These are the happenings around here
from last week
and for the week to come.
A bit of sweet smelling springtime sunshine
coming in through the kitchen window.
It makes doing dishes a happy chore.
We emptied just about everything
out of the screened porch
in preparation for summer gatherings.
It has been a couple of years
since we painted
so the walls and screens were in need of a generous cleaning.
Everything was hosed down and off and wiped until it shines and...
...the Secret Garden itself
was given a proper face lift.
The ivy was sprayed
and the rock was raked
and a light clipping was done...
...so that the fairies
have a delightfully clear path
to their front door
if you are lucky enough
to get by the watch rabbit.
The table and chairs
were put back in place
and decorated with new cushions and...
...I do love the pretty new fushcia
that we picked up
for the old fountain out in the garden.
had all of her teeth pulled last week except for the two canines on the bottom.
Hopefully that will keep her tongue from hanging out and so far it is working.
She also had a small lump removed from her chest
and we will find out soon if it is cancerous or not.
She is a trooper
and is eating well and feeling good.
You can't tell her she doesn't have any teeth
as she chews everything just like she did before!
A couple of years ago
a neighbor gave the Captain a planter with a couple of iris in it.
For two seasons
we have waited to see them bloom but they never did.
We kind of stuck them back and forgot about them
and here they are now, just about ready to open.
One looks to be purple and the other is bronze.
I am really happy to see them.
I received the first letter from
Corporal Charlie Henderson Burke to Miss Audrey Rose Drollinger.
It was written on July 5, 1943,
and tells of how they met at an Army Rangers 4th of July dance
and Audrey Rose's dance card was included and shows it filled up with just one name.
They spent the night dancing to songs such as
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
and he hoped that he hadn't been a nuisance to her.
He thought she looked so pretty in her red dress
that he couldn't resist.
He apologized for talking her ear off
while never actually getting to know much about her.
He closed the letter by saying that maybe,
if she had the time,
she could spare some fond thoughts for him once in awhile.
He would be much obliged if she would
as she would be on his mind often enough
and signed off Love, Charlie..
It is all so much fun
and it will be as hard for me to wait for each letter
as I am sure it was for Audrey Rose and Charlie.
Jacenda Rangel, MSN RN CNL
The highlight of this week will be
watching Jacenda graduate from the University of San Francisco
with her Masters degree in nursing and a GPA of 4.0.
It has been a long time coming
with a lot of her studies being interrupted by Covid this past year.
For that reason, it will all be "virtual".
She and Jake are now living in San Francisco
so that she could finish school but where they live in the future
will depend on her job.
She has applied at a few hospitals
and is waiting to hear.
Jake works from home and travels when he has to for his job with Kaiser.
We feel fortunate that we will be able to follow along
with the ceremony over Zoom and You Tube.
They both have worked very hard
for what they have accomplished
and we are so proud of them.
We will be continuing
on getting the Cottage ready for summer.
That won't be long now.
Have a great week.
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