|Maya and her birthday cupcake She has a big cake at home|
|We went out for ice cream|
|Maya tickling Allie|
|Me sometime in the 90s with the twins. Nothing more cringe worthy than those glasses But see, I wasn't always fat|
|San Francisco parade|
|Naomi and I with trick mirror yesterday|
Twins are supposed to share this special bond and have their own language etc but it doesn't always work that way. Steve had identical twin aunts who even as adults would physically attack each other.
It was too cold yesterday for the planned waterpark adventure with Allie but Maya had a good time anyway. She blew the candles out on a sprinkle festooned cupcake; we went to a farm petting zoo with Allie; out to dinner where her favorite fries were served; out for a ice cream picnic and then to Allie's house for another present. She is afraid of animals excepting cats and dogs. She was excited in principle to see baby pigs but would not get near them. Allie meanwhile enjoyed petting the baby goats. Finally she gingerly touched one when it was pointed out to her that the much younger Allie wasn't afraid. But she was excited, from a safe distance, identifying all the animals she could see.
A beautiful day for a bike ride. My friend comes in an hour to do it with me. As soon as I opened the door this morning, 6 swallows swooped into my face. Nest building has resumed in earnest. The parents started the nest; now the children are helping too. I assume the parents will use the same nest over our garage again and again but the babies need their own houses (seems to be the start of 2 nests). The rose breasted grosbeak came back to eat some fruit last night. I assumed he left to breed up north. The finches are eating my seeds way too fast. Usually I would fill the finch feeders once a week but to keep them happy, I need to do it daily.
I am not happy with some of my wild life: deer must have eaten the tops of the Asiatic lilies. I should have lots of them blooming in a week or so but now, I will have hardly ever. They trampled down, though did not eat, the tiger lilies. I did not see them there. They must have done it the night before. I am now sleeping with the windows open alert to plants being trampled upon but I expect it will be a losing battle. My tastier vegetables are under chicken wire so hopefully they are safe.