Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A House Plant


We have a new house house plant living with us. I thought our Eastlake plant stand could use some company as I couldn't keep it appointed with fresh bouquets as often as I would like. The fact that I chose a spider plant is quite funny because as a child, I was deathly afraid of my parents' spider plant. This was because my young imagination believed that actual spiders (most likely thousands) made their home in it.

This house plant acquisition (which I couldn't help but thoroughly examine for spider inhabitants) was instigated by my Mom, who sent me the following note not too long ago.

It read:


Now just to give some history, my Mom and I talk on the phone often (almost daily). She lives in California. Nevertheless, I think my Mom still thinks I'm off at college and getting something in the mail makes me feel loved. Ok, it does.

The things she sends in the mail vary...health tid bits like the above, articles on river and wetland restoration (for Hubby), recipes, and then there's the hard goods such as holiday decorations, clothing, books, pruning shears and twine...and most recently, lots and lots of baby clothes.

My Mom is actually coming to visit next week and truth be told, I'll miss getting that little something special in the mail. Although I wouldn't put it past her to mail something on her way to the airport.

Love her. xo

50 comments :

Enchanted Moments said...

Gorgeous, I too love getting things in the mail, although it is my sister that sends me thoughtful bits and pieces...
Your plant looks very classy ......x

Dianne said...

The plant is perfect and so is the mom!

24 Corners said...

This is an adorable post...I'm just smiling! :)
Love your new spider plant, it looks perfect there, especially in the sunlight...and thank heavens you inspected it thoroughly, that was very brave of you! ;)
Just think Trina, one day, you will be the one sending love in the mail to your children...and I just bet, in the very near future, they'll be finding thoughtful *gifts* in the mailbox too...such a fun and lovely tradition. xo J~

Sue said...

Your mom sounds irresistible to me! I hope you know how very, very lucky you are!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

lisaroyhandbags said...

so funny - my mom sends me all kinds of clippings and tidbits too!
and I felt the same way about spider plants when I was a kid :)

sharon said...

Hi Trina

I just discovered you via the Diversion Project. Your home is so beautiful, and is that really your cutting garden I found in a back post about dahlias?! Oh boy!
Having just had my mum to stay for a week from the UK I can totally relate to this item.
It's been a pleasure getting to know about you, I'll be back for more!
Sharon
My French Country Home

pve design said...

Your Mother and I must be related...my love for sending notes, packages runs deep. Just think of all the packages she will send to her grandchildren. Hope you all are well.
pve

Susy said...

The plant makes the bathroom picture perfect ~ and 97% pollution-free. Can you still get in and out of that tub? (:

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Susy,
No, I'm afraid that I'm feeling a bit too big to even consider getting into a bath right now (safely that is) - unless my husband was there to 'hoist' me in and out!
; ) Trina

Flourishing Networks said...

Great to feel loved...a mum's love is special. I love the plant in the bathroom!!!

An Urban Cottage said...

Very cute story about your mom. My grandmother used to do that. She got it in her head that there was a ketchup shortage in Boston so she lifted packets everywhere she went--obviously the classiest of restaurants--and sent me a box of them every now and then. Of course, I almost never used ketchup but I miss those boxes now.

Simply LKJ said...

Love the plant...perfect for that spot. What a great mom you have!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi trina,

your mom sounds lovely. she sounds like she is taking her gramma duties very seriously and that is good. always good to have a dedicated gramma around. they are invaluable if i do say so myself.

~janet

Glitterista said...

What a wonderful post--it made me miss my mother! Love the spider plant and the perfect stand. Enjoy your time with your mom when she visits. :)

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Trina,
I love spider plants (hate spiders though) and yours looks lovely on your Eastlake stand. I love your floor and your tub too. Such a bright cheery room. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Maura :)

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

Good Morning Trina!
Your new plant looks just as lovely on your special stand as all your bouquets did, especially with the light reflecting off it.
And, what a sweet mother you have! Mine is the same but now she's learned how to text so I get sweet notes all throughout the day. :)
Take care!
Sarah

Adrienne said...

I love the look of your new spider plant on your stand. It adds a special touch to your room! You have a delightful mother. Her mail tidbits remind me of mine - she sends all kinds of little notes, filled with clippings - both inspirational and humorous. Now that we live six blocks apart and see each other or talk every day she still sends little notes in the mail once in awhile! Enjoy your visit with your mother.
~Adrienne~

Windlost said...

I love your Mom - she sounds like a good, good Mom! :)
I have one who sounds exactly the same. Enjoy your visit with her! xo Terri

Morning T said...

That is just too sweet that your mom sends you stuff! You obviously have quite the green thumb, something that I lack entirely, ugh. ;)
Hugs~
T

Low Tide High Style said...

Trina I loved this post! My mother lived close by until her death and she was always giving me little things or writing thank you notes to us, even though at one point she lived just one house away! Your mother is a treasure and I know you will have a wonderful visit with her!

The plant looks lovely on your great stand, and please let your mother know that I'm off to buy a plant to improve my indoor air quality. Her note has sent ripples out on the pond, so please thank her for me.

Kat :)

country girl said...

Your mom sounds so wonderful...and you will certainly be a wonderful mom, too!

The plant is beautiful.

Here's to less air pollution, :)

Dawn

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Mothers are wonderful aren't they. The spider plant looks great in it's new home.

Annelie said...

And years later you figured out why it's called spider plant, that is funny. Cute story.
The plant looks great on the pedestal.

Annelie

Bárbara said...

Your words make my heart smile. Thank you for all your sweetness.

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Don't you love the wild imaginations children have!!! I am sure you are excited to learn about your soon to arrive children's imaginations.
My mom does the same thing. She sends me everything from articles, wedding and baby announcements, and just a care package of small things. I love getting them!

Susan said...

I LOVE the spider plant in the bathroom--and you have a very sweet mom. I'm sure you will be the same.

Melissa said...

I have heard that about pollution, etc. I love a little live greenery in a room.... might have to get a spider plant today. (hee hee)

Between You and Me said...

love the plant in the bathroom....looks so pretty!

love the note from your mom....I have a very similar relationship with my mom...don't know what I'd do without her. :)

Enjoy her when she visits!

Lillie's Pad said...

Love your blog. Did you know that each spider on your plant is a whole new plant in itself. Just stick one in dirt and you can fill your home and mom's home with lovely little spiders.

kathy said...

I love this post. You are so blessed to have your Mom. I bet she would say that about you and your family. Taking care of each other is what life is all about. I love to send things in the mail, especially to my sister. I think we had a spider plant when I was growing up. Oddly, I don't have any houseplants....maybe I need one!

Mary Lou said...

I hope you're keeping those notes and putting them in a book.
I love spider plants and that is a beautiful location for yours. It should be very happy there.
Happy baby.

Red Gate Farm said...

Love the new plant, I never thought of it potentially having spiders though, too funny.

It's so sweet that your mom still mails you things. I started sending my daughter packages, cards, letters, etc when she went away to college 4 years ago. She graduated in June and move to Toronto (Ontario) and I still mail her things!
Chris

Southern Lady said...

What a wonderful mom! I know you are looking forward to her visit! Enjoy. Carla

Brabourne Farm said...

Gorgeous plant - just perfect for the bathroom! Leigh

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Trina,
When your Mom arrives, can you please inquire as to whether she is taking adoptions!?
xo,
~R.

naomemandeflores said...

Oh, your mom is such a sweet person! I love this gorgeous plant, it's beautiful!

Gail said...

Aren't moms the best? Anytime something exciting (to me at least) happens I love calling my mom and having a good chat about it too! That's so great you are so close. What do you plan on doing when she visits? Will she be there for the births?

Love your new plant too. If it makes you feel any better, my grandma calls those "airplane" plants cause they just take off! Maybe that name wouldn't creep you out as much. Ha!

The Farmer's Wife said...

Just hearing that makes me love your mom. And your plant? Well...it's just gorgeous!

Eliane Zimmermann said...

in Germany this well loved houseplant is called civil-servant-weed as you can sit it into some corner and it grows and grows and works and works (without complaining and wanting too much attention). anyway it looks great beside your tub.

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

what a darling mom, i need to remember this for when my daughter gets old enough to move out.

Barbara O'Neil said...

Hi Trina.....
I had to laugh when I saw your post on the spider plant. I used to think the EXACT same thing! Even to this day, I am not crazy about spider plants!!!! It does look beautiful on your table in your gorgeous bathroom though!
Hope you are feeling well and having a wonderful day!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

My mom sends me the same stuff in the mail. When she comes by She has a box full of stuff. Clippings of coupons, comics, articles...it's so funny! I love her for it! If I haven't said it before, your blog and home are just wonderful!!
Enjoy your weekend!
Kristin

All That Jazz said...

This cracks me up because when I was little we had a spider plant too and I never liked it. :) Mostly because of it's name (I didn't think it had spiders in it.) I basically have aracnophobia!
I hope you enjoy your visit with your mom. I can tell she is special to you (and I loved her note!)
~michelle~

Melissa de la Fuente said...

god, I love that....hope my daughters are loving me like that still someday. :) So sweet, love your gorgeous bathroom hun & hope you and your mom have a great visit!
xo
Melis

Lisa said...

My mom does the same. No long gushy letters, just short notes full of advice and love. I save many of them because they are just sweet little reminders that she still loves being my mom.
Thanks for sharing.
xo

Living It At Home said...

That is so sweet that your mom writes you notes! Especially with all the technology it is nice to get something in the mail. You have inspired me to go get a house plant! I never do because when we travel, they usually don't fair well. Take care! Hope you are feeling great!

Anonymous said...

I wish I still have my mum! She has Alzheimer.
Lucky you! Give my regards to your mum

hug from Holland
Ingridw57@hotmail.com

Rhonda said...

I love that about your Mom sending you things still - I think that's great!

Anonymous said...

What a darling mother. It is so much fun getting surprises in the mail, it kind of makes the day brighter knowing someone was thinking of you. It does feel great! Hugs, joyce

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