|Could have watched these beauties for hours.|
The "kids" have flown back to Texas from a visit here in California and I am taking instant photos in my memory of our fun week together. I wish I had taken actual pictures, but I never think of it until later. So I will have to create some word pictures for you and for myself as this blog sometimes works as my "journal" when I want to go back and figure out what I did when.
I did remember to get some clicks on my camera at the zoo with my two sons and my daughter-in-law. It was a mid-week day so it felt like we had the place almost to ourselves and enjoyed some slow walks around the sunny park. The boys had bought crackers, cheese, bread and meat for us to snack on for lunch and it was perfect.
Even though we saw a sleeping lion, a baby cougar and some really goofy giraffes, it was the flamingos that grabbed my attention. That color. Artists have tried to copy it and of course those pink, plastic creatures that go in yards have tried to replicate them. But they fail. Coral? Peach? Pinkish-Orange? It is so striking and vibrant on top of those long skinny bright pink legs! Sassy Bride and I decided that it is because of the layers of feathers in different tones. The multi-dimensions make flamingos such an amazing and shocking color.
At least that's our theory.
Another day we took the kids to our tiny "downtown" to go to the library (woo-hoo! It's my favorite!) and a little antique shop I love. You must walk through the antique shop in single file and very s-l-o-w-l-y because once again...layers. The items are one on top of another with very little theme or explanation. It is like walking through a treasure chest and you never know what delightful find you will find!
I held up a creepy doll for Sassy to see because she hates them and collects pictures of them. She let out a small screech and then took video of it. Writer Son gravitated right to a cardboard box of tattered comic books and came up with a treasure that had him grinning for hours afterwards. He spent $5 on a $65 collectors item. (Another woo-hoo!)
At home we spent many hours stretched out on our big leather couch that it took them a day to notice was new. Our voices moved from silly stories to sad family losses in recent weeks. We talked about the new Texas house that is waiting for them later this month and the jobs that give them so much pleasure and frustration. Rocker Son entertained us as usual with his stories of crazy stunts with friends that I would rather not hear.
I cooked most nights and Sassy Bride created a wonderful meal of crock pot garlic chicken that I'm going to steal in the future. She was craving Indian food one night, so we got some take-out from our local Indian restaurant that people come to from far and wide.
Ten people were here one evening as old friends gathered to see the Texans before they left again. I absolutely loved it! These friends of my kids are all former students of ours and so we have a relationship with them also. At one point in the night, the Hubs pointed out the window to the circle of young faces in our backyard and said "Look at all that LIFE!" We laughed so hard and the conversation moved to so many subjects big and small that I could never remember it all.
And HEY some good news! Layla did great! She loved having the kids here and greeted them happily each morning, but did not jump too much after that. Writer Son had a blast chasing and being chased by her all over the house and yard. They bonded and she knew who to go to for some fun. On the other hand, Sassy Bride spent time training and testing Layla on her "Sit, Stay, Down and Wait" commands. The trainer and the player being who they are, I love it!
Since Writer Son and Sassy Bride went back home, I have readjusted to the quiet house with some help from the yummies they left behind...things that I never buy and they always buy...feta cheese, Powerberries, gouda cheese etc. Yummmmm!
In fact, those dark chocolate covered berries are calling my name right now and I know they would go smoothly with this glass of wine in front of me, so I will say Good-bye and good-night my friends!