Today the tree branches are outlined with lacy, delicate green. The weather is lovely, and I've spent the last three days with my bedroom windows open. The afternoons are warm, and we've taken to playing tennis at the park every day. Do we know how to play tennis? No. But we're getting there.
Last week Ben showed up in my bedroom asking for books to read. I gave him Homecoming, A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, The Thief Lord, and Peter and the Starcatchers. He practically gobbled them, making me a very proud older sister. He liked them all, but he said that A Wrinkle in Time messed with his head.
My vinyl record collection is growing rapidly. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin. All very nice. I set up a happy little space under my window. My record player is sitting on my typewriter case next to the stack of records. And next to that, I have two stacks of books that I got at a recent library sale. (Six Gerald Durrell books, three Madeleine L'Engles and numerous vintage paperbacks. It was my lucky day.)
I got braces a few weeks ago. They're horrid. But I'm learning to live with them. I've already eaten everything that's on the forbidden food list. I'm a naughty child.
I've been working on a special blog project. It's going to be absolutely brilliant. I can't wait for everyone to see it. It involves Cait and Mime, which is always a good thing. That's all I'll say for now. Highly secret and all that.
I'm starting to make handwritten versions of my old blog posts. Remember this one? I've wanted to do this project for a while, but I'm just now getting to it.
I made mint fudgsicles yesterday, and I think we'll just have to eat them today when Sam comes home from school. I wasn't intending to make mint, but I didn't have any regular chocolate chips. Just Andes mint chips. Thus the fudgsicles became chocolate mint.
Remember that printing out photos was one of my resolutions? I printed out some of my photos but I also printed some old family photos. I've had them for a while but I just put them up a few days ago, next to my window. They make me so happy. My favorite is the fourth from the top.
Aunt Carolyn is coming to visit tomorrow. Ben and Jason have already decided that we're going to camp out on the trampoline while she's here.
I just read Tarzan of the Apes. It was surprisingly good. I recommend it. I also recommend Maisie Dobbs, which I just finished a few hours ago.
I found this shadow on the floor one morning. It looks like a city of towers and minarets. Istanbul perhaps. I was quite delighted with it.
There. That did add up to quite a nice post.