Hi all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed your Mother’s Day as much as I did. My kids called to say they were taking me out to dinner and arrived with a surprise.
Those lovely pots contain red raspberry plants aren’t those planters beautiful? 🙂
My granddaughter was so excited with her gift to me the first thing she did was excitedly hug me and ask if she could eat any berries that she found. Of course she can. I was informed the plants are non-GMO and are in organic soil. I love my kids. 🙂
Please ignore that door, it’s on the list to tackle this summer when I re-side that section of the house.
Dinner was interesting. Our server arrived at one point to inform us he had good news and bad news. Our meals were ready but my dish had been dropped on the floor and they would need to start over. I quickly changed what I ordered to a simple sandwich so I could eat while the rest of the family was eating. In the end the restaurant took 20% off the entire bill, did not charge for my meal, plus they gave the children free cookies.
My oldest granddaughter called and told me she had a present for me. She spotted a wildflower she thought was pretty and dug it up (after getting permission as she knows one has to be careful with native plants), planted it and is caring for it until she sees me next month. She said she thought of me when she saw the flower because I love nature. 🙂
During our conversation she wanted to plan things to do when she visits the next month. Last year she came for a two-week visit but a few months ago asked if she could come for an entire month. Her parents have agreed and I’ve extended an invitation to both to come down any time and visit her.
I don’t think much about toys when the children visit as there is always so much they can do but I know some people think children need toys, or that without toys children will be soon bored. I’ve already begun to hear grumblings from parents who aren’t looking forward to school vacation.
I’ve never quite understood how children could be bored after spending most of the year sitting at a desk, or how parents wouldn’t want their children home with them, but then again I’ve always had lots of open space for my children to venture out into nature.
Speaking of children finding things to do outside I thought you might enjoy a peek at one of my grandson’s favorite activities.
He especially loves to try and spin the compost tumbler after it’s rained because when he pulls it towards himself he gets really wet.
With school about to let out I thought I would share the list my granddaughter came up with for her summer vacation, maybe there is something here your children might enjoy.
- Swinging from the rope in the tree.
- Visit the Zoo
- Sew on the sewing machine
- Paint furniture, I have two chairs needing attention so I can list them for sale, she can paint those.
- Could I teach her to make friendship bracelets
- Make presents for her parents to thank them for letting her stay with me.
- Visit a farm
- Play Scrabble
- Have a picnic and invite the neighbors
- Visit the library
- Find the Jungle Book to read a chapter each night before bed. She just saw the new movie and now wants to read the book.
- Have a sleepover with her cousin
- Visit the local playground
- Make banana splits
- Have a craft day
- Could I teach her to cross stitch
To this list I added something my daughter-in-law and I have wanted to do with the two girls which is to visit a Tea House which we’re told serves a proper Tea. The Tea House is in a lovely old Victorian house and the owner has put a lot of time, and money, putting in beautiful landscaping with outdoor seating. I think the girls will very much enjoy experiencing an afternoon to get dressed up and have this experience.
As you can see there are few things she wants to do that involve either an outlay of money (the zoo will be the most expensive afternoon) or the need for toys. I didn’t have a Scrabble board so picked on up, when did board games become so expensive?