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OBF Dec Shhhh !!!! Secret Santa!!!

Posted by dirt_under_my_nails 7 North Ga Mountain (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 11, 08 at 22:35

OBF Xmas

Sparklee.com - http://www.sparklee.com

Ho Ho Ho!!! Secret Santa is coming to town!Christmas is in the air.Time to let the(SMALL flat rate) boxes of holiday cheer fly.Have you been good this year? Think so? Well sign on up & wait for your box to arrive. Who's sending to who? Where is it coming from? When's it coming? I'll never tell.....

Sign ups now till Nov 23rd. Please send me your address when you sign up!
Names will be picked by my kiddos.
Your buddy's name & address will be e-mailed to you on the Nov 24th.
Mail out by the 10th(to avoid the rush!)
Do NOT post your confirmation #!!!Keep in safe place or e-mail it to me if your afraid you'll lose it.Be sure to update your trade page in case Santa wants to take a peek! Any food restrictions please let me know so I can pass it on.

If interested in joining OBF please e-mail veeja or brittneysgran.

later....AprilSmileyCentral.com


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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 11, 08 at 22:49

April, HOW did you get the ladies above "decorated?" VERY cute!

Count me in for Christmas. THANK YOU for doing this!

Mary Ellen


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Mary Ellen~ photobucket and WAAAAY too much time on my hands. LOL!!!!

later...April


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April~ This sounds like fun...but I'll need to think about it. I don't know for sure how busy I'll be for the next few weeks!
And Wendy is doing the chocolate swap in the MNF next month...so...it's a toss up! I hate to miss either one, but I honestly probably won't be able to do either. :O(
Anyway, I'll let you know before the cutoff date!

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The picture is great, April!!! Good idea for the swap, too, but I will not be able to join in. Just too much going on right now. I don't feel like I could do a good job shopping and/or making things for my partner with all that is going on this month and next.
Everyone have fun!
Jeanne


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Bunny~no worries if you can't join in.Plus you are about to be REALLY busy when the baby arrives.Rest up!

There are so many swaps in Dec! I can't make up my mind so I'm doing them all.The Dec swaps are Christmas gifts to myself!

later...April


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 12, 08 at 9:11

Hi April,
I will be participating. I have lots of Christmas goodies saved for this swap.
I'm not sure I could figure out how to alter the logo on photobucket. This is a sure sign I'm turning into an old person, lol.
Remy


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April,
What kind of stuff do people normally send for this kind of swap I do not want to sign up and accidently send stuff that is not the norm...?

I think I would like to signup I will check back later and let you know.

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Tammy~ just sent ya an email!

YAY!! It's RAINING!!!!!Can't remember the last time it did.

Santas so far:
Mellen
Remy
Dirt

Bunny ~thinking about it!

Passing:
sandlapper rose

later...April


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April-With that impressive OBF logo I will have to join the Christmas Swap. You are so computer smart. I LOVE IT

Shirley


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Woo Hoo... another Elf climbing aboard the sleigh!!!I feel like dancing. Click the link to see!

later...April(hope this works!)

Here is a link that might be useful: April & Elves


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More dancers needed! LOL!!

Send me a photo & I'll add you to the dance!I Think I can add up to 5.

later...April


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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 15, 08 at 12:06

April, what a HOOT!!! You are one mean dancer, girl. LOL

Thanks for the pic address, too. I will start a new thread today.

Mary Ellen


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April~ If everyone is OK with it (because I will have a baby SOMETIME in the next few weeks, and can't be for certain that I can get my box out *right* on time) I think I WILL join this month. It will be a juggle, but I love Christmas. I didn't get a chance to participate in the swaps last season, so I really want to this year.

But, like I said...if anyone has any concerns about me joining, I completely understand! I really DON'T want to make anyone wait for their box.
Just let me know what ya'll think, ok? :O)

Melissa


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 15, 08 at 19:44

April,
That was silly! : )
Remy


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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 15, 08 at 20:27

Melissa, no problem with me!!!
Mary Ellen


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April-Would love to join but really would like some more guidelines as what to send, any limit, & anything else that would be helpful as I am new & haven't been in a Christmas RR yet.. Thanks so much for hosting & I loved the dance. Such talent you have! Melissa, I'll take you as partner if I can & I don't care when or if you are able to send. That precious little girl is so very important! I completely understand. Blessings to all & have a wonderful weekend. Margaret


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Maragret~ For the Secret Santa swap we a sending a SMALL flat rate postage box full of holiday cheer. A few ideas: candles, cute holiday themed kithchen towels, cookie cutters, ornaments,home baked goodies are great(as long as your partner is not on restricted diet!), and of course anything we gardeners use like gloves ,trowels,SEEDS,plant tags,journals,well I think you get the idea! Also I always try to see if I have anything from there wants list that I can include.Just make sure it is a SMALL flat rate box of items that YOU would like to receive!

Melissa~ I don't see a problem with you possibly sending late.If you want I can go ahead and let the kids pick you partner from those who have signed up so far. That way you can go ahead & get started if you want!JLMK!

Glad you all enjoyed my dancing. LOL!!Send me a head shot & I'll add you in. There are other dances to choose from!

later....April


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Addresses NEEDED!!!

Hey ya'll.....Please send me your addresses when you get a minute, so that I can share it with your santa.I know we still have a few weeks,but don't want to wait till the last moment.It would also be WONDERFUL if you could include your OBF info sheet too!

Still waiting on photos.....I could hunt up picture thread & just copy & paste.....

later...April


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Thanks so much for understanding, girls! :O) I really appreciate it. I'm getting excited about the holidays...this is the first year in a LONG time we are actually able (financially) to do more than window shop. Still can't do ALOT, but God has been good to us this year, and it makes me excited. :O)

April~ If you want to go ahead and give me a partner, that would be fine. It's up to you, I'm fine either way. I'll go ahead and get started on my box, anyway, with some things I'm fairly certain will be nice for anyone. :O)

Margaret~ Thank you for offering to be my partner! I appreciate that so much!
Mellen~ Thank you, too, for understanding! :O)


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Santa's signed up so far:
Mellen
Remy
Brittneysgran
Margaret
Bunny
Dirt

Come on out all you other OBF's!!!!It's Christmas!!!

later...April


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I'll sign up - count me in!

Sue G.


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sign me up.

Mark


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Hello, sounds like a blast please sign me up too, i would love to be some ones elf, have alot of goodies to share, my email is benedict13662@yahoo.com partner me up, and a very cherrful Christmas to you all. Lisa-pumkingal


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Sounds like great fun but with being laid off, I wont be able to be in this one :(

Marie


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Evening!!!

Marie~ so sorry to hear about you being laid off.Don't be a stranger!

After this month I'll be laying low for AWHILE.Everyone is cutting back.Most of our families are just doing Christmas for their OWN kids & the kids only.Us included. Glad mine are still young,& it won't take alot to make them happy!

Sue ~ Glad to see you joining in!

OBF Santa's so far:
Mellen
Remy
Brittneysgran
Margaret
Bunny
Sue
Dirt

Santa's waiting to in the wings:
~Dianne
~Mark
~Lisa
I sent you all e-mails. Hang in there! Still finding out if there are new joining rules ......

later...April


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Marie~ So sorry to hear that! I hope things turn around for you soon. This is an awful time for everyone....people are being laid off right & left here. It's a very disturbing situation.
Hugs to you! :O)

Melissa


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Hi everyone,
I have been thinking about this every day and trying to figure out if I can join or not. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to skip this month. My finals at school are the week that the boxes are due out. I just don't feel like I'd have enough time to put into creating a nice box for my partner. :-( :-(

I'll keep reading the posts though to see what everyone gets. Have fun!!

Amy


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 18, 08 at 20:10

Marie,
So sorry to hear about you getting laid off. What a crummy time of year for that to happen! I'm hoping it doesn't last long. As April said don't be a stranger. With the weather getting cold, you can't garden, so you can write : ) And if you start to sound like a snow bound crazed woman we'll let you know, lol.

Amy,
I know how busy and hard those last few weeks before the semester is done are. You know, I know you are going to school, but I don't know what for! So what is your major? lol.

April,
It is great when kids are small and those really cheap little toys are their favorites.
All the adults in Gary's family do a name swap so you only have to buy for one person. I like that.
Remy


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Marie,
I'm sorry to hear about your layoff too. I hope you find work quickly. What an awful time to be laid off!

Sign me up for the swap! I'm really looking forward to it!

Hugs,
Deb


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Good Morning All!
Is it too cold for anybody to receive bulbs? Any no sweet diets going on?
I need addresses(please!!) from:
*Remy
*Shirley

Amy~ sorry that you won't be joining. I understand with school & the holidays it is a VERY busy season for all.

Deb~ Thanks for joining!

Carol~ Where are you?? Your name is missing from Santa's list!!!

OBF Santa's so far:
Mellen
Remy
Brittneysgran
Margaret
Bunny
Sue
Deb
Dirt

Passing
Jeanne
Marie
Amy

later...April


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April~ I wouldn't mind receiving bulbs that can be forced inside, like paperwhites, hyacinth or maybe an amarylis. They would be lovely for Christmas. :O)
But it's really too cold (and I"m too round! LOL) to plant anything outside. We are actually expecting our first snow flurries on Friday! Brrrrrrr!!!!

As for diets....NOPE! Not on one! :O) So my partner can feel free to send anything she wants in that area. I probably NEED to be on a diet...but I'll save that for next year. LOL


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Remy,
I'm going to school for my Master's degree in Software Engineering. Some days I wonder why, but it's rewarding. :-)

It kills me that some of you are still talking about trading plants! I'm so jealous. It's supposed to get down into the teens tonight and most of our daytime highs this week have been in the 30's to low 40's. YUCK! Definitely too cold for me to be thinking about planting anything anytime soon. Have fun!

Amy


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I haven't stopped in for awhile. I hope everyone is doing fine (or better than they were at least.) Marie, I am so sorry to hear about your job and I know some are facing health issues - that is so sad at holiday time. I wish you all happy days ahead!
My older daughter moved to CA about two months ago and was renting a house in Santa Barbara. Anyway, their house was totally destroyed in the fire a week ago. It has sort of left me numb. It was a furnished rental so they didn't lose many things and they got their two dogs out okay as well as their cars. (A few people have passed along to me that this happens every fall in CA with the uncontrolled wildfires and the strong winds spreading the fire. "Mom" is trying to get a more relaxed opinion of this, but right now I am tense and nervous about the whole deal. She had already experienced a minor earthquake since they moved there. I am starting to think I prefer SC's heat in the summer rather than facing those other weather concerns.)
If I am not posting for awhile, I am still trying to get my mind off the fire and will be working really hard until the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine will be filled with pets. LOL
Jeanne


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 20, 08 at 20:03

April,
I just sent you my address through your page. Let me know if you don't get it.

Melissa,
It has suddenly got cold and snowy here, yuk! I still have bulbs to plant. I blame it on my father coming to visit. He's leaving Monday, watch the weather will get nice again, lol.

Amy,
Very interesting. I'm thinking there's not a lot of other women studying that, or am I guessing wrong? I always complained about college the first time I went(Art Ed.) The second time,(English) I thought it was great. If I had the money, I would go back again.

Jeanne,
Thank goodness you daughter is ok! She is lucky too that the place was furnished. I can see why you would be so worried!
Some people say the winters here are too much for them, but I'll take a snow storm over floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, locust, lol, or whatever horrible occurrences happen elsewhere.
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Jeanne, I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's struggles. Sometimes these things help us put life in perspective though. We saw a very awful fatal crash on the highway last weekend and it really makes you stop to think.

Marie, I am thinking of you and hoping you find work soon. This is such a hard time for so many people. I hope the economy turns around soon.

Melissa, have you had that baby yet? It's so hard at the end. My youngest was a December baby and you just want everything done so the holidays can go smoothly, right? Well, best of luck.

I'm still stewing about whether to participate this month. I will post later today when I get a chance to look over my calendar and upcoming schedule.

Theresa


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Hope everyone had a great day.Did a little housework ,YUCK!I'm thinking about pulling out the Christmas stuff over the next few days. We always put up the tree after Thanksgiving dinner. Since we won't be here, we may put it up Wed. SmileyCentral.com

Everybody ready to find out who your sending to.....
Well you have to wait just a few more days! Your buddy will be in your e-mail sometime on Monday.I have address for all that have signed up so far....Come on out ladies,you STILL have time to join in!!!!

Anybody seen Bunny?? Hope Mr Bunny let's us know something when it's time!

later...April


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  • Posted by drgulley Zone 8 Central Texas (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 23, 08 at 1:13

April, I would love to join. Please count me in!!!! :)

Thanks,

Dianne


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I'm sorry I must sit this one out. I will not be able to do justice to a nice box at this time. I will be checking in and I'm sure you all will be having a great time!

Theresa


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Morning All!!!!
Here is the member's list(I think!) & who's swapping or not.Please let me know if I left someone out!!!

Amybabyboy
Beth_b_Kodiak
Brittneysgran ~swapping
Debbya ~swapping
Dieg01991~passing
Dirtundermynails ~swapping
Drgulley ~swapping
Earthly Delight ~
Hazelnutbunny~swapping
Ilovefarac ~
lil green thumb~
LLbean ~
Lunamoon ~
Margaret 2007~swapping
Mellen ~swapping
Missg ~
Momcat ~
Remy ~swapping
Sandlapper Rose ~passing
Sassyd ~
Squanzon~ swapping
Theresa24 ~passing
Veeja11~
Wynative ~passing
Looks like we have 9 swapping.....so far! Kids can't wait till tonight to pick the names!

Still no update on Bunny?

later...April


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Sorry, April! I'm here...and still round...LOL
No baby yet, though I've had plenty of contractions. *ugh* Not enough to have a baby, but just enough to keep me worn out. I'm sure you other moms can relate! :O)

I'm excited to find out who my partner is!!! I've got my box nearly ready to go. :O)

Oh, I noticed on the Thanksgiving thread that we have a new member!

WELCOME, DIANE!!

Glad to have you in our group, I hope you enjoy it!

Melissa


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  • Posted by drgulley Zone 8 Central Texas (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 23, 08 at 11:44

Melissa, thank you so much for the warm welcome! I am really looking foward to being in the group.

Congrats on your upcomming arrival!!! That is very exciting. :)

Dianne


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Oh Mrs. Bunny no little bunny yet. Looking forward to the news that our bunny has arrived. Hang in there.

Dianne-Great to see you on our forum. Join right in just like you have.

We will assign 2009 swap months next month so be thinking what month you would like to sponsor and the theme.

Shirley


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If it is okay to jump ahead, I will volunteer for March 2009. That is a good planting time for us and there is always St. Patrick's Day that month and we all like green stuff!
Jeanne


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Shirley~ I'm going to be like Jeanne, and ask if I can jump ahead, too. :O) I'd like to take on February, and do a "LYLAS" theme.

Love
Ya
Like
A

Sister

Hope that's OK! :O)
Melissa


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Hi, Ladies-What a beautiful day here it has been. Have had only a few flurries this fall & this week is supposed to be grand for Holidays. I am anxious to get my email on Monday to see who I send to. I have done some shopping for this & have things in mind, too.

I would like to jump ahead too for hostess, if I could. I would like to have May "Flowers & Showers" if that is alright. If others had planned on May that is fine & I will be glad to take another month or just wait & see if there is one open that no one else wants. I am excited to be hostess but know I will need help. Most of us will have a busy week, I know so pray it is a wonderful Thanksgiving & Thanksliving for all.

This is for you, Diane. You will enjoy this RR a lot. I sure have. Blessings, Margaret


Welcome to group Pictures, Images and Photos


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 23, 08 at 20:05

Hi All,
Work has been insane! Of course I realize this is nothing new being the weekend before Thanksgiving. It will be crazy through Wednesday and I will have worked a week straight then. So I may stab someone by then, lol. My father came in to say goodbye today. He is going back to Florida, and we joked that now the weather will return to normal. It has been way colder than normal!

Hi Dianne,
Nice to meet you. Welcome to the group. : ) As you may have noticed by the last paragraph, I often ramble on about nothing, lol.

Melissa,
You must look like you are about to burst by now! Hang in there. It is almost over.

Shirley,
Humm... I'm wondering if enough people would be interested in a seed swap for Jan. I would be willing to have everyone send me seeds, and I can divvy them up. You know I have a seed warehouse here so I can add extra, lol. If enough people aren't interested though, it wouldn't be a good idea, lol.
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I want in, it is one of my busiest times of year but will do my best to mail on time. Bunny I need your address e-mail me at veeja@bmi.net Thankyou ladies for signing up early for the swaps. shirley could you please keep track of them. happy hollidays to all the obf's hugs carol


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Hi everyone, can you believe Thanksgiving is Thursday?

April, please count me in for December.

Shirley, i'll take April - a little april showers bring may flowers kind of thing.

Welcome to the group, Dianne.

Margaret, I thought of you tonight when watching 60 Minutes. Andy Rooney was sounding off about Christmas "rubbing out" Thanksgiving. I learned something new...Thanksgiving is in no way a money maker for stores, so it gets shoved on the back burner. Sad.

Remy. how long was your bro's mouth wired shut? As inconvenient as that is, what a diet. Rates right up there with a coma diet.

Melissa, what is your actual due date? It's been awhile, but I certainly remember the end of the pregnancy term, I didn't think i could do another day.

well, i'm 4 minutes until tomorrow and i want to get in this month's swap, so peace and prayers to all who need it.
have a wonderful thanksgiving.

maryanne


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Maryanne, I know what you mean. Christmas arrives much earlier and even "rubs out" Halloween it seems. Halloween costumes and Christmas decor in the store at the same time! It is sad that people burn out on Christmas but no wonder.

Remy/Shirley, I would definitely be interested in a seed swap in January. I have been busy harvesting seeds this year.

Melissa, I know we are all thinking of you and wishing you luck right now. Hope you are getting a little sleep despite how uncomfortable you probably are because you know you won't be getting any after baby arrives. I'm so excited for you!

Theresa


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Check your E-mail!!!!


Good Morning Ladies!!!!!

Welcome to the swap Carol & Maryanne!!!

Everyone should have your SS's name & address in your e-mail. Please let me know if you do NOT!!!!

Remember that we DO NOT post the confirmation # on the thread!You can send it to me or just keep in a safe place just in case a box ends up MIA! Have fun & let the boxes fly!!!!

later....April


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Yay! I got my partner! :O)
I hope she's been a good girl.....LOL!
decorating bunny Pictures, Images and Photos

Only 5 days left until D-Day! The official due date is Nov. 28th......but we'll see! I always go a week or 2 late, so it will probably be December.
I'm getting so antsy!! Not to mention hubby, who just says "Have that baby already, so I can get my 3 weeks of vacation!" LOL Poor man, hasn't had vacation since last year, and they've been working him 12-14 hour days since February! I'd say he deserves a break. :O)


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Yea! I'm doing a happy dance for the name I received to send to. I know everyone is pleased & excited to receive theirs also. I can't wait to get this box ready to send & thanks April for the great job you have done as hostess. Blessings to all-Margaret

I am really not this old but probably couldn't kick quite as high as she is doing!

Granny Dance Pictures, Images and Photos


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Hello to all!!
Some of you may remember me, some of you wont!!...Although i am not a member of OBF anymore, i still think of you all often, and read the posts weekly. Things here are going well, we are all in good health, and things with DH and the kids are fine!!
Just wanted to say a hello, and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a joyus holiday season!
My best to all of you!! hopefully i will be able to (ask) if i may rejoin in the coming year :)
Blue Skies & Soft Winds to all!!
Trish
Photobucket
P.S. I have changed my e-mail so if anyone feels like dropping me a note, it is:
Dancingmoons@gmail.com


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 24, 08 at 20:01

Trish!!
So good to see you post : ) I'm glad things are going well with you and your family. I think everyone would agree it would be wonderful to have you re-join us in the new year.

I've got an easy one to send to for this month!

Maryanne,
I don't remember how long it was, but it was long enough that my poor brother had a heck of a time trying to keep his weight up. Lol, it would be a good option for people before having stomach surgery. You really can't cheat. Even with shakes, my brother lost weight.
Talk to you all later,
Remy


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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 24, 08 at 21:17

WooHoo! Got my name. I THINK I can handle her.

Trish! So GOOD to see you here!!! You are missed, my dear. ANYtime you want to come back just say so. You will be welcomed with open arms. :)))
Mary Ellen/Mellen


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  • Posted by drgulley Zone 8 Central Texas (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 24, 08 at 21:59

Thank you Margaret, Maryanne and Remy for the welcome. I can't wait to get to know everyone. You seem like a fun group. I got my name today so have to start planning on what to send. Fun! Fun!

Dianne


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That's what I love about this goup everyone is ready to step up and take on the task. We have 6 months already covered. YEAH

January-(Remy)Seed Swap What a great month to get our seeds for the coming year.

February-(Melissa)LYLAS-Love You Like A Sister

March-(Jeanne) St. Patricks Day---Green

April- (Maryanne) April Showers Bring May Flowers

May- (Margaret) May Flowers and Showers

June- (Shirley) White Elephant Swap (This was loads of fun last time)

I got my name..what fun in choosing what to send.

Trish-What a nice surprise...Hope it works out that you can join back in real soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

DH got laid off from his job. First time anything like this has ever happened to him. I'm trying not to say awhole lot about it. Don't want him to get depressed. He actually carries our insurance with his Company because it is better than what is offered where I work. Guess I will have to take it out where I work. Any insurance is better than no insurance.

Thanksgiving blessings to all.

Shirley


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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 24, 08 at 22:50

Awww, Shirley. I am so sorry to hear about your DH. What was his job? I think we are living in pretty scary times right now. Same thing happened to my hubs a couple of years ago. Not an easy time of it, either. Praying for him.
Mary Ellen/Mellen


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I didn't get my name. April, did you send, or perhaps you missed my wanting to be in this month. If so, not a problem, I'll wait for the January.

Shirley, i've been laid off more times than I wish to think about and it's just my salary. Talk about depressed at times, but it always has a way of working out.

Trish, great to see you. I agree with MaryEllen, anytime you want to come back, the door is always open.

We just added three more to Thanksgiving, with a possible 4th. i thought it was just going to be us...change is good. still a small crowd, but at least we'll all fit around the table comfortably.

be well,
maryanne


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Shirley~ sorry to hear about your DH job.I understand about not saying alot. Hubby doesn't like everyone to know his bussiness either. He & his brother used to get soo mad about stuff me & the now ex-SIL discussed.Finances really got them steamed!!!

Maryanne~ you're in! I sent you your name yesterday. Maybe I sent it to wrong e-mail address.I have earthlydelights@verizon.net,let me know if this is correct.If not I need new one please!

Brett's kindergarten class is putting on an Indian Pow-Wow at school today. They've made costumes & everything. He's so excited! I hope alot of the parents show up,but with it being in the middle of the day on a Tuesday......who knows.

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Hi Trish! I'm glad things are going well for you.

Shirley, I will take July and do a "Beat the Heat" swap.

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January-(Remy)Seed Swap What a great month to get our seeds for the coming year.

February-(Melissa)LYLAS-Love You Like A Sister

March-(Jeanne) St. Patricks Day---Green

April- (Maryanne) April Showers Bring May Flowers

May- (Margaret) May Flowers and Showers

June- (Shirley) White Elephant Swap (This was loads of fun last time)

July- (Theresa) Beat The Heat Swap

Wow my life is full of surprises. My niece whom I just met at my Brothers funeral is coming to have Thanksgiving Dinner with us. My family will be so excited when I tell them. His three children never wanted to meet us or have anything to do with us when we found him. I'm so sad that Donnie will not be with us but I know he will be smiling down upon us and so happy that one of his children wants to be apart of our lives now.

Brooke has got to win on Dancing with the Stars..........

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If anyone has Maryanne's e-mail, PLEASE send it to me! I need to send her SS name to her. I'm not getting a response from the one I have.
Thanks...
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good afternoon everyone. hope you are all well and getting ready for tomorrow!

april, i did get the email you sent yesterday, but not the first one. there wasn't an attachment of the first email you sent, so i couldn't compare to see where the mix-up was with the address. i hope i don't have to change my address now since you actually posted it. that's a welcome to spammers. for future, no one should post an actual email address or if you do, put spaces or spell out "at" or "dot com".

hope everyone has a great thanksgiving. i've been cooking and baking most of today. i think i'm going to go out for chinese tonight!

april, is this swap anything goes? holiday related? plants - to those that can receive? should we post some things? (can you tell it's been awhile since i've swapped?)

well, i need to get out of here before the monsters come home.

be well,
maryanne


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Maryanne ~I'm soo sorry for posting the address. I didn't think about spammers when I posted it.Maybe that's why alot of people do not have their e-mail address on their member page? It makes it hard to set up trades though.
For the swap just send a SMALL flat rate box of holiday cheer. Your welcome to send plants to those that can receive them.As far as I know no one is on any restricted diets either!

I've got the desserts all baked & will fire up the smoker for the bird around midnight.

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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 26, 08 at 21:24

Hi All,
I'm so glad I have the next 3 days off. I'm beat! too much work. My feet and knees hurt, and I really don't want to smile for quite sometime, lol.

Dianne,
I think we're a fun group : ) Dang you made me smile, lol.

Shirley,
I'm sorry to hear about your husband. Hopefully it is not a long lasting layoff. It is wonderful about your niece though. It will make for a memorable Thanksgiving.

Melissa,
You doing ok getting ready for Thanksgiving? Or are you going to have a holiday baby?
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  • Posted by drgulley Zone 8 Central Texas (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 27, 08 at 23:04

happy thanksgiving

I hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving festivities with friends and family and eating lots of good food today. I know I have enjoyed all the good food way too much. LOL...

Shirley, I am sorry to hear about your husband. I will keep my fingers crossed that he will find something soon.

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Remy-The extra days combined with a week-end off is definetely worth it. I have 4 days off and am enjoying every minute, dreading Monday though.

Our Thanksgiving was great and my Niece did show up. She drove up from S.C. and drove back last night. We sure tried to make her feel welcome. I'm not going to get on any scales for a few weeks. Yikes I can feel the extra pounds already. We still have a huge dinner to go to Saturday for DH side of the family.

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! :O)
We didn't end up having a holiday baby, which was probably a good thing...since we spent the day at my in-laws. Today's the official day, although I WAS warned by my mom that she'd be VERY upset if I had the baby today...as that's her brother's birthday, and she doesn't get along well with him. Seems a bit immature to me...but OH WELL. I'll humor her and wait a bit. :O) Like I HAVE a choice. LOL

Anyway...I hope everyone is having a great Friday as well. Did anyone brave the stores this morning for any deals? I sure didn't! :O) I'm a chicken.

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We enjoyed our dinner & then got the tree up. Waiting on Hubby's holiday bonus to come in to start shopping for the kids. We are wondering if they will get bonus due to the shape everything is in....Keep your fingers crossed!

Bunny~nice of you to hold the baby in to humor your mom. You're SUCH a good daughter! LOL!!I've never braved the crowds on Black Friday. I'm chicken too!

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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 29, 08 at 23:57

April, would you please resend the address of the person that I am to send to? I accidentally deleted it and no longer have it in my files since my computer crashed.

Thanks,
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Good Morning!!!
Well it's back to the normal routine today. Kids were ready to go back to school.Makes me feel loved! NOT!!!I am glad they like school though.
We had a bit of snow/rain mix last night Not enough to close the schools. Just enough for me to almost bust my butt when I stepped out onto the deck. Made me think of the poem that Remy has on her page.

Wonder if any SS packages will be mailed today? I'll be mailing mine out this week.

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MY SS package arrived!!!

I must have been a VERY good girl(or Santa wasn't looking the whole time LOL!) My goodies from Melissa are:
~Plush Teddy Bear holding candy cane(cute!)
~Holiday Edition "Better Homes & Gardens"(will enjoy during naptime!)
~Winter Candy Apple Hand Soap(love bath & body works!)
~Winter Candy Apple Body Lotion(see above)
~Avon Wintermint Lip balm(hiding them from 8 yo daughter!)
~Avon Candy Cane Lip Balm(see above)
~Gold Canyon Nutcracker Sweet candle(OMG!! Smells so good!)
~Dove Gingerbread Ornament with recipe & cutter(so cute!)
~Heart Gingerbread Cookie Ornament(see above!)
~Crystal Ornament
~Sugared Gumdrop wax melt
~Berry Cinnamon wax melt
~Gingebread wax melt (house will smell good with all these!)
~2 Mini Scrapbook kits(love em!)
~Toe socks(need them today. It's spitting snow here!)
~Candy canes(will not make it to the tree!)
~Cute Snowman Stationary set (love snowmen!!)
~Box of Peanut Brittle(SOO GOOD!! Haven't had any in years!)
~Cool Butterfly Wind Chime
~Ginger Snappish Tea
~Eggnogg'n Tea (can't make up my mind which to try first!)
AND......
***Homemade Caramel Apple Jam*** YUMM-O!!!!

Bunny~Thank you soo much!
I loved it all!!

later...April

Here is a link that might be useful: My SS Gifts!!


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April~ I'm glad it made it OK & you liked everything. I did find something that didn't make it into the box, though...I must have been distracted. LOL Can't believe I forgot it, since I picked it out just for you. :O)
I'll mail it out to you later.
I hope everyone has a great Monday!

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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 1, 08 at 20:42

Goodness, what a wonderful box of gifts! Melissa, you seem to send the coolest stuff! AND to a very deserving person, I might add.

I sent out my box today to.......I'll never tell! LOLOL

I just want all of you to know how much you mean to me. I am so lucky to belong to such a caring group of women. I think if we ever met, we would be great friends.

Melissa, how have you been feeling the last couple of days? I've been thinking and wondering about you.

Need to get moving and get some stuff done before bedtime.
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Shirley, prayers are with you, I don't know of anything harder than a dh out of work, they stress and get bored not a good combo. Bunny got your christmas card, thought it was a baby announcement. what is her name gonna be? how about bloomin ?I would like to do the august swap, could call it dog days swap, maybe including a pet gift. Got my name packing but will mail next week. April my dead computer ate my partners addy also could you please resend. thankyou hugs carol


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Well...I am beginning to think it's just gas, and wondering if I'll EVER have this baby! :O) Everyone over on the MNF thread has been giving me labor inducing ideas...but so far, I haven't gotten anything to work. I'm going to try Mark's chili tonight, just gotta get to the store to get all those peppers. And WOW, is that alot of peppers!!

Carol~ We haven't definitely decided on a name yet, we're still tossing them around. I like Bliss or Blessing, but hubby says NO. He's more of a "stick to the classics" guy, where I'm "let's give her a name that will stand out and make her unique".
*sigh*
We'll see who wins! :O) I have a feeling we'll compromise somehow.

How is everyone doing? It's been really quiet here lately. Maybe everyone is still conked out from all that tryptophan on Thanksgiving. :O) I, personally, think one day of eating isn't enough. They should officially extend Thanksgiving to 2 or maybe even 3 days. Just have an all you can eat turkey & dessert buffet! Of course, they'd have to make it a law that the calories couldn't count.
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Hang in there Melissa. I know the feeling though. One of the things I did to help bring on labor was eat all the spiciest food at an all-you-can-eat mexican place. In the end, I just ended up throwing up all night with no baby to show for it!

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game time!!!!!!

Looks like the thread is toooo quite. So to liven it up we'll have a game! Winner will get something with holiday theme to it.

QUESTION: What company does my husband work for?

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I received a stuffed box from miss Mwellen today, my favorite item a sincere caring card, I love everything but the card is my favorite. also in box
christmas pan flute cd
pointsettia arrangement in a white wall sconce
dynasty tulips
2009 wolf calendar
flashing snowflake braclet
christmas cup with three kinds of cocoa
4 bread dipping sauces
cramel spoon fudge
I love it all hope I didn't miss anything. Thankyou Mellen I love it all. you are a very special friend. love you. hugs carol


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 3, 08 at 22:24

Hi All,
I've had a pretty boring last few days, nothing too exciting to write about. I've worked. Gary and I have been watching Christmas specials. I like to sing along and drive Gary nuts, lol. Humm.. I got my hair done, no more gray, but more importantly this time, no scraggly ends. I went too long without cutting it.
Oh! my tomato gardening friend Hilde, who I originally met on the internet but lives nearby and we have become good friends, had Gary and I over for dinner on Sat. She made a real Norwegian dinner. She is originally from there. The best though was the cherries she canned from our road trip to the daylily farm over the summer. The came out great and she made homemade whipcream, yum!

Melissa,
Have you seen the My Name is Earl episode when his ex, Joy,is a surrogate mother and want the baby to come out? Lol, it is funny.
Well, you were right about going into Dec. Hope she comes soon!

April,
I'm going to guess a company I know is based in Georgia, Coca Cola.
Have a goodnight everyone,
Remy


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Remy~ nope not Coca Cola.

Hint: It involves something most of us use everyday.

I've got to get my SS box mailed soon!

later.....April


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Hi everyone, sure hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving. we had a great dinner, the upside to drama from the previous days; easy-going company and i must say, it was the prettiest bird i ever cooked and ever so moist that no one touched the gravy.
remy, do you still use your aeroarden? i just got one. the mint and dill are taking forever. i won't be sad if the mint doesn't come up, it grows like a week outside. i do want the dill though.

shirley, sorry to hear your hubs is out of work. i've been experiencing layoff since 2005. i sure hope things begin to pick up and get back on track once the new administration gets in and has a chance to work a little magic.

nice boxes sent/received so far. i've been working on mine, a little here and little there. hope to get it out next week. i think i have to do some investigating on my partner though.

april, my guess for your game is a mailman.

anyone finished christmas shopping yet? anyone start? anyone just saying the heck with it? i made the conscious decision early on that i'm not doing that whole "auntie, friend and family" thing this year. i have my outreach programs and the baby will have some things to open - she already has more than she needs and the parentals promised not to go overboard. she'll be more fascinated with the tree, lights and decorations anyway. last year she just wanted to open boxes, didn't care what was in it, just liked ripping the paper...wonder if i could get away with wrapping empties boxes this year!!!! i did buy a play kitchen and am looking forward to giving it to her. i've already started her with a version of cooking, so now she can be at her own oven, sink and frig doing her thing. she "helps" in the garden too. i absolutely adore my little shadow.

i have a very large family and it's difficult to keep up with all the electronic gadgets/games everyone seems to get. i'm amazed at how my parents ever survived christmas (or anything really) with seven kids. i know it was a different time back then, but i couldn't imagine asking or expecting a $50.00 video game cartridge, let alone the system, or a cell phone, digital camera, etc., and i never felt i didn't have everything i needed. different times I guess, and no one was keeping up with the joneses!

has anyone seen that movie australia? both the guys that were sitting in siskel's and ebert's chairs gave it a thumbs down. it was on my list to see, but now Im wondering if I should skip it.

Be well everyone! Stay warm
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April~ I will guess Cox Cable? Maybe he's an internet guy....I know most of us use THAT every day. :O)
I'm drawing a blank...I know I should know this one! lol

I am finally having a relaxing (HA!) week. The kids are finished with their school work for the next week & 1/2, so no more tests. Hubby was upset that I didn't schedule them to be off Christmas week, but that just didn't work with their studies. They DO have Christmas day off, though. Plus the day after. But honestly...I REALLY thought I'd need a break this week more, since I THOUGHT we'd have a little one by now. :O)
*sigh*

Carol~ That was a great box you received from Mellen! It sounds like she put alot of thought into it. But then, she always does. :O)

I'm going to walk some more & eat some more pineapple. Ah, the on-going saga of "Let's get this baby outta here" LOL

Have a great day, everyone!
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Maryanne & Melissa~ good guesses ,but not correct.

This company started out in Ann Arbor MI.They are now located in 27 states.

I'm off to wrap some items...
later...April


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Wow, April....this isn't easy. :O)
I have no clue, honestly. Maybe he's a waste management guy?


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  • Posted by drgulley Zone 8 Central Texas (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 4, 08 at 19:40

Hmmmmm.... I am going to take a stab at it and say auto company????

It is getting really cold here tonight. Well, cold for us Texans. LOL.. It is supposed to be in the 20's. Had to make sure all of my plants were covered up. I planted several daylilies in pots this past weekend. My back was feeling it when it was all said and done.

I am very close to wrapping up my secret santa package. Just have maybe one or two more things to add.

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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 4, 08 at 20:50

Just checking in to see if anyone won yet. I see not. My second guess was going to be a paper products company since I know a lot of products are made down there, but I don't think any companies started in Ann Arbor(Georgia Pacific I assume started in Georgia, lol) and I think we all use paper products every day.

I'm going out to Vidler's 5 and 10 on Monday with my sis-in-law so I can't mail until Tuesday. Because I'll kick myself if I see something there to put in the box! It is a really neat old store.
I just was clicking around on their web site. I had no clue they were once featured in Martha Stewart Living!

Dianne,
In the 20s is cold even up here : )
Remy

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Remy-Sure glad I don't live near that store I would be in there shopping everyday. What a neat store.

Maryanne-Australia is on my list to see but our theatre did not get it here. I'm going to see if one of the near by towns theatre is showing it and go. I really like love stories and several of us ladies always go together since DH's want go with us.

I gave DH orders to get all my Christmas boxes out of storage so I can start decorating the house. I'm having a cookie/ornament party next Tuesday so have to have it all done before then. Sure wish some of you lived closer and you could come. Cookie parties are the most fun ever during Christmas and the Chinese Christmas game is the grand finale.

April does he work for a milk company or sonmething similar?

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No correct guess yet, Dianne is getting close though!It does involve something to do with cars.

I'm off to bed.
later.....April


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april, is he a tire salesman?

off to look at the website remy linked. be back later, just wanted to get another guess in.

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Your getting warmer!!!!

Maryanne~you are getting really hot!!!Yes, he does sell tires.

We need the name of company now....

later....April


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Maybe Tires Plus? I don't shop for tires alot, we have a "do-it-all" family station that we use for all our car stuff (that we don't do ourselves). So I have NO clue what tire companies there are out there. :O)

Does anyone have any big plans for the weekend? None here, we're probably just going to chill out at home. The boys hauled wood in last Sunday, and they may do that again this weekend- it's going FAST! I constantly have a fire going, I'm cold all the time!

Have a good weekend & stay safe, everyone!
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Bunny~Nope...not Tires Plus.

I get to go to Brett's class & help make gingerbread houses today!Gotta remember to take camerea. Going to be fun!
Last Christmas hubby gave me gift certificate to a spa & I haven't used it yet!!! Thinking about the hot stone foot treatment.Got go soon as it expires this month.

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good morning

all i can think of are goodyear and goodrich. hmmmm, which one should i pick? maybe BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oooh, that sounds fun, April! :O) I hope you enjoy yourself, you deserve it!

Hmmmm. I'll take one last guess and say Midas (wait....do they even DO tires?? LOL)
How about Tire Central? I used their store ONCE, a long time ago.....

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Still no correct guess!

HINT:There was a commerical with an older lady throwing a tire though the window of the showroom .
Hope that helps!

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Discount tires?

And I said I was through guessing....LOL! :O)


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We have a winner!!!!!

Bunny~Congratulations!!!Discount Tire Company is correct. Will ship out prize soon.

later...April


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 5, 08 at 19:06

April,
No fair everyone uses Dunn Tire around here. Humm... what other companies are there? Firestone?
Hope you had fun in class today. I could use a hot stone foot treatment though I bet Melissa needs it more.

Melissa,
Where the heck is that baby? lol!

Maryanne,
I've started buying, but I'm nowhere near done. I have to make sure I go out and buy stuff on my next few days off because I'll have a long work stretch before Christmas. I expect I will be the party coordinator at work again. It is not a bad job. I'll take all the food orders for pick up on Christmas Eve, so it is just customer service, but I have to work a week straight.
You are so lucky to have your little shadow : )It is nice when kids are small. They do enjoy the whole process and cheap gifts more than anything else.
I still use the aerogarden. Gary likes it more than me though, lol. The basil grows well. I recommend growing that.
Vidler's is where I found the "Beware of Attack Gardener" sign.

Shirley,
If you ever come up this way, I'll take you for a visit there: ) you really can spend a good portion of a day wandering around in there.
We got the lights up outside a week ago, but nothing else is done yet.
I've never been to a cookie party. That sounds like fun!
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Congrats Bunny! That was a hard contest.

Just booked flights to Michigan for the holidays! I'm very excited and the boys are really hoping to get to play in some snow. Last time we were up there in winter we brought Florida weather with us....it was quite green up there at Christmas two years ago.

Also, I am quite relieved to have received DS's MRI results back. I have aged ten years in the last month worrying about these headaches. Normal results though indicate probably migraines. He's only 7 (well almost 8)...I didn't know they could get migraines so young. What a relief though...I was fearing the worst as is usually the case with my anxiety problems.

I hope you all are enjoying your packages. It's a good thing I sat out...I haven't even started my shopping yet. I haven't been able to do much of anything with all these doc appointments. This is my big weekend though for decorating and shopping!

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Oh wow, really? Thank you, April! I was just throwing guess out there. LOL Didn't expect to actually get one right. :O)

Theresa~ That is great news about your DS! :O) That has got to be such a relief for you to know it's something that can be cared for. We always hate to see the little ones suffering, but at least now you have a starting point and can work on finding something that works for him. I hope everything goes well for you & he starts feeling better soon.

Hubby is taking me to the lake today to do some hiking. Seems he thinks I should walk this baby out. Like I haven't been trying that all week?? :P Oh well, if it'll make him happy, I'll go hiking in the 20 degree weather. But HE has to make supper tonight, doggone it. LOL

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Great News!!! We are finally getting to transfer!!! Wooo Hooo!Looks like we are headed to Oregon!!!My parents,younger sister & my one & ONLY niece are there. So if after this swap is over & you don't see me around much you'll know why. I'm either packing up or following the U-haul with the 3 kids & our 2 large dogs in the van!!Lord help me!! LOL!!!

Anyone know how long daylily & iris tubers can be out of the ground? I plan on taking as much of my garden as possible!I think I'll dig them up, knock the dirt off, & put them each in paper lunch bags with their names on them. Think they will be ok?

Theresa~ glad everything is ok with your little one.Hate when they are hurting & you don't know why.I always think the worst when test have to be ran. Guess I'm a cup's half empty kind of person.

Remy ~ Have fun shopping! Vidler's looks like my kind of store.

I'll try to think up another game. Prize will be a six pack of paperwhite bulbs.

later...April


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game!!!!

Question:Which state does my baby sister live in?

later...April


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Hi-Lovely Ladies-Want to post just a short one as I haven't done so for awhile & I want my partner to know that all(or most all) of the things I have picked out to send are laying on my dining room table ready to be placed in the box. Which way is it heading? I can't tell. Who will get it? I can't tell. (April is so unfair, isn't she). How long will it be before it gets there? I can't tell! (Blame April). Will the lady receiving like what is in the box? I can't tell! (Blame Margaret if she doesn't!) Have I enjoyed this RR? I CAN tell!!! Thank you so much for hosting April & your move sounds so exciting for you & family. When will it be? Please remember how stressful a move is & try to take that into consideration with it all. Especially with the holiday season here.

I have read all the posts & keep up with them but if I forget someone, please forgive.

Bunny--any little bunny yet? Did that hike do any good for the little one getting here? Surely with all the delays, you will come up with a name she can carry with her letting her know about all of this! Maybe some of these ladies have a suggestion for you!

Remy--loved the store pictures. Looked like it would take a one day shopping trip to be able to take it all in. Do you mind sharing where or what work you do. You have mentioned the long hours & tired of smiling. Makes me wonder, some kind of customer service or such. You sound like a very busy short, Italian lady that talks alot with her hands as you mentioned in one of your posts. I loved it! I would like to learn to cook Italian & if they ever have a class at our community college, I am going to sign up. Maybe you could give me some lessons on that!

Maryann--this is the 1st year that I have just about all my shopping done & wrapped. It is so nice not to have the stress of waiting until the last minute. Also made a lot of candy that I usually do, party mix but no cookies yet. My sister in Nevada saw the movie you mentioned & said it was very good but quite long. What do those guys know about movies anyway?

Shirley--Please be sure & let us know how your party turns out next Tuesday, will you. I am wanting to get my decorations up today or tomorrow. I am having friends over on Monday for a luncheon & others over Thursday for a brunch so would like that done before then. I know you have been having some bumps in the road this fall & praying things will get better. Please know you are in my thoughts & prayers.

Here is hugs for all of you lovely ladies-Blessings, Margaret
Christmas Hugs Pictures, Images and Photos


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My Secret Santa package arrived!
In the box was~ a cute felt Santa holding a bag of candy!
Box of 5 Holiday ornaments (cute sculpted to look like clay)
Pkg. of Lindor Truffles! Yum...
Gooseberry Patch Christmas book
Foot works package, things for a nice manicure!
4 packages of white plastic plant markers (I love and use these so often to label my violets)
Cute mini "White Ginger" bath set
Seed bead jewelry kit (love crafty things)
Cute snowman pin
Magnolia body butter
Flip flop photo frame

Thank you so much Secret Santa! I LOVE my package (and must of been very good this year, LOL)

Hugs,
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Margaret, Congrats on being done with shopping! That is one huge feat! I thought I was doing well getting my decorating done yesterday. sniff sniff..... :(

Poor Bunny. The stress of the holidays can be so much while waiting for a baby to arrive. I know this as I had a Christmas baby almost eight years ago now but he came two weeks late and I know that it was because of stress. I know we are all so anxious to see pictures of her.

April, I will take a shot and say North Carolina....because that's where I would live if I could choose anywhere.

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Good morning everyone. Sure is a cold one here and we received a little bit of snow. The winds are outrageous though. News report earlier suggested tying down anything that might blow away. Yesterday, although it was cold, it was a pleasure to do a little work outside, not as brutal as today. Amazing how quickly things change.

I did receive my secret Santa and WOW, its a box packed with all kinds of goodies. I received:

*an assortment of seeds (right in time for winter sowing) *seed bags
*wooden gardening girl, which my g-babe decided is hers
*a silicon spatula (which she also confiscated so she could stir, stir, stir while she cooks - but actually put it in her toy stroller and wheeled it around)
*silicon baking cups
*pack of peat pods
*an angel ornament that is etched with the saying "friends are the flowers that bloom in lifes garden"
*a metal butterfly welcome sign (my grandbaby just loves "booflies")
*floral nightlight
*gardening gloves
*potholders
*a set of scented candles that are poured in mini flower pots
*"champagne" bubbles
*a book of gifts from a jar for soups, chilis and other mixes, complete with raffia and fabric to decorate the jars
*and a bag full of daliah eyes/bulbs

Thanks "Santa". I believe I know who sent to me because I think I recognize your writing :-). If so, you sent me dahlias once before and my goodness, do they flourish like mad. Looking forward to these!!!!

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Theresa~Nope not North Carolina.

After a few more guess, I'll give a hint.

Maryanne & Deb~sounds like you both were a good girls! Great boxes.

All you Secret Santas,feel free to let your SS know who you are once they have received their boxes.

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congrats melissa on the game win.

april, i'm want to say oregon since you mentioned your "younger" sister lives there, not sure she's the baby though, so i'll guess washington state.

i believe deb was my secret santa. am i right?

i have my box pretty much together. it will get mailed some time this week. i was waiting on some inside information LOL and it just came through.

maryanne


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Maryanne~Nope not Washington.My younger sister does live in Oregon,but we are looking for the baby of the family!

Hint~Think really warm & humid summers.


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I'll guess Florida.

Sue G.


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new jersey?


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 7, 08 at 22:02

Alabama!


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 7, 08 at 22:22

Hi All,
I had to post just Alabama before since I seem to take so long writing these post when I have to go back and look at other's responses, lol. I remember when I had April as a swap partner, I sent her an Alabama beanie baby because she was originally from there or loved it there, can't remember which.

I had a great time at a 1 year old's birthday yesterday. You should of seem that kid with the cake. I've never seen a kid go so crazy jamming it in their mouth! I've seen a lot of piggy little kids before, lol.
We also drove out in the evening with the nephews to the country to pick up a victrola for Gary. (When he dies, I'm having one heck of a sale, lol.) We also took the kids to the Fatima Shrine. They really do up the Christmas Lights!

Melissa,
Congrats on the win!

Theresa,
Excellent news about your son! I'm sure you were so worried. Though migraines so young, yuk.

Margaret,
I'm a meal coach which doesn't make much sense unless you've been to a Wegmans Supermarket. It is the best grocery store chain in the country. When out of towners walk in, you can tell because they are looking around in awe. Anyway, I wear a chef's coat and have a mini kitchen in the produce section with a Viking range(I want one at home.) I help people with food, I cook and give out samples, I teach the kids about fruits and veggies once a week, etc. It is an odd but fun job. Though by the time I get home, I don't want to look remotely happy, lol.
Maryanne being modest probably won't say anything, but she is an excellent cook! Also a short Italian woman too, lol.

April,
I'm glad to see you so excited about the transfer. I'm sure it will be wonderful there.

Maryanne,
It was sure cold leaving work tonight! The coldest it has been so far. Gary made a fire and baked a pie. It was nice to come home to a warm house.
Have a goodnight everyone,
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i can attest to wegman's. the first time i walked in to one, i thought i could live there. it goes well beyond supermarket.

yes, i am a short italian woman and i've been told once or twice that i am an excellent cook LOL (throwing out the modesty, remy!). you certainly sound like you had a wonderful weekend and what a wonderful addition to gary's collection. a lot of times when people order first birthday cakes, they always get a "side" cake just for the birthday celebrant. lol at the piggly little kids you've seen! they grow into piggy adults, sadly.

blazing the oregon trail are you, april? good luck with the move. do you have a large house to box up? is it on the market already? best yet, does your hub's company cover your moxing expenses? and if you are renting a u-haul (or similar rental truck), check with your personal automobile carrier to make certain your policy will covr you for a rental truck (not all do) in the event there's a mishap. from uhaul, purchase the supersafe move coverage...make sure it's the super and not just regular safemove. before you pull out of their lot, check the truck thoroughly with the rental guy - and don't forget to check the lift gate, and at each stop you make, check your truck. they have a way of making any little mishap the customer's fault.

theresa, what wonderful news and such relief for your family. what is the treatment plan recommended at your son's age? some homeopathic things you can try are scents. lavendar is one of the most calming scents. bergamont is another one that has been scientifically proven to soothe and just smelling it has an effect on brainwaves. candles, incense, oils - these would be very helpful to him. foods can trigger them as well. nuts; most cheese; peppermints; certain beans; wheat; bananas; salt and caffeine, etc.

Melissa, do you have names picked out for the baby yet? Are you aware of the baby's sex? I just love newborns - their cry, their smell. what a delight.

one last guess - louisianna?

maryanne


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we have a winner!!!!!

Maryanne~
Louisianna is correct.Thanks for the tip on the U-haul too.
Like many....Our home now is being foreclosed on. It will be sold to the highest bidder the 1st Tuesday in Jan.We listed it with a realtor when we started stuggling with the payments,but with all the homes around us already being foreclosed on & being resold for 50,000 less than ours,we didn't have a single showing.We really got more home than we could afford & now we will pay for it.You live & learn. This will be a lesson we won't forget for QUITE awhile......

Remy~ I still have that beanie! I just packed it up.I lived in Alabama till I was 21.Got married moved to MI for 8 years,we've been here in GA for almost 3 years,& now headed to Oregon.Taylor said she's tired of changing schools.I told her I plan on staying in Oregon for quite awhile.


Bunny~WHERE is that baby????

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Oh, April...I'm sorry you're losing your house that way! We lost our first house through a bankruptcy. It was a big relief on the one hand (we had SO many dr bills & other stuff, we couldn't keep up), but on the other...you feel a bit like a failure. Mixed emotions, to be sure! But you're right...it just makes you more aware and cautious the next time around. It took us nearly 5 years to be willing to jump back in the home owner market, and even then.....we weren't ready. LOL
Wishing you LOTS of luck with your move! I hope it brings only good things for your family from here on out!
A new start! YAY! :O)

Congrats to Maryanne!

No baby yet (obviously, LOL) but will keep everyone updated. I'm getting anxious...just wanting everything to be finished already. I HATE not being able to make holiday plans! Or even plans to be able to run errands like I normaly do. I feel SO unorganized!! :O)

Have a great Monday, everyone!
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Hang in there Melissa and get as much sleep as you can. Maybe we should take bets on which day the baby will come.

I say this Wednesday! In fact, I will make it a contest if you don't mind me jumping in to do so. Whoever guesses the baby's birthday correct gets a prize from me. If it's Wednesday, I will give myself a prize :)

April, I am so sorry you are losing your house. What a difficult ordeal. I hope you enjoy your fresh new start in Oregon. What is bringing you to the complete opposite side of the country?

Maryanne, Thanks for the tips on the scents. I will definitely try them. Right now they just have me keeping a headache journal until we get in to see the neurologist who will probably just give me some handouts on migraines and say the same thing...avoid triggers when you figure out what they are. So far, the only thing I have figured is maybe lack of sleep and hunger.

Well, off to play chauffeur for the evening.

Stay warm ladies.

Theresa


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Theresa~Most of my family is there. I'll guess Thursday for the ETA of Bunny's baby!

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Maryanne nice to see you posting. how is that little girl doing ?Bunny how about abigail ?or do you already have one ?have you tried those jumping jacks yet ?Maryellen I took the cd you sent in my dh's car when he saw the name he asked if you were a wood nymph. I told him you could be you were pretty special. hugs to all my bloomin friends
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Theresa~ You are too funny! :O)
I'll join in and promise a prize to the one who can guess the weight as well! (or the closest to it!)

Maybe this will make the waiting go faster!

Melissa


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My guesses:
~Thursday
~9 lbs 7oz(sorry but he/she has been in there for awhile!)

later...April


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 8, 08 at 22:09

Hi All,
I had fun shopping at Vidler's today. I found an iron crane on sale that I'm putting in the garden. I should of taken a pic. It is antique white and the body is filigreed. I also found my swap partner something! I'll be mailing tomorrow.

Congrats Maryanne!

I'm going to guess Friday and 8lbs. 6 oz.

April,
Sorry about the home. I am happy though that you are happy to start anew.

Carol,
Where have you been? Under a pile of florist's foam?

Theresa,
I just remembered from work. Some children with migraines have gluten intolerance aka Celiac Disease. Check out the link.
Remy

Here is a link that might be useful: Celiac Migraine Info


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Gosh Melissa you are getting closer to my Birthday. I do hope that little one gets here before the 24th for your sake.
I will guess Friday----8 lbs 2 oz

April-Sorry to hear the news about your house but glad you will be living near family. I live close to all my family and it's really nice. When I played in the fields here when I was a child I never dreamed my house would be built in one of them one day. My daughter even lives right below me.

Theresa-I know you must have worried yourself sick until you found out your Son's problem was migraines. I have always had lots of headaches and am just amazed when someone tells me they never have headaches. Maybe someday you can retire in North Carolina like most do who live in Florida. They have homes here and in Florida (that must be the life). If I get to live in Florida when I retire it will probably be in a camper but that is alright. I will live here in the Spring, Summer and Fall and go to Florida in the Winter.

Remy-I definetely need to visit you soon, Vidlers and now I hear about Wegmans. My cookie party is getting closer. I meant to clean and cook all day today but went shopping with my DD. Did pick up some things I will need for serving my guests.

Margaret thank you for the prayers and I will let you know how the cookie party turns out. I really need to get off this computer and go make my punch for it has to be frozen before tomorrow night.

DH's Sister has lots of pecan trees on her property and always gives us the big brown grocery bags full of pecans. I was sure dreading cracking out all those pecans. Well we took them to a hardware store in Georgia today and they had a machine that cracks the shell on them. They are really easy to get the pecan out then. They only charged us 30 cents a pound to do them which was well worth it. Sure wish they could do black walnuts the same way.

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Oh Remy I see where you guessed Friday while I was typing mine out.
I will take Saturday

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melissa, what is/was your actual due date?

theresa, excellent idea for a game.

april, sorry to hear of your troubles. i'm sure oregon will be a fresh and rewarding new beginning. this economy really needs to turn around and i certainly hope soon. it's so disturbing to see pages of foreclosures in the newspapers, hear of constant lay-offs, etc. i haven't held steady work since december 2004.

remy, sounds like a great find. from the pix of that store, i believe i would find me a thing or two.

shirley, i agree - go for a visit. remy lives in an area with plenty to do and see and she's not too bad a hostess and tour guide if i do say so myself, and you would certainly enjoy her gardens.

carol, wonderful to see you. my g-babe is just fine. - she's in that terrible two's stage and what a shriek - high pitched mermaid girlie squeal. absolutely deafening.

i sure hope your cookie party is a great success, shirley. looking forward to hearing all about it.

mary ellen, did you have your surgery yet?

wouldn't it be something if melissa is at the hospital right now having the baby? i went one day after my due date and even that one extra day was such a PITA to be just that - one more day!

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My actual due date was Nov 28th, I'm REALLY late. I'm already dilated to 5cm, so I'm halfway there. LOL

My other babies were all late too:
#1- 6lbs 4oz, 4 days late
#2- 8lbs 4oz, 3 days late
#3- 8lbs 12oz, 5 days late, but I was dilated to 9 for 2 weeks before (interesting story & pregnancy).
#4- 9lbs, 2+ weeks late (I stopped counting at 2, I got discouraged)
#5- 7lbs, 10 days late

Maybe that will help everyone with their guessing. :O)

It is looking so rainy & yucky here. We had a bit of rain last night, with TONS of thunder. We don't really need the rain, and the kids (and hubby!) are disappointed that it wasn't cold enough to be snow. A cold front is supposed to come in today, though, and turn everything into snow/sleet/yucky stuff. (yay!....NOT!)

I hope everyone has a great day!
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Remy, I had never seen that info on migraines and gluten intolerance. My dad has self-diagnosed gluten intolerance so I will definitely check into that and maybe ask the doc for a screening. Lord help that little boy if he can't have wheat anymore though. He is a carb addict!

Melissa, Wow! I didn't know you had run so late before. I am feeling sorry for you but of course it's all worth that little bundle of joy. I will gues 9 lbs even as my DS was.

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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 9, 08 at 17:53

Hi All,
My secret santa pkg. is on its way. Hopefully someone will find out that they've been a good girl in a couple days : )

Shirley,
If you ever get me as a swap partner in the fall, you can always just mail me a box of pecans, nothing else in it, and I would be very happy. I love them! I buy a bag on my way back from Key Largo every year. Lol, I'm imagining me opening a swap box and getting all excited since it is filled with pecans and Gary sitting there shaking his head at me.

Mellen,
Like Maryanne, I'm wondering about you too.

Melissa,
Maybe your doctor was really wrong, lol. It is rainy and yucky here too. It could be worse for you though. Imagine it being August and 9+ months pregnant.
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Remy, I have christmas greens and floral foam all over me and three fingers are painted gold, getting real busy. Bunny baby will be here saturday 8lbs 13 oz. has anyone else noticed mixed nuts in shells seem to no longer have pecans in them ?I need a pecan fix. I thought work would be slower this year because of the economy but we are swamped. when I had migranes they were due to bright light. sunglasses helped. I quit having them after my stroke and surgery. in my case more blood to the brain made them go away. terrible two's well named !!hugs to all
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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 9, 08 at 22:05

April, received a beautiful Santa box from you yesterday. THANKS!!!! I will post soon.

Surgery was last Tuesday. All went well.
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sunday - 7 pounds, 12 ounces

melissa, do you deliver quick or is your labor drawn out?
do you have names? do you know what sex?

carol, i do notice the difference in the mixed nuts. they are always a staple from thanksgiving through the new year.

shirley, that's great that the store cracked the nuts. is that something new or has the shop been doing it for a while?

mellen, nice to see ya, even if it was only the back of your head LOL. hope you are not in too much pain and you have help.

does anyone here still use an antenna for their tv? have you purchased one of those converter boxes? how is it working for you?

i'm still working on my box. do we have a mail by date?

go figure, it was as cold as anything the last few days and today, albeit a drizzle, the air is just wonderful. it's almost warm.

be well
maryanne



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Update on the SS boxes:

Mellen~received
Remy~
Brittneysgran~
Margaret~
Bunny~
Sue~
Deb~received
Dianne~
Carol~received
Dirt~received
Earthly~received

I posted the mailout date for the 10th(why did I pick a Thursday? That's really odd.Wonder if I was looking at the right month? LOL!!)I understand this is a busy time, so send as soon as you can.

Rainy here.We should find out today which store in Oregon he is getting to transfer to!We are hoping for the Eugene one as it's the closest to my parents,but beggers can't be choosey!(<~~sp?)Also will have to place order for his new work shirts,out in OR it's Americia's Tire not Discount,but same company.

Finally made appointment for the hot stone treatment,I go Friday morning. I feel sorry for the poor lady...I go barefoot all summer when in the yard. Can we say Hobbit feet? LOL!!

later...April


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doh!!!

After looking at the calender I see that TODAY is the 10th! Not Thursday.I can't claim no coffee as excuse as I had my 2 mugs already.

later...AprilSmileyCentral.com


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Earthly I purchased the box, if you go to google and type in converter box it will send you to a site where the government gives you a cupon for 40.00 off the box which makes it cost 10.00 at walmart. noticed Shirley already had saturday so monday 9lbs 13 oz. sorry bunny but I was gonna guess 12 lbs. If any of you know Gloria on tdl, she had a heart attack and is in the hosp. please pray for her, if you don't know her, please include her in your prayers as a favor to me. hugs carol


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Melissa hasn't posted since yesterday morning. Maybe that's good news! We're thinking of you Bunny!

Carol, I will say a prayer for Gloria. I do hope she recovers fully.

April, We moved alot when my husband was still in the military. Four times in ten years....It was always exciting to be going to a brand new place. I wouldn't want to move now that the kids are older but it can be fun.

Hope all are staying warm :)

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*sigh*
No news yet, Theresa. :O( Still big & round here.
Nothing has happened yet, and the last thing I heard was "Let's give it another week or 2."
AGH.
So evidently, NO ONE knows when I'll be popping. And no one WANTS to help me pop. LOL

Carol~ 12 lbs??!! OW! No, thank you....I think I'll pass. :O) I WAS hoping for a nice, small baby..it would make things so much easier!..but after cooking for so long, I think this one will be bigger. Dang it.
I hope Gloria has a full recovery...I'll be praying for her.

I hope everyone else is staying safe & having a great week. It's almost Friday! Yippee! :O)

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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Thu, Dec 11, 08 at 21:51

Mellen,
Glad you are doing well! : )

Melissa,
"Let's give it another week or 2." Oh NO!! I'm hoping for tomorrow, lol.

April,
"Hobbit feet" Lol. Please give a report on the hot stone treatment tomorrow.

Theresa,
Now I'm really glad I mentioned the gluten! If it is that, it is pain food wise, but at least there would be no more migraines.

Carol,
They've been getting skimpier and skimpier with the pecans over the years, so I'm not surprised to hear there are none. I've always cheated though and scooped a few into the mixed when I buy. I know I'm bad.

Maryanne,
Gary has that small tv in the kitchen.We did have it hooked up to the cable, but we got the dish and now there is no connection. So he'll need to get one of those boxes or it will be useless.
Melissa must of missed your questions. I blame it on the tummy, lol. She knows it is a girl and has a list of names. I'm hoping it is the excellent name I suggested, no not Remy, LOL. I don't know if she delivers easy or not, lol.
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Yes, Maryanne....blame it on the hormones. I REALLY didn't mean to ignore your questions!! I'm so sorry... :O)
Yes, it's *supposed* to be a girl. We've got a name picked out, just deciding on a second name to go with it. We're torn between 2 names.

I also have really quick labors, and most have been very easy. I only had problems with one, and that was because she came too fast, and I lost too much blood too quickly. TMI? :O)
My longest labor was 3 hours, and the shortest was 15 minutes. TOTAL, start to finish.
So I'm hoping for a nice easy one this time around.

Remy~ And a quick one! I REALLY don't want to wait another 2 weeks. UGH! The baby is fine, healthy & strong heartbeat...it's just ME that's miserable. LOL

I don't want to worry anyone, so I want to let everyone know that I've got a really BUSY weekend ahead. I may not post for a day or two. Hubby's got a company party to attend, so we'll be getting ready for that. Hopefully, I have the baby as well this weekend.....LOL

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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  • Posted by drgulley Zone 8 Central Texas (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 12, 08 at 17:25

Melissa, hang in there. Maybe it will be this weekend.

April, I hope you enjoyed your stone treatment today. That sounds awesome.

Congrats Maryanne on winning the last contest.

I will guess Tuesday for the baby's arrival and I will say 8lbs 8oz.

I sent my package out on Monday so it should have been received it by now. It shows it was deliverd on the usps website. I hope there wasn't a mix up anywhere.

I will keep Gloria in my thoughts and prayers.

I hope to finish up my Christmas shopping this weekend. These past few weeks have just flown by and Christmas will be here before you know it. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Hello All!!

Still no word as to when & where we are headed.And DH bonus hasn't shown up yet soooo I'm starting to sweat a bit a far as shopping for the kiddos.Too much stress...

I did finally get the spa thing out of the way.Stone treatment was great.Plus I didn't cut the lady with my feet.LOL!!She said she had seen MUCH worse.Poor thing!While getting it done I felt guilty,even though it was gift from LAST year, that money could have went for something else....Isn't mommy guilt great!
Melissa~ hoping that the baby decides to show up before Santa does! Don't do too much this weekend.Anyone have Wed as EDA yet? If not Wed & still 9lbs 7oz

Remy~ just so you know....my mouse is now ready for 2009. LOL!!

Mary Ellen~ Glad your surgery went well & that box arrived safe & sound.

Maryanne & Bunny~ hope to get the prizes mailed before Christmas!

Dianne~hopefully your SS will post soon & let you know that your box made it. I know how bad the wait is till they say it's there.I think that is the worst part about the swaps!

Carol~ did your pooch ever show up?

Margaret~hope you had great times at your both your luncheon & brunch

Shirley~ how many different types of cookies were there at the cookie exchange?

Hoping that I didn't leave anyone out...Ok I off to bed. Night all!

~April~


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I received my WONDERFUL box from my Secret Santa

Ice Follies daff bulbs
and
Pricilla Glad Bulbs
Hershey Hot Cocoa Mix
A reindeer mini stocking stuffed with candy canes
Really tasty cookies (I know because I ate ALL of them LOL!)
Pot Holders (you really must be Santa because I was about to put that on my "want" list for Christmas!)
Bath and Body Works Orchid Hand Soap (smells great)
A snowman candle holder
cat play balls (they've been rolling them all over the place)
animal print emery board (my DD took that right away)
Moisturizer (can't ever have enough of this)
Carmex lip balm(handy this time of year)
A big candy cane and
a beautiful snowman stocking

Thank you so much for everything Santa!


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  • Posted by mellen 4a/5-ctrl. IA (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 14, 08 at 7:11

As I said above, April sent me a beautiful box full of gifts. Here is what she sent:
-glass jar filled with potpourri and lights with lace around the top of the jar. Plug in the lights, and it is very pretty and smells wonderful!
-the most AWESOME pair of socks that I have ever had--they are aloe-infused! They are red with white around the top. S-O-F-T and smell heavenly. April, I just LOVE these!!!
-a very sturdy hand shovel
-DARLING key holder--it's a little brown and white puppy wearing a Santa hat--push a button and it says, "Ah, Merry Christmas, HaHaHa!" LOLOL
-2 sparkly snowflake scented soaps in a pretty Christmas bag-1 is chocolate scented and the other is peppermint scented-Ummmm...
-2 snowman and cardinal potholders with a matching dish towel
-HUGE plant markers
-Russel Stover Triple Chocolate Mousse bars!
-chocolate peppermint bread mix-I can't wait to try this!
-Andes creme de menthe thins-I may share a few of these with my mother as they are her favorite.
- tin of holiday spiced tea
-a BEAUTIFUL sparkly angel ornament. April, I love her!
-AND 2 French vanilla candles that smell WONderful

April, I can't believe how much you were able to pack into this 1 box! I Love it ALL and am very appreciative of the thought and care that you put into choosing the gifts. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.
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Hi all....A quick note to stop in and say hi. We're in the middle of a soccer tournament this weekend and I'm also trying to squeeze my shopping in.

Shopping will be a little thinner this year. I made a huge mistake on booking our plane tickets. Long story short, I booked our return flight for January 30th instead of December 30th so to change all four tickets was $900! The tickets that I thought I'd got such a good deal on...well....I'm just sick about it but I'm moving past it. Very expensive mistake though. So I'm trying to penny pinch where I can to make up for it. I know.... there are worse things.

Looks like everyone is getting very nice boxes. I'm glad you're having fun with this month's swap.

So, no word on Bunny. How far out do our guesses go at this point? Tuesday? Don't forget....a prize from me to who guesses the day correct.

Despite some of the difficulties right now, I hope everyone gets a chance to slow down and appreciate all the wonders of this time of year and to embrace the reason for the season.

Theresa


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Wow, those are GREAT boxes! Everyone is putting such thought into them....it's nice to see! :O)

No change in anything here. I had contractions & backache all day yesterday, and thought FOR SURE it'd be last night. *sigh*
My son remarked this morning "Yeah, I've given up on you EVER having a baby".
Thanks son. LOL
I told him.."Just you wait, I'll have it Christmas morning & ruin it for everyone!" (meaning...no gifts can be opened until mom is feeling "up" to it...)

Anyway...The Christmas party went OK. I posted some pics of the kids over on the MNF thread, if anyone wants to take a gander. :O)
I hope everyone has had a great weekend so far!

Melissa


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Stopping in to say hello.
Poor Bunny, no baby yet. You sure will be extra happy to lay eyes on her.
Theresa, how horrible about the extra charges.
April, sorry to hear about your home, but it's great that you are excited about the move.
Carol, I guess it's a good thing that work is busy but when it is, you come home very tired. At least that's how I am.
To anyone I didn't mention, thinking of you as well!
Once Christmas wraps up it will be time for winter sowing. I saved more jugs this year so hopefully Santa will bring my potting soil and I will be all set!
Jeanne


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When it rains....it pours!!!

The good news...the bonus showed up..the bad news....we are buying a power steering AND water pump for hubby's car with it.Grrrrr.... I am so ready for the new year!!!

Theresa~sorry for such high fees. They really do make a killing on tickets this time of year.

Mary Ellen~It was a real puzzle trying to make everything fit!Had to hide the keychain from the 2 year old!I need to go back to get her one as a stocking stuffer.Also....I didn't know the socks were scented!

Sue~sounds like your SS did a great job.I laid out some butter & eggs earlier,to bake some cookies. Now I gotta decide which ones to bake.Thinking snickerdoodles......

Jeanne~ do you sow any on the solstice? I know alot sow a few on the day.Not sure if I'll be doing any yet. Depends on what we hear this week.

Bunny~ WOW!! Can't belive how your kiddos have grown.Still sending baby karma your way!My sister was born on Christmas(the gift I couldn't return LOL!)
I was born in April hence the name, younger sister born
x-mas they named her Holli, & baby sister was supposed to be a boy they named her Toni!

later all...April


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April,
I tried sowing seeds on the Solstice last year and none of them grew - it seemed like I had the best luck with what I sowed from mid-January on so I will begin to sow in mid-Jan. this year. Once we get all the Christmas stuff put away I will go through my seeds and plan what to sow. It always used to seem like there was nothing going on from New Year's until Valentine's Day and now winter sowing fills in that void.
Hope if some have never tried it, you give it a try this year.
Jeanne


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Happy Monday!

I received a box today from a special Santa! :O)
Here's what she sent me:

~A pretty Christmas card (I love the picture!)
~A Cute candy cane cozy- it's a stocking that fits over a candy cane- with a candy cane included & a gummy "santa" bear inside the stocking!
~A baby's first Christmas picture frame ornament!
~A pretty glass bunny ornament!
~A sunflower notepad!
~A cookies & cocoa for Santa ornament!
~A gingerbread cinnamon candle! Mmmm!
~A jar of pepper jam! This is so pretty & I bet it'll be yummy!
~A jar of jostaberry jam! This is a new one for me!
~A cute bunny trivet! He looks like a spoon caddy, so that's what he'll be used for! :O)
~A couple of packets of hand wipes for kids & a pack of snowman tissues! How cute!

Thank you SO MUCH, Santa! I love everything & appreciate the time you took to choose everything to send. You're such a sweetie!! :O)
thanks Pictures, Images and Photos

Melissa


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