Monday, April 22, 2019


Good Morning!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend whether celebrating Easter, Passover, or nothing.  It ended up being a good weekend for us.

My office was closed Friday and we closed early on Thursday, so the weekend was off to an early start.  Thursday before dinner we were sitting on the patio and spotted two bluebirds in our yard!  We don't normally have them in our yard, so it was a real treat.  Such a vibrant color!

We had a bit of rain Friday morning, but then the skies cleared and I went out for a quick walk on the River Trail (in Valley Forge Park, along the Schuylkill River).  There had to be thousands of blooms along the trail.  Some yellow cinquefoil:

And then literally thousands of bluebells:

These ranged in color from a very deep blue to pale lavender to pink and even some white.  There were a few others out walking or jogging, but the trail was not crowded which was nice.  the river was pretty high after the rains we've had.  I ended up walking just over 3 miles.

Saturday, after morning rain again, I headed over to the trail along the canal.  There were only a few flowers blooming, but scads of turtles sunning themselves on logs or - in this case - on someone's dock:

These are all pretty big ones, but I saw all sizes on logs.  I wish I had seen some birds.  There were only a couple of ducks and a couple of geese.  One person in a kayak and two people fishing.  Both the river and canal were still very high, and the trail was pretty muddy.  I spotted this poor soul on the other side on my walk back to the car:

Guess he/she walked a bit too far.  I ended up walking just about 2.5 miles. 

Sunday we headed over to Colin & Mailing's in the afternoon for dinner.  They made pineapple shrimp curry and Vietnamese spring rolls.  So good.  This was dessert:

Essentially an extremely large jello shot!  It was "The Last Word" which is a prohibition era drink made with gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice.  They added a vegan thickener to gel the concoction and then put meringues on top.  This was one strong dessert!  Tasty, but very, very strong.  It ended up being a lovely day, except that Colin and Lance (Anna's boyfriend) both found ticks on themselves later in the evening.  I guess that season has started....

I did manage to do a little bit of knitting over the weekend, but I'll save that for another post.

How was your weekend?


  1. It sounds like that was a perfect spring weekend! I love all the flowers and turtles you saw!

  2. Glad you had some nice weather for a walk. Good thing you got it in BEFORE the boozy dessert.

    We had tons of rain on Saturday and a cool, mostly cloudy Easter Sunday. As is our pattern, the really nice weather is during the week. Sigh.

  3. What a fun weekend! It pretty much just rained here. Love that bench skeleton!

  4. It sounds like you had a lovely weekend. That skelton is funny...unless it was dark or near dark when I walked past and then I think it would have scared the beejeebers out of me.

    We've made it to the coast and I'm laying in bed watching the ocean as i check blogs. This is the life! I could get used to it! :-)
    Yesterday was a beautiful and inspiring church service in Portland, OR.
    We had dinner Saturday night with fellow bloggers Gracie, Becky and her husband Phil. Tomorrow we're meeting another blogger, Teresa and her husband Dayle for lunch. Life is grand!

  5. The skeleton is a hoot! Nice that you have trails to walk near your house.

  6. Sounds like a great weekend! I went on a long trail walk with JoJo on Saturday . . . and she came home with a tick. (Here we go. . . ) Love the seated skeleton! :-)

  7. Thanks for the plant ids! We have voluntary bluebells in the garden this year. Those turtles look huge! Glad they had a nice day too.

  8. Oh my word! That skeleton just made me laugh out loud!!! We'll have to get up there one day so I can see him for myself.

    Yep ....tick season is here. We walked at Peace Valley Park and I came home with a Lone Star tick. :-(

  9. Your son sure makes you some amazing meals!
    Love all the sights on your walk. Those turtles are amazing.

  10. That skeleton is just too funny!!!!

  11. ok, please tell me that skeleton is one you've seen before? I love seeing spring appear "up there" - the flowers are different than what we have here and it extends the season that already feels sort of "done" here. and that cocktail. my sister bought Chartreuse when we were in Beaufort and I know she has the other ingredients. sounds like the perfect cocktail for an evening when no one has to drive anywhere ;-)

  12. The skeleton on the bench was funny.. it's a miracle no one has walked off with him! Our weekend was here in our caravan enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. What a lovely time! I love walking around this time of year, seeing what is blooming, but also seeing things like turtles. Of course, I have to admit to never seeing a skeleton ... ;-)

  14. I really like the shot of the turtles all sunning on the dock!

  15. happy Easter and spring has definitely sprung for you!!!