Four: Cakes and special desserts made to celebrate Céline's birthday. Only one of those was made by me, which makes this a "treat" for me also. Our friends made this beauty as a gift for her birthday party, along with another pear almond dessert. Friends that love to bake, sweet.
Too many: Days of rain and grey skies. (I've been working really hard to not complain about it.)
Two: Days in a row, yesterday and today, of sun. Hope returns.
One: Doll project started from poupées chic et choc. This is a French doll making book. Fully illustrated for those of us not able to completely understand the French. Beautiful book, beautiful dolls.
Two: Favorite drawing "mediums" right now, 2-D marker and 3-D Blender.
Daily: Walking or running, rain or shine.
One: Neck "crick" caused by poor typing posture. This is not a mistake I'm eager to make again. So thankful it healed in time for race weekend.
Two: Ibuprofen taken for said neck crick. The only prescription or over-the-counter medicine I've taken in at least two years. The bottle was long expired but it still worked beautifully!
Sixty One: Total kilometres our family ran at this past weekend's race. It was a rainy, chilly morning on the Bay but we had so much fun. The kids want to train for another race. (I ran a 5 K, that's Damien's bib number below.)
First: My mom, the amazing, came in first in her age and sex class at this weekend's race. At 59, she's the oldest in her class, and the fastest. That's my mom.
Eight: Out of forty nine female runners under 20, Brienne placed eighth in the 5K run. She's 10. That's my girl.
Sixteen: Hours my parents drove, here and back, to run with us on Sunday. A dream come true for them, racing with their kids and grandkids.
Thousands: Mushrooms growing in our backyard after all the rain.
Flocks: Birds visiting the feeder, finding dry seed in the rain.
One: Squirrel running straight up our cedar siding on the outside of the house.
Two: Hummingbirds spotted. Buying a feeder for them today.
Daily: Hot drinks prepared in our kitchen. Frothed soymilk is a favorite for Brienne and Laurent. Damien's choice is an afternoon cappuccino, and green tea for Celine and me. I'm missing my loose leaf Jasmine, the tea bags are just not the same. Gotta get more of those.
One: Metamorphosis - the fuzzy caterpillar becoming a dull brown cocoon (it always look so dead during this stage), and emerging one afternoon as an iridescent blue moth. Transformation. It happens everywhere. Even on grey, rainy days.
Twenty four: Muffins made by Brienne (2 batches), recipe testing for a kids cookbook she is writing.
Seven: Months of a teen girls (& their moms) virtual book club, ending last weekend for the summer season. What a wonderful group of girls and interesting books we read.
I'm ready to take a break this weekend and next from any major plans - no parties, no races, no meetings, no hosting friends or family for the weekend. A little calm before eighteen days of traveling and visiting friends in the northeastern US.
Summer's coming. Now, if only the weather would cooperate.