Okay, so I have been jetsetting around the world on my whirlwind book tour (read: driving around on the weekends in my ten year old Hyundai), but some interesting things have been going on here at the home front, too. Namely, with the gnomes. Many of you are already acquainted with my Number One Mushroom Farmer:
…And the fact that he got a house last year (that post here). But this summer he got some serious curb appeal, thanks to Rob. Even if he doesn’t want to admit it, the following project was Rob’s idea entirely and I simply stood aside, screeching with delight from behind the camera.
We’re talking rock pathway, front stoop, pine cone trees, walnut shell benches:
See the tiny garden hoe parked at the front door? Rob’s mom, Sandy, got us that:
But the biggest news/gnews (a.k.a. labor of love) is the twine-n-twig handrail that lines the path leading to the front door:
Look, it’s a steep path! And Gnomey’s not getting any younger – why not help him out a bit?
Quote from my five year-old nephew this past weekend: “That’s not a REAL house, that’s just a door up against a tree.” Rob and I looked at each other, confused, then laughed it off. Of course it’s a real house!
But the gnome gnews doesn’t stop here. Nope. Check out this magnet our friends Steve and Josie picked up for us on a trip to Boston. I can’t approach the refrigerator without chuckling at it:
How ’bout these cute stamps my cousin Mindy sent from Albuquerque? I just got the ink for them, so consider yourself warned:
I can’t help but love these salt and pepper shakers my friend Ann-Marie gave me for my birthday:
She also gave us this extra-agile plant-climbing gnome:
I like how he looks during the day, but I’m especially fond of how he looks at night – very stealthy:
Do you have any of your own gnome gnews to report? Do you think Rob and I are certifiably insane in this regard or is this an understandable response to the fact that it’s been a dry season around here, as far as mushrooms? Please advise.