This is one of my purse charms. They're quite a lot of fun to make and I can get really creative with the bead combinations. I call this one "Lilac Blooms".
As I am getting ready to leave for work this morning, I am aware that there are no leftovers in the refrigerator to heat up quickly for lunch. So I ask Ariana to please put potatoes to bake for us to eat, since we have to leave quickly again after we eat and go back in to work.
Just before I leave I ask her what she is supposed to do for lunch? One--to make sure she'll remember, and two--to make sure that I actually asked her to do something. Today her answer was..."To heat up potatoes for lunch."
"No!" I said. "I don't want you to heat up potatoes for lunch. Heating potatoes would indicate that they have been previously cooked. I want you to BAKE potatoes for lunch because I want baked, totally cooked potatoes when I get home."
For some reason this struck Ariana as inordinately funny. She was laughing so hard that she nearly fell over.
Here is a completely unrelated factoid...If you are desirous of making leaf and wax-paper decorations, make sure that you get the leaves between the wax paper as soon as they are picked. The wax-paper acts as a preservative and will help the leaves retain their color. If you gather leaves and wait a few days (like I did with the children at preschool) before putting the leaves in the wax-paper, much of the color will have been lost and the leaves will be a uniform and fairly unappealing brown. This might not be the case with sycamore leaves, but that is what happened with our maple, hawthorne, and redbud leaves.