Week 26 – Rocks, Shells, Sand, Bark, and Pine Cones
OK, this one is a little strange I guess because not everyone has rocks, shells, sand, bark and pine cones just hanging around, but here goes: when I was getting something out of the attic yesterday I came across a container full of rocks, shells, sand, pine cones, and even some bark that I had collected from different places. I have always loved collecting little things like unique rocks and seashells, but I probably don’t need a big bin of them in the attic. The worst thing about my collection is nothing is labeled. I guess I thought I would always remember where the bags of sand came from or the beach where I collected the really cool purple shells, but I don’t.
I went through the rocks and decided on a small pile that I wanted to keep, if for no other reason than to show them to S someday when she is learning about geology. I kept a few shells that are really nice or that I remember why I collected them in the first place, but the rest I decided could go. I put the rocks in a garden bed that has some perennial grass in it; the bark went in the mulch/branch bin; I think I will try to have S help me put peanut butter and bird seed on the pine cones and hang them out for the birds; and the sand and shells went into a big Tupperware container to create a little “beach box” for S to play with. Not including the sand and shells that are now a toy for S, I got rid of 11 pounds of rock, shells, sand, bark, and pine cones.