Sunday, March 06, 2011
I'm plumb tuckered! Yesterday was the big charity plant sale for an organization I belong to. I signed up to be a roving cashier, but when I got there one of the little old ladies was having conniptions because the compost bagging operation didn't have a supervisor and "they weren't doing it right!" (They bring in big mounds of bulk compost from various nurseries, and we shovel it into bags as people buy it. The kids who were bagging were shoveling off the top and front of the mound, then walking on the bottom half to get to the back/top, instead of standing next to the mound and shoveling out a whole section down to the ground. That compacted the compost, which a) makes it not as good for your garden, and b) makes more of it fit in a bag so we would be giving people more than they were paying for.) The older lady was probably 70, quite spry, but she didn't need to be shoveling and hefting 40-pound bags. So I handed off my cashier job to her and took over shoveling and keeping the kids off the compost. I shoveled and tossed bags for about 3 hours. After that, they had to move flats of leftover plants out of the rented sale tent into a greenhouse. They set up a "bucket brigade" where we all lined up and passed the flats from hand to hand across the 50 yards or so from where they were to where they needed to be. But there were LOTS of leftovers, so I spent another hour and a half twisting and hefting. That was a harder strength workout than I've had in ages! All this was on top of a 3.5-mile walk in the morning. (Usually I do 5mi on weekends, but we got rained on and cut it short.)
Today I did the usual 5mi walk, then rode my bike to work-- 18 miles. Hopefully this will help make up for some unfortunate eating earlier in the week.
And on a completely unrelated note, I shopped twice this week. On Friday it was four boxes of cereal, a dozen eggs, and a gallon of milk for $8 (and the milk was $1 more than I usually spend; I was out and needed it for Saturday breakfast and it was too late at night to go to another store.) Today wasn't quite as spectacular, but i got a dozen apples, a giant tangerine, and a cantaloupe for $5.
I still have cauliflower, potatoes, garbanzos, and coconut milk to use up. Tomorrow or Tuesday I'll be having vegetable curry for dinner!