Renovating an older home has more than its fair share of surprises, most of them nasty. (Like the new wet spot on my ceiling last night after the torrential rains yesterday afternoon.) But if you are doing a deep renovation, such as moving walls and excavating shrubs and overgrown trees that have been in the ground forever, you might find
something cool, like an old car jack, a paper printed the day after D-day, or even a tombstone in the garden. (All true, and then some.) But my favorite gift, besides the marbles that keep showing up, is the faux diamond ring that I found while repairing a long-fallow garden bed.
The gold plating has worn away, and you can see the darker base metal underneath, but the stamp on the inside says 18K GEL. I like it. It’s shiny, and my mind is whirling with the ideas for about three different stories, one nasty, one sweet, and one kind of creepy. Now if only I had time to write them . . . -laugh-