Who would’ve thought I’d moved to No Man’s Land to become a farmer?
I certainly didn’t see it coming.
My garden gnome would probably agree, too.
But he doubles as a bird bath, so what does he know?
Gnomes are thought to be symbols of good luck.
And, as protectors, they’re meant to watch over crops and ensure a bountiful harvest.
But I have to wonder if my gnome has gone into hibernation.
Or passed out drunk.
Every time I go outside to water my plants, I get eaten alive by fire ants or chased around the yard by kite-sized dragonflies.
But that doesn’t stop my determination.
Not even a bit.
Now, I don’t particularly have a green thumb.
But I do like living things.
And I also like green things.
Particularly if they’re useful.
Especially if they’re edible.
Sure, I may be a bit rough around the edges…
But I can be very caring and nurturing.
I want things to grow and thrive.
Unless they’re prickly weeds.
Or hairy spiders.
Last year for my birthday, I begged for my very own veggie garden.
It was an experiment of sorts.
I knew nothing then.
I know slightly less nothing now
But this year, I am so ready.
In fact, last year’s oregano and parsley plants are still going strong!
In spite of unintentional neglect.
Meaning there may have been a month (or three) when I had completely forgotten to water them.
In my defense, it’s been a very hectic year.
Last year, we started with two strawberry plants, along with some cucumbers and tomatoes.
The tomatoes and cucumbers each yielded respectable levels of output.
And the strawberries?
They lasted six days.
Apparently, the adorable rabbits needed them more than we did.
This time around, I opted for a different variety of herbs.
Unfortunately, you can’t plant vodka.
So, I bought some lavender for my frazzled nerves.
And purple basil.
Green is great and all…
But diversity is a great thing.
In retrospect, I probably could’ve used an aloe vera plant for my gazillion bug bites.
Maybe next time.
I was on a roll, though, and decided we also needed a tree.
And so a tree we did get.
A tree named Bob.
Yeah, you read that right.
Bob is named in honor of a generous Home Depot employee.
Nobody could find a price on the lone little Redbud tree that I so desperately wanted.
The checkout line was starting to snake all the way around the garden department.
So, Bob sent us off with a wave and a “Merry Christmas!”
Who says Christmas cheer can’t last all year?
Oh, but I wish I had remembered to ring the specially-designated bell for great service.
The only time I ever think about doing that is when I use self-checkout.
How funny would that be?
Besides, who doesn’t deserve a pat on the back for a job well done?
Maybe next time, I will remember.
And I will ring it.
For Bob, not myself.
No matter how awesome of a job I’d just done scanning and bagging my own crap.
But getting back to Bob the Tree.
My mom has taken a liking to calling our new tree Bob Hope.
After all, we really do seem to need all the hope…and help…we can possibly get.
It sounds so promising.
Plus, Bob Hope was a humorous centenarian.
A centenarian, for goodness sake!
Yeah, the guy was clearly on to something.
~Happy weekend, friends! As Bob Hope once said, “A sense of humor is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heartburn?”~