Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Simple Pleasures

-Getting to see one of our new honey bees up close (this is a bee, right? Not a fly? Gillen just looked and declared that it was a horse fly. Nah. I would never include a fly as a bearer of pleasure.)-I walked and the kids biked to the post office today and for the first time we went right through the local school parking lot while school was in session. We take our rebellious opportunities where we can get them.
-Nicolas home before dark and not too tired to take a walk with us.

-Roasted asparagus, again.

-Line-dried sheets on our bed tonight.

-Many, many Goldfinches and Hummingbirds at the bird feeders today.

-We got our second notice about a speeding ticket from Australia. I was pleased for two reasons. One, I had lost the first notice and was afraid that we'd be fugitives if we return to Australia. Secondly, in true Aussie fashion, it was the most polite request for money I have ever read. "This notice has been issued, as the original Penalty notice was not finalised by the due date...You have been nominated as being the person responsible for the vehicle at the time of the offence."

-A much more exciting arrival from Sydney - my brother sent us pictures of Zoe!:

-The next round of Irises is getting ready to open - this time, in deep purple.


Blogging Molly said...

i like your simple pleasures. we even share a few - bike rides (though ours today was to the library), line dried sheets, bees visiting the garden (i had to closely inspect one yesterday because it too looked like a fly), roasted asparagus...ah.

Jessica said...

Nice post. It feels like sweet spring easiness.

I got a apicking ticket in Bozeman, MT that was similar (I may be exaggerating a bit), "We are sorry that your errand took longer than the meter...please forgive us for pointing out that the money ran out. If it isn't too much trouble, next time be a bit more careful. No fine this time"

So different from my usual experience!

Jessica said...

That should have been a "parking ticket"

Madeline said...

Jessica, I had a great picture of you picking MT berries! My sister lives in Bozeman. It is very friendly there too. But I didn't know it was that friendly. That is awesome.

Molly, I wish that we could bike more places like you do. We would have to go on very busy roads and ride for half a day to get anywhere but the post office. But I am grateful that we have a safe dirt road to ride on around here.

Angie said...

We just got our new bees too! Your bees look a little different than ours, but maybe southern bees are different than northern bees? Ours wear winter coats and hats:)

Zoe is beyond adorable - I'm sure it is hard to be away from her.

Erikka said...

everything sounds so...spring like and wonderful in your part of the world. things are just starting to wake up in New England.

littlepurplecow said...

She is so beautiful! I can see why you had a hard time leaving this sweet girl. I too am repeating asparagus these days. I blanch it, marinate it in balsamic vinegarette and serve it cold. Can't get enough of it.