March 27, 2014 @ 8:09 pm | Filed under:


When we go to Balboa Park I always park in the lot that lets me walk past this tree. This Ent, is more like it.

Jane’s been home all week for Spring Break, and a springy springy spring it is. Got the tomatoes in on Sunday, and the flowers are going crazy. I discovered an amaryllis stalk in the patio flowerbed! I had a bulb indoors some years back, and afterward I guess I planted it? And forgot about it. And now here it is. I hope it blooms.

When Rilla and I planted the sweet alyssum and nasturtium seeds that are now bedecking the front yard with abundant bloom, we planted cosmos as well. Only one came up. I have the weirdest luck with cosmos. Usually I plant them and they’re never heard from again. One year I didn’t plant them, and a pink-and-white army arose along the side fence, in a place where nothing ever grows but pepper tree seedlings. But once, and once only. This one is in a new spot, near a cinderblock wall. Maybe it’ll like the location and decide to raise a family.

The week’s reading:

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro. Finished it early in the week and it ruined me for reading. πŸ™‚ Needed some time to sit quietly with it and let the ache subside. (The good kind of ache.)Β Still haven’t quite committed to anything new.

The usual history things with my girls, and delicious delicious chapters of Secret Garden with Rilla. Mary found the door, she’s just gone inside. Rilla’s reactions make me feel like I’m living it for the first time myself. This spring is one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.Β 

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  1. Susanne Barrett says:

    I lve that tree in Balboa Park, too. So amazing. πŸ™‚ I’ve been itching for another trip to the Timken/SDMA soon. When I start blogging about these two museums, it’s time to go, even if it’s a bit of a drive from Pine Valley. πŸ™‚

    I’ve slowly been synching my reading lists of the last fifteen years with my Goodreads account, and of course I ran across Remains of the Day in my 2004 list. πŸ™‚ I loved the movie, too, although my husband thought it was the most boring movie ever made. But then, I can watch anything with Emma Thompson in it. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great day, and enjoy the wonders of The Secret Garden once again!!

    Susanne πŸ™‚

  2. jep says:

    It is a special kind of joy, reading a favorite book with a child.

  3. Karen Edmisten says:

    Delicious post….

  4. Melanie B says:

    Those roots are delicious.

    We had amazing luck with cosmos last year. They were glorious. And we had nice zinnias and marigolds and morning glories. And towering sunflowers. But the daisies didn’t come up at all. This year I’ve got some poppies I want to try. And Bella has been saving seeds from the cosmos, morning glories, zinnias, and marigolds. Little ziplock baggies all over the house. It makes me want to make another flower bed just so we’ll have room to put them all.

    Oh Bella and Sophie did love The Secret Garden and even Ben got sucked in a few times. I was inspired to buy them skipping ropes for Christmas, but they never did learn how to skip. Last I saw one rope had been tied to a hula hoop which Bella was swinging around her in gigantic circles. I’m not sure where the other went. Oh well. Bella is itching to get in and pull out all the dead stalks from the garden bed to make room for new seeds. As soon as the weather gets nice enough I’m going to turn her loose on it.