Outside my window... I haven't looked yet, wait a minute... it's already warm outside and a tad humid, the sun is shining through the trees. The street is quiet and empty, save for the chirping of a couple of birds, just the way I like it :)
In the backyard, a lone squirrel is scrounging in the grass and I spotted a sulfur butterfly fluttering by.
|Arrgh, the squirrel is hard to see as I zoomed with my inadequate iPhone! He's to the right of the hummingbird feeder.|
I am thankful for... all three of my siblings being on Instagram! In 24 hours I've seen more pictures than I did the whole year with just email. My sister just joined up just because I told her I was on it and posted a picture of my darling nephew's first day in 6th grade :)
From the learning rooms... nothing special this week, as far as I know. The kids have their regular classes, my son will be volunteering at the library shelving books and also running his Dungeons & Dragons Club.
From the kitchen... I started a menu last night when I couldn't sleep, but was interrupted by the kittens wanting some food at 2:30 a.m. I need to finish that. I might buy some pears this week to make my Fall Pear Cake or Pear Torta. Oh yum, it would be really hard to resist so maybe I should avoid baking those? lol. I have some chocolate pumpkin bread in the freezer anyway but variety is the spice of life!
I am wearing... I'm still in my PJs but I'm about to go get showered and dressed because a kitten peed on me through all the layers of Bounty towels that I had on my lap. That one has a weewee like a fire hose! So my PJs are a black T-shirt and pink flowered PJ pants that are very comfy,
I am creating... I'm growing kittens, that's gonna have to do :)
I am going... probably to Kohl's, Walmart, Dollar Tree and the UPS store today.
I am reading... I read "Rice & Curry", a Sri Lankan cookbook last week. This week, I plan on reading another Sri Lankan cookbook cleverly entitled "Sri Lankan Cooking" :)
I am hoping... that Greg has safe flight(s) to Canada today.
I am hearing... my laptop's humming. Some distant traffic if I really strain. I'm about to turn on Smooth Jazz for my kittens as they're going back to sleep. Aah, Aaron Neville. Perfect!
Around the house... My son has been at school for a couple of hours already, my daughter is still in bed as she only has online classes today. The kittens just went back to sleep. Here is what the other cats are up to:
|New Kitty is squatting my son's chair during the day when he's at school (keeping it warm for him!) and got up when she saw me approaching, hoping I'd give her some food. She's much like me, she could eat all the time!|
|And I wouldn't if Male Kitty took his job of kitchen entrance sentry seriously but he's seriously slacking on the job. All day long.|
|Mean kitty would be more imposing but she prefers to play gargoyle near the front windows. I have to let her sniff my hand and ask for permission to pet her. She thinks she's all that, you know...|
|Notice the DIY duct tape job since the handle's diameter was just a tad too large for the broom head!|
A few plans for the rest of the week... Greg is gone all week which is... actually not so bad for me because it means that I don't have to cook dinner by 7 p.m. and we could have breakfast for dinner every night if we wanted to. So it's party time chez Nathalie, lol. Just kidding. Shopping day spread among several days, a vet's appointment for the kittens, lunch with a friend and then my honey comes back!
Here are a couple of pictures that I am sharing...
On Saturday, Bless was commented on her own blog about the fact that people have forgotten that some "weeds" used to be prized for their medicinal or even nutritional value. I relayed the story that when I was young, my mom and I would go pick dandelion leaves from the local soccer field to make salads.
My dad nowadays lives in the Alps across from a pasture that gets tons of dandelions in the Spring. Back in 2013, when I was visiting him and my stepmom with my brothers, a short 7 months before my stepmom passed away, my dad tasked my brothers and me to go pick the dandelions across the road so he could make dandelion wine and dandelion jelly.
Let me tell you... it takes A LOT of dandelions. Luckily, that pasture was covered in them... that's a little piece of the pasture, right here, on that May day of 2013.
And that's a jar of Cramaillotte (dandelion jelly) that my dad had made in 2012. I wanted to bring some back but I was afraid that it would break in my bag or that Customs would confiscate it so I didn't.