… TIN pig. Home again, home again jiggedy-jig.
Now a tin pig may not be everybody’s fancy but last week I saw it at Meijer and decided it would be the perfect yard ornament for next year’s country yard theme. When I initially checked out this little porker I thought perhaps it was a frivolous purchase since he was destined to sit out in Summer’s elements – torrential rain, humidity, gusty winds and the relentless sun beating down, so reluctantly I put it back on the shelf. But after I was home, I continued to imagine my yard with that last, perfect, down-home touch. He would join the likes of the other country critters and homespun relics I’ve amassed to date in my basement. So, was I weird to covet this rather homely, repurposed pig, fashioned out of bent, gunmetal-gray scrap tin with touches of medium blue along his jowls, snout, ears and curli-qued tail? Well, I just knew I’d squeal if I didn’t get that barnyard critter, so I walked to Meijer at the crack of dawn today to pick up the pig and some produce. Well, there it was, right where I left it, just bacon … er, begging, to come home with me. He will be placed front and center beside the garage when I reveal my country theme next Summer. You see, in the Spring of 2012 I decided that I was done with the whole routine of annuals … picking them out at the nursery, lugging the flats or pots all muddy and wet home from the store, then dividing and planting the flowers in baskets or pots … all this effort encompassed an entire day. Then, these high-maintenance annuals needed watering, fertilizing, pruning and deadheading on a near-daily basis, plus I still had to maintain the perennials and roses which filled the backyard. Enough already!! Besides, the walking bug had bitten me in the Fall of 2011, and you’ll recall that beautiful Winter/Spring we had with only one or two snow events and mild weather, so I walked nearly every day. When Spring 2012 arrived with its many yard chores destined to take a hefty chunk out of my walking time, I took one look at the many urns, pots and baskets in the garage and just said “ugh”. The challenge was how to make the front and side of the house look attractive and not forsake my walking regimen. I decided to plant artificial flowers instead. I carefully chose real silk flowers and wired their stems to mesh bags filled with gravel or river rock to weight them down in the various containers. Voila! Instant garden – no muss, no fuss. Several yard ornaments which are interspersed in the garden, add variety and enhance the potted blooms, mulch and my “me time” and all are neatly tucked away in the garage in the Fall until the following Spring. This is Year #3 for my current blooms and they are starting to fade a bit, but they still look real, even up close – take a look at the above photo. I’ve been collecting various country-type items for a few years, so the cute pig will fit in perfectly with that décor and sure won’t be “boaring”. So, today’s round trip to Meijer plus a few laps around the store, gave me four miles walked. I left the pedometer on while I lugged my yard décor out of the garage and basement and placed it around outside which yielded another two plus miles. I’m pretty pooped as I sit writing this blog, but with that big chore done and with my prize pig in hand, I guess you could say I’m in hog heaven.