Busy March. I'm glad to see you go. Not that April will be any less busy...probably much more-so. But with April perhaps warm winds will roll in and bits of yellowish green with point blinking eyes heavenward, out of the darkness of warming soil and I will begin to feel the promise and hope of new life, a new season, my favorite season of all.
We are still cold and snow covered on the hill. I went to my flower circle, hoping to see something (ANYTHING) greenish and living popping up from the ground- but the snow was still thick in most of my circle and there was nothing. I am keeping watch- the lookout has begun!
In the meantime, I've had plenty of things to keep me busy. Did I tell you my sister and I are throwing my parents a 40th wedding reception in lieu of the party they never got those 40 years ago? In just two short weeks! Plans and preparations for this have been keeping me busy...decorations, favors, invites, details...
My sister and I went dress shopping with my Mom a few weekends ago and then had a 'ladies' night'. Olive Garden, pedicures, glasses of wine and chatting 'til wee hours... it was a nice time. Except the shopping part. Shopping and I just don't mix- and neither do any of the dresses that refused to look nice on me. Blech. Argh. Loathe. Clothing Shopping stinks. The next day, Elizabeth and I went through the last remaining pieces of Oma's jewelry. That was a little bitter and a little sweet. I now have a few little things that belonged to her. I set something aside for each of the girls too which will make special birthday gifts this year.
Then, this past week my parents went off on a little jaunt together to a wedding, leaving their children in our care for four days. My sister took two, I took two and the littlest went with them. It made for a busy household.
There was charades and Pictionary, hot fudge sundaes (homemade hot fudge is a dangerous, dangerous thing...) and face painting among other things. Along with all the normalcy of running hither and yon throughout the day.
One of our favorite things these days is watching the live cam of the Bald Eagle eaglets. We've been watching since they were just eggs- and now that they are hatched, it is REALLY interesting. To see a nest lined with fish and rabbits...it is pretty amazing. How cool to watch, in real time, the activities of a very active Eagle family! You can watch too! Just go here.
I just dropped the the 'extra' children off back home last night and afterward I took my children to a very special field trip...those pictures will have to come another day. Suffice it to say, we didn't get home until almost 11pm and we are all a bit exhausted from the crazyness of the last few days! For us country folk homebodies, we've been out gallivanting an awful lot! We'll be playing hooky from school today and using this day to regroup and recoup.
I think we are all very ready for some semblance of normalcy around here.
Maybe, especially, me.