A day at the beach

This past week saw Chelsea and I meeting up with Steph and Grandkids in San Diego.  Steph (middle daughter) was taking her state board and Chelsea (youngest daughter) and I were there to provide morale support and watch the kids.  Shortly after Steph left for her exam I loaded everyone in the car and it was off to Coronado Island for some fun.

We saw big boats,


and little ones.


We swung so high we touched the sky…


we went on a purple slide (a double one at that), and


dug for treasure.


Steph is sure she did well on her test, so we celebrated at a great Afghan restaurant in San Diego.


Had a great time!

The Graduate

About 18 months ago my eldest daughter decided to return to school to be a cosmetologist.   She’d always been good with doing things with her own hair, but I had no clue that she wanted or had been thinking about this.  Anyway, she made it through the courses with flying colors and this past Thursday she took her state board.  Many, many, many of the students either didn’t pass the practical portion of the exam or failed the written part, but the Incredible Ms H did both!  We met in Riverside to celebrate!

Here she is (on the right) with her sister/hair model.  (And with my youngest home for the summer I had ALL THREE of my daughters together.  It was heaven!)





And now the quiet

After nearly a month of family being together, and tons of celebrations, I find myself alone again.  My youngest and her boyfriend left yesterday — back to college.  The house is quiet and still.  I feel a calmness descending.  Looking back …

My middle daughter and hubby.  Steph hosted Christmas at her home this year.  She had surgery about 2 weeks before Christmas and I have to say, you would have never realized it the way she took care of everyone and her amazing energy.  It was a great Christmas – and the first one we’d shared in person since 2002.


Christmas is so much better when little ones are there — especially my gorgeous 3 grandkids!


And my eldest daughter received a great surprise from her hubby – a shiny, new VW “bug”…


And then my youngest, her boyfriend and I returned home.  We visited the wild burro and horse shelter.  These animals are “rescued” from the weapons testing area in California.  While I’m not a “horse” person (or a burro one for that matter), I can’t help but be moved by their lives …



I finally finished a sweater I’d been knitting for a friend’s new baby boy:


And while it does look like it has “button” issues, they do calm down…


And then it was time for my youngest to get ready to return to Texas.  We decided to take the scenic route and drove through the desert, then miles of citrus orchards, and then by the Pacific Ocean…



We drove through Malibu and saw the Santa Monica Pier (both too crowded to stop).  Spent the light at an airport in LA and then, the next day, saw them safely off…


And as for me, I’m remembering this busy time with a full heart.  And in just 19 days I’ll be boarding the cruise ship and spending 2 weeks in the Caribbean.  Can life get any better?

Happy Mother’s Day from the Bunny Slayer

To all mothers, and mothers-to-be in the US, Happy Mother’s Day.

Actually we celebrated yesterday.  This was because my youngest wanted to spoil me and she had to be back at university today.  So my day began with scrumptious home-made crepes filled with wonderful raspberries and a cappuccino made to perfection.  I felt so spoiled.  And then I was given a big box full of presents – a gorgeous card, two chocolate bars, a box of one of my favorite teas, and surprise of all surprises – a Wii Fit!!  I could not believe it!  Blown away!

But it was Saturday, and sunny so I had outside chores to do.  So after thanking my wonderful daughter, out I went.  I worked in the garden for a while and then tackled the mowing.  Now, we had a ton of rain this spring and it’s only been sunny this past week.  The majority of time I’ve devoted to getting the garden in.  So, the parts of the yard that had not been mowed yet were really tall – about 10 or 12″!  So I went slow, and didn’t make full sweeps, keeping my eyes opened for limbs, sticks, and critters.  I stopped time and again for little creatures – including little tiny frogs.  And then it happened.  As I was looking down I spied a little baby bunny, dead.  I think the tires got him – not the blades.  He was so tiny and I felt so bad.

My neighbor was working on my porch and we found a nest – guess this little guy was a refugee from the nest.  One of the others was hurt, but my neighbor picked it up and comforted him.  


He seemed fine and was set free in the woods.  We saw two other babies take off from the nest.  My neighbor said he thought they were big enough to survive – but perhaps he was just being kind to me.  I felt so bad about disturbing their nest (and killing one of them).

The post man came, bringing gifts from my middle daughter.  A wonderful surprise, complete with a paper bouquet – made from paper cut-outs of my grandkids’ hands.


And after all the yard work we are sitting around the table talking to friends and one of them noticed that one of my cats had a cut on the top of her head.  It was about an inch long, slanted and open.  It wasn’t bleeding but looked horrid.  So, without much hope I called the local vets office.  A service answered and within 10 minutes a vet called me back.  We decided to bring her to the vet, so off we went.  (Now remember last week when we couldn’t get a dentist?  Well, apparently there’s no issues if you are an animal and need emergency care!)

Anyway, we get to the vet — about 30 minutes a way.  She opens the carrier and looks in and said – let me save you some money.  “This is a scrape and nothing to worry about.”  I couldn’t believe it – I’d already agreed to the $85 fee + charges for any procedure or meds, so I was delighted that there was no charge.  

We finally got home around 8:30 and together we made pasta.  Then we had just enough time to wear ourselves out on the Wii Fit.  I was pretty good at balance, but I suck at following the “dance” steps.  I thought my daughter would pee herself she was laughing so hard!  And although I wasn’t laughing she assured me she was laughing with me and not at me.  Hummmm

So, except for the incident with the bunny, it was a great day.