S'okay - I already rained on the parade in the "swap" thread and got booed by the crowd. But really, it doesn't sound like a good weekend to do it - NOAA said additionally it might be T-storms. Which would be lovely, but not to stand under a canvas and metal structure to watch...
it certainly would be more comfortable to be warm and dry, but I could swing either way. Just tell me when and where. However, I remind the group that PC may have brought this on when she said I was "Dreaming darlin' " when I said we may need a tarp to keep out of the rain. The gods are playing with her. heh, heh.
Whatever it takes is what I say. Let it rain, we soooo need it.
If I remember the pics of Jon's place correctly? It's pretty wide open :( Not much in the way of cover.
I think it would be infinately more enjoyable if we were dry and warm ;) We just need for Jon to chime in on availabilty.
For what it's worth, I have 2 10 foot pop-ups I can bring if everyone decides to go ahead. It seems as though the forcast is getting gloomier as the weekend gets closer. I'm out for the following weekend as we have garage sale scheduled with the neighbors and the other half has been stacking stuff up for the last week. But it's no big deal other than I was looking forward to rubbing elbows and maybe bending a few with everyone. I don't have a lot to bring so there's no great loss there. I 'll go with the majority (duh!). I think Jon should make the final call as he is our host.
The Garden of Eden had no canvas, nor did they wear clothes, but somehow they managed.
Native Americans toiled this continent for centuries with nothing more than a pelt and scant shelter, but they all danced in hope for rain. To them it was a blessing.
England is renowned for its gardens, and they would be happy with a 10% chance for sun. Same with Japan.
There are people gardening this weekend in Iceland and Africa, in the Australian outback and in Amazon rainforests.
Humanity has endured thousands of years toiling in sun, sleet, snow and every other condition to bring life from the ground. We owe it to them to be able to spend a couple of hours possibly getting a little wet and possibly feeling a little chill in the air (by the way, it'll be snowing in much of the country). Have we become enslaved by our cliamte controlled homes, car seats that warm us, & misters to cool us?
If you said yes - don't worry. I have a pretty long covered patio that wraps around the house where I've enjoyed many a rainfall without feeling a drop. I'll also have a carport out front under which many a table can be set. And if you do feel a bit nippy, well you can simply step inside the house and have a hot chocolate and watch some HBO. Just leave the plants under the patio!
As far as I'm concerened, there's a 40% chance you might catch a few minutes of rain walking from your car to my place. I think Adam, Eve, the rain doctors and a thousand generations of those who toiled the land in the harshest conditions would say, "Hey, it's just rain. Bring an umbrella."
I say to Mother Nature... "Bring it on - we don't care. In fact we love it."
Wow, I'm just going with whatever you all decide. My big thing was telling my hubby I was going. I haven't signed up I just told him I'm going and he's invited. He balked, thats not his interest. He now wants to go because we are so close to retirement.
Sounds like we're on for Sunday! Anyone have one of those big (I mean really big) coffee thingies? I was going to bring a veggie tray- but I'd rather bring coffee, but I don't have a big coffee thingie, and who wants cold veggies on a cold day (like Judy said- rain or no, it looks like cool temps! :-)
Hurray for Sunday. I was so afraid that we will pospone this meeting that I wanted to waint until Sir Jon had his saying.
Thanks Sir Jon for your input.
I have several containers for coffee and tea and I will bring some.
I can hardly wait.
See you all at Sir Jon.
Good gardening and maybe the rain will skip the morning and early afternoon on Sunday.
Gosh that was inspiring. Did anyone else hear America the Beautiful in the backround when they read that? Way to go SirJon! I will bring my 2 ten foot pop ups for additional shelter if we need it. If no one wants a 55 gallon barrel I will bring a six foot table, so let me know by Sat. Still trying to figure out the food, but it sounds like we might need a little Bailey’s for the coffee? If anyone has any suggestions...sing out.
You may, of course, simply opt to stop by a Dunkin Donuts, they sell coffee in these very large to go 'coffeeholders', something like a gallon or 2? Sheryl help me out here...
It is good coffee and very convenient, has a little pour spout and everything...
This is posted on the signup thread also:
OK since no one seems to need a barrel I will bring 2 -10 x 10 popups , 1- 6' table, 2-4 chairs, 1bottle of Bailey's or other suitable Irish cream (Bailey's seems to be scarcer than hens' teeth after St Patty's Day) and 1 other yet to be decided on plant extract, HazzleNut Coffee creamer, 1-Ice chest w/ice and mixed drinks, and some munchables most likey meats,cheese and crackers in some combination.
This evening I talked to my 2 friends that are scheduled to come with me...we decided that we would talk again tomorrow evening...but since we are at 4500 ft and that's in the valley...that Benson (our meeting point) would stand a big chance of having snow...and none of us want to drive in that mess...so it will be late tomorrow before we make our final decision. I would certainly hate to miss it, but I-10 is enough trouble with out fighting slick roads...Jo...Frances...and linda
I would hate not to see ya guys but more and more I am looking forward to the swap beyond this one - I am hoping this summer or, at worst, this fall, to have one closer to YOU so we can have a field trip down south, ya'll.
As for this gathering, some of us are close enough to make it come (oops, got a warning re profanity) or high water but I hate to think of anyone trying it in dangerous conditions. If we schedule these each season it won't hurt so bad if weather, or other responsibilities, cause us to miss one. of many.
Those of us that can make it WILL! Those that can't make it should start planning the next! sam
I'd opt for a bright, warm, sunny day in April.
I'm just back from a week in Sacramento... had about 3 hours to kill before my flight took off and opted to spend some time at local nurseries. Awwww... the flowers, shrubs, flowering trees, azaleas... got a great fix on that sort of beauty... how to translate to our desert landscape?
Quit with the waah, 61 degrees was really nice here yesterday.
Felt just lovely. And the chance of rain never materialized.
Bet the weather guys in your neck of the desert aren't any more accurate than the ones we have up here. In the past 24 hrs, they have changed our forecast 14 times...
Still wish I could join you. AND i'd hafta drive past the 'Friscos and Flagstaff and the Mogolllon to get there. But I will be here marking and helping with roofing sheets of metal. thinking of you. LOL Blooms
Jo, nope we will be all finished by July... AND we are planning on DrDons for the SoCalRU -- this will be the first time I visit in July, I've always been a "California in the winter gal"...
but I've really been a needed helper - in the same function for DS as I used to for his father. Hold the other end of this for a minute, get me that foam strip, brace this for just a minute. All of these really are 'just for a minute' things - hardly a job you would hire out.