Today is the opening day of the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. About a month ago my friend Vicki said that I should start getting myself ready for a 5k run they were having at Thanksgiving Point - you would run along the trails through the tulips.
This comment from Vicki struck me a little odd because, well, mainly, I don't run. Ever.
She said, "But it would be so beautiful!!!! You should do it."
To which I replied, "I would rather pay the admission fee and leisurely walk along the sidewalks and look at the beautiful tulips." And so I never did do anything to get myself ready to run.
But I do love tulips and although I have said, "This is the year I am going to plant some bulbs!" for the last 12 or so years, I have yet to plant any tulip bulbs at my house. Sad.
I was at Walmart just before Easter and they had little round planters of tulip bulbs for sale. I thought that would be a great way to cheat and finally get some bulbs in my ground. I thought I could just dig a hole big enough to put the ready made grouping in the ground and call it good. So I bought two of them.
I had them sitting on either side of my front door, waiting for a nice day to dig my little holes. And while waiting for a nice day to come, it started to rain and rain and rain. So I moved the planters out in front of my steps to get watered by the rain ... and then a sad thing happened.
I drove into my driveway the other day and noticed that one of the planters had been moved onto my grass. Excuse me? Who did that?
I got out of my car to move it back. And as I approached the pot, I knew right away who had done it ... a deer. Sigh. Well - I couldn't really get mad about it (since I did do a post about liking deer in my yard - here). So, I had spent $8 on a snack for a deer. I guess that's okay. And what's one more year without tulips in my yard?
I'll just have to enjoy them at Thanksgiving Point!
(Before the snack) ............ (After the snack)