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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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May. 1st, 2018 08:34 pm (UTC)
Where did your daughter get the plumeria blossoms? It looks like everything is waking up by there. That is a pretty kick ass fire you had going there. :D
May. 1st, 2018 09:05 pm (UTC)
Those are part of a Snapchat filter. She keeps trying to convince me I will like it, I have yet to succumb.

Big fire but burned quickly.
May. 1st, 2018 09:20 pm (UTC)
Those looked real! Very cool, indeed...

Sigh, they always burn too quickly for my tastes.
May. 1st, 2018 08:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely blossoms.
May. 1st, 2018 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, one of spring's best gifts methinks.
May. 1st, 2018 09:32 pm (UTC)
Rendell is one of my favorite mystery writers.

But isn't her Inspector called "Wexford"?
May. 1st, 2018 09:40 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, yes...Thanks, here I sit book in front of me *sigh* I simply must edit that....Elizabeth George
May. 1st, 2018 10:15 pm (UTC)
...she's 40?


What magical f*cking fountain is she drinking out of?? XO! Happy birthday to her <333

Really love the image of the smouldering coals and your words about the demons dancing. I've been lost for hours in campfires...
May. 2nd, 2018 12:57 am (UTC)
Yep, she is 40 and is going to love your comment LOL

Campfires are just magical aren't they?
May. 2nd, 2018 02:48 pm (UTC)

They truly are and I love love love that 'magic fire' stuff that turns the flames all rainbow coloured >:>
You have to wait until you're done cooking over it but it's a beautiful way to end the fire <3
May. 1st, 2018 11:18 pm (UTC)
Lovely picture of your daughter and you! And, I hope Anah will be alright!
May. 2nd, 2018 12:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, filters are great at erasing wrinkles LOL and thanks for your concern and well wishes for my granddaughter.
May. 2nd, 2018 05:07 am (UTC)
Happy Spring!
Looks like you live on a good swatch of property. Oh, how I miss burning trees and debris in the evenings.

And I concur, your daughter looks 20 year old, not 40.
May. 2nd, 2018 12:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Spring!
We have about 10 acres including the part where our daughter lives.

The kid's going to get a "big head" with all these compliments. :-) will be good for her as she was not liking 40. I found my 40's to be one of the best decades of my life.
May. 2nd, 2018 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, your daughter looks very young! :)

It's good to see your trees in bloom. Our lilacs are now done, not so sure about our local relatives of your redbuds.

Ouch, good luck to Anah!
May. 4th, 2018 01:13 pm (UTC)
The blossoms are fading quickly because of the winds which are extremr, but quite prolific.

Poor kid surgery next on a torn cartilage.
May. 3rd, 2018 09:21 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to your daughter! My eldest will be 45 soon.

And happy spring!

That was a nice fire. I can relate, as I have been around one with other people so many times when younger.

Vertigo is HORRIBLE! Glad your's didn't last too long.

Your new asparagus recipe sounds yummy!

Good luck to Anah. I hope she hasn't sustained too bad an injury.
May. 4th, 2018 01:11 pm (UTC)
My eldest will be 54 this winter.

The asparagus was delicious, missed a day of cutting because of doctor appointments so must get back out there this morning,

Anah is going to have surgery, but cannot get in to see the surgeon fot another 3 weeks.
May. 5th, 2018 11:30 am (UTC)
My goodness!

Gotta keep up with that asparagus!

Oh, I'm sorry Anah was that badly injured. I hope the three week wait is not a problem.
May. 4th, 2018 02:13 am (UTC)
Lovely, lovely blossoms! And some of the flowers, on down the page, are nice too, lol. Happy birthday to Erin!
May. 4th, 2018 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is good to see things in bloom, uplifting even :-)

Edited at 2018-05-04 01:08 pm (UTC)
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