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Saturday, April 30, 2011

On the grill

After a long afternoon in the garden, Saturday night supper was a couple of grilled rib eye steaks.
The grill master's secret to a great rib eye is Parkay margarine in the squirt bottle.
I liked mine.  A lot. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

On Easter

On Easter week-end the Ponderosa was filled with egg hunters, basketball players, tractor riders, good friends. more food than we could eat. . .  

And ALMOST all the people  I love!

 PERFECT weather made it a very happy day!

Sigh. . .

Last Friday night just out of the blue here's a conversation Parker and I had and a week later I still feel all warm and  fuzzy when I think about it!

Parker: Nana, how much is it you love me?
Me:  To the moon and back!
Parker:  Okay Nana, I love you to the stars and back to the earth!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to Startle Yourself

When I am not chasing critters away from my plants I am fighting leaves.  We rake in the fall.  We rake in the spring.  We haul and burn, but we never win the war.  They collect everywhere. I have been raking and burning everyday it was warm enough to be outside lately.  I have a brush pile where I wheelbarrow the leaves I gather for burning and as I started to dump a wheel barrow full, I looked down and saw this.

 It did startle me for just a second then I realized it looked familiar and was being very still.  Last year when we were fighting the nesting birds in the eaves of an open shed we placed rubber snakes there to scare them away.  It must have fallen then I  raked it up without noticing and dumped it in the brush pile the day before!

There is one under the lid of the gas tank right now, I just hope we remember to move it before the tank needs filling up again or someone else may be startled!! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Birthday Trip

Today is my Dad's 79th birthday!  You would never guess his age, since he looks and acts much younger.  As a special treat we took him to Rugby for lunch at the Harrow Road Cafe, a little shopping in the Rugby Commissary and then we did a self guided tour!  Despite the damp weather, it was a great day! 
(See photos below)

Happy Birthday, Dad!