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Old 03-17-2010, 11:54 PM   #3741
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....My crocus are up but no signs of flower buds yet. Tulip leaf tips are up about an inch and greening up nicely. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh
My crocus started blooming this morning!!! YEA!!! The daffs are about 6-8" tall but no flower buds yet....but soon! Rhubarb is poking up about an inch and half! The lilacs, snowball, hydrangea, and honeysuckle are all budding out! As is the chanticleer pear tree, which will be blooming before too long!!! Most of the roses are showing signs of life, as are all the other shrubs, bushes, and trees!!! Hollyhocks, poppies, maltese cross, sundrops, irises, sedum, and daylilies are all poking up through the mulch. And the ornamental grases are all starting to sprout new growth!!!

Oh yeah...Life is GREAT!!!

As for today...went to breakfast with my neighbor and another friend as we always do on Wednesdays. Came home and sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air, and birdies! Then went to the usual hangout for corned beef and cabbage for lunch. Went out to my friends paver business to get some ideas and prices for some projects that I'm going to get started on VERY soon! Met up with an old friend for coffee and b.s session. Came home and sat on the patio again for a while. Then surfed the 'net 'til I headed out for nightly coffee run. Now checking email, forums, and Facebook before the pillows cal my name!!!
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:37 AM   #3742
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1. How did you measure your sit bones.
2. How did you fashion the sun visor.
1. Got a piece of memory foam and a ruler. Put foam on a hard surface. Sat on foam with my knees up a bit. Got up quickly and measured the distance between the 2 indentations. Eh voila!

2. I used a broad brimmed straw hat that was never comfortable on my head. I cut a 3.5" wide visor from the brim using the helmet as a guide so it fit snugly up under the tiny plastic bill and tapered around to the sides behind the ears where there is a vent hole. I cut a generous width so it would shade the sides of my face too. Sort of a cross between a bonnet and baseball cap shape.

Once I was satisfied with the shape, I punched 4 metal eyelet holes (fabric shops have these) lined up with vents in the helmet. Then I sewed a cloth edging around all the edges to keep the straw from fraying.

I tried to find some sort of plastic but failed to find anything suitable. Stiff enuf to hold its shape in the wind but flexible enuf to form the visor.

It was a big hit with the other bikers. They said I shud market it.:-)

I attached the visor with skinny 8" cable ties threaded thru the eyelet under the plastic bill and thru the vent, snugged tight and made sure the head was in the vent hole so it couldn't scratch me. Clip the ends off and black ties makes it invisible.
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I rode 10 miles on the C&O canal tow path for my final training ride on my bike so now I am an official bike patroller! Then I wandered along the Potomac hinterlands to get home checking out different access points. Swung by the vet to get more meds for my dying 17 yo cat and called it a day.
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(snip) My crocus are up but no signs of flower buds yet. Tulip leaf tips are up about an inch and greening up nicely. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh
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My crocus started blooming this morning!!! YEA!!! The daffs are about 6-8" tall but no flower buds yet....but soon! (snip)
The crocuses here have been and gone. Daffodils, flowering cherries, camellias, hyacinths etc etc are in full bloom. Still to come: rhododendrons galore. I love spring!
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Went for an ambling 140-mile motorcycle ride out through Boonsboro, MD up some side windy road that went over a mountain and came out on MD RT 40 near Gambrills State Park. Followed some more windy roads (MD RT 17 north) and got lost, had to dig out the GPS to find out where I was after passing a sign that read "Welcome to Pennsylvania".

SBS (sore butt syndrome) forced the return to home. After grocery shopping and a dentist appointment I'll do that again today.

Now I'm trying to figure out a way to take photographs from the bike without having to find a safe place to stop, remove gloves, get camera from saddlebag, put everything back. Some of the scenery was worthy of picture-taking, especially the high-running creeks.
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My crocus started blooming this morning!!! YEA!!! The daffs are about 6-8" tall but no flower buds yet....but soon! Rhubarb is poking up about an inch and half! The lilacs, snowball, hydrangea, and honeysuckle are all budding out! As is the chanticleer pear tree, which will be blooming before too long!!! Most of the roses are showing signs of life, as are all the other shrubs, bushes, and trees!!! Hollyhocks, poppies, maltese cross, sundrops, irises, sedum, and daylilies are all poking up through the mulch. And the ornamental grases are all starting to sprout new growth!!!

Oh yeah...Life is GREAT!!!
I love this time of year.
I'm guessing within the next 2 weeks the same will be happening here. We can get snow falls (which melt) and freezing temps right up until end of April, so it's hit and miss.
In the meantime, I decided to add some of my own "color" to the landscape.

Can you say "tacky" ?
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1. Got a piece of memory foam and a ruler. Put foam on a hard surface. Sat on foam with my knees up a bit. Got up quickly and measured the distance between the 2 indentations. Eh voila!
I'm afraid that if I did this there would not be two little indentations.

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2. I used a broad brimmed straw hat that was never comfortable on my head. I cut a 3.5" wide visor from the brim using the helmet as a guide so it fit snugly up under the tiny plastic bill and tapered around to the sides behind the ears where there is a vent hole. I cut a generous width so it would shade the sides of my face too. Sort of a cross between a bonnet and baseball cap shape.

Once I was satisfied with the shape, I punched 4 metal eyelet holes (fabric shops have these) lined up with vents in the helmet. Then I sewed a cloth edging around all the edges to keep the straw from fraying.

I tried to find some sort of plastic but failed to find anything suitable. Stiff enuf to hold its shape in the wind but flexible enuf to form the visor.

It was a big hit with the other bikers. They said I shud market it.:-)

I attached the visor with skinny 8" cable ties threaded thru the eyelet under the plastic bill and thru the vent, snugged tight and made sure the head was in the vent hole so it couldn't scratch me. Clip the ends off and black ties makes it invisible.
Clever! I am often not good about wearing the helmet because I hate sun glare and want a bigger visor. Any chance at a picture?
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I have three of those little blue violets that are out. Daffodils and tulips are emerging from the ground. I have threatened the wandering chickens with the roasting pan if they so much as peck at a flower. Back to spring cleanup
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........................In the meantime, I decided to add some of my own "color" to the landscape.

Can you say "tacky" ?
Freebird, are those flamingos real?
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Clever! I am often not good about wearing the helmet because I hate sun glare and want a bigger visor. Any chance at a picture?
You would be surprised. Those bones are pretty good at showing up thru soft tissue.

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My early bulbs are out too - miniature iris & crocus.

I pruned some bushes today and did a load of laundry. My knee hurts so it was rather limiting. So I accomplished something today. It was a beautiful day today in the pre-spring days.
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Yes, I brought them back from my January FL trip. They were fine until the TSA guy gave them a hard time. Then it was nothing but long legged kicking and screaming.
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......In the meantime, I decided to add some of my own "color" to the landscape.

Can you say "tacky" ?
What do ya mean "tacky"? I have two sets just like those! Also have a bird bath with a pink flamingo base.....and a 30" tall concrete pink flamingo...and pink flamingo windchimes...and pink flamingo plant stakes....and....and....

So today I cleaned up 5 more flower beds and cut down all of the ornamental grasses since they are now starting to show new green growth coming up!!! And the daffs now have buds on them, so they'll be popping open in the next day or two!

Spring arrives here at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday...only 36 hours and 10 minutes away!!!!
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Now I'm trying to figure out a way to take photographs from the bike without having to find a safe place to stop, remove gloves, get camera from saddlebag, put everything back. Some of the scenery was worthy of picture-taking, especially the high-running creeks.
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Spring arrives here at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday...only 36 hours and 10 minutes away!!!!


I can't believe we're down to the wire now!! Counting in hours instead of days!

I have crocuses, tete-a-tete daffodils, and a few of the big daffs in bloom now. Lots more to come! This is my FAVORITE time of year.
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