It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Post Easter post

I came back home yesterday. Had a wonderful time with my family... sons, grand kids, nephews and cousins. Sis and I decorated the table, cleaned the house and decided that I should always come down a day early on every holiday so we can do this together. It was much easier for my sister and it was fun to do it together.
The main table came together beautifully. Sis made a table cloth out of burlap yardage and we arranged a (Ace Hardware) roll of garden burlap (loose weave) down the center. Then we pulled all kinds of great things from the rest of the house to decorate with. A birdcage, wood veggies, candles, and a charming bunny.
On Saturday morning we took a long walk up into the hills.
We took my nephew and the dogs with us. I was walking with Lucky, the black lab, on a leash. That's why some of these photos are blurry. He just wanted to keep going. Stopping for photos was not part of his routine.
Lafayette is big on walking and biking.... with dogs, so we met quite a few dogs, and their people, on our hike.
This walk was a beautiful beginning to the Easter Weekend.
In the afternoon Sis and I took a Lily to Mom....
It still seems odd not to have her with us. We miss her so much.

Later we decorated and got the house in order for Sunday dinner. We set the "children's" table.  Sis used my felted soaps for decoration. They made the whole room smell good.
Everyone arrived Sunday afternoon. Lots of talking and hugging. Lots of hors d'oeuvres, wine, sodas and fruit juices.
We had a wonderful ham dinner, great vegetables, salad and potatoes. We finished with an angel food cake covered in pineapple whipped cream frosting with orange rind in it and sweetened strawberries on top (One of mom's old recipes) and, of course, some extra orange rind on top. My daughter in law made chocolate covered strawberries that were the biggest strawberries we had every seen. Delicious!!
My little grandsons had Easter Bunny overload and were ready to go home soon after dinner and dessert. We said our goodbye's and I made promises to come down again soon.... or have Mommy and Daddy bring them up to the farm.
I wish we lived closer. I miss their sweet little smiles...
and kidelicious silliness.
Maybe we could move back to the burbs.
Maybe the goats could learn to live in a suburban backyard.
No, probably not. I'm not sure that the Prospector and I could return to civilization. Not yet, anyway.
For now... I will drive down there to them, so I can  see my little beans as much as possible.
Love ya, little cowpokes. See ya soon.....
Lucky, the black lab, says.... " Did everyone go home?
Lily, the shorthair, says.... "Fozzy!  Lets go look for Easter candy and leftovers .FOZZY! Where are you?"
Fozzy was curled up on the sofa sleeping. It was a long day and he was tired.
I hope everyone had a happy Easter.