Ready or not, spring is upon us. She sprang forth with a vengeance this week. Today was so sunny I even got HOT...and I don't LIKE getting hot. The daffodils did, though. My word. It seems like they shot out of the ground in one day. Zip! And they're up and blooming. Amazing. Especially since last week we were shivering in the cold!
Darwin and took a little spin down 180 W...and found the first tree in bloom in our neighborhood this season.
The hossy loves spring too, I'll bet! I hope this shot shows up nicely, because it looks outlined in sun in the original.
Darwin has spring fever running in his veins. He has cleaned out all the old dead tomato vines from our grow boxes, and tilled up the garden area out back. He wants to plant peas RIGHT NOW! He feels the pressure of being behind all the other gardeners in the neighborhood. After all, Bishop Beatty has already planted his peas! Darwin took some seeds out of the yummy Campari tomatoes we get at Costco. He dried them out, and then put them in the freezer to give them a fake winter. Then he took them out, and planted them in little seedling peat pots. They are in a warm room in the house, with covers over them to retain the heat while the tender young things sprout...if they will germinate at all. Darwin clucks over them like a mother hen. I am praying that at least some of them poke their little heads up!!! Here's the farmer in his back yard!
Today I started Valentine's Day out right by eating heart pancakes...batter made from scratch by Darwin. It was "one of my GOOD batches," he said. I agreed. I only wish I had taken a picture of the heart I made! Darwin was a sweetie pie. He brought me white tulips. He knows they are my favorite flowers!
Darwin wanted to go to the annual St. George Parade of Homes. It was a beautiful day to go adventuring with my honey. So we loaded into the Santa Fe, and off we went. We only made it to five homes...or was it FOUR? We went clear out to The Ledges(on the way to Veyo...a gated community where very rich people live)...and worked our way back. You should go onto Facebook and see all the pics I posted. I didn't take nearly as many as usual, because my batteries were low.
AND...I took more scenery than homes, because it was a spectacular day. The skies were rain-washed and clean, the air was clear and cool, the clouds alternated between sunlight and shadow. I fell in love with southern Utah all over again. I think we live in an amazing place!
After we came home, we went out to eat at a new little cafe (where Parrot Head used to be...where Ted and Allen's started out.) It's now Britt's Cafe, and they were having a Valentine's special: steak and shrimp. They make their own rolls, their own soup, etc....and it was good! Aaron came with us, and we had a jolly good time. We ended the meal with a sinfully delicious chocolate cheesecake. Oh, how I wish I'd taken a picture...you all know how I love to photograph food. Can't believe I didn't!
Later, we went to a movie with Florie and Janna--Confessions of a Shopaholic. It was SO CUTE! You have to go see it. I laughed and cried. It was the perfect date movie/Valentine's Day flick.
Okay. I posted all my pics I took today on my Facebook account, and I'm TIRED...so go there and check it out. Just know that I love my husband dearly, and that I had a GREAT day!!!! (He even went to the store for Sunday food. What a good guy, huh!)
I love people: Old ones, young ones, and all ages in-between. If you are a person and you are reading this, guess what? I LOVE YOU, you lucky dog! I adore my family most of all...and can I just say right here that grandkids really ARE the best? I am married to Darwin Gifford. Since there's only one of this wonderful man, you're out of luck. I got him first. We've been married 40 years now, and they truly are the best years of my life. We were blessed with 7 super-intelligent, talented and loving children: Aaron, Andrew, Katie, Janna, Shauna, Kendall, and Julianne.