Here are some pictures of our newly finished garden:
The big green ones on the left are Plantain Lilies and the smaller flowering ones are Impatiens. We tried to get grass growing on this patch last year but it never took. (Don't ask me how our neighbors get it to grow - I can only assume, being Asian, they simply have much greener thumbs than I do and are much better when it comes to gardening.) I don't have any before shots but it was simply a dirt patch with weeds. The fact is, the sunlight in the picture is about all this patch of ground gets throughout the day and the plants I bought are supposed to do well without direct sunlight and plenty of shade. Here is hoping it thrives. The stepping stones provide a wonderful additional path as, when our van is in the driveway, there really isn't a whole lot of space remaining on which to walk around the vehicle without stepping off the driveway.
I did have to call the newspaper yesterday and complain when the delivery person managed to miss our entire driveway and threw the paper on top of one of my Impatiens, breaking off several stems and over half a dozen buds. If they make a habit of it I am going to insist they pay for it, but fortunately today their aim was much better. They usually are very good - I couldn't believe they missed so badly the day after I spent a couple hours planting all that!
The patch in the far back is where we have some lilies sprouting up and I had planted some hyacinths and tulips. Most are doing well though a couple have looked better.
We watched a couple of new movies this week including Henry Poole Was Here, which is about a man who buys a house that happens to have a water stain in its stucco that his neighbors believe to resemble the face of Christ, and Frank Capra's Meet John Doe, in which a journalist publishes a fake "John Doe" suicide letter to keep her job and when it causes a public uproar she cons a man into posing as Doe. I liked Henry Poole Was Here up until near the end. I found the ending confusing and contrived. Meet John Doe was a little too long but an enjoyable film. Netflix has been very useful for viewing newer as well as older movies, especially for us since we don't go to the theaters much. One film that most pleasantly surprised me was The Keys of the Kingdom in which Gregory Peck plays a young Catholic priest sent to be a mission in China. His performance earned him an Oscar nomination in 1946 and I highly recommend the film.
We have been trying to get the girls out as much as possible since, once the baby gets here, they won't be going far for a while. So they have been accompanying us to run errands, my OB appointments, etc. Today we are going to see if we can get them to a mall for some air conditioned time out (it is supposed to get to the mid-80s today) and a carousel ride or two.
This reminds me of a question: Why is it unsanitary to not wear shoes in a restaurant but kids are required to take their shoes off at public playsets? A lot of our nearest malls have these kid play areas with large plastic fruit or trucks or whatever for kids to climb on, slide on, etc. and it is always mandatory for them to take their shoes off. Isn't that unsanitary? I have such a hard time letting my girls on these things such that I haven't yet. They just seem like a bastian of germs even if they do offer a Purell dispenser at the exit. Maybe the shoe removal thing is a safety issue, but doesn't that make it less sanitary?
James finally got the hardbound copies of his STL thesis and his official letter for his disertation proposal! Yeah! We knew his proposal was accepted, but this gives him the official go-ahead to begin writing his dissertation for his STD. Yeah, terrible initials, I know (you can always tell the difference in generations by how people react to those initials), but it stands for Doctorate in Sacred Theology and is basically the Vatican/canonical equivalent of a doctorate. It will help if he wants to teach in a seminary as well as a Catholic university.
It has been a while since I had any pictures of the girls up. Unfortunately, the most recent ones I have on my computer are from mid-April, but here they are enjoying the spring weather on the deck on Divine Mercy Sunday:
Cecilia had fun making funny faces and poses while I took pictures: