Re: [gardeners] Sunday in the Igloo

Allen and Judy Merten (
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 07:01:15 -0600

    This poor old Texas boy would shiver and shake to death in the
temperatures that you are experiencing.
    You are right Saturday was one of those days to cherish forever. It
was the kind of day that you wish all days could be like.
    Judy and I spent most of Sunday in the garden. We cleared out more
grass and weeds and planted 112 more onions. We have 208 onions planted
now. Still have another bunch of onions sets, plus I still have that
gallon of bunching onion sets to plant.
    We also planted the Brazos Berry blackberry plants that my Dad gave
us Saturday.
    The wild birds kept us company Saturday, too. We saw a female and a
male Am. Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk), Goldfinches, House Finches, native
Sparrows, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Inca Doves, Robins Carolina Chickadees,
Tufted Titmice, and others. Most of our bird feeders are along the edge
of the garden. The birds are used to seeing me in the garden. They just
go on eating sunflower seed and talking to each other. Sometimes we
were within 12 feet of the feeders.
    The temperature at 6 AM this morning was 57*. This weeks predicted
highs range 78*- 82*.
    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.

penny x stamm wrote:

> Allen, very much appreciated your description of the family day
> down at Dad's... There aren't many such days we can remember --
> lock this one in your Happy Memory Folder.....
> Right now at midnight it is  -25* outside with the wind-chill, and
> the wind gusting at 40mph is tearing the world apart. It's a
> frightening sound, reminding us that nature is more powerful
> than we could ever be.  I bundled up and went outside in last
> week's wind storm to rescue 7 big garbage pails and drag  them
> inside the garage.  Tonite I simply said no thanks. Let them blow
> to Kingdom Come.
> I did receive one piece of thrilling news tonite..:  The whole Nasa
> Internet program which had been closed down 2 weeks ago will
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> Penny, NY
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