Monday, June 30, 2008

Surly, party of two!

Good heavens, where did the day go? Part of it is my own fault--I stayed up too late again last night. I was doing so well for a while there, so I need to get back to it!

One of our local stores had perennials on sale for $2.50. Woohoo! A couple of years ago, Ken put in a large flower bed out by the road, and I've been trying to build up the perennials. I planted annuals one year, and that's just too much to spend every year! Besides, I love it when things just come up by themselves! The daisies are doing really well and just starting to bloom, and the coreopsis is also thriving. The sedum is looking good, too. There were a few things I planted, though, that didn't survive, so I have a few bare spots. I've been waiting for perennials to go on sale and I saw in yesterday's paper that they were at this place.

Anyhoo, I found out which ones were on sale and started picking out some. I'd only found 3 or so that I really liked--the rest needed more shade, or looked bedraggled. At one point, a young guy who worked there came over to put a couple more pots on the shelves. I smiled at him and said hi, and kept looking. He came back a couple minutes later, saw me still looking, and said, "Ma'am, we've got a whole bunch more at the back. Brand new ones." I said, "Really?!" He said, "Yeah, all the way at the back, behind the greenhouse." I said, "Wow, great! Thank you!" smiled at him again, and he gave me the biggest, happiest smile I think I've ever seen. It was like I made HIM happy because he saw how happy he'd made ME! That just kind of made my day. As Frank Burns said to Hotlips in "M*A*S*H," "It's nice to be nice to the nice!"

So I head off to the back to find the other perennials, and holy moley--SCORE! They had tons of them laid out on flats, and I found the size that was on sale. They had some different varieties, too, kinds that weren't in the spot where I'd started out. I started looking and finding some that I wanted and that can handle full sun, and while I was looking, an older guy with a clipboard said, "We haven't checked these in yet." I said, "I'm sorry, what?" He repeated himself. (And there was no tone of niceness there whatsoever.) I said, "Oh...one of the guys sent me back here." The older guy flapped his hand at me and said, "Take it then." He walked away from me still muttering.

Remember Surly Grocery Clerk? I think it was her dad! I didn't let him get to me, though--Happy Smiling Guy proved to be a very powerful antidote! Hmm, I think there's a lesson to be learned there.

Another thing I needed to get was some storage bins for...well, storing stuff. I got 5 of them, and I put the 8 perennials I got in the top one. It ended up pretty heavy, and I was really struggling to get them into my trunk. If you've never had a Mustang, they're notorious for having small trunks. After trying to fit them in a couple of ways, the bins and flowers ended up in my passenger seat! I felt worn out by the time I was done tangling with the bins, so I decided to plant my flowers tomorrow.

When I was unloading the bin lids from the trunk, I saw something that I didn't pay attention to when I loaded them in. I actually laughed out loud, and knew I had to take a picture for my J-Land friends. Note the warning label: Don't store babies in this bin!

I hope you're all having a lovely day, one with more smiles and less surliness!

11 comments:

jimsulliv3 said...

You've got a lot of patiens (see, flower speak) -  I would have told Surly to kiss my grits.

Jimmy

carouselqueen70 said...

I am glad your flowers are doing good. I wish I could enjoy my flowers amd weed a bit but it wont stop raining here. UGH!! I hope it is nicer tomorrow but it says it is supposed to rain once again. It depresses me further.They probably have that warning lable on the bin because someone might actually try to sue them over it. That happens constantly. Everytime someone does that it makes us all lookk like we cant think for ourselves. Sort of like the hot coffee cup that Mc donalds had. That lady sued Mcdonalds because she burned herself. When you order coffee and it comes in a styrfofoam cup it is hot. That is a BIG DUH!!!  ....love ya, Christine

deshelestraci said...

I'm having a good day.  Long but good!  
Traci

blossomcat said...

I decided long ago, people who are miserable when they are old were  also miserable when they were young.  I guess that included surliness.   Some people are just chronic malcontents and the best way to deal with them is ignore them.   But it is sometimes hard to do when you work in a hospital    

Some days they don't pay you enough to put up with nonsense.

Claudia

krmprm said...

Perennials are definitely the way to go.  My daughter has a lovely
old fashioned garden filled with perenialls.  I made the mistake
of buying impatiens and geraniums this year and they are
beautiful now but only last one season.  I wish I had paid more
so they would be back next year.  
      A surley salesman can cloud a whole day but a helpful one
can brighten a day.  When I meet a surly one I try to think to
myself, " Well, maybe he has hemmorrhoids!"  And that always
makes me feel better.

rdautumnsage said...

Ugh! There is always one bad apple in the bunch to try to ruin your day. Wicked cool on finding more perennials on sale. I have to go get some soon for my front garden...that for some reason isn't something I'm looking forward to. It's a mess from last year and long story short A LOT of work, add in the fact it's been raining almost daily and the weeds are growing like trees.

It's almost amusing what they give you warnings on these days. It's even scarier thinking someone who has a child needs to have a warning like that.

I'm off to see the optometrist tomorrow and give myself a new pair of glasses for my Birthday...(think Wizard of oz theme playing in the background). It's been, oh I don't know 5 years since I last had my eyes checked. Nothing like your eyesight going to make you feel your age (winks)...(Hugs)Indigo

chat2missie said...

Hope you had a good day.
Missie

helmswondermom said...

I need to get some more perennials.  Wonder if someone has them on sale in MY area.  Glad you found so many great deals, and I hope you have fun planting them tomorrow.  lol on the storage bin -- I'll be sure to keep that warning in mind!
Lori

mpnaz58 said...

Someone will invariably put their child in a bin, then sue because their child suffocated...and claim "they didn't know".  You are so lucky to be able to plant flowers!  With the heat around here, not much survives...or it takes way too much work (for me) to keep up.  I got some geraniums for the back porch, and they seem to be doing ok, but its a hardy plant.  
xoxo ~Myra

queeniemart said...

How cool you got flowers on sale that you liked.....darn shame you have had to deal with the grumpies lately. I need some storage bins too....they are pricy, even at WM.
Surfer Boy, the young kid from San Diego, that works with me drove a new Mustang from CA to OH and then totaled it last year during the blizzard. He is still heartbroken.
XO

jmoqueen said...

They'll put warning labels on anything these days LOL..............That was nice of the clerk to direct you to the nice ones :o)  

Jenny

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