Since Olivia has started school, her communication skills are really changing. She's always been a good conversationalist but is becoming more curious about almost everything. I love listening to her monologue from the back seat as she assumes many roles--complete with accents--that totally crack me up. She really could be her own sitcom.
This morning Amber dropped her off to spend the day with me. As I was getting ready, we had this conversation:
Olivia: Omee, where do you think Swiper (the sly fox character on the Dora cartoon series) lives?
Me: I don't know--he's just pretend,you know. He's a cartoon character.
Olivia: Do you think he lives in the forest? That's right. He lives in the forest.
Me: A pretend forest.
Olivia: Where do you think Dora lives?
Me: You know Dora's not real either, she's just pretend.
Olivia: **shocked expression** DORA'S NOT REAL???
Me: Well, it depends on what you mean by real.....
is minimal this year...at least outdoors. After the wedding last year, there will be no cornstalks and only 4 pumpkins gracing the grounds this year. Inside I have quite a bit of fall stuff out. I've always thought our home is a "Fall Home" as the views are so beautiful from every window and deck.
The impatiens are still pretty so I'm not buying any mums. After last year, this could have a considerable impact on the local economy.
We celebrated GG Patten's birthday a week late and Olivia picked out a school bus cake. Upon closer inspection, the entire cake (from Fareway) was made up of cupcakes complete with black frosting on the "tires"
Addie and the boys spent a few days with us--so will include a bonus photo today of Addie and Leo Alvin\
I know, it's been way too long since I've blogged. So much has happened, it will take awhile to catch up. My computer is not being cooperative so I have to make this quick
September has been a roller coaster of emotions--fun vacation, frustration at our business, fabulous grandchildren and.....
Flirtations with fertility
In the dim light of early morning, I found an unexpected surprise in Bea's pen.
And, well, here's where we are now
Wow...so here is what I found out:
Indian Runners are an unusual breed of domestic duck. They stand erect like penguins and, rather than waddling, they run. The females usually lay about 150 – 200 eggs a year or more, depending whether they are from exhibition or utility strains. They were found on the Indonesian Islands of Lombok, Java and Bali where they were 'walked' to market and sold as egg-layers or for meat. These ducks do not fly and only rarely form nests and incubate their own eggs. They run or walk, often dropping their eggs wherever they happen to be.
Our Bea has been such a source of joy this summer. All this, and eggs too.
Another unexpected sight in the garage has been this
An African violet plant from Mom's funeral. Blooming. Under my care.