2017 has been quite a year for us at Princess & The Yard Ape. We have redesigned our garden more times than Donald Trump has denied climate change.
We got new, car-stopping Heritage Blue vertical siding. A steel roof.
AND….we moved my greenhouse.
Here is what we listened to while doing it:
- Sanctuary by Serena Ryder
- Wish You Were Here by Lee Fields & The Expressions
- The World (Is Going Up In Flames) by Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a greenhouse. My attitude has always been, that if I’m willing to wait long enough, everything I want ends up coming my way.
After, years and years of dreaming, there was this one day when I experienced a SUDDENLY!
My life changed in an instant. My mother-in-law called me ( way back when we still had a phone in our home and an old-fashioned answering machine to boot). I recall the conversation to this day, word for word it went like this: “Kellie, yadda, yadda, yadda, ya…Do you want a greenhouse?”
I’ve experienced many of these occasions, and after I start breathing again, I do a fist pump, a happy dance and cross my fingers that Dave will not hinder it all from going down.
The greenhouse was no different. Before I even finished the sentence, he said NO. I wasn’t even asking.
I remember writing the cheque for $100. You read that right. 100 large, 100 big ones, 100 dollars. Best deal of my life.
Initially, the greenhouse used to be in our driveway, by the back door. If we gave you directions, we’d always say, ‘the house with the greenhouse in the driveway.’ With the new siding, all we have to say is, ‘the really cool blue house (we don’t even have to say two-story anymore).
A year ago, during a party, I was telling a guest how I’d love to move the greenhouse to the back corner of the garden. He and his wife thought it was a great idea, but his eyebrows disappeared in his hairline when I said I’d also love to have heated floors. Not because the idea was crazy, but because he works with Dave.
Dave said, NO. To all of us.
The dream almost died. I actually gave the greenhouse away to that same guest earlier this Spring. Pete and I both kind of just hung our heads. Before the transaction became final, I moved my garden design material to the greenhouse and never moved out. Working out there made me firmly decide I just couldn’t get rid of it. Pete took the news really well and has been ‘working on’ Dave for a year.
During our Quasi Thanksgiving, my brother-in-law ‘worked on’ Dave. My sister-in-law did too. As for me, I played it cool. I didn’t even respond or get involved in the convo. Just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Meh.”
After my brother-in-law and sister-in-law went home, Dave sidled up to me and said, “Ok” just Ok, nothing else.
I replied with, “Meh,” yet again.
Dave elbowed me. “Don’t you want to know what I’m saying OK to?”
After some sighs, eye rolls, hands on my hips and general cajoling on my part, Dave finally spits out some words in his out loud voice and said, “I’m going to let you move that greenhouse and here is how it’s going to happen.”
And then, “Are you ready? Are you paying attention?”, in rapid fire.
The man has the nerve to call me a Drama Queen!
Dave got down on his hands and knees and built a retaining wall and an interlocking floor for my $100 greenhouse. He even had the stones to talk dirty to me. Words such as PYTHAGOREAN theory escaped his lips without a care. The 3,4,5 rule to square the walls of the retainment flowed with poetic ease. It was probably the blazing sun or the tight space, but Dave enraptured me with Landscaping and Construction lingo. I felt weak in the knees.
I’ve found solace, sanctuary and of course, I found a place to enjoy a glass of wine that looks bigger than my head.
We were able to enjoy a family dinner together and took lots of photos that will show you how we are planning on pimping out the greenhouse. Much of the decorating will come in the Spring but I’ll give you a glimpse in the next post.
Till then, Kellie