I Smell Dead People

Today, the weather is beautiful. Perfect for starting my goth garden!

I spent a couple of hours pulling those dreaded weeds. They fought me to the bitter end. I honestly don’t think I even made a dent in the area, but I did. And it is enough of a start to keep me motivated.

Last night my husband says to me, “I can’t wait until Halloween..”


“Because we can add gargoyles and tombstones to your goth garden.”

I hadn’t thought of this, but it could work if I could find decor made to last and not that cheap plastic crap.

“We’ll see.”

That’s all I could say.

I recently purchased deep purple Calla Lillies. Today, I have been digging a path and flower bed to start my “gothness.”

Fast forward through pain stakenly digging, arms now full of hives, sunburnt, sneezing and out of breath, I start having a vision. What I didn’t realize, is how much Calla Lillies smell like corpses. And yes, I know what a corpse smells like… working in the medical field for 20 years, a person has smelled plently of living, rotten and the dead.

My first thought when I got a whiff of the lillies was, “gross” and my second thought was, “this is perfect for my goth garden! An ambience of corpse smell versus beauty!”

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I don’t like lillies, especially Easter lillies because I have associated the flowers with, yes, you got it, dead people. Everytime I had a patient die, friends would send lillies. I told my husband multiple times, “if I die before you and you bring lillies to my funeral, I swear to howdy I WILL HAUNT YOU.”

He thinks it’s funny, but I’m serious.

Anyway, I have a large old pot I tipped over and I want to have some sort of foliage spilling out of it, but I’m not sure what yet.

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I want to create a rock border with a center path. I started the border just to give me an idea of how it will look.

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I am really starting to get into the groove with this goth garden thing, but had to force myself to stop because I could feel the hives on my arms creeping upward. Bummer, but if I get worse the E.R. will be my evening and NO WAY will I allow that! It happened once before and I know my limit now.

Time to relax and I realized even our chairs look goth!

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I tell you, I am so excited about this garden I can hardly contain myself! So now I am writing this, relaxing with my sun hat on (usually I don’t wear one, but my head had a little too much sun) and I’m sitting outside with a glass of wine.

Even my clover has a bit of a goth look to it.

I look like such a nerd in my sun hat but who cares! I have wine!


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Robin is an Administrator with experience in account management, marketing and job coaching. Her background is executive management, marketing and healthcare. Fueled by her passion for understanding the nuances in motivating her teams to work effectively and efficiently, she inspires through a creative mindset and humor while allowing individuals to express themselves through their talents. Robin's knowledge and determination to rationalize and apply systems, assists others in generating effective time management and workflow. She believes the key to success is through mindfulness, positive support and collaboration.

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