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One year later, the garden accidents continue

In the world of The Inadvertent Gardener, one thing holds true: Not even the easy stuff seems to go as planned.

Take today’s celebration, for example. One year ago today, I posted my first entry. (Actually, truth be told, I wrote three posts and then back-posted by two days so I could send the link to a few friends and make the blog look like it had more than one entry. But the first post is dated May 6, 2006, so I’m going with that.)

That being said, I somehow got it in my head that the first post was on May 5, not May 6. This is why, after brunch yesterday, Steve and I set off for Hy-Vee in search of a new shower curtain liner, some Dran-o (I know it’s bad for the environment, but the tub must drain, people. It must drain.), and cupcakes with which to celebrate. It was, without question, an odd combination for the store clerk to ring up.

“You should take the cupcake out to the garden,” said Steve, and it was a great idea, but for the fact that yesterday was awfully breezy.

As it turns out? Matches and breeziness? Not good friends. “Why don’t you go and get the lighter?” Steve asked after I lit my third match to no avail.

The lighter didn’t work much better, but we did manage to get the candle lit and the appropriate photo shot. Steve headed for the house with the cupcake, and I turned back around to see if I could get a shot of an emerging pea shoot or something.

Meanwhile, behind me, Steve let out an unprintable word. The cupcake had somehow flipped off the plate and landed icing-first in the grass.

“Good thing we bought extras,” I said, shooting a picture of him holding the empty plate, the cupcake at his feet in the grass.

I finished shooting photos of seedlings and came inside to write my blog entry and download my pictures.

What pictures? said my computer. We don’t see no stinkin’ pictures on that memory card.

Somehow, without any sign of corruption or weirdness, my iPhoto import turned disastrous. Photos of a dinner earlier in the week? Gone. All my birthday cupcake photos? Gone.

“Did you throw away the candle?” I asked Steve.

He had not, and we paraded back out to the garden for another photography session. I tried to imagine what my neighbors must think of me, then stopped when I got to the part where they shake their heads sadly and say, “Is she really having a birthday party for her garden?”

We nestled the cupcake plate back amidst the garlic, and Steve started trying to light the candle again. I shot furiously, taking picture after picture before the wind blew out the candle again.

I slid my camera in my jeans pocket and picked up the cupcake plate just as Steve said, “Did you take all those pictures with the candle backward?”

I squinted at the cupcake. “No, I did not.”

“I think you did.”

I refused to present the camera as evidence, because it occurred to me that, in fact, Steve was right. The candle had been backward, presenting itself more like a mutant seven than a one.

And then? At that moment? The weight of the candle began to topple the cupcake, which very nearly fell off the plate and on the ground. Steve was beside himself.

This time, however, the photos did appear when I tried to import them into iPhoto. And I figured out, in time, that I had celebrated a day early, which might be why there were so many glitches in the situation.

But, at least, thanks to Photoshop and its handy-dandy photo flipping option, I present to you the cupcake, topped with a one. Happy birthday, li’l blog.

Birthday cupcake

35 Comments on “One year later, the garden accidents continue”

  1. #1 Carol
    on May 6th, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Happy One Year Birthday to your blog. Which means you’ve been gardening about a year now, too, right? If so, congratulations to you as well. In gardening, as in celebrating with cupcakes, sometimes tasks that you think will be easy and quick, end up being very hard and take a lot of time. Such is life for a gardener!

    And who cares what the neighbors might think? Another rule for gardeners… can’t worry what the neighbors might think!

  2. #2 steven
    on May 6th, 2007 at 6:48 am

    A fitting birthday tribute to a garden that’s seen more than it’s share of ups and downs! The only way it could have been better is if you’d made and remade the cupcakes because of some baking accident.

    Hear,hear Carol! Who cares what the neighbors think?

  3. #3 Kalyn
    on May 6th, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Genie, congratulations on the one year anniversary. Funny about the cupcake accidents, but the final shot turned out great. And I hope you got to eat the cupcakes!

  4. #4 Christa
    on May 6th, 2007 at 8:29 am

    LOL!! Yes, this sounds like a totally fitting birthday celebration for one who’s had a year of ups and downs in the garden. I would have loved to see that photo of Steve with an empty plate and the cupcake in the grass at his feet! :-)

    Seriously, though, congrats on one year, Genie! Keep bringing us your great gardening stories. :-)

  5. #5 Acey
    on May 6th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    what a fabulous story, told just-right.

  6. #6 MrBrownThumb
    on May 6th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    LOL great post Happy Birthday to your blog.

  7. #7 Robin
    on May 6th, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Blog! Hope the next year brings you many successes.

  8. #8 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Carol, yes — an anniversary for the blog is as good as an anniversary for the garden. And you’re right…I really shouldn’t care what the neighbors think…not for a second. :-)

    Steven, I decided not to leave the cupcakes up to chance. Store-bought or bust! (Or a little of both…)

    Kalyn, I did manage to get one cupcake eaten before they were all gone. I have to be quick when Steve and sweets are in the house at the same time.

    Christa, it was a great photo…so much for that! Thanks for the good wishes.

    Acey, thanks for stopping by and joining in the party.

    Mr. Brown Thumb, thank you very much!

    Robin, thanks so much — I appreciate the good wishes for the coming year.

  9. #9 kate
    on May 6th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Happy first birthday! As I was reading through your blog entry, I was holding my breath wondering what would happen next. Alas, all is well that ends well … your picture turned out wonderfully.

    Here’s to many more years of good blogging fun!!

  10. #10 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Kate — glad I could keep you on your toes! :-) Thanks for the good wishes and for stopping by the celebration.

  11. #11 Jenny
    on May 6th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Happy blog birthday! When I first stumbled upon your blog I had the greatest time reading through your year’s adventures. Here’s to this year, and many after that!

  12. #12 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Jenny, many thanks, both for your good wishes and for your ongoing reading and support!

  13. #13 Michelle
    on May 7th, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Happy Blog Birthday To You!! :) And great story! Sounds just like something that would happen around here!! LOL!! Happy GTS! :)

  14. #14 inadvertentgardener
    on May 7th, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Michelle, thanks so much! It was pretty funny, for sure…

  15. #15 layanee
    on May 7th, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Happy one year birthday! I am 19 posts into the first year so I applaud your commitment! Has the blog made you a better gardener or just a better photographer? Love the blog, will add it to my list!

  16. #16 inadvertentgardener
    on May 7th, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Layanee, I’d say I’ve become a better gardener by virtue of reading other people’s blogs…not necessarily by keeping my own. Although, I’ll say this — people are quick to help me out when I ask questions via the blog, and for that, I’m so grateful.

    But it’s definitely made me a better photographer. I’ve had so much fun with that part of it!

  17. #17 Yolanda Elizabet
    on May 7th, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Congrats on the first birthday of both your blog and your garden. Funny story and pic!

  18. #18 inadvertentgardener
    on May 7th, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Thanks, Yolanda Elizabet! Glad you enjoyed the true tale of trauma with the cupcake… :-)

  19. #19 Carolyngail
    on May 7th, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday. I have been enjoying your blog since I started mine in February this year. Keep up the good work.

  20. #20 Katie
    on May 7th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Happy one year Blogiversary! and many more!

  21. #21 eva
    on May 7th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Happy Belated Blogiversary! Here’s to many more years.

  22. #22 Jeanne
    on May 7th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Happy Blog-anniversary! I just love reading of your adventures!

  23. #23 cole
    on May 7th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Happy Happy to ya.

    OH, and tell Steve that Pinkalicous, our Molly, had 3 babies. And she did not eat them. yet. I hope not at all. But weird and cool.


  24. #24 inadvertentgardener
    on May 8th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Carolyngail, thanks for stopping by — I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it, as well as participating in the blogosphere. It’s a fun place to be!

    Katie, Eva and Jeanne, thank you so much — I really appreciate the stop-by and the good wishes!

    Cole, thanks so much, my bloggy friend. I will pass along the message about Pinkalicious, for sure.

  25. #25 Sylvana
    on May 8th, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Instead of Drano try Ridx. It has biological goodies that eat up all the gunk in your drains. You have to let it sit in your drains undisturbed for 8 hours, and it may take a couple of sessions, but it works and is a living thing – not a chemical. Well, I guess that could irk some people, but it’s better for the environment. I use it in all my drains. If you put a little in your drains once a week overnight, you should never have to worry about clogs again.

  26. #26 inadvertentgardener
    on May 9th, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Sylvana, thanks for that tip — I figured there had to be something out there that was better for all concerned than Drano…

  27. #27 blorturist
    on May 9th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    happy blogiversary!

  28. #28 danielle
    on May 9th, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    happy blog birthday!

  29. #29 inadvertentgardener
    on May 10th, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Blorturist and Danielle, thanks for the good wishes and for stopping by!

  30. #30 cole
    on May 10th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Oh Genie,
    Tell Steve that Pinkalicious ate one of her babies. It is a cruel world. sigh.

  31. #31 Lydia
    on May 12th, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! It’s a huge achievement to write for a year — always enjoyable, but still a marathon. Looking forward to The Inadvertent, year two!

  32. #32 inadvertentgardener
    on May 12th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Cole, I have duly passed along that info. I’m sorry to hear it, but maybe the other two will survive? You’ll have to keep me posted.

    Lydia, thank you so much for the good wishes! It is something of a marathon, but a fun one for sure. I’ve made good blog friends this way, and I count you among them.

  33. #33 Al_Pal
    on Feb 5th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Ahhh, the blogaversary. Fun stories. ;p

  34. #34 inadvertentgardener
    on Feb 5th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks, Al_Pal!

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    on May 6th, 2010 at 8:19 am

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