A couple of days ago, my family and I headed out to take a walk in this beautiful spring weather that we've enjoyed lately. We are very fortunate to live close to one of the "Rails to Trails" which are old railroad lines that have been converted to walking and biking trails- such a great addition to the community! On our walk, I discovered a rusted, old looking piece of something laying beside the trail. My husband (who happens to be a railroad engineer) said that it looked like an old staple, or part of the segment that would have held the rail to the track. I liked the shape of the old iron piece and thought I'd bring it home and gussy it up a bit. After sanding and scrubbing what could be hundreds of years of dirt and rust off of it, I gave it a few coats of a light blue spray enamel with a high-gloss finish. I'm so pleased with the result! I told my husband, who also happens to be a very talented writer, that one day this piece of railroad history will hold up his best-selling novel and it will remind him of his profession before he became a well-know author! Here's hoping!