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Beautiful blue bells

Beautiful blue bells

NO ONE IS PERFECT! Oh, that 4 magic words! They make me feel A LOT better……*BIG grin*. If you feel lousy, horrible, dumb, stupid, mad or whatever you want to call yourself, I hope and hope you will change your mind after you are through with this post.

Just take a look at the beautiful pot of flowers above. It was given by a dear friend when she came over to my place. I accepted it with a big smile and said a BIG ‘Thank You’ to her. But then deep down, I was thinking, ‘Oh no, flowers again!’ Know why? I think plants or flowers and I are BIG enemies right from the day of God’s creation! We just don’t click. Yes. And never will, I believe. Countless beautiful plants have died in my hands. I think my look kills! If the plants can sing, I know what they are going to sing. It will be, ‘Killing me softly with her LOOK!’….haha. If there’s anything I or my friends are very grateful for is that my LOOK or STARE doesn’t kill people….phew….haha. I think it does melt people’s hearts though, especially my hubby’s heart….*big grin*.

Right, back to the beautiful pot of flowers above. After a few days, I thought I need to water the plants. So I did. But to my disappointment, the water leaked from the bottom……arrrrgggghhh. Why did the shop used a leaky pot?….hmmmm. About a week later, I watered it again. I forgot that there was a leakage. So, the water leaks again and wet the kitchen top……big sigh. I found a small plate and put the plant on it. Simple problem simple solution. Counted myself smart!

Another week later, I felt I need to water it again. Told myself that the plant is really doing well. For once, I noticed my plant showed signs of survival. Why? Because it DIDN’T die…..yay! But wait! Why is is not growing? I mean why are the flowers still the same? Something is wrong? I took my spectacles, touched and pulled the leaves. OH NO! Goodness gracious me! It’s a fake plant!!!!!!! I was so embarrassed to the core yet almost laughed myself to death…..haha. How STUPID!!! Imagine if my girls saw what I did? They would have rolled over the floor and laughed their heads off!…haha. I won’t be able to bear their cheeky looks and their shrieks of laughter thundering through the walls to my neighbours. They would probably wonder if I am in the early stage of dementia. Thank goodness I was all alone at home!….phew.

Beautiful blue bells

Beautiful blue bells

The next week after badminton, I saw quite a big area of blue bells, real ones, near the car park. Had a good laugh and took some pictures. See how beautiful the real ones are!

So many beautiful orchids and beautiful potted plants given by friends have sadly died. I was so frustrated that I asked my friend to help. Her plants always look so healthy and beautiful. Plant food and the right amount of watering is important. However that didn’t help no matter how I tried.

Is that all? Wait……more to tell you. Life is a real joke I must say. A few weeks ago, I decided to mow the lawn for once, after hearing all my hubby’s murmuring. It gets unbearable when each summer comes because this is the time the lawn needs mowing at least once a fortnight. He just doesn’t enjoy mowing the lawn while I don’t enjoying hearing his murmuring. To avoid turning the house into a battle field, I told myself I would mow the lawn! I’ll prove to him that I can do it too, and WITHOUT murmuring! I had seen him done it. Just plug the wire into the socket, press a switch on the lawn mower and enjoy ’shaving’ the ground! So there I went without letting him know. I thought I would give him a big surprise and charge him exorbitantly high for a job well done. He will be happy and I will be happy too. Only that he gets poorer…haha.

So there I went one day when the weather was good and no one was at home. I was mowing happily for about 5 minutes when suddenly I heard a big ‘pop’ and the engine died on me! OH NO!!! I wondered why. Took me quite a while to figure out that the wire somehow got underneath the mower and got cut. So it died! Now I’m in for a BIG trouble if my hubby knows it. I told my girl I need to get a new mower, a similar one, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Then I will throw away the dead one. She agreed to go with me, most secretly, to B&Q. Needless to say, I had insomnia that night! Counting stars, sheep, whatever you can name it. It didn’t work!

Oh, B&Q is a DIY store just in case you are wondering. It’s a big store here. You can get all sorts of stuff in there, EVERYTHING that you need for a house, even to build one. It even sells plants and soils for gardenng too.

If you don’t know what is DIY, it’s perfectly fine. I only learned it when I came here. This word is almost non existent back in Malaysia, at least during my time. It’s DO IT YOURSELF! See, back home, we get people to do it. Labour is cheap there. But here, labour is expensive so most people will do home repairs themselves, like changing floorings, putting up wall paper, painting, gardening etc etc.

Ok, back to my lawn mower. 2 days later, my girl went with me to B&Q. That was the only day she was free….phew! We went to town first to do a little shopping. We thought of going for lunch first and then to B&Q but later changed our mind. We should go to B&Q first, quickly get one lawn mower and then head off for lunch. We will have more time then to relax and enjoy our lunch….mother-daughter bonding time….*big smiles*.

We saw several types of lawn mowers. There was one on display which looks good. We were looking and discussing when suddenly someone appeared in front of us, smiling. We were so shocked. It was our very close family friend, Will. I told him my problem and that I’m there to get a new lawn mower and throw away the old one. He said he could repair it for me. Repair??? Oh my gosh….that’s the BEST word that I’ve heard since the beginning of time! You should have seen my smile. Must be the biggest and the sweetest in the world…..haha. What a huge relief and joy!

Will helped me get a few items. On the way out, he told me that when he left his office, he felt I would be in B&Q looking for something. He knows too well I will be lost there as usual, not knowing what to get. He knows me too well that I’m HOPELESS in gardening, computers, IT, places of interests and house repairs. He knows that I am only good in cooking and baking….haha. To me, his sudden appearance is totally shocking but life saving, like a miracle. He’s like an angel sent by God to help me in times of my trouble and need! It’s really not a coincident but God’s appointment!

He went home for lunch and I went with my girl for lunch. After lunch he came to my place to repair my lawn mower. I was simply amazed that it can be repaired. Then he taught me how to use the lawn mower and mow the lawn the right way. Oh I see…..that’s how I should hold the mower and the right way to mow!…..haha. Did I look silly there? Of course I did. My neighbours could be watching and laughing but who cares. As long as my lawn mower is repaired and I know how to mow the lawn!…..*big smiles*.

Hilarious friend

Hilarious friend

Now you can take a good look at our beloved friend here. He is ‘pregnant’!………LOL. Don’t you want a hilarious friend like him who can make fun of himself and feels totally delighted at his silliness?….haha. This was taken at our weekend potluck barbecue. He organised the barbecue outing and took his bbq set along. We had lots of fun and food, a good time to build friendship. Will is also an avid photographer. Wherever he goes, he brings along his big expensive camera. And that’s what he used to make him look pregnant!…..haha

Have it ever come across your mind, ‘What if man can get pregnant?’ The picture tells it all. They will be the happiest people on earth. I think there will be peace all around. When men are happy, women and children will be happy too. The world will be such a fun place to live….haha.

Now just in case you don’t know what LOL is, it means Laugh Out Loud….haha. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know. I learned it from my girls a few years ago. Maybe I’ll just add another one here just in case your children use it on you and you are too embarrassed to ask. Often times my girls use ‘idk’. It can mean ‘I don’t care’ or I don’t know’. So, you have to guess. Just have fun with your kids and you will learn a lot of silly stuff from them. They keep you stressed but young…..*big grin*

Now, what have I learned? In short……
1.   Never assume. Looks can be deceiving.
2.   Never give up learning even if you fail time and again. One day you will surely succeed.
3.   To do well in life, a coach or mentor makes the journey shorter and easier

Right, you have come to the end of my post. I hope you had fun reading through and most important you feel much better and smarter now, knowing that there’s a dumber person than you. And that’s me, Mary!……*big grin*.

Let’s not be too serious in life. We may fail in certain areas, but don’t beat yourself up. You have not failed as long as you have not failed to try. Just never give up trying. Remember, ‘Keep Learning Keep Smiling!’ Learn to laugh at yourself like Will. The world will then be a much better place to live. Remember that miserable people turn people away and angry people hurt others. Laughter is the best medicine.

Now if you need something to make you laugh, why not check out Russell Peters, my favourite comedian. You can watch him on youtube and have a good laugh. I’m sure you will feel much better after that. And if you can’t laugh watching him, then I don’t know what to do with you. Maybe…..just tickle yourself….haha

Til then, see you in my next post. Take care and hope you have a great week!

Quote of the day……

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

- Bill Cosby

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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10 Comments

claire  on June 24th, 2013

HI Mary! You are not alone! When it comes to gardening, I know next to nothing.. if you come to my house, you can see for yourself.. no leaves.. no greens.. but artificial ones, a lot.. lol…
Yes, your friend Will comes in very handy.. so your mower is repaired and the lawn is mowed? NO more murmuring from Steven.. :)

suituapui  on June 24th, 2013

I only know how to water the plants…and sometimes, I drown them to death! LOL!!!

Somebody once told me at a national-level English teachers’ convention. “It is great that you can laugh at yourself - it takes a great man to do that.”

somewhere in singapore  on June 24th, 2013

Same same, when plant come to me, it will die in my hand… No fate with plants…

somewhere in singapore  on June 24th, 2013

I can only admire plants, kakaka…

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on June 25th, 2013

I too don’t have green thumbs… the blue bells plant looks beautiful.

Blackswan  on June 26th, 2013

U’re a real sweetie & funny lah! Lol! I’m lousy in repair jobs as well. After all, our hands are made for just cooking :)

Mary  on June 26th, 2013

@claire - Haha…..now you’ve made me feel a million times better! We better form a club now……Artificial Plants Club…haha. Oh, and my house is very peaceful now…..no more murmurings :D

@suituapui - Haha……I thought I am the only one that drown plants! Glad to have found another partner in crime….haha. Oh, now I know how to be great….laugh more at myself :D

@somewhere in singapore - Now I wonder….do they die instantly in your hand?….haha :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Looks like we are only good in cooking and baking :D

@Blackswan - Haha….you made me feel a lot better, Shirley! At least we are good in something, right? :D

Jeannie  on June 26th, 2013

You are very comical Mary:D but flowers died in my hands too! Surprisingly there is one that bloomed even though I have neglected it for so long…all is not dead, still have some hope lol!

Mistletoe  on July 6th, 2013

Hahahaha! Oh Mary, you always bring laughter and big smiles to me. Somehow though, I’m not surprised you watered a fake plant for days and days and never even knew it was fake. Too too cute!!! Now I’m starting to wonder if I should be glad you didn’t try to send my “toy rocket” to space. Lol.
Next time get a gas mower…no chords to mow over. Haha. Although you might set your lawn on fire. Ok nvm (never mind), just stick to chords. On a more serious side though, please please be more careful. Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh at you or scold you. Sigh. Next time I visit, let’s do yard work together. You now while I ride the mower. :P Wheeeee!!!! Thanks for the laughs!

lena  on July 6th, 2013

hahaha! a fake plant! that plant must have looked so real!! I hope your eyesight is okay! hahaha! Luckily you can still notice that it didnt grow..otherwise..haha..dont know when will you be watering the plants till…

idk..i dont know this one until now!

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