Oh, you guys. April and May are such busy months here in the saltycrunchy household.
Last month P turned 49. I'd be all "mwahahaha" about that, but I'm a year and a half younger than him and payback is a bitch.
Also last month, my boy C turned 18. EIGHTEEN. He is officially an adult now and he takes that responsibility very seriously. He is doing so well now, really extraordinarily well, and I am so excited for his future (the specifics of which are still up in the air, but I know it will be fantastic).
We finally got to see H perform onstage for the first time in two years and she was fabulous as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. I keep forgetting how talented she is. I mean, objectively I KNOW she is remarkably talented, but every time I see her perform, it's like I discover it all over again. So proud of that kid.
I've been cooking, paleo-fying favorite recipes from Martha Stewart and the like, and drinking lots and lots of mocktails because alcohol has turned on me, you guys. I know. First Vicodin and now booze. It's like I'm not allowed to have vices! What kind of world is this?!
I've also been going through a phase of starting books, reading a couple of chapters, then getting bored and tossing them aside. Rinse, repeat. Right now I'm reading The Good Earth and I think I'ma stick with that one to the end but I'm not making any promises.
I have 22 herbs in the garden this year. Do you want to know what they are? Of course you do.
- some ancient mint I've had forever that keeps coming back
- cilantro (this has already gone to seed)
- cardinal basil
- serrated basil
- large-leaf basil
- amethyst basil (all of these basils are from my dad, who is a Master Gardener with the county)
- some really old sage that keeps coming back also
- bay laurel
- two different pots of flat-leaf parsley; not sure how that happened
- some sort of lavender or other
- last year's oregano
- last year's chives
- last year's garlic chives
- a new kefir lime because the old one died over the winter
- chocolate mint
- pineapple mint
- creeping thyme
- German thyme
- French tarragon
We're having kind of a wet spring, which is good in the aquifer/horticultural sense, but not so good in the fun-in-the-sun sense. H and I are planning a mother-daughter trip to the beach sometime in July and all I ask is that it not rain for those few days, please. Just those few days. Mama needs some sun.