Monday, April 25, 2011

A Dollar's Worth of Enlightenment

More Low Hanging Fruit From

In that magical store where your money is no good, unless it is a dollar, there are wonders to behold.  As you will remember, the first fruit that Larainy plucked from the dollar tree for review was the grow snake, a marvelous find which grew 700% as promised, but promptly unplumped when removed from the bathtub.  Excuse me, but I have never enjoyed bathing with reptiles.

Our next foray into dollar-land takes a mysterious oriental turn, so get your feng shui on and check out the

WARNING to all you farmers out there:  do not expect anything to grow in this garden!!! If you are expecting a bounteous tomato harvest you are going to be grievously disappointed

Joey, a graduating Senior with a nose for Science, 
agrees to be my tester

Conclusion A:  the white sandy substance emits noxious unzenlike chemical smell

Conclusion B:  Pebbles appear smooth and unremarkable

Conclusion C:  Plenty of space available for more pebbles

Conclusion D:  Lack of extra pebbles is making tester feel cheated and unrelaxed

Conclusion E:  Raking sand appears to create depressive affect in tester

Conclusion F:  Tester rebels and refuses to rake "toxic" sand

Conclusion G:  Tester meditates in search of calm.  Meditation interrupted when Mother instructs tester to get bum off dining table.

Conclusion H:  Tester adds new elements to zen garden

Tester finds enlightenment!

Zen garden rating = 50 cents
(Because you can reuse the pebbles in your fish tank)


Holly said...

I want to come over play! So, has your son always been as goofy as you are or were you bribing him again?

Marti said...

I don't have any feng shoes, but Hubby has some fungii shoes so I'll slip those on and schlepp on over to Dollar Tree. I'd like a garden with no weeds.

Connie said...

I was thinking that maybe that could offer hours of calming a serentiy. But if it leads to one wanting to use fireworks...hmmmm. I must rethink this purchase. Thanks for the review.

Karli said...

I distinctly remember Bill Mellyn's pair of dead flies in his Zen garden in the AP Chem classroom. Maybe dead insects add enlightenment. I don't know. They sure didn't help me with Chemistry...

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Your son is a cutie-patootie and, if the photos are any indication, has personality +++ (gosh...I wonder where he got that?). :) He is a guy, though, and they always want to blow stuff up. At least the story had a happy ending!

karen said...

Enlightenment indeed! Now THAT'S a Zen garden!

jen said...

Still laughing. Still.

Sue said...

Thanks for teaching me how to get my zen on.


Melynda said...

Finding enlightenment, bring a smile to my face!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Larainy, thanks for letting me know about how much you don't get when you buy a Zen Garden at the Dollar Store. Your Zen Garden tester did a wonderful job though...I think that you hired the right person for the job on this one! If something is too boring, just add firecrackers, that is my motto too.

Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi. I appreciate your kind thoughts about my interview.

Have a wonderful week!

Kathy M.