Daily Archives: August 10, 2011

The hose

My mom always said we are not rich enough to buy cheap.

17 days ago we had new landscaping done. We are now proud owners of 14 trees, 19 bushes and 171 plants. As my son will tell you:  in order for them to grow you need soil, sun and water. Despite popular belief that it never stops raining in Pacific Northwest, August has not had any yet.

In order to give them the opportunity to thrive and as such have the best return into our landscaping investment I have been advised to soak them thoroughly every day. And to do so, Little J and I visited his favorite store, The Home Depot, to purchase a new hose. He instantly fell in love with a lovely bright blue one; because blue is his favorite color. It seemed well made and heavy duty. It also said it was tangle free. I am assuming all these lovely features were reasons it cost $40.

We are proud owners of two 50 feet garden hoses, one which is a home to our beloved little green frog, who was featured in my 365 project. We also have a posh irrigation system that came with the house. Unfortunately, it is at the moment unusable due to cracked pipe and overbooked repairman.  All these facts led me to remove the $40 hose from the shopping cart and replace it with an ugly green vinyl one costing measly $10. Little J was deeply disappointed, but after I promised him a cut from the savings, he agreed we should go cheep.

And with that commenced our daily three hour watering of all things green. Initially we did it together, but kids like mine loose interest quickly and I am again left  on my own. I put my child to sleep, put my winter jacket on ( it might not rain, but once the sun is down, it is cold around here) and stand alone in the dark, watering. It would be quite therapeutic, if it wasn’t for the guilt about wasting all this drinking water (and shoe shopping money), that consumes me. Will I be known as ignorant water waster or tree killer? 

As if all this wasn’t stressful enough, every time I move, even an inch-yes you guessed it: THE HOSE TANGLES UP. By law of nature the knot is the furthest away from me, most probably on the other side of the fence. And by straightening one knot, I create another, and another, and another. Which in return makes my hair grey and my ice cream consumption rise. A girl has to find a way to cope with this, don’t judge!

So in conclusion: my mother was stunning and perhaps because of that she never was considered wise. But apparently when it comes to consumer wisdom, she was spot on. Below graph proves beyond the shadow of doubt : when it comes to hoses you are best to buy posh. I should know.

Also I did not include the emotional damage compensation claim I am likely to file against my Husband. For no other reason then the fact that men are ultimately blamed for everything.

hose graph

Disclaimer: this post is in no way endorsed by any store, hose maker or my cities water supplier. However donations of cookies are welcome to be send directly to me, in order to assist me with emotional distress this 50 feet of green evil has caused me. Also none of the 14 trees, 19 bushes or 171 plants have been damaged in the last 17 days. Which in itself is a miracle.


This post was inspired and linked to A Mountain Momma’s


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