|The Parkway Tuesday Morning|
Someone, or something, has uprooted all the succulents I had planted in the parkway!
The plants were all in place on Saturday evening when I watered them. They had been uprooted by Monday night, when I took the trash cans out. Every single one of the newly planted succulents has been pulled up and left in place. Who, or what, could have done it?
I am hoping that it was some raccoons, looking for some yummy yams or something. But if they were dug up by an animal, would they have uprooted each plant? And wouldn't there be some paw marks or signs of digging? But there are no paw marks or signs of digging.
If someone pulled them up, then, obviously who ever it was wasn't trying to steal the plants, because all seem to have been left in place.
Sigh. I am hoping it wasn't one of my neighbors, or, in particular, not the one who tossed a piece of trash (an empty plastic cup) from her car on to my parkway, last week. These are some of the neighbors whose garage caught fire (there are several families living at the house, some related and some not), who planted a tree in my parkway, who play very loud, amplified music well past midnight when they have parties, and who are known to throw trash all over the neighborhood. I happened to be looking out my window when she tossed her cup on to my parkway and called out to say, "Excuse me, you dropped something". Her husband (I presume) picked it up, and another piece of trashed paper, while she replied, "Yeah, I got it". But, I didn't actually see who uprooted my succulents, so I can't say for sure who might have done it.
I picked up the plants, this morning, and put them aside to be replanted, elsewhere, later. It leaves my parkway looking sad and neglected, once again. At first, it made me feel very sad and the initial title for this post was "Sad on Tuesday".
But then, I thought, "Oh, well, nothing is permanent", as we are taught in my religion. All things are transient and subject to change. That includes my landscaping efforts! And I remembered what my mother used to say - that change was good!
So, I started to look for the blessings, the silver lining!
There are blessings to be found. For one thing, the plants were given freely to me by my supervisor. It's not like I paid a lot of money to purchase them. There is no monetary loss. For another, they are hardy succulents and they will survive being uprooted and transplanted. And, best of all, apparently, I've been given the opportunity to redo my parkway! I will come up with a different treatment for the parkway. My gardener friend had suggested paving stones, some time ago. It'll have the advantage of being a water saving landscaping solution, as well.
In other news, daughter worked remotely from home in the morning, while I relaxed (I had taken the day off from work). In the afternoon, I drove daughter to her focus group workshop. It took me one hour to drive her there and it took me one and a half hours to drive home, afterwards, due to traffic. It reminded me of the days when I used to drive her to campus and back when she was going to UCLA! After I came home, I had a cup of coffee and a snack, and then, it was time to go to pick her up, again! I was home for just over one hour! Traffic was lighter on my second trip there and back.
We had dinner after we got home: sauted salmon steaks with rice and sauted bok choy.
Today, I was grateful for:
- Being able to seek and find a silver lining
- The opportunity to re-landscape the parkway
- Spending most of the day in daughter's company
- Safe drives to the focus group workshop and back
- Phone call from an aunt
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring trash cans in - DONE
- Drive daughter to her focus group/workshop (and come back) - DONE
- Pick up daughter from her focus group/workshop (and come back) - DONE
- Fertilize the vegetable seedlings and water them
- Do some weeding - DONE
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Take daughter to the airport
- Go to the office
- Fertilize and water the vegetable seedlings
- Do more weeding
- Look up parkway landscape ideas
How was your Tuesday? Do you have a parkway? How have you landscaped it?