Sunday was another lovely day, sunny and a bit cool, with a surprising little thunderstorm right after lunch, but mostly very good weather for working in the yard. We got a lot accomplished in the morning and I'm so happy with how it all looks. We cleaned the patio furniture and the umbrella, mowed and edged the grass, cleaned up the chicken coop, weeded front and back yards both. It's all ready for summer now. We spent the afternoon visiting with the Bear's parents and preparing dinner; the Bear smoked salmon outside and I made side dishes (baked potatoes, green beans and dinner rolls). We had a store-bought key lime pie for dessert. My in-laws brought me a beautiful bouquet. They always think of me on Mother's Day and I really appreciate it. I love being part of their family.
My Bears gave me some really wonderful, special gifts yesterday. The LB made a mobile in school, featuring polymer-clay butterflies dangling from sculpted wire. I'm so impressed with the intricacy of his butterflies. The children made their own clay canes, formed into shapes and sliced, then baked. All three of them built me a beautiful little table, which I intend to use as a plant stand in the living room. The Bear did most of the work, obviously, but the small pair helped with sanding and staining. The table is made from Brazilian cherry and it's lightweight and delicate. They inscribed it for me. I can't wait to put a plant on it. I'm thinking about a shallow bowl of succulents; the window is very sunny most of the day (that's the chair where I usually sit to cross-stitch). There was also a lovely handmade card, a bottle of hazelnut syrup for my coffee and a new set of fineliner pens. I felt loved on Mother's Day, as I do every day, and I love them all so much. I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day, if you celebrate it. I know it isn't an easy day for everyone, but I hope you felt loved and honored.
Thank you for your comments regarding the LB's medical results; we are so glad to have one part of this situation over and done with. He is a happy, kind and bright child who brings so much joy to our lives and to know that he has one fewer health concern is a great relief to us. Thank you, too, for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers, I appreciate it very much. I hope you have a great week!