Wilma Wednesday 6: Helping

Wilma, helping, hose, yard

I haven’t watered the grass in about a year, and it’s weedy. Because of California’s drought, a better idea is to plant things that need less water than grass does. I’m starting small with an area beside the house, where I plan to kill the grass with cardboard and mulch. I’ve got a nice aloe vera to plant there, a gift from a friend.

“I will dig.” Wilma stands beside me, ready to help.

“Thank you,” I say.

“I will sniff the plant.”

“That’s nice of you,” I say.

“I will pee on it,” says Wilma.

“Wow,” I say, “that’s so generous of you.”

“You’re welcome,” she says, “I like helping.”

Then I feel kind of bad, because Wilma doesn’t get sarcasm. So when she pees on the cardboard I say, “Good girl,” wondering if my horticultural plan is doomed.

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  1. chris - November 16, 2016 @ 05:57

    I think she is just adding an extra step to killing off the lawn!… think about it, pee stained cardboard= concentrated grass killer… she’s smart! 🙂 u go Wilma!

    • Petrea - November 16, 2016 @ 07:54

      You’re right, chris! She’s always way ahead of me.

  2. Lowell - November 16, 2016 @ 07:00

    Yes, your plan is down the toilet, so to speak. But you still have Wilma and all the love she brings you and who needs grass anyway?

    • Petrea - November 16, 2016 @ 07:55

      I thought Wilma needed grass, but she’s happy with regular old dirt.

  3. William Kendall - November 16, 2016 @ 08:48

    Fortunately she’s such a cutie.

    • Petrea - November 16, 2016 @ 11:34

      I sense she knows that, William, but I’m not going to tell her you said so.

  4. Leslie - November 16, 2016 @ 14:18

    Maybe we’d all be a little happier if we just played in the dirt now and then and peed on the cardboard. 🙂
    I think Wilma is a genius.

    • Petrea - November 16, 2016 @ 14:48

      I have to agree, Leslie!

  5. TheChieftess - November 16, 2016 @ 16:03

    Ahhh Wilma! You are such a help to your Monkey Woman…

    • Petrea - November 16, 2016 @ 22:03

      I’ll relay the message. Right now she’s chewing her bone, thus helping me relax for the evening.

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