A little advanced planning and foreknowledge can be so helpful in life.
It’s been raining a lot around here lately. OK, so it’s the Pacific Northwest and rain in late winter is nothing new. But eight inches in three days is a little much. The river has overflowed its banks in the lowest spots and the farmlands are flooding.
I used to worry about the farmers and the animals combined with all that water, but long-time residents are prepared. They’ve lived through flooding before, and they’ll live through flooding again. They’ve got a system for how to handle these things. They’ve built on the highest knoll, valuables are stored up high. When the river road floods, they leave their vehicles on the high ground and use a tractor to ferry back and forth. They’ve got a plan.
I could use a little of that forward thinking. Remember a few months back when a friend gave me these potted plants?
I thought they’d be a great addition to the plant corner. Once I removed the bags, I discovered cheap green plastic, undersized pots; they had to go. I was sure we could do better than that, so Baby Girl and I headed off to the fabulous nursery down the road.
I found a lovely pair of pots for just $20 each which seemed reasonable, so I brought them home. The corn plants were going to look lovely in these.
And they would have if I’d only had the forethought to measure first. But I was sure these were just the right size–certainly not puny and undersized like the pots the plants were in now.
I’d picked out pots that were the same size if not smaller than the original ones–at least they were much better looking.
Just a little preparation would have made all the difference. My note section on my iPhone is filled with little reminders about how much fabric I need for this project and the latest and greatest book I’d like to read. Now I just need to add a note on what size pots the corn plants should have, and then I won’t have to rely on my spotty memory.
Part of the problem may have been the cost of pots, just a little larger… Sometimes, you have to splurge. Instead of taking the pots back, we’ve decided to use them in other ways. I hope by the end of the month all the plants in that corner will be styling new containers.
Ever bought the perfect thing only to bring it home and it’s totally wrong?
(We’ve had less rain the last few days, so I’m hoping the river goes down. I don’t want to belittle the farmers plight, because flooding is serious business, but I am impressed with their ingenuity and resourcefulness. I’d like to be a little more like the farmer.)