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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Further signs of Spring

    Hello All!

    It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.


    --


    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> news:b2sxl.1732$SU3.321
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    > Hello All!
    >
    > It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    > crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.


    Oh Gawd. What are "horn-rats"? Whatever they are I don't want them. I'm
    still grateful the English Bluebells I planted in the fall escaped the
    wrath of the tree-rats around here. They're digging up a storm. I don't
    know how those itty bitty squirrels can dig a giant pot hole. Mean little
    bastards.

    Michael

    --
    He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    words.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    BD Guest

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    "Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "James Silverton" <[email protected]> news:b2sxl.1732$SU3.321
    > @nwrddc02.gnilink.net: in rec.food.cooking
    >
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    >> crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.

    >
    > Oh Gawd. What are "horn-rats"? Whatever they are I don't want them. I'm
    > still grateful the English Bluebells I planted in the fall escaped the
    > wrath of the tree-rats around here. They're digging up a storm. I don't
    > know how those itty bitty squirrels can dig a giant pot hole. Mean little
    > bastards.
    >
    > Michael
    >
    > --
    > He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    > words.
    > ~Elbert Hubbard
    >
    > You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com


    I hate them. I had a buck and 3 doe in my backyard last night. I've
    planted the tulips, crocus and daff's in the front yard, but they have been
    bold lately.



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    Becca Guest

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    BD wrote:
    > "Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    >> "James Silverton" <[email protected]> news:b2sxl.1732$SU3.321
    >> @nwrddc02.gnilink.net: in rec.food.cooking
    >>
    >>
    >>> Hello All!
    >>>
    >>> It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    >>> crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.
    >>>

    >> Oh Gawd. What are "horn-rats"? Whatever they are I don't want them. I'm
    >> still grateful the English Bluebells I planted in the fall escaped the
    >> wrath of the tree-rats around here. They're digging up a storm. I don't
    >> know how those itty bitty squirrels can dig a giant pot hole. Mean little
    >> bastards.
    >>
    >> Michael
    >>
    >> --
    >> He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    >> words.
    >> ~Elbert Hubbard
    >>
    >> You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com
    >>

    >
    > I hate them. I had a buck and 3 doe in my backyard last night. I've
    > planted the tulips, crocus and daff's in the front yard, but they have been
    > bold lately.


    We planted 400 pansies one year and the deer ate all of them in one
    night. All of them. I have to apologize, because I have mentioned this
    twice before, but I still have not gotten over it. lol


    Becca

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    "BD" <[email protected]> news:Nusxl.1736$[email protected]:
    in rec.food.cooking

    >
    > I hate them. I had a buck and 3 doe in my backyard last night. I've
    > planted the tulips, crocus and daff's in the front yard, but they have
    > been bold lately.


    Ah... so they are deer. Don't have that problem where I live. One of my
    brothers has everything to contend with. He lives in Colorado. He says the
    worst to deal with are the bears. He says they are a real nuisance. There
    was one sleeping on his deck a few years back.

    Michael



    --
    He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    words.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "James Silverton" <[email protected]> news:b2sxl.1732$SU3.321
    > @nwrddc02.gnilink.net: in rec.food.cooking
    >
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    >> crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.

    >
    > Oh Gawd. What are "horn-rats"?


    That's what the cheap lazy *ignorant* bastards who won't put up fencing call
    deer... of course only the stags are horny. Hungry deer will eat
    everything, only a proper fence will deter them... and since it's
    impractical to fence everything put out something they will prefer over your
    puny bulbs, like a few bales of rib sticking hay. And since if there re
    deer you likely live rural so leave some acreage forested and some fallow so
    the deer will still have habitat, remember they were here first, and by
    giving them space they will repay you tenfold. And anyway some other
    critter is digging up your bulbs, deer don't dig bulbs but they will eat
    what sprouts, they'll eat the flowers if rabbits don't beat them to it.
    There are lots of smaller nocturnal critters that will dig bulbs,
    woodchucks, raccoons, possum, skunks, muskrat, fox, a long list. Ruminants
    like deer won't dig for food, this time of year if there's no herbage yet
    they'll eat twigs and tree bark.

    > Whatever they are I don't want them. I'm
    > still grateful the English Bluebells I planted in the fall escaped the
    > wrath of the tree-rats around here. They're digging up a storm. I don't
    > know how those itty bitty squirrels can dig a giant pot hole. Mean little
    > bastards.
    >
    >

    Squirrels are only dgging up your bulbs because by spring they've depleted
    their cache of stored food... toss out a few handfuls of in-shell peanuts
    and sunflower seeds each day (they're cheap), once they're hooked on better
    vittles they won't want your stinkin' TIAD bulbs.




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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    BD wrote:
    > "Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> "James Silverton" <[email protected]> news:b2sxl.1732$SU3.321
    >> @nwrddc02.gnilink.net: in rec.food.cooking
    >>
    >>> Hello All!
    >>>
    >>> It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    >>> crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.

    >> Oh Gawd. What are "horn-rats"? Whatever they are I don't want them. I'm
    >> still grateful the English Bluebells I planted in the fall escaped the
    >> wrath of the tree-rats around here. They're digging up a storm. I don't
    >> know how those itty bitty squirrels can dig a giant pot hole. Mean little
    >> bastards.
    >>
    >> Michael
    >>
    >> --
    >> He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    >> words.
    >> ~Elbert Hubbard
    >>
    >> You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

    >
    > I hate them. I had a buck and 3 doe in my backyard last night. I've
    > planted the tulips, crocus and daff's in the front yard, but they have been
    > bold lately.
    >
    >

    They don't like daffodils, IIRC. I used to get them in my yard in New
    Jersey. They ate my tulip bulbs even when I planted them with dried
    blood. They ate the GD rose bushes, thorns and all! One weekend we went
    camping and came home to fins $100 worth of Impatiens chewed to the roots.

    Broke me from crying when I watched "Bambi", that's for sure!

    --
    Janet Wilder
    way-the-heck-south Texas
    spelling doesn't count
    but cooking does

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    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig Guest

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    On Mar 22, 8:59*am, "Michael \"Dog3\"" <don't...@donttell.huh> wrote:
    > "James Silverton" <not.jim.silver...@verizon.not> *news:b2sxl.1732$SU3.321
    > @nwrddc02.gnilink.net: in rec.food.cooking
    >
    > > Hello All!

    >
    > > It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    > > crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.

    >
    > Oh Gawd. What are "horn-rats"? *Whatever they are I don't want them. I'm
    > still grateful the English Bluebells I planted in the fall escaped the
    > wrath of the tree-rats around here. *They're digging up a storm. *I don't
    > know how those itty bitty squirrels can dig a giant pot hole. Mean little
    > bastards.
    >
    > Michael
    >
    > --
    > He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    > words. * * * * *
    > * * * * * * * ~Elbert Hubbard
    >
    > You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com


    ===============================
    Squirrels here don't dig holes. (I think! - at least I've never seen
    one in the act or any evidence. Moles and gophers and prairie dogs dig
    holes. So do salamanders, believe it or not!
    Lynn in Fargo
    Waiting for the Flood

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig <[email protected]>
    news:6a[email protected]:
    in rec.food.cooking

    > ==============================Squirrels here don't dig holes. (I
    > think! - at least I've never seen one in the act or any evidence.
    > Moles and gophers and prairie dogs dig holes. So do salamanders,
    > believe it or not! Lynn in Fargo
    > Waiting for the Flood


    Believe me. Squirrels dig holes. Lots of them.

    Michael



    --
    He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    words.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Dave Smith Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    > crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.
    >
    >


    Spring keeps teasing us. The days are getting longer and generally
    warmer, but it cooled off for the weekend. It is nice to get out and go
    hiking in the woods these days.

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

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    On Mar 22, 7:36*am, "James Silverton" <not.jim.silver...@verizon.not>
    wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    > crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.
    >
    > --
    >
    > James Silverton
    > Potomac, Maryland
    >
    > Email, with obvious alterations:
    > not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


    Lots of snail trails and earthworms on the sidewalk and in the street.
    Spring has sprung!!!!

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    sueb Guest

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    On Mar 22, 12:48*pm, "Michael \"Dog3\"" <don't...@donttell.huh> wrote:
    > Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig <lynng...@i29.net>news:[email protected]:
    > in rec.food.cooking
    >
    > > ==============================Squirrels here don't dig holes. *(I
    > > think! - at least I've never seen one in the act or any evidence.
    > > Moles and gophers and prairie dogs dig holes. *So do salamanders,
    > > believe it or not! Lynn in Fargo
    > > Waiting for the Flood

    >
    > Believe me. Squirrels dig holes. *Lots of them.
    >
    > Michael
    >
    > --
    > He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    > words. * * * * *
    > * * * * * * * ~Elbert Hubbard
    >
    > You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com


    And once dug, they put something into the hole. That's how I get
    sprouting walnut trees all over my yard.

    Susan B.

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    T Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    don'[email protected] says...
    >
    > Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig <[email protected]>
    > news:[email protected]:
    > in rec.food.cooking
    >
    > > ==============================Squirrels here don't dig holes. (I
    > > think! - at least I've never seen one in the act or any evidence.
    > > Moles and gophers and prairie dogs dig holes. So do salamanders,
    > > believe it or not! Lynn in Fargo
    > > Waiting for the Flood

    >
    > Believe me. Squirrels dig holes. Lots of them.
    >
    > Michael


    Must be why I don't see many squirrels in the city. Kind of hard to dig
    through concrete.



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    T Guest

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    In article <49c69537$0$19655$[email protected]> ,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > James Silverton wrote:
    > > Hello All!
    > >
    > > It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    > > crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Spring keeps teasing us. The days are getting longer and generally
    > warmer, but it cooled off for the weekend. It is nice to get out and go
    > hiking in the woods these days.


    It's typical New England weather for us this season. You don't know
    whether you can leave the house in shirtsleeves and quite possibly need
    a full on -20F rated parka later in the day.



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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Dave Smith <[email protected]> news:49c69537$0$19655
    $[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > James Silverton wrote:
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a

    hundred
    >> crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Spring keeps teasing us. The days are getting longer and generally
    > warmer, but it cooled off for the weekend. It is nice to get out and go
    > hiking in the woods these days.


    My morning rides have been wonderful for the last month or so. Except
    it's usually dark and I have to rely on the outside arena lights, which
    don't help all that much. I didn't ride this morning. I need to get
    outside and finish a garden project I started yesterday. It is nice to
    get out into the air. It's also nice to air out the house.

    Michael

    --
    He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand
    your words.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Becca Guest

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    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig wrote:
    > Squirrels here don't dig holes. (I think! - at least I've never seen
    > one in the act or any evidence. Moles and gophers and prairie dogs dig
    > holes. So do salamanders, believe it or not!
    > Lynn in Fargo
    > Waiting for the Flood
    >



    Squirrels will bury nuts then dig them up later. When temperatures
    reach over 100 degrees, they will find a shady spot and dig a shallow
    hole about the size of a hubcap. They lay in it with their legs all
    splayed out. The dirt is now nice and cool.


    Becca

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    Dave Smith Guest

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    Michael "Dog3" wrote:

    >> Spring keeps teasing us. The days are getting longer and generally
    >> warmer, but it cooled off for the weekend. It is nice to get out and go
    >> hiking in the woods these days.

    >
    > My morning rides have been wonderful for the last month or so. Except
    > it's usually dark and I have to rely on the outside arena lights, which
    > don't help all that much. I didn't ride this morning. I need to get
    > outside and finish a garden project I started yesterday. It is nice to
    > get out into the air. It's also nice to air out the house.



    This is maple sugaring season and perfect weather for it, dropping below
    freezing at night and then above freezing during the day. It is a bit
    of a tease, but we have to remember that this is what it is supposed to
    be like at this time of year.

    I only ride once a week, Sunday mornings. We are still riding inside. I
    am looking forward to getting outside, but I will gladly wait until it
    is a little warmer.

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    blake murphy Guest

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    On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:44:59 -0500, Janet Wilder wrote:

    > BD wrote:
    >>
    >> I hate them. I had a buck and 3 doe in my backyard last night. I've
    >> planted the tulips, crocus and daff's in the front yard, but they have been
    >> bold lately.
    >>

    > They don't like daffodils, IIRC. I used to get them in my yard in New
    > Jersey. They ate my tulip bulbs even when I planted them with dried
    > blood. They ate the GD rose bushes, thorns and all! One weekend we went
    > camping and came home to fins $100 worth of Impatiens chewed to the roots.
    >
    > Broke me from crying when I watched "Bambi", that's for sure!


    <snort>

    you could try 'bambi meets godzilla' instead:

    <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-wUdetAAlY>

    your pal,
    thumper

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    James Silverton Guest

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    blake wrote on Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:46:20 GMT:

    >> BD wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I hate them. I had a buck and 3 doe in my backyard last
    >>> night. I've planted the tulips, crocus and daff's in the
    >>> front yard, but they have been bold lately.
    >>>

    >> They don't like daffodils, IIRC. I used to get them in my
    >> yard in New Jersey. They ate my tulip bulbs even when I
    >> planted them with dried blood. They ate the GD rose bushes,
    >> thorns and all! One weekend we went camping and came home to
    >> fins $100 worth of Impatiens chewed to the roots.
    >>
    >> Broke me from crying when I watched "Bambi", that's for sure!


    > <snort>


    > you could try 'bambi meets godzilla' instead:


    > <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-wUdetAAlY>


    I sometimes talk with a friend who is an enthusiastic gardener, when I
    take a morning walk. She showed me some stuff she was spraying on her
    plants, which she said was coyote urine (real or synthetic I don't
    know!) It smelled pretty horrible and would keep me out of my yard,
    never mind deer!

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    rosie Guest

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    On Mar 22, 9:36�am, "James Silverton" <not.jim.silver...@verizon.not>
    wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > It froze quite solidly last night and the horn-rats ate about a hundred
    > crocuses! They are obviously not poisonous to them.
    >
    > --
    >
    > James Silverton
    > Potomac, Maryland
    >
    > Email, with obvious alterations:
    > not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


    Spring here in South Central Texas , is the most beautiful time. Tho
    we are in the midst of a teerrible drought, we have definite signs of
    Spring.

    The deer have their summer coats, and bucks have dropped their
    antlers.

    Flowers and bushes are Blooming... this in cludes BLUEBONNETS, my
    personal favorites!

    The Turkeys have returned, I have two large beautiful Toms and their
    harem of about a dozen large busy hens. Wild turkeys are comon here
    and a lot of fun to watch.

    Phoebes are repairing and reconstructing the nest on my back porch,
    they raise about two families a year in that little nest. Last year I
    heard a big commotion and went out. The parents were frantically
    trying to protect the babies from a Large rat snake. I took the rat
    snake and put him out behind the pond.Hopefully he is happy there, did
    not see him any more and all babies fledged.

    The Barn Swallows who nest on the front porch come a little later.
    The hummingbirds are back, fighting over the feeder.

    Spring has pretty much sprung.

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