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Comment by Loam Gnome on November 6, 2018 at 8:47pm

Joan, like your family moving on from Tekoa, mine moved on from their midwestern town.   We are all migrants in some generation.

I dont think I can completely turn my back on growing plants in the winter.  I have windows and a sunroom, and a light set-up.  Plus the really frozen part if winter here is fairly short so I can turn over soil, prune, and possibly remove some dead or hazardous brush.  Carefully because Im not as tough or resilient as I used to be.

I brought in the geraniums.  They were in planters.  I had moved them under the eaves to dry out and go dormant.  Now they are in the garage, which does not freeze.  I took cuttings from the nicer ones that were inthe ground.  They go into water jars in the window.  Geraniums root so easily.  A few are the trailing type.  I wonder if they also root that way.  I love the smell of geranium leaves.  So mostalgic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2018 at 4:31pm

Loam, that sounds like a wonderful idea. I am sure a community treasures items about early members. 

I live 51 minutes North in Newport from my former home in Spokane; my birthplace and family ancestors lived 60 minutes South in the town of Tekoa from my former home.

The fellow running for sheriff for Newport once worked in Tekoa, according to his resume. When I get a chance I'll ask him if the name Denoo means anything to him. That family line moved out of Tekoa in my generation and while there, two uncles were mayors of the town, both volunteered for the fire district, one was a lawyer and judge for Whitman Co, a cousin was a deputy sheriff. I wonder if the name lingers in the memories of present-day town officials. 

My mother's line has all left as well. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on November 6, 2018 at 10:32am

Sounds like good plans.  With so much to do, winter should pass quickly.

No more remodeling or updating for me.  My body can't handle it.  So this winter, I want to continue going through the last few boxes of photos and documents from my parents and ancestors, finish about all I can of the family tree on ancestry.com, and either box up the last of those items and store them, or find a home for them.  I contacted the historical society from my home town, and they will take a few items.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2018 at 7:28am

Ditto (from Joan) for me. I usually take a break from gardening (and golf). I signed up for a year's worth of "My Heritage" genealogy research. I have some holes to fill, plus I thought I'd do my children a favor and look into their mother's side of the family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2018 at 3:55pm

I have a growing light and will start my seeds in March and April. In the meantime, I have a computer full of misfiled documents and photos scattered all over the place. That will be my major focus for the winter. I will try to put my photos into albums with names included. The photos of my parent's and grandparents and the extended family do not have names attached, so I will try to remember. 

I also intend to rejoin Ancestry.com and bring the family tree up to date. I have been notified by an alert cousin that I chose incorrect individual several generations back and so have a wrong image of that family line. I love it when people catch my errors and let me know. The scoundrel is the one who knows I made a mistake and does not tell me. 

Comment by Patricia on November 5, 2018 at 1:19pm

Rick usually works the model trains for winter.

Comment by Loam Gnome on November 5, 2018 at 11:26am

Thank you Joan and Randy.

That reminds me, I placed my geraniums under the eaves to dry out before winter storage in the garage.  I should move them there, now.

With winter coming soon what do people do, if anything, to keep their gardening avocation going?  Or take a complete break and think about it when it's time to plant, or to start seeds?  Indoor plants?

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2018 at 6:50am

Beautiful cactus. I have nothing like that. I did bring my geraniums to the basement for the winter. We'll see if they make it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2018 at 2:12pm

Rufus has the expression of a skeptic, a non-believer to the core. The Christmas cactus looks so pretty! As do the orchids & buddleia!

Our greenhouse is now a storage room for all the odds and ends that need protection during the winter. Can hardly get in the door. For all practical purposes, the growing season ends, although a lone green pepper plant remains green and vibrant. No chance for new blossoms. 

Comment by Patricia on November 4, 2018 at 1:51pm

Gorgeous colour.


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