I've attached some charts of where we are on our food pantry donations. As you can see from the top chart, this year we are likely to exceed our record level of donations from last year. We are also doing better this year on squash, but not so much on tomatoes or peppers as in prior years. We still have some time. And, the LSS Choice Food Pantry still gets most of our donated produce.
When I arrived this morning, I put some more -- adult-- books in the library. I had also printed out some book markers from the free little library website and put in a sign telling neighbors to take a book; leave a book. A neighbor fellow stopped by on his bike and took two books on gardening and landscaping. He likes DIY books. Duly noted.
Cathy came by after a volunteer meeting at Urban Connections. She's getting ready for next week's Children's Parade. She put some more of our children's books in the library.
I found the praying mantis in my plot (which was MIA last week while I focused on the garden spider). It was hanging out on the ground near the tomatoes. It was very, very pregnant. I almost stepped on it. I hope it lays its eggs -- or whatever praying mantises do -- near the fence and not my tomato trellises because I will be ripping out the trellises at the end of the season and the fence will be safer. I had to remind myself to watch where I stepped after that. It declined the assistance of my hand to boost it higher up. For her part, the garden spider now has her web about two feet west of where she has been the last month. She's bigger, too.
Check out how much better the lot at the corner of Cherry and Morrison looks after the guys finished mowing it last week.
Finally, I included another picture of Tyrese's shirt from Friday because I liked it.