35 Potted Plants

There are 35 potted plants on my front porch. They came from my coworkers at Fox 5. Apparently, after 3 decades they’ve noticed how much I like to lecture people about plants. As long as we’re on the subject, don’t throw away those “meat diapers” that sit under uncooked meat. Instead, soak them in a glass of water, the remaining red liquid (really it’s just bloody water) makes for an amazing organic nitrogen fertilizer for plants. 

So, back to my work buddies…and the 35 potted plants I’m now tasked with caring for. Gee, thanks guys! The truth is I’ve worked with some amazing people in this town starting at Channel 8 in 1980, 10 News in ’98 and for the last few years at Fox 5. In their profession they see the worst society has to offer—yet they are genuinely empathetic and optimistic despite it all. They are the off-hour warriors. Some get up in the middle of the night and chase down the stories that will become your morning headlines. Others leave for work just as their kids are getting home from school. They’re writers, artists and downright photographic geniuses. They have their fingers perpetually monitoring San Diego’s pulse and I’m lucky to have them as my very best friends.

So, I’ll water the plants, arrange them just so and smile knowing they’re better off in my hands than in theirs.

Miss you guys.



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37 comments on “35 Potted Plants
  1. Eileen Brennan says:

    Have you ever been here before? You’ve got to visit this great place, take a look at that

    Yours, Eileen Brennan

  2. Excellent post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired! Extremely useful information specifically the ultimate section 🙂 I take care of such information a lot. I used to be seeking this particular information for a long time. Thanks and good luck.

  3. Jeanette says:

    Love your gardening & plant tips. Great idea on the meat diapers! You look smashing in blue :-). Jeanette

  4. Helga B. says:

    Hi Loren, Am shocked to read about the brain cancer this morning. Had no idea. Will add to Janice’s prayer list for you to get well. Great to have all those flowers, they are very uplifting. I still use and have passed on your Christmas tree recipe from years ago. Now comes the meat diaper one. Thanks. Will give it a try and think of you.
    All the best to you, and enjoy the camping with your family.
    Helga Buehner (old friend of Bob Mills)

  5. andra moran says:

    Hey Loren and Susie,

    Bill Gish and Andra are sending their love and support, Loren, We love your “kick ass” or in this case, “kick cancer” attitude, Enjoy your travels!

  6. We have a small prayer wheel of friends who have been very successful with their diligent prayers. I know. Both my husband and I had cancer this last year and for the time being we are “in remission”. We will add you to our prayer list. I believe that every little bit helps. Best of luck Loren.

  7. Kathleen says:

    Love the comment about the meat diapers!! Typical advice from you. Looking forward to hearing more of your great advice. Looking forward to your return to the news. San Diego’s environment needs your advocacy.

  8. Cathy Dittrich says:

    We tried to have flowers delivered to you at the hospital but they called me later to say you had been discharged. I told them I knew that wasn’t true because you happened to be in brain surgery at that time… It turns out you are such a CELEB that they had to keep your name off the list or gave you another name!Anyway they donated to another patient who didn’t get any flowers, so that’s good!! 🙂

  9. Virginia Sumner says:

    35 potted plants and the most beautiful of them all is there in the middle with the gray cap on. Good therapy for you. Take care, friend

  10. Bobbie C. says:

    Hi Loren: Look at you with your cap and scarf and blue fingernails. There’s got to be some modeling agency looking to call you. Check the Reader for an ad: “Mature outdoor type male model needed for next month’s issue of a landscape magazine; nail polish okay. Clean cut need not apply!” Just keep the cap on, they won’t ask why you’ve got a hole in your head!!!

  11. allanmork@juno.com says:

    Loren: Beautiful plants and a good tip about the “meat diapers”. Thanks. Ferne and I have watched you and enjoyed your part of the newscast since we moved here from Minneapolis in 1993. Good luck on your recovery. We’re rooting for you!!


    Al Mork ( and Ferne Gaarder )



    Please note: message attached

  12. DeeDee says:

    Spring is in the air!!!! FINALLY! Hope your spring with burst out as colorful as your porch ❤

  13. Brenda Kakehashi says:

    This is the coolest gift EVER! Beyond being apropos, it will keep you occupied during your recovery and aid in your physical therapy as I’m sure many will need to be planted too. And you’re right, those babies are much better off in your hands than theirs. 🙂
    BTW… I need a gardener if you’re looking for more therapy!

  14. Sally Burch says:

    Loren, you are too much!! You always have good things to tell us about & make us laugh!! I love the moveable garden at your door! You’ll make it beautiful- just as you are!!

    Sally B.

  15. Lorraine Hennessy says:

    Love your words Loren . Those plants are lucky as we are to know you.

  16. Chuck Helsel says:

    Hey, Loren anytime you need some gardening labor just shout out to me. Now that I moved to a little condo, I don’t have the same landscaping requirements as I did in the old case. I did plant my new cobalt blue planters this weekend cut up my hands and thought of fun and good things in your near future!

  17. these will keeep you busy

  18. Kirsten Bates says:

    Love! Love! Love! So much love, Loren! Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door will be open. Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst.

    Peace of The Lord be with you and bless you and keep you safe!

    Kirsten Bates

  19. doug curlee says:

    loren..make sure someone didn’t slip a little cannabis sativa in there somewhere..and hurry back to work..you’re missed..

  20. Mary Goetz says:

    We all know these plants are in the best hands ever, Loren! 🙂

  21. Kathy McChesney says:

    good hands indeed

  22. cinbh says:

    Awesome gift! Taking care of things is good for the soul. Can’t believe I started watching your reports when I was going to Highland highschool in ALB and since moving here in 1980! Time does fly. Following you on your journey here and keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. (:-)

  23. sandi says:

    Great to hear the good news, Loren. I am very happy now. Next step, kick ass.

  24. Nora Logan says:

    Only 35. Thought Mr Greenjeans would have twice that. Love you and miss you.

  25. Love it!! thanks for the tip about the meat diapers… will remember that one. DAF

  26. Outstanding, always something to look after.

  27. Justin G. McCarthy says:

    Flowers in his hair, flowers everywhere. I know there’s flowers there. Remember? I don’t know if I get through to you old friend with all the messages you get but I am glad you get as much support as you do. Be blessed, be well. Love, Justin

  28. Hautetamale says:

    “Meat diapers”… heh, good one, dood.

  29. Reblogged this on ambersartistry and commented:
    Our local strong willed, strongly loved, strong voice of global reasoning here in San Diego.

  30. Jan Pollard says:

    You’re just so stinkin’ cool! Luvya ~

  31. The plotted planting of potted plants on your doorstep is genius. It is so good to see so much life & love surrounding you!

  32. audreywilmot says:

    Reblogged this on audreywilmot and commented:
    Love your Stories Loren 😉

  33. Eileen Brennan says:
  34. Kevin Grangetto says:

    Take good care of them! Kevin

    Sent from my iPhone

  35. audreywilmot says:

    Will you accept just 1 more plant
    Loren ? It’s from me
    Audrey Wilmot

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