Holy Saturday tulips

Can’t help boasting about all the lovely flowers out in my yard. The first photo shows a row I planted along what was an ugly back alley in back of my garage. It now looks lovely with tons of yellow, orange and purple tulips everywhere. I bought a whole bunch of bulbs from Holland America last year and worked my butt off planting them last fall all over my yard and am now reaping the benefits.

New plantings outside the garage

We’ve had unbelievable weather in the past few days: crisp, golden spring days with blue, blue skies. Kind of nippy temps in the 50s but it goes up to the 60s in the afternoons with a cool soft breeze. Took Veeka to an egg hunt this morning at church, then lingered afterwards to help arrange flowers. Miss V is losing so many of her upper teeth, she’s taking on a vampire look. But with those teeth come visits by the Tooth Fairy which allow Veeka to buy packets of her beloved Trident gum. We’re still working on her counting abilities up to 100 and on Saturdays I am teaching her how to dust – about time she helped Mommy, no?

More tulips underneath the crape myrtle

Am also trying to get a treehouse built in time for her 7th birthday which is coming up. Tonight we head to a meeting of the American-Kazakh Association at some ballroom in Virginia. Decided to splurge on tickets as it’s the first ethnic-y thing I’ve been able to take her to. Have been reading “Inheritance,” the last of the 4-part Eragon series by Christopher Paolini – what a pleasure it’s been to lie in bed and read cool fantasy. And for your viewing pleasure, here is an article I have in today’s Wall Street Journal – my first in that publication – on young snake handlers. It was supposed to come out weeks ago but they delayed it three times until – finally – today. Enjoy it here.