Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Yesterday was the Bear's birthday. We celebrated on Sunday with his parents, going out for dinner and then coming back here for dessert. He asked me to make tiramisu for his birthday cake. It's one of his favorite desserts and he often has it for his birthday. I enjoy making it (I've been using this recipe for years), even though it does require a trip to two stores I don't normally shop in - one for ladyfingers and one for mascarpone cheese. It's fancy but easy and he loves it, which is all that matters.
What does your family do for birthdays? Our family's birthday celebrations are always about the same: dinner out at the restaurant of the birthday celebrant's choice, with dessert and presents back at home. Everyone here loves everyone else's birthday almost as much as their own. The small Bears were reeeeally excited for Daddy's birthday and spent a lot of the evening bouncing through the house on their jumping balls (or "hop balls" as we call them here), with a lot of shrieking and laughter. They were powered by pasta and sugar, with a little rum too, so that may explain it. Or it was just infectious birthday glee. Some of each, I would suspect. Birthdays are the best. We've entered our family birthday season now and we're all excited.
I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the fall feeling that happens as soon as school starts, regardless of the calendar or the weather. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets this feeling. It's just a relief to me, even when it's still hot outside, to have the routine and the structure to the days again. I also love the changes going on all around, in spite of the continued warmth, it seems. I've noticed just in the past week that the pyracantha berries are turning orange. That's one of the surest signs of autumn to me. Then there are the cooler evenings and mornings, which are definitely starting to happen here. And the angle and intensity of the sun - both changing quickly now. I know that when I can leave the blinds open on the west side of the house, where the children's bedrooms are, and not roast...it must mean we're on the downward side of summer.
The Bear and I just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I know some of my blogging friends have watched it too. What did you think? We loved it. The eighties nostalgia was incredible, they did such a good job. The music, the clothes, the hairstyles, the housewares and toys. It was both scary and sad at times, but a very good story. The local representative of the US Department of Energy would like to assure you, however, that it was (probably) all make-believe. Don't worry (much), he says.
Thanks for your comments recently. I hope you're doing well. I'm sorry to say that I'm very far behind with blogs at the moment, life having suddenly become very busy in the past couple of weeks. This afternoon, the LB will be having his first private guitar lesson and we're looking forward to that. The GB will be back to group guitar lessons and ballet class soon. Evening school meetings start up for me soon too. It's crazy again and I love it. I hope you're having a good week, my friends.