I am calling this month’s season ‘sprinter’-spring and winter fighting on a daily basis; one day it’s warm and inviting and the next the snow is swirling. Still, life is good-family health is back on track, the weather forecast looks promising, and the kitchen is 99% done. I say this because we thought we were done, but then we went in there and made some minor changes. I need to find one more ‘good deal’ used fridge and it will be done. The health department came a few days ago and gave me the green light; I expect to get the county on board on Tuesday at a meeting, and then the real fun begins!
My grandpa used to say planting potatoes on Good Friday was important; if we did that today, we’d have frozen French fries out there, so I think I’ll pass. My son and I are finally going to start some plants today indoors and yes, I realize this is a month late. I am going to (gasp) buy transplants this year simply out of time constraints. Next year I will not be building a kitchen during this time and should be able to start plants. I hope. We are also going to give the house some much needed attention-dusting, vacuuming, washing-all the things my son ‘loves’ to do. Let’s face it-if it were my favorite I’d be doing them more often, too, so he’s not alone. However, the allure of a clean, decluttered house is exciting and needs to be done. Time to put on those big girl panties and get’er done. Yes, I had to add that to the dictionary; apparently Larry, the cable guy, hasn’t gotten it approved yet for everyday usage.
Yesterday was a text book day. I baked cinnamon rolls, slathered some frosting on them and gave my son a few still warm when he got off the bus. It reminded me of growing up and having mom’s rolls hot out of the oven-heavenly! Then we took a walk to the mailbox (remember, it’s almost a mile long) which means the dog finally gets off her butt and eagerly comes with us. It’s fun to watch her scare up pheasants and play in the sloughs. However, she thinks it’s a great idea to shake her coat when we are close by-it’s bad enough having dog smell, but it is still chilly out-I think the cold surprised her, too. The cats gave a good show yesterday, too. It’s that time of year when cats get frisky…the mother cat felt the need (?!) to mate with her son and thus did everything in her power to attract him. He is not even a year old and befuddled; he knew he should be doing something but had no clue what it was. They started at one end of the yard and it was a parade of our dog, her, and her son; they’d move ten feet and fail time and time again. It was funny to watch…and slightly appalling, too.
My sister, son, and I went to San Diego a week ago to see our other son’s Navy carrier dock and participate in family day on the USS Ronald Reagan. It was wonderful as they were having a ‘heat’ wave early this year and we were there for it-temps in the upper 70s and 80s felt so good to soak up in our winter weary bones. We were on a carrier with over 7000 people and saw an amazing air show; of course, being on a carrier means going up and down those narrow, steep steps and touching the hand rails. Both my sister and I came home sick-must bring hand sanitizer next time. However, it was so good to see our son and spend time with him; it doesn’t need to be fancy-just to sit and look at him is good enough for me. More importantly, it’s good for his younger brother. Those two are close and any chance I can get the younger one to see the older one-let’s just say a mother will do much in her power to make it happen. Having my sister/pseudo-twin with me was simply icing on the cake; her and I are experts at people watching together and we know exactly what the other is thinking when someone walks by who may spark an interest. The men in my family don’t get it, but she does. We also share dishes; we each order something the other would like to try and divide it in half. It’s like getting two meals for the price of one! And the great thing is, we don’t have to suggest it, we just chat about the menu, order and DO it. It’s the little things I miss…
I will leave you with a picture of the boys when the carrier first took off out of the harbor; the sun was rising and those two were enjoying each other’s company. Have a blessed Easter and don’t forget where you hid the candy!