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Old 02-13-2007, 07:16 PM   #241
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Oh Gees - what a day!
What to do still - book the hotel rooms, clean the car, leave instrcutions for the parents and get ready for hopefully uneventfull trip. But best of all we can not wait to meet all you Rivettes that can drop in for this "Rivette Rush"
Did I miss something? Did a place and time for the "Rivette Rush" get planned and I missed it?

Looks like I do not have to work on the 17th after all.
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Sure glad of that awning and fire to keep us warm. It is the first I have been able to chase the chills all day.

Passes a whole stack of catalogs to tin sista. The garden catalogs are piling up here alright. Gives one spring fever.

For those of you who garden and "Airstream" for extended periods how do you manage leaving your gardens for long periods? Since we will be camping for the first time this summer and still trying to garden I am worried that the weeds will be all we can find when we return.

Have never rooted in sand but have done it with tender house plants in water.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:35 PM   #243
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Nancy Sharon and Peter are leaving from Canada to drop off MoonBeam to her new owners and going to Indiana and picking up their new vintage Airstream. On the way home they are stopping and all of a sudden we will be having a Rivette Rush to visit as they blow on through.

Vickie and her family and Sharon and Peter will be staying at the Comfort Inn and I will probably be daytripping over and we will all meet at Steph's. Can you come? Let me find the posts, not here?? We have a few threads going.

Here it is and I will pm you too. This is terrific! When Michelle breezed on by there were fewer of us. Anyone else in range of my voice? Calling all Rivettes.

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Carol,
I might be able to come if it is during the day and not too far away. But I have a commitment for later in the day - have to be back to Lapeer by 5:00
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Scootch yourself over here by me girl! Why haven't we bumped into each other at Wal-Mart yet?! Why you practically could hear our dogs bark from your house.

Georgia I have used those jiffy pots for cuttings of house plants, I have not done much outdoor gardening. I used to love my swedish ivy, wandering jew and inch plants and then there was that purple one. Those grew so easily. I don't think I would have much of a green thumb outside.

Steph any more of that chocolate, Nancy want a marshmallow or do you take your chocolate straight up too?
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For those of you who garden and "Airstream" for extended periods how do you manage leaving your gardens for long periods? Since we will be camping for the first time this summer and still trying to garden I am worried that the weeds will be all we can find when we return.
Hey Nancy, we've had good luck with our small raised bed gardens but they are pretty much tomato patches--just dumb luck really, good rain and not too many scorchers the last couple summers. Haven't done a large scale veggie garden since camping. The flowers seem to hang in there til we get back. I put my container flowers in the garage in tubs of water so they can get some water and don't get fried. (2 1/2 weeks gone and they did fine) I'd love to hear how others adapt. Oh yeah I forgot to say I do extra heavy mulching before we go and water deeply too that last week before we leave.
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We have used a soaker hose on a timer for some trips. But the garden actually seems to like the freedom from my special cultivation. It does famously on its own.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:30 PM   #248
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In our part of CA ("central coast" which is south of San Francisco and north of Monterey) house plants can be left in a tub with a few inches of water, a la Tin Sista's plan, and they're usually just fine for a week or two.
But the outdoor plants in pots will keel right over in mid-summer if they don't get water at least daily. So we always have a house-sitter or neighbor take over on any plants that aren't on the drip system. I'm constantly working on trying to grow antique roses in a temperate climate without running our water bill through the roof. So I'm learning to cluster those water needy types together, and go drought resistant (lots of lavender, sage, and natives) with the rest of the borders.
But it's tough, because I love my roses!
Ok. Now I know I didn't eat that entire bar of Scharffenberger by myself. Georgia? Is that a little crumb of chocolate I see on your cheek? You must try this Zin to wash it down.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:43 PM   #249
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Hi Gals;

Have you ever got up and wished you just stayed in bed and wished that the day never happened?

Thanks Annie for the wake up call this morning - and I thought it was going to be a GREAT day.

WOW - now it decides to be Winter!!!

Not sure how our snowed out back up plan would play out? but this might work if the roads are not clear for us this Thursday.

As we have to hit RVS in Elkhart to pick up the new hitch. I do not think they are open on Saturday and we would not make it before closing on the Friday.

We could however do the Saturday - Tuesday schedule. Drop off MoonBeam in Milton Ontario and head straight for Oskemos to arrive around 4-5 in time for Dinner and Social - Hang out Sunday Morning then travel to Elkhart and wait for Monday AM and RVS and Camping World to open - pick up the hitch and other items and head to Lowel sort out the new Rivette baby for her trip home. Then head straight home from there with a stop over Mon night wherever we get tired. Moving on Tuesday the rest of the way home. Peter would have to confirm with his work tomorrow. Hmm I wonder?

Our bigger issue right now is that we are not getting a contact on our electric brake controller from the Globe Trotter. So we have an issue be it wiring or the actual brakes (which they are too new for it to be the brakes) so I bet it is the wiring somewhere.

Thing is it is colder than a whitches titty outside to do what we need to.

"Trailer Brakes, Trailer Brakes Trailer Brakes" always brings a smile at the scene from The Long Long Trailer. That is how I am feeling about now.

Need some vibes again - someone please find out where the problem is and let me know


Today we heard the great news that our Minor Variance Application that has taken us 10 months to submission point is starting back at the beginning of the application process - because of a technicality. The committee at the previous hearing did not render a decision - so they defered the decision - but did not give a time. The next meeting is by the NEW committee who technicaly did not hear the application.

So this was me shortly after my wake up call from Annie and in the middle of colouring my hair....

The saying it never rains it pours is so true.


But I got my truck fixed and my buddy up the road found the leak!! - up at the manafold intake and out take?? He torqued her all down and the leak stopped - so we still have to keep an eye on it and will have to have that job done in the near future - hoping it can hold out to the spring when our buddy does not have to work in the cold.

A $500+ job cost $170.00 plus parts phew.

Well gals enjoy the fire I added a special trick - (I think I have posted this pic before but thought we all needed to see a fire again so that we can continue our pretend Rally. G I sure hope that Tarp is fleece Lined.

Nancy if the weather holds we would sure love it if you could make it to the Rivette Rush- and anyone else within "snowshoe distance" Hey Steph how many can you feed????

Annie and Marvin we miss you guys too - just to help you remember....and to help us feel a bit of warmth and look forward to our summer days with you....and to encourage those who need a new place to spend a few days come on up we would love to have you.

PS the Girls miss you too Annie!!
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Sharon and Peter... Go to alternate plan.. Sat to Tues.. Want you both to be safe on the road... Marvin has been canoeing and we miss you both.. ... Toby and Niki say hello... Happy Valentine's DAy
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No worries - plan C - we will skip taking MoonBeam and travel through the back sidd of the storm withno trailer - and worry about getting her to the new owner later - as this is an extra bonus Mt. nice people move anyway...

I don't like the idea of trying to work on brakes in a blizzard today - not as bad as the Southwest but blowing and blizzardy conditions and brrrrrcold.

Thanks for the worry....
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Sharon, I'm so glad your truck was repaired that you are taking the least stressful route! We are really looking forward to meeting everyone, those photos of your time in Florida are lovely! Safe journey!

Everything this weekend is going to be comfortable and laid back with the emphasis on fun!!
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Yes winter is hitting back again. Even Brad stayed home from work today. Keep us posted and be careful. Annie you being a wise girl there? Marvin canoeing today...ahhh some people have the right idea for winter. Happy Valentines Day Ladies!
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.....those photos of your time in Florida are lovely! Safe journey!
Hey baby that is in our back yard!!! we don't have to travel 1500 miles for a boat ride on Stony Lake - That is why I keep asking you guys come on over we live in paradise here!!! Just NOT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS

It is still snowing here!!

Are there any hotels that take three large dogs??? in your area. We may now have an issue with the dogs - if the weather turns on my parents it will be too much for them to travel to our place to look after the dogs - and WE DO NOT DO THE KENNEL THING EVER!!!!!!!! they either will have to come with us or we stay at home if the weather turns of course.

How will I ever keep all this straigh I will never know.

If we have to drag the 63 home, and sleep in the Yukon with a buddy heater and three dogs we will and if we have to we can crash in your Driveway right Steph?
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Happy Valentines Day!

What a nice fire you all have got going here, and I see there are some newcomers and a bigger circle o' sisters now! I picked up a little more chocolate on my way home from Florida, for sharing of course, just help yourself!

Here are my seed catalogs if anyone wants to look -- Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, and The Cook's Garden. From seed I mostly grow the herbs and sunflowers, zinnias, morning glory, and I thought I might give chili peppers a try this year. That ought to shake up the deer! Whadda you all like for spring 2007?

Well, Florida was just gorgeous. Sunny and 70s everyday and what a nice place Casperson Beach Park is! Simply beautiful!! Here are a few pictures I brought for you to see. Can we all get together down south some winter? Maybe if we plan ahead...

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Jamie, thanks for the pictures of warm-we needed it Please tell us about this place, where it is, if you are camping here and how near to the water? Looks marvelous. Love that white sand, blue water, and palms~G Sharon, we feel for you with all the complications that have come your way. Here's strong thoughts for a good turnaround of all the issues!
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Thumbs up Oooh love those Florida scenes!

Welcome back Jamie!! I love morning glories too. I want to try moon flowers. There's a funky looking plant called 'love lies bleeding' its the amaranth family I think, I've had that in past years, it gets really showy by fall. I'm looking for shade plants/perennials for under the pines and maples. Also hoping to put in more bamboo or learn to get cuttings from mine to grow.

Hey Sharon--we'll do our best to figure this out, lets put our heads together! I pmed you after I called the place, it looks to be no problem!!Silly me I didn't read that the photos were your place, it is paradise!!

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Sharon the Comfort Inn web site says they will take two up to two 80 # dogs, do you think you could smuggle the third in? I doubt they do a weigh in--- you can tell them they are half the size and just fluffy coated.

I tell you you are a real woman, outside in freezing temperatures and working on mechanics and coloring your hair, possibly we don't know it, but cleaning your oven at the same time too. Talk about multi-tasking you are a heavy hitter. You Go Girl!

Sorry about your house closing/permit(?) going back to square one. It certainly looks like you are having yourself one heck of a time all at once. You may need to name that new unit something that reflects the effort she is putting you through in the rebirthing process. How about milestone?

Did you get that heated seat working? You may have to use a snuggle sack and a hot water bottle.

Jamie those pictures look soooo good today! Steph, love lies bleeding, gorgeous plant--- hope it isn't heart sick.
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Moon vine--wonderful if you enjoy sitting out on your patio in the evenings. You can actually watch the blossoms slowly start to expand at sundown and then pop!open! (Well, it takes patience and a steady eye) Our kids used to think they were the coolest things, and we thought they were gorgeous in moon light. Be sure to notch the seed before you plant it--maybe soak it in water overnight or a few hours or the thick shell on the seed will make it take ages to germinate. The big open white flowers look like saucers on the vine. Hmmm. I'll have to put moon vine on my list for spring too. ~G
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Hey Tin Sista -- that plant is beauteous! Is that a shade plant? I've had a little luck with astilbe, but my perennial, mostly shade, garden is still much in the experimental stage. So let me know if you find anything new and good. Morning glories are a long time favorite of mine. I spread 'em all around the place. I like bee balm too and it brings lots of hummingbirds. You be careful with that bamboo now, it can get darned invasive.

Sharon -- That's just too sad about having to go thru that variance deal again, and with all new people. Couldn't you just scream?! Keep plugging away though and I know it'll all work out for you. Just wear 'em down.

G -- Casperson Beach is at the south end of Venice Island, which is south of Sarasota on the Gulf coast. I didn't have the Airstream with me and there's no camping at Casperson Beach, but I'm starting a search for the closest campgrounds. The beach is very nice for nature walks, bike-riding, or just relaxing. This time I was staying at a friend's condo just up the road in Venice, so it was a short drive to public parking at the beach.

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