|magnolias on campus. I have two trees on my property but they have not bloomed yet. I was told because they are young trees|
|art work that Josh gave me for my birthday to replace my huge needlepoint sampler|
|pretty butterfly garden stake a friend gave me along with lots of other goodies|
|Allie taking a turn in the Fred Flintstone car|
|deer in the middle of the day|
|shrimp with cheesy grits and kale; Josh's birthday brunch for me|
|recently remodeled restaurant we ate at on campus|
|Maya Lin's Wave field with Josh and Allie|
|beautiful sunset Saturday night|
|Allie's first ride in the bike trailer. She loved it|
|Tulips are starting to bloom here|
More racism. Steve, Josh, Julie, Allie and I were driving through North Campus yesterday and I suggested we stop at Maya Lin's Wave Field. This was installed 20 years ago and despite it being about 2 miles from our house, he never saw it. Not that they have any signs; it is quite hidden. Lin, as a 21 year old student, won a blind competition for the design of the Viet Nam Memorial in DC. When it was discovered that the winner was an Chinese American, all sorts of racist outrage ensued with the logic: these men were killed by Asians and now an Asian gets to design the Memorial? Ross Perot described her as An Eggroll. Charming. Josh said he wasn't getting out of the car to look at clumps of grass. Fine, but I am taking Allie out. I played the birthday card. Allie did enjoy trying to run over the hills. UM needs to cut the grass (and who am I to say which grass needs cutting? a battle is brewing what should be done at the old house). From the photos, you can see Josh did get out of the car.
Last week was birthday week. I think it is over. A good friend took me to a very nice dinner Saturday night and gave me lots of thoughtful presents. On my birthday, Josh sent me a whole variety of potential art pieces to replace my homemade stuff (which he thinks is awful) and I was to choose. The result is pictured somewhere above. After our brunch, we gave Allie her first bike ride in my garage sale trailer. She kept pounding her knuckles together (sign language for more).
Carpentry work is finally finished at the Money Pit. Biggest job this weekend was the dismantling of the shed. Painters come soon. Lawn stuff needs to be done. Some plumbing issue needs to be addressed and then clean-up. Then maybe we can put it n the market and hopefully be done with it.
The weekend was sunny but cool. I could bicycle in relative comfort. More flowers are blooming and I see I have the beginnings of a purple azalea. The first of hundreds of tulips finally opened up. It is fun seeing what I have.
Today I meet a friend at her son's restaurant. Last night we watched the final episodes of House of Cards...no sympathetic characters at all.