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I was caught pruning this afternoon by my tiresome neighbour, the one who lives in the house at the bottom of my property. (edit: that sounds rather as if I have vast tracts of land, subdivided, with a house that I have sold or rent out or something. I mean, my bottom fence borders her property) She always seems to be just coming or just going somewhere when I'm in the middle of something. I hear this disembodied voice going "Hi-eye" from around the corner of her house before I see her, then I'm usually all disheveled and my nose is dripping. Anyway, today she says "keeping things going, are you?" and I just smiled sweetly and nodded. And I realized afterwards, especially adding that to other things she has said, that she thinks that it's my mother's garden, and I'm nobly (or forlornly) keeping up my mother's legacy. Or something. Ick.

The fact that nothing could be further from the truth is something that I'm probably never going to know her well enough to tell her. It's entirely my garden; I built it, and in latter years it was the place I used to go to escape from the house and my mother. It was the one place I had control and peace. But I'm not going to tell her that. It wouldn't matter, except I loathe the notion that she regards me with pity. She's the type of woman for whom my current postmodern bohemian spinster lifestyle and tastes would be completely alien. I think of her as the kind of woman that Shelley Duval as she was in the beginning of Robert Altman's Three Women would grow into (ha - how's that for a nice obscure filmic reference!!). She'd no more watch Buffy than a Quentin Tarantino movie. Bet she watches The Ghost Whisperer! Meow.

Oh well. As you can tell, I gave in to the temptation to go out into the garden. And when I came in I gave both my dogs a bath (Robinson rolled in some cat poop, so it was actually necessary in one case) and washed the floors of my entire house. And threw the dog beds into the washer. Then I had to wash the bathroom post dog bath. Then I decided to change my sheets so that I can go the whole hog tonight after my own bath - such luxury: clean house, clean sheets, clean dogs.

No marking, however. Oh well. It IS the weekend, after all.

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intertext
Feb. 12th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Exactly. They "mean well" but that doesn't make them less irritating. And you can't be bothered to set them straight, even if they'd listen, or understand.
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gillo
Feb. 12th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
English degrees help one become a more developed human being. But what would such people know of that? But there's another argument:

I have an English degree. Many of my friends from student days have science and maths degrees. Guess which of us has never had a day's unemployment? Guess which others have lost jobs from downsizing frequently?

gillo
Feb. 12th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
Ladies of our generation are supposed to be into crochet and soothing TV like Midsomer Murders, not Buffy. I'm glad I'm not normal.
intertext
Feb. 12th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Actually, I quite like Midsomer Murders :) I believe in being well rounded haha. But I know exactly what you mean. I wouldn't be "normal" for anything. When I was in my twenties I used to tell people I aspired to be an eccentric little old lady - I think I'm well on my way!
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