Alexandra is making a faster than expected recovery. I knew she was feeling much better the first time I saw her venture into the kitchen to cook something. She still tires out easily, and it will be another week or two before she can go back to work, but she is headed in the right direction.
This arrived in the mail last week addressed to Alexandra. It is a get well present from her Aunt Cheri. I want those sheep cupcakes for my next birthday!
Another parcel arrived for Alexandra today, this one looking quite mysterious. It was from fellow blogger Rick (RicAdeMus) at Waiting For Wisdom.
Rick adopted a red panda for Alexandra through the National Zoo's Adopt a Species program. The box had a photo of the red panda, a card explaining the program, and a stuffed red panda. It definitely brought a smile to her face when she opened it up. Thanks so much Rick!
This surprise was for someone outside our family. I knit a shawl for a friend, and I have to say I was quite pleased with how it turned out. It is Stephen West's Boneyard Shawl pattern knit with Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn.
This Easter was going to be a quiet one. I wasn't even going to make an Easter dinner. When Alexandra and David found out I wasn't planning to do anything they took matters into their own hands. Alexandra said she would make a lasagna and David said he would do a Caesar salad. They phoned Anita and she said she would cover the dessert. (I think I should say I am not cooking more often!)
Fast forward to Easter afternoon. It was a warm day - so warm that I was sitting out on the back deck reading a book, enjoying the warm sun on my back. Alexandra was in the kitchen starting her lasagna prep and all of a sudden there was a commotion at the front door and Alexandra called out, "Rebekah and Anton are here!"
I had no clue they were driving up from Vancouver to spend Easter with us! Alexandra and David had managed to pull off this surprise without me being even a little suspicious, which, if you know me, is quite a feat! What was extra special about this particular surprise is Rebekah leaves this week to go teach English in Korea for a year. She had come up for a goodbye visit a couple weeks ago, but her visit coincided with when Alexandra was in the hospital, so it really had not been a terrific time. This redeemed the whole thing.
This is the only lemon out of the bunch. After Easter dinner I asked Kellen if he would help me find my all season tires under the deck so I could get my snow tires off this week. In case you are wondering why I needed help with this task, there are five vehicles between our two residences, and all extra tires get stored under our deck. (All tires look the same to me. Black.)
We looked through them multiple times and no matter what could only come up with three of my summer tires. I am embarrassed to admit it took at least three times sorting through the tires for me to remember that last fall I had a nail shred the side of tire number 4, and instead of replacing it I just put the winter tires on. "Why do today what can successfully be put off until tomorrow" is only a good motto to live by until tomorrow arrives.
Today I went to Kal Tire to buy two new tires, knowing that you can't replace just one. What I had also forgotten, along with the fact I had shredded a tire, is that I own a Subaru. It is all-wheel drive. Which meant I owned three perfectly good, but also perfectly useless tires. With all-wheel drive you have to replace all four tires at the same time. And really, could there be any more boring way to spend money in life than on tires?