Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday, Monday

Today couldn't be more beautiful!  The trees are starting to leaf out, the lawns are greening up and the sun is shining.  The phlox I planted last year are full and luscious and purple.  My neighbor's tulips are beautiful.  I have to ask him his secret, as the side of his yard is like a glimpse of Holland.  My tulips are puny and sparse:(  I'm glad that the view from my window is his yard, not mine.

I love this time of year.  Easter, the anticipation of summer, my birthday in a couple weeks.  I think April is the best month for birthdays.  The earth is blooming after months of cold and slumber, and there's the promise of warm weather and being outdoors.  But, that's just my opinion.  I'm sure you could make a case for whatever month happens to be your birthday.  Can you?

This afternoon, Dan and I found a new coffee shop.  It's in an old brick building on the corner of a busy Main Street in olde town.  Located at garden level, we sat at our table and watched people's feet and shopping bags go by through the windows.  As we arrived and were rounding the corner of the block to go inside, I peeked in the window and saw the kitchen.  There were stacks of spring form pans . . . cheesecake!  Sure enough, they make their own pastries and pies.  We bought a boxful of key lime tarts for dessert tonight.  We've been spoiled rotten the past two weeks, as my Auntie Ann is learning to cook, and we are treated to new recipes and delicious suppers on a regular basis.

I saw the doctor last week and will continue to use crutches for a while.  It seems like a lot of fuss over a toe.  The surgery I had was for hallux (big toe) limitus (won't bend very far).  I had the same surgery on my left foot 10 years ago.  It was a complete success, as I know this will be, I just have to be patient.  However, ten years ago, I was only too glad to put my feet up for a while.  My kids were 12, 8 and 4.  It was February, so staying inside and reading books was a wonderful escape.  Now, I'm chomping at the bit to get outside, work in my garden, paint something!

If there were a point to this post, I've forgotten what it was. 

Over the weekend, I finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I know, it's been on my sidebar for over a month now.  I started it, put it down to read something else, and then read it without stopping for the next few nights.  A wonderful story, one of those that you just want to continue on and on.  I wonder what happened to Francie after she left Brooklyn to go to college?  I like to imagine all the possibilities of what her life became.

Dan and I are taking a road trip in a few days.  I'll be back later in the week with photos and updates.

7 comments:

Marilyn said...

I want to claim your line-"If there was a point to this post, I've forgotten what it was!" This keeps happening to me all in time in other areas of my life! lol The teachers at school have the same problem, but they are younger than me! I think it must have something to do with the end of the year pressure! Please share the secret to great tulips when you get it. The only thing I know of is to water them a lot before they come up.♥♫

Mereknits said...

Sounds like you are having a lovely time even on crutches. Glad Spring is beautiful.
Hope you have a wonderful week, keep healing.
Meredith

Leslie said...

April is great! Have a fun safe trip, we look forward to seeing the sights from your travels.

Jerralea said...

Wow, those flowers are gorgeous!

I think any time you have a chance to rest and put your feet up, you should do it! You will be well soon and then be able to do all the things you would like.

BClark said...

I love the part about the point of the post!! That is so how my mind goes, round and round in circles and then zooms off into space! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Karen. That is what brought me back, missing my friends. Having glimpses into others lives is wonderful, learning new things and finding out we are not all that different. I have some daffy dills up and a couple of tulips but nothing great like yours! Have a wonderful trip and hope that toe heals soon!

Rizzi said...

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN, OUR WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL TOO.....THE EAST COAST IS SO DRY....IN DANGER OF FOREST FIRES....OVER THE WEEKEND TABERNACLE HAS A BIG FOREST FIRE....IN THE PINE BARRENS....THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL HOUSES IN SOME PARTS.....EVERYTHING SEEMS OK....THEY FINALLY GOT IT UNDER CONTROL......WE HAD A LOVELY EASTER..
TAKE CARE...BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU'LL BE JOGGING AGAIN....LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Susanne said...

I now want to plant phlox! They are lovely!

This is a lovely time. We've had gorgeous weather all over Easter. Today is so warm. But my yard just looks messy. No flowers in mine yet.

My mouth is now watering for key lime tarts and cheesecake.