Those of you who have heard me talk know the story of the Greenhouse Door
Christmas Wreath. For those of you who have not heard me talk, here is the true
Back in 1992, it was evident that we could not continue to
hybridize daylilies and live in a townhouse, so when we were still full of vim
(there is another word that could go in here but it would probably get me kicked
off this Robin) and vigor, we began looking for a flat piece of land that we
could grow and hybridize our daylilies. In the spring of 1993 we found two acres
of flat land with a 60s style ranch home on it that had not been updated since
being originally built. In fact, it still had the old dark walnut panelling in
the living room. Jean was not thrilled with the house so we continued looking.
After about 6 months, we still had not found anything suitable so I said to
Jean, What would it take to get you to move into that house"? She relied, "Gut
it or burn it." Well, since burning it would be against the law, we gutted it
clear down to the studs and did a complete remodel.
We moved on to "the
farm" in October 1993. I immediately began looking for a greenhouse to use for
hybridizing daylilies and one was purchased and construction began. I believe I
remember that it was finished by November. Well, the Christmas of 1993 I went
out to the greenhouse one morning and there was a Christmas wreath hung on the
door. I asked, "What is this". The reply, "This is to remind you that this
greenhouse is your Christmas present, birthday present, and anniversary present
each year it appears on the door". The wreath has been there each year
To add insult to injury, this year I was told, "The Christmas
wreath is on your workbench in the greenhouse, please hang it when you go out."
Guess I won't be getting anything again this year. Maybe I will go out and buy
something to give myself, maybe not.
Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a Happy New Year
Lee and Jean were born and raised in Iowa. They met in 1954 and were married in 1957. Both attended the Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) and graduated in 1962. Both accepted teaching jobs in Council Bluffs, IA where they lived until moving to Tennessee in 1974. Lee retired as an administrator in the Dean's office at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Jean retired from the classroom in 1999. They have two children, two grandchildren and currently live in Hixson, TN with their two dogs, Sara Jessie, a yellow lab, Spikey, a rescued mixed breed, and a Snow Shoe Siamese cat, Shiloh.