at the Getty! You know I have never been to any of the places I suggested!!! I guess maybe I want to go to them. LOL!

I will have to check out Riding Lessons. Right now I am reading the second book of The Game of Thrones. Excellent books!!!

Hi WTS! Yes the o ring is more then an inch across. Even with veggie oil on the o ring it still is leaking, just not as much. But then now the Orioles are having a hard time getting anything out of it! AHHHHHHH! Now I need to go oil the feeder, maybe I should put on my old bee suit!!!!


Went to a farm a couple of towns over and picked up some worm castings, lots of worms too. So into the garden they went. We just dug the cover crop in yesterday so this is the perfect topping. Compost should be done in a couple of weeks and then it will go in too.

The lady had two lovely merino ewes, and she also had wool that she spun. I have to figure out how much I need for a scarf! It should be a fun project, I just have to see if I still know how to crochet!!!

Back to work tomorrow, in time for the rain. Enjoy the rain SoCal!
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65. WatchinTheSky
1:50 AM GMT on April 10, 2012
Hi calpoppy! If the feeder is the one I think, that oring seal at the top is a problem. They say 'make sure it is oiled up, but if it is large (more that an inch across), they can be hard to seal. I have a hummer feeder with a top oring seal but I still unscrew the base once I finally got the oring to seal. Just means the feeder needs to be empty.
I should try the cucumber and now brushed on oil for the bees (maybe early in the morning before they show up :)
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64. SBKaren
9:59 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
You should head where WTS was headed today, Julian. Maybe the lilacs are still blooming. Or to the Aquarium of the Pacific, or to the museum of Natural history and see the dinosaur exhibit if it is still there. I think that is all I can think of right now.

The above is from my blog.

I've been to Julian a few times, it's a lovely little town! My mom has lilacs in her yard! Been to the Aquarium of the Pacific a few times too! Now the Natural History Museum - well, it's been a while. I think we've decided to head back to the Getty Museum. I went years ago for an art class, and it's so big you can't possible see everything in one visit. Now, to pick the day!

I was with my mom most of the day today.....doctor's visit, trip to Braille for more audio books, out to lunch, grocery shopping - spent most of the day doing that.

Now I'm reading on the couch and munching Easter chocolates - I'm spent! (Riding Lessons - Sara Gruen, and I'm liking it so far!)
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63. Ylee
7:05 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
Hi, cal! Did you tell your son's new girlfriend about his sleepwalking? Never miss an opportunity to embarass your kids in front of someone they are trying to impress!(Just kidding, lol!)

Hope you're having a good day!
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