Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
my daughter and I once spent
easter week in spain....
where it is a week-long event
that stretches through the monday after.
I thought of that today when we went to mom's for a late easter dinner,
of her favorite salmon and roasted asparagus...
along with french-style potato salad
that I had made for our community gathering on sunday.
as always, she just beamed when we arrived,
she gave karma her treat and watched karma exploring all the corners....
as we sat chatting, E and I gave each other affectionate looks,
and mom asked what was the joke she was missing.
E replied that we were flirting,
mom grinned and told us to carry on...
after dinner, we played scrabble
and had some fun trying to make up words with our random letters.
an extra special easter monday too...
today was the birthday of my good friend and loyal reader and commenter at Ocean...
so a very happy birthday from this trio on the florida coast
wishing you a happy, happy year with those chickens, your travels,
and your "retirement" that is anything but!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
the rains this week have been beautiful
I love how we hear the winds pick up here by the sea
and feel the rains coming in the air....
in response to yesterday's lovely comments...
the self-portrait in the mountains,
taken using the 10-second timer with the camera on the hood of the car...
ansel adams inspired black and white...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
my sister had an early morning flight out of utah,
so after I dropped her off,
I headed south and eastward to the canyons...
I drove up the american fork canyon
following the river rushing
down the mountain.
it was a cool morning,
even snowing a little
when I reached the mountain view.
the early morning light
was fabulous, so I stopped
here and there to capture bits of it.
my second trip to the airport
was in a downpour,
then we flew into a snowstorm changing planes in denver.
the mountains were a feast for my florida coast eyes,
and the spring greens
and snow added to my delight.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
it was a wedding in three parts....
the first was the ceremony
in the temple in American Fork
where we waited outside
for the newly married couple to emerge
after lots of hugs
and huge smiles and photos,
we gathered for a family luncheon
and the speeches...
her longtime friend
and maid of honor
gave a moving tribute to my niece
that brought tears to our eyes
after a brief time to rest
for the evening festivities...
we gathered for more photos
and then the party began...
the food table was filled with goodies for everyone,
I think we all went back for a second or third gelato (they were so good),
the cake was cut, and we all joined the happy couple on the dance floor.
it was all so lovely, but I think the
smiles on the couple's faces
captured it best
Monday, April 14, 2014
what a whirlwind weekend....
two days of airports and unfamiliar airlines,
gorgeous spring weather and flowering trees in utah
a snowstorm and plane de-icing in denver
home in the early hours of monday
but it was so good to be there....
to see her joy,
to meet her man,
and to share the celebration with family
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
a morning beach walk with my sister
who is visiting this week.
the gale-force winds that brought
yesterday's rain were still blowing.
it was an exhilarating start to the day.
in the evening we gathered for dinner
at our favorite restaurant, the new Italian one
where they welcome us like family
and always find us a table.
it was the relief we all needed from a long and eventful day.
my sister and I ended our dinner with
affogato al caffe (literally, in italian, drowned)
gelato drowned in espresso,
topped with amaretto cookies.
so fabulous! definitely to be repeated!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
today is my daughter's birthday.
each year, I am so very grateful
for the joy she brought into my life.
we usually think of "coming of age"
as an event in our teens or early twenties.
but, as I reflected this morning
while walking the beach,
I came of age, on this day
when I became her mom.
dear M, may your years continue to be full
of what you love and inspire your creativity!