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Surprises and Smiles

22 November 2009

“You know what? Just cancel the damn dinner reservation, Jeffrey.  I don’t want to have a date night if we’re both in bad moods.  It’s pointless.”
“NO! We’re not canceling.  Let’s just take Ellie to Grandma Lene’s — at least we’d be able to sleep in tomorrow.”
“UGH!!! FINE!”
We stormed into the car, and headed over to my mother’s house.  In keeping with the evening, traffic on I-5 was completely stopped.  I was getting more and more snarky, and Jeffrey was ready to drive on the shoulder of the freeway.
“You need to call and let them know we’re going to be late, Jeffrey. Reservations don’t just get held indefinitely.”
“We’ll be FINE!”
My fingers flew across the keypad as I sent a text message to mom: “Literally stopped on the freeway. Jeffrey is in a mood.  Can I stay the night at your house too???”
Jeffrey grabbed his phone, and sent a text to someone too.  We both sat annoyed, silent, staring at the brake lights in front of us.  We finally managed to make it to the exit, and Jeffrey sped through the streets.  I closed my eyes and boiled inside.
Pulling into mom and Ed’s driveway, I grabbed EG’s overnight bag, and headed inside.  Mom met us on the walkway.  She took EG from me, and as she walked in front of me I thought, “Why is she all dressed up?!?!”  Opening the fridge to put away the milk, I became even more frustrated since mom had used up all the space with a freaking cake.
“OH MY GOD! Can one thing just go right tonight?” I stormed.  Mom said, “I’ll take care of it. Just leave it on the counter.” I headed to use the restroom while Jeffrey got EG settled in.
“Ok, babe, let’s GO!” I snapped.
Mom looked at me and said, “Hey, Miss, before you go, let me show you one thing.” I wanted to roll my eyes.  Can’t it wait?!?!
She opened the door to the living room, and there stood all these people, “SURPRISE!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!” they all hollered.   My jaw dropped. I turned to Jeffrey and he was smiling with that cute little half smile he gives. I looked around the room, full of all my friends.  There were childhood friends, new friends, seasoned friends and family.
“I’m sooooo sorry, Jeffrey! I was such a bitch!!!!”

before I realized what was going on…

I couldn’t believe how many people were there!

Thank you, Jeffrey!
I love this photo
Everyone (especially mom) put so much effort into planning a great evening.  There were favors (recipes that she had printed from my blog), delicious things to nibble on (she made a tuna appetizer that Colin was sure wasn’t tuna – because he HATES tuna), a beautiful cake, and lots of great friends!  She had everyone write a little something about an adventure they had had with me which gave me some wonderful mementos from the night – and some funny stories!  It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the night, and not have to lift a finger!  I think they were right about one thing: if it hadn’t been a surprise party, I would have insisted on being involved with the preparations!  We had a great time and laughed so much our bellies hurt.  Thank you, everyone for making this birthday the most memorable one of my adult life!
The cake! 

The party favors (thanks, Sharon!)

Cute or scary?

How cool is that!!! Thanks, Colin!

A few lines into “Happy Birthday”….

Mom accidentally blew out my candle!!!!

So we lit it again, and reset the song to the beginning…
mom didn’t sing the second time around! 
Hey, it’s better than what she did at my College Graduation party when she lit the entire cake table on fire! Now THAT is a funny story!

my brother Jake

my beautiful friend Mona


My brother Colin

my childhood friend Beth

My OTHER childhood friend Sharon

laughing harder…

The most loyal, giving, compassionate friend and almost-sister I could imagine

Bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs! 

Nothing like a sack of bulbs! Hee hee

My garden is going to be absolutely overflowing with flowers in the spring.  
I’m so, so, so, so excited!  Such WONDERFUL gifts! 
I love that everyone got me something for the garden!

What a wonderful gift – just have to water and watch grow!!! Thank you, Steph! 
Jake was done 🙂

The night was spectacular – it was just what I needed.  I night of laughter, stories, and new memories.  Thanks to everyone who came, and put so much effort into the planning and celebrating!  Love you all!

Now…off to go plant all these bulbs!!!

Investment Day

1 October 2009

How could I not have a good day when this is what I see first thing every morning? Today, the lake really struck me as insanely beautiful!
I like days like today. The farm tasks seem endless, but each one is an investment toward next season, bringing its own sense of reward in the hope and excitement for what lies ahead. It’s so amazing to think that the energy that I put into the ground today will bring so much happiness months down the road.

Today we pulled the broccoli up, planted bulbs, and tilled the soil to plant the overwintering vegetables. The guys were out working the wheat fields, as well. It’s so darn cool to see the big ol’ tractor working the soil.

What an amazing view – the hedgerow is our property line, and that’s one of our closest neighbors up on the hill!
This year was the first time I had ever had a full-fledged vegetable garden, and I’ve had no clue what, when, or how to do anything! Yet, still, the harvest has been continual, and I’ve learned so much as I’ve gone along. More than once over the last year Victor has looked at me with a look that says, “Yeah, ok, Lady, I’ll DO it, but I don’t think you know what the hell you’re talking about” – and I’m sure he will continue to give that look…BUT there’s also things HE has learned…like I was right about carrots! FYI, if ever you plant carrots, make sure you plant them in soil that is well tilled and soft enough for them to push through, otherwise you end up with stunted carrots that are impossible to get up and taste like dirt (the horses were pleased with the miserable failure though!).

Victor does all the hard work of prepping the soil for me…I’m a lucky girl!

I follow behind and plant bulbs – come the spring, this strip of dirt will be blooming with daffodils and muscari!

I had a great ride today on Avdou. My friend Gabby came by to give me some help and pointers with the horses. She hasn’t been by in ages, and was very complimentary about the improvement Avdou is making. It was so nice to have a set of eyes telling me my leg was swinging forward and to remind me that while I have a beautiful horse, the time to admire him is NOT while riding! Gabby is a bit of a “hard ass” and is pretty brutally honest when it comes to things she KNOWS, and even so, she was incredibly encouraging…she pointed out that Avdou’s canter is getting back to being balanced, and his ground manners are impeccable. It makes me feel like maybe I DO know what I’m doing and that the “time investment” that I’ve been making is paying off. We still have a long way to go with the horses – they are both out of shape and have loads to learn. Frank’s got a big belly with no muscle so his ribs poke out like crazy! And while Avdou is getting better by the day, he still has a long way to go to be back up to being “athletic.” Still, I feel lucky to have them and am confident in my abilities.
Avdou and Frank learning to be patient…

My big (17hh), grey Killer Horse – Avdou

My clown, with his signature move – Frank
Grandma Lene came by to see Ellie Graye (and maybe me) – it was so nice to see her even if it was only for a short while. Having her living so close to us has been so comforting and fun and amazing. It has only been a few months since she moved here from Buffalo, NY – but I already have a difficult time remembering what it was like to have her so far away!
Walking to go see Grandma Lene in the rose garden


Boy, this is a schlep!

Wait – what’s this???

Believe it or not, I didn’t cook a single thing today…Jeffrey arrived home from San Jose, so we had our usual take out from Thai Delight – the BEST Thai food I’ve ever had, with the sweetest owners!
Now it’s time to rest. My body aches a bit, which makes me wish there were a bathtub in this damn house. Yeah, I know. No bath. It’s insane!

I’m currently obsessed with taking photos of pumpkins. Their orange is just so…so…ORANGE!

That is when they’re not GREEN!

Ellie, commanding the room.
Little Miss Blue Eyes, on our way to the airport to go get daddy!