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NEW: Birthday Bash idea, should we start? Rules:

Posted by ncgardengirl z7 NC (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 14, 08 at 16:58

I was wondering who if any would be open to a new group devoted to our birthday month?
Who ever signs up would receive boxes from everyone in the group on their birthday or in that month...I would prefer it be the week of or shortly after the actual day of the birthday date. This would be for plants, unless, the birthday person doesn't want plants that month OR plants wouldn't be available for the person sending them, such as January and the ground is frozen, then the rule would be to send garden related items, such as knee pads, gloves, pruners, seeds, small pots, new four/six packs, bulbs, houseplants, or anything else that may be appropriate, or on the Birthday persons exchange page as a request, even for none garden items if you have it or can find it.

Yes, this would require us to start getting items NOW on clearance to share in the months were plants or bulbs are not available. So, if you want to participate then you might want to start making purchases now to send out to who ever for those winter months.

Ok, now for the spending limit, it is up to you, but lets say a minimum of 20.00, I am not saying you have to spend 30.00 or 40.00 bucks per person per month, but make it something you would like to receive as well. The limit will be on gifted items not plants, but lets agree to spend a minimum of 20.00 per person for non-plant items. Again, the limit would be up to you, but at least 20.00 dollars per person, unless of course you can take advantage of clearance racks now then the dollar value would actually be less then 20.00 even though the original price would have totaled 20.00. Say you find a 5.00 pair of pruners on sale at 70% off, that would make them 1.50, but you can count it as a 5.00 purchase toward your total of the 20.00 minimum.
Now, there would be not limit toward plant totals, because how would you gauge the value of a plant, UNLESS you actually purchase a prized plant for someone then it can be counted toward your spending limit. Example, someone is looking for a Lilac bush or special tree (or any other plant this is an example), you find it for 12.00 and you purchase it that will be part of your total limit amount because you actually had to make the purchase for the receiver and understandably you would only need a value of 8.00 dollars more to achieve your 20.00 spending limit. In a case such as this, if you feel as though there would be a grievance against you in the group you may contact the moderator to explain your intention and it will get approval. This way there will be no dispute on any parties behalf. *** see below for more information on this subject.

I would like to start in January 2009, why am I posting the idea NOW you ask? To give EVERYONE a chance to make purchases now for items they may want to include for the months of January, February, March, and maybe even April for those who may join who still doesnt have plants available from their yards in April. Also, it would give everyone time to think about this and whether or not they would like to participate. Please consider your commitment long term BEFORE you agree to join this group.

Ok, now, I understand that things unforeseen arise from time to time, but this is going to be a ONE YEAR commitment on all our parts that join up for this Group. With that being said, please either start putting back items and savings for these months in order to be able to ship to whomever will be the recipient for future months, it wouldnt be fair for anyone to ship something to someone else and then because something happened they didnt receive a box from everyone. Lets prepare for the upcoming B-day months.

OK, now, to decide how many can join this group, I was thinking 1 or 2 per month, if it is limited to only a few participants then it wouldnt be so hard on any of us to ship to a few. Therefore we would either receive anywhere from 12 (limited to 1 B-day a month) to 24 (limited to 2 B-days a month) boxes each for our Birthday in that month, which is why I would like for the boxes to be shipped as close to the actual day a possible.

***Grievances or Dispute!!!*** As always, there will be no personal private emails, no negative comments, or anything to hurt anyones feelings. This is meant to be a fun group and fun swaps for all who participate. If you feel you need to vent please contact me or one of the other moderators and explain what happened or made you think you have a complaint. I feel this is necessary due to some issues within other groups. If you need approval for something you would like to send then again contact me or one of the other moderators. Grievances or Dispute WILL NOT be made public to other group members only to the person(s) involved and to the moderators.

I would like to have one or two moderators to help me in case I (god forbid) get sick or something and can not monitor the monthly happenings in that week or two. This is to be persons who can and will be willing to email myself and the other moderator about happenings within the group. This will keep us educated and up-to-date within our group.

Also, I would like anyone who participates to post what they receive and pictures would be even better.

Should we happen not to have someone for every month than we as a group will decide whether we want to partner up and choose a theme for that month OR skip it all together.This is to be decided in that particular month!

Ok, I think thats it, if you would like to sign-up or think it is a good group to start then please post. I would like your thoughts, and or commitments. Good, Bad, or to sign-up, lets begin!!! Let's have some fun!

:)Fran


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Fran, I think this is a good idea & would love to join.

I was in one like this last year, and the only problem we seemed to have was that the ones who received their packages first (Jan, Feb, Mar..etc...) seemed to drop out as the year went on...after receiving their packages from everyone else. The group got smaller and smaller...until there were only 4-5 gals left actually participating.
It's something to consider.
Maybe a solution would be to put "newer' members, one with less trades under their belts, on the later months? And let the proven traders have the earlier months?
Just an idea! :O)

Either way, count me in. This will give me lots of time to get stuff stashed away (everyone who knows me, knows that I have a closet full of things for this purpose!! LOL)

Melissa


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I've been considering starting a swap like this. Thanks for posting this one! ;) I'm interested in joining. I do agree with Melissa, many newer members quit after their month is over, and you never hear from them again. Birthday swaps are so much fun! It's fun to do opposite birthdays too! I love picking warmer months, only because my real birthday is in Dec. I'll never be able to receive a package of plants then! Too bad we wouldn't be able to start this one sooner, I would love September! Or October! My most favorite months.. I love fall's colors!


Deb


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This sounds fun, I am in need of doing some fun things lately so count me in also please.

How bout a backwards birthday swap? That way the host scrambles the birthday months/birthday people and picks a person for each month? Or go from the end of the year backwards (accounts for backwards also eh?) Either way it may eliminate the drop out rate somewhat.


Pixie


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Hello Lady's,
Thanks for your comments, thoughts, and ideas. As for the drop outs well, this is why I said this is going to be a long term commitment and whoever signs up is excepting this as a long term deal.

I understand ppl still could drop out, however, so far we have 4 long termers, not newbies signed up...maybe that is a good sign!

Ok deb, for you we may switch you out with someone who doesn't want to recieve plants for their month and therefore you could receive their plants and they would receive your non-plant items...

My b-day is in March, so I don't foresee many plants for me either...althought I am hopeful...lol...I wantsa plantsa...lol.

:) Fran


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Mine is in June and if next year is anything like this year then I can switch with Deb cause I know its cooler where she is than where I am.


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rephrase that

My growing season starts here anytime from January - March. I know this is not normal but hey its Texas. So I can receive plants in Dec. and expect them to prosper, my birthday is the end of June and its the time that the heat really hits here so I can't really plan on sending plants from my gardens then. (I can and would buy extras to send though).

Does this make sense? Its been a long hot day and I didn't get to play any.


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I'm fine with any month, also. I'm a September gal, so that month is usually great for bulbs & such. Which are awesome, but I'm perfectly willing to swap months with someone who likes them as well & may not get any during their month.

Also, another idea for the colder months is to send a plant IOU. Or a gift certificate. That way, the receiver could choose a plant from someone's trade list during the warmer months when transplanting & shipping would be ideal.
Maybe we could make a standard form for everyone to use, with the group name on top... with fill in the blank spots for names & other info. That might make it easier for everyone to remember who/where they got that IOU, and also make it seem easier to redeem. (I know I feel awkward asking for someone to fulfill an IOU that they had forgotten about!!)
We could then just send every member a copy of the form, and they can print it out & send it to whomever they need to.

Or maybe that's more trouble than it's worth to most everyone...I dunno....LOL :O)


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Fran,

I would love to be the Aug. person! I was in a birthday swap 2 or 3 years ago and like Melissa said, towards the end of the year, the first 6 or 7 months dropped out and the swap was canceled due to that.

But I don't think that will happen with this one, like you said, everyone that has signed up so far I have traded with and are wonderful people! I am probably the newest.

I also like the idea of starting to plan now. I get to go out of town next week and where I am going has AWSOME shopping! My town is kind of small and yes, I get very excited when I get to go shopping :)

Marie


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Bunny the plant IOU. Or a gift certificate idea is a good one indeed...BUT we would either all have to agree on it OR the person who would be receiving would have to decide if that would be their option.

So far we have:
January
February
Marchncgardengirl/Fran (NC)
April
May
Junepixiesluvplants/Pixie (TX) moderator
July
Augustwynative/Marie (WY)
September--hazelnutbunny/Melissa
October
November
Decemberdebbya/Deb (Il)

I am sure all of us will be true to the group. I am pleased with the sign-ups so far, I hope to fill each month with at least one person, I really am shooting for 2 each month but if not then we will see how it goes from there. Whether we choose to continue or not...if we don't have a slot filled for each month that is...

Let's wait and see how many more hop aboard!!!

P-A-R-T-Y....lol

Fran


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Bumping this on up the list :). Hoping everyone is having a great Friday Night!


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I sure hope ppl are just "THINKING" about joining and have not already just decided this is too much of a commitment...
I brain stormed really hard on this one and I thought it was a great idea...was I wrong?

I like B-day presents and I NEVER get anything anymore, so I thought this would be fun and exciting for everybody who wanted to join....

Oh Gosh,,,was I wrong?

:( Fran


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No you were not wrong. It's a great idea. I was in one about 2 or 3 yers ago. We decided to send at the end of the summer to those with fridgid month Birthdays and that helped.
At least I think it did as I was not the hostess.
BB


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Well, if we had 6 people, you could assign 2 months apiece, maybe. That way, for example, Deb could have a summer month (as well as December) and maybe actually receive plants...and the ones with summer b-days could have a cooler month - like November - and be able to receive some fun holiday goodies.

Just a thought! :O)
I'll go back to my corner now....! LOL


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Hello Ladies!
I'd like to join in on this one, it sounds like a lot of fun, and entirely doable!

Keep your fingers crossed for me, I'm meeting Paula's family in less than 2 hours. She's taking me to a family party, and yeah, I'm a bit nervous. But, the good thing is, she wants me to meet the family!

Oh, by the way, I'm also a September baby!

Take care!

-Dan


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Bunny, that is a good idea too.

Dan, glad to have yah...

You might have to fight with Bunny over Sept. if we don't get anymore ppl to join...lol.

:) Fran


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Well....I think Dan is older than me, so AGE BEFORE BEAUTY, DAN!!! LOL :O)
Seriously...I am fine with another month. I'm at the end of Sept, anyway (26th) so I can fill in for October, if needed.
Up to the moderators!! :O)


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Bunny, if we don't get others, this switch would be fine with me if you are ok with it.

I have been thinking about the gift certificate idea too. My b-day is in March although we have some warm-ups then we still have frost and freeze warming up until April 15th so a gift certificate to say Wally-World for me would work out great. Even though I was thinking plants a GC would allow me to choose something else...you've got me thinking on this one!...lol.

I am not touching the AGE BEFORE BEAUTY THANG!!! uhh-uhh...noooo!

Dan do you survive MEET THE PARENTS/FAMILY??? lol.

:) Fran

I'm ready to get things moving...lol

Birthday Graphics


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I also don't mind switching any month, or filling in for someone. I'm really easy! Hey, that doesn't sound so good, LOL.

Deb


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Hey Fran,
I would love to join I've only been with GW about 4 months so didn't know if that would be an issue or not?? And when you are talking about sending plants (n the warmer mts) can they be bought??
I don't have alot of plants to share..
Thanks, Suzi


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Suzi, if you are comfortable purchasing plants to send that is fine with us. I personally do not have an issue with you signing on to this group, we'd all were new to GW at some point in time.
Please understand this is going to be a YEAR LONG BASH, and you are looking at sending 1 or 2 boxes out every month to the recipients of that month.
It is a big commitment and I don't want anyone dropping out once we start, aside from dire circumstances, which then in that case is understandable. This would just not be fair to the ones who have been sending and haven't received for their month yet.
I am not saying you would do that, but this is the concern most have. Because as it has been stated in other replies ppl starting dropping out after they received their month.
Group decision time all in favor or who oppose Suzi joining in send me an email with your private decision, Suzi, understand that although I started this thread we are a group and must vote on a "newbie" joining ok, no offense personally to you
Deb, honey, I wouldn't just go around touting to just ANYONE how easy I am...hehe, but I promise we'll keep it with-in this group...HAHAHA!!! (Winking at you honey!!!)

I am glad those of you who have signed on already have joined, ya'll crack me up and I think this will be fun each month! I enjoy reading everyone's posting in other post, not just this one. So I KNOW we will have much reading enjoyment, if nothing else. We must also be sure to keep extra swim trunks around for Dan at all times as he seems to "accidentally" misplace them from time to time.

I really think this will be fun. I am looking forward to it too. How 'bout ya'll?

We still need one more moderator as well.

:) Fran


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Fran-I keep popping in here and going back and forth with should I or shouldn't I.LOL My birthday is in July. I may just need to wait until I get more word on my shoulder. I was in a Birthday Swap last year and it was fun. We had a few glitches but all in all it turned out well.
Mariann


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I would be interested if we kept it to no more than 2 "birthdays" per month. (I noted the discussions on switching birthday months.)

My birthday is in December. I have no problems sending/receiving plants in winter. (As my husband says, we only have 1 to 3 days of winter -- last year it was on Tuesday.) Actually, the week between Christmas and New Year's is a big planting time here -- trees, shrubs, roses.

I'm fairly new to GW and only began trading this year. I may be sending lots of gardening items rather than plants. I didn't garden for about 20 years; just started back in '06. I thought you might want this info to consider whether to allow me to participate.


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Amelia, I have no problem with you joining us either. You have been with GW for 16 months and I checked for you on the rate and review; I saw no problem with anything, so I am fine with that. I have only checked that one other time, I am glad it is there, but gosh I feel weird about looking for someone on there.
Anyway, I am sure everyone will be glad to have you join us. I see no problem since you have a good bit of time on GW under your belt.

There will defiantly not be more then 2 members per month, 2 is my limit that I personally am comfortable with. My SO would kill me if I planned on more boxes than that and I dont think my garden could handle more than that either, also more that 2 per month would be a major commitment for some of us already.
I think we all are comfortable with a limit of 2 members per month.

Mariann, I hope you decide to join us, but I would worry about you every time I know you were supposed to be fixing a box. But by all means please keep considering it. I wouldnt want you to injury your shoulder anymore by getting a box together, but if you think you could handle it then you would be a much welcomed member of this B-Day Bash Group!
Just let us know so we can list you in on your month when you decide.

Pending:
January---open
February---open
March---
20ncgardengirl/Fran (NC)
April---
10---amelia_pepper_lady
May---open
June
20---pixiesluvplants/Pixie (TX) moderator
July---
9---suze62 pending approval
17---galium/ Mariann pending decision
August
23---wynative/Marie (WY)
September---
13---dan_the_mailman/Dan
26--hazelnutbunny/Melissa
October ---open
November---open
December---
17debbya/Deb (Il)

Ok, I dont think I missed anyone,
:) Fran


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Ok, I've been one of those "thinking about it" LOL
I would love to say YES, but I need to see what the rest of the summer is going to bring! If I had found a job by now, it would be a definate yes! I just don't want to commit to something if I can't follow through with it so I will be on the fence for now. My B-day is July 18th, but I could do any month, I think getting some garden stuff when it's cold out might be a nice picker upper while waiting for spring!

I was also wanting to start a swap like this, I've only seen 2 done and seems they both had a lot of drop-outs.

I will be thinking about it, and if I can join and there is still an opening, you can count me in!

Vic


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Vic if you join and galium joins too we would have to switch a month because July would be filled.

Either of you could choose your month as far as I'm concerned.

Hope you decide to join, and I really hope you are able to find a job soon. I know how upsetting it can be not to have one.
I can't find anything here either.
I also need to talk to you about the trade I owe you, email me when you get a chance please...

imancgardengirl@gmail.com

Also EVERYONE please make note of my new email addy, I finally got it changed cuz I hated the name and hotmail on the other one.
Thanks,
Fran


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Hi everyone...I have been thinking about this one also..forgive me for being thick headed..but if there is two bdays a month, do we all send to both recipients ?
If we are just sending for one..I think I would enjoy being a part of this group ! If I join, I promise to make a long term commitment...and my bday is in April..but id take any month.


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Ok, I sent flwrs4ever an email explaining the plan just in case she didn't pop back in here for her reply.

:) Fran


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Hi all,

Spent a great weekend at the lake. Really hated coming home but oh well lol.

Welcome Dan, Suzi, Amelia AND>>>>>>>>>>>>

VIC and MARIANN, Ya'll hopefully will join the fun also as I KNOW both, both BOTH of ya'll add soo much fun and smiles! (ok won't twist arms very hard). We really hope you join up.

Fran you are awesome and doing a great job!

Flwrs I am really hoping you join also. It will be fun

Smugs,
Pixie


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Okay, as the "old man" who keeps losing his shorts (LOL), I've got to say that I find it to be just fine that Deb's easy! But don't worry Deb, I've discovered in my time here on GW that there a lot more like you, sometimes it just simply takes a bit more alcohol!
And Fran, if it would make things easier on everyone, I can be moved to another month. This is going to be so much fun!
I do have a question though... How are we going to get the addresses for everyone involved? It probably wouldn't be a good idea to post them here, soooooo..... maybe via e-mails?

Oh, oh, oh! I just thought of another question... Who's gonna be responsible for keeping the bar stocked? hehehe

.....see you later! gotta go back to unpacking......

-Dan


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Dan I will collect the addys and send a mass email to everyone...(blind emails mind you)

Well, we will have to assign someone to bar duty...we will also appoint a pool monitor too....HAHAHA!
(Any one want to step up for these....hummm? anyone at all?)

We will get all the details all sorted out in due time once everyone is signed on...including the all important above mentioned new duies....lol.

:) Fran


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attagirl!!!!


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Id like to know if there will be a snack coordinator also, as I know DAN enjoys eating those brownies ..tee hee

I wouldnt mind being the pool monitor, if there is a no splashing zone I can sit in..and I would promise to keep the water balloons to a minimum..although it sure would be fun to use them when the swimmers become a bit rowdy.."grin"

I still have some frozen margaritas, and daquiri's if anyone is interested...

I just got back from a visit to PA, and need to unpack also, Dan, would you mind doing mine for me too ? I was able to visit Angie (agirlsgirl) and we had a really nice visit.

Have a great night !
Kym

Ps pIXIE,the plants you sent me in the spring are doing great ! thanks again !


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Kym, I am happy that they are doing good for you and that you are enjoying them!

I'll be happy to share my pool, its been raining here (YAY) so I haven't been able to vaccuum it or even get in in lately :( But the weather here stays hot through November so YAY.


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That a great plan! and I have problem with it. My birthday is in March


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Hey Fran, I emailed ya (twice) about our seeds!
just fyi in case you don't get it
Vic


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yeppers I got both and I agree about the umm, second one...I noticed there were bugs too...LOL...

Kind of makes one wonder where some of these critters come from huh?

Oh Vic, you make me so bad!

:) Fran


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Bugs??? Who's got bugs???

Uh...have ya'll been hitting the bar???
Who's s'posed to be in charge of that, anyway???


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Umm, Bunny no-one has volunteered for the position just yet, Kym wanted poolside...she just wants to be closer to all the water fun, really I think. She says no splashing zone but WHO goes to the pool and don't flash, I mean splash...

I think I am headed to bed...my eyes are getting heavy...

The bar position is still open for anyone wanting to fill it...please step up...I think the natives are already starting to get restless...hehe

:) Fran


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I vote Bunny in for the official Bartender!
She is prob. the only one that won't drain it dry LOL

Fran, looks like your swap is getting full fast!

Vic


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Well, butter my butt & call me a biscuit! I guess that makes me the bar-bunny!
I s'pose SOMEBUNNY'S gotta keep ya'll in line!


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"Well, butter my butt & call me a biscuit!"
Bunny, you really don't need to share the "games" you and your hubby play!!
ROFL (I just coulndn't resist!)


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Oh man, Bunny when I read the buttered butt I was glad I wasn't sipping on anything at that moment, my puter would have gotten an unwanted bath...

Vics, butt followed us over here too....OGMROFLMBO....too funny...

Bunny, GET OUT OF THE DRINKING GLASSES...good grief girl, couldn't you have parked your buttered butt somewhere else?
U look like you've already been sampling at the bar, not sure we should assign that post to you....HAHAHA

yeah, Vic, the bash is filling up, but not with pledges just yet, we have a lot of lurkers...hehe, that's ok, we'll get there, still plenty of time to sign-on. That's the reason I started it early...

Does any body oppose Bunny taking the bar? She looks like she might just sample a little here and there, but I think she is harmless...teehee.

:) Fran


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Ah, I was just warming it up for you, Fran!! :O) Would you like a little "buttered" rum, perhaps???
I promise not to sample until AFTER December. After that, though....no promises!!! LOL

One thing's for certain...You DON'T want me in charge of the snacks.
I'm not sure there'd be enough to go around!!


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POOF!!! You're now a biscuit!!! (did that with my magic wand, don'tcha know!)

I've got an idea for the bar, how about we all just bring in some supplies for it at the beginning of each week, and we all help ourselves?

And what's up with the "no-splashing" zone at the pool? Man, that's just wrong! ***sneaking up behind Kym with a bucketful of ice water*** ..... SPLASH!!! ***running away now***

-Dan


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* screams...gosh that was cold * ...Dan, watch out cause I am gonna chase you till I can push ya in..( pool minitors are allowed to break the "no running" rule arent they ??)

Bunny..you need to keep out of that glass till December..would hate to hear how you explain the butter to your OBGYN...ROFLMBO

Is somone in charge of the grill ? We will need some good food to wash down those drinks Bunny will be making...

Fran, I dont want to be a lurker..I am in, if you'll have me..

Ok, going back to the "no splash zone, with my bon bons and margarita"...and a good book, as long as we can control Dan..(tee hee)


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A little something for Dan.....
Maybe he can actually keep THESE on?? Hmmmmm??

And now...I'm humming Margaritaville. Got it stuck in my head, Kym.
Thanks so much. :O)

And ya know....buttering my butt would be the LEAST crazy thing I've done. Once, my midwife stuck some herbs between my toes & set them on fire...because my labor had stopped, and she was trying to get it started again.
So.....all things considered....butt buttering is fairly normal......
:O)


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ROFLMBO!!! Bunny, I just want to know who was the model for you to make those shorts!

And.......was it the herbs that were supposed to make you start labor, or your toes being on fire? LOL
Did it work???


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Ok, all I am going to be in charge of is keeping track of WHOSE birthday month we are in an WHOSE supposed to be receiving on or near their B-day....gosh, I can't controll you people...
Somebody else can have that job....LOL, oh wait I AM one of YOU PEOPLE....lol, oh well, somebody is going to have a BIG job with this group, good luck to whom ever might get surkered in, I MEAN appointed to that post...lol.

Umm, theres gonna be a grill too?...OH WOW, this really is turning out to be a nice BASH...hehe.

Oh good Kym, glad you joined us. HOW did I miss you saying your in? I don't know...with this group it seems things bounce over my head...

WHERE IS THAT PIXIE GIRL, ain't she supposed to have my back on my screw-ups...lol. She IS the back up here...oh wait maybe she meant once we actually start the Bash in January....oh I don't know...

See we are already having fun....lol.

Pending:
January---open
February---open
March---
20ncgardengirl/Fran(NC)(ME)
April---
10---amelia_pepper_lady
10---flwers4ever/Kym
May---open
June
20---pixiesluvplants/Pixie (TX) moderator
July---
9---suze62 pending approval
17---galium/Mariann pending decision
August
23---wynative/Marie (WY)
September---
13---dan_the_mailman/Dan
26--hazelnutbunny/Melissa
October ---open
November---open
December---
17debbya/Deb (Il)

April 10th is going to be a double-whammy two on the 10th, WOW....lol.

REMINDER We still need one more moderator. ALSO, you all need to send me your vote on whether or not Suze62/Suzi will be allowed to join, since she is a newbie She is waiting on a decision I am sure.


Ok, I'm through now....I think.

:) Fran


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Yipes! I didnt know ya need a date along with month! March 9th is my birthday so here ya have it. ;) I see I made a typo in my first post I meant to say I have no problem and would love to do this next year.


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Actually, my birthday is December 24. (April 10 is the date I joined GW.)

I don't mind being placed in any month. Just might make things easier if I am included and you have someone else with an April birthday.


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LOL Fran, I was sitting back and watching, waiting, wondering whether to hide or not lol!

Imma staying outta of the skinny dippin brownie eatin glass tumblin group, I VOLUNTEER to be the LIFEGUARD!!!!



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Year Long Committment

JUST TO RE-ITERATE THIS FOR ALL OF US THAT ARE JOINING...

RULES........ THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE!!!!!!!!!!

Please consider your commitment long term BEFORE you agree to join this group.

Ok, now, I understand that things unforeseen arise from time to time, but this is going to be a ONE YEAR commitment on all our parts that join up for this Group. With that being said, please either start putting back items and savings for these months in order to be able to ship to whomever will be the recipient for future months, it wouldnt be fair for anyone to ship something to someone else and then because something happened they didnt receive a box from everyone. Lets prepare for the upcoming B-day months.

We Welcome everyone and can't wait to get to know all of you and your Special Months. PLEASE EVERONE THAT SIGNS UP BE CONSIDERATE AND REALIZE THAT THIS IS A YEAR LONG SWAP IF YOU FORSEE SOME REASON THAT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE YEAR PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP... AS FRAN SAID, LIFE'S HAPPENINGS COME AT US UNEXPECTEDLY AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT. JUST BE SURE THAT YOU CAN COMMIT TO A YEAR LONG SWAP BEFORE YOU TAKE PART IN THIS SWAP. We all look forward to having alot of fun learning and swapping.

Smiles,
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Pixie, thanks for the reminder! And I just wanted to add that it could be upwards of $60.00 a month and that does add up! If we have 2 b-days/mo at least $20 ea. plus shipping......That's why I'm still on the fence.....
BUT!!! I have a job interview Monday!!! Yippie!!

Ok, I've got to ask, HOW do you get the diff colored and size text on here?????

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Amelia and Organic,

Since ya'll are new to the GW why don't ya'll tell us a bit about yourselves? Its always good to get to know our friends and WE are all nosey and eager to learn about who we are sharing with!


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Suze You also

Suze the same goes for you also, we want to know all about ya'll!!!

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Hey Amelia!
How is your son doing??
Vic


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I was wondering who if any would be open to a new group devoted to our birthday month?
Who ever signs up would receive boxes from everyone in the group on their birthday or in that month...I would prefer it be the week of or shortly after the actual day of the birthday date. This would be for plants, unless, the birthday person doesn't want plants that month OR plants wouldn't be available for the person sending them, such as January and the ground is frozen, then the rule would be to send garden related items, such as knee pads, gloves, pruners, seeds, small pots, new four/six packs, bulbs, houseplants, or anything else that may be appropriate, or on the Birthday persons exchange page as a request, even for none garden items if you have it or can find it.
Yes, this would require us to start getting items NOW on clearance to share in the months were plants or bulbs are not available. So, if you want to participate then you might want to start making purchases now to send out to who ever for those winter months.

Ok, now for the spending limit, it is up to you, but lets say a minimum of 20.00, I am not saying you have to spend 30.00 or 40.00 bucks per person per month, but make it something you would like to receive as well. The limit will be on gifted items not plants, but lets agree to spend a minimum of 20.00 per person for non-plant items. Again, the limit would be up to you, but at least 20.00 dollars per person, unless of course you can take advantage of clearance racks now then the dollar value would actually be less then 20.00 even though the original price would have totaled 20.00. Say you find a 5.00 pair of pruners on sale at 70% off, that would make them 1.50, but you can count it as a 5.00 purchase toward your total of the 20.00 minimum.
Now, there would be not limit toward plant totals, because how would you gauge the value of a plant, UNLESS you actually purchase a prized plant for someone then it can be counted toward your spending limit. Example, someone is looking for a Lilac bush or special tree (or any other plant this is an example), you find it for 12.00 and you purchase it that will be part of your total limit amount because you actually had to make the purchase for the receiver and understandably you would only need a value of 8.00 dollars more to achieve your 20.00 spending limit. In a case such as this, if you feel as though there would be a grievance against you in the group you may contact the moderator to explain your intention and it will get approval. This way there will be no dispute on any parties behalf. *** see below for more information on this subject.

I would like to start in January 2009, why am I posting the idea NOW you ask? To give EVERYONE a chance to make purchases now for items they may want to include for the months of January, February, March, and maybe even April for those who may join who still doesnt have plants available from their yards in April. Also, it would give everyone time to think about this and whether or not they would like to participate. Please consider your commitment long term BEFORE you agree to join this group.

Ok, now, I understand that things unforeseen arise from time to time, but this is going to be a ONE YEAR commitment on all our parts that join up for this Group. With that being said, please either start putting back items and savings for these months in order to be able to ship to whomever will be the recipient for future months, it wouldnt be fair for anyone to ship something to someone else and then because something happened they didnt receive a box from everyone. Lets prepare for the upcoming B-day months.

OK, now, to decide how many can join this group, I was thinking 1 or 2 per month, if it is limited to only a few participants then it wouldnt be so hard on any of us to ship to a few. Therefore we would either receive anywhere from 12 (limited to 1 B-day a month) to 24 (limited to 2 B-days a month) boxes each for our Birthday in that month, which is why I would like for the boxes to be shipped as close to the actual day a possible.

***Grievances or Dispute!!!*** As always, there will be no personal private emails, no negative comments, or anything to hurt anyones feelings. This is meant to be a fun group and fun swaps for all who participate. If you feel you need to vent please contact me or one of the other moderators and explain what happened or made you think you have a complaint. I feel this is necessary due to some issues within other groups. If you need approval for something you would like to send then again contact me or one of the other moderators. Grievances or Dispute WILL NOT be made public to other group members only to the person(s) involved and to the moderators.

I would like to have one or two moderators to help me in case I (god forbid) get sick or something and can not monitor the monthly happenings in that week or two. This is to be persons who can and will be willing to email myself and the other moderator about happenings within the group. This will keep us educated and up-to-date within our group.

Also, I would like anyone who participates to post what they receive and pictures would be even better.

Should we happen not to have someone for every month than we as a group will decide whether we want to partner up and choose a theme for that month OR skip it all together.This is to be decided in that particular month!

Ok, I think thats it, if you would like to sign-up or think it is a good group to start then please post. I would like your thoughts, and or commitments. Good, Bad, or to sign-up, lets begin!!! Let's have some fun!

:)Fran

JUST WANTED TO REPOST THE REGULATIONS OF THIS SWAP.

BY NO MEANS DO YOU HAVE TO SPEND MORE THAN 20 BUCKS ON A BIRTHDAY.

SO FAR WE HAVE MAYBE A COUPLE MONTHS OF TWO BIRTHDAYS, WE USE OUR OWN DISCRECTION (SP) AS FAR AS THE WORTH OF THE PLANTS WE SEND. ON HOLIDAY MONTHS ITS US TO US HOW MUCH WE SPEND. THE BOTTOM LINE FIGURE AMOUNT IS 20 DOLLARS, BUT THAT IS A DOLLAR FIGURE, IF WE GET SOMETHING WORTH 20 BUCKS ON CLEARANCE FOR 3 BUCKS THEN HEY THERE YA GO.

THIS IS NOT THAT HARD

SMILES,
PIXIE


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Vic

< font color = red> message goes here< / font color > this ends the color

< font....size =... 6> 6 < / font size> this ends the size

you can put them together to get size and color it would look like this (font color=red><(font size=)message here(/font color)(/font size) but you use the < instead of ( and NO dots
if you dont understand email me and I will help you there.I am sleepy and might not make sense now, but I hope it does

And on the boxes and cost per month, no Vic hon, it wouldn't be that much...most months not anyway. BECAUSE you decide what you want to send that month to that person and if you want to fill a box out of your yard flowers/plants then all you have in it is your time and postal cost, because I am not putting a value on our plants we already are growing...how could you? But as I have said we cannot put a dollar amount on our plants so its up to our own discretion what we send plantwise, however, make sure you send as much as you would like to receive and would be happy to see if you opened a box!

I just meant on the months we couldn't dig plants then we could send something garden related and with a value of 20.00, which is why I posted now so we could take advantage of clearance items NOW for next years months.
And of course, if you don't feel you can participate monthly for a year then don't feel obligated to commit. I wouldn't want anyone to feel this is going to be something they are not comfortable doing. This is the reason too I posted this early was so everyone would have enough time to REALLY consider doing it.

I hope all this made sense...I am sleepy and my stomach still hurts so, if it doesnt I will try again later...ok?

Don't ean to sound harsh if it does I just don't feel well and I didn't want to leave you hanging wait on a reply.

:) Fran


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OK, OK, SO I'M DENSE! LOL
(Hey, it worked!)
I guess I was thinking worse case senerio......and not thinking about plants either.

And no Fran, you didn't sound harsh. I hope you feel better soon.

But Pix, you didn't have to yell at me : (
LOL j/k

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LMAO sorry VIC, I didn't know I was yelling and I am sooo sorry didn't mean to yell. May I blame it on my kiddos peein on my bed and me having to wait up for them to get out of the dryer afer I washed them?? I know that is not an excuse, I shouldn't have hollered.

I am soooo Sorry and I promise to watch my font from now on.

Vic, I swear I wasn't Yelling at ya!!! I am sooo sorry please forgive me seriously!!!!

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Congrats Vic...yeah I taught somebody something!!!
Also you can look up html color codes and instead of putting the color name you put in the six digit number you can have LOTS more color then just a few with that.
I like that one I listed belowbookmark it later use!!!! ;)

Vic I don't think Pix was yelling I think she was strongly emphasizing...lol. Yes, I think you are over thinking this.
I dont think in the end it will be that bad; it is just taking the time to complete the packages each month.

And as I said you can choose how much you want to spend, but make it a minimum of 20.00 I think that is fair if we have to choose items money wise for a fair amount of items to give.
Hit the clearance racks now!!! I am hoping to get to go soon and find some stuff to stash for next year!

Ok, my tummy still hurt so I am going to go take some meds and go to bed now!!!

:) Fran

Here is a link that might be useful: Color Codes


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EEEK, I was just teasing ya Pix! That's why I put "LOL j/k" Sorry to make you feel bad! I know you weren't yelling at me!
And YES kiddos peeing on the bed gives you the right to yell if you want!!

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Pixie!

Hey Pix, sent you an email.......I really don't want you to feel bad!
Vic


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Awww Vic, I know sweetie. I was sweepy last night and had to wait on sheets to wash/dry before I could go to bed lol.

Those doggies KNOW that they aren't supposed to be on my bed lol ONE of them sneaks in here and pee's on the bed all the time, I think its Mud outta spite cause she is mad cause I don't let her on the bed lol. Sucks though thats forsure!


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Well, I know for me, at least...this will be the only swap I'll be participating in next year, probably. It will make things easier for me, having a new little one around and all. Easier to keep track of & I can have the winter month's boxes ready to go before I need them (for the most part!).
I like to have things done YESTERDAY...LOL...so this one's perfect for me.
Now...that's not to say that I WON'T join in other swaps...but only if the theme REALLY catches my attention...and the budget allows it. :O)

Which makes the hubby very happy. LOL

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Bunny, we see your good intentions and raise you, I bet it doesn't go that way....LOL.

New baby hopefully will be a good baby and let mommy play when she needs too.

Pixie, keep the bedroom door shut, HOWEVER, if mud can open it then I am out of suggestions...lol.

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I'm that transparent, huh Fran?? LOL
Well, do me a favor....just grin & wink with me while I say it...OK?? :O)

What's that they say about certain roads being paved with good intentions?! LOL


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< font....size =... 6> 6 < / font size> this ends the size

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Fran-I feel the same as Vic I don't know if I can do 2 boxes a month. Money is tight and I don't want to make a commitment I can't follow through with. Are you taking signups for more than 12 members?
Mariann


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hmmm, definitely most non-groovy. I don't get it.


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Dan, I think you meant...

NUTS!!

Didn't you?

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Dan u DIDN'T follow directions!!! go back and re-read it lol. NO SPACES between the letters...no dots...hehe Oh wait, you follow the letters almost everyday except holidays and Sundays..right? ROFLMBO....hehe, at least it is funny to me...hehehe

Ok Bunny, we'll let you fold with your good intentions...HAHAHA

galium, I understand..right now we do not have that many who have commitmented just yet. If you want to be added just to have a spot for now, we can fill it with you. IF after some more time has passed and you still are uncomfortable with being on the list b4 we start we can remove you.
That way if you decide to join then your spot will have been reserved, I don't think anyone would object to this.

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Copy & Paste is our friend, Dan.....LOL
Just slap your favorite color in there, change out any ('s for <'s , delete the spaces...and BAM!
Got yerself a nice, perty new sentence!


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One question, do we really have to keep our birthday month? Or can we switch? I don't want December. I'll be happy with even January or February! December is such a busy month, I'm hardly on the computer at all and can't even imagine trying to post Thank you's all month. ;) My Daughter's birthday is in Dec too! Plus, I'm the one who always has Christmas!

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Deb I have no problem with you switching a month. Somebody might not want their month either for whatever reason. So once we get things lined-up and ready to go we will see who wants to do what...Alright?

Bunny, you seem like you are having and awful lot of fun playing with all those prutty colors...is you? Huh? Huh?

I am headed off to slumber now...night all!

:) Fran


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GOOD MORNING, LADIES !

I wanted to join in on the color fun ! and thought I could show you something else with the HTML but GW wont allow it..*sigh*

Bunny, I plan on only doing this swap for the year also, but I think it will be SOO much fun to be with the same great group all year..and I will do a few seed swaps I am sure..as I seem to not be able to pass them up..LOL

Ill be out school shopping this weekend, and hope to see some good gardening items...I think it might be a bit late tho..

Fran, is homemade garden items ok ? Ill send you an email about it also, letting you know what it is i make..dont want to ruin the surprise if it is allowed..grin

I hope you ALL have a wonderful day !

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GOOD MORNING, LADIES !
I wanted to join in on the color fun ! and thought I could show you something else with the HTML but GW wont allow it..*sigh*

Bunny, I plan on only doing this swap for the year also, but I think it will be SOO much fun to be with the same great group all year..and I will do a few seed swaps I am sure..as I seem to not be able to pass them up..LOL

Ill be out school shopping this weekend, and hope to see some good gardening items...I think it might be a bit late tho..

Fran, is homemade garden items ok ? Ill send you an email about it also, letting you know what it is i make..dont want to ruin the surprise if it is allowed..grin

I hope you ALL have a wonderful day !

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Kym I LOVE homemade garden junk, oh, sorry I mean stuff...I don't see why you couldn't include what ever you wish to send...
I plan on making a few things to include too, I HOPE ya'll don't mind, I promise it will be useful usable stuff. Or throw away, which ever you folks see fit with it when you get it!...lol.

Kym, what where you trying to do that GW wouldnt let you include?
Im waiting on your email.tic, tic, tic. Waiting, Waiting, WaitingYouve gotten me curious, I just have to know what it is you make girlyhurry up and send the emailwaiting, waiting, waiting.
ANTICIPATION, keeps making me waitoh great, now I want the darn steaksauceummm craving hamburger steak.

Ok, still no clue what it might be. So, moving on, I will be looking for the email.

I likes all the prudy colorsyeapI got told by a few ppl that my trade page was just to colorful and I needed to remove the background AND color. So I fixed it so I can have the background AND COLORS toohehe.
I LIKES me page, me wanna keeps it. OH cheese, says I can keeps it

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As a dear friend of ours (who is from the Marshell Islands) says...*and imagine this, if you will, from someone VERY tiny & very animated*....

Wha' tha Heh???

Just what were you trying to write, Ms Kym?! That GW wouldn't allow it? Hmmmmm???? :O) LOL

I picked up several great garden goodies this morning, for over 75% off! Yay! Added them to my stash......maybe hubby won't notice it's getting larger..and larger...LOL

And I second Fran's opinion! I love homemade garden goodies too! Much better than the cookie-cutter-everyone-has-one stuff from the store! LOL I like to make people slow down & say....
Wha' tha Heh???
when they pass my house.
Which they do quite often nowdays, since we've got all the remodeling stuff going on, and it looks like the entire inside of our house is sitting on the front porch. *sigh*
I can't WAIT for that to be over with!!

Oh, and our 15ft tall corn rows did that this summer, too. Seems most people haven't ever seen corn that tall! It was up to & over the power lines. I don't know how that happened........Very strange, indeedy.

And yes, Ms Fran....I do enjoy the perty colors. Yay for colors!! :O)


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< font color = blue> okay, here's my next attempt at this, I hope it works! GRRRRRRRRR!< / font color >


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second try

hmmmmph!!! well, obviously I'm still doing something wrong, so you all are just gonna have to get used to me in basic black! LOL!!! no little black dresses though, no way! I can just see those comments coming, and I'm putting a stop (hopefully!) to them right now! you silly girls! LOL!!!

I too think I'm gonna make this my only steady swap for the upcoming year, though I may dip into another one IF the theme is right! seed swaps are still gonna be fair game too, oh yeah! can't give those up, now, can we???

last night I set out to plant my new irises (11 plants), and had a most curious thing happen! I couldn't find a place to put them! Everywhere I looked in the perennial garden was either walkway or filled with plants already, and out in the veggies nothing could be disturbed. so, I wound up putting them all in a row in the perennial extension, where they can stay for the winter. I'll be finding them all new homes in the spring though, yessirree you betcha!
I've been looking over my garden/yard, thinking about what is going to stay, and what has to go. the queen anne's lace has to go, most definitely. it's taking over. Paula's given me a list of veggies we're going to grow next year, and a number of them (beans, eggplant, carrots) aren't even in the yard this year! so, if they're gonna be coming in, something has to go. I like my amaranthus patch out by the shed, it makes a great accent to the yard. my cosmos have to stay, though the peppers may go. but then, we've been saving pepper seed for next year, so that idea is out. I'd like to do a little organizing in the front perennial garden next year. (did I actually say that???) and I'm gonna rip out the yarrow in the stone circle and put caladiums and more hosta in there. the lily/spiderwort patch in the front of the yard is ready to be thinned out and spread apart.
EGADS!!! I'm getting exhausted just thinking about it all!
whatever happens, be certain I'm NOT going to be spreading any grass seed. THAT'S FOR SURE!!!

okay, I'm beginning to rant, so I'll go quietly into that gentle night, and attempt to behave myself.

C'mon! I said attempt!!! I can try, can't I?

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dan, you are STILL putting a space at the end of your tag line... there should be NO SPACES between your < and / except between font color no space> also no spaces in the start I hope that made sense

Everyone just males everything harder than it needs to be...lol

Dan you can try all you like, that goes back to Bunny's good intentions...lol

I know, well unless I get a job to support my habit, this will be my only plant swapping gig. However, seeds are as you say fair game...cheaper to do and I can sneak those in...hehe

Hope everyone is planning to have have a great weekend. I hope our weather stays cool. I have things to transplant...
I just have to decide to get out there an do it...

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Mr Mail-person-Dan, I think what Fran is trying to say is...just take out ALL the spaces EXCEPT for the one between font & color. No other spaces allowed! :O)

Well, I don't know about a "great" weekend....but I'll be having one, for sure! LOL I'll be canning peach & kiwi/pineapple preserves...I just got finished with the strawberry tonight. Hubby's been begging for strawberry, and I've done everything BUT that, so I figured I owed it to him. Or something like that. :O)

We're having a late birthday get-together for our oldest tomorrow. He shares a birthday with his grandma, so we'll be going over there. Yay for cake & ice cream!

Then, on Sunday...after canning the preserves, I'll be moving some daylilies in my flower beds. I've got a rose coming up in between them (I suppose it's spreading by the roots, which is WEIRD) and it's either kill the rose or move the dl's. I like both....so I'll just move the daylilies.
I've also got some *unidentified* plants that I received in a swap last year...they haven't bloomed, and the foliage looks like a cross between iris & daylily...but I was told they were columbine. I'm REALLY certain they're not...but until they at least TRY to bloom, I will be wondering. And I don't like flower mysteries.... :O(

Well, have a good one, everyone! And try to stay out of trouble! (did I hear snickering??!):O)

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Fran-OK put me in for July. Hope you're feeling better today. Did that fever go away?

Dan try putting " before and after blue like this "blue"

If all goes well we will be going to Well Sweep Herb Farm tomorrow for their Customer Appreciation Day. I plan on taking lots of pictures.

Melissa-Those preserves sound delicious.
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Vic - Son is doing well. He came home from the rehab hospital last Wednesday. We start follow-up visits to doctors next week. Maybe we will find out about the scheduling of the next surgeries.

Deb & Fran - I have no problem taking December, especially since it is my birthday. (I've never had a birthday party due to the date of my birthday. This would be like an online party!)

Pix - I grew up on a farm here in Louisiana. I stopped all gardening (even house plants) a little over 20 years ago. Shift work and 2 children 19 months apart didn't leave me time for plants. I started back gardening 2 years ago -- I just wanted to grow one pepper plant. I now have over 100 varieties of peppers. I also started house plants again. I've started other beds since then -- hostas, lilies, etc. I'm now working on shrubs and trees. I love tropicals. Just don't have the stock of plants and seeds to make the trades right now. In fact, everything is suffering right now. My son (19 yr) was in an accident last month; he was my gardening buddy.


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YEAH galium is NO OFFICIAL...WELCOME WELCOME!!! Glad you decided to join in on the fun....WHAHOOO. I don't think I have a fever tonight but I am still not 100% better, but its not as bad as it was either, thanks for asking...

Here is the standing list as of today:
January---open
February---open
March---
20ncgardengirl/Fran(NC)(ME)
April---
10---flwers4ever/Kym
May---open
June
20---pixiesluvplants/Pixie (TX) moderator
July---
17---galium/Mariann
August
23---wynative/Marie (WY)
September---
13---dan_the_mailman/Dan
26--hazelnutbunny/Melissa
October ---open
November---open
December---
17debbya/Deb (Il)

OK< my SO wants the puter so I am heading off to go find something else to do...

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oh wow, guess you will miss my email telling you what I make then...too bad..LOL I am going to just tell Fran, so it can be a surprise to those of you that I send them to...

I didnt realize I would make you want to know so much Fran..sorry I made ya wait..ha ha.

My daughter showed me how to do a marquee code ..where the words will scroll across the page, and I thought it would be fun..but the site came up with a warning telling me I was doing something forbidden...OOPS ! So I will be a good girl, and stick with the font colors..LMBO !

Fran I hope you are feeling better ! get some rest..

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Just popping in to say night all!

Amelia, glad he is improving! It sounds like it is going to be a long road, but thank God he is still here to travel it!

Dan sounds like you need to go visit the square foot gardening forum LOL. But they do have some awesome ideas for companion planting in veggie gardens, or that might be found on a veggie garden forum, I can't remember.....

Night all
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Hi all. I have been thinking and thinking about joining this group. I know some of the folks from other groups and it sounds like fun. The idea of a consistent group sounds great, too! My birthday is in May but I can take another month if it's full. Fran, please send me an email and let me know if we are expecting one or two per month and where you would like to put me in the mix. Thanks, Nikki


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Amelia, I hope your son is doing better! WOW on the peppers and hopefully you will be able to get plants and seeds here! Its always fun building your gardens and there are soo many wonderful people here who love to share from their gardens.

Welcome to everyone that has joined so far and this will be very fun, can't wait to get to know everyone!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE!!! Hope you have a great Day!!!

Smugs, (smiles and hugs)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE

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I have a Minstrels Daughter DL's that I will send to the winner of this game.....

The first person who answers wins!

Everyone that knows me knows that I call my DH "Fox" WHO can tell me his real name exactly???

On Your Mark.. Set...GO

Good Luck and have fun!!!

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Marie-Hope your Birthday was very special!
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HOW IS THIS FOR AN ANNUAL BED??? TUCK ME IN.LOL
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Pixie, is his name ED ????

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE..IHOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY !!!

I just love the bed of annuals...I bet id cause some trouble in our town if I did one like that..LOL Might have to think about doing one next spring..


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Nopers Kym, not Ed either

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OK, it was brought to my attention (by a very intelligent lady) that instead of us voting on those wishing to join the swap maybe we should come up with some requirements to qualify to join this swap. I THOUGHT it was a fabulous idea:
Suggestion that started this: Maybe you should ask the ones that have signed up so far what requirements they want for the group, ie: GW member for over a year, at least 5 pos. reviews, a trade page up and filled out, etc. then those could be posted on the thread and it would eliminate a lot of newer members wanting to join.
WOW how smart was this idea? Thanks for making the suggestionit is terrific and DUH, WHY DIDNT I THINK OF THAT?

SO if any of you have any suggestions you deem fit for requirements of those seeking to join in on this swap please feel free to email them to me, OR post them here and the ones we like we will adopt and eliminate the need for voting!!!
Ok, any suggestions? Ideas? Go for it.

Thanks everyone, I will be looking forward to the group input on this matter.

Also, I have been thinking about the need to create an outside GW source for this group to use when we begin BECAUSE once we start this and being posting pics of what we received it might just get a little crowded on the group thread. IF anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on this please let me know. AND if you can help create it...I would like to know this too, should the decision be made to go forth with this plan. We would STILL post the everyday chit-chat and other stuff here but use the other for a more permanent month to month hub. Which do all of you think?
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Fran, if you want to have an outside source for posting pics, how about using photobucket.com? We could start a new account there, then let everyone have the username and password so we could all post our own photos there. Once we'd posted a photo album, we could post here on our thread about the album's availability, and everyone could go look.
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Hello Fran;
I have been watching this post with interest and want to emphasize what has been mentioned about a year long commitment. I have been in several of these over the years and will no longer join because of the fall out from the early receivers.
The excuses are all quite legitimate but the end result is the same. One thought might be to make every person in the swap have an alternate person to back them up. For example, I would be happy to back up Deb as I know she would fulfill her commitment.
That might be the best way of assuring this continues for a year. I have been in these swaps twice where the hostess does not fulfill her commitment.
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Diene, that's a great idea! Yes, seems any of these swaps I've seen were never followed through by all the members either. Which is very unfair for those in the later mos.

Fran, I don't know why you couldn't still post your pics here? It is still just one thread we would use, and there would only be one set of pics a month. If it becomes a problem then you could think about getting a diff account.
Gosh, I know I keep butting in like I've joined the group! LOL!

Tomorrow is the big day! My tummy is starting to get that "feeling"! I just hope it's not one of those deals where they say "we'll let ya know" My last job I had to go through 3 intervies and a physical!

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Pixie, I wasn't going to guess because I haven't joined the swap, but if it's ok I'll guess Richard.
If it's only for the swapers, then someone else can take my guess! : )
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sure ya can guess Vic. Are ya going to join? we need 3 more people, I think Fran is going to close it at 12.

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Thanks for your input Diene, all this negative stuff about past swaps is starting to make me think I have a bad idea after all :(. I just thought it would be neat to get lots of boxes for your birthday.

Vic about the pics, is because some ppl have trouble 1) posting here 2) either resizing OR having trouble remembering TO resize
also, even if it was just once a month and there are 12 pics to post, that is a lot at one time.
BUT not if everyone makes then small and then they might be too small to see the contents.
ANYWAY, it will all get worked out in the end...
AND I KNOW you are going to join us Vic...I just KNOW you are...lol.

Ok, Pixie and I have talked about this...we have a resolution to drop outs and pitfalls should there be any. At this point I feel it is best to close this BB swap at 12 members.
This should make it easier on all who join, and easier to stay in for the duration.
We need 3 more to fill this to make it an official list of 12 members.
If anyone wishes to join us Please feel free to do so. Thanks.

Heres To a WONDERFUL UP COMING CELEBRATION!!!

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Way to go Fran, only 3 more spots to fill. Way to put the pressure on me, and get me worried about loosing a spot! LOL
I keep thinking about taking the dive! My B-day is July 18th, but I would be happy to take one of the colder months, I think getting gardening stuff in Feb or March would be great, seems like that's when the "winter blues" are the worse! What a great pick me up that would be.

Ya, you're right about a diff page for pics, I'm famous for forgetting to downsize mine, or not making them small enough! LOL

Later, going out to play in the heat!
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Fran, if you'd like to move me to another month so we don't get a double whammy in September, that'd be fine with me.
Besides, that would give me the chance to celebrate my birthday twice next year, and who could complain about that?
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Trina-I'm going to say Steve. Hope I have the right swap this time LOL
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Hello All;
Remember when I said that cheating is not only allowed but encouraged. Fox's real name is David and I know I am right on this but do not accuse me of cheating, just know I did.
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Can I play?

Hello All;
I will join if you do not have to do your birthday month, I will pick October and I will say my birthday is the 12th which is really my brother's birthday. I also think that if you are only stopping at 12, the cost would be cut in half for people that were worried about costs.
Let me know if I am in. Thanks.
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Hey Miss. diene I thought you said...and I quote: I have been in several of these over the years and will no longer join because of the fall out from the early receivers. END QUOTE AND THEN Second and I quote:I will join if you do not have to do your birthday month. END QOUTE. HAHAHA...TAG YOUR IT....OH GIRLY, YOU ARE MOST DEFINITELY IN NOW...YEP YEP...YOU SAID IT...remember the posted rules...once you say "I'M IN" YOU CAN'T BACK OUT...OH NO...You did...You SAID IT...YOU'RE IN IT...lol

LADIES AND GENTLE MAN, Congratulations are in order and I would like to introduce you all to dah dah dah: MISS OCTOBER....diene...lol.

OH VIC...Just say it...go a head...you know you want too...it's on the tip of your tongue...do I need to say it for you?

I WANT TO JOIN...easy peasy...say it, say it, say it...whoop whoop...you go girl...just say it...go ahead.
Take the plunge...you're gonna anyway...just go ahead and get it over withhehe

Ok...with VIC in too, once she actually says it...(rolling eyes) we will only need one more to finish out the year...IF NO ONE PLEDGES then we will decide later on what to do with that month.

Those of you who do not mind switching up a month let me know which one and I will post you to that month.

January
February (maybe Vic, shaking head...like pulling on a mule...stubborn, stubborn, stubborn)
November as still open.


OK..Let's see what happens next...wow today is just full of surprises...lol. (diene hehe)

Vic, just breathe, tomorrow will be A ok! Good luck, dont let the butterflies take over.BREATHE.

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OK, OK! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!! I'M IN!! LOL
You're right Fran, I just can't stay out, I've been wanting to do one of these for sooo long! And since it will only be one per month.....

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Ok Mariann, your in the right group this time but sorry thats not his name.

I am laughin Diene, don't know whether you cheated or not, but I won't accuse ya lol You got it, fox is actually David lol.

Welcome Vic and Diene!!

If we don't get anyone else we could always just do a Cold month normal swap say in November towards the end of the year.

I will post another game soon.

Congratulations Diene I'll get your Goodies out to you this week.

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Okay Fran, put me down for a birthday in January, let's say the 22nd. That's adding my actual month (9) and date (13) together. That way, September will only have one person in it (Melissa), and Vic won't have to worry about sending a box to two people that month, now that we've got her snagged! hehehe
C'mon Vic, you KNEW you were gonna! As a matter of fact, we've got a picture of you trying to decide whether or not to join. Want to see it??? Well, here it is...
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DAN! Now I know why I feel like ppl are watching me!! LOL

Fran, if we don't get another, what if we move Deb up and we could alway skip Dec. or do a normal swap.......

HEHEHE, I'm soooo excited! I'm gonna start some clearence shopping!

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I don't know if any of you are blondes or not, natural or otherwise, but I just found this online, and, since I'm still laughing at it, I just HAD to share it!!! It even mentions seeds!!! ROFL!!!
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Vic I am glad you finally just went ahead and said it!...lol. Good Luck tomorrow and I hope your butterflies went away.

I will post the list tomorrow. I am sleepy and just too tired right now to do it...

DAN!...you and your graphics...OH MY... what can I say?

Niters
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Ok, Here it is as it is at the moment:

January---
22--dan_the_mailman/Dan
February-
Vic, pic a date girly
March---
20ncgardengirl/Fran(NC)(ME)
April---
10---flwers4ever/Kym (R.I.)
May---
17 nikkineels/nikki
June
20---pixiesluvplants/Pixie (TX) moderator
July---
17---galium/Mariann
August
23---wynative/Marie (WY)
September---
26---hazelnutbunny/Melissa
October---
12---diene/diene
November---open
December---
17debbya/Deb (Il)

Alrighty then...one more and we will be set.

Ok now, I want to set up a questionnaire for everyone to answer.
I want everyone to think of something you would like to know about each other FOR INSTANCE:

What types of plants do you like the most:

What type of plants do you dislike the most and wouldn't want to receive:

For non-plant items would you be interested in receiving kitchen items:

IF so, give us and idea of what you decor is (motif):
(example Fran one day plans on apples, anything apple related would be fine)

Do you like yard art/ornaments:

IF so what type:
(ex:frog, piggys, gnomes,fairy)

Do you collect anything:
(ex: Fran likes frog, piggys, gnomes kind of)

That sort of thing. I will put it all together and the when it is time I will send the finished product out to everyone after it is finished OR a month before that person's month. Or Both, which ever anyone wants to do.

OK, I think that is it for this. You can post your questions or email them to me, whatever you want to do.

Thanks,
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Hi,
Just a quick thought, idea.. Would anyone be interested in starting this a little sooner? January seems so far away, LOL! If everyone is interested in starting this sooner, I'll take November, and in December we could have a Christmas party/exchange (or secret santa). Then go straight to our regular months. I'm sure this swap will go really well. We have a great group! Just an idea! ;)

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Fran, just a thought to help make it easier on you.....
What if we put on out member pages the info? That way you wouldn't have to worry about having to get/send everyones info?

Ok, now I'm gonna take a deep breath, go out and see if I have any new blooms, then take Zack to a daycare for a couple hrs so I can go to my interview......
He said he did NOT want to go to daycare! And of course, Jamie had to mention to him over the weekend that he was going to daycare today! (men!)
I told him he is going on a "play date" AND he gets to take his own lunch in a special little cooler! Now he is all excited! LOL

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LOL on Zack Vic...

Ok, the info on the members page, some I think will feel this is to personal, and not related to GW in general and wouldn't want to leave it posted for a year.
Also I (personally) have been told that somethings listed on a member page was TOO personal so I wouldn't want to offend anyone by listing a personal questionnaire about myself.

DEB!!!! I am game for that IF everyone wants to we will. I was thinking it was a LONG way aways too since we are full-up and decided to do only 12 members...lol.
I have no problems with that, IF everyone wants to go ahead and do something.
Dec. sounds good for a Christams 'party' too, BUT I had a brainstorm for Nov, maybe we could partner up and do a secrete swap instead of one person taking any months this year. That way the Birthday BASH can get going next year...

UNLESS Deb dosen't want DEC next year and we want to do another Christmas Bash/Party for that month too, then it would be ok for her to fill the NOV spot for next year. Or someone else can switch months..but we need to know who and where so it can get posted.

I am ok with either.
Just let us know what you think for any of the above listed month suggestions.

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I think starting the swap now is a good idea. Maybe for October? Doing the secret partners is a good idea, also. That always makes it more fun.
Also, starting a few months early could let us get any *problems* ironed out that come up.

Oh, I do want to remind everyone that I will probably be a bit slow in getting my December package out (if we have a swap for that month). You know I WILL get it out, but it's hard to predict when the baby will decide to arrive, and I'm always down for a week-long (or more!) count afterwards. LOL

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Yes Bunny, we will allow for your little bundle of joy...
What happened to the I will pack my box early so I can have everything ready in advance?...That is ALREADy biting you in the behind now ain't it Dear?....ROFLMBO....hehehe
You KNOW I wasn't going to let that slip by didn't you? Humm did you?

I meant to include at some point I would like to include a B-day card in our Birthday Boxes, those of you who are out of your B-day months JUST pretent it is...lol. OR keep them until ur actual B-day...lol. And maybe wrap something in B-day present wrapping...something, whatever you choose. Just thought that would be a nice gesture.

Ok then, I really don't want to start too too early bcuz I still have to get things situated.
Also STILL looking for questions to include on the I want to get to know you questionnaire.

Ok..
Thanks everybody,
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Hi,
To make it simple, I like Bunny's idea too. Start in October or November (November's blank, so I would love to take it). Have a wild Christmas party, and finish up the rest of the B-Days! And start it up all over again if everything goes well! What does everyone else think? January is months away. December would really be too much for me, I can't imagine trying to keep track of what everyone sent, post, and be online so much that month.
It would turn into work, more than fun. But, I'm more than willing to do November! ;)

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OUCH!
Gosh Fran..you don't let anything slip by you, huh???
Well...I suppose it's more of the "getting the box to the PO" than it is getting one together. LOL I've actually GOT a box or 2 partially ready, but they need to be customized for the person & swap...if that makes sense! :O)

I think maybe it'd be better to send out the questionnaires the month before that person's month. That way, it will be current & fresh in everyone's minds. I know some things change during the year...and maybe what we THOUGHT we were going to be collecting or working on is different, for some reason.
Uh...did that make sense? LOL
I guess, it's like......last summer, all I collected was Daylilies. But this year, I've gotten more perinnials and I'm working on my castle & miniature garden. So what would have worked for me last summer, isn't necessarily what I'd like now.

Some good things to know would be what style their garden is, what they plan to do (project wise) this season, favorite garden tools, stuff they'd like to receive that ISN'T related to gardening, favorite colors/scents/themes, GLOVE SIZE (this one especially for the ladies!), prefer cuttings/rooted plants or seeds (some of us don't have luck getting cuttings to root), hobbies, crafts we like to do.....
That sort of thing. I know I'm always looking to add something to the box that THAT person will enjoy especially. Sometimes it's difficult, since some are more *open* on the threads than others, and we all know what they'd like or not like. Other times....I"m really shooting in the dark, and that REALLY bugs me. I hate the thought that someone will be disappointed in the box I'm sending. :O(

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After reading the last few posts, here's what I'm seeing.
We're all wanting to start the fun of sending gifts.
Fran needs more time to polish things before she's ready to give us the go-ahead. (very understandable, this is a huge undertaking)
We have no one to send boxes to in November, and then we have Deb in December.
So, here's my suggestions.....
1) We give Fran September and October to work out the details and get our questionnaires sorted.
2) In November, we have a secret partner swap.
3) In December, we celebrate Debs birthday.
4) We continue with everyone's "birthday" through next October or November, depending upon if someone else joins us or not.
5) In December of 2009, we have ourselves a Christmas party, the likes of which will scandalize the fur off of all the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh! Egg nog for everyone!

If we have no one in the November slot next year, we can decide later what to do with that month.

Fran, I've got a couple of questions you could include in with your questionnaire...
What kind of growing conditions does your garden have (wet, dry, full-sun, shady, etc.)
Do you have any particular colors in your garden (whites, reds, purples)
Do you grow your own herbs? If so, what do you have? want?

Okay, my brain is tired, so that's it for me tonight. I'm off to collect more seeds.
Later!

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Bunny, I MUST be diligent in my observationslol. I followed EVERYTHING you said, so if it doesnt make sense to anyone else then you understand why my kids always said. Mom, your weird (or backwards)! LoL. I always say stuff VERY different from everybody else.
As far as the PO goes, MAYBE you could have them pick it up there. Speaking of the PO, I do have something I need to address on that issue as well.
AND as far as those questions you said needed to be included, or you would like to have includedwhatever, you know what I meanBUT ANYWAY I have those covered.

Thanks Dan, I think you got it right. EXCEPT, Deb doesnt want Dec. so if she wants Nov I am ok with that and we could either SKIP this DEC OR do secrete swaps or another Christmas thing and then next year have a fabulous Christmas blowoutwith skipping Nov. I think I confused myself on that one.

I will get my questionnaire together and post it so everyone can see what is on it already Courtesy of Pixie with a few add ons so far of my own.

Also I need everyones addresses: although I DO have a few it would be easier if I just get them all in one spot and save them in a folder I am creating for the Birthday Bash.

Ok, now for the Postal Question: I was wondering if everyone would be ok with the 12.80 (LARGE) Priority Box or the 9.80 (small) Priority Box. Although it is ultimately up to you WHAT you put in it, I would prefer we all send the same size box to make it fair. Everyone would get the same size box from everyone, filled with as much or whatever we could get in it. I was thinking the 12.80 box since it is a little larger. OR would you rather forgo to Priority Boxes all together and try to find another suitable box size we all can find and agree on?

I was personally thing too it would be better to send the next months questionnaire the month before too. That way it would give a month to work on "SPECIAL" things, to make the box unique to that person. We wouldnt feel too rushed to get them together with a month to work on it. At least that was where I was going with that when I ask what you all wanted to do or thought about it.

Ok. Not promising I will get that questionnaire posted tonight BUT I try. Depends on if I can get this headache to go away, it rained today not making the sinuses happy.BUT I would rather have the rain so now I have to deal with the aftermathlol.

OK, Dont forget to send/post some questions, dont forget to send your addresses.

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Ok, first, I'll take the 18th, since my bday is the 18th.

Next, Fran, that's fine however you want to do it, I just mentioned putting on our pages b/c I've seen some others do that....

Also, I THINK, (correct me if I'm wrong) that Deb wanted a diff. month than Dec. and offered to take Nov.
I like the idea of a Christmas or secret santa swap, I think it would be fun! What do you guys think? Unless Deb wants to keep Dec.

And, I would like to have a little bit of an idea on what ppl like ahead of time, esp. since there are a lot of sale items out now. And that way while shopping if you see something that will "fit" someone you can pick it up then rather than find out they would have really liked it 3 mos later and not find it again (at least that's how my luck goes! lol)
What about putting on your list something that you really DON'T like or want - some ppl love candles, while others may have them coming out the wazoo.....
Other outdoor items - like for the grill, flags, lights etc.

Finally! lol
I went to my interview today, it went OK, I guess....It wasn't really a postion I am looking for, but would be ok, it is only 20hrs/wk, but still mon - fri 8am-12 : (
If only working 20hrs, I would like to do it in 3 days, not 5 esp. with the price of gas.....but on a brighter note, I figure if they don't call me back I won't be heartbroken! lol
I just hope she didn't sense my dissapointment after we started talking hrs and pay.....

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Just a thought....

With this November, we could have a Turkey celebration. Center it around food -food type seeds, flowers named after candy/food, harvest themed stuff, pumpkins...and of course TURKEYS. LOL Then we could have a secret santa swap for December...and on to the BIRTHDAYS!

The Nov. & Dec. swaps could both be whatever we could fit in a large bubble envie or small box, anything less than $5 to ship. That way, we aren't breaking out banks before the holidays OR before the "real" swapping begins. And we could see just how creative we all can be with little packages!
(NO comments, Mr. Dan!!) LOL

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Hello All;
Maybe you do not understand but I do, Deb and I have the same birthday and it is not much fun. Deb would love to have a November Birthday so let us start in November with Deb and then do something small for the holidays, maybe even a card.
I am ready to start with Deb in November, what fun that would be for her. Trust me, after many years of two cards and one gift, November sounds like a dream.
The questionnaire is great, I will get it done soon.
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Yes Diene, that is what I was understanding too, and when we talked about starting early, I thought we would start with the bday swap (except for Dec).

Fran, do you think we need to send in a certain size box? We have a minimum limit, so all boxes should be somewhat even, and for some boxes, depending how far you send them, it can be quite a bit cheaper to send by wt. I have rec'd flat rate boxes that could have been sent by wt a lot cheaper. It really only pays to do it that way if you have heavy stuff, or are shipping a long distance.
And, what does everyone think about sending 1st class with a dc# IF there are no tender plants? I would rather spend the extra $$ on the gift then give it to the usps (sorry Dan)

Fran, I didn't see your post before I posted last time, didn't mean to repeat some stuff lol

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Ok, on the Flat rate boxes, if you don't feel like you can max it out to the point of sending a flat rate then a smaller box would be suitaboe BUT that is why I was asking now IF we ALL should go ahead and agree to send one of the flat rate sizes to keep the box size even and a FLAT RATE....

ok..I just stopped in this time to pick-up some questions.
I do get that Deb doesn't want Dec..that's ok with me...trust me I understand the Dec babies get screwed...my stepson is the 21 of Dec. so yah...I know...

will be back later...:) Fran


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Yeppers, Yeppers Yeppers, on all the above. Fran is getting the questionaire ready and I think we are starting in November (now watch me go and confuse everything here) with Deb being the Birthday Girl.

This is going to be a fun swap and it seems like everyone is ready to get started and happy with things so YAY!! Fran has done a great job.

As far as the shipping goes I think we should all just ship as we normally would, and not make things any more difficult than they need to be. I, like you Vic, would rather spend the money on the gift(s) rather than to the PO but it really depends on what I am sending.

So now where is our fearless leader???


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OOOPS! I forgot, you can only send up to 13oz. 1st class.

Fran, I wasn't trying to be difficult : ) sorry
What I meant was this....
If I am sending a box that weights 5 lbs (that's a heavy box) priority it would cost me
$16.80 to send to zn8 (which would be diene)
$13.45 to send to zn6 (Dan)
$7.75 to send to zn3 (Marie)

3 lbs would be:
$11.50
$9.55
$5.95

So yes, most times flat rate is better, but the boxes aren't that big (I haven't seen the big box yet) But let's say I find Dan a postal car bird feeder that costs $25.00, but only weighs 3 lbs but needs a really big box....(no Dan, I didn't, it's just an example lol)

But, I am willing to send how ever everyone agrees to, please don't take it that I was being difficult, I know you are really working hard on this swap and I do appreciate it and am not trying to give you a hard time.
(I bet your starting to regret talking me into it aren't ya! LOL)

Vic


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I vote for sending the cheapest way possible without compromising the contents. Let us have a bit of faith in all of the group that they are not going to send something that will be damaged (unless of course the PO is having a bad day).
diene


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Well, I am coming in on the end of the conversation..but I would rather have the ability to mail however I see fit for each month..last year, I bought a large item for a swap, and there was no way it would go into a flat rate box, and several times I used a flat rate, and the man at the PO told me it would of been cheaper to do it by weight..BUT with that being said..Ill follow whatever rules are decided on..

ALSO, I thought the idea of talking about this swap, was to give us all time to find things ahead to add into the boxes..if we start too soon, we wont be having a "stash" to be sending from..LOL

Is there any way we can do a questionarre NOW, and then one the month before also...I would like an idea of what kind of things to look for while I am out shopping..Id hate to buy a bunch of gnomes on sale, and no one like them (example)

Question: should we list if we have kids, or fur kids..so people can send to them if they are inclined to ?

Question: Is there any allergies ?

Question : Are there plants that you do not like, or have an abundance of ?

Question: what are the top 10 plants you would want..this would narrow down their top choices..and would be fun to know.(esp when people have HUGE want lists)

Question: What is your favorite plant color ? Fav color in home decor ? Fav color to wear ?

Just a few I thought of..good luck with the questionarre.

Boy, Fran...we all gotta watch what we say here, Huh, Bunny ? LOL


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Kym...already have those covered too...
ok..just hold off on the questions until I get these finished...then u can see what I have already covered and then if there is something else you would like to add we will.

:) Fran


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LOL Kym this could end up being "This is your life" eh???

Great questions for the questionaire too.

I think that is smart to do one now and then also have the questionaire sent out the month before just to refresh our memories cause I am the worst about remembering things.

I agree with ya'll about the shipping, I know I learned from experience that bubble wrap is a friend and not to pack too tight or just move up to a larger box if need be. Oh well live and learn eh?


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Ok...here is what I have so far...
I WILL EMAIL THIS TO YOU PLEASE DO NOT CCP THERE MAY BE MORE QUESTIONS ADDED OTHERS WANT ON HERE BEFORE WE ARE FINAL.

I will ask you to answers all questions...Please take time to think about what your answers might be. IF you want to save this one to help you answer them later then please go ahead and do that, HOWEVER, if something gets added be sure to answer it on the one emailed to you.

Personal Info:
Name:
Address:
City: State: Zip:
Email address:

What type of movies do you like? Favorites?

What are your least favorite movies?

What type of books do you read?

What are your least favorite books?

What are your favorite types of music?

What are your least favorite types of music?

What are your favorite colors?

What is you shoe size?

What is your hat size?

What is your belt size?

Are you allergic to: Smells? (Perfumes, Lotions, Cologne)

Do you have a favorite scent?

Do you have a favorite lotion or shaving cream or after shave?

Do you have any allergic triggers? (Clorox, detergents, soaps)

Do you wear finger nail polish?

What colors are you favorite?

Would you prefer not to receive finger nail polishes?

Would you like to receive manicure items? (clippers, emery board)

Do you have long hair?

Would you like to receive barrettes or ponytail holders?
Do you have pierce ears?

Can you were costume jewelry?
Would you prefer not to receive any jewelry adornment items?
Do you collect household indoor items? (ex: candles, tins, soaps)

If so what types? Scents?

What would you NOT want to receive for indoor dcor?

What type of theme do you have indoors?
Kitchen? Bath?

Do you have children?

What are their ages?

Would you want something including for them?

If so what type of items? (coloring books, children books)

Do you like novelty items? (pens, pencils, notepads, stickers, stamps and ink pads)

Food
Are you allergic to any foods?

Do you like cooking?

What are you favorite types of food?

What types of foods do you dislike?

Do you like chocolate?

If you dont like chocolate what is your favorite candy(ies)?

What is your favorite snack food?

Would you want to receive homemade goodies? (cookies, brownies)

What is your favorite types drink non-alcoholic?
Coffee, Tea

List your favorite flavors: Please list as many as you like:
Teas:

List your favorite flavors: Please list as many as you like:
Coffees:

Drinks others:

Do you do alcoholic drinks?

If so what are your favorite types?

Garden Info:
What zone are you in:
Tell us a little about your specific growing conditions, for your yard:
(sunny, hot/dry, wet, shady, hilly, flat)

Are you allergic to any plants?

Do you enjoy houseplants; Specific types?

What if any do you prefer NOT to receive?

What is you glove size?

Would you like to receive garden tools?

If so what types?

Do you have a specific color you would like to receive if possible?

Do you collect seeds?

Would you want homemade seed packs or would you prefer plastic or paper envelopes?

Would you like paint markers or sticks?

Would you want plants makers? Purchased or homemade?

What plants do you have too many of and do not want any more of?

What plants would you like to receive more of?

Is there any color plants you would like to receive?

What themes/ color schemes do you have going on in your garden, if any?

Do you plan on starting any themes or color schemes?

Would you prefer plants or seeds of the above items?

Do you have a pond in your yard?

Are you planning a pond in the future?

Do you need pond related items, if so what would you be wishing for?

Do you want pond plants?

Do you grow vegetables?

Would you like to receive seeds for veggies?

If so what types would you want?

Do you grow herbs, or want to start?

What types of plants do you have? Or would you want to receive?

Would you care to receive herb seeds?

Do you enjoy bulb type plants?

What is your favorite bulb plant?

What is your least favorite bulb plant?

Would you want to receive onions sets and type? (Red, sweet)

Would want to receive garlic? (Types)

Would you want to receive potato seed?

Is there any specialty plant or seeds you would just LOVE to have?

Would you prefer NOT to receive seeds of ANY kind?

Please list at least 10 favorite plants you would like to receive.

Please list at least 10 seeds types you would like to receive.

List types you DO NOT want to receive either plants or seeds wise.

What are 3 plants you would hurt someone to get your hands on you just havent been able to find yet.


Decorations:
Do you enjoy yard art/decorations/ornaments? (if not say so, hey if you think it is trashy tell us)

Do you collect any specific yard art/decorations/ornaments if so?

Would you like to receive wind chimes?

Would you like to receive outside flags?

Is there any specific outside theme you would just not want?

Do you decorate for holidays?

If so which ones?

Would you want to receive these appropriate decorations?

Which holiday would you least likely wish to receive items for?

What is you favorite Holiday?

Do you have a least favorite holiday?

What is your most favorite season or time of year?

What is you least favorite season or time of year?

Hobbies:
Besides gardening what are your hobbies if any?

Would you like items related to your favorite other hobbies?

What would you enjoy receiving most relating to your other hobbies?

What would least like to receive relating to your other hobbies?

Do you scrapbook?

Would you want items related to scrap booking? (ink pads, stamps, papers, dco scissors)

Do you enjoy animals?

Do you have any animals? (dog, cat, bird)

Would you want something included for them?

If so what? Toys? Biscuits?

Do you have a specific color you prefer to receive if included?

What is the least favorite item you would want to receive for your pet(s)?

What is you favorite animal?

What is your least favorite animal?

Would you enjoy receiving animal related items? (notepads, stickers etc.)


I KNOW it is long, BUT this will help us all to decide what everyone will want...I think it is pretty much all you could want to know, but maybe I over looked something

I am sleepy and can't think of any thing esle right now.

Ok, night everyone.
:) Fran


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Fran-As far as boxes go and I haven't read all the posts. I have USPS boxes that are larger than the 2 sizes of flat rate boxes. Sometimes I use those. It depends on the weight of the box as Vic pointed out. I try and keep the weight down in the larger box. Also, don't know if anyone mentioned this but....If you do the postage on line it cost's less. You can also schedule a pickup at no charge. Also you can order boxes from the USPS web site free! Unless I go over the weight limit I stay away from the flat rate boxes.
Mariann


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Questionnaire

PS-I just read the questionnaire was wondering if I might add something to the jewelry category.
1. Do you wear jewelry?
2. What kind of jewelry do you wear?
3. Can you wear costume jewelry?

The reason I wanted to add this is because I make jewelry. But I work with only Sterling Silver and Gold Filled metals. Some members may like Sterling Silver and others may like gold. I wouldn't want to send someone a bracelet if they don't wear them. I'm done LOL
Mariann


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Hey Mariann,
I WAS going to put that....BUT I figured with the prices of metals now NO ONE would go that route so I didn't include it. But since you and I both really wanted to know I will include it just in case. Ok.

On the box note I was trying to make it reasonable fair. However, I want everyone to use the CHEAPEST form you can find to get your packages delivered.
BUT I didn't want anyone to feel slighted in the least bit about what someone sent. Does that make sense?
As Pixie told me I was trying to be a MOTHER HEN and I can't do that and I can't save everyone's feelings, we are all ADULTS in this and we ALL know basically what to expect.

SO OK..OK..OK..I give. I will STOP trying to be overly cautious and protect everyone. I just don't want any disappointments I guess. And didn't want anyone to be upset with me...so there...now, you have it.

I DO have a few more things I thought of eariler to add only a few more questions. If everyone is happy with this so far and when I add those I will email it to everyone so you can fill it out.

Alrightly then...what'd I do scare everyone off already with the LONG list? Or the box question?
OPPS....sorry...lol.

On a side note: Let's not get away from the main focus of this swap...it is for our birthdays AND hopefully a box full of new plants, I do understand however if we do the secret santa or anything for Christmas then plants may not be the focus. BUT the main idea was for plants, and NOT a lot of extra cost involved other than shipping...AND THE MAIN REASON: FOR ALL OF US TO HAVE FUN, FUN, FUN
:) Fran


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I think the questionnaire is great, Fran. Kind of like those "get to know your friends" emails that everyone sends out to each other. LOL

The jewelry question is a good one. I know several gals make really pretty bracelets & earrings, so before they send them to someone who might now wear them, it'd be a good thing to know...I'd hate to think that someone spent the time & cost to make something that someone else might not like. (ramble?)

If everyone just wants to do something to get things going before January, we could make homemade cards to send out, and maybe include a pack or 2 of seeds, plant markers...maybe a bulb or 2, depending on the zone we're sending to. Anything that could be sent in a bubble envie for a few dollars.
That would get the group started, without taking much $$ or organizing...OR getting into our "stash".

Along the lines of "what size box to send"...not trying to open that up again...LOL...but I think a good rule of thumb would be to send only what you'd like to receive. If your box would disappoint YOU upon opening it..then DON'T send it. Pretty simple & fair, I think. Like you said, we're all adults, and I think for the most part, we all have good judgement.
And if nothing else, we could ask the moderators BEFORE we send our boxes if THEY think it is fair (like, if someone has an expensive item they'd like to send, so don't want to send other "stuff" as filler).
Does that make sense? :O)


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Wow Fran! You really put a lot of thought into the questionaire! I think it is great!

And yes, I know you are trying to protect us! "Momma Fran" : )

Vic


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That's me...

THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED

WHOAAAHOOO WE REACHED 150 and haven't even started yet!!!!!!

:) Fran


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