At last I am getting back to writing about the beautiful month of April. What I call “Green Leaf Day” burst in its full backlit glory on exactly April First. The skies were gorgeous early in the month and Mo and I spent several days mowing, weeding, trimming, hauling, and enjoying the beautiful weather.
We began the month of April with a fabulous visit to the Oregon Cheese Festival in nearby Central Point at the Jackson County Fair Expo. The event has been cancelled for the last two years because of Covid, and in previous years it seemed that we were either traveling, or caught up in something and too busy to attend. Searching the memory banks, I discovered the last time we attended the festival was in 2012!
This time we went with Daughter Deborah and had a great time. In addition to artisan cheeses from all over Oregon, there were wineries, breweries, and distilleries, offering tastes of their specialties. It was a lovely, sunny day, and I purchased a ridiculous amount of yummy cheese, but Deborah bought even more than I did.
Then on April 9 the snow came, not just flurries, but real snow that actually stuck and turned everything white. Since that date, the days have been many variations of cold, wet, rainy, a little bit snowy, blustery, and not conducive to doing much outdoor work. Mo still manages to keep busy with various repair projects around the place, either in her wood shop or in the RV shed.
This part of Oregon has seen more rain this month that we received throughout January, February, and March. It is a blessed relief to hope that maybe the hot, dry, scary days of summer will be a bit delayed and maybe, just maybe the fires might not come as early as they have in the last few years. I am writing this on May 10, and we have yet to spread the gravel we ordered at the first of the month or begin setting up the sprinklers. Last year at this time I was irrigating daily.
We have no problem entertaining ourselves when it is damp and cold. I spent time quilting, making some placemats for friends. My favorite part of quilting is playing with my stash of fabrics, deciding what I want to put together into something useful.
I decided to try a mail order meal program called, “Hello Fresh”, and had great fun cooking. I cook a lot, but like most cooks I have a style of my own. My tendency to repeat certain seasonings and flavorings and ways of cooking is no doubt similar to most cooks. I also get bored sometimes with trying to come up with something for dinner…again.
With the Hello Fresh program, I chose 3 or 4 meals for a week for not much more than it would have cost me to shop and purchase the ingredients. It was a kick, and I learned some new cooking techniques and alternative seasonings and sauces. If nothing else, it got me out of my cooking rut. I won’t continue much longer, but in the mean time, so far, Mo has enjoyed every one of the meals we have chosen.
I let myself get lost in puzzles again, wondering how I spent 75 years of my life without getting addicted to this simple, but engrossing pastime.
Just before Easter, I got a call from Daughter Deanna, who lives in northern Washington State. She and husband, Keith, needed to drive south for a quick overnight to pick up some equipment for her company in Central Point. It was a quick trip, without much time for visiting, but we managed to get all of us together for a delightful afternoon at the local Applebee’s. Daughter Melody drove south from Eugene for the get-together. It was the first time in a long time that I have had all three daughters together. Even for only a few hours, over margueritas and a good meal, it was a special time for me.
The next day the deck chairs that we had ordered from Home Depot arrived. They turned out beautifully, but thank goodness Mo was around to manage all those screws and bolts. What a project!! We are happy to have nice, sturdy, comfortable chairs to share with guests when we dine on the deck in the future.
With the dreary weather I wasn’t inspired much to bring in all the Easter décor, but once I did I was glad I had done it. All those bunnies and the cute pastel stuff can make even a dreary day seem like spring.
Easter was simple, with our friends Maryruth and Gerald joining us with Daughter Deborah, and Grandson Matthew. We made a very traditional meal, with a wonderful ham from our local meat specialty shop and the traditional green beans with bacon and scalloped potatoes. Deborah made a yummy lemon cake that was so good.
Other sweet times for me included my bi-weekly Tuesday morning coffee date with friend Kristin and her adorable daughter Ruby. It’s kinda nice when a sweet little girl greets me with big hugs and hellos. I met Kristin through the book club, and while there are many nice ladies there, Kristin has become a true friend, a delight.
The entire month of April was filled with the fragrance of our huge, old lilac bush. I have no idea how old it is, and I am sure that it has never received any irrigation or much care over the decades. I have started attempting to trim the suckers from the base each year. The long, chilly spring was good for the flowers. The lilacs lasted for weeks, the tulips opened, and stayed fresh and full without blowing out from the heat as they normally do.
The grass grew fast enough I had to try to find time to mow in between rains at least once a week and Mo managed to mow the pasture a few times as well. I am grateful for the cool, moist rains, but I am also very ready for some sunshine and warmth. The gardens are waiting, the gravel needs spreading and the sprinklers need work!