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Great post! I must try the waffles, I feel the same about the fall TV season; my husband and the kids watch Agents of shield, I love the Crazy Ones and old stand by like Modern Family and the middle...we all watch Once Upon A Time....I to thought I like Hostages meh maybe I should try it again...I will try the blacklist; I think all your trees are great..get them all- if you have to choose one I like the 1st one, the magnolia and the the Italian! Enjoy your day!

Ginny Marie

James Spader looks absolutely awesome in the promos for The Blacklist, but I haven't watched it yet. I think I will! And your waffle iron is so pretty!

The fruitless olive is so pretty! Our house is surrounded by trees, and in the summer, our house does stay cooler because of all the shade. I think it's a great idea!


I love the chinese pistache and the southern magnolia together but I think I'd like the purple orchid by itself. I am not a pumpkin flavor enjoyer. I KNOW! I don't even care for pumpkin pie really. Pumpkin seeds, that's about it. But I think a pumpkin pancake/waffle might not be so bad. And I must admit those pita chips with the cranberry do look rather inviting. I watch nothing regularly on tv so I haven't seen any of these things but I'm interested in Almost Human because Michael Ealy. Well, I do watch Scandal but even that isn't weekly. I like to save them up and binge watch.


I made pumpkin bread and we are half way through the second loaf right now. I will need to make more, or find another use for pumpkin. I was given three pie pumpkins, so I have fresh pumpkin to process and use this winter. And my baking mojo it returning.
I love all of those trees except the olive--my only experience with olive trees are with russian olives and they have thorns--sharp ones.


The magnolia drops large leaves what seems like all of the time. But that just may be in FL. I like the olive tree. Very Mediterranean. Enjoy digging.


Love your waffle iron. I rarely use mine but if it looked like that I might.

Janice Adcock

Say no to the sweet gum unless it is a 'fruitless' variety. They were the 'new thing' in this area about 25 years ago. Now they are a mess for anyone who has one. The seed pods are hard, spiney balls that neither burn in a pile or fireplace nor deteriorate even in our city's composting facility. But they have such lovely foliage. I am a pumpkin freak so I must try these once moved. Just gave all my canned pumpkin to the next door neighbor(

Angelina Costenaro

Ahh, cross country--the good old days! I ran cc in high school and still run some now. Be prepared to cheer your son on in a marathon some day.

As far as the trees, I've narrowed it down to three: Chinese flame tree (because the random clusters of flowers are cool), Italian Stone Pine (because I'm Italian), and the Purple Orchid Tree (because purple is awesome).

And yes, On Writing is an awesome book for writers. I had a much greater respect for Stephen King after reading it. Had no idea his wife was a writer, too!


I would avoid the magnolia and sweet gum. Magnolia's make a mess with leaves, and when the flowers drop off, they stink! Sweet gums have the horrid little spiky balls they drop everywhere! I have no knowledge of the other trees, good luck!!


I've always known the sweet gum tree as a liquid amber. They have beautiful foliage in the fall, but like the other comments said the trees drop these spiny balls. The Chinese pistache trees also have beautiful fall leaves. If you've ever been to the California gold country in the fall, there are lots of beautiful pistache trees. I guess you also have to decide if you want a fast growing tree? Great for LAWP to offer the trees!


Somebody gave me my super cool waffle iron, and I love it. Heres the Amazon link, but I know for sure mine wasnt that expensive, because they left the $39.95 price tag on it! https://www.amazon.com/VillaWare-V015-33010-U60-Rose-Bouquet-Waffler/dp/B0007SXISQ



Oh, Im afraid youre right about the sweet gum. I am a little bit sentimental about them, but they are a mess!



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