Thursday, May 6, 2021

Josie's Wednesday

Finally! Meema remembered to buy pumpkin so we could make pumpkin bread. I helped stir. It took almost an hour to cook which is like forever but at last Meema took it out and then we had to wait for it to cool a little.

Meema said she used to help her grandmother make banana bread and they cooled it on these very same racks. Meema's grandmother was named Ruby and she is my great-great grandmother.

I wanted to put chocolate chips in the batter but Meema was out of chocolate chips. "How does it taste?" she asked me.

"Two thumbs up!" I said,

Then I got busy in my workbook.

I am going to be so ready for pre-school. 

Then we went up to Meema's workroom. There is a poster on the way up of a picture by a kid named William. I love this picture. Up in the workroom, Meema did some ironing and I found some things that I could play with. Then I put them in a box and hid them. Meema had to try to find them but she couldn't. 

Meema says I am pillaging her stuff but really I'm just playing with it. I will give it back, most of it.

Later, down in The Room, I put on a tall soldier hat. Then I marched on the bed.

We also painted and read books and did a puppet show and took a good nap. Then I had more banana bread.

Ohmigosh, it was another good day!


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Giving Thanks

False Solomon's Seal

I've been so cheered by the many positive ratings and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and/or personal comments from folks who've read Crows.  It would be wiser, no doubt, simply never to look at reviews, as sometimes people can be ugly, but I can't resist and so far folks have been kind and even enthusiastic. 

Writing a book takes a lot of effort--something like birthing a child--and one wants that child to do well and for people to appreciate it.

And now, Crows has had more ratings (number of stars) and more reviews than any of my previous books. My heartfelt thanks to all of you who've taken the time to leave a rating and/or review for this child of mine.

Star of Bethlehem

Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Busy May Day

What a beautiful May Day it was! 

REMINDER: Get wet in the first rain of May for good health all year. (It's my family tradition and I interpret it loosely--get some rain on your hand and you're good.)

Josie and I made a start on Friday of moving stuff out of the greenhouse. There was a lot of potting soil on the floor and she helped by using a little trowel to scrape it up and put it in the bed. "This is the best day ever!" she said. She loves to help. And she loves being outside.

We lined up geraniums on the steps and did a bit of watering.

Yesterday I pulled weeds. It's particularly satisfying when I know the chickens (who are confined to the chicken yard for their own safety) will enjoy the greenery and reward us with deep orange yolks in their eggs.

The daffodils are all gone now but the iris are about to pop!

And the columbines! The original was a gift from my friend Candace many years ago and they have endured and spread--looking something like the flight of doves their name implies. (Columba is Latin for dove)


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Black or Turkey? Vulture, That Is

Vultures are such majestic critters, patrolling the skies and riding the currents.  We have both the Black and the Turkey Vultures around here. It's easy to see the difference up close--the TV's head is featherless and red--like a turkey. 

But at this distance I can't see the red. Still, I think it's a Turkey Vulture rather than a Black --because of the shallow V of the wings, the 'fingers' at the wingtips, and the good- sized tail. What a beauty!

More about these birds HERE