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So a funny thing happened last night…

Since moving from our private paradise on 3 acres in the country to a city lot in the oldest part of town, we have had to make a few adjustments. The biggest being neighbors–very close neighbors. However, everyone is very nice and not too nosy and it’s really pretty quiet around here for the most part. Right next to us is a lovely elderly woman whose two adult sons live with her. Mmmmm…you say. Yes, we say that too.  It’s obvious that the yard was once well-tended but now it is simply maintained. When tree branches fall they are picked up and moved to the sidewalk next to their house so as not to get caught in the mower. For the past several weeks a lovely lichen-covered branch has been resting there and I decided a few days ago that I wanted that branch. I do have a tendency to over-think matters and I just couldn’t figure out how to get that branch out of their yard without being seen. After all, I don’t want them to think I am crazy.  Late last evening I asked my husband if he thought they would care if I took that branch. He laughed and said, “of course not.” Wednesday being “church night” I figured no one would be home and I wouldn’t be seen creeping around their yard.

There I am bent over in the dark trying to extricate my branch from the others that had been piled on it when one of the sons came walking around the house, Bible in hand. Busted! He startled me and I began babbling about how cool that branch is…he said you wouldn’t mind…I think I can do something with it and…I just love all the white stuff all over it… He laughed and said to take all the sticks I want. I felt obligated to drag the whole pile of sticks into my yard since I had strewn them all over. And I continued to babble about being the crazy neighbor lady who takes your sticks…blah…blah…blah.


After I politely dragged all the excess sticks to my yard I ran in the house laughing like a loon. So any junker/crafter will surely appreciate the risk I took in grabbing this. It is so cool and I have all kinds of ideas for it. And I am sure those neighbors will look in my direction anytime something is missing from their yard.



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