Think then Speak….

When your ’favourite’ gardening gloves start to look a bit worse for wear – and you know the next trip through the washing machine will probably be their last – it’s time to take action and make your way down to the nearest big green shed.

That’s where you will find anything and everything indoor/outdoor you thought you needed and much much more that once you see it you’ll think you needed it and wonder how you could ever have lived without it……. No need to ask me how I know that 😊

One of the reasons I’ve made do with countless numbers of tatty looking garden gloves (those above and more) is mainly because of ’you know what’….we’ve been so limited in where and when we could go over the past couple of years Bunnings hasn’t been top of the list of places I felt I needed to go – mind you Spotlight (for wool/yarn) which is right across the road might have been, but we won’t mention that 😊

So last week down the road we go, The Golfer came along on the premise he wanted to look at a ceiling fan….although I think he just wanted to chat with other retired oldies looking at tools and things they ’might’ need.

The ’shortage situation’ was evident there as well – I came home with some gloves, not the brand I was after, (sitting on the docks I was told) these are more suited for working rather than digging in the dirt…..but as The Golfer pointed out ”they’ll be great if you want to use your phone or iPad without taking them off” The black tips on some fingers allow that adhesion you need on touchscreens.
New clippers plus other things made their way back to the car and that’s when, along with one of this year’s encouraging phrases ’think then speak’ , this little meme flashed into my mind.

When we parked the car there were empty spots all around and I really didn’t look at what direction we were facing, was just pleased it was close to the entrance so it wouldn’t be far to walk loaded down with whatever took our fancy.

Scorching hot day – car is parked facing direct sun – even as old as she is Catherine is still fiery at times and was about to mutter something along the lines of ’why didn’t you park the other way” when she remembered someone else was hot and bothered as well…….and would likely return fire with ”well you can walk home if you want to!”

So as I wasn’t up for an all in slanging match in the car park ( or the imaginary 6km walk along Canterbury and Liverpool Road) I didn’t say a word….just cursed silently in my head, turned the car air con up full bore, then joked about the icy poles in the freezer being just what we needed when we got home.

It’s Monday again -gosh that week went by quickly didn’t it? – the month as well!
I’m pleased the covid numbers appear to be plateauing or even going down but am still cautious and wary of large crowds…small ones as well!

In the mean time I’ll just potter around the garden using my ’not as clean as they could be but much cleaner than they were’ tatty gloves until the docks are cleared of the backlog of all those things we didn’t know we needed until we saw them 😊

How about you – have you held your tongue over anything this week?

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28 thoughts on “Think then Speak….

    1. I bought all the pale green ones in a sale years ago – soft and comfortable they fit my small hands like a glove (sorry) they’ve been my go to for‘digging in the dirt’ because I can feel what I’m doing. The others are more sturdy, the purple backed ones fit well and are good for wet weather jobs. Sadly those and the pale green ones weren’t available so I’ll have to wait until the next boat load comes in 😊

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  1. I hold my tongue daily and often and then usually forget about what ever bugged me. You mentioned clippers in the last post and I’ve never heard secateurs called that. I know the large ones as hedge clippers. But then the ones you bought are labelled as pruners.

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  2. Could possibly be a family thing Andrew – my dad called them that so I’ve followed suit. I think Fiskars is a US company hence pruners. Here’s an ad for the tools mentioning clippers secateurs & pruners…they all look similar
    and all cut up bits and pieces in the garden 😊 https://www.amazon.com.au/KeShi-Clippers-Stainless-Secateurs-Professional/dp/B07SPSP5V8
    We also call the tv channel changer ‘the clicker’ not ‘the remote’ 😊

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    1. My ‘working life’ was spent in a public medical environment which meant I had to have clean respectable looking hands so I have always worn gardening gloves of some sort. There was nothing worse than scrub scrub scrubbing hands and nails on a Sunday evening If I forgot and ‘played with the dirt’ over the weekend.

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  3. I am constantly holding my tongue. Not worth the fall out if I speak what’s on my mind and, as Andrew said, I usually forget what the issue was. Usually – not always!
    I must get out and prune my roses.

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    1. I’m trying to be more aware of when my mouth goes into action before the brain has gone into thinking mode Caroline. Maybe ‘you know what’ was getting to me but I was very snippy towards the end of last year…..didn’t go down well with a certain person.

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  4. I live with three adult children so I do quite a lot of tongue holding!

    I’m not a gardener and even if I was, I ‘d probably not want to bother going to get gloves so your collection is an education 🙂
    I do know exactly how the big green sheds contain a lot of stuff you didn’t know you needed, IKEA is the same!

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    1. Ooh haven’t been to Ikea for donkeys years but I do remember the aisles and aisles of stuff even I wouldn’t contemplate buying.

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  5. It never crossed my mind to wash gardening gloves. 🙂 If they get too wet I hang them on the line until they dry, bang them about a bit to get the dirt off and check for creepy crawlies inside. Then it’s back into the box I keep them, you can tell I’m not a good housekeeper!

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    1. That’s all I used to do but I ran out of dry ones a few years ago during a week they got really wet and muddy – so decided to give them all a bath and felt better about putting ‘cleanish’ ones. Have done the ‘now and again bath’ for a few years now. Love looking at them hanging on the little line – they really don’t take long to dry either.

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  6. I’m not a gardener so don’t have any gloves but should get some as I occasionally try to trim some bushes and have to pick branches up with my hands and hate getting my hands dirty (literally!).

    I also hate Bunnings. I find it really overwhelming as I’m bad with handyman / gardening stuff so I never know what I’m after etc…. It certainly is a one-stop-shop though.

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    1. They are really good when cutting down roses – experience tells me so😊
      I’m another who dislikes dirty hands plus needed ‘spotlessly clean hands and nails’ all my working life so have always worn them to garden. No need to get overwhelmed at Bunnings or like because other less daunting places sell them (even Coles & Woolies)

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  7. I can’t get over the washing of gardening gloves. Never washed a pair in my life. Just keep using them till I get a hole! Now I feel terrible! I always tell people not to ask my opinion in case they don’t like my answer! I seem to put my foot in mouth far too often.

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    1. Don’t laugh Cathy but ‘shortage of funds’ had me trying to mend a hole in a glove once. Now I try to pair the unholy ones together even if I have to turn one inside out to make a pair….not very comfortable but it’s ok in a pinch 😊

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      1. I suspect I just lump the holes, until I get another pair. I like the cheaper ones I can feel through, the tough old rubber ones I don’t like because I can’t bend my fingers in them.

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  8. F’s not very good at walking away…. Snippy? Yeah there seems to have been a lot of that around her lately, she has noticed her black mood though and is trying to do something about it. Gardening gloves – gardening is good for black moods. We need a bigger garden.

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    1. On a lighter level, not being able to visit places like this due to the pandemic has been good for my bank balance- difficult for the companies though

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  9. My gardening gloves rarely get worn out because I always forget where I’ve put them so I have to get new ones. Then I find the old ones and use them until I lose them again. 😀
    I adore gardening shops! I think when non-essential shops reopened in May 2020, the gardening shop was the first place I visited.

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  10. I admit my gardening gloves remain messy and in a box where our gardening stuff is and they are not used much. I do, however, check for spiders. Great quality in those shears..Love fiskars for my craft needs and the small scissors I have a brilliant for my sore hands. I am learning to ‘say less, or even nothing’ these days…’who am I?’ It’s working for sure, I feel OK so he must too. Only taken 50 years. Sigh. Many thanks to you for linking up for Life This Week with a blog post. I look forward, I hope, to seeing you back on Mondays whenever that works for you! Denyse.

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  11. I’ve got a pair of el-cheapo gloves that I use mainly for holding branches I want to cut, but also they remind me of thorns – still clearing the lime tree branches that H cut some months ago…only more rubbish bin load, possibly for next week. And I’ve got a pair of secateurs and a nice curvy pruning saw….

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