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Imaginations Are Limitless
November 28, 2016

I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend.

We had Karen's sister and brother in law over for our day of Thanksgiving.

There really is so much we are thankful for.

As I try to write this, I'm having to throw the Wiffle Ball around so Snickers and Miss penny can chase after it.

Gotta love the fur kids.

Let the madness begin, as the Christmas rush is on.

In your fast pace, don't forget to care for your feathered friends.

Where needed, are your birdbath heaters hooked up?

Is the water fresh?

Don't forget to clean feeders this week.

As more birds begin to feed, messes are more common.

Clean feeders mean healthier birds.

I always like to do things around the first of the month, it is a good reminder for me.

Snickers and Miss Penny are quite the handful.

Keet (Akita) is slowly warming up to kitty, but still has a difficult time learning how to play.

Down to business.


I'm tired of grand kids running around the house like it is their own personal playground.

I'm really tired of kids coming over and thinking they have to plug in devices or turn a TV on (even when it is nice outside), as soon as they walk through the door.

For years, Tinker Toys helped to give young minds around here something to do and to be a bit creative.

Recently I purchased some
'Lincoln Logs' for the same reason.

Instantly I was brought back in time.

Once again I am a 6-10 year old boy.

Thoughts and memories rush in.

Again I am on the floor building and creating what my mind imagines.

My opinion.......... Imagination and creativity are two things lacking in most children today.

Everything is given to them.

Kids and young adults want instant gratification.

Don't get dirty, there are germs to worry about.

Grass stains on the cloths (GASP).

Where are the creative juices in that?

A young mind would make a flat top out of the long roof pieces, making an aircraft carrier.

Taking the little logs, crossing them and I had instant airplanes to fly off the carrier deck.

Make a fence to surround your property, little logs became foot soldiers, or grazing cattle.

Limited only in a young boys mind (I never read directions back then either).

Sometimes I see adults limiting themselves too.

Especially in the yard and gardens.

Instant gratification.

Or is it fear?

Money can buy contractors and all sorts of help.

I've paid others to remove and plant larger trees.

Other stuff, like creating flowerbeds, planting moving, planning, I have done myself.

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum).

There is self gratification when you see a finished product.

When you can watch the fruits of your labor grow into a special garden or habitat.

I plan for wildlife.

Flowers that attract pollinators, bees butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.

Allowing some to go to seed again attracts certain birds and small animals.


Shrubs bloom, which attract pollinators.

They also offer protection for birds, and even some nesting sights.

Shrubs also offer food.

Pictured right now the small Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), bushes are feeding robins in my yard.

Highbush cranberry (V. trilobum) above, will offer fruits to many birds throughout the winter.

Don't limit your imagination.

There are several native shrubs and small trees that offer food, protection for wildlife, and still pleasing to the human eye.

Architectural designs of your landscape can be limitless too.

Just like the Lincoln Logs, small pieces of wood can become almost anything, your designs are all in your head.

(Did that sound right?)

Dare to be different.

Create your own ebb and flow.

Add some splash, where strangers will stop to make a compliment.

The holiday season is just beginning and most of you will be very busy for the rest of 2016.

Lighten up and enjoy life.

Life here on earth is not a trial run, this is for real.

Make the most of it.

Even if it means buying your own set of Lincoln Logs (yeah, I bought an extra set for me), or playing dolls, or where ever your imagination takes you.

Dreams and imagination are good things.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God Bless.


"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many.

Not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist

Blessings remain the theme, Rejoice my friends.

"All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God."

Deuteronomy 28 : 2 (New American Standard Bible)

"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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