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B and I have both been obsessed with these fuzzy oak (a friend told me these may be birch instead of oak) flowers that look just like caterpillars.

She's been collecting them like mad because they are so easy to scoop up by the fistful. They're fuzzy and cute and what's not to love?


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Buttercups, buttercups, buttercups! There is this one sloping yard that butts up against the sidewalk on one of our routes and at this time of year, it is covered in beautiful yellow buttercups. B loves to pick them, sniff them (resulting in a yellow nose), twirl them and pull the petals off of them. I also taught her to tuck one under my chin to test (in a very scientifically sound way) whether or not I like butter. I do and, good news, so does she! Butter makes the world go 'round, after all.


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The tiny little pink flowers in the center of this fell from a lovely little tree onto a bed of rocks. B said that we had to pick them all up (because of course she did), which took forever. As it turns out, picking tiny little flowers out of tiny little rocks is a time consuming process. But we did it, and I love those tiny flowers. Worth it!


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Sometimes we take walks to get ice cream at the place up the street and sometimes we stop and pick up oodles of spotty golden leaves on the way.

B had to pick just the right ones (hers don't have as many spots) while I focused on patterns and textures. Together...perfect!


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When your kid rips someone's plant out of the ground faster than you can say, "NO!" Sorry neighbor.

We have some collecting rules that B has to follow; no picking flowers or plants unless the neighbor says it's okay or it has fallen onto the ground on its own is a big one because of where we do most collecting. There are exceptions for weed-type plants and overgrown bushes that need a trim anyway. She's never allowed to just rip something from the ground if it's been planted by a homeowner, but every now and then she gets excited and it happens so quickly that there's no stopping it. Thankfully, on the few occasions she has pulled plants out of the ground, it's been a ground cover or something pretty basic like this succulent that spreads like wildfire. Whew.


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Happy Saturday! It's raining and cold here AGAIN so I'm feeling kind of like this grumpy sticky note we found. B and I could really use some sunshine.

B was so happy to see that our neighbor's rhododendron bush is flowering again. She loves to collect its curled up leaves, but the fallen buds and petals are way better because PINK!

After we did collecting under the rhododendron bush, I turned into a dinosaur who had to chase B to get her piggy tails. That's what I was told, anyway, by the speedy little tot who ran away while yelling "chase me, Mama Dinosaur!"


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Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. That's one of B's favorite songs and it must have stirred something within Mother Nature because we finally have a sunny day! Cold, but sunny. I'll take it.

Our plans today are to binge watch Beat Bugs, buy frames so I can create some dimensional pieces for our shop (one will actually be a ✨GIVEAWAY✨ that will start this week!) and also take a walk, of course. B has another cold so slow and steady is the name of the game today.

What are YOU doing on this fine Sunday?