Thursday, April 26, 2007

Books, Roses, TeaTime

Last night Max read to me. He's anxious to get his final book report finished. He has to read an award winning book, and he chose "The Relatives Came," by Cynthia Rylant. It's long been a favorite book of mine. It's full of family goodness, messes and all. To have my son read it to me makes it more treasured than ever.

After Max read, I strolled around the yard looking for things to point my camera at, like the bougainvillea that grows in the entry area of Cramalot.

Though the flowers are lovely, bold and vibrant, I do not think it a very good plant to have at the front door. It grows long thorns and scratchy branches that reach out to scrape us when we walk up to the house. The red petals are actually leaves and the small yellow buds are the flower.

These little roses grow on two climbing shrubs in the backyard. They are Cecil Brunners. I planted these all over the Chica's henhouse at El Rancho. They generously bloom with a profusion of tiny, pink and fragrant buds.

Today I let my camera snap a few more pictures. I am still learning how to use it, and I've misplaced the owner's manual, so it's going even slower than before. Maria likes a little milk with her snack.

She likes local favorites Milton's Crackers. They are whole grain, free of trans fats, and they taste good.

I like how slowly and delicately she eats. It's lovely having lunch or snack with her.

Crackers, apples, pickles, cheese, grapes, strawberries, cashews? Yes.
Tuna? No.


"Yes, please," says Benjamin.

"I love tuna."


Tarie said...

Now I want to read Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came! =) ... Cute cat pictures!

Sabine said...

This cat is a beauty!