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Marilee J. Layman

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06:12 pm: Shiva Takes Over the Shelter
Later yesterday evening, Shiva headed down the hall and apparently smelled the snackies in the shelter and settled in down there. He came out after a while and then went back. This morning, when I got up, he came out of the shelter. It's not as warm as the bed or as soft as the recliner, but apparently he approves of it. I hope he lets the little guys in the next time someone comes!

Steve swapped the lower stabilizers on the bed yesterday and Peapod arrived in the middle of it. By the time I'd put the perishables away, he was mostly done and he very kindly hauled the old pieces out to the dumpster on his way home. After the problems with carrying so much from the Giant, I decided I'd still use Peapod, but every six weeks instead of every four weeks.

My upstairs neighbor, Luke, has pink and white flowers blooming on his railing in the summer (the boxes are fastened to the rail) and the flowers come down with the wind. Yesterday, I thought one of the pink flowers had come down and reached out through my balcony uprights to pick it up and look at it, but it was attached! One of his flowers had spawned! I forgot to ask what they are (peonies, I think), but he says they won't live through the winter or come up again next year, so I guess I get a few days of pink flower.

After I got up and online, I got really sleepy and set the VCRs properly and went to sleep in the recliner. Luke woke me up after 90 minutes; he was ready to go get the mail. When he came back, I went to put the pile on the desk and was planning on sleeping more when I dropped the pile and noticed my check was in it. I wasn't expecting it until tomorrow (so I couldn't deposit and pay bills until Monday), so I put shoes on and took it to the bank. It's raining like crazy today and I didn't put a jacket on, but the van has heat. When I got back home, I dropped the receipt on the desk and went to take my shoes off and then came back to fold up the recliner duvet and put it and the pillow away. As I was folding it, I noticed Shiva was sitting between two folds in such a way that he could still see outside. That boy's having a good day.

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From:pameladean
Date:October 26th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Peonies are extremely hardy, and do come back year after year, so it must be something else.

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From:mjlayman
Date:October 26th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
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I looked up pictures. Definitely not a peony and not a begonia. And after I typed those, I realized what had happened with the name and it was probably a petunia, and yes, the pictures say so! Wikipedia says it's perennial in zone 9 or hotter and we just moved to zone 7, so I guess it will die.
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From:pameladean
Date:October 27th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes. I was wondering, pink and white, still blooming now, what is it? Petunias are hardy annuals and will go like mad til frost. It won't come back itself, but it might go to seed and you might get more volunteers the way you got that one.

I like petunias. They're in the tobacco family and they smell so sweet.

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From:mjlayman
Date:October 27th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I slowed the van on the way back in today and looked up at Luke's carefully and there are a couple purplish ones up there, but they're mostly pink and white. He puts them up every year because his wife likes/d them. She died almost two years ago.

He's always apologizing to me for the petals and flowers that land on the porch, but I don't know why anyone would care. The wind takes them off, too, or Lucilla does when she's here and sweeps. The wind brings me paper trash which isn't nearly as nice.
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From:pameladean
Date:October 27th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Aw, that's really sweet.

Petunias come in a huge range of pinks and purples, plus white and yellow, and STRIPED, too. Hmm, I think I'll have to plant some next year.

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From:mjlayman
Date:November 2nd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
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We've had three nights below freezing and the pink flower is still there. Maybe it takes a little longer to get the ground cold.
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From:pameladean
Date:November 2nd, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Cold air is heavier, too, and falls as far down as it can. If the box is protected by the building or by heat built up in pavement, that'll hold off freezing to some extent. It may take a hard frost to unseat your little pink volunteer.

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From:mjlayman
Date:November 2nd, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Luke has the boxes; my little flower is in the mulch in front of my ground-floor balcony, slightly under a very thin juniper. It's going to get much colder this weekend, though, so we'll see.
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