Lily and the boys didn't end up coming out which was sad but made for better conversational opportunities. Julia and I got to talk while everyone else cleaned up. We really do have so much in common. And now we are about to have even more.
I thanked her today for raising such a good, fine man who grew up to love my daughter. And she surely did.
It was just pure sweet.
Besides pancakes, I made a fruit salad and cashew cream. Have you made this stuff? It's sort of awesome and butt easy. You just soak some cashews and then drain them and rinse them and put 'em in a blender or a food processor with a little water and turn them into cream. You can do a savory one or a sweet one. Whatever you need. I hear it's a good substitute for ricotta if you're looking for vegan options. I added honey and vanilla and almond extract and a tiny bit of salt and lime juice to mine this morning. Too much vanilla but it was still pretty good.
Look it up on the internet where you'll find more specific instructions as to measurements if you're interested.
I'd done a similar thing with cashews before in a curried soup thing and that was amazing. I'll do that again soon.
So it was a good visit and we showed Julia around the yard and the garden and the house. She liked our trees, the greens, the chickens. She has chickens too. And grandkids that live nearby her. Okay, she IS the sort of woman who's going to ride her bike down to the coast and back this afternoon which I definitely am NOT but still- we share a lot. And we sure do love our babies. And their babies.
Still very gray here but not raining. Not as cold. Here's a picture.
Maurice pretending not to watch Mick and Camellia. Made me laugh a little. They're still out there although now Maurice is watching the wild birds and is no longer pretending not to. The ducks and some more of the chickens have joined them and they're all discussing something. The red-wing blackbirds have joined the robins in huge flocks and are chittering and singing in all the trees. The very air is alive with life right now. It's a beautiful thing.
Well, I better go gird my loins before those grandsons of mine arrive and the adventures begin. I am feeling pretty good today in all ways and cheerful despite the gloomy sky.
Yep. I'll take it. And all the hugs and kisses that go with.