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  1. #1
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Last of the 2009 peach jam

    Finished the last jar of 2009 peach jam this morning, put it on a
    toasted bagel for Miz Anne's breakfast. There may be replacement jam
    this year as the peach tree has been covered with blossoms and is now
    setting fruit. If I can only keep the !@#$% squirrels from taking one
    bite and dropping every peach I might make a crop.

    Both the plum trees, the Santa Rosa and the Bruce bloomed simultaneously
    this year for the first time since they were planted. Noticed quite a
    few honey bees and orchard mason bees (native to North America) flitting
    about all three of the trees. The fig tree appears to be coming back
    from it's frozen state of two winters ago, maybe a fig crop again as we
    are rapidly running out of fig jams. The Japanese persimmon is leafing
    out and I think I can see the tiny green blooms on it. The quince tree
    is fully leafed out now but no blooms as yet.

    I need to get out there and prune the Triple Crown blackberries so we
    can make a crop maybe.

    Will go to Lowe's today and pick up two or three each of tomato and
    sweet chile plants. That will be all the garden we will have this spring
    with Miz Anne on the injured list. Not much point in putting in a big
    spring garden with half the crew unable to work it.

    Speaking of which, Miz Anne is healing rapidly, she walks about the
    house several times a day with her walker. She has also started going
    out on the patio to sit and admire her flowers and gardens. Tilly Dawg
    keeps her company while I swamp out the house. Doctor says she is the
    toughest seventy-year old woman he has ever seen and appears to be
    healing quicker than most of her age group. She does her exercises three
    times a day versus the two required and the physical therapist comes
    three days a week to work with her and now has increased her sets of
    exercises by at least three new ones. I'm proud of the old girl, she has
    more get up and go than most of us that age.

    George
    Father Inquisitor, HOSSPOJ

  2. #2
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Last of the 2009 peach jam

    On 03/21/2011 06:33 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    > Finished the last jar of 2009 peach jam this morning, put it on a
    > toasted bagel for Miz Anne's breakfast. There may be replacement jam
    > this year as the peach tree has been covered with blossoms and is now
    > setting fruit. If I can only keep the !@#$% squirrels from taking one
    > bite and dropping every peach I might make a crop.
    >
    > Both the plum trees, the Santa Rosa and the Bruce bloomed simultaneously
    > this year for the first time since they were planted. Noticed quite a
    > few honey bees and orchard mason bees (native to North America) flitting
    > about all three of the trees. The fig tree appears to be coming back
    > from it's frozen state of two winters ago, maybe a fig crop again as we
    > are rapidly running out of fig jams. The Japanese persimmon is leafing
    > out and I think I can see the tiny green blooms on it. The quince tree
    > is fully leafed out now but no blooms as yet.


    I envy you your orchard! Hope you get peaches.

    >
    > I need to get out there and prune the Triple Crown blackberries so we
    > can make a crop maybe.
    >
    > Will go to Lowe's today and pick up two or three each of tomato and
    > sweet chile plants. That will be all the garden we will have this spring
    > with Miz Anne on the injured list. Not much point in putting in a big
    > spring garden with half the crew unable to work it.
    >
    > Speaking of which, Miz Anne is healing rapidly,


    That's what I like to hear. Hurray!

    > she walks about the
    > house several times a day with her walker. She has also started going
    > out on the patio to sit and admire her flowers and gardens. Tilly Dawg
    > keeps her company while I swamp out the house. Doctor says she is the
    > toughest seventy-year old woman he has ever seen and appears to be
    > healing quicker than most of her age group.


    :-) My mom is the same way. Three years ago, when she was 68, she was
    given around 6 months to live and told she wouldn't ever be able to go
    back to work. A month later, she was back to work full-time and now
    she's 71 (almost 72) and still working full-time, traveling, playing in
    bridge tournaments, etc. I say she's made of steel!

    > She does her exercises three
    > times a day versus the two required and the physical therapist comes
    > three days a week to work with her and now has increased her sets of
    > exercises by at least three new ones. I'm proud of the old girl, she has
    > more get up and go than most of us that age.


    I hope I'm as sturdy and as loved as that when I get there (in 27 years. :-)

    Serene
    --
    http://www.momfoodproject.com

  3. #3
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Last of the 2009 peach jam

    On 3/26/2011 11:32 AM, Serene Vannoy wrote:
    > On 03/21/2011 06:33 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    >> Finished the last jar of 2009 peach jam this morning, put it on a
    >> toasted bagel for Miz Anne's breakfast. There may be replacement jam
    >> this year as the peach tree has been covered with blossoms and is now
    >> setting fruit. If I can only keep the !@#$% squirrels from taking one
    >> bite and dropping every peach I might make a crop.
    >>
    >> Both the plum trees, the Santa Rosa and the Bruce bloomed simultaneously
    >> this year for the first time since they were planted. Noticed quite a
    >> few honey bees and orchard mason bees (native to North America) flitting
    >> about all three of the trees. The fig tree appears to be coming back
    >> from it's frozen state of two winters ago, maybe a fig crop again as we
    >> are rapidly running out of fig jams. The Japanese persimmon is leafing
    >> out and I think I can see the tiny green blooms on it. The quince tree
    >> is fully leafed out now but no blooms as yet.

    >
    > I envy you your orchard! Hope you get peaches.
    >
    >>
    >> I need to get out there and prune the Triple Crown blackberries so we
    >> can make a crop maybe.
    >>
    >> Will go to Lowe's today and pick up two or three each of tomato and
    >> sweet chile plants. That will be all the garden we will have this spring
    >> with Miz Anne on the injured list. Not much point in putting in a big
    >> spring garden with half the crew unable to work it.
    >>
    >> Speaking of which, Miz Anne is healing rapidly,

    >
    > That's what I like to hear. Hurray!
    >
    >> she walks about the
    >> house several times a day with her walker. She has also started going
    >> out on the patio to sit and admire her flowers and gardens. Tilly Dawg
    >> keeps her company while I swamp out the house. Doctor says she is the
    >> toughest seventy-year old woman he has ever seen and appears to be
    >> healing quicker than most of her age group.

    >
    > :-) My mom is the same way. Three years ago, when she was 68, she was
    > given around 6 months to live and told she wouldn't ever be able to go
    > back to work. A month later, she was back to work full-time and now
    > she's 71 (almost 72) and still working full-time, traveling, playing in
    > bridge tournaments, etc. I say she's made of steel!


    Your Mom and I are about the same age, I will be 72 in September, never
    thought I would live this long so I probably didn't invest enough money
    to take me much farther. <G>
    >
    > > She does her exercises three
    >> times a day versus the two required and the physical therapist comes
    >> three days a week to work with her and now has increased her sets of
    >> exercises by at least three new ones. I'm proud of the old girl, she has
    >> more get up and go than most of us that age.

    >
    > I hope I'm as sturdy and as loved as that when I get there (in 27 years.
    > :-)
    >
    > Serene


    She has a whole crowd that love her and pull for her, she has two
    brothers and two sisters in Maryland, plus their kids scattered all over
    creation and then all of our descendants, numbering sixteen at the
    moment, haven't checked today to see if anyone is expecting. She has
    been a member of the Altar Society at our church for many years and is
    also the person who develops and puts up the bulletin board for the
    seasons of the church and is well known for that. So far her art
    students at the elementary school where she taught have sent her over
    100 hand drawn get well cards and she has thoroughly enjoyed those.
    Today I set up some of her art stuff on the dining room table where she
    can sit and draw and paint, she is a well known watercolor artist with
    paintings in nine different countries and several of the U.S. states,
    mostly from when we worked in two different Middle Eastern countries.
    Particularly well known for her hand drawn and painted Christmas cards.
    She's a fifth generation fine artist going back in her female line to
    before the Civil War. It amazes me how that talent gets passed down, our
    daughter is pretty good at but seldom paints anymore. My only talents
    are cooking and food preserving, at least the talents I can brag about.
    <VBG>

  4. #4
    Mark A.Meggs Guest

    Default Re: Last of the 2009 peach jam

    On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:33:54 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Finished the last jar of 2009 peach jam this morning, put it on a
    >toasted bagel for Miz Anne's breakfast. There may be replacement jam
    >this year as the peach tree has been covered with blossoms and is now
    >setting fruit. If I can only keep the !@#$% squirrels from taking one
    >bite and dropping every peach I might make a crop.


    I have one jar of my 2009 peach jam left. The tree is covered with
    blossoms, but we've got a cold snap now. The temperature may drop
    into the mid-20's one night I've got my fingers crossed.

    Just pulled up 2 apple trees - they couldn't ever bear a decent crop
    due to cedar-apple rust. The cedars- the disease host - are in my
    neighbors yard only 50-60 feet away. I've replaced the apples with
    hazelnuts.

    >
    >Both the plum trees, the Santa Rosa and the Bruce bloomed simultaneously
    >this year for the first time since they were planted. Noticed quite a
    >few honey bees and orchard mason bees (native to North America) flitting
    >about all three of the trees. The fig tree appears to be coming back
    >from it's frozen state of two winters ago, maybe a fig crop again as we
    >are rapidly running out of fig jams. The Japanese persimmon is leafing
    >out and I think I can see the tiny green blooms on it. The quince tree
    >is fully leafed out now but no blooms as yet.
    >

    My plum is about to put out leaves. The figs are still asleep, as is
    the bay laurel. No sign of bees - saw almost none the past 2 years -
    I'm thinking about getting a beehive.

    >I need to get out there and prune the Triple Crown blackberries so we
    >can make a crop maybe.
    >
    >Will go to Lowe's today and pick up two or three each of tomato and
    >sweet chile plants. That will be all the garden we will have this spring
    >with Miz Anne on the injured list. Not much point in putting in a big
    >spring garden with half the crew unable to work it.
    >
    >Speaking of which, Miz Anne is healing rapidly, she walks about the
    >house several times a day with her walker. She has also started going
    >out on the patio to sit and admire her flowers and gardens. Tilly Dawg
    >keeps her company while I swamp out the house. Doctor says she is the
    >toughest seventy-year old woman he has ever seen and appears to be
    >healing quicker than most of her age group. She does her exercises three
    >times a day versus the two required and the physical therapist comes
    >three days a week to work with her and now has increased her sets of
    >exercises by at least three new ones. I'm proud of the old girl, she has
    >more get up and go than most of us that age.


    Glad to hear Miz Annie is doing well!!
    >
    >George
    >Father Inquisitor, HOSSPOJ


    - Mark

  5. #5
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Last of the 2009 peach jam

    On 3/27/2011 4:45 PM, Mark A.Meggs wrote:
    > On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:33:54 -0500, George Shirley
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Finished the last jar of 2009 peach jam this morning, put it on a
    >> toasted bagel for Miz Anne's breakfast. There may be replacement jam
    >> this year as the peach tree has been covered with blossoms and is now
    >> setting fruit. If I can only keep the !@#$% squirrels from taking one
    >> bite and dropping every peach I might make a crop.

    >
    > I have one jar of my 2009 peach jam left. The tree is covered with
    > blossoms, but we've got a cold snap now. The temperature may drop
    > into the mid-20's one night I've got my fingers crossed.
    >
    > Just pulled up 2 apple trees - they couldn't ever bear a decent crop
    > due to cedar-apple rust. The cedars- the disease host - are in my
    > neighbors yard only 50-60 feet away. I've replaced the apples with
    > hazelnuts.
    >
    >>
    >> Both the plum trees, the Santa Rosa and the Bruce bloomed simultaneously
    >> this year for the first time since they were planted. Noticed quite a
    >> few honey bees and orchard mason bees (native to North America) flitting
    >> about all three of the trees. The fig tree appears to be coming back
    >>from it's frozen state of two winters ago, maybe a fig crop again as we
    >> are rapidly running out of fig jams. The Japanese persimmon is leafing
    >> out and I think I can see the tiny green blooms on it. The quince tree
    >> is fully leafed out now but no blooms as yet.
    >>

    > My plum is about to put out leaves. The figs are still asleep, as is
    > the bay laurel. No sign of bees - saw almost none the past 2 years -
    > I'm thinking about getting a beehive.


    After hurricane Rita blew down all the old, hollow trees in our part of
    town we didn't see any either. They are coming back now though. The mite
    problem with European honeybees caused a lot of problems too. I am
    seeing more honeybees nowadays though. Today I saw maybe a dozen orchard
    mason bees buzzing around the coral honeysuckle, bugging the
    hummingbirds too. Those are fairly easy to raise and will continue to
    propagate plus, as native to North America, they don't sting. We also
    have a variety of mason bees that builds little mud huts on brickwork,
    each contains and egg that will hatch into another mason bee and thus
    the race goes on.
    >
    >> I need to get out there and prune the Triple Crown blackberries so we
    >> can make a crop maybe.
    >>
    >> Will go to Lowe's today and pick up two or three each of tomato and
    >> sweet chile plants. That will be all the garden we will have this spring
    >> with Miz Anne on the injured list. Not much point in putting in a big
    >> spring garden with half the crew unable to work it.
    >>
    >> Speaking of which, Miz Anne is healing rapidly, she walks about the
    >> house several times a day with her walker. She has also started going
    >> out on the patio to sit and admire her flowers and gardens. Tilly Dawg
    >> keeps her company while I swamp out the house. Doctor says she is the
    >> toughest seventy-year old woman he has ever seen and appears to be
    >> healing quicker than most of her age group. She does her exercises three
    >> times a day versus the two required and the physical therapist comes
    >> three days a week to work with her and now has increased her sets of
    >> exercises by at least three new ones. I'm proud of the old girl, she has
    >> more get up and go than most of us that age.

    >
    > Glad to hear Miz Annie is doing well!!
    >>
    >> George
    >> Father Inquisitor, HOSSPOJ

    >
    > - Mark


    Thank you, she is still improving rapidly and is staying out of bed
    longer now too. I have been threatening to put a broom on the front of
    her walker and a mop on the back, she might as well do a little
    housekeeping as she walks around the house to get her exercise.

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