1. What do chickens and golf have in common?
Not much, you would say. Except that our neighbor is a backyard chicken farmer who also happens to coach golf. Claudio casually mentioned to him one day this summer that Clara was interested in learning how to play. He insisted that both girls attend the golf camp he runs each summer, free of charge, since we are his go-to chicken care takers when he goes on vacation. How cool is that? The girls had a fabulous time. Clara missed week two because she was in Chile with Claudio, the lucky duck. Let's hear it for bartering, or being friendly neighbors. You never know what adventures may be in store!
2. Who are these hotties?
Melanie, my dear college friend, came to visit while Claudio and Clara were away in Chile. We had some much needed girl time. This brave woman recently completed a degree in interior design, many years after receiving her undergraduate degree in art history. She likes this painting by Claudio's Spanish friend and former colleague.
3. How's that book?
We took Melanie to Princeton for some ice cream and window shopping. Eva was drawn to this sculpture on Palmer Square. As she was trying to discern the print on our character's page, I lamented, out loud, that I did not have my camera with me. A kind young man, who happens to be a photographer, offered to take a photo and send it to me. We have a joke in our family that my father has a habit of inviting strangers over to dinner. Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I invited him and his girlfriend over for dinner and they will be coming next month, after their trip to Turkey, where he plans on shooting lots of photos.
4. Did you clean out any closets or otherwise complete an item on your "summer home improvement list"?
Oh yes I did, thank you. I overhauled Clara's sewing area behind the couch. No more scraps sticking out of wicker baskets. She hasn't asked where they've gone so I won't tell.
5. Was it a sweet return?
Clara and Claudio were in Chile for nearly a month. Her best friend went along with us to pick them up at the airport and the reunion was more than touching.
6. Daddy's little girl. Need I say more?
7. Who are these crazy ladies?
Old school friends. I mean, we're not old, we just have known each other, well, since about 6th grade.
8. And these princesses?
Our children. They played together like they were old friends too. This only strengthens the bond we moms share. Special note: See how that tiara keeps changing heads?
9. More of the princesses.
10. More of the princesses