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SPARKS DROPPED BY THE SUN*
It's another short work week for us, made even shorter for me by the fact that I'm leaving tomorrow at the end of the working day for the UK, an overnight trip to visit a big security tradeshow that our company is participating with 2 huge booths at. It's the first time at this job, in over 7 years, that I've had a chance to go to one of our tradeshows and I'm thrilled that I will be able to go as a guest, so that I can see firsthand how all the materials that I/we create are put to use. I fly right back in the late afternoon tomorrow, so there won't be any time for sightseeing or even shopping (no all-English bookstores, boo hoo), but it's exciting to be traveling, even for just one day!

It's been a lovely sunny weekend and today Martin and I went for a walk in the sunshine. When we weren't in shadow, which was most of the itme, it was so warm that I ended up taking my light jacket off and tying it around my waist. Martin and Karin have both been taking and uploading photos to Instagram, so we kept having to stop so Martin could take shots of cherry tree blossom clouds, lily of the valley, a tiny-leaved vine-caulked stone wall, a spirea tsunami, a blood-red beech from below. Everywhere we looked, there were beautiful things to take pictures of.

I was entranced with the dandelions. I don't care if they're a weed. Their ubiquitious cheerfulness always makes me smile; tiny suns polka-dotting the whole world. They look so bright and so yellow, until you catch a glimpse of a rapeseed field beyond them, and suddenly you know what YELLOW really is.

Wednesday is a half-day and we have Thursday and Friday off, so apart from the day in the UK, I'll only be working a day and a half this week. On Wednesday, most of the Wonders are coming over for dinner. It was the only date we could find for all of us some months ago, but now Emily won't be able to join us as she'll be with her family in Berlin. I'm hoping we can all get together again in the early summer, since it's been AGES since we last met. I'm dithering over the menu and am not sure what I want to serve. I can't decide between oven-baked salmon with artichoke bottoms & asparagus tips in a lemon sauce with rice, OR lemon-pepper crusted pork filets with au gratin potatoes and blanched asparagus.

I had already decided on the dessert: a meringue cake with whipped cream & chopped Daim filling and fresh strawberries on top, but then today Anders made strawberry ice cream in his new ice cream machine and it was so good I'm considering asking him to make something for us...I've already put in future orders for peach amaretto and chocolate caramel. NOM!

*Title from a quote describing dandelions by Henry Ward Beecher

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all my favorite moms out there, but most especially to MINE!

Yellow Sunshiney Birthday Wishes to redpirk!
happy
mood: happy
music: Tara MacLean—Divided


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Airport bookshops! You'll find some treasures, I'm sure.

I found a couple, but ended up not buying any because they were so BIG!! I hate that everything stays in trade size paperback these days. All the books are giant bricks!

Why choose? Have the cake AND the ice cream! ;-)

(The cake sounds brilliant -- I shall have to embark on a recipe search.)

Safe travels!

They have ready-made meringue cake circles here. If they have them in the states, you just buy a set of two, whip cream and chop Daim candy bars (they're kind of like Butterfingers) and mix it in. Spread between the meringues generously and a little bit on top, and cover the whole cake with fresh sliced strawberries. Don't make the cake too far in advance. We drizzled chocolate sauce on top, too. SO GOOD!

For some reason I was thinking that Diam were like Heath or Skor bars...

Hrm. You're right. They are kinda like Heath bars. Except I haven't had either in so many years, I don't really remember. And I don't know what Skor bars are.

"I was entranced with the dandelions. I don't care if they're a weed. Their ubiquitious cheerfulness always makes me smile; tiny suns polka-dotting the whole world. " I feel the same way but surely can't put it as wonderfully as you did here! Love it!

They make me happy every year, those dandelions!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Oh, I love dandelions too. But only when they are flowering. The fields of yellow dots are so beautiful and a true sign of spring. It is when they go to seed that they are not so pretty...we are in that stage right now. There are long stems with half puffs on them.

I *might* be going up north for a work thing by myself next week. I hope it works out. Have fun on yours!

Happy Mother's Day (one day late)!

Re: From Megsie

They're not pretty, but they're fun to pick and blow (more dandelions!)

I hope you get to go on your trip, too! Mine was fun but exhausting!

I have always loved dandelions too. They are so bright and pretty, really. Not to mention their healthy medicinal properties.

I am reminded of the time Autumn and her friend Salal, aged around five, rubbed dandelion blossoms all over their cheeks. It took days to get all that yellow washed off her face. I just ran across the photo when I was moving. Wonder where I put that, and if I can get a friend to scan it...

Your dessert descriptions have made me hungry Liz. Yum.

haha! We used to rub them on our chins, but I can't remember what the reason was.

Did your chins turn all yellow for days?

So you are happy to be travelling if only for a day and I have been travelling at least 2 days of every week since March and will continue to do so until the middle of June. And I am NOT happy about that.

And you get a half day off on Wednesday and full days off on Thursday and Fridan and I only get Thursday off. And I am NOT happy about that.

On the other hand, our working environments are VERY different and I am sad for you and glad for me.

And we both like dandelions because that's just the kind of people we are. :-)

Is there sushi in our near future? June 1? June 8?

Everything is relevant, isn't it? :)

As of now, I can do either June 1 or June 8 so you pick!

(Anonymous)

Dandelions are not just a weed...think of them as food! Good in wilted salads when young, and the blossoms can be shredded on a salad for those lovely yellow sparks! Thanks for the Happy Day memory- Love, Lizardmom

Not sure about the salad thing, actually. :D I know people put them in salads, but ... hrm.

There's 'all english' book shops at the airports in London :)

I did look in the airport bookshops, but they never have anything but bestsellers and most of those I don't care about.

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