A pair of hedge plants did not make it through the winter.
Here are their replacements, waiting for us to dig a pair of holes.
Inside the house, I now have a pair of Kindles.
When I was a child, this was my favorite pair of books. I got them out recently to re-read the story with the four winds.
Cafe Press has had a fantastic deal -- 16x20 photo canvases for only $38! Ernest had long wanted enlargements of two of his pictures from Ecuador/Galapagos Islands so I had this pair made for his birthday.
Ernest was gone for 4 days to a leadership conference. We didn't want him to leave his car in the school parking lot that long, so we told him we'd drop it off on Sunday. After we did so, we went out to lunch.
Grilled Octopus and Calimari with Beets. Our favorite! For quite a while, we would split one order and it was never enough. Finally I had the bright idea to order two, and split a salad instead. Brilliant. I congratulate myself every time.
Then we walked around the even smaller town. We saw a horseshoe tree
and a Michael Jackson shrine.
On the drive home, there were vineyards
and miniature horses.
The highlight of the day's drive, as far as my Handy Husband was concerned, was seeing this McLaren MP4-12C.
We had plants to put in the yard, but it was too darn hot. Yes! I know! And it's only April!
Homer also had an eventful afternoon, bringing in a lizard's tail. I have spared you the video which included the tail moving by itself and Homer actively pouncing on it. Instead, you can enjoy this still photo which includes my poor carpet. In addition to trying to change the color from black to white by stealthily depositing white fur all over it, Homer and Francine are also trying to modify it from low pile to shag with a vigorous daily application of claws. Since I only paid $99 for a floor sample, I can live with it.
Ernest didn't want a big fuss for his birthday. He'd already gotten his present: a winter coat and a plane ticket back east to visit his girlfriend.
But we decided he should have cake anyway. I was going to get a bakery cake, but you know Frank. Frank's cakes are much better. This was an apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting. Here's the link to Anne Burrell's recipe. Frank left out the nuts because he doesn't like them, and used dried cranberries because we were out of raisins. It was fantastic. Dense, moist, not overly sweet. I confess to having a piece for breakfast the next day.
I apologize for the blurry last minute-ness of this. Today's restorative yoga visualization was "imagine yourself in a field of flowers." So this is where I went. Grass Mountain, a field of California poppies, and a beloved little Batman-clad boy. Twenty years flies by so quickly.
Funny thing, it was the same last Monday. I had returned from my restorative yoga class, where we lie around for an hour supported by blocks and balls and pillows and things, while our lovely and gracious instructor massages our necks and whispers sweet visualizations into our ears.
The visualization was "think of a time you had fun" and the sound of the wind reminded me that I dream of flying. Not in a plane, but I often dream I can physically fly myself through the air. Like swimming, but more upright.
Many of the fun times that ran through my head involve air and wind. Ferris wheels, roller coasters, Segways, paragliding, glider rides.
Some of the music took me to an ancient temple, where I was the goddess of the winds. The winds' fingers twined around me, massaging me and annointing me with the scents of their origins. (This all reminds me of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.) For me, the west wind brought the salty ocean air, the north pines, the east hot desert, and the south chili and spice.
Yep, it was "Bye, Mom" again for Ernest's spring break.
Also at the airport, I had a "Whoops I Did it Again" moment. You remember...this kind of moment. I was going to draw a new cartoon but I am too lazy. Fortunately, Ernest clued me in to the problem and I resolved it quickly.
Sigh. Today I have to take my car in for service. Again. And take Ernest's sax to be repaired. Again. What else is going to repeat itself?