Saturday, September 01, 2007

Thought I Was Losing It

Yesterday, I honestly thought I was losing my one true talent in life.

That'd be finding genetic anomalies in my lawn, as in, 4 leaf clovers.

I know, I'm a freak. I can be just walking along, look down and pluck a 4 leafer from the ground. Drives people nuts, especially the family.

A few years ago, I sat on the lawn at a picnic we were having for my eldest daughters birthday, and while everyone was playing croquet, I plucked 22 in about 18 minutes.

Now, you'd think that'd be something cool, right? Ahhh, but they all already knew I could do this, so it was no big deal. Besides, the luck thing? SO not true! If finding them really was lucky, I'd have either won the lottery fifty times by now, or Donald Trump would have sent me a blank check.

I have a lot of old picture frames hanging around, so I thought I'd maybe press some flowers from the flowerbeds this year and fill the frames. You know, the old fashioned way - in books.

So, I set out across the lawn yesterday to find some 4 leaf clovers for one of the frames. Figured it'd look cool having a bunch clustered together across a white background.

Well! Do you think I could find the damn things? 45 minutes later and I'd found 2. A lousy 2!!

Ugh! Of course, I immediately blamed the hubby for mowing them all down. He absolutely hates the fact that I can find them at all, since he's never found a one. Not even when I've pointed them out to him can he find them, then if he does see it, says, "No good. It's not lucky. I didn't find it, you did!" Well, at least he admitted to mowing them all down on purpose. :)

So today I was on a mission. I was going to find the damn things if it took all day!

Well, it didn't! Yay!

In 30 minutes I found 17, 4 leaf - 4, 5 leaf - and 1, 6 leaf!


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I'm A Seed Snatcher

Is there a 12 step program for that?

Ok, so I guess I don't deserve a badge. It's not like I snatch from places I'm not suppose to. For instance, I would never think about just going into someone's yard and grabbing seed without asking, or from a public or botanical garden.

But, ditches, meadows, neglected pots at gas stations, mall strips? Mine! Just a few, mind you, and enough left to let fall where they may.

I think this seed saving thing is an addiction of some sort. Like, I'm not happy unless there are fifty plates sitting around the house covered with drying seed. There's something very primeval about running a fingertip through those little balls and sticks.

Alright, I'm really not even close to being in the big leagues with some's not like I have a closet or fridge filled with boxes and file cabinets full. My plastic food containers are actually used for, well, food! I know, I know, I'm such a slacker!

My husband seems to be appalled, and yet, at the same time intrigued with this behavior. Kind of a, "You go long as they don't think I know you." lol.

I'm on a mission at the moment. The gas station has these beautiful (and of course neglected) red daylily. Yeah, i know they probably won't come true, but...

must have!

One of these days I'll get up the nerve to ask someone at the college if I can have some seed from Root Glen public gardens. Now that would be hitting the motherload!

I Hope The Government Is Right

There, I've said it!
Yes, I said it and then promptly slapped my own wrist.

The Farmers Almanac says this winter (for Upstate NY) will be colder than normal and with much more snow.

The government weather geeks are predicting warmer temps with less snow.

See? Now how could I not say it...though, with a grimace?