Another week and another month in the books.
As I frequently ask, where does the time go?
We had an interesting weather week. From rain and snow on Saturday and very cold weather through Wednesday, it finally warmed up and Thursday was a beautiful day. Another beautiful day is promised today and the whole weekend should be great with highs in the 70’s. That is my favorite weather. The last frost day here is thought to be around May 9, and many people follow a rule to not plant anything tender until Mother’s Day. A quick look at the internet shows later recommended dates this year, with one county extension agent suggested not planting tomatoes until after June 1. My gardener (in the guise of my sister) has been spending a lot of time outdoors working the soil and moving established plants from one area to another. We have very little grass in our landscape as we accommodate dry conditions and continuing water issues, but I did have to cut grass this week.
We had dinner guests last night. In this wonderful life I lead, my sister who stays at home does most of the meal prep. When I came from work, I only had to set the table, fix the salads, put a pitcher of ice water on the table, and then greet our guests. We had a wonderful dinner of shrimp linguine, a salad of greens, cucumber and tomato, and delicious moist muffins made with yellow squash. The shrimp linguine contained lightly sauteed sliced zucchini, sliced yellow squash, julienned carrots and fresh broccoli florets. It was a superb dinner. My sister is an excellent cook.
I have two sisters, one of whom I blogged about last week on her birthday. It is the other sister, Mary, who shares my home. She had become disabled and after my husband passed away I invited her to leave Virginia and move out to New Mexico to live with me. It has been a great arrangement. In many ways, my life has never been so easy because she takes care of the house, the yard, the dogs and all of the routine tasks. I go to work at my demanding job but when I come home I have very little that I must do, because she takes care of almost everything. As I told our friends last evening, “Everyone and everything thrives when Mary takes care of you.” My wish for others is that everyone could have a sister Mary.
At work we are furiously working on a project with a deadline of June 1 with still so very much to be accomplished. The work days are hectic but the relaxation of home is very welcome at the end of each day.
I am looking for another relaxing weekend, but if the expected weather holds, I hope to help with some outdoor projects. That kind of activity is completely different from what I do at work, and thus it is a welcome change of pace.
As I sit here composing this post, I am looking out at the green trees at the back of my house that border the open space. The birds are active in the trees and at our feeders and bird bath. My windows are open and I can hear the melodic chorus of their singing and chirping. Everything is so bright and calm and peaceful. I will soon be leaving for the hustle and bustle of work, but it is great to know that I get to come home to this.
Wishing for everyone to have a beautiful and serene weekend, and to have a sister Mary.