Dianna’s shower Friday went beautifully. A houseful of women laughed, ate, laughed some more, watched Dianna open presents she loved (she got the coolest bathtub I’ve ever seen!) and laughed some more. I don’t know which I laughed at harder – Leia’s description of nursemaid’s elbow and how to fix it yourself or Kaye’s tales of Boss the rooster. If only I’d had the foresight to tape them both!
We essentially celebrated Mother’s Day all weekend since I got beautiful pearl earrings from Aaron and Catherine early and wore them to the shower Friday (this having a daughter thing has even more perks than I expected!) and Michael and John couldn’t wait to give me flowers and the new Stephen King book, The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel, which I got Saturday. Then Sunday John came down with some sort of flu-like bug and spent the day huddled under blankets on the sofa. I hated that he felt bad, but I have to admit it was kinda nice to be able to baby him a bit. At thirteen he doesn’t allow me to do that often.
As many of you know, I’ve been on the hunt for summer reading for John, and have gotten some great suggestions. I decided before I went shopping, though, I’d read one of his latest favorites and see exactly what he likes in a book. I read the first book in the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan) and I was hooked. I couldn’t read all three fast enough. They’re YA steampunk, which I did not expect to enjoy, but the character development is fabulous and the pacing is perfect. I knew right away what he’d enjoy reading next. Happily, all I had to do was go into Aaron’s room and find the first in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series (Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)). John is thrilled.
My pallet beds are growing like crazy. Here are pictures of the first two:
I didn’t plant many annuals this year, and the ones I did plant were all different colors of million bells. I couldn’t find my favorite, tequila sunrise, but this is dreamsicle, which comes pretty close.
Anyone know what this is? To me it’s the one true sign that school’s almost out. Ripe mulberries. My grandmother had a big mulberry tree and I’d go eat my fill from the lower branches when they got ripe, knowing school would be out in just a few days
I’ve been totally slacking off on my writing, mainly because I’ve had a bad attitude and didn’t want that to come across in my WIP. But Wednesday night I had a dream that I was having brunch at Cracker Barrel with Stephen King. If that isn’t a sign from God that I should be writing I just don’t know what is. Steve had biscuits and gravy, by the way.
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