Frazzled Marc, half way through my 40s!

Frazzled Marc, half way through my 40s!
Frazzled Marc, half way through my 40s!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bird Watching in my Yard

This past Saturday morning, I poured myself a cup of coffee and began staring out the kitchen window, thinking about my fun evening last night with friends, and what the day held before me. My mind wandered as I contemplated life. I sipped my coffee. Thoughts turned to a tomato and cucumber salad I wanted to make later. Chores to do, errands to run. Fitting in the gym somewhere along the line.

I began to watch the birds and butterflies zip between the oak tree, the pussy-willow tree, the bird bath and the butterfly bush. I spend 15 minutes just relaxing and watching the birds.

I gazed out finding myself smiling. About 5-6 cat birds hopped from branch to branch in the pussy-willow tree, each taking a turn in the bird bath. Feathers ruffling, water splashing,. They seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves as much as I was enjoying watching them. They'd hop out, and preen themselves on one of the branches, shaking off excess water.

Butterflies were all over the butterfly bush, competing for spots with a trio of small orange-grey bluebirds. I found alter that they were indeed Eastern blue birds. A solitary yellow American goldfinch flew from the oak tree to the butterfly bush and then up to the tops of the trees in the back of the yard. I also had a pair of red headed house finches in the pussy-willow, doing their best to annoy the cat birds. And a couple of robins hunted for worms in the grass.

I wanted to remember this perfect moment. I really just enjoyed it. Sometimes you need to take the moment, lose yourself, live in that moment, and just observe what it happening around you. You'd be amazed at what you will observe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Home Depot Trip

Image borrowed from www/homedepot.com
John and I were at The Home Depot the other day buying some paint, some rope, and a bunch of other stuff you normally buy there. We had a cart weighted down with two 5 gallon drums of paint and we were slowly pushing it around the store when I realized I needed some top soil and possibly more plants for the deck.

We slowly pushed the heavy cart out to the garden section and I told John to wait with the cart by the entrance while I got a 25 pound bag of top soil on the other side; it seemed like a mile away. I carried the bag all the way back to the cart and was just about to place it in the cart when it split open, dumping out top soil everywhere. I started laughing and John rolled his eyes at me, sighing.

I carried the opened toil soil all the waay back to the soil/compost shelves. dropped it, and got another one. Then I walked all the waay back to the cart. Luckily this one stayed intact.

"Marc, why didn't you just bring the cart over to where the top soil was?" John asked.
"I didn't want to have to push this heavy ass cart all the waay over to the top soil."
"So, you took two trips, back and forth, to grab a 25 pound bag of top soil?"
"Hahaha, yeah I guess I did," I responded.
"I'm not gonna say anything." John said just shaking his head.

He began to turn the cart around to go towards the registers and I blurted out, "I almost forgot! I need plants! But I'm not gonna pay full price! Lemme see what's on clearance!"

I found a store associate watering marigolds and asked her.

"Hi, where are the discounted plants?" I asked.
"I don't know what you mean," she flatly responded, still watering marigolds.
"Um, where are the 'on clearance' plants?"
"There are some are on sale over there," she began, pointing to perfectly healthy plants. "Those are 30% off, Sale ends today." The woman was completely devoid of any vocal pitch or emotion. I began to get annoyed. 
"No, the really discounted 'on clearance' plants?" I clarified.
"Sir, I don't know what you are asking me."
Me, visibly impatient, "OK, WHERE ARE THE DYING PLANTS YOU ARE SELLING FOR ONLY A $1.00."
"They haven't died yet, sir."
"ARGH!" I exclaimed in a huff.

John just looked at me and stated "I'm am just so mortified right now." And he walked away.