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rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #8979199

After much consideration I have decided to go ahead and change the way the Birthday Club works. I think in deference to the economic times we are in I am going to change this from a gifting kind of thing to CARDS ONLY. This change will go into effect starting in January 2012. I think that is the most fair way to do it so that the people at the end of this year who have played along nicely all year will still get their gifts from everyone.

So everyone that has a birthday starting in January will get a card from each of us in the birthday club sometime the month of their birthday. It is really a lot of fun to get snail mail these days anyway since we all live in such an electronic world. If you are so inclined to want to include a pack of seeds or something flat in with the card that is strictly up to you and should not in anyway be expected by the birthday girl.

I am hoping that this will encourage some of the people that have left us and some that would like to join, but are unemployed, to jump in and make this grow. Just think about getting 10 or 20 or 30 cards in your birthday month! So spread the word far and wide and lets see if we can make some new friends and have a sort of old fashioned pen pal arrangement.

We still want to chat and joke and know what is going on in everyone's life just like before, but at least this should remove the financial burden for a lot of people. Organized people can even get all their cards at the beginning of the year and get them all set up to go during those slow winter months.

Thanks a bunch to all of you for hanging in there and trying to make this work. I don't want it to go by the wayside. I have left the likes and dislikes lists attached for any new members that come on board as well as us old folks to look at so that we can send that extra special card. Everyone has special interests and we should remind ourselves of them now and then.

Current Members:

Rouxcrew (Joy) Jan. 15 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=8142063
Irisluvr0252 (Debbie) Feb. 25
ClanCampbell (Chris) Feb.28 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=8057458
Goldhillal (Crystal) March 21
Carolyn22 (Carolyn) April 3
AmandaEsq (Amanda) April 6
FruitoftheVine- (Susan) April 9 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7958412
Crit (Patti) May 10
Mud_Elf (Kris) May 10
taters55 (LK) June 13
GAgirl1066 (Paula) Sept. 1 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=8039522
Ridesredmule (Charlene) Oct. 1 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7896427
Rvnsbrk - (Juanita) Oct 9 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7886786
GardenQuail (Michelle) October 28 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=8242576
Dahtzu (Faye) December 25
Hope43 (Hope) Dec. 28 http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=8005430



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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #8979206

Thanks for the new thread!
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2012
11:59 AM

Post #8979210

Howdy Ladies,

It has come to my attention in several ways lately that people aren't really participating in this the way they are supposed to. Before I push the handle on this let's see if we can manage to get some cards out to this month's birthday girl. Late is better than not at all.

We have 2 folks next month too. And so on. If anyone has a particular problem or gripe, please direct them to me in an email. This is a simple as it gets short of me sending you all cards and stamps. :0)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #8979252

Marking the new spot.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #8979587

I sent Joy's card out this morning. I'm so sorry I'm so late...
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #8979596

Char, better late than not at all. :0)

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #8979708

I have one ready to go out too,, sorry I am late... sigh,,,

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #8979769

Mine should have been there today.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #8979778

LK, I got yours on Saturday but didn't get to open it till today since I was in Austin all weekend. Thanks so much for the great card and for the gift. I am planning a trip to ARE soon as I get some free time and will be picking out a "taters" antique rose for my front cottage garden. BTW, there isn't one named for you, LOL, but there should be.

Joy
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #8979800

Hanging my head in shame... I'm one of the ones who's really, really late :( I'll get caught up, I promise! (where the devil are my stamps NOW??)

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #8979903

Hmmm, hanging my red face low tooooo... January isn't over yet!!! :D

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2012
7:24 PM

Post #8979934

Never heard of a tater or Linda rose, but I know you will find a pretty one!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #8980151

Well, if the group really wants to stay with gifts, maybe you should. I didn't want to because there are sooooo many swaps. But I'm just going to pick and choose over in the swaps 'cause jusr don't have time for everything. Caregiving is a part-time job (sometimes full time). By the same token, this group has been together for awhile, at least most have, and know each other so that might be the consensus. I'm a newbie and I don't mind dropping out. Just saying because I don't want to be the one to poop the party. I already asked this in a Dmail but I'm just thinking out loud now. Peace.

:-)

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
4:40 AM

Post #8980157

I am not asking for gifts, I probably shouldn't have mentioned on list that LK sent me one, I apologize. Cards were what everyone wanted on the birthday swap and that is great by me. So far I have received six cards. If no one wants to send cards that is fine with me as well. I usually do what I want to do when I am in a group myself.
Most on this swap are very busy people with tons of things to do and not a lot of resources. No one is asking for anyone to feel put out or stressed which is why our dear hostess decided to go with a simple card. They are inexpensive, easy and quick to sign and address, and relatively cheap to mail.
I am happy with a bunch of friends sending me electronic birthday wishes on my birthday, and chatting the rest of the year. If that is where we want to go with this list, then that is fine by me.
We are all big girls and can be responsible for ourselves.
Here is everyone's "big girl panties" Let's put them on and keep on rocking and rolling.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
4:46 AM

Post #8980163

Well, I've done it again. Sorry. :(

goldhillal

goldhillal
(Crystal) Waverly, AL

January 24, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #8980169

Joy, those panties are a hoot!

I am glad someone brought up the gifts thing. I was getting antsy about it also. I signed up because it was supposed to be just cards. It seems that many of you have known each other for sometime and I think it is great if you want to continue with the gifts. However, I cannot do the gifts at this time. My birthday is in March and I do not want to set up an obligation by having people send me gifts. (Just speaking plainly.)

How about setting up a new birthday swap that would be for cards only, and leave this one as it is. I will stay a bit longer to hear any discussion of this, but the gifts make me uncomfortable, and I do not think people who receive gifts should have to hide the fact.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
5:37 AM

Post #8980213

This is a cards only group. If someone semds a gift it
is not because of the requirements. That is why I should
not have mentioned it. Not to hide it but to keep others
from feeling obligated or bad. Please don't leave. I loved
the card you sent.
I will go sit in my corner for stirring up the pot.

Joy

goldhillal

goldhillal
(Crystal) Waverly, AL

January 24, 2012
5:54 AM

Post #8980240

Joy, don't feel bad. This is something that needs fresh air.
I don't want to hurt anyone, but I do feel like it would solve a lot of misunderstanding if a NEW card swap was started. I cannot do this, because I don't know how and have been on Dave's Garden less than a year. I think I do well to keep up with all the other irons I have in the fire.
I do hope others will weigh in, so the way forward can be decided without hurt feelings or any kind of residual aftertaste,
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #8980257

WOW I go to bed and you all get chatty! Don't anyone go anywhere. This is a CARDS ONLY swap. That's why I set it up that way, so more people could participate. If you send anything else that is on you and may not necessarily be able to be returned. Let's keep it simple. Please?!

Love you all and don't what this to go by the wayside. I've been pulling my hair out trying to keep it going for some sentimental reasons of my own, so let's keep hanging in there.

Gotta run. They are sanding drywall in my kitchen. Oh joy...

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
6:32 AM

Post #8980298

This is Neener's party, and I am not dropping out because LK sent Joy a present.

I did not participate before because as EVERYONE knows I broke my hand this past spring and have no moola. I am open about my poverty. I got postage for Joy's card last week, but it sits there because I have had several dogs and puppy strays going thru my house. My bad. I have apologized.

I'm an adult tho' I dare say the youngest one here and admit that my first trades mortified me because I sent something small and received something gi-normous. This happened a couple of times. As time passed I learned that some folks just can and do. I also learned that everyone's heart is gi-normous, and I feel the love.

Neener has tried to simplify it for those of us who chose to join and send cards only. I have overcome my foolish pride and appreciate that there are still folks out there who can and do. Just like family. Just like real life. I'm sorry if gifts make others uncomfortable, but I want to say up front:

Although this is a CARD SWAP ONLY, all gifts are welcome here. :D

My address is in the member addy exchange. Right now I prefer cash, which can be enclosed easily in your birthday card to me. Also accepted here: Walmart gift cards which double as a gas card, credit with Sheetz Gas, Petsmart, Southern States. Forget about plants girls (and any boys that may be lurking), I'm just sayin' . . ..

Peace and love to you all. Carole, you have not ruined anything. Joy, I don't feel you need to apologize. Neener - I love you for sentimental reasons.

http://youtu.be/4oWbzT_oAJ0

xox
A.

Edited to say p.s. to Goldie - I have been on DG for less than a year also. There's a bunch of freaks all over the place and this here birthday card swap is the safest place you'll find.

This message was edited Jan 24, 2012 9:36 AM

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #8980338

I love it here!! I love to tuck little gifts into cards. I did. You are right this is one of the safest places to be. Great folks that care for each other without any demands.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
8:32 AM

Post #8980459

I love the card swap, although, admittidly am behind and for that I apologize. I will get caught up. Since I lost my job Sept. 30th we are down to one income. My only excuse that cards haven't gone out is that I simply have forgotten to buy them when I am intown. I HAVE to put it on my grocery list...RIGHT NOW...ok back, so that I don't forget again. I bought a roll of stamps before the price went up so am all set for that!

My only suggestion is maybe if someone sends more than just the card, that they thank that person personally in a dmail and not mention it on the thread. That way no one will feel they haven't met the requirements of this swap ... which is a Birthday Card Swap.

I'm not dropping out and really don't want to start a new thread.

Thanks for everyone being who they are and doing what they will. I love you all !!!!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #8980513

I don't want to drop out or start a new thread either. I joined the birthday card swap becuase this is a great bunch of people that I have come to know and love. I too, don't have any moolah! Instead I made a card and I happened to have seeds that I knew Joy would like.

I think we are over complicating this.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #8980653

Carolyn22 wrote:I don't want to drop out or start a new thread either. I joined the birthday card swap becuase this is a great bunch of people that I have come to know and love. I too, don't have any moolah! Instead I made a card and I happened to have seeds that I knew Joy would like.

I think we are over complicating this.


Oh Carolyn you are so right. :0)))
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #8981033

Joy I apologize for being late with your card. I've had the card even before your special day but just hadn't sent it. Will be in tomorrows mail. I DO understand your feeling when the cards didn't come, sure happened to me also, and always does. Thank you again for your card & gift to me.
Faye
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #8981146

When I joined DG almost three years ago, I kept a scrapbook of the cards received for my birthday and from swaps. It didn't take long before it was stuffed and now keep them in a Banker's Box. I have kept every one and showed a bunch of them to my MIL when she was here for our early Christmas. All she could say was how blessed I am having met so many wonderful Friends who took the time to send a card. Being the sentimental person I am, when I'm feeling down or get the blues, I go through my box of cards remembering folks who are still here and those who used to be but have moved on. How I miss a lot of them and wish they'd come back. Now that we're sending cards only, I can't think of another thread on DG that welcomes anyone in the World to participate without the fear of Customs seizing a package.
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 24, 2012
9:33 PM

Post #8981380

Hi, all.
When I joined, I so much wanted to send a little something along with my cards but couldn't at first. It's fine with me that we switched to cards only, but there are a couple of people who I'd like to send a little something extra to, not because I have to, but because I want to, and can do it now.
Oh, and just to clarify, the box from Joy that I described earlier (last page?) was a belated birthday box from before we switched to cards :)
Unfortunately, Joy's card from me is going out late because I started this month out by being sick the first couple of weeks :( Still getting back to a normal schedule... still have good days and bad days, with the good days getting better and better :) Hope to have Joy's card out soon.
Anyway, I hope everyone will stay. And we love it when everyone drops by now and then to let us know what's going on :)
Take care, all, and have a great week!
Michelle

This message was edited Jan 25, 2012 2:11 AM
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #8981534

Faye we all know what's going on with Ray. No worries.

Michelle you are doing fine.

It will all work out OK. I just ask that we all try a little harder to get it done on time. We're not building rocket ships here ya know. :0)

goldhillal

goldhillal
(Crystal) Waverly, AL

January 25, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #8981535

Just received a call from my nephew . My sister has fallen and they think her hip may be broken. (She has osteoporosis and COPD). She is on her way to the hospital now. I will meet her there. If there are any among you who pray, please put in a few prayers for us. Her name is Lynda Pinnix.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2012
6:04 AM

Post #8981567

Sorry to hear she fell. Sending prayers now!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #8981629

goldhillal, I, like so many others here do pray. Prayer is in my daily life and I will pray for Lynda.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #8981745

Praying for your sister! And Ray. And everyone else who is needing right now. You tell me, who couldn't use a little prayer? :-)
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #8982064

Amen Crit, I know I can..always.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #8982143

Me too, hope Lynda is doing better.

Charlene and Twyla, thanks so much for the birthday wishes that arrived today in our terrible storms, they made my day just a little sunnier.

Joy

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #8982258

Great. A friend of mine from England made the card, sorry it got smooshed...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2012
8:39 PM

Post #8982499

Crystal, I hope your sister is alright and is getting the medical care she needs. My MIL turned 80 Christmas week, had a knee replacement several years ago, and fell twice last Winter just getting out of bed. Luckily the only thing hurt was her pride. Your Sis is in my T's & P's. Please keep us posted.

I enjoyed reading your post, Michelle. And, Joy, I'm glad you didn't float away. Pics from the Texas storms on the news today were downright scary. SIL called hubby tonight to say she hadn't floated away in Dallas and is still fighting bronchitis. Looks like some of your rain will be here this week-end, but hopefully not like the torrents you had.


GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 26, 2012
12:13 AM

Post #8982540

Hi, all.
Crystal, I'll be praying for Lynda.
And for those in stormy areas, keep safe!
Michelle

goldhillal

goldhillal
(Crystal) Waverly, AL

January 26, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #8982719

Thanks for all your prayers. The hip was broken and altho it was a straight break, the bone is soft from osteoporosis. So she will not be able to put her weight on it for 6 months at least for fear it will pull the pens out. I think the real trouble has just started with the physical therapy and trying to learn to manage on one leg. She was not able to do much more than transfer herself from place to place, but now that will be changed also.
Several people stopped by the hospital yesterday to see her and knowing that others are praying and lifting us up, actually really bears part of the burden. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers.
I will be heading back to the hospital soon today.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #8982918

Glad to hear it was a simple break, PT is no fun, but she will be grateful for it after it is over.

Lots of tornados yesterday, we lost a tree I was planning on getting rid of and it pulled itself out of the ground rather than break so no stump. It also fell across the open ground causing no damage, YEA. Only one ewe lambed, she waited till night and I had to pull her lamb. Both are doing well today. Got another lambing now, should be fine.
Hope to get my onions and potatoes planted this weekend, I am late with onions, but I want green ones anyway. Going to scatter wildflower seeds, hairy vetch, and some poppy seeds in the back yard, hopefully we have had enough rain for them to germinate.

Oreo lamb from Monday

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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2012
11:01 AM

Post #8982999

Love that Oreo lamb. Glad to hear you had no damage from the storm.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #8983013

Joy


The oreo lamb is adorable. Will he keep those markings into adulthood?
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #8983033

Such a cute little fuzzy guy there Joy. I forget, do you shear your sheep for the wool?

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #8983074

Sweet!!!!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #8983326

Yup, he will always be double stuffed. And he has no wool, my guys are hair sheep and although some have vestigal wool, he is pure furry hair.
Here is a set of twins with their partly wooly momma, they are hair too.

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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #8983332

Awe, they are so cute!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #8983380

Crystal I'm praying you Sister will continue to improve and will adjust to getting around with all the adjustments she will have to make.
I had a chance to get outside yesterday & today and do some much needed weed pulling. The weather has been so enjoyable. The rain is supposed to come in here tonight and I do hope it does, but brother I'm not wishing for the down pour you had. Joy, your animals look so lovable. I love reading about all the things you do, and I've actually thought I would love to spend a day with you just to see it all. LOL, yeah right, like you can do all that you accomplish in a day. think I'll make that at least a week.
This is the 3rd day Ray has been pain free. Praise God.
Love & hugs
Faye

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #8983432

Here is pic of hail we got earlier in week.
Thank God, Faye. Hope Mr. Ray improves every day..

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rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #8983511

Faye (or any of y'all), anytime you are ever near my neck of the woods, please plan on stopping by. We ain't rich but we have great hospitality and are always looking for cheap labor. LOL

And I do actually get a fair amount done in a day, not as much as I could or should, but you know, gotta sit on that couch and watch soaps while eating those bon bons! ROFLMAO

Here is one of the kids

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #8983583

Joy to spend the day with you would be well worth a road trip, longgggg road trip.
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 26, 2012
8:03 PM

Post #8983653

Hi, all.
Joy, what a fun name to name your lamb... Figured Oreo was named for his markings :) Quite handy of that storm to help you remove that tree, and considerate of it to deposit it in a safe manner :) Seriously, though, God's perfect timing... :)
Faye, glad to hear that Ray has had more good days. Will pray it continues so.
Crystal, I'll continue praying for your sister. Adjusting to change like that is always a challenge. Nothing makes us appreciate our abilities more than when we lose them, even if only temporarily. I reckon that's because that's when we see just how much the loss affects us.
Never did get my poppies planted. Perhaps I'll try next year :)
We also got a significant amount of rain (ours came this past weekend). I'll see if some of the seeds I planted late last year will come up now. Kept forgetting to water them. Oh, and several of the Amaryllis Belladonna seeds that I planted this past fall have come up! Yay!
Well, stay safe everyone. Spring is on it's way :) ... must be... the days are getting longer again :)
Michelle
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2012
4:55 AM

Post #8983806

Faye so glad that Ray is doing better. That is really good news.

Joy I'm loving those lambs. What sweet little critters.

Raining a lot today, but warmer. Things are going to start prematurely popping around here if it doesn't get colder again. Oh well, what will be, will be.

Not sure where to start today. So much to be cleaned, and moved and so on. Maybe I should put all the chores in a hat and just reach in everyday and pull one out. Faye would be proud of me since I painted some trim yesterday. Thought I had paint rollers to use, and then realized that I didn't. So now I have to make another trip out before I can finish painting my foyer closet. That's the problem with renovations. Every new thing makes something else look bad. :)))
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #8984308

Mandy, LOL
(Copy) Post #8980298 Although this is a CARD SWAP ONLY, all gifts are welcome here. :D

My address is in the member addy exchange. Right now I prefer cash, which can be enclosed easily in your birthday card to me. Also accepted here: Walmart gift cards which double as a gas card, credit with Sheetz Gas, Petsmart, Southern States. Forget about plants girls (and any boys that may be lurking), I'm just say

I hear you girl! It pay to be honest.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2012
4:10 PM

Post #8984634

You gotta love our Mandy. :0)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #8984693

Yeah I love you too, Manda, just never know if you're gonna kiss my cheek or slap another one a bit further South. :0) Hey, the Wild Child garden is cleaned up after leaving the Sunflowers and Cosmos heads for the birds last Fall. Tulips and Hyacinths have popped up and the deer have had a field day nipping on new Daylily leaves. It won't be long before I can scatter more annual seeds.

I'm loving the babies, Joy. Make mine chocolate...lol

That's such great new about Ray, Faye. I've been weeding too and am sore but not as sore as I was earlier in the week. Crazy Dandelions had already started blooming in my old Canna bed and Henbit was about to take over. Gotta get back out there tomorrow before our temps 'dip down' again Sunday.

Anybody planning your hanging baskets yet? I could use some new ideas.

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GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 27, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #8984772

Hi, all.
Joy, your card is on its way! And, as usual, it's signed by me and my guide dog :)
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Michelle
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #8985393

Hi all.
Susan Dandelions are blooming all over the place here and boy those things don't want to be pulled up, I had to dig. Tell me or better still, show me what Henbit looks like.
There is something here that is as thick as the hairs on the back of Snese, it's easy to pull up but gosh it's everywhere. There is also another new weed here that is not so easy to pull. LOL only time I realize how much planting I've done is when I try to get the unwanted plants out. The weather has been beautiful and I do love being outside.
Happy day everyone.
God is good, Ray is doing so good. Still pain free.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 28, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #8985425

So glad Ray is still painfree. That is the best news.

rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #8985847

Yippee for Ray!!!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #8985866

Faye, there are either some new -to-me weeds or wasn't paying as close attention to them before. Your thick as thieves plants could be Beefsteak Perilla. I know you fought them last year. It's the purple plant up there in the basket with super frilly leaves. Both Perilla and Henbit are in the Mint Family. Look for square stems. The several clumps of Henbit in the attached photo don't have blooms, but a lot I'd already trashed did and remind me of small purple tubes.

Neener, I saw my first Lady Bug of the season today! A real old-fashioned one you love so much, not an Orange Asian beetle.

Thumbnail by FruitOfTheVine
Click the image for an enlarged view.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #8986117

Hi All:

Took a jaunt to Wytheville, VA to the Appalachian Society of American Foresters annual winter meeting. Do I know how to have fun, or what?!

-sigh

Then when I came home I finally got up the nerve and support to take mom's cat to the vet. She has a mammary tumor which is large and gross. I'd thought initially it was some kind of subcutaneous fatty growth like the dogs have had, but no. I've been reading about it and prognosis is not good generally, but I have used and had great success treating my critters with homeopathic medicine. I am observing Sally this week to get a feel for whether she seems to be suffering or in pain - she is eating like a horse, doing the potty thing normally, purrs and all that good stuff when I'm around. Still, her face does not look very relaxed as it should. Of course, having to wear an ecollar would piss me off too.

blah.

Spent my day pushing around my shelving units in Rita's room trying to maximize the shelf area in front of the south facing window. Debra's basement is my model, but Not sure how successful I could be - it's probably too hot in there.

Tired now, best get going. Hope tomorrow will be a sunshiney day for all of us.

xox
A.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 29, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #8986509

Ladybugs!!! Yippee! Every 5 minutes the weather changes up here. Who knows what it will be like by the time I finish posting this. Was outside loading trash for the landfill tomorrow and realized that some critter dug up some of my lily bulbs. Tried to put them back, but the ground is surface frozen and I didn't have a tool handy. Have to fix that soon.

Back to repopulating the kitchen with "stuff". I am getting rid of more and more. Really in a mood to cut some stuff lose including furniture. Declutter is my middle name right now.

Love yous,
Neener
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #8986877

Susan my flower beds are all full of the above weed. So glad they come up easy. Thank you for the photo. I don't think I have the potted one, think I pulled it all out last year..time will tell.
Mandy, how do you know so much about animals? What I know wouldn't fill a small thimble.
Nita, is your kitchen completed? Could you show us pictures? Would love to see. Sounds like you could have a great yard sale, I did and to get money for things that I no longer used was pretty good.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 29, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #8987040

LOL!! Faye I'd love to have a yard sale. You've never seen where I live. Not possible here. I'm giving most of the stuff away to my Mom's church bazaar for their summer sale. Some of the chili pepper things that I won't be using I may try to eBay. It would be nice to get something for them. No pictures yet. Maybe after the counters get in on Thursday. Then they still have to do the tile backsplash and paint. About 2 weeks and this should all be over. You'd be proud of me Faye. I've decided that I like to paint after all. Watched the lady they sent to do my office and the bathrooms and learned some nifty tricks. It's a good thing, since all the trim in the foyer needs to be painted. Finished the closet in there on Friday. All the walls in the hall and foyer have to be painted too since they had to patch some drywall and I don't have any touch up paint to match. I've decided if I just take my time and don't rush I can actually do it without a big mess. DH has decided it's nice having all this new stuff, so now he wants to re do the living room. That will basically just be something I can do. Taking down the old wallpaper and doing some paint. Have to decide on a color scheme in there and then I will have more decor to sell!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #8987055

Faye:

I love critters. It's not a hobby. Having had so many of them over the years, each with their own special needs, has afforded me all this knowledge. Of course, I can't afford anything myself. My homeopathic practitioner out of NYC said I should use black salve on Sally's tumor (?!). Take it out at the root. She's never wrong, so I guess I'll be going to rustle up some salve, as soon as she tells me which flavor.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I spent a lot of time wandering around doing mostly nothing. I think just wiped out from the vet visit/reality of the cat's condition. I got Rita's room organized really nicely with all my shelving units I've been collecting to start my seeds for spring. Luckily I dropped one of my plant grow lights and broke it. Otherwise, things look good. ;)

xox
A.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #8988679

(((Manda)))

Crazy cats are literally ruling the roost here. First thing this morning we heard a ruckus that sounded like somebody walking on the roof in the back of our house. Max and Round-Up were literally jumping from rafter to rafter in our garage chasing a Robin that must have flown in when hubby let Mickey out earlier and had left the back door open. Poor bird must have been so frightened flying from one rafter to another, being so still between takeoffs, while the cats were determined to catch a bird for breakfast. I was more determined to set the Robin free, opened the door to the breezeway and she eventually went on her merry way.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #8988770

((((((((((FROOOT!)))))))))) :)

My homeopath also told me that the medication given to me by my vet "kills cats." Whaddya know!? She was right! I looked it up and there are FDA warnings against giving it to cats orally - it's an NSAID - the insert that comes in the package says not to use orally and the cats should only have one dose given subcutaneously. Goll-darn, they will get a call from me tomorrow. The meds were given to me in pre-measured syringes in a plastic baggie with the dosage instructions on a label on the side. Death, kidney failure, etc. Glad I stopped that one yesterday.

I'm glad I have you all here - what a lifesaver DG has been for me this past year! Thanks everybody. You can now help me thru the taming of the giant puppy (he is berserk today from the new halter/harness that is supposed to keep him from pulling). Court and I actually sat down tonight after he came in from walking the dog to discuss the dog's behavior. I felt like I had a kid! Creepy.

I am going to shut this thing down "early."

Nighty night.

A.
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2012
8:57 PM

Post #8988909

Hi, all.
Ah, the preparations for spring... starting seedlings, pulling weeds... :) Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Amanda, give that kitty a hug for me, and say hi to the wild puppy :)
Neener, sounds like your home is getting quite the make-over! :) Hope you have fun with it despite all the craziness!
Believe it or not, February is almost here! Will have to get cards for our birthday girls :)
Take care, everyone, and have a great Tuesday!
Michelle

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #8989271

Can you snap the leash off the pup and leave the harness on??? You can let him wear them in the house til he is comfortable and realizes it isn't going to hurt him. Just go slow and he will get used to it...
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #8989820

Yes Nita, I am proud of you. And yes I know you can paint if you decide you want to. Prep. and patience are required and you haven proven you qualify.
Mandy, my Snese wears a harness because he pulls so hard when we/he walks us. He wears it all time except bath time. He always wants it back, I think it's his security now even though he didn't like it in the beginning.
Wish I could get a cat and expect it to stay outside. Can't imagine the caring on with Hans and Snese if I let a cat inside. I want it for moles and voles and mice. Any such animal out there?
Susan ASAP!!!!!
Michelle you are right, It's almost time to address the cards for the 2 Feb. Gals.
Love & Hugs
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
4:42 PM

Post #8989889

Faye did they ever decide what caused the swelling in Ray's foot?? Been wondering about that..


I am beat tonight. Helped my partner split wood for 3 hours in between moving kitchen stuff around, installing rollouts and unloading boxes. Even managed to pull a few weeds. Think I might sleep good tonight.

Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #8989954

Faye, I read on another thread if you put caster bean seeds in their holes/trails, they will eat them and die. Don't know if it works but it sounds feasible to me. I'm going to try it. Have a bunch of seeds I saved.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #8989963

Castor Bean seeds are poisonous and might do the trick, Faye.

Speaking of our February gals...Debbie, I haven't seen you post for a while and hope all is well with you.

Mickey doesn't wear his harness unless he's going on a trip. All I have to do is show it to him, then he bows his little head for me to slip it on...so cute...and off we go. He goes on short rides to our neighborhood store without it, but longer trips like to his groomer an hour away, he always wears his harness and I clip on his leash when I'm parked at her shop getting ready to walk him in. He adores her, as she does him, and he loves being primped on and pampered. Next day after an appointment, he's pretty useless, like a rag dog, and sleeps. A day at the 'doggie spa' wears him out.

By the way, if any of you dog and cat owners need a more economical source for the exact same meds your vet carries, I order mine from http://www.ipet-int.com/

With the exchange rate, it's better to stay on their Australian site instead of switching to the one they have set up for the US. Just rec'd another 6-month supply of heartworm and flea/tick meds last week. I've ordered from them many times and have always received my orders like clockwork in 10 days.



Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #8989971

Be sure to wear gloves when handling Castor Bean seeds. The oil on the seed itself is poisionous as well. I LOVE the plant, but am always very careful handling the seeds.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #8990422

DItto what Fruit Loop said. I am thinking about instituting very strict guidelines here. No matter how easy I make it , some folks just can't keep up. Debbie please check in with me if you still want to be in. Anyone else that is really behind and feels overwhelmed with sending a card, please let me know as well. I will be deleting names at the end of the week for those that aren't participating. In fact this is what we are going to do. It will be a lot of extra work for me, but I'm truly tired of a handful of us sending when we are supposed to and the rest just receiving.

Effective the end of this week, we will do this. I will ask the birthday girls each month to dmail me with a list of names of those that have sent cards. I will keep track of this information and adjust the list accordingly. If you haven't sent a card to each monthly member all along the year, your name will not be eligible to receive when it is your birthday. I'm sorry to be a hard a**, but I'm really tired of excuses and promises and it isn't fair to the rest of the club that do their part. If this procedure offends you I'm sorry, but I've had a lifetime of experience offending people and one more won't really matter. :0)

If anyone else wants to take this over and do a better job and be more diplomatic about it, have at it. I'm toast.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #8990501

Be sure the dogs don't get them either. They are dangerously poison and could kill it. Castor Bean Plants are beautiful but I don't grow them, I'd be sick if one of my boys would die from it. It is a horrible death. Had a friend lose a puppy to it..

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #8990841

Hey everyone, just talked to Kris, she is in her new place, and has lots of boxes to unload. She has not forgotten us, she will be online when she can!
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #8990854

Thanks LK!

goldhillal

goldhillal
(Crystal) Waverly, AL

February 1, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #8991184

The 2 February birthdays are near the end of the month. I suppose we should send early in order not to be cut off?
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #8991434

Crystal, The way I interpreted Neener's new guidelines just means she's asking each of us to check in here on a regular basis and send her a D-mail when we've mailed our cards for a particular month. It sounds like some folks are either late from last year or are off to a slow start this year and are just now getting caught up. We only had Joy's B-day this month...geesh How hard is it to slap a stamp on a card?!


GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 2, 2012
12:23 AM

Post #8991635

Joy, did you receive something from me yet?
Michelle
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
4:36 AM

Post #8991726

Crystal you are fine. You don't have to be early. Just kind of on time. :0) If I don't hear from Deb by tomorrow I'll be taking her off so there will only be one this month.

I'm sorry for my frustration, but it really gets to me when the people with the least in this world always come through and others just can't be bothered.
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 2, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #8992490

Hi, all.
Heard from Joy... She received my card :)
Oh, Joy, did you notice that that card can be unfolded so the flowers look like they're in a square basket? I thought that looked fun and was a bit different :) Yesterday was my first day back to the Blind Center. Wasn't sure when I was going to be getting down there again, so didn't want to wait any longer to get a card :)
Hope all is well with Debbie. Saw her post to another thread I'm following, but I forget which one.
Michelle
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #8992679

The card you sent Joy sounds beautiful, Michelle.

One of my Amaryllis is about to bloom. I hadn't even realized any of them had a bud til I watered today. So exciting and made my day since I'm feeling a little yucky from a stomach bug.

Miss you, Elfie, and hope you'll be settled in your new nest soon.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2012
3:59 AM

Post #8992959

Feel better soon Frootz!

Another busy day today. My Mom is coming for the weekend, the carpenter has to come to "fix" a few things, and the kitchen designer is coming by to look at the counters. It will be a revolving door of craziness today!

Better get dressed and get my game face on.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2012
1:03 PM

Post #8993481

Love to all. Computer is freezing up so may not be here for awhile. Going to puter Dr.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2012
1:05 PM

Post #8993487

Have typed to respond to the above post and pc freezes before I can post.
Nita, totally agree with you.
Susan please feel better soon
And thank you all for the Castor Bean advise.
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2012
1:13 PM

Post #8993497

Just wanted everyone to know that I am still around- fighting this stupid cold (stayed home from work even..ugh) and I'm lurking in my corner.

Since I'm home, I'll be getting out the birthday things I still owe a few people LOL..

Take care and I'll talk to you guys soon!

By the way- I have a windchime swap open, if anyone wants to join in :)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1240578/

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #8993710

I beez here... Just trying to get all the stupid boxes unpacked and then most re-packed as some stupid person marked all the boxes for storage and yard sales wrong and they all got moved up here,, darn it... sigh.

I did get Joys card sent,, hope she got it. And as soon as I find the box with stamps and cards I will be mailing out this months cards out too!!

Huggs to all going to get back to work!!
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #8993741

Yep Elfie you are golden. No worries. Hang in there.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #8993845

Last of the sick days for a long time, I hope. It would be nice to loose a few pounds, but not the way I've spent the past two days.

Got to thinking about saying 'how hard is it to slap a stamp on a card'. Ya'll please forgive me, that was in poor taste knowing how sick Ray's been, Michelle you were earlier in the year, now you have the crud, Chris, and you're in the middle of a move, Elfie. Could you have a yard sale there with the mislabeled boxes?

Tell your sweet Mom "hi" for me, Neener. You might be cooking dinner for her in your new kitchen! Sure hope so.

GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 3, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #8993945

Hi, all.
Hope those of you who aren't feeling well feel better soon!
And, Elfie, what a job! Hate it when things get mislabeled! Hope you can get it all sorted out and put right soon.
Faye, hope you can get the computer problems sorted out without too much dificulty or expense.
Neener, you sure have had a busy day! Hope you and your mom can have a good visit this weekend.
Did you ever hear from Debbie? I know I said I thought I saw her post on another thread, but now I'm wondering if I really did... Might have mixed her username up with someone else's. Sorry, don't remember for sure.
Michelle
GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 3, 2012
7:03 PM

Post #8993948

Fruity,
That's so cool that you discovered a bud about to open! :) How exciting!
My amaryllis (Misty) that I received for Christmas has been blooming. My husband took a picture of it yesterday. Hoping to get a link for it in the not-to-distant future! Will post it when I do.
Michelle
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #8993982

I'd love to see a pic of Misty, Michelle. That's one I don't have. The one I have with two buds is Double Nagano, one of them is almost open all the way, and the other bud is 'about to'. The blooms are a clear bright orange Tangerine color.

GardenQuail
Mountain View, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 5, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #8996156

Hi, all.
Fruity, that Double Nagano sounds lovely! I have a Nagano, but it's a single. And some of my seedlings grew from seeds that I harvested after self-pollinating my Nagano. I don't think they're old enough to grow flowers yet, but I could always be pleasantly surprised :) That would be cool if some turned out to be doubles.
Will post the pic of Misty as soon as I can :)
Michelle
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 6, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #8996449

New Thread for February!

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