Please post here for your pick of partners for March's Collective Corners. The other thread is almost filled up.
Rember don't have to be expensive, just thoughtful!
I would like WYnative.
I would like Miss Mellen
i'll take mkruby. i posted on the other thread, but posting again here so there's no confusion this month too.
EVERYONE: If you get a chance feel free to post any additional items you might like to receive in your boxes. It might be hard to get boxes filled since it is sooo cold and we can't send flowers right now. Plus, some of the questionares did not list many items. So if you can post here things you might like that can be mailed at this time.
Here is the posts from our other tread....
Ilovefarac (Melinda) taken by Marie /wynative
wynative taken by mkruby
Theresa Boring taken by Marge
Marge taken by Debba
mkruby taken by earthy
mellen taken by veeja11
debba taken by myohhmy/myann
Not yet taken:
Jan Durham PlantladyJan
Earthy Delights Maryanne
Please don't make me pick them for you...
I'll take earthly delights-MaryAnne
As for my list anything with the Nascar logo on it!! #12 Ryan is my favorite! Anything to do with herbs! Anything to do with siberian huskies or wolves. Handmade cards are always nice to have on hand. I am really easy to please however if no one chooses me I can opt out for the month. I'm fine either way.
I will take Veeja if not taken. Thanks, melinda
Thankyou Melinda, I was starting to feel un loved.
Melinda, the usps shows one of your books has been delivered. Did you receive it? PLMK
I e-mailed you, but just in case you didn't get it, I would like to take hummingbirddaisy/Tina--if she isn't already taken. Mellen
If it is ok with everyone - lets see if we can get all the boxes out by March 1 that gives people over 2 weeks to look around.
Also just a question as I am NOT a seed expert here - would it be ok to have the round robin go parcel post or would the cold damage germniation of too many seeds? Working on getting the labels ready wondered if we should use priority or parcal?
I will choose myohhmy to send to.
Thank you Mellen!!! I love you girl :-).
The cold won't hurt the seeds any. But, if you are planning to send ALOT of seeds, a flat rate box would be the way to go I would think.
Just my 52 cents worth, :-).
After reviewing the board I guess I will just opt out for the month. Gosh I really didn't think I was that hard to please!! Maybe next month it will work out but for now enjoy your swap ladies!
Everyone has been picked! Plantlady - Theresa has you - no need to 'sit' out... We are all set to find all the goodies for March. Here is what I belive to be who is sending to who..
Ilovefarac (Melinda) taken by Marie /wynative
wynative taken by mkruby
Theresa Boring taken by Marge
Marge taken by Debba
mkruby taken by earthy
mellen taken by veeja11
debba taken by myohhmy/myann
Jan PlantladyJan taken by Theresa
veeja11, Carol taken by ilovefarac
Hummingbirddaisy Tina taken by mellen
Myohhmy Myann taken by hummingbirddaisy
Earthy Delights Maryanne taken by plantlady
Please don't sit out, Jan! I wanted to pick you sooner but I've been out of town.
Still waiting on Febuary books.
Hi everyone. I have been out of service. My aunt had her fourth open heart surgery on the 3rd of this month. If she can recover, than are giving her 2 more years. But we thougth we were going to lose her Tuesday (02/14). Her kidneys have not started working and now they think there maybe something die inside. So she will have another surgery. I hope they can fix / remove what ever it is. I hope to catch up on my mailings. I did email Mellen and let her know. If I have to go to OR (that could mean any day. As I can not let my dad drive by himself as he also has a bad heart), that means my Aunt lost the battle. So please said a pray for her.
Thank you, mkruby7
mkruby7, my prayers are with you... I have sent out your box but am still waiting on your 3rd book. When it arrives I will send it also.
Sending your Aunt good thoughts!
please let me know if you are not able to participate in the book exchange swap, as i would be more than happy to send to you partner.
please let me know.
Thank you Earthlydelights. I email you.
And thank you my GW friends, mkruby7
Veeja, I'm still waiting too.
I got mine 2 wonderful candle books one wildflower gardening a bonus journal and little picture album. thankyou Marge I loved them
I really need to know if you received your books and what you think as I need to leave feedback on e-bay. If you get a chance, please e-mail me and let me know what's up. I will only be checking in here periodically until my husband gets better. He still insists on picking up the kid's from school. Says the fresh air will do him good. Stubborn thing, smile.
Hello! So very sorry Tina for not posting sooner! I have had no computer access since the 11th! Trying to get caught up on all the news and thank yous!
Treasa-So sorry so late-but your package is mailed and on it's way! Please forgive the lateness
Tina-Yes--I rec'd the wonderful books-Cooking with herbs and the one called Yard and Garden Projects! And yes, you would have wanted to keep looking at it! I love them both! Thanks so very much! And in case you didn't see on the other site-my prayers are with you and your husband and family! I will pray for continued healing and am sorry this had to happen.
Thanks again! And sorry not able to post before now!
Hugs and Kisses to all! melinda
Mkruby-my thoughts and prayers are also with you and your family. Didn't see the post earlier. God Bless! Melinda
I have Marge's package all ready! I'll wait a few more days before sending. And post the delivery confirmation as soon as its shipped. ;)
Just wanted to let the group know I am late in posting as I have received a lovely package from Earthly delights over the weekend!! Thanks so much!! I love all the books and the surprise too!! I went out of town and for some reason on Saturday phoned my Uncle just to check in and oh my gosh he was ill and I drove home and got him to ER. He never married and currently I am his only family near by. He is 83.He is still in the hospital and life continues to be hectic! Wow what a start this year has been off to!! I will post later and thank everyone once again for your thoughts and prayers!! Sure looking forward to better days and yes Spring Time!
I received my wonderful books from Melinda yesterday. Thanks so much....they're perfect. Melinda sent me various home/decorating books, a couple books on roses, and a Southern Living Garden Annual which I am having a wonderful time with! Thanks Melinda for your generosity. They're great!
mkruby -- please acknowledge.
are you playing for february? did you change your mind? i never heard from you, although you said you would be sending me e-mail. i never got it.
i hope you had a chance to play fair and mail your books out, if not, as i said before, i would be happy to fill in for you. however, you have to communicate what your intentions are. it certainly is not fair to receive and not send.
hostess - are you keeping track?
Plantlady are you playing for march? I sent email to you but never heard back.
I only know what is posted here about mkruby. My prayers do go out to her in her time of trouble.
We are all sick at my house with strep throught and flu. Can't wait for spring.
I just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed this robin for the short amount of time it has been going. Thank you myohhmy for hosting such a creative swap. I look forward to March indeed.
Well wishes for all who are ill.
Tina (thinking spring)
I thought I was in for March. I am sorry I didn't get your email or I would have posted!!! If there was a misunderstanding I can sit out and if not I'm in. You just post and let me know...please! Thanks for checking!
Best wishes to all!
your in your in, just wanted to make sure...
Are we all ready? Debba getting your box ready, it is something you said you wanted on a different thread. let's hope you like it. hope to get it mailed out satuday.
As far as I know everything is all set for march. If there are any last minute changes please let us know ASAP as everyone should be getting ready to mail.
mkruby you are still playing right?
Earthy you might want to wait until we hear back from her before you send out her next box.
i need a want list for miss Mellen, fast please
I'm still in.
I got my box from Marie. A Diabetic cookbook and Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty' book. Which my daugther has already looked at both of them. I also got this great card (love it). Some chocolates (my son eat most of them). And this cute 'eggling'. Can't wait to plant and watch it grow. Thank you to Marie. It was nice to get some sunshine from a box of nice things. Can't wait to see what my third book is.
My Aunt is hanging in there. What a woman. Her heart is still linking, kidneys not working, on insulin and they won't let her eat (not even a feeding tube). Been trying to get her son to bring her food.
My goal is to have everything (trades etc.) mailed out by the weekend.
Thank you for being understanding, mkruby7
Theresa, Glad you enjoyed the books! Melinda
I am glad to hear that your Aunt is doing as well as she is - tough though not letting her have anything to eat :(
Great that you and your daughter are enjoying your presents :) Your other book should be to you by the end of next week, I had to reorder it...
My package was mailed out today for Marjorie. USPS tracking number 0305 1720 0000 6245 1341.
I hope you enjoy everything the box, Marjorie!
My March box from Myann arrived today! Myann, wow... you really packed the box to the brim! ;)
Myann sent so many things I'm not even sure where to begin!
Notecards, 16 month calendar "Full Bloom", beautiful beaded/heart bracelet, healing garden lotion-green tea! I love the scent, so relaxing! CANNA BULBS, I've been wanting to try some! A water bottle, plumberry scented candle (smells so good), fairy pick for the garden (so pretty) it will go perfectly in my NEW MOON GARDEN. Some mixed tea, and Pink Cactus Dahlia! WOW! I can't wait to plant it, I've never grown Dahlia's before.
Boyds value guide, Ladies Home Journal easy 123 cookbook!
Myann, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUCH A NICE BOX! The canna's are really special, I love living gifts! I'll remember this special swap each time I water them, and watch them grow! Thank you for everthing!
I got my box from Debbie today. I am real pleased. Hope everyone gets as nice a box as I did. She sure read my page. I got a Wind Sock, Nice bath set, counted Cross stitch kit, Scrapbook, Quilt Book, a backyard garden book, 3 African Violet Books, 2 cook books. Needless to say, I have sure have some great reading ahead of me.
Thanks a bunch Debbie. Marge
My package is going out tomorrow to Jan. Are we picking yet for April? Are we still doing partners to send seeds to or is it just the seed round robin? If we are doing partners, about how many seed packets should we plan on sending?
Your 3rd book is on its way!
Thanks for being so patient :)
did everyone involved send and receive for february?
No, not yet. Mellen
You may list all your seeds or let people know to look at your exchange pages if you want to do individual seed trades.
The robin will probably start by the March 15th. Right now I am thinking of just going in order of who is closest to who to save on postage. If anyone prefers to go earlier in the robin because they have more seeds to share and 'bulk' up the robin or later in the robin because they do not have as many to share let me know ASAP so I can make those changes.
I think I can start the robin with approx 100 packets. I am letting you each know to take at 5 - 8 seed packets without having to replace them because I am looking to get rid of some of my seeds. Down sizing as with the baby I don't think I will be doing as much with seeds this year. The seeds I want to start I am purchasing. Want to do the double decker coneflowers and afew others... Other than that I will just be doing annuals from seed this year.
I will start a new APRIL post for SEEDS - please make your seed haves & requests known there. Please keep all MARCH collector box responces here. Have I confused everyone yet?
Also please post if you DO not want to do the seed robin and want to only do personal exchanges (someone preferred only indivual exchanges but I don't remember who off hand.)
Thanks for playing. Spring is just around the corner! yippie
Hi, I just mail March box to Theresa B. Confirmation# is 0305 1720 0001 9160 3413. Theresa do hope you enjoy it. Thanks, Marge
Mellen my box is gonna be a couple of days late sorry. dh was off last two days and demanded all attention. hope to mail tomorrow. sorry carol
Just wanted Carol to know that I will be sending her box Friday, Saturday at the latest! I hope! LOL! I waiting on one more thing and going to get tomorrow I think. thanks, looking forward to the robin!
Melinda (ilovefarac) you package is on its way.
conformation # 0305 0830 0004 0712 6865
Have a great month and enjoy your surprises :)
Jan, your package in enroute. Confirmation # is:
0305 0830 0004 1209 4470. I do hope your aunt is doing well.
Thanks Marge, I can't wait!
Carol, NO problem. What kind of attention do you give dh??? By all means give it to him. There is no rush with me, my friend. Relaaaaxxxx, chilllll, I'm still trusting that February's pal will send yet. Love, Mellen
I want to say Thank You to Marie/wynative for the wonderful box! didn't have it on my list but saw one awhile back and just loved it-purple passion vine(gynura)! Absolutely love it!! Talk about telepathy! and all the other wonderful things-beautiful pink counted cross stitch bag with heart box inside with earrings and pin in it. Beautiful! 2 boxes of tea! Yeah. Amarrylis bulb, green zinnia seeds, and a beautiful hummingbird ornament! Very nice box and very pleased! Melinda Thank you so much! And also for the wonderful seed envelopes! Was a great box!
I just received the most wonderful box from the wonderful Marge C. Thank you so much Marge. She PACKED the box full of wonderful presents all individually wrapped. It felt like I was having a birthday! She went two named daylilies that I am eager to get out and plant tomorrow, scrapbooking supplies (stickers, scissors, etc), not one but TWO beautiful garden journals, a garden stationary set, a floating candle set which will go perfect in my reading room, several teas and coffees (I will be using those tonight....I'm tied to the computer working til midnight), body lotion, body splash, and bubble bath all scented "chamomile rose", and some ranunculus bulbs. Gosh, I feel so spoiled but I love it!!
A big thank you goes out to Theresa!!
I was having kind of a bad day.....really missing Clyde so the box was timed perfect! Plus I had gotten a call just before the box arrived from a friend who drives truck and had some extra bags of organic potting soil ! Yep sure thing I can use them!! So when I opened my surprise box and found live plants! WOW was I surprised even more surprised that they looked great!! Great job on packing! The plants were dill and have been potted up. I also received Glads Frosty white and yes something I have wanted for a very long time..........A Black Magic elephant ear! Also a canna Madame Butterfly. Other goodies included the most pretty card and note, lavendar potpourri, lavender lotion, lavender candle. This month at the herb meeting the talk was on lavender! Also included was a cute Lucky Clover Grow Kit! I have never seen anything like it ! Can't wait to get it started. Also a Better Homes and Gardens special edition of Perennials Spring 2006! Thanks again Theresa for the special box. You did a wonderful job and I am thrilled with your choices! I appreciate the personal touch you added! You really added some much needed sunshine to my day!! I know you can relate as you lived in MI !! I just can't wait for spring!! It hasn't been a bad winter weather wise but it sure has been long! Do you ever come back this way to visit? It is nice in the summer time! LOL
I hope all in the group is doing well and will enjoy their weekend! Gosh and to think I was going to sit out this month...thanks Theresa for chosing me!
I am so glad people are happy with their boxes! See my being noisy did pay off...
I think that the questionare really helps in picking out little things that people you are sending to can enjoy.
Everyone but Mellen received the books right?
I made an april seed post incase anyone is interested in indivdual trades and want to set something up. Also one person wanted to set out of the robin was that you plantlady? Let me know cause I am getting it ready to start.
Thanks and glad you are enjoing the exchange! Happy spring (I can't wait!)
Glad you enjoyed the box Jan. Last time I was up to Michigan to visit family was a year and a half ago in July. What a nice break that was from our July weather down here. I do remember though how winter never seems to end up there. But it WILL eventually. :)
I'm in for the robin!
Your doing a great job coordinating the swap!
Thanks so much for all your time/effort each month!
I love reading about what's in all the boxes!
A Black Magic elephant ear, neat! I've been wanting one of those for a while! Theresa packed a really nice box, I love getting 'live' plants!
So glad that you enjoyed your gifts!
Had a great weekend here - I planted more seeds for WS Yes, it is starting to get out of hand :) I have over 50 containers now... and still would like to start some veggies. But the last 2 days were to nice to stay inside!
Carol!! So sorry didn't make to po on Saturday, but mailed your package today! Conf. # is 0304 1560 0002 5175 9126.
Sure hope you like it! melinda
i'm back wednesday. i'm more than happy to replace mkruby as your partner for february. i remember birding books and something about where to put plants, but what were the others you mentioned? i'm too lazy to go back and hunt for the thread.
i'll check back in the week to see if you posted that she fulfilled her end. if not, when i get home i'll mail you out a package.
i'm sorry you got stuck, some people just don't play fair and it's ashame, but i'm very happy to be able to do this for you, my friend :)
Thankyou Earthly, I have Mkruby in the houseplant swap and will wait to see what she does. Meanwhile Mellen March pkg is there, no deadbeat here. hugs carol
I thought Mkruby was having some diffuculties and had posted that? If it is ok, I would like to put a good word in for her as I have traded with her several times and she always came thru, and I was always very pleased with her.
What ever you are going thru right now Mkruby, I hope that things get better for you and your family really soon. Prayers for you Aunt I think you mentioned.
We are getting plenty of rain here today. Boy did we need it!
No more snow left, yea!!!!!!!!!!
Hope all is doing well. :-)
I did see her post that she was sending, just so many people have been deadbeats lately, and I love Mellen so guess I got angry too soon. sorry big mouth carol
she has posted several times that she was sending.
at the time this swap was about to take place was when she had a problem. in my opinion, that's when you excuse yourself and come back when things are right in your life.
i too feel there has been more than the usual amount of negative players of late on garden web and it's sad that people just can't play fair. if you take, you give back. don't keep coming back pretending you are going to live up to your end and most of all don't disappoint the other players.
Carol, Just got home from a 120 mile round trip to meet my parents for supper so they could see and be with DS. We left at 4:30 after school so we did pretty well. I promised you I would post tonight all of the incredibly awesome things that you sent so here goes! I could not believe how many gifts you sent. Waaay too many, dearest Vee. Carol sent a mirrored picture that has the saying, "Secret Pal, you are in my thoughts and my prayers." In the corner of it there is a silver coin-type object with a beautiful Victorian lady imprinted on it. It is just lovely and so touching and special to me. Carol also sent a glass tealight holder in the shape of a flower. It is the exact height of tealights. Included were a dozen tealights, too. It is very pretty when it is burning. She also sent the cutest ceramic turtle that I will put in one of my flower beds this spring. Another gift that she sent is a Baby Animals pocket calendar. The monthly pictures are just aDORable! April, my BD month, has two little skunks! Truly appropriate! :) HA! I just saw the floating dolphin in the vanilla scented oil auto freshener that you sent. It is an egg-shaped container that has freshener oil in it. You open it up and hang it from your rearview mirror. But it has this FISH swimming around in it! HAHAHAHA! What a HOOT! I will be doing a lot of smiling and thinking of you when I'm driving my truck, Vee. Carol also sent a darling little glass ladybug with red heart-shaped antennae. I also got this cool coin purse in the shape of a sock. It is bright yellow with plants and bugs on it, and it snaps open and shut on the top! I have never seen anything like this before. AWESOME!!!!!!!!! To celebrate St. Pat's Day I will be wearing the pony tail holders that she sent. The decoration on them is the face of an old man with a yellow beard, a green hat with a clover on it, a bulbous nose, and those black eyes that move when you shake them. YES, I WILL wear them, too. Promise! Again, Carol, I cannot believe all that you sent. You are sooo very special and generous. Next, she sent this really neat little FM key chain radio that I can hook onto my belt loop. It also has a built-in flashlight and compass along with headphones. AND she sent batteries. I can hardly wait to try these. I think I will take this to school tomorrow and try it out during my break. I also have a new journal now which is very pretty. I was in need of a new one for a new year. I also received a beautiful box full of wonderful religious all occasion cards. Carol, I just love them. Thank you so much for them. They are so perfect. I am finally getting to the end. The next gift is a bag of wild bird seed. There was a reason that Carol sent this. The seed is for the most beautiful bird feeder!!! It is a two-story country style house painted white with red doors trimmed with green shutters and a green roof. There is a green vine with flowers and a bird that twines around the house and a little pot of flowers by the front door. Carol, I just oohed and aahed when I saw this. DH and DS were very impressed, also. I'm just sitting here shaking my head and feeling so humble that you would do all of this for me. You are someone I have never met in person, but I have come to know and trust as a friend. I hope you know how thankful and appreciative that I am for everything that you sent and for your continuing friendship. Lots of hugs to you, Mellen/Mary Ellen/ME
Dear friends, I just read an e-mail sent to me from mkruby7/Jackie. In it she told me that she had just got home. She told me that yet this week she will be sending me the books that she already has. Our hostess had told her to take her time. Jackie, thank you so much for the communication and the update. I will post when the package arrives. Mellen
Mellen, I hope you realize what fun it is to purchase for you, you are such a sweet person it makes it fun, just hard to stop. hugs carol
Carol, I am thrilled you like the box! But you put it in the wrong spot! but what the hey! You got it and I am glad! Melinda
I received a wonderful box from Melinda, where the heck did I post? I love it thankyou carol
what is the theme of this month's swap?
sorry i can't find the original and it's not in the heading. is it something from what we collect?
I have no idea, which is why I probably owe Mellen something anyone who knows please let us know. thankyou spacey
NEW: collectors corner year round new robin
Posted by Myohhmy z5 MICH (My Page) on Tue, Jan 3, 06 at 20:07
The few, the proud, the collectors. Geared toward serious gardeners with named varities who like to TRADE.
Year long round robin. Much like a pal of the month but with a twist. You will not be sending to the same person each month. You send to a different person each month more work for me but more fun for all! Most of the time you can pick who you trade with. You can do more than one exchange as long as everyone has been picked first.
Each month there will be a different theme. You can send priority if mailing late or early mailers can take advantage of lower rates with parcel post or media during February. You should not have to buy a lot for this. Would like to keep costs below $8 per month INCLUDING SHIPPING. Goal is for people to receive each package by the first of the month each month.
February Â Garden Books or cook books exchange
March Â "openÂ from collections list
April Â Seeds
May Â Perennials and seedlings
June - Daylilies
July Â sedums, hens and chicks, or houseplants
August Â iris
Sept Â FAVORITE PLANT EXCHANGE
Oct Â Bulbs
Nov - cannas and or dahlias
Dec - Christmas secret Santa Âopen from listÂ
This is my first draft, any suggestions substitutions or revisions welcome. If you donÂt have the item to be traded for that month take a look at the trade pages and give from that. All trade pages will be shared with the entire group. Items can be gently used and some may be non-flower related. Each month you can post want lists and have lists for that topic.
I will send out an in depth questionnaire to the people joining. You tell us what you want to receive. Open months like mystery boxes from anything on your want list, great if you collect other things as well.
This group will REQUIRE FREQUENT POSTS BACK TO THIS GARDENWEB THREAD or personal emails. If you are not able or willing to do that please do not join. I need members to post so I know who received and who did not. Plus it is always nice to know that you sent was received and appreciated.
LIMTED SPACE AND MUST BE A SERIOUS COLLECTOR TO JOIN. Sign up by Jan 14 and first shipment mailed by Feb 1. Sorry no newbies unless you have items listed and can provide references. Members will be dropped for non shipments!
Hope this helps those who didn't record the info for this robin!
thanks tina. i have that somewhere on this computer, but a few weeks ago someone thought they were doing me a favor (without my knowledge) and "cleaned" my computer. who knows where anything is and all my favorites are G O N E!
i thought it was collections, but wanted to make certain.
Maryanne I just wanted to let you know your package is all sealed up and will be heading your way tomorrow! It is filled with goodies I hope you will enjoy!
Over half the the people if I followed this thread correctly HAVE NOT received their march packages yet. Please let me know if I missed anyone - I'm doing this almost at midnight so forgive any erros and just post corrections.
I am very suprised that only half our players received their boxes by now! The mailings were to go out by March 1. Plus we had two people this last week who did not even know what they were suposed to be sending. Thank you to all who did send on time - the postings make it sound like people enjoyed what they received.
PLEASE GET YOUR BOXES OUT ASAP! Slow mailings have killed many robins. I am a bit fustrated at the whole situation. Any suggestions? Do I need to get my whip out? hee hee
RECEIVED Ilovefarac (Melinda)
DID NOT RECEIVE. wynative
RECEIVED Theresa Boring
DID NOT RECEIVE Marge
DID NOT RECEIVE mkruby
RECEIVED Jan PlantladyJan
RECEIVED veeja11, Carol
DID NOT RECEIVE Hummingbirddaisy Tina
DID NOT RECEIVE. Myohhmy Myann
DID NOT RECEIVE. Earthy Delights
i am wondering if EVERYONE RECEIVED for february.
that should be the main concern right now.
i for one WILL NOT send a march box until the player i chose for march makes good for sending out her february package in fairness to the partner she chose. it would certainly be very unfair if this person keeps receiving and doesn't make good on the sending! the mail really can't be that slow now, can it?
Just wanted to correct the post above! MargeC did receive a nice box from Debbya. She got it the 28th of February! Was she on the ball or what! So she has rec'd both Feb. and March boxes. Thanks, MElinda
Tina and I are the best of friends and live about 15 miles apart. We just haven't seen each other in a couple of weeks because we were gone one week-end and my son was here all last week. I have had her gift since the beginning of Feb. We just need to get together so I can give it to her. I doubt she is worrying about it--we are that good of friends.
I still have not received for February.
i enjoyed receiving both your note and your package, which arrived today.
In it were two wonderful crosses to add to my growing collection, a "welcome frog" windchime who is already in place, an adorable easter dishtowel and a solid chocolate bunny.
I appreciate your kindness jan, thanks so much.
So, almost everyone has received for March so far. I think we do have some great players here. However, I agree with Earthly. It is not fair to keep on playing if you can not fulfill your end. It is not fair to the other players and also not fair to our hostess who is trying so hard to make this fun for everyone. Mkruby, we are all sorry about the trouble you are having and continue to pray for your aunt. However, you might consider sitting out until things have settled down for you. If this is what you decide...let us know and we will pitch in and get your Feb & March boxes taken care of. These things just happen sometimes.
mellen, i am certainly sorry you got stiffed in this swap. no one deserves that.
i made up for mkruby's lack of proper and fair play and put some things together for you for february, even though you will be getting it in march.
shame on you mkruby...too many poor excuses. you should return what marie sent to you since you chose not to be fair and send you end.
if anyone thinks that is harsh, i can only say "oh well". there are way too many unfair players that seem to come out of the woodwork, and it was pointed out to me, so many more come out especially at springtime to come in for the kill and disappear. i'm getting tired of seeing people get stiffed - most especially people i care about and people that play by the rules. we all work hard for our money and toil endless hours in our gardens. why is it right for people to TAKE AND NOT GIVE?. the excuses in this one were way too lame for me. and in furtherance of that, you can't keep saying you are sending and you don't. heck, USPS makes it so convenient, they will pick up from your house. barnes and noble, borders, any of the large bookstores offer gift certificates. one could have been sent. this is just pathetic to have to deal with another "PLAYER". tsk tsk tsk.
mellen, i sure hope you enjoy what i sent.
Forst, I want to apologize to Myohhmy for being tardy. I AM NOT a dead beat trader. I'm sure several of the girls here can vouch for me (at least I hope?)
And Mellen, You KNOW I am not the least bit worried. You are my best friend girlie, and I love ya! I hope you are feeling better (((((mellen))))))
Earthly, you know how much I think of you (at least I hope you do), so please! don't get upset with me when I say, I wish things could have been handled privately between you and mkruby. It hurts my heart to see such negative feelings.
Really, we just don't know what is going on in someone else's life, right? I can remember a time when I got sooooooooooooooooo far behind because of something that had happened in my life and fortunately, for the most part, everyone was so patient and caring. The ones that was hurtful really was truly just that, hurtful. Had the others been that way, I just don't know what I would have done. I hope you understand what I am tryimg to say, as I would never intentionally say anything to hurt you or to bind our friendship.
Surely we can all help work thru this time with mkruby.?.
I am behind right now as well on my seed trades and robins. I have ever intention of making up for it. That's all I can do. And thank you Myohhmy for being so patient with me.
Sending hug's to ALL you girls!
tina, i would vouch for you anyday...no question on that! at least you have the courtesy to keep the line of communication open as opposed to just disappearing and/or ignoring or deleting e-mails.
FYI: this was handled, by several of us, in many ways. it's ashame it has to be this way to ruin it for others. my stated disappointment is for anyone that chooses not to play fair and to continue to take and not give. it's almost two months since this swap started tina, hence my message.
I get to see mellen!!!! tomorrow! cha cha cha cha cha CHA! (doing the happy dance) ;-)
I can't wait!
mkruby, I hope your life is getting better! As per me recieving this month, I am confident that you will come through and I will enjoy my package. You were so understanding about me sending late and in 2 different boxes last month, Thank you.
Praying for you,
If the group is having this much problems with the easier exchanges that we started with what is going to happen when we get to more involved and costly packages later on? I was hoping a year round robin would install faith in eachother and prevent problems. I see that is not so.
mkruby aunt is DIEING I think she needs some consideration. However, I understand the fustration that comes from late boxes. As a host I am unsure of what should be done about the issue. Thank you for sending a make up box earthy, that was very kind of you. BUT She did send another email to day saying she is still planning on sending both boxes.
I am holding off on the seed robin until I deciede what to do about this group. It is already to go... Is everyone still interested in being in the seed robin? Not many people have posted to the new thread. I will bump it up as this one is getting filled up.
This too shall pass.... I hope our group can get back on track. PLEASE let's keep the negativity out of the threads and not brow beat the issue.
i am just following your instructions. you sent me an e-mail saying she wasn't going to play. (i'm summing up your email). someone needs to really make up their mind here adn as the host, you need to keep this swap together. i'm not being negative, i'm being REAL. let's think about this, okay?
i have sent mellen her books. i'm not real intersted in what mkruby does from this point on. also, after this box, i am going to dismiss myself from this swap.
Do let's keep this group together! PLEASE! I think it is such fun and has some great members. I already have my seeds ready to go in the robin. Can't wait! Sory if I expressed any negativity. Didn't mean to. I just thought we were supposed to sit ourselves out if we were having problems during a particular month. But I will be HAPPY if all members stay in our group.
Ok, Doggie go get mkruby. Earthly is never negative, she is saddened by her friends getting stiffed, we do have people who come in the spring to grab what they can and run. Look at poor Susie in the hospital and still playing fair. earthly don't leave us you are one of the honerable players. I feel, life happens, just drop out don't fleece people.you gotta do a lot to anger mary anne. I love ya Earthly don't listen to anyone who dosen't. I am in on the seed robin
I would never said anything negative to anyone or about anyone (I do not know what is going on in there lives and I do not per judge). So, I will not start now. I always look for the positive in everything (it drives my husband crazy). So the positive is mellen and wynative got alot of extras from me. My husband took the boxes this afternoon to mail (he forgot to get tracking on them). So they are on there way.
Mellen there is one more book coming to you in a second mailing.
To the Wonderful Hostess, Thank you. There is so much I could said about (positive) you. I will be ready for the Seed RR, when you say the word.
I don't believe I per judge either, sometimes it takes outing people to get them to send. if it works I am happy
I have faith in you mkruby7. I'm glad you are not discouraged hun.
I AM BEING POSITIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU HUMMINGBIRDDAISY
mkruby7 - Just my two cents here, but I feel that you have been forthcoming with your entire situation from day one. And I know my friend, as I have been in a similar situation, that even when you have THE BEST of intentions, life STILL pulls you under, and makes your decisions for you whether you like it or not. I have seen posts from you every since the beginning of your Aunt's illness. You have kept in contact with each host, and trade partner. I am not exactly sure what else could be asked of you, except to make gardeners more important that your FAMILY. In my ever so humble opinion, you have your priorities straight dear. Frankly, I am disappointed, and surprised at some of the reactions you have gotten in this robin. For that, I am sorry. Please know that continued prayers for your Aunt and family, as well as for you, are still being said in this household.
Please forgive me, but I have to remove myself from this robin. Please be reassured that I will send you a lovely box for this month. You have been a WONDERFUL hostess. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of it for as long as I was.
Mellen gave me my gift Thursday night. She handed me the lovliest and most gorgeous huge throw pillow and throw with old world style roosters on them. I just LOVE them. Thank you so much! I love you girlie!
I wish you all well, and I hope that this robin straightens out and runs smoothly as it could be an AWESOME robin.
Tina, you are one of the wonderful traders, please don't leave. please talk with Earthly she can explain what is going on here. please stay you are very special. hugs carol
Tina and Earthly, I wish you would come back. There is so much more here going on than you know. I joined a book exchange group that our hostess is also head of, and due to my not getting e-mails from her on what I was to do, I "messed" it up. I have apologized to her, but she thinks I am a liar. This is an example of e-mails I have been getting from her. Earthly, have you been getting the same treatment? Mkruby, I believe, has just been used as a pawn in this whole thing. I can't believe I'm doing this, cuz this is not how I usually operate, but when I am accused of making Earthly and Tina quit, that is going too far. Mellen
mellen you sent me the books back then said you were not part of my group then said you were part of the group and would send the set on to make up for screwing up the robin. Now you are saying you have no garden books. please excuse yourself from both my robins. You already had tina and earthy quit. Let's make it three.
I am very sorry it had to come to this but this is just too much hastle.
Mellen, you are one of the true "rays of sunshine" on garden web. We've been in so many swaps together and have gotten to know one another through this exchange, that you sit high in my eyes. I saw this sign that says "live in such a way that if any should speak badly about you, no one would believe it". When I read that, I thought of you, Mary Ellen. You exude all that is good. Enough said there.
As for this swap, I did not back out because mkruby is not a decent, fair and reliable player. That would be the last reason. Shes the one she faces in the mirror. I chose to back out because I remembered that I didnt want to get involved in another year long swap. Had I, I would have stayed in the very well-organized, on top of it host, garden exchange ring. I chose to back out for my own personal reasons, my own life obligations that take priority over this. I belong to another group that when and if I chose to trade, swap, etc., I can and will, and know that not only myself, but no one else in the group will get shafted.
So please Mya, apologize to Mellen for the sake of decency. She did not make me quit, Im a big girl and make my own decisions. Im not trying to turn this forum into an episode of jerry springer, but who you should have been policing all along was the player that actually failed this group, who I note now has backed out for the next few months think that tells you something? Mya, please recall, (in your frustration after receipt of her e-mails), that you e-mailed me and told me that mkruby was not going to live up to her obligation and thanked me for making up the box to Mellen.
Be well everyone, continue to play nice!
Earthly, Thank you for your kind words.
I have been nothing but kind in my e-mails to our hostess--in this swap and in the other book swap. The other side to the story is that Mkruby was used to get back at me, in my opinion. Our hostess was upset with me over the book swap, thus I believe she told Mkruby to take her time getting her February gifts to me. Mk, not knowing what was going on, took her at her word and trusted her that it was okay. Who wouldn't? This is when everything started to go awry.
I still would like to stay in this exchange because of all of you wonderful women. I have either traded, sent boxes, or received wonderful boxes from most of you in the past. (Melinda, I did get your leprechaun box sent!)But it looks like that is not going to happen, and it makes me sad. If this exchange continues, I wonder if our hostess would reconsider having me? Blessings to you all, Mellen
HI GAL'S :))
I have been trying to keep up on this but lost track the last 2 weeks ;(((
I would just like to say this I have told myohhmy
that I would be very happy to fill in for anyone who cannot get their box out , "NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON "
Just email me your pal's info for that month & what is
to be sent :))
just so you understand I will recieve the box you were
to get . but that dose not mean I will be in every
month :((( unless someone gets sick ea month :))
Girls I love you all & we all know we cannot predict
as the turn our lives will take .
it was a very big shock to me to find out I had a blood clot in the lung & if it wasn't for my brother letting you all know , there might have been a few people
calling me a dead beat.
just let me know if I can help anyone out .
feeling better in mich :))
skohler - Thank You, glad to hear you are doing better.
veeja11 - Can you explain what is going on ? Oh, I have your houseplants ready to go out for the 'houseplant RR'.
mellen - Am asking the host not to kick you out. Please let mellen stay.
hummingbirddaisy's - am sad to see you go, but I understand.
theresa24 - Maybe I should have sit out, but sometimes you just don't know what life brings you. Plus, the host told me to take my time.
earthlydelights - I do understand life obligations are priority, but if something changes. Would you please think about coming back (if we are still here). Sent you a email, I hope you read it.
trying to catch up on ALL life things, mkruby7
PS. If you have something to said to me that is not nice, please email me and just post here that you sent a email (just in case it goes to my junk box). I don't think we need it here anymore.
Is all understood and forgiven? Can we give each other a great big "e-hug" and keep this group together? I hope so.
I am sorry but nothing makes me meaner than 1 of my friends being stiffed but if 2 friends are unhappy I can't contain myself, please take Mellen back, Susie you stay in bed, no boxes from you please. I am ready to forget and forgive if my friends are happy, That includes you Tina. Personally I believe it is the job of the hostess to arrange a substitute sender and silently drop or give the offender a couple of months off.Susie is our #1 hostess I am sure she would be happy to help you out with any questions Myann.Earthly this month is a seed robin so you get a month off before sending again.I see you were a vic in this one.so please ignore it and come back, all three of ya. sorry can't spell victum so said vic. Lets regroup. hugs to all Carol
I was kicked out, Carol, but I would like to stay in. I have no ill feelings towards our hostess as she obviously has towards me. I hope she can find it in the goodness of her heart to reinstate me. Mellen
I told myann when the group formed that I could fill in
I have a great brother who is ready to help me get caught
I plan to shop tomorrow when I go to my blood draw :))
just to have on hand :))
am I addicted or what ;))) guess no more then the rest
just know I'm here if anyone needs a player for you :)))
I vote we all stay in and work things out!!! Come on lets not give gardeners a bad name!! Yes life does give us all ups and downs at times and I for one have had a heck of a few months. I would like to add that all I have been through it is friends I have made on GW that keep me going!! I appreciate all the friendships I have made through GW. I am willing to help if someone needs help with getting things caught up. Springtime is here and it is a time for new beginings so lets have a group hug and continue on.
Sue is a wonderful gal to have in this swap! I do want you to rest up Sue!! Please take care of yourself!! I know you have a wonderful brother whom will help you!
Ok so has the robin started yet?? I think we all agree we are all ready for take off!! I want everyone here to know I offer peace and friendship to all involved with this group!
Speaking for myself I have had pals whom haven't been able to get a package mailed out and they have let me know and I have always been fine with it after all it is not the gift I am after but the friendship and sharing that keeps me involved. Even though packages come late I try to understand and keep communication open. Ok I will shut up now!! Hugs!
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING. My mother even has her crocuses blooming! What a beautiful day I am going to go enjoy it, but first I am breaking my silence about this whole mess and then it is OVER as far as I am concered. I am not waisting any more of my time on it.
SUE you are the light at the end of my tunnel. Thanks for your offer of help. You are always welcome but we will either sink or swim. You just consontrate on getting better! It was great talking with you the other day. We will let you know if you need to step in after May. You are the best!
My book robin has been going for a year and in that time no one else has problems with it. You droped out of the group then wanted back in. I let you back in as long as you made up the missed shipment. I said if you sent the books you can be in the following month. Now you say you have no books. I really don't need to play these games with you.
Besides that I let you into this robin giving you the benifit of the doubt after you dropped out of the book robin. Since then you have told me I flaunt myself. How that is 'always being nice to me' I do not know. And now you are saying I plotted mkruby against you. That is rediculous and hardly 'nice' either. Why would I mess up my own robin? I was trying to be understanding to her situation.
Then I asked you to keep our troubles between us between us yet you have repeatedly posted to the whole group. I would have tried to work it out with you but airing our differences in the group has made that impossible. I do want you out of both my robins. I know that is going to make people mad but that's the way it goes.
Earthy wanted out, she's out. I NEVER said that mkruby would not send. I had no idea either way - but she said she would and had other players indicated she would too and now she has. You chose to send a make up box, I did not ask you to do it. I simply thanked you because it was a nice thing for you to do. Re=read the thread. But you keep going on and on and on. I know you wanted to help your friend but at what cost?
I am not going to argue with you earthy and mellen or go over fine points. ITs not worth my time or energy. You live on this boards, I just visit. I wish you both the best of luck - there are plenty of other robins out there. Enjoy
Tina I have nothing but respect for you and if you want back in, you are more then welcome but I don't blame you for leaving - it has more than crossed my mind.
So we are down to 9 players if mkruby is in, 8 if she is not. If everyone still wants to I can get the april robin started by April 1 after all the dust settles around here.
The rest of the group I am sorry you had to go through all of this.
Am ready for April. I will have to sit out in May because I never got any seedlings started. And I only have 'lily of nile' from last year. For June is daylilys and I only have one small plant. And in July my son is off track from school and am in Dallas for a week. Also if my Aunt is still around I would like to go see her again.
Hmmm.....so I guess I'm out. I was hoping our hostess would be a bit more magnanimous. Myann, you just proved my point that you didn't like me from the get go when you said that you weren't sure you wanted me in this swap. As far as your other swap, I followed any directions that I ever received from you.
Bye all, Mellen
Sorry all but if Mellen is kicked out then I am out too, Can't be a very good robin if Mellen isn't allowed, or Earthly so count me out. thankyouCarol
sigh.....This was a great attempt at some fun. I guess I'm out too.
Host - Do you know if earthly is sending my box for March ? She hasn't answer my email to her.
It looks as if this Robin is coming to an end. Just want to thank the gals I traded with and look forward to seeing you around GW. Take care!
ruby, i'll answer you here.
first, you DONT send e-mails. i don't get whatever it is you say you send. just like mellen didn't get what oyu said over and over and over that you were sending.
NO, i am NOT sending to you for march. for march, i'm making up what you failed to send in february. if you don't think that is fair, check yourself. now, if you live up to your end, and send everything you signed up to send in your various swaps, play fairly and honestly, then i wil consider sending. did your partner receive for march yet? did your partner receive for february yet?
i cannot reward you when you chose to play this way. how fair is that to fair, reliable and honest players?
shame on you.
This is to earthlydelights, am DONE with you talking crap about me. I tryed to keep it off of here. I like mellen and would never not send to her.
Here is a copy of the email I sent you.
From: "JACKIE SUE GRANA"
Subject: copy of email to earthy
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 10:22:23 \-0800
I did not want to post on the GW page. I want this to end. And I hope you can have a opened mind, be nice and understanding.
The hostess told me to take my time getting my February gifts to mellen ( And I kept in touch with the hostess and NEVER told her I will not SEND my boxes). And I also email mellen and she also understood. In fact she has not said one bad thing to me or about me on GW or in a email. I kept my word and sent her box. Yes, it took a little longer than plan. I also sent you a email (sorry you didn't get it, it didn't come back. so I had one idea you didn't get it) to you when you ask me if I wanted you to sent something to mellen. I said 'thank you' that would be great. AND I was even going to send you something as a 'thank you'. Then I was being attacked. It was hurtful. Thanks to Tina I was able to stay posistive (as per Tina's post:THE BEST of intentions, life STILL pulls you under, and makes your decisions for you whether you like it or not. I have seen posts from you every since the beginning of your Aunt's illness. You have kept in contact with each host, and trade partner. I am not exactly sure what else could be asked of you, except to make gardeners more important that your FAMILY. In my ever so humble opinion, you have your priorities straight dear). I am a decent, fair and reliable player. I was in skohler RR around Christmas and had problems.
As for me sitting out for three months (normal I won't explan). Because I wasn't around I have no seedlings started (for May), I have no daylily's (for June) and I will be gone for most of the month of July. Like it's any of your business.
I think life obligations are priority. And that was the only reason am sitting out. And why it took me so long in sending out my boxes. It had nothing to do with taking and not giving back. Am a very giving person. Just ask mellen and wynative when they get ther boxes.
MY Febuary and March WILL have there boxes within a week (I have recept from postoffice). Which is also none of your business. As for any other swaps I have pending is also none of your business. Oh, are you talking about the 'Houseplant RR', were am soppose to send to veeja11. I also emailed her and ask if still wanted to trade. She has not answer my email. I will not send until I hear from her. The host has been email and we are both waiting to hear.
If you decide NOT TO SEND, you would be doing what you EXCUSE me of doing. So is that playing fair and honest. Ok, if you want to wait to see if mellen gets her box. Fine.
AND the only excuse I had for sending late is my Aunt is DIEING. I don't know were you got that I had excuse after excuse.
WELL, NOW THAT YOU GOT ME MAD !!!!! I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY NOW.
All I wanted to is make peace, mkruby7
Correction: I was in skohler RR around Christmas and had NO problems.
Sorry skohler was pretty mad when I wrote the posting last night. I normaly wait and calm down before I say anything.
Skohler is a very good host.
My box arrived today and everything is WONDERFUL! I recieved lots of seeds ~ Round Carrots, cantalope, beats, chives, canna's, confederate rose single & double, guva fruit tree's, chamamile, and 3 different hibiscus that I didn't have - pale pink, moschuetos and flower of the hour. A bag of carmel/apple suckers ~ YUMMY! The guy's I work with stood around like vultures till I opened them & shared. A purple candle and a purple bunny, 2 m.k. lotions & lip gloss, an adorable little trinket box with dolphins on it ~ my daughter will love it as that is one of the things she collects. AND...... 4 new succulant starts - love these!
Thanks for everything!
Just waiting on one more box from march.
Looks like this robin is now over as the majority has dropped out. Thanks to those who were on time and great traders. I hope we all learned some valuable lessons from all this. I know I have. Best of luck...
A box from mkruby arrived yesterday. Our mail system continues to amaze me. She sent the box media mail, and it came from CA in less than a week. Here is what she sent: A cute little blue and white bunny-it is my favorite color of blue. There is also a citronella candle, a package of caramels where you can see the white fondant in the center. Those are always good! Two pairs of gold-colored earrings, a very pretty fairy potstake where she is holding a flower. I do like it. There were also two trial size tubes of Mary Kay Satin Hands and moisture lotion along with some Satin Lips lip balm. I do like their lip balm. Thank you for that. There are also three different packs of mixed canna seeds. Mk, can you tell me what types might be included? I love cannas. There is also a pack of mixed conferedate rose seeds. For the books she sent a booklet titled Beginner's Guide to Birdwatching. I also received a hardcover book titled Outdoor Spaces--Landscape Design for Today's Living. It's interesting to see how thing some things have changed since 1987. What was thought to be so fancy back then is so plain compared to now. Very interesting to compare. I also received another booklet on birds and how to attract them to my garden. I really like this one and will be using ideas from it. Thank you. Mk also sent her February copy of Horticulture magazine. I have not read that mag. before, and I liked it. Thank you for giving up your copy. I received a book in the mail earlier this week from someone in Michigan. Do you have anything to do with it? Thank you for the gifts, Mk, they are appreciated. Mellen
I have a few final thoughts that I would like to share. What I am about to say is not said with any vindictiveness or anger. Honestly. Please just hear me talking very calmly and matter-of-factly.
Jackie, I do sympathize with you about your aunt, I really do. I have a FATHER who is DYING from Parkinson's. I was in a car crash a few years ago that has caused irreversible nerve damage to my arm. The pain has flaired up again to a level that is about to drive me over the edge. It is very difficult to do anything with it without pain, but I continue with my obligations--including those that I make here on GW. No, receiving books from you was not the point of this whole discussion. It was NOT the material things as some may have suggested. For any person that I know to even entertain the thought that it was material posessions that was important to me, is very, very troubling.
Jackie, you had the open-ended choice to sit out a month if you were not able to fulfill your end. Those were all part of the rules, and that is what you should have done. Nobody would have had any problem with it. That would have been the fair thing to do. Even though the hostess told you it was not a problem to send "whenever," that should have raised a red flag to you that she was not following her own rules that she had set out. You could have saved yourself so much heartache if you had just passed on February, let another person take your name, and then you just not received a box for that month. I'm betting you're thinking--But the hostess said....sure, but the hostess, again, was not following her own rules. I do recall your initial e-mail to me about your aunt, but I just don't remember you saying that you wouldn't be sending. It was also unfortunate that you kept e-mailing that you were sending, but then nothing would show up. So now here we are close to two months after this box should have been sent, and it is just now getting here.
No, GW is not my life. It just happens to be a place I can visit to chat with other people who share a passion for gardening as I do. A place where I can come to relieve stress from my long hours at school, from my physical pain, and all the other obligations of life that we all have. I am no better than anyone else here. I will never claim that, and I hope that I don't appear to be that way. If I do, somebody tell me, please.
As myohmmy said herself above, we did have some wonderful traders who were on time and good traders. I hope you have learned something from all of this. All of you, be good. Mellen
Miss Mellen, the voice of reason. I did not receive an e-mail from you MK, I will not send until you send in any swap
Mellen please check out our swap it is your month. hugs carol