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In this age of “simplify, simplify” I cling to my collections. I collect paintings of poppies, tomatoware, botanical sculptures made of tin, books by various authors, and so on. I believe that collections are part of our identity; the things we collect explain elements of personality and history. Collections are probably a remnant of our ancient need to explore and understand our environment.


I think other animals share this need to collect. Many rodents collect and hoard food and nesting materials. Some of this behavior is practical, ensuring plenty in lean times. However, I think some animals have a more frivolous need to collect.


Recently, we moved the library in our house to another floor. Moving the contents of an entire room is a great opportunity to sort and clean. We have had mice in our house on at least three occasions in 40 years of our lives here. So I was not surprised to find a little mouse hoard in one hidden corner of the room.


I was surprised at the contents of the hoard: one bright pink blood pressure pill, one pale pink cholesterol pill and one pale pink button. A mouse with a colour preference!


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all my best,


Written by jane tims

February 24, 2020 at 11:24 am

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  1. How fascinating ~ a mouse in love with all things pink! It makes you wonder. I love my collections, too. Wooden rosemaling plates from Norway, blue glass bottles, books, pictures of the ancestors, pewter, postcards.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    February 26, 2020 at 8:01 am

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