Log in

No account? Create an account
current entries friends' entries archives about me Previous Previous Next Next
A few months ago, my mom gave me a present: a bag of tulip bulbs. At… - cellophane — LiveJournal
the story of an invisible girl
A few months ago, my mom gave me a present: a bag of tulip bulbs. At first I thought this was a wonderful gift -- how sweet, the gift of pretty flowers in the springtime! Then late summer turned into early fall, and then early fall turned into late fall, and I still hadn't planted the bulbs. It's always dark when I get home from work, and my weekends are often so busy!

I started stressing about the bulbs. The ground would be freezing soon, and too hard to dig holes. It was already so cold outside, and it's snowed lightly a couple of times. I needed to get outside and plant the damn bulbs. But when? It seemed there was always something else to do, even if that something else was just relaxing in my warm bed with a good book. Then I started rethinking the gift. It had seemed like such a nice gesture, but it wasn't pretty spring flowers. in fact it was work! She'd given me the gift of work and stress!

Well, as of today, the stress (well at least bulb-related stress) is finally over. I decided to take today off of work, because I was so tired this morning, and I had a day coming to me anyway since I missed my usual day off while in Colorado. Plus, half the things I'd intended to do this weekend didn't get done! I slept in until a glorious noon and awoke finally feeling fairly refreshed. After a relaxed breakfast of frozen eggs and vanilla diet coke, I bundled myself up, went outside, took care of a few maintenance projects I'd had, and then I planted all 25 of those guilt-ridden bulbs. I even pulled out some daffodil bulbs I'd been saving, from when C gave me a pot of daffodils last spring, and planted those as well in the hopes they'll bloom again. I still have to trim my hedge, but at least I've made a good start in my chores.

Something occurred to me, as I hung the bulb-planter in the garage. Perhaps the bulbs were not a gift at all so much as a payback for the fact that a year or two ago I semi-permanently "borrowed" my mom's bulb-planter....
read 6 comments | talk to me!
kimberlybobrow From: kimberlybobrow Date: November 18th, 2002 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

freaky ...

I have two bags of guilt-laden bulbs sitting downstairs! They haven't made it into the ground for the same reasons ... I have all next week off, wanna make any bets on if they get in the ground or not?

Tulips for everyone ... maybe!

(Glad you made it home safely - been enjoying getting to "know" you now that I know you, if you know what I mean *laughs*)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 19th, 2002 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: freaky ...

Well good luck trying to get the darn things into the ground! Funny how they get heavier and heavier with guilt....

Once I finally forced myself to do it though, it wasn't too bad, didn't take too much effort. They just better look nice, come spring!

Yes, I know exactly what you mean! I've enjoyed getting to "know" you also...LJ is fun for that. Wish David a happy birthday for me tomorrow; hope you all have a great day.
prader From: prader Date: November 18th, 2002 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Rennie!!


You looked sexy as hell in those modeling pics. :)

Don't worry about the bulbs, there's always next year.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 19th, 2002 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)


Hiya! Thanks! *blush*

Well, they're all planted now. Hopefully they'll sprout in the spring, and look pretty!
bighoward From: bighoward Date: November 19th, 2002 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)

damn stinking flowers

My daughter Karol bought some tulips and then brought some here for Joyce to plant. It looks like there were a hundred of them. So, Joyce said "I'll plant them and if yopu die maybe they'll let me stay here to care for them. I grumbled, "Don't you put those damn stinking flowers all over the yard!". Well, Sun she went outside and planted them in the cold, would come in, saying "I'm freezing my ass off but I'm going to plant them"! She had them in the back and front yard, and there was still a lot of them. Finally she said "I'm freezing, I'm just gonna dig two more holes and pour all the rest of them in." Finally she got them all planted and I said "And I suppose I'm going too have to buy some expensive water to pour on them next year" She has various schemes to keep living here free. She says when I die she's going to roll me over and clean out my [pockets, then she'll drag me back in the bedroom and lock the door. If one of my kids come to visit she'll tell them that I'm sleeping back in the bedroom and she doesn't want to wake me up, she figures she can stay here at least two extra weeks before the odor gets too bad and she has to move and start paying rent .
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 19th, 2002 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sometimes they smell nice

She planted them this sunday? Good for her! I sympathize with the freezingness. I'll have to look for tulips when I visit you in the spring.

Quite clever of her, to come up with such good ways of living rent-free!
read 6 comments | talk to me!