Why is it that simply days can go by and I can't think of a single thing to write - despite all that, life has been busy. Take these past few days for instance - grandson E7 started off the week with a cough which has gradually gotten worse. No school but mum still had to get off to work - grandma to the rescue - sitting with the little fella while he coughed his tummy sore! Friday came and another doctor appt plus Xray - possible pneumonia! Second doctor appt on Friday revealed Xray results not pneumonia but chest infection. Prescribed anti-biotic and hopefully might be well enough for school on Monday.
Easter is not far away - daughter pleads "can you make E7 an Easter hat for the school parade?" Oh boy I think - what next? "Mum, you know you could do it so much better than me" - oh well, what's one more thing to line up? Made a start on it this morning but will reserve the photo till it's finished.
Hasn't rained for weeks - since beginning of January - did the washing this morning to hang on the line - including bed linen etc - now pouring with rain! Oh well - have hung some on the clothes airer - the rest can stay in the laundry basket until tomorrow to see if the weather takes a turn for the better.
Garden is looking OK and carrots and mini cabbage are doing well. I've erected a little netting cage over the top of them trying to keep the butterflies from laying their little eggs and caterpillars chomping the beautifully tender green leaves. It seems to be working so far. Put in some more purple runner beans a couple of weeks ago and they're up about 6 feet so far with flower buds just appearing. I hope the weather stays warm enough for them to fruit. The 'winter' tomatoes are all doing well - the Giant Tree Tomato has its first flowers open - boy are they big for tomatoes! Can't wait to see the fruit once it starts. Have taken 7 pumpkins from the vine and one still left hanging. They're looking good too so shouldn't have to buy any for a while. Cut the first one when I cooked roast lamb the other night. They could take a little more ripening but nice and sweet.
Picked up a poor specimen of a begonia at the plant nursery a few weeks ago - reduced down in price. It seemed to have had far too much water. Let it dry right out and now blooming a beautiful red!
Had a visit yesterday from a baby kookaburra. We hear them occasionally in our many trees around the yard but don't often see them. This cutie perched himself in the old dead wattle tree over the back fence - he didn't seem in the least perturbed when I got as close as I could to take a shot at him - photo that is of course!
A couple of birthdays in the family in the past two weeks and a wedding anniversary - made cards to give and was pleased with the frangipani theme I used for E19.
Booked our flights to go see Mum at Easter time. She's still in the hospital and hopefully is rehabilitating reasonably. For a couple of weeks after her surgery we were extremely concerned about her condition but she did 'turn the corner' and is now back in the 'older people's ward' recuperating. Hoping that there will be some kind of assessment by Easter regarding her ability to go back to her apartment and live independently. If not, then assisted living may need to be an option.
Have had contact from another second cousin in the United Kingdom who we'd never heard of before - I am amazed that in the last few months no less than four distant rellies have made contact. Genealogy is certainly a very popular pastime. It is so good hearing from these people and being able to link extended families together.
All for now - blessings!
|Pretty red begonia|
|Birthday card for E19|
|Giant tree tomato plant with basil seedlings|