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It has been revealed that "crazy plant ladies" live longer happier lives.

...The study followed the lives of 100 women over eight years, tracking their mental health and wellbeing when living with lush greenery. Over the course of the study period, the researchers discovered that women's mental health increased so much that it made up a third of health benefits.

They found that women experienced lower levels of stress and depression, which could have stemmed from more social opportunities speaking with others about their veggie gardens, as well as higher amounts of physical activity when looking after the plants, and they benefited from better air quality.

And in terms of mortality, the study found that the rate had decreased by 12 per cent when women lived in greener surroundings...

 
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Cool! Makes me feel better about the pile of seed catalogs on my desk! :D

I know I seem to be unable to cope with the world unless I have at least one plant and one cat in the house. Even when I lived in a van and bummed around the country for 2.5 years I had plants and cats in there too. It's part of who I am. I have to.
 
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Glad that science backs up the fact that when the kids were little, an hour in the garden by myself seemed make me much better able to cope with their shenanigans.

 
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Yes, someone called?

Woohoo, scientific vindication. I love my plants. And like I always say, it is cheaper than therapy.
 
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Tereza Okava wrote:

Woohoo, scientific vindication. I love my plants. And like I always say, it is cheaper than therapy.

And you talk to them regularly, right? And get upset when someone criticizes them or, heaven forbid, accuses them of being, "an invasive weed that's taking over"? And object when people tell you plants aren't sentient (they're just slow about it and don't speak human)? Plant lovers unite!
 
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I think we need a bumper sticker we can add here for crazy plant lady :) I'll have to think on what it would look like...
 
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I don't know Pearl - maybe we're getting too 'non-inclusive' here. I'm sure there's at least 1000 'crazy plant men' on permies too!

But you definitely need that as a bumper sticker for your truck!
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Ms Jay: you are so right!! The crazy plant guys here are wonderful, didn't mean to not include them.
 
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plenty of space for guys in here as well!

You bet my plants know I love them. I was just singing in the garden and apologized to the squash I tripped over. My neighbors must think I`m especially nuts.
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:Cool! Makes me feel better about the pile of seed catalogs on my desk! :D

I know I seem to be unable to cope with the world unless I have at least one plant and one cat in the house. Even when I lived in a van and bummed around the country for 2.5 years I had plants and cats in there too. It's part of who I am. I have to.



Same here! I have to have at least one cat and some sort of plant growing in order to feel "at home."
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Some more off-topic, crazy & certainly meaningless drivel

I quote the lyrics of this crazy rock 'n roll song, by older Finnish & other  rock 'n rollers (team work, I'm sure! The composer lyricists mentioned on the record are: Steve Conte, Rich Jones, Sami Yaffa)


"We were all insane and the sound rang true
And we changed our names like the good ones do
I met you- on the old King's road

My big blonde kit, you thought it really took some guts
I got nothing but respect, 'cause you knew I was nuts."



Have an excellent day all of you fellow nuts  

P.S. In case someone is crazy enough to want to try some "immersion therapy" (?) or "music therapy" (?) the song is called Old King's Road and it is on Youtube. Trigger warning These guys really do act and look nuts on the video. Not for the faint-of-heart.

The band has a bit more "sane" video that I recommend for sensitive souls. It's called Going Down With The Ship. This song is less about craziness and more about friendship:
"Ain't no fair weather friends, we're all mates till the end!"

 
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To paraphrase Nicole from the daily-ish…..we're not crazy, we're sane in a crazy world!

I've never thought about myself as a crazy plant person, but I do like the title.  Pearl, I want the bumper sticker and the tee shirt.
 
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Greg Martin wrote:To paraphrase Nicole from the daily-ish…..we're not crazy, we're sane in a crazy world!

I've never thought about myself as a crazy plant person, but I do like the title.  Pearl, I want the bumper sticker and the tee shirt.


A quick run though zazzle hits:
Crazy Plant Dude Monstera T-Shirt


I was normal three plants ago

And that artist has a pile of fun shirts nasio: plant designs

And looking at that whole idea, I think we are so far above the curve for crazy plant people that there aren't shirts for us. I was normal 3 plants ago? How about "I was normal 300 trees ago" "My houseplants have expanded to 20 acres" "No one worried about my sanity before I bought a tractor"  "Normal is over-rated, plant more trees"  We are in our own category, I think...

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It's been a long time, since I was last referred to as 'normal', by any other than those with similar (or more intense) insanities!
 
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What? Not everyone has a broccoli named Brad?
 
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Obviously my bicycle needs another bumper sticker. Good thing my last one is only held on with twist ties - I can swap them out depending on my mood or the season. https://permies.com/t/123310/Funny-bumper-car-stickers#1005585  

Only now I'll have to decide *which* caption would be the most appropriate for me... decisions, decisions! Votes anyone?
 
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My garden has kept me from going over the deep end!  Also love the cats, and dogs, and chickens.  I would love to keep plants in the house, but the cats eat them, or use them like a litter box.  So far nothing has survived.
I would love to see a crazy plant person bumper sticker, or T.  My daughter is an amazing artist, maybe I should see what she can come up with.
 
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