I know that spring can't be too far off. It is a little warmer, I have heard birds singing and once I saw some daffodil shoots, but it is still cold here and there is still snow on the ground. I am ready for a change though, ready for some sunshine and being outdoors a bit more.
I've been in the doldrums in the last few weeks of winter so I invited two close friends for lunch and some uplifting talk of summer plans. I made them delicious fresh tomato soup, grilled cheese with pesto and a spinach and beet salad. For dessert we had lemon loaf with whipped cream and raspberry coulis made in the summer and a big pot of tea. They each had a potted primrose and a batch of blueberry muffins to take home too. Fun.
It has been so busy here with a battery of appointments for the kids; dentist, opticians and now an orthodontist appointment. It's hard to think that my son could be old enough for braces soon. Still, if he is old enough for a mustache, I guess he's old enough for braces. (Favorite mustache pictures ever, right here.)
I finished a sweater for my daughter that has been on the needles for more than a few months. The pattern is the same as this one, and I amazed to find that I knit another one with exactly the same yarn and pattern here, but I can not remember who I knit it for. Really, I have no idea. Wow. Ok.
Anyway...Leonard has a spot in the middle of each his front paws. Not the back ones, just the front and the spot is right in the middle. He's so cute. But still a little cheeky and crazy around any food. And he still eats tissues. Yes, used ones too. He is a little gross really. But you know, still cute and I love him a lot.
My daughter likes to take our dinner orders now. Just before dinner is ready she will go around and ask everyone what they want and because there is only ever one option she will ask how much they want. "Dinner Service. Chicken stew with dumplings. A.S. Large, 3 dumplings and 2 scoops of stew." We don't get our names written down, just our initials. Then she reads it back to me at the table and I'll serve it and she passes the dinner out. She's a funny one, that one. She is really coming into her own now she's 6 and 1/2. I think I know her inside out but she always surprises me. She is so like her brother in so many ways I expect her to follow suit but then pow, there she is, all herself, shining like a star.