I ALWAYS seem to find a way...

We live along a very busy road in the middle of this tiny college community here in Smythe, Oregon. It is often a challenge to back out of the top driveway to our house, and this is only magnified by the hundreds of plants I've added along the road to try to "beautify" the portion of yard that meets the street.

I've added sunflowers, lavender, bee balm, larkspur, a few plants from my neighbor, a very large trumpet vine that I was told by the owner of the greenhouse was WYSTERIA, and several lilac bushes. (There was until a few weeks ago a rather LARGE forsythia bush as well, but Tightwad conveniently took care of that. May he R.I.P.)

Sassy and I were attempting to back out the other day when I commented offhandedly, "I need to trim some of these plants so we can see better! This is harder than usual."

"Mom, ¥ou DO know what some of those plants look like, don't you?"

"What are you talking about? The real tall plants with yellow flowers?? I can't remember what their name is..."

"Yeah. They look like marijuana."

"WHAT???? No they, wait, um, holy crap! Oh my GOD THEY DO! I never thought..."

"Jeez, mom. You are a teacher, and you've got what looks like pot growing in our front yard.
Good job."

Oh Good Lord, I never fail to dig myself into a hole. Now here, someone throw some dirt on top of me and be done with it.


K'man said...

With a LOT of imagination, that MIGHT look like weed... But I thought that was limited to northern CA?

FRANNIE said...

I can't help it....bahahahahahaaha!

Stacy said...

I've grown those before. We called them star flowers but I've heard them called several other things. Damn things drop seeds and spread like wildfire if you don't stay on top of them.....and yeah, I got the business about them looking like pot, too.

Brian Miller said...

so are you sharing...

noexcuses said...

What a crack-up! Way to go, Sassy!

A family member had a good plant going in the 70's in SoCal. His dad would water it when he came to visit, never knowing what it was!

How about some nice iceplant?

Fragrant Liar said...

They do look like ganja plants. The real question is, how does your daughter KNOW what they look like? Hmmmm?

Mr. Halpern said...

Just make sure to blast some Bob Marley from your house. :)

Just Words On A Page said...

Since you are an Oregon teacher what's your thoughts on the the Kyron Horman case. When parents drop their children off at your school do they make verbal contact with you so they know and you know their child is accounted for?

I am in close proximity to Skyline school, I live in a neighboring school district. My child attends a little country school and it's really scared the bejesus out of all of us.

And of course we are keeping Kyron and his family in our thoughts. The case continues to get weirder and weirder.

J.J. in L.A. said...

What Fragrant Liar said! lol!

My idiot brother thought he could keep a plant in his closet. The dummy forgot that mom put our clothes away for us after washing them. D'oh! He claims he "found" it and didn't want it to die.

Mom didn't buy it.

Notes From ABroad said...

I have never seen a live pot plant .. would not know it if I did ... says the girl with her head in the clouds.

Kyron Horman is in our thoughts, too, way down here in Argentina ..

Anonymous said...



Sorry, it's so not funny to have that pointed out but DAMN that's funny!

G. B. Miller said...






Liss said...

Looks like you may be able to retire early after all. Tightwad would be proud!

PS Hubby is laughing here too!

Unknown said...

Hey, whatev, I'm all for a little extra cash for the teacher's salary!

(Not to mention a little extra calm after coming home from the kids...)


Joanna Jenkins said...

Score one for Sassy :-)
Happy July 4th weekend,

Missy said...

Yep, it does look like weed! LOL

Anonymous said...

They're not overly fabulous looking so I say chop em down... burn them. The smell will tell you if it's pot or not. LOL


http://howtobecomeacatladywithoutthecats.blogspot.com said...

Oh, yeah! Like Fragrant Liar said, time for a little Bob Marley! I'd be so proud!

Casey Freeland said...

When you are ready to harvest, give me a ring. I'll work the crop for a cut in the action. :)


WeaselMomma said...

Bonfire at your house!!!!!!!

Beth said...

You probably impressed more parents than you are giving yourself credit for...

Cheryl said...

I looked at all of them enlarged and nah, they don't look like any weed I ever saw back in the 70s. Maybe it's a newer strain which is why we of a different generation can't see it.

Michele said...

Surely you can't cut it down. maybe, you are know as the super cool teacher that brazenly grows pot in her front yard. You wouldn't want to spoil that rep.

Diane J. said...

Hahahahaha! Score Sassy!

justmakingourway said...

That's pretty hilarious. And just how exactly did Sassy know what those plants look like....?

Kathy's Klothesline said...

WE found some pot growing in the back of the campground, near the septic lagune. Wonder if it was some local teens and really wonder if they thought that was a pond to swim in ........

Mimi Lenox said...

I think your stellar teaching career just went up in smoke. So to speak.

Joanie said...

Think of it as a cash crop. It could help pay for the girls' college educations.

Anonymous said...

My, teachers now-a-days are WAY cooler! :)

Carol said...

Mmmm...I'll have to drive by and check it out when I'm in Oregon later this month. Must be a hardy variety to survive the winter!

Crazy Charm said...

ha! I just got bee balm at the farmer's market, and I am IN LOVE! I can only imagine how beautiful your garden must be :)

Unknown said...

ok wait.... how old is sassy? and if she is under the age of 18, have you considered how she knows what pot looks like? lol Great post! Had me laughing!

Dawn said...

Why is it that Sassy thinks that you (as a teacher) would know what pot looks like????

TOO freakin' funny!

Magpie said...

I was going to ask if it was cleome, because that totally looks like pot, but it doesn't look like cleome...

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