There’s a character in “The Walking Dead” called Jadis.
She is the leader of a group of people that live in a huge junkyard. They’re a group of scavengers, and they’ve built quite a maze through the junkyard they call home.
Yesterday, at work, one of our egg suppliers and I saw four scarecrows on the top of the trash heap that filled the boss’s trailer. We asked the boss if he was really going to throw them away. His reply was “if you want them, take them. They need a few repairs”
The egg supplier stuffed one in her SUV. I managed to stuff the other three in my truck. Two of them had to be tied to the bed because I could only fit one in my back seat.
As I dug them out if the trash pile, I couldn’t help but be entertained. I got to thinking about how much stuff I’ve scavenged from my workplace.
- Perfectly edible food that can’t be sold because it looks funny
- Perfectly edible grass-fed beef that can’t be sold because the freezer malfunctioned and the meet defrosted (it was still plenty cold, so it was safe to cook and eat)
- Almost a whole case of honey with chunks of honeycomb in it that had crystallized a bit
- Reclaimed wood from pallets and signs
- Whole pallets to use for whatever Mr B thought he might want to use them for
- Bales of straw to use for our chickens nests
- Seeds from rotting pumpkins and gourds, potatoes to cut and plant
- A bag of potting soil given to me by a customer who needed to make space in his truck to hold firewood
- Firewood and kindling
- Wood chips and tree bark for the compost heap
- Tote bags from the ranch that supplies our beef
- Mesh bags (like the ones 50 pounds of onions come in) to give to the neighbor to give to her friend that raises and sells ducks and chickens and such
- A shoe try-on bench to make a coffee table
- Three scarecrows
Just call me Jadis.