Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sometimes it's the small things

That keep you going. Bring sunshine to yet another rainy day. Help you to count your blessings.

It is still raining here. Unbelievable. But, as I tell people who ask me, "how do you stand all the rain?" you put on your rain clothes and go for a walk and do your best to live your life. And for the record, this amount of rain is unusual even for Portland. I know people in other parts of the country think it rains here all the time, but really it doesn't. Really. May is usually exceptionally beautiful. We just got a run of bad weather this year. But there, above, is my sunshine for a cloudy day. My granddaughter spends a lot of time here with me, while her parents work. She goes to daycare two days a week and hangs out with her buddies, but on the other days we hang out. She cooks for me. This is a sausage, one of her specialties.

She offers me a taste of her ice cream.

This is joke ice cream. There's a little button to push on the back of the cone which makes the "ice cream" ball fly out on the end of the string you can see there. "Want a little taste of my ice cream, Grandma?" Then I get it—in the face. It is very hilarious. Every time.

I am tired at the end of the day. Keeping up with a three-year -old is not for sissies. But I am so lucky. And I think she is too. I never got to spend this kind of time with any of my grandparents. Three years have sped by and soon she will be six and then twelve and , and, and ...

Tomorrow I am heading to Central Oregon with the STASH group for a couple of days. We were hoping to escape the coastal rain, but the forecast over there is for rain. Oh well. We will have fun regardless of the weather. I have wine. I have snacks. I have handwork to take—sleeves for three quilts. Now just add friends and the recipe for a great time is complete. I'll have pictures when I get home.


  1. Sofia is beautiful and you are making wonderful memories together.

    And with your sleeves, don't forget to factor in some "pouf" for the rod but not so much that the sleeve show up over the top edge of the quilt. (After hanging the 12x12 quilts on rods today, ask me how I know!)

  2. Sofia is so gorgeous - I love seeing pictures of her! Lucky you.

    Our rain has finally gone away, but I empathize with you. It has been beyond nasty and depressing here all spring. The doldrums are sure to disappear after a few days with STASH.

  3. Look at that sly look on her face! What a lucky grandma and grand daughter.
    I can't believe that my brother delivers mail in that weather, and he has a walking route.

  4. I always think the coast is wonderful in the rain -- almost better than in the sun. The temps can be a bit cool, though. And Sofia will miss you!

  5. Sofia will cherish her days with her grandparents and look back fondly on all the time she got to spend with you!

  6. I'm envious of your time spent with Sofia, even if you are worn out at the end of the day. Her mom must have lifted the ban on photos on your blog!