Some years ago, my cousin asked my
mother, who was a talented painter, if she would do a painting for her if the
cousin provided the paints! Many people simply have no idea of the time and
energy, not to mention the expense, that goes into growing a garden or creating
a work of art. No, Mother declined the offer!
I stopped at a roadside rock shop on my
way home yesterday from a trip, and besides the tables loaded with polished
slabs and decorative pieces, there was a good sized pile of rough, uncut rocks
at the corner of the house. When I asked the price of these rocks, the owner
said they were free! because they weren't going to use them for cutting
So I collected half a dozen melon-sized
rocks for my rockery---and bought a beautiful petrified wood specimen for a
Christmas present. What nice people to give away something they really had no
use for. Barbara in Walla Walla.