Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Brings Springtime

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  March came in with the vestiges of mid-winter and went with the first signs of spring.
March 6th morning?!
March sky opening up on the way to school and work.

Snow still makes a pretty picture.
No violets or daffodils for my birthday this year, but there is promise!

Lydia led me on the spring proof walk around the house to show me the first crocuses.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Birthday

Lydia surprised me with cupcakes!  They were special ones to delight me.  She is becoming quite the proficient baker with any recipe.  These were coconut flour and cacao with a butter, honey, cacao butter cream frosting.
Marshal gave me a beautiful cookbook.  He knows me.    He also gifted me soft, warm, and pretty alpaca gifts that I'm wearing today.
Lydia made us omelettes this Saturday morning.
My Girl
Birthday Twins
Birthday song round two with the blessing song and lit candles on the Janelle's labor of love, "Nourishing" delectable carrot cake!

Both got our wish.
Thank you wonderful family for such a birthday blessing gathering.  I am thoroughly blessed with you all, let alone your talents and gifts.  So fun to have cousin Audrey and Eowyn close enough to add to the cheer.  We celebrated with Kim's best ever gourmet pizza factory, green salad anointed by Sierra's professional culinary hand, 7 flavors of blissfully creamy, farm fresh ice cream, hand made by Meg, and the fabulous cake!  Thank you all for spoiling me with loving gifts and sentiment.  Thank you Mom and Dad for hosting and enduring the mayhem and cacophony of all of us together.  And thank you Luke for being you and celebrating with me our special day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patty's Day

My, oh my, it is the 17th of March!  Yesterday, Lydia and I were driving home in the late evening sunshine!  Yes, sunshine!  It was a beautiful day in the Gorge and surrounding hills and valleys.  Felt like spring down by the river.  We are still in the snow melt phase, and today, dashing in and out of the rain, upon the sodden, clinging earth, I wondered what I'm to do when the snow is truly absent to clean the soles of my boots!  It was a wonderful winter of clean boots!  I digress.... What I really was aiming to say, was that upon driving back home after ballet, the seasonal sign on the corner was a Happy St. Patty's Day sign with a bright rainbow and big pot of gold!  I was torn between trying to get home to feed my hungry belly and turning around and finding a place to take a photo in the evening sunshine.  I was kicking myself today, in the rainy gray, that my hungry belly won out, and I missed that bright picture of a "big pot of gold at the base of Mt Adams."
We had our busiest day yet in the clinic, and every deposit is like gold, not only in coin, but in trust and lifts our hopes that we can succeed and serve our community well.  Quite apropos that today was our biggest day of new memberships, and each member's paid enrollment fee goes into a "trust account."
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Marshal spent 24 hours working the ER until this morning in Goldendale, and was not cognitive of why his patient was sharing about having to choose a green shirt today.  Lydia happened to look at the calendar in the nick of time before we dashed out the door.  Got to get our green on!
Came home late this evening.  Grandpa arrived to join Marshal in tractor hunting on the morrow, and we ate a late dinner of lamb chops that Gabe had taken from the freezer.  They cooked up so good, and we had a impromptu delicious meal.  We must have the luck of the Irish when it comes to cooking up good vittles.  We do have a considerable amount of Irish blood in our veins from both our Jim dads!
Quite a pretty meal fitting for St Patrick's Day!

And here is our St Patty's Day portrait.  Two Irish lasses.
Thank you cousin Fletcher for the iMessage to Gabe.  Our Leprechaun names we came up with at dinner were:  Bashful Freckle Face, Shy Clover Hair, Itty Bitty Stubby Toes, Feisty Freckle Face, and Sappy Short Legs.  Just guess who is who!  *Note that Grandpa is here too.