Thursday June 13th I get a phone call from Joan who lives in Watertown NY. Joan tells me that she has lost her ring last Monday while working in her garden. Although she spent quite a bit of time over the last 3 days looking for the ring, she was not able to find it. She told me that the ring was her engagement ring that her now deceased husband had given her in 1960, and then in the last year of his life, he had a “jacket” made for it. Joan was devastated because this ring that she wore all the time, because it reminded her of her husband. I assured her that I would do my best to find her ring and we set up a time and date for me to do the search.
I arrived at her house and we talked about her husband and how much this ring meant to her. I finally got her to show me the garden and what work she had done the day she lost the ring. This was not going to be easy as she had been pulling weeds, tilling up between the flowers and adding new flowers and mulch.
I got my equipment and started the search. She had dumped the pulled weeds over an embankment so thinking that the ring may have come off when she pulled the weeds and put them into her little garden cart, I searched the area with all the weeds – with no luck.
So then I started on the garden itself being real careful not to step on her newly planted flowers. On my first pass through the garden I found assorted “junk” (pull tabs etc.) but not her ring so I then worked the garden going across the garden. (90 degrees from the first search) This time I got a “hit” that sounded real good, but it was under a perennial geranium that she had just planted that day. I asked Joan if we could dig up this plant because I was quite sure that the ring was under it and Joan agreed. We carefully dug up this plant and set it aside and then I took my pin pointer and put it into the hole. The pin pointer chirped so I dug a little deeper and BANG there was Joan’s ring.
Joan cried, was shaking, and totally happy.
When she calmed down, Joan told me that her husband always liked the perennial geraniums because of the blue flower, his favorite color.