Sunday, July 5, 2015

Day 186 - Double Digits!

Today is my youngest daughter's 10th birthday. I was still in labor at this late hour a decade ago, my child not making her debut until nearly the very end - although when she finally did make up her mind to be born, she came very quickly. Bridget Pauline arrived at precisely 11 p.m. on the nose, weighing a whopping 5 lbs 15 oz. 

Seeing as how today was her special day, she got to call all the shots. So the five of us, plus a friend, took a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Although we saw many interesting animals, the highlight was certainly the baby boy elephant born this year on May 12th. At 281 lbs, he weighed slightly more than our little peanut. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Day 185 - Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! 

My girls humored me with a festive picture. My son, however, was busy napping at the time of the photo, having passed a restless night after dreaming that his pet corn snake Riley escaped from her tank. (She is, indeed, quite safe.)

I was worried that this morning's rain would dampen the mood (pun intended), but the rain stopped and the sun finally showed its shy self. It turned out to be a lovely day that was neither too hot nor too cold. Goldilocks would have said that it was just right. Although we surrendered the oldest to her boyfriend and his family for the afternoon and evening, we welcomed Granny & Papa, and Grandma B to help us celebrate the day. We laughed, played games, and ate way too much good food, which included a pre-birthday cake in honor of my daughter's 10th birthday tomorrow. A nice day was had by all. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Day 184 - Garden Magic

While in the garden this evening I happened to capture a short video of a bee visiting my borage patch. Seconds later, a hummingbird whizzed by my head to join the bee, flitting away just as quickly and before I had a chance to fully appreciate its magical beauty. It wasn't much later, as I was relaxing on the bench admiring my garden, that the hummingbird returned, this time staying just long enough for me to admire the vivid shimmer of its iridescent blue-green body and the powerful beat of its tiny wings. My fingers ached for my camera, and yet I remained still, transfixed as I held my breath and memorized the awesomeness of this fleeting moment.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day 183 - Let there be quiche!

Fresh from the garden,
this . . .

became this

for dinner. 

Crustless quiche (beets boiled and served on the side). A few links of sausage and small tomatoes mixed in and cooked at 325 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Shredded cheddar sprinkled on top at the finish. So very yummy and filling! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Day 182 - The Jumping Bean

My youngest has started a YouTube channel called The Jumping Bean on which she plans to post gymnastics tips, tricks, and tutorials. I'm sure she'd love for you to watch her introduction video and leave a kind and supportive comment. Just ignore the horrendous lighting; we're still figuring this out! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 181 - Solid Potato Salad

My husband alerted me to this video and told me I should show it to our youngest daughter, the gymnast. Seeing as how she has little fear and is up for trying just about anything, I'm almost afraid to! This is fantastic footage of incredible strength and flexibility, and not a little daring. WOW!