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The park at the end of our street is a wonderful space for kids. There are broad paved paths perfect for learning to ride bikes, a smaller play structure for climbing and sliding, lots of little hills to roll down and tables and seating to encourage congregation of families and neighbours.

About the only thing missing from this great little gem, IMO, are some kid-friendly plants with flowers to be enjoyed or picked that are hardy enough to withstand the heat from the asphalt and the love from the children. What the park accomplishes in fun and function, it sorely lacks in visual appeal. A few half-hearted efforts in years past have left a couple patches of mangy forsythia bushes, some enthusiastic daylilies, a couple random tulips, and violets that have self-seeded sporadically around the park.

Fortunately, I’ve a surfeit of Spring-flowering plants needing new homes.

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I resort to lists too often. Today is my first day in the house by myself for the full day, as DH started his new job this past Friday (and #2 is half days on Monday and I work on Tuesdays). I made a big list and only have one significant entry left to accomplish. Yay me! Yay lists!

Still, there are always more brief disjointed comments I can jot down about what’s going on with me:

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A couple weeks ago, during a meat brining binge with friends, we were visited by a friendly little marmalade cat named Amos. #2, a motherly sort of boy who instinctively believes that everyone and everything is his friend, decided he was going to take Amos under his wing and show him the ropes of living in our house.

He coaxed him indoors, introduced him to the cat food dishes, showed him the boys’ room, and tried to help him make friends with our cats. Once he declared he was renaming the cat “Paul”, we decided it was time to help Amos find his way back home. Fortunately his address was on his harness and his house was around the corner. The three of us carted him back to his home and #2 said goodbye.

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