It's a good thing I haven't got around to changing my heading picture yet. The hermitage looks exactly like the photo. Snow blankets everything. Thank goodness I was feeling too ill yesterday to shop for impatiens to plant in the strange attempt at a well that sits in a large patch of tiger lilies that also had the sense to wait till it was really spring before blossoming. And thank heavens I am still nurturing indoors the basil plant I bought last week.
A strange year, this one.
Unseasonably warm this spring. Far less snow and frigid temperatures than is usual this past winter. And now this ... a real snowfall on Mother's Day.
Kenya was very sweet this morning ... and she finally broke her mother's heart. Here is your Kenya story ... or is it the Crunch'n'Clean story?
Kenya went out to pee, and returned expecting a cookie. I handed her a C&C which she tossed on the rug with a dismissive fling of her head. I retrieved it. (Yes, I know, she is the retriever, not me.) We did the shake-a-paw trick thing. She shook my hand and then went over to her food dish and rattled it loudly on the slate floor. I said she had a C&C there, and pointed. She gave the canine equivalent of a shrug and tossed the C&C around for a minute or so. Then she ate it and went straight back to her food dish. The message was clear to any mother. "All right. I've eaten my damned carrots. NOW can I have dessert?" I fed her, and went back to the fire and my tea. When I came back she was sitting under the treats shelf looking up longingly. She noticed me and gave that groany "PLEASE" thing she has perfected.
It worked. I gave her a Dentistix. She took it with a look that can only be described as joyful and bounded off to her couch to savour it.
To all you mothers out there ... and to any dads, single or not, who play the role ... have a great day, even if it is snowing where you live. Enjoy your children.