And then, suddenly, it hits me!
I have all my best thoughts and revelations in front of the mirror. Some people do their best introspective or world-problem-solving work while lathering up in the shower. I think the shower serves to clear my head so that I'm in receptive mode while standing in front of the mirror, often with a toothbrush in my mouth or perhaps powder puff in hand.
Yesterday, it was while brushing my teeth. Among the thoughts and questions on the loop through my morning brain was, "I wonder why I find an abandoned greenhouse so attractive?" The answer came looping through a few minutes later -- so stunningly simple, really, I'm almost embarrassed that it's taken so long.
The most common meaning of my German surname is "flower"!
One of the places we traveled through on our jaunt last Saturday was Two Rivers. We passed this abandoned (and available) greenhouse on our way to someplace else, but I was compelled to back-track; I drove right in, parked the car, grabbed my camera, and started walking.
Holy smokes. It's a GINORMOUS greenhouse, with a bunch of falling down and caving in outbuildings (another favorite) -- some looking suspiciously like one-time chicken coops, but who knows; there were additions made to additions made to additions.
I did some research... What? Just a little! It was both a wholesale and a retail operation, which explains the GINORMOSITY; it sits on just this side of five-and-a-half acres; it's for sale; I don't know how long it's been non-operational or how long it's been for sale. Possible clue: the sticker on the floral shop door read "MasterCharge" instead of "MasterCard."