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Welcome to my garden

I do most of my gardening in containers — flowerpots in the window boxes, planters on the porches and deck — because this is Wisconsin, and sometimes you have to be able to move your plants quickly… such as when a late spring frost (or an early autumn one) threatens to kill everything, or when hailstorms and/or severe winds are in the forecast. Problem is, once my morning glory vines are established, I couldn’t move the things if I wanted to. So I just have to pray that nothing will come along that might damage them.

Here’s what my deck looks like right now (click images to enlarge):

The morning glories seldom bloom earlier than August, and it’s hard to be patient through June and July when I’m just working on getting the vines to grow up the vertical posts and then across the horizontal ones. It’s a LOT of work, because the vines will not do that naturally — they want to just turn around and twine around themselves — so I have to keep after them all the time until I get them growing where I want them. If I didn’t love morning glories so much, I would never have the patience they require. But when they finally do bloom, the payoff is spectacular.

Along the top of the second picture above, you can see a little bit of the spirea hedge that runs along the edge of our back yard. It doesn’t look like much now, but back at the end of May it was gorgeous. Spirea have a very short bloom time, and if you blink, you miss it. Luckily, my husband got some good pictures of them this year:

The garden shed you see in the middle picture is the same one under which we had baby foxes living four summers ago (you can see pictures of them here). Right now there’s a groundhog living underneath it — a groundhog with an unfortunate taste for coleus. I had a couple of really nice coleus plants out there, one on either side of the shed door, and they got nibbled down to stubs. Fortunately, he doesn’t mess with any of the plants that are close to the house. 


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Checking in with Los Feliz

Los Feliz Daycare (motto: “We do not accept immunized children”) is an ultra-progressive child care center in an unspecified affluent neighborhood on the left coast. Some recent tweets:

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CNN Report: Millions of American Voters May Have Colluded to Elect Trump

From The Babylon Bee.

U.S.—A new, exclusive CNN investigative report revealed Thursday that millions of American voters may have potentially colluded with the Trump campaign to elect Donald Trump as President of the United States.

While Russia has been accused of interfering in the election, the breaking report indicates that the collusion may have extended to a significant portion of the U.S. population—“as many as 60 million citizens, and possibly even more.”

“The conspiracy goes much deeper than anyone expected,” Jake Tapper said on his news segment The Politics Lead. “We’re talking tens of millions of people involved in this secret plot to make sure Hillary didn’t make it into the White House and to prop up Donald Trump as the winner.”

The CNN report does not accuse anyone of hacking or rigging the vote, but rather suggests that those colluding with the real estate mogul in the far-reaching scheme may have simply walked into voting booths and cast their vote for Donald Trump, giving him the electoral college victory.

“It’s far more sinister than we thought,” a visibly disturbed Tapper said.


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People will die!

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Happy Independence Day

Overnight Open Thread: Star Wars And Budweiser Release Video To Help Veterans



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Democrats demand Trump start paying rent for living in their heads

From The Barbed Wire.

WASHINGTON – President Trump has been living rent-free in the heads of tens of millions of Democrats for well over a year now, and many are finally saying “enough is enough.” They now want reparations.

“As the party of freeloaders, it pains me to say this,” a disturbed Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said on Saturday, “But if he’s going to live here 24/7, he needs to pay up.” Schumer was unsure when asked what he thought a fair price for head-space rental might be.

Socialist Bernie Sanders admitted, “I usually advocate for everything to be free, but in this case, I think an exception is warranted. I know Mr. Trump has been living in my own head, rent-free, for a long time. And my crazy mind is even paying all his bills! Even cable!”

Hollywood celebrities like Johnny Depp, Chelsea Handler, Cher, and Judd Apatow are complaining about Trump being a squatter in their heads, and not paying a cent for it. It should be noted that living in these heads is like living in a small travel trailer, as there just isn’t much space to begin with.

Many black entertainers like Chris Rock, Samuel Jackson, MSNBC’s Joy Reid, and Whoopi Goldberg also want back-rent, along with interest, for the time Trump has been living rent-free in their heads. But, of course, they want reparations for everything.


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Checking in with Los Feliz

Los Feliz Daycare (motto: “We do not accept immunized children”) is an ultra-progressive child care center in an unspecified affluent neighborhood on the left coast. Some recent tweets:


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When transparency means tyranny


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