When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Seasonal Math Problem

  5 rooms put back together after the freshly steam-cleaned carpets were dry
+2 pancake breakfasts
+9 hours of boys riding bikes with friends
+1 lawn mowed
+210 feet of garden weeded and edged
+18 hosta plants divided and transplanted
+3 trips to the garden centre
+48 bags of mulch schlepped and spread out
+1 new little garden dug
+36 rows of deck boards plus a Little Free Library post stained
-7,428 Kleenexes used to deal with spring allergies/cold
+1 batch of homemade barbecue sauce simmered
+1 trampoline reassembled
+2 smiling boys jumping on reassembled trampoline
-8,452,071 dandelions obliterated
+1 new barbecue built
+17 pieces of patio furniture set out and washed
+0 trips to the pool for swim practice
+11 hours of the neighbours blaring undesirable music
+26 banana oatmeal cookies baked
+1 crazy cat howling at 6:30am

= the first long weekend of the summer season  (+ an inability to move from the couch.  I may still be here tomorrow morning.  Seriously.  Send help.)

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