Friday, September 22, 2006

Pictures STILL don't work...

Ok, I've tried a few times to post pics (again), and the screen freezes when I get the picture here on the 'dashboard'. It's making me nuts! I have some GREAT pics of Bayfield and Madeline Island, but I can't show you!
Gr-r-r-r...

Still, the leaves were BRILLIANT and the weather cold--> I was happy...lol
On Madeline Island, we rented Mopeds (!) and buzzed all over for an hour. At one point, a small flock of birds flew along with us for a bit, and we saw deer before they saw us....lol

Bayfield trys for a 'nautical' theme in town, often tongue-in-cheek: there are bright pink flamingoes in every store or restaurant, and a STATUE made of pink-painted metal downtown...the pics of Mog kissing the flamingo are to die for, but YOU can't see them...neener-neener!

Sorry about that!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A fall trip to Lake Superior

We're off this morning to Bayfield, Wisconsin. You KNOW I'll take pictures, and we'll see if Blogger lets me post 'em.
Doncha just love a mystery?

Waiting for Mog to get here, I noticed a fairly large bird on the cement block on the corner of the square flowerbed outside my office window. ('Fairly large' means about twice the size of a robin--his beak and feet are tucked in, and he's perfectly centered on the block--the only movement is when the wind ruffles his feathers a bit). What's remarkable about that? Something about him makes me think "hawk"--the fearlessness and serenity of sleeping 2 feet above the ground, out in the open--

Ok, she's here!
See ya later...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Beta

I'm trying this new beta program from blogger. Evidently, it now goes through my google account, which seems to have bugs of it's own.

I tried to post a photo three times already...just to see if it works...no go. The page freezes when I click "post".

Soooo, we'll try just words, and see if it greases the skids lol

There's even caramel in my hair

The last three days have been BUSY here in EF Headquarters-land.

Thursday morning, we drove down to Rochester, Mn for a 2 day trade show. The idea was to place orders for a good part of our merchandise mix for next season, and MAN, it was fun! On Thursday, we scoped the place out, getting an idea of what was offered and picking up brochures...then back to the hotel to decide.
In the morning, we had a stack of vendors to visit, place the order, and get on to the next vendor. OMG, that was so cool!
"We need two of this...one of these...a case of this...you have a deal on three cases? Hmm, ok--three. And how do these come? Lots of six? Ok, six of these, these, these and these..." LOL...see?

The ONLY problem with being three hours from home was that Saturday was the opening day of our Fall Sale, and MUCH needed to be done yet. The crew really tried, but with regular customer traffic (PLUS those wanting a pre-sale deal), it's difficult to get merchandise marked and displays set up.

We made it back by about 4:30 on Friday, and dug right in...lol Set up corn shocks on the lawn to cover that bare spot where a big pot was....place signs everywhere....run a cord to the table for the caramel heater and check if the apple corer would actually work there...get the bobcat and haul out pallets of bagged potting soil and mulch...place bales for display and seating...then go home and rest up for the craziness tomorrow!

Whew. Saturday morning, I drove out to Collegeville Orchards to pick up the Paula Red apples--three bushels--when Curtis called to ask that I bring my coffee grinder, too. As he would say, "Done and done!" lol

It was a PERFECT day! Cold and sunny, with wind from the north...geese flying over...the rustle of dried corn, smell of straw and fresh air, and the nearby farmers' last cutting of alfalfa...hot caramel out front, and inside, rich fresh-ground coffee. Mmmm!

When I opened the gates at 7:55, there were six or seven cars waiting to get in, and it stayed that way all day....! A parade of cheery people delighted to be outside for a reason. I really believe that EVERY customer yesterday bought something...lol...and most bought more than that!

Oh, yes! I DID get pictures...don't worry. Dar, the apple server, took lots between chopping apples and pumping hot caramel. Thanks, Dar!
But of course, blogger/my computer isn't cooperating this morning...so click these....
DAR SERVING CARAMELED APPLES

THE CREW

WORKING HARD

BTW....the caramel in my hair? I have no idea HOW it got there, but now I know why that wasp liked me so much!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Monday, September 04, 2006

Certain people have been bugging me about updating here...what can I say? It's no longer a florist blog, so I feel "untrue" about keeping the name.

On the other hand, daud says it isn't my problem that web crawlers cherry pick or that I'm listed when someone Googles "rubrum lily". (Hi, rubrum lovers! Thanks for clicking Ephemeral Florist...feel free to scroll around, but be aware that it's more of a 'grandaughter' and 'landscaping' blog these days...the 'florist' stuff is PRE-October 2005...lol).

On the third hand, it's neat to know that both of you CARE whether I blog or not. I could write this stuff in an e-mail, and one cc would suffice, but then, what would late night insomniac random ("Click for next blog") surfers do when they need to sleep?

So, OKAY. You haven't exactly said you LOVE this drivel, but I guess that you want it is good enough....lol

We're having a "Fall Fiesta" at SS next Saturday--the kick-off to a "rest of the season" sale featuring buy-two-get-one-free trees, and twofer shrubs and perennials...(what doesn't sell has to be overwintered), as well as half price fountains, pots, garden tools, etc. AND, there'll be seminars on
Putting Your Pond To Bed For The Winter and Landscaping with Icecicles...(kidding!)

So, this weekend, I made a scarecrow for my displays, and a few crows to go with him.
Wanna see?






















(My sister helped with the crows, which you'll have to imagine, so she gets her picture here.)

xoxo to you all!