All My Friends Are Doing Gardens

For some reason, this year all my friends seem to be planting gardens or putting container plants on their patios and balconies. I find that really odd. What has got everyone so interested in growing shit?

I grew having to work in the family garden and I will be totally fine if I never have to pull another weed or pick another yellow squash from the vine. I hate working in the hot sun, with all kinds of bugs around – both in the air and in the dirt and on the plants. I hate pulling weeds and getting my fingernails all messed – not to mention the $30 manicure ruined.

I think my friends growing gardens this year are doing it out of curiosity or some kind of nesting instinct. I doubt they have any idea of how much work a real garden entails. And after all is said and done, when they realize how much money they blew on containers, soils, fertilizer, stakes, water, gloves, shovels and rakes and all that other crap and then they compare that cost to how much they supposedly “saved” over buying vegetables from the roadside stand, the farmer’s market or even the frozen food section of the Kroger – they will get a big shock.

I’ll be surprised if any but the most dedicated to organic fresh food even try to do a garden again next year!

My Roommate’s Dog is a Barker

photo of dog who barks

My roommate’s dog barks at every little noise. I like the dog most of the time, but he barks too much. I wonder if she trained him to be a nervous Nelly like she is? She has a lot of trouble with anxiety and I bet her dog picked up on that. I don’t have any idea how to make him bark less.

Thank goodness we are not in an apartment building with neighbors all around us. I am sure the extra noise from a bunch of neighbors would just aggravate her dog even more and we’d be getting complaints from the landlord. But we are sharing a house and both of my neighbors are far enough away from our house that they can’t hear our dogs very often.

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