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michele

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I have a few plants that I dutifully neglect.

One is a mother-in-laws tongue (sansiveria -I think) that has gotten out of control.  It's gotten very wide and very tall.  What the hell do I do with it?


Lol! This made me smile.

No matter how I try, I always end up with a hodgepodge of a mess. Either there's not enough sun for my flowers, or some take over . . . my hostas are doing great, though. I always have such good intentions at the beginning of the summer, and then it fizzes. I think trees are better for me, because I always end up with the wild, untamed look no matter what I do, so might as well go with it.
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Copenhagen trying to be the first carbon neutral city in the world. Pretty cool story on CBS about it. One of their power plants is going to double as a ski slope. If I remember correctly someone's spouse on here Danish. Hopefully somewhere here in the States will make the same effort. The technology has been available since Nikolai Tesla but we always have some excuse or another for not pursuing clean energy. Mostly because it's easy and profitable to poke holes in the ground and extract fossil fuels. The consumer has to decide clean energy is what they prefer and when it becomes profitable things will change hopefully not too late.
michele

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Hi Gardener,

It was me, but my husband is Canadian, his background is Danish. He is fluent in the language and his brothers were born there, but he was born after his parents came here.

Unfortunately, Allan says that the minute someone sticks their head above the crowd in Denmark, it gets chopped off.

Ooh, very cynical, Not so good. I hope YOU are right, Gardener, and not Allan. [smile]


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I don't think anyone was trying to stand out they were just going for a carbon neutral city in Copenhagen. Canadian aye. Part of my family was from the Netherlands but my grandparents were the last ones to speak Dutch that moved to the U.S. A couple of their cousins came over to visit that still live there, It's always nice to talk to people from different places and see what there perspective is and how things actually are in those places.
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I don't think anyone was trying to stand out they were just going for a carbon neutral city in Copenhagen. Canadian aye. Part of my family was from the Netherlands but my grandparents were the last ones to speak Dutch that moved to the U.S. A couple of their cousins came over to visit that still live there, It's always nice to talk to people from different places and see what there perspective is and how things actually are in those places.


I would LOVE to go to The Netherlands, and Denmark, for that matter. Allan learnt Danish as his native tongue, and when he began school he barley knew English. So his parents were really off the boat.

I think it's great that they're going for that in Denmark, Gardener. My husband is just jaded because he's been back so many times, and he has a cousin who has never worked a day in his life, and lives at the same standards as those who work their butts off (according to Allan), and blah, blah, blah.

I had heard they were the happiest country, too. I'll tell you, some of the Danish lunches I've been too, WOW, WOW, WOW! I can't speak for all Dans, but Allan's family sure knows how to eat and make merry. The liquor is flowing - wine, bear, schnapps --- which they say "scoll" (or however you spell it in Danish) all at the same time, so you're juggling drinks and smoke and food. The scnapps is really strong stuff, I can't do it. Baileys (oh, I do love the Baileys, though) and food, food, food.

They do know how to have a great time, though. Which is great, in moderation

Now, ironically, his parents are divorced and he hasn't spoken to either of them in years, for different reasons. Another brother also does not speak to the family. No judgement, just the way it is. I wonder, if they had not come to Canada, would things have been different?
 
For myself, I would love to go to Denmark, and all of those countries.
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