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Well, the season of school is ending, and I'm feeling impatient. So much of my life is spent being the opposite-- very patient with people, cats and plants. But when it comes to this beautiful puzzle, I'm not sure I can wait. I'd planned to start it in celebration of Kiddo's last day of school, but on a slow Saturday afternoon, when I wish I were napping but a neighbor kid is at our house so that's not an option...but the puzzle might be.

I've unwrapped the box, but then stopped to consider this impatience, the urge to keep moving forward. Last week, I cleared out a clump of buttercups and planted in some cosmos and some other fancy flowers... right where our proposed walkway is going to be built. That walkway and the patio it will lead to represents another portion of self-restraint: I'd wanted to have it done last year, but we needed a new roof before leaks started, so it was deferred until this year.

It's a confusing thing to want to fill in a dirt sp…

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