Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Friday was Paul's birthday. Isabelle decided he wanted chocolate cake but said she would only eat white cake. Two cakes seemed like too much but in the end it worked out perfectly, almost...
Singing Bonne Fete with Tante Rhea (she is on the phone)

On Saturday, both sets of grandparents arrived to visit. Paul's parents brought lobster. We called T to join us. I should tell you that eating lobster has taken on a new dimension since Paul arrived on the scene in 1993. Before that, eating lobster was a rare occurrence and was usually marked by grunting and huffing and sometimes even implements usually left in the garden shed or the workshop. Now, when I set the table for lobster there are a bunch of paring knives and, well, besides seating Paul and his dad at opposite ends of the table, that is about it.

Taryn, seated by Pappi, received training in the ways of eating lobster, including the tail fins and the proper procedure for cracking the tail. I think she found meat she never knew existed. By the end of the evening, she was a old pro. Thanks to B and D for bringing the lobster. I must say this winter we have had the best lobster and this was the best of the best. Some of the lobsters were so full you could hardly get the meat out. Wonder what the lobster is like in SC?After the lobster, we got into the cake and ice cream, it was a good thing we had two! Sunday morning, Pappi and Paul went off to do some errands and arrived back to clean up around the house and make burgers for lunch. Cake was much anticipated by the grandfathers but just as we were starting to clean up we got a call for a viewing that afternoon. The cake was abandoned and all hands were pressed into action to tidy up the house. In protest, the grandfathers made a quick exit. We are still hearing about it! I promise to make another cake when the house sells!

We had two more viewings today. One was a no; the other is thinking. Hopefully, the thinking will turn into something.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

To Newfoundland

Last weekend we headed to Newfoundland to visit good friends from Paul's grad school days. We had great weather, lots to do - swimming,skating, the fluvarium, bookstores, touristy things,great food and fun with friends.Now, I'm not quite sure why we left. I loved living in St. John's. Water and Duckworth Streets are vibrant, even with dirty sidewalks. The stores are interesting and every second place seems to be a cafe or restaurant - on that note may be it is better that we don't live there! Saturday morning, we had the best bagels I have had in ages from the Georgetown Bakery which I think is in the corner store at top of my old street!

Thanks to R, M, A and K for all the fun.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Time is Flying

Paul and Isabelle had fun in Clare, Paul got in lots of kayaking. There is a lot of water in the rivers so perhaps it wasn't as challenging as he anticipated but he still got wet a few times. Meanwhile, I had a quiet weekend at home, complete with dinner at Tempest with T and D. Our appetizers were amazing (mussels, calamari, scallops and warm chickpea, artichoke and shrimp salad) but none of us felt the mains were as good.
There has definitely been a change in the weather so we have been out in the garden and for long dog walks. The good weather also means that Isabelle spends more time outside at daycare and comes home EXHAUSTED. She really can be a beast when she is tired and hungry, wonder where she gets that?

Last night we had friends in for rappie pie, T. came over on Monday to help make it and kindly took it home to put in her programmable oven so it would be ready when we all arrived home from work. Isabelle has a great time with T. This is what Isabelle looks like when she is listening to T., that "everything you say is fascinating and extremely important" look. Last week, T. showed her the difference between a maple leaf and an oak leaf, now every time Isabelle sees a leaf (which is often since we are cleaning up the yard) she tries to identify it. Now, if Paul or I tried to show her this she would totally ignore us but not T. Can't wait for T. to visit us in SC!

Paul leaves for SC a month from today with orders to find a house for us to move into in June and to check out a preschool for Isabelle. I get to close up things here - the house, the movers, banking, medical records. I have registered Isabelle for Tumblebugs two nights a week and swimming once a week so we will be busy.

Friday, April 4, 2008

home alone

Paul and Isabelle are off to the french shore for the weekend. I am staying home.

I should have a list as long as my arm of things to do around the house but I don't. If the rain holds off Maggie and I will go for a big walk. There are things to be returned to the library and there is vacuuming and laundry to be done to keep the house ready for showing.

I am going to put together my collection of Milford House post cards to send to the Tent Dwellers Festival. Since we are leaving, I won't get to participate in the Festival but at least I can contribute.

We may get a week at Milford this summer, my longest stay since I worked there. I can't wait. I relax when I see these pictures. It's funny, I have heard cicadas lots of places but they never sound the same as they do at Milford. Last summer, we stayed in the cabin I stayed in as a kid and I watched Isabelle hunting for frogs in the same places I used to and I suppose where my mother did too. I'm happy we have a place where she can run around doing kid things - no TV or computer. Milford isn't for everyone but I know G & R and T enjoy their time there as much as we do. I had a lovely evening visiting with T. You have to appreciate a friend who appreciates your quirks. Now, off to bed with a book, maybe Maggie will let me sleep in tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Favorite Words

Isabelle likes helicopters but has never been able to say the word. Her pronounciation has changed over time but she hasn't mastered it yet. I love the way she says it and thought I better capture her saying it, well, before she learns to say it the right way! We were watching MASH on dvd...lots of helicopters.