Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Parking Lot Gardening

This is parking spot # 39,
my parking spot at the school where I work.
I have been parking next to this tree for 7 years.
For 7 years, nobody has taken care of the garden.

This is a view from the other side.

This past weekend, I decided I would do a little gardening.
I pruned, pulled, and weeded.
Added some much needed dirt.
Re-purposed some pots and flowers from home.

And Ta Da!!!
Best looking parking lot garden in the place.

I even have a step to cross across over the garden.
No more muddy shoes.

 All this was possible because of  "good guy"... Tom (husband).
I couldn't of done it without him.
He thinks I crazy but he loves me.

By the way, school (students are back) starts this Wednesday!


  1. I love what you (and Tom! :)) have done! What a difference! I think it's wonderful that you turned a scruffy patch of earth into a happy spot to pull up to! And you thought of everything! What a great idea to put in that step! I would be smiling when I pulled up to school in the morning! Great way to start the day!
    And thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my family during the stormy weekend. There were some branches and a few trees down and a few power outages. We lost cable, phone and my internet connection :( but the sun has been shining ever since! And Crystal had a rewarding day at work as many of her customers were there because they had no power at home!
    I'm officially back to school for room prep today and tomorrow, meetings on Thursday and Friday, Meet Your Teacher Day on Tuesday and the kids return on Wednesday! New school year here we come! Keep smiling!
    Many blessings, my friend!

  2. Good for you! We have one of those unsightly things outside our school where I park. No upkeep. We planted a tree last year for Arbor Day with the whole student body, but there has been no upkeep. I can't help but think it would be such a great class project to take care of that plot for one of the grades. Ah, me - red tape keeps such wonderful things from happening and our poor teachers and students chained to desks and store bought curriculum instead of going on adventures and letting the curriculum make itself!
    Just sayin' . . .

  3. You performed a little miracle in that parking lot. Christine, you amaze me and teach me!It looks lovely and I know you will enjoy it each morning when you drive up. Kudos to Tome for his help!
    There's no telling who else might find themselves blessed by your wonderful act of kindness!
    Woohoo! Debbie

  4. Every day when you pull into work you will be so happy when you see your beautiful parking lot garden. It's beautiful, just like your spirit.

  5. Once again, you make all the difference, Christine! You and your wonderful partner! You make me smile really big. blessings ~ tanna

  6. OMG! what a transformation Christine, You and Tom did a fantastic job, to be enjoyed by so many You and I have such great husbands, mine would have done the same.,
    Enjoy !

  7. How pretty! You and Tom did a wonderful job. I love the little step you made.

  8. WOW! What a transformation. That was so nice that you did that and now you have a nice little garden area to park next to. Love this!

  9. What a beautiful transformation. I love the little things that brighten ours days and surely this will make you smile each morning. Looks like Mr. Vista was a good helper.

  10. Wow, what an awesome job!! You and Tom rock!! you should open your own landscaping company! Cosmetic details only of course!! What a great way to start your day. It's always good to start your day with a smile on your face. :)
    I LOVE the step!! I can't stand dirty shoes (which contributes greatly to my preference for weather that is 75 and sunny!!) :) From what I hear, you definitely need a step like that in the Pacific Northwest!! :) Keep those shoes pristine, girl!! :)
    Speaking of the weather, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers this weekend. We were very fortunate, and unlike, many K and I didn't even lose power!! He was able to watch cable and play video games while I worked one of the craziest days of work EVERRRRRR!!!!! Haaa I just posted about the day over at my blog. It's Wednesday and I think I am still tired from it!! It's all good though and all my friends and family are safe and sound (and gathering LOTS of firewood from their yards and roads).
    I'll be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers as you begin your school year. :)

  11. I think that this is just wonderful. It's not only that you made it more beautiful, it's the lesson that it speaks to me. You can park yourself someplace repeatedly and note time and time again the ugliness or lack of fruit. OR, you can do something about it.

    I have a little plot of life that I continually complain about. It's a figurative/spiritual hot mess. It's time to stop the lamentation and start the restoration.

    You could make so much more devotionally about this. I love it.

  12. Well I am applauding you...go girl!! May you smile each day as you drive up to your parking lot!
    This is great...you have so much life in you!

  13. Oh I love this. Sounds like something I would do. It goes with that 'living a beautiful life' and 'bloom where you are planted' mentality. Making everything lovely around you and enjoying it. What a super idea. Love the stepping stone, too. :)

  14. How thoughtful and caring of you and Tom. Then again, that's no surprise. You've made a beautiful little spot.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  15. Christine,
    You inspire me!
    Each post is full of love for your family, your neighbors, your friends, co-workers...etc.
    Your school and students are very blessed to have you as part of their life (from where I stand... God has you just where you need to be this year). the parking lot garden is perfectly beautiful!
    Just like you!
    Dee Dee


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