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Old 08-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #46
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Another orchid photo. This is my first AOS award orchid. (American Orchid Society) I received an HCC award for it.
Congratulations!

Please forgive my very considerable ignorance, but could you let us know what an HCC award is? Thanks.

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Congratulations!

Please forgive my very considerable ignorance, but could you let us know what an HCC award is? Thanks.
High Class Certificate. It was awarded 78 points out of a possible 100. HCCs are 70-79 pts. 80-89 pts gets an Award of Merit (AM). 90-100 gets a First Class Certificate (FCC). FCCs are really hard to get. These are all flower awards.

You can also get a CCM, CHM, and CCE. These are awarded on the quality of the whole plant. Certificate of Cultural Merit, Horticulture Merit, or Cultural Excellence.

My husband is in charge of the orchids at the Memphis Botanic Gardens and before my mom passed, she grew and showed roses. They taught me how to have a green thumb. We grow them as a team and it is a lot of fun.
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Hubby decided to drill the faucet holes on the sink too. He is convinced that the faucet we bought last year will work. We have a side bet.

I don't think the on/off lever is going to clear the window stool. He says it will. I said, "drill it and show me." Then I will decide if we have to buy a different faucet. Either way, it will be a 3-hole so we would have to drill it anyway.
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No actually we didn't tear out any of it. We have a few areas that were patched. (The furdowns, the removed wall, and 2 old light fixtures).

Too expensive to replace for just 4 patch areas.
I usually tear out if I'm going for a flat ceiling. Most of it is nailed up, and sagging between the rafters to some degree or another. At $7 / sheet for drywall it's cheaper for me than the endless mudding and sanding to get a really perfect job. Also gives me a perfect opportunity to get rid of the nasty 50 year old blown in insulation.

I also prefer sheetrock to be screwed, as I've never heard of a "screw pop", but I've seen plenty of nail pops.

It doesn't really matter though as long as it's firmly attached, and flat though does it
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High Class Certificate. It was awarded 78 points out of a possible 100. HCCs are 70-79 pts. 80-89 pts gets an Award of Merit (AM). 90-100 gets a First Class Certificate (FCC). FCCs are really hard to get. These are all flower awards.

You can also get a CCM, CHM, and CCE. These are awarded on the quality of the whole plant. Certificate of Cultural Merit, Horticulture Merit, or Cultural Excellence.

My husband is in charge of the orchids at the Memphis Botanic Gardens and before my mom passed, she grew and showed roses. They taught me how to have a green thumb. We grow them as a team and it is a lot of fun.
Interesting....my grandfather was a horticultural person of some renown in Sussex many years ago. Fortunately, he passed along much of his knowledge to both my mum and myself.

I make no pretenses as to being any sort of a horticultural wizard, but I do have a great interest in Japanese gardening.
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BTW - Santa Barbara has an excellent orchid vendor. Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. They have some awesome plants for sale.
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Hubby decided to drill the faucet holes on the sink too. He is convinced that the faucet we bought last year will work. We have a side bet.

I don't think the on/off lever is going to clear the window stool. He says it will. I said, "drill it and show me." Then I will decide if we have to buy a different faucet. Either way, it will be a 3-hole so we would have to drill it anyway.
I had some problems with a faucet in a bathroom not long ago that wouldn't clear the backsplash. I hate it when that happens!
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I had some problems with a faucet in a bathroom not long ago that wouldn't clear the backsplash. I hate it when that happens!
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I don't know why I haven't been checking in on your thread, y'all have come a long way, it is really looking good. How did the bet turn out, did the handles work OK? I knew I recognize the neighborhood y'all live in, I just couldn't place it. The last house I built was in the Memphis State area. I know they changed the name of the collage but I never got use to it. I take that back, I built one in North Mississippi and Jackson Tenn after that house in Memphis, that was the last house in Memphis.

You have some beautiful flowers, thanks for sharing the pictures.
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I don't know why I haven't been checking in on your thread, y'all have come a long way, it is really looking good. How did the bet turn out, did the handles work OK? I knew I recognize the neighborhood y'all live in, I just couldn't place it. The last house I built was in the Memphis State area. I know they changed the name of the collage but I never got use to it. I take that back, I built one in North Mississippi and Jackson Tenn after that house in Memphis, that was the last house in Memphis.

You have some beautiful flowers, thanks for sharing the pictures.
The jury's still out on the faucet. I stopped him from drilling and grinding at 1am. I was worried our new neighbor wouldn't appreciate that since her bedroom is next to our driveway.

When I went to college, it was Memphis State but when I graduated it was University of Memphis. I liked the old name better.

I'm thinking about going off the grid for our greenhouse/shadehouse. I think we get enough light to make solar workable. I'm investigating it. That would really lower our utility bill. Heating the orchids in the winter can push our bill to $400 at times. It makes me guilty for our environmental footprint.
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That's good thinking on the solar power for your orchids.

There's plenty of ideas that cost very little that you can do for yourself. Hot water heating with solar works even in the winter time. There are literally thousands of websites out there with tons of info. Good luck.
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Hubby won the bet. For the sake of peace and to make sure he doesn't go on strike for the rest of the project, I am conceding the faucet choice. We had already bought it before we changed the sink and he doesn't want to exchange it for oil rubbed bronzy copper.

Plus the hot water dispenser choices are expanded with brushed nickel. I'll post a pic of the faucet a little later. I concede. Gotta keep the labor happy.
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Here are pics from the faucet bet. I wanted oil rubbed bronze/copper but I forgot we bought this faucet last year.

Do you think it is too stainless looking for our biscuit colored appliances? Hubby thinks oil rubbed bronze/copper will be lost in the sink color.

I already concede, but I want opinions anyway. Nothing like stirring the pot.
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Here are pics from the wineglass rack post spraying coat #2. I think they look great. Total project cost, $60. This is a fun project.
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