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Strumelia
@strumelia
03/11/21 08:48:06AM
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This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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Have you weighed it John? I'd be interested in knowing how heavy. I assume a box like that really needs to be placed on a table to play, right?

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/11/21 06:06:05AM
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This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I do love the look of that one in poplar, John!  It looks very 'old traditional' for sure, especially with the tin overlays.

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/10/21 07:33:29PM
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Indoor House Plants


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That's funny Randy.  ;D   Yeah sometimes a subject will come up with plants or animals where i coincidentally just happen to know some exact obscure factoid that's being discussed... it can be very impressive, and so fun when that happens.  grin

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/10/21 08:43:30AM
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Indoor House Plants


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True, Ken! Indoor plants are a tonic for the soul in the middle of cold bleak grey winters of non-tropical areas. I remember when i lived in Puerto Rico i did not bother much with indoor plants- it was far easier to just have them out on the 'balcon' or in the yard. 
When i was a child in NYC, like most bohemians my mother would plant leftover avocado seeds and we'd marvel at our resulting two foot tall avocado 'tree'. I couldn't believe the gigantic avocado trees in PR!  eek

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/09/21 05:09:13PM
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Indoor House Plants


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Lois, I know a little something about houseplants, but I'm certainly no expert. I know nothing about crotons. Misting is good for some plants and not good for others, so you'd have to look that up. I've found it soooo useful to punch up searches on Youtube like "care of philodendron", "care of rubber plant". You'll find great tips on caring for specific plants that way... plus some of the vids are fun to watch!
I do know that it's generally advised to not repot a plant for a month or two when you get it- to allow it to settle first from the shock of moving to a new location.  


updated by @strumelia: 03/09/21 05:10:50PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/08/21 08:03:35PM
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Ah, well the usual advice given for that double-pot situation is that you water it thoroughly like once a week or so, let it drain for a few minutes and then dump the excess water out of the outer pot... so that the potted plant is never in standing water. Think of the outer pot (with no hole) as simply a way to protect your table rather than being a water reservoir. Waterlogged soil is deadly to houseplants. I learned only recently that roots need air as well as water, otherwise they start to rot.  Just like us I guess!

Yeah it's funny but all plants do have a life span. And it's amazing how you can make new baby plants from offshoots, splits, and cuttings.


updated by @strumelia: 03/08/21 08:05:04PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/08/21 06:09:01PM
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The Positive Thread...


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@venni , that's impressive, good for you!
Many of us here never actually become highly skilled players, but hopefully we all do find joy in playing a humble instrument at home, even if we only play for our own selves. Music is such a tonic.  :)


updated by @strumelia: 03/08/21 06:09:41PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/08/21 05:55:39PM
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Lois good luck with your new croton plant! They are really colorful, especially if they get sun. Make sure its pot can drain any excess water so there's no chance of root rot. I think they like slightly moist soil but never waterlogged.

Here's a very little (2" diameter) Bishop's Cap cactus I've had for about four years now. It was crowded in a pot with several other succulents in a too-cool room with north light. Somehow it survived, but i just disassembled that pot and gave the little cap a new pot of its own and put it in nice warmer spot with more light. I hope it wont be too shocked by the change.
So cute the way it spirals at the very top like a dim sum dumpling...

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updated by @strumelia: 03/08/21 07:51:41PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/08/21 08:13:59AM
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Show us your sound holes!


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Another detail-  I notice you are both embedding AND attaching your image to a post. No need to do both- just pick one method or the other.  winky

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/08/21 07:57:06AM
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Show us your sound holes!


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@rojo, Ken is correct- when you are in the window where you select an image to embed in your post, on the left side there should be a drop down box where you can choose the size- the default is set to 800 xxxl or something... if you change it to the XL instead, the image will not be so huge. Try it again with one image here, and I'll adjust or delete it afterwards if needed.  :)  Maybe I'll change the default size to one level smaller as well.

Another way is to go ahead and post the embedded image as is, and then click the EDIT gear icon on you post to edit it, and in that window you can click the corner of the image and DRAG it smaller. Sometimes you'd need to drag it smaller several times to get it to the size that looks reasonable. Then save your edited post by clicking the "update post" button. That's what I did just now to make your last embedded image smaller, btw.

If you are doing all this from a phone's tiny screen, then it might be trickier to see or access all these options and menus... just sayin'.


updated by @strumelia: 03/08/21 08:04:40AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/07/21 10:01:20AM
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What's fer dinner?


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Our two best friends are a couple in our neighborhood who are a little older than us. We like to do nice little things back and forth for each other when we can- for example she had an emergency appendectomy last month, and rather than letting her 85 yr old husband go to the supermarket once she was home (she usually does the shopping), I asked her for a shopping list and picked up about a dozen items for them and dropped them off. Sometimes we help them over the phone with computer/email settings they may not understand. 

Yesterday they went to a neighboring town to get a fancy takeout pizza for themselves for dinner, ...they bought an additional large pizza along with a terrific salad, and dropped it off to us on their way home with their own pizza, as a surprise gift. 
Man, that was a super gourmet treat for dinner!  Sooo unexpected and yummy, and with the Greek salad on the side!  pizza

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/06/21 06:52:56PM
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Now you can simply call that plant "The non-astilbe", Lois.  lolol If you could attach a photo of it here, I 'might' be able to recognize what it is.

Your mandevilla- if it's an outdoor plant likely needs to be semi dormant during the winter. If so, then don't over water, feed, or repot it until Spring. If it starts putting out lots of new baby shoots soon, then would be the time to repot it - maybe just into the same pot but with some fresh soil and a slight root trimming.

I got my ginseng ficus bonsai in the mail a couple days ago. It was well packed and with tons of insulation, and only one tiny leaf broke off in transit, and it did not seem to suffer any frost. Amazing!

What funny little 'tree'. It's got bulbous ficus roots, with little branches from a different species of ficus grafted onto the roots (to make sure it has small leaves). Reminds me of those spooky Mandrake roots, or some fertility goddess. It's not technically considered to be a 'real' bonzai, but it's fun and easy for amateurs to keep alive. The upper branches and leaf canopy is what will grow bigger now mostly, and I'll need to give it a haircut now and then. The roots will grow way more slowly than the top leafy part.
It came planted in a very nice 8" long cream colored glazed bonzai pot. You're supposed to place the pot on top of a wet bed of pebbles to create a little extra humidity near the plant. I had a blue and white Chinese platter that seemed to do the trick temporarily. It's got a bunch of teeny tiny baby leaves sprouting out all over top, so that makes me glad.  kittydance
Here it is by my desk window...

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Strumelia
@strumelia
03/05/21 07:32:42AM
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Virtual Festivals--what's your experience, or your thoughts?


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ocean-daughter:One thing I've wanted is to develop technique--to make the notes sound connected, and to find the way I like playing.  I keep taking workshops on embellishments.  Maybe I've nearly reached saturation point...

OceanD, that thing about "making the notes sound connected" is actually a big deal, and it's not all that common that people really think about it. It's sort of the equivalent of if you are playing penny whistle and making a separate blow out for every note, rather than doing sometimes two or three notes on one breath. Same with fiddling- some fiddlers make a separate back/forth stroke of the bow on each note. I find that becomes irritating to listen to after a while, like ratt-a-tat, ratt-a-tat.... 
With the dulcimer, it takes some conscious effort to sound more than one note per strum or pick motion. And it's not all about sliding. Lots of folks never get into such things because it's hard to change how you play once you've gotten used to something. The fact that you are aware of this and are taking technique workshops to improve your playing skills rather than to simply learn more tunes, is admirable!  

I think maybe @dusty-turtle can say something here about players wanting to actually have some enjoyable conversational time with each other during virtual zoom festivals... Dusty?

Pondoro, maybe you could elaborate a bit on why the virtual festival experience does not feel satisfying to you?- such input might really help those who organize such events.  :)


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Strumelia
@strumelia
03/04/21 04:53:45PM
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Lois Sprengnether Keel:Right now I'm wondering what might replace an Astilbe that has finally almost surrendered to my "care."  It took 2 1/2 years, but this plant on my kitchen counter gets some light, but not enough to be truly sunny.  My watering tendencies also are sporadic. 

Lois, it occurs to me that a snake plant (SANSEVIERIA) sounds like it might be just the thing for your low-ish light counter.  It's fine with erratic watering schedules, like to dry out sometimes completely. Loves the sun but survives just fine in low light too. It gets tall and elegant and puts out lots of leaves and 'pups' to give away, but won't take up lots of horizontal counter space. It's not very expensive, and there are many beautiful different varieties of sansevieria to choose from. Look up some google pictures of snake plant varieties.

I have a nice unassuming snake plant that loves it on my low light desk next to my computer- I bought it cheap at the supermarket about 6 months ago, and it's been putting out several healthy new spears: