Me walking on the beach with Sophie, who took a few minutes to decide she could walk on the sand but then once she’d made up her mind it was ok took off down the strand until she fell in the mud. Can you see the fog bank rolling in on the horizon?
Our usual Saturday morning outing to the farmer’s market in Hingham. Still too early for much produce: strawberries, raspberries (oh so perfectly sweet balanced with tart!), romaine, tomatoes, collards, zucchini, peas. Also muffins and a scone and cookies. And the best iced tea I’ve ever had: a tall glass of sweetened Southern tea with orange blossom and mint!
A short walk on the beach with the girls. The perfect sea breeze that made me want to linger all day. Followed by a picnic snack by the water: rosemary crostini with smoked salmon pate. Perfect.
Then home to the chore list. So much to do in the final countdown. Oh I am so seriously nesting!!!
Dom hung a ledge shelf for me on the dining room wall. Now I can finally get the framed holy cards with relics (and other religious pictures and candles) off the top of the bookshelf in the dining room (where we keep the jar of potty-training reward candy, the matches and Bella’s scissors and all sorts stuff that’s been cleared from the table) and into a more appropriate place. It’s been bugging me for a while that the relics are just jumbled in there and don’t have a special place set aside for them. This is so much better, definitely more reverent. And I won’t be tempted to pile junk on this shelf:
On the shelf from left to right: an Madonna and child icon Dom had when we were married, a holy card with relic of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta that Dom received from some Missionaries of Charity who visited our parish, a holy card of the Sacred Heart that I picked up from a table at the Boston Catholic Women’s Conference, a holy card with relic of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a beeswax crucifix my sister brought home from somewhere in Europe, a small candle holder with a picture of Mary that one of Dom’s coworker’s gave us as a housewarming gift, Immaculate Heart of Mary candle, holy card with relic of Saint Faustina (the card actually says Blessed Faustina, so it must have been printed before her canonization), a triptych of the Madonna and child flanked by angels that Dom had when we were married (an image I love, especially because it’s one where she has a book). Above the shelf is a gorgeous icon of the Virgin of Vladimir that my parents bought in Murano, Italy hand painted on Venetian glass.
This afternoon I also made some playdough for Bella using this recipe from the Bookworm. Sort of. We didn’t have cream of tartar so I think the texture might be a bit off. And I had to add considerably more flour because it refused to come together into a dough. Poor Bella had her heart set on purple and we had no food coloring. Though it didn’t exactly break my heart. I couldn’t stop her from eating the dough.
Dom and the girls had lobster (also from the farmer’s market) for dinner. I wasn’t in the mood so had a leftover hamburger.
While the girls’ bath was filling after dinner I managed to rearrange the furniture in their bedroom, swapping Sophie’s crib and the bookshelf. I hope that will discourage Bella from perching on the foot of her bed. Unfortunately I don’t think it will stop her from sitting on top of the bookshelf.
There were many more things I wanted to do today; but I think I was overly ambitious. I’m satisfied that we made some good progress on my to do list.