Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs April 2013 & A Special Birthday Wish

April 2013 planting calendar

Can you believe April is here? I managed to get a few things planted in March-even with our colder than usual spring they all seem to be doing good so far. Over the weekend, we got an impressive amount of work done-even though most of us felt miserable with a bad cold. We drank lots of water, took freqent breaks, and kept on trucking. Granny says we probably took cold from going out in the snow without enough warm clothes on last week.

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A few weeks ago, a little bird told me today was Charles Fletcher’s 91st birthday! I got the girls to sing for him and thought you might enjoy the tune too.

 

Happy Birthday Charles!

Drop back by tomorrow and I’ll tell you about the gardening we did over the weekend.

Tipper

 

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20 Comments

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    Jane Bolden
    April 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Fletcher! You almost had an Easter birthday. I have a Thanksgiving birthday now and then. Have great day!

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    Ethel
    April 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Happy Birthday Charles!

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    Ken
    April 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Tipper,
    Just wanted to say “Happy Birthday” to Charles. It’s nice to
    have them gorgeous girls sing for
    you on your Special Day.
    Ethelene Jones is right about this
    blog making us feel like family.
    …Ken

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    Quinn
    April 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to you, Mr. Fletcher! I hope you have a lovely day, and many happy returns 🙂

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    Merv
    April 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLES. OUR HILLS HERE IN MALVERN(UK) MAY NOT BE AS HIGH AS YOURS ARE, BUT THE GREETING AND BEST WISHES ARE JUST THE SAME,
    CHEERS. MERV. UK.

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    Tom
    April 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Happy Birthday, Charles! Hoping it’s one of your best ones yet.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations Charles! You are a lucky feller Mr. Fletcher, first to have reached 91 years in reasonable health, then to be sung to on your birthday by a couple of beautiful young girl twins. I hope they will sing for you again when you reach 101.

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    Garland Davis
    April 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Happy Birthday Charles! May it be the best day ever!!

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    martina
    April 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Happy birthday Mr. Fletcher…and MANY more.

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    B. ruth
    April 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    PS
    I did enjoy the happy birthday song the girls played and sang for Charles.
    My husband wanted a tune played and sung for him on his birthday.
    I said, “wal, I sing you happy birthday!” It’s not the same and you can’t play a fiddle or guitar!
    Also, I’m sorry you guys are feeling “peaked”! Maybe getting out in the spring air helped chase it away.
    Get well soon,
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Our ground is just too wet to do much spring planting.

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    dolores
    April 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Happy Birthday, Charles! The girls did a great job with their wishes. May you have many more!

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    B. ruth
    April 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

    CHARLES TO YOU A VERY VERY
    …HAPPY BIRTHDAY… and many happy returns..
    I’ve enjoyed your comments and your books, keep’em coming!
    Tipper,
    A PINCH AND A PUNCH FOR THE FIRST OF THE MONTH!
    Remember when I told you about the colorful bunnies, that I seed in my dream? Wal, we come in night last and thar, right thar, hoppin’ with the rest of them rabbits in the yard wuz a blue cottontail…I naryly choked on my storebought tea. We got out of the cyar and started toward the door..That thar rabbit never moved, on and on down the walkway, hit never moved. So’s I was a guessing my dream come true!
    Right hyar at Easter too. Whew!
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    APRIL FOOLS!
    I must’ve got a little stem of “poke sallet” amongst the leaves when I cooked ’em yestiddy…and they scrambled my brains a smidgeon!
    ‘Cause hit was just a blue plastic shoppin’ bag had blowed of’en the porch….!!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ron Banks
    April 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Happy birthday Mr. Fletcher!
    Tipper, I hope your bad cold is better. My mother would say the same things about getting colds. She would fuss at us for going out in the cold with wet hair or as she called it, a wet head. Us boys had to wear an undershirt until spring time and we could not go barefoot outside until later on. She thought if you did you were sure to catch a death of cold. She had some funny beliefs about things and I have often wondered where they came from. She would just say that was what the old timers believed.

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    Don Casada
    April 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday, Charles – you’re a mighty young 91 year old feller!

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    Shirla
    April 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday, Charles! I think Tipper is trying to pull an April Fool’s joke on us, or maybe she hit the wrong number on the keyboard. Since the six and nine are so close, I’m sure that’s what happened.
    Can’t wait to hear about your garden. I refuse to plant anything as long as I am using the woodstove and wearing my winter coat. Brrr!

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    Miss Cindy
    April 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday, Charles and thank you for the stories and books you have shared with us!
    The girls….outstanding! Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to Charles.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Happy Birthday, Charles Fletcher!
    Although I don’t know you in person, anyone who has reached the delightful age of ninety-one deserves our accolades and very warmest wishes!
    And with such a birthday wish in music as Chitter and Chatter sent your way, I know this will be a very special day for you. Tipper has made us all “one big family”!

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    PinnacleCreek
    April 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Happy Birthday Charles. I have enjoyed your contributions to this site.
    Tipper, you must listen to Granny if you want to avoid those terrible spring colds.

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    Charles fletcher
    April 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

    THANK YOU TIPPER AND YOUR SWEET GIRLS FOR THE VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY. FRIENDS LIKE YOU ARE EARNED. NOTHING IN THE WORLD CAN BUY FRIENDSHIP. YOU AND YOUR GANG ARE TRUE FRIENDS.
    THANKS FOR THE SONG GIRLS.BEAUTIFUL.
    CHARLES FLETCHER

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    Bradley
    April 1, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Happy birthday Charles! Now that I know your birthday, I will always remember it. You see, today April 1st happens to be my Daddy’s (my hero’s) birthday. Hope you have a wonderful day Charles. I’ll just bet you are one of the best.
    Those girls sure can harmonize!

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