Do you have any stuff that goes missing around your house? Stuff that you absolutely.need.right.then. but it can’t be found anywhere? Even with your part-mom, part-cat-like eyes, with their abilities to spot something from another room, the item/s still can’t be found? Y’know, until sometime later, when, all of a sudden, the item miraculously appears before your very eyes and is laid out in the open, for all to see, not hidden, in plain sight, just THERE and WHY ON EARTH COULD YOU NOT FIND IT!? (Please tell me this doesn’t just happen to me?)
When we planted our garden this season, I wanted to fertilize my newly planted beauties, and ventured to the garage where I saw all three bottles of fertilizer neatly stacked where I’d left them last, but no fertilizer gun. Suspecting the kids had “borrowed” it to play water wars with it or something, I began digging in the garage.. nothing. Checked my husband’s tool shelf.. nothing. Back yard.. nothing. Around the side of the house where the garbage cans are… nothing. Then I did what any mother would do – I started my search again. And again. And again.
I never found that damn fertilizer gun. I grumbled to and fro under my breath, seething at it’s loss, because the stupid guns cost so dang much and I didn’t want to pay for it again when I knew it was around here somewhere. That day I absolutely r-e-f-u-s-e-d to let my husband by me another gun, I opened up a bottle of fertilizer and SQUIRTED it on my plants, then watered them over top.
Stubborn? Yes. Smart? Perhaps. Thrifty? HELL YES.
My husband finally bought me a replacement gun, much to my (and my wallet’s) dismay. I hadn’t even opened the package yet before I immediately regretted his buying it, but what could I do? Mine was missing, and these plants needed it, and squirting it wasn’t working.
For weeks I happily watered my plants, forgetting all about the ordeal, watching my beautiful garden begin to form and take shape. For weeks I ignorantly went about my days, doing my normal mom-to-many thing, without giving it a second thought.
After an absolutely miserably “off” morning, in which my elementary schooler ended up late to school (story to come tomorrow), I finally stammered home, with three sleepy short people in tow, only to see something suspicious once I pulled into my driveway.
Do you see it?
Here, let me help:
The one closest is the new one, as is evident by it’s implied usage lately, being near the hose and left out on the driveway (double ahem). The one across the way, on the hose-holder, however, IS THE OLD ONE! Apparently, it was WITH the hoses all this time (DUH!)! And now it’s quite evident where it was hiding because the kids washed my car for Mother’s Day the other day. taking down the hoses to do so (and left them out, too).
So, tell me, does this “Invisible Stuff” happen to you, too?