new: obf jan something squirrley

beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)December 24, 2009

This swap will be both simple and challenging, Does that sound confusing? The simple part is that you only need to send three things. The challenge is to make them interesting and very definately "Squirrley".

 At this time of the year most of us are feeling a bit off. Wornout from Christmas and not quite up to starting a new project.

Squirrels on the other hand are still out there zipping around. Trying to remember where they stashed the nuts AND looking for a little fun.

 If you'd like to feel a bit squirley and help your blooming friends have some fun Then join us for this Squirrley swap.

 Sign up's will be open until Jan 5 and I'll post partners on the 6th. Start looking for items to send now so you can mail by Jan 11th.

 What you will send:

1 A squirrel of some sort but not Alive. I know if you have a surplus that is tempting but the PO does not approve. LOL

2 A snack for the squirrel. A snack should be a small treat that the squirrel will enjoy eating.

3 Something you think a squirrel would like.

 There will be prizes for the most creative items sent and also for the first person who sends one of "Secret Squirrrel's" favorite snacks.

 There may even be a few surprise visits from Secret Squirrel himself.

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uptreasa

I'd like to be a bit squirrelly, please. ; )
Hope I'm up to the challenge. Treasa

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 1:06PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Sure, Beth, I will join in. Might be a challenge to find a squirrel (live ones I could find...LOL) - but I'll do my best.

Merry Christmas to all ...and
Happy, Happy Birthday to Shirley!
Shirley, I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Jeanne

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 1:11PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Oh why not... count me in!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 3:35PM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

The Squirrels were our school mascot! S-Q-U-I-R-R-E-L-S!
LOL Makes the other team run & cower, huh? :O)
Ah, the good old days...

But as fun as this swap is sure to be, I will need to pass. We're still trying to get things lined out here, and I've been having some health difficulties as well....but maybe by February things will be better, and I can play then.
Ya'll have fun!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 5:02PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Teresa. Jeanne and lilAngel.... welcome to the nest. Not sure yet if you are squirliest, nuttiest or just quickest but I'm sure glad to see you in the tree.
Bunnie, I'm sorry you can't join but I do understand.
Please feel free to visit regularly and see what the squirrels are up to.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
BB

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 7:52PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Hi Beth! I dont know if Id qualify as the nuttiest, but certainly up there on the 'not quite right in the head sometimes' scale. Also, I have a squirrel named Chip who loves my feeders so much that I gave him his own! This was taken through the living room window over the spring, and the poles have since been rearranged.

~Laura

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 9:21PM
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brittneysgran

Thank you Jeanne and my Birthday has been great. The kids have just left so really we celebrate my Birthday and Christmas today.

Laura-What a cute Squirrel. I know some don't like them but I find them very entertaining. Hanna (my Husky) doesn't let anything in the yard so it is really hard for them to eat from the feeders.

Beth-Sign me up for this squirrley swap.

Shirley

    Bookmark   December 25, 2009 at 12:05AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Shirley, happy post birthday! I dont mind the squirrels as long as they dont eat the plants, and they freak my 2 indoor cats out which is always funny.

I hope everyone had happy holidays!
~Laura

    Bookmark   December 26, 2009 at 11:55AM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Hi all,
Count me in!! I miss the squirrels! I do have a few bunnies. I am hoping in a year or two when my flowers get established I will have more wildlife!!

Heidi

    Bookmark   December 26, 2009 at 3:41PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Shirley and Heidi, so glad to have you joining in the fun. Welcome to the nest.
Laura I love that squirrel picture. What fun to have them so close.
Heidi Where I live now I have no squirrels either but I had more than enough last year. There seemed to be dozens and one day I was wondering why my gas gauge was going down so fast????
Wound up a squirrel had munched the fuel line and gasoline was spraying out all over. GGRRRRR BAD squirrel. Anyway, I still enjoy squirrels but I don't want them too close if I can help it.
BB

    Bookmark   December 26, 2009 at 7:04PM
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dirt_under_my_nails

HI All!
I'll be passing this month, but will pop in from time to time.
later...April

    Bookmark   December 27, 2009 at 2:12PM
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brittneysgran

Beth-That was definetely a bad squirrel. I'm sure everyone has a nuisance story to tell about squirrels. Although they are very funny to watch when romping around the feeders and yard.

Shirley

    Bookmark   December 27, 2009 at 9:21PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

My parents neighborhood has 'suicide squirrel squads'. They look all cute and innocent in the yard, then all of a sudden WHOOSH they run in front of your car like its a black friday sale on acorns! There is an unspoken rule that no one swerves for them anymore. Its too dangerous!
~L

    Bookmark   December 27, 2009 at 9:28PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

April, Sorry you can't join us in the garden. The gathering of the nuts tends to be a fun event.
Please drop in from time to time and see what is going on and have great New Year.
So far we have Teresa, Jeanne, LAura and Heidi in the swap.
Melissa and April sitting out.
Have I missed anyone?
Nuts tha Squirrel is here pacing from window to door wanting to hit the road on his snack search. I'm trying to cool his heels until the first but..... he is beginning to get roudy.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 2:34PM
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brittneysgran

Beth-I signed up for the swap....thanks

Shirley

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 7:43PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Whoops, Sorry Shirley,
sure did not mean to leave you out in the cold there.
OK I'm back on track again with Tereasa, Jeanne,Laura Heidi and Shirley joining me here in the tree. I'm still looking and hopeing for some more nuts to show up.
Anyone have any more Squirrel pictures or cartoons to share?

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 7:56AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Foamy the Squirrel Cartoons!! (Not always kid-friendly, but always entertaining.) He tells it like it is! Enjoy.
~Laura

Here is a link that might be useful: Foamy the Squirrel

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 10:50AM
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veeja11(z7Wa)

Gotta be in Miss Beths squirrel swap I love it so count me in. Bunny how is baby and miss Lili doing ?Kids spoiled me for christmas I got a tom tom as a collective gift and a perfume called diamonds that I never buy for myself. happy belated birthday Shirley, sorry I am late, I am quite lazy since I got laid off. hugs to all my bloomin friends. Maryanne loved the pic of you and beautiful grandaughter. hugs carol

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 9:44PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Looks like we lost some posts here. what happened to Lili and the BD cake.
Melissa, I agree that teaching the dog to NOT take food from people's hands is essential in a house full of kids. Hard to do but sounds like she is ome great dog and learning fast.
BB

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 12:29PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

My missing post was a welcome to Carol. Really glad to have you join us here in the tree. Make yourself comfy then pass the cookies ( with nuts of course)
I'm not quite ready for a game yet but here is a warm up question for you.
Using the broad definition of squirrel that includes tree dwellers and ground squirrels.... what is the most famous squirrel you can think of?
BB

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 5:20PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

First squirrel I think of is Rocky from Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Heidi

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 5:28PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Or Secret Squirrel!
~Laura

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 7:31PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Heidi I loved Rocky and Bulwinkle too but he's not #1 on my list.
 And LAura, Secret Squirrel is #2 . Definately a big favorite but not #1.
 Maybe my top guy is not as famous as I thought he was. LOL
 BB

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 7:36PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Ok guys fill me in...who is Secret Squirrel. I don't know if we can guess again...but there is Sandy the Squirrel on Sponge Bob Squarepants.

Heidi

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 7:45PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Secret Squirrel was/is secret agent/spy. Agent 000.
One ad I saw said If you don't recognise the term you probaably shouldn't own the patch. Sorry heidi. No SS patch for you.
There is a "clue" in the question. Maybe checking the definition will help.
I'm wishing now that I had saved this question for a real game. Ok since it's tougher than I thought I'll find a prize for the right answer.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 8:45PM
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remy_gw

Hi All,
Hope everyone has been well and had a nice Christmas. Looks like you've all been having fun with the squirrel talk.

Shirley,
My brother got me the ornament I got you! too funny.

Beth,
The swap sounds like fun, but I'm going to sit this one out.
Remy

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 11:04PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

All I know for sure is the ones on campus are SOOO chubbley! They're not even chubby, they're chubbley! They don't hibernate, and will eat out of your hand if you stay still. Also, I think I'm older than my almost 25 years for knowing who Secret Squirrel is... and his sidekick Morocco Mole! Enjoy the first episode, I found it on youtube.
~Laura

Here is a link that might be useful: Secret Squirrel Episode #1

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 9:31AM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

A quick warning here..... The squirrels have escaped.
Yesterday was sunny and we sat on the porch sipping coffee.
Next thing I knew there were squirrel tails disappearing down the hill towards the mailbox.
Please report if you see them
BB

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 10:48AM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

Hmmm. Was there something offensive about birthday cakes & babies? LOL!
Golly, it's not like she was in her birthday suit or anything... :O)

I have never heard of a secret squirrel.
Interesting....

Carol~ Lili is doing great. Her birthday was yesterday. Hard to believe she is 1 already, isn't it? I do have to say thank you for that Elmo you sent a while back. Now she's addicted to Elmo. If it has anything to do with Elmo, she wants it. She sees the little feller, and she starts squealing "Melmo, Melmo!!" LOL
I tried to find her something with Elmo for her birthday, but didn't have any luck. I'm thinking if I can find some Elmo fabric, maybe I can make her a quilt. Functional AND fun! :O)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 1:14PM
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luckyladyd(6)

Trying to catch up on posts. A little confused - WHAT pictures? I don't see any of Earthly or of any kids with birthdays! What's going on??

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 1:19PM
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Frances Coffill(7b)

Happy New Year everyone!

I am not able to participate this month, but will stop in as workload allows!

Not a big Squirrel fan, they are a real menace areound here! We are having two pecan trees and a wild cherry removed this winter to cut down on the squirrel traffic. (and the mess and the nests in the attic). There are HUNDREDS of quirrels here, they eat, steal or chew EVERYTHING edible or not.

I did love Rocky and Bullwinkle though!

I hope you will all have a safe and happy New Year~

Frances

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 2:43PM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

Evidently, some of the posts were deleted. I think it's a problem with GW, and not anything we posted about.

At least...I HOPE so.... :O)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 4:36PM
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luckyladyd(6)

Sorry for the outburst :)
Hi Everybody . . .
Sorry, not to be able to join in this month. Hope you all have a wonderfully happy New Year.

Dottie

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uptreasa

Alvin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 5:33PM
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dirt_under_my_nails

Have a fun and safe evening all!!!

later...April

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 9:17PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Remy, sorry to see you will not be able to join us. Hope to be in a swap with you again.
Laura, SS cartoons arefun. So were the old Chip and Dale's Anybody else remember them?
LadyD, there were cute pics of Lili on the first BD that have disappeared. Probably a glitch in the system. They sure were not offensive.
Frances, I have lived in places where squirrels were a menace too but here there are none and I'm surprised to find I sorta miss them.
April. Thanks for posting the neat graphic for Count Down.
Happy New Year Everyone. I for one am READY for a new year.
Hope all is well with each of you and the future holds lots of good things
BB

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 8:43AM
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uptreasa

Can it be Alvin and the chipmunks?

Happy New year everyone!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 9:41AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Happy New Decade! I hope everyone had a fun and safe evening
~Laura

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Nope, not Alvin either.
here is another clue.
This member of the squirrel family does not climb trees but digs burrows. This is not a group we generally think of as squirrels but Wickepedia says they are.
BB

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 3:38PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Meercats?

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 4:44PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Happy New Year everyone. My squirrel guess for the day is Punxsutawney Phil.

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 5:07PM
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Frances Coffill(7b)

Squirrels that do not climb trees! must be woodchucks!

Hope everyone enjoyed a safe and warm New Year!

Frances

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 5:33PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Happy New Year! It seems like it hasn't been that long since the year 2000 arrived. Those years are sure speeding by!
We don't do a lot for the New Year. Tomorrow we will start to take down the Christmas decorations so that means a busy weekend. Both my husband and I are starting out with sore backs so I can imagine how we will feel by the end of the day on Sunday. LOL
Jeanne

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 7:17PM
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uptreasa

A gopher??

Hey, some nut of a squirrel came visiting me yesterday. He had to stay at my house last night and tonight. Hopefully, I can get rid of him tomorrow.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 7:53PM
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uptreasa

Mac and Tosh??

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Heidi is the winner and will receive a named day lily in the spring. Way to go Heidi. Glad you got it before the next clue because that was going to be that he hailed from PA.
ME Too!!! I loved the years he said spring would be early though he was not always right,
Thanks for playing everybody.
BB

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 10:36PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Yippee I won!!! I love groundhogs/woodchucks. I used to work with 4 of them. There were 3 males and 1 female. The one male had a nasty streak but the little girl would let you pet her on the head. I had no idea that woodchucks were in the squirrel family.

I hope to get my Christmas stuff down today. My son is sad that Christmas is over. I told him Santa needed to start on the toys for next year :o)

Have a great weekend
Heidi

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 8:05AM
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uptreasa

Congratulations, Heidi!
Being a past farmer, woodchucks were a nuisance in the fields. You had to be extremely careful not to hit any of their burrows, or you could damage haying equipment, etc. For some reason, they've declined, possibly because of the increase in coyotes. Speaking of coyotes, that reminds me that I'm getting 4 more sheep today.

Have a great day, everyone!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 8:50AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Congrats Heidi! Im jealous of that daylily, I didn't even think of Puxatawny Phil. Why/ how did you get to work with groundhogs? Treasa, how many sheep do you have and do you have any other animals? A few years ago I got to hold an eight hour old piglet. It was squirmy :)
~Laura

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 10:40AM
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brittneysgran

Treasa-I didn't know you raised sheep. At one time we had 4 pigmy goats. We actually got a male and female for our Granddaughter and they had two babies.

Remy-Thanks to your Brother for my beautiful ornament. LOL

Shirley

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 9:45PM
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Melinda Hagen

I am afraid I can't join this time! But I do love squirrels and have many! As long as they leave my bulbs alone. They usually do as have many hickory nut trees.
Sorry, maybe next month! Melinda

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 5:38PM
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brittneysgran

Treasa-Happy Belated Birthday to you...Wow you were a New Years Baby. The first baby born in the New Year here gets all kinds of gifts. Banks give the baby money and opens its first savings account, Florists send flowers and lots of other things.

Shirley

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 7:13PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for this month's swap.
I'll be away all day today but will check in when I get home this evening.
Melinda, sorry you can't join us but it's good to see you visiting.
BB

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 5:46AM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Happy Birthday (a bit late), Treasa. I didn't realize we had a New Year's baby in our group! I hope you had a wonderful day.
Jeanne

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 12:14PM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

Happy LATE birthday, Treasa! Hope it was great! :O)

Did everyone have a good New Years? I hope everyone had fun & stayed safe. We didn't do anything- just stayed at home, watched movies & had apple cider with the kiddos. I think I made it to 9pm. LOL!

The boys all went camping over the weekend. They wanted to get their "winter camping" honor for Pathfinders. The temps have to be below 40 day & night for them to get it. We got 4"s of snow on Saturday night, so I'd say they got the honor.
The horrible thing is on Saturday night, when they were sleeping, someone cut the oil lines on the suburban!! Can you imagine? I do not know why people have to be so mean, because that is all it is. Nothing more, nothing less. Grrrr.
So they were stranded out in the snow on Sunday, and I had no way to go help them. They were out in the middle of the national forest, so they had to call several people for help. It was a bad situation.
*sigh*
Oh well, what can you do, right? The damage is done, so now we just have to fix it. At least it wasn't worse- they could have slashed the tires. Or taken out a radiator hose as well. We were just lucky that hubby noticed the oil level wasn't right before the engine locked up.
BUT...they had fun, up till that point....so it's all good.

I hope this isn't indicative of what the new year will bring us, though.... LOL!

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brittneysgran

Melissa-How awful for your DH and sons. I can't believe what people do to others. It's sad but that is the world we live in today. Glad they had a good time regardless.

We awoke to 11 degrees this morning....Brrrrrrr it's cold here.

Shirley

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 8:22PM
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margaret_2007(5A)

Hi, All-I won't be able to join this month as my DH was air-cared to hospital with a heart attack on Saturday night, just got home & have lots of caring for him before he has to go back for more stints. One implanted Saturday night, has to wear a LifePack now to see if he needs to have the heart defibulator & pacemaker put in & lots of med changes. Will try to lurk some & sounds like a fun swap. Blessings, Margaret

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hdiperna(5 PA)

Hi all
I would like you to meet my nephew Jacob

He was born yesterday. He is my first nephew!

Margaret my prayers are going out for you and your husband. How scary!!

Melissa I don't understand some people either. I am glad that your boys had fun otherwise!

I am excited to get partners!!

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 9:26PM
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veeja11(z7Wa)

Margaret big hugs to you and hubby, hope he gets better quick you are both in my prayers. Heidi congrats on the new nephew, he's adorable big hugs to all my bloomin friends hope you all have a wonderful 2010

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hazelnutbunny(7A)

Margaret~ Hugs & Prayers for you & your DH.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 11:37AM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Melissa, that is awful. I am sometimes amazed at how nasty some people can be, Glad things worked out well and at least they were prepared for being in the cold.
MArgaret, keep us posted on the progress with DH. My partner JAck had a heart attack ( possibly two) last spring requiring two different catherizations and two stents. Happy to say all went well and he is doing great now. Hope you can soon be reporting similar news.
Today is the last day to sign up for this swap. Still hope we get a few more but regardless, we have a real nice group going here.
I'll post a game later today. Just have not decided on the prize yet.
BB

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 3:57PM
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remy_gw

Hi All,
It is snowy here! It does look pretty though. I did nothing exciting here for New Year's but that is ok : )

Margaret,
So sorry to hear about your husband. I hope he is all better soon.

Treasa,

Heidi,
Congrats on the guess! All I could think of guessing was a rat because Gary calls them rats with furry tails, lol. The only famous rat I could think of was Remy from Ratatouille, and I know that was the wrong answer, LOL. Congrats on the nephew too. He looks good for a new born. I have 6 nephews. Being an aunt is fun.

Melissa,
That is so weird, but crazy people are. At least no one got hurt or anything.
Talk to you all later,
Remy

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brittneysgran

Margaret-So sorry to hear the news about your DH. What a way to start off a new year. Praying for his healing and also you as the caregiver.

Heidi-Jacob is beautiful and I know your family is proud of him. I can't keep my hands off babies.

Shirley

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uptreasa

OH,OH! There's been some sort of mistake. It's not my birthday, but thank you so much anyway. LOL My birthday's in November. How did that happen?

Melissa, That was mean, mean, mean what someone did to your vehicle. Glad no other harm came out of it.

Prayers, Margaret.

Lots of winter in my neck of the woods.

Take care, everyone!

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Margaret,
What a scare about your husband. I hope things go well and keep us updated on his treatment and progress.

Heidi,
Your new nephew is beautiful. Congratulations!

Melissa,
What a mean person showed up at the camp site. I'm glad everyone is okay after the experience.

Those with snow, I am jealous! They are saying that we may get some snow Thursday evening though so we will see... Of course, we get really excited when we get snow! It sure has been cold. It may go down to 12 degrees this weekend.

I started out the year with some dental problems so no fun! I already have surgery scheduled to have a dental implant done on Mon. the 11th so more pain ahead next week and then I hope I am done with it for the year. All I can say is it is a blessing to have good, strong teeth. (Not me obviously. I have had tons of dental work done on my teeth ever since my baby teeth came in. When I was young - old days - they didn't even use anything to dull the pain when they filled your teeth. Sometimes I think that is why I experience so much pain with dental procedures even now.)

Stay warm eveyone!

Jeanne

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Well Rats! OK SQuirrels.
I took a picture of the prize for this game and now can't remember how to post it.
It's nice figurine of an angry bird defending it's nest from a curious red squirrel.
To win this you need to be first to name 10 different "squirrels" and tell at least one bit of info about each.
Example: Kaibab Squirrel found only on Kaibab Plateau in N. AZ
Hope this is not too easy but I decided the last one was too hard.
BB

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veeja11(z7Wa)

chip the chipmunk came to visit today, he brought m&ms peanut of course, he came with a note saying I am to send him on with a new snack, dosen't say to whom, so first person to e-mail me with their mailing addy at veeja3@gmail.com gets him next, unless Beth has a name for me, speaking of names, did you get married Beth? your last name has changed and where the heck is kirkland arizona? hugs carol

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 9:30PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Thanks Carol, it's your choice who Chips goes to visit next.
Your "send me your address" works fine.
By the way, Heidi I need your Mailing address.
Nope not married but definatly a permenant attachment here. We both were widdowed for years (14 for me) and felt too old to be getting married.
Kirkland is a bit south of Prescott and a good bit north of Phoenix. I have fallen in love with the desert though gardening here is a real challenge.
Come on ladies and tell me about those furry critters.
I'll be posting partners SOOOOOn.

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hdiperna(5 PA)

Beth I sent you an email.

Heidi

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Treasa,
I looked to see why we got confused about your birthday and when you click on "My Page" for you, it lists your birthday as Jan. 1. LOL I guess GardenWeb gave you a different birthday!
Jeanne

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veeja11(z7Wa)

Beth trying to place where you are is it near big bug? congrats on new connection hugs carol

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brittneysgran

Treasa-Ha that's funny about your B-Day...Jeanne is right gardenweb has your birthday January 1 and that is where I saw it.

We have two other birthdays in January (I hope) or so says gardenweb. Laura's is on Jan 11th and Margo's is Jan 12th.

1) white squirrels-Albinos
2) fox squirrels-largest species native to North America
3) black squirrels-common in midwestern North America
4) ground squirrels-eats nuts, leaves, roots and seeds
5) Kaibab squirrel-has black body & white tail
6) eastern gray squirrels-tree squirrels native to eastern & midwestern US
7) flying squirrels-live in nests or tree holes
8) african pygmy squirrels-tiniest of all-only 5" long
9) red squirrels-native to the nearctic region
10)mexican grey squirrel-has red belly

Shirley

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Heidi, Sounds like we are set on prizes. Thanks for playing.
Carol, where is "big Bug" It's not a name I recognise.
Shirley good answers. I'll get your prize on the way next trip to the PO.
By the way, The Kaibab squirrel is very pretty but people often see them and think they are skunks. Same colors but quite different otherwise.

Here are the names of who we send to
Beth sends to Shirley
Shirley to Teresa
Teresa toCarol
Carol toJeanne
Jeanne toLaura
Laura to Heidi
Heidi to Beth
Again I hope I did not skip anyone. I just wrote the names down and then drew slips of paper.
If you need an address please contact your partner
Have fun and please post when you mail.
Beth B

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Sounds like a good line-up of nuts, Beth!

Did I miss something? Are we supposed to wait for Chip to visit before we mail out or something? My brain is addled from the bronchitis so Im not positive about most things lately...

Fun fact about the common black squirrel: The first time I saw one after moving to Michigan for college I thought it was a skunk and flipped out. Apparently they can go a bit gray when they get old.

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Laura, both Chips and Nuts are on the prowel looking for their favorite snacks. If someone guesses right and gives either of them the snack they want there will be a prize.
Just a hint; one snack is store bought (but not common) the other is home made.
If either of thes guys arrived please post what snack they bribg before passing them on. Keep the snacks snall like "snack size" and you can mail them out first class. Total Weight needs to be under 13 oz.
Laura, hope you are feeling better. Also hope everyone is staying warm back there in the East and Midwest.
BB

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lilangel181(zone 5)

so... we dont wait for them but they may or may not show up at our mailboxes bearing gifts?

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

LAura, most likely, at least one of the squirrley critters will end up at your house since there are only a few of us playing this year.
They both should be.....either on the road or snooping in someones kitchen today
Nuts was at Teresa's last week and Chips was at Carol's.
Where are they now? Anybody know? If they are "traveling" just say that not where they are heading for OK? Try to keep a bit of suspense.
BB

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veeja11(z7Wa)

looks like no one wants chips as I haven't gotten an e-mail. chips is on my dining room table awaiting a destination

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Ill take chips, he can hang out with my cats before moving along.

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uptreasa

I sent Nuts traveling. He didn't want to go. You see, I have chickens, two rabbits, 19 sheep, two ducks, and a horse. Nuts was frantically snooping for the shell corn and pellets. I caught him nibbling in the laying mash. Naughty boy!! He couldn't get at my stash of squirrel goodies in my freezer. Good thing. But, he was driving me nuts, because the snack I was going to send with him kept disappearing. : /
That's why it took me so long to send him on his way. Anyway, he was so very kind to bring me a Snickers, which hubby quickly devoured. When he first arrived, I was a bit puzzled. Thought he was for keeps. LOL Cute little thing! LOL Perhaps Nuts will reach his destination tomorrow.

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Laura,
I mailed your package today. I am having dental surgery on Monday so I didn't think I would be up to going to the post office the first part of next week. I did get delivery confirmation but don't have the number in here right now.
I hope you like what I sent.
Jeanne

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brittneysgran

Treasa-Yum snickers-my favorite. I'm surprised Nuts did not eat the snickers when he was traveling to your home.

Jeanne-Good luck on Monday with your dental surgery.

Better get busy..I need to vacuum, do some dusting and dry some clothes. We are going with my daughter and her husband to Atlanta, GA to the Mall. It is so cold here I sure don't want to spend the day cooped up. This is the first time in 40 years I have dryed clothes in the dryer for a whole month. I hang my clothes on a clothes line (and love it). This weather is killing me and I need sunshine. LOL

Shirley

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Thanks for the updates carol and teresa.
Things here seem to be moveing really slow here this month. I think we are mostly frozen up. and moving in slow motion.
Teresa, Nuts had developed a bit of a bad rep over the years but I thought he was behaving better recently. LOL
He does tend to find mischief wherever he goes but your house sounds like a really fun place for a squirrel. Being a farmer at heart I'd probably love it there too.
Jeanne, best wishes for Monday. I had a root canal last Monday and go back for more of the same on Tuesdayof this week. The dentist wanted me back on Wed but My neck was so stiff I canceled.
I need to go to town today or tomorrow and get the squirrels a snack so I can mail Monday. JAck keeps wanting to feed all the snacks to the blasted Javelinas. He thinks they are CUTE!!!! Well we don't have squirrels here so there needs to be something to mess up the gardens:q)
How are the rest of you comming along on your boxes?
Beth

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Theresa24

Hello to all my (long-lost) OBF gals. I am so sorry to have been absent so long. My life always goes topsy-turvy when school starts and football starts, etc. but this year the boys were each on an additional team and I moved from 6th grade to Kindergarten so I just could not catch my breath. Then my 15 y.o. was struggling in school in a few subjects and I had to help pull him through those. So my gardens have been completley neglected and are overgrown and weedy but I'm looking forward to getting back out there in the next week or so if the temps ever warm up. I am trying to catch up on posts now. Happy New Year to all and I hope the holidays were a blessing for everyone. We spent time up in Michigan and then came home to find our temps were just as they were up there. I fear that so many of my tender plants will not survive this cold snap. Some forecasters even say we have a 50% chance of snow tonight. We are not set up to deal with that here. Anyway, I hope to join you all next month. I will be busy this weekend reading old threads here :)

Theresa

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hdiperna(5 PA)

Beth your box is in the mail

DC# is 420 86332 9101 1288 8230 0963 9664 80

I had a great time packing it and my son had a great time playing with your "squirrel". I just hope he's still alive when it arrives. Squirrels have pretty thick coats so the temps shouldn't effect him to much :op

Heidi

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Oh Heidi! How old is your son?
Maybe the squirrel can come back and visit or perhaps the squirrel in your package will be something he will like too.
Once the squirrel gets here He'll love it. We went out hiking today and it was beautiful.
Shirley, hope your trip went well. It still sounds really cold back there. Amazing what a "wuss" I have turned into after all those years in AK
Theresa24 really glad you had a chance to drop in and hope you can join a swap someday soon.

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hdiperna(5 PA)

Beth~ I have 2 little boys, John is 3 and Jace is 1. Just when I had the box all packed up nice John grabbed your "squirrel" out of the box and asked "can I see this?". UGH. He really likes to help me pack up the boxes. When I told him that the box was going to "my garden friend Beth" he said "she's my friend too". He really is sweet for 3.

Shirley I am with ya on the need for sun shine! Tonight is supposed to be our coldest night so far. I hope that it gets warmer from here.

Heidi

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veeja11(z7Wa)

Jeanne can't find your addy so I need it fast, also due to the flu I'm gonna be a day late mailing. Beth please send me a couple of addys so I can mail chip, can't find my list. hugs sickley tired carol

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Heidi, that is so sweet! What a lucky Lady you are.
Carol addresses are on the way. Hope you are feeling better today.
Looking at the old address list, I can't help but wonder where all the rest of the old timers are.
It looks like we still need someone to host quite few months for 2010. Hope everyone is thinking about that.
I have virtually "no" plants so I can only host when it is not appropriate to send plants. Well, guess maybe I could but it sure does not sound like much fun :(

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Hi Girls,

Haven't posted much lately as my son is home from college for another week and DH is traveling overseas again. So, my son and I are doing a lot of yard work (Brrrrr!) while he's here. We're raising one side of our property with topsoil to try to combat a drainage issue. Huge amounts of rain water comes in across our property from the street. We put up a berm. Now the water travels farther down the street and enters on my neighbor's yard, then rolls into mine! He doesn't garden, doesn't grow grass and won't do a berm. Last month we even had to pay to prune his trees, as they were dropping huge branches all over our property and breaking my bushes. Anyway . . . we've hauled eleven truckloads by wheelbarrow, spread it and mulched, so far. It's great to have a 19 year old's muscle to do this. He likes this kind of work and we pay him well so he can support his snowboarding jaunts.

Am trying to get organized to do wintersowing. So far have filled 48 milk jugs with soil, made labels for 82. Now just have to plant, tape and record them. Then do more. Maybe today.

Heidi, John sounds so precious. I think 3 years old was my very favorite age for my kids.

Carol, do rest up and feel well. I feel for you.

Jeanne, I know what you mean about the stiff neck from a dental chair. Hope it's over quickly for you.

Theresa, can't believe snow in Florida! The weather is really surprising us a lot lately.

Beth, looks like your players this month are having fun and being squirrely. Cute idea.

Hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the New Year.
Dottie

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hazelnutbunny(7A)

I haven't hosted in awhile, so I'll volunteer. Ya'll just let me know which month you'd like me to take, I'm happy with anything. :o)

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brittneysgran

Our Members:
Alwaysagarden
Amybabyboy
Beth_b_Kodiak
Brittneysgran
Canyonwind
Debbya
Diggindirt49 -
Dieg01991
Dirtundermynails
Drgulley -
Earthly Delight
Fcoffill
Flowergirl34
georgia_teacher
Hazelnutbunny
hdiperna
Ilovefarac
lilangel181
lil green thumb
Luckyladyd
Margaret 2007
Mellen
Missg
Momcat
Remy
Sandlapper Rose
Smitties
Sguanzon
Theresa24
Uptreasa
Veeja11

We need volunteers for ten months for 2010.
If you see a month you would like to host please say so.

Melissa-Would you please take February. Valentines Day is always fun for February.

I will take June since volunteers are slow this year. I would like to see the newbies take a swap month if possible. The theme is up to you..we are all game and if anyone wants June you are welcome to it also.

January- Beth- (Something Squirrely - in progress)
February- Melissa
March-
April-
May-
June- Shirley
July-
August-
September-
October-
November-
December-

Shirley

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hdiperna(5 PA)

Hi all
I guess I will attempt to do March with an "Egg-stra" special
swap. Easter is the first weekend in April so I think that having an Easter swap in March would work. Yes? No?

Heidi

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Theresa24

Yes, there was snow in Florida supposedly as far south as Miami! I'm not quite sure I believe that. Most of it was about an hour south of us and didn't accumulate much. If we were to have gotten it here it was supposed to stick and accumulate. I'm tired of the cold. We're really not prepared for it here. We don't have the right heating systems, clothes, etc. Our high yesterday was 35 and the low was 18. We've had about a week and a half straight of this. Yes, I know I'm whining. This was the first weekend in months that I've had free to get start getting caught up outside but it's just not happening.

Theresa

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January- Beth- (Something Squirrely - in progress)
February- Melissa
March- Heidi- (Egg-stra Special Swap)
April-
May-
June- Shirley
July-
August-
September-
October-
November-
December-

Heidi-Thanks for hosting a swap, I like the theme.

Theresa-Whew this cold weather is terrible. I was thinking about coming to see you to get warm. LOL Do you have heat at all in your homes or just air conditioning? It was 8 degrees here this morning. The concrete at church had swelled until we could not get some of the doors open.

Shirley

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veeja11(z7Wa)

my box and chip will fly tomorrow. I will be happy to do christmas in july. beth gotta know all about Jack. now I know why you have been mia. hugs to all my bloomin friends

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Frances Coffill(7b)

I will take April is perfect for me! Warm enough for a true garden swap! But not too hot yet!

I will really be ready for spring this year! this dep freeze is really making me stir crazy! I hope everyone is staying warm

Will post a theme later!

Frances

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Wonderful to see the volunteers signing up. Hostessing has always been lots of fum. It helps to keep the email box full LOL ( we all need that at times)
The eggstravaganza sounds like fun. I used to go up to Jersey for an Egg Show on Palm Sunday weekends that was always afun trip.
Carol, I'll send you a couple of pics.
top O' the Mornin to all

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hazelnutbunny(7A)

February is great. I'll post the swap & theme in a week or so.

How was everyone's weekend? I hope it was great...everyone stayed safe & warm? We're supposed to see 50 degrees on Wednesday, which will be WONDERFUL, after the negatives this weekend. Brrr!

We had Maggie in the house all week, with only a few minutes outside for her potty breaks. It was just too cold for anything else!
I'm sure ya'll can imagine...an 8 month old lab...in the house...all week, with no outside play time....with 6 kids...
And then, to top that off: Hubby let Maggie eat some candy (not chocolate!).
My reaction was something along the lines of: "Oh My GOOD GRIEF! Please tell me you did NOT just give that dog SUGAR??!!!"
(hubby slept on the couch that night)

*sigh*
Yes sir, I'm ready for the warmer temps, when ALL the kids can go outside & play!! LOL

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shinyalloy_5(5b IN)

Not really sure what obf is but you are a very creative bunch. I was watching my squirrels foraging by the bird feeders yesterday and remembered seeing this thread. Although, I'm not part of this group, I felt like sharing these with all of you. First a picture my daughter took this last summer

and my favorite squirrel Slappy.
I hope you enjoy them. I know I have.

MARY

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Mary that is a great picture. The yard looks womderful. I have always really enjoyed watching the birds eating the sunflowers. That must be a big strong one to be holding up a squirrel.
OBF is for Our Blooming Friends and I for one am not all that clever. I could not figure out how to include our logo in the header.
For more info about the group try checking the swap fron Dec. Shirley explains it there.
Thanks for posting and please do come back
BB

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Theresa24

Shirley,

We do have heat but heat pumps just don't cut it when it's this cold. There needs to be some heat in the air to extract. I know when we had a heat pump up in Virginia it was not at all ideal!

I will be happy to host May.

Theresa

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hdiperna(5 PA)

I know this has nothing to do with squirrels, but do any of you have a flower press. I am in the process of making one for myself. I see that they recommend using blotter paper. In the past when I would place flowers in a book to press, I would use wax paper and have good results. My question is does it really matter?
Heidi

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Ive always used old phone book pages with great results, Heidi, and thanks for the cute birthday e-card!

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lilangel181(zone 5)

My box will fly out this afternoon. Confirmation # 9405503699300107988750

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veeja11(z7Wa)

Laura, sorry but I didn't have your addy so chip flew elsewhere maybe that person has your addy and can send him on to you. Jeanne your box and chip flew out today in different directions I confused the conf slips so here are numbers not sure which is which 03083390000145238788,

  1. hope you both enjoy
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

I mailed today too
DC# 03092880000013742652
I'm off to the dentist again tomorrow. Thinking of you today Jeanne
BB

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brittneysgran

It looks like Laura is our Queen for today.

Mary-Thanks for sharing your squirrel with us. He's so cute he don't look real.

Theresa-Once upon a time we had a heat pump (never again). Where I work that is what they heat with and if it were not for electric heaters we would be froze it is so cold in our offices.

Heidi-Hopefully someone who does the pressed flowers can answer your question. I really like them but have never done them.

Melissa-I'm sure there is never a dull moment at your house.

Beth-I am so happy that you are happy with Jack. I would like to see Jack also. Maybe we should all post pictures of ourselves and our loved ones.

Treasa-I received Nuts today and the package he came in or what was left of it. He ripped a hole in it trying to get out. Sure glad he did not get out in the post office or it would have been like the song Mississippi Squirrel. Remember he got loose in a Church and oh Boy several got saved that day. I put him in a bird cage until morning when I hope to send him on his way. He must have been full because he did not eat the payday candy bar. Thanks

January- Beth- (Something Squirrely - in progress)
February- Melissa
March- Heidi- (Egg-stra Special Swap)
April- Frances
May-
June- Shirley
July-
August-
September-
October-
November-
December- Carol (Christmas In July)

Shirley

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brittneysgran

Whoops forget Theresa took May

January- Beth- (Something Squirrely - in progress)
February- Melissa
March- Heidi- (Egg-stra Special Swap)
April- Frances
May- Theresa
June- Shirley
July-
August-
September-
October-
November-
December- Carol (Christmas In July)

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Okay, let's see if I can touch all the bases...
First of all, Happy Birthday to Laura. I hope you had a wonderful day!
My dental implant surgery seems to have gone well so far. Of course, typical for me is for the pain to get worse after the first two days so we will see. I have had so many procedures result in tremendous pain that I keep thinking I am due for one that turns out to be trouble free. Beth, good luck at the dentist.
Carol, I will watch for your packages and be sure to let you know when they arrive. It sure will be nice to get a surprise in the mail.
Ditto from me on the heat pumps. They do not work well once the temperatures drop really low. Then it's like all it does is to blow cold air into the house. We have heat pumps upstairs and down and I hate them in really cold weather. Mary, It was nice to hear from you. I hope maybe you are interested in joining our group.
Heidi, I think you are the one who asked about flower presses. I wanted to get one of the ones that works in the microwave and they are expensive. Anyway, I made up my own style and sold some last year. I did not use blotting paper. The key in the microwave is that you have to do it is very short bursts and keep checking on the heat and dryness and whatever material you use against the flower (or leaf or herb) has to be really moisture absorbing - and not easily flammable either.
Melissa, I'm glad that you and your family are enjoying Maggie. My poor dog has another lump that we noticed last week. I am taking her to the vet to have it checked out on Thursday. Sure hope this one is not cancer again. I would take her sooner, but I don't drive when I am taking pain pills and I wanted to make sure I would be off them by then so I can take her without any problem.
Anyway, it looks like we have lots of good swaps coming up. I am planning several trips this year and none of the dates have been decided so I can't sign up to hostess right now, but maybe later I will have an idea of when I will be gone and when I will be home.
Jeanne

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Thank you all for the birthday wishes.

Jeanne, your package arrived today!! Thank you for the birthday stickers around the outside too :). Included in my box is a pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, stickers, seeds from her 'stash', a cute squirrel shelf sitter (I think hes going in the bedroom!), and a mystifying orange lock&lock container with a note saying she hopes it makes sense to me and that the squirrels would like it... :) I don't know what you had in mind, Jeanne, but I see a geocache in potential!
Thanks so much!!!!
~Laura

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Hi, Laura -
Oh that is so great that your package arrived on your birthday! If I had tried to time it that way, it would not have worked.
The ceramic squirrel is supposed to be a pot sitter - he is crawling out of the pot so you hang him on the edge of the pot by his back legs. Of course, there is no reason why he can't sit on a shelf if you prefer! You probably noticed that there are some squirrel stickers in the package with stickers.
My idea with the storage container is that it is a food storange container and squirrels are always hiding food so they can come back and find it later. Anyway, it made sense to me since one category was something a squirrel would like. You got the others figured out! LOL
Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful day!
Time for me to head up to bed.
Jeanne

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lilangel181(zone 5)

The food cache makes sense!! I figured out the squirrel was a pot sitter when the tail kept getting in the way of the shelf. Hes now happily sneaking around my pothos plant in the living room.

**I'm still having trouble with AOL and a MALWARE program. If you receive an email from me with no message/ subject line DO NOT OPEN THE LINK!! I'm still working to correct the problem.**

I hope everyone has good luck at the dentists and a nice day,
~Laura

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Theresa24

Laura, Happy belated. Hope it was a good one.

Jeanne, I hope you're doing well and recovery quickly from the surgery. I also am hoping that you're dog is okay and it's not cancer. Our bunny died suddenly last week. It wasn't from the cold because we had brought it in to enclosed back porch and they can, supposedly, take a lot of cold. My poor DS was beside himself. The vet is supposed to call us next week to see if they can determine what happened. He was only four years old which is young for a dwarf rabbit. :(

Congrats Melissa on your new family member. I bet the kids are just loving her so much!

I'm glad to hear that other agree about the heat pumps. So it's not that we are wimps here when it gets cold, it's just that our heaters are pooh! I can't believe that we made do with one in Virginia!

Shirley I will let you know what I come up with for April. I'm looking forward to hosting.

Theresa

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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Laura, the squirrel in the flower pot looks so real.
I love it and how neat that it arrived on your BD.
Carol and Shirley, I'm wondering was Christmas in July suposed to be for July or Dec?
JUst a wundrin
BB

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Oh my, I just received my package from Carol and there are going to be some happy squirrels and people here in Lexington. She really sent a lot! There are ears of dried corn for the squirrels with a special holder to put them in, seeds for me to plant, some pretty butterfly coasters in a matching gift bag, garden gloves, and here are all the treats: Mountain Trail Mix, Peanut Butter Filled Nuggets, Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Chocolate Peanuts, and Belgian Milk Chocolate Nut Blend. Will have to wait for my dental surgery to heal before I start munching, but the sun is out today and I may go to hang the corn holder outside and see if there are some squirrel games that arise out of that.

Anyway, thanks so much, Carol, and thank you, Beth, for allowing us to enjoy the squirrels again this winter!
Jeanne

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 1:08PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Hi all
I received my box from Laura today. There was a little stuffed squirrel for my kids. John named the squirrel John. He said "come on little buddy" and together they went to watch Scooby Doo. There was a pretty crystal like dew drop to hang in my window and some yummy cookies. The box was also packed with seeds...lots that were on my want list. The bag with the seeds said "go nuts". Thanks for the box Laura I loved everything.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 4:21PM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

What a cutie, Heidi! :O)

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 4:26PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Heidi, he is a doll and John is my favorite boy name.
Had there ever been a boy in our family, he would have been called John Mark.
Glad to see that a snuggly squirrel came in your package.
BB

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 5:35PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Beth I am a little worried about your package. It should have been there by now!! I will check the DC# again. I sent a first class package out to California the same day. That package arrived yesterday. I hope it gets to you soon.

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 5:50PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Well here is the latest...

Processed through Sort Facility, January 11, 2010, 10:50 pm, BOISE, ID 83708

I was hoping that it would arrive at the same time as your MNF New Year box.

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 5:56PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Im so glad yall loved your box, Heidi, and the picture is TOO CUTE! Thank you for posting that, it caused a huge smile to see and hear about John and his 'little buddy' John.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 6:24PM
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veeja11(z7Wa)

Jeanne glad you liked your box. Heidi, John is a cutie. I am suprised that chip didn't land today, maybe tomorrow. Shirley christmas in july was meant to be in july. hope I didn't confuse you too much. hugs carol

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 7:13PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Well Heidi, I puzzled about why it went to Boise in the first place, I'll just keep watching.
THe PO often baffles me anyway.
Now a question..... What kind of cookies did FurryJohn bring? HUM?????
Glad to hear everyone is having fun with this.
BB

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 8:05PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Beth the cookies were Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. I did share some with my youngest son, but ate most of them myself :o)

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 9:21PM
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smitties

Hi everyone, I have been having fun reading the posts tonight. I was lingering for a while last month trying to decide if I should sign up for this swap but just could not find any creative ideas so decided to pass.

You guys sure came up with some great squirrley ideas. Fantastic boxing are being received. Keep having fun and I will see you in the February swap. Margo

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 9:25PM
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brittneysgran

January- Beth- (Something Squirrely - in progress)
February- Melissa
March- Heidi- (Egg-stra Special Swap)
April- Frances
May- Theresa
June- Shirley
July- Carol (Christmas In July)
August-
September-
October-
November-
December-

OK I think I have Carol's month fixed. Thanks for catching that ladies.

Theresa-I have you down for May not April. I thought I had messed up again but I went back and re-read the posts and you took May. Hope you still can.

Margaret-Looking forward to having you back in the group soon and sure hope your husband is doing ok.

Dottie-Wow you are really wintersowing those seeds. I hope to work on mine this week-end.

Jeanne-Just let me know if you decide you can take a month.
Glad your dental surgery is behind you now.

Heidi-I can not believe how much John looks like my niece's son. They say we have a twin somewhere so I think I have seen Caydens twin in John.

Teresa-Your box is on its way. I visited every shop in town before I found a squirrel. Didn't realize they were that hard to find.

Nuts is on his way to visit someone also. Who will it be???

Shirley

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 9:26PM
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shinyalloy_5(5b IN)

Glad you liked the squirrel. Cannot take credit for the yard, its my neighbors'. The sunflowers act as a kinda cheery fence. The sunflower holding the squirrel is a ten footer that reseeded from a mix, the stalk was so thick it took a saw to chop it down. It also fed about half a dozen goldfinches. I don't think it had any seeds left to reseed this year. I'll definitely be finding more.

Back to the wintersowing forum with me.

MARY

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 6:06AM
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Theresa24

You ladies are so much fun. I've missed you!

Yeah, Shirley, that's what I meant....May is great.

-T

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 7:22AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Theresa, we've missed you too! Shirley, I can be a back-up host if someone needs. Also, I found this picture on IcanHAScheezburger.com

Enjoy,
~Laura

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 8:30AM
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dirt_under_my_nails

I can host October!!!

later....April

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 8:38AM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

You can sign me up to be hostess in November. However, I am planning to do some traveling this year so depending on when that happens, I might need someone to take over my hostess responsibilities for me.
So, if a "maybe" suits everyone, put me on the list. LOL
Jeanne

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 8:45AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

My squirrel thief is back! I thought he had headed off for the winter but nope...

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 12:42PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Chip stopped in for a visit today!! He brought Twix, Snickers and Turtles. He also picked up a hitch hiker Bo the dog.

Who has not had Chip yet? Sending him around reminds me of "Flat Stanley".

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 3:13PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

**big sigh** USPS says beth's box was delivered. That silly squirrel must have gotten in the wrong mail truck!!

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 5:26PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Heidi, you can send his here if you want. Do you still have my address? :) Also, your little ones sure do love squirrels!

Ive only seen a flat stanley once. I was on a family reunion cruise and posed pool-side sipping umbrella laden drinks with a pair of them. They were being taken on vacation by a fellow passenger on behalf of some kids she knew, (or was related to, or something) and taking pictures with lots of the passengers. Its such a cute idea!
~Laura

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 5:35PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

The silly squirrels have not been to my house yet, but I had a visit from one of Beth's squirrels during one of the previous years when she had a squirrel swap so it will suit me for those who haven't ever had a visit or who have children at home to get the visits first.
Theresa, I was sorry to hear about your rabbit. I can imagine how upset your son was. Could the vet tell you what happened? I had a rabbit as a child and my daughters had one when they were girls. They are such soft, gentle creatures.
Today was when I took my dog to the vet to have the new lump looked at. She will be having surgery to remove it next week on Thursday. Third lump to be removed in about a month so it sure has been rough. So far, the two that were removed were not the same thing and it sounds like this one may be a cyst so different thing once again. We just hope that this one shows no sign of cancer. It is rough getting older - for the dogs - and for us humans.
Stay warm everyone. It got into the mid-50's today and the sun was out. What a welcome break in the weather.
Jeanne

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 5:50PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Wow Heidi, that box knocked my sox off. I don't think I've ever had a better,more fun or more creative one.
Right off the bat "Super Squirrel had me laughing out loud. What a face and what a character. This jet propelled squirrel came with his favorite treat, Homemade chocolate peanutbutter acorns(he was fighting both me and Jack to defend these0 and a picture of his girl friend ina magnetic frame. NO battle there. She's cute but noy quite my type.
A bright sun catcher for my Kitchen window, more garden gloves an adorable snowman planter with basil seedswater crystals for plants and a set of beautiful cards.
There were poems and stories with everything and all the lyrics to Mississippi Squirrel Revival ( a long time favorite of mine)
Hreidi did you make these cards? They are adorable.
You've got me wishing I had offered a prize for creativity.
Jeanne Hope things go well for your dog. You're right getting old is not easy.
Heidi I'm sending you a great big THANK YOU. That box is the most fun I've had in a while. At least as good as Christmas.
hugs,bb

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 8:30PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

I am so glad the squirrel made you laugh. I will describe him for everyone. He is actually a dog toy that acts like a sling shot, so he flies through the air. He has on a blue helmet,red cape and goggles with his eyes bulging out. I looked and looked for a squirrel and finally when I was about to give up I found him. I laughed and had to show my family...which they thought I was nuts but oh well.

Yes I did make the cards. The squirrel card was cut out on my cricut.

I will be sending chip on his way tomorrow. I have some goodies baking in the oven as we speak.

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 8:45PM
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brittneysgran

Jeanne-We had temps in the 50's also....I love it.

Laura-That squirrel is too cute.

When I got home I found the most amazing box from Beth. Beth
I love everything that you sent. You are awesome lady. My son gave me another camera for Christmas and I have been wanting to try it out. It really really takes good pictures.

Beth sent:

Beth-DH loved the flag and wanted to put it up but I said no we will wait until Spring when we can enjoy it. I sure don't want this weather to ruin it.

Beth sent:
Welcome to the Nuthouse flag
Baby Ruths
Reeses Whipps (never had these before)
English walnuts
Baby squirrel who lives in a tree trunk
Figurine I won in the squirrely game.
Mr. goodbar

I'm sure Dawson will take the baby squirrel and the tree trunk away from me....gosh that is darling.
I am so tickled I won the squirrely game, that is one beautiful figurine.

January- Beth- (Something Squirrely - in progress)
February- Melissa
March- Heidi- (Egg-stra Special Swap)
April- Frances
May- Theresa
June- Shirley
July- Carol (Christmas In July)
August-
September-
October- April
November- Jeanne (Hopefully)
December-

And we have Laura as a back-up if anything happens and a hostess cannot do her swap.

We have 3 months left if anyone is interested....Remy, Maryanne, Dottie, Vina, Annie, Heidi, someone take these months.

Shirley

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 9:00PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

WOW where in the world did you find all that squirrel stuff?? That is an awesome box.

Ok I will take September. I think it will have a back to school theme...I think.

This has been a great swap. Thank you for hosting Beth!!

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 9:07PM
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luckyladyd(6)

Hi everybody,

Okay, Shirley, I think I can take September. I'll be out of town a lot in July, August and December. Let me know if that's okay. Haven't been a hostess before, so hope I can uphold the standard :-)

Cheers,
Dottie

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 10:46PM
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Frances Coffill(7b)

Good Morning!

I spent a few hours yesterday doing long overdue "Fall" clean up. It was just gorgeous outside, bright sunshine mid 50's hope to finish it up today with even warmer temps in the forcast. I have gotten so soft living in the south, brrrr, don't think I could stand a northern winter anymore! It was so wet in November and December and freezing in January I am glad to get a reprieve even if it only lasts a week or so!

Shirley
Beth really stocked up on 'squirrels' for the swap! they are too cute and what a great flag! I hope you are enjoying the warm weather!

Jeanne
I hope all goes well at the vet and your dog gets well soon.

Heidi
What a handsome boy you have there! He really seems to be enjoying the Squirrely visits!

Laura
GREAT Squirrel pics!

I couldn't find a squirrel photo (I know I have dozens) but here is a relative.

I can imagine the birds chittering 'who's the knew guy?!?!'
I hope everyone is staying safe and warm!
Have a terrific day!

Frances

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 7:14AM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

I will be posting the February swap on Monday. I hope that is OK with everyone? I want to give everyone plenty of time to mail out their packages next month, since it's a short one.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 8:45AM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Shirley, glad you enjoyed the box. I had a few "second thoughts" about the flag but I had thought it was cute. Super that DH liked it too.
Frances the chipmunk is adorable and more than welcome in this squirrley bunch.
Melissa, I'll be gone most of next week but will check in when I can
Beth

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 11:06AM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Beth's Super Squirrel!!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 11:24AM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

That super squirrel is TOO funny! I never even thought to look in the pet toys section, how creative!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 11:41AM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Nuts just arrived at my house. He was sent by Shirley and brough a Zero bar as the snack. It's just beautiful out so he may want to go out to play. 63 degrees and the sun is out! I just came in from doing some winter sowing. These are my first seeds for 2010! I was able to plant 13 containers. Usually I start from scratch and this year I decided to wash and save the milk jugs from the previous year. Wow, it goes a lot faster!
Thanks, Shirley. If anyone in the swap has not received a squirrel yet, please let me know by e-mail and Nuts will come to your house next - otherwise, we will just see where he lands.
Jeanne

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 2:12PM
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hdiperna(5 PA)

Chip left today. I had to buy my postage at the post office instead of online. I forgot to get a DC, but it did go out flat rate priority.

Heidi

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 2:38PM
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hazelnutbunny(7A)

I went ahead & posted the February swap. I want every one to have time to think about joining, and make plans on what to send.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 2:59PM
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