Made in America

Self is made in America.

Her writing self got its start with Doreen, but she was honed by Stanford.  And by what she read here, in America.

Pardon these discursive thoughts, dear blog readers.

It is raining.

Yesterday, self made it from her house all the way down to Courthouse Square.  My, the walk felt good!  It was a beautiful day.

Today, she got only as far as the Whole Foods Store on El Camino, at the corner of Jefferson Ave.  She had a hummus and green salad lunch, and read the Chronicle (Stanford’s men’s basketball team, alas, is performing very poorly)  After lunch, she walked back home and continued planting.  She opened a huge box that came from Santa Rosa Gardens (There was a sale for Fine Gardening subscribers:  20% off!)  Self ordered five hostas.  She didn’t expect such a huge box.  Also, the box contained a “Nematode Certificate of Inspection for Shipping Nursery Stock to California.”  The certificate went:

This is to certify that the nursery stock or plant material in this shipment meets the requirements of California quarantines (C.A.C. Section 3252, 3263, 3264, 3271, 282).

Self discovered that her hostas originated in Florida!  How very interesting.

When it began to rain, self decided to quit (though she has been known to garden in pouring rain).  Back at her desk, she began to browse a site she discovered earlier today:

She loved looking at the photographs of miniature gardens (Apparently, more people in the United States are getting into miniature gardens.  Self would like to use the expression “spreading like wildfire” but in the absence of actual statistics, self must tone down her observations).

There is a section called “Made in America.”  It’s our patriotic duty, dear blog readers, as citizens of a country laid low by recession and by an imbalance of trade relationships:  We manufacture our goods overseas so that we can buy back these goods at higher prices —  Bwah ha ha!  Meanwhile, so many of us are out of work.

Well, enough of the handwringing.  All self is saying is:  It would be a good idea, before plunking down money, to determine where the item or items being purchased were made (Self will bet 90.99% will say “Made in China.”  No need to feel sorry for the Chinese because they are at the moment kicking our butts — economically)

Self loves the metal signs that express such sentiments as “Life is Good” ($49.99), and the “Star Gazing Bunny” ($64) and the sandstone planters and the graceful wooden bird houses.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

1 Comment

  1. January 11, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Love this blog – I just ordered box set of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series, and am eagerly waiting – am about to try ordering plants by mail – gearing up for The Child’s lectures.


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