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May 1st, 2018

My youngest daughter's 40th birthday was yesterday. We started celebrating Friday by taking her to a favorite small eatery she loves in a nearby village. She expressly wanted only her father and I, so that's what she got and it was indeed lovely that it was only three of us and not the 20+ that usually attend.


Saturday everything at last came together to burn all those trees and brush left over from clearing a place for her house. The wood was dry after waiting so long and it took off with a blast. There was a brief moment of concern when the wind kicked up and it looked as if the fire might spread, but Providence prevailed in our favor and it quickly settled down. We had some great food and all 20+ did show up. I sat out there and watched till the trees became coals, my favorite time when you can look deep into the glowing heart of the fire where demons dance.


Sunday was quiet. We were all tired.

Monday Erin and I went to lunch at the local coffee shop and drove around town viewing all the vacant lots that once held homes and families. We were both in a funk so why not view the demise of small town America close up.

Anah is not recovering well from the injury sustained at the track meet so today is having an MRI to determine if there is cartilage damage in the hip joint. Petitioning all deities that it is something simple that will not require surgery and a possible 6 month recovery time. She would then be knocked out of tennis at which she is really good and I can only imagine just how badly she will react to that much downtime.


Spring does seem to have arrived along with Erin's birthday. The redbuds, serviceberries and the lilacs are in bloom. Temps have been near 80 the last couple of days which means the blossoms won't last long especially since the wind is gusty. Suppose we're having March in May?


Yesterday I had vertigo, OMG, doesn't happen often, but it is a real bummer, what a crappy feeling. At least it didn't last long, but I did go right to bed. Thus yesterday and today have been wash for any kind of production.

Nearly halfway through the Elizabeth George  book. What can I say, I like the way she tells a story and have always been in love with Lynley.

The asparagus harvest has been good so I'm off to try something different, roasting it with a lemon olive oil dressing, some garlic and grape tomatoes to be topped off with feta at the end.

And, I won't swear to it, but I think I saw a collard sprout. Fingers crossed that the predicted thunderstorms show up on Thursday, rain would be a blessing right now.

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