Monday, October 20, 2008


I love fall.

One of the things I developed my first fall in New Jersey was a severe case of mum-envy.

At the end of September through about mid November, every house and many businesses sport gorgeous round balls of mums. In all the places we've lived, I've never encountered this mummification before.

Last year I splurged despite our IRS induced moratorium on spending and bought a small pot of yellow mums.

This year I went all out and bought TWO small pots of hardy mums.


I'm a sucker for contrasting colors--especially purple and yellow.

Here's what I think is funny.

The little neighborhood garden center is owned by non-native Americans (or else they kept their accents pretty well).

And I've always thought it funny that other English speaking countries call their mothers "mum" instead of "mom" like we do here in the States. (Although I'm pretty sure "mom" probably sounds weird to their ears in turn.)

So when I got the receipt:


I couldn't help but think--Do people who call their moms "mum" call their mums "mom"???

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Blogger Christina said...

That's pretty funny! I call my mom, mom and my mums, mums. No weirdness here.

The purple and yellow are really nice togther.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

How funny about the receipt! I would guess they would be called "mums" in any language, since "mums" is just short for chyrsanthemum (I think that's how it's spelled).

I bought two big potted mums about a month and half ago, put them on my front stoop, and the poor things withered when we had a really dry spell, and I forgot to water them. I know - they were right in front of my house - how could I forget? I think it must be my old age...

6:15 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Those moms are pretty!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh, that is funny!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

I call my mom momma, and mums the official name which I can not spell, chrysantamums.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Huh. I didn't realize mummification is an elite Northeastern establishment home decorating practice. Yours look nice and would seem to be proliferating.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

That receipt is a keeper. I love mums and have always had some around in the fall. I think it's a way to keep the brown/grey/black colors of winter from setting in too early!

Btw, it's award time. Check it out. I nominated you.

7:06 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I'm Canadian and I say "Mum" for my mother, but stull write it "Mom" - go figure.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Mums, that is funny. Love, Mom

8:32 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I love mums, one last burst of color before winter. I've planted a few in the ground and the come back very reliably!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

There's a lot of mummifying going on in Wisconsin, too. Yours are nice and cheerful.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Love the LSU-themed mums. :)
The receipt is hilarious.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

I grew up in NE England where we call our mothers Mam. Also, my mother and her sister's called their mother Mam too - they're from Wales.

I still call her mam when I'm talking to her, but when I'm talking about her I'll call her my mom.

The boys call me mom/mommy.

I had to think really hard about what a 'non-native-american' was. Still not sure my head is completely round that. Aren't you a 'non-native-american' because you are not an "indian" (to use the un-PC word)?

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

Have you been watching Sex and the City lately???

BTW, my kids call me "Mah" or "Mami."

10:13 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...


11:32 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

Spit my tea all over my desk! PRICELESS!

1:13 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Such pretty mums!! Love the receipt!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Bells said...

Oh that is funny. I like it. You know, I think the mum came before the Mom, what with our mother tongue being being English. I've always been curious to know why America is the only country in the English speaking world that says Mom when the rest of us say it the way the English do! Who can tell!

BTW, I came over from Donna Lee's blog after she nominated you for an award. :-)

4:22 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Pretty flowers, but the mum/mom thing makes my head hurt

4:28 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I splurged and bought three "bouquets" of mums this year. Alas, the place I bought them is a little, locally-owned-by a-native-Mainer-family-who-have-probably-been-on-the-same-piece-of-land-since-Maine-was-a-colony-of-Massachusetts farm store (complete with "their own" beef in the freezer :) - in short, no "mom" on the reciept ;).

12:47 PM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

Love your Moms, but I want your doormat!!!!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

I'm late to this party, but in Western PA it is common to call your Mom, Mum.

And here grandmothers are typically called Meme......

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Alisha said...

Great Mums....or Moms.

9:20 PM  

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