Last week, when I learned that my parents were coming for an unplanned visit, I did some speedy clutter pick up and mucked out the most embarrassing dirt. I didn't want to do too good of a job though, because there's always a good chance the state of my housework will benefit from my mother's visit if I let her see the desperate state I've allowed things to become. I stopped myself from bringing my two huge baskets of unmatched socks into the living room and telling woeful stories about how the kids at work make fun of my mismatched ankles.
One of the things I did to prepare for the visit was to take a trip to the garden with some scissors so I could refresh the flowers in my blue vase, and then stand around arranging the flowers and taking way to many pictures of my flowers. Why do I care if my socks are matched when I have flowers to admire?
Speaking of admiration... if I ever need to boost my blogging confidence, all I need to do is read my spam comments. One of the neatest things about this blog is that there is a "comments" tab I can select from the blog design page, that lets me see all the comments that have been made in order of when they were posted. This means that if someone comments on an old post, I can see it without having to scroll back through all the old posts. I don't get very many real comments, but I click the tab regularly just to make sure I haven't made a new friend who isn't afraid of leaving a comment. Also under the comments tab is a place where all the spam comments go. This spam is obviously computer generated generic comments, probably not from an English speaking computer, that have an embedded link that probably gives me a virus or steals my soul or something, I don't ever click the link so I'm not sure what shenanigans they are up to.
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Yes, I must admit, my topics are actually very broad, and actually very deep. Especially when I go on about my chickens or my tomatoes! ha! I'm sure you will get the hang of it.
My photo turned out to be blurry, but during the visit with mom and dad, we popped open a bottle of hard apple cider that Jamie, Joe, and I made from apples from Joe's grandmothers tree last fall. It was so tart and dry that it made my cheeks ache, but it was lovely and bubbly, and I was excited to use my champagne glasses.
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