Yesterday we celebrated Mothers in the USA and I know the day is celebrated on different days around the world. I want to take this moment to wish everyone around the world a day to give a thought to and thank your mother whether here or beyond and all of us who mother our kids and/or our furry kids and those who need us. Our day dawned cool and cloudy and improved over the day. We didn't do anything "big" or spectacular - but it was a very good day. I snapped this photo out of our bay window to show you all the green and flowers in our yard.
Our son Shawn brought his family over and the boys had a blast all afternoon zooming around the fields and into the forest on their dirt bikes and the little quad. Dayle and I potted up all the flowers I bought the other day. I put on some of our farm eggs and a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes to cook to make potato salad.
Two Lantana flowers and a different variety of Moss Roses that I'm going to try.
I also got a yellow Lantana this year. As for the dirt everywhere.. I hosed it all off the deck after the potting session. :-)
I potted up 3 orange Dahlia plants into one big pot.. it already looks wonderful!
I put 4 different plants in this big hanging pot, I hope it fills out nicely.
Dayle BBQed a lot of chicken thighs (that our son brought) on his pellet grill/smoker, I made a big potato salad, Kristi helped by chopping the celery and sweet pickles, Dayle also made the baked beans. Here is my husband, the kids dad and the grandkids grandpa. The wife, mother and grandmother is the picture taker. :-) We're all filling our plates and the kid's plates for our al fresco dinner on the deck. I told honey that he should smile next time. :-)
Our dinner -- I think it's interesting how different everyone makes their potato salad -- do you make it? I cook my potatoes skin on and then let them cool before chopping - with Russet potatoes I peel them before chopping, with Yukon Golds I pretty much leave the skin on. I boil and chop a dozen eggs, add thin sliced celery, chopped sweet pickles and dump in a lot of mayonnaise, a squirt of yellow mustard, some pickle juice and season with salt and pepper. What do you do different?
My youngest son worked but got off early and showed up with two bouquets of flowers, one for his wife and one for me.. awwww.. we combined both in my new button pitcher. I was inspired by Lucy at Attic24 and Pammy Sue at Scotty's Place to find one of these pitchers and order one. :-) I have it sitting on my fun new hot pad that my friend Shirley gave me for my birthday. :-)
I captured a peaceful moment after dinner, the 3 younger boys were off running around the farm and our 15 year old had curled up and dozed off in a deck chair. :-)
And so we all came inside and visited for a while before Shawn's family headed on home. A good day full of slow accomplishments and pleasant familial enjoyment. I head off in a bit for my Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, I've been asked to officiate at the swearing in of our new officers. My sister Roberta will be the Treasurer. I hope you have a good week ahead of you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)