WOW! What a great Mother's Day it was today. Even though I had to speak in Sac. Mtg. (It was only a 5 min talk, and not full of doctrinal discourses, so it was fairly easy... I was able to get it completely ready in about 2.5 hours.)
Actually, Mother's Day started for me the day before, on Saturday. Max was home all week so I felt like it was okay to leave him and Inigo together so I could spend the day with my mom, my seester and Buttercup. (If he's gone the week before the weekend, I try to stay home. That time we get to spend together is too precious!)
Buttercup and I drove to Guilder and we went on a home tour. Now, this is not a tour of ostentatious homes recently completed that are for sale.... these are homes that are being lived in -- that are mostly ostentatious -- and we get to walk through them to 1) see some cute decorating ideas and 2) see how the "other half" lives. (My house would NEVER even be considered for the Home Tour!) The music federation of Guilder sponsors this every spring and uses the money to provide musical scholarships to deserving kids in the region. Waaay back when.... many years ago.... when I was still living at home, this was a springtime tradition with my mom and sisters. And now that my mom has moved back to Guilder, my sister Red thought it would be fun if we went again.
It was a blast. We saw some cool color mixtures (turquoise and red), and I even found a blue wall that I liked! (Blue is my least fave color and I usually avoid it like the plague.) We saw a few houses that I didn't like and there was even one that made me think.... "Ummm... if this house is on the home tour, maybe there's a chance that mine could be!" Red and I giggled throughout the house. It was owned by a single guy and I think he forgot to dust all the crochet dolls and silk flowers in all the window sills. (The house was picked because it was built in 1895 and he is in the process of refurbishing. However, I thought it would have been more interesting to see after all the work is completed. But that's just me!)
I came home and didn't hate my house as much as I thought I would, but it made me even more determined to get rid of the yellow kitchen/dining room. I still haven't decided on a color to paint it, but I'll let you know when I do. (Any suggestions? The living room wall, is brown and they shouldn't clash.)
Sunday brought me my Mother's Day surprise.
My friend, Buck, got a scooter like this one last weekend and when she came over to show it off I ranted and raved about it enough that Max got me one!! No, I didn't need it. But sometimes it's okay to be a little frivolous. Actually, I'm hoping that if we drive it enough that we'll really cut back on the gas usage of our other vehicles and save ourselves some $$. (He bought it on clearance, so if we drive it enough over the next couple years it might actually pay for itself!)
(Keep talking, Valerie, and you will convince someone that it's okay that he bought it!)
Red and my parents came to Florin for dinner. It was nice having them here. I think the food tasted pretty decent and the company was fun and enjoyable. Papa got assaulted by the marshmallow gun and thought it was so cool, he wrote down the directions of how to make it so he could go home and make one for himself! And can we talk about dessert.... well, let's say I'll have to do an extra day or two at Curves to make up for it!! (Cherry cheesecake... Yummmm!)
After they left, Max said he'd wash dishes (what a guy!!!), so Buttercup and I decided to break in the scooter. We decided to name it The Piglet because it's just not big enough to be a Hog. We had a blast. We drove from stem to stern here in Florin. Okay... we only put about 8 miles on it, but in Florin that is stem to stern... :) We drove enough that I became comfortable with the stops and starts and my balance seems pretty good. But I still need to work on my right hand turns. Sometimes it's so wide that I hit the sidewalk in the left lane... But here in Florin, when you drive on a Sunday, you have the road mostly to yourself, so there were no close-calls with oncoming traffic when I made those turns.
Tomorrow I get to get it registered, insured and find out if I have to have a motorcycle endorsement on my driver's licence! Who would have ever thought that me, Valerie, would need a motorcycle endorsement? Weird.
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day and especially hope that Kristi (my first Beehive) has her baby tomorrow!!!