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What's black and white and Red all over...

May 29th, 2006 at 11:33 am

Me.

As part of our gardening odyssey of savings, DH upgraded our mulch to a high quality. Hmm...very dark. Mulch is usually very dark in a wet pile, but fades out once it dries in the sun. So...I didn't think too much about it...

SLATHERED myself in sun screen. Red headed, fair skinned me.

Turns out, DH paid extra to buy the permanently dyed mulch...black...and it is quite stunning. It resists fading, so keeps that beautiful freshly laid look year round. So they say.

And it was still such a huge savings!!! I'm thrilled!!!

Except...I wore sandals for part of the day. Didn't really look at the bottoms of my feet when I showered yesterday. Knees were a bit dark. But today...knees are BLACK. Feet are BLACK. It won't scrub off. It won't PUMICE off!

That's when DH tells me he bought PERMANENTLY DYED black mulch...and yep, it's PERMANENTLY on me. With the sunburn, the black feet, and the white lines of where the sun stopped and my shirt and shorts were...well, I'm quite a sight!

So, a tiny extra expensive from this garden savings. And I really do hate to say this, it goes against everything...but if we saved $4500 on gardening, I am going to spend $20 and get some nice bath gel to SOAK this stuff off in!

AH.

This is, of course, the downfall of any savings plan. Saving money and considering the savings as something to be spent elsewhere. NEVER EVER EVER allow yourself to do this. Saving is the reward!

Unless you have permanently dyed black knees and feet.

Smile

5 Responses to “What's black and white and Red all over...”

  1. annab Says:

    try baby oil to get off the stains. I use that when I am inking my pictures.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Sorry, but I have to laugh!!

  3. miclason Says:

    I'll echo Ima...I'm sorry!

  4. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    Sorry, but I had to laugh too!!

    Well thanks to you, we all can put 'Do cover up and wear gloves when using dyed mulch as the strain transfers on to the skin.' tip. You need write an article for the Frugal Gardening site about your experiences with Mulching.

    Enjoy your gel bath.

  5. markio26 Says:

    use hand cleaner from the general dollar store.. you know the white tub of stuff guys use to clean their hands.. it will work.. too funny!! sounds like you enjoyed the work....

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