Jennifer Lyon

Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Weekend Roundup

Note: I’m posting this early on Sunday because sometimes when I add in pictures, it won’t post when I schedule it.

This weekend was pretty good. I’m just not talking about my health for awhile — it’s so boring.

Saturday we went to see Turbo. Before we got there, Turbo called me to ask what was taking us so long :-) He had a surprise for Grandpa! Ten agonizing (for Turbo) minutes later, we arrived to find Turbo and his dad waiting at the bottom of the driveway. Wizard barely turned off the car before Turbo grabbed his arm, led him inside and presented him with the chocolate donut Turbo picked out for him that very morning! Turbo had a Cookie Monster Donut. The two of them ate their donuts and it was too cute! In case anyone is wondering, they all knew I wouldn’t eat a donut right now, but they did pick up a few small donut holes for me just in case I wanted a small bite. My son had some other things there that I could eat, so it was all good. We had a really good day. Turbo was a huge chatterbox!

Sunday went to breakfast for the first time in a couple months and them I worked on the cake until I ran out of energy, so I’ll finish it today. I definitely need this practice to remember how to carve cakes and do fondant, then I think I’ll try my air brush.

It’s been just gorgeous here, like truly stunning. But guess what all the rain is bringing us?

POPPIES!! Sigh. They are already blooming on the lush green hills. Our city has closed down the trails after the horrible experience a few years ago. It’s so sad that they have to do that, but there was no controlling the hordes of people. They just parked anywhere they wanted — including freeways and on and off ramps. Their kids and dogs were running into the roads. A few fools were bit by rattlers. And most tragic of all, a police officer was hit and killed on the side of the freeway. This particular trail doesn’t have a large area to park as 95% of the time, only a handful of people ever us it. All that said, it’s lovely to see the hills blooming a fiery orange from my house.

And lastly, I have a few pics that Wizard took of our backyard.

Where you see the square cement pads is outside our dining room. I’m planning on a lot of plants, some chairs and maybe a small safe fire pit (the small kind from a place like Home Depot)

We love it, and Maggie is really enjoying it too. She loves the planters, and we’ve seen her sprawled on the turf soaking up the sunshine.

How was your weekend?

7 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    February 6th, 2023 at 7:15 am · Link

    Ooo, your place is so pretty! I’m glad you had a good weekend. Yay for Turbo time! Too cute about the special donut for Wizard. Oh, no about the poppies. (Or rather the people who let their stupid out when those things are prolific.) :hugs:

    The weekend was okay. Luckily, it got warm enough to melt off most of the ice from last week because I do not feel like dealing with it today. It was nice enough for me to wander around the yard yesterday and the neighbor kids were playing outside, which is nice. I took the rest of the wine I got for Christmas and cooked a beef roast in it. That was pretty yummy. Today, it’s back to the grind. It’ll be good to work a normal week for a change. LOL

  2. Silver James
    February 6th, 2023 at 8:03 am · Link

    Yay for Turbo Time™, cake fussing, AWESOME backyards, and special Wizard donuts. Boo on the idiots buy yay for the city being smart enough to shut things down before they get started. Ticket BIG time those who don’t obey the laws. Yes, that is me shaking my cane and yelling, “Get offa my lawn!” :roll:

    I’m also listening to Eileen Wilk’s World of the Lupi series as “graphic audio books.” Several of my fave authors are now putting this format out and I’ve been hesitent. I LIKE the descriptive narrative that comes through in an audio book narrated from the written page. This is more like an old-style radio play, including sound effects. It’s kinda cool and it’s been YEARS since I read this series (I mean like well over 10). I’m on the 2nd book and can get them from Hoopla to read with my library card so that’s a yay.

    First Saturday. Successful siren test followed by yummy Mexican food. Baseball Boy’s practice ended in time for him to join the family. Sunday, Stormy’s school had an open house. We dropped by to tour all the classrooms, meet his new teachers plus the teachers he’ll have in future years. His science project won first place but we haven’t figured out if that was just the 3rd grade or the whole fair. Doesn’t matter. He has a blue ribbon. It was on the electrical conductivity of fruit. Sunday afternoon led eventually to a nap. It was needed and well recieved. :lol:

    Looking ahead, Wallyworld today while we hit 70 before the next front brings us rain and a high of 38 tomorrow. Also, work on the WIP. Have a great week, all!

  3. Viki S.
    February 6th, 2023 at 2:52 pm · Link

    As soon as you started mentioning how lovely it was there I thought of the poppies and all the past horrors of idiots trying to see them. It’s so nice to see a community being pro-active and shutting things down so trouble doesn’t happen. I’m happy that you get to enjoy them 😊.

    What a nice backyard! Not having to mow was a great plan. I hope that you post more photos as you put in the planters.

    It’s easy to think of Maggie out soaking up the sun.

    Turbo is SO sweet! It was also nice that they bought you a few donut holes “just in case.”

    Good luck with the cake sculpting.

    Saturday middle took me to see the orchids and they were stunningly beautiful. Took SO many pictures. We went out for lunch afterwards. We had a fantastic day.

    Sunday, Harrison’s mom text me that they are planning to come up the 18-20th to play with Pa Pa. It would have been nice if she asked if they could come up. So depending on the weather Harrison and Pa Pa have a play date.

    Sunday night I ran the dishwasher for the first time since it was “fixed” on Wednesday. Guess what? It leaked. Plumber is on his way now. I am frustrated. Fingers crossed it gets fixed this time.

    Sure hope you have a great afternoon!

  4. Viki S.
    February 6th, 2023 at 7:15 pm · Link

    Well it’s the gasket on the dishwasher that’s causing the leak. On the top left it is concave so it doesn’t seal, therefore the leak. Will be contacting Whirlpool tomorrow. It seems to never end.

    Have a nice evening.

  5. Jenn
    February 7th, 2023 at 6:00 pm · Link

    B.E., thank you! We have some work to do ourselves now, but that’s cheap labor, LOL.

    Glad you’re weather warmed up enough to melt the ice and get some refreshing outdoor time. I almost always enjoy seeing/hearing the neighborhood kids playing so I get that. I use red wine in my stew all the time, and it’s good too. I imagine the way you did your roast beef came out delicious.

    I hope your week is going well and there’s no ice making your drive to and from work more challenging.

  6. Jenn
    February 7th, 2023 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Silver thanks on the backyard! The city shutting the site down is good, the problem will be if people repeat parking on the freeway and trying hike from there. But one step at a time! The agencies are trying.

    So you do like that format? I’m not sure I would, but I’m very happy you found something you’re enjoying!

    That was a busy weekend! Yay for good food with awesome family! Big Congrats to Stormy on winning! I had the read his topic twice, I didn’t know The Electric Conductivity of Fruit was a thing! Very interesting!

    That’s a big weather change in one day! Hope you got Walmart done and the remainder of your week is fantastic!

  7. Jenn
    February 7th, 2023 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Viki, I hope to post more pics as we get plants in. I’m not great about it though. I usually steal Wizard’s pics :-) Which is fair, because he steals my random comments and claims them as his own online.

    The poppy madness made me wonder how we’ve survived as a species this long. Truly. If it had been a movie, the title would have been Dumb and Dangers Goes Viral.

    Turbo is a sweetheart and his parents really foster his thoughtfulness.

    It sounds like you had a really special day with Middle! Those get more and more precious.

    I’m glad they are coming, but it is nice to be asked. Harrison sure adores his grandpa, and I bet he’s excited to see you too!

    Ugh that dishwasher! My sister has gone through similar stuff lately, and it’s infuriating and exhausting. How did Whirlpool let that past quality control???? It really is never ending and I feel for you dealing with this!

    Hope the rest of your day/night goes well!

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