Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Rich Weekend

Friday was good. Saturday was excellent. Sunday is wonderful.

For breakfast on Friday Julie made sweet potato biscuits for the first time. Delicious, a tasty start to the day.

A short time after I put out the first hummingbird feeder we saw two mature male Scotts Orioles on the feeder. Normally I hear them calling each spring before I see them but these year they appeared silent and beautiful. Julie mixed another batch of nectar and we hung an oriole feeder.

Friday evening we had supper with friends John and Mary at their house. Conversation began with exchanges about the winter. They were snowed in for three weeks after the large snow and couldn't leave home. It was good to catch up on the friendship since we hadn't seen them for a few months.

George and Karen.
George and Karen

The high point of Saturday was lunch with George and Karen. The weather was warm and sunny so we ate on the deck for the first time this spring, enjoyed good conversation, took a short walk and drove to the top of North Sheba.

Today we took a sustainability tour at the Arboretum as part of Earth Day activities. There were piles of snow in shady spots but we wore short sleeves and were comfortable. After returning home I worked in the garden weeding, planting, watering, mulching, thinking and planning. The high temperature was 82!

Some of the items actively growing:
  • Garlic (over wintered)
  • Onions (over wintered)
  • Carrots (over wintered)
  • Parsnips (over wintered)
  • Beets (over wintered)
  • Peas
  • Asparagus (a small trial)
  • Rhubarb
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Swiss Chard
  • Hollyhocks
  • Iris

Gluten free bread.
Gluten free bread.

While I worked in the garden Julie was baking bread and cooking for the coming week. She made a gluten-free bread, another first that turned out perfect.

I'm at a good point in life. I know it won't last, it never does. I'll go the way of all flesh but, for now, I'm enjoying life and saving memories for the future. This was a rich weekend.


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