I’m wimping out this week. I have some scattered thoughts, but they’re all in photos, so I don’t really have to write. 🙂
1. I took Diva shopping at the thrift store. (Maybe I won’t be so jinxed because it was cheap; otherwise, she seems to outgrow everything I buy her within two weeks!) Yes, I bought her slide-on bright orange high heels. Yes, she isn’t even nine, yet. DH says I’m getting soft in my old age. (Notice the shocked boys behind her.) At least they keep her from running in her church clothes. (Which was part of her selling points to me on why I should buy them for her.)
2. Oooh! Seedlings! (Better late than never; I started weeks late this year.) That cute thing is a hedgehog; it’s a medieval watering device. There’s a hole at the top of the stem and a lot of little holes on the bottom. Submerge it in a bucket of water until the air is all out, hold the stem ridge in your fingers, and plug the hole with your thumb. Ta da! The water stays in until you remove your thumb because the air can’t get in to let the water out, and it’s nice and gentle for seedlings. Plus, it’s cute and it was on sale. 🙂
3. Empress just turned four. She wanted pink, purple, and princess everything. And she wanted her castle cake to have a garden. (BTW, the chocolate cake recipe on the Swan’s Down cake flour boxes is really, really crumbly; it’s nearly impossible to ice!)
4. Couldn’t get the plastic tiara to stay, but we’ve got jewelry and gloves! She’s fun to do stuff for- she spent the entire day squealing in delight.
5. Why you should own an art projector, reason #96. My mom sent an e-mail with this Chinese lady for Empress’s birthday. I was going to just do the woman, but wound up doing a background. (Yes, the fish didn’t come out very well. An excellent example of why I use an art projector instead of freehand most of the time!)
6. Oh, yeah, I had a birthday, too. It isn’t quite so exciting at my age, is it? I couldn’t get the brownie to come out of the pan, so I iced it in place with a nice little garden. Rice growing in a paddy, beans on trellises, tomatoes growing up stakes, some random herbs, two bales of mulching straw with gardening tools, and some huge pumpkins.
My DH is annoyed, but yes, I made my own cake. It’s more fun, and it tastes better!
7. I just realized Crash didn’t make it in, so here’s a great shot of him from Williamsburg over Christmas. Everyone in the historic district decorates; this one was in the historic district but not one of the buildings that is open to the public. So, the residents were freer to decorate how they liked: big framed Constitution in one window, eagle cookies hung in the greenery, and a neat interpretation of the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag with the snake made out of a piece of rope and the words spelled in cinnamon sticks. Very nicely done.
And a row of nicely graphic pouches of tea from the Williamsburg shops over the door. Just in case you didn’t get the reference.
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