Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is this the weirdest anniversary gift ever?



 
Many many moons  ago, I married this cute little Italian guy (seen here with marriage certificate).




 We were way too young, the first of our friends to marry --  and still finishing our education -- so it shouldn't have worked. But, despite all the odds we are still together, still making jokes and having the kind of fiery ‘discussions’ you might expect from a girl with Irish genes and the only son in an Italian family.  There’s been lots of good stuff, especially our daughters Virginia and Victoria, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, inlaws and outlaws.  (Most of you know that Victoria and I write the book collector mysteries as Victoria Abbott!)

So, it’s our anniversary this week.  As we’ve had garden projects lately and didn’t want to give ourselves any more rocks, gravel or mulch, I decided it was the garden gnome anniversary.  We have never had a garden gnome.  We have never even wanted one, but then I spotted this silly little charmer while getting a birthday gift for a friend.   


Two months later, there he was, lonely, unclaimed and half-price.  I thought my hubby would be amused at this gift.  But, then maybe he wouldn’t be. 

He SAYS he is. 
The gnome is home with us now, but it’s been raining buckets, so we hesitate to leave him outside.  The Hubster just said “I think he might be an indoor gnome.” 



The question is: where’s the best place for him?   On the sofa with the princess dachshunds?




Hiding on the table with plants?



Or liberated outside, say with the morning glories?
Offer a comment or a suggestion about the best place for the gnome or tell us about the most ridiculous thing you ever bought for a birthday or anniversary.  Don’t be shy!  You could win a Pug in a Mug (garden gnome not included!) to mark the coming release of The Wolfe Widow, our third book collector mystery.   



72 comments:

Lindsay Wangsness said...

Congrats and happy anniversary. I think that is an amazing gift as I love quirky things. If it was me I would decorate my lack lustre bathroom with that guy. He could watch to make sure my kiddo gets her teeth brushed every night. The most ridiculous gift i have ever seen (i recieved it from my own husband for my 29th birthday last year) is this thing called Port-a-pug. No lies, I opened it and was like what the heck is this. then proceeded to augh histericcally. we can take it when we go away and miss our very own Pug Holmes! you can find it here if you want to see what it is : http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/port-a-pug.html

Nancy said...

I showed your gnome to my son and he thinks he should be named Noam Chomski. I had to Google him. Now I wonder why I didn't know about him. Since Noam Chomski is a linguist and a philosopher it seems a good name for your little guy. Or...Gnome Chomski.

My husband gave me a vacuum cleaner for an occasion once. I forget if that was my birthday or our anniversary. Anyway, lovely, to be sure.

Nancy said...

Sorry, I misspelled the name. It's Chomsky, Y on the end, not I.

Becky Fare said...
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Becky Fare said...

Happy Anniversary. I would put him among my kitchen herb garden. Think he would like it there. The worst birthday gift my husband got me was about 40 years ago. I opened a case of oil for my car. He's different every year. I'm waiting to see what he gets me this year (my birthday is this Saturday, 8/16 !! Good thing I love him.

Anonymous said...

I would move him around maybe monthly so he xcan see eveerrything!!!The worst present was a birtday meal that my mother forgot to put the meat onb and everybody else had meat.!!

Grandma Cootie said...

Happy Anniversary! We too have been married forever with kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and the Pug to show for it. My husband is a great gift-giver (except for the sewing machine). On the other hand . . . one year he had a small growth on the side of his head removed. Everything was fine but it was pretty scary and ugh when he described what the doctor did. So when I just happened to see a mug that said "Ask me about my lobotomy." I thought it was hilarious and the perfect birthday gift. He was a good sport.

Maybe the gnome can be like the plush gopher at our house and play hide-and-seek with you. When I first saw the movie Caddyshack for some reason I had nightmares about that dancing gopher. My sympathetic family has been hiding that gopher on me for years now -- washing machine, microwave, under the covers, in my closet.

Dru said...

Happy Anniversary MJ! I would put him on a mantel if you have one.

Gram said...

Happy Anniversary. I think he looks best with the morning glories.

Janet Morrissey said...

I kind of like him on the table with plants (or any other place you have indoor greenery). That way he can be with the green things but still be protected indoors.

katherine is love said...

I personally would move him throughout the house and make it a game...put him behind the coffee pot one day, up on top of the cupboards another, even behind the milk in the fridge :) You and your husband could take turns hiding him, and try to surprise each other with where he ends up each day. Sounds like a pretty amusing time to me!

Melanie Backus said...

Since the gnome is so happy and makes you smile just to look at him, I would want him to greet me in the kitchen first thing every morning.

Happy Anniversary!!!!!

mauback55 at gmail.com

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks so much Lindsay! I love your Port-a-pug. What a hoot! I don't know what Peachy the Pug would do if he was around, but may have to find out.

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Too funny, Nancy. And your son is quite the wit! I think we will call him Gnome Chomski - lovely.

Hope hubby ran that vacuum cleaner!

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I'll fix it on the certificate!

Deb said...

Happy Anniversary! I like your gnome either with your lovely orchids or with the morning glories. My most unusual birthday gift was received from a boyfriend in high school. He bought me a rose bush so that he could say he gave me roses but it wouldn't cost him and arm and a leg. At that time in my life a plant of any kind was an absolute waste! Forty years later I love plants!

SandyG265 said...

Happy anniversary! I'd keep him inside with the plants

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely idea. He would like it there. Happy birthday - hope it's not a lug wrench. I loved the case of oil and yes, good thing!

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Good idea, He likes to move around. The meatless birthday sounds pretty grim! Hope birthdays improved!

Hugs,

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

There's so much here! The "Ask me about my lobotomy" mug is hilarious - I'd have bought that too!

I'll be laughing about your gopher for the rest of the day!

Thanks so much!

XO

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Dru! He looks good on a mantel - very stylish!

XO

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Gram! I love that one.

Have a great day.

MJ/VA (but also Gram to some people)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You're a kind soul, Janet! Thanks for that. I think he might only go out on special occasions.

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely idea, Katherine! It's the sort of thing we would do and I find him fun to move around.

Have a great day.

XO

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

He has made me ridiculously happy and right now he's sitting on my desk making me smile. Thanks, Melanie!

XO

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a great story, Deb! I can picture it!

I'm the same way - I was useless with them for years. They could die if I looked at them. Now I love them, but am better with the outside ones.

I think he'll spend time in each place and that will make smile.

Thanks and hugs!

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Sandy! It's looking like that's the consensus. As I sit there every morning, I'll get a chuckle. He can take little trips around.

Hugs!

MJ/VA

Colleen Leyrer said...

Morning glories are my favorite flower! Well, all vine flowers are really. I love the little gnome hiding between the vines. I do have to say though, he looks a lot like the Travelocity "roaming gnome".


No anniversary presents for this girl, yet. Maybe one day. However, I do have an unusual Christmas list. Last year I asked for a vacuum cleaner, and this year I want rubber spatula's. I just don't know where they all run off to!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Colleen. I love morning glories too. Trying to figure out if I can get them to flower before August! Our gnome does look like the Travelocity fella, but all green. Maybe because I am planning a trip?

As for those rubber spatulas, they might be with the single socks having fun somewhere!

Thanks for coming by!

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Happy Anniversary. I would keep him inside by the plants.. He is too special to be outside.

Leann Sweeney said...

I like him outside, MJ! And Happy Anniversary!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Diane! I'll tell him you've got his back!

XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Leann! And Happy NYT list to you.

XOXO

MJ

Anonymous said...

I think he should be allowed to play "hide and seek" all over the house, for family members to find...whoever finds him, "helps" him hide, again.

Maggie Sefton said...

Congratulations, MJ.,on your anniversary. :) And I love your little gnome. I've never had a gnome in my gardens over the many years and many gardens, but that little guy is small enough to put anywhere. I like Pat's suggestion of his playing hide & seek all over the house. However, I did notice a slightly happier expressio on his green face when he was surrounded by plants.

mary kennedy said...

LOVE the gnome, I think he should travel the world and you could photograph him in London and Paris, etc!

Barbara T. said...

The gnome should reside indoors among your plants until next year on your anniversary and then put him outside. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am sure he'll be doing that! Thanks, Pat! XO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You may be right, Maggie! Plants it is ... thanks for the thoughts. XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Now you're talking! Thanks for this great idea, Mary. I get he'll travel well. XOXO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Barbara - this is a terrific compromise. I bet we'd have a happy gnome then.

Thank you!

XO

MJ/VA

Lisa DuVal said...

Inside with the plants, it looks good there. And Happy Anniversary!

Rachelle21 said...

I think he looks cute among the plants and should hold a place in the garden on anniversary week. My most unusual anniversary gift was a toy poodle and a Siamese Kitten from my hubby for our first anniversary.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Lisa. It's bucketing rain here so he'll stay in warm and safe.

Hugs,

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

A toy poodle and a Siamese kitten? That tops them all, Rachelle!

Hugs.

MJ

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I think he should live inside and have a different spot every day or so. He looks like he would enjoy the moving around. As for silly gifts....hmmmm....I know I've bought some and been given some. I'm going with my Tiny Sheldon. My younger sister got him for me on what I officially declared Lisa Day. Since I've had him, Tiny Sheldon goes on trips with me, hangs out with me, and has become a bit of a FB star. If I go too many days without posting a photo of him, I honestly get messages wanting to know if he's okay. :-)

Nancy said...

I'll tell Brian about the Gnome name. Ha, ha! Yes, Bill ran the vacuum quite a few times. The more he ran it the more I let him do it. Also, he shopped for the bag refills. Vacuuming and vacuum maintenance became one of his hobbies.
I'm using my Walter the Pug tote for my knitting, by the way. I love it!
Hugs!
Nancy

Elaine N. said...

I think he should go on the couch with the dogs. Silly gifts - I gave a friend an oversized remote because she always loses remotes. This remote is about a foot long, hard to lose. However to set it up you have to get somebody else to read the instructions because you can't hold the manual and do the setup. It's been a few years; she still has it and still uses it.

Nancy said...

Great! Will you hang the certificate next to that lovely marriage license?

Lois Rotella said...

First ! Happy Anniversary !!! Second !! I think he looks happy by your indoor plants !! I don't remember giving silly gifts but I do get them. I got these furry things from a star trek show. I did not know what to do with them.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Love it! I saw TS today in your new recliner. Thanks, Lisa! XO

Mj

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Too funny, Elaime I have a mental image of the two people struggling with it.

LOL.

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Furry things from Star Trek? How fascinating!

Thanks for your wishes. He does look happy by the plants.

XO

MJ

Martha P Francescato said...

Just to say ciao! You know I also married an Italian, and we'll be celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary next April. Love your books, and now I am hooked on the Book Collector Mysteries. I'll be getting The Wolfe Widow close to my 60th birthday. What a wonderful present! Grazie!!!!

Martha P Francescato said...

Did I write "60thbirthday? It is 80!!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thank you Martha! You are still as frisky as 60 in my mind. So glad you came by! Have a great birthday.

XO

Katreader said...

I think your gnome looks happiest outside with the morning glory, but if you're hesitant to put him outside, I'd put him with your indoor plants. You can always have him outside in nice weather and come in for the winter!

I have some fun outdoor decorations-but I don't have a gnome!

Theresa Thompson said...

I would put a plant in your bedroom and let him watch over you and your true love.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Katreader! There's lots of fun to be had, but this is my first gnome.

XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thank you Theresa! That's very romantic. But should we all count sheep?

Xo

MN

Nancy said...

I think it would be fun to put it in a different location around your house or garden each day. Take turns leaving Mr. Gnome in surprising/amusing locations.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this idea! Thanks so much, Nancy. I am crazy about the little critter.

Hugs,

MJ

S. C. Gates said...

I like it with the orchids. But I also like Nancy's suggestion about hiding it around for fun. The strangest gift I gave was an anti-anniversary present after a break-up: Sent a special retail gift basket full of potatoes and potato products (related to his heritage and my feelings about his character). The strangest one I received was the Christmas after my mastectomy. It was a souvenir mug from Mexico with a full gorgeous naked antamocially-correct breast protruding from one side. It is now regifted every Christmas (the Booby Prize) to the family member who has suffered the biggest boo-boo of the previous year.

S. C. Gates said...

P.S. ADORE the photo of G (as an amateur hubby). He's a handsome man now, but freaking irresistable then! You are a great pair, Happy Anniversary. xoxo

Linda Rima said...

Gnome should be a moveable one popping up in unusual places. Just don't forget the last place you put him or he could become the wandering gnome.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Susan, your booby prize cracks me up! Too funny.

XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Aw, thank you. I'll pass it on today. For some reason, the gnome got all the reader loving.

XO

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for the chuckle, Linda R. He's quite a virulent green.

XO

MJ

colodreamer said...

I think he just needs to be moved around sometimes to give him and you a different view of him. Where he goes depends on his mood at the time...

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Good thinking!!

XO

MJ

kiki said...

We too were the 1st of our "crowd" to get married and it just wasn't the thing to do lol. We will be married 40 years this Oct so I guess it was the thing to do lol. I like the idea of moving him around like that book with the elf at Christmas. My grandkids get such a kick out of the elf moving all by himself. Happy Anniversary !! kphans08@gmail.com

Sue said...

In the summer I think he should be outside with the morning glories----then he could come in during the winter and sit with the plants.
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