2. One of my daughters has taken her daughter to Italy to hang out with another of my daughters and her daughter for a couple of weeks. I know, too much repetition of that word, but I kinda love it, somehow. It's such a funny old word, isn't it? I mean, look at that spelling! Each of my daughters has a daughter, and that two of those pairs are on a beach together way across a continent and an ocean is pretty amazing to me.
3. The other daughter biked her two kids over here yesterday (in a trailer attached to her bike -- there's a monumental hill to rattle down and then climb back up the other side, but she's strong!), and I talked her into leaving them with me to bake peanut butter cookies while she and her dad went for a paddle. It didn't take her very long to decide "Yes!" and within an hour, she was sending us photos from the water. You know, I miss my island still, very much, and I miss being able to have the kids at the beach there. But the beach was four hours and so much organisation for them to get to, and to have her be able to make a gotta-get-out-of-the-house-let's-go-to-Nana's decision yesterday and be here in ten minutes -- and then still be able to get out on the water, though we're definitely NOT at the beach -- that was pretty cool. And the peanut butter cookies were delicious ;-)
4. She bought me a Donvier ice-cream maker she bought from a street vendor. I gave her the pint-sized one for her 11th or 12th birthday -- she made all kinds of flavours for a while, and then it moved to the back of a cupboard, left behind when she moved out. I rediscovered it a few years ago and was having fun experimenting with both rich and healthy versions, various levels of cream, yogurt, etc., I reluctantly handed it back to her, though, as her kids were getting old enough to be interested in cranking that frozen magic, and I've been looking for my own since, disappointed to find they don't seem to be available anymore except secondhand. So I was really tickled that she showed up with this, and I know the little ones will have fun cranking that handle for a turn or two. Anyone have any simple, favourite ice-cream recipes?
5. And finally, on a sombre note, we're a bit shell-shocked here from a tough diagnosis in our extended family -- one of the young adults. Not my story to tell, but it's hit hard, and my response to it will be felt here. I'd intended more commentary, for example, on how I'm feeling about those ten years of blogging, and what I see for the ten ahead, but I just couldn't gather that energy. Couldn't finish the post I'd almost completed on a special dinner in Split, Croatia. Focused instead on helping family pool resources to ensure that a young family doesn't have to worry about bills while dealing with medical stuff. So heartening to watch the next generation step up, immediately rallying to look after a cousin.
Much as that family situation is on my mind, though, I have a fun travel post on Eating Out With a Grandchild and a recipe to accompany it. Another post on a Healthy Fast Delicious Meal to eat after a long bike ride (or any other appetite-building activity) -- recipe included there as well.
But best of all, I have the first of a fun new series I've planned. Stay tuned for a peek into a fellow reader's. . . . Nope, I'm not going to tell you where or what we'll be peeking into. You'll just have to come back and see.
Super busy day here. My sister's coming over this morning with her puppy, and we'll go for a catch-up walk-and-talk. We're both hearing-impaired, she more seriously so than I, so sometimes our conversations can be a bit comic. . . . And then I'm meeting a friend for lunch and an Architectural Walking Tour of a funky old part of the city. . . But first, I've got to hit the gym before the day gets too warm -- it's still sunny here!
And you, what's up in your world? Plans for the weekend?