This past week seemed to drag forever, it was a hard one for me – one of many. I always look forward to Friday afternoons, to catch my breath and recuperate before lunging into another week of work and homeschooling.
Reading is one the things that keeps me from loosing it completely, my happy time. I finished this book last week, highly recommend it. It’s by the author of “The Book Thief” which I also loved. From the Amazon page:
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.
We’ve been taking advantage of the nice mild (as in not hot) weather as much as possibly. Normally it gets hot fast in Texas in May but this year summer has been slower to come, and I am loving it. I wish it lasted but I know the scorching heat is coming. On one of the neighborhood walks, Phoebe and I discovered a patch of wild blackberries.
Our first attempt at blackberry jam, it turned out delicious but a bit too thick.
The trampoline is seeing more usage these days, since the options for outdoor activities are limited. We will be adding an above-ground pool when it gets warmer, so between the trampoline and the pool we should be covered. I don’t excpect the public pool and playgrounds to be safe once they reopen.
A game of Uno on the back porch. Phoebe is not such a sore loser as she used to be so we can have a family game without (too much) drama.
Always looking forward to making a nice dinner and having a family meal in the dining room on aSaturday night. I set the table with some blooms from the backyard, in lieu of store-bought flowers.
We had chicken breast stuffed with smoked Gouda, ham, and apple slices – a variation on Chicken Cordon Bleu, with broiled Romaine and tomatoes.
A really good chocolate cake by Sonia, it didn’t last long at all.
Kids made dinner one night, a stir-fry with ground chicken and green beans over rice. I am so glad they can do things in the kitchen.
For Mother’s Day I wanted a gift of not having to cook. I love to cook but sometimes one needs a break. It was nice to wake up to a breakfast waiting on the table. After breakfast we went to a new to us trail for a quick hike.
It was not crowded like most of the public trails in the area. It was such a peaceful walk, the weather was perfect.
No big plans for the rest of the day. We’ll have pizza from our favorite pizza place and a key-lime pie for dessert that Phoebe and I made yesterday. I have another loaf of bread rising, we go through bread fast. I am always happy to bake more, it’s my therapy.
Hope your weekend has been going well!