Just Imagine…


It has been very cold lately. Most of us have been spending our time indoors, only venturing out for work and necessity.


Last night however, as I worked in front of the warm oven to prepare dinner, I heard a clatter and commotion that drew my attention outside. What I observed out there, as the sun was setting in the zero degree weather, made me smile and giggle as if I were watching an entertaining movie.


What was the source of this intrigue outdoors on such a cold winter evening?


It was the neighbor kids. Bundled beyond recognition, they had gathered together a variety of items to build a drum set in their backyard.


A big blue barrel sounded like the base. A couple of old propane canisters looked like cymbals. An overturned sled became a snare. A worn tricycle served as the drum seat. Broken sticks banged out the beats.


Never mind the frigid cold. Never mind the hodgepodge of materials. Never mind the lack of an audience. These kids had created a splendid concert in less than favorable working conditions, pounding out an example of creative imagination and entertaining ingenuity.


As the concert came to a finale, I stood at my kitchen window applauding.

Bravo creativity. Well done ingenuity. Encore imagination.


I guess they did have an audience after all.

As for me, this free concert event was a priceless reminder of all that is possible with just a little imagination!


A Little Fall Fun


On my routine early morning walks I have observed more and more the coming of fall. This morning I noticed many hedge balls, otherwise known as hedge apples, lying in the ditches and smashed on the road.


I love seeing these every year because they remind me of childhood fun and creativity. These sticky, bumpy, green balls were actually great entertainment for my sisters and me growing up.


We collected them, counted them, and ordered them by size. We tossed them, rolled them, and stacked them in precarious piles.


We used them in place of softballs, in place of bowling balls, in place of croquet balls.  


When they crumbled, we hunted for another. When they rotted, we collected more.


These hedge balls get sticky, ewww!


They feel lumpy, yuck!


They look weird, gross!


Just what every kid wants! Right?


They are out there, and they are free! No planning required. Just pick one up. Get them while they are still in season and have a naturally fun time.


Oh, and for the moms out there who liken hedge balls to snakes and snails, did I mention they are a natural spider repellant?