Tuesday, April 6, 2010

This and that

Just poppin' in to announce the latest winner of the book giveaway, give you a weather report and a weekend update. I'm so busy, still closing up shop, that I thought about taking a blogging break. But, then I thought 'Naah.'

So. . . the winner of the book giveaway for An Absence So Great, by Jane Kirkpatrick is. . . (drumroll) . . . Renna, at Finding My Knitch! Renna and Sherri, I just mailed both of your books this morning. Just got back from the post office not 20 minutes ago! So, you should have them within a week. Enjoy!

This morning, we woke to the sound of thunder, which is a bit unusual for early April. It was booming far in the distance, so cozy to be warm in bed, listening to it rolling in. Then, the hail started. It poured for a good 10 to 15 minutes. An hour later, I drove Em to school and much of it had melted on the streets, but the grass and gardens look like they've been frosted with icing.

On Sunday, we spent the day with my brother, Mark, and his wife Jenny. They live in the mountains, and it's always a treat for us to visit them. There's always something different to do, boating in the summer, snowmobiling or skiing in the winter. On Sunday, my aunt rode up with us, and we celebrated my niece Elsa's, 17th birthday. We were served a feast with the main course being pheasant fixed a variety of ways -- barbequed, stuffed in chilis, wrapped in bacon, swimming in cream sauce. Delicious does not even begin to describe it!

We took Lilly with us, at Mark's request, and we were lucky to bring her home again. She loved romping with his dogs, two German short-haired pointers named Sam and Jake. And Mark loved her, thinking she would make a fine addition to his pack of hunting dogs, and graciously offered to keep her. Actually, he pleaded with me to keep her.

But, of course, I said, "No!"

She was one tired puppy after all that play, and slept peacefully, all the way home, on Auntie Ann's lap:)

10 comments:

Becky said...

Your puppy's exhaustion reminds me of how tired little ones get when they get plenty of sunshine, fresh air and exercise.

I am so glad you had a great time. Visiting far-away family is such a treat. Friends too. Visiting anyone :) is a treat.

I hope you have a great week.

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hello from Frog Hollow Farm. It sounds like you had a wonderful day with Mark and his family - he's such a neat guy. I've never had pheasant but the way you described all of the different ways it was served made my mouth water! Ciao, bella!!!

Joanne said...

Sounds like just the perfect weekend ... I love your photo of the pansies frosted with ice, what a contrast. It's that time of year, with spring and winter both competing with each other for awhile!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Bet that pheasant WAS scrumptious!! What a nice Sunday you had. So glad Lilly could make the trip back home with you :) She's a doll! -Tammy

Rizzi said...

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME WITH JENNY AND MARK, IT'S GREAT WHEN FAMILY GETS ALL TOGETHER, IT GIVES YOU THAT WARM FEELING INSIDE YOU. CAN'T BELIEVE ELSA IS 17 YEARS OLD ALREADY.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like you have been busy and had a great time.
We have had some spring storms also.
Have a great Wednesday.

Melinda

Sherri said...

I love your dog Lilly! She is such a cutie!

Robin said...

It was good to catch up with your comings and goings - and Lily is just such a beauty - I can only imagine how much your brother wanted her!

Inglesidemom said...

Pansys in the snow (or ice in your case) make me happy. What chipper flowers!

Renna said...

You made me hungry describing the food you had with your family. Yum!

Sorry I'm so late in answering about the book, Karen. We were out of town for a week, but the book was waiting for me when I returned. Thank you SO much! :-)