One of the reasons you should weed

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Last summer Frugaldad lost his cell phone. We knew exactly which day it had been lost. It was a day in late June, and we had been running an ad in the local classifieds to sell the rest of the previous summers' hay to make room for the hay we planned to cut the next week. He had helped someone load a trailer full of hay bales. The phone turned up missing soon thereafter. He kept the ringer on "silent" so we couldn't call it and listen for the ring, but I did, on a few occasions, go outside in the dark and call the phone, hoping to see the display light up or hear the vibrations it made in silent mode. After a week or so, we gave up looking because we knew the battery would have gone dead. We had checked all over the yard, the lane, in the ditch, the remaining hay bales--everywhere. We figured it had ended up in that load of hay and now resided in the belly of a horse or on a barn floor, or it had fallen out of his pocket in the parking lot and been pulverized.

It was a prepaid cell phone and since we were able to login to the online account, we knew that the phone was lost, not stolen, because the minute balance stayed constant. A few months later, Frugaldad bought another phone and had the old minutes transferred to his new phone.

Fast forward to today. My sister-in-law and I were out front pulling out all the old strawberry plants. In a section that had been overrun by long grass, she pulled out a very dirty cell phone. The lost cell phone! The display is clouded up with condensation, but since I have washed a phone in the washing machine and it dried out all right, I imagine when it dries out it will be as good as new.

I guess we should have weeded the strawberries a little better last summer.