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Hortiholics Anonymous February Exchange

Posted by hummingbirddaisy 5a (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 29, 07 at 1:06

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Happy Valentine's Day Angels

I can't believe that we are already into our 2nd month of 2007! Including this month, we have 5 more months of Hortiholics Anonymous to go. I want each of you to know,new members as well as orignal members, you all hold a very dear place in my heart. I have enjoyed the first part of our jouney together, and look forward to the last part of our journey together.

Kristen - I hope that you have a wonderful experience in Russia. We will be here waiting for your return! A BIG Hug to you ((((Kristen))))

I look forward to all the communication with all of you this month!

Many Hugs,
Tina


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hello
hay tina I guess you can't sleep eather, I was down stairs earlyer doing the watering and checking my seeded trays to see if any seed sprouted over night. my dianthus and pansys are comming up great.
well I think I'll get some breakfast
micyrey


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tina, 5 more months? please explain that since i am a relative newcomber to your group of horts.

yours in fat chow!
hemma (lol)p.s.

this is what to expect from now on


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Maryanne,

I believe we started in June and it's a year-long swap.


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thanks julie.

tina, did you assign partners yet or are you waiting for january to be concluded? if you sent one, i didn't get your email, and that could be dreadfuL LOL


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Yea, what Julie said! Exactly!!!!

chop SueY Chow Fat!

SLL
Tina


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hello
I will be on the chat board, will anyone join me?
micyrey


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I'm on my way

I'm on my way! Earthly, where are you? Come chat with us!Everyone come chat with us!!!!


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egg FooYoung!


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got a minute? send a valentine greeting to a soldier

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.hooah.com/card_upload.php


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I will be on the chat board at 9:00pm tomorrow. Anyone joining me?????

Mariann


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perhaps if I remember, lol. I keep missing all these chats!


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i'm going to try mariann, i'm not feeling good tonight, my throat is starting to swell and if i don't get some antibiotics, i'm doomed.

check this out, pretty neat if you were here at the time.

maryanne

Here is a link that might be useful: http://moreoldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm


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I will be on chat tonight :-)

Maryanne - I sure hope you got some antibiotics. My kids got strep this winter, and oh so bad. I hope you are feeling good. Big warm hugs (((Maryanne)))

I sent e-mails out last night to everyone with your pals name.
Let meknow if you didn't get yours.

It is blustery cold here. Two years ago, on Feb 2nd I walked out in thegardens and seen the signs of bulbs trying to poke up through the ground, and on Feb 22 my first crocus was in bloom. I don't think that is going to happen this year.
I am really looking forward to Spring!

Hugs Angels -
Tina


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julie and mariann, where are you?


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I'm there


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Argh! I was watching American Idol and it sucked. I totally forgot!!


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We missed you Julie!!!!!! Darn American Idol anyway! ;-)

I have the chat room up most every evening, so those of you wanting to blab, come on over and chit chat!

I posted last months pals on Januarys thread.

Happy February Angels!

Hugs,
Tina


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still no february mail


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hello
well I have started some of my seeds and my dianthus and dahlias are comming up great, some patunias are starting to show there heads as well.
my latest batch of coleus cuttings are starting to root and I'll be able to plant them soon.
we have been so frozen solid for so long I'm afraid I'm going to lose some of my perennils this year. so I'm going to start extra annuals to fill in any empty spots.
I worked on some birdhouses for my MIL, she likes very colorfull ones so I'm painting them purple, mauve, and antuque white (with the other colors I think I can get way with some white).
I have a large frog tank that is like a rainforrest, and I just cleaned and re-planted it. I put in a great birdnest fern and it looks great, the frogs like it to.
I'm working on making something for my pal this month so it wont go out too early this month, but it will be worth the wait.
TTFN
micyrey


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OK I have to confess...I have never been in a chat room before.Honestly..I am way behind the times I know.LOL

Micyrey,WOW you are talented.I wish I had half your ambition and if I would even have a quarter of your talent I would be a very happy gal.Your projects sound awesome.I need to take notes!!

Maryanne,Hope you are feeling better.Are you and Tina still having a Chinese Food Fight? You two crack me up!LOL

Well I better go check the other forums before I call it a night.

Sleep Well Everyone : )
Nancy


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Well Nancy - we will just have to get you to the chat room. It will just be us in there. It is private, so no strangers. Strange maybe, but no strangers, LoL

Micy - You will have to post pics. Did you get a photobucket account yet?

It is just too cold here. It is making my bones ache just thinking about it.

We are having a surprise birthday party for James tomorrow. He turns 13 on Sunday, and Sunday is Super Bowl day.
I can't believe that my babies are growing up so fast. I know I've said that a million times, but it is just hard to accpet that it won't be long before they start moving out.
I am so thankful that they are healthy and growing up, don't get me wrong. It just seems like yesterday that they were little babies.

Well, I better go get extra blankets out for tonight.
minus 30 is too #$@^$&%#%@# cold!

Hugs Angels -
Tina


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#$@^$&%#%@# - what does that mean, my SLL friend? it certainly wouldn't be any chow fat nasty language now, would it? bad girl!!!

wish james happy birthday from me :-)

maryanne


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I found a big box in front of my door when I came home today. My dear, wonderful, thoughtful secret pal, thank you, thank you thank you!!!!!! I love everything!!!!!
The wreath is already hanging on my front door, just put the photo album on my end table in the living room with the picture right behind it. The earrings match a blouse that I have(same color)I will wear those tomorrow. Dear pal, you just made my weekend, thank you sooooo much!!!! You really went above and beyond, I hope you receive a package just as special as the one you sent to me. Many hugs to you.
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What a lovely box Deanie!

James' birthday party went quite well. The only "bad" thing was that he was at a friends house, and they was his ride to the "surprise party", and jst as they turned in the drive, they got pulled over for speeding (the cop on duty was an arse!)and that freaked the boys out! Other than that, it was fun. We had 4 pizza, pop and birthday cake that I made for him! We ended up having 9 people in this house that night, and I thought we was never going to get to sleep, LoL. All in all, it went good and James had a great time.

It is still TOO cold here. I am hibernating. No going outside for this one. I want spring to hurry up and come!

You all stay warm.
Hugs,
Tina


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hello
I went through my seeds to pull out winter sowable seeds and I was shocked by how many I have. this is my first year WS and I saved about 40 bottles and that is not going to be evan half enough. evan if I just spread my poppy seeds out in the planter I will still have 110 packets of WS seeds. my DH thinks I'm crazy and he dose not evan know everything I'm growing.
I might stop by the chat room tonight about 8:45 or 9pm
huggs
micyrey


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I am hoping to get into the city tomorrow so I can get the rest of the things I need so I can get my pals box sent off by the weekend.We are forcast for a nicer day tomorrow so wish me luck!After that its all down hill again! LOL
Have a Great Week Ladies!
Nancy


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Deanie, I'm happy you received your box. I'm in Florida. The Valentine in the frame is from 1908. I love those old cards. They are more ornate than the one's we get today.

I'll check in periodically.....

Tina, did you get my email. How are you feeling?
Maryanne, I hope you are feeling better too.

Hugs,
Mariann


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Mariann, I thought it was a SECRET??!!


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i thought the same thing, julie. oh well, the rest of us will have to stay secret!

alison, where are you? how is your mother in law? any changes? did your hub get back from england yet?

try to stay warm everyone
maryanne


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hello all
my box went out today.
I got some of my pots filled for WS, but I ran out of soil. I went to home depot to get more, but all their bags were outside and frozen. so now I have two big bags of frozen dirt thawing in the kitchen.
I'll stop bt the chat room before I log off
micyrey


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Hello Hortiholics!

Sorry I've been kinda missing lately, I needed a break from the web to get some things done and to get my sanity back. Well, I don't think I succeeded in that second goal, but I tried! LOL

Bogartbaby, what lovely things you got in your box! Very pretty!

Micyrey, I wish I could see your birdhouses that you've been painting. I bet they are pretty. I've a big fan of birdhouses, both functional and purely decorative. I love the color scheme you chose.

Tina, hope you are feeling better. Sounds like James' birthday party was a smash.

Maryanne, I'm doing well, DH is going back to England this coming Saturday to visit his mum. We got a phone call this morning from a neighbor/friend who called to let us know that she has finally been moved to a rehab facility for aggressive physical therapy. She's been waiting for a while now for a bed to open up. Plus, the neighbor gave us great news! DH's mum has feeling AND movement in her left leg, and has been standing up! That's a big, big leap in her recovery, and we are so encouraged to hear about it.

Sorry I haven't stopped into the chat room. I'll try to make it one of these nights. I watch a lot of TV at night.

I don't know when I'll get my box done for my pal, I've been collecting stuff since I got the email from Tina. I'm planning to make a couple of crafts to go in the box too, so it might be the second half of the month. Oh shoot, it's February, it's a short month, isn't it? I better get a move on.

Talk to you all later, Girls!

Alison


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Mariann, LOL, you crack me up girl. I don't have to wait for the end of the month to thank my SECRET pal. LOL
Thanks so much for the special presents you sent! I have been telling everybody that I got a 99 year old Valentines day card. I think it is so special, I will pass it on to my oldest when the time comes so we can keep it in the family. Such an interesting conversation piece does not come along to often. Thank you for parting with it, I will always treasure it.
In Mariann's defense, she did a great job in concealing her identity until she posted. LOL
Hey, we all slip from time to time.
Mariann, I am happy to hear that you got away from the cold and are basking in the Florida sun. Do you stay there all winter or is this just a short vacation?
To everyone that is under the weather: Wishing you all a speedy recovery, hope you all get back on your feet soon before the weather get's warm.
Micyray, I did a lot of WS also and when I run out of milk jugs I use quart size plastic storage bags. I almost like them better then the milk jugs.
Alison, wishing your MIL a speedy recovery! Sound like she is a fighter.
I better get my box ready so I can mail it tomorrow. Talk to you guys soon.
Much Hugs to all of you!
Deanie


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hello
I would like to post photos but I can't figure out how to do it.
tina told me about photobucket.com but I can't get it to load the picks.
I'll try to load some coleus photos. and I can't seem to do it evan on a post. I want ti put them on my trade page dose anyone know how? in simple terms I'm not very good at computer stuff.
let me know alison if you can help me
micyrey


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I found a Money Tree at Wal-Marts for 3.50!!! I was so happy:))) they have some for 13.00 as well in bigger pots, but my friend and I compared the actual size of the plant and they were basically the same size, I had just got done putting that on my want list right before we went, how ironic is that? The only thing I don't like about these is they have intertwined the trunks in a bonsai, I am not too fond of that practice.

micyrey= did you get the pictures loaded on photobucket yet? How far into the process are you?
once you have them onto photobucket it is easy, here are the steps I use to make it simple
1.have gardenweb open to the page you want to post on
2.open a new browser window
3.go to the picture you are wanting to post and check the box(es)
4.click on button at bottom that says generate Html &Img code (you will come to another page)
5.you will see Html clickable thumbnails (first box) click on the lettering in box, it will automatically highlight all of it
6.right click once text is highlighted and choose copy
7.click on the GW browser window, then right click on paste where you are wanting to copy it. it will look like a bunch of code, hit preview, if you see the picture(s) we will see them too.
that is for posting here on the threads, I don't know how it works on our trade pages, haven't figured that one out yet myself:)


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Hi Anegels -

First, is everyone keeping warm? It is crazy cold here. Actually, we are in a heat wave, LoL at I think 5 degrees right now! Woo - hoo! I've been hibernating inside. Too cold to venture out for me.

Micyrey - The directions just up above are excellent! Are you having problems loading the pics to photobucket?

Mariann - I hope you are having a fabulous time in Florida sweetie.
I did get your e-mail. I am, right now in the process of trying to get copies of all of my medical records. Who would of thought that would be a job in itself! No-one knows where they are all at!!!
I will keep you updated.

Maryanne - Where oh where is fat chow!?!?!?!?!
Come out, come out where ever you are you SLL! HA!

Nancy - Are you stuck in an igloo?
Deb - Are you ALSO stuck in an igloo?

Alison - So happy to hear about your MIL!!!! Yeah!!!! Tough ol' woman. Sounds like what my mom was :-)

Deanie - I loved that you posted pics of your not so secret pals gifts, smiles!

Micke - How are you doing hun? Things looking up for you yet? Sorry I have not e-mailed back in awhile :-(

Sue - Are you basking in some nice sun today? You gonna share it? LoL

Julie - Are you hiding from us? Did you sneak off to some remote island with lots of sunny days, and NOT TAKE US WITH YOU???? :-)

Erica - What! Did you jump in Julie's suitcase????? ;-)

Our fridge went out Tuesday night. Lost all of our food.....argh!
Finally made it to Waterloo to sears to look for a new one Monday. They can't deliver until NEXT Wednesday! We are using our garage for milk and such.
Got a great deal though. That is the good news, LoL. It is an $1100.00 fridge, it had 2 small scratches (that can be buffed out, hee hee) on the handle, and a small ding on the very lower side bottom that won't be seen anyway. And I talked them down to $789.00! It is a side by side, 26 cubic foot, ice and filtered water in the door, stainless steel.
It will be so much easier to keep clean than the old white side by side we had that the water didn't work, nor was it filtered, and the ice dispenser didn't work (and it was a big ugly monster!) Sears will haul this one off when they deliver the new one. Thats a relief.

Well, my livingroom looks like a tornado has gone through it, so I better get off of here and start cleaning. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :-)

Stay warm and big hugs,
Tina


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LOL Tina..I ventured out of my igloo today...just to go get my mail..now I'm back in it again...and heres where I'm staying til spring!!LOL Sounds like you got a very good deal on your new fridge! Sounds like a nice one!!

Micke,That is an awesome price for a money tree!! Incredible in fact.I gave $30.00 for one I gave my daughter a few months back as a housewarming gift.Good Buy Girl!!

Hope everyone is hanging in there! February is my absolute worst month.It just drags on and drags on for what seems an eternity until March.We call it the F Month here!! LOL
Come on March!!

Take care everyone!!
Nancy


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tina, you goof. you can't loose your food in this weather. you put it in a cooler or a large box and just keep it outside. i love this weather, it's a "free refrigerator".

mariann, i just love that vintage card and that you framed it. what a wonderful gift! when i was cleaning my uncle's, i came across quite a few old time cards. i would look at them and think how much they have changed throughout of the years...even the paper. i would have liked to have kept some of them, but there was so much paper everywhere and i think paper mites or whatever where in everything, so much got trashed.

hope everyone is well and staying warm.

maryanne


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Maryanne - You goof! LoL, We didn't know the fridge had went out and the food was "yucky" the next day when we realized this. We had alot of freezer stuff. I ad some loaves of bread dough in there and they went "poof" and expanded and "glued" the door shut. Ha!

Caleb just came in a told us that Anna Nicole Smith has died. Wow! I know she was the butt of all jokes, but she was just too young at only 39. It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round. I'm sure she will be missed by so many.
A sad situation :-(

Hugs,
Tina


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Where is everyone? Have I bored you all that bad? LoL

I have been watching all of the news today on Anna Nicole Smith's death. The media is so badly wanting to destroy anything good about her.
I am so happy that they haven't found illegal drugs in her room, or in her system. I hope Howard K. Stern is the baby girls father.
I think she died of a broken heart :-(.

I never was much into her. I never watched her E! reality show or anything. Even though I was not a big fan, I still am saddened to hear of her untimely death. Her 5 month old baby will never know her mother.

Come on ladies, post and cheer me up! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend Angels -
Tina


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OOPS.....I'm such a boob.........50 lashes for me. That's what happens when I rush. Sorry Deanie I didn't mean to let the cat out of the bag.

Anyway. The weather is great down here. We are right on the beach.

Hugs,
Mariann


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Hi Ya Tina Dear! That is sad about Anna Nicole.I'm not a fan of hers either but hate to hear news like that anytime about anyone.I feel so sorry for her little girl too : (
Well I have been suffering from a huge case of Cabin Fever lately so I thought I would go into the city thismorning. I got alot of things bought for my swaps this month so thats good but I still need to get it all boxed up and sent off.I am terrible this month.Please forgive me pal..it will be on its way soon. Oh I did pick up a few new houseplants for myself.They were fittonias.Polka Dot Plants I think they are called? Oh anyway they are really cute.I got a pink, red, and silver green one. Its so funny..when I go shopping this time of year I always carry a huge styrofoam cooler in my back seat.It comes in sooo handy if I happen to see a plant I can't live without.Below zero temps??...Who cares??..I got my trusty cooler along.I get a few strange looks when I run out to my car and get my cooler to bring in the store to pack my plants in but anyone who knows me just smiles and those who don't look at me like. "Oh Yes..shes the Crazy One"LOL Gotta Love It!We are supposed to get more Snow again so I am planning on watching movies with hubby all weekend.Looking forward to that.Well I hope you will all be snug as a bug in a rug this weekend.
Hugs Everyone!
Nancy


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hi all
I got my feb box today, in side was
a small windchime, it has a magnet on the back, but I;m going to put in the garden any way
a bag of val. candy yumm
some tall plant markers and seed baggies
a ceramic sunflower dish
a very pritty ceramic hart ornament
some seeds ( love the clumbines)
vanilla candles
and a kit for snow flake quilt blocks ( I have some snowflake fabric this will go great with)
thanks for the great box of gifts
micyrey


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I was so happy to get my Hort Anon box yesterday! It was full of one happy surprise after another. I got:

Four types of seeds I didn't have before
Red Velvety Pot Holder and Oven Mitt - really needed badly - my others look pretty bad - LOL!
a flowery mouse pad and memo pads
magnetic picture frame for the fridge
beautiful stickers all red, and love and ornate flowers
Copper plant markers - thank you!
Magnetic shopping list pad
Mini watering can for my collection
and some other things I made a list and can't read my writing - LOL!

Everything was wonderful and well packaged. Thanks so much for my February box!


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I just got the most fabulous box! I know who it's from due to the return address complete with name - LOL - but I won't say who.

I got the BEST new trowel in the world I can't wait to use it. Let me just remark that my biggest gardening pet peeve (besides DH) is the fact that all my trowels bend backwards no matter how much I pay for them. I can already tell this thing is awesome. It's actually a plow. I love it so much I was kissing it and my daughter laughed. I linked it below so you all can relish it - LOL. I didn't even notice it had a string cutter!

Ok, take a breath...

I also got:
a knitted shoulder bag which I believe is homemade. I'm working on an afghan right now and I think I'll keep all my yarn in it.
a pack of Jiffy peat pellets which were perfect because I wanted to sow some datura today but I was too lazy to get all the seed trays and dirt out, etc.
a St. John's Bay fleece hat, gloves and scarf set
my very own personal screwdriver, need to hide this one!
a mini hummingbird feeder and nector mix, great because DH thought mine was too dirty and threw it out
a cute turtle card that I can reuse, an assortment of gift bags that I always need and a set of 10 note cards.

I hope that's everything. I usually miss at least one thing. Thank you so much. I treasure this box!!!

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hello ladies, i hope all is well..sorry not to post sooner i was out of town this weekend for a wedding.
i am trying to get my pal addy. tina i sent you an email. my box is ready to go.


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yo, sll chow fat, where are you? still hibernating?

julie, your excitement is just jumping through the computer. that's so nice for your partner to read. isn't it great to get a tool that is just all that? i use one that has become my favorite for the last couple of years. kind of one side a hoe and the other a rake. got one for my mother as well and she loves it too. now, if i can only find pruners that will last forever.

everyone sounds like they are getting really nice boxes.

we are supposed to get a snow storm starting tomorrow night. nothing like upstate ny, thank God, but then the rain is supposed to come in and ice everything up. not looking forward to the ice, but i certainly would welcome some snow.

be well, stay warm
maryanne


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My box is ready to go, I was hoping to get it to my pal by Valentines, but I just didn't make it:( Our water heater went out on us today so we have been dealing with it all day!!!!!!!!!! they are changing it out right now, everyone keep their fingers crossed that we have all the power switched off to it (electrical just freaks me out!!!!)


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Don't feel bad Micke,My box hasn't gone out yet to my pal either.Hopefully I will get it in gear and have it off by Wednesday.Too bad about your waterheater.OMG when you made the electricity comment it sent chills down my spine.Brought back very unpleasant memories.True Story.Our waterheater went out about 8 years back so we were going to put in a new one.Well we shut off all the power, I went to untighten one of the screws from the box and the shock blew me across the room,scorched a hole in my shirt and I still have the screwdtiver with a big gash in it from the arc of electricity. No one could believe I wasn't killed.It was like I had a stroke.Took me a full year to regain everything.(Well my mind is still gone but I can't blame it on that) LOL No brolen bones or anything but..WOW.
Anyway what happened is even though our power was totally out our waterheater wasn't because it was wired directly to the pole.Nobody told us that when we bought the house.Gads that scared me so bad I tremble just changing a lightbulb now.Make them check to make sure its off at least 50 times!
Hope I didn't scare you to death.I didn't mean to.Just a bad memory.You can NEVER be too careful.

Its snowing to beat the band here right now.Sounds like we are in for a half a foot again.Ohhh I want Spring!!!
Good Night All!!
Nancy


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Nancy= how scary!!!!!!! I am glad you are alright, that could of been much worse! I went in and asked them if they were sure those two switches was the only ones to the tank, they just looked at each other and they said that those SHOULD be the only ones to it, I was like crap, hope I have a husband after this is over. It didn't help none that the moron that labeled our breaker box didn't label it right, they was going on the assumption that since those were the two that tripped when the heater went out those were the ones. They got ours hooked up okay (and oh my hot blessed water!!) My dad had a hog farm when I was growing up and he had those stupid electrical fences, and he had them set on weed control where the fence would keep the weeds burnt down below it (anyone else remember those??) My smart butt brothers told me if I hung on to the metal posts while crossing the fence it wouldn't get me, well they was WRONG!!! I accidently touched the fence one day while crossing it and I fell onto the fence and could not get back up, those boys were just standing there laughing (mean little devils they were) my dad actually had to come over and pull me off the fence, I had huge welts on my legs where the fence was shocking me. Ever since then I have been real funny about electricity, I don't even like to plug anything into outlets, and if water even comes near anything on my counters it gets put up until I am sure it is dry (Travis spent a week looking for the toaster before he gave up and went and bought a new one) It used to drive me crazy down at the bodyshop, they would have all these extension cords just sitting in water! well yes I know it wasn't the ends of the cords, but it still drove me nuts! did I mention I was wet when I landed on the electric fence? gives me the creeps just thinking about it!!!!!


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Micke,Sorry but I had to chuckle at the electric fence incident.I know its not funny to you though.That had to hurt like a bugger and to even be blistered and wet.OUCH!! Hope you got your brothers back for that!!Growing up on a farm I had numerous nasty encounters with them myself.And you think I would have learned my lesson about electricity back then....No.. So glad you got your new water heater installed with no problems!Puts my mind at ease!

And another thing that puts my mind at ease is..I finally got my box mailed off to my pal today!! YEAH!!Sorry it took so long..hope you like what I picked for you : )

Hope you all have a nice night!
Nancy


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Happy Valentine's Day Angels


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Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone!

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Hi ladies - I found out today that I don't have tonsillitis, I have strep throat. We do believe that the strep (bacteria) has been raoming my body since mid November (which explains all the aches and pains and illness, 'BOUT TIME eh!!!)
This afternoon I hit bottom and am feeling like death warmed over.
I am on antibiotics, etc. etc. so hope to start feeling better soon.
Secret pal - I will be late with my box, but will get it out this month. Forgive me?

My apologies for being delayed and not posting much.

Hugs,
Tina


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Hi Tina,
Strep throat is no fun! I've had it a couple of times. Usually, the kids get it first and I know the minute I start getting it. My throat tenses up and hurts to swallow. Usually I develop little white sacks by my tonsils. Yuck! I'm glad that it was finally diagnosed for you. Prolonged strep can damage your heart (according to my Dr). My Son is a strep throat carrier, so can have it without any symptoms. He has to go for throat cultures occasionally (just to make sure that he doesn't have it without symptoms). The only symptom that shows (for my Son) is a low grade fever.

Get better soon! I'm sure the antibiotics will kick in really quickly!

Giant Hug!
Deb


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I hope that everyone had a really special Valentine's Day!

Keep warm!

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Hugs,
Deb


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Tina,Hope you are feeling better soon.Strep throat is just awful((hugs))
I received the most incredible box from my secret pal today It was amazing.I love everything and there is alot of things to love.It was packed so cute.Thanks so much.No way I can remember everything..1st.. 2 absolutely gorgeous handmade garden stakes.They are *perfect*! One has cardinals on it and the other has finches,6 items or less cookbook,the well ordered home book( I need all the help I can get).A little flower pot with the cutest yellow bird to perch on the rim.8 wooden rubber stamps of flowers and birds and 2 alphabet stamps.I will get much use out of these. A butterfly suncatcher along with stained glass birds,flower,and butterfly.Adorabe beaded caterpillars and dragonfly.A claymates dragonfly so teeny and cute.Domestic bliss notecards,Oh those are cute! Butterfly sticky note pads and stickers.Winged Migration DVD( I have never seen this..I will by tonight tho : )a stunning decorated gourd birdhouse,2 bags of lindt truffels,an awesome set of heart and roses embroidered hand towels.gorgeous swan prints,a window herb kit and seeds of red hibiscus,red zinnia,black eyed susan vine,snail vine and birdhouse gourd. I am going to enjoy growing these.A pond and craft magazine and as if that weren't enough, a gift certificate to logees with their new catalog.Thank You Pal! If you were here I would give you a hug that would make your eyes bug out! Here is a huge cyber hug for you(((HUG)))
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My box arrived from my Secret Pal! She sent me some really nice things for the kitchen! A 'grape/ivy' plate (for cookies), Chunky 'grape/ivy' mug, Spoon rest "Chateau de vin~ Merlot", fabric 'note' box, and some seeds- Red Rubin Basil, Rhodochiton, Mandevilla Laxa?, Chocolate zinnia, Purple Allamanda, Variegated Porcelain berry, White Datura, MOONVINE PINK SEEDS (I've been wanting these FOREVER), Variegated Lunciria, Lemon Basil, Genovese Basil. I'm going to have to look up a few of the seed varieties I'm not sure what they are. Thank you sooooo much Secret Pal! I LOVE the grape/Italian items!
Plus seeds of course, and note box! ;)

Almost forgot, and a Cherub/Angel for my moon garden or a houseplant. I'm not sure where I'm putting it yet. I love cherub/Angel items too!

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Hi Everyone,

We arrived home today. Our trip was great. We spent a day at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. I love those gardens. I also spent some time with another GW member. I had posted on the Florida Gardening Forum and asked about places to go near Anna Maria Island. I had quite a few responses and one person actually lives on the island. It took a few tries but we managed to hook up. She turned out to be a wonderful person and I enjoyed our time together.

My DH turned the water off to the house and drained the pipes before we left. We left the heat on though so my plants wouldn't freeze. Wouldn't you know, now we have no water in the bathroom except for the toilet. Have no idea what's going on. Can't do anything about it until Tuesday. Not a fun way to come home.

Everyone is getting so many wonderful gifts. I love hearing about them.

Hugs,
Mariann


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hello ladies, i hope all is fine and healthy.. still sicky and coughing here. i just wanted to let you know i have not shipped my box yet. due to the horrible weather that we are having.it's all packed and ready just waiting for the snow plows to be out more often. have a great weekend..erica


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Tina,

Hope you are feeling better. I sent you an email through gardenweb, did you get it? I am soooooo confused....


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It was very chilly today so I baked a couple of batches of chocolate m&m/nut cookies. I originally used the gorgeous plate that my Secret Hort pal sent for the cookies. Then realized just how nice the plate is and have it displayed in my kitchen hutch!

Tina,
I hope your feeling better!


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Hello HA's!

Just popping in to thank my Hortiholics Anonymous Buddy for the package that came on Friday! Sorry I took a couple of days to get online and let you know it came.

I just loved everything in it:

Toys for the kitties (a catnip toy shaped like a little doggie, OMG, they LOVE this toy, they've been throwing it all over the house), also a fishing rod toy with a bunch of feathers on the end (another toy they love, all the ones we have have lost all their feathers), and a doggie toy with the most adorable pic of a Westie on it, which is going to my DS and his two Westies

Seeds -- Swiss Sunset Basil, cherry tomatoes, burgundy hollyhocks (I can never have enough of them), and cayenne pepper
A booklet of recipes called Favorite Regional Recipes, that you can cut the pages out into recipe cards
A hardcover cookbook called America's Family Recipes
A cute garden sign that says "Gone to the nursery, Be back someday?"
A metal birdhouse shaped like a gardening hat (I've always wanted one of these, but of course, never bought one for myself!)
And, a very nice note on a beautiful hummingbird notecard

Thanks so much, Pal! I loved all of it!


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Hi Angels -

I think I am among the living again, LoL.
What a pain in the hiney. And to think that my doctors didn't find that bacteria in any of those tests....... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I am currently in the process of looking for a new family doctor. My current doctor(s) herds people through the office like cattle.

Deb - I read about carriers, and the damage to the heart valves and kidneys. That is some scary stuff. Thank you for the well wishes ((hugs))

Thank you all for the well wishes!

Julie - I didn't get an e-mail from you hun. I'll send you an e-mail for you to respond to.

Sounds like everyone is getting some great boxes!
I will be trying to go through all the posts today and tomorrow to figure out has sent and who hasn't yet. I will post an update when I am finished.

Mariann - Glad you are back home! Glad you had a great time. Sorry to hear about your water. What a pain!

Maryanne - Where are you hiding SLL?

Hugs,
Tina


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I've been bamboozled!

My sneaky pal put Erica's name on the return address and all this time I have been falling for it. I was gonna ask Erica if she was feeling alright because she keeps saying she hasn't sent her box yet... LOL


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Is anyone going to be on chat tonight????


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I never catch anyone when they are going to be over there!!! I have gone over a few times, and nope no one is there. I normally don't have a chance to get on until around 9 o'clock centeral time as that is when I finally wind down my evening (kind of,lol!!)
michelle


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Does anyone have any empty commercial seed packets lying around? Love to have them for SASE.
Mariann


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Hi Ladies -

I will be at chat tonight. I'll try and open the window at 8:30 or so and be there for an hour or two. Sound ok?

I feel so out of the loop. It feels like forever since I was posting all the time. I miss you all!
I'm so overwhelmed with trying to catch up on everything, I don't know if I am coming or going, LoL.

Deb - I seen the pic of the banana on Nancys thread. Wow! That grew fast! and looks lovely :-)

OK, still trying to pair everyone up for the St. Pattys day Swap, and trying to figure out who has sent to who and whatnot.

I joined a plant co-op and holey moley, my inbox is overflowing. I had 250 e-mails when I opened it up today. So, trying to wade thru all of those as well.

Anyone heard from Maryanne?

Hugs,
Tina


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hi everyone
I'll pop in to the chat tonight, what is with the password to get in.
my tomatoes are all poping up, yay.
and the ice is melting ,double yay,
this morning I noticed one of my bee balms I planted last year is trying to pok it's leafs out of the snow.
micyrey


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my box went out today.. finally geezz...now it's raining here..lol spring spring spring i can't wait..
tastefullyjulie-- no it wasn't me, who sent to you. it looks like you had a great box, i don't know who sent it with my addy..hmm

have a great weekend..

my pal's box arrived today--i received-
heart mug filled with candy,blue jay garden decor rock,planted with love planter stake,plastic container filled with candy..yummy--butterflies welcome garden stake, butterfly windchime,2 kisses shaped lips bath fizzers,love socks,winterberry body scrub,heart light up pen,flower photo frame , valentine pencils and easrerscandy with heart keychain..wow pal you out did your self..thank you so much.. my daughter and i had a great time opening and unwrapping your box..we had a blast... you brighten our day...erica


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Ladies - I'm sorry. We have unexpected company and I won't be able to chat tonight. Please feel free to go chat with each other though! That is what it is there for!

Hugs...big hugs!
Tina


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i'm really concerned. i sent a gift certificate to my pal and haven't heard anything. sent it early too, should have been there right around valentine's day in a valentine's day card.


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Maryanne- Your pal hasn't received the card with the certificate yet. I will surely keep you posted!

Hugs,
Tina


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tina, it was mailed on the 8th. it was regular mail as they didn't allow me to put the confirmation number on the envelope. he made me take the label off. it was inside a valentine's day card. i'm a little concerned. i mailed nancy's queen box the same day and she got it. please keep me posted. (it wasn't a certificate i made, it was from a nursery/grower).

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I recieved my box from my pal today,
here is what I recieved,
Acid plus soil acidifier
Osmocote plant food tablets
a floral garden bucket (perfect for my pens on my computer desk:)
a butterfly windchime
seeds, Coleus, Canterbury bells and Salvia
thank you so much pal!
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Oooooh....I received a box packed full of gifts from my secret pal.

She sent me a Lucky Clover kit with bulbs, row marker and soil pellet. A Sweet Basil kit with seeds, row marker and soil pellet. I love this next one, a sign with a pea pod on the top. The peas all have faces on them and the sign says "Peas Come In" how adorable is that. Also blank cards with a little girl on the front and envelopes. I need these. Thank you cards and envelopes. Four metal herb garden stakes for basil, thyme, rosemary and sage. Last but not least a kitchen collection with a coupon organizer, 2 magnet note pads and recipe cards.

Secret Pal thanks so much I love everything.

Hugs,
Mariann
SmileyCentral.com


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OK secret pal! I finally have your box ready to go.....bad news......can't mail until Monday :-(
PO just closed and we just got in. I am soooooooooooo sorry to be running so behind. Winter is a bit difficult, but we are a makin' it :-)

DC# will be 0306 2400 0000 0341 0098

Have a wonderful weekend ladies
Tina


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Where is everyone???
SmileyCentral.com


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anything yet?


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Mariann, I just love your smileys! I don't know about everyone else but I have been filling sasbe's and lurking on the seed exchange and WS forum. I am working O.T. just to get all my WS done. My oldest son(26) is getting married on May 18th in Florida, my step son(18) is graduating at the end of May.I lost count how many change of plans we already had and by the time it's all over I will be ready for a nice little vacation(padded room) LOL.
Oh well, maybe I will be allowed to take my seeds with me so I can get them all sorted. LOL
My break is over I better get back to my ws.
Take care everyone and stay warm!


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Mariann, I took up a collection in my neighborhood just for you my dear. I will be mailing the envelope out tomorrow. There should be around 50 empty commercial seed packs. That was a fun project, now I know what the neighbors will be growing and where I need to go to collect the seeds I want. :)
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Deanie, thank you thank you. I've posted that request so many places with no responses. My DH gave me a book on garden projects for Christmas. So, I'm going to try my hand at decoupage. That's what the seed packets are for.

You are a sweetie,
Hugs,
Mariann


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Hello Everyone!

Like bogartbaby, I've been filling SASBEs, lurking on the WSing forum, and WSing like crazy! I did none last winter, so I have a ton of last winter's seeds, as well as those I just bought this year, to sow.

DH came back a few days ago from his second trip to England to visit his mum. She is improving steadily, can move her left arm and leg, and is enthusiastic about her physical therapy. They think she will eventually be walking with a cane!

Also, this last trip, she asked him to bring me next time he comes, so we have been planning that trip -- March 31 to April 12, I will be in England. Hopefully we'll get a little time to ourselves, but it won't be a vacation.

Tina, I am so glad they sorted out what was wrong with you, hope you too are improving! Strep can be very dangerous when it gets loose in your bloodstream. Years ago, before the advent of antibiotics, plenty of people died of it. I'm relieved they caught it finally. Honestly, I don't know how you keep up, you are involved in so many swaps here!

Hope everyone else is in good health and good spirits! Sorry I've been AWOL!

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alison, i so glad to hear about your mil's improvement. how wonderful for all of you. bring me something back from england LOL

mariann, what is the project you are doing? i did some decopauge a long time ago. it's a great craft. so many options.

i am really terribly concerned about my package this month. i sent a gift certificate in a card and it was mailed either the 7th or 8th, the same day my birthday box was sent. i haven't seen a post saying it's gotten to its destination and i have some real concern over it. this really sucks. maybe my recipient just isn't posting? she goes into hiding quite a bit.

denie, i've been on those types of vacations LOL. congrats on the pending wedding. is it a big one? we have two this year. one in april and one in july.

spring is coming....

be well everyone
maryanne


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earthly, I have been a nosy person, I think I know who you were sending too (WAY too much time on my hands sometimes) has anyone heard from her at all?????? I am concerned myself, for her well being, have not seen her on here at all in a while. Tina is she answering any e-mails???

It sucks when you have something disapear, but I think I may have a solution for those out there that want to mail a certtificate and would like to have delivery confirmation, instead of putting it in a card, put it in a small box:) that way they will let you have confirmation on it. It may cost more, but it is worth it for your own piece of mind:)
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Hi Angels - I am so sorry I have been MIA. I am still fighting off this infection. I have blisters on my throat and the back of my tongue. I won't go into it, it'll just gross everyone out, LoL.
We had a bad ice storm and then blizzard over the weekend and I lost my 2 pine trees out back and lots of limbs on the rest of my trees. We was without internet until mid Monday. The kids didn't have school Monday. They are talking another storm after mid-night again now. I am truly sick of all this weather. Our entire yard is a solid sheet of ice. I hope this doesn't kill off what might have been left of my plants.
I am so stressed I could probably drown in my own tears.
I wish I could just hide under the covers and hibernate or something.
Is anyone wanting to slap me yet and tell me to just get over it???? I don't blame you.

Maryanne- The card hasn't arrived yet :-( I don't understand why the PO won't let us put a dc# on envelopes. That is so stupid! Is there someway you can contact the place where you got the certificate from and have it canceled?
I feel like a complete heel. I STILL didn't get my boxes out yet. I'm sure I appear as a deadbeat this month. I am so sorry everyone. I truly am.

Nancy - I promise you will get a nice birthday box from me soon. Maryanne- You will get a nice box from me too. I hate to put an exact date on it, because when I do, it doesn't happen and then I look like a deadbeat AND a liar. I wish you all could know me in person. You would see that I truly mean well and have every intention of doing what I say I will.
Someone shoot me now!

I love you all. I really do. Please forgive me?
Hugs,
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Tina,Glad to hear you are still with us.Wish your doctors would help you kick whatever that is you have though.Maybe its time you tried another doctor?I was worried when I didn't see you online.I just knew you had to be without power too.We got the ice and snow too and were without a few days.I hate it.We were lucky not to lose any trees but Had a heck of a time keeping my birdies warm. You need to take it easy.For petes sake don't worry yourself about getting my box for the other swap sent..I'm not! I can wait til you are feeling better ; )

Earthly,I hope whoever you sent to has received it and just hasn't been on to post.I can see how you would just be sick over it.Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Mariann I am anxious to hear about your project too.I used to decopauge many moons ago.Sounds like fun again.

Alison,Happy to hear your MIL is doing better.I would be really excited if I had a chance to go to England.Well actually that would *never* happen.. I would be a nervous wreck because I have never flown ever before.Hope you have a nice trip : )

Micke,Did you get hit by this last storm?

Well I need to go prune some houseplants.I lead such an exciting life huh?

Hugs,
Nancy


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Mariann, you are welcome. I was wondering why you needed all the seed packs. It sounds very interesting, it would be nice if you could show us your project when you get done with it.

Alison, so gald to hear that your MIL is on the road to recovery. It makes everything harder when the loved ones are so far away. What a nice reunion you guys will have.

Maryann, two weddings????? You could put me away for good. Do you have to plan both of them?
So far the boat has been rented that will bring everyone to the island(also rented for the day) they want to have a beach wedding. The Minister is lined up(her Dad) rehearsal dinner is set, hotel rooms reserved, wedding dress taken care of, still need flowers(she likes pink), brides maid dresses, invitations, and a couple of nice cold drinks for Mom(that would be me)to calm the nerves. :)

Michelle, the post office will let you put DC on a bubble envelope also, I have done it many times.

Tina, I wish I could bottle up some sunshine, health and happy thoughts and send it up to you, but since we don't live in la la land I am sending you some get well wishes instead. Here is a BIG HUG for you girl !!!

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Maryanne,
I would contact the company and see if someone used it. Hopefully, they can send you another one and void the other out. Keep us posted! I'm interested to see if you can void a gift certificate or not.

Tina,
Your still not feeling well? Try a different antibiotic, usually strep (with the right drug goes away with in a couple of days). Don't forget to throw out your toothbrush! It's possible that could be the reinfection source.

Nancy,
Come over and prune my houseplants! ;) I wish I had the time to do mine! I just never have a spare minute anymore! I started winter sowing coleus and still need to do my tomatoes/peppers. I'm sooo behind in everything! I managed to repot several violets, but still have many more to do! I'm really tired of the cold weather, snow showers for the next two days, yuck!

Alison,
I'm glad your MIL is doing well!

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Tina, I worry about you. Are you sure you're not allergic to the antibiotics. My daughter had sores in her mouth from penicillin. That's how we found out she was allergic to it. A long drawn out illness is depressing. You are in my thoughts.

Maryanne, just an after though to use a DC# the packet has to be 1/4" thick. I know someone mentioned putting a number on an envelope. I hope your gift turns up. I would be really upset too.

Deb, I have some winter sowing left to do too. I don't have much space left to put anything. We have so many wild animals I like to keep things near the house.

Deanie, the only wedding I've ever planned was my own. I think my daughter is going to elope. She doesn't want a big wedding. I am a little disappointed about that. I'd never tell her though. I am using the seed packets to make a design on a tea tray.

Alison, I'm gland your MIL is doing better. Is she in a physical therapy rehab?

I'm going for my 3 month check up today. Had my blood work done last week. My doctor is titrating me off one of my meds (the nasty one). So far so good. I'm always a little anxious prior to my appointments. I suppose after 6 years I'd be use to this.

Have a great last day of February.........
Mariann
SmileyCentral.com


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We didn't get hit by this last storm, was suppose to, but it missed us, it has been in the 60's this week and is 70 here right now.
Tina, sounds like you got the same storm I got a month ago, hated losing all those branches on my trees:(
hope you get to feeling better.


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Pals List for February:

galium and bogartbaby

micyrey and tastefullyjulie

hummingbirddaisy and earthly

cedarnest and dawiff

debbya and sguanzon

micke and efrosty

Please let me know if you didn't receive your box this month.
Maryanne - I can definitely say that your box goes out before the end of this week. Sorry for being so tardy.
Winter months kill me, and so does all the crap that came with this one! Forgive me?

Still no site of the card :-(
Hopefully you can have it voided or something.

Tina


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Alison thank you so much for the wonderful box you sent me : )
Hugs,
Nancy


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Okay I was wrong, is amybabyboy not in this swap anymore??? I missed something didn't I? I feel like I was sleeping during class:)


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Micke - I sent you two e-mails sweety.

The worst of the storm is just starting to hit us right now.
Parts around us are sooooooooooo bad. They have blocked off Interstate 380 and HWY 20 and 35 so far.


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hello
thanks julie for the gifts, I put the chimes on the fridge, and now I can hear when Timmy tries to sneek something out of the fridge.
the seeds are already planted too.
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Nancy, you're so welcome! I'm thrilled you liked everything. I loved everything you sent too. With both boxes I've received so far there has been something in it that I have always contemplated buying for myself, but never seem to get around to. I just loved that cute birdhouse hat (and everything else too).

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deb, thanks for your advice. i called this morning when they opened and spoke to the customer service department. we discussed that it hadn't arrive yet at its destination. she reviewed their records and showed no activity on it. we discussed how it gets voided out so to say and they do that in their system as the certificate is numbered. (thank God they keep records, because i just signed it, put it in a card and mailed it). we decided to wait a few days to see, just in case my sent mail got misrouted. however, just a few minutes ago, i called back and asked her to stop it completely, which she did in their system. so yes, legitimate companies can void out gift certificates as long as they are numbered and tracked on their end.

tina, if you haven't yet send anything to me for february, let's call it a day. if you have then of course, i will do the decent thing and send off to you. you mentioned in your email about your and inability so just let's forget about february with no hard feeling.

if the certificate does ever show up, it cannot be used. i was thinking you would have liked some new iris and made it a little more special since i was making this my last month in this group. my letter in the card talked about it as well.

fyi to everyone. at times i get a lot of junk mail, magazines and circulars. i have now learned, even if i am not interested in those things, to look through them. last year i gave the kids a bunch of magazines they could use for cutting out for school projects. my sister gave me back mail that had been inside a bh&g magazine (which i don't like but my aunt always renews my subscription). it was something i swore at the time had never been delivered to me. so now, i'm more careful. just a thought!

be well everyone
maryanne


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