We're not the kind of people who take vacations along white sand beaches. We like lakes — great or otherwise. Before I moved to Wisconsin I lived on Lake Erie and then spent a few years on Lake Ontario. Wisconsin is bordered by two Great Lakes and has endless numbers of inland lakes. Madison itself is built around four lakes. What that all means is that we tend to spend a lot of time walking along rocky shorelines. We've rarely taken a lakeshore walk and returned with empty pockets.
Like many people, we love rocks and helplessly pick them up wherever we go. We actually have three shoeboxes filled with souvenir rocks. We used to line them up along the windowsills, but these days they mostly live in the basement. Until this week when I realized they would be the perfect mulch for the two potted boxwoods on the deck. The shrubs look better and grow better when the soil isn't exposed; but squirrels tend to toss bark mulch all over, making a constant mess on the deck. The rocks are a much more attractive solution and it was wonderful to pull them out of hiding and bring them out into the sunshine again.