After lunch musings

Yesterday morning was spent altering a pair of delightful flannel pjs that were gifted to me at Christmas …

They fit just fine, but I have a long-standing aversion to exposing my ankles, so I took out the cuffed hems to lengthen the pants … then reverse engineered them, putting the piping along the bottom, and seaming the raw edges together with a whipped stitch.

As I worked, I thought about why I’ve insisted on wearing over-long pants all these years (decades really). Upon reflection I decided to blame it on my mom (wink), who made me among the very last in my cohort to get a pair of bell-bottomed jeans (because she was sure it was sure to be a short-lived fad), which were way too short (queue a long wail of teenaged angst).

I never got over it, which is why to this day all my jeans have ragged back hems … ha!!

Yesterday also saw the beginning of what we hope to be once-a-week solo visits by our youngest grandchild … fondly referred to as “Littlest” by her doting nana. E’s two older siblings were similarly indulged during their respective pre-school years (although P got short shrift due to Covid).

I picked Ellis up at pre-school after nap time and sent a picture text to her mom once she was snugged into her car seat (yes, we roll with car seats, lucky us) …

Being new to the whole idea, Ellis asked if we were going to her house.

Nope.

But what about Parker?

Not today … you get to go to NanaPopPop’s house all by yourself!

I’m not sure that she was entirely on board with the idea, but we arrived without incident.

And so we spent a few golden hours together … painting with PopPop, mixing up cookie dough with Nana, making dinosaur puzzles, sorting sea shells, and eating a rainbow dinner of cherries (on ice cream for dessert), carrots (just a little bit), avocado (for yellow and green), and blueberries (for blue and purple), along with homemade chicken fingers and rice …

And if there is a decided dearth of pictures, well you can chalk that up to NanaPopPop being in the moment. Fortunately, there will be many more opportunities for picture-taking to come.

Last, but not least, when we took Ellis home, we were treated to Parker reading us a bedtime story entitled Elephants Can’t Dance by Mo Willems. The pictures were actually taken the night before by her Mom …

so we were able to relax into enjoying the encore performance … complete with questions at the end to check our comprehension. Our retired-teacher selves couldn’t have been more delighted.

Not quite

I finished the stitching on the JMU pillow and put a 20” x 20” pillow form in … not good as the covering of the form was too stiff. So I made my own pillow form with harem cloth and Perfect Loft, which I like much better than regular fiber fill …

Unfortunately, I didn’t have quite enough, so the pillow is buckling along the sides. Ah well, I’ve placed an order for more filling with Amazon and will truly finish the pillow once that arrives.

Speaking of JMU and Amazon, the alumni fundraiser for Abby Zwerner that I mentioned a couple of posts ago has resulted in a fair bit of delivery activity …

So much so that the postal service hasn’t been able to deliver my contribution … too many packages to fit in the mail box?!

Coincidentally, Don has been working in purple and gold, too. He found a photo that he liked of Bodie Island Light (on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, pronounced “body” if you were wondering) …

and came up with this acrylic rendering …

which has found a home in the dining room … for now at least …

I’ll end with this funny story … Griffin recently asked what PopPop’s largest painting was. We said it was the one currently living at Melissa’s house, which is 20” x 40” …

Wrong! We were informed that PopPop’s largest artwork is in fact the back porch, which continues to be blessed most days with leftover paint water …

And yes, it was warm enough to sit outside with bare feet yesterday … a record-setting 82 degrees. I think I’ll head out there now to what it’s like today … pollen be damned 😉

After lunch

I made the minor error of going food shopping this morning … there were more than the usual number of clueless shoppers and lots of kids as it’s a school holiday here in the US. The good news is that I heard some fascinating commentary about Martin Luther King Jr on NPR as I was driving, so there’s that. And there was sushi for lunch … my favorite reward for getting the shopping done early.

Meanwhile at my daughter’s house, G was putting together the science fair project that he and I worked on over the winter break …

Last year we did a project together on how acidification of ocean water affects sea shells. This year he followed that up by seeing what effect temperature has on disintegration of sea shells in acidic salt water. Here are the pictures he and I took along the way …

As you can see from the clothing changes, G and I worked on it over the course of several days. So much fun. It was gratifying to see him graph his results and confirm his hypothesis …

But the best part was listening to G reasoning out why some of the results weren’t exactly what he expected. He truly thinks like a scientist and I can’t wait to see where he goes with that.

It will be even more fun to go the the school science fair on Thursday … hopefully with more pictures to show.