Faulty Logic

Today’s post comes from Reneeinnd.

Every Spring, Husband and I look around at our flower beds and say “We don’t need to buy any perennials this year.  Our beds are just fine.” Every year, we manage to find reasons to buy more perennials. This year we outdid ourselves and bought 31. We got 7 Bleeding Hearts, 6 Maidenhair Ferns, 6 Veronica Speedwell,  5 Lupines, 2 Helenium, 1 Missouri Primrose, 1 Rosemary, 1 Baptesia, 1 White Coneflower, and 1 Little Lamb Hydrangea.

The logic that went into the Speedwell purchase was pretty lame. We were at Menards looking for seeds to start our late season spinach, beets, lettuce, carrots, and parsley crops, and Husband found these Speedwells in need of transplant. He said “We just saved a lot of money buying things on sale at Herbergers, and these really need a home”, as though we were talking about kittens or something. Well, of course I said “let’s get them”.  We egg each other on in greenhouses and plant stores like alcoholics in a liquor warehouse. Husband says “These will help keep the weeds down. You know how much you hate weeds”.  I say “We are just increasing the value of our home as well as its curb appeal when we want to sell”.   I think this is all faulty logic, and gives us excuses to feed our plant habits.

How do you talk yourself into things? When do you use faulty logic?


49 thoughts on “Faulty Logic”

  1. i use this same logic in tuesday’s at goodwill
    i buy suits and jackets for 1. 50 -2.00 andvsell them for 100
    they usually sell for between 50 and 100 so i feel like if i sell one i paid for 25 more the result is i own 4000 sports coats and sell 4 or 5 a week
    my total net worth is in the 6 digit range in my books but the space to hang it all is killing me

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    1. I’m with you Ken. I am all about perennials. If it can’t come up on its own and survive on its own without a lot of messing around by me, then I don’t put it in my yard.


      1. Even perennials take work. We established our gardens, favoring perennials, a decade ago when we had more energy or more ambition, apparently. Perennials grow and spread (who knew?) and now our yard is packed and sorely in need of thinning and radical pruning. Maybe it will happen this year, maybe not.

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        1. Call me and I’ll help you make an afternoon of pop out about splitting them down to her plants and put them back in the hole with the others to be relocated
          I have destinations for relocation in mind


        2. i’m driving and I use the voice recognition without checking for content after

          What I was trying to say was that I will come over and pop the perennials out and split them into three or four putting one back in the hole and finding a new home for the other plants


        3. I’m always surprised by how big perennials grow. Sometimes they grow a lot bigger than the catalogs say they should grow e.g. a plant that should grow 3 feet tall is 5 feet tall.


      2. And if it’s a modern hybrid that “grows” stems to long or blossoms too heavy to support itself, I don’t want it. I had to rescue a bunch of tiger lilies from a roadside ditch (back when I had the energy) to get self-supporting plants.


        1. You’ll find that as a group, we’re pretty adept at deciphering what to the naked eye appears to be total gibberish. Sometimes we can even make sense of it.


  2. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    My faulty logic is always about food:

    I exercised enough
    Those calories won’t count
    I’ve been in the garden all day, I deserve the ____

    Of course, your logic about perennials is not faulty. It makes complete sense.

    I have a perennial mystery. The rabbits last year wiped out my pink coneflowers, chewing them down to the ground. And then they died completely during the cold winter. Everyone else around us has lush coneflowers and mine died. Why?


    1. Because the rabbits chewed them down if your plant doesn’t have leaves and foliage to promote new growth in this summer and fall there’s nothing to come back in the spring

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  3. I can justify most machinery purchases with either how it will help my efficiency or, in the case of the last tractor, how the previous tractor gave me headaches at night so therefore I need a new one. (there was weird reflections in the cab at night and it would give me a headache. The fact I only use it night a handful of times / year is irrelevant.) And the new tractor is REALLY nice. Glad I did it.

    We have an ATV, a ‘Four Wheeler’ that I use for running around and checking fields or what not. But we’d like a UTV, a ‘Gator’ type thing so it would be easier for all three of us to go and to be able to haul things in back. Plus they’re a little faster if I am running over to the neighbors field. But they’re really in vogue and they’re expensive and I need to pay off that tractor first before I take another debt.
    And isn’t that annoying; to keep taxes down I need to buy machinery (to have deductible expenses). But I don’t always have the money to purchase things. And if I don’t buy something then we pay more in taxes. So we try to buy something smallish every year with the occasional big purchase thrown in as needed. If only the new refrigerator was tax deductible for the farm. 🙂

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      1. Hm, good point. But that implies I’m declaring egg income rather than it all being cash and stuck in a mug on my dresser and used for movie popcorn and such things….

        When I was milking, I could wash barn towels and justify a washer and dryer down in the milk house. And a refrigerator to keep medicines cold.

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        1. I always figure that’s if you buy the new one right you should be able to sell the old on for enough money to make the new one real affordable…..yeah… that’s the ticket


    1. Don’t you need to keep those seeds cool in a refrigerator before planting? If not I can show you how to look at tulip dalia and canna gardening for profit as an option that do require refrigeration
      start small but with a big refrigerator prepared for growth

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  4. More often i’m the egger-on and robin is the eggee. Most frequently this scenario occurs in yarn stores and fiber mills and it doesn’t require much egging—something like, “When are we likely to be back here again?” will usually suffice.
    It’s not that I don’t have illogical desires. It’s just that I don’t need egging.

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  5. I do the “I saved money over there, so now I can waste the saved amount on something I totally don’t need but want” logic. Good thing I don’t use coupons or I’d be spending even more.

    This week, I’m using the “My print lab has metal prints on sale for 20% off this week so I’ll spend as much as I can on metal prints, even though I may not sell any of them” logic. A couple weeks ago, I did that with regular prints that I’m going to mat.

    I’m ready to cut way back on the perennials. I just can’t keep up with the weeding and it looks horrible. But I am really enjoying the monarch butterflies we have due to all the milkweed we have in the yard. And I’m not ready to give up the raspberries, currants, or rhubarb. Or the herbs. But I may be selling some plants off in September. Cheap.

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      1. Bingo. Metal prints don’t need frames, the colors are more vivid (but not garish), and are quite striking (imho). I think they are very cool and hope to convince people that they are my ultimate product.

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        1. What’s cost.
          What’s the sale price gonna be
          If they are that great try one or two of each and price them as if they are not on special so you can go back and order more if needed.
          Maybe he added punch will make your already special pictures that special version of blow your face off you are looking for
          I can visualize
          I’ll order 1
          I know which one but I’ll need to see again and say yess


        2. Cost depends on the size, tim. I will price them as if they weren’t on sale. I’m going to order a bunch because I need to have more inventory since I’m having a booth at my local farmers market for two days in August and a booth at the Women’s Art Festival in December (if all goes well) and maybe half a table at WomenVenture’s Women Mean Business event in October. Can’t have a booth with nothing to show.

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  6. Love this sentence, Renee: “We egg each other on in greenhouses and plant stores like alcoholics in a liquor warehouse.”

    I like to pretend that I have time for anything I want to plug into the calendar, since I am retired. The phrase “Surely I have time for THIS new thing.” comes frequently to mind. I suppose if I wrote in on said calendar everything that I was really planning to do that day or week, I might have a clearer idea of whether this new thing would fit.

    But there are so many shiny new things I haven’t tried!

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