That evening, I attended a book reading and signing at the Bexley Public Library by Amy's step-daughter, Jessica. Jessica has a food blog, Sweet Amandine, which is much more polished and popular than this one. After having a brain aneurysm (like the one which killed our neighbor Ms. D last March), she luckily survived and recovered her strength through the restorative power of cooking and baking. This is recounted in her Memoir, Stir. Of course, you can buy it through Smile.Amazon.com (where you can designate a tiny portion of each Amazon purchase you make at smile.amazon to benefit the SACG). Or, you can try to catch Jessica on her nationwide book tour.
On Friday afternoon, I went over to the SACG to harvest the last of my Fall produce: volunteer napa cabbage and bok choy, snow peas, snap peas, lettuce, arugula, kale, onions, and leeks. My beets were pathetic. I also emptied more water out of our large rain cistern until Frank arrived. He told me to keep working so that he could mow our front lawn. He was only wearing an oxford button-down shirt. It made me cold just looking at him since the wind chill put us in the high 30’s with 20 mph winds. He looked at me and agreed he should go home and get a jacket. Then, we headed over and picked up from my garage four full bags of shredded leaves and headed to Capital. There were so many shredded leaves that it was like shooting fish in a barrel. It only took us about half an hour to fill enough bags to stuff the truck. We probably should have gone back for more, but it was starting to get dark and it was still windy. And I didn’t know that we would use what we had.
As Lea, Zion and I were driving through Bexley, we noticed that all of the leaves that had been on the Capital campus at Pleasant Ridge WERE GONE! Frank and I had just be bagging them the day before. Where was I going to get another bag of shredded leaves for Mari's plot?! When has the City of Bexley ever picked up leaves on a Saturday? Sigh. It's a good thing that I had Frank to help me on Friday.