But now I am outdoors, it's sunny, calm, and clear, and hummingbirds and butterflies are fighting over my flowers. Spanish broom, white irises, coral-colored climbing roses, pink dianthus, and red valerian are all in bloom right now. The lilacs have just finished and the Mexican primrose and purple sage are setting up. It's pretty glorious. One might even believe summer is just around the corner. These photos were fussy to arrange on the page, so I don't want to mess with captions, but do notice the bee butt on the rosemary.
This is a great time of year to have a baby, which is precisely what I did thirteen years ago. My son's birthday was Wednesday, making me officially the mother of a two teenagers now. I've been informed I'm not supposed to like them very much anymore, and they are definitely not supposed to like me, but we seem to be kicking convention. We spend an inordinate amount of time laughing together like hyenas, possibly because my husband and I still think fart jokes are kind of funny. So happy birthday to my son: you, my boy, definitely make me happy.
|Me & my li'l guy, circa 2003|
Here are some things to make you smile, too:
It's not just "schadenfreude." German has the perfect word for everything, including "the pressure to make bantering small talk with people you see every day." Yes: one word captures that.
This guy's sciency animal videos. Learn some true facts, just make sure you don't have a mouthful of water while you're watching. Because it will come out your nose.
Speaking of science and animals and kinda funny, I heard this story last night on NPR, normally not a bastion of hilarity, and it made me giggle. Needs to be listened to.
That's about it! (I haven't been online much this week.) If you came across a happy-making thing, please share it. Have a great weekend, everyone!