If you're looking for this week's Hodgepodge questions, they are one post down.
As I walked the recycling bins to the curb this morning I couldn't help but think about how amazing the temperature felt. Just the right amount of warmth on my skin and sunshine reaching down from a bright blue sky.
We haven't had much of a spring here this year, but these past couple of days have been absolutely gorgeous, the kind of days that make you want to stand outside and turn your face heavenward. I wonder if I'd even mark a morning like this one had the winter been less brutal. Perhaps we need winter to more deeply appreciate the gift of spring.
There's a life lesson in there somewhere I'm sure.
We had such a nice weekend, and I hope yours was the same. Of course it feels like a Monday, so I'm going to catch up here as if it were...just play along. Friday hubs and I had an early dinner then came home and finally watched American Hustle, which I thought was just eh. I wanted to like it, but think it was way over hyped.
So why is it always the case that when you don't have to be up at the crack of dawn, you wake up at the crack of dawn? Hubs was up before the sun Saturday morning, and wanted me to accompany him to the gun range. For the record, when he gets an idea in his head you need to just get on board. I hadn't even had a full cup of coffee.
He hit some clay targets and I tried firing the shotgun, which is not really my thing. I'd rather point and shoot my camera, except I didn't bring my camera so you're getting a so-so picture from my phone. Which hubs took (obviously), but let's not blame the photographer, it's the phone. I need an upgrade.
Remember when we bought phones for making calls and not for the quality of the camera?
Saturday afternoon we went a few towns over to see a movie. We wanted Indian food for dinner so decided on a theatre closer to the restaurant, which turned out to be a good call. The theatre was small, but all the seats were big huge comfy recliners. The kind that go all the way back. I told hubs the movie better be good, or else to wake me at the end. No need...we saw Million Dollar Arm and both loved it, and of course having Indian food afterwards felt appropriate.
We always feel a little homesick for the UK when we eat Indian food. Just sayin'.
Sunday was an absolutely picture perfect day, and we finally got a few of our pots planted, the patio cleaned up, and some odds and ends done in the yard. Honestly this was the first weekend where that felt possible. Friends came for dinner and hubs made the first fire of the season. We sat outside and let spring soak into our skin.
Just before Christmas hubs put some solar lights on the bushes that surround our fire pit. Then came the snows. I mean THE SNOWS, and those lights were forgotten. One early April morning I glanced out my kitchen window to see Christmas lights shining in the backyard. Our back is private so we decided to leave them for a bit. Old man winter was hanging on, and seeing those Christmas lights when I looked out the window made me smile.
Sunday hubs took them off the hedge, but we weren't quite ready to let them go. He got creative and wrapped them around the pole we hang flower baskets from then dubbed it our 'festivus tree'. Colored twinkle lights make the world a happier place, don't you think?
Monday morning I went to boot camp. I have to say that a few months ago I would have used the 'holiday' as an excuse not to work out, but not anymore. I got up and went, happily I might add. Hubs ran while I was in 'camp' then we came home, put our flag in it's stand, and headed over to the tinytown parade.
I think I love small town America on days like this one more than any other. A soft breeze was blowing and flags were flying in neighborhoods and businesses and around the center square.
Children of all ages donned red, white, and blue, and I always feel such a mixture of pride and patriotism as I stand along Main Street and see the veterans and scout troops and fire fighters pass by. The high school band played the Marine Corps Hymn right in front of where we stood, which could not have been more perfect.
Afterwards we sat on the Boardwalk for a while and watched some of the water ski team's exhibition, then grabbed lunch nearby, al fresco of course! We had a delightfully delightful afternoon nap, then hubs grilled burgers for dinner, and we wrapped up the day with Jack. Bauer not Daniels. Ha!
So how'd you spend your weekend?