a few lovely plants blooming in the front window
a very excited dog who tried to convince Andrew and James that they would make perfect playmates. Unfortunately, Andrew and James weren't convinced. Instead, they were convinced they better steer clear of Carlie. (Advice to Carlie: try the slow and easy method next time)
Mom and Dad are in the middle of kitchen renovations just now. So, they have a temporary kitchen in the mud room. I told mom she should write a series of blog entries on "Advice to Kitchen-Less Cooks". Mom gets creative with her toaster oven, electric frying pan, camp stove,
electric kettle, crockpot, rice cooker and microwave. I watched in amazement as mom cooked spaghetti in the rice cooker! I've done oatmeal, but hadn't tried spaghetti. Dad heats milk for making yogurt in the rice cooker too! I'm beginning to think if you were in serious conditions maybe a rice cooker is all you need!
A few more still lifes tucked in various corners -- the growing onion
a cute little bird that is waiting to be painted
and a pretty scene centered around teatime.
Grandpa kept Andrew busy in the garage where they were making a new wing for the "flying duck" who lost his wing in a storm last year.
Mom's violets are doing wonderfully (her secret -- banishing them to the back corner of the garden last year and leaving them to brave summer storms on their own before taking pity and returning them to the living room)
Of course we had to have tea (several rounds of it in fact).
Mom has plenty to choose from!