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Sushi attempt #2 & gardens

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Less vegetarian this time around as it included prawns and caviar. I’d never had sushi with proper caviar before, it’s usually red roe, but I was bored so I decided to have a go. It was a lovely appetizer with happy hour drinks for two.

The gardener (landscaper?) came at 6:30 today. He is perfection. He’s like one of those intuitive typing affairs, but one that actually knows what I’m going to say next. He understands the concept and drawings and everything. Usually Mike is the only person who understands me in the pre-phase of a project so this is really great.

He’s young and starting out his career, brand new company. Efficient as could be. We talked about it and decided to give him the whole job. Irrigation, lawn, new planting, cement borders, re-gravelling the driveway, the lot.

He’s a little bit bossy and answers back to me. I actually like that because it demonstrates a certain degree of “I know what I’m doing.” He insists that if I want the wisteria on the house it must only be on the steel wires and he’ll keep the rest trimmed. I’m going to let him have his way.

A long time ago a few people let me have my way and that made it possible for me to have a wonderful career and in every sense, an exceptional life thus far. It’s only fair that I now do the same. If he’s got a house like this in his portfolio, that’ll no doubt open doors. So let’s see what he can do!

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13 comments on “Sushi attempt #2 & gardens

  1. Helen Devries
    September 2, 2015

    Seems a good idea to give him the whole job…only one person to deal with and none of the hideous complications of getting things done in the right order at the right time. I hope it gives his career a boost.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      September 2, 2015

      The organization would’ve been hell if we had to hire each person individually. He seemed genuinely excited about the project; enthusiasm is usually a good sign 🙂

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  2. davidprosser
    September 2, 2015

    Giving one person the whole job makes sense but given your perfectionism, I think you’re amazing to have allowed him free rein over things.. I’m sure your instincts are good and you won’t be disappointed.
    Hugs to you both.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      September 2, 2015

      He understood what we wanted almost immediately- but of course there are some guidelines, like no removal of trees or shrubs 😉

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  3. Hariod Brawn
    September 2, 2015

    “I’m going to let him have his way.”

    Nice of you to provide an opening for him Mr. M.

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  4. acflory
    September 2, 2015

    Go you. 🙂

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  5. karenjane369
    September 2, 2015

    Your new gardener/landscaper sounds perfect, & he may even supply some new ideas. And I had to smile at sushi with caviar – only you could think of that. I bet it tasted jolly good too.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      September 2, 2015

      He already has. The flower beds by the steps are his idea. He thinks there’s too much of the gravel driveway, and he’s very right. The house needs some green to soften the facade 🙂
      P.S. caviar sushi is superb!

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  6. docatheist
    September 3, 2015

    I love the attitude underlying your approach. To me, it shows courage: Courage to trust someone you only just met and who might turn out to be very, very talented. Courage to let go, rather than micromanage, including by cutting the job into disconnected bits to be handled by different people. As I think of it, I wish I had your courage! I’ll have to work on that.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      September 3, 2015

      For me it depends on who’s doing the job. I normally have a terrible habit of micromanaging everything. Everything. But when I find someone who I can see is as difficult and fastidious as me, then I know I can relax 🙂 Olivier has now been here three times, each time he re-took the measurements to make sure everything was correct to the mm.

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      • docatheist
        September 3, 2015

        So! In that case, I understand: I recall only one of my attendings (teachers) being up to that standard, when I was in training, and I did notice how he trusted me more than he was known to trust any residents in the past, just as I trusted him far more, when it came to patient care. I am very meticulous.

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