Sunday, May 5, 2013


George reverted to his adolescence overnight and woke me up at 3AM to let him out; not surprising, little bladder, little staying power.  He then decided that 6:30 (our usual get up time) was fine for a Sunday, too.  So, we went out for a nice quiet neighborhood walk at 6:30, and I went back to bed.  I slept in until about 10:30 and came out to the living room to hear Lou talking with Sarah as she got ready for bed-Beijing is 12 hours ahead of us so it's pretty easy for me to keep track of the time there.

Lou's eye was swollen-it turns out there was a "suspect" weed in what we cleared yesterday, and he has poison ivy on his arm and eyelid.  I immediately started itching in sympathy, and he video chatted with Sarah about it.  At one point he gently rubbed his eyelid and Sarah looked at him, gloved hand and all (it's still cold enough for his Reynaud's) , and said, "Papa, what are you doing?  Are you rubbing G-d knows what crap from your computer keyboard into your eye?  You know, you have got to start asking, Is that something you would let your daughter do?"  then she did about another three or four minutes on it..... she was on a roll, so to speak.

Today it's a bit cooler outside and I hope to get the marigolds in and the mulch spread, then turn to in-house jobs.  Have a wonderful day, no matter what weather!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May wishes

May has arrived in Bethesda with spring flowers and lots of pollen!  Every day Miss Lucy's windshield is covered in a delicate yellow haze that needs to be removed to drive safely.  Today Lou and I spent a lovely hour or so out in the sunshine pulling weeds and grass out of the flowerbed along the brick wall of the driveway.  Then we put Miss Lucy's top down and took a drive to the local Home Depot and bought some marigolds to put in the newly cleaned spots.  Sarah's tulips have finished blooming, as have the daffodils and the narcissus.  The azaleas are popping, and soon the wildflowers that have no name will raise their pink faces to the sun.

I have had a rough few weeks with Lou's medical issues, but he is on the mend and hopefully my days off will become "mine" again.  I am currently part of an online quilting bee again with participants from all over the globe.  I have also entered a scrap swap and I received my bag of scraps from my partner in Hawaii-and hopefully she's received her package by now and has begun to play.  I play tomorrow!

George, our rescue yorkie, is slowly coming around.  I took him to obedience classes at our local pet shop, and he's about 80% better at a lot of things.  He still has a few issues with bicycle wheels, strange dogs, and people leaving-anywhere-our house, their house, the street, etc.  Hopefully, as he gets a little older he will get a little better.

Plans go well with the wedding for October, it decidedly has a Dr. Who theme.  Don't know Dr. Who? Google him, and know that "you never forget your first doctor"-number 10's our favorite.  You may remember pictures of Lillian's clockwork droid Halloween costume, look up the episode "The Girl in the Fireplace".

Sarah is deciding whether to sign another contract to teach another semester in China.  It's been an incredible experience so far, but she does miss home-or most likely, her father's cooking!

Well, George is whining for an outing, so out we will go.  It feels good to be back!