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new: april fotess swap - what was i thinking?

sjc48
10 years ago

Well, it's time for the April Friends of the Earth-Simple Swap!

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought this month we could write a poem on a recycled greeting card of some sort and send it along with some seeds to our partner.

Sounds simple doesn't it? And it covers all of our themes, ie, reading, seeds and recycling/upcycling.

Becky/booberry gave me the idea for the theme:

"What Was I Thinking?!"

Thanks, Becky!

It doesn't have to be a long poem:

it could be a 4 line verse detailing why you bought all those seeds, when you have 1000's at home;

or a haiku about not being able to pass a seed display without buying;

or a short ballad about joining yet another seed swap;

or an ode about a seed site/company that sends generous amounts, when you only have room for one more plant;

or any kind of poem to tell why you buy, collect, trade, beg, borrow or steal more and more and still more seeds, in other words, what were you thinking!?

The seeds you will send will be THOSE seeds from your stash, what a great way to get rid of the evidence!

The card can be any card you have, which you will recyle/upcycle.

Three or four packs of seeds, or however many you need to get rid of!

A small bubble envelope should do it for this swap.

Priority mail not necessary, but please use a DC#.

Sign ups will be until April 2nd.

I'll post partners on April 3rd.

Last day to mail out your card/poem/seeds will be April 28.

If anyone is interested, we'll play POETRY bingo!

And of course, we'll post our poems here when we receive them!

I've got my card picked out, seeds browsed over, just need to write the poem! Anyone else want to play?

Shirley!

Comments (150)

  • sandlapper_rose
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Shirley,
    A very Happy Birthday... and here I am about 30 minutes late for your special day. I hope you got a little chance to celebrate even though you didn't feel great. So sorry you have been sick.
    It has been crazy here with my husband retiring on Friday and then my younger daughter and son-in-law being here for the weekend.
    So, have a happy year ahead and a big birthday hug from me!
    Jeanne

  • booberry85
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Happy birthday Shirley! Hope you're feeling better and can get out and celebrate today!

    Becky

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    10 years ago
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    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

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  • smitties
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    last modified: 7 years ago

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    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Sounds like a great package, Margo!
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  • oliveoyl3
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday week, Shirley! I'm glad you're feeling better & you have sunshine. That helps everything, doesn't it? Going through a chronic illness flare myself, so moving slow & carefully as everything hurts and takes more effort because I'm fatigued without doing anything. It will pass, so I'm keeping my spirits up though my body isn't cooperating. The birds are singing no matter what, so I'm joining them. :o)

    I received an amazing package with creative poem from Shirley. (THANKS!)

    First, the PINK card made me smile since my favorite color is pink. She crafted it nicely with arabesque cut white paper boarders around her 5 stanza poem on lighter pink paper and included a 3-D silk flower in the inside corner. It's a keeper!

    ~~ How It All Started ~~
    There once was a little seed
    And Oh! the seed did need
    A space of it's own
    Where it could be sown
    In ground, with nary a weed

    So I gave the seed a home
    And no longer would it roam.
    He was happy and glad
    And I would not be sad
    To give it some water and loam

    But Then!
    I found that seed's brothers,
    His sister, friends and others
    In stores here and there,
    From friends who would share
    And in gifts from everyone's mothers!

    I saw seeds in my sleeping;
    Yes, they would come creeping
    In from the roadside
    And in on the next tide
    Wafting and waving and leaping!

    So, yes, I am addicted
    Oh, who could have predicted
    That one goodly deed
    To that one little seed
    Would leave me as seed conflicted!

    Shirley, I love the way you described the seed having sisters & friends and the term you created -- seed conflicted. Going through my seed box(s) sorting what to plant when is a task because of so many choices from my Garden Web friends.

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    Thanks, Shirley for your thoughtfulness & creativity. It was a fun package!

    I'm working on my package for Lisa & have been in touch with her. I plan to send it out next week.

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  • canyonwind
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Vina, on Wednesday I will be sending your bubbler out,
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  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Corrine, glad you liked the package! I had fun with the poem, and yes, I do have all that seed's "sisters, friends and others!" Hope you get to feeling better, and thanks for the b-day greeting! A whole week!

    The Hummingbird Haven mix is my all time favorite seed mix! Really pretty and mostly perennials.

    Annie, great poem! Hope your Tuesday was great too!

    I'm going to post the Bingo word early; I am subbing for Bunco tonight and won't be home til late.

    Your bingo word for tonight is, and I quote, a poem or verse having a regular correspondence of sounds, especially at the ends of lines. And it rhymes with "time"

    I'm going to check out everyone's lists to see how we are doing with bingo, will post that tomorrow!

    Have a great evening!
    Shirley!

  • xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Margo, so glad you liked the box and that it made it safe. I have been transplanting some of my flowers to a flower bed in a local park and trying to stay on top of the weeds. My wintersowing tomatoes came up and are about 1" tall. I'm excited. Trying to figure out where to put each winter sown sprout. I had a plan, but not everything came up and some seeds ALL germinated--oh my! ha
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  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hello, did everyone have a good day? I did.
    "I had a plan, but. . . . .!'
    Heidi, that's the story of my gardening life!

    Well, I sorted through the bingo lists and we have two people who are already halfway there, with 6 words! Yo!

    Hopefully, this word will help some of the others! Tonight's word is, and again, I quote, a lyric poem of some length, usually of a serious, meditative nature; typically addressed to a certain person or thing. And it rhymes with "load."

    Bingo words chosen so far:
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    Have a great night, talk to ya tomorrow!
    Shirley!

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Good Morning!
    Happy Birthday, Heidi!
    And on this day of your birth,
    I hope you have fun and love,
    and joy, lots of cake and mirth!

    Yeah,it's still way too early!
    Shirley!

  • sandlapper_rose
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Heidi!

    You know I really need to put a small calendar near my computer so maybe I can remember to post birthdays on the right day... LOL
    Hope you are now feeling better, Shirley.
    Wow, this month has been lots of fun. Look at all the posts we have!
    Jeanne

  • oliveoyl3
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Heidi ~~ Here's a happy flower burst for you. Happy Birthday!


    (This is a photo of Primrose Wanda blooms from last year, but they are all blooming right now. I got the first plants over 12 years ago from my Aunt Dolores whom I called Aundie. I want to call them Aundie instead of Wanda all the time and catch myself. My Aundie is in assisted living now and no longer gardens, so I'm glad I have a piece of her lovely plants divided & multiplied many times here plus shared with dozens of other NW gardeners at free plant swaps. It puts up with clay soil, but needs division every few years to keep it looking good because of the root weevils who notch the leaves. When I'm bothered by the withered looking leaves in late summer or late winter I cut them all back & there are new leaves soon enough. Slugs don't devour this one like the common grocery store type primroses pinks, yellows, & blues. It is reliably perennial in my zone & blooms again in fall, but not as showy as now.)

    I saw the hummingbirds again yesterday near the blooming cherry trees. They also were going to the ground again, so I think they pick up mud from the sides of the driveway & tiny pieces of fibers from the mulch to build their nest high up in the trees. I'm intrigued by them.

    Off to do poultry barn duty at the spring fair today for the youth show that opens later at 2pm. We've been involved with the youth show spring and/or fall for over 10 years & now I'm on the board, so doing my part. I anticipate setting up displays & making it look good, but not any heavy work. It's chilly in the big barn, so I'm wearing full long johns, 2 coats, gloves, thick wool socks, etc. My son will come, but he's not showing any birds this spring. He's helping out the younger kids instead.

    Corrine

  • flowergirl34
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEIDI!!!

    Woohoo! I have 4 Bingo words :)

  • xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Melissa I got it! What fun to come home to.

    Melissa's Poem

    It started with iris
    This silly fixation
    Then came the daylilies
    In endless succession.
    I sowed and watered
    And weeded with glee
    Until I discovered
    I had drowned my seeds!
    I pouted and whined
    Like an overgrown child
    But then I remembered
    GILBERT H WILD!
    An endless assortment
    Of daylilies fair
    New varieties and old
    All were found there
    No more sowing and waiting
    For seeds that don't sprout
    My blooms are now instant
    My cries are a shout!
    So, goodbye my difficult seeds
    Forgive me for being lazy
    From now on I shall sow
    Only sunflowers and daisies!

    Other people read our poems and say, "I think I understand." We read your poem and say, "Been there, done that, felt that way, don't want to go back!" ha I love it.

    Melissa also sent great seeds:
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    Tithonia Torch (for my sunflower patch)
    Daylily-orange & black
    Helenium-decorative sneeze weed

    She also sent sweet tweets, notes with candy AND
    Seven Color Crystal Balls (the tiny beads that soak up water and you root your plants in it or use it for houseplants).

    Today at work I had a big project. Myself, and two deputy sheriffs went to 4 elementary schools to "swear in" all 3rd graders to be Litter Deputies. They each get a certificate, badge and recycled pencil. They have to take an oath before they are officially a Litter Deputy. It was wild and crazy, but lots of fun!

    Thank you again Melissa!
    Heidi

  • booberry85
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday Heidi! What a wonderful package to get on your birthday.

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I love your poem, Melissa! Although I have to admit, my story is the total opposite!
    Heidi, hope you had a great B-day!
    I agree, Becky, wonderful package!
    Corrine, those flowers are beautiful!

    All righty, here is tonight's Bingo word: This poet was among the most prominent literary figures of the Victorian age. The name rhymes with "clowning."

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    Longfellow
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    Allegory
    Limerick
    Frost

    See ya all tomorrow!
    Shirley!

  • hazelnutbunny
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Glad it made it there, Heidi! :)
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    ANYWAY....I received a GREAT package from Becky today! Her poem is so cute! And she wrote it on the back of a decoupaged card (with pics of flowers!).

    "Seed Buyer's Remorse"
    What was I thinking?
    What have I done?
    I spent my money
    It sure was fun.

    But now the bills
    are coming in.
    Please forgive me
    For I have sinned!

    It was so beautiful
    in the catalog,
    but that photographer
    should have been flogged.

    It grew nothing
    like it was shown
    So now all I do
    Is shudder and moan.

    What was I thinking?
    What have I done?
    Why do I cling to
    the seeds I shun?

    Time to pass these
    to someone better fit,
    And get rid of some
    of this bull......MANURE!color>

    LoL!
    She included several seeds (which I'm thankful to say are EASY to grow! :P )Sunflowers (several varieties!!), poppies, zinnia, runner beans, bachelor buttons, rudbeckia, cosmos & nicotania.
    All of which are GREAT, because we have honey bees that we're trying to plant flowers for and they love the sunflowers. We had the mammoth ones last summer, and could barely see the flowers through all the bees! LoL!

    Becky also included a cute metal froggy windchime & a pair of garden gloves! Wonderful timing, because the girls lost my gloves last week. So now I can go deadhead my roses, which is GREAT, because they surely need it...they've been blooming nonstop for 2 weeks now. I have such sensitive hands that I can't do any yard work without gloves and I've been forgetting to pick up another pair (you'd think I'd have an extra pair stashed somewhere, but nope!!).

    Thank you so much, Becky, for a wonderful package! :)

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    What a great package, Melissa! I wish your little girl could teach me how to "just throw" poppy seeds, I CANNOT grow them! Although I think I have two clumps coming up from last year, won't know until they bloom. Probably not!!

    I love the poem, Becky, especially the 1st and last verses! I can really relate!

    The swap is moving along quite nicely, we only have three packages left to be sent out! There is still plenty of time.
    Corrine is sending to Lisa
    Annie is sending to Vina, and
    Lisa is sending to Annie.

    I'm going to start giving two bingo words each night. For tonight we have:
    An Irish poet, playwright, lecturer, and translater who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. His name rhymes with "zany_
    Also, a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. It rhymes with "salad"

    Here are the words chosen so far:
    Limerick
    Frost
    Browning
    Yeats
    Doggerel
    Sonnet
    Enjambment
    Ode
    Hughes
    Longfellow
    Rhyme
    Allegory

    It is raining here, and I'm really glad, everything was bone dry. AND I won't have to water first thing tomorrow morning! I got my WSed echinacea planted today, well, 6 of the 12 jugs. Going to wait awhile on the "Amado", not quite big enough. Hope to get a good planting day in, tomorrow!

    Have a great weekend, everyone!
    Shirley!

  • booberry85
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Glad you received the gardening package, Melissa. I hope the seeds make some pretty blooms for you.

    As all of you now know, I definitely wasn't an English major in college. LOL!

  • canyonwind
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Vina,

    Your package finally made it out on Thursday....

    DC# 0310 2010 0000 2981 2214

    Oh my, I need to check on my Bingo words!!

    Happy Saturday to all.

    Annie

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Everyone!
    Annie, hope you had a great Saturday too!
    Becky, I WAS an English major in college, so what's my excuse - haha!

    It was SO cold here today, it was bright and sunny all day but too cold to plant anything. So I potted up some more seedlings for my plant sale. I did pink malva (thanks, Margo!), calendula, wild bergemot, linaria flamenca (thanks to somebody on this forum, or the commercial seed swap), and malva zebrina. I need to do the echinacea too, but need to find more containers. It was a good day!

    Here are the Bingo words for tonight:
    1. a form of poetry that has 5 lines; the first line is one word, 2nd line is 2 words, 3rd line is three words, 4th line is 4 words, and the fifth line is one word. There are more difficult versions of this kind of poetry. And I could not find a word to rhyme with it, so here it is:
    Cinquain!
    2. This is a form of poetry that doesn't use rhyming verses, instead relies on imagery and emotion. It rhymes with "clothes".
    Is anyone getting close to 12 words?

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    Shirley!

  • sandlapper_rose
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    last modified: 7 years ago

    I hope that everyone has been enjoying the poetry themed swap as much as I have. Great idea and wonderful poems!
    I will be hostess for May and several thoughts were spinning around. One idea I decided to set aside and use in July and the other is what I picked for May. (Oh, I sure hope you will like it!) There will be lots of information about it later in the week under a new heading for the May FOTESS Swap so watch for it.
    Hmmmm.... recycle? upcycle? reuse? Let's say it fits in there somewhere. We will send cuttings or other plant parts - not fully grown plants, just something to start with - to share with a swap partner - just a small priority box so the shipping won't be too expensive. I emphasize small - I hope you can get 12 - 15 cuttings in your small priority box. My thought is not all of them will root, so we need to have extras in there so your partner can succeed with many of them. I hope lots of our members will want to sign up, and if you are not in FOTESS but are a dependable GardenWeb swapper, you can contact me or Shirley and find out how to join.
    I don't want to repeat what will be in the new post, but this is primarily for cuttings and I will explain more about which kinds may do well for this swap, how to take the cuttings and prepare them for shipping, and even alternatives if you don't have the type of garden that lends itself to taking cuttings for the swap.
    If you are getting ready to prune some plants, here you go - a way to use those cuttings for something other than mulch or the compost pile!
    So, I'll be busy gathering some information for you and will post the new heading soon. On it we will also welcome lots of discussion of methods for rooting plants from cuttings, etc.
    Jeanne

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Jeanne, wonderful idea for the May swap! I know I could really use some advice, hints, etc. for taking cuttings. So far, I have had nothing but grim failures!
    (boy, that doesn't sound too good for my partner, does it?)

    It's another COLD, sunny day here. After that 24 hour bug I had, I'm definitely not going out to plant in this weather. Hope to get the echinacea potted up, if I ever get the laundry done.

    I'll be back later with a swap update and more bingo words!
    Have a great day, All!
    Shirley!

  • smitties
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I think I picked up one more word putting me at six. It seems a slow go for me.

    Went to Columbus yesterday and spent the day with my daughter who is attending OSU. Last night we went to see Barry Manilow at the Schott on campus. It was a great concert. I saw him in Detroit at the Fox theater last month and this concert was so much better. I stayed overnight with my daughter and came back early afternoon. It was fun. The weather isn't very good for gardening so stayed inside the rest of the day.

    Have a good week to come everyone. Margo

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hey All!
    Here are the Bingo words for tonight:
    1. I couldn't make sense of the definition for this word and couldn't rhyme it either, so here it is: Alexandrine!
    2. This consists of a grouping of lines, set off by a space that usually has a set pattern of meter or rhyme, and it rhymes with "Lanza", as in Mario.

    Bingo Words already called:
    Cinquain, Prose,
    Doggerel, Yeats,
    Browning, Heaney,
    Ballad, Frost,
    Sonnet, Enjambment,
    Ode, Hughes,
    Longfellow, Rhyme,
    Allegory and Limerick.

    I'll do an update in a few days. Saturday, the 28th is the last day to mail out. I think we only have 3 more poems to go!

    Have a good night!
    Shirley!

  • booberry85
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Woke up to heavy wet snow this morning. ~sigh~ I already planted out some lilies (plants) and peas. I thought the storm was going to miss us. So nothing was covered. Hopefully the snow provided them with a little blanket of protection from the cold. Last week on Monday it was 90!

    I think Vina is in the same boat. Hope others are doing ok. The storm was really suppose to reek havoc to the west & south of us.

  • flowergirl34
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Good morning all!

    Yes, I am also covered in the white stuff :(. Thankfully, I was so busy with my daughters kite flying day for girl scouts (yes! we were outside flying a kite yesterday in 50 degree COLD! weather! what we won't do for our kids, lol) Anyhoo, that left me little time, thankfully, to put my greenhouse plants out. I've just been weeding and putting out my garden fellas out of the shed. I have watched some of my neighbors putting things in the ground and I feel bad that some of their hard work may all be for nothing now.

    BUT... A SUPER WELCOME SURPRISE TODAY :D
    I got my bubblie from Annie.
    In my package I rec'd:
    ~a yummy candy bar ...mmmmm! almonds :D
    ~a much needed pair of gardening gloves THANK YOU!!!
    ~some super yummy looking recipes: Chicken Breast Wrapped in Phyllo, Blueberry Lovely Lady Finger Dessert...and YUM! Dentists Delight (which we will be making this weekend! Gooey and Delicious!!
    ~So many seeds!
    Dianthus: Rainbow Lovliness WWOOOHOOOO!, Dianthus: Telstar Carmine Rose, Tomato: Sophie's Choice, Petunia: Titan Salmon, Torenia: Clown Mix, Eggplant: Striped Toga, Tomato: Micro Tom, Agastache: Raspberry Daiqueri, Columbine: Leprechaun's Gold, Verbena: Romance Scarlet Eye, Columbine: Dorothy Rose :D, Hibiscus: Red Shield :D, Splendens: Sizzler Red Stripe...THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!! I LOVE ALL OF THESE!
    ...and last but not least my super awesome card. All handmade from other cards. Totally covered in flowers and a springy, adorable smiley sun! There is even a "self" portrait of Annie LOLOLOLOL!!!!:D and her dog.
    And the sweetest! poem!

    My poem from Annie

    And Vina Is Her Name

    Miss Vina, poets Browning, Yeats and Frost, I am most definitely not,
    Longfellow, Thomas and Heaney, to me they are not so hot.

    But fun I love to have, so let me get on with this writing chore,
    You ask, WHAT WAS I THINKING, let me tell you more.

    I contemplated, what makes Flowergirl34 content, happy and gay,
    Lust for life, her garden and family, makes everyday a perfect day,

    Come Billy, come Taylor, come help mom sow some seeds,
    Whoops its time for BINGO, now pick a word pretty please.

    She loves to frolic in the kitchen with recipes in hand,
    Cupcakes, cookies, luscious delights, no meal is ever bland.

    And she does love her iris, addicted is on my mind,
    I have looked for her heirloom wants, but Annie can not find.

    And her pond of beauty, with water iris, duckweed and fishes,
    Azolla, bog bean, water clover, are certainly on her list of wishes.

    And yes, she loves her chocolate, any kind will do,
    Turtles peeking through the flowers, Vina wants that too.

    And her favorite day, Halloween, she is always young at heart,
    A witch, a princess, a fairy, a cat she stunningly plays the part.

    And her personality, creativity, pizzazz, humor, and well need I say more,
    Now to wonder, OBF, MNF, and FOTESS, what might she have in store?

    To end my poem, I want to say, this lovely lady who I have never met,
    Is a splendid joy to garden and chat with, if only on the internet.

    OKAY...the first time I read this I actually cried. This is the most thoughtful, sweetest thing!!! And now typing it I am crying again :D THANK YOU ANNIE FOR BEING SO WONDERFUL!!!

    Have a terrific day everyone! I know I will :D
    vina

    ps. I have 6 Bingo words...teehee.

  • oliveoyl3
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Too funny, but kind of not. I'm sorry for the cold weather for you in NY. We have opposite weather -- clear skies & forecast of 79 degrees today. Rain returns tonight, but warmer temps for a few days until we return to our highs in 50s & lows in 30s again. I'm going to be in the yard all day until I go to work! My only problem is what to do 1st. Ah, sunshine ~~ have a great day!

    Corrine

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Beautiful Tribute, Annie! Well done! That's just beautiful, and well deserved!
    Sounded like a great package too!
    Vina and Becky, I just read online where you all got 10 inches of snow?! Good Lord! Becky, hope your plants survived!
    I talked to my stepdad back in PA this morning, near Pittsburg. They got about an inch of snow, he said he was glad he mowed the grass Saturday!
    What crazy weather so far this year! We usually get snow in April, but haven't so far. I hate to think it's out ahead of us somewhere. Margo, I know you are probably thinking the same!
    Hey, I'll be back later on tonight with the bingo words, have a great day everyone!
    Shirley!

  • booberry85
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Beautiful poem Annie!

    In some respects we got lucky with the weather. It seems like south, east and west of us (weird huh) got hit worse. I shovelled about 1 inch of slush with 2 inches of snow on top of that. We still had power, but east and south of us lost power.

    Our lawn mower broke a couple weeks ago. We finally got someone that's suppose to be coming on Tuesday to mow, but we're suppose to get more snow. HA!

    Stay warm!
    Becky

  • smitties
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Shirley, hopefully we will not get any snow. I would love for the wind to stop though. It just keeps blowing day after day. My husband planted a couple redbud seedlings for me today and he said it was blowing so hard, it took his breath away. I am in a swap and I have to get some plants dug up but the weather has not been helpful.

    Annie, what a lovely poem. I have enjoyed reading all the great poems that people have written. I think many of you were surprised by your hidden talents. This was a great idea.

    We are getting our plants in on Thursday where I work. We are a small gift shop called Calico, Sage, and Thyme. (I run the facebook page so look us up and "Like" us). Anyway, we get herb plants and a few perennials in the spring and it gets crazy. I love it though because I get a discount. I was even able to get a couple gallon size echinaceas at cost.

    Good luck to all you in the snow areas. Margo

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Everyone!
    We've had strong winds up here for the past couple of days too, Margo. The wind and the low temps have effectively kept me inside! I keep pacing in front of the windows, wanting to be outside planting. Like I won't have the whole month of May!

    Becky, glad it wasn't too bad for you. Hope you don't get more snow!

    Corrine, LUCKY YOU!!

    Vina, you bring back so many memories for me!

    We only have two packages left to fly:
    Corrine is sending to Lisa, and
    Lisa is sending to Annie.

    Bingo words for tonight are:
    1. An American writer/editor best known for his poetry. He won 2 Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and another for his biography of Lincoln. His name rhymes with "hamberg", well, sort of.
    2. A Welsh poet who wrote in English only. His name rhymes with "llamas".

    Bingo words chosen so far:
    Alexandrine, stanza,
    cinquain, ode,
    prose, Hughes
    doggerel, Longfellow,
    Yeats, rhyme
    Browning, allegory,
    Heaney, limerick
    ballad, Frost,
    sonnet, enjambment.

    Anyone close yet?

    Well, I'm off to check on the NBA, although at this point, I really don't care anymore, none of my teams made it into the playoffs. GO WOLVES! maybe next year!
    Shirley!

  • oliveoyl3
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I have 4 words to go. I admit I'm not spending much time here since I'm out in the garden so much lately before & after work. This quote is me for sure:

    ~~I sleep in the house, but I live in the garden.~~

    Today is better for the plants -- overcast skies, chance of rain, but 63 degree high is perfect for the gardener! This is the best we get in April, so I'm taking full advantage of it! The ground has finally dried out enough from our winter rains & warmed up, so I can work on our edible gardens.

    I've had the potatoes presprouting inside. The purples look like aliens in the box. I should take a pic. I put them outside yesterday since we have such warm, dry weather and it's nice to have them out from the hallway under the skylight.

    Gotta scram to put dinner in the crockpot then get outside to tend to the backyard poultry & rabbits, then gardening.
    :o) Corrine

  • booberry85
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I have 4 more words to go!

    It looks like it'll be Sunday or Monday before I can try hardening off the plants again. It stinks to garden fever and be set back by Mother Nature.

    DH is working tonight. So it looks like Chinese food for me. Yeah! DH hates Chinese food.

  • xiangirl zone 4/5 Nebraska
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I think I got Bingo! It was such a slow start at the beginning.
    X 1. Sonnet
    X 5. Ode
    X 6. Rhyme
    X 9. Allegory
    X 12. Prose
    X 15. Robert Frost
    X 19. Seamus Heaney
    X 20. Dylan Thomas
    X 25. Cinquain
    X 27. Enjambment
    X 29. Alexandrine
    X 30. William Wordsworth Longfellow

    It's 91 degrees today. That's CRAZY! As my kids tell me...call the city and tell them to fill the pool! Now! ha Some plants are shooting up and some are hanging their heads. I got some plants in the mail yesterday and put them out yesterday morning. Today they look like spaghetti. Poor things.
    Nobody can stay inside, though. I noticed everyone that could was out mowing their lawns today in the heat. They also looked like spaghetti!
    {{gwi:64539}}
    I've had lots of fun with the poetry. So glad you can all tolerate redneck poetry!

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Heidi, you are right, you have Bingo!! Way to go!
    I will have your prize out to you on Friday, need one more thing to complete the package. I'm going to try one more store and if I can't find it there, you get plan B!

    Are those some of your gardens? Truly pretty! A drumstick allium?

    I find it strange that you are in zone 4 and it was 91 and I'm in zone five and it took all day to get to 63. But I'm not complaining, got out there and got some planting and planning done! Also had to replant 4 clumps of echinacea that the squirrels dug up. I read, over on the WS forum, about putting plastic forks around the plants to keep squirrels and cats out of the gardens. I'm trying it. Forgive me if I seem un-enthusiastic.

    The plastic netting seems to be working but can't be used in all situations. I wonder about scarecrows?

    Margo, wore my hood up all day, because of the wind. This is getting silly!

    Back Later!
    Shirley!

  • canyonwind
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Heidi, congrats on BINGO.

    Margo, RE: Barry.....what made the concert at OSU better? Did he sing all the great early stuff from the 70's/80's?

    Shirley, this has been such a fun swap. I have so enjoyed reading everyones poetry. Thanks again for hosting! And I wonder, do scarecrows really work?

    Vina, it occurred to me that I might have sent you some of these seeds before...sorry about that!

    We have a so called storm coming in to Southern Cal today. Off to plant hunk oh seeds....dianthus, sweet william, petunias and whatever else is waiting to hit the ground. And then to protect them from the snails and the bunnies....fun!

    Happy Wednesday to all!

    Annie

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Annie from Cal,
    are you trying to say,
    if not squirrels,then
    snails and bunnies, oh yay!?

    I think that's an enjambment!

    Later,
    Shirley!

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Yes, we only have 3 more days to mail out our cards/seeds/poem. Hope to hear from everyone about their packages! And then we can close this swap down.

    I had fun with this and hope that you did too. I enjoyed seeing what everyone did, poetically, with the theme! We really do have some great poets in FOTESS! Thanks, Ladies, for joining in!

    I worked outside most of the day, potting seedlings/plants up for the plant sale, and trying to make sense of, and make room for, everything that is out there!
    Great Day!

    Jeanne has posted the May FOTESS swap, be sure to check it out. As always, she has come up with a great idea! I'd like to join but will need some coaching on how to do this!
    Hope to see lots of you on the May swap.

    In the meantime, we'll wait for everyone to finish mailing their packages out, can't wait to see the last two poems!

    Have a great day tomorrow,
    Shirley!

  • smitties
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Starting to feel a little overwhelmed. I have a shower for my daughter coming up May 6th and then the wedding 5 weeks later. My daughter who is away at college is suffering from an impacted tooth and is scheduled to have her wisdom teeth removed next Thursday. This will be where she is going to school which is 2 hours from here. I should be there with her but I can't get the day off at our little gift shop. Not enough people for coverage and it is a plant delivery day. My son is having some enemia issues and is 18. Now he needs an MRI on some lower abdominal swelling and then will have to see a GI doctor. My second son (have 5 kids) just got a job in Dallas, Texas and he and his wife will be moving there as soon as there house sells in South Carolina. The darn wet and cold weather isn't helping either. I have a plant swap I have to get done. The old "when it rains, it pours".

    I have enjoyed this swap immensely. Thank you Shirley for such a great time. Loved this idea and hope we do it again sometime.

    Margo

  • smitties
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Annie, I forgot to answer you question. The reason the concert last weekend was better was the crowd. The ones at the Detroit concert were so reserved and didn't have much reaction. Kind of duds..... In Columbus, you could tell that everyone was having a great time and that Barry Manilow was very appreciative.

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Everyone!
    We had a cool, overcast day here today. I got my "downtown" shopping all out of the way for the week!
    As soon as we hear from Lisa and Corrine, we'll be able to close this swap. Hope to hear from ya'll soon!
    Have a great day tomorrow!
    Shirley!

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Beautiful, COLD day here today!
    Heidi, your bingo prize is on its way, the postal person said it would be there Monday!
    Later,
    Shirley!

  • sjc48
    Original Author
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Today is the last day to mail our packages out! Hope ya all are mailing them out! Please post here when you do!
    Thanks!
    Off to Tecumseh for wine tasting!
    Shirley!

  • lisam627_ohio_z6
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Shirley,

    I mailed my package to Annie on Friday. Thanks! - Lisa

  • lisam627_ohio_z6
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I almost forgot...here's the DC number for Annie's package:

    0312 0090 0001 0746 7343