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Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Jun 10, 2016 12:59 PM CST
Hey, All! I have decided to hold the Fall Swap at my place.
Hurray!
It will be closer, and more central, to some of you.
I am less than 2mi. from I-95. Exit 67.

This will be a first for me--and I know I can get help and support from any of you if Iask. Like the tecniclities of Swapping. We can also "keep it simple"...

I have organized a slew of big get-togehters in the past.
--Used to hold a Summer Solstice Cook-Out for 50+ people
for 12 years at my place. We could do the "Readings" again... Hmmmm...:confused:

I also hosted the big Halloween Party for the same crowd
for 11 years.
I was part of an organization then which died a natural death
after years of non-participation and bad leadership..

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Too soon to commit, but Saturday, Sept. 17 or 24 looks OK.
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Gita
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jun 11, 2016 10:45 AM CST
Gita, that's wonderful! One snag, though... I think Catmint has been planning to do the fall swap for a while now, and Jan is planning to host next spring.

You have a good point about your place being closer for some folks... that's why I love it when the swaps are at different places... plus it gives us all a chance to see somebody else's garden!

I'm not sure if you and Catmint live far enough apart to try to do north-MAG and south-MAG swaps in fall, but that worked out pretty well one time, too.

Maybe you could consider hosting a different sort of get-together? It's always too long between swap parties anyway...
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Jun 11, 2016 10:56 AM CST
I will bow out then....Did not know Catmint was planning to do it.
Hope someone had posted that catmint is doing it. ???Would you, Jill, put it out?

No biggie....I just thought no one had come forth--so i was willing to give it a GO.
No one else said they were doing it....
There were even questtions at Donners as to WHO is doing the swap?
No one knew the answer....

Consider my offer removed. Shrug! Just as well....I would go nuts trying to do it.

Gita
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jun 11, 2016 12:16 PM CST
Gita, thanks for much for the offer to host! We were discussing the fall swap with @Catmint20906, but I don't know if that plan had finalized. We went from no offers to host to two offers! Big Grin

Gita and Robin are only about 30 minutes apart, so I don't think it'd make sense to do a north/south swap this time around.

I didn't realize Jan had offered to do the spring swap again next year! Hurray! I can't wait to see her place again!
Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Jun 11, 2016 12:38 PM CST
I think with 24 hours of that discussion, Catmint had gone from "thinking it over" to "this will be fun!" Sorry -- I don't think that was widely publicized yet... I'm sure Catmint figured it was still early, don't want you or anybody to feel out of the loop. Like SSG, I think it's wonderful that we have members eagr to take a turn hosting!

Gita, I really hope you'll think about doing a non-swap gathering... lots of possibilities there, and less complex without doing a big plant swap... although I don't think we've ever gotten together without plants changing hands!

Mid-summer picnic, or... ?

Green Grin!


I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 11, 2016 1:07 PM CST

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hi, gang. Yes, we had discussed my hosting in the fall at the last get together, and yes, I volunteered! Sorry, things have been so busy since then with end of the school year and fall seeming so far away I don't think anything had been officially said! thanks!
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Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jun 11, 2016 4:58 PM CST
end of the school year has been distracting us, too... Catmint, I tip my hat to you. to you doing the single mom gig 24/7... Jim has been in NC the past 2+ weeks, and I'm sooo ready for his return!

I know I need to fish out my calendar and identify a couple of good times for craft-y gatherings this summer, too.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
Jun 11, 2016 7:01 PM CST
Next spring, here in Jersey. It is in the town right by the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The downer is that there are tolls. Now that it has been said, I better make sure it happens. Hopefully some of the northeasterners will join in again. That was such fun!
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 11, 2016 7:48 PM CST

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Looking forward to it, Jan! Thumbs up

Critter, isn't the single mom thing wearing? Hope Jim hurries back!

Speaking of single mom--I just posted in another thread that Katie, the day after her official promotion into 9th grade (!), flew down to Alabama to visit a friend, so I have 12 days of doing whatever I want in my leisure time! ah, bliss!!
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Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jun 12, 2016 2:37 PM CST
Robin, since day 1 I've said I don't know how single parents manage -- there's nobody to "hand off" to! I hope you had some good friend/family support when Katie was younger, although I know you just trade in one set of challenges for another with teens!

Jim will be here in a couple of hours. we managed really well until we both got sick on Friday, then we downgraded to "hanging in there" LOL We're better now, but taking it easy this weekend, lots of TV Rolling my eyes.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 12, 2016 2:42 PM CST

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thanks, Critter--hope you both feel better soon! Looking back, I don't know how I managed... Blinking
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Name: Cam
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CAMfromMD
Jun 12, 2016 2:45 PM CST
I know those hardships oh so well... raised my son with no help from his mother since he was 3 years old. Until he was 6, I was still serving in the Air Force, working long hours, going on deployments, high stress levels. On top of that, I had to learn how to do Mommy things like baking pies and kissing the boo-boos instead of saying, "eh, rub a little dirt on it, you're fine". LOL

I have a ton of respect for single parents. Parenting as a couple with help is hard enough, parenting alone is a whole other ballgame.
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 12, 2016 4:22 PM CST

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thanks, Cam--and kudos to you for managing all those years with your son! Thumbs up

It's easier in a lot of ways now that she's older--but her Mom-do errand list just seems to get longer and longer! There are moments when I'm glad she'll be driving in another year or so--and then of course there's the sheer terror when I imagine it the rest of the time!! Hilarious!
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Name: Cam
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CAMfromMD
Jun 12, 2016 4:30 PM CST
LOL... teaching a teen to drive, oh boy ! I taught my son on a manual transmission to add to the fun. ;) Good luck on that, Robin !
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 12, 2016 5:07 PM CST

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thanks, Cam! My father taught me on a manual, too--very useful skill! Thumbs up I know I should do the same with Katie, but... Whistling Hilarious!
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Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
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ecnalg
Jun 12, 2016 5:20 PM CST
That's how I learned, too. Much prefer manual to an automatic. My younger daughter was taught that way as well.
Name: Cam
Maryland (Zone 6b)
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CAMfromMD
Jun 12, 2016 5:31 PM CST
I remember how I learned to drive a stick a.... ummmm.... few years ago. 15 years old, not even a learner's permit yet. Dad stops the 72 Pinto on a country road two miles from home, gets out of the car and tells me to get in the driver's seat. I stalled that car out four times before moving it 10 feet but on the fifth try I was off and going and never stalled it again. I drive an automatic now, bad knees and all, but drove sticks nearly all my life.

Teaching our kids to drive a stick isn't as important as it used to be since so few cars are made with manual transmissions these days and automatics have improved by leaps and bounds. But still a useful life skill.
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jun 13, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Kudos to single parents everywhere.

Learned to drive manual on the old farm pickup. Easy peasy when I switched to the car.
Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Jun 13, 2016 10:00 PM CST
Woot-woot Robin - fall get together at your place (kudos to you for offering, Gita!). Jan can't wait to come up to NJ again. Ahhh the joys of single parenting. Having raised my 4 since my youngest was 5 (hard to believe he's 24 now)...wasn't always easy but I wouldn't go back and trade it for the world!!! Although I learned to drive on a stick - I'm quite pleased I taught each of the tribe on an automatic...whew!!!
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Name: Sally
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Jun 17, 2016 7:05 PM CST
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