Friday, February 20, 2009

Seed Wealth And The Thief!

I went to bed last night savoring my latest seed delivery and contemplating the sense of fabulous wealth I get from simply possessing these glorious seeds. It is almost paradoxical to get such a feeling simply from possessing the seeds. After all, there is no guarantee I can actually make any of them grow! I think the feeling comes from an appreciation of the tremendous potential each seed represents. It's a feeling closely linked with the impulse to dance with glee every time a seed germinates- despite the odds, they are going for it! A full-on effort to reach their potential every time! What would the world be like if every human hit the ground running with such purpose?

In addition to seeds, something else arrived here yesterday. It is a big-girl toy I have been lusting after for years. I have watched the used for sale ads for longer than I can even remember. Because this toy is way expensive new. And, I have to admit, I got such a good deal I feel like I stole it. I shouldn't. I didn't haggle. I paid what they were asking, without hesitation. And my new toy was one of many tools being sold at discount prices due to the divorce of a landscape company owner. So I didn't really steal it, but gosh it feels like I did. Are you ready? Have you guessed what I bought? Okay, okay, here it is! Ta da!

This is a BCS 730 walking tractor with rear tine tiller (attached). It also came with a 40" street/lawn sweeper attachment you can see to the far right. I will probably never use that, although I could clear the snow from my driveway with two passes. To put this deal in perspective, the tractor is by far the most expensive of the three pieces and the sweeper attachment would be about $1600 new. I paid well below $1600 for the whole shebang. It's not new, and it had been in storage for several years. But with fresh gas it started right up. This is, of course, not the kind of tool you need for a backyard garden. But this year my gardening plans stretch well beyond what I can do in my own yard (if everything continues to fall into place- fingers crossed!). This purchase is a perfectly timed and very exciting development!


Meg said...

My heavens, it's beautiful!!! Congratulations on finding such a deal!

We have two tillers--a monster we got from an old farmer many years ago and that I can barely move, and a smaller, Troy-built that came with this place. I am eager to try out the Troy this summer. Eee!

Seeds packets are so pretty. *sigh

mamawhatthe said...

Thanks Meg! I am really excited about using the BCS. The machine does the work and doesn't beat you up the way a lot of tillers do. You will have to let me know how you like the Troy-built.

Seed packets... an art form unto themselves!