You will never ever ever guess what happened this week...
Busiest week ever.
I don't even know where the days went.
You know how I am all flower, tree and plant obsessed?
And talk to my plants, and practically live for seeds?
Well, the plant lovers dream came true!
This is what happened.........
My neighbor wanted to get a steam cleaner, and I had to run a few errands, so we jumped into my car, went here and there. Then, we stopped at one of those big box stores for her steam cleaner.
Of course, I "had" to go to the plant section.
My neighbor comes with me, and I nudge her in dismay, showing her that the manager is throwing all the plants away into a giant dumpster.
"If it doesn't look fresh, it is getting thrown away," she tells her employees.
(they looked a-okay to me, a bit over-grown or in need of some love, but okay)
My neighbor says "no no no no, why are you throwing them away???!!"
The manager looks at us and says, "well, you can have them if you want."
Have them, we ask?
Well, not "have" them she says.
Then she says, you can buy them for 25cents each.
25 CENTS each!
So, we load up 7 carts of trees and shrubs and desert plants.
We would have kept going, but the manager told us to walk away.
That was hard, knowing more would get tossed.
So, I take each item out of the cart so she can ring us up.
Then I load the car, in two trips.
Then, we unload at my house.
Then I organize it all by plant type.
Then my neighbor and I split our plants.
Half and half.
Then we load half back up into the car, and take them to her house.
Then we start planting, and planting and planting and...
Well, still planting.
These are mine below...
My suv was so full, you couldn't get another toothpick in...
We never worked so hard.
Loading, loading loading, bringing home.
But, we saved soooo many plants and trees from the trash can!
And it was soooooooooo worth it.
It was like, plant Christmas!!!
My dad says it (the tossing out of plants and things) happens at all big box stores, all the time. (which I knew, but sort of had blocked out)
Isn't that sad?
I still have my work cut out for me, however, I am working on some new paintings. So, I will have to learn real quick how to manage my time.
So, that is the plant tale.
I know some people who dumpster dive as a way of life, and find all sorts of perfect food and plants and things. It is crazy, what gets thrown away.
On another note...
We (me and lovee) needed to take a trip to the groceries this week. But, I sort of wanted to play that game, where you try to make a meal out of whatever you have in the house.
We always have staples like butter, flour, olive oil, oats, fruit, veggies etc.
So, I sauteed some onions, garlic and peppers.
Then I defrosted some pesto.
Then, I went searching on my own blog for this recipe for pizza dough.
And, boy was it better than I remembered.
Lovely dough to work with.
I get two pizzas out of one dough mixture, and I just knead everything by hand.
I made one veggie cheese, and one with just pesto and sweet onions.
I so recommend trying this dough this weekend.
Just make sure you run your bowl under warm water, before you begin working with your yeast. Just a tip.
I roll my dough out thin, as it puffs up nicely, and I like a thinner crust.
It was sooo goood.
And I am not even a pizza lover.
Oh oh, the Fairies also are on a journey out of the country, to their new home, so they are now available in print form, in my shopling.
So, that's the 411 around here.
That was such a wordy post, wasn't it?
I still can't get over the whole plant thing.
Anything weird wild wacky or plain crazy happen to you this week?
Off I go for now....