heave hoe.

During our rooftop gardening group today I could not seem to escape the smell of port-o-potty — it seemed to be following me and man, it was awful.  It was not until after I mentioned it aloud that I realized it could very well be one of the many residents sweating in the sun as we pulled weeds and replanted and I felt terrible.  On my hands and knees I continued to pull out roots, with an effort to ignore the stench (let’s be honest, it’s not the first time my nose has been accosted here) until one resident went over to a big plastic pipe coming from through the roof and began inquiring about it.  Not knowing myself, I sort of half-crawled/ half-walked over it to check it out, admiring his curiosity.  As I moved closer the smell got more pungent and assuming it was my resident, I held my breath.  I got right up next to the pipe and as I did I could hold it no longer and let it out only to gulp back in with immediate regret, as within seconds I realized it was connected to the building’s sewage and began dry heaving so violently that I had to sit out the rest of the group for fear of completely losing it (while also thanking God I unhealthily decided not to eat breakfast this morning.  While I sat back and surveyed one of my residents yelled out, “I guess this gives new meaning to the expression ‘heavin’ and hoein’!”

My residents found this hi-larious.  I did not.

green thumb.

I, along with a  local gardening organization that runs out of the Downtown L.A. area recently began a Gardening Group for the folks I work with.  My hope is that while digging our hands in the soil and watching life grow, we as a group can be reminded that fragility of life is not always a bad thing, but can be rather beautiful and therapeutic.   This afternoon, at our 3rd meeting we sat down with the organization rep. to discuss/brainstorm the different fruits, vegetables and flowers each we would grow in the space allotted to us.  One of my residents turned to me straight-faced and stated, “Miss R., we can’t grow cookies, so don’t even ask, but you might want to see if we can grow seaweed, I know you enjoy the ocean.”

So I did.

Our first sign of growth! I am fairly certain that my squeal showed much more excitement than anyone else in the group.