Happy Mother’s Day. Although I am not a mother, I had a lovely Mother’s Day Weekend. Saturday my husband and I visited Half-Price Books in Houston and I purchased $30 worth of bargains for my Little Free Library. While in the same strip shopping center, we went to a consignment store specializing in furniture and accessories, and my husband bought me a lovely basket/vase which I was able to put dried flowers/weeds from a disassembled floral arrangement in, something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. The clerk at the store said, “Tell me you’re a mother, and you’ll get a twenty percent discount.” I informed her I was not a mother, but I thought I deserved a discount for being honest. My Better Half chimed in that I was the only mother our cat, Lena, had ever known, and the kind salesperson came through with the discount! She made my day. We finished up at Eduardo’s Mexican Kitchen for lunch, thus freeing me from cooking , not only the rest of the day but also for lunch today, thanks to warmed up leftovers.
This morning we cleaned up and moved furniture around in our guest bedroom, anticipating summer visitors. It looks so much larger and roomier, and My Better Half hung two pictures on the wall and in the hallway to accommodate the changes we made. Now to the local Alvin furniture store, Cox’s, for an end table and maybe a new sofa and loveseat at their Memorial Day Sale. I told you it was a good weekend, didn’t I?
We worked in the yard again this first full week off from school, planting flowering hawthorne, another hibiscus, a knock-out rosebush, and a lipstick plant in a pot. Also, our Easter Lillies, hastily stuck in the ground last Easter, are in full bloom for Mother’s Day. They also have multiplied, so we may have further blooms for Father’s Day, or at least for next spring.
Finished this week: Many Waters by Madeline Engle…great as a part of a series or as a stand alone. (To be reviewed soon) and the very first issue of a delightful magazine, Magnolia Journal, “inspiration for life and home.” As a charter subscriber I was very interested in receiving this magazine, skimmed it ooooohing and aaaaahing when it first arrived, then going back and reading with enjoyment every word. Joanna and Chip Gaines, editor-in-chief and editor-at-large, respectively, are responsible for this excellent piece of readability.
Continuing to read: Have not quite finished today’s edition of The Houston Chronicle, my Sunday afternoon reading material; Who Is Human? a science fiction novel by Gary Pegoda; Beyond Human Nature by Printz; and Phillip Yancey, an excellent inspirational writer who is fast becoming my second favorite inspirational writer (next to Max Lucado) has hooked me on his Vanishing Grace:Whatever Happened to the Good News?
Started this week: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.
I have done a great deal of reading, a chapter here a chapter there, and am probably going to end up with several books to review, all at the same time.
I’ve done little cooking besides warming up from food cooked last week and leftovers I’ve dubbed “Cowboy Stew” which has leftover lean hamburger patties from a lunch and anything in the refrigerator in the way of leftover vegetables that weren’t “spoken for.” We’ve had it twice, once rolled up in flour tortillas and once over leftover rice from Eduardo’s. Believe it or not, it was most enjoyable. A friend brought homemade Louisiana gumbo and a scrumptious dessert…more than we could possible eat ourselves, so we were privileged to share with a neighbor for her Mother’s Day.
As I said, it has been a good Mother’s Day weekend.