Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good holiday celebration with your family and/or friends!
It's time for the central Arkansas folk to start thinking about our February luncheon. (Only true gardeners know what food and fellowship have to do with gardening! LOL)
I will be hosting the luncheon and Kathy Ann has agreed to be my co-host. I will be out of town on Feb. 6th but any of the other 3 Saturdays in February will be fine with me. Chime in here and let me know what would be the best date for you and we will make a plan!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!!
Edited to add the names of those who are attending the luncheon. If I have left out your name be sure to let me know. Thanks!
Kathy Ann, co-hostess
Christine (maybe Dave, too)
I just sent you a dmail Marilyn. I'm ready for another luncheon, We have so much fun at these things.
Just want to tell Charlotte to bring her Stuff, LOL Amber stole one of my necklaces I got from you, and I want to try to replace it. Got to keep that girl out of my jewelry box. She took the black/turquoise one I found a black choker to go with it. and it's now gone ha.
I too am ready for another luncheon!!! I'll bring my "stuff". Need to make some new ones! My work table has been piled so high with stuff that I couldn't get to it. But I've been gradually clearing it. I usually volunteer at the Flower and Garden show but haven't signed up yet and don't think I'm going to. I've gotten myself involved in another project the "Spring Garden Tour" May 1 and 2 so I think I'm just going to stick with it.
Well, why don't we plan on the 20th with the hope that the weather will be somewhat warmer by then. Of course, we had two snows in early March of last year so there are no guarantees! LOL
Sandra, you know you are always welcome at my house. Wish you could join us but I know that it is a bit far to drive for lunch! LOL However, you can always come and spend the night! :o))
I'm thinking about just letting him know about it and seeing if he wants to come, I definitely want him to come to Jeri's RU, if I can afford to go, he should be getting his unemployment by then so we should be able to make it.
Dave just said he wants to change the name of the handyman business, starting with the word "Handyman." I can't come up with anything, I think he should use our last name, "Ramsey's Handyman Specialist" but he wants to be first on yellowpages.com lol
Sandra he started his handyman/lawn care business in 2005 when he couldn't find work. It did great in California but didn't take off here so he found the job at Hawker Beechcraft that he just lost. He wants to 'refine' it and take "Lawn Care" out because he says he's getting too old for it, and just focus on the Handyman side. The business is called "A Better Home" right now.
Yaaayyy Kim! We're going to be building a veggie garden and Dave is unsure of how to go about it and dirt and all. I'm thinking about bringing him so he can get some education.
Crissy you know they say your business name shoud tell what you do. My DH is self employed in the computer business his name used to be Computer Alternatives - nice name but no one was really sure what that meant. We changed it to Computer Repair Xpress 3-4 years ago and it made a HUGE difference in the number of new customers we have. I'm sure it is because anyone who sees our name knows exactly what he does.
What exactly does Danny want to do. General home repairs? or does he do moving stuff or painting or what? If you'll tell me I'll try to help you come up with a good name:)
I see that! Sorry guys you didn't mind switching did ya? What does DAVE do crissy? Who cares what Danny does I guess since he ain't the one looking for a new name huh? Hey Kathy Ann hope the new year is treating you right!!
Oh good, Janie, I am so glad you will be able to make it to the luncheon, It will be good to see you again.
Karen, hope things work out with the granddaughters' birthday so that you can come to the luncheon, but we know that grandkids come first!
Yep, Dave is Christine's husband and Danny belongs to Kathy Ann. Unfortunately,
Dave has been laid off and Danny's work got really, really slow after the housing market crashed. They are both in need of employment so let's keep that in mind when we are praying. :o))
Debra and Kim let's all three ride together to Marilyn's. Debra if you could come to my house and then I will be glad to drive and we can go by and pick up Kim. Can talk about times, etc. later. What do you all think?
hi ladies im new to dg sounds to me like you have a good time down in that part of the siate. i would love to go to a party like you are plaining but i get car sick just going to ft. smith. just an old lady i young back up come warm weather. be sure you post alot of the things you do . i would love that. have a good time.
Hi, Nettie! Welcome to Dave's Garden and to the Mid-South Forum! We here on Mid-South do have a lot of fun together at the various round-ups (plant exchanges) in the Mid-South area and at local get-togethers, too. Those of us who live in the central Arkansas area have recently been getting together for lunch every few weeks. We always have a good time. Here is a link to some photos which were taken by Charlotte at our last luncheon which was at Debra's house: http://picasaweb.google.com/charlotte.perdue1/DGAtDebraSDecember2009?feat=directlink#5414924178203367010
I'm sorry you won't be able to come to the luncheon but you are certainly welcome should you change your mind.
Y'all, I have edited the first post in this thread to add the names of you who have said you are coming to the luncheon so please check and make sure I haven't left out your name if you have said you are coming.
you ladies are so nice may take you up on that some day. but i will come by from time to time just to see what you have been up to. as for me i dabble in a little of everything and try to stay out of trouble. im sure you do the same. if you are ever in booneville be sure and stop i promise to be a true southern lady. stay warm, healthy, and never far from the garden. donnette
you have a point, a very good one. i lost my mother 3 years ago one of the last things she told me to do was , dig my naked ladies, well being the good daughter i did what i was told . now i find im the proud owner of what was about 200 of them my husband has said you need to let go and i have. took about 50 to garden club last year didn't have to bring any back home. now if i could find someone who has a craving for some bouncing bet, soap wart. ha thats not going to take place.id be a happy camper. you ladies take care, don,t work to hard and ill talk to you later.
Good!!!! I trying to do better and will be ready for that desert! Went on a 3 mile walk this afternoon...I know it was 3 miles because I got in the car when I got home and clocked it. I had to go about15 ft past my driveway to get it to hit 3 miles, but of course I had to walk up the driveway, so it was 3 miles. Then I took Charlie and Samatha on a short walk. They were so excited. Just walked them up and down my cul de sac area a couple of time. Now I'm pooped!
I'm bumping up this thread since the time for our luncheon is drawing closer. With all the inclement weather we have had the past few weeks, I was beginning to wonder if we would be able to have a luncheon this month. However, I just checked the extended forecast and "they" are saying that the 20th will be in the 50's and partly sunny! Yay!! Now, if that holds for the next 10 days, we will be in good shape!
I have a list up on the first post of those of you who have said you are coming. Please let me know if anything has changed for you. Also, if you want to join us and your name is not on the list, please let me know. Kathy Ann and I will need a head count by the middle of next week so we will know how much food to prepare. Thanks for your cooperation.
Looking forward to seeing each of you on the 20th!
We were, Monday and Tuesday morning. I wanted to go drive around but Dave wouldn't let me. I want to test out my all wheel drive and see if it's really worth the extra money. I know it doesn't do anything in the rain, that crossover hydroplanes more than any other vehicle I have ever had, it's horrible.
Boy I am ready to get out!!!!! Have my painting project finished. Working on getting the room back together now. I need to make a new dust ruffle and put new fabric in the dressing screen. Had to get new electrical covers and make another Hobby Lobby run. I found new shades for my chandeliers in the den on sale for 1/2 priced the last time I was there but they only had 9 and I needed 10. I bought the 9 last time and went back to get the 10th one. Boy do they look better. DH loves to put in very high wattage bulbs and they just burned up the inside of my old shades. He has been banned from using anything other than a 40 watt bulb.
We're just gonna have to come back over ther eCharlotte, and see your new room. LOL sounds like you've been busy. There's a whole lot of lpainting needing done over here, but DH thinks that's his kind of work, and he doensn't want to do it now.
I too am ready to get out and have some fun . i'm lookin gforward to this event!!!
I've always been the designated painter!!! I've painted many a room!!!! The trouble is once you get started, you start realizing how much other things need to be painted!!! Next I'm going to do the hallway upstairs, stairs, and foyer. It's all one in the same so have to finish all of it. I'm going to start upstairs and work my way down.
there, there, Sandra. It will be all right! (I need that little group hug smiley thingie)
Charlotte, I hate to paint. It's not the rolling paint on the walls which I don't like--it's doing all that cutting in around the door trim and baseboards, etc. I would much rather hang wallpaper but wallpaper is "out" now.
That's the part I don't like also! That's why I kept re-papering. I re-papered my kitchen 3 times in the 27 years I've been here. Then I took all the wallpaper down and painted last year. I re - papered the foyer at least 2 times. That's coming down when I paint it. Like you said, paper is out now! So rather than re-paper I'm just going to paint! Yes all that woodwork is a pain!!! I gotten pretty good at taping and that does make it easier!
Looks like I'll be coming after all! The twins BD party will be on Sunday so I'm sorta free on Saturday - I'll have the daughter, son-in-law and grandbaby down from NWA but I'm gonna break away for this one. I'm feeling sad today for the twins because yesterday was their actual birthday and their mom(ex-DIL) sent them off to her Mom's for the whole weekend yesterday. No BD party there and I guess they were going to get in the way of her valentines day plans. UGHHHH! My son went by to see them at daycare before they left but still poor babies!!
I don't like the prepping part of painting. When I paint I just want to do it. I can't stand wallpaper mainly because if you want to get rid of it, it can stick in certain places and not so much in other places and tear up the walls.
Yes!! Door Prizes! I so hope Dave will come with me so I can come too! With him wanting to go to CA so darn bad if he doesn't want to come I probably won't either to 'keep it fair.' ppttttthhhhhhhhh
According to my calculations, there are 9 attending the luncheon. :o)) Oh, happy day! Now just pray that my yard will dry out enough so we can walk around and see all the currently frozen plants in my flower beds and all the thriving weeds in my lawn! LOL (don't weeds ever die?)
hi duckmoma, i don.t know if you have seen this but huneybunch_2000 from montrose arkansas, has a son in childrens hospital in little rock he is 13 years old, burned in a gass explosion,has 2nd and 3rd degree burns. thought you could put them in your prays. this must be a bad time for him and his folks. love nettie ps this is on garden talk, newbe chit chat new thread
She's in th eprayer forum already Nettie. I feel so bad for her son. Has anybody heard how he's doing?
I've been burned bad when I was a teenager, had 2 and 3rd degree burns also. stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks.
I had no pain as all the nerve endings were dead thankfully. it's the first degree burns that are the most painful. I don't know if her son is in pain though, but they say that 2 nd and 3rd degree burns are less pain ful than the first degree burns.
Just a reminder to all of you who are coming to the luncheon on Saturday. We'll be expecting you all around 11:30 except for Kathy Ann--KA it would be nice if you could get here by 11:00am since you are bringing food. :o))
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Weather should be good, too! Woohoo!!
It's supposed to rain Friday and Saturday, just 30% though. Just as long as it doesn't snow, sleet, ice, or any other cold weather event I don't care, I just want out of the house and can't find a better reason to do that than to come see ya'll! Dave is definitely coming with me, I re-confirmed with him last night and told him to keep his Saturday open for me! :)
I just hope my cinnamon rolls turnout good. and that I make enough of them. I want to give some to my walkin gpartners, their always spoiling my diet LOL I just want to repay the favor. and Amber will shoot me if I don't save her some, so I may be makin another batch of them
Don't worry, Sandra, we ate plenty for you! LOL Kathy Ann made some wonderful chicken/rice soup and also delicious homemade rolls and cinnamon rolls. She outdid herself. I provided a Mexican salad, little sausages with barbecue sauce, apple slices with sweet almond-flavored dip, little pickles and olives, cherry tomatoes and a strawberry cake.
I believe a good time was had by all. You would have thought none of us had seen another person in the last two months with all the talking and laughing that was going on. This luncheon helped to alleviate a really bad case of cabin fever, at least for me.
I will have to say that you all wore Friday completely out with all the attention. After you all left, he curled up on his pillow and slept for two hours! LOL
My pictures didn't turn out that good--a lot of them were fuzzy--so I will wait and see what photos you all took. Someone remarked that it was like the "papparazzi" were here what with the sound of all the cameras clicking away.
I really enjoyed it and I hope everyone else did, too.
Marilyn, thank you so much for allowing us to invade your home. Also, thanks to you and Kathy Ann for making that magnificent food! I was so happy to see everyone, and getting to meet Dave. I hope he had a nice time...seemed like he did. Crissy, I did not realize that I got home with some many brugs...was I supposed to bring all of them home? Charlotte, I really appreciate you driving, thanks also, for the calendars. I cannot wait to look through them. KA, you just amaze me with your talents! The mug with pockets is too cute. My photo did not turn out, so I hope someone else got a picture of it...everyone needs to see it!!!
By the way, when Jeff walked in the door, he went straight to the kitchen and ate the two cinnamon rolls ;o) He would like to place an order for another pan full...he will pick them up in the morning. lol
What a wonder time we had at Marilyn's today!!! Here is the link to my photos. http://picasaweb.google.com/charlotte.perdue1/DGAtMarilynSFeb2010#
No wonder poor Friday was worn out!!! All of us talking at once having such a wonderful time. See all those smiles on all the faces. The food was wonderful! I went back for seconds and weeeelllll maybe have to admit 3rds also. Was not hungry at all tonight and decided to skip dinner. Poor Richard had to make do with some left overs!! Marilyn thanks for having all of us and to you and Kathy Ann for all the wonderful food! It was nice meeting Christine's Dave! Don't think we overwhelmed him too much!
Everybody is having so much fun--all of you look so pretty too !!! Everyone loves wind chimes, they make a good prize !
I did not see any pictures of the food????? The cameras were all hidden until everyone got full I guess
Great pictures ! I have to say, we really do have some beautiful people in our mid-south group ! Looks like you all had a great time.
Marilyn, your home is lovely and Friday is a little doll - I am sure he was eating up all that attention.
thanks for posting the pictures good looking group of gardners. i looked at all the pictures, friday and my little fluff would have fun togeather. bet he is spoiled, my fluff is. looks to me like everyone had a good time. fun door prizes, and the food sounds wonderful. thanks again nettie
Marilyn, thank you for hosting us. You're right - it was so nice to get out and see everyone. Kind of like the ground hog coming out to see his shadow - except we refuse to go back in! Your home is warm and inviting, just like you. The food was fabulous. I meant to ask what the flavor was in the dip - almond! That was yummy. Kathy, would you share your soup recipe? That really hit the spot. Love the lip balm! Hung the 'Welcome to My Garden' sign on the garage door entering the house for now but will find the perfect place for it outside. It's cute as can be.
Not sure we decided what we wanted to do about a May RU at my house. I'm leaving it up to the majority (or the loudest). Just let me know what you would all like to do and that's what we will plan. I can host one here, or like Kim suggested, we can have these fun little get togethers every couple of months without hauling plants, then have the big RU and plant swap in the fall.
The only concern that I have...you know when plants spring out of the ground and need to be divided or tossed ;o), we will start asking if anyone wants some and then we will end up with an RU. So, maybe, we should just stick to our usual spring RU. It looks like it would have to be in June. May is going to be pretty busy for everyone...Graduation, Mother's Day, Jeri's RU and Memorial Day are the ones that come to mind.
I need to pick a day for a hypertufa class. Of course, we can make potheads at anytime of the year. If we decided not to have the RU, I could everyone over for lunch and then we can get dirty...make certain you wear sloppy clothes. Maybe, sometime in April.
I forgot to mention that Kim gave us an excellent birding lesson!!!! That girl has more books and gadgets than you can imagine. She even has a gadget that imitates bird calls.
Kim the little book I have is for the birds of the Eastern region. I'm going to start by buying the one you had for the Southern region.
Since Jeri is having an RU in May, I would vote for not hauling plants 2x that month. Of course, not everyone is going to Jeri's so the others might want to have a plant swap. I'll do whatever the majority votes for. I still would like for us to have a "hypertufa class" at some point in time.
Kim I agree June would be a much better month. I at first said lets just wait until Oct. but Kim has a point in that we probably have things that need to be divided and not everyone is going to be able to go to Jeri's. There is way too much going on in May. I can't wait to learn to do potheads. I will do a leaf class one day. It might be hard to do pot heads and leaves the same day. So I'll have everyone over for lunch some other time after it warms up and we can wear old clothes and get dirty again!!! We need more months in the year!!!
Hi everyone!! I finally made it on! The old man was snoring for a couple hours up in the clouds earlier, shook the house pretty good a couple of times! Dave was very glad to meet all of you too, but is cranky that he didn't get anything done on that garden area and today it's too wet. Oh well, he's not working so he has plenty of time during the week.
I'm uploading my pics now and will share those with ya'll too! How weird, no one took pics of the food! We talked about taking pics of the food... LOL
LOL Kim you didn't get all the brugs, I tried to split them up between all the girls who wanted them. I just have too many! Thank you so much Charlotte for the lesson about brug cuttings, I'll definitely have to use it for next year. Yikes!
Marilyn, thank for you being such a great hostess and for sharing you home again. That private chef of yours cooked some really tasty rolls (cinnamon and yeast). All of the food was so good. Thank you both.
It was a fun few hours. Great to see everyone and to meet Dave.
I am good with RU whenever the best time for most is decided upon. Hypertufa classes sound interesting also.
Lots of good pictures taken and put on Picassa.
Marilyn I realized the same thing after I got home and looked at my pictures. Boy this has been the season for me to find bargains on pots. I had run to Lowes for something to do with my bedroom project and made a quick sweep through the plant clearance area. I found some really nice clay pots. They are the dark brown kind with the nice rolled edge. Big ones. I got 3 for $6 each and 1 larger one for $7. I asked how much they were orginally and the $6 ones had been $25 and $7 one $30. The lady that checked me out was impressed with my bargains! I bought all they had. They didn't have any chips or anything.
Marilyn just now checking in since the whole weekend was taken up with the bd party and out of town company - thanks so much for hosting us all. It was really nice to go out and do something fun for once.
Yes Kathy Ann Janie and I are both on facebook - I personally just set up an account last week so I have no clue how to find someone on there:(or how they can find me.
Hi everyone. I know this doesn't have anything to do with our luncheon but I wanted to target the central AR people without starting a new thread. Or, maybe I should start a thread ... don't know.
I am pulling up beds like crazy - clearing out areas where the snakes like to hide. You know what problems we had last year. I've got all kinds of plants to give away. Some are pulled up and dumped into boxes, others are still in the ground. This is not like a RU - I won't have them potted, labeled, etc. It's strictly 'help yourself', but I'm more than happy for anyone to come out, bring your boxes, pots, etc., walk around and see what's here.
I did some thinning this fall so I'm not sure what might come up in the next few weeks. Some things were pulled up and tossed to the side and are still there - bare root and all. Others were cut way back in preparation to be pulled out but never got pulled out so they are misshaped but living. My plants seem to like the abuse. It's amazing how they come back better than ever once planted again.
Here's an idea of what's available. It's not a complete list by any means because I can't remember what all is out there. Don't mean to be rude, but's it's first come/first serve. If you know anyone else in the area who might be interested but isn't on this thread please pass the word.
i'd love to have the forsythias, cause i'm going to do a boarder with them to hide my side woods area from my flower bed.
does this mean your not going to be planting as much this year or any? I hate that you have to clear out this stuff. I know you had a horrid time last year with snakes. Did you ever try the moth balls. You do need to watch the moth balls around animals though. My dog and cat never bothered the moth balls and I never saw ONE single snake in my flower beds last year. I am goin g to do the moth balls this year also. I got a little tired of reaching down to pull a weed and finding a baby snake down there. it was a little too close for comfort LOL
Kathy Ann I'm going to go out and pick up a few things. Maybe I could get the forsythia for you and keep it until we go to Rita's. I could take it to Marilyn's and leave it there and you could pick up from Marilyn's.
KA, there are plenty of forsythia. The deer keep them nipped back and I've never had a bloom. grrrrrrr I'm going to move a few inside the dog yard but the rest are looking for homes. If Kim is willing to keep them for you we can bag up as many as you would like. I think they will be fine if they are set into garbage bags with some wet newspaper around the root ball/dirt.
I have too many beds to take care of and am trying to simplify my life. (yeah, right - LOL) Some are being turned into vegetable gardens and others just need to be thinned out. When we took out the koi pond this fall I threw the plants into cardboard boxes and that's where they still are!
The spring RU is up to ya'll. Did you take a vote? I'll do what ever the majority decides. It did sound like it would have to be June though since May is so busy already. The only date I'm not available is June 12th.
Cross posted - I'd have to count but I'm guessing at least a dozen plants. They were 1 gal plants about 3 years ago. When dug up, the ball is about a foot across. The tops were pruned way back this fall because the deer had stripped them. The branches are probably about 18" tall. I think they could easily be established this summer and bloom next spring.
I didn't realize the deer liked them, I'll have to spray mine, LOL I have one in the back and the deer don't seem to mess with it, but why should they if their nibbling on all my daylilies and spinach>
I'd have to see if someone could get them for me and i'd make a trip down there to pick them up. as we won't have room for them ifsomeone brings them to Rita's LOL
Marilyn, I still have hostas - they will be popping their heads up in the next couple of weeks and be easier to locate. The two lavenders left have been cut way back - not sure they will recover but you are welcome to them. I think Kim and Charlotte wiped out the azalelas (exactly what I needed) - they took some for Kathy Ann, too. You are welcome to do what they did - come on out and I'll show you around. You can dig what ever you want. Need any cannas????
I don't need any cannas, but thanks anyway. I would like to come and get the lavender. Wednesday would be good for me, if you are home then. Charlotte gave me a big clump of hosta last fall which I divided but none of them have emerged yet so I don't know if they have made it through the winter or not. I guess I will have to wait and see what happens with the ones I planted last fall before I dig any more.
Charlotte, I think the hostas will probably do fine. After all they are buried in horse manure! LOL I think I separated that one big clump into more than 20 so if they do all survive, I will have a flower bed full of hostas! :o))