My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saved a lot, won a little!

Our favorite local greenhouse, which normally stays open till New Year's and then reopens in early February, instead closed on Sunday for the rest of the season. For a couple of weeks they'd been running a progressive sale, marking things down more and more as the days went by. I popped in last Thursday and got several goodies for 60-75% off, including the Norfolk Pine in the upper left of this picture and the little cactus garden in the center (though the Buddha and the stones, visible if you click for the gigantic mutant version of the photo, were my additions)...

BW and I decided to go see what they had left in the final half hour on Sunday, and though they'd been picked pretty clean by then, we managed to find some tea lights and a wee wooden goldfinch tree ornament (75% off) and the oregano plant on the left (60% off). They were having a Grand Prize "must be present to win" drawing just before closing, so BW and I each threw our name into the hopper. There were only about 10 of us there, and pretty much everyone ended up winning a "grand prize," but BW's name was drawn first and mine was drawn third, which was fun! For our "grand prizes" we were each told to go choose a scented geranium or another 4" herb (sale price: 97 cents each! LOL - not exactly my idea of "grand," but it was still fun to win something!) Being herb lovers and having an overwhelming fondness for the aroma of fresh rosemary, we each chose a rosemary plant for our prizes. So for less than $5 we waltzed out of there with two rosemary plants, an oregano plant, a bird ornament, three packages of tea lights and the warm glow of a grand prize victory! Whoo-hoo!

It takes so frighteningly little to please us. :-)

It's another cold, snowy day, so I'm happy to be surrounded by all the fresh indoor greenery (not to mention rosemary aroma!)

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  • THE HUMANE GARDENER ~ Nancy Lawson
  • THE WORLD WITHOUT US ~ Alan Weisman

There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.

~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"

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