Sunday, April 16, 2006

A Lovely Easter Day

river Easter

We had a very nice Easter. In the afternoon, when we were full of ham, we took chairs out to the woods and sat by what we call the peninsula. It’s just a sandy little area that juts out into where the river bends. The kids played with Barley throwing a stick out into the river which he would retrieve over and over again. It was a lovely lazy time and this was my view. (The peninsula is behind me in this picture.) We walked a bit before we rode back and poor Barley who zig-zags all over the place as we ride along the river got one of those vicious thorns in his foot. It was a horrible moment, but once we got it out he seemed fine.

The kids called me to the living room window yesterday. A pair of bluebirds were checking out our martin house high upon its pole. It would be lovely if they nested there. More lovely than you know. Jack built this martin house, painted the roof a pretty blue, put a wire fence around parts of it, a bird’s version of a picket fence. It was a pretty martin house— until the starlings started nesting there. Starlings are like horrible neighbors, loud, messy, and they waste food. But it wasn’t so much the starlings that tainted that pretty martin house. Picture the father on Steel Magnolias the morning of the wedding, crazed, with gun in hand. That was my Jack a few years ago. Starlings just do something to the male mind. Our pretty martin house is now riddled with shot. So much so that some of the fencing is even hanging askew. sad But, it will be better if the bluebirds nest there.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

I Love Spring

I can barely get over how beautiful it was yesterday and today. It was just like summer. We rode down by the river, and it was so pretty. I took some pictures.

the river in spring the river in spring

I was able to get the house opened up and aired out. Since we live in an old house, except for the kitchen and bathroom windows which have been replaced, we still put the storm windows on each fall and switch them out for screens in the spring. So that was wonderful to get them on, and it’s so nice to have fresh air going through the whole house now.

Jack's lil greenhouse Jack put together his little greenhouse today and brought out his tomato plants and my little Liliput Zinnias. If it gets too cold at night we can just carry the greenhouse into the house and bring it back out in the morning. I’m excited about this. Jack has a bigger greenhouse, but it just usually gets a bit too cold here at night so not the easiest thing to be carrying flats of plants from that greenhouse into the house if and every time we have to. He planted about 90 tomato plants and keeps a good many of them but also shares with others when it comes garden planting time.

I’ve been like a kid on Christmas morning with this laptop . . . feeling very, very blessed. There are just so many ways it makes things so handy for me. I am very thankful. I haven’t been writing for months so I was very anxious to get my chapters on here and begin to edit and get back into the feel of it again so I can just finish this book. My poor characters have been in limbo too long.

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Biscotti, Four-wheelers, and Dreams That Come True

We had a great day today . . . a busy, wonderfully typical Saturday. It was quite chilly and windy, but the sun was shining. After Jack and I had our Saturday morning coffee, crosswords, and even some biscotti! (which reminds me to make that recipe I tried at Christmastime) I walked outside with a second mug of coffee to see what Jack was up to. We had no plans to work on remodeling today, but I just had to giggle anyway. Come spring and summertime remodeling usually comes to a screeching halt . . . Jack is very much an outdoor person (who happens to be married to a woman who calls herself “indoorgirl”). I found him working on a four-wheeler. It never fails, he always finds some mechanical thing that needs to be repaired and will tinker at it the whole day through. So we laughed together because he knows it too. And who could blame him on a day like today, so nice to be outside even if the wind was a little raw.

woods We took the four-wheeler out to the woods then, just the two of us which was nice. I got a couple of pictures and it was just heavenly hearing the birds out there, seeing the sun on the water, and making plans to come back out soon and clean up the trails where the flooding had left logs and brush scattered. We rode past the infamous thorn apple tree of the infamous four-wheeler ride I wrote about last summer.

We went shopping yesterday. Jack had to go look at a dump truck for work so we tagged along and went shopping after he was done. I spent a happy time browsing the books in the thrift store. I found three and put two back. I’m even thrifty in the thrift store. Grin Molly got fabric for a new costume dress so she spent all day today getting that cut out. I peeked in now and then and helped . . . it was yards and yards of fabric so another set of hands was helpful at times. I was amazed with myself today. I actually backed up all the files on our Hewlett-Packard (which is a lemon and almost the death of me on many occasions), something I’ve intended to do for, well, years . . . so I’m glad to be ready to re-format it. We’re putting it in the boys’ room along with this one. Molly is happy with my trusty Dell . . . she writes so many hours a week sometimes I hardly see her. And one of my longtime dreams came true yesterday. Jack ordered me a laptop, so I am one very excited writer who always thought it would be the coolest thing to have a laptop and be able to write wherever I wanted to. It’s one of the sweetest surprises he’s ever given me. In Love

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Movie Review - All the Rivers Run

We went for a walk out by the river before the afternoon sun began to go down. It was so nice outside and just so good to be by the water again. Soon the water will recede so our trails are exposed and dry again, and we can go out walking or riding. The new green growth is always so pretty. The woods floor will be awash with fiddle-head ferns and woodsy violets and Trillium.
All the Rivers Run It was winter the first time Jack and I saw our place almost twenty years ago. The house was empty and when we walked out in the woods along the river it reminded me of an Australian mini-series I had seen and was fascinated by, All the Rivers Run, starring Sigrid Thornton and John Waters. (book written by Nancy Cato) I see there is a sequel to the first mini-series but Philadelphia is not played by Sigrid Thornton so I can’t imagine it feeling the same although it is said to be every bit as good as the first. The next time I treat myself to a bit of Netflix I’ll have to see if they have it.