Saturday, June 07, 2008

This 'n That

This afternoon I went to Rosy's to tutor her mother and grandmother. What a fun time we had! I hadn't seen Rosy since the last Monday of April due to the mission trip to Ukraine. In that amount of time she has lost her two bottom front teeth. Her grandmother and mother have been working on the little phrases I taught them the first time we were together. They are so eager to learn. Mid-lesson, Rosy's mother, Maricruz, gave me a delicious dessert. I'm not sure what it was, but it looked like pudding and was orange flavored. There was a sweetened cream for the topping. When I said it was very good, Maricruz beamed!

Rosy's family lives near the Mall of America and IKEA. I took advantage of this and drove to IKEA to shop for a few things. I knew they usually had house plants and so I planned to buy one for the little table on my patio. To my surprise -- they had pineapple plants! I never dreamed I'd see a live pineapple, let alone own a plant! In the photos you see part of my patio including my new pineapple plant and my beautiful calla lilies. I'm so glad I tried something extraordinary. It's hard to stop looking at them.

There's a new word being used this summer: staycation. With the high cost of fuel, many folks are finding it nearly impossible to go away for a vacation. We're being encouraged to explore the sights and sounds in our own cities. Two things I want to see are Fort Snelling on July 4th where they re-enact part of the civil war, and the home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. In a couple of weeks I'm going to the Twins game with my church choir. We'll be playing Washington. There are also free concerts every Tuesday night at the band shell at Lake Normandale. I may even venture into the pool where I live! There's plenty to do without spending lots of money.


MamaD4 said...

Hans and I have both been to both of the places you mention. We saw the James J. Hill house that first August that we brought Josiah home, so I was a little sleep deprived when we visited. I don't remember much about it! Make sure we get a full report.

Sarita said...

Apparently we were ahead of our time

JJ Hill was okay, we weren't super impressed with the tour. I've been to Snelling state park, but not to the fort since I was about 12 and that was after hours, not when there were actors there.

Heidi said...

Do you get to eat the pineapple as some time?

DD4 said...

I don't know if it will grow big enough to ripen so that it can be eaten. If it does, I'm concerned that leaving it outdoors may draw a squirrel or mouse to eat it. That would be totally unfair!