Yard Art

18 Aug

Every sensible teacher spends the weekends before school starts landscaping their yard, right? No? Well, this one does — sensible or no. We paid the Rototiller Guy to come rototill all the weeds up in my yard and I’ll be damned if I’m just going to watch them grow again. So, Friday, I drove 2.5 hours (each way) with Greg’s Mom to get this pot for my back deck. A deck we haven’t built yet but will . . . someday. Actually, this pot is going to be a water feature and in the winter will catch water from one of the downspouts at the back of the house. In the summer, it will house a ball fountain that I am going to build. I got the ball at the same place. It is a fantastic import pottery place in Escalon, California. Escalon is in the center of the Central Valley — we call it the Dread Central Valley (sorry, Phyllis!). Escalon is a very small town but believe me when I tell you that this place is worth a stop. Oh, I should mention that this pot is large — large enough to hide a standing up 7 year old boy in it — okay, we didn’t actually try that but trust me, it’s big enough to do the job!

Pot for my yard

Anyway, it beats the heck out of the other big attraction in Escalon . . . Poot’s House of Cactus. You think I’m kidding. You don’t believe there could possibly be a Poot’s House of Cactus but there is. It’s REAL! {click} Although, I do note that it is really in Ripon, not Escalon but trust me . . . you wouldn’t notice a difference between the two! And, do I need to mention how very much funnier it is to drive by Poot’s House of Cactus when you have a 7 year old boy in the car? No? I didn’t think so. (I also noticed on the website that they mention that many of their customers find cactus and succulents to be addicting . . . would that be mescale and peyote? Or is that just where MY mind went. Sigh!) [Edit: I’m not the first blogger to blog about Poot’s {click}. Clearly, I am stopping there on my next trip through — after all, I MUST have one of those heads with a succulent hairdo. That’s just too wonderful for words!]

Greg and I had stopped at Lopez Imports when we picked the kids up from my mom in Oakdale which is just about 10 minutes up the highway from Escalon.  We had picked out this pot and one other — a bigger one that would hold our pomegranate tree. But, when I looked at it again, it just wasn’t special enough.  I was hoping for a really stand-out piece.  So, we chatted on the phone (Greg and I) and decided to skip it and just get the above pot.  We had the guy load it into the back of my new car and we were off.

We stopped for lunch at the In-N-Out Burger {click} in Manteca — back down the highway at the junction of 99, don’tcha know?  It was delish as always.  Friends of ours told us that this was a “really good” In-N-Out Burger.  I didn’t know there were distinctions — they all seem pretty darn good to me.  If you haven’t eaten at an In-N-Out Burger, do so.   Great burgers and fries, great service, clean restaurants, and amazing drive-thru lines — okay, that last one isn’t really so much a feature as a warning.  Seriously, don’t go to one at lunch time — a late lunch of 1:30 or 2pm is way better.  The crowds can be daunting at noon.

The one regret I have about this trip with my mother-in-law is that we didn’t stop at any of the fresh produce places.  The Dread Central Valley is farm country.  Every corner has a farmstand filled with amazing corn and berries and other fantastic local, fresh produce. I’m a bit of a one-track-mind traveller.  We were after pots so the rest of it was dead to me.  Then again, we beat rush hour home so maybe it was best to skip the sweet corn after all!

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4 Responses to “Yard Art”

  1. jayne 19 August, 2007 at 3:58 am #

    Cool pots! Sounds like a fun day was had by all.

  2. Phyllis 19 August, 2007 at 8:32 am #

    No problem. I spend most of the summer b****ing about the weather. When DH first said we were moving to Northern Calif, I thought “Ooooh, fog, cool temps, coastal weather! Yum!” Then I looked it up on the Internet. HAHAHA!

    And we STILL haven’t tried In-N-Out and I get admonished for it every now and then.

  3. mary 19 August, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    Hey, you do what ya gotta do and had fun with it. Nice pots!

  4. BEG 20 August, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    Cool pots! When you’ve collected water in it over the winter, how do you plan to use it? I’m curious cos I’d like to do the same. For, you know, the 3 inches of rain we get a year but still…

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