Monday, June 27, 2016


It's yet another unusual week. June is full of them this year! Oh, it conforms to a pattern today: it's Monday and Snowdrop spends the day at the farmhouse, which surely must feel like an extension of her home right now -- you know, the playroom in a very large mansion. But that's today. On Wednesday, I'm taking off and so I must at least half focus my attentions on that part of the week. Even though truthfully, were I to be planning my travels right now, I would not have picked late June of this year for going away. (When I made my plans, I thought my Warsaw apartment would be fully renovated by now. But, things got delayed when the current residents couldn't quite move out in March. And so yes, I'll be going to Poland, but only because I have a ticket that puts me there. The rest of the trip has been hastily adjusted to put me somewhere else.)

Alright, but today is Monday and after breakfast (such a beautiful day today!)...

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... and a quick look and a fix up of my garden...  -- in which the daylilies are adding color...

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... though perhaps overshadowed right now by the pink hydrangeas...

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... in great competition with the little guys (geranium, evening primrose, daisy, dianthus)...

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... to say nothing of the ever sleek and sophisticated japanese iris...

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... I have this wonderful and easy day with Snowdrop. I say easy because honestly, I have had such a hand on her pulse recently that it takes no talent to fill her hours here. (You'll recognize the activities -- you've seen them in the last week.)

She hunts down ripe raspberries.

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The cheepers follow.

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She sweeps the chips in front of the house.

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I suggest the pool -- she's all for it! The pool came with a shade umbrella -- a silly thing for us because there is so much shade at the farmette. But I put it up, for the hell of it. Useless, but cute.

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Four pool play photos for you. She is entirely happy making up stories as she splashes about. She can occupy herself in this way for a long, long time.

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I tell her we should go inside now. She runs away.

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Are you chasing me, grandma?

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Lunchtime on the porch. Oh, she loves that! Dessert:

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And a view toward the great outdoors.

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A few minutes of play indoors -- she is no longer content just to sit quietly at her table.

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Snowdrop, watch what you're doing!
Grandma, I have it under control.

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She naps, I have a quiet moment on the porch. With coffee and a special cookie.

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I take her home. We go for a walk with her mommy, we pause at the coffee shop. Snowdrop has said "mommy" more times today than in the entire last week. She acknowledges the pleasure of having those you love around you.

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Evening at the farmhouse. Just Ed and I. And our flowers (and cheepers and tomatoes and trees and odds and ends...). This year, I favored putting in the so called spider day lilies. This newly blooming one surely demonstrates the appropriateness of the name.

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One last look at the garden. At the bed I planted from scratch last year. Doing well! And we are too! How good is that...

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