Gardener's Grapevine 2012.12.12

Written by David Green.

This time of year everyone is so very busy getting ready for the holidays and it just seems to sneak up more quickly than most of us think. I have to be  very organized in thought and actions to accomplish all I want to and work over 50 hours at my paying job.

I love Christmas in all its tackiness and beauty. The fun of it is so worth the effort and with the dreariness of winter I wish it could last longer. When the lights come down after the holidays the drive home in the dark from work is just very blah.

Yesterday after church I decided that the rest of the gifts should get wrapped and it is such a tedious job, made more so by pickiness. So I plopped in a DVD and plopped myself on the living room floor with wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, scissors and a mug of hot egg nog. Don’t say gross if you’ve never tried it. 

My daughter and son-in-law came in and sat on the sofa to visit, thank goodness their presents weren’t out. They both started laughing themselves silly. I looked at them and raised an eyebrow (a little trick from my grandmother’s stores of looks!). They both pointed to the bay window and there sitting on our scaffolding was a fat, and I mean enormously fat, squirrel with his face pressed against the window watching us. It was raining and cold and this little fellow was not even bothered by it. In fact, I think if we had opened the window he would have joined us!

The scaffolding is an eyesore on the front of our house, but we have extensive work to do to the front of our home from the peak down. Since I am getting older and clumsier, if that is possible, I don’t do ladders any more than I have to. We have one that will reach up there, but there is no way I’m climbing it. Putting up the scaffolding is a lot of work and I did not want to take it back down just to put it back up in the spring. If I had known I would have a visitor, I wouldn’t even have considered taking it down. He is a funny little fellow, hope he returns again.

Last year I wrote an article on saving your poinsettias for the following year and how complicated it is. Well, the doctor I had spoke about that does save hers has succeeded again in her endeavors. She has many nice plants, not as full as the greenhouse ones. Hers are very spindly and have a lot fewer leaves, but they are blooming well. I personally don’t think they are worth the bother.

While we are on the topic of Christmas and presents, have you considered giving people on your list who are hard to buy for a live plant or a nice fresh wreath or centerpiece? They last way beyond the holiday and make homes smell wonderful. Also, don’t forget to water your Christmas tree as it is probably on the down side if you’ve had it up a bit.

Remember all the gardeners on your list this holiday and take a little time to enjoy nature. It’s probably looking in your front window right now.

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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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