Sunday, June 28, 2009

First Barbecue of the Season

You're going to have to imagine the wonderful aroma that filled my back patio.

When I had gone visiting teaching on Friday, one lady we visited told of a truly delicious way to grill steak. It made my mouth water, so I decided to try it for myself.

Yesterday, I followed her directions and she was right! It was so juicy and tasty.

The weather was perfect. It had rained and cooled things down earlier in the week, but now the sun was shining and the world sparkled. Did I mention "perfect"?

Wish you could have been there to enjoy it with us!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

My earliest memories involve you.

When I was just a toddler, I loved to lean my ear against your chest and hear the deep rumble of your voice. Even at that young age, I felt protected in your arms.

Your strength was legendary, and I remember the reassurance it was to hold onto your hand.

Your eyes were always alight with enthusiasm and joy in embracing the world.
You taught my eyes to see beauty, my mind to open itself to wonders, my heart to reach out to others, my conscience to know right from wrong.

I still feel enfolded in your arms and protected by your strength.

Thank you, Dad.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Proof Positive

I had felt that this has been an extraordinary spring for flowers, but I wasn't sure, and then our flower I had planted last year blossomed and GREW and proved I was right! What a monster! I hope you can see the difference. The plant this year grew so tall I had to tie it to a post to keep it from tipping over. (Last year's picture shows that I had small white flowers around the base of the larger blue one, but they didn't come back this spring--must have been annuals.)

Fun Projects

We've been having fun with projects this week. First Don cut some of the grass away from the side of the house, laid new straight edging and filled in with white rocks. It's going to be much easier to mow the lawn now.
Today we bought a kids' gazebo with netting so I can sit on the back patio and not be so bothered with insects. I'm sorry the picture I took of Don working was blurred. I'm including it anyway because it shows his cute smile. Isn't it adorable! (The gazebo is cute, too.)

Sunday, June 07, 2009

A lovely Spring

As I've taken my early morning walks around town, I have relished the amazing flowers this spring.