– Those of you who follow me on twitter know that Poppy, one of our indoor-only kitties, somehow escaped and was gone for two nights. I was sick with worry, and deep in my heart I felt she was gone forever. She had gotten out a few times before and always stayed close to home. This happened over Memorial Day weekend, and we discussed making fliers and calling the pound as soon as they opened on Tuesday. Late the second night I awoke to Jupiter, her brother, meowling loudly and wanting to go outside. As soon as I opened the front door I heard crying coming from the back and I ran over to see Poppy, white paws dusted with dirt pressed against the glass. She was home! I snuggled her and brought her to bed. Anthony stirred and I couldn’t wait to give him the news. Poppy was home.
– Isobel’s preschool runs in two sessions, spring and fall, and closes during summer. We celebrated the end of the school year with a giant family picnic. There are many multicultural students at her school: Sikh Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Assyrian, so I was especially enthusiastic to try every unfamiliar (and a few beloved familiar) foreign dishes I could. Although I’ve eaten Japanese food in many restaurants in cities all over, I’ve never had Japanese home cooking before, so that was a treat. I ate several things that I couldn’t even identify, confused a cabbage salsa for a coleslaw (a mistake I just made once!), and wrapped up some leftover rice balls to take home to my husband. He stayed behind to work on applications but I didn’t want him to miss out. I found this delicious fried pastry filled with potatoes, of all things, on the dessert table. Anybody have any idea what it’s called or where it comes from? My guess is that it’s Indian, but that’s really a shot in the dark.
– Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday and he wanted to celebrate by taking us to Columbia State Historic Park and having old-timey photos taken of the family. We did this with our family in 1982 and it remains one of our favorite family photos to this day. While we were in the photography studio we met their official shop cat, Baby Kitty. This prompted Isobel to explain our cat situation to them. “We have a kitty named Squirrelly,” she explained. “He used to be a boy but now he’s a girl!”
– My dear friend Jenn “I don’t approve of that font” Castro came down for a birthday visit and we spent a girl’s afternoon together thrifting and grabbing lunch from an ice cream parlor. Afterwards we spread out a blanket on the lawn and relaxed in the sun. I love celebrating her birthday because we do all the things I love doing for my birthday, too.
– Mom came over with a shoebox filled with old family photos of her as a child plus some very interesting ones from my childhood as well. I’m in the process of scanning and organizing them and I’m going to post a few here as well. They are too good not to share.
– Our ten year anniversary was last Friday. Originally we didn’t have anything planned other than spending time together because our budget is even tighter with the layoff. Happily we received a bonus from an unexpected source so we took that money, along with a gift card we were given, and spent the day thrifting, watching the Star Trek movie, playing with Isobel at her preschool’s water day, and finally dropping Isobel off at grandma’s while we enjoyed dinner in Modesto. It was such a great day, even though we didn’t do anything huge or dramatic. We felt deeply content and grateful for our time together and for all of those who love us.
– We are growing PEAS! in our yard and I’m pretty ecstatic.
In the Garden: Late Spring Update and Peas. I made peas, you guys! Peas!
Scrapbook: Kite Misadventures. Long story short, a tree is still flying our kite.
The Little Big Bazaar.The best of the best, on sale for money dollars.
Thrifty Giving: Spring Housewarming Gifts. Thrifted gifts are the best gifts.
Recipe: Fresh basil and corn salad. Early summer version of a late summer favorite.
Souls of San Francisco. I love this. It’s like people watching over the internet. Via @lauracope
An abandoned Wal-Mart converted into a beautiful modern library. Stories like this give me hope for the future. Via @brainpicker
Exercise my increase our ability to handle future stress. The reasons and benefits of working out keep increasing. This just amazes me. Via @Alexandrafunfit
Backyard Cat Enclosure. I have thought about making one of these so many times, especially after the Poppy Incident.
DIY Baby’s Breath Arrangements. This much-maligned flower makes a comeback as the star of a bouquet.
Thrifty Giving: The Get Well Terrarium. Isobel, to her dismay, discovers bokken chickens.
Guest Post by Sarah Sphar.I have jealous feels about this meal.
Guest Post: Saturday Mornings by Bridget Callahan. Library memories from a talented writer.
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