Re: I Re: [gardeners] Sunday in the Igloo

Allen and Judy Merten (
Tue, 18 Jan 2000 00:29:07 -0600

    That's just too cold for a Texas boy to deal with. I'm glad that I'm down
here where it was 79* today. Should be in the high 70's to low 80's all week.

    Glad to hear that you and Jimmie are feeling better. The flu is still
going full bore around here.
    We created an album at Zing, a photo album site. I like these sites. It
is much safer to go to Zing and others rather than risking picking up a virus
through email attachments.
    Right now we have pictures of our Wildscape and wildflowers in the album.
As the garden begins to grow, we are going to post pictures of it at Zing.
    If you care to see the pictures the url is:
    I worked in the garden again today until the fire ants ran me off.
'Course they did quite a bit of chewing before I made a fast exit through the
garden gate and into the house so that I could get out of the clothes that
they had taken over!! Washed them in HOT water.
    After my doctors appointment tomorrow, I'll see if the ant bait that I
put out was effective.
    Stay warm.
Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
Zone 8

penny x stamm wrote:

> Allen, it got worse...   Was 3 degreees above when we woke up this
> morning,
> and the wind was rattling both the storm windows and all the closed
> doors..
> Our winds only got to 40 mph, not like what they had on the west coast,
> but I
> believe that gale force winds start at 35 mph, so you can judge for
> yourself.
> At least we did not lose power!  There is, however, something goofy in
> the
> house heating system. We have not changed the thermostat, but  I am
> sitting
> here in front of the computer with two hunting shirts and a left knitted
> glove on!
> There's an impossible iced cold draft bouncing off the back wall, and I'm
> frozen!
> We have one local garden nursery that has about a dozen bird feeders
> hanging near the parking area.  The birds pay no attention to the cars
> and people....
> Interestingly, we have one daughter who is a Kate Smith type in stature,
> and she sashayed in here today wearing a sweater.>>!  Normally in winter
> she wears nothing extra to go back and forth to the car. She just keeps a
> sweater inside the car, in case of car breakdown -- and I'll bet she put
> it
> on today just so I would not rag her -- for at long last, we were
> celebrating
> Christmas!  Jimmie and I seem well enuff now to reenter the human
> world.  Six weeks was just too much.
> Penny, NY