Once upon a time my sister went to Italy and brought me back a murano glass fish. We really liked the band Phish, so it was kind of a joke, but a really nice gift. Then she went to visit our dad in WA and brought me back a ceramic fish from there. A friend moved to Germany, my sister went to visit, you guessed it, 3 little glass fish came home with her. Then my mother, queen of the thrift store and tag sale, joined in. But unlike my sister, my mom thought anything with a fish on it or fish-shaped was fair game. Fish shaped coin purses, wooden trays, sponge holders, tea towels, you name it, I bet at one point or another I've had one. I finally had to ask mom to try and keep it to a minimum and for the past few years she's done a great job of finding fish items that I like and can actually use. Her Christmas gift to us was a beautiful almost abstract dip/chip set which we love and use often. The first fish is all the way on the right on the top shelf in front and the chip/dip set is obviously on the left/middle of the next shelf:
So when I found a ceramic fish shaped planter at Christmas Tree Shops yesterday afternoon for $19.99 I just had to have it, but I blame it on my mom. I instantly pictured my new planter with a grass coming out of its mouth like it was blowing water and when I got home and showed it to Lee he suggested lemon grass. Perfect:
I had that lemon grass still hanging out in a small container so I just grabbed it and shoved it into the mouth of the fish and stabbed it through the center with a piece of bamboo:
Today I'll get it planted and then after the first frost (hopefully a full month from now), I'll move it to the basement to overwinter the lemon grass (cross your fingers), but also to protect the adorable fish planter because I think it might not fare well in sub-freezing temps. Also on the agenda is Lee mowing the grass. Can you believe how green and lush it is with how dry it's been in CT? I can't:
But the most exciting agenda item for the day is harvesting the Yukon Gold potatoes. I so hope there are many, many potatoes! Of course, it's about 80 degrees, sunny, and muggy, so we might just end up hanging out in the sun instead.