Monday miscellaneous musings on sticking to it

Posted: April 9, 2018 in Miscellaneous, Nature, Personal
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It’s Thursday, April 5, as I write this, over two weeks from the first official day of spring…and it’s snowing, those big, fat, whirling flakes that look so pretty…in winter…and there are snow symbols on my weather app for Saturday and Sunday, too.   I know I can’t complain when I look at what my friends in the northeast US have been facing but come on!  I love snow in winter, but I’m officially more than done with it and the cold weather.  Please, just stop!  Enough already!  If I were in New England, it would be “ENOUGH ALREADY!!!” (caps intended).

Despite the cold weather, I’ve been walking in the park some mornings.  Every time I pull into the parking lot of the building complex where I’ve been parking to go in the back way until the new bridge is finished, I think “I should have brought a garbage bag to pick up all this trash.”  So I put several large garbage bags and some latex gloves in the van, so that I could actually do something about it.  A few days ago, after my walk, I tackled the mess.

I hadn’t taken the garbage-picker-upper stick that we bought last year at Menard’s, so I put a glove over my right hand winter glove and began:  stoop, drop into the bag, move, repeat.  I was doing really well when suddenly my wool cap was almost snatched from my head.  What was going on?  I’d forgotten in my ecological frenzy to watch for the burs/burrs about head high all around me, the same ones that get stuck in the coats of the dogs when my friend and I walk them, the same ones that are the subject of endless photos highlighting the beauty of dead things.  This was their ugly side.

And a sticky ugly side at that.  Even worse, one little devil had managed to get into my hair after the others tugged my cap mostly off.  Ouch!  I spent quite a bit of time trying to free my hair after getting the big stickers off my cap.  That cap got tucked down my jacket front, as I was warming up, and after my hair was free, I went back to work.

(You know, of course, that burrs and their tenacious stick-to-it-iveness are what inspired the creation of Velcro, a wonderful use for something so irritating in the wild! I know that, too, but it didn’t make me feel any better at the time.)

I’d made a clean sweep, so to speak, of most of the area and had a full bag, when I bent over to capture an errant piece of paper and spotted…a $20 bill!!!  I kid you not!  I could hardly believe it and the rate of pay was much higher per hour than my part time job.  



To top it all off, a woman came out from the office building to thank me and offer to put my garbage bag into their dumpster.  I was happy, she was happy, the park was happy, and I was happy again this morning when I walked by the relatively pristine area.  I’ll make another foray at some point or perhaps at another spot, but I doubt that the pay will be as good.  I’ll have to settle for a sense of doing what’s right.  That works, too.




  1. GeorgieMoon says:

    Well done! I’m glad you found the money, you deserve it. It’s supposed to be spring in U.K. but we’ve had continually torrential rain for weeks and no signs of the sunshine that we are due.

    • We woke up this morning to more snow, probably several inches and still coming down a bit for the moment. It’s not likely to last long, though, and by mid-week, temperatures are predicted to be around 60 F, at least for a few days. Ahh, spring.


  2. ksbeth says:

    a win-win on all sides!

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    A great story. Very well done, Janet. Though sorry about the snow.

  4. well done you! strange weather here too, fingers crossed spring will arrive permanently soon!

    • I’m just hoping the daffodils and other not-quite-blooming-yet spring flowers survive today’s several inches of the white stuff. The one last week was just as dusting. We’ll see.


  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love it when the Universe rewards someone immediately for their good karma 🙂

    Happy Monday, Janet!!

  6. You sure aren’t alone thinking ENOUGH ALREADY. 🙂 What a nice thing you did cleaning up the park, and it is only right that you get a reward. Road or parkside trash is something that New Hampshire tackles head on so you don’t see hardly any up here so it is quite interesting when traveling in SC to see tons of trash along all their highways. Of course, I’m still at a loss as to why people toss their trash out their car windows in the first place. Everywhere you stop, there are trash cans, and it could be easily deposited there. Again, thank you for your effort. 🙂

    • I’m with you on wondering why people throw trash out. Sometimes it comes from people not properly storing their garbage (cans going over, lids coming off, critters getting in), but most come from littering, something that makes me quite angry.


      P.S. Several inches of snow this morning. Sigh.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Good for you Janet. And I am so pleased you found money; very well-deserved. Hope your spring arrives properly soon. 🙂

  8. It snowed a little bit here the other day and has been below freezing for the last few nights. I’m afraid the peaches, plums, and pears will be absent this year. They had all already begun blooming. Count me ‘tired of winter’ here, too. Had to chuckle about your cap being snatched. That’s happened often here, but never managed to get the burrs in my hair! Most of the time it’s the catbriars grabbing mine. How delightful to find the money!

    • Today we have a couple inches of new snow, Madison, which is about a foot too much in my opinion. I’m worried about the plants as well, but not much I can do about it. 😦 Yes, the money was quite delightful; the burrs, no so much.


  9. Lignum Draco says:

    That’s karma, I think. You were rewarded in more ways than one for your deed. Sorry to hear about the shocking weather though. I wonder what this means for your upcoming Summer?

    • Spring in the Midwest US tends to be that way: up, down, up, down, down, up, and so on. I’m just ready for the up now. Summer? Who knows? That’s part of the fun. 🙂


  10. And the universe smiled.
    We just got back from a dreary, drizzly, chilly dog walk. Tired of grim, too.(We haven’t had snow on the ground among the bluebonnets for 11 years…hope it stays that way. Snow belongs on CO mountains…)

  11. scr4pl80 says:

    I did not know that about burrs and velcro but it makes so much sense! Good for you for cleaning up and glad you got such a nice reward. You’ve inspired me to pay more attention to things like that! Happy Monday, Janet.

    • It’s quite a joy to see an area get de-trashed and not really that hard to do. Just pick a small spot and work on it. Last year, we did the same thing several times around the little lake near our house and when our girls were little, we used to go out once a week and clean up both sides of the four-block area where we lived.

  12. happyface313 says:

    🙂 More snow? Oh, no! You poor thing.
    Or should I say lucky Lady?
    All your helping paid off generously. Well deserved!
    Have a very HAPPY week!
    Claudia 🙂

    • Happy Monday, Claudia. Finding the money was just amazing and I’m still contemplating what to do with it. The snow has melted away (the several inches from this morning) as the temperature rises. I’m happy to see it go.

      Enjoy your week as well,


  13. restlessjo says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re a pretty lucky bunny, Janet. As well as being a very nice lady. 🙂 🙂

  14. Congratulations on receiving a just reward for doing the right thing, Janet.

  15. If your example doesn’t inspire others, news of perhaps claiming 20-dollar bills might prompt some to pick up trash!
    I think that an angel arranged that very-personal ‘thank you’ in your behalf!

  16. joey says:

    Aww! That’s so nice! And what serendipity! 🙂

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