Good Morning! Before we get into our Small Thing, I want to clarify a couple of guidelines that are important for those of you who are participating in our "points game." I realize that I have not gone over this very well, and there was confusing info in my FAQ page.
Ahem. To receive the day's points, you must do the Small Thing on the day it is assigned, unless (like on Friday) I give you a chance to catch up. The reason is this: each thing is so small, it would be easy to put off doing anything at all until the last minute. Then we'd have a 100-way tie and it would be a disaster. Beyond that, doing a little something each and every day IS THE WHOLE POINT. It is important to get into the habit of putting in dedicated effort - in tiny little increments - and letting those small things add up to something wonderful.
I've updated my Small Thing FAQ page,..which for some reason is not working today. I'll get that fixed asap:( If, up to this point, you have not been following this guideline, that's ok. We will all just follow it from here on out!
Now, on to today's task: Stragglers.
1. One who straggles, or departs from the direct or proper course, or from the company to which he belongs; one who falls behind the rest; one who rambles without any settled direction.
2. A roving vagabond.
3. Something that shoots, or spreads out, beyond the rest, or too far; an exuberant growth.
Let thy hand supply the pruning knife,
And crop luxuriant stragglers.
4. Something that stands alone or by itself
After a week of working out of town, which followed a week of vacation, I've noticed a few stragglers roaming around my house.
The lone socks on top of the dryer.
The Christmas ornaments that didn't make it into the boxes.
The vagabond shoes on the steps.
The lazy earrings on the coffee table.
Canned goods on the counter, which never mosied along to the pantry with the rest of the herd.
Renegade bills that escaped the corral for a life of danger among the junk mail.
The exuberant ribbon and wrapping paper that shot out of my gift center like a bat out of, well, you know.
I think I hear the faint moo-ing of those wily stragglers that need to be rounded up and brought in before they hurt themselves.
Do you have some stragglers at your house? They're the items that escaped the group herd and headed off for excitement in other parts. They might give you a bit of trouble as you rope them in, but stay with 'em. Eventually, they'll give up and head for home if you make them.
Today's Small Thing is to round up the stragglers.
POINTS: 40 for rounding up at least two straggling items.
What are the stragglers at your house?