Oh, how grateful I am for this day with my daughter!!!
I needed it SO badly!!!
Summer and I are only 15 years apart in age and in many MANY ways we THINK alike, SPEAK alike and ACT alike!!
Once she and I went to see the movie 'Second Hand Lions' and it was BIZARRE how we leaned forward, sat back, sighed, crossed our arms and uttered the very same sounds and words ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE ENTIRE MOVIE!!! Neither one of us will ever forget it!!!
We still do that very same thing!!! Just not ALL the time!!!
Summer is a shining light in a sometimes dark world.
She always thinks the very best of someone and is THE most positive, cheerful and giving person I have ever known!!
Today we celebrated Saturday together!!!
She picked me up - since I can't drive for another few WEEKS!
Our first stop was Casa Taco for a quick lunch before our movie!!
See what I mean???
I just bet YOU are smiling simply because HER smile is so contagious!
We saw THIS movie!!! Captain America Civil War!
From the movie we went to Target and I shopped in THIS cart for the very first time!!
Yes, I DID nearly take down one whole display in the outdoor section but overall, it was a good experience!!
Summer dropped me off at home and was walking back to her car when she FELL!!!
Flat out!!! Scared me half to death and I'm sure it did her, too!!
I am ever so sorry that both my daughters have inherited my terrible foot problems.
The surgeries I am having on both my big toes - Summer will be having these same procedures this fall! As a matter of fact, SHE was the one who found Dr. Crawford and referred me to him!
Amber also has had her share of issues with her feet. Some caused by the quad pregnancy perhaps but most probably, she inherited it from me. I feel bad about that.
Summer rested a little while in the gazebo with some water and Aleve and then went bravely on her way. I hope she doesn't feel like she was run over by a truck when she wakes up in the morning!
I came in and baked a cake!!
Amber's birthday is Monday but we are celebrating tomorrow!
An old recipe I have been making from her teenage years!
Once I made her a Kitty Litter Cake and it looked so real some people wouldn't eat it!!!
Melt those tiny little Tootsie Rolls a little bit, pull and twist them......
you get the picture!
I tell you my house smelled so GOOD this evening!!!
The cake baking and I had bought four packages of flavored coffee and poured them into the canisters, lit a few candles and brewed up some peach tea with fresh mint BRANCHES in it!!!
I went out early this evening and pulled up a LOT of mint!!! I rue the day I ever planted it IN THE GROUND!!!! It should only be grown in planters and pots!!
The whole front yard smelled like Wrigley's Spearmint Gum!!
My Dusty Miller is going to seed so I took this pic before I started cutting it back.
Can you believe this whole thing is growing out of a POT??
I pulled a few weeds and clipped the dead roses off and felt so GOOD to be able to do these simple tasks again! Our yard man did double duty this week and trimmed all our bushes for us.
I paid him double and am thinking I may get him to do extra stuff every week or every other week just so we can keep up. There is so much to do when you are a homeowner. I'm not complaining but I am looking at options other than doing everything ourselves - as we used to do. We have only been hiring having our front yard mowed since 2013! We are die hard DIY people!!!
It was like old times sitting outside on the driveway sipping wine and relaxing this evening!!!
I do love this guy!!!!
He is such a good sport about EVERYTHING!!!
"He is THE best thing to come into MY crazy life!!!"
(Quote from??? ROCKY!!!)
It's so nice to feel normal again!
This was my wine of choice tonight!
You know how people - wine buffs - will say....
"Oh, I can taste the citrus.....or some such stuff?"
Well, THIS wine is delicious and I really CAN taste the citrus or some such stuff!
It is really good!
I'm just adding these two pics because between the driveway and the gazebo where I am blogging tonight, I paused in the living room to hear the new Josh Groban CD I bought at Target this afternoon!!
This is one artist Louis Dean and I both love!!!
I sat and listened to that music and my heart just filled with such joy and pleasure!
Sometimes you have to spend a little time in the darkness...of health, body, soul, or mind, or spirit....
to enjoy the beauty of the light around us.