Carolyn L. Braun (carolynlbraun.com)

And then there were rocks …

And then there were rocks … 

A few days ago, the postal worker delivered a very heavy package to our door. He set it just inside the door, next to a number of other packages  … many of which say Amazon on them. (I can’t pass up a good deal – especially for craft supplies.) I decided I’d open the heavy package, seeing that is was from my brother who lives in Arizona. It was just a small package – but it was very heavy. I barely made it to my desk and then had to take a rest.  

Then, of course, I couldn’t get the tear strip to tear. So I took a pair of scissors and chewed away at the end. Finally, after many minutes, or so it seemed, the end came off of the mailing package. 

What immediately showed were the ends of two books (baseball related) and patterns for wood items. My brother’s hobby is woodworking. The patterns are for my husband who is getting set up to do more woodcraft – such as bird feeders, lawn furniture. etc.  

Then I reached in – not sure what I was going to find – and pulled out a rock! And then another! And then a lot more. By that time, I was chuckling – out loud. Two of the rocks were painted – one by my sister-in-law (who is a good artist) and one by my brother. They are shown in the blog header picture and in the pictures below. I bet you can guess which one my brother painted – but his is pretty good, too — shading of the leaves, a bit of sun, color highlights …

Why would they send me rocks? Well, I like to paint on them – and I don’t have many. It’s hard for me to go rock hunting so they did it for me. And better yet – they are from Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, California. They painted the rocks while they were at the beach – on vacation. 

For me, this is one of the greatest gifts ever. A box of rocks with two original, hand-painted rocks. Yes, indeed. It isn’t about the monetary value of a gift. It is the thought that counts (and this gift took a lot of thought). Hopefully I will get busy painting soon. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you will return. 

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