Annabelle and Beatrice enjoy some outdoor playtime.
As spring finally arrived and took hold in the garden, I felt the energy stagnating in the house and it was time to freshen spaces, once again. So at the beginning of the month, we spent long hours outside weeding and opening the outdoor shower, but also rearranging rooms inside. (This also meant my computer got moved and unplugged for a week or more, which kind of puts a cramp in the blogging.) But oh! How good it feels to have some of those problem corners addressed and renewed and ready for summer! And now, on the days Alex works from home, we spend that time together in our newly arranged, shared office space.
It felt especially good to have the house and garden organized and tidy in time for the arrival of the midwest Bradstreets, or Alex's aunt and uncle. We spent the morning preparing a meal--clam chowder in the crockpot, fresh loaves of French bread baked, tossed a huge salad and marinated chicken in our favorite local sauce. I also whipped up what my mother called Cherry-O Cream Cheese Pie, and put two of those to chill in the fridge.
Cherry-O Cream Cheese Pie
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 can of cherry pie filling, chilled
1 prepared 9" graham cracker crust
Whip cream cheese until softened. Slowly add sweetened condensed milk, blend completely until there are few lumps. Slowly add lemon juice and vanilla. Whip for an additional 3 minutes on med-high speed until smooth and light. Pour into prepared crust and chill for 2-4 hours. Top with cherries (or blueberries) just before serving. This recipe is easily doubled, etc. Also great to use for a trifle.
With the menu under control, we took Olivia to her guitar recital, where she played Simple Gifts, as a solo the first time through, and as a duet with her teacher the second. We, of course, thought she did very well and she so enjoyed her lessons and is looking forward to continuing them in the fall.
We arrived back home just as family arrived. The last time we had visited with Alex's aunt and uncle, the kids looked like this. It was very good to see them.
We all thought the garden that evening looked particularly pretty, with all the cool spring tones glowing in the dusk. We said good-bye to family and ended that weekend on the couch in front of an episode of Buffy. Whew!
Since then, the kids have finished the last of their spring classes, including pottery and guitar. They also auditioned for the Southern Maine Children's Choir (SMCC) at the end of May and we heard back end of last week, that they both have been accepted! Also, earlier this week, Olivia attended the Blunt Youth Radio Project Open House and she's committed to hosting, reporting and assisting with programing through the summer. Finally, just a few weeks more, and both Adam and Olivia will be attending day camp, Olivia as a CIT, for five weeks and we we're already gathering supplies and checking gear in preparation.
Otherwise, our days have been about gardening, caring for the four animal friends, trying to follow along at a friend's final softball game, household tasks, finishing books and starting new ones, playing Minecraft, making movies, seeing movies, riding bikes, observing, contemplating and yes, we'll have beach days, too. This weekend we'll celebrate Alex's 39th, as well. Our summer calendar is filling up and having a few days to revel in the strawberry moon and these, the longest days, feels good, too. I hope these days find you well also and that it won't be quite so long between posts next time. Enjoy these long days!