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About That Box
December 05, 2016

Thanksgiving is over and look who visits.

Actually, there were five big Toms.

As far as Novembers go, this was one of the most pleasant I can recall (weather-wise).

We enter December this week.

I may sound a bit sadistic, but winter is now free to visit.

With November passing, this makes the the winter season one month shorter.

Besides, if it is going to be cloudy, I'd rather have the ground white and bright, instead, baron and brown.

I will have a reason to stay inside and look through all the seed catalogs.

Yes, they come earlier every year.

Christmas decorations are too much for Miss Penny to resist, as she is forever batting at something.

Snicker-doodles is pretty good about it all, however.

Remember to clean and sanitize your feeders and water sources while the weather still allows it.

December 7, Pearl Harbor Day.

December 7, 1941, The day America was attacked and declares war against Japan.

May dad, two uncles and an aunt served and all survived.

Thank You for the Million world wide that served and help protect the free world.

For the many, many that gave the ultimate sacrifice, Thank You seems so inadequate.

Last week I chose to go with a lighter side,

A few of you totally got the story on the Lincoln Logs.

Not conforming.

Using your creativity and imagination.

Letting go.

Having some fun.

Thinking outside the box.

But what about 'The Box'?


On a regular basis I encourage you to push the envelope.

Attempt to grow something new to you.

Step outside of your comfort zone in any endeavor, it makes life exiting.

Yes, step outside the box.

But what about the box?

Yes, you can't forget about the ubiquitous box.

Boxes come in all shapes and sizes, and are useful for many things around the home.

Shoe boxes for example have multiple uses.

You can catalog and store seed packs and seeds you have collected.

Stack bills, or file paper work in a shoe box.

The larger shoe box can be put to use by keeping your small garden tools in them.

Larger boxes are good for packing away Christmas decorations.

I'm sure a few of you will use boxes to store out of season cloths in.

For the one and two year old toddlers, for Christmas and birthdays

I am convinced about this..........

Most of the packages should only be empty boxes that are gift wrapped.

Children this age haven't a clue, and have more fun ripping off the gift wrap and playing with the box.

They also make a good place for Miss Penny to hangout, or get some protection from Doodles.

Am I right?

There are those few short and magical years for boys and girls when imaginations are at their peak.

Before society and schools insist we conform to the way of thinking.

A large, or even a giant box is like a dream come true.

For my brothers and me, these treasures became clubhouses or maybe a fort.

Make a few dials, switches and other gizmos to tape on, and suddenly the box is a space ship as we fly off to Mars or some unknown destination.

Flip it upside down and now I am a commander in the belly of a military tank.

For my sister, boxes became doll houses.

Smaller ones were cut and shaped into furniture.

Now, the best part of having a big box is this..........

When we turned it into a suicide bobsled.

Climb in and slide down the stairs (freaking mom out).

On the sad day the box finally fell apart, we would turn the torn off sides into toboggans and slide down the stairs some more.

I know this has little to do with gardening, or wildlife.

During these next few weeks of added stress, I am hoping to bring you a bit of a smile.

More important, I hope you were able to go back in time and recall a few moments that brought you joy.

Cherish your childhood memories, maybe share them.

It doesn't have to be a cardboard box, but if you have a few memories you would like to share, I am more than happy to read them.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."

Leo Buscaglia

How wise was this man.

The bible shows how children are very important to our God.

Jesus said,

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19:14

"If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea."

Mark 9:42

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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