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May 3, 2014

Points East: Carefree days ahead for me and Lo

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — By the time you read this, my wife will be fully retired from the professional job that has occupied most of her time for the last 30 years.  I don’t know whether to look forward to or dread this turn of events.  Loretta is one of those people who are never very far from their jobs.

But if most days can be like last Saturday, I’ll be better than just fine with her retirement.

Last Saturday had us up well before 7 a.m. so that we’d have time to grab coffee and McMuffins before grandson Tyler Kane Ochs’ (TKO’s) tee-ball game at 9:30 in Richmond.  Then it was off to The Bucher Family’s Relay for Life plant sale at Madison County Fairgrounds, then to yard sales and then to several retail outlets to continue shopping for more flowers to plant outside.

I am still in disbelief over the two relatively huge 2.5 gallon, 15 pounds each, pots of blooming columbines we found at Kroger for $6.99 each.  I still believe someone blew the pricing because I would have paid three times as much and still felt like I was getting a bargain. And if you go there and find them priced at $30, I still ain’t taking mine back.

We also wound up with two very nice mandevella vines and enough small short stuff in flats to keep her digging for awhile and we haven’t even broken into the piggy banks where we’ve been stashing cash for nearly a year to spend at Shell’s Greenhouses just five miles out 52 from our house.

If I pulled into Shell’s and saw Hawaii license plates I would not be one bit surprised because all the other states show up.  It would be interesting to know how many states have flowers blooming all summer that the Shell family started right here in Garrard County.  Believe me, it’s worth the drive, even if you know you aren’t going to spend a nickel, just to walk through the greenhouses that feel like football fields under roof and smell the thousands upon thousands of blossoms at any given time.

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