off topic -- no good deed goes unpunished...
Just really posting this for some gardener sympathy! :-)
Last week, while I was trying to work on those brick planters for that friend of mine, a nice young man stole my purse. Yep, while I was unloading bags of potting soil. It's my fault, of course; as it was available FOR him to steal, but still.
The kicker is, he asked my friend if my friend had any part time work. (That was his M.O., I guess...@@) My friend replied that, unfortunately, he didn't, but wished him luck finding something. I actually, for just a moment, thought about offering him $20 to unload and stack the bags of potting soil for me, but I DIDN'T WANT TO OFFEND HIM.
(No, I'm not kidding.)
And, anyway, my back was turned for...MAYBE...90 seconds and he got it. And, was seen with it by another person about 5 minutes later.
What a LOUSY week/weekend, it has been. The good news is that I had to exchange a few plants at one of the local home improvement centers and (of course) the receipt was in my purse. @@ They were VERY nice about it and helpful and they didn't have to be, so at least that was one bright spot. It was the Riverside Ace Hardware, in Macon, GA. Greg, the garden center manager, is always as helpful as can be and has really gone out of his way to order special items, etc. I do try to shop the Mom n' Pop places as often as possible, but sometimes ya' gotta' do what ya' gotta' do. And, when it's necessary, it's nice to know that some of the big box garden centers do seem to care. Also, the Rutland Ace in Macon, GA; is good. Kathy (Master Gardener) has also been really helpful in the past.