- Early Spring– So it is officially spring now, but where I’ve lived most of my life an experience of spring was delayed by weeks or even months off the calendar start of the season. And where we lived the past six years? Spring was a two week season sometime in May. O.K., sometimes it was longer, but true spring… very, very short. We went crashing from a LONG winter into summer with only a brief season of blossoming transition. Here… I saw buds, pussy willow buds, and others, in JANUARY. And things have been in bloom since FEBRUARY. And now… everywhere… flowering trees and greening grass… ah… “There’s somethin’ ’bout the southland in the springtime…”
- Flowering Trees– Maybe it is because maple trees don’t flower, and maybe it is because maple trees surrounded me as a child, but I have no recollection of flowering trees from my childhood. There were several flowering trees in front of the church I last served. And every year I was in awe of them (for the few weeks they flowered!) And now… there are SO MANY different trees all over the place and so many of them flower and they are so beautiful. We have a pear tree in our yard and it is gorgeous at the moment. Just gorgeous.
- My baby’s smile- especially when she takes breaks from nursing, looks up at me with her big, beautiful, intense and sparkling eyes and lets a grin overtake her. Ah…
- Gyros- Even better than gyros were the döner taschen (sp?) we would get in Germany, but Gyros are a close second. I wanted one the other day… and I had enough points… and I enjoyed every bite.
- Cooking Ahead- It is so fabulous to have a freezer full of food at the ready. And every single recipe we tried from this book has been delicious. We found however that her plans had us eating a lot more meat than we’re used to eating. It was tasty, but… expensive. This week we’ve made our own plan and we’re trying a bunch of favorite vegetarian recipes from this great book.
- Surprising Generosity- A colleague from my department at school could tell how tired I was at theology colloquy the other night, and heard tell of the rough stretch we’d been experiencing with Caroline. She e-mailed shortly after getting home and offered to come over with another colleague from school and watch Caroline for a few hours to give us a break. They’re coming this afternoon to help out while we finish up our cooking ahead for the next few weeks and to let us go out for a peaceful dinner. Ah… Love it.
- Getting Packages in the Mail- “Brown paper packages tied up with string…” Or any sort of package really. I used to get excited when things I ORDERED came in the mail. Heck. I still do. But lately we have packages several times a week, mostly for Caroline, and it is always so delightful to open them and reveal their contents. Thank you, Wendy, if you’re reading, for the wonderful box of beautiful clothes and the packets of seeds too! I love getting packages in the mail. Love it.