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I Have Rocks In My Head. Oops! I Mean Garden Bed!

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

 A rock in our garden from my grandmother

A rock in our garden from my grandmother

Love Affair with Rocks

My love affair with rocks started in my youth. How could it not? I became enamored with their beauty and utility in my earliest remembrances.

My father grew up living in a house that his dad built. My father was born in that house. That was a common practice in 1925, at least in small towns.

My grandfather died of pneumonia when my dad was only seven years old. That was before the invention of penicillin.

He designed the terraced hillside leading down to Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin and utilized numerous rocks in its construction. The rock garden must have been gorgeous in its day! Each terrace had its share of different shaped rocks of various sizes and colors and shrubbery and flowers that would have created a scene of spectacular beauty as viewed from the shoreline looking back up to the house.

My grandfather also built many cottages going down the hill, and all of them were lakeside. Towards the bottom of the hill, more terracing was not necessary. These were summer cottages and were rented out primarily to city folks coming to enjoy the lake for the season.

It was fortunate that my grandmother had this income as her husband died at such an early age. It was hard work getting the cottages readied for the summer. Lake piers had to be installed. Painting the cottages, cleaning them, and preparing them for the summer occupants took much time and effort. My dad got the job of mowing all the lawns, among other chores.

Keeping the terraced garden weeded and tended was not just work but a source of relaxation and pride for my grandmother. The photo of the rock at the top of this piece comes from that very hillside. I am fortunate to have three from that location in my possession today.

My paternal grandmother is sitting on a retaining wall of her rock garden going down to the lake.

My paternal grandmother is sitting on a retaining wall of her rock garden going down to the lake.

Rock Collecting

Once I began the process of collecting rocks, it has continued up to this very day. The one pictured below came from one of our Wisconsin neighbor's parent's farm. In tilling their fields, they were constantly unearthing new rocks, which served as impediments to their planting efforts. They were happy to let us take as many ones as we wanted.

We had a sump pump in our basement that would electrically operate when the water table would get high. Instead of water flooding our basement, the pump worked to force water outside into a retaining pond that my husband and I had constructed.

Various multicolored rocks of different sizes and shapes lined the pond, and when not filled with water, the stones became the eye-catching focus of this part of the yard. We had flowers lining the perimeter of the rock garden in the summer.

My husband and I lived in Wisconsin Rapids for four years. When we moved back to Houston, Texas, many of these rocks came along with our other possessions.

From a neighbor's parent's farm in Central Wisconsin

From a neighbor's parent's farm in Central Wisconsin

Rock Memories and Souvenirs

Now, in addition to having a remembrance from my grandmother's home and using rocks in the construction of that pond, I started collecting rocks as souvenirs from various places that we had visited. The one below is from Moonlight Bay in the Door County region of Wisconsin. It is a beautiful vacation spot for most people. My parents honeymooned there!

Imagine a peninsula surrounded by water from Lake Michigan with charming cottages and cute little towns. A memory my husband and I have is of a grass-covered roof with a goat on top munching the grass. One does not see sights like that in most places!

Flower boxes filled with blooming geraniums and other brightly colored flowers are in abundance during the summer months. Friendly shopkeepers and restaurant owners are there to fulfill one's every need and desire.

Spring, summer, and fall, one can count on Door County being full of tourists. If you plan a vacation there, make your reservations well in advance to secure a room. Then sit back and enjoy this quaint area filled with water views almost everywhere one looks. This rock from Door County is in my garden today to remind me of our brief vacation there.

Rock Souvenir from Moonlight Bay in Wisconsin

Rock Souvenir from Moonlight Bay in Wisconsin

Stepping Stones

The pictured rock below came from the Hill Country of Texas. My brother helped lift them into the trunk of my car one time when I was visiting him. I like to use natural rocks like this one as stepping stones. They certainly are prettier than the concrete ones that one can purchase in most nurseries and garden centers.

Texas Hill Country Rock

Texas Hill Country Rock

Artistic Uses

Have you ever looked at rocks up close? They are things of beauty inside and out. While some can look quite ordinary on the outside, if sliced open and polished, they become extraordinary pieces of jewelry or have other decorative uses.

The rock below with the lichens growing on it looks like an abstract painting when photographed up close. It has a prime spot in our backyard where we can enjoy its distinct form and shapely mass.

Rock Covered with Lichens

Rock Covered with Lichens

Quartz

I purchased the rock pictured below with the quartz crystals from a rock shop alongside the road while we traveled through Arkansas. It graces our backyard and adds beauty to the rest of the landscape.

Notice the quartz crystals in this rock in the foreground

Notice the quartz crystals in this rock in the foreground

Rocks In My Head?

While most of my rocks have prime staging areas in the garden and become a focal point, I place others together to show off their contrasting colors and shapes.

I remember with humor the time I had picked up several small rocks from a vacation in Oregon and put them in my suitcase. Some bright orange rocks and some green in color were among my prizes. The suitcase was heavy. All was well until I got to the screening area of the airport.

Not realizing that my umbrella and the opaque rocks looked very suspicious to the person looking at the x-ray, she asked me to open my luggage and display the contents. The airport screener just shook her head in disbelief when she realized what those queer shapes on her x-ray machine turned out to be. She said, and I quote: "I have never seen rocks worth carrying home in a suitcase!"

I know that she thought that I had rocks in my head! Well, as the old saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure.

I value these collected rocks along with the memories they invoke. Although we have recently moved to a new home and had to leave some of them behind, a selection of them reside in our backyard garden.

Geologists have a saying - rocks remember.

— Neil Armstrong

Below you will find informative videos identifying various types of rocks, plus one showing the largest crystal ever found. Enjoy!

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_(geology)
  • https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/rocks.htm
  • https://www.basementguides.com/rock-collecting-and-geology-basics/

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

There are so many beautiful things on earth. Rocks and crystals are among them. Thanks for your comment.

manatita44 from london on April 09, 2021:

Well Peggy, you are a true artist. Beautiful rocks and that crystal is amazing! Must be full of amazing properties as well. A stunning piece!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2021:

Hi Ann,

We are of a similar mind in collecting rocks and shells. Some of them are so beautiful! Enjoy your evening!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Yes, she loves it too. Shells are other things we come back with and we look for stones with holes in them - they make good necklaces/pendants.

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2021:

Hi Ann,

That is a great gift you gave to your grandson's mother. A stone tumbler would be most helpful to her since she makes jewelry.

It is wonderful that you also collect stones for memories of places you have visited. They make great souvenirs! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

It is nice to know that you also enjoy using rocks in your landscaping. You had your rocks engraved?

Yes, it was funny seeing goats eating grass on a roof.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 08, 2021:

I love rocks too and these photos of yours look wonderful, especially that blue and brown streaked one! I do collect, but stones rather than rocks, often from beaches, at home and abroad. Even in our driveway, amongst the top coat of gravel, we have some lovely coloured and shaped stones. There is quartz that shines and chalk that is smooth and some flints which could be shaped for knives.

My little grandson has a fascination with all stones, large and small, so we reckon he might be a geologist one day. I've bought him (and his Mum) a stone tumbler and given them a selection of mine to play with. He's only 2 but his Mum makes jewellery so between them I thought it might be a fun thing to have!

It's also lovely that you've brought memories with them, from one house to another. That's one reason I collect stones, as reminders of far away beaches and landscapes.

I'm so glad you shared this.

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2021:

Hi Robert,

I also have some fossils, and like you, find them interesting. I do love my rocks! If I remember correctly, this is the first article I wrote after joining HubPages.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 07, 2021:

Peggy,

I love adding rocks to the flowerbed as a border or a rock garden.

The farmers around here used to let me tske any I wanted because they plow them up and out them in piles.

Of course, it's been a few years since I done that one.

I can't imagine seeing a goat eating like that.

It's a bit funny that you had to open your luggage...I bet they were shocked.

But I understand, I like to bring things home.

We brought about 100 lb rock home from Tennessee.

We had it engraved though.

Have a good night.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2021:

Hi Kay,

I am glad that perhaps I have given you another way to appreciate rocks. Thanks for your comment.

Robert Sacchi on April 07, 2021:

I'm neutral about rocks. Rock gardens are nice, and I own some fossils. I find fossils very interesting.

Kay on April 07, 2021:

Nicely written Peggy. Though I have admired the beauty of rocks, I never thought of them as you have reported.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2021:

Do you love rocks as much as I do?

Robert Sacchi on September 12, 2018:

You're welcome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Now I remember it. That movie was hilarious! Thanks for the reminder of it. Now when I look at the rocks in my garden I will also think of that Lucille Ball movie.

Robert Sacchi on September 11, 2018:

In the movie her character collected rocks from everywhere they stopped. This caused a weight problem when they had to go down a hill with a steep grade. Her husband asked her to get rid of most of the rocks. Instead of getting rid of the bulk of the rocks she tried redistributing them around the trailer.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 11, 2018:

Thanks, Robert. That movie does ring a bell so-to-speak however it has been a really long time since I viewed it. Will look for it and happily watch it again.

Robert Sacchi on September 10, 2018:

Correction, it's "the Long, Long Trailer", 1954, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnez. A couple spend their honeymoon driving cross country in a trailer.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Lucille Ball certainly played some funny parts in television shows and movies. I do not remember the movie "The Big Trailer" offhand. Will have to check it out. She must have been hauling some rocks from what you wrote.

Robert Sacchi on September 09, 2018:

An interesting article. Your anecdote about the rocks in the suitcase reminded me of the Lucille Ball movie The Big Trailer.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2015:

Hi Kristen,

Nice that you are able to use some of those seashells and rocks that your mother collected. Would please her also to know that they are being put to good use. I have also collected seashells through the years. I love natural things like that mixed into decor both inside and outside.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 24, 2015:

Peggy, don't I wish. I only have 3 container plants on my patio. The only people in my new apartment who have garden beds are on the first floor. As for rocks, my mother collected rocks and seashells throughout the years. I've kept them and used them for my own beachy decor. Right now, it's in my new bookcase and on a tray. The rest is packed for storage.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2015:

Hi Kristen,

Perhaps someday you will have a garden bed of your own. Of course even without gardens, people can collect rocks and many do. If they are small enough they can be displayed in any number of manners.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 24, 2015:

You're very welcome Peggy. If I had a garden bed, I would do the same thing, too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2015:

Hi Kristen,

Glad you liked this hub regarding the rocks in our garden beds. The special ones really do mean a lot to me. Thanks for your comment and the beautiful vote. I also think that they add beauty to the garden. :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 23, 2015:

Peggy, this is a great hub with excellent photos of beautiful rocks in your garden bed. It could turn into them as something special. Voted up for beautiful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969,

There is always tomorrow! That zen rock garden may still be in your future. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Yes...looking at the various rocks in our garden transports me back in memory to many places which is rather nice. I have never done rubbings but that seems to be another nice way to remember things. Appreciate the shares.

poetryman6969 on March 28, 2015:

Some nice rocks ya got there!

I have always wanted to try ripping out my lawn and planting a Zen rock garden but I have never gotten around to it.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 27, 2015:

I think this sounds like such a great way to collect souvenirs! I wish I would have thought of it years ago. Another thing I've heard about is people who take rubbings as souvenirs. They cover something or several somethings with fabric and then rub that fabric with paint or dye or ink.

I really love this idea and spring is a great time to get a rock garden going if someone wanted to do this for themselves. Voting this up, BAUI, pinning to Awesome HubPages, and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2015:

Hi Shyron,

Rock gardens can be so pretty especially when they are carefully collected over the years and carry special meanings. I can see why you think that one from the Texas Hill Country resembles the bottom of a shoe. Never thought of that until you pointed it out. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 23, 2015:

The rock from the Texas Hill country looks like the bottom of a shoe

I had a rock garden in Illinois, I think they are beautiful, my grandson also use to collect rocks, and I have seen some unusual ones with different colors.

Beautiful and interesting hub.

Blessings and Hugs

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

I am glad that I was able to bring back so many on the airplane back in earlier days. It would be waaaaaaaay to expensive these days with weight limits imposed.

Thanks for the shares and hoping that you are surrounded by many angels today and always!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 21, 2015:

You knew better than that airport screener though, didn't you? these were treasures you were bringing home.

You certainly have an array of lovelies. They add so much to a yard and garden.

Wishing you a lovely evening.

Many Angels are on the way to you tonight ps

Voted up++++ Shared Pinned G+ tweeted

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2015:

Hi moonlake,

So glad you liked the photos of some of my rocks and nice to hear that you have a collection of your own. Appreciate the vote and share. :)

moonlake from America on January 21, 2015:

I love rocks and have collected them. Lake Superior has the most beautiful rocks. Someplace in my barn there is a small metal trash can full of rocks. Enjoyed your hub and looking at your pretty rocks. Voted up and Shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2015:

Hi vespawoolf,

It brings a smile to my face to this day to see that airport worker's face when she discovered what I was carrying in my bag. Glad that you enjoyed this! :)

My grandfather would have undoubtedly accomplished much more in his life had he not died when still so young.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 15, 2015:

I always enjoy reading your outlook on different subjects, also about your family history. Your grandfather was a very wise man to have left behind so many properties to help the family. I´m glad you have been able to carry on the family tradition of rock collecting. The airport experience was hilarious!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 25, 2014:

Hi Virginia,

Yes, the weight restrictions would preclude my carrying rocks back on airplanes now for sure. Your granite borders are probably very beautiful.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 18, 2014:

You'll have to give up carrying rocks in your suitcase with the weight restrictions now on luggage.

I enjoy making stone borders for my flower gardens in New Hampshire. What we have there is granite though.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

It certainly can add to the landscape...or for people who collect smaller samples of rocks they can be displayed nicely in a number of manners in a home. Glad that you enjoyed this. Thanks for the votes, pin and sharing with your followers.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 16, 2014:

Collecting rocks from different places one goes is a great idea. There are some very interesting rocks out there. I've seen some very beautiful rock gardens, and you're right, real rocks that a person has collected over time are far more interesting for stepping stones than the concrete ones available at landscaping places. Real rocks add so much character, not unlike well made refinished furniture.

Voting this up, BAUI, pinning to my 'Trees, Plants & Flowers' board, and sharing with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2014:

The Examiner-1,

I have many rocks in my garden! :)

The Examiner-1 on April 09, 2014:

Make a rock garden.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2014:

Hi Dolores,

Nice to meet a fellow rock lover. That story about carrying your rocks onto the airplane is funny. Now with the weight restrictions, it would be a problem and/or very expensive depending upon the size of the rocks. Thanks for your comment. ☺

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on April 09, 2014:

Hi Peggy - love your rocks! And the one from Wisconsin is gorgeous ! I love my rocks so much that I keep some indoors. My favorite is from a beach in Denmark!

Getting on a plane in San Diego, I handed over my bag of rocks to be put in the hold (or whatever it's called. The rocks were in a bag from a high end boutique (how I got that bag, I don't know). The woman at the counter said, "you might want to keep this with you in the plane. People steal things, you know."

I was so confused. I didn't want to put a bag of rocks in the overhead. If we hit turbulence I was afraid the rocks would start flying around and hitting people in the head.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Nice that you also have rocks to remind you of places that you have visited. I love seeing my rocks in my garden area. Certain ones remind me of people or places...and it is all good. In addition, I think that rocks are so beautiful. Thanks for your comment, vote + the share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 11, 2012:

Where I grew up in the south, there was plenty of rocks! People used them for foundations for their houses. If you can imagine, they would stack huge rocks up and put the house down on the rocks. We don't have rocks here in S. Fl. and I miss them.

I have collected small rocks from places I've visited. I display them on a shelf in my house. I always paint the date and place when they came from.

Yep, I'm a "rock hound". I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

When my grandfather (whom I never met) was alive, I am told that the terraced rock gardens leading from my grandmother's home at the top of the hill down to the lake were spectacular. They had become a bit overgrown in later years but were still pretty. I am glad that I have 3 rocks from her home on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin. Every time I look at them I think of her. We are indeed kindred spirits! Loved reading about your rock hounding. Think that I will add a link to your hub in this one. Appreciate your comment and the share.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 01, 2012:

Beautiful rocks, Peggy! I can just imagine carrying some of these back in your suitcases. :) I don't know how I missed this article before, but I can see that we are kindred spirits. You can see from my newest hub that I am into Rockhounding and rock collecting! Your grandmother must have been an amazing lady with an artistic and creative nature to be able to make these beautiful rock gardens. How wonderful that you could bring some of her rock collection with you to Texas. Voted up and shared with followers!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2012:

Hi livingpah2004,

I know that not everyone collects rocks such as I have done over the years. I simply find them to be beautiful and memories are attached to some of them in particular. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Milli from USA on June 05, 2012:

Although I don`t collect rockS but I enjoyed reading your story. So fascinating. Pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it.Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

I have been busy lining our garden beds that surround our house with rocks from the Hill Country of Texas. Unfortunately, we have to purchase them. The entire front and both sides of our house except for about 12 feet are now completed. The rocks shown in this hub are all in the backyard. You are fortunate to be able to harvest them from your own property. Nice!!! Will look forward to reading your hub one of these days. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 30, 2012:

Another wonderful hub! I love rock collecting, have done it since I was a child. I have some very interesting specimens too. We live at the end of a small mountain range and I have rocks (big rocks) that naturally come up out of the ground. I have my husband move some of them with the tractor and add to my flower beds. I have been thinking about doing a hub on it, one may follow soon. I really enjoyed your hub and all the great information you shared. Voted up, useful and interesting. Have a wonderful day! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2011:

Hi Billy,

Perhaps when they have garden beds of their own someday, you will find some of their larger rocks situated there. :)) Are they doing anything special with their collections?

billyaustindillon on July 26, 2011:

Peggy enjoyed this - both my boys love collecting rocks, sea shells and fossils - we have quite the collection. Haven't found any in their beds yet though!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2011:

Hello arizonasunshine,

It would appear that we are two of a kind with reference to picking up rocks as souvenirs and using them in our landscaping and decorating. Nice to meet another rock lover! Thanks for your comment. Those must be large rocks to be used as benches!!!

arizonasunshine from Alexandria, VA on May 24, 2011:

Nice hub Peggy. I thought I was the the only one ever crazy enough about rocks to carry them home from vacations in my suitcase! I love rocks and thank goodness my husband does too because he doesn't mind hauling the heavy ones home that we find when camping. The big ones become part of our landscaping, my favorite "benches" are rocks! and the small ones sit in a shallow bowl on our coffee table to remind us of those special places.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2011:

Hi Dave,

Having studied geology in college, you would know much more than I do about rocks. I just love their beauty and have used them in landscaping for years. They are beautiful, aren't they! Happy rock hunting! :)))

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 10, 2011:

Wow! I just love rocks and minerals...some of the most beautiful creations from our God. I got interested in rocks when I took a geology course in college. The lab we took with the class got me hooked. I have a modest collection of minerals and other rocks. I have used them to teach in some of my classrooms and some of the kids got interested.

I never used them to landscape, but keep them safely stored in a box. Some of very fragile and don't want them to break.

I live in Missouri and there are lots of places for rock hunting. Have to get out soon and do that...it has been too long not doing it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2011:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

I can look out in our backyard today and enjoy looking at special rocks from special places worked into our garden design. Glad that you liked this and thanks for your comment.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 20, 2011:

Peggy, you come up with the most interesting hubs. Rocks are beautiful in their own way, they all have something special about them. As a souvenier they remind you of where you have been. Wonderful pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2011:

Hi Pat,

I love that story of your daughter taking a rock ("a piece of Scotland") home with her and the reaction at the airport. Today with added fees for luggage weight, this is probably no longer a typical souvenir when flying. I have never been to Scotland but would enjoy visiting it someday. It is a golfing mecca. Does your daughter enjoy the sport of golf?

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on January 26, 2011:

This is a great hub - lovely photographs, and interesting personal stories.

The tale about bringing home rocks in your suitcase brought back a memory.

When my kids were about 8 and 12 we went to visit friend in northern Scotland. On the last day, the kids asked to go play on the beach. It was winter, and the promised not to go near the water so they went while Wonderful Husbnad and I loaded the car.

At Aberdeen airport, our daughter was pulled over at security, and another officer was summoned. She was then asked to unpack her ruck sack. The mystery object was (of course) a large rock. Her explanation was that she was taking home a piece of Scotland.

It might not surprise you to learn that she is now grown, and lives in Scotland.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 17, 2010:

Hello Photography7777,

What a nice thing to say! Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about "rocks in my head..." as well as other hubs. Thank you! :-)

Photography7777 from FL on December 17, 2010:

I absolutely love your writings, photography and the things you are interested in. Puts a smile on my face. Thank you for the time you have taken to write these and share them :]

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2010:

Hi Tony,

From one "nutter" to another...glad that I have company in my love of rocks. Haha! Maybe it is the rest of the world that is nuts in not appreciating rocks? :-)

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 13, 2010:

OMG I thought I was the only nutter who likes taking photos of rocks! I love rocks and tend to collect pebble-sized stones. People around me think I'm nuts enough already without confirming their opinions by actually collecting rocks! But I would love to!

Thanks for helping me feel less lonely in my love of rocks. Your photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

Love and peace

Tony

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 10, 2010:

Hello Lita,

Thanks for your insightful comment. Nice to know that you now understand your friend's love of rock collecting as souvenirs of her travels. They truly are art as you mentioned. I love the ones used in our landscaping beds.

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on November 09, 2010:

My best friend loves to move around places and won't go home without rocks in her luggage(stones because they are smaller and easy to carry). Through this great hub about a family rock hobby, and the awesome photos of rare rocks, I now understand my friend. This is art! And only an artist appreciates the beauty of those treasures! Great works of art here, Peggy! Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2010:

Hi GodsAngel1,

We seem to be kindred spirits in the collecting of rocks. I was sorry any of them had to be left behind at our former home...but all the very special ones made it over here. Some were just way too heavy and also since one of the focal points was a collection of rocks around a tree in our backyard, I could't totally dismantle that for fear of ruining our chances of selling the house. I took as many as I thought that I could and spread the rest out so it still had the same effect...just a bit more sparse. Guess it worked...the house sold in 2 weeks time.

Keep sneaking yours into the back of the car! Rocks are beautiful souvenirs of your travels. Nice that you have strong boys to do any heavy lifting! :-)

GodsAngel1 on August 23, 2010:

I had to laugh. We do a lot of nature hiking and I carry rocks home from various locals, too. My boys always grown because I invariably recruit them to carry them home for me. My oldest son got the privilage of helping me the whole rock garden in our last move. We moved each rock, including some that took both of us to carry. I was lucky to be blessed with good, strong boys. I've never carried any through airport security, but sometimes I have to sneak them into the back of the car, so my husband won't see, or they might accidentally get left behind when it's time to go home.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2010:

Haha, Billy.

Since luggage now is strictly weight limited and has gotten very expensive verses the "old days" I think that my days of bringing rocks home via my airport luggage is probably over...but not forgotten! :-)

billyaustindillon on August 04, 2010:

Perhaps you should have been a geologist Peggy. Imagine going through security with all those rocks today - no doubt they would find something wrong with them. Great pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2009:

Hi itakins,

Oh those stone walls built of rocks are so beautiful! It is an undertaking that takes a lot of work but also artistry to fit together well. You should take pictures of your work and insert them into a hub if you have not thought of that. I think that most people appreciate them. Thanks for the comment.

itakins from Irl on December 27, 2009:

I love this hub-living in Wicklow and having a woodland/forest garden,we have been gradually building a dry-stone wall with them.They are beautiful-if heavy!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2009:

Hi loveroflife,

Yes, the rocks in my bed ( Ha! ) do provide good memories as they have been collected over the years from many sources. Thanks for the comment.

loveroflife on November 16, 2009:

Those rocks provide great memories. Good choices.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2009:

Thanks for reading and commenting, mkhovu.

Connie on April 18, 2009:

Amazing Hub Peggy W with such beautiful photos as well. It really makes you take a second look at nature and admire all the beauty it presents.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2009:

Hi Pest, Here is a link for you:

http://www.gaaj-zenhokyo.co.jp/researchroom/kanbet...

Hopefully it will answer your green quartz question. Personally I am not familiar. Just like collecting pretty stones. The ones with fossils are especially fun to find.

Pest from A couch, Ionia, MI on March 16, 2009:

I like rocks too...I am being serious now... I have green quartz from Arizona...do you know anything about this stuff?? Also white marble looking stuff from the same area. I hope my technical terms dont throw you off. I use to dig through rock piles in Michigan looking for pudding rocks. Here in Minnesota there aint a whole lot of out of the ordinary finds. I want to go to Lake Superior and look for Petosky stones. Fossil hunting is also fun as well as digging or hunting for arrow heads. I did that in Louisiana for a while. I love this Hub! Thanks for posting it.

** puts clown shoes and nose back on **

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2009:

Yes AEvans, I remember where most of the rocks in our collection were acquired and they each have special meaning. Thanks for commenting.

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on March 16, 2009:

You see beauty for what it truly is and those rocks were absolutely beautiful. My favorite is the quartz rock and the orange and green rocks, I am certain that you have a story to tell about each rock that lines your home and that is going to be something as you get older and are able to share it with others. ):

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2009:

Seems like we are kindred spirits........loving rocks, creating art, etc. Thanks for commenting. Are you creating some new art?

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on February 09, 2009:

I just moved some rocks I have been keeping for I do not know how long. They have a new place in my Art Studio. Some came from Texas, Oklahoma, Lake Michigan, here and there. My friends give me rocks, just simple ones that I might like. I have two that are almost perfectly round, yes, I share your rock Love. I pick them up all the time. Some go in the aquarium, some on the shelves, many in the garden, rocks in my head? Most likely! Great hub, thanks for sharing your passion.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2009:

Hi Joni, Looks like your sister has a nice business. I like and have some holy rocks like what she sells. Thanks for stopping by.

Joni Solis from Kentwood, Louisiana on February 04, 2009:

Nice hub. I like how you mixed in your family history with the info on the rocks you collect.

I love rocks and have a nice collection in my gardens and inside. I also have some that have moved with me several times. I don't find many large rocks in my area, Kentwood, Louisiana, so I also use chunks of recycled concrete for bordering my gardens and fish pond.

My sister collects and sells rocks as her business.

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Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2009:

Thanks Mardi. Wishing all the nominees well. Some amazing writers out there! Thanks for commenting.

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on February 04, 2009:

Great article Peggy and excellent job of picture taking. Your collection must be amazing and obviously very meaningful. Wishing you well on the voting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2009:

Way to go, Camping Dan! Just tell your friends that this is your bit of extra aerobic exercise lugging the extra weight in your backpack. Don't you just love them when you get them home and on display?

Camping Dan on February 04, 2009:

Thank goodness I am not the only one! I have rocks on my window seals and everywhere else that I thought were cool and brought home from hikes all over the US.

Trust me I take a lot of grief from my friends for putting rocks in my backpack.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2009:

Will look forward to watching it some day, Rochelle. Quite the coincidence that you would have been traveling in a trailer at the same time! Did you pick up any rocks? Ha!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on February 02, 2009:

his way not a TV episode-- it was a theater movie. There are some reviews of it on the amazon page.

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Trailer-Lucille-Ball/dp...

I happened to See it on Turner Network a few weeks ago.

I originally saw it in a Theater in El Paso (after we had ejyoyed a huge Mexican dinner)-- while my family was on a trailer vacation going to Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.. We literally laughed ourselves sick. It was even funnier when we were actually on a trailering adventure ourselves in 1953.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2009:

Hello Rochelle,

I LOVE seeing rock walls and terraces. Before I ever met my husband he used to like taking photos of them in the Texas Hill Country. It is a very rocky part of the State so obviously the raw materials for these wonderful fences are in abundance. It is a lot of work in collecting and piecing just the right rocks together to form the fencing. So I applaud your husband's efforts. Bet he does not need a gym to keep in shape!

I can't recall seeing that particular show but I will look for it. Was watching some just yesterday and I was laughing out loud at some of their crazy antics. How I wish we had more shows being produced like that today!!! At least we have these re-runs!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2009:

Hi KCC Big Country,

Holding rocks in your hands......small ones......the beauty can be enjoyed this way as well. At many rock shops one can purchase them already polished. Their beauty is astonishing! There is every color of the rainbow and every hue and design makes each and every rock a unique treasure.

Did your husband enjoy your collection as much as you did in assembling it?

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on February 01, 2009:

Very nice hub! I guess we are rock people too. My husband has built many rock walls and terraces on our property.

Did you ever see the Lucy and Desi movie "The Long, Long Trailer" from the 50's. i saw it on TV the other night and remembered the part where she pick up a rock from everywhere they visited until they weighed about as much as the trailer.

Rock on!

KRC from Central Texas on February 01, 2009:

Great Hub Peggy! Beautiful pictures and story. Thanks for sharing.

I can relate somewhat. I've always been fascinated with rocks as well. But my interest is on a much smaller scale. I like to hold them in my hands. LOL I just recently brought out my collection to show my husband.

Good luck on this week's voting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2009:

Hello Christoph,

Nice to meet another rock fan. I also have a few with fossilzed imprints. What do you do with your collection?

Arrow heads.........interesting also. My parents had a rock given to them that is now in our backyard that has holes in it where Indians used to sharpen their tools.

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on February 01, 2009:

Very nice hub! I'm a rock fan. Used to hunt for small ones with fossilized imprints and arrow heads when I was a child in TN. and OK. I'm not much for dragging large rocks around with me though. Very nice pics too. Nice!

P.S. Let the clover live!

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