Do you ever have an epiphany moment while washing dishes? I did several weeks back and then I laughed at myself for not having it sooner. Most of you are probably already doing this and I'm kicking myself. Insert an eye roll here.
It was our first Sunday as empty nesters again. We had the ENTIRE house to ourselves after a hectic week of moving the guys out and helping them settle in. Since I was not involved in the logistics, it made this mom feel better knowing where to find them!
I had spent the entire day in my kitchen working. Let's just say when I went to bed that night, I earned 10,000 steps and I didn't even leave the kitchen and laundry area. I climbed the ladder. I filled Goodwill boxes. I vacuumed and wiped down all the crumbs in the kitchen cabinets and drawers. I reorganized. I deep cleaned. I was nesting.
I also do my best processing of life during times like this. As I stood in the kitchen looking at several of my sad houseplants while my hands were busy washing dishes, I thought to myself, "I did it again. I over-watered her. I gave him too much. Dang it."
I had just thrown out a vase of fresh flowers. It hit me. WHY IN THE WORLD DO I SPEND MONEY ON FLOWERS THAT LAST 5-6 DAYS TOPS AND I DON'T REPLACE MY SAD HOUSEPLANTS WITH A NEW ONE? Especially a new one knowing it will last for weeks and weeks (even if I neglected which I don't recommend) or months (if I actually make a bit of effort?)
I suddenly gave myself the freedom to stop fretting and start enjoying houseplants when I need to try again. It is either $14.99 for 5-7 days or $16.99 for a couple months. Hmmmmm.....I shared this with Scott.
He said, "Marsha, you own a garden center. You replace them at cost." And then he laughed out loud.
Thanks for the reminder and the heckling. Well played, babe. I don't know why but it is really hard for me to take plants home. I think, "What if I take this plant and someone else would enjoy it too?" It's really hard.
PSA: It's okay when you must replace a houseplant that isn't thriving. Investing your money wisely on something that brings joy, fresh oxygen and lasts longer is smarter. It's a living, learning experiment and we will get better with time and patience. (Me telling myself this over, over and over.)
That said, race you to the garden center.