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A Story Rock


I like to keep a bunch of rocks nearby when I paint so that I can use up any leftover paint on them. Wouldn't it be funny if the rocks in the yard seek hidey holes because they dread the thought of being splashed with clothing? Now that would make for an interesting story. Be my guest.

This afternoon I happened to notice the various faces of a green painted rock. A different story on every face. These are only four of its faces out of eight, possibly 10 or more. What stories do you see?


On Mondays, when I can, I like to participate in Angie's Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf. Come check out the other bloggers with me.


By the way, here's what happened at last week's City Council meeting that I was in a hurry to check out live on TV: The Council voted 3-1 to disregard the mayor's appeal to stop the construction of a project to build condos on top of retail stores and another building to house nonprofit organizations on a downtown lot that has been empty for 30 years. The original shops and businesses on that space were torn down because of damage from the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The mayor had to recuse himself from last Monday's vote due to a financial conflict of interest; he owns the historical building next to the  project. In short, he has been trying to stop the project for the past several years. His next step is to sue the City like he has been threatening.

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  1. Your rocks are cute. My grand daughter of 6 abd i, we paint rocks sometimes. Lots if fun
    Thanks for droppibg by my blog today

    Much🌿🍃❤love

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    1. Hi Gillena. The giggles and love you and your granddaughter must share as you paint rocks. That's how I feel when I paint them.

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  2. Su-sieee - I do see faces in some of the rocks - upper left - a female piggy, dressed up for a day of digging about in the garden for grubs. Lower left - a pale cobra, coyly coiled and ready to strike. Thanks for taking the time to link up to Mosaic Monday, my artistic friend!

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    1. Whooo-hooo, I love your stories, Angie. I wonder if your piggy is dressed in overalls with purple rimmed sunglasses, or maybe in Jane Austen fashion, or . . .

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  3. Your rock could have been of Australian Aboriginal heritage - love it!
    Big drama's in your city!
    Wren x

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    1. I like that possibility for the rock. :-)
      You said it, Wren, about the unnecessary drama!

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  4. A lovely idea, to paint rocks for paperweight... happy MosaicMonday 🤗

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    1. Paperweights! That's right. Never thought of that. Hmmm, who wouldn't want a story rock for a paperweight.

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  5. ...I'm green with envy of you green pet rocks!

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  6. They have a lot of character but are green!

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    1. Tomorrow my order for kelly green acrylic paint ought to come. :-)

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  7. Your rocks look good and need a place in your garden. The mossy look on the green rock and the ancient cave paintings is what I see. I am all for keeping historical homes and buildings

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    1. The new buildings won't harm the historical one that the mayor owns. From what I've seen of plans, the architect designed the new buildings to blend in with the mayor's building as well as the whole downtown. His beef, some say, is that he can't turn the empty lot into a beer garden during the July 4th motorcycle rally whenever the city council officially okays it.

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  8. That would make for a fun story. I paint rocks and leave them for people to find hoping it brightens their day.

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    1. No doubt your painted rocks have brightened many a people. Cool!

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  9. Sue the city? That's sad . . . dag nabbit . . . I sure hope the face of your city can be saved.
    perhaps a creative housing idea will make itself known to the council - and everyone will be satisfied.

    Ya know, painted rocks are popular here. People purchase, collect and even take courses to create them. I like YOURS better - way better - they have happiness and are uniquely YOU.

    love & love,
    -g-

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    1. Thanks, G!
      This is the best creative housing idea -- a mixed-use building and a philanthropic center -- that has money behind it to be proposed in the past 30 years. The project was approved several years ago by the Council, with the mayor being the only no vote. In our city, the mayor has no power over the council. He, like every council member, has one vote, thank goodness.

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  10. I love the green and pink rock on your notebook, it's very pretty :)

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    1. Thanks, Eunice. It says pretty pink with sugar on top to me.

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  11. your rocks are a rorschach test, lol

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  12. Mr Mayor needs to find another way to serve his community.

    Rock story . . . Matilda had been taught all her life, which was a very long one because Matilda was a rock, that being anything but her natural colour was a BAD THING.
    None of the other rocks could provide a satisfactory answer when she asked them why. As it the way of most elders, of any species when presented with the unanswerable questions of their progeny, they simply said, "Because." which satisfied Matilda not at all.
    One day Matilda noticed one of the soft folk, as they were known, and who buzzed by Matilda so fast that she could scarcely see them, had splashed something wet and vaguely smelly on her as it buzzed around doing whatever it was that the 'soft folk' needed to do in such a hurry.
    Matilda's thought froze in shock. It only took a few moments, although the sun had set and risen twice, time moves much slower for Matilda, due to her rock-ness, for her to realize that she was now covered in some sort of strange red and green substance.
    Matilda contemplated this oddness while several more days passed, and she finally came to the conclusion that the liked being a different colour than the rest of the rocks. In fact she was so excited that she almost moved!

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    1. Cool story, Widders. Thank you very much for sharing it. I think Matilda jumped in joy. :-)

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  13. I would think that in the lifetime of a rock, having the paint on would be equivalent to the blink of an eye. Because you know that paint will weather off eventually. Maybe not while you're around, but in the lifetime of a rock...

    I'd think development around the mayor's building would help it. But what do I know?

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    1. Liz, in the lifetime of a rock! I love that concept.
      You know as much as I do. I'm with you.

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    1. Thanks, Adam, the Guy Who Knows Paints! . :-)

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  15. Wonderfully creative painted rocks ~ I paint rocks also and there is a large group on Facebook called Glosta Rocks ~ yu might enjoy the photos ~

    Great to see you again!

    Happy Day to you ^_^

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  16. I want to paint some rocks to leave on the trails I hike! It's fun to find one from time to time!

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  17. Is that something you want to see stopped too? I see a shipwreck story and a jungle with help on the horizon.

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  18. Interesting. Someday an archaeologist may find one and think it has some deep ritual significance. ;-)

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