Yesterday was Private Friday, our second-to-last one before school is out for the summer. Every other week, we have what we call Private Friday; the Bear is off from work and the kids are at school, so we have the whole morning to ourselves. Sometimes we run errands, especially the big ones that we don't necessarily want to do with children in tow, such as trips to Costco or Lowe's. With Private Fridays dwindling, we're trying to have fun instead. I took the kids to Costco by myself during the week (yikes) so we'd have Friday morning free. Friday also happened to be the sixteenth anniversary of the day we met. I felt sort of giddy!
After delivering the children to school, we went to breakfast at the Range Cafe. We had pancakes, bacon and coffee, simple and wonderful. I love the Range Cafe, with its rustic atmosphere and wild-west decor. My favorite thing is the collection of toy tin ovens all over the dining room. The food is great too, of course. The Bear had blue corn pancakes, made with blueberries and pinon nuts. Mine were just plain pancakes, a short stack. The bacon was perfect and the coffee flowed. I'm not normally a big-breakfast kind of person; I'm good with a bowl of cereal every day. But when there's time stretching out and the company is so pleasant, I'm all for a leisurely, plentiful breakfast.
He wanted some Bristol paper for pen-and-ink work and I wanted to buy a sketchbook, so off we went to a hobby store. I've been in the mood to draw lately. I'm feeling more confident about actually using my art supplies, the chalks and pastels I've had for years. Do you have this problem too? I have so much trouble giving myself permission to make use of pretty supplies. But I need to bite the bullet. Maybe I'll even show you something soon...
Life has been a little hectic (sorry for my absence from blogland lately). The next three weeks are jam-packed with recitals, class plays and all that other end-of-year stuff. This morning was the LB's guitar recital and I also signed them both up for summer swimming lessons. We hit up the thrift store for costume parts for the plays (old graduation gowns are great for wizard-like characters, just sayin'). We're having a quiet afternoon at home; it's stormy outside and we have the lights on at 3 PM. I might bake; I'm in the mood for coffee cake.
The flowers in the first photo are my May Day posy. I picked what I had in bloom in the backyard: roses, Jupiter's beard and pyracantha blossom. I have irises in bloom too, but they're so messy in the house. I put them on the shelf over our bed. May is our month; we met on the first and were married on the 25th (and engaged on the 25th too, exactly a year before our wedding). Flowers are the perfect way to welcome May.