Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy and Lucy After the Frost

“Well, Little One, it sure is a lot warmer this morning.”

“You can say that again. I hate those cold temperatures.”

“Yeah, I do too. I wonder if any plants were hurt with the freeze.”

“Freeze? What do you mean?”

“When the temperature goes below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or zero Celsius, it is called a freeze since that is the temperature that water goes from liquid to solid.”

“Oh, like Frozen the movie. Why are these plants on the porch?”

“Mom pulls them up and covers them. They don’t do well in a freeze.”

“What happens to them?”

“Too cold, and they die. Where you going?”

“I think I left my green stick out here. I hope it didn’t get frozen.”

“Don’t worry about your green stick. It doesn’t get hurt by the freeze.”

“No, wait. I think I left it inside.”

“Well, if you did, then it is safe.”

“I better check and make sure.”

“For heaven’s sake, Twiggy. It’s fine.”

“Where are you going?”

“To check the patio plants.”

‘I want to see them too.”

“What a surprise.”

“Uh oh. Looks like the potato vines took a hit.”

“Lemme ask Dad. Hey Dad, will they come back?”

“Sadly no, Twiggy. But they only live in the summer. So it was time for them to say goodbye.”

“I don’t understand.”

“Well. Let’s see if this will help. All living things have a certain amount of time allocated to them. When that time is finished, they have to move on.”

“What about green stick? How much time do I have with green stick?”

“Almost forever, Little One.”

“I like that.”

 

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  1. There’s comfort in knowing that green sticks can last long even with a freeze.

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    1. I think there is comfort knowing something is more permanent. Thank you, Annette

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  2. Twiggy must really love the green stick. I’m glad it’s safe. Sending ear scratches to the girls.

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    1. Thank you, Miss Staci. 😊

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  3. So glad this cold snap wasn’t as brutal as the one last year, John! And thank heavens the green stick is safe.πŸ˜‚

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    1. I agree, Lori. Thank you. 😊

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael. 😊

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  4. They woke up again. The year can start. What do we need stars showing us the solstice, when there are Twiggy and Lucy aboard. πŸ˜‰ Have a nice day, John! xx Michael

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Michael.

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  5. What a beautiful little by-play between the two. That was touching.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela.

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  6. Twiggy sure loves Green Stick. Glad it’s warmer for you and the girls now, John πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. Back to chilly on Friday.

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  7. I’m with Twiggy…give me sunshine and 85 degrees.

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    1. Yes indeed. Me too.

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  8. So glad that Green Stick is safe.

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    1. Yes. We know how delecate those Kong toys can be.

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  9. Ah, the saga of the Green Stick – a classic!

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    1. Thank you, GP.

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  10. Always love these two and their exchanges. And Twiggy’s got her priorities straight. As long as her green stick is fine, the potato plant can suffer…

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    1. I think we all want to know something will stay with us for a long time. This is true when we see how temporary life can be. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. This is very true, John. And you put it in such a subtle way.

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      2. I tend to do that for sure. Thanks, Dale. πŸ€—

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      3. A talent you have! πŸ™‚

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      4. Keeps me on my toes. Thanks, Dale.

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      5. That’s great, I say!

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  11. “Almost forever, Little One.” I love that.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. 😊

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  12. I’m sure the pups are happy it has warmed up, and you as well. Glad the green stick is OK.

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Darlene.

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  13. Jane Sturgeon · ·

    Green sticks, “Almost forever, Little One”. Love lasts. ❀ xXx

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    1. Yes it does.Thanks, Jane.❀️

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  14. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    The potato plant looks a lot like my outdoor plants. 😊 I love the pup exchange and the life lesson. Have a good one, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Have a good one too.

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  15. Next, you’ll have to explain the concept of roller-coaster weather to Twiggy, because it’s on tap for the next little while. At least your cyclamen will like it; they won’t suffer any more than the green stick.

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    1. It seems that way, Linda. Pretty tough little buggers.

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  16. I’ve been wondering about that green stick . . .

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    1. Safe inside. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Whew, disaster averted!

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  17. Our son in Austin loved the colder weather, but also didn’t have a heavy coat there, lol. Never thought he’d need it.

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    1. The longer he stays here the more he will need it. 😁

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  18. Green stick is immortal. 😁

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    1. Let’s hope so. 😁

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  19. Thanks, John. Gave me a smile, then got me thinking about the circle of life and looking up the potato vine. Pretty plant. πŸ™‚

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    1. It is ony a summer plant unfortunately. Thanks, Tim. 😊

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  20. Aw, what a sweet ending!

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    1. Thank you, Marie.😊

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  21. It looks like most your plants survived. They look really good and lush, and with Twiggy’s Green Stick is in no danger…all is well. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚

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    1. All is well, Deborah.

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  22. Aww, that was a sweet post, John. Loved it!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. 😊

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  23. Good for Twiggy, learning that green stick lasts practically forever! With a hearty chewer like Monkey, it’s not an easy task to find toys that do. Glad your cold weather lasted such a short time — it’s hard on people, plants, and short-haired dogs.

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    1. We are getting anouther round of below freezing but only for one night. Thanks, Debbie.

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  24. Almost forever…I like that too, John. Great post!

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    1. It would be great if those we love could last forever. Thanks, Jan. 😊

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  25. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    It’s nice the green stick will alway be there for Twiggy πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes it will. Thanks, Denise

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  26. It was quite a freeze, wasn’t it? We covered some of our cacti, but not all of them, nor any other plants. They should have survived – hopefully.

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    1. Have gone out to look or are you somewhere else?

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      1. I haven’t looked yet.

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      2. P.S.: Our Dwarf Oleander seems to have taken a hit, but it should survive.

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      3. I’m sure it will.

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  27. Almost forever… I like that. It bears a similarity to Monty Python’s flying instructions. Well said.

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  28. They ask such good questions! And yup, those potato vines bit the dust. We are getting ready to plan out what we will plant in our tugs for the spring and summer. Got a few tomatoes and some green peppers last year – we are definitely expanding this year.

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    1. I love Tomatoes, Nichole, but I’m the only one.

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  29. Whew! So relieved about the green stick being inside!
    Do Lucy and Twiggy have little coats for when it gets colder?
    They are sooo cute!
    Okay, I seem to be using the Turtle OS. Time to reboot and take out the garbage!

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    1. Twiggy has two sweaters. Her favorite is the leopard spots one. Lucy has one sweater which she hates and won’t wear unless it is snowing. Yes you are right we get no snow here normally.

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      1. Ah! Twiggy has great taste in prints.
        Does Twiggy feel e-dogulated in the sweater?

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      2. No she feels empowered to behave like a leopard. (which is pretty close to her normal behavior)

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  30. petespringerauthor · ·

    They have the coolest dog toys these days. We should knowβ€”we’re on a first-name basis with all the people at PetCo.

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    1. Yes, indeed. We do Chewy mail order but I know what you mean. Thanks, Pete.

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  31. Oh why did this make me cry?! 😭😭😭 I prefer only bad things come to an end.

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    1. The Twiggy and Lucy stories are usually loaded with subtle lessons of life. To know that a loved one would last forever would be a joy for sure. I feel that way about these two. Sadly it is not the way life works. We’ll give Twiggy that gift. Thanks, Audrey.

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  32. Buahahaha!

    Twiggy’s little green stick in the book “Almost Forever”.

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    1. Yup. I wish the book had Twiggy in it too.

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  33. I like Twiggy, so many questions.

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    1. Yes she does. Thanks, Cheryl.

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  34. Twiggy, you ask the best questions. You make my heart grow bigger. I think that happens with Lucy and Dad, too.

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    1. She does for sure, Jennie. Thanks.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  35. Was the green stick inside after all?

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  36. Adorable, John. We get overnight temperatures of below freezing during our winters although our day time temperatures are fairly high (often in the low 20 C’s)

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    1. Our below freezing only lasts for a few hours.

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      1. Ours last all night and into the early morning. There is always frost on the grass on the way to work / school.

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      2. Our flowers have a chance if covered. I can see yours do not.

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      3. No, we lost a few plants even though they were covered this past winter which was colder than usual.

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      4. We only lost a few tender annuals.

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  37. Lucy is one smart pooch.

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    1. She is. Thanks, Mark.

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