The Runaway Balls: Wonderful!

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The Runaway Balls

By Bubbles
April 15, 2010

My husband surprised me one day with two large stone balls for the front garden. He had to have two men help him place them. I just loved them peeking out of the salvias near the sidewalk. Our neighbors would walk up the hill and take a rest, letting their kids sit on top of the balls. This is a story of how the balls wound up hidden in our backyard.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 30, 2012 6:28 PM CST
Sandi: I must have missed this when it was originally published back in 2010 but I sure am glad it popped up on my ATP home page ... it has me grinning from ear to ear! What a great story, I truly enjoyed reading it and it sure made me laugh! My husband was wondering what was so funny so I had to read it to him and he's grinning too. I wonder what that young man eventually did about his smashed Camaro? I hope he still thinks about his actions that night and I truly hope he learned a lesson! It would be wonderful if say fifteen or twenty years from now he could read your article. I really think you should consider submitting this story for publication in your local newspaper! Green Grin!

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 30, 2012 9:38 PM CST
Thanks for enjoying my life experience! We had thought about setting the balls in concrete out front again, but new neighbors are moving in and once again we have teenagers. Too much temptation, so I think we'll leave them in the backyard now.
As for the car, it was replaced by a little truck.
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Dec 1, 2012 1:48 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Yep, what goes around comes around. Great story! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Bet that kid never goes bowling!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 1, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Here's another story you may enjoy. It's sort of an amusing gardening story, I think.

http://cubits.org/texasgardening/articles/view/702/
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 1, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Oh my goodness ... I LOVED it! Sandi, you really do have a way with words and writing, making the reader feel like they are right there in the story! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up You my friend should write a book of short stories!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 1, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Lin, no one would believe most of them! I seem to find "humor" in teasing my family. Here's the one I wrote about welcoming our new son-in-law into our wacky family.

http://cubits.org/texasgardening/articles/view/507/
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 1, 2012 8:41 PM CST
Sandi, I am laughing so hard! What a great wedding ... and a great family!! Thanks so much for sharing these stories!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 1, 2012 11:56 PM CST
I appreciate you reading them!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 2, 2012 9:31 AM CST
Cheryl: I really loved each one of your stories! You should make and laminate copies for your family and keep them in a safe place for future generations. I know they will surely love the family stories ... and a few will probably realize what relative they got their sense of humor from! Smiling
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 2, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Hmmm....that possibly could be used to have me committed one day! The 6 yr old daughter of DH’s niece asked me to sign a small watercolor I did for her when we were in IL one Christmas. About a month later, the niece called to tell us her daughter’s teacher had asked her about some tall tale the first grader was telling the class about her aunt in TX. Seems the child had taken the watercolor to “show and tell’ and insisted it was done by her crazy aunt that lived in the basement in TX. DH’s niece took the painting out of the frame and showed the teacher that I had indeed signed it on the back....”Aunt Sandi, your crazy aunt that lives in the basement.”

Every family has a crazy aunt that lives in the basement, don't they?
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 2, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing hee hee, well I don't have any aunts still on this earth (that I know of) and I don't remember having any crazy ones that lived in a basement ... but ya never know!

I truly love your sense of humor and I'm sure all of your family members do too ... if not, they're sure losing out on the joy! Green Grin!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 2, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Okay, I quit! I would love to have a basement! I have to finish shoving plants into the greenhouse. It's nearly 80° here, but I know winter's coming...someday!

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