Monday, July 6, 2009

Thumbing a Ride on the Eight Ball in the Corner Pocket

Yep. It's still hot here (although it rained yesterday!!!) and the heat and the dry weather has caused one of the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas to be shut down. Don't worry. It wasn't the ride we were on when you guys were here for the road trip. You guys didn't break it. It's the giant wooden roller coaster next to it that throws you around like a whip. YIKES!

In other news, the landscaping is started to talk back to me. I received this note from one of my garden plants:

Dear ReformingGeek Thumb,

Get off yourself! Your ego is overgrown, unlike ME. You must be colorblind. You think you're green? Ha! You are brown and pasty, you withering, pale, sorry excuse for a digit. You don't even curve correctly.

You are disgusting. You can't even make ME grow. That's right. Me. I'm ivy, for Heaven's sake. Yeah. Yeah. I know I was purchased off the clearance rack but you planted me in unhappy soil and angered Mother Nature so that she turned the fires of Hell upon me. You let Abdul and those other roofers rest shingles upon my vine and trod upon me.

You do not deserve to continue gardening. Step away. Now.


Your New Ivy.

How rude. I can't just turn the other cheek. That was very insulting. I countered with the following:

Dear New Ivy,

Same to you (sticking out tongue). You can't even grow in a nourishing environment next to your relatives. You brown, pasty, sorry excuse for a plant. I shall feed you to the compost pile to punish you for your insults. I will visit with my other plants that actually grow and that don't write me nasty notes.


ReformingGeek Finger (you know which one)

There. Take that.

But wait. There's more.

Quirky has tagged me with a meme. When I read her post, I thought she had discovered a new fruit as she described being given a lemon and making memelade. Somehow, this sounds appetizing. This meme has a bunch of eights in it. You will be seeing lists with eight items here and there or you may just see 8's or eight-liners, eight-balls, or Eight is Enough reruns.

Sorry. I got carried away...again.

Eight things I did yesterday:
  1. Watched it rain and enjoyed a break from the heat!
  2. Let the cat in and out and listened to him whine at us for making his world wet.
  3. Made breakfast burritos. YUM!
  4. Shopped for groceries and parted with way too much money for just a few bags of food.
  5. Had dinner with Hubby family.
  6. Ran 8 miles at the park and then had to wring out my shorts before I could get back into the car. I forgot my towel so I had to sit on a canvas grocery bag to drive home.
  7. Laundry, including my running clothes. Got bleach?
  8. Watched part of Ice Age 2 on TV while checking in with the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. The Rangers won!
Woot. Yippee. It gets exciting 'round these parts sometimes.

Photo credit:
ReformingGeek digit: ReformingGeek


Hit 40 said...

OMG!!! another runner! I would only run for my life. Although - I do walk very fast.

Your poor plants are about done with the heat. You can't do too much but just try to keep them alive with water.

Anonymous said...


I, too, have a black thumb! No green here! I am a plant killer. I don't mean to be...I just am!

ReformingGeek said...

@Hit 40 - I have bounced back and forth between fast walking and running. I enjoy both! As for the plants, well, a good rain helps. But, yes, the heat doesn't help my new plantings.

@Quirky - Usually, my thumb is about 50% green but occasionally a plant, like that new ivy, will devise a plan to sabotage me. Sheesh!

Maureen said...

I have such good intentions every Spring. Spend loads of money on scads of new plants...

Just to watch them slowly die for the rest of Summer.

Bee said...

Well my thumb is currently moldy after all the rain my part of the world has gotten. I hate to find out what my plants are saying about me.

Marvin ED Wilson said...

You could try sucking your thumb til it turns green - might help.

OK, that was dumb you say, but hey - it MIGHT work, just saying ....

The Old Silly

ReformingGeek said...

@Bee - Try the hair dryer on that thumb!

@Marvin - Yeah. My ivy did say something about sucking.....

Nooter said...

stupid plants and whiny cats- sounds like a lousy weekend but then breakfast burritos yum! do you have them for lunch, dinner, supper and bedtime snaks too?

Mike said...

Your plants are very vocal LMAO!

ReformingGeek said...

@Nooter - Absolutely, Nooter. I'll make one for you with some special salsa that will massage your tongue.

@Otin - They are just plain rude!

Deb said...

Insulting notes from plants? A little bleach ought to solve that problem. I've always thought that Ivy was a bitch. Take photos, will ya?

United Studies said...

I am not sure how my parents do it, but they buy all those scraggly, nearly dead clearance plants from WalMart and Home Depot, and the next day they are just beautiful.

And I had to drive home sitting on a canvas bag not too long ago, only because it had rained while we were grocery shopping and my windows were down.

ReformingGeek said...

@Deb - Apparently, that stuff is. I have other ivy that is doing fine. Sheesh!

@Jacki - I automatically dislike your parents! ;-) What is this windows down you speak of?

Skye said...

I guess if you automatically dislike Jacki's parents then you may just have a problem with me too, huh!?! I have such a green thumb for outdoor plants that I can't even kill the ones I want to get rid of. I'll be doing a new post on my garden's soon and you'll be able to see the geraniums that I keep trying to kill. Trouble is, the more I pull them out and kill them, the more I get, I just don't understand

ReformingGeek said...

@Skye - I have the same problem. The stuff that I don't want to stick around thrives!

Christina Bledsoe said...

Woman, you crack me up! I loved the note from that nasty plant :)

Jean Knee said...

you need to slap the snot out of that insolent ivy

the nerve

Suzanne said...

Threaten the damn ivy with serving them up as lunch for the deer. That's what I do.

ReformingGeek said...

@christina - Thanks. That plant was so rude to me!

@Jean - Absolutely!

@Sue - Here, Deer, Deer, Deer..... Lunch time!

Julie Wein said...

That sucks about the roller coaster. Hope they get it running again.

The Constant Complainer said...

RG, how are you? Sorry I've been away for a few days. Was out of town. Am catching up on your posts from the last week as we speak.

OK, I would much rather be burning up in the TX heat than in this lousy OH weather. It's still like 70 here!

P.S. I love those old wooden roller coasters. I didn't realize that Six Flags still had one.

ReformingGeek said...

@Julie - I think they got her going now. Come on down and give her a whirl.

@Constant - Welcome back! I'm sorry your weather isn't cooperating either!

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"