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It's February!

By: JanesVacation , 2:18 PM GMT on January 30, 2017



I found the pic I took in the spring of 2015 in my Mom and Dad's yard. This peony bush has been in the same spot for many years and before that it was a gift from my Mom's aunt. Aunt Dorothy had a beautiful backyard filled with a multitude of peony bushes. They were stunning in the spring.

Anyone have any heirloom bushes/flowers/plants that always perform year after year?


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22. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:56 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
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21. JanesVacation
9:09 PM GMT on February 16, 2017


So excited for this forecast! Not just one or two days of warmer than normal and also sunny weather for us is coming up. The best part is that it is mid-winter break at school and we have Monday and Tuesday off. The timing couldn't be more perfect for teachers and students.

Thanks for stopping by on Valentine's Day. The kids at school were more excited than I expected. Valentine's Day really is a big holiday here. The bigger surprise was that the students were still hyper on Wednesday. I doubt it will calm down now until after the "mid-winter break."

My dad is turning 86 next week, so I am headed over on Sunday afternoon to spend a couple of days with them. He wants a surveillance camera for his front door. Maybe we will browse Amazon together to find one. He wants it to connect to his wifi so he can see visitors on his ipad. Anyone have any experience buying one?
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20. sandiquiz
8:57 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Oh, boy, you do celebrate Valentines day much more in the US than we do in the UK. There would be no way it would be celebrated in Schools. Luckily it is all aimed at adults with chocolates and flowers.

Mind you, someone not far away from me - could I say upstairs - received two packets of "Love Hearts" in the post from a friend in the US, and he ate them all yesterday... no wonder he felt sickly last night!! lol
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19. WeatherWise
5:38 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Happy Valentines! Have a nice Valentines Day. Tell someone you love them. Have a heart! LOVE??

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18. SBKaren
5:33 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hi Jane,

My SIL enjoyed her visit and she is on her way home. I posted a picture on FB of us on the pier, so you can see how sunny it was. It was a beautiful weekend. Rain coming on Friday and then possible for 3-4 days afterward. We have a beach cleanup this Saturday, so that is going to be interesting; we hold them rain or shine.

The Oroville Dam is in dire straights right now. I have family that lives up that way and they evacuated Sunday night, but returned home Monday - but they left their trailer packed up in case they have to leave again. This next storm is suppose to be a rather wet one, so that won't be good. Hopefully they work things out. Hopefully we won't flood again! They did get the pumps repaired so that is a good thing. It's just the inability to get out of the house if it rains for such long periods that gets to me!

Happy Valentines Day! My grandsons went up to OSS (Outdoor Science School). The kids go for 3 nights/4 days of camp in the mountains. They have geology lessons, astronomy and do all kinds of cool things. I hope the rain that is to arrive on Friday doesn't put a damper on things. They return Friday, usually just after breakfast, so they should be OK. I went when I was a 5th grade teacher and had a ball!! It's their first time away from home for this length of time! They've stayed with us for a weekend, but that's not the same as camp.
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17. JanesVacation
12:16 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hi Karen, It's great that you have boots! I guess that means the drought has ended for you? I know you had too much rain, but now it seems like the rain is spaced out more. Your sister in law will enjoy her visit. 60 will seem tropical compared to Minnesota. Although, it has been a mild winter here and we aren't really complaining too much.

Hi GG, Happy Valentine's Day. Glad you dropped by!

Hi Sandi, I am really looking forward to springtime arriving. It has not been very cold or very snowy here this winter, so not too many complaints. I was able to walk my "normal" summer route yesterday. I miss the flowers and birds that I typically see. I guess it will all return in good time.

Valentine's Day today. I have a "computer parts" BINGO game and some Valentine candy for my younger kids this afternoon. I assume the teachers will have classroom parties and then send the excited and sugared up little ones to me! Might be more of a crowd control day than a real teaching day! They will all look cute in their pink and red clothing.
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16. GardenGrrl
11:12 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
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15. sandiquiz
9:25 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
It looks like you are warmer than we are!
We have had thin layer snow overnight and it has now frozen. I just don't want to go out to see if it is slippery - it looks as though it is!!

I can't wait for spring. we have had a long, grey and dismal winter!
Have a good weekend :)

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14. SBKaren
11:19 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Guess what? We're expecting more rain! It hasn't started yet but it's on the way. Not as bad as first anticipated, but coming. Then we get about a 6 day break before more arrives. Everything around here is just soggy, we really need a drying out period. I bought boots a couple of weeks ago after our flooding. I wore them the other day when walking the dog. It was nice to come home and have dry feet. It wasn't necessarily raining, but it had and everything was wet, wet, wet. I've never really had rain boots. I have boots, but they are fuzzy on the inside but not really waterproof on the outside. Never really felt the need for rain boots before this year.

I have a sister-in-law arriving tomorrow (Saturday) and staying until Tuesday morning. She's coming during our dry period. She currently lives in Minneapolis, so she looking forward to our temps, even if they are only in the 60s (that's cold for us). I haven't made it to the pool much, but I go when I can. Thank goodness I started a Monday/Wednesday exercise class, so if I don't get it the pool I don't feel too guilty.

Well, I've been la-la-gagging on the computer too long. Time to go read my book. This is a no-Hudson day, so I can get in some reading during the day! We also got a new couch and it's comfy, so possibly a little shut eye too! Stay dry and warm!
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13. JanesVacation
12:18 PM GMT on February 07, 2017
Mild weather continues. Smelled a slight breath of spring in the air yesterday. Pouring down rain this morning and in the 30's - guess I'll need my boots to get into the school building. Wet shoes all day are a drag!

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12. JanesVacation
2:29 PM GMT on February 06, 2017
As Sandi forecasted...the snow and ice have come to "nought." That is good news for everyone, except those of us who thought we might get a mid week "back to bed" text message from our schools. No problem, I'd prefer to not have the stress of an ice/snow storm this week.

This morning it is sunny and dry. Looks like the start of a good week!
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11. sandiquiz
1:04 PM GMT on February 05, 2017
Oh dear - I followed your link and then read most of the blog... a whole hour taken up with it!!

But it was interesting!!

Hope the snow and ice come to "nought"!
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10. JanesVacation
1:51 PM GMT on February 04, 2017
No flowers for me here in February. The peony bush just looks like a Valentine's Day photo to me. No birds here either, just a few crows. I wonder when they will return? "Big" rain, ice, sleet, snow storm headed our way next week. Might just produce a snow day here for us. (Could be the last one at this point in the winter!)

I was an early "environmentalist" in the late 70's. Now, several of my nieces and nephews have become scientists interested in weather and the environment. Since the Trump administration has taken over, I've been interested in the blog of "local" professor (University of Michigan) and founding member of WeatherUnderground. Here is what he has to say in his WU blog:
Link
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9. GardenGrrl
3:11 AM GMT on February 04, 2017
Hi Jane, your flower photos threw me for a sec considering you live in Michigan. Was wondering how you grew those indoors.
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8. sandiquiz
7:32 AM GMT on February 03, 2017
I do have a money tree - Jade Plant - that began as a cutting given to me 45 years ago It was the Jade plant that broke three of C's toes!!! lol

It has only ever flowered once and that was the summer of 200 when we had a long hot summer. It seems it likes being hot!

Have a great weekend :)
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7. WeatherWise
8:55 PM GMT on February 02, 2017




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6. sandiquiz
1:28 PM GMT on February 02, 2017
Snow! We have rain!

Actually got Doris coming to visit us... storm Doris, that is! Winds up to 80-90 mph due over night.

Hope you are OK and the snow does not keep you indoors too much!
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5. WeatherWise
7:10 PM GMT on January 31, 2017
Okay, My post did not take, Jane. At the risk of a double post, here goes.

Hi Jane, Lovely flowers. Yes, we had a bit of winter but are back to mild 57 F today but will have another taste of winter this weekend. How is your little BIG project coming along?

I see you are having snow mist right now. Take care and be careful. Don't overdo with that snowblower. Have a good evening.

Oh, and that was a bit sad that you had not seen a bird for weeks. Guess they have all flown over to visit me.

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4. WeatherWise
6:27 PM GMT on January 31, 2017
Hi Jane, Lovely flowers. Yes, we had a bit of winter but are back to mild 57 F today but will have another taste of winter this weekend. How is your little BIG project coming along?

I see you are having snow mist right now. Take care and be careful. Don't overdo with that snowblower. Have a good evening.

Oh, and that was a bit sad that you had not seen a bird for weeks. Guess they have all flown over to visit me.

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3. PugetSoundPost
4:10 PM GMT on January 31, 2017
Hi! The philodendron has been around so long now that I can't possibly get rid of it. One of the kids will have to take it someday, but right now there are no candidates. It is doing well, in spite of the not-very-good care that I give it. It isn't in a location where I frequently remember to care for it, but it is hardy! Mr PSP and I will be away this coming weekend, then on the 9th my daughter and I are aiming to fly to Arizona. So it is coming up fast. She and I have many similar interests and styles, too, so the trip should match us well. Oh, looks like our weekend adventure has a chance of snow!
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2. JanesVacation
12:02 PM GMT on January 31, 2017
Hi Laura, Great story about the philodendron. I can't imagine keeping a plant in the house for 50 years+. That is really amazing. I know that through the years I am tempted to throw something like that away and start over again. It's really great that you stuck with it. I guess I should go and dig up a peony bush or two because my parents are talking about selling the house "in a year." I rarely see a peony bush in our sandy soil, but I could composite it and give it a try.

I fogot about your younger daughter. An adventure with her makes a lot more sense! I know what you mean about letting the kids plan the trip. I did that when we went to Paris and Amsterdam last year and it all turned out great. My daughter knows me well and we also have a lot of common interests. Fun to see things through her more "youthful" eyes, too! Do you leave soon? I'll have to reread my old blog to find out.

Heading out in the snow soon. I ran the snowblower yesterday. There really isn't too much since it is the heart of the winter here. We were just spoiled with a relatively mild month until now!
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1. PugetSoundPost
4:10 PM GMT on January 30, 2017
Hi Jane! Beautiful peony! Spring is growing nearer! But, it sounds like you are feeling like you are going backward, with cold and snow. February can be a tough month to get through. ..... I can't think of any plants outside that have a heritage, other than being in our yard a long time. We do have a rose bush that was given to us by my sister when we moved to this house, 25 years ago, as a house-warming gift. It continues to bloom nicely each summer. Otherwise, I do have an indoor philodendron that has history. I have a plant that has moved around. Originally it belonged to my mom's aunt, who was a terrific gardener outside, as well as inside. She gave a start, or cutting, from her philodendron to my grandmother, who had it in her house for a few years, where it flourished. Eventually she gave her plant to me, when I was starting out in apartment life, or perhaps soon after we married? A lot of years ago! It grew like crazy, took up a lot of space that we didn't have, and then we had babies. Since I think they are poisonous and had little ones all around, I gave it to my sister for safe-keeping for awhile. Eventually she gave it back to me when she moved away and I have had it ever since. I think this particular plant is 50+-ish years old and it came from a plant that is much older. Now all of the people involved in this story, other than my sister and I, are gone, but the philodendron lives on and on, and even has the name of "Phyllis" and looks as fresh now as ever. I cut it back now and then, or it would take over. I am wondering who in the family may like to take it on when I am gone?

A fun story about you and your husband meeting! National parks are wonderful places to visit. They all have unique things to offer. For my coming trip to Arizona, I am actually going with my youngest daughter (#4/4 kids) who lives here. She was given two free airline tickets at her previous job and they need to be used soon. They are "stand-by", so it will be a travel adventure. She has the trip nearly planned and the bookings made. We have worked together on it, but I am letting her (yay!) do most of the research and planning. I am reaching the age when I am more than happy to let the kids take over on a lot of things like this. Getting older!
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