update: part 2 -- wlomwl swap (what's left on my want list swap)

patrob(8a)November 25, 2013

Because Monday, Jan. 20, is a holiday and I will be out of town all day Tuesday, the new shipping date is Wednesday, Jan. 22. Hopefully everyone will still have his/her seeds by the week-end!

Important Dates:
Join and post and update your seeds wanted list until Dec. 2, 2013.
Mail seeds to me no later than Jan. 6, 2014.
I will mail back to you no later than Jan. 20 22, 2014.

Here's a link to the first thread with the rules and procedures:
WLOMWL Swap 2013 Thread One
Here's a link to the Composite Want List on Google Docs:
COMPOSITE WANT LIST

Participants: Click on the name to see individual have and want lists.

#1 patrob (Patricia)
#2 kchd (Katie) received 12/27/13
#3 velsgarden (Velvet) received 12/18/13
#4 pinkiris (Jayeanne) received 1/2/14
#5 em247 (Emily) received 12/13/13
#6 primrose1x3 (Karen) received 1/10/14
#7 ishareflowers (Lisa) received 12/16/13
#8 jhgarden9 (Judy) received 12/17/13
#9 sandysgardens (Sandy) received 12/24/13
#10 xiangirl (Heidi) received 12/9/13
#11 jas_il (Jasmine) received 1/6/14
#12 FryMomma (Laurie) withdrew
#13 poisondartfrog (Alana) received 12/27/13
#14 micyrey (Michelle) received 12/20/13
#15 drippy (Kim) received 1/2/14
#16 ruthz (Ruth) received 1/6/14
#17 midwestfarmwife (Mary) received 1/17/14
#18 hibiscusfan (Sue T) received 12/10/13
#19 sguanzon (Sue G) withdrew
#20 LullabyF360 (Alicia) received 12/23/13
#21 ForeverRecycleReuse (Jessica) received 1/9/13
#22 jlee160 (Jen) received 1/4/14
#23 yeli0507 (Dionlys) received 12/2/13
#24 sorellina (Julianna) received 12/23/13
#25 rane_grow (Iris) received 1/9/14
#26 jaynine (Janine) received 1/3/14
#27 mjzzyzoff (Molly) received 12/10/13
#28 debby_1 (Debby) received 1/3/14
#29 Mermaidinthegarden (Miriam J) received 1/4/14
#30 Charity (with LullabyF360)received 12/23/13
#31 beautifulreddahlias (Nina) received 12/9/13
#32 leilahamaya (Leila) received 12/16/13
#33 duane456 (Duane) received 12/14/13
#34 foolforabloom (Miriam W) withdrew
#35 vajeff (Jeff) received 12/23/13
#36 molanic (Morgan) received 12/28/13
#37 lovesblooms (Taqiyyah) received 12/20/13
#38 aquadragonfly received 1/4/14
#39 loveless (Krystal) withdrew
#40 gmom2_6boys (Sharon) received 1/4/14

Here is a link that might be useful: Composite Want List

This post was edited by patrob on Sun, Jan 19, 14 at 10:38

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beautifulreddahlias(6a)

I have updated my wish list!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 9:07PM
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LullabyF360

Posting here to recieve updates :)

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 10:10PM
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patrob(8a)

Nina, I have updated your list.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 10:27PM
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hibiscusfan zone5-Northwest Ohio(5 northwest Ohio)

I updated my wish list and working on my halves.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 12:51PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

I've updated my list, Patricia.

Thanks

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 1:48PM
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patrob(8a)

Updates are done for Sue T. and Taqiyyah!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 8:57PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

Right--I updated my haves as well and I encourage all to take another look.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 9:01PM
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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

updated - AGAIN! Actually went through and alphabetized by (mostly) scientific name also. Whew!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 10:31PM
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patrob(8a)

I've updated your list too, Molly!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Monday, Dec. 2 is the last day to make any changes to your seeds wanted list and notify me to update the Composite List.

You may still join this swap until Dec. 2 as well IF you can post your seeds wanted list by then too.

This post was edited by patrob on Fri, Jan 10, 14 at 13:15

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 10:07AM
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jas_il

I have updated my want list.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 5:07PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Jasmine. I've posted your updated list.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 7:16PM
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ishareflowers

Hi Patricia,

My list is complete...Thank you!

Lisa

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 9:20AM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

I am updating my list, it can be viewed as is I am working on fixing a problem with it too, sorry if it is hard to see it has a glitch I am having an issue with.

I need to know if anyone would be interested in some of these seeds of this Fuchsia colored Celosia. I don't know if it has a name or not but I grew it this year and it is beautiful.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 9:31AM
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lovesblooms(7a)

Hi, Patricia,

My list is complete. Aquadragonfly, that's a pretty celosia--and unique! It seems to have plumes at the top and a cockscomb at the lower right--or am I seeing things?

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 9:43AM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

lovesblooms, the ones at the bottom are 3 different celosias, this one is a plumosa variety although I did find a few mutant cockscomb type on it but they were very small.
It is a really pretty color though.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 10:25AM
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patrob(8a)

Updates done this morning for Lisa, Aqua, and Taqiyyah!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 11:06AM
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em247(5a IA)

I updated my list as well. That Celosia is beautiful aquadragonfly. I'd love to try some. : )

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 1:54PM
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hibiscusfan zone5-Northwest Ohio(5 northwest Ohio)

Went shopping again and added some more. This is so addictive!!

Aqua, I'll take some of your celosia seed, they are really pretty.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 4:05PM
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patrob(8a)

I've posted updates for Emily and Sue T.
I added aquadragonfly's NOID celosia to both lists so I would know it was something you wanted if she sends it for you!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 4:32PM
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xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska(5)

I've been working on seeds...putting them in bags for people and getting them labeled. So much fun!
I recently had to fill out a form for a Secret Santa swap (not flowers or seeds) and I said I don't collect anything like figurines, thimbles, etc. I realize today I collect SEEDS! Lots of SEEDS! It's so much fun and I don't have to dust them. ha
Thanks for hosting patrob! You have done such a good job keeping everything organized, updated, etc. I love the Google document. That was slick! You get a gold star!
Heidi

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 10:42PM
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duane456

Patricia,
updated my list again---

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 12:40PM
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poisondartfrog

Patricia, I made a couple of final revisions. Thank! Alana

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 1:41PM
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molanic(Zone 5 IL)

Thought I had posted that I updated my want list yesterday, but must not have hit the submit button! It should be my last update. Hopefully I will get the e-mail updates on this thread because it never worked for the other one.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 4:21PM
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primrose1x3(7)

Patricia, my wish list is launched...finally...feels like prepping for a trip to the moon :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 5:33PM
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primrose1x3(7)

Patricia, my wish list is launched...finally...feels like prepping for a trip to the moon :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 5:34PM
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patrob(8a)

I've added Karen's list to the Composite List and posted updates for Duane, Alana, and Morgan!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 9:40PM
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gmom2-6boys

Please sign me up now. I thought I was already signed up. But must have forgotten. So much to do before going to hospital for surgery. Was really working on Thanksgiving dinner.
My want list is up-dated.
Thanks for hosting this.
gmom

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 11:35AM
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patrob(8a)

gmom, we're glad to have you join us! I'm adding your list to the Composite List right now. Please e-mail me with your info when you get a moment.

I've sent reminders to those who have not yet posted a seeds wanted list. Tomorrow, Dec. 2, is the last day to post a list or make changes to one that has already been posted.

We're still taking new participants too until the end of the day tomorrow provided their lists are ready to post.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 11:56AM
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hibiscusfan zone5-Northwest Ohio(5 northwest Ohio)

Added again for the last time.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 1:24PM
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Mermaidinthegarden(6a)

updated my list for the last time too

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 1:44PM
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patrob(8a)

I've done updates for Sue T. and Miriam J.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 2:55PM
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midwestfarmwife(5)

I have updated my Have and Wish Lists again.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 5:01PM
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patrob(8a)

I've updated your list, Mary.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 5:38PM
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sguanzon(z9 AZ)

My "Wants" list is updated.

Sue G

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 9:32PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Sue G. I've added your list to the Composite List!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 9:43PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

I updated my want list--and my have list, in case anyone would like a look--once more.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 10:00PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

I have updated my want list again!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 11:35PM
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patrob(8a)

I've done updates for Taqiyyah and Velvet!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 9:36AM
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ishareflowers

Hi Patricia, I noticed when checking my want list that you added a celosia to my list. I like the plant and would be happy to get seeds for it BUT whomever it was that was supposed to get it added to their list, didn't. Feel free to leave it on my list,,,,

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 11:48AM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Lisa. It's strange because I added the celosia from aquadragonfly to two lists, and it was on neither! So I'll try again. There are a couple of ways to lose saved material, and I must have done at least one of them!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 12:05PM
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rane_grow(7 soMD)

Hi Patricia,

Sorry to be a last minute lucy but I finally was able to finish updating my wish list ! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I was off for 5 days so this was a brutal back to work Monday morning for me. LOL

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 12:53PM
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yeli0507(9)

I would love any seeds :) rare edibles A+++++ like purple carrots or things like that. Should I put that on my list?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 1:16PM
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patrob(8a)

Iris, I have added your list to the Composite List! You were not the last, and I knew you were working on your list.

Now I am waiting to hear from the last two!!!

Dionlys, your list says "unusual vegetables," but you may specify purple carrots if you want to. This is the last day to make any changes to your list, so be sure and let me know if you do.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 2:11PM
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jaynine

My wish list will be complete by the deadline (midnight tonight?). I'm having a hard time getting it in gear for this swap: somebody kick me!!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 2:20PM
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pinkiris

Fun! thanks for hosting!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 2:40PM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Posting so I can receive updates via email for this thread.

Here's hoping I can take a looksie at all the HAVE lists and get a final update on my wish list. Jaynine, we can kick each other ;)

I hope everyone had a nice holiday.

Katie

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 2:41PM
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patrob(8a)

lol I may not stay up until midnight to check for updates, but if they are time stamped by midnight, I'll post them tomorrow. It may be evening before I get it done as we both have out-of-town doctors' appointments tomorrow and will have to be on the road early.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 2:48PM
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ruthz

I've also updated my list.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 6:19PM
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patrob(8a)

Ruth, I have updated your list.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 6:45PM
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jaynine

I guess my wish list is as complete as it's gonna get.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 10:41PM
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patrob(8a)

I've updated your list, Janine.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 10:51PM
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sandysgardens

I'm glad the big printer at work is just outside my office. I just printed the composite list - whew even printing on both sides of the paper I have a nice size document. Call me old fashioned, but I like having an actual document/list that I can check things off, make notes etc..

I've been picking away at packing up seeds, but now it's full speed ahead, or at least that's the plan......

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 1:24PM
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sandysgardens

Sorry for the double/tripple posts. I guess that's what happens when you try to do gardening items at work.

This post was edited by sandysgardens on Tue, Dec 3, 13 at 13:38

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 1:26PM
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sandysgardens

Double post

This post was edited by sandysgardens on Tue, Dec 3, 13 at 13:35

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 1:28PM
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patrob(8a)

The Composite List is final. Please don't make any more changes to your seeds wanted lists!

I have heard nothing more from FryMomma (Laurie) or foolforabloom (Miriam W) since they signed up. I e-mailed both of them on the 1st but have had no response. I am going to assume that they have dropped out.

I am sending each of you an e-mail with my mailing address. Please post or e-mail to let me know when your seeds are in the mail. I'll post when I receive them.

The deadline for mailing your seeds to me is Jan. 6, but if you can mail earlier, I'll really appreciate the extra time for sorting and packing.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 4:06PM
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leila hamaya(8 nor cal)

ok =)
i ve got a massive envelope together to mail out =)
managed to find a lot of matches, and gone over the list a few times...
so i would like to mail early, i havent gotten the address yet....

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 11:32PM
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leila hamaya(8 nor cal)

o oops...the email with the address was hiding in my email!

i got it....just blended in with the spam, sorry...but now i see it!

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 11:35PM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Pat I promise to do EVERYTHING I can on my end to make this swap easier on your end!
I am working with my seeds now.

To those of you who said they wanted the celosia I have it noted as well :)

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 12:08AM
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patrob(8a)

It sounds like everyone is really working to make this swap the best ever! I've already checked off each packet that came in the first package and have them ready to drop into individual bags. Another package is already on the way and several more are not far from being ready to mail.

Right after my 3-year-old granddaughter's week-end visit two weeks from now, I'll line up numbered paper bags in a big bookcase and start filling them up. I keep the very helpful cats out of upstairs, but that's where the guest rooms are and all those paper bags and seed packets would be very interesting to a small girl.

I have not forgotten what her daddy was like at that age! And her gramma too. I "helped" my daddy by mixing together all his small containers of nails and screws. He kept that big coffee can of mixed stuff for many years, and I'm sure thought of me every time he had to dig to find what he needed. I heard the story more than once. :)

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 4:02AM
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ruthz

I bought a Kabocha Squash at Central Market today.
I know a lot of people have pumpkin and squash seeds on their want list.
When I buy these types of seeds I usually only get 10 to 15 seeds per pack.
Does anyone know if these seeds are okay to dry and save?

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 7:33PM
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patrob(8a)

I don't ever save seeds from squashes i buy since they may well be hybrids. The seeds won't necessarily produce good squashes, but they might. Maybe someone with more squash experience will come along to help with the answer.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 8:20PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

I have a question.What is the difference between Blackberry lily and Blackberry lily Freckles?They look the same to me.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 8:35PM
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jaynine

Ruth~Winter squash (and other cucurbits) cross very easily, so if the Kabocha was grown in a field with any other variety of squash, gourd, zucchini, etc., they won't come true. That's where all those mystery squashes in the compost pile (at least in mine) come from.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 9:12PM
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ruthz

I'll just toss the seeds. Thanks for your input.
It probably is a hybrid, and I didn't know they crossed so easily.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 12:01AM
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LullabyF360

Just dropping a quick note here.

I will be going away for a long weekend & where I will be going will not have internet. Therefore, unable to be notified or emailed until Monday or later. So please do not think I am ignoring you or have dropped out!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 7:51PM
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patrob(8a)

Have a great week-end! There are no deadlines with this swap until the January 6 deadline to have mailed your seeds to me.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 8:04PM
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hibiscusfan zone5-Northwest Ohio(5 northwest Ohio)

Mailed my seeds in today.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2013 at 2:55PM
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patrob(8a)

Thank you, Sue, for letting me know. I'll let you know when they arrive!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2013 at 7:05PM
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patrob(8a)

Packages arrived today from Nina (beautifulreddahlias) and Heidi (xiangirl)!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 3:41PM
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patrob(8a)

A REMINDER TO EVERYONE!

Do not send side trades in with your seeds for the WLOMWL Swap!
Send private trades directly to the person you want to trade with!

I will be checking, sorting, and packing about 5000 packets of seeds during this swap.
I can't guarantee any particular seed packet will make it into any person's package at the end as I follow the Composite Want List and then adjust the number of packets according to how many the person is supposed to receive.
Sometimes a person will receive three or four times as many packets as he actually gets in the end because his list has more generic wishes and people have a lot of those to send in. Best bet is to follow the Composite Want List. Thanks for understanding.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 10:25AM
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em247(5a IA)

Sent my seeds off today. Being a fairly inexperienced, but enthusiastic gardener/collector of nifty seeds, my most sincere hope is that everyone is happy with the seeds I sent them. : ) I tried to send as many as possible in each packet, but with some seeds, especially the less common ones I only had a single small packet of commercial seed (60-100 mg), so it was kind of challenging. I plan on saving my own seed next year, so hopefully my packets in the 2014 WLOMWL swap will be much plumper. : )

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 5:13PM
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patrob(8a)

Packages arrived today from Sue T. (hibiscusfan) and Molly (mjzzyzoff)!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 5:47PM
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leila hamaya(8 nor cal)

i mailed in my package today =)
had it packed up for a while but we have had a wicked storm here and i have been snowed in....

anywho i hope everyone is happy with what i sent, i did try to get as much as i could for everyone and mostly did, but only a few people stumped me....

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 8:45PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Leila, for letting me know your package is on the way!

Our mail carrier put a box of seeds right by my front door today in spite of the long walk and front porch covered with ice. I don't know how she got there with it and just hope she did not fall. Regular mail was in the box at the street. I am ready for a thaw! This is TEXAS and it's not supposed to be cold for more than a day or two at a time!!!!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 9:54PM
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leila hamaya(8 nor cal)

yes ditto about nor cal, thats where i am.
this is FREAKY cold for us, its been loads of snow and ice and almost zero, which is a freak occurance here for that to ever happen, even here in the mountains.
though i know most people get a real winter...we are wimps about the cold! plus buildings arent built for cold here either, so everyones pipes are breaking, etc

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 12:49AM
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duane456

Will be sending my seeds tomorrow.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 8:12PM
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ishareflowers

My package will be heading your way today...Thank you again for hosting Pat! It's time to start on xmas cards for the secret santa swap...these swaps are what get me through the winter months...lol

Lisa

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 4:23AM
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lovesblooms(7a)

Mine went out today!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 9:00AM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

My package went out today.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 10:34AM
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LullabyF360

I am slowly getting mine together. About 3/4 of the way through. I've been going a little at a time in between my schedule.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 11:37AM
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patrob(8a)

I received a package from em247 (Emily) today, and I see that several more are on the way!

I've been checking off wishes, and so far I am very happy! I've found just a few packets that don't match wishes, but nothing like last year. I don't mind looking for homes for a few packets, and so far, after checking everything sent in by four people, about 500 packets, there is only one packet left in the "orphan" pile.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 7:55PM
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patrob(8a)

Duane (duane456), your package arrived today!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 2:18PM
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patrob(8a)

I'm caught up! I probably won't be able to say that again until the dust settles at the very end, but for the moment I have checked every seed packet that has come in from seven people, all 782 of them. There are only about a dozen packets total so far that do not fit anyone's wish list, so we are doing very well!

Remember that if a lot of you send 20-25 packets for one person, that person is going to have way more seeds sent in for him than he will actually receive. Those extras are going to end up in everyone's packages, even your own. Please try to fill wishes for as many different people as possible!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 12:08PM
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LullabyF360

I have finished getting all of my packs together & are boxed up waiting for me to find the time to escape the house & get to the post office. Hoping to mail them sometime before this Friday.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 2:25PM
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patrob(8a)

I'll be looking for yours next week then, Alicia.

No packages in the mail today, so I am still caught up. lol With seeds, of course, not housework.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 3:38PM
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patrob(8a)

Correction: the mail ran very late today, and I found two huge packages of seeds in the mailbox when I got home a few minutes ago. One is from Lisa (ishareflowers), and the other, from Leila (leilahamaya).

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 7:25PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

My package was supposed to be delivered today.Hope it arrives tomorrow.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 8:29PM
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sguanzon(z9 AZ)

Pat, I am so sorry but I must withdraw. this year. I have participated every year since this began but this year I just don't feel I have enough seeds to meet the wants and IfI can't participate well, I don't feel right participating at all. I definately will join this swap again next year but, with not enough seeds to trade and all that is going on around here I just won't be able to do it this year., I hope you understand.

Sue G

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 7:33AM
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patrob(8a)

We'll miss you, Sue. I'll try to redistribute seeds that have already come in for you and hope those who have not yet mailed their seeds will do the same. I hope things settle down for you soon.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 9:31AM
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micyrey

hello
my envie is on its way.
michelle

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 5:56PM
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patrob(8a)

Judy's (jhgarden's) package arrived today!

Thanks, MIchelle, I'll be looking for yours in a few days.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 6:39PM
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patrob(8a)

Velvet (velsgarden), your package arrived today!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 1:10PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

yay,I was getting worried!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 1:21PM
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vajeff(7b VA)

The package has been sent. It should arrive before the weekend (with luck). Tracking # is 9405503699300170718544.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:42PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Jeff. I'll be looking for it.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:56PM
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LullabyF360

My package has been mailed.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 1:36PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Alicia, I'll be looking for yours next week! Katie's (kchd's) is also on the way.

Michelle (micyrey) and Taqiyyah (lovesblooms), your packages arrived today!

Tomorrow I'll start opening packages that have arrived in the last couple of days and checking off more wishes. We've been out of town for two days at doctors' appointments. The specialist said today my husband does not need surgery on his broken hand and should be healed in a few more weeks. I'll be glad to give him back his tractor and let him put out hay for the cows! I am beginning to feel my age every time I pull myself up onto that tractor. I am tall, but that's a big step up!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:33PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

That's all great news, Pat! And I hope to have a piece of land big enough to use a tractor on one day--except when I wish I didn't have to! I can dream, right?

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 10:40PM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Oh good, Pat! I see that you got the tracking info via email from USPS. It's been crazy around here, and I just barely got that box packed up and mailed before leaving this morning to go out of town until Jan. 5th!

Happy Winter Solstice, garden buddies!

Katie

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 9:31AM
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sandysgardens

Pat - My envy was mailed today. Postmaster said to look for it on Tuesday or Thursday. With the holiday mailing frenzy, that seems fast to get from MN to TX, but then last Sat I mailed to FL and my friend got his envy on Tuesday morning.

Everyone - Wishing you All a Very Merry Christmas!

Sandy

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 1:25PM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

I just wanted to say I am running so freaking far behind on my swaps, Pat I wanted to get mine in as early as possible but this month has been a doozy. I haven't had time at all to get anything done with the big swaps I am in.
I have had so much going on, I am so sorry I haven't been able to send it yet. I will try my best to get going full tilt on these after Christmas, looks like that is going to be the only time I have to work on them.
Don't know if anyone knows anything about Kefir Water but let me assure you when the warning is start out drinking it slowly and a little at a time and only a certain amount until your body adjust to it, HEED the warning!!!!
If you don't know what it is it is a probiotic flavored water if you choose to flavor it with fruits on a second ferment. You have to have water kefir grains (not grains like wheat and such) to make it, it sits for 24-48 hours and then you remove the grains and add your fruit to the water, let the set for a 24-48 remove the fruit and bottle up.
You are only supposed to drink 4-8 oz. a day well I drank about 20 oz 2 days in a row, DO NOT DO THAT.....

:)Aqua

pic is of Orange Watermelon and Kiwi water kefir and the pic is kiwi with a tad of orange watermelon liquid add to it, it's pink because I used the grains from blueberry water kefir to make it.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 12:33PM
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patrob(8a)

Three packages came in today's mail:
Julianna (sorellina)
Alicia (LullabyF360)
Jeff (vajeff)

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 2:02PM
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poisondartfrog

The mailman is set to pick mine up this afternoon. For the last couple of weeks he has been here after 5 pm, poor guy.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 2:14PM
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LullabyF360

Glad to hear mine didn't get lost in the holiday mess!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 2:32PM
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patrob(8a)

Sandy (sandysgardens), your package came on the 24th just as we were leaving town for Christmas.

Katie (kchd), your package finally arrived today after a very long and crazy journey!

Alana (poisondartfrog), your package also came today.

Hopefully the mail is getting back to normal and delayed packages will soon find their way here.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 11:39AM
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sandysgardens

Pat - Glad it made it in good time

Sandy

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 6:39PM
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patrob(8a)

Today I received a package from Morgan (molanic). It took it ten days to make the trip, but it did arrive safe and sound at last.

The mailing deadline -- January 6 -- is just a little over a week away. I know several are planning to mail early this week, and I hope everyone else is making progress!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 6:57PM
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pinkiris

Mailed my package today, thanks for hosting! =) FUN!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 8:56PM
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drippy(7bAL)

And they're off! Thank you, Patricia, they are on their way to you!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 11:47AM
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patrob(8a)

Jayeanne and Kim, I'll be looking for your packages later this week!

The mailing deadline is January 6 -- ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 12:30PM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Pat I am packing seeds. I am going to try my best to get finished later today and get them in the mail to you by post office closing today!!!
I need to check the for your address and check what the postage requirements are again because I have confused myself with too big swaps at the same time (I KNEW not to do that but oh well, here it is lol)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 2:17AM
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patrob(8a)

Aqua, I just sent you a copy of the e-mail with my address and the postage info.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:30AM
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jaynine

Patricia~Seeds are on their way. DC 9405503699300189896455

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:39AM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Yes ma'am Miss Pat, I just had to check it. Because I didn't write it down before lol.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 12:22PM
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patrob(8a)

I've sent an e-mail to those who have not told me when they are mailing their seeds. Just don't want anyone to forget that the deadline is only 5 days away! Mailing on Monday, Jan. 6, is fine. If you are caught in an ice or snow storm and can't get to the post office safely, e-mail me. If you have power, of course. I don't want anyone to risk life or limb to mail seeds. I hope everyone is warm and enjoying the start of the new year!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 10:35PM
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patrob(8a)

Today I received packages from Kim (drippy) and Jayeanne (pinkiris).

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 1:30PM
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jas_il

Finally I could send my package today. Thanks for hosting the swap. Happy New Year to all.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 1:56PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Yay! Thanks for letting me know, Patricia.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 1:56PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Jasmine, for letting me know. I'll be looking for your package in a few days!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 3:37PM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

MAILED finally lol.

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 3:37PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Aqua. I'll be looking for your package too!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 5:40PM
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patrob(8a)

Two more packages arrived today: one from Janine (jaynine) and one from Debby (Debby_1). Looks like the mail has recovered from the Christmas overload and even delivered those two a day earlier than expected.

I've heard from all but a few and am hopeful that everyone will be able to mail by Monday. Most of all I hope everyone is safe and warm during the winter storms!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 2:03PM
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ruthz

My package has been mailed and should be there Monday.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 5:06PM
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rane_grow(7 soMD)

Hi Pat ! Hi everyone ! I am determined to have my seed packing finished tomorrow but mailing out on Monday still makes me a Last Minute Lucy ;-( I do apologize Pat ! I hope everyone is keeping warm ... I am so over this cold weather and hope we have an early spring ! Sitting at my dining room table ( hopefully with semi warm sunshine streaming in thru the window ) and packaging the last of the seeds tomorrow will have me daydreaming of digging in warm dirt !

Iris

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 7:01PM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Ruth, for letting me know that your package is on the way.

Iris, mailing Monday is perfectly okay! Packages have been coming in all along, and I am still busy checking off wishes and sorting seed packets that have already arrived.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 8:35PM
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patrob(8a)

Must have had a substitute mail carrier today! I just found four packages delivered to the chair on the side porch instead of right by the front door as usual.

Packages today from these participants:
Jen (jlee160)
Miriam (Mermaidinthegarden)
Aqua (Aquadragonfly)
Sharon (gmom2_6boys)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 7:38PM
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patrob(8a)

Two more packages today:
Jasmine (jas_il) and Ruth (ruthz) yours are here!

Wow, we have LOTS of seeds! I forgot to ask everyone to include a count, so I don't have a total yet. I've gone through nearly all the packages to marked off wishes and pull out excess duplicates and a few orphans, and I will count as I go back through each package and drop seeds into each person's sack. I work downstairs in front of the TV and fireplace while I am checking off wishes, but the final sorting and packing up for mailing takes place upstairs in the cat-free zone. :)

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 2:41PM
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rane_grow(7 soMD)

Hi Patricia ! I mailed my package today ! but when I got home I saw that one of the baggies had fallen out of the padded envelope so if its okay I will mail that in a small bubblie tomorrow ? I am recuperating from a bout of bronchitis and it was nice to sit at my dining room table this weekend and enjoy some seed therapy :) today it was rainy one minute, then snowing , then the sun come out all in the span of an hour or so ... Maryland has some crazy winter weather .

Iris

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 4:46PM
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patrob(8a)

Of course, Iris. I won't start sealing up packages until the middle of next week. There are a couple of others who have had family illnesses and will be delayed a day or two mailing. I am glad you are feeling better and hope you are rid of the bronchitis. Not good to have anytime, but especially not in this weather.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 5:00PM
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patrob(8a)

Krystal (loveless), please e-mail me: pat46rob@gmail.com
It does not look like you are receiving the e-mails I have been sending to you.

This post was edited by patrob on Wed, Jan 8, 14 at 10:44

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 9:06PM
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patrob(8a)

Seeds from two more participants today:
Jessica (ForeverRecycleReuse) and
Iris (rane_grow) -- Iris, both of yours are here!

Krystal (loveless), I need to hear from you!!!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 12:50PM
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patrob(8a)

Karen (primrose1x3), your package has arrived! It made a very quick trip!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 12:51PM
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rane_grow(7 soMD)

Patricia,

So glad they got to you safe and sound ! I bet you are swimming in seeds right about now ? lol if you get a chance, take a pic ? thank you again for hostessing this, I know we are all excited to see the wonderful seeds we are all sharing with each other !

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 8:46AM
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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

Eek! I'm so excited to see what wishes have been filled!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 9:01AM
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patrob(8a)

There's one more big package of seeds on the way to me, but I have had no response from Krystal (loveless), even though I have e-mailed her several times, sent a message through GardenWeb, and posted on the thread for her to contact me. I am assuming she has dropped out, so I'll redistribute the seeds that came in for her.

I'm still going through seeds and marking off wishes downstairs, but I'll be moving upstairs this afternoon and will definitely post some photos of the seed stash and sorting process. lol Bertoli, Marie Callender, and Lean Cuisine are going to take care of the cooking while I finish up the swap.

I'm still hoping to have everyone's package in the mail by the 20th!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 11:21AM
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patrob(8a)

Here are a couple of photos I took when I started sorting seeds into each person's bag. There is no chaos yet. lol That comes later, and I'll try to remember to take photos then too.

My desk is huge, so that stack of bags and boxes is really bigger than it looks! The count right now is 4438 packets, but we are still waiting for a package of 300+ and I have not added my own seeds yet as I am waiting to see what is still needed.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 1:44PM
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patrob(8a)

And here are the little bags I sort the seeds into before packing them up for the trip home. As each bag fills up, I have room to add another in front of it.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 1:47PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

Wow. You're probably the only person who could physically do this swap, Pat. Lol, seriously, look at all that shelf space and table space, and it's all full!

And look--there's my bag! *waving* lol

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 1:51PM
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xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska(5)

A picture is worth a thousand words and you said it all! Wow! Now, when you're done with this little project President Obama wants to know if you'd like to take over Healthcare, IRS investigations or Middle East Peace Talks. He's waiting for you to call him at your convenience! I'm totally impressed!
Heidi

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 7:03PM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Hahaha, those photos are awesome, Pat! I showed the photos to my husband. He has been curious about the inner workings of this swap ever since I explained to him how many participants, how many seed packs, etc. He says you should get a Special Prize for all your hard work!

I can't wait to see the 'chaos' photos.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 7:24PM
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patrob(8a)

lol Heidi, you did not see the rest of the room! And you won't!
I made sure all the stuff sitting around waiting to be refinished, reupholstered, etc., did not show. There are still some boxes of stuff from school waiting to be sorted, donated, or thrown away, and I retired nine years ago! Plus there are a couple of laundry baskets of things to sort and put up, things that were out downstairs where they should not have been and company was coming. I can hardly get into the room, but I cleaned off my desk and the bookcase for this swap. I am an extremely organized person in some extremely small spots.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 7:30PM
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xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska(5)

I am going to adopt that phrase, "extrememly organized in some extremely small spots". That is me, too!
I have this itch to clean out and declutter, but I have too many treasures!
Now soldiers who do great things get Purple Hearts. We may have to come up with an award like the Purple Hibiscus for you! But you won't keep it in a box in your room!
Heidi

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 10:17AM
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LullabyF360

I am all too familiar with clutter. So acquainted, in fact, that I think most of it has become permanent features to the house. We have so much stuff now, we are having to move & build a bigger house. All of this "clutter" is actually things that we need & use regularly. We are just running out of spaces to put things. My husband & I each have our own hobbies that require a room all to ourselves to store everything. My plants have taken over the only usable guest bedroom, our closest shelves are on the verge of falling off the walls, his computer room can barely contain what he has in there, my art room you have to be an expert rock climber to get around in. I have always been one of those people who has the compulsion to hide things. I have things stuffed away in all cabinets through out the house, on top of the cabinets & refrigerator, stuff is under the beds, in drawers with clothes-if it can fit in a spot, I will squirrel it away. It helps keep my house looking nice & tidy.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 12:00PM
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patrob(8a)

I think our stuff owns us instead of the other way around. lol For now I just enjoy the spots I do have organized and pretend I will get there with the rest.

The last package has just arrived! Priority 3-day mail took a week to get here, but thankfully it's not lost as I was beginning to fear. I hope I can still mail everyone's package out on Monday even with this delay, but I'll update after I see how long it takes to finish up.

I have addresses loaded into the USPS website and am ready to print labels as soon as I am sure about the mailing date. I still have the 300+ packets that just arrived to check off wish lists and add to bags, a huge pile of substitutes to add to the bags of those who are short, and then I'll start sealing up and sticking on labels. Chaos is probably not far off. :)

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 12:31PM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Monday the PO is closed. It's Martin Luther King Day just in case you didn't know Pat. :) so you sort of get another day.

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 1:53AM
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patrob(8a)

Thanks, Aqua, I did not remember the holiday, and I can sure use the extra day. Tuesday I have to be gone from 6 a.m. until ? for out of town doctor visit, so Wednesday will be the earliest I will be able to mail. I have the shipping labels stored online, but not printed, so no problem there with adjusting the date. Hopefully everyone will still have their seeds by the week-end! Now back to the seeds.....

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 10:30AM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Whoa, another package that took a detour, got temporarily lost, and took a week to arrive?! And it's not even the holiday rush anymore. Makes me nervous!

Thank goodness for that extra holiday! I've been prepping milk jugs for winter sowing ahead of time. Whoohoo!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 10:50AM
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xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska(5)

LullabyF360 we have a label for that. It's "carefully filed." That sounds so much better than tucked away or lost. I know if I could clean out my husband's stuff and he could clean out mine we'd be in better sahep, but those are our treasures! I got rid of 4 bags of stuff on Saturday!
Heidi

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 12:09PM
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LullabyF360

Haha, I often refer to our disarray house as an organized mess. We know exactly where everything is & what is lying around. Our issue is simple: we are out growing our house.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 12:51PM
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