Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Everything's Coming Up Roses.


Yesterday was my birthday. (Hooray for Income Tax Day.) I got the best present ever! After I dropped Eden off at school, took the dog for a walk, and cleaned up the kitchen, I went outside to water my flowers. "Low-and-behold," every one of my heirloom rose bushes had bloomed; all at once!!!!!!! It was such a great surprise. Yesterday they were just buds. And best of all, the leaves are green and bug free! They look so beautiful with the lilacs and the jasmine. I wish my yard would stay like this for more than a few days. But then again, I guess that's what makes a garden so special. It takes a year's worth of work for just a few weeks of joy. (Those of you who have dirt under your nails will understand.) It's so worth it!
By the way, the orange trees all around Temecula are in blossom. You wouldn't believe how wonderful the neighborhood smells. When I went to pick up Claire at her friend Haley's house the other night, I stood outside the front door sniffing the air for about 10 minutes. Her house is right next to an orange grove. I'm sure the entire family thought I was a total kook (along with all of the little neighborhood kids that stood there staring at me with their mouths hanging open). I just can't help it! I wish I could bottle the aroma, it's better than any perfume (and it's free).

Another fun birthday gift; lunch out in the Temecula vineyards with my friends Pam and Jill. They took me to the Faulkner Winery. (For those of you who are wondering: Yes, it's true. Winery's find it annoying when the entire table orders Diet Coke with lime instead of Chardonnay.) The dining room at Faulkner has floor to ceiling windows that overlook most of Temecula. What a view. It was spectacular looking out at the grapevines and green hills. The food was delicious too. I tried artichoke bisque, salad, and flour-less cake. (I'm still thinking about the soup.) I had so much fun laughing and talking with my friends, I hated to see the afternoon end. But, like all good mothers, we dashed off to pick up kids at school. (Even birthdays include errands.)

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