It's Your Turn - Come Celebrate ATP!: ATP Changed My Life (literally!)

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It's Your Turn - Come Celebrate ATP!

By dave
January 8, 2015

You, the members, are the heart and soul of ATP. Trish and I celebrate all of you!

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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Jan 7, 2015 9:20 PM CST
I might have shared this with @Trish, once upon a time...

In 2010, when I planted my first daylily, the online friend who told me about them said: "And you can join garden clubs, and make new friends!" My reply was: "You assume I want to make new friends!"
I put Hilarious! after it, but I wasn't really joking. I was very happy as a hermit, and had no interest in changing.

Then @Sharon told me about ATP, which was still in its infancy. I wandered in, and found a home. I meandered through the forums, eventually settling in at the Daylilies Forum, pulling my rocker onto their porch swing and getting super comfortable.

There was a member there, @Casshigh, who was actually semi-local to me. She invited me to a meeting at her daylily club.

Thing is, I was a hermit for a reason, and the reason is called "social anxiety." The thought of attending her daylily meeting was scary, but at the same time, intriguing. So I went. And I joined her club. And the next month, I went to ANOTHER daylily club meeting with her, at a different group. And I joined that club, too.

And not only did I join, I started participating!

And oddly enough, as I started interacting in real life with all these "crazy" daylily people, I started healing, and my social anxiety lessened. I found myself doing even more new things with new people. In fact, last month I had to finally retire my "hermit" status, because it no longer applies. Hurray! These days, my challenge is finding time to stay home. Hilarious!

I am a different person today than I was when Sharon invited me over to ATP, And part of the reason is because of the people here, who have such a great knack for making others feel comfortable, whether it's online or in real life. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Like I said: ATP changed my life.
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Jan 7, 2015 9:34 PM CST

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Crying Lovey dubby
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 7, 2015 9:37 PM CST
ATP equals good mental health! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Jan 7, 2015 9:42 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:ATP equals good mental health! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!


That makes sense! It's a site full of gardeners, and we all know that gardening is good for the soul/brain/heart (but a little hard on the back/knees, sometimes) Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 7, 2015 10:39 PM CST
True, Mary, true. Smiling Group hug
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Jan 8, 2015 5:41 AM CST
Mary, your story is so touching. How wonderful that ATP is part of such a life-changing experience. Group hug
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Jan 8, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Mary your story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2015 12:06 PM CST
OH Mary, that is so wonderful!

I have been here at ATP from the very beginning since it first started. I can not get along without it. It is my social media and my gardening club all rolled into one.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 8, 2015 12:29 PM CST
Me, too, Rita. Now being restricted to only going where I can walk, on those days when I feel up to walking, has caused me to give up a lot of other activities like getting to the library and garden centers and such. Be lost without ATP and Cubits.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2015 12:44 PM CST
You know on days when we are totally alone, it keeps me from feeling totally alone. Because I can yak here and both post and see nice pictures. It is just nice to talk about our day. I mean, whatever. What we are cooking, what we are reading or watching on TV, Our pets, the weather either lovely or nasty, anything in life as it goes on. And of course we talk about our plants and our gardens. It really is a joy.
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Ferns Enjoys or suffers hot summers Canning and food preservation Cactus and Succulents Keeper of Poultry
Garden Art Butterflies Sempervivums Sedums Hummingbirder Hostas
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chickhill
Jan 8, 2015 1:15 PM CST
And I thought I was the only hermit Whistling
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 8, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Not by a longshot, Linda. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
Jan 8, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Some of you know my story....in Jan 2009 my Dear Wife was diagnosed with ALS. They gave her 1-5 years to live. She made it 2. The first of those two years wasn't bad but the second Her health declined rapidly and we became nearly house bound. I had spent a little time at DG and then someone suggested cubits and then Betja suggested ATP. The last year of my DW's life she spent watching TV and I sat much of the time at the computer. ATP helped fill some long hours, often in the middle of the night when she couldn't sleep.. Sometimes my Son or Daughter would come and I would go to a nursery for an hour to take pictures. She has been gone 3 years now. My children and grandchildren are wonderful to me but I still spent much time alone. I have a number of varied interests that help to fill my time but those which involve flowers and plants bring me great satisfaction and peace of mind. Thanks ATP.....
Thumb of 2015-01-08/Paul2032/3e9aa0My Grand Daughter Bradie on one of our forays to take pictures of flowers.

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2015 1:21 PM CST
Oh Paul, what a heart wrenching story. So glad you are here with us at ATP. Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
fiwit
Jan 8, 2015 1:50 PM CST
I think part of the beauty of the Internet in general, and ATP in particular, is what it offers to the house-bound portion of society. Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
Image
lovemyhouse
Jan 8, 2015 1:54 PM CST
Like electronic penpals. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Yes, Mary so true. It is so nice to be able to keep in touch here with like minded people often so far away.

Debra, a good way to put it. nodding
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 8, 2015 4:11 PM CST
Oh Paul, we are so glad you joined us & bless Betja for suggesting ATP! You've been through hell and I am glad you found something to fill the hours. Group hug Group hug Group hug
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Jan 8, 2015 4:20 PM CST
I can very much relate to the "hermit" label. I see very few people. I don't deal well with people, in person. I am clumsy, awkward and frequently inappropriate. But I manage ok here, mostly. And I very much appreciate having a place where I can actually have some interaction with others with similar interests. Thanks, Dave and Trish. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Jan 8, 2015 6:27 PM CST
So glad you are here, Paul Group hug I enjoy your pictures so much Smiling
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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